Call for ideas on resilience programs

Sean McMahon
December 14, 2020

Earlier this year, USGBC and GBCI released a brief outlining an expanded suite of programs and resources that are focused on improving building and community resilience in the face of climate risks.

To continue that work, we are launching a call for ideas from the green building community to discover what is most critical to you in the development of resilient landscapes, buildings, communities and cities. How can our programs better support resilience on these levels? The call for ideas provides a platform for our vast community of stakeholders to share their thoughts and insights about how programs offered by USGBC and GBCI can achieve the goals of resilient buildings, cities and communities.

Using the form below, you can submit proposals for your suggested edits and comments to existing programs and credits, as well as the rationale and technical justification for any proposal changes. Multiple proposals for change from the same person/organization for each program or credit are permitted.

We know that sustainable buildings are the cornerstone of enhancing community resilience, and our work continues to acknowledge the connections between buildings and other industries. To advance these efforts, resilience is embedded throughout USGBC and GBCI programs, including LEED, RELi, SITES and PEER.

  • LEED rating systems emphasize the human experience and push project teams to create spaces that not only reduce carbon emissions, energy, water use and waste, but that also contribute to human health and well-being. LEED includes a series of resilient design pilot credits that ensure project teams are aware of and are addressing vulnerabilities. The credits also align with the RELi rating system. At the city and community scale, LEED outlines options to enhance resilience beyond a single building.
  • RELi is a rating system and leadership standard that takes a holistic approach to resilient design. RELi’s comprehensive approach lays the groundwork for resilient, regenerative and healthy outcomes that support quality of life. It is designed for companies, developers, city planners and others to assess and plan for all of the acute hazards that buildings and communities can face during unplanned events, prepare to mitigate these hazards, and design and construct buildings to maintain critical life-saving services in the face of extreme events.
  • PEER is the world’s first rating system that drives market transformation in the power and energy sectors. The rating system provides a road map for designing and operating energy systems that are resilient to disasters, reliable in their ability to meet everyday needs and that mitigate the impact of climate change on communities.
  • SITES offers a comprehensive rating system designed to drive the dramatic transformation of landscapes while generating economic, social and ecological value. SITES fosters resilience by creating regenerative landscapes and ecologically resilient communities that benefit the environment, property owners, and local and regional communities and economies.

Your voice is critical to this conversation and the evolution of resilience within each of these programs. Contribute your ideas to further enhance resilience across the industry by participating in the call for ideas.

Participate in the call for ideas