GBI press room: Announcements

January 5, 2021

GBI Announces Election of Dr. Charles Kibert as Chair of the Board of Directors


MEDIA CONTACT: Megan Baker, Sr. Director of Engagement,, 971.256.7174

Membership elects Kibert and three women leaders as new Board members.

Portland, Ore. – The Green Building Initiative (GBI) is pleased to announce the election of  Dr. Charles Kibert, Professor and Director of the Powell Center for Construction and Environment at the University of Florida, as Chair of its Board of Directors. GBI’s membership also elected three new...

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December 18, 2020

GBI’s 2020 Year-End Community Update

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Dear GBI Community,

I hope this letter finds you as safe and comfortable as possible this holiday season. This time last year, GBI’s leadership was planning for 2020, and we set an ambitious agenda full of conferences, in-person education events, and regional summits. Although few could have predicted the year we had, I am pleased to share that GBI is entering 2021 in a stronger position than may have been expected with what unfolded in this tumultuous year.

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It is abundantly...
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November 26, 2019

Green Building Initiative Reseats ANSI Consensus Body to Update Green Globes


November 27, 2019


Vicki Worden, GBI President & CEO, 202.841.2999,

Green Building Initiative Reseats ANSI Consensus Body to Update Green Globes

GBI’s “continuous maintenance” process will further revise and update ANSI/GBI 01-2019: Green Globes Assessment Protocol for Commercial Buildings approved by ANSI in April 2019
Portland, Ore. – The Green Building Initiative (GBI) announced today that it has reseated a...
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May 28, 2019

U.S. GSA study concludes that GBI’s Green Globes cont. to meet federal green building requirements

The study conducted every five years made its results public in late May, 2019

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Portland, Ore. – The Green Building Initiative (GBI) applauds the conclusions reached in the General Services Administration’s (GSA) recently-completed study on “High Performance Building Certification Systems Review,” which was finalized in March 2019 and made publicly available on the GSA website in late May, 2019. The study was conducted by researchers from LMI, an...

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April 22, 2015

GBI Celebrates Earth Day 2015

When it comes to defining green buildings, most of our community likely thinks first of energy efficiency. But on this Earth Day, with water shortages across our country, GBI is bringing to light what many may not completely understand. The fact is, water and energy systems are "interdependent." According to the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) 2014 report, The Water-Energy Nexus: Challenges and Opportunities,1 water is used throughout each phase of producing energy and...

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March 20, 2015

GBI Announces New Executive Director, Leadership Transition

The Green Building Initiative (GBI) is pleased to announce the appointment of Vicki Worden, a long-time consultant to GBI and an accomplished leader in the sustainability and non-profit sectors, as its new Executive Director. Worden was part of the original launch team that brought Green Globes® to the United States and served as Vice President of Commercial Programs for the organization from 2005 to 2010. In that role, Worden became a national spokesperson and champion for green...

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March 17, 2015

Green Building Initiative Announces New Member

The Green Building Initiative (GBI) announced its newest corporate member, Duro-Last® Roofing, Inc. the largest U.S. manufacturer of prefabricated roofing systems.

"Duro-Last is a significant US manufacturer of high-quality roofing products and a true American entrepreneurial success story. GBI is on the move, and we're pleased to have Duro-Last as a corporate member to contribute to our rapid growth” said GBI Director of Marketing Shaina Weinstein.

One of Duro-Last’s most...

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January 26, 2015

GBI Recognizes ASHRAE for Their Four Green Globes Achievement

Green Building Initiative (GBI),a nonprofit organization committed to accelerating the adoption of sustainable building practices and providers of the Green Globes® rating system, congratulates ASHRAE on achieving the highest rating, of four Green Globes, on their international headquarters.

Jerry Yudelson, Green Building Initiatives president, presented the rating system certificate to ASHRAE President Tom Phoenix during ASHRAE’s 2015 Winter Conference held this week in Chicago,...

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November 19, 2014

GBI Teams with STEP Foundation to Promote Building Sustainability

The STEP Foundation (STEP), a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing technology industry benchmarks for sustainability practices in the built environment, and the Green Building Initiative (GBI),a nonprofit organization committed to accelerating the adoption of sustainable building practices, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding.

STEP and GBI, the organization behind the Green Globes building certification program, will work together to accelerate the adoption of green...

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November 5, 2014

UN Climate Change Report Strengthens Case for Green Building

The just-released Fifth Assessment Report of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) makes it clear that urgent actions are needed to slow the pace of global warming.

Jerry Yudelson, president of the Green Building Initiative says, “We know that buildings are responsible for more than 40% of US carbon emissions and more than 30% of total global emissions. Promoting green building and sustainable operations are essential steps in reducing and eventually eliminating...

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