USGBC - College of Charleston Chapter

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings.

The College of Charleston Chapter is still in its infancy and will be up for official University recognition during the Fall semester. We encourage any and all Graduate or Undergraduate students to engage and participate in fostering an active and productive chapter on campus.

Mission: The USGBC Student Chapter seeks to foster the understanding and spread of systems thinking, sustainability literacy, awareness, and LEED certification prep through advanced learning with the Dixie Plantation. The Dixie Plantation will be provided as an avenue to view and analyze the effectivity of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) in action. It is our hope, as well as the National Affiliate, that through the research, education and improvement of environmentally sustainable building, design, and operation students will be equipped to effectively pursue and communicate the skills that coincide with sustainable praxis.

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[06/19/17]   Looking for some more people to join our exec team. Are you a CofC student? And interested in holding an exec spot. Make sure you have a 2-3 hour time commitment each week.

You may responsible for: finding guest speakers, activities in the Charleston area, emails, attending ALL scheduled club meetings, ordering food, etc.

If you are interested please like this and send us a quick message!

[04/18/17]   Hey everyone! Don't forget about the meeting tonight at 6:30. It will be AWESOME! and with brownies!

Meeting Tomorrow!! April Magill is a local Architect and Natural Builder who practices sustainability and utilizes the environment and natural techniques for successful design. We hope to see you there!!

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Come join us this upcoming Tuesday at 6:30!! We are having a guest speaker, Jessica Norris of Biohabitats, come and discuss living-building challenge projects she has done, on-site water treatments, and more! Great way to become aware of your environment and connections within it!

Let's Talk About Housing: Housing Affordability Panel Discussion - ULI South Carolina

Interested in Affordable Housing? Come visit the ULI and CofC Urban Studies and Real Estate program's panel event on February 16 at 5:30 in Wells Fargo Auditorium. BE THERE OR BE SQUARE.

Should be a great event to be in attendance. Please join ULI South Carolina and the College of Charleston’s Carter Real Estate Center and Urban Studies Program, in welcoming Stockton Williams, national housing expert and executive director of the ULI Terwilliger Center for Housing. On February 16, Stockton will share best practices on how cit...

Refreshments and Speakers from LS3P, a firm offering architecture, interiors, planning, and historic preservation services in and beyond the Charleston area.
6:30 @ Education Center 102

TONIGHT at 9/8c! Leonardo DiCaprio and Fisher Stevens' #BeforetheFlood, a documentary that takes people on a journey around the world to explore the causes and effects of climate change and lays out the case for urgent action and a rapid transition off of fossil fuels. Before the Flood airs on the National Geographic Channel tonight at 9/8c but you can also stream it for free!

An evening you don't want to miss... (tomorrow at 6:30pm in ETCR 102)

[10/04/16]   Meeting will be postponed to a later date! Stay safe!

Come join us Tomorrow!! Refreshments and Speaker from LS3P, a firm offering architecture, interiors, planning, and historic preservation services in and beyond the Charleston area.
6:30 @ Education Center 102

25 Herbs, Vegetables & Plants You Can Grow In Water 10 Best Herbs You Can Grow In Water Peppermint – This is the most popular mint for medicinal uses because it contains high amounts of the volatile substance menthol. It gives a unique cooling sensation on the skin or tongue, but without actually causing any temperature variation. Growing peppermint…

Hope to see you there! Invite (drag) your friends along!

City of Charleston to launch food composting program on upper peninsula

Composting is growing in Charleston! Restaurants in Charleston’s upper peninsula soon will have an opportunity to recycle their food scraps through a new city initiative.

Deltec launches line of super efficient, net-zero energy homes - starting under 100K

Looking to build a new home? Sustainable living is in! Prefabricated home builder Deltec has recently launched a new line of solar-powered, net-zero energy prefab homes - starting at a relatively affordable price of under 100K.

Urban Farming Is Revolutionizing Our Cities

A great agricultural future for our cities! Sixty-six percent of us will likely live in urban environments by 2050. The number of mega-cities is also ....

Nation's first K-8 urban farm school teaches kids how to grow their own food

Maybe this will be the norm for all schools one day! Golden Bridges urban farm school is being built in San Francisco, California at 203 Cotter Street, with an innovative, plant-covered "Living Building" design.


What a great idea to green up the highways!

Vertical gardens are popping up on highway pillars all over Mexico City

Home - March for a Clean Energy Revolution On the eve of the Democratic National Convention, thousands will march for action to prevent climate catastrophe and present these demands directly to current and future policy makers: Ban Fracking Now Keep Fossil Fuels in the Ground Stop Dirty Energy Environmental Justice For All Quickly and Justly...

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What a great way to build a sustainable green community! Imagine the possibilities in your local area as well!

This self-sufficient community will grow its own food and create its own renewable energy

The Global Goals

Check out these Global Goals for Sustainable Development! In September 2015, the United Nations are launching global goals, a series of ambitious targets to end extreme poverty and tackle climate change for everyone by 2030. Project Everyone aims to share the global goals with 7 billion people in 7 days.

USGBC 30x30 Nature Challenge

Spend a little time out in Nature once in a while!

Get outside in June! Spend 30 minutes in nature each day for 30 days. Pledge to take the challenge:


Happy Earth Day! What can you do to help Planet Earth today and everyday? Reduce, reuse, recycle; eliminate waste from your everyday life!

40% of food in America ends up wasted. Food waste is the single largest contributor to landfills in the U.S.—not to mention that it wastes water, labor, fuel, money, & love! Follow Save the Food and visit to learn how you can help stop food waste.

Special thanks to everyone that came out to support our percentage night at persimmon cafe yesterday!!


USGBC SC Lowcountry Branch hosting a tour of the Gaillard Center!

Join USGBC South Carolina for a tour of the Charleston Gaillard Center!

We really enjoyed our guest speaker Amy Barrett, from the City of Charleston planning department, for coming to speak with us. 😊

[04/07/16]   TODAY is the day!!! Join the USGBC club for their meeting tonight in Beatty 212 at 7pm featuring guest speaker Amy Barrett! Free food and open to the public!

Everyone check out these cool events today for CofC Office of Sustainability annual sustainability week! #gogreen #sustainability #sustainabilityweek #cofc #georgestreet #charleston #usgbc

Hey y'all! Join us this Thursday, April 7 in Beatty 212 at 7pm to see guest speaker Amy Barrett from the city of Charleston office of planning, preservation, and sustainability! Free food and refreshments!

USGBC students enjoyed Miki Schmidt's presentation last night.

Today is the day!! Join the USGBC club at 7pm TONIGHT for our monthly meeting featuring guest speaker Nicholas Scmidt from NOAA coastal management! Free food and refreshments for everyone!


This is a tree...grown from human remains.

The people behind it hope to replace cemeteries with forests.

Join us NEXT Thursday February 11 at 7pm in Beatty 212 for our Guest Speaker, Bill Eubanks, from Urban Edge Studio, LEED AP Creative Director. There will be FREE food and refreshments.

[01/30/16]   Wellness and Sustainability Expo
Saturday, January 30, 2016
2:00 p.m. -6:00 p.m.
1238-B Camp Road, James Island

Join Planting Seeds and other local businesses to learn more about how to live a healthier, more eco-conscious lifestyle! Free admission with a family-friendly, fun, and educational environment!

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USGBC works toward its mission of market transformation through its LEED green building program, robust educational offerings, a nationwide network of chapters and affiliates, the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities.
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