Lace up for the GBCI rating system boot camp at Convergence

Jessica Pinkston

Micro-grids, performance, human health, sustainable landscapes and more—the definition of green building keeps expanding, but with the addition of several green building rating systems to the GBCI roster, you might be feeling a little lost in the initialisms. We have just the place for you: join us at the GBCI Rating System Boot Camp during the Community Advancement Summit Education Sessions at Convergence. On Wed., June 22, the four-session boot camp will dive into the various GBCI rating systems to demonstrate how projects of all types can be recognized for their leadership in sustainability. 


During the first session, Jamie Statter, USGBC Vice President of Strategic Accounts, will focus on the key concepts of PEER (Performance Excellence in Electricity Renewal)—the dynamic, adaptive rating process designed to measure and improve sustainable power system performance. When leveraged, these concepts can then be used to engage local stakeholders to meet more sustainability and resilience goals.


The following session in the series will cover the WELL Building Certification, which measures the performance of building features that impact health and well-being. The Founder and Managing Principal of Ecoworks Studio, Carlie Bullock-Jones, will review the main components of WELL and discuss how to attract key allies in a collective cause.


Later in the day, Jamie Statter and Peter Templeton, USGBC Senior Vice President of Global Market Development, will take a look at SITES (the Sustainable Sites Initiative) and Parksmart, the newest rating system to join the GBCI roster. SITES defines sustainable sites and evaluates the value of landscapes, while Parksmart sets guidelines for sustainability in parking structures. In this session, you’ll gain even more tools to engage changemakers in your local community and achieve your sustainability objectives.


The last session of the day will focus on GRESB—an industry-driven organization committed to assessing the environmental, social, and governance (ESG) performance of real estate assets globally, including real estate portfolios and infrastructure assets. During this session, Dan Winters, Head of North America, GRESB, will outline the essential points of the rating system while suggesting methodologies by which to apply the system’s framework at the local level.

We can’t wait to see you at the summit!

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