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Gold Membership Benefits

Gold Membership

Unlimited employee access to your member benefits

As a USGBC member, your benefits and resources are available for all of your full-time staff, including access to LEED courses and credential maintenance webinars. Members have a designated primary contact, who has been assigned your USGBC member ID. This member ID can be used by your employees, who can then visit and create their own site-user account.

Show your support for better building

Member directory with Gold badge
Our Gold level members enjoy the recognition of an enhanced member profile on, denoted with the Gold badge. Take advantage of our highly visited website to tell others what you do. Add photography and testimonials to showcase your impact. Access your benefit in your account.

Member logo & certificate
Take advantage of using the USGBC member logo on your website and promotional materials. You will also receive a membership certificate for display in your workspace. Access your benefit if your account.

The USGBC trademark guidelines include recommended language for referencing your membership. Review the USGBC Trademark Policy and Branding Guidelines.

Member GIFs
Celebrate your membership by adding a sticker on your social media channels, online and in text messages. Learn more and review member GIFs on Giphy.

Members-only insights & engagement opportunities

Your Gold level membership makes a statement. It says that you are an industry leader, supporting the ongoing development of USGBC’s mission of a prosperous and sustainable future. 

150 hours of access to USGBC's course catalog
Support your company's LEED professional credential maintenance requirements with free access to 150 hours of continuing education through USGBC's course catalog. Once registered, your employees can receive continuing education hours after passing a convenient online quiz. Access can be managed from within your account by going to Online Access > Education.

Insider updates
Receive the latest members-only industry information including informative emails, such as the Members only Insider Update. You will also have the opportunity to subscribe to a variety of other emails and building sector specific digests to stay up-to-date on the latest LEED and industry news and happenings at USGBC. Each of your employees can specify which communications are of the greatest value to their professional interests. Sign in to account, submit your email address in the form and then check your email for a link to your preferences page.

USGBC+ magazine
USGBC+ is your membership magazine, and it explores the life and work of the people who design and craft intelligent, high-performance buildings and spaces, bringing to light the creativity and passion behind every green building project. Access USGBC+ online.

Metropolis Magazine subscription
For more than 40 years, Metropolis has been covering the biggest challenges and opportunities in architecture and design, including sustainability, wellness, technology and social impact. In every issue of Metropolis Magazine, you will receive cutting-edge ideas for architects and designers. Access your free subscription to Metropolis Magazine.

Offer products and services at a discount to all USGBC members
Our vision at USGBC is successful due to the partnership of leaders who understand the value of LEED and are committed to advancing green building and sustainability. Gold members are invited to partner with USGBC to offer members products and services at special prices. Learn more.

Participation in LEED ballots & elections

We welcome input into the development and improvement of LEED through public comment periods and member balloting. USGBC member employees also have the opportunity to vote in elections for the Board of Directors. You will receive email notifications of commenting and voting opportunities. 

Eligibility to participate in committees & working groups

Influence programs that advance the green building industry by serving on a committee or the USGBC Advisory Council. Any full-time employee of a member organization in good standing is invited to apply. Current committee openings are available on

Eligibility to serve as USGBC Faculty

Increase your involvement as a USGBC faculty member. Not only do participants directly contribute to the advancement of the mission, but you also receive professional exposure within the green building industry. 

Gold membership offers savings

Save on LEED fees, LEED Volume, Greenbuild expo space, books & course review.

Products Gold cost Savings
LEED Integration Guides Varies At least $10 per publication
LEED Study Guides $70 $15
LEED Reference Guides (hard copy) $160-199 $35-50
USGBC course catalog subscription 150 hours; then $175 for unlimited individual access $24 per individual
LEED Green Associate exam fee $200 $50
LEED AP exam composite fee (LEED Green Associate + Specialty) $400 $150
Greenbuild registration Varies See
Community membership Varies $20
LEED v4 Rating System Review (BD+C and ID+C) Course $0 $225
LEED v4 Rating System Review (O+M) Course $0 $225
LEED registration $1,350 $350
LEED certification Varies Varies
Greenbuild expo space Varies See
Paid-from-Savings Guide e-book $0 $50
Green Operations Guide e-book $0 $85
LEED Volume program admission $10,000 $5,000
LEED Volume prototype fee $30,000 $15,000
Three education course reviews $0 $250
IncentiFind’s report and services VERIFY Report: 50% off, APPLY Services: 7% off


USGBC Gold members can enjoy savings for other green products:

Products Gold cost Savings
Parksmart registration $1,200 $300
Parksmart certification - New construction $5,500 $1,000
Parksmart certification - Existing $4,500 $1,000
SITES registration $2,500 $500
SITES certification $6,500 $2,500
SITES registration + certification (combined) $8,000 $1,500
SITES AP exam fee $300 $150
TRUE Advisor fees $350 $100
WELL AP exam fee $465 $195
SEA exam fee $175 $175
SEA renewal fee $75 $75
SEP application fee $75 $75
SEP exam fee $175 $175
SEP renewal fee $100 $100
PEER Contact to learn about the discounted rates
TRUE Contact to learn about the discounted rates
IncentiFind’s report and services VERIFY Report: 30% off, APPLY Services: 5% off

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