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Platinum Membership Benefits

Platinum membership

Thank you to our Platinum level members.

Unlimited access to education for your employees

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 on our course catalog. 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.

Access for employees of subsidiaries
All employees of subsidiaries will have access to benefits under the parent company’s membership. Once employees create a site user account and connect to your parent company’s membership, they’ll have access to a whole host of members-only information and professional resources.

Show your support for better building

Organization logo on the homepage
Platinum members receive increased exposure by having your logo featured on the homepage. The logo links to profile in the member directory.

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

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.

Exclusive activities
Our platinum member levels receive priority consideration to participate in activities such as plaque presentations, tours of the USGBC headquarters and visits from USGBC delegations.

Education & resources

USGBC course catalog
Support your company's LEED professional credential maintenance requirements with free, unlimited access to hours of continuing education through USGBC's library of courses. 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.

LEED v4 web-based reference guide
USGBC has developed a web-based version of the LEED v4 reference guide that is built into the credit library. The fully interactive web-based reference guide is a simple, one-stop-shop for all LEED v4 resources for all rating systems. This offering includes all of the information from the traditional format guides plus a new set of modules developed specifically to supplement the reference guide content, including interactive videos, tutorials, presentations and documents. Access can be managed from within your account by going to Online Access > Education.

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. Platinum members are invited to partner with USGBC to offer members products and services at special prices. Learn more.

Engagement opportunities

Your Platinum 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. Your membership commitment supports USGBC’s advocacy activities, the USGBC local community network, the Center for Green Schools, and other green building activities.

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 and update your email preferences by submitting 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.

Author professional articles on
Take advantage of the opportunity to write articles for Share your professional expertise and gain recognition through this unique green building content vehicle. Email Heather Benjamin to submit your article or article idea.

Marketing and communications opportunities
USGBC often calls on its Platinum level members for thought leadership and subject matter expert interviews for incoming USGBC media inquiries, op eds, speaking engagements, guest blogs and USGBC+ articles. You will also receive the quarterly USGBC marketing & communications newsletter that contains updates on upcoming events, activities and PR opportunities for your organization and your LEED projects. This level also offers exclusive invitations to USGBC’s quarterly marketing & communications roundtables. These roundtables will connect you with other marketing professionals to learn about what we’re all doing to promote green building, sustainability and LEED.

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. View current committee openings.

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.

Platinum membership offers savings

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

Products Platinum 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 and web-based reference guide Unlimited $199 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 course reviews $0 $250
IncentiFind’s report and services VERIFY Report: 70% off, APPLY Services: 9% off


USGBC Platinum members can enjoy savings for other green products:

Products Platinum 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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