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Platinum membership benefits

USGBC members benefit from a whole host of services.

For Platinum customer care, call 866-202-2927

Unparalleled support

Platinum support services

USGBC Platinum level members enjoy the exclusive benefit of having a dedicated account representative to serve as a single point of contact to efficiently get the information or responses you need. Your representative can:

  • Answer technical and programmatic questions
  • Assist with problem solving
  • Support LEED professional credentials and certification activities
  • Coordinate consultations with LEED specialists and certification reviewers

Your account representative will do their best to satisfy your needs as soon as possible. While we will respond typically within one business day, we can’t guarantee resolution of the issue within a day.

LEED consultation

Your dedicated account representative will support your LEED activities and coordinate consultations with LEED specialists and reviewers. LEED consultations can include the Pre-Submittal Review call, Post Preliminary Review call, Energy Model Review call, The Review of Annual Activity call or other calls.

Reach out to your dedicated account representative anytime you are interested in a LEED consultation. They are here to assist you (maximum of five calls per company, please).

Public relations support

Make USGBC’s talented public relations team part of your marketing arsenal. As a Platinum level member, you have access to our public relations team who will provide you with up to 20 hours of public relations support each year. They will help promote your organization’s success with LEED. Our support includes a kick-off call to connect you with our public relations team as well as working to implement joint media pitches, op-eds and media outreach for events. Access your benefit »

Employee access

Unlimited employee access

Your exclusive member benefits and resources are available for all of your full-time employees. This includes access to valuable LEED courses and credential maintenance webinars.

As a member, you have designated one primary contact who has been assigned your USGBC member ID. Simply distribute this member ID to all full-time employees who can then go to and create their own site user account and individual profile.

Added access for employees of subsidiaries

All employees of subsidiaries will have access to benefits under the parent company’s membership. Access your benefit »


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. receives 75,000 unique daily page views; our social media channels include over 78,000 followers and are growing each day. Access your benefit »

Member logo and 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 »

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.

When your company invites a high-level USGBC staff member to your event, your account manager will do their best to accomodate this request, with travel costs reimbursed by you. If no one from USGBC is available, we will work with our chapters to send local representation.

Education & resources

Unlimited access to the Education @USGBC subscription

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. Learn how to access your benefit »

Unlimited access to 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 new 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. This new library of content will continue to grow. Learn how to access your benefit »


Engagement with USGBC & LEED

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 chapter network, the Center for Green Schools, Project Haiti and other green building activities.

Member communications & resources

  • Receive the latest members-only industry information including informative e-communications, 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. Access your benefit »
  • 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 at »

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; USGBCs online articles receive 1,800 unique views per day. And, we cross promote through our channel partners, including Energy Collective, Sustainable Cities Collective, GreenBiz, Planet Forward, Huffington Post and National Journal. Access your benefit »

Participation in LEED ballots & elections

We welcome your input into the development and ongoing improvement of LEED through public comment periods and member balloting. In addition, USGBC member employees have the opportunity to vote in elections for the USGBC Board of Directors. Access your benefit »

Eligibility to participate in committees & working groups

Help to create and influence programs that advance the green building industry. Serving on a committee or USGBC Board is an exclusive member benefit. Any full-time employee of a member organization in good standing is invited to apply. Access your benefit »

Eligibility to serve on USGBC Board of Directors & USGBC Faculty

Increase your involvement as a USGBC board member or 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. Access your benefit »


Savings on LEED certification, registration, LEED Volume, Greenbuild expo space, publications & course review

Platinum cost Savings
LEED Integration Guides Varies At least $10 per publication
LEED Study Guides $70 $15
LEED Reference Guides (hard copy & e-book) $160-199 $35-50
Education @USGBC subscription and web-based reference guide Unlimited $199 per individual
Workshops Varies At least $25 per workshop
Green Associate Exam Fee $200 $50
LEED AP Exam Composite Fee (Green Associate + Specialty) $400 $150
Greenbuild Registration (Early) $600 $200
Chapter Membership Varies At least 25% per employee
LEED 101: Green Building Basics & LEED online course $0 $55
LEED 202: How to Document & Certify Projects online course $0 $90
LEED Registration $900 $300
LEED Certification (NC, CI, S, full CS) Varies $500 to $5,000
Greenbuild Expo Space (10x10) $3,300 $700
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

Free course review

Receive three complimentary education course reviews.