Applications Open in Summer 2020

About the Green Building Leadership Institute

The rising generation is critical in taking the green building revolution to the next level.


It has been 25 years since USGBC started, 18 years since LEED launched and 10 years since the Massachusetts Green Building community came together and formed the USGBC MA Chapter, now known as Built Environment Plus.  Since then over 13.8 billion square feet of space have earned LEED certification and Massachusetts is #1 for LEED Buildings and Energy Conservation. A visit to Boston Seaport and increased flooding due to climate change during storms tells another story about how much work we still have to do. Now, more than ever, we need knowledgeable emerging professionals leading the way.


With this in mind, Built Environment Plus is proud to announce the launch of the Green Building Leadership Institute (GBLI) and its inaugural program the Emerging Professionals Certificate Program (EPCP). This program is for emerging professionals and students looking to advance their sustainable building knowledge, leadership skills, community engagement and professional brand to the next level.

Applications open summer 2020

The program starts in Fall 2020.
Check back here for application information.

Are you an employer?

We offer bulk discounts, and can coordinate a group of employees from one company. Call Meredith at 617-752-2422 to learn more.

Have a question?

We have answers.
Call Vernette at 617-752-2422 for help.

How it works


  • Enrolled participants will have access to all Built Environment Plus programs (exceptions may apply)
  • Built Environment Plus staff will provide stewardship and one on one support to guide participant’s career success.
  • Access to GBLI member networking nights and program completion celebrations, as well as a free chapter membership.

Program Details

  • We will begin accepting applications over the summer.
  • Starts Fall 2020
  • Self-paced and lasting up to 18 months
  • Point-based with points accrued in 4 categories:
    • Accreditations/Certifications
    • Chapter Involvement and Community Involvement
    • Leadership Skill Development.
    • Community Service
  • Certificate awarded after earning 100 points.


    • $2,800 for one participant
    • $1,800 for students
    • Bulk discounts available

    Details on Credit Categories:

    Accreditations / Certification (20 points)
    Prove competency in green building industry standards by earning accreditations/certifications in programs including: LEED Green Associate(required), WELL, FitWell, Sustainable Sites Initiative, LEED for New Construction and more.

    Chapter Engagement (30 points)
    Increase your knowledge and build community by attending Built Environment Plus educational classes and programs, including building tours, networking events, community celebrations, round tables, committee meetings and more at no additional cost (exceptions may apply). Participants can earn points for helping to plan an event while gaining leadership skills. They will be expected to present to our Emerging Professionals Committee, and attend 5+ chapter events. Built Environment Plus membership is included.

    Community Involvement (20 points)
    Give back to the greater community and exemplify the triple bottom line of sustainability by taking part in our annual Clean-Up Project along the Charles River or other community based volunteer programs.

    Leadership Development (30 points)
    Build your leadership skills through learning how to articulate your value, build your brand, and practice networking. Built Environment Plus and the Emerging Professionals of MA Committee will host networking and professional development events to satisfy this requirement along with leadership training courses.

    Credit Category Breakdown