Social Equity Committee




Deborah Green


Actively seeking members


Why emphasize Social Equity?

The USGBC’s newly released 2009-2013 Strategic Plan, available on the USGBC website, doesn’t just establish the organization’s priorities for the foreseeable future. It also adds as a brand-new touchstone — fostering social equity — that the organization will take into consideration when evaluating the success and integrity of its own work, and the works of others.

What do we mean by Social Equity?

The Strategic Plan specifies that the USGBC must consult with diverse communities, including the underserved and communities of color, and be proactive in advancing social equity objectives. It also calls on USGBC to collaborate with social justice and quality-of-life advocates, in order to integrate the theories and practices of social and economic justice with those of sustainable building. With the addition of the social equity standard, USGBC now has six Guiding Principals. The others: Promote the Triple Bottom Line, Establish Leadership, Reconcile Humanity with Nature, Maintain Integrity and Ensure Inclusiveness.


Canstruction: Working with Girl Scout Troop 506 of Longwood, the USGBC-CF Chapter participated in Canstruction’s 15th year. Canstruction is an event in which architectural firms make elaborate designs out of cans, volunteers secure donations of the cans, and construct the buildings. Following competitive judging, the food is donated to Second Harvest Food Bank. Director Deborah Green provided the signage for the Girl Scout Troop’s design which was by Borelli Architects. For more information see
  Habitat for Humanity: The Social Equity Committee is working with the LEED for Homes committee to develop a process to assist a Habitat for Humanity build project to be green.
  Member policies: We also seek other opportunities to contribute to social equity, actions as small as offering half price on programs for active committee members.