USGBC NJ plays an important advocacy role in collaborating with federal, state and local government.

We believe that green best practices have the power to enhance our quality of life today and transform the legacy we leave to the next generation. The advancement of green buildings and communities throughout New Jersey positively impacts our health, economic development, education, and environment.

We rely on the extensive expertise and diverse experience of our members to help generate and advance sustainability policies at all levels of government. We believe that utilizing this powerful resource to advocate for green building codes and legislation will allow our citizens to benefit from green building practices. Here’s what’s happening in avocacy across the state:


New Jersey is #15 for LEED in the US

NJ leads the nation with 29 LEED bills introduced! From USGBC: In late January, USGBC released the annual Top 10 States for LEED rankings, spotlighting.. Read More →

It Pay$ to Plug In: NJ’s Electric Vehicle Workplace Charging Grants

Employees spend one-third of their day with their car sitting in the parking lot while working. This makes workplaces ideal locations for electric vehicle owners.. Read More →

USGBC NJ Advocacy Report – March 2016

USGBC NJ Advocacy Report March 2016 Legislation Supported Since January 12, 2016 (Beginning of the new legislative session): S-988/A-3093 (Smith, Whelan/Mazzeo/DeAngelo) Permits BPU to approve.. Read More →

USGBC NJ Advocacy Report- September – October 2015

USGBC-NJ ADVOCACY BOARD REPORT Prepared by Advocacy & Management Group (AMG) Legislative Activity: September – October A-943 CSingleton (D7); Conaway (D7) – Permits small businesses.. Read More →

USGBC NJ Advocacy Report: May- June 2015

Prepared by Advocacy & Management Group (AMG)   May – June 2015 Legislative Activity: May – June 2015 A-3133 (Bramnick / Burzichelli / Munoz) Requires.. Read More →

New Energy Resilience Bank could begin accepting applications in September

Finding a way to keep sewage-treatment plants, health facilities up and running even if grid fails is top priority of bank. The state expects to.. Read More →

USGBC NJ Advocacy Report- April 2015

Prepared by Advocacy & Management Group (AMG)  Legislative Activity: March – April 2015 P.L. 2015 c.51 was passed by the Senate on March 16, 2015.. Read More →

USGBC NJ Advocacy Report- March 2015

Prepared by Advocacy & Management Group (AMG) Legislative Activity: January – February 2015   A2305 w/GR (1R) was signed by the Governor P.L.2015, c.20 on.. Read More →

Opportunities for Action: GSA Accepting Public Comments for LEED v4

Opportunities for Action: GSA Accepting Public Comments for LEED v4 Following the overwhelming adoption of LEED v4, GSA initiated a review of v4 to stay.. Read More →

Melissa Orsen Appointed CEO of the EDA

Melissa Orsen Appointed CEO of the EDA (Governor’s Office/Tim Larsen) Feb. 26th, 2015 The Board of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA) today voted.. Read More →

Camden NJ Passes Unique Sustainability Ordinance

EQRoy / The City Council of Camden NJ just passed a Sustainability Ordinance that will require all applicants for new development or modifications of.. Read More →

USGBC NJ Advocacy Report- January 2015

Legislative Activity: November – December 2014 Prepared by Advocacy & Management Group (AMG) USGBC-NJ was actively involved in the legislative process in October 2014, supporting.. Read More →

NJ Chapter – Advocacy Update

NJ Chapter – Advocacy Update Florence Block, LEED Green Associate Executive Director, USGBC-NJ USGBC NJ has been committed to spreading the word about LEED v4,.. Read More →

USGBC NJ Advocacy Committee Presents Testimony to NJ Senate/ Assembly Committee

On August 15th, USGBC NJ Vice Chair Wayne DeFeo, on behalf of our Advocacy Committee, attended a joint New Jersey Senate/Assembly committee meeting in Atlantic.. Read More →