Our Committees

Advocacy Committee

State lawmakers across the country have embraced green building policy opportunities as a way to promote better buildings that reduce waste, save energy, save money and strengthen the economy. Using the power of public policy, these pioneering lawmakers are finding new, innovative ways to promote and accelerate green building best practices as a tool to achieve significant economic and environmental benefits.

The Advocacy Committee works to advance the positions of USGBC NJ within the Legislature, before regulatory agencies, other trade associations and organizations and the public. We work to insure that the principles of green building and LEED are accurately and effectively represented before each of these stakeholder groups.

Our members reflect a broad cross section of USGBC NJ membership. We review legislation in conjunction with our professional staff to determine its consistency with our core principles. We then develop key positions and strategies to insure that our position is properly and effectively advanced among all parties.


  • Wayne DeFeo, Executive Director, USGBC NJ
  • Bill Amann, M&E Engineers
  • Jason Kliwinski, Green Building Center
  • Tim DeHaut, Giordano, Halleran & Ciesla


For more on our Advocacy efforts, contact executivedirector@usgbcnj.org.


Green Schools Committee

The Green Schools/ Education Committee focuses on the greening of New Jersey’s schools (both in their facilities and curriculum) as well as professional training for USGBC NJ members and the general public. Some of the events and programs we support include:

  • Green Apple Day Of Service–a global initiative that supports a shared mission to green every school within a generation
  • Coordinating tours of local outstanding green buildings
  • LEED Core Curriculum and LEED Accreditation Exam Preparation

GPRO series which provides credentials to the Construction Trades including Construction Management and Project Management

Committee Members:

  • Committee Co-Chair: Jason Kliwinski, AIA, LEED Fellow, LEEDap BD&C/O&M/Faculty
  • Committee Co-Chair: John Henry, STEM & Sustainable Schools Specialist, LEED Green Associate, NJ School Board Association (NJSBA)
  • Green Schools Tours Sub-Committee Co-Chair: Emily Hammer, LEED AP, REMAX Results Realty

Emerging Professionals Committee

Emerging Professionals (25 years old & under) are the energetic and dynamic leaders of tomorrow’s green building movement. They represent a versatile group of recent graduates and professionals new to the green building industry with distinguished expertise, technical knowledge and credibility in sustainable planning, engineering, design, construction, operations and maintenance. The Emerging Professionals Committee’s mission is to promote the latest and best practices in the industry by engaging new professionals and recent graduates in the Green Building movement by:

  • Creating opportunities to apply and enrich skills in adapting the best practices to plan, design, construct, operate and maintain high performance buildings and communities
  • Providing access to industry education, including LEED AP and LEED Green Associate exam prep
  • Enabling integration into the growing Green Building industry as qualified employees and professionals
  • Creating networking opportunities to promote professional and career development

Want to get involved? 

As an Emerging Professional you are eligible for USGBC NJ Chapter membership at a 50% reduced rate! Click here for USGBC NJ membership information.

For more on Emerging Professionals, contact executivedirector@usgbcnj.org.

LEED Neighborhood Development (LEED ND) Committee

The members of the LEED® ND Committee are stewards of LEED in neighborhoods around the state, integrating the principles of smart growth, new urbanism, and green building. Our goal is to educate key project stakeholders about the benefits and necessities of sustainable development. We will continually strive to increase membership, develop educational programs, and work with other USGBC NJ Chapter committees. The committee usually meets 1 to 2 times per month and organizes special activities that are both social and educational for its members and guests.

We recognize that for New Jersey to become sustainable, it must offer its residents a high quality of life at low cost, and it must do so for the long term. Some ways to achieve this goal are:

  • Preserve and regenerate the natural landscape
  • Encourage pedestrian-oriented development
  • Promote alternate forms of transportation that are efficient, and environmentally and socially responsible
  • Ensure that buildings constructed n these urban areas are state-of-the-art green facilities
Committee Chair: Michael R. Thomas, LEED AP ND, mrt137@hotmail.com 
Program Chair: Dave Roberts, LEED AP ND
For more on LEED ND,  contact the committee chair at mrt137@hotmail.com or executivedirector@usgbcnj.org.