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About Build It Green

Smart Environmental Solutions from the Ground Up

Build It Green is a membership-supported Bay Area nonprofit established in 2005. Our organization works with building and real estate professionals, local and state governments, and homeowners to increase awareness and adoption of green building practices. Our mission is to promote healthy, energy- and resource-efficient building practices in California through outreach and education.
 
Our vision is for a more sustainable world where all homes are built to support the health and vitality of people and the natural environment. We believe that changing how homes are designed, built, and remodeled is essential to preventing climate change, minimizing pollution, and protecting natural resources for future generations.
 
Three strategic objectives guide our work:
  • Support innovative public programs: We partner with governments and utilities to design, implement, and administer programs that promote private sector innovation and incentivize adoption of green building practices statewide.
     
  • Increase supply of green homes: We train building and real estate professionals on the latest best practices and connect these professionals with consumers.
     
  • Stimulate consumer demand: We build awareness of the benefits of green building by providing GreenPoint Rated as a trustworthy, recognized brand for green homes.

Build It Green’s program development strategy has been to incubate good ideas in the San Francisco Bay Area and then expand them statewide, helping to establish California as a role model to other states and the nation for developing pragmatic solutions to environmental challenges. We strive to design our programs to have wide-reaching policy impacts that can positively impact many Californians.

To foster collaboration and accelerate the adoption of green building practices, Build It Green provides professional forums and events that bring together stakeholders from key building industries. Our forums facilitate learning, encourage advocacy, grow leadership skills, and leverage the capacity of individuals and organizations en masse to work toward mutually beneficial goals. These forums also multiply the impacts of our other programs.