GBA Membership Changes in 2018

As 2017 comes to a close, we at Green Building Alliance have been busy strategizing how to broaden our impact (on which we’re excited to share our 2018-2020 Strategic plan early in the new year). As part of our refined mission and vision, we are changing the names, pricing, and benefits of GBA membership effective January 1, 2018.

If you’re already a GBA member, no action is needed. However, if you’d like to lock in the current pricing for another year, you can renew your active GBA membership by December 31, 2017. Here’s a sneak peak of how we’ll continue to build a diverse community of sustainability leaders across Western Pennsylvania through our membership:

INDIVIDUAL MEMBERSHIP

Professional ($95)

  • USGBC discount ($75)
  • Emerging Professional discount ($40)  for professionals under age 35

Advocate ($25)

ORGANIZATIONAL MEMBERSHIP

Steward ($350 for 4 individuals)

  • Nonprofit & Government discount ($175 for 4 individuals)

Catalyst ($600 for 8 individuals)

Champion ($1,200 for 20 individuals)

Professional and Organizational members will continue to receive free automatic CEU reporting to AIA and USGBC, recognition in GBA’s annual report, access to exclusive member-only events, discounted admission to educational events, and other benefits you’ve come to enjoy. Additional member benefits new in 2018 include:

  • Free admission to GBA’s Summer Soiree member appreciation event
  • Premium membership to International Living Future Institute (ILFI) for $50 (discount from $150)

As further thanks, if you renew or join before the end of the year, you will be entered to win one of three gift cards (totaling $900) for specialty goods from local producers at Monmade.

WHY ARE WE CHANGING OUR MEMBERSHIP LEVELS?

The GBA community unites architects, environmentalists, engineers, owners, teachers, contractors, community leaders, developers, and everyone in between.  To realize our vision that every building and community is sustainable so every person can thrive, we need green building Stewards, Catalysts, and Champions who work across sectors, acting locally to answer global challenges.

We work to advance innovation in the built environment by empowering people to create environmentally, economically, and socially vibrant places. Our core supporters have always been Professionals in the green building industry, but we are excited to grow our community by offering an Advocate membership for supporters who are inspired to bring healthy and sustainable practices to their own lives.

WHY ARE WE RAISING PRICES?

Our current member rates have been in place since 2011. Since that time, GBA has grown a lot — and so has the value of our membership.  We are committed to continuing to enhance the value of your membership. We’re navigating an increasingly crowded field of certifications and credentials to providing trainings and events that keep you up-to-date on the latest green building standards including LEED, WELL, Passive House, Living Building Challenge, and more.  As Western Pennsylvania continues to push the boundaries of sustainability, we’ll also be delivering more behind-the-scenes tours of innovative buildings and spaces. In addition to offering our annual Summer Soiree free to all members, we are providing deep discounts on memberships and events with partners like International Living Future Institute (ILFI). Whichever way you connect to the GBA community, your membership creates a sustainable future where everyone in our region can thrive.

If you have any questions or concerns about our new membership details, please contact Ryan Walsh at ryanw@gbapgh.org.

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