Delaware Valley Green Building Council’s (DVGBC) mission is to foster transformative impact in our communities through green building education and advocacy. The region is experiencing a significant construction boom and green building practices and policies are becoming increasingly mainstream. While the connection between buildings and our changing climate has increasingly come into focus as an achievable solution, there is also a heightened sense of urgency, as the future of climate protection seems uncertain.
DVGBC has been officially selected to lead the formation of the Philadelphia 2030 District. The initiative brings together property owners and managers with professional and community stakeholders, local governments, and utilities to achieve voluntary reductions in energy and water use, and in transportation emissions by the year 2030. Thus far, DVGBC has received commitments from buildings totaling over 3 million square feet to meet the District goals, a significant step towards reducing Philadelphia’s environmental impact.
Additionally, DVGBC has just published our policy framework, a series of recommendations for the City of Philadelphia to improve building performance, update standards and encourage innovations in the built environment. DVGBC intends to work in tandem with the mayoral administration, city council, and other stakeholders to achieve the proposals outlined.
DVGBC is also excited to have recently merged with Greater Philadelphia Passive House Association and the Living Building Challenge Collaborative. The merger strengthens our ability to work together efficiently as one organization, and leverages these networks to provide variety and depth in educational programming in green building rating systems and to achieve legislative outcomes.