CTGBC hosts a number of active committees. Members are encouraged to participate in one or more of them; all are welcome.

Advocacy Committee

The Advocacy Committee assists CTGBC members in understanding the legislative process, to educate state and local governments’ understanding of green building. The Advocacy Committee also works as needed with the USGBC Advocacy Committee to support national initiatives. Responsibilities include: (1) Track pending legislation and make links to these bills available to members on the CTGBC website. (2) Implement Board policy regarding education and advocacy approved by the Board and “educate when possible, advocate as necessary”. (3) Provide support to USGBC national advocacy campaigns as appropriate and communicate same to members and the community at large. (4) Increase committee membership and establish committee succession plan to insure continued leadership.

Committee Chair: Ross Spiegel


Emerging Professionals

To serve as a point of entry for emerging professionals into the CTGBC and the green building movement, and to develop resources and networks to support their evolution into dynamic, visionary leaders who are dedicated to the creation of a sustainable future.

Committee Co-Chairs: Julia Dumaine and Nick Jones
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Events Committee

Produce events that cover all green building topics, appealing to a wide cross-section of members and non-members, in all areas of sustainability and high performance buildings. These events include the CTGBC annual Awards Celebration and Holiday Gathering. The Outreach & Engagement Division and it's committees create events relative to their committee scope. All committees help support other committee events with resources & logistics.

Committee Chair: Katie Symonds


Green Schools

The Green Schools Committee and its leader assists CTGBC members and future members in understanding the trends and challenges of green building in the K-12 and Higher Education sectors. This Committee supports the US GBC’s National Green Schools Campaign on the Greening of Existing Schools as its major focus in their 2012 and 2013 Action Plans. It is recognized that while there are 5 to 10 new schools built in Connecticut each year (designed and built to LEED Silver standards), we are concerned about the energy efficiency, indoor air quality environment, sustainability and safety of the 1050 existing schools in the state.

Committee Chair: Leon Levine


Green Building for Homes

The Green Building for Homes Committee assists CTGBC members and future members in understanding the trends and challenges of green building in the residential sector. This committee provides green home building information and outreach events to public, professional and government audiences including, but not limited to, tours, green homes solutions and incentives, energy efficiency and greening the MLS, often collaborating with like-minded groups. 

Committee Chair: Andrew Baumer


Health and Wellbeing

The Health and Wellbeing Committee is focused on healthy building practices, such as the WELL Building Standard, and buildings in the healthcare sector. 

Committee Chair: Tanya Cutolo


Living building challenge

The Living Building Challenge is a green building certification program of the International Living Future Institute. The built environment's most rigorous performance standard, the program calls for the creation of building projects at all scales that operate as cleanly, beautifully and efficiently as nature's architecture. To be certified under the Challenge, projects must meet a series of ambitious performance requirements over a minimum of 12 months of continuous occupancy.  Living Building Challenge: Connecticut Collaborative is a community-based, in-person group of Living Building Challenge Ambassadors that provides an opportunity for informal learning experiences and advances community transformation. Collaborative members create the local conditions that allow for development of Living Buildings, Sites and Neighborhoods.

Committee Co-Chairs: Melissa Kops and Nora Rizzo



The goal of the Marketing/Communications committee is to increase the visibility and strengthen the presence of the CTGBC in the state. We aim to achieve this goal by creating both member and outreach related communications utilizing: newsletters, targeted email, tradeshows, events, social media, and the web.

Committee Chair: Kris Coperine



To retain and recruit members through resourceful communication and exposure to the unique opportunities the CT GBC offers including professional development, knowledge sharing and contact with like-minded individuals and businesses.

Committee Chair: Caroline DiDomenico


Professional Development & Credentialing Committee

Assists with the preparation of individuals to successfully pass the LEED – Green Associate and LEED-AP with specialty exams. The Professional Development & Credentialing Committee facilitates the maintenance of the LEED credentials of LEED accredited professionals and provides general educational content on green building and sustainability for the CTGBC membership, and CT residential and commercial building markets. CTGBC is also authorized to deliver GPRO courses developed by Urban Green, the New York City Chapter of the USGBC. Per Urban Green, the program "teaches the principles of sustainability and trade-specific green construction knowledge to people who build, renovate and maintain buildings." CTGBC offers GPRO classes on a regular basis.

Committee Co-Chairs: Nick Jones and Sheri Dieso
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Upper Northeast Regional Committee

The UNRC acts as the liaison between the CTGBC and the Upper Northeast Region Chapters to integrate the CTGBC’s mission, goals and resources with other regional committees to facilitate and promote sustainability in our area.

Representative: Tom Nichols