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Calendar of Events

Climate Take Back - CEU

According to research conducted by Interface and Net Impact, 95% of climate experts believe that it is possible to reverse global warming and 91% of young leaders agree. The reason that both think it is possible is because we have everything we need, and both think the only thing that stands in our way is business as usual. Last year, the most comprehensive guide to reversing global warming was introduced by Paul Hawken entitled Drawdown followed by Bruce King™s The New Carbon Architecture. Interface™s 'Climate Take Back' plan offers an easy-to-understand framework which can be understood, adopted, and implemented by any organization. The research and the framework will be provided to all participants.


Acoustic and Aesthetic Suspended Ceiling Solutions Using Stone Wool - CEU

Architects, Specifiers, Interior Designers, and Building Science Professionals all have a long history of specifying stone wool for their insulation and sound absorption needs. Fire resistance, sound resistance, water resistance, thermal resistance, and dimensional stability are all features and benefits of stone wool. This presentation will discuss and explain in detail the features and benefits of using stone wool acoustical ceiling tiles. There will be an introduction to acoustics along with acoustical challenges and resolutions in commercial buildings.


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Get Involved!

Get Involved

Join a committee

Reach out to any of our board members or email [email protected] if you would like to volunteer or have questions.


Our Programing Committee is responsible for organizing webinars, tours, lunch-and-learns, volunteer event, and happy hours. They s
upport local program teams by making community connections, marketing events through chapter communication avenues, and promoting events through personal networks.

Green Schools

This is a great way to get involved with local schools and see how Louisiana's youth takes strides towards more socially and environmentally responsible communities.  The committee does this by developing the Green Schools Challenge program, engaging schools to participate, and coordingate schools and programming. 


This is a new committee which examines equity in green building and explores opportunities to include it in our programming and initiantives to engage the community.


The FORWARD committee organizes our annual FORWARD Symposium by finding speakers, gathering content, and coordiantating the event.


The Partnership Committee makes connections with other related organizations to coordinate events, judge sustainability awards, and maintain organizational relationships. 


The Fundraising Committee is responsible for coming up with new ideas to raise funds to support the chapater.  


The communications committee creates all of the marketing material for social media, the website, newsletter, and press. 

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Membership Drive

Our mission is to transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated, enabling an environmentally and socially responsible, healthy and prosperous Louisiana. We do this through education, advocacy, research, and service. Becoming a member helps us bring this mission to life. Become a member now and enjoy beneits all year long. Find out more here.

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A Word From Our Board...

Celebrating the 20th anniversary of Plan Baton Rouge are, from left, Andrés Duany, Cordell Haymon, Elizabeth Boo Thomas, Mark Drennen, and Davis Rhorer.  Photo courtesy Pam Bordelon, The Advocate Newspaper.
Celebrating the 20th anniversary of Plan Baton Rouge are, from left, Andrés Duany, Cordell Haymon, Elizabeth Boo Thomas, Mark Drennen, and Davis Rhorer.  Photo courtesy Pam Bordelon, The Advocate Newspaper.

In Memoriam, Davis Rhorer                                                                      An esteemed guest speaker at the United States Green Building Council Louisiana Chapter’s 5th Annual Forward Symposium last October, Davis Rhorer died March 9, 2021 at age 65 from complications related to coronavirus.  The longtime Executive Director of Baton Rouge’s Downtown Development District, Davis carried out its mission to initiate, incubate and support partnerships that developed and enhanced Downtown Baton Rouge.  Over the course of more than 30 years of service, he worked closely with the DDD Board of Directors, private sector partners, local government, non-profit and philanthropic organizations, helping to attract more than $2.3 billion in investments, while he and the organization won 40 design awards. 

     He was a leader in the development of Downtown Baton Rouge’s forward-looking master plan in 1998, along with pioneering new urbanism planner Andrés Duany, that gradually transformed the largely vacant, somewhat empty city core of many brutalist modern buildings in time by implementing 80% of 100 recommendations, including the renovated Hilton Capitol Center, Shaw Center for the Arts, 19th District Judicial Courthouse, Pennington Planetarium, hundreds of residential units, bike trails on the Mississippi River levee and along oak tree lined North Boulevard, and 9 new midrise art deco- and classical-inspired contemporary state office buildings, bringing three thousand state workers to downtown, creating what Andrés described during his Forward session as the “best Capitol district in the nation.”  Davis presented symposium attendees many of these accomplishments, with a focus on the recently completed Central Green and state-of-the-art River Center Library. 

     His work resonated around the state, as he worked closely with other downtown agencies from Shreveport to New Orleans, boosting the cause of urban revitalization.  The agency created to help implement Plan Baton Rouge was later transformed after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita into the Center for Planning Excellence, which today continues to help Louisiana communities realize their vision for a better quality of life.  BREC Superintendent Corey Wilson said, “His work is a shining example of what can be accomplished when people work together to better serve a community and we will continue implementing the… plan to make his vision of connectivity a reality."

Capitol Park
Capitol Park, State Office buildings, and downtown Baton Rouge courtesy Louisiana State University

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