2015 Top Places to Work in PR: US Green Building Council

The word “family” is thrown around often at US Green Building Council (USGBC) and for good reason. The staff love to come together for annual events like Greenbake (baking competition), Greenbeard (beard competition complete with runway show), and the talent show at the holiday party. USGBC also likes to show its environmental side by participating in programs like the Big Green Commute.

Above USGBC’s 401k match and entirely funded health insurance plans, they offer incredible benefits such as tuition reimbursement and a generous vacation policy—everyone has off between Christmas and New Year’s Day! Also, employees can count as a benefit operating in an incredible LEED Platinum office, which features biophilic elements, daylighting, and even a waterfall.

In terms of growth opportunities, there is a lot of flexibility within USGBC’s position structure, so if an employee shows more promise/interest in another field they may be able to transition into a role that’s a better fit.

Senior Management makes an effort to be present for all staff, including meet and greet breakfasts to introduce new hires to the President and CEO. Many staff feel comfortable emailing the CEO directly, particularly about spotting interesting LEED buildings abroad. The President is often walking around the office checking in with staff and is quick with a joke.

In terms of volunteering, staff are encouraged to get involved on a variety of fronts. USGBC partners with Miriam’s Kitchen, a local soup kitchen, and has a monthly shift that employees can participate in. USGBC’s Center for Green Schools hosts a yearly program called “Green Apple Day of Service,” and there is always a local project that employees are invited to volunteer at.

Also, USGBC recently launched “Bringing Up Girls,” a mentorship project with the Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital Regional Council where female USGBC staff are paired with individual girls to help them plan and execute a Green Apple Day of Service project at their school.