Founding member and former board member Kirk Teske was asked by the AIA to chair the Committee on the Environment (COTE) beginning in June 2002. Kirk agreed to do so with the understanding that he would use the COTE as a platform to start the the North Texas Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council. The region needed an organization for all building disciplines educated in sustainability to promote understanding and implementation of sustainable development. On June 13, 2002 with the AIA's approval the chapter was born. It became the second chapter, after Houston, to establish a presence in Texas.

The first meeting was held on July 11, 2002. Initial interest was incredible. Strong collaboration was fueled by genuine passion from a group of more than 50 volunteers who understood the need for such an organization. On August 28, Kirk sent a letter to the USGBC requesting recognition as an organizing group.

Since our initial founding in 2002 by a handful of individuals determined to make a difference in our built environment, the chapter has grown to almost 900 members strong. These dedicated volunteers are working to advance design and construction practices that provide healthy places to live while remaining environmentally responsible and economically profitable. Our membership includes building owners, homeowners, developers, designers, contractors, manufacturers, lawyers, educators, bankers, and accountants.

Over the years, we have partnered with the Home Builder's Association of Greater Dallas, the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA), the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the City of Dallas, which has been involved at a high level from the outset and has continued to serve as an in-kind sponsor and to provide resources.

As we expand our membership and seek diversity, our volunteers continue to transform and achieve positive influence on North Texas environmental issues through education and advocacy efforts.

The North Texas Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council is a non-profit organization. Our mission is simple: promote a sustainable, profitable and healthy built environment in the North Texas area through education, professional training and outreach.


2002 - June 13, approval from AIA and COTE committee to start chapter
2002 - July 11, first organizing meeting with 17 people in attendance
2002 - August 28, letter to the USGBC requesting recognition as a group
2003 - January, first steering committee meeting
2003 - August 12, officially recognized as a provisional chapter
2004 - October, Trammell S Crow recognized as first big sponsor
2004 - December, reached over 100 members
2004 - First elections for Board of Directors, First Chairman — Jana Connor
2005 - Obtained 501c3 status
2006 - Became a recognized chapter of USGBC
2006 - Signed charter and license agreement with USGBC
2006 - Initiated chapter newsletter
2007 - Hired first full-time employee, Chapter Coordinator
2007 - First Sustainable Showcase
2008 - First Executive Director, Cindy Stanley
2009 - First Green Home Summit (now Texas Building Summit)
2009 - First Green Operations Summit
2009 - First chapter leadership award to Mayor Tom Leppert
2010 - New website launch with online project gallery
2011 – Launched first in-house continuing education webinar series
2011 – Jonathan Kraatz named Executive Director