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USGBC Central California is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization that educates, inspires, and provides resources to build and maintain sustainable communities right here in Central California. We believe in better buildings; places that complement our environment and enhance our communities. Places that give people better, brighter, healthier spaces to live, work and play. We believe in people: people that come together, collaborate, learn and inspire each other. 

USGBC Central California covers Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced and Tulare County.


Engage San Joaquin Valley communities in the transformational development and promotion of ecologically healthy built environments.


Empowered local communities that foster resilient solutions in the built environment.


USGBC Central California was formed in 2005 based on the desire to network and learn from one another the concept of sustainability and how it impacts the building industry. The initiative to start this new organization was led by the CSI Fresno Chapter and USGBC Central California achieved non-profit status in 2007.

In 2008, U.S. Green Building Council awarded the Central California region full chapter status allowing us to promote a mission to transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built, and operated, enabling an environmentally and socially responsible, healthy, and prosperous environment that improves the quality of life.

In 2016, USGBC Central California became an aligned chapter of USGBC National, and is developing its own regional approach to increase sustainability in Central California in the built environment.

Board of Directors

Glenn Terpstra, Interior Design Instructor, CSU Fresno, President

Charlie Harris, Principal, COO, Lifeflower LLC Vice-President

Sheila Hakimipour, Principal, Urban Diversity Design, Secretary

Ellis Vance, Retired Educator, Treasurer

Conrad Braganza, Sonoma County Tourism, Senior Manager, Research, Member-at-Large

Andres Jauregui, Director of Gazarian Real Estate Center, Associate Professor, CSU Fresno Member-at-Large

Elizabeth Perez, President of GC Green, Former Deputy Secretary & Tribal Liason at the California Department of Veterans Affairs, Member-at-Large

Mark Alvis, TV Producer and Green Building Contractor, Member-at-Large


Laura Gromis, Executive Director

Jenna Benitez, Project Coordinator

Metztli Maldonado, Marketing and Outreach Associate

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