Invest in Nature

by Gracie Tilman

The SITES-certified Cultural Arts Corridor: The Lower Ramble in Fayetteville, Arkansas. / image: Watershed Conservation Resource Center

The U.S. Green Building Council is investing in our planet. Our nature-based solutions strategy, which was submitted to the White House “Invest in Nature” call to action for nature-based commitments and investments, will guide us in creating new opportunities for learning, and increasing access to, nature-based solutions.

To create more awareness and reach new audiences:

  • USGBC will promote nature-based education in our course catalog by offering free courses related to the SITES program for Earth Day (through May).
  • USGBC will connect experienced professionals with others who are seeking education in nature-based solutions and SITES, collaborate with organizations who represent or convene diverse or disadvantaged landscape professionals to understand their needs, and provide a free virtual introduction to SITES, along with discounts to the SITES AP credential.
  • In addition, USGBC will emphasize nature-based solutions in the biodiversity-themed summer issue of USGBC+ and create new training and education where needs are identified.

See the full article on to learn how USGBC is enabling schools, teachers, and educators to deliver more nature-based lessons and improving the resilience of our cities and communities.

For more on the Biden administration’s Invest in Nature agenda, see the recording of the White House Invest in Nature Summit, which took place on April 20, 2023.

Gracie Tilman is the Advocacy Partnerships Associate on USGBC’s Advocacy & Policy team. Prior to her current role, she was an Associate on USGBC’s Global Market Development team, where she worked closely with members in the consulting, education, and government sectors. Gracie began her time at USGBC as an intern on the Advocacy & Policy and Global Market Development teams. She shares USGBC’s mission of creating a more sustainable, healthy, equitable, and resilient built environment and wants to continue pursuing that mission throughout her career.

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