LEED by example


The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. USGBC’s mission is “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.”

USGBC builds on this vision through the development and improvement of the LEED rating system. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the most widely used green building rating system in the world. LEED certification is a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement.


A LEED Project should aim to accomplish the following:

  • Reverse Contribution to Global Climate Change

  • Enhance Individual Human Health and Well-Being

  • Protect and Restore Water Resources

  • Protect, Enhance and Restore Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

  • Promote Sustainable and Regenerative Material Resources Cycles

  • Build a Greener Economy

  • Enhance Social Equity, Environmental Justice, and Community Quality of Life


National City Chamber of Commerce

The National City Chamber of Commerce is the only Chamber of Commerce in South Bay to have a Green Business Program Coordinator as a full-time staff member dedicated to promoting sustainability. The GBP Coordinator also holds a LEED Green Associate accreditation by the U.S. Green Building Council. The LEED Green Associate is a foundational professional credential signifying core competency in green building principles. 

The Chamber received LEED Platinum certification for Building Operations and Maintenance - the highest rating possible for energy efficiency and environmental sustainability. The Chamber will serve as a showcase model of green building principles by educating the business community and chamber visitors on the importance and positive impact of implementing sustainable strategies. LEED by Example is a new and exciting program of the GBP that will promote LEED best practices and principles as well as recognize organizations and partners dedicated to helping the chamber achieve certification. 


LEED is structured to promote sustainability in 6 key areas, known as credit categories. Below are projects that the Chamber has worked/ is working on to improve sustainability of the building, in collaboration with some of our Green Business Program (GBP) Partners.


    • Promote the use of public transportation by distributing public transportation schedules for visitors in the Chamber Lobby.

    • Consideration of implementing an alternative work schedule for employees to reduce GHG emisions and improve employee well being.


    • Partnership with Nu-Vue Windows Films, Inc. for installation of window tinting of all windows and exterior doors​. Window films make a building more energy efficient by reducing glare, heat, and UV rays.


    • Installed of water efficient faucets​ in restrooms which are WaterSense certified with a flow rate of 0.5 gallons per minute.

    • Installed of low flow aerators in kitchen faucets helping reduce flow rate to 0.5 gallons per minute.

    • Water saving watering schedules for outdoor irrigation with high efficiency sprinkler nozzles.


    • Enrolled in​ SDG&E's Eco-Choice Program to source 100% its electricity from renewable sources.

    • Participated in SDG&E Business Energy Solution Program which contracted Matrix Energy Services to switch all interior lighting to energy efficient LEDs.

    • Promote energy saving behaviors such as shutting down or hibernating computers at the end of each work day.

    • Maximizing day lighting by opening blinds instead of turning on the lights.

    • Commitment to purchase Energy Star certified electronics (refrigerator, printer, etc.)


    • Use of Pure Water Technology's point of use water purification system in conference room and break room helps with waste reduction at the source by eliminating the need to purchase plastic bottled water. It also helps fight against water privatization, especially water from unsustainable sources.

    • Partnership with EDCO to provide services for waste and recycling collecting and processing.

    • Official drop off location of household batteries (in partnership with EDCO) for recycling.

    • Commitment to purchase office paper products with post-consumer recycled content, such as:

      • Office Depot Envirocopy 30 Paper ​- Green Seal and FSC Certified

    • Re-purposing paper, printed on one-side, as scratch paper and printing only when needed.

    • Commitment to purchase sanitary paper products with post-consumer recycled content.

    • Commitment to sourcing promotional items that are reusable and recyclable such as reusable bags and water bottles.


    • Waxie Sanitary Supply's Green Partner Support (GPS) provides green cleaning supplies to ensure the protection of human health and reduction of impacts on the environment.

    • Contracting cleaning service providers that utilize certified green cleaning chemicals. Certification labels include Green Seal or EcoLogo certifications.


The Chamber is seeking organizations to support the LEED by Example project via financial support or in-kind donations. Your support will help cover the costs of the LEED certification process and for improvements made to the building and our operations. In exchange for your generous support, we will recognize your organization by having your logo and name featured on a plaque at the chamber for all visitors to see, listed as a contributing sponsor of the LEED by Example project on marketing material, and an invitation to join us in the complete process of the LEED certification and award ceremony.


For more information on supporting the Green Business Program click here.



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