Emerald Gives 2024

Building A Better World

Pro-Bono Sustainable Consulting for Nonprofits

EmeraLD Gives 2024

Become a Steward of Sustainability

Emerald Gives Social Media_V3 (1)Attention Nonprofits! 🌱🏢 Struggling with limited resources to achieve sustainability goals? We understand and are here to help! Emerald is thrilled to announce a one-of-a-kind initiative, pro-bono consulting services valued at $30,000. The result: LEED Operations and Maintenance (O+M) certification strategy for one lucky U.S.-based nonprofit and its primary building!


By partnering with us, you can transform your organization into a shining beacon of environmental responsibility while simultaneously cutting down operational costs and enhancing your reputation as a steward of sustainability.


Don't miss this chance to gain the coveted LEED O+M certification in 2024 and make a lasting positive impact on our planet. Together we can drive sustainable change and create a brighter, greener future. The application deadline is now past and we are no longer accepting applications for 2024. See below for details for Emerald Gives 2025.


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Announcing the 2024 Emerald Gives Winner!

Drumroll, please! We're ecstatic to announce the 2024 Emerald Gives Winner: It’s the home of the world-renowned Cleveland Orchestra the iconic and breathtaking Severance Music Center, located in Cleveland's University Circle! 🎉
Ron Willner, VP of Venue Operations at Severance Music Center, said, “Severance Music Center is absolutely thrilled to join forces with Emerald Built Environments on our new sustainability initiatives. As we set out on this path towards ambitious sustainable goals, this partnership marks a significant stride towards making an even greater impact on the University Circle area and all who grace our historic venue."
Emerald is excited to support this historic building in their journey to achieving LEED Operations + Maintenance Certification!

What Is Emerald Gives: Building a Better World?


Through Emerald Gives, we bring forward our core values by engaging with the community and its non-profit organizations in achieving sustainable results. One component of Emerald Gives is complimentary certification services - the Emerald team selects one organization to support in seeking a sustainable building certification annually.  


What Does a Nonprofit Receive If They Are Selected?


Pursuing certification under LEED for Operations and Maintenance can result in financial benefits for the organization, such as increased donor interest and resource consumption savings. 


The 2024 recipient of this initiative will receive pro-bono consulting services for the pursuit of LEED certification under the LEED Operations and Maintenance for Existing Buildings rating system. This certification focuses on concepts such as: 


  • Indoor air quality 
  • Sustainable purchasing 
  • Green cleaning 
  • Human experience 
  • Ongoing recycling and waste management 
  • Energy and water efficiency 
  • Sustainable building and grounds maintenance 

LEED O+M is a performance-based certification that awards points when reported data and documentation comply with requirements. Certification documentation includes occupant surveys, building and site design elements, written policies, and annual performance data for utilities, waste, and transportation, among others. 


Don't fret! - Emerald will be aiding you in preparing documentation for certification and will give you tools to track performance.   


What Will It Cost Us?

The organization must be willing to pay related LEED registration and certification fees - which are $1,350 for registration and a minimum of $2,150 for certification fees (for buildings below 50,000sf and ~$.042 /SF for larger buildings). These fees will be paid directly to the Green Building Certification Institute.


What Are the Eligibility Requirements?


  • The selected organization must be a US Based 501 (c)(3) organization. 
  • The organization must own, and be the sole occupant of the building it seeks to certify.
  • The building it seeks to certify must have been in service for at least 12 consecutive months.
  • The building must be open to visitors/clients/students on a regular basis. 
  • The organization must be willing to pay related LEED registration and certification fees - $1,350 for registration and a minimum of $2,150 for certification fees (up to 50,000sf and ~$.042 /SF). These will be paid directly to the Green Building Council. 
  • The organization must be able to complete the work required for certification within 9 months of agreeing to move forward with certification.


How Do I Apply?


Applications for this are no longer being accepted. However, if you are interested in being considered for Emerald Gives 2025, fill out the form below!

Interested in Emerald Gives 2025?

2022 Emerald Gives Recipient

Hathaway Brown


Learn about the experience Hathaway Brown School had as the 2022 recipient of Emerald Gives, including:
  • What led them to apply
  • What changes they are making now that they are operating more sustainably
  • How Emerald helped the process
And find out if they'd recommend this to other nonprofits!

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