• "Building science and green design brought me to Cascadia, but the passion and dedication of the community is what keeps me coming back."

    - Gabe Cross, Eugene

  • "As a member, I feel part of a community focused on finding solutions that help resolve some of today's pressing environmental challenges."

    - Priya Premchandran, Portland

  • Becoming a member is a way to show my support for a worldwide movement that challenges me to think about the built environment differently."

    - Kyra Hughes, Seattle Eastside

  • "Striving to develop a world of energy independence requires creative collaboration efforts that I gain through my Cascadia Membership."

    - William Ranes, Olympia

  • "Being a member has helped shape the direction of my career and opened up opportunities that would not have been there without Cascadia's umbrella of members and staff."

    - Stacy Smedley, Seattle

  • "ILFI and the Living Building Challenge paint a profound and attractive picture of the future. As a member, I can share this powerful living vision and help deliver it today."

    - Jerome Partington, Auckland, NZ

  • "Cascadia brings together the people who most regularly operate at the junction between what the built environment could be and what it is. I apply knowledge gained from my involvement with Cascadia every day."

    -Alec Mesdag, Juneau

  • Membership is about supporting and being part of a leadership community with high impact locally and globally. Not to mention it is a pretty fun group of people!"

    - Ken Hall, San Francisco

  • "In this dynamic and ever-evolving industry, Membership is by far my BEST link to the region's cutting edge practitioners."

    - Andrew Hafzalla, Seattle

Select Membership

As a member of the International Living Future Institute (ILFI), you join a network of the most innovative and inspired people within the building industry dedicated to supporting the green building movement in local communities around the world. 

If you live or work in Alaska, British 
Columbia, Washington or Oregon
If you live or work anywhere else
in the world (aside from Australia*).

While the Institute's mission is global in scope, its roots are in North America's Cascadia bioregion. In addition to joining the Institute, members in this region also join its local program and partner, the Cascadia Green Building Council (Cascadia).  

*If you live or work in Australia, you can support our mission through the Living Future Institute of Australia (LFIA). Become an LFIA member today.


Member Benefits

  • Discounts to all Cascadia & ILFI events, including the Living Future unConference
  • 10% discount on all Ecotone Publishing Books if purchased through living-future.org
  • Free printed issue of  Trim Tab Magazine (mailed only to U.S. and Canadian members) and online issues.
  • Ability to earn continuing education hours at no extra charge (depending on your local collaborative offering)
  • Networking Opportunities

Chapter-Specific Benefits for Cascadia Members

  • Voting Rights for Cascadia Board of Directors elections
  • Eligible to become Cascadia Board Member and/or a Collaborative Steering Committee Member
  • Additional National benefits from the CaGBC (Canadian members only)

Membership FAQ


What is the difference between the Institute & Cascadia membership?
Cascadia & the Institute memberships are interchangeable. If you join Cascadia, you are also a member of the Institute, and vice versa!  The only differences are that our members who live in the Cascadia bioregion (AK, WA, BC or OR) are eligible to:

  • vote in the Cascadia Board of Directors elections
  • serve on the Cascadia Board of Directors and/or Branch Steering Committees

Can my company become a member?
No. Cascadia and Institute memberships are for individuals. If your company would like to become more involved, please consider becoming a sponsor.

If I become a Cascadia or Institute member, do I also become a member of the USGBC? CaGBC?
No. The USGBC and CaGBC are separate organizations with separate membership programs. Cascadia is a Chapter of both the USGBC and CaGBC, however membership is not reciprocal.

Does my membership get me access to the Living Building Challenge Community?
No, not at this time.  The Living Building Challenge Community is a subscribers-only section that offers technical resources for individuals or project teams working on Living Building Challenge projects. A subscription to the Living Building Challenge Community does not include the Institute or Cascadia membership, nor does the Institute or Cascadia membership include access to the Community. We are in the process of streamlining our membership program and our Living Building Challenge Community.  We'll keep both parties posted with any new developments.

How much does it cost?
The base price for membership is $100. We offer discounted rates for:

  • Employees of USGBC or CaGBC member organizations ($75)
  • Employees of the Institute/Cascadia sponsoring organizations ($75)
  • Emerging Professionals aged under 30 years ($35)
  • Elders aged 65 years or older ($35)

How long does my membership last?
Membership lasts for one full calendar year. 

I am unemployed and I can't afford a regularly priced membership. Can you help me?
Yes! Please send an email to membership@living-future.org and we will work with you.

Do you offer discounts for bulk membership purchases?
Yes! Contact membership@living-future.org to learn more.

How will I know when it's time to renew?
Members will receive two automated email notifications, one two weeks from the memberships scheduled expiration date and another one week from expiration. 

Where can I find a full list of Cascadia / Institute members?
Right here! http://living-future.org/membership/status

Is my membership contribution tax deductible?
In the United States, both the Cascadia Green Building Council and the International Living Future Institute are registered 501(c)3 non-profit organizations. Your Cascadia and Living Future Institute membership contribution qualifies as a tax deductible donation 
in the United States. In Canada, the Cascadia Green Building Council 2008 Society is a registered charity. Your Cascadia membership contribution qualifies as a tax deductible donation in Canada.

Why should I join?
Together with our members, we seek to catalyze the transformation toward communities that are socially just, culturally rich and ecologically restorative. Our members support the development and expansion of our vision for a Living Future, including the strategies embodied by the Living Building Challenge. Your membership:

  • Announces your commitment to creating a Living Future.
  • Makes us more effective when we advocate for local policies that support green building.
  • Underwrites leading-edge education, advocacy and outreach.
  • Helps advanced critical knowledge around The Living Building Challenge™.
  • Strengthens your local green building community.
  • Supports your professional development

I still have questions. What should I do?
Send an email to membership@living-future.org and our membership team can help you out!