The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) have announced an expansion of their strategic partnership to accelerate the adoption of buildings that they say prioritize people, communities and the natural environment.

Beginning in early 2023, the partnership will focus on streamlining the process for achieving dual WELL and LEED certifications and explore future opportunities to accelerate the development of new tools and resources to support a growing green workforce.

“Not only are we doing more to bridge LEED and WELL in the market, we’re also coordinating across shared organizational objectives, such as elevating equity in the built environment, opening up new sources of capital for green and healthy buildings and bringing a unified voice to our shared priorities,” said Peter Templeton, president and chief executive officer, USGBC and Green Building Certification Inc.

Additionally, through the partnership, USGBC and IWBI will extend and expand their shared efforts across several other priorities, including social equity, sustainable finance and advocacy.