Since 1998, national Council representatives have met to review global activities and offer support for each other's efforts. This led to the founding meeting of the WorldGBC in November of 1999 in California, United States, with eight countries in attendance: Australia, Canada, Japan, Spain, Russia, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and the United States.
Formal incorporation of the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) followed in 2002 – its primary role being to formalise international communications, help industry leaders access emerging markets, and provide an international voice for green building initiatives.
In early 2007, national Council leaders identified the urgent need to establish a Secretariat for the WorldGBC that could directly respond to the growing industry interest in green buildings and communities from an international perspective. The Secretariat was formally established in Toronto, Canada, working in partnership with the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA), a 350-person, 50-year-old organisation with a long history of environmental conservation.
The founding officers of the WorldGBC were:
Chair - Ché Wall, Lincolne Scott Pty Ltd. and Green Building Council of Australia
President - Rick Fedrizzi, Greenthink, LLC. and Founding Chair, US Green Building Council
Treasurer - Nellie Cheng, Canada Housing Mortgage Corporation and Canada Green Building Council
Secretary - Huston Eubank, Principal, Rocky Mountain Institute Green Development Services
Legal Counsel - Dan Slone, Partner, Mcguire Woods,
Founder - David Gottfried, WorldBuild Technologies Inc.