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In Advocacy and policy 01.23.2015

The green builder's preview to the 114th Congress

With the change in leadership in the Senate and growing numbers of conservatives in the House of Representatives, many questions have come up regarding what to expect with green building policies in this new Congress. While there are certainly many unknowns, here are some issues to keep an eye out for that both sides of the aisle have shown interest in considering. Energy efficiency is still a top of line issue As the new chair of the Energy Committee, Senator Lisa Murkowski (AK) has reaffirmed...

In Industry 01.22.2015

AmericanAirlines Arena: First sports venue to achieve LEED Gold recertification

The Miami Heat has never shied away from being the first to try something or set the bar. While most will think this applies only on the court, our continued efforts in environmental sustainability prove that this mindset extends off the basketball court as well. Back in 2009, this put us in a neck-in-neck race with the Atlanta Hawks to become the first NBA facility to earn the prestigious LEED certification. Five years later, the same tenacity gives us the honor of AmericanAirlines Arena...

In Center for Green Schools 01.19.2015

The numbers are in! 2014 Green Apple Day of Service stats

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a time to focus on what we can do for others, something we know that supporters of the green schools movement do all year long.  Last year saw the biggest turnout ever for Green Apple Day of Service. More than 3,800 events, projects and commitments took place in 43 countries, with 306,000 volunteers supporting the learning environments of more than two million students.  Would you have guessed that at least 40% of volunteers spent the third annual Day of...

In Education 01.14.2015

Get to know USGBC Pro Reviewer Razan Nejem

USGBC Pro Reviewers are experts in green building and sustainability who review courses on Education @USGBC. They provide detailed feedback to the course creators, as well as reviews on the course page. This feedback helps the course creators improve their education, and helps other users decide whether or not the course is a good fit for them. Meet our USGBC Pro Reviewer Razan Nejem Who's your employer? JAIN What's your position? Environmental Engineer What's your favorite course that you...

In Advocacy and policy 01.22.2015

State of the Union 2015: Obama's focus on climate change

This week Obama delivered the 2015 State of the Union, and in his remarks he declared that there is no greater threat than climate change. "And no challenge—no challenge—poses a greater threat to future generations than climate change." In last year's address the president emphasized that, "Climate change is a fact," and this year he challenged Congress to recognize that climate change is a trend and it poses immediate risks. "2014 was the planet's warmest year on record....

In Community 01.20.2015

Craig Immel goes above and beyond in Oklahoma

This month, Craig Immel was recognized as one of USGBC's Above and Beyond Volunteers. Above and Beyond volunteers are leaders whose contributions have led to outstanding achievements in the green building movement. Craig is the Chair of the USGBC Oklahoma Chapter Board of Directors and the Immediate Past Regional Chair of the South Central Regional Council. He is also the founder and operator of Steady State Geothermal and Green Property Funds. In 2012, Craig Immel was named one of Oklahoma...

In Community 01.16.2015

Meet GBCI: Jackie Hofmaenner

What's your name and title at GBCI?Jackie Hofmaenner, LEED Certification Reviewer How long have you been on staff? Since June of 2010 Your hometown?Northport, NY Fill in the blank: We are ___________.All connected. What are you currently reading?The Art of Happiness by the Dalai Lama and Howard Cutler Favorite book/movie/tv show/band?I always have a hard time picking favorites, but a great book that I would recommend is Shantaram. What's your favorite part of being on staff?The mission...

In Industry 01.14.2015

Now’s the time to become a LEED professional

Did you make a New Year’s resolution to step up your professional game in 2015? Are you working in a field related to building design or environmental sustainability? Not sure what your next steps should be for making good on your new goal for self-improvement? Well, lucky for you, you've come to the right place.  Here’s what you should know: environmental and sustainability fields are poised for growth in the coming years, and this is sure to drive the demand for LEED...

In Industry 01.22.2015

2015 Building Energy Summit: How technology is taking green buildings to the next level

Green is good. It’s good for the environment, and it’s good for business. In the real estate business, having a “green building” means constructing and operating it in a way that benefits the environment—and also benefits the bottom line. Tenants are happier and healthier, leasing rates are higher, and operational expenses are lower.  But there’s only so much energy efficiency that can be achieved through equipment upgrades and behavior modification....

In Community 01.19.2015

Reflections on the service of USGBC volunteers in 2014

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “The time is always right to do what is right.”  USGBC volunteers live those words as they tirelessly work to advance USGBC’s mission to transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated, to enable an environmentally and socially responsible, healthy, and prosperous environment that improves the quality of life for all. 2014 was a big year for USGBC volunteer service: tens of thousands of volunteers served...

In Education 01.16.2015

Top 3 courses you should take this month (January 2015)

Looking to grow your green building knowledge? Check out January's top three courses, all created by USGBC Chapters. 1. Beyond Buildings: LEED for Neighborhood Development in Massachusetts, USGBC MA This course will provide attendees with an overview of the LEED for Neighborhood Development Rating system, its current status and how it has helped shape the entire LEED v4 suite of rating systems. It will also discuss LEED ND's application to real projects in Massachusetts. 2. New...

In LEED 01.13.2015

Optimize your water heater, optimize your energy savings

This article is the fifth installment in a series of tips and best practices for making your home more sustainable. Check out the first article on behavioral changes you can make to live greener at home, the second article on programmable thermostats, the third article on energy-efficient lighting. and the fourth article on overhauling your appliances. Water heating typically accounts for about 18% of your utility bill, meaning it uses enough energy to be a great source for...

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