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In Industry 02.5.2016

LEED Fellow 2016 application guide

"LEED Fellow" designates the most exceptional professionals in the green building industry, and it is the most prestigious designation awarded by GBCI. Here are the answers to some of the questions you may have about applying for the LEED Fellow program: Who should be involved? The nominee will submit all the documents comprising the application packet, but they are encouraged to work closely with their application team, which includes their nominator, LEED Project Experience...

In Center for Green Schools 02.4.2016

Greening higher education: Q&A with Tim Carter of Second Nature

Last week, we launched a blog series featuring USGBC partners who have committed to collaborate for the future of higher education sustainability. In this installment, we talk to Tim Carter, president of Second Nature. Second Nature envisions higher education playing a prominent leadership role in shaping research, learning and communities that inspire and operationalize a sustainable global future. As part of this commitment, your organization supports a vision that by 2025, millions of...

In Media 02.3.2016

USGBC Announces New Director in Georgia

Beth Cope will lead the state’s green building efforts toward a more sustainable future Washington, D.C.—(Feb. 3, 2016)—Today, USGBC announced the appointment of Beth Cope as the new director of USGBC Georgia. In this role, Cope will work to advance USGBC’s mission to transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated through localized engagement and outreach throughout the state. “Beth is a game-changer who will take the USGBC...

In LEED 02.2.2016

LEED v4 education: water (in review)

In January, we focused on water and how it’s addressed in LEED v4. Did you miss it? Visit the LEED v4: Water course page in Education @USGBC to access all of the materials for this month. LEED v4 and water (in review)  Explore courses. While the courses below are no longer free, they are still available. Increase your knowledge with these credit-by-credit reviews. LEED v4 Rating System Review (BD+C and ID+C): Water Efficiency / Energy and Atmosphere (1.5 CE hours) LEED v4...

In LEED 02.5.2016

Super Bowl 50 demonstrates sustainability in the LEED-certified Levi’s Stadium

This coming Sunday, Super Bowl 50 will bring together the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos for a final showdown of the 2015 season of the National Football League.  The Super Bowl 50 Host Committee is dedicated to demonstrating sustainability throughout the event, which involves a focus on reducing the game’s impact on climate change, as well as using resources and materials responsibly. In addition to an awareness of net positive opportunities, the game will also be held in...

In International 02.4.2016

LEED Lab Latin America: Online panel Feb. 10

Join USGBC and a panel of LEED Lab instructors from Mexico and Peru on February 10 for a special call on LEED Lab in Latin America.  When: Wednesday, Feb. 10 at 3:00 p.m. EST Where: Webex online On this call, you will Learn the ins and outs of implementing the LEED Lab course, from setting the class agenda to preparing students to take a LEED professional exam. Hear how LEED Lab has been adapted to seamlessly integrate with university culture and classrooms in Latin America. Explore...

In Advocacy and policy 02.3.2016

Climate Leaders: Anne Kelly on investment, BICEP and our energy future [podcast]

In this episode of the Climate Leaders podcast series, we talk with Anne Kelly, the senior program director for public policy and director of the Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy (BICEP) program at Ceres. Ceres is a nonprofit coalition of businesses and investors who seek to actively promote leadership and best practices in sustainability. In her role as head of the BICEP program, Kelly champions the path to meaningful climate...

In Community 02.2.2016

USGBC welcomes Detroit and Utah

Today, we are excited to welcome two USGBC communities as integrated regions of USGBC national. Please join us in welcoming USGBC Detroit and USGBC Utah! This transition comes as part of our chapter network evolution, which is piloting a new model for the USGBC community and local market engagement. This will provide an exciting opportunity for our local USGBC regions to enhance their operations and focus on the mission work that really matters. “On behalf of all of us at...

In Industry 02.4.2016

Top 10 States 2015: Virgin Hotel Chicago

Every year, USGBC names the top U.S. states leading the nation in sustainable building through LEED. The 2015 Top 10 States list honors transformative efforts at the state level to create healthier, more energy- and water-efficient places to live, learn, work and play. In 2015 alone, 1,633 projects were certified in the United States—equivalent to an incredible 275 million square feet. In this series, we spotlight the standout LEED-certified projects of 2015 that contributed to the...

In International 02.3.2016

Good luck in the Year of the Monkey: Best wishes to green building leaders in China

The Chinese Spring Festival is coming soon, and on behalf of USGBC, I send our warmest wishes to everyone around the world celebrating the Chinese New Year. Over the past five years, I have witnessed firsthand the evolution of the green building movement in China. 2015 was an exciting year. China continues to show tremendous leadership; it is the third largest market for LEED outside of the United States, with 732 LEED projects covering 26.7 million GSM of certified space. You have continued to...

In Community 02.3.2016

LEED professionals around the world: Italy

Meet Fabio Viero,head of sustainability and LEED AP at Manens-Tifs s.p.a., a consulting firm that specializes in sustainability and energy issues for buildings. Based in Italy, Viero has more than 25 LEED projects in his portfolio that include many company headquarters, hospitals, data centers and retail, along with a museum and a library.   1) Why do you use LEED? We use LEED to promote sustainability on our projects with our clients and benchmark the performance of...

In Center for Green Schools 02.1.2016

Best of Green Schools 2016 call for nominations

The Center for Green Schools at USGBC is excited to announce its partnership with the Green Schools National Network to co-present the “Best of Green Schools 2016.” The Best of Green Schools recognizes the people, schools, campuses and organizations making a big difference in creating healthy, efficient learning environments for our students. 2015 was another fantastic year for the green schools movement. We have a lot to celebrate, and if not for the outstanding...