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In Industry 10.30.2014

New sustainability report released: How California cities are changing the world

California could be the first major economy in the world to abandon fossil fuels as its primary energy source. California’s strategic energy policies foster an economic climate which generates funding for renewable energy, energy efficiency and innovative technology. In particular, proceeds from the state’s cap and trade auctions, mandates on utilities and the attraction of venture capital are funding renewable energy generation, energy efficiencymeasures in our buildings, and the...

In LEED 10.29.2014

LEED in Motion: Retail — Nike spotlight

Nike Store: Buenos Aires, Argentina LEED for Commercial Interiors: Gold Certified January 2013 LEED certification is the way Nike is able to verify and track its sustainability efforts and confirm that overall goals are being met. Nike states: “LEED is both rigorous and the most globally recognized green building certification platform available. Its global presence and application allow us to compare each store equally no matter the geography that it lives in. It is also recognized by...

In Center for Green Schools 10.28.2014

Center for Green Schools selfie: 2014 Midyear Report Card

Are you interested in a snapshot of the work that the Center for Green Schools has accomplished in the first half of 2014? We’ve just published our 2014 Midyear Report Card, our semi-annual check-in on progress we’ve catalyzed to advance the green schools movement.   As you’ll see below, we’ve grouped the channels through which we pursue our mission into three sections: The number of individuals equipped and empowered by the resources we create, the assistance...

In Community 10.27.2014

Two “Above and Beyond Volunteers” revolutionize sustainability in Chicago

Miki Sankary and Sia Xeros were recently recognized as two of USGBC's Above and Beyond Volunteers—volunteer leaders whose contributions have led to outstanding achievements in the green building movement. They are co-chairs of the Outreach group for USGBC Illinois Chapter’s Chicago Branch Emerging Professionals. Miki has: Developed the Emerging Professionals network in Illinois. Planned On The Table 2014, where green building industry professionals joined thousands of others...

In Media 10.30.2014

USGBC Announces 2014 School District Scholarship Recipients

School Districts to Receive Hands-on Sustainability Support Washington, D.C. – (Oct. 30, 2014) – The Center for Green Schools at USGBC announced today the 2014 recipients of its school district scholarship program. The six selected school districts across the nation will receive year-round support from the Center for Green Schools and a broad network of school sustainability leaders. “The School District Scholarship program provides real, on the ground opportunities for entire...

In Education 10.29.2014

A new vision for USGBC Faculty

USGBC Faculty are experienced educators with a strong background in both LEED and professional education. The Faculty designation recognizes professionals who are highly experienced and knowledgeable on the topics of LEED, green building and/or sustainability. USGBC Faculty also maintain well-honed presentation and facilitation skills. USGBC Faculty benefits include: A listing in the online USGBC Faculty directory Use of USGBC Faculty designation on business cards, letterhead, etc....

In Industry 10.28.2014

Five ways to follow the chain: How to know if a business is green

We all have our favorite places to browse, to hangout, to eat and to splurge. We have our favorite products that we reach for day after day. But how are we, as consumers, to know what our favorite brands are up to behind the scenes, and if they’re walking the walk, rather than just talking the talk about sustainability? With the release of the new LEED in Motion: Retail report, we’ve gained a valuable resource, a glimpse into the ways that retailers are engaging with the green...

In LEED 10.27.2014

Green tools for LEED service providers

We know that no two companies are the same, and each has its own unique culture, needs, goals and processes. With that in mind, we want to make LEED work for you. Whether you're connected to the project from the building owner/manger side or you're a green building service provider offering expertise that helps the project towards sustainability, we have an offering meant to help you reach your goals. Check out the options below that will help you enhance your business and apply LEED...

In Industry 10.30.2014

Sustaining Michelangelo’s frescoes with sustainable technology

The artistic brilliance of Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel frescoes are often said to take one's breath away. An instinctive act of reverence for time-tested talent—but, in reality, the simple act of breathing, exhaling carbon dioxide, by the Chapel’s six million annual visitors has been contaminating, and deteriorating, the frescoes. The problem became so severe that the Vatican considered closing the chapel to the public. Enter technology. Faced with the challenge of preserving a...

In Media 10.29.2014

USGBC Announces Extension of LEED 2009

Extension offers the green building industry additional time to prepare for the newest version of LEED WASHINGTON, DC (Oct. 29, 2014) – The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced today that it will allow LEED users to register projects under the LEED 2009 rating system until Oct. 31, 2016. The original date for LEED 2009 registration to close was June 15, 2015. Extending to October 2016 gives LEED users and members of the green building industry additional time to prepare for LEED...

In LEED 10.27.2014

Your LEED project is certified! Here's how you can start promoting it

Once your LEED project has earned certification, it’s likely that you’ll want to tell the world, and you should. LEED certification benefits your bottom line and underscores your sustainability efforts. It’s a cause for celebration! Take the first step and request to receive a formal certificate of recognition, and you can choose to order LEED plaques and certificates. LEED certificates and plaques LEED-certified projects are eligible to receive ten 11”x14”...

In Industry 10.25.2014

Rick's 2014 Greenbuild Journal: Day 4—Thoughts on closing day

Living, breathing history While admittedly biased on the subject, as great as Greenbuild 2014 was, I’m not sure any aspect of this year’s conference moved me any more than the magical moment in the closing plenary when new USGBC president Roger Platt introduced eight seminal figures in the Green Building movement—Bob Berkebile, David Gottfried, Scot Horst, Martha Jane Murray, Tom Paladino, Peter Templeton, Kath Williams and Alex Wilson—and they came up on stage and stood...

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