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In Media 09.30.2014

Affordable Green Neighborhood Grant Recipients Announced

Washington, D.C. – (Sept. 30, 2014) – The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and Bank of America Charitable Foundation announced today the 11 projects selected for the 2014 Affordable Green Neighborhoods (AGN) grant program. Each of these neighborhood redevelopment projects are pursuing certification under USGBC’s LEED for Neighborhood Development rating system and are notable for their planned affordable housing, compact design, commitment to green building and sites located...

In Advocacy and policy 09.30.2014

Talk the talk, march the march, 400K strong

“This is what democracy looks like.” Last Sunday, I had the privilege of joining the Urban Green Council and over 400,000 other concerned global citizens, including celebs like Leonardo DiCaprio, and leaders like UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, in the People’s Climate March. The aerial photos say it all! This was an unprecedented mass of people demanding better from our leaders for our people and planet. The diversity of this group makes it clear that climate change is...

In LEED 09.26.2014

Update: LEED for Homes v2008 energy requirements

Beginning on Oct. 1, 2014, newly registering LEED Homes projects are required to meet new energy requirements. Earlier this year, USGBC members voted in favor of an update to the LEED for Homes v2008 energy requirements, addressing changes made to energy codes over the last three years in the residential construction market sector. This update does not impact LEED Midrise projects. The change affects EA credit 1: Optimize Energy Performance in two ways: The update changes the...

In LEED 09.26.2014

U.S. federal government takes first step in guiding agencies in the use of LEED v4

The General Services Administration (GSA) has recently released its review of LEED v4, showing that the newest version of our green building rating system has significant alignment with federal sustainability and green building requirements.  In its report, Green Building Certification System: Supplemental Review of USGBC’S LEED v4 Systems, GSA finds that LEED is better aligned than ever with the federal sustainability requirements and reaffirms LEED as a consensus standard. This...

In Media 09.30.2014

Communities Across the Globe Join USGBC’s Green Apple Day of Service

More than 3,700 service projects took place throughout the world with hundreds of thousands of volunteers participating Washington, DC – (Sept. 29, 2014) – The third annual Green Apple Day of Service, which took place on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, brought together hundreds of thousands of volunteers participating in 3,760 service projects in all 50 states and in 42 countries throughout the world. An initiative of the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council (...

In LEED 09.29.2014

Federal Guiding Principles for new construction and major renovations

There are two sets of Federal Guiding Principles for High Performance and Sustainable Buildings, one set for existing buildings, and    one set for new construction. Did you know that Federal Agencies are required to incorporate the Guiding Principles for New Construction and Major Renovations into all new construction, major renovation, or repair and alternation of Federal Buildings? If you are working on a federal existing building project and need more information...

In LEED 09.26.2014

Rick around the world: LEED highlights from Italy

With a last name like Fedrizzi, it’s hard to claim that I’m not just a little biased when it comes my admiration for LEED buildings in Italy.   Today I am honored to deliver the closing keynote speech for REbuild, a meeting and conference dedicated to furthering the important work of sustainable building, and the perfect way to end World Green Building Week.  With so many awesome professionals gathered together today in Trentino, I’d like to brag a little bit...

In Advocacy and policy 09.26.2014

An evening with the stars at the Alliance to Save Energy's annual awards event

Like you, I’m sure, I am a big fan of energy efficiency. In my free time, I also enjoy a healthy dose of astrophysics. So what could be better than an evening this week with the stars of energy efficiency receiving awards named after galaxies and supernovae?  How about all of that and also a top awardee that has made it clear that the sky is the limit for their commitments to sustainability in their super-green building?! Yes, the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in...

In Advocacy and policy 09.30.2014

D.C. joins exclusive ‘LEED 100 Million Club’

We have reached a new era in the history of green building with Mayor Vincent Gray’s recent announcement that Washington, D.C., has surpassed 100 million square feet of LEED-certified space. While the District of Columbia is not the first city to reach this milestone—predecessors include Chicago, New York and Houston—with a population of approximately 650,000, D.C. is the smallest city in the world to pass this mark. You can be sure that this was a point of...

In Industry 09.26.2014

Seeing opportunities in China clearly [Webex]

Green business in China is already big business, and will get bigger.  Policy imperatives, driven by population and pollution imperatives, make the expansion of the sustainability sector irrepressible. However, it may be difficult for those new to China to know how to make the most out of those developments.  Join USGBC staff and a panel of experts on Oct. 1, 2014, at 3:00 pm EDT for a conversation on China’s green economy, what opportunities exist and what you need to...

In Advocacy and policy 09.26.2014

People's Climate March in New York reflects new environmentalism

This time it was personal. Marching down Central Park West with my daughter and 300,000 other people passionate about the health of our planet, I felt at home, and in a way I was.  Having been born in New York Hospital and raised in a neighborhood just across Central Park from where the march began, I had a sense of deja vu. Back in the late 60s and early 70s I had joined my Mom—and fellow members of her New York teachers union—in marches against the Vietnam War in Washington,...

In Center for Green Schools 09.25.2014

Green Apple Day of Service: Bettering schools for the people inside them

To call school important is a serious understatement. It’s where roughly a quarter of all Americans spend their days. It’s a place to mold minds and shape behaviors, which makes it the ideal place to not only raise awareness about energy efficiency and environmental sustainability, but to implement practices that can become habits and create the next generation of sustainability leaders. That is precisely why the Center for Green Schools' Green Apple Day of Service is so...

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