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In Greenbuild 10.23.2014

Greenbuild wrap-up: Wednesday, Oct. 22 [Video]

All this week we will be bringing you video coverage, interviews and Q&As from this year's Greenbuild. Check out our recap from yesterday's first official day of Greenbuild 2014  in New Orleans,  as well as the following interviews with industry leaders about their cutting edge ideas and technologies.  Here's your Greenbuild daily download:  Greenbuild 2014 interview with Beth Heider, Skanska Skanska’s mission is to develop, build and maintain the...

In LEED 10.23.2014

Just released LEED in Motion: Retail—Building a better global marketplace

The global marketplace, our world’s unfathomably vast network of goods and services, cash and currency, has always been about much, much more than money alone. From the earliest days of bartering to our present-day e-commerce economy, the products we sell and the purchases we make are a reflection of core human values: quality, integrity, honesty. That’s why centuries-old retailers take so much pride in their craftsmanship and tradition, and that’s why new small...

In Greenbuild 10.22.2014

Rick's 2014 Greenbuild Journal: Day 2—On the shoulders of giants

Last night my schedule forced me to miss the USGBC volunteer parade down South Peters from the Convention Center to the reception at Howlin’ Wolf.  But when I eventually got there an hour or so later, things were (as you might expect of any place with a name like that) absolutely jumping. And who were among the first people I saw? Joel Ann Todd, Tim Cole and the Jason Dunlop.   And seeing those three made me realize, yet again, how incredible the level of talent is in our...

In Greenbuild 10.21.2014

Rick's 2014 Greenbuild Journal: Day 1—The relationship between public health and...

I have to be honest, I found myself getting choked up as we flew in to New Orleans this week and I looked down at this amazing city in this part of the country that remains like no other. As I looked out the plane’s window, I recalled how just ten years ago at Greenbuild in Atlanta, a small group of USGBC volunteers—the crisis and the aftermath of Katrina still playing out in real time—got together, recruited some key New Orleans residents, and pieced together a road map from...

In Media 10.23.2014

New USGBC Report Estimates More Than 1.2 Million People Experience a LEED-Certified...

‘LEED in Motion: Retail’ report also reveals nearly 8,000 retailers worldwide participate in LEED Washington, D.C – (Oct. 23, 2014) -- The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced today a new report detailing the extensive involvement of the retail industry with LEED and the impact of the globally recognized green building rating system on retail development and the consumer experience. The release of the LEED in Motion: Retail report was announced at USGBC’s...

In Greenbuild 10.22.2014

Rick's 2014 Greenbuild Journal: Day 2—A business mind in our ranks

He is the yin to my yang. The Sundance to my Butch. He is my twin brother of a different mother. He is Mahesh Ramanujam, the COO of USGBC and a guy who today I introduced to a Greenbuild executive luncheon as my partner through and through. He is not just someone I met six years ago. He is a man who when I hired him in 2008 has done as much as anyone to bring my vision for this organization to life. But until today’s luncheon I’m not sure I’d seen what we’ve...

In Greenbuild 10.22.2014

Greenbuild wrap-up: Tuesday, Oct. 21 [Video]

All this week we will be bringing you video coverage, interviews and Q&As from this year's Greenbuild. Check out our recap from yesterday's pre-Greenbuild summits as well as the following interviews with industry leaders about their cutting edge ideas and technologies.  Here's your Greenbuild daily download:  Greenbuild 2014 Interview with Michael Fletcher, BASF BASF is a global leader in sustainability and corporate social responsibility, committed to constant improvements...

In LEED 10.21.2014

USGBC announces plan for new Supply Chain Optimization Group

Today, from the Materials and Health Summit at the annual Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, USGBC announced the forward plan for the newly constituted Supply Chain Optimization Working Group. The working group was approved by USGBC’s LEED Steering Committee (LSC) last week, and it's members include chemical suppliers, building product manufacturers, design teams, producers of raw materials, academics and government entities along with USGBC staff. “The formation of the...

In Industry 10.23.2014

Happy Diwali, and what green building can learn from Gandhi

Happy Diwali, India (and world)! This Diwali, USGBC wants to celebrate the tremendous leadership demonstrated by India, now one of the top five largest markets in the world for LEED, in the areas of environmental sustainability and green building. India has enjoyed a period of exponential economic growth since 1991, with economic development routinely at or above 6% growth in GDP on a nearly annual basis. India, which has also become a global leader in the technology and IT sector, now has one...

In Industry 10.22.2014

Storytelling and green marketing: Walking the talk

This morning at USGBC’s Annual Greenbuild Conference and Expo in New Orleans the marketing special set: Marketing + Sustainability: The Tools & Tips to Tell Your Story, panelists discussed ways to establish credibility in the world of sustainability marketing. I had the pleasure of sitting on the panel with leaders from multiple industries including Gabe Wing, Herman Miller; Katie Weeks, Institute for Market Transformation and Jenny Rushmore, Trip Advisor. Our panel discussed how...

In Industry 10.22.2014

Applying research to boost productivity in your office

Is your office a “Best Place to Work”—and a green one? The two should go together. The World Green Building Council and USGBC Platinum-level member JLL’s Health, wellbeing and productivity in offices: The next chapter for green building report provides “overwhelming evidence” that indoor air quality, thermal comfort, access to natural light and other elements of green office design make employees not only feel better, but also more productive. According to...

In Advocacy and policy 10.21.2014

Troublemakers at Greenbuild 2014 are taking action to support a stronger, greener economy

This week tens of thousands of leaders from the green building movement are descending on New Orleans for Greenbuild 2014, the world’s largest conference and expo dedicated to green building.  During Greenbuild, USGBC will be working to empower the passionate members of the green building community to take action to support important green building policies that ultimately help strengthen our economy. Through our extensive grassroots support infrastructure, we’ll be engaging...

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