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In Education 05.21.2015

Mindfullness at USGBC

The benefits of being more mindful in your everyday life are well documented. Studies have shown that regular mindfulness exercises strengthen immune systems; improve moods, memory, and attention spans; and reduce stress. Due to competing deadlines and ever-pressing social, economic, and environmental issues, work is consistently listed as one of the leading causes of stress. With impressive advantages such as stress reduction, employees are increasingly encouraged to bring mindfulness...

In Industry 05.21.2015

Economics, employees, environment: A recipe for success

This article was originally published in the Charlotte Business Journal. Read the original article. Three components critical to business success are economics, employee talent and the environment. These components show up in questions like, How do we save/make money? How do we recruit and retain top talent? Will weather impact production or will there be enough raw materials?  Businesses look internally for answers, but external sources also play a large role, often in the form of...

In Industry 05.20.2015

You're invited to "America Answers: Powering Cities"

On June 23, the Washington Post is bringing business leaders, elected officials, tech pioneers and scientists from around the country together to discuss and debate solutions for producing, delivering and conserving energy. We’ll look at clean energy, batteries and storage, the grid, innovations in oil and gas, infrastructure priorities and more. Cities and towns are incubators for change. America Answers is The Washington Post's new multi-platform series highlighting innovative ideas...

In Education 05.19.2015

Take our survey to share your sustainability education needs

USGBC is constantly working to engage individuals and understand sustainability education needs across the market. Please help us understand your education needs, and spend five minutes to take our brief survey. Your participation provides us with invaluable insight into the ever evolving education market. The survey closes June 5.  Take our survey You may provide additional feedback or questions at the end of the survey. Thank you in advance for your time.

In Community 05.21.2015

Building a Legacy [USGBC+ May/June 2015]

This article was originally published in the May/June 2015 issue of USGBC+. Read the original version. Sitting amidst the volumes in the reading room at the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock, Arkansas, James “Skip” Rutherford and Debbie Shock take turns passing the credit back and forth for the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) plaque hanging on the front of this building and the one inside the Clinton Presidential Library and Museum not 100...

In Advocacy and policy 05.21.2015

Water Safe, Water Smart—Build to Code (Building Safety Month: Week 3)

Water safety takes center stage in week three of Building Safety Month, Water Safe, Water Smart – Build to Code. The International Code Council’s (ICC) website features tips on staying safe from water related hazards. When using and managing water in a building, plumbing codes provide the foundation for safe conditions.  USGBC has collaborated with the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Professionals (ASHRAE), the International Code Council,...

In Center for Green Schools 05.19.2015

Infographic: Campus Conservation Nationals 2015

The Center for Green Schools at USGBC, through its USGBC Students program and in partnership with Lucid, the Alliance to Save Energy and the National Wildlife Federation, is pleased to announce the results of the Campus Conservation Nationals (CCN) 2015 competition. View the press release. From Feb. 1 through April 30, 2015, students and staff competed to achieve the greatest reductions in their residence halls’ energy use over a three-week period. In its fifth year, more than 343,000...

In Center for Green Schools 05.18.2015

New study concludes with strong evidence of the impact of school design on learning

Until now, it may seem bizarre, but the holistic impact of classroom design on the learning of school pupils has been pretty much an unknown quantity. Although many people intuitively feel that classroom design is important for effective learning, there has in fact been very little real evidence. Of course the challenge is far from simple, as there are a myriad of design factors in play within every classroom. So the University of Salford’s research team targeted primary (or...

In Education 05.21.2015

Dwell on Design LA session to highlight LEED for Homes

Are you heading to Dwell on Design LA, America’s largest design event, May 29-31? If not, there's still time to register. Once you're there it will be hard to decide between the 250+ speakers and mapping out the 400+ exhibitors, but we have a USGBC-sponsored session we’d love to recommend. The best part? This session will qualify for a continuing education credit. Steve Glenn, the powerhouse CEO behind LivingHomes, will be leading a session on May 30 at 10 am titled “High...

In Education 05.20.2015

Meet USGBC Pro Reviewer Vickie Breemes

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 Vickie Breemes Who's your employer? Little What's your position? Director of Advanced Building Technologies What's...

In LEED 05.19.2015

LEED v4 webinar: Additional dates and times

Did you miss it? In April, USGBC hosted Get to know LEED v4, a free, live webinar event. Since then, we’ve received a number of requests for additional events in different time zones. We appreciate your feedback and have now added two more free webinar to the calendar. Choose one of the following dates: May 26, 2015 @ 10pm EDT (register now) June 23, 2015 @ 1pm EDT (register now) Like the first webinar, these events are eligible for 1 LEED specific CE hour (applicable for all rating...

In Education 05.18.2015

Education @USGBC grows and strives for even greater impact

Education @USGBC launched in January 2014 and has been growing ever since. This growth and impact has been made possible with our Education Partners, our Pro Reviewers, our highly engaged subscribers (including a super user), and the USGBC Education Team driving the market to create accessible, best-in-class green building and sustainability education. We continue to work hard as a highly integrated network, but we think it’s a good idea to reflect on our progress every now and then...