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In Community 02.12.2016

I love our LEED HQ: Leading tours at USGBC

As a 13-year veteran of USGBC, one of my favorite things to do is lead tours of our amazing LEED Platinum headquarters. You’d think it would get old after all these years, but after leading more that 800 tours, I still love it. Let me tell you what I love most about giving tours of our office: The people: We have given tours to over 10,000 people since we opened the doors in 2009. Not just folks in the design community, but hundreds of students of all ages, product manufacturers,...

In Center for Green Schools 02.11.2016

Greening higher education: Q&A with Julian Keniry of NWF

In the third installment of our blog series on sustainability in higher education, we talk with Julian Keniry, co-founder of Campus Ecology at the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) and senior director for campus and community leadership. She is also the co-founder of Greenforce, a national community college green workforce education initiative, and the EcoLeader leadership and career development program. For you, what’s the significance of collaboration in meeting sustainability goals?...

In Education 02.10.2016

Course preview: Social equity credits and LEED [video]

With Education @USGBC, you can grow your green building knowledge online, anytime. Ready to take your knowledge to the next level? Check out the preview below of this month's featured course, Social Equity Credits and LEED, created by USGBC Massachusetts. In this course, you will learn about “fostering social equity,” a driving principle in USGBC's strategic plan. In 2014, three new Social Equity credits were launched as part of the LEED v4 Pilot Credit library. The...

In Advocacy and policy 02.10.2016

Advocacy and Policy at USGBC: Working for green

The Advocacy and Policy team at USGBC is always working to advance green building and the environment. We'll be sharing highlights of our activities a few times a year, so you can keep up with what we're doing for our membership! Greenbuild 2015 As it is every year, Greenbuild was a major focus of USGBC’s advocacy and policy efforts in the last quarter of 2015. Hosting the conference in Washington, D.C., presented many unique opportunities to engage with government officials....

In Industry 02.11.2016

IWBI offers early WELL adopters special pricing

The full article article was originally published on wellcertified.com under the title "IWBI Celebrates Early Adopters and Leaders in the Healthy Building Movement," by Paul Scialla, founder of the International WELL Building Institute. In 2009, a team of doctors, scientists, architects and engineers came together to discuss the health impacts of our built environments and create a performance-based framework to connect people and buildings. This started with a question: How can we deliver...

In Advocacy and policy 02.11.2016

United Nations and GWU convene sustainability leaders

In late January, George Washington University (GWU) and the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) brought together leaders from the public, private and nonprofit sectors for a half-day conference on the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Pathways Post-Paris. The event came on the heels of a blizzard that caused most of Washington, D.C., to shut down for days while everyone shoveled out, but that did not deter an interested audience from gathering early in the...

In Industry 02.10.2016

What a PEER-certified grid looks like in Chattanooga

Last week, Chattanooga’s smart grid, operated by EPB, became the first major utility to earn PEER certification. Amid the excitements and events, PEER was on hand celebrating performance, efficiency and customer value in the energy market. Owned and administered by GBCI, PEER is modeled after LEED as a comprehensive framework for defining, assessing and verifying the overall sustainable performance of electricity delivery system design and operations. Who is EPB? EPB is one of the...

In Community 02.9.2016

In fashion, green is the new black [USGBC+ Jan/Feb 2016]

This article was originally published as "Green Is the New Black" in the January/February issue of USGBC+. Read the original version. Take a poll of sustainable fashion gurus, and you’re likely to hear the same thing in multiple ways: They’re currently a small group, but they’re poised to set a trend. Lewis Perkins, interim president of the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, a nonprofit that certifies sustainable materials in several industries, including...

In LEED 02.11.2016

Top 10 States for LEED 2015: Mercy Ridge Retirement Center

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 that contributed to the overall 2015 Top 10 rankings. Join us in celebrating some of the best examples of green building design,...

In Media 02.10.2016

GBCI and IDEA Commit to Enhanced Collaboration on Microgrids, District Energy and CHP

World’s leading green credentialing body and industry association collaborate to increase deployment of cleaner, resilient energy grids for more sustainable cities, communities and campuses Austin, TX—(Feb. 10, 2016)—Today, GBCI and the International District Energy Association (IDEA) announced a collaboration to work together and promote more sustainable, efficient and resilient electricity and thermal grids through the PEER program. The announcement was made at the...

In LEED 02.10.2016

LEED Lab: Sustainability in higher education goes global

Higher education institutions all over the globe are committing to sustainability and climate neutrality on a daily basis and have shown tremendous leadership in the green building movement. But there is still work to be done, especially in the realm of existing buildings. Existing buildings hold incredible promise for higher education institutions, offering tremendous opportunities to connect academics with operations. The implementation of LEED for Building Operations and Maintenance on...

In Community 02.9.2016

A waste diversion rap from our 2015 Greenbuild volunteers [video]

USGBC is so thankful for our volunteers! As we prepare for Greenbuild: Iconic Green in Los Angeles in 2016, we’d like to highlight a couple of volunteers—and amateur rappers—from Greenbuild 2015 in Washington, D.C. Taylor Ghost and Emily-Kate Hannapel are students at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, studying interior architecture. They both are interested in the impact of buildings on our environment and were excited about the opportunity to attend Greenbuild...