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In Community 09.16.2014

New USGBC merchandise available in the store

Have you visited our store recently? Stop by and check out some of our new merchandise, like our USGBC-branded Hardcover Journal by Ecosystem, and our Insulated Water Bottle by Klean Kanteen. Or, be sure to pick up the official Green Apple Day of Service T-Shirt, just in time for the 2014 Day of Service on September 27. And let us know if you're a happy shopper by leaving product feedback in the all-new comment section. Lets get shopping!

In Media 09.15.2014

Studies Reveal Growing Demand for LEED-Credentialed Professionals Across Building Sector

Washington, D.C. — (Sept. 15, 2014) — Today, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced the results of a study of job postings from across the United States, revealing that demand for the LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP) and LEED Green Associate credentials grew 46 percent over a 12-month period. “This figure tells a powerful story about the value that building-industry employers assign to knowledgeable, LEED-credentialed professionals,” said Rick...

In Center for Green Schools 09.12.2014

99 Green Apple Day of Service projects you can start right now

Still wondering how you can be a part of this year’s Green Apple Day of Service? Have your event all planned out for Sept. 27, and looking for more to do? Here are 99 ideas that anyone can implement at their school or campus. Yes, anyone.  In this list you’ll see ideas for teachers, parents, volunteers and students at any grade level, from pre-kindergarten through college and beyond. Pick one, pick two, pick two dozen! Let us know which one is your favorite in the comments...

In LEED 09.11.2014

LEED Dynamic Plaque: Finalist in Fast Company's 2014 Innovation By Design Awards

We're excited to announce that the LEED Dynamic Plaque is a finalist in Fast Company's 2014 Innovation By Design Awards, among 53 honorees that include Disney, Google, Nike and The New York Times.  What are the Innovation By Design Awards? Now in their third year, they honor the most innovative and disruptive design solutions to today’s business problems.  This year’s judging panel selected the finalists from among 1,587 international submissions across ten categories. The...

In Education 09.16.2014

Course preview: Sustainable Forest Management and FSC Certified Wood

Education @USGBC is your go-to place for sustainability and green building education. Ready to take your knowledge to the next level? Check out the preview below of this month's featured course: Sustainable Forest Management and FSC Certified Wood. In this course you will explore the FSC certification process, fire suppression, the role of old growth forests, and watershed protection.

In Community 09.15.2014

CrowdComfort launches pilot program at USGBC headquarters

 USGBC's headquarters in Washington, D.C., have just become the newest location of a CrowdComfort pilot launch.   As the creators of LEED, USGBC believes in advancing the green building movement and supporting new technologies in energy efficiency and sustainability. CrowdComfort offers building owners, operators and occupants a new and powerful way to share information about comfort, maintenance and safety issues with an easy to use smart device application....

In Education 09.12.2014

3 global courses you don't want to miss (September 2014)

LEED is global — and so we believe it's important for Education @USGBC to be a global platform providing courses in a variety of languages. Check out this month's best three global courses for our international audience, created by our international partners in their native language.  1. Introduktion till LEED New Construction v2009 (Introduction to LEED New Construction v2009)En introduktion till LEED som även ger dig grunderna i LEED New Construction v2009. (An...

In Greenbuild 09.10.2014

Get motivated by Greenbuild 2014 Master Series speakers

Each year the Greenbuild Master Series brings together leaders of diverse industries who share the common trait of championing sustainability and green building, and providing inspiration and motivation for our everyday lives. Meet the Greenbuild 2014 Master Series speakers Bryan Anderson is the national spokesman for Quantum Rehab, a division of Pride Mobility Corporation, and travels the country making numerous personal appearances while delivering his message of...

In Industry 09.16.2014

2013 Annual Report turns the spotlight on USGBC employees

In our 2013 Annual Report, we turn the spotlight on our talented USGBC employees — and learn some fun facts about their drinking habits. (Just coffee and tea, of course!)     We also learned that staff prefer bagged lunches to dining out. (Reusable bags, of course!) But when they do buy lunch, they have pretty good taste. Learn more facts about about USGBC in our 2013 annual report, now available online.  

In 09.15.2014

Get to know USGBC Pro Reviewer Rob Hink

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 Rob Hink Who's your employer? The Spinnaker Group What's your position? Principal What's your favorite course that...

In LEED 09.11.2014

Federal Guiding Principles for existing buildings

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. With over 500,000 facilities representing more than 3 billion square feet of space, the Federal Government is the largest landlord and energy consumer in the U.S.  As part of Executive Order 13514, at least 15% of each agency’s existing facilities and building leases (above 5,000 gross square feet)...

In Industry 09.9.2014

GBCI to administer PEER certification

The Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) announced today that it will administer certification for the Performance Excellence in Electricity Renewal™ (PEER) program. PEER is the nation’s first comprehensive, consumer-centric, data-driven system for evaluating power system performance and is modeled after LEED. “The PEER program provides a much more complete picture of the efficiency, quality, safety, resilience and reliability of energy generation, transmission and...

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