November 3, 2008
Congratulations to the committed volunteers in Heart of Florida, Rhode Island, Long Island, Northwest Ohio and Piedmont Triad (NC) for working to advance their organizations.
Colorado Chapter Celebrates Fifth Anniversary
On Sept. 12, USGBC Colorado commemorated five years of dramatic growth in the state’s green building community with an evening celebration of almost 400 of its friends and members. Keynote speaker Ed Mazria, founder and executive director of Architecture 2030, addressed attendees on the 2030 Challenge, a program he developed to reduce emissions in the built environment. The chapter thanked all of its active members and gave special recognition to four volunteers for their extraordinary contributions: Greg Borst, Brian Dunbar, Julie Edwards and Annette Stelmack.
USGBC Group Forming in New Hampshire - First Event a Success!
Reflecting growing interest in green building in New Hampshire, a group of dedicated green building and non-profit professionals has assembled to form a USGBC interest group. Sept. 18 marked the official launch of the New Hampshire interest group with an open forum in Concord, NH, for members of the community interested in green building practices and USGBC. Hosted by the chapters and affiliate of the Upper Northeast Region, the gathering attracted over 50 people, who had the chance to mingle with regional chapter leaders, a USGBC board member, the regional representatives to the Chapter Steering Committee and USGBC staff. Becoming an interest group is the first step a group takes to become a USGBC chapter. If you would like to be a founding organizer of this new group, please contact Wes Tator at [email protected].
Chapters Networking Gardens
Exhibit Hall, Booth #s 1233 & 1433
Come mingle with Chapter Steering Committee members, chapter leaders and USGBC staff at the USGBC chapter networking gardens. The gardens will be an ideal place for you to meet up with your chapter friends or learn more about USGBC’s chapter community. USGBC Chapters staff will be hosting the gardens throughout the conference and will be on hand to greet you.
EGB Networking Garden
Pre-function space of the Grand Ballroom, BCEC.
Meet students and young professionals from the USGBC chapter network and access resources on volunteer and leadership opportunities. You can also view the final entries in USGBC’s Natural Talent Design Competition and learn more about Emerging Green Builders.
Don’t Miss Majora Carter, Master Speaker at the EGB Forum
Wednesday, November 19, 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
"Green-Collar Jobs" are attracting press and pundits, but few have actually marshaled the resources to get unemployed Americans trained and placed on pathways out of poverty in this growing economic sector. Majora Carter has. Born, raised, and now living in the South Bronx, her work takes her around the world to improve the quality of life in environmentally challenged communities. View more information on Majora Carter and other Master Speaker Sessions.
“The Green Revolution” Welcome Gala
Wednesday, November 19, 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
The Welcome Gala for Greenbuild promises to be a reflection of the green revolution and how the city of Boston has embraced going green. The event will be held at the LEED® gold-certified Boston Children’s Museum, the city’s first green museum, where you will experience the past, present and future of green building on the museum’s various floors. Watch Colonial craftspeople demonstrate the original green trades, learn how one group is merging social equity with green building, and enjoy the whimsical décor and top-notch entertainment that is sure to get Greenbuild off to an exciting start. The Boston Children’s Museum was designed as a place for children and their families to learn about science, culture and the world in which they live. The museum’s green roof features the results of some of its hands-on learning philosophy: over 25,000 children and parents helped prepare and install 3,000+ plants over the museum’s entrance.
If you have already processed your registration for Greenbuild, you can still attend this event by logging back into your registration profile and simply adding the Welcome Gala to your purchases.
Chapter Leaders Featured in Master Speaker Session: The Greener Good (Chapters & Social Equity)
Thursday, November 20, 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
A panel of distinguished USGBC chapter leaders will discuss their local efforts to foster social equity within the green building movement. Having identified needs within their communities, these panelists are working to fulfill them through innovative partnerships, curriculum creation and a dedication to rebuild. In this panel discussion moderated by Jerome Ringo, president of the Apollo Alliance, you will hear from:
- Russell Unger, executive director of USGBC New York, which is creating necessary education and a certification process for building professionals through its Green Construction Skills Initiative
- Dan Geiger, executive director of USGBC Northern California, which is forming the Green Jobs Growth Alliance to make green jobs a reality for low-income communities in partnership with Green for All (founded by Van Jones) and other businesses and organizations.
- Chris Ladner, president of EcoIntegration and chair of the Chapter Steering Committee, and Martha Jane Murray, policy associate for The Clinton Climate Initiative and founding chair of USGBC Arkansas, who will share two USGBC Arkansas Chapter initiatives: an affordable homes partnership to revitalize the community and NOLA 100, a rebuilding effort in New Orleans focused on energy-conservation technology to bring economic benefits to homeowners.
Chapter Spotlight: Local Groups in Action
Building Advocacy Capacity in Texas, Nevada and Arizona
Photo: AZ Chapter Vice-Chair Bonnie Richardson tours guests and USGBC Advocacy staff through the Tempe Transportation Center seeking LEED Platinum.
The month of September was a busy one for USGBC’s national advocacy staff. Only days after launching the 50 for 50 Green Schools Caucus Initiative at the beginning of the month, USGBC hosted its first Congressional Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C. Soon after, the Advocacy Department staff traveled to North Texas, Nevada and Arizona to engage chapter members in advocacy skill-building workshops. Approximately 75 chapter volunteers worked with national staff on the fundamentals of strong team organization, coordination and implementation of their public education and public policy initiatives.
Attendees discussed the urgent need for a shared advocacy agenda. Another significant dialogue centered on how to effectively leverage the green building story with legislators and the public, and the coordination among chapter volunteers and staff, regional councils, and national staff and volunteer leadership needed to accomplish this. During these workshops, attendees developed new advocacy objectives, such as coalition-building with home builder associations and educating state legislators on the benefits of green schools.
The Advocacy Department looks forward to collaborating with all chapters in their efforts to promote local and statewide agendas that advance the USGBC mission. Contact [email protected] with questions or for more information.
Louisiana Chapter Hosts An Evening with the Directors of NOLA 100
The USGBC Louisiana Chapter joined forces with the Clinton Climate Initiative and Global Green to host an evening with the directors of NOLA 100, a targeted rebuilding project in the Holy Cross neighborhood in New Orleans’ Lower 9th Ward. For 100 days, the staff of NOLA 100 organized Americorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) teams and other volunteers to renovate houses, utilizing resources from the Salvation Army, Clinton Climate Initiative and others. The project demonstrates quantitatively the benefits of energy-efficient rebuilding for low-income home owners, substantially lowering high utility bills to improve quality of life. Keith Canfield and Tammy Agard of NOLA 100 shared the results with an engaged and attentive group of Louisiana Chapter members, Global Green staff, and guests at the Global Green offices in New Orleans.
» Download NOLA 100’s energy efficient case studies.
» Get involved with the USGBC Louisiana Chapter.
USGBC St. Louis Wins Heroes of the Planet Award
Pictured from left: Steve Andert, membership chair; Pat Justis, chapter chair & founder; Punit Jain, past chair; Tom Tyler, chapter founder; Emily Andrews, executive director; Deb Chollet Frank, chapter advisor & founder; Tim Michels, chapter founder
Congratulations to USGBC St. Louis for winning a Heroes of the Planet Award in the Sustainable Alliances category at the first-annual Heroes of the Planet Awards Dinner, which took place at the Missouri Botanical Garden. The awards were created by the St. Louis Business Journal and the Missouri Botanical Garden to recognize and promote businesses that have blazed a trail in advancing environmental sustainability in the region.
In thanking the North Texas Chapter for their work in helping to build the partnership between USGBC and the Home Builders Association of North Texas, Lee Hall was misidentified as “Lee O’Neal.” The LEED for Homes team deeply appreciates Lee’s efforts as the chapter’s LEED-H advocacy representative and sincerely regrets the error.
Find and Post Green Jobs on USGBC's Career Center
USGBC’s online career center connects employers and job seekers in the green building and environmental community. The Web site, at careercenter.usgbc.org, is free for job seekers, and employers may post their job listings for a fee. Learn More.
Local Chapter Opportunities
Upcoming USGBC Courses
**Please note that this list is dated - check our online workshop listing which is updated daily. To be put on a waiting list for a sold out workshop, please email [email protected].
LEED for General Contractors/ Construction Managers:
11.07.08 - Denver, CO (1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.)
12.05.08 - Kansas City, MO (8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.)
Managing LEED Documentation:
11.05.08 - York, PA (8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.)
Understanding LEED Project Costs and Returns:
11.06.08 - Auburn Hills, MI (8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.)- CANCELLED
12.12.08 - Grand Rapids, MI (8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.)
LEED for New Construction and Major Renovation Projects Technical Review:
10.31.08- Indianapolis, IN
11.04.08- Timonium, MD
11.05.08- Wilmington, DE
11.05.08- Marietta, GA
11.07.08- Irvine, CA
11.07.08- Houston, TX
11.11.08- Austin, TX
11.11.08- Port St. Lucie, FL- CANCELLED
11.12.08- Salt Lake City, UT
11.13.08- Cleveland, OH
11.13.08- Charlotte, NC
11.13.08- Fairbanks, AK
11.14.08- Stony Brook, NY
12.03.08- Iowa City, IA
12.04.08- Boston, MA
12.04.08- Atlanta, GA
12.04.08- Philadelphia, PA
12.05.08- Miami, FL
12.05.08- San Francisco, CA
12.10.08- St. Paul, MN
12.10.08- Southfield, MI
LEED for Commercial Interiors Technical Review:
11.07.08- Cincinnati, OH
11.12.08- Timonium, MD
11.12.08- Philadelphia, PA
12.05.08- San Diego, CA
12.08.08- Washington, DC
LEED for Existing Buildings Technical Review:
10.31.08- Raleigh, NC
11.04.08- Baton Rouge, LA- CANCELLED
11.06.08- St. Paul, MN
11.12.08- Green Bay, WI- CANCELLED
Green Building Operations & Maintenance: The LEED Implementation Process
12.09.08- Palos Hills, IL
LEED for Schools Technical Review:
12.03.08- Coopersburg, PA
12.05.08- Raleigh, NC
12.08.08- Houston, TX
LEED for Homes Technical Review:
11.07.08- San Antonio, TX- CANCELLED
12.04.08- Grand Rapids, MI
Integrative Approach to Successful LEED Projects:
12.04.08- Solon, OH
Sending several employees to a workshop? If you have 10-14 employees that are going to attend the same workshop, you may receive a 10% discount while 15 or more attendees may receive a 15% discount on each individual registration fee.
Prior to registration please contact [email protected] for more information and to receive a discount code to use when registering as the discount is not retroactive.
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2nd Annual Historic Green –
Save the Date – March 10-20, 2009
Join Chapter Leaders, Members and EGBers to Help Make a Difference in One New Orleans Community
Next March, hundreds of students and young professionals will converge on New Orleans – bringing their energy and ideas to help the people of the Lower 9th Ward revitalize their community. They are architects, engineers, planners, landscape architects, interior designers, contractors and others who’ll work hand-in-hand with neighborhood residents on their historic houses, parks, playgrounds and community centers.
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Call for Presentations - Greening the Heartland 2009
The USGBC Detroit Regional Chapter and The Engineering Society of Detroit will present the sixth annual Greening the Heartland Conference on May 31 - June 2, 2009. The conference theme, “ABILITY,” will inspire business, government and community leaders and industry professionals to achieve sustainable projects and improve the quality of life for their occupants. The conference will focus on presenting tangible, practical information, case studies and proven methods. Attendees will receive the “tools” to achieve these goals through outstanding educational and training sessions, keynote speakers, tours and other engaging activities.
You are invited to take an active role in this event by submitting a presentation proposal addressing any of the following topics: Economic Revitalization; Transportation & Technology; Public Policy & Resource Management; and Regional Best Management Practices.
» Submission information
Request for Session Proposals - Living Future 2009
Living Future is the annual ”unconference” for “deep-green” green building professionals, presented by the Cascadia Region Green Building Council, the USGBC chapter that covers the Pacific Northwest. Geared to the most savvy and cutting-edge professionals who are substantially advancing sustainability through innovative achievements in design and construction, the conference is seeking educational session proposals for the 2009 conference in Portland, Oregon, on May 6-8. Individuals and teams with innovative research, projects and skill sets are invited to submit their ideas for interactive and creative sessions by Nov. 12, 2008. Download the RFP and learn more about Living Future.