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Published on 21 Oct 2014 Written by Christina Kuo Posted in Advocacy and policy

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...

Published on 17 Oct 2014 Written by Jason Hartke Posted in Advocacy and policy

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe arrived yesterday morning at the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) in Richmond, VA, to make a major announcement on energy efficiency. (Yes, you read that correctly; we were at the DMV).  

This particular DMV, through an innovative collaboration...

Published on 16 Oct 2014 Written by Elizabeth Beardsley Posted in Advocacy and policy

For over a decade, federal agencies have successfully used third-party green building rating systems, like LEED, to deliver exceptional building projects that address the...

Published on 09 Oct 2014 Written by Jason Hartke Posted in Advocacy and policy

Overseeing real estate, acquisition, and technology for the federal government is a lot of responsibility. That's the job of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA). In fact, with oversight of nearly 10,000 federally-owned or leased buildings, a total of 300 million square...

Published on 07 Oct 2014 Written by Jeremy Sigmon Posted in Advocacy and policy

I was shocked to read in the Washington Post last week that roughly half of the world's vertebrate (and non-human) animals have vanished since...

Published on 30 Sep 2014 Written by Christopher Gray Posted in Advocacy and policy

We have reached a new era in the history of green building with Mayor Vincent Gray’s recent announcement that Washington, D.C., has surpassed 100 million square feet of LEED-certified...

Published on 30 Sep 2014 Written by Fleming Roberts Posted in Advocacy and policy

This is what democracy looks like.

Last Sunday, I had the privilege of joining the Urban Green Council and over 400,000 other concerned global citizens, including celebs like Leonardo DiCaprio, and leaders like UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, in the...

Published on 26 Sep 2014 Written by Roger Platt Posted in Advocacy and policy

This time it was personal. Marching down Central Park West with my daughter and 300,000 other people passionate about the health of our planet, I felt at home, and in a way I was. 

Having been born in New York Hospital and raised in a neighborhood just across Central...

Published on 26 Sep 2014 Written by Jeremy Sigmon Posted in Advocacy and policy

Like you, I’m sure, I am a big fan of energy efficiency. In my free time, I also enjoy a healthy dose of astrophysics. So what could be better than an evening this week with the stars of energy efficiency receiving awards named after galaxies and supernovae?...

Published on 25 Sep 2014 Written by Elizabeth Beardsley Posted in Advocacy and policy

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has called international leaders to Climate Summit 2014 being held this week to galvanize and catalyze climate action. He has given these leaders homework: bring bold announcements and actions to the Summit that will reduce emissions,...

Published on 02 Sep 2014 Written by Carli Yoro Posted in Advocacy and policy

The phrase “don’t judge a book by its cover” is often applied to judgments of people — and to buildings, too.  

A building’s façade can be beautiful, but it doesn’t necessarily indicate the quality of its indoor...

Published on 29 Aug 2014 Written by Jeremy Sigmon Posted in Advocacy and policy

Last week, the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators (NCEL) gathered for their largest ever policy summit. The issues discussed varied from clean power plan implementation to clean water and indoor air, to healthy, high-...

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