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Published on 30 Jan 2015 Written by Grant Olear Posted in Advocacy and policy

With Superbowl XLIX just around the corner, we wanted to recognize the cities that the Patriots and Seahawks call home and specifically how they have lead the way with innovative green building policies.

Both cities target LEED certification for all new and renovated city-funded projects...

Published on 30 Jan 2015 Written by Grant Olear Posted in Advocacy and policy

“Ninety percent of the United States’ real GDP originates in cities,” Vice President Biden remarked in his address at the U.S. Conference of Mayors Winter Meeting luncheon this past Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015...

Published on 23 Jan 2015 Written by Bryan Howard Posted in Advocacy and policy

With the change in leadership in the Senate and growing numbers of conservatives in the House of Representatives, many questions have come up regarding what to expect with green building policies in this new Congress. While there are certainly many unknowns, here are some issues to keep an eye...

Published on 22 Jan 2015 Written by Nora Knox Posted in Advocacy and policy

This week Obama delivered the 2015 State of the Union, and in his remarks he declared that there is no greater threat than climate change.

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Published on 19 Dec 2014 Written by Mark Teschauer Posted in Advocacy and policy

Because planning decisions reverberate across decades the planning profession plays a major role in enabling sustainable solutions in communities across the country. When planners give consideration to sustainability and integrate it into the planning process they magnify a community's...

Published on 17 Dec 2014 Written by Fleming Roberts Posted in Advocacy and policy

On stage at Greenbuild 2013 in Philadelphia, our CEO Rick Fedrizzi sat across from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and said that there weren’t enough women coming into our movement. He continued by asking what we could do to bring more gender equity to green building.

This...

Published on 11 Dec 2014 Written by Roger Platt Posted in Advocacy and policy

If targets for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction are to be met, decision-makers must unlock the potential of the building sector with much greater seriousness and vigor than they have to date and make mitigation of building-related emissions a cornerstone of every national...

Published on 18 Nov 2014 Written by Sarah Buente Posted in Advocacy and policy

On Nov. 12, the U.S. and China announced the two nations had reached a historic agreement on climate change.

As the two largest...

Published on 11 Nov 2014 Written by Fleming Roberts Posted in Advocacy and policy

This is a guest post by the American Sustainable Business Council

Over the past year, the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) and USGBC have worked together to advance the understanding and value of green buildings as well as the opportunity to...

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...

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