Advocacy and policy articles http://www.usgbc.org/articles/advocacy-and-policy en Troublemakers at Greenbuild 2014 are taking action to support a stronger, greener economy http://www.usgbc.org/articles/troublemakers-greenbuild-2014-are-taking-action-support-stronger-greener-economy <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/silent-climate-parade_0.png?1413924897" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>This week tens of thousands of leaders from the green building movement are descending on New Orleans for <a href="http://www.greenbuildexpo.com">Greenbuild 2014,</a> the world&rsquo;s largest conference and expo dedicated to green building.&nbsp;</p> <p>During Greenbuild, USGBC will be working to empower the passionate members of the green building community to take action to support important green building policies that ultimately help strengthen our economy.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/troublemakers-greenbuild-2014-are-taking-action-support-stronger-greener-economy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/troublemakers-greenbuild-2014-are-taking-action-support-stronger-greener-economy#comments Advocacy and policy Tue, 21 Oct 2014 20:54:57 +0000 Christina Kuo 4943505 at http://www.usgbc.org Governor takes action to boost energy efficiency in Virginia http://www.usgbc.org/articles/governor-takes-action-boost-energy-efficiency-virginia <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="668" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/dsc_0459_5b5_5d_1.jpg?1413568887" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>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). &nbsp;</p> <p>This particular DMV, through an innovative collaboration with Trane, had recently undergone an extensive energy retrofit that was now saving 36 percent in energy use and saving a whopping $284,000 <em>a year</em>.</p> <p>That was something that the Governor was eager to see and recognize.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/governor-takes-action-boost-energy-efficiency-virginia" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/governor-takes-action-boost-energy-efficiency-virginia#comments Advocacy and policy Fri, 17 Oct 2014 18:01:27 +0000 Jason Hartke 4935649 at http://www.usgbc.org DOE affirms federal leadership in sustainability and continued use of LEED http://www.usgbc.org/articles/doe-affirms-federal-leadership-sustainability-and-continued-use-leed <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">16 Oct 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="669" height="309" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/liam_andrew_1.jpg?1413467415" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>For over a decade, <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/gsa-announces-its-award-winning-green-building-projects" target="_blank">federal agencies have&nbsp;successfully&nbsp;used third-party green building rating systems</a>, like LEED, to deliver exceptional building projects that address the myriad federal requirements, reduce energy and other resources and save taxpayer money. It&rsquo;s a testament to the green building leadership we see in the federal sector.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/doe-affirms-federal-leadership-sustainability-and-continued-use-leed" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/doe-affirms-federal-leadership-sustainability-and-continued-use-leed#comments Advocacy and policy Thu, 16 Oct 2014 13:50:14 +0000 Elizabeth Beardsley 4932600 at http://www.usgbc.org Sustainability leadership: An interview with GSA’s Ruth Cox http://www.usgbc.org/articles/sustainability-leadership-interview-gsa%E2%80%99s-ruth-cox <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">9 Oct 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/ruth-cox-gsa_0.png?1412865802" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Overseeing&nbsp;real estate, acquisition, and technology&nbsp;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&nbsp;300 million square feet of office space, GSA is the largest landlord in the nation.</p> <p class="p1">With cost-saving as a major priority, the leadership at GSA has helped usher in a new era of efficiency, innovation and performance. And it's no wonder that green building has been part of that solution toolbox.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/sustainability-leadership-interview-gsa%E2%80%99s-ruth-cox" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/sustainability-leadership-interview-gsa%E2%80%99s-ruth-cox#comments Advocacy and policy Thu, 09 Oct 2014 14:43:21 +0000 Jason Hartke 4919309 at http://www.usgbc.org Half the planet’s animals are gone, and how buildings can (and must) help http://www.usgbc.org/articles/half-planet%E2%80%99s-animals-are-gone-and-how-buildings-can-and-must-help <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">7 Oct 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/blackwaterrefugemd_0.jpg?1412688673" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>I was shocked to read in the&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/09/30/weve-killed-off-half-the-worlds-animals-since-1970/" target="_blank">Washington Post</a> last week that roughly half of the world's vertebrate (and non-human) animals have vanished since 1970.&nbsp; Goodness knows how many had been lost before we started counting.&nbsp; &ldquo;The main culprits?&rdquo; the article reads, are &ldquo;exploitation (i.e. overfishing and overhunting), and habitat degradation.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/half-planet%E2%80%99s-animals-are-gone-and-how-buildings-can-and-must-help" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/half-planet%E2%80%99s-animals-are-gone-and-how-buildings-can-and-must-help#comments Advocacy and policy Tue, 07 Oct 2014 13:31:13 +0000 Jeremy Sigmon 4915237 at http://www.usgbc.org Executive Bench Expanded at USGBC http://www.usgbc.org/articles/executive-bench-expanded-usgbc <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">2 Oct 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/press_release_2014g_2_0.png?1412266540" /> </div> </div> </div> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>USGBC CEO and Founding Chair Rick Fedrizzi&nbsp;</em><em>announces expansion of USGBC&rsquo;s top executive team</em></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/executive-bench-expanded-usgbc" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/executive-bench-expanded-usgbc#comments Media Thu, 02 Oct 2014 16:15:39 +0000 Marisa Long 4907612 at http://www.usgbc.org D.C. joins exclusive ‘LEED 100 Million Club’ http://www.usgbc.org/articles/dc-joins-exclusive-leed-100-million-club <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">30 Sep 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/dc100mclub_0.jpg?1412084205" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>We have reached a new era in the history of green building with Mayor Vincent Gray&rsquo;s <a href="http://mayor.dc.gov/release/district-passes-100-million-square-feet-leed-building-space">recent announcement</a>&nbsp;that Washington, D.C., has surpassed 100 million square feet of LEED-certified space.</p> <p>While the District of Columbia&nbsp;is not the first city to reach this milestone&mdash;predecessors include Chicago, New York and Houston&mdash;<span>with a population of approximately 650,000,&nbsp;</span>D.C. is the smallest city in the world to pass this mark.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/dc-joins-exclusive-leed-100-million-club" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/dc-joins-exclusive-leed-100-million-club#comments Advocacy and policy Tue, 30 Sep 2014 13:36:45 +0000 Christopher Gray 4903570 at http://www.usgbc.org Talk the talk, march the march, 400K strong http://www.usgbc.org/articles/talk-talk-march-march-400k-strong <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">30 Sep 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/climatemarch_0.jpg?1412083712" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>&ldquo;<em>This is what democracy looks like.</em>&rdquo;</p> <p>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 <a href="http://peoplesclimate.org/">People&rsquo;s Climate March</a>.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/talk-talk-march-march-400k-strong" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/talk-talk-march-march-400k-strong#comments Advocacy and policy Tue, 30 Sep 2014 13:28:32 +0000 Fleming Roberts 4903545 at http://www.usgbc.org People's Climate March in New York reflects new environmentalism http://www.usgbc.org/articles/peoples-climate-march-new-york-reflects-new-environmentalism <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">26 Sep 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/rpblog_1.jpg?1411750315" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>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.<span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p>Having been born in New York Hospital and raised in a neighborhood just across Central Park from where the march began, I had a sense of <em>deja vu</em>. Back in the late 60s and early 70s I had joined my Mom&mdash;and fellow members of her New York teachers union&mdash;in marches against the Vietnam War in Washington, D.C., and in New York.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/peoples-climate-march-new-york-reflects-new-environmentalism" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/peoples-climate-march-new-york-reflects-new-environmentalism#comments Advocacy and policy Fri, 26 Sep 2014 16:51:55 +0000 Roger Platt 4898492 at http://www.usgbc.org An evening with the stars at the Alliance to Save Energy's annual awards event http://www.usgbc.org/articles/evening-stars-alliance-save-energys-annual-awards-event <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">26 Sep 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/phippscsl_0.jpg?1411741026" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Like you, I&rsquo;m sure, I am a big fan of energy efficiency. In my free time, I also enjoy a healthy dose of astrophysics.<span>&nbsp;</span>So what could be better than an evening this week with the stars of energy efficiency receiving awards named after galaxies and supernovae?<span>&nbsp; </span></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/evening-stars-alliance-save-energys-annual-awards-event" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/evening-stars-alliance-save-energys-annual-awards-event#comments Advocacy and policy Fri, 26 Sep 2014 14:17:05 +0000 Jeremy Sigmon 4898251 at http://www.usgbc.org Climate March coverage from BuildingGreen http://www.usgbc.org/articles/climate-march-coverage-buildinggreen <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">25 Sep 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/climate-march-2014_0.png?1411665657" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em><span class="image-left">This article originally appeared on <a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/view-inside-climate-march" target="_blank">BuildingGreen</a> on Sept. 22, 2014.</span></em></p> <p><strong>Maybe, if enough of us March, and plan, and make smart choices, we&rsquo;ll have a chance at beating this thing.&nbsp;</strong></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/climate-march-coverage-buildinggreen" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/climate-march-coverage-buildinggreen#comments Community Thu, 25 Sep 2014 17:20:56 +0000 Nadav Malin 4895631 at http://www.usgbc.org Thank you, Mr. President, for taking a bold step on climate change; Congress, feel free to join in http://www.usgbc.org/articles/thank-you-mr-president-taking-bold-step-climate-change-congress-feel-free-join <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">25 Sep 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/followleader2_0.jpg?1411649754" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>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.<span>&nbsp;</span>He has given these leaders homework: bring bold announcements and actions to the Summit that will reduce emissions, strengthen climate resilience, and mobilize political will for a meaningful agreement in 2015.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/thank-you-mr-president-taking-bold-step-climate-change-congress-feel-free-join" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/thank-you-mr-president-taking-bold-step-climate-change-congress-feel-free-join#comments Advocacy and policy Thu, 25 Sep 2014 12:55:54 +0000 Elizabeth Beardsley 4895080 at http://www.usgbc.org Greenbuild’s Affordable Homes and Sustainable Communities Summit takes on next big challenge for the green building movement http://www.usgbc.org/articles/greenbuilds-affordable-homes-and-sustainable-communities-summit-takes-next-big-challenge-g <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">18 Sep 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/affordable_0_0.png?1411061095" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The business case for building market-rate green buildings is getting stronger every day.<span>&nbsp;</span>That is fully understood by the leaders in the green building movement attending Greenbuild&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.greenbuildexpo.com/AffordableHomesandSustainableCommunitiesSummit" target="_blank"><strong>Affordable Homes and Sustainable Communities Summit</strong></a> on Oct. 21, 2014, in New Orleans, LA.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/greenbuilds-affordable-homes-and-sustainable-communities-summit-takes-next-big-challenge-g" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/greenbuilds-affordable-homes-and-sustainable-communities-summit-takes-next-big-challenge-g#comments Greenbuild Thu, 18 Sep 2014 17:24:55 +0000 Roger Platt 4886543 at http://www.usgbc.org Three building code questions you should be asking http://www.usgbc.org/articles/three-building-code-questions-you-should-be-asking <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">2 Sep 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/buildingcodequestions_0.jpg?1409685151" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><span>The phrase &ldquo;don&rsquo;t judge a book by its cover&rdquo; is often applied to judgments of people &mdash; and to buildings, too. &nbsp;</span></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/three-building-code-questions-you-should-be-asking" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/three-building-code-questions-you-should-be-asking#comments Advocacy and policy Tue, 02 Sep 2014 19:12:30 +0000 Carli Yoro 4866367 at http://www.usgbc.org “Four More Years!” State policymakers rack up wins for green building http://www.usgbc.org/articles/%E2%80%9Cfour-more-years%E2%80%9D-state-policymakers-rack-wins-green-building <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">29 Aug 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/betterbuildingsreport-01_0.png?1409327548" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Last week, the <a href="http://www.ncel.net/" target="_blank">National Caucus of Environmental Legislators (NCEL)</a> gathered for their largest ever policy summit.<span>&nbsp;</span>The issues discussed varied from clean power plan implementation to clean water and indoor air, to healthy, high-performing schools. As a framework for addressing these and many other economic and ecology issues, green building was a central focus, too.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/%E2%80%9Cfour-more-years%E2%80%9D-state-policymakers-rack-wins-green-building" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/%E2%80%9Cfour-more-years%E2%80%9D-state-policymakers-rack-wins-green-building#comments Advocacy and policy Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:52:28 +0000 Jeremy Sigmon 4863350 at http://www.usgbc.org 10 super rad LEED public projects http://www.usgbc.org/articles/10-super-rad-leed-public-projects <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">28 Aug 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/leedpubprojs-01_0.png?1409236453" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Have you ever pulled into a train station and felt like you had really arrived somewhere else, because the station felt like part of this new town&rsquo;s identity? Did you ever tour your local fire station as a kid, and if you were very lucky, slide down that shiny silver pole? Did you ever go to the local jail, and&hellip; well, actually that&rsquo;s none of my business.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/10-super-rad-leed-public-projects" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/10-super-rad-leed-public-projects#comments Advocacy and policy Thu, 28 Aug 2014 14:34:13 +0000 Fleming Roberts 4861984 at http://www.usgbc.org Understanding federal compliance and the "Guiding Principles" http://www.usgbc.org/articles/understanding-federal-compliance-and-guiding-principles <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">21 Aug 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/guidingprinciples-01_0.png?1408650706" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Working on a project for a federal agency? Odds are, you&rsquo;re familiar with the <em><a href="http://www.epa.gov/oaintrnt/projects/requirements.htm" target="_blank">Guiding Principles</a></em>.&nbsp;</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/understanding-federal-compliance-and-guiding-principles" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/understanding-federal-compliance-and-guiding-principles#comments Industry Thu, 21 Aug 2014 19:51:45 +0000 Melissa Gallagher-Rogers 4853623 at http://www.usgbc.org USGBC supports key resilience legislation with the new PREPARE Act http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-supports-key-resilience-legislation-new-prepare-act <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">1 Aug 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/pa_preparearticle-01_0.png?1406918239" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Today, I joined Congressman Matt Cartwright (D-PA) in a press conference call he hosted to introduce his new bipartisan legislation, the PREPARE Act (Preparedness and Risk management for Extreme weather Patterns Assuring Resilience). Joining several co-sponsors, Cartwright introduced the bill in the House on July 31, 2014.</p> <p>The PREPARE Act makes us smarter, stronger and safer in the face of these increasing extreme weather events. We&rsquo;ve all seen the tragic costs these events are having on people&rsquo;s lives, our communities, and our economy.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-supports-key-resilience-legislation-new-prepare-act" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-supports-key-resilience-legislation-new-prepare-act#comments Advocacy and policy Fri, 01 Aug 2014 18:37:19 +0000 Jason Hartke 4827083 at http://www.usgbc.org Homeowner views on energy codes http://www.usgbc.org/articles/homeowner-views-energy-codes <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">31 Jul 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/flickr_creative_commons_hugh_bitz_1.jpg?1406813175" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a></a><a></a>A <a href="http://www.idahoenergycode.com/sites/idahoenergycode.com/files/resources/pdf/BPA%20Grant%20Idaho%20Energy%20Code%20Survey%2031May2014.pdf" target="_blank">recent market research study</a>&nbsp;revealed that Idahoans value energy efficiency. In fact, 65% of them favor energy codes that are consistent with national standards, but less than half trust the State of Idaho to adopt the right energy efficiency standards for Idahoans.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/homeowner-views-energy-codes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/homeowner-views-energy-codes#comments Advocacy and policy Thu, 31 Jul 2014 13:26:14 +0000 Sharon Grant 4825289 at http://www.usgbc.org In the Know with Maggie and Joe http://www.usgbc.org/articles/know-maggie-and-joe-0 <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">7 Jul 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/maggie_and_joe_pic-1_0.jpg?1404763410" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>We know. It&rsquo;s been ages since we've connected with our fellow readers but Maggie, my office wife and copilot, has not stopped nagging me to get a post up. So here we are!</p> <p>Since it's been some time we&rsquo;ll jump right in, but first some breaking news:</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/know-maggie-and-joe-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/know-maggie-and-joe-0#comments LEED Mon, 07 Jul 2014 20:03:30 +0000 Joseph Crea 4795235 at http://www.usgbc.org How green is overtaking the commercial property market http://www.usgbc.org/articles/how-green-overtaking-commercial-property-market <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/downtown.jpg?1403711728" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>In 2010, <a href="http://nilskok.typepad.com/nils-kok/2010/12/the-diffusion-of-energy-efficiency-in-building.html">I analyzed the uptake of &ldquo;green&rdquo; certification in the U.S. commercial property market</a>, explaining the differences in diffusion across markets and over time. But during the past four years, much has happened. The economy started to recover (in most places), and construction has picked up again.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/how-green-overtaking-commercial-property-market" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/how-green-overtaking-commercial-property-market#comments Industry Wed, 25 Jun 2014 15:56:28 +0000 Nils Kok 4781551 at http://www.usgbc.org Video: Make It Right rebuilds to LEED Platinum in New Orleans http://www.usgbc.org/articles/video-make-it-right-rebuilds-leed-platinum-new-orleans <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_makeitright.jpg?1403532646" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-slideshow-image"> <div class="field-label">Slideshow images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1000" height="667" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/family_at_home_Make_It_Right_New_Orleans_credit_MAX_COLLINS.jpg?1403532816" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1000" height="666" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/children_outside_bikes_and_houses_Make_It_Right_New_Orleans.jpg?1403532829" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="667" height="1000" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/children_on_eco_playground_Make_It_Right_New_Orleans_credit_GREG_RHOADES.jpeg?1403532836" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1000" height="667" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/child_in_front_of_home_Make_It_Right_New_Orleans.jpg?1403532844" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1000" height="667" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Make_It_Right_homes_at_night_credit_Alexei_Levedev.jpg?1403532860" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="770" height="1000" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Frank_Gehry_Home_Exterior_credit_Chad_Chenier.jpg?1403532874" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="667" height="1000" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/interior_shot_Make_It_Right_New_Orleans_credit_JAMES_EWING.jpg?1403532886" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="667" height="1000" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Executive_Director_Tom_Darden_headshot.jpg?1403532903" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>We visited New Orleans with&nbsp;<a href="http://makeitright.org/" target="_blank">Make It Right</a>, an organization that builds healthy, high-efficient and safe homes for people and communities in need.</p> <p>Forty percent of LEED for Homes units fall into the affordable housing sector, and you can see 100 of them, brought to fruition by Make It Right, on display in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans, one of the areas hit hardest by Hurricane Katrina.&nbsp;</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/video-make-it-right-rebuilds-leed-platinum-new-orleans" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/video-make-it-right-rebuilds-leed-platinum-new-orleans#comments Industry Mon, 23 Jun 2014 14:15:07 +0000 Jennifer Easton 4777449 at http://www.usgbc.org Partnering to advance youth-led community sustainability and green jobs http://www.usgbc.org/articles/partnering-advance-youth-led-community-sustainability-and-green-jobs <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">20 Jun 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/youthbuild_feature.jpg?1403294426" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-slideshow-image"> <div class="field-label">Slideshow images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1024" height="768" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/PA050134.jpg?1403294446" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1024" height="768" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/PA040117.jpg?1403294463" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1029" height="858" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/philly-merge-1029pxw.png?1403294481" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>With roughly 38 million U.S. households eligible for weatherization, 19 million abandoned properties, rising energy costs and environmental impacts that disproportionately threaten poor communities, it is time to unleash the power of every communities&rsquo; most untapped resource&mdash;its youth.&nbsp;</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/partnering-advance-youth-led-community-sustainability-and-green-jobs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/partnering-advance-youth-led-community-sustainability-and-green-jobs#comments Community Fri, 20 Jun 2014 19:53:52 +0000 Dorothy Stoneman 4775643 at http://www.usgbc.org An “Above and Beyond Volunteer” paves the way for change in Texas http://www.usgbc.org/articles/%E2%80%9Cabove-and-beyond-volunteer%E2%80%9D-paves-way-change-texas <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">20 Jun 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/volunteer-Jeff-Florey.png?1403270415" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>We're excited to introduce one of our most recent Above and Beyond Volunteers,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/jeffrey-florey/0010763600" target="_blank">Jeffrey Florey</a>.</p> <p>Above and Beyond Volunteers are volunteer leaders whose contributions have led to outstanding achievements in the green building movement.&nbsp;</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/%E2%80%9Cabove-and-beyond-volunteer%E2%80%9D-paves-way-change-texas" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/%E2%80%9Cabove-and-beyond-volunteer%E2%80%9D-paves-way-change-texas#comments Community Fri, 20 Jun 2014 13:18:12 +0000 Kimberly Lewis 4774640 at http://www.usgbc.org Free download: New USGBC report plots the growth of green homes http://www.usgbc.org/articles/free-download-new-usgbc-report-plots-growth-green-homes <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">19 Jun 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/LiM_articleheader-01_2__1_.jpg?1403186772" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-slideshow-image"> <div class="field-label">Slideshow images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="670" height="373" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/map-1d_7__1_.jpg?1403186804" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="670" height="388" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/map-2d_9__1_.jpg?1403186812" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://go.usgbc.org/homes"><em><span>LEED in Motion: Residential</span></em></a><span> highlights the numbers, knowledge and resources you need&nbsp;</span>to keep pace with the rapidly growing green homes market. In it, you'll find key statistics on&nbsp;the size and growth of the green residential market, a deep dive in to LEED for Homes&nbsp;numbers, a close look at the human health aspects of homebuilding, and much more.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/free-download-new-usgbc-report-plots-growth-green-homes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/free-download-new-usgbc-report-plots-growth-green-homes#comments LEED Thu, 19 Jun 2014 14:02:44 +0000 Jennifer Easton 4773399 at http://www.usgbc.org Greenbuild 2014 registration now open http://www.usgbc.org/articles/greenbuild-2014-registration-now-open <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">18 Jun 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/GB14_Registration.png?1403120927" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Registration for the 2014 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo is now open.</p> <p style="text-align: left;"><strong>When: Expo: Oct. 22-23, Conference: Oct. 22-24</strong><br /><strong>Where: Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, LA</strong></p> <p><a href="http://greenbuildexpo.com/" target="_blank" class="button">Register today</a></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/greenbuild-2014-registration-now-open" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/greenbuild-2014-registration-now-open#comments Greenbuild Wed, 18 Jun 2014 19:51:45 +0000 Kate Hurst 4772545 at http://www.usgbc.org Women, Sports and the Environment Symposium in July http://www.usgbc.org/articles/women-sports-and-environment-symposium-july <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">12 Jun 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/women_sports.png?1402585985" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>At the heart of the Green Sports Alliance is the goal to leverage the power of the sports industry to create broad cultural change as it pertains to environmental stewardship, community health and sustainability. A key part of this vision is to ensure all members of the sports community are actively engaged and using their unique skills to advance the green sports movement, and the Women, Sports and the Environment (WSE) Symposium provides an opportunity to convene and support women from all sectors of the industry in this effort.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/women-sports-and-environment-symposium-july" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/women-sports-and-environment-symposium-july#comments Industry Thu, 12 Jun 2014 15:13:43 +0000 4761377 at http://www.usgbc.org Tools for bringing green schools to communities everywhere http://www.usgbc.org/articles/tools-bringing-green-schools-communities-everywhere <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/tools_schools.png?1402435895" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Green schools initiatives provide a clear avenue to reach new audiences outside of the green building profession, generating both interest and tangible results. USGBC&rsquo;s chapter network works creatively through Green School s programs, including Green Schools Challenges, to raise awareness about high-performing buildings , expanding the reach of USGBC&rsquo;s mission and vision.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/tools-bringing-green-schools-communities-everywhere" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/tools-bringing-green-schools-communities-everywhere#comments Community Tue, 10 Jun 2014 21:26:58 +0000 Cindy Zork 4757934 at http://www.usgbc.org Detroit offers builders, developers and dreamers a unique opportunity http://www.usgbc.org/articles/detroit-offers-builders-developers-and-dreamers-unique-opportunity <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">9 Jun 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/rick_detroit.jpg?1402346082" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>First: a quick history lesson.&nbsp;</p> <p>A century ago, as a revolution was taking root that would transform America from a largely agrarian country into a muscular, industrial one, one city in particular found itself playing catch-up with all that progress. &nbsp;Detroit, which seemingly overnight had emerged as the epicenter of the auto manufacturing industry, found itself a city faced with a deepening housing crisis as tens of thousands of workers, many of them from the rural South, started migrating there on the promise of landing one of its many well-paying factory jobs.&nbsp;</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/detroit-offers-builders-developers-and-dreamers-unique-opportunity" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/detroit-offers-builders-developers-and-dreamers-unique-opportunity#comments Community Mon, 09 Jun 2014 20:38:28 +0000 Rick Fedrizzi 4756116 at http://www.usgbc.org Greater China becomes the second largest market for LEED outside the U.S. http://www.usgbc.org/articles/greater-china-becomes-second-largest-market-leed-outside-us <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">9 Jun 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/LEED-in-China_Cover.png?1402345313" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><span>With 1,961 LEED-registered and -certified projects over 2,000 LEED professionals and the first LEED v4 certified project, Greater China is leading the green building market as the second largest region for LEED in the world outside the U.S. according to our new report, <em><a href="http://go.usgbc.org/china.html" target="_blank">LEED in Motion: Greater China</a></em></span><span>.</span></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/greater-china-becomes-second-largest-market-leed-outside-us" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/greater-china-becomes-second-largest-market-leed-outside-us#comments LEED Mon, 09 Jun 2014 20:26:18 +0000 Joseph Crea 4756085 at http://www.usgbc.org Improving materials selection through chemical hazard assessment [DC Event June 16] http://www.usgbc.org/articles/improving-materials-selection-through-chemical-hazard-assessment-dc-event-june-16 <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">9 Jun 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/LMH_feature.jpg?1402322723" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>&ldquo;Increasing transparency and scientific understanding around the health impacts of building materials is unquestionably a timely and complex topic.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/improving-materials-selection-through-chemical-hazard-assessment-dc-event-june-16" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/improving-materials-selection-through-chemical-hazard-assessment-dc-event-june-16#comments LEED Mon, 09 Jun 2014 14:03:40 +0000 David Marcus 4755309 at http://www.usgbc.org By nature's design: Forest stewardship in action http://www.usgbc.org/articles/natures-design-forest-stewardship-action <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">6 Jun 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Images courtesy of Terry Peck" alt="Images courtesy of Terry Peck" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/forestry.jpg?1402063351" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-slideshow-image"> <div class="field-label">Slideshow images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="800" height="1200" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/MendoRdwd_TLPeck-010.jpg?1402063374" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1199" height="800" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/MendoRdwd_TLPeck-018.jpg?1402063383" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="800" height="1205" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/MendoRdwd_TLPeck-022.jpg?1402063393" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1202" height="800" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/MendoRdwd_TLPeck-024.jpg?1402063404" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1199" height="800" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/MendoRdwd_TLPeck-033.jpg?1402063427" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1202" height="800" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/MendoRdwd_TLPeck-035.jpg?1402063436" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="800" height="1202" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/MendoRdwd_TLPeck-043.jpg?1402063446" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1204" height="800" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/MendoRdwd_TLPeck-057.jpg?1402063455" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1200" height="800" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/MendoRdwd_TLPeck-076.jpg?1402063471" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1204" height="800" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/MendoRdwd_TLPeck-079.jpg?1402063494" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="800" height="1201" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/MendoRdwd_TLPeck-085.jpg?1402063503" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1200" height="800" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/MendoRdwd_TLPeck-087.jpg?1402063512" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="800" height="1200" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/MendoRdwd_TLPeck-088.jpg?1402063520" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>This article was originally featured in the December 2013 issue of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.northbaybiz.com/" target="_blank">North Bay Biz magazine</a>.</em></p> <p><strong>Throughout the world, ancient cultures have demonstrated a reverence for trees as part of their core belief. Have we lost our way in the midst of progress and growth?</strong></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/natures-design-forest-stewardship-action" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/natures-design-forest-stewardship-action#comments Industry Fri, 06 Jun 2014 13:59:58 +0000 Lorraine Alexander 4751710 at http://www.usgbc.org USGBC Announces Expanded Support for LEED Green Building Program in India http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-announces-expanded-support-leed-green-building-program-india <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/press_release_2014g.png?1401974654" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>India Third on List of Countries in the World with Most LEED-Certified Space</em></p> <p><strong>New Delhi</strong> &mdash; (5 June 2014) &mdash; The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the creator and administrator of LEED, announced today it was expanding its support of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), the popular global green building program, in India.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-announces-expanded-support-leed-green-building-program-india" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-announces-expanded-support-leed-green-building-program-india#comments Media Thu, 05 Jun 2014 13:24:33 +0000 Jacob Kriss 4750069 at http://www.usgbc.org USGBC+: Detroit is dying, Detroit is rising http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-detroit-dying-detroit-rising <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">3 Jun 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/detroit-manhole-5.jpg?1401811509" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em><span>USGBC+, the&nbsp;new membership magazine of the U.S. Green Building Council, explores the life and work of the people who design and craft intelligent, high-performance buildings and spaces, bringing to light the creativity and passion behind every green building project.&nbsp;</span></em><em>&nbsp;</em></p> <p><strong><em>Our first issue features a close-up look at sustainable development in Detroit. Read the full article at </em><a href="http://plus.usgbc.org"><em>plus.usgbc.org</em></a><em>.</em></strong></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-detroit-dying-detroit-rising" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-detroit-dying-detroit-rising#comments Community Tue, 03 Jun 2014 16:04:38 +0000 4744962 at http://www.usgbc.org O+M: Initial certification or recertification? http://www.usgbc.org/articles/om-initial-certification-or-recertification <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">3 Jun 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/recertification.jpg?1401808246" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Confused about the difference between initial certification for existing buildings and recertification? Consider these scenarios:</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><strong>A.</strong> Acme Inc. has been in their building for the last 10 years. They've made significant upgrades to their facilities and are looking to certify their performance initiatives through LEED. Their building has never been certified before.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/om-initial-certification-or-recertification" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/om-initial-certification-or-recertification#comments LEED Tue, 03 Jun 2014 15:14:44 +0000 Tiffany Coyle 4744856 at http://www.usgbc.org Canada is No. 1 Country for LEED Outside U.S. According to New Report from U.S. Green Building Council http://www.usgbc.org/articles/canada-no-1-country-leed-outside-us-according-new-report-us-green-building-council <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/press_release_2014c_1.png?1401803415" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>LEED in Motion: Canada<em> is Latest Report Demonstrating Global Reach and Momentum of LEED</em></p> <p>Washington, D.C. <span>&mdash;</span> (June 3, 2014) <span>&mdash; Canada stands as the largest international market for LEED green buildings and boasts more square meters of LEED-certified space than any other nation outside the United States, according to a new report released today by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).</span></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/canada-no-1-country-leed-outside-us-according-new-report-us-green-building-council" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/canada-no-1-country-leed-outside-us-according-new-report-us-green-building-council#comments Media Tue, 03 Jun 2014 13:51:29 +0000 Joseph Crea 4744701 at http://www.usgbc.org Rick Fedrizzi on President Obama's proposal to reduce carbon dioxide pollution http://www.usgbc.org/articles/rick-fedrizzi-president-obamas-proposal-reduce-carbon-dioxide-pollution <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">2 Jun 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/RICK_DESK.jpg?1401741018" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Combating climate change is one of the world&rsquo;s most pressing challenges. We will be defined by how we respond to this challenge and the actions we take today to ensure a better future for our children and our children&rsquo;s children.&nbsp; And there is no more powerful action than leading by example.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/rick-fedrizzi-president-obamas-proposal-reduce-carbon-dioxide-pollution" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/rick-fedrizzi-president-obamas-proposal-reduce-carbon-dioxide-pollution#comments Industry Mon, 02 Jun 2014 20:33:15 +0000 Rick Fedrizzi 4743615 at http://www.usgbc.org LEED registration close and sunset dates http://www.usgbc.org/articles/registration-close-and-sunset-dates <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/timer.png?1401456909" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Continuous improvement—it&rsquo;s in our DNA and what drives LEED to evolve along with technology and the needs of the marketplace. </p> <p>As new versions of the rating systems are introduced, earlier versions are phased out so that we are constantly pushing for the transformation we aspire to.</p> <p>At any given point, LEED rating systems are either:</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/registration-close-and-sunset-dates" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/registration-close-and-sunset-dates#comments LEED Fri, 30 May 2014 13:30:09 +0000 Selina Holmes 4739354 at http://www.usgbc.org Check out our celebration with the Congressional Green Schools Caucus http://www.usgbc.org/articles/check-out-our-celebration-congressional-green-schools-caucus <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">29 May 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/princetonreview_event.jpg?1401395717" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Congressman Jim Matheson, Chair of the Congressional Green Schools Caucus, and the Center for Green Schools recently co-hosted an event on Capitol Hill to honor 4-year colleges and universities highlighted in&nbsp;<em><a href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/greenguide">The Princeton Review&rsquo;s Guide to 332 Green Colleges: 2014 Edition</a></em>. The May 8 reception, held in the historic Rayburn House Office Building, brought together more than 100 attendees, including education, advocacy, government, and non-profit leaders.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/check-out-our-celebration-congressional-green-schools-caucus" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/check-out-our-celebration-congressional-green-schools-caucus#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 29 May 2014 20:35:05 +0000 Joshua Lasky 4738384 at http://www.usgbc.org GSA announces its award-winning green building projects http://www.usgbc.org/articles/gsa-announces-its-award-winning-green-building-projects <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">2 May 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/10362404345_b8175eff92_b.jpg?1399058478" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a></a><a></a>After several days of nonstop cold rain here in the District, it was nice to see the sun shining again on the first day of May.&nbsp;But it was even nicer that day to hear about all the award-winning building projects honored by the General Services Administration (GSA) as part of its Design Awards ceremony.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/gsa-announces-its-award-winning-green-building-projects" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/gsa-announces-its-award-winning-green-building-projects#comments Advocacy and policy Fri, 02 May 2014 19:17:56 +0000 Jason Hartke 4698708 at http://www.usgbc.org Good to know: Green building incentive strategies http://www.usgbc.org/articles/good-know-green-building-incentive-strategies-0 <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">2 May 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_incentives.png?1399049844" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>One of the most effective and more popular strategies to encourage green building is to incentivize the market through financial or structural incentives. Rewarding developers or homeowners who practice green building techniques spurs innovation and demand for green building technologies.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/good-know-green-building-incentive-strategies-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/good-know-green-building-incentive-strategies-0#comments LEED Fri, 02 May 2014 16:54:47 +0000 4698478 at http://www.usgbc.org Efficiency bills march out of House committee http://www.usgbc.org/articles/efficiency-bills-march-out-house-committee <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">1 May 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="668" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/5309284395_2c51c6b686_b.jpg?1398951120" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><span style="font-size: 10pt;">This week, the House Energy and Commerce Committee pushed for positive change for&nbsp;<a href="http://energycommerce.house.gov/markup/committee-consider-hr-6-hr-2689-and-hr-4092" target="_blank">building efficiency legislation</a>&nbsp;with the passage of H.R. 4092, the Streamlining Energy Efficiency for Schools Act of 2014, and H.R. 2689, the Energy Savings Through Public-Private Partnerships Act of 2013. These bipartisan bills both cleared the committee by voice vote.</span></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/efficiency-bills-march-out-house-committee" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/efficiency-bills-march-out-house-committee#comments Advocacy and policy Thu, 01 May 2014 13:31:46 +0000 Bryan Howard 4696568 at http://www.usgbc.org A tree grows in Helsinki http://www.usgbc.org/articles/tree-grows-helsinki <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/rick_helsinki.jpg?1398697996" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>To millions of Americans, a U.S. embassy building is a little like one of our national parks or maybe the public library. Even though these places are rarely top-of-mind, nor do we use them on a regular basis, there is comfort in knowing they exist.</p> <p>What&rsquo;s more, to many Americans the presence of such things on the public landscape says something far greater about how they view themselves and the society in which they find themselves privileged to live. </p> <p>I know. I&rsquo;m one such guy.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/tree-grows-helsinki" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/tree-grows-helsinki#comments LEED Mon, 28 Apr 2014 15:10:21 +0000 Rick Fedrizzi 4691963 at http://www.usgbc.org State market briefs: Green building data that’s quick, easy and in REAL TIME! http://www.usgbc.org/articles/state-market-briefs-green-building-data-thats-quick-easy-and-real-time <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">23 Apr 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Market-Brief-Fbook-Option-d_5b1_5d.png?1398274559" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><span>Nothing speaks more clearly than good data. <a href="http://www.gbig.org/">The Green Building Information Gateway</a> (GBIG) platform proves this every day. USGBC is excited to announce the release of a supplement to GBIG&rsquo;s already robust data offerings with an update to the state market briefs. The <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/advocacy/market-brief" target="_blank">enhanced state market briefs</a> are dashboards that provide a quick look at state-specific LEED and USGBC data.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/state-market-briefs-green-building-data-thats-quick-easy-and-real-time" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/state-market-briefs-green-building-data-thats-quick-easy-and-real-time#comments Advocacy and policy Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:36:47 +0000 Cecilia Shutters 4685624 at http://www.usgbc.org Tax vote brings good news for green building http://www.usgbc.org/articles/tax-vote-brings-good-news-green-building <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">4 Apr 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="669" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/11821549636_c68a2cfa90_b.jpg?1396623876" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><span>On Thursday, the Senate Finance Committee took an important move in advancing draft legislation that would renew a series of tax breaks that expired at the end of last year. The &ldquo;Expiring Provisions Improvement Reform and Efficiency (EXPIRE) Act;&rdquo; passed the committee on a voice vote.</span><span>&nbsp;</span><span>The EXPIRE Act includes a number of important elements that will continue to enhance the efficiency of the building industry, particularly to the existing Energy Efficiency Commercial Building Tax Deduction 179(D).<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/tax-vote-brings-good-news-green-building" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/tax-vote-brings-good-news-green-building#comments Advocacy and policy Fri, 04 Apr 2014 15:00:40 +0000 Bryan Howard 4654349 at http://www.usgbc.org DC to World: We mean green (and it’s code now, too) http://www.usgbc.org/articles/dc-world-we-mean-green-and-it%E2%80%99s-code-now-too <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">28 Mar 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/DC_Metrocentric.jpg?1396025262" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Good morning, Washington. Today marks the culmination of almost two years of work and thousands of hours of volunteer time to make the District of Columbia, <a href="http://sustainable.dc.gov/"><em>once again</em></a>, a national leader in better, greener buildings.</p> <p>The USGBC-National Capital Region Chapter had <a href="http://www.usgbcncr.org/news/dc-adopts-innovative-new-green-construction-code/">this</a> to say about the DC Green Construction Code: &ldquo;This is a landmark achievement in the history of green buildings.&rdquo;</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/dc-world-we-mean-green-and-it%E2%80%99s-code-now-too" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/dc-world-we-mean-green-and-it%E2%80%99s-code-now-too#comments Advocacy and policy Fri, 28 Mar 2014 16:46:24 +0000 Jeremy Sigmon 4645491 at http://www.usgbc.org Why the White House supports faith and community leaders in addressing the environment http://www.usgbc.org/articles/why-white-house-supports-faith-and-community-leaders-addressing-environment <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">26 Mar 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Photo credit: Eric Vance" alt="Photo credit: Eric Vance" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/ClimateFaith_023.jpg?1395866055" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Faith-based organizations own and operate over 400,000 buildings in the United States and are pillars in the communities they serve. Great potential exists to advance building health and performance while integrating sustainability into people&rsquo;s lives through this sector, and&nbsp;<a href="https://usgbc.wufoo.com/forms/s1dk6uz70tkf4ya/">you can get involved now</a>.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/why-white-house-supports-faith-and-community-leaders-addressing-environment" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/why-white-house-supports-faith-and-community-leaders-addressing-environment#comments Community Wed, 26 Mar 2014 20:28:12 +0000 Ryan P. Snow 4642952 at http://www.usgbc.org New reporting initiative helps federal agencies continue their green building leadership http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-reporting-initiative-helps-federal-agencies-continue-their-green-building-leadership <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">24 Mar 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="666" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/6009619375_c645ac4cc2_o.jpg?1395691415" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>U.S. federal government agencies were some of the earliest adopters of LEED. Over the years, we have seen the federal government build, retrofit and operate some amazing green buildings. To date, the federal government has certified 1,031 buildings to LEED, and another 3,000-plus projects are in the LEED certification pipeline. But with shrinking budgets and numerous requirements on their plates, these agencies need help to streamline their reporting as much as possible.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-reporting-initiative-helps-federal-agencies-continue-their-green-building-leadership" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-reporting-initiative-helps-federal-agencies-continue-their-green-building-leadership#comments Advocacy and policy Mon, 24 Mar 2014 20:01:38 +0000 Melissa Gallagher-Rogers 4639549 at http://www.usgbc.org Friday Roundup: Platinum for Oregon Convention Center, wooden skyscrapers? http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-platinum-oregon-convention-center-wooden-skyscrapers <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="The LEED Platinum Oregon Convention Center in Portland. Credit: Wikimedia Commons" alt="The LEED Platinum Oregon Convention Center in Portland. Credit: Wikimedia Common" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/800px-Oregon_Convention_Center_Dusk_1_%28edit%29.jpg?1395435574" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Here&rsquo;s our weekly collection of green building clips:</p> <p><a href="http://www.bizjournals.com/portland/blog/real-estate-daily/2014/03/green-building-oregon-convention-center-raises-its.html?utm_source=rss&amp;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=green-building-oregon-convention-center-raises-its-profile-portland-business-journal-blog">Green building: Oregon Convention Center raises its profile</a>, <em>Portland Business Journal</em>. It&rsquo;s the third certification for the LEED Platinum Oregon Convention Center, which also earned LEED Silver in 2008 and LEED Certified in 2004.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-platinum-oregon-convention-center-wooden-skyscrapers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-platinum-oregon-convention-center-wooden-skyscrapers#comments Industry Fri, 21 Mar 2014 21:17:17 +0000 Jacob Kriss 4636679 at http://www.usgbc.org Certification matters, same-cost LEED buildings, city market briefs http://www.usgbc.org/articles/certification-matters-same-cost-leed-buildings-city-market-briefs <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">19 Mar 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Maggie_and_Joe_Pic-2.jpg?1395257140" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>To build upon Joe&rsquo;s &ldquo;known unknowns&rdquo; and &ldquo;unknown unknowns&rdquo; from&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/know-maggie-joe">last week</a>, one &ldquo;known known&rdquo; is that third-party verification and certification matters:</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/certification-matters-same-cost-leed-buildings-city-market-briefs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/certification-matters-same-cost-leed-buildings-city-market-briefs#comments Industry Wed, 19 Mar 2014 19:24:34 +0000 Maggie Comstock 4632000 at http://www.usgbc.org LEED, materials and health: Discussions at Berkeley http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-materials-and-health-discussions-berkeley <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">19 Mar 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="668" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/GRB13_HealthSummit-1.jpg?1395254417" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-emvideo field-field-art-videos"> <div class="field-label">Videos:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="emvideo emvideo-video emvideo-vimeo"><div id="media-vimeo-1" class="media-vimeo"> <iframe src="https://player.vimeo.com/video/89105548?fullscreen=1&show_title=1&show_byline=1&show_portrait=1&autoplay=0" width="853" height="505"></iframe> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <div class="emvideo emvideo-video emvideo-vimeo"><div id="media-vimeo-2" class="media-vimeo"> <iframe src="https://player.vimeo.com/video/89105549?fullscreen=1&show_title=1&show_byline=1&show_portrait=1&autoplay=0" width="853" height="505"></iframe> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="emvideo emvideo-video emvideo-vimeo"><div id="media-vimeo-3" class="media-vimeo"> <iframe src="https://player.vimeo.com/video/89105550?fullscreen=1&show_title=1&show_byline=1&show_portrait=1&autoplay=0" width="853" height="505"></iframe> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <div class="emvideo emvideo-video emvideo-vimeo"><div id="media-vimeo-4" class="media-vimeo"> <iframe src="https://player.vimeo.com/video/89105547?fullscreen=1&show_title=1&show_byline=1&show_portrait=1&autoplay=0" width="853" height="505"></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p><span>What happens when you gather 76 passionate and informed professionals in a room to discuss challenges and opportunities at the intersection of </span><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/initiatives/grants/materials-health"><span>health, materials, and the built environment</span></a><span>? <strong>Progress.</strong></span></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-materials-and-health-discussions-berkeley" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-materials-and-health-discussions-berkeley#comments LEED Wed, 19 Mar 2014 18:38:52 +0000 David Marcus 4631889 at http://www.usgbc.org Who's counting? Center for Green Schools 2013 metrics http://www.usgbc.org/articles/whos-counting-center-green-schools-2013-metrics <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">18 Mar 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/CFGS-Year-End-Report-2013_FINAL-2-1.jpg?1395155946" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>In 2013, the Center for Green Schools reached further, leveraged greater and invested more than we ever have. How do we know? We are maniacal about tracking our work &ndash; whether it be the number of people we engage, the number of resources we distribute or the way people talk about our work in the media, their social networks or in surveys.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/whos-counting-center-green-schools-2013-metrics" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/whos-counting-center-green-schools-2013-metrics#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 18 Mar 2014 15:17:14 +0000 Jenny Wiedower 4628292 at http://www.usgbc.org Celebrating green buildings on the Emerald Isle http://www.usgbc.org/articles/celebrating-green-buildings-emerald-isle <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Ireland.jpg?1395079265" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>To celebrate St. Patrick&rsquo;s Day, we&rsquo;re taking a look at some of the LEED green buildings in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Collectively, the two states have seven LEED-certified projects representing 1.1 million square feet, with another 32 projects representing 2.8 million square feet in the pipeline for certification.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/celebrating-green-buildings-emerald-isle" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/celebrating-green-buildings-emerald-isle#comments Industry Mon, 17 Mar 2014 18:13:19 +0000 Jacob Kriss 4626966 at http://www.usgbc.org USGBC Announces 2014-2015 Mark Ginsberg Sustainability Fellow http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-announces-2014-2015-mark-ginsberg-sustainability-fellow <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/press_release_img_15.jpeg?1395078615" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Washington, D.C. &mdash; March 17, 2014 &mdash; The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has named Heather Joy Rosenberg, an independent sustainability consultant, as its 2014-2015 Mark Ginsberg Sustainability Fellow. In this role, she will provide thought leadership on issues of social equity and the built environment.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-announces-2014-2015-mark-ginsberg-sustainability-fellow" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-announces-2014-2015-mark-ginsberg-sustainability-fellow#comments Media Mon, 17 Mar 2014 17:52:22 +0000 Marisa Long 4626927 at http://www.usgbc.org Around the world in 80 market briefs http://www.usgbc.org/articles/around-world-80-market-briefs <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/world_briefs.jpg?1395065064" /> </div> </div> </div> <h3>Green Building Leadership across the World&rsquo;s Megacities</h3> <p><em>To accommodate the expected increase in urban population of 2 billion people before 2030, will require the equivalent of 200 new cities the size of Paris.<strong><a href="#_ftn1">[1]</a></strong></em></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/around-world-80-market-briefs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/around-world-80-market-briefs#comments Advocacy and policy Mon, 17 Mar 2014 14:02:27 +0000 Maggie Comstock 4626523 at http://www.usgbc.org Guide: USGBC San Diego brings sustainability to non-profits http://www.usgbc.org/articles/guide-usgbc-san-diego-brings-sustainability-non-profits <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">12 Mar 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Green_Assistance_Program.jpg?1394656483" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Looking for a new way to bring green building education to your community? The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/organizations/usgbc-san-diego-chapter">USGBC San Diego Chapter&rsquo;s</a>&nbsp;Green Assistance Program is bringing sustainable design strategies to non-profits in Balboa Park, allowing the organizations to turn building energy and cost savings into new funding streams for community-focused programs.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/guide-usgbc-san-diego-brings-sustainability-non-profits" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/guide-usgbc-san-diego-brings-sustainability-non-profits#comments Community Wed, 12 Mar 2014 20:26:45 +0000 Renee Daigneault 4621546 at http://www.usgbc.org Now recruiting volunteer national chairs to support Community Green http://www.usgbc.org/articles/now-recruiting-volunteer-national-chairs-support-community-green <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Communitygreenblog.jpg?1394651457" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Center for Green Schools at USGBC is proud to announce the expansion of Community Green, thanks to the continued and generous support of the Bank of America Charitable Foundation. Launched in 2012, <a href="http://centerforgreenschools.org/communitygreen.aspx">Community Green</a>&nbsp;partners with community colleges to prepare for careers in sustainability and green building. Community Green is supported by a network of volunteer national chairs, located regionally across the U.S., who work with colleges to implement program benefits and deepen engagement with USGBC.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/now-recruiting-volunteer-national-chairs-support-community-green" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/now-recruiting-volunteer-national-chairs-support-community-green#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 12 Mar 2014 19:11:23 +0000 Joshua Lasky 4621410 at http://www.usgbc.org In the Know with Maggie & Joe http://www.usgbc.org/articles/know-maggie-joe <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">12 Mar 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Maggie_and_Joe_Pic-1.jpg?1394630998" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><span>Time to know some of the green building and LEED <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GiPe1OiKQuk">“known knowns!”</a></span></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/know-maggie-joe" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/know-maggie-joe#comments Industry Wed, 12 Mar 2014 13:26:36 +0000 Joseph Crea 4620854 at http://www.usgbc.org Become a LEED committee member! http://www.usgbc.org/articles/become-leed-committee-member <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">10 Mar 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/usgbc_60351645-1.jpg?1394479263" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Have you considered volunteering with LEED?</p> <p>LEED committee volunteers play a critical role in developing and maintaining the LEED rating system. The U.S. Green Building Council is holding an open call for self-nominations of qualified applicants to serve as members of LEED committees and working groups. The following groups are seeking new members:</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/become-leed-committee-member" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/become-leed-committee-member#comments LEED Mon, 10 Mar 2014 19:22:52 +0000 Christopher Law 4618218 at http://www.usgbc.org Trust but verify: Why LEED certification matters http://www.usgbc.org/articles/trust-verify-why-leed-certification-matters <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">10 Mar 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="Image Courtesy of Jones Lang Lasalle" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/usgbc_91783886-1.jpg?1394477509" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>We know there&rsquo;s no such thing as a free lunch, and that if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.<span> </span>Simply put, trust must be earned.</p> <p>This is where third-party certification comes in. It holds businesses accountable for what they say is true, and it signals to consumers that the product meets certain standards so that they can make educated decisions about what to buy. Third-party seals of approval can communicate other things as well, such as the values of the company or the class of the product.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/trust-verify-why-leed-certification-matters" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/trust-verify-why-leed-certification-matters#comments Advocacy and policy Mon, 10 Mar 2014 18:53:20 +0000 Fleming Roberts 4618161 at http://www.usgbc.org USGBC in the news: Exposing the ‘Environmental Policy Alliance’ http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-news-exposing-%E2%80%98environmental-policy-alliance%E2%80%99 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/usgbc_34142717.jpg?1394219744" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Don&rsquo;t be fooled, the Environmental Policy Alliance isn&rsquo;t the &ldquo;EPA&rdquo; you might think. The group behind recent attacks on LEED is run by the notorious Washington, D.C., lobbyist Richard Berman, who works on behalf of special interests under the guise of policy and research institutes.</p> <p>Check out what <em>Architect</em>, <em>The Huffington Post</em> and TreeHugger have to say about the Environmental Policy Alliance:</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-news-exposing-%E2%80%98environmental-policy-alliance%E2%80%99" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-news-exposing-%E2%80%98environmental-policy-alliance%E2%80%99#comments Industry Fri, 07 Mar 2014 19:18:02 +0000 4614989 at http://www.usgbc.org H.R. 2126: The Energy Efficiency Improvement Act http://www.usgbc.org/articles/hr-2126-energy-efficiency-improvement-act <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">7 Mar 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/8331732961_bea3aafb1f_b.jpg?1394208150" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>This week, the House of Representatives took a major step in advancing building efficiency legislation with the passage of H.R. 2126, the Energy Efficiency Improvement Act. This bipartisan bill cleared the House on a vote of 375-36.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/hr-2126-energy-efficiency-improvement-act" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/hr-2126-energy-efficiency-improvement-act#comments Advocacy and policy Fri, 07 Mar 2014 16:10:43 +0000 Bryan Howard 4614595 at http://www.usgbc.org GBIG Fundamentals: Project Transparency, Market Context, and Timelines http://www.usgbc.org/articles/gbig-fundamentals-project-transparency-market-context-and-timelines <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">7 Mar 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/gbig_insights_2_0.png?1394201451" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>This is the first in a series of blog posts detailing features of the Green Building Information Gateway. Subsequent blog posts will dive deeper into specific applications to help users get the most out of their experience with GBIG.org.</em></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/gbig-fundamentals-project-transparency-market-context-and-timelines" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/gbig-fundamentals-project-transparency-market-context-and-timelines#comments LEED Fri, 07 Mar 2014 14:11:18 +0000 Mira Panek 4614466 at http://www.usgbc.org A new mantra: LEED ON http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-mantra-leed <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">6 Mar 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/LEEDON-2.jpg?1394142814" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-slideshow-image"> <div class="field-label">Slideshow images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="783" height="1044" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Alison.jpg?1394142843" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="783" height="1044" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Rebecca.jpg?1394142860" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="783" height="1044" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/beth.jpg?1394142868" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="783" height="1044" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/george.jpg?1394142874" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="783" height="1044" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/AL_0.jpg?1394142882" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Beginning this month, you&rsquo;ll notice leaders from across the building industry peering out from magazine pages, newspapers, usgbc.org and around the web in our new ad series. Their message?</p> <h2><strong>LEED ON.</strong></h2> <p><span>What does it mean? Well, pardon our redundancy, but it&rsquo;s about <em>lead</em>ership!</span></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-mantra-leed" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-mantra-leed#comments LEED Thu, 06 Mar 2014 21:55:18 +0000 Taryn Holowka 4613763 at http://www.usgbc.org Looking back: National Leadership Speaker Series on resiliency in 21st century http://www.usgbc.org/articles/looking-back-national-leadership-speaker-series-resiliency-21st-century <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">5 Mar 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Press_Club_Welcome_Sign_v1.jpg?1394049249" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-slideshow-image"> <div class="field-label">Slideshow images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="3008" height="2000" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/DSC_0640.JPG?1394209979" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="3888" height="2592" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/IMG_4449.JPG?1394209831" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="3008" height="2000" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/DSC_0301.JPG?1394204838" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="3008" height="2000" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/DSC_0415.JPG?1394202644" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>USGBC is working with policymakers to advance sound resiliency programs and policies so communities can better implement strategies to prevent and mitigate disasters to the extent possible, implement plans for the inevitable events to come, and provide the appropriate tools and resources to rebound smarter, greener and better.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/looking-back-national-leadership-speaker-series-resiliency-21st-century" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/looking-back-national-leadership-speaker-series-resiliency-21st-century#comments Advocacy and policy Wed, 05 Mar 2014 19:52:26 +0000 Maggie Comstock 4611934 at http://www.usgbc.org Picking up the PACE in Iowa http://www.usgbc.org/articles/picking-pace-iowa <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">5 Mar 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="651" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/photo_3_.JPG?1394046082" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><strong>How do you stay warm in the cold Iowa winter? Pick up the PACE &mdash; Property Assessed Clean Energy that is! </strong></p> <p>That is just what the <a href="http://www.usgbciowa.org/" target="_blank">USGBC Iowa Chapter</a> is doing, leading the charge on PACE as its main advocacy effort.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/picking-pace-iowa" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/picking-pace-iowa#comments Advocacy and policy Wed, 05 Mar 2014 19:07:37 +0000 Christina Kuo 4611828 at http://www.usgbc.org Join us at the 2014 Building Energy Summit http://www.usgbc.org/articles/join-us-2014-building-energy-summit <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">4 Mar 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature-01.jpg?1393971107" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>USGBC is proud to be an education partner with the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.buildingenergysummit.com" target="_blank">2014 Building Energy Summit</a>. This year's event will&nbsp;be held <strong>April 1, 2014</strong> in Washington, DC. The Summit brings together building owners, energy experts, and technology pioneers to address the challenges and opportunities surrounding the need for more energy efficient buildings.</p> <p>Join us for the 2014 Building Energy Summit and be a part of the revolution that is permanently changing the way we manage and operate buildings.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/join-us-2014-building-energy-summit" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/join-us-2014-building-energy-summit#comments Industry Tue, 04 Mar 2014 22:10:33 +0000 4608484 at http://www.usgbc.org In the Know with Maggie and Joe http://www.usgbc.org/articles/know-maggie-and-joe <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">3 Mar 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Maggie_and_Joe_Pic_0.jpg?1393874448" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Joe and I will be bringing you the top global green building highlights from each week. Sign up to ensure you&rsquo;re &ldquo;in the know!&rdquo;</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/know-maggie-and-joe" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/know-maggie-and-joe#comments Industry Mon, 03 Mar 2014 19:17:11 +0000 Maggie Comstock 4606660 at http://www.usgbc.org Meet USGBC’s Senior Materials Research Fellows http://www.usgbc.org/articles/meet-usgbc%E2%80%99s-senior-materials-research-fellows <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">3 Mar 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/HiRes.jpg?1393873655" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>As part of the LEED, Materials, and Health Initiative, the U.S. Green Building Council has engaged a team of scientific experts to conduct synthetic research and advise USGBC staff on the health-related aspects of building materials. These six Senior Materials Research Fellows are advancing the technical dialog on issues related to materials science, toxicology, green chemistry, risk assessment, and information technology through publishing and convening events.&nbsp;</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/meet-usgbc%E2%80%99s-senior-materials-research-fellows" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/meet-usgbc%E2%80%99s-senior-materials-research-fellows#comments LEED Mon, 03 Mar 2014 19:04:10 +0000 Ashley White 4606629 at http://www.usgbc.org Coordinated Resiliency http://www.usgbc.org/articles/coordinated-resiliency <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="660" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/photo-2.JPG?1393861723" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><span>A lot of firsthand accounts have already been written about the snowstorm that brought Atlanta to a standstill at the end of January. So I won&rsquo;t go into detail about the amount of time we spent in our hotel lobby commiserating with other stranded travelers. Our experience was a mild inconvenience compared to the horror stories that have come out (although the banner image is an actual photo of the line that we stood in at the grocery store &mdash; the only open food option).</span></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/coordinated-resiliency" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/coordinated-resiliency#comments Advocacy and policy Mon, 03 Mar 2014 15:56:07 +0000 Christina Kuo 4606221 at http://www.usgbc.org Vertical gardens growing tall in crowded, urban schools http://www.usgbc.org/articles/vertical-gardens-growing-tall-crowded-urban-schools <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/FlowerMart2013_selling%20herbs.JPG?1393539139" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>As volunteers and teachers around the world gear up for Green Apple Day of Service 2014 next September, Riyaz Gayasaddin and Mike Rennard are working with students in Baltimore City Public Schools to research, plan, plant, harvest and&mdash;of course&mdash;eat vegetables in indoor vertical gardens in their classrooms. Our friends at Teach for America first told us about Gayasaddin, who is one of their teacher trainers, and Rennard, who is a teacher at Green Street Academy.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/vertical-gardens-growing-tall-crowded-urban-schools" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/vertical-gardens-growing-tall-crowded-urban-schools#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 27 Feb 2014 22:13:14 +0000 Anisa Baldwin Metzger 4598230 at http://www.usgbc.org Part 2: A green building explosion (2003-2009) http://www.usgbc.org/articles/part-2-green-building-explosion-2003-2009 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/StoryLEED-02.png?1393515680" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>To celebrate the release of our list of the </em><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-releases-top-10-states-nation-leed-green-building"><em>Top 10 States For LEED</em></a><em>, we&rsquo;re posting our narrative of the history of LEED&rsquo;s development, originally released at the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in November 2013, in three parts on USGBC.org.</em></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/part-2-green-building-explosion-2003-2009" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/part-2-green-building-explosion-2003-2009#comments LEED Thu, 27 Feb 2014 15:42:22 +0000 Jacob Kriss 4597535 at http://www.usgbc.org Top Research: High performance building benefits and investment costs http://www.usgbc.org/articles/top-research-high-performance-building-benefits-and-investment-costs <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">25 Feb 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/gbig_insights_2.png?1393363300" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>One of the most common questions posed by real estate professionals is, &ldquo;What are the benefits of pursuing a LEED rating, and what are the marginal investment requirements necessary to attain these benefits?&rdquo;</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/top-research-high-performance-building-benefits-and-investment-costs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/top-research-high-performance-building-benefits-and-investment-costs#comments LEED Tue, 25 Feb 2014 21:03:37 +0000 Dan Winters 4593574 at http://www.usgbc.org A new economy, a new LEED building http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-economy-new-leed-building <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">21 Feb 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="424" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/ADRIS_daylight_view.png?1393018706" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-slideshow-image"> <div class="field-label">Slideshow images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="942" height="732" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/ADRIS_interieur_01.jpg?1393018720" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="942" height="732" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/ADRIS_interieur_02.jpg?1393018731" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="2400" height="1800" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/01_6.jpg?1393018747" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="2168" height="1565" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/02_0.jpg?1393018747" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Editor's Note: From Burundi to Honduras, South Sudan to Ukraine&mdash;LEED certified buildings are quickly propagating in all corners of the globe. Since June 2013, USGBC&rsquo;s LEED Earth campaign has facilitated the uptake of green buildings in 15 countries in which LEED was previously absent&mdash;Bahamas, Bahrain, Burundi, Croatia, Ecuador, Haiti, Honduras, Kuwait, Latvia, Luxembourg, Serbia, South Sudan, Tunisia, Ukraine and Venezuela. The interesting stories of these pioneer projects will be shared on the USGBC blog as well as through profiles on GBIG.&nbsp;</em></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-economy-new-leed-building" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-economy-new-leed-building#comments LEED Fri, 21 Feb 2014 21:36:18 +0000 Joseph Crea 4589546 at http://www.usgbc.org The residential project's guide to the new LEED Online http://www.usgbc.org/articles/residential-projects-guide-new-leed-online <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/LO_guide_res.png?1393002743" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><strong>If your project is using LEED for Homes (2008), Midrise Pilot (2010), Homes (v4), or Multifamily Midrise (v4), here's how to use the new <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/leedonline" target="_blank">LEED Online</a> to register and certify your projects.</strong></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/residential-projects-guide-new-leed-online" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/residential-projects-guide-new-leed-online#comments LEED Fri, 21 Feb 2014 17:12:51 +0000 4588830 at http://www.usgbc.org Why today’s best is the jumping off point for tomorrow’s goals http://www.usgbc.org/articles/why-today%E2%80%99s-best-jumping-point-tomorrow%E2%80%99s-goals <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">21 Feb 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Photo courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons user johnthescone" alt="Photo courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons user johnthescone" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/363334300_48f3c30f66_b.jpg?1392996827" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>I&rsquo;ve got the Olympics on my mind. In addition to indulging in the theatre of the absurd that the live tweets about &ldquo;<a href="http://www.upi.com/blog/2014/02/06/Reporters-dangerous-face-water-tweet-from-Sochi-hotel-makes-her-a-viral-sensation/5211391704804/">dangerous face water</a>&rdquo; in Sochi afford, I&rsquo;ve been having fun getting ready to watch a few world records fall.<span>&nbsp; </span>Watching world records fall, even in sports I know very little about, is fascinating to me.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/why-today%E2%80%99s-best-jumping-point-tomorrow%E2%80%99s-goals" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/why-today%E2%80%99s-best-jumping-point-tomorrow%E2%80%99s-goals#comments LEED Fri, 21 Feb 2014 15:35:23 +0000 Brendan Owens 4588894 at http://www.usgbc.org From a simple idea to a several-hundred-billion-dollar industry http://www.usgbc.org/articles/simple-idea-several-hundred-billion-dollar-industry <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/StoryLEED-01.png?1392920777" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>To celebrate the release of our list of the <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-releases-top-10-states-nation-leed-green-building">Top 10 States For LEED</a>, we&rsquo;re posting our narrative of the history of LEED&rsquo;s development, originally released at the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in November 2013, in three parts on USGBC.org. </em></p> <p><strong>Part 1: From a Simple Idea to a Several-Hundred-Billion-Dollar Industry</strong></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/simple-idea-several-hundred-billion-dollar-industry" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/simple-idea-several-hundred-billion-dollar-industry#comments LEED Thu, 20 Feb 2014 18:50:36 +0000 Jacob Kriss 4587753 at http://www.usgbc.org Road trip across the Top 10 States for LEED http://www.usgbc.org/articles/road-trip-across-top-10-states-leed <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/TOP10_Roadtrip.jpg?1392822000" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>A lot can happen in a day &mdash;&nbsp;let alone 365 of them. And in the case of green building that took place in the <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-releases-top-10-states-nation-leed-green-building" target="_blank">Top 10 States for LEED</a>, those 365 days brought us certifications for 1,777 commercial and institutional projects representing 226.8 million square feet of real estate.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/road-trip-across-top-10-states-leed" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/road-trip-across-top-10-states-leed#comments LEED Wed, 19 Feb 2014 15:19:26 +0000 Jacob Kriss 4583777 at http://www.usgbc.org Infographic: Top 10 States for LEED in 2013 http://www.usgbc.org/articles/infographic-top-10-states-leed-2013 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Top10_2013_1.jpg?1392729207" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Check out the states that are at the forefront of sustainable building design and transformation!</p> <p>The per-capita list is based on 2010 U.S. Census data and includes commercial and institutional green building projects that were certified throughout 2013. </p> </p> <p><img src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Top10States-2013_v5.png" /></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/infographic-top-10-states-leed-2013" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/infographic-top-10-states-leed-2013#comments LEED Tue, 18 Feb 2014 13:15:14 +0000 4582173 at http://www.usgbc.org Chevrolet ‘credits’ schools for clean energy leadership http://www.usgbc.org/articles/chevrolet-%E2%80%98credits%E2%80%99-schools-clean-energy-leadership <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">12 Feb 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Courtesy Flickr Creative Commons user Fields of View" alt="Courtesy Flickr Creative Commons user Fields of ViewCourtesy Flickr Creative Com" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/6806494361_825f9d5eba_b.jpg?1392243151" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Colleges and universities across the United States are pledging to <a href="http://www.presidentsclimatecommitment.org/about/mission-history">reduce their carbon emissions</a><span>.</span> There&rsquo;s a clean energy revolution happening in communities across the country and a lot of ingenuity and commitment behind it.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/chevrolet-%E2%80%98credits%E2%80%99-schools-clean-energy-leadership" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/chevrolet-%E2%80%98credits%E2%80%99-schools-clean-energy-leadership#comments LEED Wed, 12 Feb 2014 21:56:57 +0000 4571476 at http://www.usgbc.org Everyone has a plan--until they get punched in the face http://www.usgbc.org/articles/everyone-has-plan-until-they-get-punched-face <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">10 Feb 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/iestap.jpg?1392066057" /> </div> </div> </div> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 13px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue'; min-height: 15px;">Those are the words of former heavyweight champion of the world, Mike Tyson. I think Mike could have been reflecting on how planning gets you half way there, but it&rsquo;s the ability to then manage and adapt your plan that ultimately determines success.&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 13px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue';">But then again; maybe he was just talking about punching people in the face.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/everyone-has-plan-until-they-get-punched-face" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/everyone-has-plan-until-they-get-punched-face#comments LEED Mon, 10 Feb 2014 20:56:49 +0000 Nicola Hilliard 4565639 at http://www.usgbc.org LEED v4 credential exams coming June 2014 http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-v4-credential-exams-coming-june-2014 <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">7 Feb 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/leed-exam_0.jpg?1391798357" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em><strong>Updated May 15: Exams for the LEED Green Associate, BD+C, ID+C and O+M will feature v4 content in June. Exams for Homes and ND will feature v4 content in 2015.</strong></em></p> <p><em>LEED Professional Credential Exams to feature v4 content and project experience assessment on June 30</em></p> <p>The LEED Green Associate and LEED AP exams will evolve for the LEED v4 rating system this June.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-v4-credential-exams-coming-june-2014" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-v4-credential-exams-coming-june-2014#comments LEED Fri, 07 Feb 2014 18:30:03 +0000 Erin Emery 4563026 at http://www.usgbc.org Latest version of LEED recognized in Dutch policy http://www.usgbc.org/articles/latest-version-leed-recognized-dutch-policy <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/iStock_000024827036.jpg?1391718734" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-slideshow-image"> <div class="field-label">Slideshow images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="900" height="808" title="Gerrit....who was successful in getting LEED in Dutch policy" alt="Gerrit....who was successful in getting LEED in Dutch policy" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Gerrit-Jan%20Teunissen%5B1%5D%5B1%5D_1.jpg?1391718759" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>An individual taking on his or her municipal or national government does not have to look like <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZuELNDw-gOU">this</a>.</p> <p>Consider LEED AP Gerrit-Jan Teunissen, and how he successfully petitioned the Netherlands government to expand the criteria for a subset of the tax code that now recognizes the use of the latest version of LEED launched just last year.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/latest-version-leed-recognized-dutch-policy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/latest-version-leed-recognized-dutch-policy#comments LEED Thu, 06 Feb 2014 20:14:19 +0000 Joseph Crea 4561990 at http://www.usgbc.org Today’s truth check: Green building is good for Ohio! http://www.usgbc.org/articles/today%E2%80%99s-truth-check-green-building-good-ohio <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">4 Feb 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Photo Credit: OZinOH via Flickr Creative Commons " alt="Photo Credit: OZinOH via Flickr Creative Commons " src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/5407095049_9d8ea7d405_b_0.jpg?1391549547" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a></a><a></a><a></a><a></a><strong>Ohio&rsquo;s green building industry stands strong to support green building in the Buckeye State&hellip;</strong></p> <p>This morning, USGBC joined expert witnesses from across Ohio&rsquo;s diverse green building industry to tell state legislators that <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/resources/ohio-market-brief-and-state-snapshot">LEED works for Ohio</a>. A handful of DC industry lobbyists flew in for the second time, today, to say that it is not.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/today%E2%80%99s-truth-check-green-building-good-ohio" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/today%E2%80%99s-truth-check-green-building-good-ohio#comments Advocacy and policy Tue, 04 Feb 2014 21:31:04 +0000 Jeremy Sigmon 4559052 at http://www.usgbc.org Global green building event calendar 2014 http://www.usgbc.org/articles/global-green-building-event-calendar-2014 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Maggie_and_Joe_Pic.jpg?1391464653" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The global green building professional&rsquo;s attention is perpetually divided. With relevant and compelling events taking place all over the world, it is impossible to be everywhere at once. Joe and I have prepared a cheat sheet for the &ldquo;who,&rdquo; &ldquo;what&rdquo; and &ldquo;where&rdquo; you should be in 2014. Of course, the calendar is far from comprehensive but we hope that you find this resource valuable as you navigate the global green building landscape.&nbsp;</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/global-green-building-event-calendar-2014" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/global-green-building-event-calendar-2014#comments Advocacy and policy Mon, 03 Feb 2014 21:54:33 +0000 Maggie Comstock 4555396 at http://www.usgbc.org Time to vote on LEED Homes (v2008) http://www.usgbc.org/articles/time-vote-leed-homes-v2008 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/v4homes_ballot_open.png?1391463650" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Homes 2008 Ballot is officially open! Vote now and make your voice heard.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>How do you vote?</strong></p> <p>If you joined the consensus body (registered to vote) in September and you&rsquo;re employed by a USGBC national member who has remained in good standing, you&rsquo;ll receive an email with instructions and a direct link to our voting page. There you&rsquo;ll be able to cast your ballot on the update to the Homes v2008 language through the month of February.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/time-vote-leed-homes-v2008" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/time-vote-leed-homes-v2008#comments LEED Mon, 03 Feb 2014 21:40:55 +0000 Asa Foss 4555352 at http://www.usgbc.org LEED: Value of a Market Signal http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-value-market-signal <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/gbig_insights_0.png?1391194705" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The final day of Greenbuild 2013 closed with a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.greenbuildexpo.org/live.aspx" target="_blank">talk</a>&nbsp;from&nbsp;<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nate_Silver" target="_blank">Nate Silver</a>, an American statistician and #1 best selling author of &ldquo;<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/04/books/review/the-signal-and-the-noise-by-nate-silver.html?pagewanted=all"><em>The Signal and the Noise</em></a>&rdquo;.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-value-market-signal" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-value-market-signal#comments LEED Fri, 31 Jan 2014 18:58:25 +0000 Dan Winters 4552520 at http://www.usgbc.org House committee clears important legislation for commercial tenants http://www.usgbc.org/articles/house-committee-clears-important-legislation-commercial-tenants <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">30 Jan 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/9309579254_f81a765a14_c.jpg?1391101347" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>On Tuesday, the House Energy &amp; Commerce Committee took a positive step in advancing building efficiency legislation with the passage of<a href="http://docs.house.gov/meetings/IF/IF03/20140128/101691/BILLS-113-HR2126-M001180-Amdt-1.pdf"><span class="s1"> H.R. 2126</span></a>, the &ldquo;Better Buildings Act.&rdquo; This bipartisan legislation introduced by Representatives David McKinley (R-WV) and Peter Welch (D-VT) cleared the committee on voice vote.</p> <p>In a statement, Representative Welch lauded the passage of the bill:</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/house-committee-clears-important-legislation-commercial-tenants" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/house-committee-clears-important-legislation-commercial-tenants#comments Advocacy and policy Thu, 30 Jan 2014 17:07:03 +0000 Bryan Howard 4551043 at http://www.usgbc.org Dear Mr. President: Support better buildings through executive action http://www.usgbc.org/articles/dear-mr-president-support-better-buildings-through-executive-action <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_sotu_2014.jpg?1391012968" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Last night, I was inspired watching President Obama outline a plan to "make this a year of action" and calling on us all to do everything we can to invest in a stronger America. The president himself also wasn't shy about reaffirming his commitment to take action: "Wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation to expand opportunity for more American families, that's what I'm going to do."</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/dear-mr-president-support-better-buildings-through-executive-action" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/dear-mr-president-support-better-buildings-through-executive-action#comments Advocacy and policy Wed, 29 Jan 2014 16:21:22 +0000 Rick Fedrizzi 4549276 at http://www.usgbc.org A haiku of state and local advocacy opportunities in 2014 http://www.usgbc.org/articles/haiku-state-and-local-advocacy-opportunities-2014 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="668" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/6013965496_af6186c137_b_0.jpg?1390919020" /> </div> </div> </div> <p style="text-align: left;"><em>New year, new session;</em></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><em>Advocates plan, train, and meet;</em></p> <p><em>For chance to green laws.</em></p> <p>I believe in concise writing; thus, what better way to lay out advocacy possibilities in 2014 than with a haiku?</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/haiku-state-and-local-advocacy-opportunities-2014" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/haiku-state-and-local-advocacy-opportunities-2014#comments Advocacy and policy Mon, 27 Jan 2014 21:46:24 +0000 Christina Kuo 4545555 at http://www.usgbc.org Introducing the new LEED Online http://www.usgbc.org/articles/introducing-new-leed-online <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_leedonline_1.jpg?1390848364" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><strong>Smart, streamlined and simple: experience the new LEED Online</strong></p> <p>We&rsquo;ve come a long way since the days of submitting for certification using 3-ring binders. LEED v4 projects will be the first to experience the <a href="https://www.usgbc.org/leedonline">new LEED Online platform</a> with streamlined documentation and process. Spend your time achieving credits, not documenting them.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/introducing-new-leed-online" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/introducing-new-leed-online#comments LEED Mon, 27 Jan 2014 18:46:03 +0000 Rukesh Samarasekera 4545083 at http://www.usgbc.org U.S. Green Building Council Certifies 50,000th Green Housing Unit Under LEED for Homes http://www.usgbc.org/articles/us-green-building-council-certifies-50000th-green-housing-unit-under-leed-homes <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/press_release_img_13.jpeg?1390507055" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><strong><em>44 percent of the homes classified as affordable housing</em></strong></p> <p><strong>Washington, D.C.</strong> &mdash; (Jan. 23, 2014) &mdash; The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announces the 50,000th LEED-certified green housing unit.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/us-green-building-council-certifies-50000th-green-housing-unit-under-leed-homes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/us-green-building-council-certifies-50000th-green-housing-unit-under-leed-homes#comments Media Thu, 23 Jan 2014 19:58:03 +0000 Jacob Kriss 4541262 at http://www.usgbc.org Start small with big New Year’s goals http://www.usgbc.org/articles/start-small-big-new-year%E2%80%99s-goals <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/GADOS%20banner.jpg?1389902831" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>At the start of each year, millions of us resolve to make renewed commitments to healthy living, time with family, philanthropy, financial responsibility and countless other things that better ourselves and our communities. The most successful New Year&rsquo;s resolutions I&rsquo;ve made and kept over the years have been ones that approach a big idea through smaller, achievable milestones. When I decided a few years ago that I wanted to read more I started out, with the goal to read one book each month.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/start-small-big-new-year%E2%80%99s-goals" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/start-small-big-new-year%E2%80%99s-goals#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 16 Jan 2014 20:07:59 +0000 Emily Riordan 4527340 at http://www.usgbc.org Half of US energy-neutral buildings also show leadership with LEED http://www.usgbc.org/articles/half-us-energy-neutral-buildings-also-show-leadership-leed <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">15 Jan 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Photo credit: DPR Construction" alt="Photo credit: DPR Construction" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/sd-dpr.jpg?1389823373" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Yesterday, the New Buildings Institute (NBI) redefined the landscape of top performers in building energy efficiency in North America. NBI&rsquo;s new report, &ldquo;<a href="http://newbuildings.org/sites/default/files/2014_Getting_to_Zero_Update.pdf">2014 Getting to Zero Status Update</a>,&rdquo; reveals 213 commercial buildings that are doing the unthinkable: building a legacy of an annual footprint of <em>zero</em> operational energy.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/half-us-energy-neutral-buildings-also-show-leadership-leed" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/half-us-energy-neutral-buildings-also-show-leadership-leed#comments Industry Wed, 15 Jan 2014 22:03:44 +0000 Jeremy Sigmon 4526074 at http://www.usgbc.org My green schools New Year’s resolution http://www.usgbc.org/articles/my-green-schools-new-year%E2%80%99s-resolution <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/RGblogphoto.jpg?1389218142" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>I&rsquo;ve always been resistant to making New Year's&nbsp;resolutions. I&rsquo;m not really sure why. Maybe it seems clich&eacute;; maybe I&rsquo;m annoyed that my yoga classes are now swamped with&nbsp;people who have made resolutions to be more healthy, balanced and zen in the new year. But this year, I am making a new year&rsquo;s resolution of a professional nature.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/my-green-schools-new-year%E2%80%99s-resolution" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/my-green-schools-new-year%E2%80%99s-resolution#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 08 Jan 2014 22:00:54 +0000 Rachel Gutter 4504602 at http://www.usgbc.org USGBC and human health http://www.usgbc.org/health <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-art-category"> <div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Current News </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">3 Jan 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/health_option.jpg?1388778916" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>USGBC has started exploring how to clearly link the market transformation that the green building movement has inspired to its opportunity to create an equally&nbsp;transformational&nbsp;impact on human health. In&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/resources/health-human-right-green-building-can-help">Health is a Human Right. Green Building Can Help</a>, a report from USGBC&rsquo;s Green Building &amp; Human Health Summit in early 2013, we examine ways to promote and protect human health in relation to the built environment. &nbsp;</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/health" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/health#comments Industry Fri, 03 Jan 2014 19:56:08 +0000 4492896 at http://www.usgbc.org USGBC 2014 congressional wrap-up and look ahead http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-2014-congressional-wrap-and-look-ahead <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="photo credit: rc6750 via Flickr Creative Commons" alt="photo credit: rc6750 via Flickr Creative Commons" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/3308349265_342bcb0d52_b.jpg?1387575497" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a></a>With only a few short weeks before the New Year, the House and Senate completed a series of important legislative milestones including the bipartisan budget deal. With this budget deal in place, the House and Senate Appropriations Committee&nbsp;will begin to formally negotiate over the holiday recess by dividing up some $498.1 billion in domestic discretionary spending. They will have until January 15<sup>th</sup> to negotiate a&nbsp;spending&nbsp;package to replace the expiring continuing resolution&nbsp;to fund the government for rest of the fiscal year.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-2014-congressional-wrap-and-look-ahead" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-2014-congressional-wrap-and-look-ahead#comments Advocacy and policy Fri, 20 Dec 2013 21:39:15 +0000 Bryan Howard 4467863 at http://www.usgbc.org U.S. Green Building Council Certifies 20,000th LEED Commercial Project http://www.usgbc.org/articles/us-green-building-council-certifies-20000th-leed-commercial-project <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/press_release_img_12.jpeg?1387559098" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. Plant in Knoxville, Tenn., Secures Distinction</em></p> <p><strong>Washington, D.C.</strong> &mdash; (Dec. 20, 2013) &mdash; The movement for healthier, high-performing buildings has reached a new milestone, as the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) issued the 20,000th LEED certification for a commercial project.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/us-green-building-council-certifies-20000th-leed-commercial-project" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/us-green-building-council-certifies-20000th-leed-commercial-project#comments Media Fri, 20 Dec 2013 17:05:52 +0000 Jacob Kriss 4467085 at http://www.usgbc.org 3-2-1 Action! Review of 2013 green building policy campaigns http://www.usgbc.org/articles/3-2-1-action-review-2013-green-building-policy-campaigns <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-art-category"> <div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Story </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">19 Dec 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/4976494944_29f8defb4a_b.jpg?1387466475" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>I&rsquo;m inspired by the many people I meet who are committed to the idea that green building design, construction and operations will change the world. The market&rsquo;s uptake alone is reason enough to be sure that we really are having an impact, with already nearly <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/nearly-60000-global-leed-green-building-projects-span-106-billion-square-feet-new-report-us" target="_blank">60,000 LEED projects around the world</a>.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/3-2-1-action-review-2013-green-building-policy-campaigns" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/3-2-1-action-review-2013-green-building-policy-campaigns#comments Advocacy and policy Thu, 19 Dec 2013 15:21:46 +0000 Jeremy Sigmon 4464799 at http://www.usgbc.org Best in class: King County, WA leads by platinum example http://www.usgbc.org/articles/best-class-king-county-wa-leads-platinum-example <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="King County Green Building Summit and Excellence in Building Green Awards Ceremony, 2011. By King County Solid Waste Division." alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/6685807909_a5bd1e3876_b.jpg?1386966295" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>For green building policy geeks like us, King County, Washington, is as cool as it gets.<span>&nbsp; </span>And, my dear geeky friends, they&rsquo;re at it again.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/best-class-king-county-wa-leads-platinum-example" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/best-class-king-county-wa-leads-platinum-example#comments Advocacy and policy Fri, 13 Dec 2013 20:28:27 +0000 Jeremy Sigmon 4453260 at http://www.usgbc.org A monumental day for Ohio http://www.usgbc.org/articles/monumental-day-ohio <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Ohio_0.jpg?1386775551" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Today at the Ohio State House, teachers, school leadership and elected officials from across the state are gathering to celebrate the first 100 LEED certified schools.<span>&nbsp; </span>Ohio leads the nation with more LEED certified public schools than any other state, and hundreds more are on the way.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/monumental-day-ohio" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/monumental-day-ohio#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 11 Dec 2013 15:26:49 +0000 Rachel Gutter 4444496 at http://www.usgbc.org USGBC Commends President Obama’s Memorandum to Accelerate Energy Efficiency in Building Facilities and Operations http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-commends-president-obama%E2%80%99s-memorandum-accelerate-energy-efficiency-building-facilitie <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/press_release_img_9.jpeg?1385390562" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><strong>WASHINGTON, DC (Dec. 5, 2013)</strong> &ndash; Today, President Obama signed a memorandum directing the federal government to consume 20 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020, more than double the current level.</p> <p>Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair of the U.S. Green Building Council, released the following statement:</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-commends-president-obama%E2%80%99s-memorandum-accelerate-energy-efficiency-building-facilitie" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-commends-president-obama%E2%80%99s-memorandum-accelerate-energy-efficiency-building-facilitie#comments Media Thu, 05 Dec 2013 15:38:46 +0000 Marisa Long 4435349 at http://www.usgbc.org USGBC collaborates with DOE in launch of Better Buildings Accelerators http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-collaborates-doe-launch-better-buildings-accelerators <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-art-category"> <div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Event </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">4 Dec 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Photo Credit: Reto Kurmann via Flickr Creative Commons" alt="Photo Credit: Reto Kurmann via Flickr Creative Commons" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Photo_Credit-_Reto_Kurmann_via_Flickr_Creative_Commons.jpg?1386181855" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Energy announced three Better Buildings Accelerator programs. USGBC Senior Vice President of Global Policy and Law Roger Platt and I were in attendance at the White House events. Driving better building practice is central to USGBC&rsquo;s work, so it&rsquo;s no surprise that the program launch took time to highlight our community&rsquo;s ongoing contributions to building energy benchmarking, accessing data and unlocking new markets for energy efficiency.&nbsp;</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-collaborates-doe-launch-better-buildings-accelerators" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-collaborates-doe-launch-better-buildings-accelerators#comments Advocacy and policy Wed, 04 Dec 2013 18:31:56 +0000 Jeremy Sigmon 4434081 at http://www.usgbc.org Greenbuild day three: What a night http://www.usgbc.org/articles/greenbuild-day-three-what-night <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-art-category"> <div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Event; Story </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">22 Nov 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Rick_GRB13-teal.png?1385151132" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>If I were a sailor instead of the president and CEO of this organization, and if this were, say, a street corner instead of the official web site of the USGBC, I might be inclined to say simply, &ldquo;Holy @#*^!&rdquo; <br />&nbsp;<br />Seriously my friends...what a night!<br />&nbsp;<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/greenbuild-day-three-what-night" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/greenbuild-day-three-what-night#comments Greenbuild Fri, 22 Nov 2013 20:12:37 +0000 Rick Fedrizzi 4411605 at http://www.usgbc.org Greenbuild 2013 Culminates with Powerful Keynote on the Impact of Green Building by Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton http://www.usgbc.org/articles/greenbuild-2013-culminates-powerful-keynote-impact-green-building-former-secretary-state-hi <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Hillary Clinton and Rick Fedrizzi" alt="Hillary Clinton and Rick Fedrizzi" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/rickandhill.jpeg?1385395049" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>This week, the<a href="http://usgbc.org" target="_blank"> U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)</a> welcomed nearly 25,000 green building professionals to Philadelphia for its 12th annual <a href="http://greenbuildexpo.org" target="_blank">Greenbuild International Conference &amp; Expo</a>, the world's largest gathering dedicated to green building.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/greenbuild-2013-culminates-powerful-keynote-impact-green-building-former-secretary-state-hi" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/greenbuild-2013-culminates-powerful-keynote-impact-green-building-former-secretary-state-hi#comments Greenbuild Fri, 22 Nov 2013 05:00:00 +0000 Marisa Long 4414491 at http://www.usgbc.org Greenbuild highlights for the global green building professional http://www.usgbc.org/articles/greenbuild-highlights-global-green-building-professional <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">20 Nov 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/MaggieandJoe.jpg?1384978646" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>It has been a busy and energizing two days here at Greenbuild with much international&nbsp;activity. A quick recap of some of the highlights:</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/greenbuild-highlights-global-green-building-professional" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/greenbuild-highlights-global-green-building-professional#comments Greenbuild Wed, 20 Nov 2013 20:17:54 +0000 Joseph Crea 4398290 at http://www.usgbc.org Importance of Green Buildings Stressed by Business and Industry at UN Climate Negotiations http://www.usgbc.org/articles/importance-green-buildings-stressed-business-and-industry-un-climate-negotiations <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-art-category"> <div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Story </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">18 Nov 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/IMG_1793.JPG?1384803147" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Globally, buildings account for 40% of energy use, 38% of greenhouse gas emissions, 12% of potable water and 20% of solid waste streams in developed countries. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has identified buildings as the greatest impact, least costly way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and address climate change. Beyond emissions reduction and environmental protection, green buildings have extensive co-benefits, including cost-savings, job creation, and improved human health and productivity.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/importance-green-buildings-stressed-business-and-industry-un-climate-negotiations" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/importance-green-buildings-stressed-business-and-industry-un-climate-negotiations#comments Advocacy and policy Mon, 18 Nov 2013 19:32:28 +0000 Maggie Comstock 4386872 at http://www.usgbc.org City of Brotherly Love to Become a City of Hope http://www.usgbc.org/articles/city-brotherly-love-become-city-hope <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">18 Nov 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/philadelphia-skyline.jpg?1384798543" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>This article also appeared in <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rick-fedrizzi/city-of-brotherly-love-to_b_4296091.html">Huffington Post<a/>.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s been almost a year since I&rsquo;ve seen it and yet I still find my mind regularly drifting back to <em>Silver Linings Playbook</em>, the 2012 Oscar-winning movie about an emotionally battered and psychologically disabled young man&rsquo;s belief that the only weapon he has to battle his clinical depression is a positive attitude, and the only trajectory he needs to take in his battle is one that points him skyward.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/city-brotherly-love-become-city-hope" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/city-brotherly-love-become-city-hope#comments Greenbuild Mon, 18 Nov 2013 18:16:05 +0000 Rick Fedrizzi 4386707 at http://www.usgbc.org LEEDworksOH http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leedworksoh <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/dsc_0073_1.jpg?1384689231" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>In Ohio, we&rsquo;re proud to be number one in the nation for green schools, thanks to our state&rsquo;s commitment to use the LEED green building rating system for new public facilities, including schools. LEED is the preeminent standard for buildings because it helps ensure they conserve energy, save taxpayer dollars and are healthier for occupants &ndash; especially for our school children. <a href="http://leedworksoh.nationbuilder.com/">Why then, is the Ohio State Senate, specifically Sens.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leedworksoh" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leedworksoh#comments Advocacy and policy Sun, 17 Nov 2013 11:53:51 +0000 Tyler Steele 4385222 at http://www.usgbc.org The test and opportunity posed by Typhoon Haiyan http://www.usgbc.org/articles/test-and-opportunity-posed-typhoon-haiyan <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-art-category"> <div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Story </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">15 Nov 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Photo credit: DVIDSHUB via Flickr Creative Commons" alt="Photo credit: DVIDSHUB via Flickr Creative Commons" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/10838632155_d461f9af3b_b.jpg?1384530166" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Contributed to by Joe Crea</em></p> <p>The devastation wrought by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines continues to mount.&nbsp; Winds that reached 195 mph brought unmitigated ruin, an untold number of deaths and displaced more than 600,000 people throughout the country. This beast of a storm has not only destroyed human lives but human health, too. Not just physically and emotionally, but socially; when natural disasters, such as Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy strike, they threaten and decimate entire social fabrics of many established communities.&nbsp;</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/test-and-opportunity-posed-typhoon-haiyan" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/test-and-opportunity-posed-typhoon-haiyan#comments Advocacy and policy Fri, 15 Nov 2013 15:44:28 +0000 Maggie Comstock 4377993 at http://www.usgbc.org Friday Roundup: Going to Greenbuild, LEED at risk in Ohio http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-going-greenbuild-leed-risk-ohio <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Philadelphia, via Flickr" alt="Philadelphia, via Flickr" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Philly.jpg?1384741129" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Here&rsquo;s our weekly collection of green building clips:</p> <p><a href="http://dcnonl.com/article/id57797/--greenbuild-expo-slated-for-philadelphia">Greenbuild expo slated for Philadelphia</a>, <em>Daily Commercial News</em>. Join us next week in the City of Brotherly Love for the world&rsquo;s biggest gathering dedicated to the green building movement.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-going-greenbuild-leed-risk-ohio" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-going-greenbuild-leed-risk-ohio#comments Industry Fri, 15 Nov 2013 05:00:00 +0000 Jacob Kriss 4385816 at http://www.usgbc.org Vote for Volunteer IMPACT! Cool Roofs & Healthy Products http://www.usgbc.org/articles/vote-volunteer-impact-cool-roofs-healthy-products <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-art-category"> <div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Contest </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">14 Nov 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/coolroofs.jpg?1384464526" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.659904440710914.1073741828.183380328363330&amp;type=1"><em>Voting is now open</em></a><em> for the Malcolm Lewis IMPACT! Award, a prestigious award that recognizes a high-impact, volunteer driven project that contributes to USGBC&rsquo;s vision of green buildings for all within a generation. This article highlights one of the nominees.</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Paint the Town White</em></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/vote-volunteer-impact-cool-roofs-healthy-products" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/vote-volunteer-impact-cool-roofs-healthy-products#comments Community Thu, 14 Nov 2013 21:29:17 +0000 Colin White 4376540 at http://www.usgbc.org USGBC’s 2013 Leadership Awards Honor Innovation and Dedication in Sustainability Movement http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc%E2%80%99s-2013-leadership-awards-honor-innovation-and-dedication-sustainability-movement <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/press_release_img_8.jpeg?1384448747" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em><strong>Awards will be presented at the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Philadelphia</strong></em><br /><br />Washington, D.C. &mdash; (Nov. 14, 2013) &mdash; The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announces the recipients of its 2013 Leadership Awards, which celebrate the individuals and groups at the forefront of sustainability in the built environment. The awards will be presented at the Leadership Awards Luncheon on Thursday, Nov. 21, during the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Philadelphia.<br />&nbsp;<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc%E2%80%99s-2013-leadership-awards-honor-innovation-and-dedication-sustainability-movement" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc%E2%80%99s-2013-leadership-awards-honor-innovation-and-dedication-sustainability-movement#comments Media Thu, 14 Nov 2013 17:06:09 +0000 Marisa Long 4375902 at http://www.usgbc.org The rush to resilience: an investment worth making http://www.usgbc.org/articles/rush-resilience-investment-worth-making <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-art-category"> <div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Event </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">13 Nov 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/resiliency_feature.jpg?1384378631" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>I&rsquo;m reminded of that old line, &ldquo;You can pay now or you can pay a lot more later.&rdquo; Sometimes that lesson can be tough medicine, especially in Washington, D.C. But fortunately, this is a message that&rsquo;s resonating in cities and communities across the country as they face the challenge of preparing for disasters, more frequent extreme weather, and escalating impacts of climate change.&nbsp;</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/rush-resilience-investment-worth-making" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/rush-resilience-investment-worth-making#comments Greenbuild Wed, 13 Nov 2013 21:37:33 +0000 Jason Hartke 4372378 at http://www.usgbc.org Gov. O’Malley launches innovative challenge to spur Maryland building efficiency http://www.usgbc.org/articles/gov-o%E2%80%99malley-launches-innovative-challenge-spur-maryland-building-efficiency <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/img_0559_8__1.jpg?1384298216" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The list of benefits from Maryland&rsquo;s building energy efficiency programs feels a little like a MasterCard commercial. These programs have led to an investment of nearly $200 million, attracted more than 42,000 participants (17 percent of accounts), saved nearly 800,000 megawatt hours and more than a billion dollars, created more than 2,100 jobs and avoided nearly 400,000 million metric tons of carbon dioxide. Oh yeah, and what about the benefit to the state&rsquo;s climate resilience? &ldquo;Priceless.&rdquo; I guess building efficiency in Maryland is a win-win-win-win-win-win-win.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/gov-o%E2%80%99malley-launches-innovative-challenge-spur-maryland-building-efficiency" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/gov-o%E2%80%99malley-launches-innovative-challenge-spur-maryland-building-efficiency#comments Advocacy and policy Tue, 12 Nov 2013 23:16:56 +0000 Jason Hartke 4370836 at http://www.usgbc.org Joe and Maggie’s Top Five Musts: Greenbuild 2013 for the global professional http://www.usgbc.org/articles/joe-and-maggie%E2%80%99s-top-five-musts-greenbuild-2013-global-professional <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/maggie_joe_1.jpg?1384285007" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Hello everyone!</p> <p>USGBC&rsquo;s policy analyst, Maggie Comstock and I have developed a top five list of exciting topics at <a href="http://www.greenbuildexpo.org/home.aspx">Greenbuild 2013</a> for the global green building professional. Are you joining us in Philadelphia? Participate in suggested sessions and activities and learn more about USGBC&rsquo;s international programs. </p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/joe-and-maggie%E2%80%99s-top-five-musts-greenbuild-2013-global-professional" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/joe-and-maggie%E2%80%99s-top-five-musts-greenbuild-2013-global-professional#comments Greenbuild Tue, 12 Nov 2013 19:36:47 +0000 Joseph Crea 4370351 at http://www.usgbc.org Vote for Volunteer IMPACT! Stories of building green in faith communities http://www.usgbc.org/articles/vote-volunteer-impact-stories-building-green-faith-communities <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="The Bay Area Chinese Bible Church pursued LEED for New Construction (NC) Silver certification" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/FAITH-1.jpg?1384204826" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.659904440710914.1073741828.183380328363330&amp;type=1"><em>Voting is now open</em></a><em> for the Malcolm Lewis IMPACT! Award, a prestigious award that recognizes a high-impact, volunteer driven project that contributes to USGBC&rsquo;s vision of green buildings for all within a generation. This article highlights one of the nominees. </em></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/vote-volunteer-impact-stories-building-green-faith-communities" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/vote-volunteer-impact-stories-building-green-faith-communities#comments Community Mon, 11 Nov 2013 21:21:58 +0000 Ryan P. Snow 4365647 at http://www.usgbc.org Focus on efficiency in affordable housing at BPC Housing Policy Forum http://www.usgbc.org/articles/focus-efficiency-affordable-housing-bpc-housing-policy-forum <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-art-category"> <div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Event </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">11 Nov 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Photo Credit: Bipartisan Policy Center " alt="Photo Credit: Bipartisan Policy Center " src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/DA2_7610_4_.JPG?1384200318" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Last Monday at the University of Southern California, I joined housing policy luminaries, including ranking member of the House Financial Services Committee Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) and former Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Henry Cisneros, at the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) Housing Commission Forum. The forum is a series of engagements around the country to discuss the need for robust housing policy reform.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/focus-efficiency-affordable-housing-bpc-housing-policy-forum" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/focus-efficiency-affordable-housing-bpc-housing-policy-forum#comments Advocacy and policy Mon, 11 Nov 2013 20:05:59 +0000 Bryan Howard 4365409 at http://www.usgbc.org Friday Roundup: Stop LEED ban in Ohio, sustainability top concern in healthcare http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-stop-leed-ban-ohio-sustainability-top-concern-healthcare <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="666" height="308" title="puroticorico via Flickr" alt="puroticorico via Flickr" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Ohio.jpg?1383951257" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Here&rsquo;s our weekly collection of green building clips:</p> <p><a href="http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/editorials/2013/11/07/senators-try-to-ban-green-standards.html">Senators try to ban &lsquo;green&rsquo; standards</a>, <em>Columbus Dispatch</em>. The chemical industry lobby is trying to prohibit LEED for all public buildings in Ohio &mdash;&nbsp;<a href="https://www.change.org/petitions/act-now-against-toxic-schools" target="_blank">don&rsquo;t let them!</a></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-stop-leed-ban-ohio-sustainability-top-concern-healthcare" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-stop-leed-ban-ohio-sustainability-top-concern-healthcare#comments Industry Fri, 08 Nov 2013 22:55:05 +0000 Jacob Kriss 4339224 at http://www.usgbc.org Vote for Volunteer IMPACT! – Green Schools from San Bernardino to Detroit http://www.usgbc.org/articles/vote-volunteer-impact-%E2%80%93-green-schools-san-bernardino-detroit <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/ML_Nomination_0.png?1383944790" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.659904440710914.1073741828.183380328363330&amp;type=1"><em>Voting is now open</em></a><em> for the Malcolm Lewis IMPACT! Award, a prestigious award that recognizes a high-impact, volunteer driven project that contributes to USGBC&rsquo;s vision of green buildings for all within a generation. This article highlights two of the nominees.</em>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Where We Learn MATTAs</em></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/vote-volunteer-impact-%E2%80%93-green-schools-san-bernardino-detroit" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/vote-volunteer-impact-%E2%80%93-green-schools-san-bernardino-detroit#comments Community Fri, 08 Nov 2013 21:06:31 +0000 Colin White 4338988 at http://www.usgbc.org Nearly 60,000 Global LEED Green Building Projects Span 10.6 Billion Square Feet: New Report from USGBC with Introduction from Boston Mayor Menino http://www.usgbc.org/articles/nearly-60000-global-leed-green-building-projects-span-106-billion-square-feet-new-report-us <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/press_release_img_7.jpeg?1383846262" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><strong><em>Canada, India, China, UAE and Brazil lead with highest number of LEED projects outside the U.S.</em></strong></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/nearly-60000-global-leed-green-building-projects-span-106-billion-square-feet-new-report-us" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/nearly-60000-global-leed-green-building-projects-span-106-billion-square-feet-new-report-us#comments Media Thu, 07 Nov 2013 17:50:04 +0000 Jacob Kriss 4334112 at http://www.usgbc.org Friday Roundup: California chapter highlights health, gearing up for Greenbuild http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-california-chapter-highlights-health-gearing-greenbuild <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">1 Nov 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="San Francisco, via Flickr" alt="San Francisco, via Flickr" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/SF_0.jpg?1383599878" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Here&rsquo;s our weekly collection of green building clips:</p> <p><a href="http://www.siliconbeat.com/2013/10/29/elevating-green-building-as-a-health-issue/">Elevating green building as a health issue</a>, <em>San Jose Mercury News</em>. The <a href="http://www.usgbc-ncc.org/">USGBC Northern California Chapter</a> has launched the Building Health Initiative, partnering with companies such as Google, Adobe, Genentech and Kaiser Permanente.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-california-chapter-highlights-health-gearing-greenbuild" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-california-chapter-highlights-health-gearing-greenbuild#comments Industry Fri, 01 Nov 2013 21:31:18 +0000 Jacob Kriss 3156550 at http://www.usgbc.org The business case for green buildings: ASBC event hosted at USGBC http://www.usgbc.org/articles/business-case-green-buildings-asbc-event-hosted-usgbc <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-art-category"> <div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Event </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">1 Nov 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="307" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/american_business_council.jpg?1383335550" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>People like to talk about the environment in terms of protecting nature &mdash; making sure we don&rsquo;t pollute or ensuring conservation of natural resources for future generations. That&rsquo;s a worthy goal; since buildings in the United States account for <a href="http://www.documents.dgs.ca.gov/dgs/pio/facts/LA%20workshop/climate.pdf" target="_blank">39 percent of our carbon emissions</a>, more than industry or transportation, it's a good place to start if we want to cut emissions.<br /><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/business-case-green-buildings-asbc-event-hosted-usgbc" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/business-case-green-buildings-asbc-event-hosted-usgbc#comments Advocacy and policy Fri, 01 Nov 2013 19:53:07 +0000 Zach Bernstein 2776223 at http://www.usgbc.org Once again, GSA recognizes that LEED works http://www.usgbc.org/articles/once-again-gsa-recognizes-leed-works <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-art-category"> <div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Current News </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">30 Oct 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="305" title="photo credit: AmericnJewl via Flickr Creative Commons " alt="photo credit: AmericnJewl via Flickr Creative Commons " src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/2035995789_62efe2d88d_o.jpg?1383144984" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>&ldquo;If it ain&rsquo;t broke, don&rsquo;t fix it.&rdquo;</p> <p>That&rsquo;s what General Services Administration (GSA) concluded again on October 25. After a lot of study, the GSA decided that the U.S. Green Building Council&rsquo;s LEED green building rating system can and should be used in government buildings. LEED, it said, advances energy efficiency and saves taxpayers&rsquo; money.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/once-again-gsa-recognizes-leed-works" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/once-again-gsa-recognizes-leed-works#comments Advocacy and policy Wed, 30 Oct 2013 14:56:53 +0000 Jason Hartke 2773739 at http://www.usgbc.org Moving on Up: The Growth of Green Affordable Housing http://www.usgbc.org/articles/moving-growth-green-affordable-housing <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-art-category"> <div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Event </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">28 Oct 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Photo credit: USGBC " alt="Photo credit: USGBC " src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/OakSt_1_cover_0_0.jpg?1382994292" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>There has been a lot of talk recently on both the national and local levels about the value, applicability, and overall effectiveness of third-party green rating systems. To frame our understanding, we can start by looking at the impact that third-party rating systems, like LEED, are having in the transformation of the housing development landscape, especially in affordable housing.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/moving-growth-green-affordable-housing" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/moving-growth-green-affordable-housing#comments Greenbuild Mon, 28 Oct 2013 21:05:34 +0000 Tommy Linstroth 2773273 at http://www.usgbc.org LEED Green Building Program Remains Preferred Rating System for Use in Federal Buildings http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-green-building-program-remains-preferred-rating-system-use-federal-buildings <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/press_release_img_5.jpeg?1382731284" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Washington, D.C., (Oct. 25, 2013) &ndash;&nbsp;The General Services Administration (GSA) concluded again today that the U.S. Green Building Council&rsquo;s (USGBC) LEED green building rating system can and should be used in government buildings to advance energy efficiency and to save taxpayers&rsquo; money. GSA issued its recommendation today based on the findings of the EISA &sect;436(h) Ad-Hoc Review Group on Green Building Certification Systems.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-green-building-program-remains-preferred-rating-system-use-federal-buildings" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-green-building-program-remains-preferred-rating-system-use-federal-buildings#comments Media Fri, 25 Oct 2013 20:03:28 +0000 Marisa Long 2772806 at http://www.usgbc.org Session spotlight: Reinventing Philadelphia through green infrastructure http://www.usgbc.org/articles/session-spotlight-reinventing-philadelphia-through-green-infrastructure <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-art-category"> <div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Events </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">25 Oct 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_spotlight3_0.jpg?1382723766" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Over the next 25 years, Philadelphia will invest $2 billion in green stormwater infrastructure, creating a more sustainable, healthier and livable city. The Greenbuild 2013 session &ldquo;<a href="https://www.compusystems.com/servlet/EventExplorerServlet?ACTION=LOAD_SA_EVT_EXP&amp;EVT_UID=920&amp;EVT_EXP_IDENT=21ds5&amp;SEARCH_KEYWORD=reinventing%20phil">Reinventing Philadelphia Through Green Infrastructure</a>&rdquo; offers an overview of the benefits of the Green City, Clean Water program (the first of its kind approved by the EPA).<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/session-spotlight-reinventing-philadelphia-through-green-infrastructure" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/session-spotlight-reinventing-philadelphia-through-green-infrastructure#comments Greenbuild Fri, 25 Oct 2013 17:56:26 +0000 2772758 at http://www.usgbc.org School retrofit financing: get guidance in 60 minutes http://www.usgbc.org/articles/school-retrofit-financing-get-guidance-60-minutes <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_GSIG.jpeg?1382648918" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you&rsquo;re heading to&nbsp;<a href="http://greenbuildexpo.org/">Greenbuild 2013 Conference and Expo</a>&nbsp;in November, don&rsquo;t miss the chance to attend the Center for Green School&rsquo;s education session: &ldquo;<a href="https://www.compusystems.com/servlet/EventExplorerServlet?ACTION=LOAD_SA_EVT_EXP&amp;EVT_UID=920&amp;EVT_EXP_IDENT=21ds5&amp;SEARCH_FIELD_speaker_name=Rachel%20Gutter&amp;SEARCH_FIELD_other_area_interest=Special%20Set&amp;SEARCH_KEYWORD=keyword%20search">Green Schools Investment Guide</a>.&rdquo; Led by the Center's director Rachel Gutter and colleagues from <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/school-retrofit-financing-get-guidance-60-minutes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/school-retrofit-financing-get-guidance-60-minutes#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 24 Oct 2013 21:09:41 +0000 Jenny Wiedower 2772551 at http://www.usgbc.org How much could your school save? http://www.usgbc.org/articles/how-much-could-your-school-save <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Behavior-based-Efficiency-1.jpg?1382538858" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Last week, the Center for Green Schools at USGBC released "Powering Down: Behavior-Based Energy Conservation in K-12 Schools," a toolkit&nbsp;that follows the experiences of five public schools that have reduced electricity use by an astonishing 20 to 37 percent through behavior-based strategies alone. The paper, which was written with lead author Kate Crosby, looks to these schools as models for others and examines common strategies for every school to reduce its energy usage.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/how-much-could-your-school-save" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/how-much-could-your-school-save#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 23 Oct 2013 21:08:42 +0000 Anisa Baldwin Metzger 2772167 at http://www.usgbc.org Meet USGBC: Fleming Roberts http://www.usgbc.org/articles/meet-usgbc-fleming-roberts <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/meet_FR.jpg?1382551932" /> </div> </div> </div> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><strong>What's your name and title at USGBC?</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Fleming Roberts, Policy and Advocacy Associate.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><strong>How long have you worked here?</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Since the summer of 2012.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><strong>How do you get to work?</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;">I walk, ruining many pairs of flats in the process.&nbsp;</span></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/meet-usgbc-fleming-roberts" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/meet-usgbc-fleming-roberts#comments Community Wed, 23 Oct 2013 18:15:52 +0000 2772123 at http://www.usgbc.org Green Building Law Update's “A Week in the Life of LEED Certification” http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-building-law-updates-%E2%80%9C-week-life-leed-certification%E2%80%9D <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-art-category"> <div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Story </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">16 Oct 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="photo credit: Earmark Social Paper Good via Flickr Creative Commons" alt="photo credit: Earmark Social Paper Good via Flickr Creative Commons" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/3069475704_7df0d6cb8f_b.jpg?1381931489" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Check out <a href="http://www.greenbuildinglawupdate.com/2013/10/articles/leed-1/a-week-in-the-life-of-leed-certification/">Stuart Kaplow&rsquo;s Green Building Update</a> to see a highlight of how much LEED does in just one week. Some stand out stats include:</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-building-law-updates-%E2%80%9C-week-life-leed-certification%E2%80%9D" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-building-law-updates-%E2%80%9C-week-life-leed-certification%E2%80%9D#comments Advocacy and policy Wed, 16 Oct 2013 13:58:26 +0000 Cecilia Shutters 2769669 at http://www.usgbc.org Innovative affordable housing in the City of Brotherly Love http://www.usgbc.org/articles/innovative-affordable-housing-city-brotherly-love <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-art-category"> <div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Event </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">16 Oct 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/connelly_0.jpg?1381928337" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The country&rsquo;s first LEED ND Platinum project will be featured on a <a href="http://www.greenbuildexpo.org/education/green-building-tours.aspx" target="_blank">tour during Greenbuild 2013</a> in Philadelphia, along with several other innovative projects that are making green housing accessible and affordable.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/innovative-affordable-housing-city-brotherly-love" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/innovative-affordable-housing-city-brotherly-love#comments Greenbuild Wed, 16 Oct 2013 13:00:16 +0000 Heather Blakeslee 2769657 at http://www.usgbc.org Philadelphia champions kick off of the Affordable Housing Summit http://www.usgbc.org/articles/philadelphia-champions-kick-affordable-housing-summit <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-art-category"> <div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Story </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">11 Oct 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Philadelphia_skyline.jpg?1381507316" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Next month we&rsquo;re excited to welcome visitors from around the world to Philadelphia for the <a href="http://www.greenbuildexpo.org/home.aspx" target="_blank">2013 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo</a>.&nbsp;</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/philadelphia-champions-kick-affordable-housing-summit" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/philadelphia-champions-kick-affordable-housing-summit#comments Greenbuild Fri, 11 Oct 2013 16:02:18 +0000 Alex Dews 2768468 at http://www.usgbc.org This October it’s pumpkins, shutdown, and green building codes http://www.usgbc.org/articles/october-it%E2%80%99s-pumpkins-shutdown-and-green-building-codes <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="231" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_pumpkin.jpg?1381443833" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>October is not even 10 days through and it&rsquo;s already been a great month for greener building codes.&nbsp; Here are four of this month&rsquo;s highlights (in reverse chronological order). Thank goodness none of these required any action by the federal government!&nbsp; One thing seems pretty clear to me: we&rsquo;re getting a little smarter and more sophisticated about the <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/resources/greening-codes-building-codes-begin-broaden-their-charge-include-human-and-environmental-i">greening the codes</a>&hellip;</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/october-it%E2%80%99s-pumpkins-shutdown-and-green-building-codes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/october-it%E2%80%99s-pumpkins-shutdown-and-green-building-codes#comments Advocacy and policy Thu, 10 Oct 2013 22:24:26 +0000 Jeremy Sigmon 2768323 at http://www.usgbc.org Second annual Green Apple Day of Service a global success http://www.usgbc.org/articles/second-annual-green-apple-day-service-global-success <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Haynes_GADOS2013_E__1_.jpeg?1381425469" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>This year&rsquo;s Green Apple Day of Service is behind us, and volunteers at more than 2,000 schools and campuses joined us to make an impact. Projects took place in all 50 U.S. states and 40 countries, with participants showing that their communities are committed to healthy, safe and sustainable schools. Every dot on the map at mygreenapple.org represented a different commitment to better schools and a team effort from start to finish.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/second-annual-green-apple-day-service-global-success" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/second-annual-green-apple-day-service-global-success#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 10 Oct 2013 17:20:03 +0000 Emily Riordan 2768233 at http://www.usgbc.org Protecting America the Beautiful: How LEED helps save nature and habitat http://www.usgbc.org/articles/protecting-america-beautiful-how-leed-helps-save-nature-and-habitat <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-art-category"> <div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Case Study </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">4 Oct 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_yellowstonesunrise.jpg?1380893293" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Written by Jason Hartke and Sam Glass</em></p> <p>In part, the environmental movement grew out of the great ideas of naturalists who were committed to the goals of nature conservation and habitat protection. Famous documentarian Ken Burns produced an amazing PBS series on the history of our national parks, calling them &ldquo;America&rsquo;s Best Idea.&rdquo; Today, many land conservation groups carry on this mission of protecting <em>America the Beautiful</em> and all of our stunning natural areas and the precious fauna and flora that call it home.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/protecting-america-beautiful-how-leed-helps-save-nature-and-habitat" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/protecting-america-beautiful-how-leed-helps-save-nature-and-habitat#comments LEED Fri, 04 Oct 2013 13:28:43 +0000 Jason Hartke 2766766 at http://www.usgbc.org Malcolm Lewis IMPACT! Award – Planting a SEED http://www.usgbc.org/articles/malcolm-lewis-impact-award-%E2%80%93-planting-seed <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_ML5.jpg?1380661076" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Thanks in part to its dedicated&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/community/volunteers">volunteers</a>&nbsp;who contributed 500,000 hours to the green building movement in 2012 alone, the USGBC community continues to advance a healthier, more sustainable and prosperous built environment in communities across the globe. The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/about/awards#MalcolmLewis">Malcolm Lewis IMPACT! Award</a>, a prestigious annual award, recognizes a high-impact, volunteer driven project or initiative that supports USGBC&rsquo;s mission. 2013 nominations are open through Oct.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/malcolm-lewis-impact-award-%E2%80%93-planting-seed" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/malcolm-lewis-impact-award-%E2%80%93-planting-seed#comments Community Tue, 01 Oct 2013 20:58:12 +0000 Colin White 2766026 at http://www.usgbc.org Energy efficiency legislation delayed indefinitely http://www.usgbc.org/articles/energy-efficiency-legislation-delayed-indefinitely <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-art-category"> <div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Current News </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">25 Sep 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="306" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/4315903365_7580c57359_b.jpg?1380137895" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>After two weeks of deliberation, the Senate couldn&rsquo;t advance this important bipartisan bill.</em></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/energy-efficiency-legislation-delayed-indefinitely" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/energy-efficiency-legislation-delayed-indefinitely#comments Advocacy and policy Wed, 25 Sep 2013 19:39:48 +0000 Bryan Howard 2764510 at http://www.usgbc.org Malcolm Lewis IMPACT! Award – Reclaim + Remake http://www.usgbc.org/articles/malcolm-lewis-impact-award-%E2%80%93-reclaim-remake <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_ml_hopewell.png?1380056721" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Thanks in part to its dedicated&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/community/volunteers">volunteers</a>&nbsp;who contributed 500,000 hours to the green building movement in 2012 alone, the USGBC community continues to advance a healthier, more sustainable and prosperous built environment in communities across the globe. The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/about/awards#MalcolmLewis">Malcolm Lewis IMPACT! Award</a>, a prestigious annual award, recognizes a high-impact, volunteer driven project or initiative that supports USGBC&rsquo;s mission. 2013 nominations are open through Oct.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/malcolm-lewis-impact-award-%E2%80%93-reclaim-remake" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/malcolm-lewis-impact-award-%E2%80%93-reclaim-remake#comments Community Tue, 24 Sep 2013 21:05:37 +0000 Colin White 2764296 at http://www.usgbc.org Video spotlight: USGBC staff on the Day of Service, part III http://www.usgbc.org/articles/video-spotlight-usgbc-staff-day-service-part-iii <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/GADOS-Video-header_A2.jpg?1380044782" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>In the final installment of of the Green Apple Day of Service Spotlight, I got a chance to <a href="https://vimeo.com/74233401" target="_blank">speak with Cindy Thompson</a> about a service project she is heading up this year, taking advantage of the resources her mother can help her access as the school's principal.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/video-spotlight-usgbc-staff-day-service-part-iii" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/video-spotlight-usgbc-staff-day-service-part-iii#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 24 Sep 2013 17:47:17 +0000 Hannah Wilber 2764214 at http://www.usgbc.org “We have a movement” — Mayor Kevin Johnson calls on policymakers to forge more resilient nation http://www.usgbc.org/articles/%E2%80%9Cwe-have-movement%E2%80%9D-%E2%80%94-mayor-kevin-johnson-calls-policymakers-forge-more-resilient-nation <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-art-category"> <div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Event </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">23 Sep 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/NPC_main.jpg?1379970148" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Mayor Kevin Johnson of Sacramento, Calif., delivered a major national address last Friday at the National Press Club, outlining a blueprint for local leaders to join together and implement solutions to build a more resilient America.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/%E2%80%9Cwe-have-movement%E2%80%9D-%E2%80%94-mayor-kevin-johnson-calls-policymakers-forge-more-resilient-nation" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/%E2%80%9Cwe-have-movement%E2%80%9D-%E2%80%94-mayor-kevin-johnson-calls-policymakers-forge-more-resilient-nation#comments Advocacy and policy Mon, 23 Sep 2013 21:02:53 +0000 Jason Hartke 2761670 at http://www.usgbc.org Senator Harkin calls on GAO for new survey on the condition of America's schools http://www.usgbc.org/articles/senator-harkin-calls-gao-new-survey-condition-americas-schools <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Untitled-1_2.png?1379965593" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>When we released the Center for Green Schools&rsquo; <em><a href="http://centerforgreenschools.org/Libraries/State_of_our_Schools/2013_State_of_Our_Schools_Report_FINAL.sflb.ashx">2013 State of Our Schools Report</a>,</em>&nbsp;we had one objective in mind: to rally the community around the call to Congress to commission a comprehensive survey by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) on the condition of the nation&rsquo;s school facilities &ndash; a study that hasn&rsquo;t been done in a whopping 18 years.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/senator-harkin-calls-gao-new-survey-condition-americas-schools" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/senator-harkin-calls-gao-new-survey-condition-americas-schools#comments Center for Green Schools Mon, 23 Sep 2013 19:47:24 +0000 Nathaniel Allen 2758309 at http://www.usgbc.org Mayor Kevin Johnson Outlines Blueprint for Advancing Resiliency in America at USGBC National Leadership Speaker Series http://www.usgbc.org/articles/mayor-kevin-johnson-outlines-blueprint-advancing-resiliency-america-usgbc-national-leadersh <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-art-category"> <div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Press Release </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">23 Sep 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/press_release_img_3.jpg?1379953623" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong><em>Sacramento Mayor calls on fellow mayors and county leaders&nbsp;</em><em>across the country to join the Resilient Communities for America campaign</em><em>&nbsp;</em></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/mayor-kevin-johnson-outlines-blueprint-advancing-resiliency-america-usgbc-national-leadersh" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/mayor-kevin-johnson-outlines-blueprint-advancing-resiliency-america-usgbc-national-leadersh#comments Media Mon, 23 Sep 2013 16:31:07 +0000 2758241 at http://www.usgbc.org Video spotlight: USGBC staff on the Day of Service, part II http://www.usgbc.org/articles/video-spotlight-usgbc-staff-day-service-part-ii <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/GADOS-Video-header_C.jpg?1379687866" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>In this second installment of the Green Apple Day of Service Spotlight, members of the Center for Green Schools at USGBC team took some time out of their busy schedules to tell me a bit about the different projects they have teamed up to coordinate.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/video-spotlight-usgbc-staff-day-service-part-ii" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/video-spotlight-usgbc-staff-day-service-part-ii#comments Center for Green Schools Fri, 20 Sep 2013 14:37:56 +0000 Hannah Wilber 2757862 at http://www.usgbc.org Video: USGBC staff on the Day of Service, part I http://www.usgbc.org/articles/video-usgbc-staff-day-service-part-i <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/GADOS-Video-header_B.jpg?1379613523" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>With the second annual Green Apple Day of Service fast approaching, it's a great time to find out what kinds of projects volunteers are undertaking as part of the global effort to make all schools a healthy, sustainable, and a comfortable environment for the students and staff that walk through school doors on a daily basis.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/video-usgbc-staff-day-service-part-i" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/video-usgbc-staff-day-service-part-i#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 19 Sep 2013 18:01:33 +0000 Hannah Wilber 2757712 at http://www.usgbc.org Combining wetland restoration with stormwater management http://www.usgbc.org/articles/combining-wetland-restoration-stormwater-management <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-art-category"> <div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Program Overview </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">18 Sep 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/IMGP0272_Dockside_Biofiltration.jpg?1379529278" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Communities large and small rely on water sources. Development has been historically concentrated near water bodies to take advantage of this vital resource, yet constant use has led to deterioration of these fragile ecosystems. Wetlands, rivers, lakes, and streams are important to human health, but also act as health indicators of surrounding ecosystems.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/combining-wetland-restoration-stormwater-management" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/combining-wetland-restoration-stormwater-management#comments LEED Wed, 18 Sep 2013 18:35:09 +0000 Alexander Berger 2757495 at http://www.usgbc.org Meet USGBC: Christina Kuo http://www.usgbc.org/articles/meet-usgbc-christina-kuo <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/MeetUSGBC_CK.jpg?1379513771" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><strong>What's your name and position at USGBC?</strong><br />Christina Kuo, State and Local Campaign Manager.<br /><br /><strong>How long have you been at USGBC?</strong>&nbsp;<br />Just two months!<br /><br /><strong>What's your hometown?&nbsp;</strong><br />West Bloomfield, Michigan. I've lived in Taiwan and England as well&nbsp;<span>- but I like to say that I'm mostly from Michigan.</span></p> <p><strong>Who would you invite to your dream dinner party?</strong><br /><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Skippy-Dies-Novel-Paul-Murray/dp/0865478619"></a>Former President Bill Clinton.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/meet-usgbc-christina-kuo" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/meet-usgbc-christina-kuo#comments Community Wed, 18 Sep 2013 14:17:05 +0000 Tess Wiggins 2757434 at http://www.usgbc.org Malcolm Lewis IMPACT! Award – Democratic National Convention sustainability legacy initiative http://www.usgbc.org/articles/malcolm-lewis-impact-award-%E2%80%93-democratic-national-convention-sustainability-legacy-initiativ <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/ML_2.png?1379439416" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Thanks in part to its dedicated&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/community/volunteers">volunteers</a>&nbsp;who contributed 500,000 hours to the green building movement in 2012 alone, the USGBC community continues to advance a healthier, more sustainable and prosperous built environment in communities across the globe. The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/about/awards#MalcolmLewis">Malcolm Lewis IMPACT! Award</a>, a prestigious annual award, recognizes a high-impact, volunteer driven project or initiative that supports USGBC&rsquo;s mission. 2013 nominations are open through Oct.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/malcolm-lewis-impact-award-%E2%80%93-democratic-national-convention-sustainability-legacy-initiativ" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/malcolm-lewis-impact-award-%E2%80%93-democratic-national-convention-sustainability-legacy-initiativ#comments Community Tue, 17 Sep 2013 17:38:06 +0000 Colin White 2757218 at http://www.usgbc.org Interface gives back around the world for Green Apple Day of Service http://www.usgbc.org/articles/interface-gives-back-around-world-green-apple-day-service <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/InterfaceUSGBCArticle_0.jpg?1379436468" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Green Apple is made possible by our generous and supportive partners like Interface. Not only does Interface give resources to Green Apple to ensure that we can run our initiative to show the world that&nbsp;<em>where we learn matters,</em>&nbsp;but they live that philosophy by doing good works on the ground in their communities as well.</p> <p><strong>Below is a dispatch from their recently completed Green Apple Day of Service event in Brazil:</strong></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/interface-gives-back-around-world-green-apple-day-service" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/interface-gives-back-around-world-green-apple-day-service#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 17 Sep 2013 16:48:35 +0000 Luciano Bonini 2757199 at http://www.usgbc.org World Green Building Week 2013 http://www.usgbc.org/articles/world-green-building-week-2013 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="657" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/WGBC-SHINE-BANNER_586x318-1.jpg?1379360176" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Today kicks off the World Green Building Council&rsquo;s World Green Building Week, celebrating the efforts of Green Building Councils (GBC) from 98 countries throughout the world, which represent more than 25,000 organizations. From Sept. 16 &ndash; 20, 2013, there will be <a href="http://www.worldgbc.org/activities/calendar/wgbweek/">service events</a> taking place in line with this year&rsquo;s theme: &ldquo;Greener Buildings, Better Places, Healthier People.&rdquo;</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/world-green-building-week-2013" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/world-green-building-week-2013#comments Community Mon, 16 Sep 2013 19:38:04 +0000 Tess Wiggins 2756918 at http://www.usgbc.org USGBC Inland Empire Chapter helping underserved communities http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-inland-empire-chapter-helping-underserved-communities <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_inlandEmpire.jpg?1379338453" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc-ie.org/new/">USGBC Inland Empire Chapter</a>&nbsp;(USGBC-IE) has been reaching out beyond architects, engineers and builders to low-income communities through its Sustainable and Healthy Community Initiative. This initiative aims to provide green building education and hands-on project experience to underserved communities, and to increase engagement with local programs related to green homes, green schools, green workplaces, and healthy communities.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-inland-empire-chapter-helping-underserved-communities" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-inland-empire-chapter-helping-underserved-communities#comments Advocacy and policy Mon, 16 Sep 2013 13:34:13 +0000 Michael Peel 2756804 at http://www.usgbc.org USGBC-Illinois Victory: Energy benchmarking ordinance approved in Chicago City Council http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-illinois-victory-energy-benchmarking-ordinance-approved-chicago-city-council <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-art-category"> <div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Story </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">12 Sep 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/photo_5_.JPG?1379015107" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Breaking news: On Wednesday, Sept. 11, the Chicago City Council passed the Energy Use Benchmarking and Disclosure Ordinance introduced by Mayor Rahm Emanuel.</p> <p>The new ordinance will provide another opportunity for Chicago building owners and tenants to learn about their energy use and work together to lower their costs. In addition, the ordinance sets a strong precedent that will help promote energy benchmarking and energy efficiency measures elsewhere in Illinois.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-illinois-victory-energy-benchmarking-ordinance-approved-chicago-city-council" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-illinois-victory-energy-benchmarking-ordinance-approved-chicago-city-council#comments Advocacy and policy Thu, 12 Sep 2013 19:45:39 +0000 Katie Kaluzny 2756261 at http://www.usgbc.org Getting to Zero National Forum (September 17-18) http://www.usgbc.org/articles/getting-zero-national-forum-september-17-18 <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-art-category"> <div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Event </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">11 Sep 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_gettingtozero.jpg?1378918479" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><strong><span>Join USGBC this September 17-18 in Denver, CO at the Getting to Zero National Forum.&nbsp;<a href="http://annualmeeting.naseo.org/registration" target="_blank">Register now&nbsp;&raquo;</a><br /></span></strong></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/getting-zero-national-forum-september-17-18" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/getting-zero-national-forum-september-17-18#comments Industry Wed, 11 Sep 2013 16:55:04 +0000 2755898 at http://www.usgbc.org Malcolm Lewis IMPACT! award – sustainability through the eyes of children http://www.usgbc.org/articles/malcolm-lewis-impact-award-%E2%80%93-sustainability-through-eyes-children <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_malcolmlewis2.png?1378844634" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Thanks in part to its dedicated&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/community/volunteers">volunteers</a>&nbsp;who contributed 500,000 hours to the green building movement in 2012 alone, the USGBC community continues to advance a healthier, more sustainable and prosperous built environment in communities across the globe. The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/about/awards#MalcolmLewis">Malcolm Lewis IMPACT! Award</a>, a prestigious annual award, recognizes a high-impact, volunteer driven project or initiative that supports USGBC&rsquo;s mission. 2013 nominations are open through Oct.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/malcolm-lewis-impact-award-%E2%80%93-sustainability-through-eyes-children" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/malcolm-lewis-impact-award-%E2%80%93-sustainability-through-eyes-children#comments Community Tue, 10 Sep 2013 20:37:59 +0000 Colin White 2755691 at http://www.usgbc.org Friday Roundup: Israel needs green buildings, study says energy retrofits critical http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-israel-needs-green-buildings-study-says-energy-retrofits-critical <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Tel Aviv, host city of the Second Annual Israel Green Building Conference. Claire Gribbin via Flickr" alt="Tel Aviv, host city of the Second Annual Israel Green Building Conference." src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/telaviv.jpg?1378497688" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Here&rsquo;s our weekly collection of green building clips:</p> <p><a href="http://www.jpost.com/Enviro-Tech/Green-building-is-an-economic-necessity-325068">&lsquo;Green building is an economic necessity&rsquo;</a>, <em>Jerusalem Post</em>. At the Second Annual Israel Green Building Conference in Tel Aviv, USGBC and World Green Building Council founder David Gottfried made the economic case for a sustainably built environment.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-israel-needs-green-buildings-study-says-energy-retrofits-critical" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-israel-needs-green-buildings-study-says-energy-retrofits-critical#comments Industry Fri, 06 Sep 2013 20:08:28 +0000 Jacob Kriss 2755037 at http://www.usgbc.org Built in the USA – a snapshot of green building activity across all 50 states http://www.usgbc.org/articles/built-usa-%E2%80%93-snapshot-green-building-activity-across-all-50-states <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-art-category"> <div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Story </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">6 Sep 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_us_snapshot.jpg?1378484153" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>It wasn&rsquo;t easy to pull together state-by-state facts and figures about the strength of our growing green building marketplace. But we did it, thanks to the help and support of all 77 chapters.* We now have at our fingertips&mdash;state-by-state and region-by-region<span>&mdash;</span>an impressive collection of some of the countless, market-moving highlights of our 50-star studded flag under one green building nation.</p> <p>With your help, next year we&rsquo;ll have even better stories to tell. Already&hellip;</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/built-usa-%E2%80%93-snapshot-green-building-activity-across-all-50-states" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/built-usa-%E2%80%93-snapshot-green-building-activity-across-all-50-states#comments Advocacy and policy Fri, 06 Sep 2013 16:19:05 +0000 Jeremy Sigmon 2754983 at http://www.usgbc.org Top 10 #LEEDworks tweets http://www.usgbc.org/articles/top-10-leedworks-tweets <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/leed-works-article-1.jpg?1378330676" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Last week, we launched our first social media advocacy campaign to spread the word to our elected officials that #LEEDworks! The campaign was a resounding success, all due to the amazing responses of our 62, 674 Twitter followers and countless LEED supporters.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/top-10-leedworks-tweets" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/top-10-leedworks-tweets#comments Advocacy and policy Wed, 04 Sep 2013 21:38:53 +0000 Tess Wiggins 2754565 at http://www.usgbc.org Nominations open for the Malcolm Lewis IMPACT! Award http://www.usgbc.org/articles/nominations-open-malcolm-lewis-impact-award <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/ML_Nomination.png?1378239801" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Thanks in part to its dedicated <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/community/volunteers">volunteers</a> who contributed 500,000 hours to the green building movement in 2012 alone, USGBC continues to advance a healthier, more sustainable and prosperous built environment in communities across the globe. The <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/about/awards#MalcolmLewis">Malcolm Lewis IMPACT! Award</a>, a prestigious annual award, recognizes a high-impact, volunteer-driven project or initiative that supports USGBC&rsquo;s mission.&nbsp;</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/nominations-open-malcolm-lewis-impact-award" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/nominations-open-malcolm-lewis-impact-award#comments Community Tue, 03 Sep 2013 20:14:10 +0000 Colin White 2754272 at http://www.usgbc.org Greenbuild Nation tours: Highlighting sustainability in the City of Brotherly Love and beyond http://www.usgbc.org/articles/greenbuild-nation-tours-highlighting-sustainability-city-brotherly-love-and-beyond <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-art-category"> <div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Event </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">3 Sep 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="303" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/TF_07.jpg?1378214159" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>This year's <a href="http://www.greenbuildexpo.org/education/green-building-tours.aspx">Greenbuild tours</a> offer an incredible opportunity to discover the best and&nbsp;brightest sustainable buildings and neighborhoods in Philadelphia and the surrounding areas.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /><br />Over sixty dedicated sustainability professionals on&nbsp;the tours committee of the Delaware Valley Green Building Council have made it easier then ever to learn outside the convention center walls with an exciting collection of thirty-five regional tours.&nbsp;<br /><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/greenbuild-nation-tours-highlighting-sustainability-city-brotherly-love-and-beyond" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/greenbuild-nation-tours-highlighting-sustainability-city-brotherly-love-and-beyond#comments Greenbuild Tue, 03 Sep 2013 13:16:30 +0000 Mary Alcaraz 2754104 at http://www.usgbc.org Let them know #LEEDworks! http://www.usgbc.org/articles/let-them-know-leedworks <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/leed-works-article.jpg?1377282354" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>When was the last time you talked to your Senator? Does he or she know green buildings are important to you?&nbsp;</p> <p>Join green building advocates from across the country as we band together to let our elected officials know #LEEDworks!&nbsp;</p> <p>The #LEEDworks campaign kicks off<strong>&nbsp;Monday, Aug. 26, and runs through Friday, Aug. 30.&nbsp; </strong></p> <p>You can participate in three ways:&nbsp;</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/let-them-know-leedworks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/let-them-know-leedworks#comments Advocacy and policy Mon, 26 Aug 2013 14:00:53 +0000 Cecilia Shutters 2751229 at http://www.usgbc.org The Southeast Region market briefs and state snapshots http://www.usgbc.org/articles/southeast-region-market-briefs-and-state-snapshots <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-art-category"> <div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Report </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">23 Aug 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/ADV_MarketBrief_SE.png?1377279809" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Over the last few decades, the Southeast Region has experienced exceptional growth in population. This is a rich and diverse section of the country with numerous natural resources including large forests, mountain streams, coastal areas and agricultural commerce. Generally, these states have few large urban hubs and numerous small towns and rural communities. The chapters of Southeast Regional Committee (SERC) share similar demographics, opportunities and challenges.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/southeast-region-market-briefs-and-state-snapshots" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/southeast-region-market-briefs-and-state-snapshots#comments Advocacy and policy Fri, 23 Aug 2013 17:43:56 +0000 Nell Boyle 2752082 at http://www.usgbc.org State lawmakers continue to raise the bar around green schools http://www.usgbc.org/articles/state-lawmakers-continue-raise-bar-around-green-schools <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Nate_State_Legislators.jpg?1377524305" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>At USGBC, we know that state legislators are some of the most influential decision makers in the movement for healthy, high-performing schools. Each year, state lawmakers <a href="http://centerforgreenschools.org/utility-nav/blog/13-04-30/State_Legislatures_Sow_Seeds_of_Opportunity_for_Healthy_High-Performing_Schools.aspx">surpass expectations</a> and prove themselves to be leaders capable of driving real change.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/state-lawmakers-continue-raise-bar-around-green-schools" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/state-lawmakers-continue-raise-bar-around-green-schools#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 22 Aug 2013 15:45:40 +0000 Nathaniel Allen 2751715 at http://www.usgbc.org They’re back: Solar panels return to a White House that’s getting greener http://www.usgbc.org/articles/they%E2%80%99re-back-solar-panels-return-white-house-that%E2%80%99s-getting-greener <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-art-category"> <div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Story </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-all-authorized-by"> <div class="field-label">Authored by:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 08/20/2013 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/4217661984_fec1fcdf69_b.jpg?1377006368" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>This summer news is as refreshing as an Arnold Palmer. For the first time in eight presidential terms (that&rsquo;s 32 years, but who&rsquo;s counting?), solar panels will be back on the roof of the White House. According to reports, installation began last week.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/they%E2%80%99re-back-solar-panels-return-white-house-that%E2%80%99s-getting-greener" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/they%E2%80%99re-back-solar-panels-return-white-house-that%E2%80%99s-getting-greener#comments Advocacy and policy Tue, 20 Aug 2013 13:48:21 +0000 Jason Hartke 2751081 at http://www.usgbc.org The Northeast Region market briefs and state snapshots http://www.usgbc.org/articles/northeast-region-market-briefs-and-state-snapshots <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-art-category"> <div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Report </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">20 Aug 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/ADV_MarketBrief_NE.png?1377005701" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Northeast Corridor Regional Committee (NECRC) is composed of 11 chapters, in <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/resources/pennsylvania-market-brief-and-state-snapshot">Pennsylvania</a>, <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/resources/west-virginia-market-brief-and-state-snapshot">West Virginia</a>, <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/resources/new-york-market-brief-and-state-snapshot">New York</a>, <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/resources/new-jersey-market-brief-and-state-snapshot">New Jersey</a>, <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/resources/maryland-market-brief-and-state-snapshot">Maryland</a>, <a href="http:<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/northeast-region-market-briefs-and-state-snapshots" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/northeast-region-market-briefs-and-state-snapshots#comments Advocacy and policy Tue, 20 Aug 2013 13:35:43 +0000 Jenna Cramer 2751076 at http://www.usgbc.org Monday Roundup: FSC vs. SFI, Illinois pushing green agenda, Platinum Perdue http://www.usgbc.org/articles/monday-roundup-fsc-vs-sfi-illinois-pushing-green-agenda-platinum-perdue <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="307" title="Prophetic_Blogger via Flickr" alt="Prophetic_Blogger via Flickr" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/7194377506_bc2f607c88_c.jpg?1376930264" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>As our site was down for maintenance last week, here&rsquo;s our (slightly belated) weekly collection of green building clips:</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/monday-roundup-fsc-vs-sfi-illinois-pushing-green-agenda-platinum-perdue" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/monday-roundup-fsc-vs-sfi-illinois-pushing-green-agenda-platinum-perdue#comments Industry Mon, 19 Aug 2013 16:43:41 +0000 Jacob Kriss 2750816 at http://www.usgbc.org Advocacy Update: Promoting policy for energy efficiency, resilience & green schools http://www.usgbc.org/articles/advocacy-update-promoting-policy-energy-efficiency-resilience-green-schools <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-art-category"> <div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Cheat Sheet </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">15 Aug 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_advjuly.jpg?1376587604" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>July was another busy month for USGBC&rsquo;s advocacy shop. Working hand-in-hand with our invaluable volunteers and member companies, our team is building stronger ties with our networks, empowering community action and advancing sound public policy to accelerate green building all across the country.&nbsp;</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/advocacy-update-promoting-policy-energy-efficiency-resilience-green-schools" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/advocacy-update-promoting-policy-energy-efficiency-resilience-green-schools#comments Advocacy and policy Thu, 15 Aug 2013 17:27:10 +0000 Jason Hartke 2750468 at http://www.usgbc.org Pioneering new opportunities in new frontiers http://www.usgbc.org/articles/pioneering-new-opportunities-new-frontiers <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-art-category"> <div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Story </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">14 Aug 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_earth_mauritius.png?1376494020" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>I come from an island in the middle of the Indian Ocean famous for its beautiful beaches and the 1.2 million inhabitants from various parts of the world. Mauritius, my country, forms part of the Small Island Developing States (SIDS), which have serious vulnerabilities due to the effects of climate change. I was blessed to live close to nature all my life. It has allowed me to develop a deep connection to my local environment and the planet, for that matter.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/pioneering-new-opportunities-new-frontiers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/pioneering-new-opportunities-new-frontiers#comments LEED Wed, 14 Aug 2013 15:27:35 +0000 Tony Lee Luen Len 2749989 at http://www.usgbc.org Financing sustainability: student green fees http://www.usgbc.org/articles/financing-sustainability-student-green-fees <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Garden.jpeg?1376488873" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Tuition increases are usually met with contention as the cost of higher education continues to rise. Nevertheless, many students across the country are lobbying for their school to institute a student green fee. Student green fees allow college campuses to finance sustainability initiatives and projects that may not have been possible otherwise. During my spring semester at Agnes Scott College, I was able to play an integral part in passing and implementing a student green fee on my campus.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/financing-sustainability-student-green-fees" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/financing-sustainability-student-green-fees#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 13 Aug 2013 17:20:01 +0000 Elizabeth Rowe 2749743 at http://www.usgbc.org An “Above and Beyond Volunteer” makes an impact in her community http://www.usgbc.org/articles/%E2%80%9Cabove-and-beyond-volunteer%E2%80%9D-makes-impact-her-community <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="305" title="Erin Wages, far left, goes on a sustainable winery tour with friends. " alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/ErinWages-1.jpg?1376331832" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>This month, Erin Wages was recognized as one of USGBC&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/community/volunteers">Above and Beyond Volunteers</a> &ndash; volunteer leaders whose contributions have led to outstanding achievements for the green building community.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/%E2%80%9Cabove-and-beyond-volunteer%E2%80%9D-makes-impact-her-community" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/%E2%80%9Cabove-and-beyond-volunteer%E2%80%9D-makes-impact-her-community#comments Community Mon, 12 Aug 2013 18:27:48 +0000 Colin White 2749515 at http://www.usgbc.org Friday Roundup: Cities turn tragedy to opportunity, preserve pivotal energy law http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-cities-turn-tragedy-opportunity-preserve-pivotal-energy-law <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Greensburg, Kan., after the May 2007 tornado that leveled the town. Credit: Wikimedia Commons" alt="Greensburg, Kan., after the May 2007 tornado that leveled the town." src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Greensburg%2C_Kansas_2007May09_-_after_tornado.jpg?1376080274" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.governing.com/topics/transportation-infrastructure/gov-cities-that-used-disasters-to-revitalize-their-futures.html">3 Cities That Used Natural Disasters to Revitalize Their Futures</a>, <em>Governing</em>. Cities like Greensburg, Kan., hit with cataclysmic events, have seized the opportunity to rebuild smarter, greener and more resilient.<br /><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-cities-turn-tragedy-opportunity-preserve-pivotal-energy-law" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-cities-turn-tragedy-opportunity-preserve-pivotal-energy-law#comments Industry Fri, 09 Aug 2013 20:33:29 +0000 Jacob Kriss 2749247 at http://www.usgbc.org Green Sports Alliance & USGBC team up to advance sports greening http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-sports-alliance-usgbc-team-advance-sports-greening <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Unknown.jpeg?1375898644" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>In the early summer of this year, the Green Sports Alliance officially <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-joins-forces-green-sports-alliance-promote-healthy-sustainable-sporting-venues-and-pr" target="new">teamed up with the U.S. Green Building Council</a>&nbsp;in an effort to advance the development and promotion of green building initiatives in professional and collegiate sports.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-sports-alliance-usgbc-team-advance-sports-greening" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-sports-alliance-usgbc-team-advance-sports-greening#comments Industry Wed, 07 Aug 2013 18:08:53 +0000 Sara Hoversten 2748666 at http://www.usgbc.org LEED Facts http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-facts <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_leedfacts.png?1351187932" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><strong>The <a href="/leed">LEED Green Building Program</a>: Spurring Growth in Sustainable Building, Design and Construction in the U.S. and Across the Globe</strong></p> <p><strong>FACT: To earn LEED certification, projects choose LEED points based on the environmental and occupant benefits they are looking for. </strong></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-facts" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-facts#comments Media Wed, 07 Aug 2013 14:32:48 +0000 2622901 at http://www.usgbc.org 20 years of USGBC: Top 10 reasons I volunteer http://www.usgbc.org/articles/20-years-usgbc-top-10-reasons-i-volunteer <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-art-category"> <div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Lists </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">6 Aug 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_20yrs_volunteer.png?1375800106" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>This article is part of a series of&nbsp;stories from USGBC's community celebrating 20 years of green building&nbsp;triumphs.&nbsp;Take a walk down memory lane with USGBC, as we&nbsp;reflect on favorite moments and share memories from the last 20 years. Share your own green building triumphs using #USGBC20.</em><br /><br />I started volunteering with the USGBC family in 2004 and haven&rsquo;t stopped since. Here are the top 10 reasons I've volunteered, and continue to do so, for this great organization:<br /><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/20-years-usgbc-top-10-reasons-i-volunteer" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/20-years-usgbc-top-10-reasons-i-volunteer#comments Community Tue, 06 Aug 2013 14:42:16 +0000 Dana Kose 2748360 at http://www.usgbc.org Partnering for Faithful Stewardship http://www.usgbc.org/articles/partnering-faithful-stewardship <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Interfaith Power &amp; Light&#039;s The Rev. Sally Bingham" alt="Interfaith Power &amp; Light&#039;s The Rev. Sally Bingham" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_IFL.jpg?1375463278" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The <a href="http://www.interfaithpowerandlight.org/">Interfaith Power &amp; Light</a> (IPL) Campaign is a religious response to global warming and we are excited about our new partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council. We reach almost every faith tradition, and look for common ground &ndash; things all faiths can agree on. That&rsquo;s not always so easy, but we do agree that saving energy saves money. And most people, no matter how wealthy or poor, whether Christian, Jew or Muslim, enjoy saving money. Do most people see saving energy as a matter of faith? Not necessarily.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/partnering-faithful-stewardship" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/partnering-faithful-stewardship#comments Community Fri, 02 Aug 2013 17:03:06 +0000 Sally Bingham 2747868 at http://www.usgbc.org The West Region market briefs and state snapshots http://www.usgbc.org/articles/west-region-market-briefs-and-state-snapshots <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-art-category"> <div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Report </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">1 Aug 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/ADV_MarketBrief_West.png?1375372076" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The individuals at the core of USGBC&rsquo;s chapter network represent the tremendous potential of a volunteer-driven organization. To leverage the intellectual capital that this community offers, an organization must be horizontally integrated, open and transparent, and it must also encourage the expression of creativity. The USGBC regions were created to help support and grow these fundamental concepts.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/west-region-market-briefs-and-state-snapshots" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/west-region-market-briefs-and-state-snapshots#comments Advocacy and policy Thu, 01 Aug 2013 15:48:22 +0000 Bruce Poe 2747523 at http://www.usgbc.org Mapping green buildings across the US: Where are they appearing, and why? http://www.usgbc.org/articles/mapping-green-buildings-across-us-where-are-they-appearing-and-why <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-art-category"> <div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Research </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">29 Jul 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Photo Credit:xmatt via Flicker Creative Commons " alt="Photo Credit:xmatt via Flicker Creative Commons " src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/6980158262_c8d4ce4a88_c.jpg?1375114001" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>One of the duties of my summer internship at USGBC includes tracking green building policies around the world. While this task is far too big to wrap up in mere months, I am beginning to recognize trends in different regions of the world. Two recent articles caught my attention, as they each offer interesting insights and provide supporting evidence for green building policy trends.<br /><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/mapping-green-buildings-across-us-where-are-they-appearing-and-why" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/mapping-green-buildings-across-us-where-are-they-appearing-and-why#comments Advocacy and policy Mon, 29 Jul 2013 16:07:30 +0000 Caroline McNally 2746335 at http://www.usgbc.org Environmental organizations link arms to protect Shaheen-Portman bill from poison pill amendments http://www.usgbc.org/articles/environmental-organizations-link-arms-protect-shaheen-portman-bill-poison-pill-amendments <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-art-category"> <div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Story </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">26 Jul 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/z3ssmm-6-4-13_politico_ad.jpg?1374852788" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm?OrderBy=state&amp;Sort=ASC"><strong>Contact your senators</strong></a><strong> today and tell them to vote "NO" on any anti-LEED amendments and "YES" on Rhode Island Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse's amendment to S. 761, the Shaheen-Portman Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act.<br /></strong><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/environmental-organizations-link-arms-protect-shaheen-portman-bill-poison-pill-amendments" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/environmental-organizations-link-arms-protect-shaheen-portman-bill-poison-pill-amendments#comments Advocacy and policy Fri, 26 Jul 2013 15:33:34 +0000 Fleming Roberts 2746036 at http://www.usgbc.org From Norway to the world http://www.usgbc.org/articles/norway-world <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/janehenley.jpg?1374689473" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>I always enjoy my visit to the States. As the CEO of the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.worldgbc.org/">World Green Building Council</a>, I continue to be amazed at the passion and enthusiasm in the U.S. for greening the built environment.&nbsp; This energy was very much present during my travels to Washington, D.C. this week.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/norway-world" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/norway-world#comments Industry Wed, 24 Jul 2013 18:19:41 +0000 Jane Henley 2745597 at http://www.usgbc.org CoStar finds higher value in LEED certified apartment buildings http://www.usgbc.org/articles/costar-finds-higher-value-leed-certified-apartment-buildings <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="&lt;a href =&quot;http://www.usgbc.org/projects/eco-modern-flats&quot; target=&quot;blank&quot;&gt; Eco Modern Flats&lt;/a&gt;, a multi-family project, in Fayetteville, AR - Photo by Timothy Hursley" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/ecomodernflats-exterior-12_copy.jpg?1374604660" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Location, location, location... and LEED.</p> <p>Apartment developers spend countless hours attempting to determine the features and attributes that will contribute the most to the value of their buildings, or the premium they can charge for rents. Decisions about the design, features or location of an apartment building are many times dictated by the attribute that will result in the highest returns.&nbsp;</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/costar-finds-higher-value-leed-certified-apartment-buildings" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/costar-finds-higher-value-leed-certified-apartment-buildings#comments LEED Tue, 23 Jul 2013 18:39:13 +0000 Kelsey Mullen 2745329 at http://www.usgbc.org The South Central region market briefs and state snapshots http://www.usgbc.org/articles/south-central-region-market-briefs-and-state-snapshots <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-art-category"> <div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Report </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">22 Jul 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/ADV_MarketBrief_SCentral.png?1374501222" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The USGBC South Central Regional Committee (SCRC) encompasses a vast and diverse climatological, biological and geographical area stretching across four states: <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/resources/louisiana-market-brief-and-state-snapshot">Louisiana</a>, <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/resources/oklahoma-market-brief-and-state-snapshot">Oklahoma</a>, <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/resources/texas-market-brief-and-state-snapshot">Texas</a> and part of New Mexico. It&rsquo;s a big place, especially when one realizes that Texas is as large as France.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/south-central-region-market-briefs-and-state-snapshots" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/south-central-region-market-briefs-and-state-snapshots#comments Advocacy and policy Mon, 22 Jul 2013 13:59:12 +0000 Gary Olp 2744993 at http://www.usgbc.org New laws and leadership cultivate green building in the Southwest http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-laws-and-leadership-cultivate-green-building-southwest <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-art-category"> <div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Story </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">19 Jul 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="661" height="308" title="Photo Credit: The Nite Tripper via Flickr Creative Commons " alt="Photo Credit: The Nite Tripper via Flickr Creative Commons " src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/3208097143_7dea61754d_b.jpg?1374254022" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>There&rsquo;s something happening in those dry Southwestern mountains. It seems to be billowing outward from the ponderosa pines, carried by the roadrunner into the fields of Indian paintbrush and down into the mighty Colorado River. Thanks to the prolific outreach efforts of USGBC&rsquo;s green building community, the benefits of healthy, efficient and low-impact buildings are on the mind, and lawmakers are taking action.</p> <p>Here's some recent highlights from 2013:</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-laws-and-leadership-cultivate-green-building-southwest" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-laws-and-leadership-cultivate-green-building-southwest#comments Advocacy and policy Fri, 19 Jul 2013 17:14:27 +0000 Jeremy Sigmon 2744724 at http://www.usgbc.org Not waiting around: New York state seizes green building opportunity http://www.usgbc.org/articles/not-waiting-around-new-york-state-seizes-green-building-opportunity <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-art-category"> <div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Story </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">18 Jul 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Photo credit: Flickr user Dougtone" alt="Photo credit: Flickr user Dougtone" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_ny_071813.jpg?1374181043" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Have you ever thought about what Billy Joel meant by &ldquo;A New York State of Mind&rdquo;? Sometimes I think he meant not sitting around and waiting for others to act &mdash; like Ithaca, Yonkers, Hastings-on-Hudson, Buffalo and New York City have done this spring to advance green building in their communities. I suspect that these are only a few of thousands of examples of our cities taking on green goals and not waiting for state or federal action.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/not-waiting-around-new-york-state-seizes-green-building-opportunity" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/not-waiting-around-new-york-state-seizes-green-building-opportunity#comments Advocacy and policy Thu, 18 Jul 2013 20:58:09 +0000 Jodi Smits Anderson 2744472 at http://www.usgbc.org IFC and World Green Building Council Announce Global Partnership to Accelerate Green Building Growth http://www.usgbc.org/articles/ifc-and-world-green-building-council-announce-global-partnership-accelerate-green-building- <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/press_release_img_0_0_3.jpeg?1373992310" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><strong>Washington, D.C., July 16, 2013</strong>&mdash;IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, and the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) today announced that they will collaborate to rapidly scale up the construction of green buildings in emerging markets. The new partnership demonstrates a shared commitment to playing a leadership role in transforming the built environment and mitigating climate change.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/ifc-and-world-green-building-council-announce-global-partnership-accelerate-green-building-" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/ifc-and-world-green-building-council-announce-global-partnership-accelerate-green-building-#comments Media Tue, 16 Jul 2013 16:32:32 +0000 Joseph Crea 2743925 at http://www.usgbc.org Friday Roundup: Skanska sends message, LEED's global growth http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-skanska-sends-message-leeds-global-growth <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Credit: Impicard via Flickr" alt="Credit: Impicard via Flickr" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/5814279184_07318273be_b.jpg?1373661471" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324867904578594152247691008.html">Skanska Unit Exits U.S. Chamber of Commerce</a>, <em>The Wall Street Journal</em>. In a bold move that sent a powerful message to the construction industry, Skanska USA has pulled out of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce over the chamber&rsquo;s membership in a group intent on attacking LEED.<br /><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-skanska-sends-message-leeds-global-growth" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-skanska-sends-message-leeds-global-growth#comments Industry Fri, 12 Jul 2013 20:40:30 +0000 Jacob Kriss 2743346 at http://www.usgbc.org Bringing together the Big Four http://www.usgbc.org/articles/bringing-together-big-four <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="625" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/jwynne_home-1.jpg?1373637399" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>II joined the Southwest Florida Branch of USGBC’s Florida Gulf Coast Chapter in 2011 with a particular enthusiasm for improving our community’s appreciation of the true value of greener real estate. I’m a realtor in one of America’s hottest residential marketplaces, and recently earned my <a href="http://www.greenresourcecouncil.org/why-use-nar-green-designee">NAR Green Designee</a> – a realtor’s credential for understanding the green home marketplace.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/bringing-together-big-four" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/bringing-together-big-four#comments Advocacy and policy Fri, 12 Jul 2013 14:06:56 +0000 Tony Richardson 2743256 at http://www.usgbc.org The Pacific Region market briefs and state snapshots http://www.usgbc.org/articles/pacific-region-market-briefs-and-state-snapshots <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-art-category"> <div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Report </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">10 Jul 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/ADV_MarketBrief_Pacific.png?1373471658" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Pacific Region is home to some of the most sought-after natural and built environments in the United States. It includes the states of <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/resources/california-market-brief-and-state-snapshot">California</a> and <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/resources/hawaii-market-brief-and-state-snapshot">Hawaii</a>, covering more than 162,000 square miles. Nine local USGBC chapters in distinct areas throughout the region are providing significant "boots on the ground" support to USGBC’s strategic initiatives and promoting the benefits of green buildings.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/pacific-region-market-briefs-and-state-snapshots" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/pacific-region-market-briefs-and-state-snapshots#comments Advocacy and policy Wed, 10 Jul 2013 15:54:48 +0000 Richard Fochtman 2742860 at http://www.usgbc.org Friday Roundup: Blazing a green trail, LEED v4 passes, Skanska CEO stands up http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-blazing-green-trail-leed-v4-passes-skanska-ceo-stands <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="The LEED Gold-certified Rose Garden in Portland, home of the Trail Blazers. Credit: Cord Rodefeld via Flickr" alt="The LEED Gold-certified Rose Garden in Portland, home of the Trail Blazers. Cred" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/RoseGarden.jpg?1373051963" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Here's our weekly collection of green building clips:<br><br><a href="http://www.sustainablebusinessoregon.com/articles/2013/07/blazers-want-to-step-into-sustainability.html?ana=RSS&amp;s=article_search">Blazers look for commanding sustainability lead</a>, Sustainable Business Oregon. Operating from a LEED Gold-certified arena, the Portland Trail Blazers organization is looking to be a leader in the sports industry’s movement to greener operations.<br><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-blazing-green-trail-leed-v4-passes-skanska-ceo-stands" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-blazing-green-trail-leed-v4-passes-skanska-ceo-stands#comments Industry Fri, 05 Jul 2013 19:22:13 +0000 Jacob Kriss 2741831 at http://www.usgbc.org The Heartland Region market brief and state snapshots http://www.usgbc.org/articles/heartland-region-market-brief-and-state-snapshots <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-art-category"> <div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Report </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-all-authorized-by"> <div class="field-label">Authored by:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Harriet Grindel </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">3 Jul 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/ADV_MarketBrief_Heart_0.png?1372862380" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>The heart of the country, the heart of USGBC. </em></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/heartland-region-market-brief-and-state-snapshots" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/heartland-region-market-brief-and-state-snapshots#comments Advocacy and policy Wed, 03 Jul 2013 14:40:53 +0000 2741514 at http://www.usgbc.org Delaware establishes advisory group on green building policy http://www.usgbc.org/articles/delaware-establishes-advisory-group-green-building-policy <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-art-category"> <div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Story </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">2 Jul 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Photo Credit: Photo Phiend via Flickr Creative Commons" alt="Photo Credit: Photo Phiend via Flickr Creative Commons" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/3517582788_4d24e78e66_b.jpg?1372797725" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The checkerboard floors of the Delaware State Senate were busy with activity well after midnight on June 30—yes, Sunday night—during the final hours of the 2013 legislative session. The Legislature considered a wide range of measures this spring, and it decided this past weekend to also establish a new committee to advise the state on green building policy.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/delaware-establishes-advisory-group-green-building-policy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/delaware-establishes-advisory-group-green-building-policy#comments Advocacy and policy Tue, 02 Jul 2013 20:42:15 +0000 Jeremy Sigmon 2741386 at http://www.usgbc.org #LEEDWorks – the green building community has spoken http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leedworks-%E2%80%93-green-building-community-has-spoken <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-art-category"> <div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Announcement </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">2 Jul 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="USGBC President and CEO Rick Fedrizzi boldly states &quot;LEED works&quot;" alt="USGBC President and CEO Rick Fedrizzi boldly states &quot;LEED works&quot;" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_leedworks.png?1372776116" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>LEED works. It's working to protect the environment. It's working to save you money. It's working to build better and stronger communities. And it works because of you.</em></p> <p>Today, because of your work, LEED takes a significant step forward in its critical role of driving a more sustainable built environment.  With the overwhelming <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc%E2%80%99s-leed-v4-passes-ballot-and-will-launch-fall">passage of LEED v4</a>, our community once again embraced leadership and paved the way for the next generation of green building.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leedworks-%E2%80%93-green-building-community-has-spoken" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leedworks-%E2%80%93-green-building-community-has-spoken#comments LEED Tue, 02 Jul 2013 14:43:57 +0000 Rick Fedrizzi 2741204 at http://www.usgbc.org The race to fortify our nation’s infrastructure http://www.usgbc.org/articles/race-fortify-our-nation%E2%80%99s-infrastructure <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-art-category"> <div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Story </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">1 Jul 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/8050141254_d6f0c1fe0a_c.jpg?1372710858" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Will Congress get a bill across the finish line, or will cities and states continue it alone?</em><strong><br></strong></p> <p>The nation’s infrastructure—what I’ve called the bones of our economy—is foundational to a strong and sustainable America.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/race-fortify-our-nation%E2%80%99s-infrastructure" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/race-fortify-our-nation%E2%80%99s-infrastructure#comments Advocacy and policy Mon, 01 Jul 2013 20:34:41 +0000 Jason Hartke 2740999 at http://www.usgbc.org Health is a human right — green building can help http://www.usgbc.org/articles/health-human-right-%E2%80%94-green-building-can-help <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-art-category"> <div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Report </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">28 Jun 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_humanhealth.png?1372428689" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Today we released “<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/resources/health-human-right-green-building-can-help">Health is a Human Right. Green Building Can Help</a>,” a report from USGBC’s Green Building &amp; Human Health Summit earlier this year that explores ways to promote and protect human health in relation to the built environment. More than 100 people contributed to the robust conversation, and we’ve attempted to summarize their thoughtful comments here.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/health-human-right-%E2%80%94-green-building-can-help" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/health-human-right-%E2%80%94-green-building-can-help#comments LEED Fri, 28 Jun 2013 14:12:55 +0000 Howard Frumkin 2740582 at http://www.usgbc.org The Upper Northeast region market briefs and state snapshots http://www.usgbc.org/articles/upper-northeast-region-market-briefs-and-state-snapshots <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-art-category"> <div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Case Study; Report </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">27 Jun 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/ADV_MarketBrief_UNE.png?1372362839" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>As USGBC New York Upstate Chapter Executive Director Tracie Hall says of USGBC’s Upper Northeast region in her video message (see below), “We like to call ourselves, ‘seven states, but one sustainable state of mind,’” Our region, which includes  <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/resources/maine-market-brief-and-state-snapshot">Maine</a>, <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/resources/vermont-market-brief-and-state-snapshot">Vermont</a>, <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/resources/new-hampshire-market-brief-and-state-snapshot">New Hampshire</a>, <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/resources/massachusetts-market-<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/upper-northeast-region-market-briefs-and-state-snapshots" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/upper-northeast-region-market-briefs-and-state-snapshots#comments Advocacy and policy Thu, 27 Jun 2013 19:55:28 +0000 Jodi Smits Anderson 2740389 at http://www.usgbc.org U.S., China versus climate change http://www.usgbc.org/articles/us-china-versus-climate-change <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">25 Jun 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/2403528737_56243c6385_b.jpg?1372201276" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>A statement issued April 13 announced a renewed collaborative effort and call to action against climate change between the U.S. and China, the world&rsquo;s two largest greenhouse gas emitters. Both nations have agreed to combine strategies, efforts and resources in order to address the large-scale issue of global climate change, which has become increasingly evident through recent extreme weather events.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/us-china-versus-climate-change" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/us-china-versus-climate-change#comments Advocacy and policy Tue, 25 Jun 2013 23:01:28 +0000 Caroline McNally 2739720 at http://www.usgbc.org Statement by USGBC President and CEO Rick Fedrizzi on the announcement of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan http://www.usgbc.org/articles/statement-usgbc-president-and-ceo-rick-fedrizzi-announcement-president-obama%E2%80%99s-climate-acti <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/press_release_img_0_0_0.jpeg?1372183071" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>On behalf of the green building community, I want to commend President Obama for taking a bold step forward today to combat climate change and for recognizing once again the important role that green buildings must play if we are to meet our ambitious goals.&nbsp; Buildings are responsible for 40 percent of the carbon emissions and can provide 40 percent of the solution if we can improve their energy efficiency.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/statement-usgbc-president-and-ceo-rick-fedrizzi-announcement-president-obama%E2%80%99s-climate-acti" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/statement-usgbc-president-and-ceo-rick-fedrizzi-announcement-president-obama%E2%80%99s-climate-acti#comments Media Tue, 25 Jun 2013 18:37:16 +0000 Rick Fedrizzi 2739659 at http://www.usgbc.org USGBC, Architects Commend Mayors for Renewing Commitment to Green Building and Sustainability http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-architects-commend-mayors-renewing-commitment-green-building-and-sustainability <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">25 Jun 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/press_release_img_0_0.jpeg?1372171111" /> </div> </div> </div> <p style="text-align: center;" align="center"><em>Slate of sustainability resolutions at mayors' annual meeting reflects work of mayors around the country to spur economic savings and create jobs through green building, clean energy and infrastructure investment</em></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-architects-commend-mayors-renewing-commitment-green-building-and-sustainability" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-architects-commend-mayors-renewing-commitment-green-building-and-sustainability#comments Media Tue, 25 Jun 2013 14:45:06 +0000 Cecilia Shutters 2739602 at http://www.usgbc.org Transforming adversity into opportunity: Bringing resiliency to every community in America http://www.usgbc.org/articles/transforming-adversity-opportunity-bringing-resiliency-every-community-america <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-art-category"> <div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Story </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">24 Jun 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/IMG_4433.JPG?1372087292" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-slideshow-image"> <div class="field-label">Slideshow images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="2342" height="1808" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/IMG_4561.JPG?1372446492" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="3888" height="2592" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/IMG_4235_0.JPG?1372446906" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="3888" height="2592" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/IMG_4369.JPG?1372446573" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="3888" height="2592" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/IMG_4226.JPG?1372446854" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="3888" height="2592" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/IMG_4333.JPG?1372446601" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="3888" height="2592" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/IMG_4663.JPG?1372446678" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="3888" height="2592" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/IMG_4685_0.JPG?1372447022" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="2592" height="3888" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/IMG_4601.JPG?1372446716" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="3888" height="2592" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/IMG_4639.JPG?1372446736" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="2592" height="3888" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/IMG_4625.JPG?1372447365" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="2592" height="3888" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/IMG_4647.JPG?1372447396" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Eighteen inches of rain in 18 hours.</em></p> <p><em>The wettest year in 140 years.</em></p> <p><em>Three years' worth of rain in one week.</em></p> <p><em>Four major wildfires in four years.</em></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/transforming-adversity-opportunity-bringing-resiliency-every-community-america" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/transforming-adversity-opportunity-bringing-resiliency-every-community-america#comments Advocacy and policy Mon, 24 Jun 2013 15:22:58 +0000 Jason Hartke 2739345 at http://www.usgbc.org Florida Caribbean regional market brief and snapshot http://www.usgbc.org/articles/florida-caribbean-regional-market-brief-and-snapshot <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">21 Jun 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/ADV_MarketBrief_FL_1.png?1371837582" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Florida-Caribbean Regional Committee (FCRC) was formed in 2005 to bring together eight USGBC chapters rich in cultural, socioeconomic and bioregional diversity, perspectives, market demographics and community needs. The region includes seven USGBC chapters in Florida and the U.S. Caribbean Chapter, covering the U.S. territories of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. It is home to more than 2,800 active USGBC chapter members and more than 1,600 USGBC member organizations.&nbsp;</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/florida-caribbean-regional-market-brief-and-snapshot" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/florida-caribbean-regional-market-brief-and-snapshot#comments Advocacy and policy Fri, 21 Jun 2013 18:00:02 +0000 Vincent Pieri 2739095 at http://www.usgbc.org 50 States, 50 Stories: New reports highlight state impact of green building market http://www.usgbc.org/articles/50-states-50-stories-new-reports-highlight-state-impact-green-building-market <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-art-category"> <div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Research </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">18 Jun 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_mb_launch.jpg?1371562160" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Ohio, with 77 LEED-certified schools, has the </em><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/accelerating-our-green-building-efforts"><em>most green schools</em></a><em> per capita in the country&hellip;<br /><br />Virginia had the </em><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/infographic-top-ten-states-leed-2012"><em>most per-capita green building activity</em></a><em> in 2012&hellip;<br /><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/50-states-50-stories-new-reports-highlight-state-impact-green-building-market" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/50-states-50-stories-new-reports-highlight-state-impact-green-building-market#comments Advocacy and policy Tue, 18 Jun 2013 13:31:07 +0000 Jeremy Sigmon 2738361 at http://www.usgbc.org Federal agencies get mixed results on White House green building report card http://www.usgbc.org/articles/federal-agencies-get-mixed-results-white-house-green-building-report-card <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="633" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/3336747032_2401537106_b-1.jpg?1370451701" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Late last week, the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released their <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/ceq/Press_Releases/May_31_2013">annual agency sustainability scorecards</a>. These scorecards track how federal agencies are doing in complying with the requirements of Executive Order 13415, which set goals to show reductions on metrics like energy, water and waste in the agencies' operations. The agencies get red, yellow or green to show how they are faring.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/federal-agencies-get-mixed-results-white-house-green-building-report-card" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/federal-agencies-get-mixed-results-white-house-green-building-report-card#comments Advocacy and policy Wed, 05 Jun 2013 16:58:00 +0000 2735664 at http://www.usgbc.org Colombia Green Building Council: Taking and offering inspiration in equal measure http://www.usgbc.org/articles/colombia-green-building-council-taking-and-offering-inspiration-equal-measure <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/colombia-img.jpg?1370446081" /> </div> </div> </div> <p class="p1">&ldquo;It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old,&nbsp;they grow old because they stop pursuing dreams." <em>Gabriel Garcia Marquez (1927- present, Colombian/global literary phenomenon/Nobel Prize winner)</em></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/colombia-green-building-council-taking-and-offering-inspiration-equal-measure" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/colombia-green-building-council-taking-and-offering-inspiration-equal-measure#comments Advocacy and policy Wed, 05 Jun 2013 15:28:19 +0000 Roger Platt 2735637 at http://www.usgbc.org E&E Daily reports on chemical backed amendment http://www.usgbc.org/articles/ee-daily-reports-chemical-backed-amendment <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/pic_of_Congress__1128739287398.jpg?1369408926" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>E&amp;E Daily reporter Nick Juliano got it right with his article,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.eenews.net/stories/1059981673"><em>Supporters of efficiency measure fear amendment backed by chemicals group could be fatal 'Trojan horse.'</em></a>&nbsp;E&amp;E adeptly calls out the chemical lobby's attempt to ban LEED from use by the federal government via a proposed amendment to the upcoming Shaheen/Portman energy efficiency bill (S.761).</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/ee-daily-reports-chemical-backed-amendment" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/ee-daily-reports-chemical-backed-amendment#comments Advocacy and policy Fri, 24 May 2013 15:25:55 +0000 2733175 at http://www.usgbc.org Idaho’s Wood River Valley is Building Better Codes http://www.usgbc.org/articles/idaho%E2%80%99s-wood-river-valley-building-better-codes <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/SVSunsetW_1_.JPG?1369228576" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>As a resident of Idaho&rsquo;s Wood River Valley, which encompasses the cities of Hailey, Ketchum and Sun Valley, I have been involved with and impressed by the commitment of several local jurisdictions that have adopted above-code ordinances. As co-chair of USGBC&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/advocacy/campaigns/build-better-codes">Build Better Codes campaign</a> for 2013, I am doing what I can to share my expertise and my community&rsquo;s story, and also to support the many code advocacy efforts across USGBC&rsquo;s chapter community.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/idaho%E2%80%99s-wood-river-valley-building-better-codes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/idaho%E2%80%99s-wood-river-valley-building-better-codes#comments Advocacy and policy Wed, 22 May 2013 13:17:09 +0000 Sharon Grant 2732621 at http://www.usgbc.org New York State Advocacy Day http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-york-state-advocacy-day <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_nyadvo.jpg?1368629890" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-slideshow-image"> <div class="field-label">Slideshow images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="3264" height="2448" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/IMG_5336_1_.jpg?1368630534" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="670" height="324" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Banner.jpeg?1368630692" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>So far this year, USGBC chapters have organized Advocacy Days in 20 states where they take their cause to the capitol, challenging state legislators to support green public policy for the betterment of their districts and their state. I love that picture: well-intentioned groups practicing democracy in its purest form, demanding that their state representatives demonstrate leadership in the critical arenas of economic development, environmental stewardship and the health of their people who spend 90 percent of their time in buildings.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-york-state-advocacy-day" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-york-state-advocacy-day#comments Advocacy and policy Wed, 15 May 2013 15:16:36 +0000 Fleming Roberts 2730995 at http://www.usgbc.org Chapter Advocacy For the Win http://www.usgbc.org/articles/chapter-advocacy-win <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_desks.jpg?1368213297" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>This past month has been a real doozy.</p> <p>We, here on USGBC National&rsquo;s advocacy team, got wind that Big Chemical was lobbying the Senate Energy and Natural Resources (SENR) Committee to attach a &ldquo;poison pill&rdquo; amendment to popular energy efficiency legislation that would ban LEED for use by the federal government. Thanks to the quick action of our chapters and their unrelenting commitment to better, healthier places to live, learn and work, we were able to keep the amendment from being added during markup, but the fight is far from over.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/chapter-advocacy-win" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/chapter-advocacy-win#comments Advocacy and policy Fri, 10 May 2013 18:49:54 +0000 Fleming Roberts 2729829 at http://www.usgbc.org GSA's Green Building Advisory Committee Responds "LEED is the Best Choice" http://www.usgbc.org/articles/gsas-green-building-advisory-committee-responds-leed-best-choice <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_gsa_treasury.jpg?1368042780" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-slideshow-image"> <div class="field-label">Slideshow images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="960" height="1296" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/ANSI%20Ad_Politico_FINAL_050313.jpg?1368042728" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>What happens when you assemble a prestigious group of private and public building industry experts and ask, &ldquo;How should the federal government build green?&rdquo;</p> <p>First, they will look at you a bit funny for asking an obvious question with such an obvious answer: &ldquo;LEED, of course.&rdquo; We&rsquo;ve heard this answer multiple times just this year.</p> <p>What happens when you assemble a group of politicians and lobbyists and ask them the same question? Unfortunately, we&rsquo;ll have to wait to find out in the coming months.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/gsas-green-building-advisory-committee-responds-leed-best-choice" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/gsas-green-building-advisory-committee-responds-leed-best-choice#comments Advocacy and policy Wed, 08 May 2013 19:53:57 +0000 2728853 at http://www.usgbc.org Nevada Chapter Advocacy Day http://www.usgbc.org/articles/nevada-chapter-advocacy-day <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/IMAG1310_1_.jpg?1367950104" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Last Tuesday was an active day for the <a href="http://www.usgbcnv.org/">USGBC Nevada chapter</a> (USGBCNV) at the state capitol in Carson City. USGBCNV members Kelly Thomas, Louis Helton and myself, along with USGBC Legislative Director Bryan Howard, engaged our State Legislators and Executive Branch Officials to advance legislative solutions that would equip Nevada businesses with the opportunity to invigorate Nevada's building and construction economy, all while reducing operating expenses.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/nevada-chapter-advocacy-day" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/nevada-chapter-advocacy-day#comments Advocacy and policy Tue, 07 May 2013 18:53:17 +0000 Dave Ray 2728297 at http://www.usgbc.org GSA’s Green Building Advisory Committee Recommends LEED for all GSA Buildings http://www.usgbc.org/articles/gsa%E2%80%99s-green-building-advisory-committee-recommends-leed-all-gsa-buildings <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_press__0.png?1369408872" /> </div> </div> </div> <div style="text-align: left;" align="center"><em>Committee of private and public sector leaders says LEED&nbsp;</em><em>is the best green building tool to meet the goals of the&nbsp;</em><em><em>Energy Independence and Security Act.<br /><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/gsa%E2%80%99s-green-building-advisory-committee-recommends-leed-all-gsa-buildings" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/gsa%E2%80%99s-green-building-advisory-committee-recommends-leed-all-gsa-buildings#comments Media Fri, 03 May 2013 13:49:48 +0000 Marisa Long 2727127 at http://www.usgbc.org State Legislatures Sow Seeds of Opportunity for Healthy, High-Performing Schools http://www.usgbc.org/articles/state-legislatures-sow-seeds-opportunity-healthy-high-performing-schools <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="The Kentucky State Capitol" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/7845183268_eaef1d6587_b.jpg?1367351330" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Since the beginning of 2013, the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council has followed more than 90 bills across 30 states that seek to advance healthy, high-performing schools.&nbsp; This number is up even from last year, and continues to validate what our movement has long understood &ndash; that there&rsquo;s a lot of common ground around the potential that healthy, high-performing schools provide (see our <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/advocacy/campaigns/green-schools">related advocacy campaign</a>).</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/state-legislatures-sow-seeds-opportunity-healthy-high-performing-schools" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/state-legislatures-sow-seeds-opportunity-healthy-high-performing-schools#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 30 Apr 2013 19:50:04 +0000 Nathaniel Allen 2725495 at http://www.usgbc.org Metrus Infographic: Which Financing Vehicle Gets You on the Road to Energy Efficiency http://www.usgbc.org/articles/metrus-infographic-which-financing-vehicle-gets-you-road-energy-efficiency <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Metrus Infographic: Which Financing Vehicle Gets You on the Road to Energy Efficiency " alt="Metrus Infographic: Which Financing Vehicle Gets You on the Road to Energy Effic" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/metrusinfographicfinal_nobottom-01.jpg?1367006318" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>While many building owners and facilities managers understand that the cheapest kilowatthour is the one you don’t consume, most energy efficiency projects leave a lot of energy savings on the table. Retrofits typically compete with strategic investments that are in a company’s main line of business for a share of capital budget resources. For this reason, capital budget allotments usually inhibit investments in integrated energy efficiency retrofit projects and instead favor single measure upgrades.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/metrus-infographic-which-financing-vehicle-gets-you-road-energy-efficiency" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/metrus-infographic-which-financing-vehicle-gets-you-road-energy-efficiency#comments Advocacy and policy Fri, 26 Apr 2013 20:08:44 +0000 Aparna Sundaram 2723859 at http://www.usgbc.org PolicyPalooza 2013 Recap: Three Big Days in Sacramento http://www.usgbc.org/articles/policypalooza-2013-recap-three-big-days-sacramento <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="CA State Senator Kevin de León receives USGBC California’s 2013 Green Hard Hat Award last week." alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/041713-USGBC-CA-reception-065-L.jpg?1367001688" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>After last year’s epic USGBC California Road to Greenbuild/ <a href="http://www.usgbc-california.org/top10" target="new">"Top10” Advocacy Day</a>, more than one commentator posed the “how can we top this?” question. It turns out that there was little need to worry. This year’s model, PolicyPalooza 2013, was bigger, better and bolder, comprising three full days of meetings, sessions and convening.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/policypalooza-2013-recap-three-big-days-sacramento" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/policypalooza-2013-recap-three-big-days-sacramento#comments Advocacy and policy Fri, 26 Apr 2013 18:44:27 +0000 Dennis Murphy 2723829 at http://www.usgbc.org The Greenest Day(s) of the Year http://www.usgbc.org/articles/greenest-days-year <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="668" height="308" title="Rachel Gutter will be building green living walls on the Today Show on Earth Day. Photo credit: greenovergrey.com via Flikr" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/4108729598_4f3745b17e_z.jpg?1366311519" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Earth Day is just around the corner, and while USGBC believes that <em>every</em> day is Earth Day, we can’t resist packing our schedules with a long list of events to celebrate an opportunity to promote healthy, sustainable buildings. Here are a few of the events we have lined up over the next two weeks. We hope to see you out there.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/greenest-days-year" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/greenest-days-year#comments Advocacy and policy Thu, 18 Apr 2013 19:08:53 +0000 Tess Wiggins 2717253 at http://www.usgbc.org EU Parliament Rejects Carbon Market Solution http://www.usgbc.org/articles/eu-parliament-rejects-carbon-market-solution <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="607" height="308" title="Photo credit: BR33 via Flickr" alt="Photo credit: BR33 via Flickr" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/smog%20%28carbon%20market%20blog%29.jpg?1366129789" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Today, the European Union Parliament rejected a proposal to backload (or postpone) the auctioning of additional credits within the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS). The proposal was aimed to rebalance the supply of credits and stabilize the price of carbon. The rejected vote prompted the price of credits within the EU ETS to plummet.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/eu-parliament-rejects-carbon-market-solution" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/eu-parliament-rejects-carbon-market-solution#comments Advocacy and policy Tue, 16 Apr 2013 16:51:05 +0000 Maggie Comstock 2716008 at http://www.usgbc.org Good Jobs Green Jobs Conference: Let’s Get to Work http://www.usgbc.org/articles/good-jobs-green-jobs-conference-let%E2%80%99s-get-work <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="607" height="308" title="Photo Credit: Good Jobs, Green Jobs 2013 Conference" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/BGA-slider-GJGJ-copy2.png?1365792619" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em><a href="http://www.greenjobsconference.org" target="new">Let’s Get to Work: Climate Change, Infrastructure and Innovation</a></em>, the theme of the 6th annual Good Jobs Green Jobs Conference, focuses on how to address the realities of climate change. Hosted in Washington D.C. next week (April 16-18), the conference will bring a diverse group of dynamic speakers and organizations together to discuss how national goals for resiliency and sustainability, and goals to grow our economy and create jobs, are one and the same.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/good-jobs-green-jobs-conference-let%E2%80%99s-get-work" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/good-jobs-green-jobs-conference-let%E2%80%99s-get-work#comments Advocacy and policy Fri, 12 Apr 2013 19:20:20 +0000 Cecilia Shutters 2714913 at http://www.usgbc.org SB 326 Will "Restrict our Collective Ability to Create Healthier, More Energy Efficient Buildings" - Constituent Letter to AL Sen. Whatley http://www.usgbc.org/articles/sb-326-will-restrict-our-collective-ability-create-healthier-more-energy-efficient-building <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/alabama-post.png?1365793499" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>We love seeing positive support for the benefits of LEED at the national, state and local levels. Here’s a recent example in Alabama:</p> <p>The Honorable Tom Whatley Room 733<br /> State House<br /> 11 South Union Street Montgomery, Alabama 36130<br /> RE: SB 326</p> <p>Dear Senator Whatley,</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/sb-326-will-restrict-our-collective-ability-create-healthier-more-energy-efficient-building" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/sb-326-will-restrict-our-collective-ability-create-healthier-more-energy-efficient-building#comments Advocacy and policy Fri, 12 Apr 2013 19:13:58 +0000 2714906 at http://www.usgbc.org The Private Sector uses LEED and so should the Federal Government http://www.usgbc.org/articles/private-sector-uses-leed-and-so-should-federal-government-0 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="607" height="303" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/USGBC_LEEDinfogrpahic_master%5B1%5D_0.jpg?1365453489" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>It’s simple, really. There’s nothing else like LEED to advance green building, whether you are a Fortune 100 company or the U.S. General Services Administration. If you’re serious about saving money, saving energy, reducing water, improving indoor air quality, making better material choices, and driving innovation, then LEED is the best choice, bar none. There’s nothing else even close.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/private-sector-uses-leed-and-so-should-federal-government-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/private-sector-uses-leed-and-so-should-federal-government-0#comments Advocacy and policy Mon, 08 Apr 2013 20:41:14 +0000 Lisa Stanley 2712652 at http://www.usgbc.org Include Household Expenses to Better Assess Borrower's Ability to Pay http://www.usgbc.org/articles/include-household-expenses-better-assess-borrowers-ability-pay <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="607" height="308" title="Photo by Jay Coble" alt="Photo by Jay Coble" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/image001_1.png?1365169062" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>This article was originally posted on americanbanker.com on April 2, 2013</em></p> <p>Since the 1930s, when the Federal Housing Administration published its earliest underwriting manuals, mortgage lenders have used a loan applicant's debt-to-income ratio to measure his or her ability to pay a mortgage loan. But lenders today typically count only a limited basket of loan applicant expenses toward DTI: the new mortgage payment, taxes and insurance and other loan payments.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/include-household-expenses-better-assess-borrowers-ability-pay" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/include-household-expenses-better-assess-borrowers-ability-pay#comments Advocacy and policy Tue, 02 Apr 2013 04:00:00 +0000 philip henderson 2711750 at http://www.usgbc.org A Distressing Diagnosis for the ‘Bones of Our Economy’ http://www.usgbc.org/articles/distressing-diagnosis-%E2%80%98bones-our-economy%E2%80%99 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Rendell%20speaking.jpg?1363979559" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-slideshow-image"> <div class="field-label">Slideshow images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="2816" height="2448" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/NPA_Rendell.JPG?1363979602" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>If this news were coming from your doctor, you would be very, very worried.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/distressing-diagnosis-%E2%80%98bones-our-economy%E2%80%99" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/distressing-diagnosis-%E2%80%98bones-our-economy%E2%80%99#comments Center for Green Schools Fri, 22 Mar 2013 19:13:51 +0000 Nathaniel Allen 2705038 at http://www.usgbc.org Mississippi Advocacy Day http://www.usgbc.org/articles/mississippi-advocacy-day <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="607" height="308" title="Top (from left): Bryan Howard, Allison Anderson. Bottom (from left): Jeff Seabold, Jackie Smithers, Mason Statham. " alt="Top (from left): Bryan Howard, Allison Anderson. Bottom (from left): Jeff Seabol" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/MS%20advocacy%20day%20photo.jpg?1363960189" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>In growing numbers, USGBC chapters have been directly engaging with state legislatures to enhance their existing relationships and grow new relationships with their state elected leaders. Already this year, <a href="/articles/highlighting-growth-green-building-industry-state-capitols-across-county" target="new">several chapters across the country</a> have held advocacy days in their state capitols to support government leadership and support sound public policy initiatives.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/mississippi-advocacy-day" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/mississippi-advocacy-day#comments Advocacy and policy Fri, 22 Mar 2013 13:54:38 +0000 Bryan Howard 2703637 at http://www.usgbc.org Highlighting the Growth of the Green Building Industry in State Capitols Across the Country http://www.usgbc.org/articles/highlighting-growth-green-building-industry-state-capitols-across-country <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Texas State Capital, photo credit: Kumar Appaiah via Flikr" alt="Texas State Capital, photo credit: Kumar Appaiah via Flikr" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/4195756025_e7654016ff_b.jpg?1362680601" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-slideshow-image"> <div class="field-label">Slideshow images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="640" height="480" alt=" " src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/TX%20Training.JPG?1362682298" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="640" height="480" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Sen.%20Mackey%20Pic.JPG?1362682334" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="640" height="480" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Ritter%20Pic.JPG?1362682370" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="640" height="480" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Rep.%20Dukes%20Office.JPG?1362682388" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="640" height="480" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/MN%20Sheri%20Speaking%5B1%5D.JPG?1362682432" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="640" height="480" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Lucio%20Picture%5B2%5D.JPG?1362682449" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Higher performing, healthier LEED-Certified buildings are becoming the market norm, increasingly demanded by owners and tenants alike. Did policy play a role in this growth? At the state and local levels, the answer is 'yes.'</p> <p>States and localities are embracing energy efficiency building policies, adopting rating systems like LEED for public building construction, and incentivizing better building practices in the private sector. The support of USGBC’s network of chapters and advocates has helped guide and prompt good policy making in a variety of ways.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/highlighting-growth-green-building-industry-state-capitols-across-country" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/highlighting-growth-green-building-industry-state-capitols-across-country#comments Advocacy and policy Thu, 07 Mar 2013 19:00:10 +0000 Matt Pearce 2697456 at http://www.usgbc.org Business Leaders Tell Congress their Success is a Credit to Booming Green Building Industry http://www.usgbc.org/articles/business-leaders-tell-congress-their-success-credit-booming-green-building-industry <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="667" height="308" title="USGBC&#039;s Congressional briefing panel on the Economic Benefits of Efficient, High-performing Buildings" alt="USGBC&#039;s Congressional briefing panel on the Economic Benefits of Efficient, High" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Totalgroup1e.jpg?1362424220" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-slideshow-image"> <div class="field-label">Slideshow images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1783" height="889" title="Introduction and welcome: Natalie Farr, Legislative Director, Congressman Cory Gardner (R-Co)" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/HB11_0.jpg?1362500682" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="2871" height="1698" title="Introduction and welcome: Jake Oster, Legislative Director, Congressman Peter Welch (D-Vt.)" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/HB12_1.jpg?1362500750" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="3005" height="1643" title="USGBC&#039;s Roger Platt&#039;s opening remarks and introduction to the panel discussion" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/HB13.jpg?1362500775" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1556" height="2312" title="Roger Platt, Senior Vice President, Global Policy and Law, USGBC " alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/HB14.jpg?1362500816" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="2436" height="2000" title="Kenny Stanfield of Sherman-Carter-Barnhart(SBC)Architects " alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/HB15.jpg?1362500883" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1884" height="2000" title="Theresa Lehman of Miron Construction " alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/HB16.jpg?1362500942" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="2000" height="3008" title="Jim Allen, CEO of Sloan Valve Company " alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/HB17.jpg?1362501065" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="2797" height="1458" title="Panelists and sponsoring Congressional office representatives (left to right): Jake Oster, Jim Allen, Kenny Stanfield, Theresa Lehman, and Natalie Farr" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/HB18.jpg?1362501140" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>“The business case for building green has already been proven,” said Jim Allen, the CEO of the Sloan Valve Company, at a Congressional briefing last week showcasing how businesses benefit from green building.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/business-leaders-tell-congress-their-success-credit-booming-green-building-industry" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/business-leaders-tell-congress-their-success-credit-booming-green-building-industry#comments Advocacy and policy Mon, 04 Mar 2013 20:32:30 +0000 Bryan Howard 2695986 at http://www.usgbc.org A Nod to Demand Response from the White House http://www.usgbc.org/articles/nod-demand-response-white-house <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="669" height="308" title="The White House. " alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/iStock_000006496178Large.jpg?1362062532" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Two years ago, USGBC had the crazy idea of bringing together both sides of the grid - utilities and technology solution providers AND owners and managers of LEED registered and certified buildings - with the end goal of increasing participation in Demand Response and Smart Grid programs. </p> <p>And now there’s one more voice to add to the conversation: that of the Federal Government.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/nod-demand-response-white-house" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/nod-demand-response-white-house#comments Advocacy and policy Thu, 28 Feb 2013 14:46:44 +0000 Heather Langford 2694770 at http://www.usgbc.org The Silliest Sequester: Pumping the Brakes on Green Building Programs that Save Taxpayer Dollars http://www.usgbc.org/articles/silliest-sequester-pumping-brakes-green-building-programs-save-taxpayer-dollars <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Photo credit: iStockphoto" alt="Photo credit: iStockphoto" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/iStock_000009844237Small.jpg?1362006956" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>I’m not an economist, but if I am trying to save money, I don’t stop depositing money into my savings account.</p> <p>I’m not a CEO, but if I had a division of a business that was turning a profit with every dollar invested, I would probably look at ways to increase investment, not reduce it.</p> <p>But the coming sequester will make arbitrary across-the-board cuts in government program budgets, including extremely successful programs that pay for themselves in energy efficiency and green building. That’s not a very effective way to reduce government spending.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/silliest-sequester-pumping-brakes-green-building-programs-save-taxpayer-dollars" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/silliest-sequester-pumping-brakes-green-building-programs-save-taxpayer-dollars#comments Advocacy and policy Wed, 27 Feb 2013 23:20:49 +0000 2694693 at http://www.usgbc.org Innovative Green Building Policy Achieves 23% Reductions in Second Year http://www.usgbc.org/articles/innovative-green-building-policy-achieves-23-reductions-second-year <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="668" height="308" title="Tokyo Skyline. Photo credit: ma_emerson82 via Flikr." alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/8021303712_4974698930_b.jpg?1361996418" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>In January 2013, the Metropolitan Government of Tokyo <a href="http://www.kankyo.metro.tokyo.jp/en/attachement/The%202nd%20Year%20Result%20of%20the%20Tokyo%20Cap-and-Trade%20Program.pdf" target="new"> announced the results</a> of the second year of reporting for its cap-and-trade program for commercial and industrial buildings.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/innovative-green-building-policy-achieves-23-reductions-second-year" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/innovative-green-building-policy-achieves-23-reductions-second-year#comments Advocacy and policy Wed, 27 Feb 2013 20:25:29 +0000 Maggie Comstock 2694631 at http://www.usgbc.org Transforming Minds and Markets under the Capitol Dome http://www.usgbc.org/articles/transforming-minds-and-markets-under-capitol-dome <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="608" height="308" title="Looking up at the capitol dome in Des Moines, Iowa. " alt="Looking up at the capitol dome in Des Moines, Iowa. " src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/01_2.jpg?1361903442" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-slideshow-image"> <div class="field-label">Slideshow images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="600" height="308" title="USGBC-Iowa advocates, Scott Bowman, Carey Nagle, Jonathan Ramsey, and Jerod Gross." alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/02.jpg?1361903558" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="670" height="308" title="Senator Rob Hogg (fifth from right) and I joined USGBC-Iowa advocates at the Chapter’s display table in the rotunda." alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/03%20copy.jpg?1361903590" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="670" height="309" title="The Iowa State Capitol in 20 degree weather." alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/06%20copy.jpg?1361903615" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="670" height="308" title="USGBC-Iowa advocacy chair Scott Bowman, Sen. Brad Zaun and me on the senate floor. " alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/05_1.jpg?1361903656" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="670" height="308" title="CO Rep. Fischer thanks advocates for coming out to support energy and environmental policy. (Photo credit: The Alliance for Sustainable Colorado)" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/07%20copy_1.jpg?1361912602" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="670" height="308" title="CO Sen. Kerr speaks passionately to advocates about green schools. (Photo credit: The Alliance for Sustainable Colorado)" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/08%20copy_1.jpg?1361912633" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="308" height="462" title="I address the crowd, adding that 2013 is a big year for green building, USGBC and LEED. (Photo credit: The Alliance for Sustainable Colorado)" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/09%20copy_0.jpg?1361912830" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you thought we had <a href="/articles/states-open-doors-green-building-growth-another-top-10-list-2012">a lot to celebrate in 2012</a>, just brace yourself for 2013. Green building advocates have already mobilized for policy action in South Carolina, Delaware, Montana, New Hampshire, Kentucky, Arkansas, Iowa and Colorado. I was fortunate enough to join the USGBC chapter-led advocacy efforts in Des Moines and Denver last week, and I think we’re on the verge of something big.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/transforming-minds-and-markets-under-capitol-dome" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/transforming-minds-and-markets-under-capitol-dome#comments Advocacy and policy Tue, 26 Feb 2013 17:42:13 +0000 Jeremy Sigmon 2692127 at http://www.usgbc.org Civil Society Calls for Greater Engagement in the UNEP Process http://www.usgbc.org/articles/civil-society-calls-greater-engagement-unep-process <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="667" height="308" title="UNEP Rio +20 Conference " alt="UNEP Rio +20 Conference " src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/GC%2520VISUAL%2520HIGH%2520RES.jpeg?1361503706" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>“From Outcome to Implementation” – That was the theme of the first universal session of the United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) Governing Council and Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GC/GMEF), which convened on Monday . The agenda for the meeting, open to all 193 UN member states for the first time, sought to create a framework for the implementation of the Rio+20 <a href="http://www.uncsd2012.org/content/documents/727The%20Future%20We%20Want%2019%20June%201230pm.pdf">“The Future We Want” outcome document.</a></p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/civil-society-calls-greater-engagement-unep-process" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/civil-society-calls-greater-engagement-unep-process#comments Advocacy and policy Fri, 22 Feb 2013 03:29:54 +0000 Maggie Comstock 2690827 at http://www.usgbc.org Taking a close look at the federal government’s spending on real estate http://www.usgbc.org/articles/taking-close-look-federal-government%E2%80%99s-spending-real-estate <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Photo credit: SGA" alt="Photo credit: SGA" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/article_SGA_report.jpg?1361480560" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>The following is a guest post by Alex Dodds, Online Communications Manager at <a href="http://www.smartgrowthamerica.org/">Smart Growth America.</a></em></p> <p>The biggest real estate investor in the United States isn’t Donald Trump, and it’s not a private equity firm.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/taking-close-look-federal-government%E2%80%99s-spending-real-estate" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/taking-close-look-federal-government%E2%80%99s-spending-real-estate#comments Advocacy and policy Thu, 21 Feb 2013 18:53:20 +0000 2690723 at http://www.usgbc.org New Policy Brief Highlights the Federal Government’s Success with LEED http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-policy-brief-highlights-federal-government%E2%80%99s-success-leed <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Photo credit: wallyg via flikr" alt="Photo credit: wallyg via flikr" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/3666020584_f6a387ebc1_b.jpeg?1361386993" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>There sure has been a lot of talk about the federal government’s use of LEED lately.</p> <p>Last week, the National Research Council released <a href="/articles/military-facilities-reap-huge-benefits-using-leed-says-independent-study">a report</a> that reaffirmed what we’ve been saying all along—that LEED makes good economic sense. They recommended that the Department of Defense should require its new buildings or major renovations to be designed to achieve at least LEED Silver certification.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-policy-brief-highlights-federal-government%E2%80%99s-success-leed" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-policy-brief-highlights-federal-government%E2%80%99s-success-leed#comments Advocacy and policy Wed, 20 Feb 2013 19:41:29 +0000 Fleming Roberts 2677368 at http://www.usgbc.org Building Benchmarking: The Next Big Thing http://www.usgbc.org/articles/building-benchmarking-next-big-thing <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Central Minneapolis across the Mississippi River. Photo credit: kla4067 via flikr" alt="Central Minneapolis across the Mississippi River. Photo credit: kla4067 via flik" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/3085094267_e3cd6f325d_b.jpeg?1361304688" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Recently, the city of Minneapolis became the latest city to lead by example in improving building performance by requiring the benchmarking and disclosure of energy and water usage for the city’s public and commercial building stock. USGBC supports benchmarking initiatives through the <a href="http://new.usgbc.org/advocacy/campaigns/benchmarking">Mainstream Building Benchmarking Campaign</a> and applauds the city’s move.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/building-benchmarking-next-big-thing" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/building-benchmarking-next-big-thing#comments Advocacy and policy Tue, 19 Feb 2013 20:07:28 +0000 Matt Pearce 2670594 at http://www.usgbc.org President Obama Calls for Greener Homes and Businesses http://www.usgbc.org/articles/president-obama-calls-greener-homes-and-businesses <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="259" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/iStock_000018947850Small.jpg?1360778127" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>“Let’s cut in half the energy wasted by our homes and businesses.”</em></p> <p>We couldn’t have said it better ourselves. Last night, President Obama issued a challenge to transform the way we construct, manage and operate our buildings. </p> <p>“I’m also issuing a new goal for America: Let’s cut in half the energy wasted by our homes and businesses over the next twenty years,” said President Obama in his State of the Union address.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/president-obama-calls-greener-homes-and-businesses" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/president-obama-calls-greener-homes-and-businesses#comments Advocacy and policy Wed, 13 Feb 2013 17:37:17 +0000 Jason Hartke 2650446 at http://www.usgbc.org States with a Green Thumb: How Illinois and Other Leading States are Growing Green Building http://www.usgbc.org/articles/states-green-thumb-how-illinois-and-other-leading-states-are-growing-green-building-1 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/quinn%20hartke_0.jpg?1360601166" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>In 2012, green buildings sprouted up across Illinois like wild flowers (let’s say violets, since we’re talking about the Land of Lincoln.)</p> <p>In fact, last year the state certified 156 LEED projects, representing 25 million square feet of real estate. In total, the state now has more than 700 LEED certified projects, representing more than 140 million square feet of real estate. That’s the equivalent of 30 Willis Towers.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/states-green-thumb-how-illinois-and-other-leading-states-are-growing-green-building-1" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/states-green-thumb-how-illinois-and-other-leading-states-are-growing-green-building-1#comments Advocacy and policy Mon, 11 Feb 2013 16:43:45 +0000 Jason Hartke 2649802 at http://www.usgbc.org School Security and our Built Environment http://www.usgbc.org/articles/school-security-and-our-built-environment <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/NWWk902mlFfDzfoWKkcPXtEO80iZ-kQD5CsecdtUsdE.jpeg?1360186343" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Since the horrible and ghastly tragedy in Newtown, CT, schools across the nation are engaged in one of our country’s most important conversations – school safety and security. For the sake of our children (and I have two in school), it’s paramount that we get it right.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/school-security-and-our-built-environment" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/school-security-and-our-built-environment#comments Advocacy and policy Wed, 06 Feb 2013 21:34:06 +0000 Jason Hartke 2649087 at http://www.usgbc.org A Summit to Explore the Building Blocks of Energy Performance: Data, Data, Data http://www.usgbc.org/articles/summit-explore-building-blocks-energy-performance-data-data-data <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-all-authored-by"> <div class="field-label">Authored by:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/people/matt-pearce/0010744516">Matt Pearce</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="The Minneapolis skyline. Photo credit: bradleypjohnson via Flickr" alt="The Minneapolis skyline. Photo credit: bradleypjohnson via Flickr" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/5889984660_85f4d6925f_b.jpg?1360171348" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-slideshow-image"> <div class="field-label">Slideshow images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="681" height="1024" title="The Wells Fargo Center in Minneapolis. Photo credit: mdcassano via Flickr" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/3335367415_cf520bbaae_b.jpg?1360171651" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="700" height="525" title="Attendees at the Jan. 24 Minneapolis energy data summit. Photo credit: Matt Pearce" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/data%20access%205.JPG?1360171942" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="700" height="525" title="A presentation at the Jan. 24 Minneapolis energy data summit. Photo credit: Matt Pearce" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/data%20access%204.JPG?1360172287" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="700" height="525" title="Attendees at the Jan. 24 Minneapolis energy data summit. Photo credit: Matt Pearce" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/IMT%20USGBC%20LEAD.JPG?1360172345" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Finding ways to better share monthly aggregated energy data from utilities to building owners and operators is critical to understanding and improving building performance across our country. But it’s easier said than done, requiring cooperation among local industry stakeholders including building owners, utilities, governments and advocacy groups. On Jan. 24, a group of these stakeholders from across Minnesota gathered in Minneapolis to discuss ways to improve the flow of building data in the state.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/summit-explore-building-blocks-energy-performance-data-data-data" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/summit-explore-building-blocks-energy-performance-data-data-data#comments Advocacy and policy Wed, 06 Feb 2013 17:48:59 +0000 Matt Pearce 2648962 at http://www.usgbc.org GSA On the Right Track with Green Buildings and LEED: Now’s Your Chance to Help Them Stay There http://www.usgbc.org/articles/gsa-right-track-green-buildings-and-leed-now%E2%80%99s-your-chance-help-them-stay-there <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Credit: Texasgopvote.com via flickr" alt="Credit: Texasgopvote.com via flickr" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/5486339201_5385d1767b_z.jpg?1360158510" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Earlier today, GSA released a <a href="https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2013/02/05/2013-02408/sequence-24-findings-of-the-eisa-436h-ad-hoc-review-group-on-green-building-certification-systems"> request for information </a> (RFI), publicly lauding the value of green building rating systems like LEED and asking for additional input into important issues that could help GSA accelerate and improve its green building work. With the direction laid out in today’s RFI, it looks like GSA is on the right track to continue its success.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/gsa-right-track-green-buildings-and-leed-now%E2%80%99s-your-chance-help-them-stay-there" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/gsa-right-track-green-buildings-and-leed-now%E2%80%99s-your-chance-help-them-stay-there#comments Advocacy and policy Tue, 05 Feb 2013 22:07:03 +0000 Jason Hartke 2648811 at http://www.usgbc.org Greener Buildings: An Early Priority for 113th Congress http://www.usgbc.org/articles/greener-buildings-early-priority-113th-congress <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-all-authored-by"> <div class="field-label">Authored by:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/people/bryan-howard/0010237321">Bryan Howard</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Photo credit: iStockphoto" alt="Photo credit: iStockphoto" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/iStock_000018979117Small.jpg?1359666765" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><Strong>Chair of Senate Public Works Committee Sends a Strong Signal by Introducing Federal Building Efficiency Bill</strong></p> <p>On the first day of the 113th Congress, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), chairwoman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, sent a strong message about the committee’s focus by introducing several measures, including legislation aimed at promoting energy efficiency in federal buildings.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/greener-buildings-early-priority-113th-congress" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/greener-buildings-early-priority-113th-congress#comments Advocacy and policy Thu, 31 Jan 2013 21:18:54 +0000 Bryan Howard 2641425 at http://www.usgbc.org States Open Doors for Green Building Growth: Another Top 10 List for 2012 http://www.usgbc.org/articles/states-open-doors-green-building-growth-another-top-10-list-2012 <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-all-authored-by"> <div class="field-label">Authored by:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/people/jeremy-sigmon/0010079884">Jeremy Sigmon</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="The Connecticut State Capitol in Hartford. Credit: iStockphoto" alt="The Connecticut State Capitol in Hartford. Credit: iStockphoto" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/iStock_000006899159Small.jpg?1359500847" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>What’s better about a brand new year than top 10 lists?</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/states-open-doors-green-building-growth-another-top-10-list-2012" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/states-open-doors-green-building-growth-another-top-10-list-2012#comments Advocacy and policy Tue, 29 Jan 2013 23:35:58 +0000 Jeremy Sigmon 2640983 at http://www.usgbc.org Across Nation, Green Buildings at Forefront of Government Environmental Agendas http://www.usgbc.org/articles/across-nation-green-buildings-forefront-government-environmental-agendas <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-all-authored-by"> <div class="field-label">Authored by:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/people/matt-pearce/0010744516">Matt Pearce</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="669" height="308" title="The New York State Capitol in Albany. Credit: iStockphoto" alt="The New York State Capitol in Albany. Credit: iStockphoto" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/iStock_000013077456Small.jpg?1359128386" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Government leadership is the catalyst for creating a better built environment. By embracing LEED-based policies, or establishing energy efficiency goals for public buildings, governments provide pathways for the private sector to follow.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/across-nation-green-buildings-forefront-government-environmental-agendas" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/across-nation-green-buildings-forefront-government-environmental-agendas#comments Advocacy and policy Fri, 25 Jan 2013 15:45:52 +0000 Matt Pearce 2640240 at http://www.usgbc.org Engage, Inform, Establish, Repeat: New Policy Brief Highlights Advocates’ Established Feedback Loops http://www.usgbc.org/articles/engage-inform-establish-repeat-new-policy-brief-highlights-advocates%E2%80%99-established-feedback- <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-all-authored-by"> <div class="field-label">Authored by:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/people/jeremy-sigmon/0010079884">Jeremy Sigmon</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/DSC_0153.jpg?1360159548" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Every day, green building professionals are on the forefront of designing and building a better world. Invariably, I see how their good work spills over into the policy arena. I work with advocates across the country to make sure their expert voice is heard by policymakers, and that we're all working together to put forth the best policies to propel the green building industry.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/engage-inform-establish-repeat-new-policy-brief-highlights-advocates%E2%80%99-established-feedback-" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/engage-inform-establish-repeat-new-policy-brief-highlights-advocates%E2%80%99-established-feedback-#comments Advocacy and policy Thu, 24 Jan 2013 18:49:15 +0000 Jeremy Sigmon 2640054 at http://www.usgbc.org Building Resilience: 6 Lessons from Superstorm Sandy http://www.usgbc.org/articles/building-resilience-6-lessons-superstorm-sandy <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-all-authored-by"> <div class="field-label">Authored by:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/people/clay-nesler/0010680068">Clay Nesler</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Utility crews at work in Seaside Heights, N.J., after Superstorm Sandy." alt="Utility crews at work in Seaside Heights, N.J., after Superstorm Sandy." src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/8168012087_e82ae1e7f7_o.jpg?1356023656" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Superstorm Sandy forced many people to abandon the homes, offices, schools, churches and stores in their communities for extended periods of time to seek refuge. This extreme event placed a heavy burden on those affected and was a test of how well these buildings were designed and operated. The results were mixed.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/building-resilience-6-lessons-superstorm-sandy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/building-resilience-6-lessons-superstorm-sandy#comments Advocacy and policy Thu, 20 Dec 2012 17:30:44 +0000 Clay Nesler 2632926 at http://www.usgbc.org President Sends Consumers, Taxpayers a Stocking Stuffer by Signing Energy Efficiency Bill http://www.usgbc.org/articles/president-sends-consumers-taxpayers-stocking-stuffer-signing-energy-efficiency-bill <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-all-authored-by"> <div class="field-label">Authored by:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/people/bryan-howard/0010237321">Bryan Howard</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Photo credit: Glyn Lowe Photoworks via Flickr" alt="Photo credit: Glyn Lowe Photoworks via Flickr" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/7645115552_1652297fa8_c.jpg?1356019270" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>On Tuesday, President Obama signed into law <a href="http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-112hr6582eh/pdf/BILLS-112hr6582eh.pdf">H.R. 6582</a>, the American Energy Manufacturing Technical Corrections Act. The bill garnered broad support: a 398-2 vote in the House of Representatives and a unanimous consent vote in the Senate.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/president-sends-consumers-taxpayers-stocking-stuffer-signing-energy-efficiency-bill" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/president-sends-consumers-taxpayers-stocking-stuffer-signing-energy-efficiency-bill#comments Advocacy and policy Thu, 20 Dec 2012 16:05:33 +0000 Bryan Howard 2632906 at http://www.usgbc.org A STRONG Act for a Stronger America http://www.usgbc.org/articles/strong-act-stronger-america <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-all-authored-by"> <div class="field-label">Authored by:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/people/jason-hartke/0010084786">Jason Hartke</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Sen. John Kerry. Photo credit: cliff1066™ via Flickr" alt="Sen. John Kerry. Photo credit: cliff1066™ via Flickr" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/2978962210_d45b479b78_o.jpg?1355937739" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Most pieces of legislation start with a series of customary “findings.” But the findings section of the <a href="http://www.kerry.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/STRONG%20Act%20Legislative%20Text.pdf">Strengthening The Resiliency of Our Nation on the Ground (STRONG) Act of 2012</a> reads like a biblical warning.</p> <p>It points out that:<br /> • There have been 130 separate billion-dollar-plus disasters in the U.S. in the past 30 years (14 in 2011 alone).</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/strong-act-stronger-america" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/strong-act-stronger-america#comments Advocacy and policy Wed, 19 Dec 2012 17:36:53 +0000 Jason Hartke 2632749 at http://www.usgbc.org Senator Inouye’s Legacy Calls for Continued Commitment to the Environment http://www.usgbc.org/articles/senator-inouye%E2%80%99s-legacy-calls-continued-commitment-environment <div class="field field-type-text field-field-all-authorized-by"> <div class="field-label">Authored by:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Maggie Comstock </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-all-authored-by"> <div class="field-label">Authored by:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/people/maggie-comstock">Maggie Comstock</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Wahiawa1_0.JPG?1355867563" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Advancing research on undersea alternative energy sources, promoting renewable energy generation, supporting habitat conservation and the protection of endangered species and vulnerable ecosystems—this is just a short list of some of the seminal environmental efforts and policies that Senator Daniel K. Inouye’s supported over his 58 years of distinguished public service. All of us from Hawaii and all across the nation are deeply saddened by his passing yesterday.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/senator-inouye%E2%80%99s-legacy-calls-continued-commitment-environment" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/senator-inouye%E2%80%99s-legacy-calls-continued-commitment-environment#comments Advocacy and policy Tue, 18 Dec 2012 21:53:29 +0000 Maggie Comstock 2632609 at http://www.usgbc.org Senate Committee Hears Recommendations on Future of Efficiency Tax Incentives http://www.usgbc.org/articles/senate-committee-hears-recommendations-future-efficiency-tax-incentives <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-all-authored-by"> <div class="field-label">Authored by:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/people/bryan-howard/0010237321">Bryan Howard</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Photo credit: TexasGOPVote via Flickr" alt="Photo credit: TexasGOPVote via Flickr" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/5486336589_d60a638a48_b.jpg?1355424851" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>As Congress and the White House continue to negotiate over long-term revenue and spending items, the Senate Finance Subcommittee on Energy, Natural Resources and Infrastructure held a <a href="http://www.finance.senate.gov/hearings/hearing/?id=439f3f69-5056-a032-52a7-b3240c674aa2">hearing</a> Dec. 12 to survey stakeholder feedback on current energy efficiency tax deductions and credits and what changes could improve the tax code in this area.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/senate-committee-hears-recommendations-future-efficiency-tax-incentives" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/senate-committee-hears-recommendations-future-efficiency-tax-incentives#comments Advocacy and policy Thu, 13 Dec 2012 18:59:19 +0000 Bryan Howard 2631896 at http://www.usgbc.org Building Momentum http://www.usgbc.org/articles/building-momentum <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/IMG_0894_0.JPG?1355264299" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>During the COP18 Climate Change negotiations in Doha recently, Yeb Saño, a member of the Philippines Climate Change Commission, broke down while calling on negotiators to do more. With 500 people dead and 250,000 homeless from Typhoon Bopha, Saño implored: “If not us, then who? If not now, then when?”</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/building-momentum" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/building-momentum#comments Advocacy and policy Tue, 11 Dec 2012 22:13:29 +0000 Jane Henley 2631561 at http://www.usgbc.org Small Communities Experience Big Benefits When Governments Commit to ‘Leadership with LEED’ http://www.usgbc.org/articles/small-communities-experience-big-benefits-when-governments-commit-%E2%80%98leadership-leed%E2%80%99 <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-all-authored-by"> <div class="field-label">Authored by:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/people/jeremy-sigmon/0010079884">Jeremy Sigmon</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="307" title="Photo credit: eli brown via Flickr" alt="Photo credit: eli brown via Flickr" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/4586753929_daa6795969_b.jpg?1355172520" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>In <a href="https://new.usgbc.org/articles/harvard-study-explores-positive-impact-green-government-buildings">my last blog post</a>, I reported on a recent study that explores the amazing “spillover” effects of green public building policies in California. A prominent global economy in and of itself, California continues to provide a fertile test bed to see how a history of leadership on issues like green building policy lays the foundations for a transforming market.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/small-communities-experience-big-benefits-when-governments-commit-%E2%80%98leadership-leed%E2%80%99" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/small-communities-experience-big-benefits-when-governments-commit-%E2%80%98leadership-leed%E2%80%99#comments Advocacy and policy Mon, 10 Dec 2012 20:49:42 +0000 Jeremy Sigmon 2631095 at http://www.usgbc.org Designing a Post-2012 Climate Agreement in a LEED Building http://www.usgbc.org/articles/designing-post-2012-climate-agreement-leed-building <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/PT%20blog%20image.jpg?1354894145" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Doha – home to more than 70 percent of Qatar's population, the 2022 World Cup games, and the 5th most LEED registered and certified projects outside the U.S. – is a fitting host city for the UN climate negotiations, also known as COP18.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/designing-post-2012-climate-agreement-leed-building" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/designing-post-2012-climate-agreement-leed-building#comments Advocacy and policy Fri, 07 Dec 2012 15:32:18 +0000 Peter Templeton 2630329 at http://www.usgbc.org For Cities to Walk the Walk, National Governments Need to Pave the Way http://www.usgbc.org/articles/cities-walk-walk-national-governments-need-pave-way <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/COP%20blog%20image.jpg?1354832841" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>While consensus in the COP18 negotiations has yet to be reached, most can agree that national governments cannot be solely responsible for addressing climate change. Local governments, the private sector and individuals must each play a part in supporting and growing the green economy. However, one way national governments can easily step up to the plate is to remove policy barriers for subnational actions on climate change.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/cities-walk-walk-national-governments-need-pave-way" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/cities-walk-walk-national-governments-need-pave-way#comments Advocacy and policy Thu, 06 Dec 2012 22:31:08 +0000 Maggie Comstock 2630224 at http://www.usgbc.org USGBC and Qatar GBC Highlight Importance of Green Buildings alongside UN Climate Negotiations at Msheireb Enrichment Centre http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-and-qatar-gbc-highlight-importance-green-buildings-alongside-un-climate-negotiations- <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/press%20release%20img.jpeg?1352225110" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>(Doha, Qatar – Dec. 4, 2012) – In conjunction with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Eighteenth Conference of Parties (COP18), the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and Qatar Green Building Council (QGBC) hosted a joint event at Msheireb Enrichment Centre,highlighting the growth of green building construction throughout the world, with a focus on Doha and the greater Middle East region.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-and-qatar-gbc-highlight-importance-green-buildings-alongside-un-climate-negotiations-" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-and-qatar-gbc-highlight-importance-green-buildings-alongside-un-climate-negotiations-#comments Media Wed, 05 Dec 2012 15:41:00 +0000 Marisa Long 2629889 at http://www.usgbc.org Harvard Study Explores Positive Impact of Green Government Buildings http://www.usgbc.org/articles/harvard-study-explores-positive-impact-green-government-buildings <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-all-authored-by"> <div class="field-label">Authored by:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/people/jeremy-sigmon/0010079884">Jeremy Sigmon</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Photo credit: El Frito via Flickr" alt="Photo credit: El Frito via Flickr" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/4524444398_44acdecaa1_b.jpg?1354549732" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>What came first, the chicken or the egg? Is it the availability of charging stations that has slowed the growth of the electric car, or has it been the sluggish growth of the electric car market that has stifled investment in charging stations? In 1986, two researchers coined the term “excess inertia” to describe this market coordination challenge where inaction spurs inaction and waits patiently for a spark.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/harvard-study-explores-positive-impact-green-government-buildings" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/harvard-study-explores-positive-impact-green-government-buildings#comments Advocacy and policy Mon, 03 Dec 2012 15:54:37 +0000 Jeremy Sigmon 2629321 at http://www.usgbc.org San Francisco Announces Green Certifications in Official Property Records http://www.usgbc.org/articles/san-francisco-announces-green-certifications-official-property-records <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Dan Geiger, USGBC-NCC &amp; Phil Ting, City of SF. Credit: USGBC – Northern California Chapter" alt="Dan Geiger, USGBC-NCC &amp; Phil Ting, City of SF. Credit: USGBC – Northern Ca" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/ncc_dangeiger%5B1%5D.jpg?1354308098" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>San Francisco, CA</em>. I had the pleasure of participating in an important press conference today highlighting San Francisco’s continuing leadership in green building public policy.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/san-francisco-announces-green-certifications-official-property-records" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/san-francisco-announces-green-certifications-official-property-records#comments Advocacy and policy Fri, 30 Nov 2012 20:57:21 +0000 Dan Geiger 2628969 at http://www.usgbc.org As Week One of COP18 Comes to a Close, a Call to Action http://www.usgbc.org/articles/week-one-cop18-comes-close-call-action <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/doha.jpg?1354297634" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) <a href="http://www.cop18.qa/" target="new">18th Conference of Parties</a> (COP18) is underway in Doha, Qatar. Much is at stake this year yet to a great extent, the international media has fallen silent on the coverage of the negotiations.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/week-one-cop18-comes-close-call-action" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/week-one-cop18-comes-close-call-action#comments Advocacy and policy Fri, 30 Nov 2012 17:50:32 +0000 Maggie Comstock 2628914 at http://www.usgbc.org ‘Watershed Event’ Explores What’s Next for Green in the Codes http://www.usgbc.org/articles/%E2%80%98watershed-event%E2%80%99-explores-what%E2%80%99s-next-green-codes <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/codes.png?1354210658" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>An impressive collection of the building code glitterati gathered a couple of weeks ago for our inaugural Codes Summit at the <a href="http://greenbuildexpo.org">Greenbuild International Conference and Expo</a>. All together, more than 350 wonks, experts, specialists, professionals, advocates and other stakeholders participated in the summit held in San Francisco. Through a total of 19 hours of programming and discussion, we explored the next horizons in our community’s efforts to advance green building through the codes.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/%E2%80%98watershed-event%E2%80%99-explores-what%E2%80%99s-next-green-codes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/%E2%80%98watershed-event%E2%80%99-explores-what%E2%80%99s-next-green-codes#comments Advocacy and policy Thu, 29 Nov 2012 17:43:16 +0000 Jeremy Sigmon 2628712 at http://www.usgbc.org Making Trouble @ Greenbuild http://www.usgbc.org/articles/making-trouble-greenbuild <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/troublemakerbadge.png?1354142157" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>USGBC is full of troublemakers, and that is a great thing.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/making-trouble-greenbuild" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/making-trouble-greenbuild#comments Advocacy and policy Wed, 28 Nov 2012 22:38:21 +0000 Matt Pearce 2628563 at http://www.usgbc.org Event: Building the Green Economy through Sustainable Design and Construction http://www.usgbc.org/articles/event-building-green-economy-through-sustainable-design-and-construction <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Msheireb Downtown Doha Credit: Msheireb Properties" alt="Msheireb Downtown Doha Credit: Msheireb Properties" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_Msheireb_Downtown_Doha.png?1354056137" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-slideshow-image"> <div class="field-label">Slideshow images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="571" height="340" title="Directions to Msheireb Enrichment Centre" alt="Directions to Msheireb Enrichment Centre" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/image005.jpg?1354056193" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>In conjunction with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of Parties 18 (COP18), the U.S. Green Building Council and Qatar Green Building Council would like to invite you to a special event on the growth of green building design and construction throughout the world. The event will highlight the notable Msheireb Downtown Doha. With the fifth greatest number of LEED registered and certified buildings outside the U.S., Doha is a fitting backdrop to discuss the booming green building industry and economy.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/event-building-green-economy-through-sustainable-design-and-construction" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/event-building-green-economy-through-sustainable-design-and-construction#comments Advocacy and policy Tue, 27 Nov 2012 22:44:18 +0000 Maggie Comstock 2628349 at http://www.usgbc.org What I am Thankful for… http://www.usgbc.org/articles/what-i-am-thankful-for%E2%80%A6 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/msentry_0.png?1353956975" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>In the United States, we celebrate Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday of each November. While the holiday originates in early American history/folklore, the tradition of remembering things for which you are grateful lives on. Despite my strong urges against writing something ‘cheesy’ on this ubiquitous theme, I feel it is imperative to reflect upon an observation from last week, something for which I am truly thankful.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/what-i-am-thankful-for%E2%80%A6" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/what-i-am-thankful-for%E2%80%A6#comments Advocacy and policy Mon, 26 Nov 2012 19:10:15 +0000 Maggie Comstock 2628021 at http://www.usgbc.org Wish You Were Here: Advocacy Postcards @Greenbuild http://www.usgbc.org/articles/wish-you-were-here-advocacy-postcards-greenbuild <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-all-authored-by"> <div class="field-label">Authored by:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/people/jason-hartke/0010084786">Jason Hartke</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Greenbuild-Advocacy-Postcard_6x4.png?1352397348" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><strong>Join our postcard campaign to tell legislators about the important economic and environmental benefits of green building.</strong></p> <p><a href="http://greenbuildexpo.org">Greenbuild</a> is a time to learn and reflect, to reunite and reenergize, and…to drop a postcard in the mail.</p> <p>Too few policymakers get to see and experience <a href="http://greenbuildexpo.org">Greenbuild</a>, our annual gathering where industry rallies for green buildings, economy and jobs. And if they can’t be there, let’s make sure they know what they’re missing.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/wish-you-were-here-advocacy-postcards-greenbuild" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/wish-you-were-here-advocacy-postcards-greenbuild#comments Greenbuild Thu, 08 Nov 2012 17:57:53 +0000 Jason Hartke 2625040 at http://www.usgbc.org My Hoopster Hero Honored for Creating a Sustainable City http://www.usgbc.org/articles/my-hoopster-hero-honored-creating-sustainable-city <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/670.png?1352147877" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Two summers ago, I had the honor of introducing <a href="https://new.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-awards-sacramento-mayor-kevin-johnson-2012-richard-m-daley-legacy-award-global-leader">Mayor Kevin Johnson</a> at the <a href="http://www.cgiamerica.org/2011/">Clinton Global Initiative America</a> meeting in Chicago. We’d been working together quite a bit on green building and green schools efforts since 2010 when we were together at a conference I organized in Sundance, Utah on “<a href="http://centerforgreenschools.org/green-schools-summit.aspx">Greening America’s Schools</a>.”</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/my-hoopster-hero-honored-creating-sustainable-city" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/my-hoopster-hero-honored-creating-sustainable-city#comments Advocacy and policy Mon, 05 Nov 2012 20:38:17 +0000 Jason Hartke 2624464 at http://www.usgbc.org Cities: The Drivers of Sustainable Human Development and Prosperity http://www.usgbc.org/articles/cities-drivers-sustainable-human-development-and-prosperity <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/cities.png?1351878040" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>While green buildings, by their most obvious definition, address environmental impacts, they also have wide implications for human health, safety and productivity. Well-ventilated green schools can reduce instances of asthma in students. Green offices with day lit spaces boost employee productivity and attendance. Patients feel faster in green hospitals with views to nature.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/cities-drivers-sustainable-human-development-and-prosperity" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/cities-drivers-sustainable-human-development-and-prosperity#comments Advocacy and policy Fri, 02 Nov 2012 17:41:34 +0000 Maggie Comstock 2624167 at http://www.usgbc.org USGBC Awards Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson 2012 Richard M. Daley Legacy Award for Global Leadership in Creating Sustainable Cities http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-awards-sacramento-mayor-kevin-johnson-2012-richard-m-daley-legacy-award-global-leader <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/MAYORJOHNSON%205.png?1351273070" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Award to be presented at Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in San Francisco</em></p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-awards-sacramento-mayor-kevin-johnson-2012-richard-m-daley-legacy-award-global-leader" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-awards-sacramento-mayor-kevin-johnson-2012-richard-m-daley-legacy-award-global-leader#comments Media Fri, 26 Oct 2012 17:18:36 +0000 Jennifer Easton 2623045 at http://www.usgbc.org Like a Bolt Out of the Blue http://www.usgbc.org/articles/bolt-out-blue <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/mayorbecker.png?1350323993" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-slideshow-image"> <div class="field-label">Slideshow images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1000" height="665" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/leadershipspeakers.png?1350324320" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-emvideo field-field-art-videos"> <div class="field-label">Videos:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="emvideo emvideo-video emvideo-vimeo"><div id="media-vimeo-5" class="media-vimeo"> <iframe src="https://player.vimeo.com/video/51243794?fullscreen=1&show_title=1&show_byline=1&show_portrait=1&autoplay=0" width="853" height="505"></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>How Local Leaders are Charting the Road to Resilience </em></p> <p>A perfect storm…</p> <p>It’s not just a good book title. </p> <p>We’ve got a doozy brewing right before our eyes. </p> <p>We have major, I mean major, infrastructure deficiencies that are only getting worse.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/bolt-out-blue" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/bolt-out-blue#comments Advocacy and policy Mon, 15 Oct 2012 18:19:35 +0000 Jason Hartke 2619705 at http://www.usgbc.org Can a Number Spark a Retrofit Revolution? http://www.usgbc.org/articles/can-number-spark-retrofit-revolution <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/3591.jpg?1349447647" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>"If numbers are purely objects of human thought, then why do they correspond so strikingly to the physical universe?"</em></p> <ul> <li>Calvin Clawson in <em>The Beauty and Magic of Numbers</em></li> </ul> <p>Right now 3591 is my favorite number. I know, I know - it’s not even a prime number. It doesn’t spell anything turned upside down or backwards. And, well, we all know it’s not pi. It’s not even some special number from that show <em>Numb3rs</em>.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/can-number-spark-retrofit-revolution" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/can-number-spark-retrofit-revolution#comments Advocacy and policy Thu, 04 Oct 2012 21:25:41 +0000 Jason Hartke 2617977 at http://www.usgbc.org White House Energy Datapalooza Inspiring, Successful http://www.usgbc.org/articles/white-house-energy-datapalooza-inspiring-successful <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/datachart.png?1349274837" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>On Monday, Oct. 1, the Obama Administration convened a successful data “nerd-fest” they described as an <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/10/01/energy-datapalooza-unleashing-power-open-data-advance-our-energy-future">Energy Datapalooza</a>.</p> <p>Entrepreneurs, thought leaders, policy makers, and other stakeholders gathered in the Old Executive Office Building to talk about building energy information and opportunities to create value and drive market transformation at scale.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/white-house-energy-datapalooza-inspiring-successful" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/white-house-energy-datapalooza-inspiring-successful#comments Advocacy and policy Wed, 03 Oct 2012 14:35:55 +0000 Chris Pyke 2616747 at http://www.usgbc.org USGBC contributes to White House Energy Datapalooza http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-contributes-white-house-energy-datapalooza <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/WhiteHouse.png?1349106457" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The data behind our buildings tells an important story. Today, USGBC will be joining 150 entrepreneurs, software developers, energy experts, and policy makers for the Obama Administration’s first annual <a href="http://energy.gov/articles/interested-open-energy-data-watch-energy-datapalooza-live?utm_source=Energy+Department+Announcements&amp;utm_campaign=3e6f191df1-201209269_26_2012&amp;utm_medium=email">Energy Datapalooza</a>. Distinguished speakers are scheduled to include Steven Chu, U.S. Secretary of Energy; Todd Park, Assistant to the President, U.S.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-contributes-white-house-energy-datapalooza" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-contributes-white-house-energy-datapalooza#comments Advocacy and policy Mon, 01 Oct 2012 15:48:49 +0000 Chris Pyke 2616182 at http://www.usgbc.org USGBC and ICLEI Bring Together Leading Mayors in Addressing Solutions to Support Resilient Communities http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-and-iclei-bring-together-leading-mayors-addressing-solutions-support-resilient-commun <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/ICLEI%20USGBC%20event.jpg?1349446403" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Mayor Ralph Becker from Salt Lake City; Mayor George Heartwell from Grand Rapids, Mich.; and Vice Mayor Kristin Jacobs from Broward County, Fla. share local leadership on resiliency in the built environment.</em></p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-and-iclei-bring-together-leading-mayors-addressing-solutions-support-resilient-commun" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-and-iclei-bring-together-leading-mayors-addressing-solutions-support-resilient-commun#comments Media Mon, 01 Oct 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Marisa Long 2618053 at http://www.usgbc.org Hospital Energy Efficiency Gets Some Help From Capitol Hill http://www.usgbc.org/articles/hospital-energy-efficiency-gets-some-help-capitol-hill <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-all-authored-by"> <div class="field-label">Authored by:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/people/melissa-gallagher-rogers/0010098326">Melissa Gallagher-Rogers</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Healthcare-photo-1.jpg?1348672711" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you were asked to visualize your ideal place for healing from illness or injury, what comes to mind? A peaceful, bright space with lots of daylight? Beautiful views of nature or access to the outdoors? Plenty of roomfor visiting family and friends? A comfortable setting where you aren’t too hot or too cold?</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/hospital-energy-efficiency-gets-some-help-capitol-hill" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/hospital-energy-efficiency-gets-some-help-capitol-hill#comments LEED Wed, 26 Sep 2012 15:28:13 +0000 Melissa Gallagher-Rogers 2615205 at http://www.usgbc.org World Green Building Week 2012: USGBC Focuses on Resilient Buildings as Key to Protecting our Future http://www.usgbc.org/articles/world-green-building-week-2012-usgbc-focuses-resilient-buildings-key-protecting-our-future <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/panel.jpg?1348087899" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>This past Monday, Sept. 17, a chorus of voices from around the world spoke out in support of “Green Buildings for Great Communities,” the theme of this year’s <a href="http://www.worldgbc.org/site2/programs/world-green-building-week">World Green Building Week</a>, hosted by <a href="http://www.worldgbc.org/">World Green Building Council</a>. Green building councils from 90 nations organized hundreds of events to educate the public about the health, environmental and economic benefits of sustainable design and construction.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/world-green-building-week-2012-usgbc-focuses-resilient-buildings-key-protecting-our-future" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/world-green-building-week-2012-usgbc-focuses-resilient-buildings-key-protecting-our-future#comments Advocacy and policy Wed, 19 Sep 2012 21:09:54 +0000 Maggie Comstock 2613760 at http://www.usgbc.org Federal Buildings Leading By Example http://www.usgbc.org/articles/federal-buildings-leading-example <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="Source: Serge Melki, via Flickr" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/treasury.jpg?1347379338" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>I’m thinking of a Federal building. It is the third oldest federal building in our Nation’s capital. It houses the Federal department in charge of promoting economic growth. And, thanks to a green retrofit, it saves American taxpayers $3.5 million every year.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/federal-buildings-leading-example" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/federal-buildings-leading-example#comments Advocacy and policy Tue, 11 Sep 2012 16:03:05 +0000 Jason Hartke 2611562 at http://www.usgbc.org USGBC Chapters Lead Sustainability Initiatives in Convention Cities http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-chapters-lead-sustainability-initiatives-convention-cities <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-all-authored-by"> <div class="field-label">Authored by:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/people/jessie-andrews/0010788010">Jessie Andrews</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="USGBC&#039;s Charlotte Region Chapter worked with partners to build &quot;Legacy House&quot;" alt="USGBC&#039;s Charlotte Region Chapter worked with partners to build &quot;Legacy House&quot;" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/habitat.jpg?1347048648" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-slideshow-image"> <div class="field-label">Slideshow images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="3264" height="2448" title="USGBC&#039;s Florida Gulf Coast chapter at Tampa&#039;s events" alt="USGBC&#039;s Florida Gulf Coast chapter at Tampa&#039;s events" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/RNDcrowd.jpg?1347048485" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="3264" height="2448" title="USGBC&#039;s Florida Gulf Coast chapter at Tampa&#039;s events, with Senator Latvala " alt="USGBC&#039;s Florida Gulf Coast chapter at Tampa&#039;s events, with Senator Latvala " src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Senator%20Jack%20Latvala.jpg?1347048505" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>As host cities for the Republican and Democratic National Conventions, Tampa, Fla. and Charlotte, N.C. were gathering spots for the nation’s political elite – both being a mecca for U.S. policy-makers. For <a href="/community/chapters/">USGBC chapters</a> in these areas, this was a prime opportunity to educate and engage policy-makers on sustainability initiatives.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-chapters-lead-sustainability-initiatives-convention-cities" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-chapters-lead-sustainability-initiatives-convention-cities#comments Advocacy and policy Fri, 07 Sep 2012 20:12:41 +0000 Jessie Andrews 2611157 at http://www.usgbc.org Faciliteq Tour Shows Nevada Senator Potential For Existing Buildings http://www.usgbc.org/articles/faciliteq-tour-shows-nevada-senator-potential-existing-buildings <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/FAC.jpg?1346440748" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-slideshow-image"> <div class="field-label">Slideshow images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="2048" height="1536" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/FAC3.jpg?1346440818" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="2048" height="1536" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/FAC1.jpg?1346441015" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>On Wednesday, Nevada's <a href="http://www.usgbcnv.org/resources/Documents/profiles/faciliteq.pdf">Faciliteq building</a> opened its doors to Senator Dean Heller (NV) and <a href="http://www.usgbcnv.org/">USGBC Nevada Chapter</a> leaders as part of a tour that will hopefully inspire upgrades to other existing buildings in the state.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/faciliteq-tour-shows-nevada-senator-potential-existing-buildings" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/faciliteq-tour-shows-nevada-senator-potential-existing-buildings#comments Advocacy and policy Fri, 31 Aug 2012 21:40:00 +0000 Bryan Howard 2610262 at http://www.usgbc.org Policymakers Imagine a Contributing Role for 130+ Million (Greener) Homes http://www.usgbc.org/articles/policymakers-imagine-contributing-role-130-million-greener-homes <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/article_20120810_sigmon.jpg?1345500500" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Even in a still struggling economy, green building policymaking continues. To celebrate some of the impressive progress this year, USGBC partnered with the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators (<a href="http://www.ncel.net/" target="new">NCEL</a>) to convene key state lawmakers in Chicago this past Tuesday during the annual meeting of the National Conference of State Legislatures (<a href="http://www.ncsl.org/" target="new">NCSL</a>).</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/policymakers-imagine-contributing-role-130-million-greener-homes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/policymakers-imagine-contributing-role-130-million-greener-homes#comments Advocacy and policy Fri, 10 Aug 2012 16:00:00 +0000 Jeremy Sigmon 2608293 at http://www.usgbc.org A Renewed Commitment to Buildings and their Social Benefits http://www.usgbc.org/articles/renewed-commitment-buildings-and-their-social-benefits <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/rio.jpg?1344267474" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>As the dust settles from Rio+20, I finally have a moment to reflect upon the outcomes of the historic Earth Summit Conference. The non-committal nature of the Rio text was a surprise to no one, yet the identification of buildings as an important strategy for the development of sustainable cities and urban infrastructure was still a “win” for the green building movement. Energy efficiency was also recognized as a strategy for combating climate change within both the developed and developing world.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/renewed-commitment-buildings-and-their-social-benefits" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/renewed-commitment-buildings-and-their-social-benefits#comments Advocacy and policy Tue, 31 Jul 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Maggie Comstock 2606150 at http://www.usgbc.org Green Buildings: A Bridge to a More Resilient Future http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-buildings-bridge-more-resilient-future <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Jeremy Sigmon, USGBC, discusses green buildings and resiliency with Mayor Dixson of Greensburg, Kan." alt="Jeremy Sigmon, USGBC, discusses green buildings and resiliency with Mayor Dixson" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/jeremyfinal.jpg?1343331481" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>I overheard a lot of scary things in the workshops and in the halls during last week’s <a href="http://www.colorado.edu/hazards/workshop/2012/current12.html">37th Annual Natural Hazards Research and Applications Workshop</a>.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-buildings-bridge-more-resilient-future" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-buildings-bridge-more-resilient-future#comments Advocacy and policy Thu, 26 Jul 2012 19:29:29 +0000 Jeremy Sigmon 2604343 at http://www.usgbc.org Letter: USGBC & More Than 1200 Signatories Ask GSA to Continue to Use LEED http://www.usgbc.org/articles/letter-usgbc-more-1200-signatories-ask-gsa-continue-use-leed <div class="field field-type-link field-field-all-url-website"> <div class="field-label">URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="https://new.usgbc.org/articles/letter-usgbc-x-signatories-ask-gsa-continue-use-leed/" target="_blank">https://new.usgbc.org/articles/letter-usgbc-x-signatories-ask-gsa-continue-use-leed/</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/GSA_letter.jpg?1343164503" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>July 25, 2012</p> <p>Acting Administrator Daniel Tangherlini<br /> U.S. General Services Administration<br /> One Constitution Square<br /> 1275 First Street, NE<br /> Washington, DC 20417</p> <p>Dear Acting Administrator Tangherlini,</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/letter-usgbc-more-1200-signatories-ask-gsa-continue-use-leed" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/letter-usgbc-more-1200-signatories-ask-gsa-continue-use-leed#comments Advocacy and policy Wed, 25 Jul 2012 14:00:00 +0000 2603942 at http://www.usgbc.org Support for LEED and Sustainability: Briefing at the Capitol http://www.usgbc.org/articles/support-leed-and-sustainability-briefing-capitol <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="L to R: Mason Statham of Yates Construction, Congressman Dold, Gary Holtzer of Hines, and Jason Hartke, USGBC" alt="L to R: Mason Statham of Yates Construction, Congressman Dold, Gary Holtzer of H" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/doldnewwebsite.jpg?1342815079" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>LEED for Business: No, it’s not a new rating system – but rather, the pulse of every LEED rating system. LEED has become an instrumental tool for businesses, from commercial construction companies to global financial firms to your <a href="http://www.starbucks.com/responsibility/environment/green-building">favorite coffee shop</a>. Forty-eight companies in the Fortune 100 use LEED certification to reduce operating and energy costs, and nearly 1,300 product manufacturers are USGBC members. Why?</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/support-leed-and-sustainability-briefing-capitol" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/support-leed-and-sustainability-briefing-capitol#comments Advocacy and policy Fri, 20 Jul 2012 20:16:55 +0000 Bryan Howard 2603432 at http://www.usgbc.org Tokyo’s Urban Cap and Trade for Commercial Buildings Sees Huge Success in First Year of Operation http://www.usgbc.org/articles/tokyo%E2%80%99s-urban-cap-and-trade-commercial-buildings-sees-huge-success-first-year-operation <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Me with Yuko Nishida, planner, Bureau of Environment Metropolitan Government of Tokyo" alt="Me with Yuko Nishida, planner, Bureau of Environment Metropolitan Government of " src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/articles-featuremaggie.jpg?1346181572" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-slideshow-image"> <div class="field-label">Slideshow images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="960" height="720" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Innovative%20Financing%202012%2006%2017.jpg?1346181720" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Tens of thousands of delegates from diverse backgrounds and geographical regions convened in Rio to protect the future we want through sustainable development policy. While progress was made on the negotiating text, few are satisfied with the level of commitments and accountability from national governments. However, the news from Rio isn’t entirely bleak. Subnational governments are leap-frogging the unambitious goals of national governments to realize their own goals of urban sustainability.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/tokyo%E2%80%99s-urban-cap-and-trade-commercial-buildings-sees-huge-success-first-year-operation" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/tokyo%E2%80%99s-urban-cap-and-trade-commercial-buildings-sees-huge-success-first-year-operation#comments Advocacy and policy Tue, 26 Jun 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Maggie Comstock 2609602 at http://www.usgbc.org We’ve Got the Power – Bummmm…Bumpa…Bumm http://www.usgbc.org/articles/we%E2%80%99ve-got-power-%E2%80%93-bummmm%E2%80%A6bumpa%E2%80%A6bumm <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Mayor of Johannesburg, Mayor Bloomberg, Mayor Paes of Rio and the Mayor of Seoul" alt="Mayor of Johannesburg, Mayor Bloomberg, Mayor Paes of Rio and the Mayor of Seoul" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/bloomberg.jpg?1346181501" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Cities Arrive in Force at Rio+20</em></p> <p>I don’t know if that 1992 pop song "We Got the Power" was meant for cities. But it should have been. It certainly would have been apropos during Rio+20, where cities arrived in force. </p> <p><em>Bumpa…Bumm</em></p> <p>Recognized widely as the driving force behind many of the most significant actions taken to combat climate change, mayors from around the world came to Rio with a simple message: We’ve got the power. </p> <p><em>Bumpa…Bumm</em></p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/we%E2%80%99ve-got-power-%E2%80%93-bummmm%E2%80%A6bumpa%E2%80%A6bumm" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/we%E2%80%99ve-got-power-%E2%80%93-bummmm%E2%80%A6bumpa%E2%80%A6bumm#comments Advocacy and policy Mon, 25 Jun 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Jason Hartke 2609601 at http://www.usgbc.org The Brilliance of Green Building is Shining at Rio+20 http://www.usgbc.org/articles/brilliance-green-building-shining-rio20 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/articles-featurechange.jpg?1346182220" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-slideshow-image"> <div class="field-label">Slideshow images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1200" height="1600" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/a.JPG?1346182338" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1600" height="1200" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/aa.JPG?1346182339" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>“It is time that we steered by the stars, not the lights of each passing ship.”</em><br /> — General Omar Bradley</p> <p>The green building world knows the following statistic all too well. On average, we spend 90 percent of our time indoors. That’s 21.6 hours out of every day. That’s 328 and a half days every year. Inside a building. </p> <p>And we certainly take this to heart because, while we’re spending all this time inside, the quality of air we’re breathing is on average 3-5 times more polluted than outside, according to the EPA.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/brilliance-green-building-shining-rio20" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/brilliance-green-building-shining-rio20#comments Advocacy and policy Tue, 19 Jun 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Jason Hartke 2609587 at http://www.usgbc.org Is a Sustainable City a Just City? http://www.usgbc.org/articles/sustainable-city-just-city <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Rocinha Favela, the largest favela in Rio de Janiero. Photo credit: David Berkowitz" alt="Rocinha Favela, the largest favela in Rio de Janiero. Photo credit: David Berkow" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/favela.jpg?1346182748" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>In order to accommodate the expected increase in urban population of two billion people by 2030, we would need 200 new cities with populations of 10 million people—think 200 cities larger than Paris! Obviously the sustainable planning and construction of these cities is crucial to avoiding exponential increases in future emissions; however, accommodating two billion additional people will have wider implications than just on the environment. We need to address the livelihoods of the urban migrants themselves.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/sustainable-city-just-city" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/sustainable-city-just-city#comments Advocacy and policy Tue, 12 Jun 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Maggie Comstock 2609595 at http://www.usgbc.org Stakeholders Along the Road to Rio+20 Call Upon Leaders for Action at Upcoming Earth Summit http://www.usgbc.org/articles/stakeholders-along-road-rio20-call-upon-leaders-action-upcoming-earth-summit <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/rioplus20_0.jpg?1342562670" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>On June 5, the <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/DisplayPage.aspx?CMSPageID=2124">Road to Rio+20</a> series made a final pit stop in Washington D.C., the North American host city for World Environment Day, to launch a new report, <a href="https://www.usgbc.org/ShowFile.aspx?DocumentID=19050">Advancing the Transformation to a Green Economy through Green Buildings and Resource Efficient Cities: Key Messages from North America</a>. The series, a collaborative initiative between the U.S.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/stakeholders-along-road-rio20-call-upon-leaders-action-upcoming-earth-summit" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/stakeholders-along-road-rio20-call-upon-leaders-action-upcoming-earth-summit#comments Advocacy and policy Mon, 11 Jun 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Maggie Comstock 1735139 at http://www.usgbc.org President Clinton Announces the Launch of California’s Best Buildings Challenge at 2012 Clinton Global Initiative America http://www.usgbc.org/articles/president-clinton-announces-launch-california%E2%80%99s-best-buildings-challenge-2012-clinton-globa <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="President Clinton announced the Challenge at yesterday&#039;s CGI America conference" alt="President Clinton announced the Challenge at yesterday&#039;s CGI America conference" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/clinton.jpg?1340243323" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Add six companies…five million square feet of collective real estate…and one challenge. Stir. </p> <p>What do you get?</p> <p>A recipe for something remarkable – not just better buildings, but best buildings. In other words, <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/Docs/News/USGBC%20NCC%20CGI%20release_FINALIZED.pdf">California’s Best Buildings Challenge</a>.</p> <p>Yesterday, six major leading companies – Adobe, Genentech, Google, Prudential Real Estate Investors, SAP and Zynga – stepped up to the Challenge, a commitment to achieve not just a 20 percent reduction in energy but also in water and waste.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/president-clinton-announces-launch-california%E2%80%99s-best-buildings-challenge-2012-clinton-globa" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/president-clinton-announces-launch-california%E2%80%99s-best-buildings-challenge-2012-clinton-globa#comments Advocacy and policy Sat, 09 Jun 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Jason Hartke 1735140 at http://www.usgbc.org Creating Green, Affordable Neighborhoods: Get Funded, Get Educated, Get Started http://www.usgbc.org/articles/creating-green-affordable-neighborhoods-get-funded-get-educated-get-started The benefits of green building and smarter neighborhood planning and design should be available to everyone, regardless of household income level. We know that green communities foster good health through walkable streets, transit connectivity and proximity to resources. Green building and infrastructure reduce carbon emissions and conserve energy and resources. Collectively, these green neighborhood features drive community costs down and create cohesive, active settings. Shouldn’t everyone have access to green neighborhoods? Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/creating-green-affordable-neighborhoods-get-funded-get-educated-get-started" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/creating-green-affordable-neighborhoods-get-funded-get-educated-get-started#comments Initiatives Fri, 01 Jun 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Casey Studhalter 1735143 at http://www.usgbc.org How Our Advocates are Advancing Benchmarking Policy http://www.usgbc.org/articles/how-our-advocates-are-advancing-benchmarking-policy <p>In the last six months, 29 benchmarking bills and ordinances were introduced in cities and states across the country.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/how-our-advocates-are-advancing-benchmarking-policy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/how-our-advocates-are-advancing-benchmarking-policy#comments Advocacy and policy Thu, 24 May 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Matt Pearce 1735252 at http://www.usgbc.org Demand for Green Buildings Exceeds Workforce Supply http://www.usgbc.org/articles/demand-green-buildings-exceeds-workforce-supply <p>This morning, McGraw-Hill Construction (MHC) released its latest SmartMarket Report, “<a href="https://www.usgbc.org/ShowFile.aspx?DocumentID=18984">Construction Industry Workforce Shortages: Role of Certification, Training and Green Jobs in Filling the Gaps.</a>” The report, sponsored by the U.S. Green Building Council and the American Institute of Architects with support from other contributing partners, finds that 69 percent of architect, engineer and contractor professionals expect there to be a shortage of skilled labor in the next three years.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/demand-green-buildings-exceeds-workforce-supply" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/demand-green-buildings-exceeds-workforce-supply#comments Advocacy and policy Thu, 17 May 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Maggie Comstock 1735146 at http://www.usgbc.org Common Ground on Green Schools http://www.usgbc.org/articles/common-ground-green-schools <p>Earlier this year, USGBC launched seven new advocacy campaigns designed to highlight our organization’s public policy priorities. And local advocates sure have responded. Most recently, USGBC South Carolina hosted a day-long summit inspired by USGBC’s Common Ground on Green Schools Campaign which brought together Palmetto state educators, government officials and legislators to discuss ways to put every South Carolinian child in a green school within a generation.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/common-ground-green-schools" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/common-ground-green-schools#comments Advocacy and policy Tue, 15 May 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Matt Pearce 1735254 at http://www.usgbc.org Southeastern Building Codes Welcome Greater Efficiency for Greater Savings http://www.usgbc.org/articles/southeastern-building-codes-welcome-greater-efficiency-greater-savings <p>“Air conditioning saved the South.” I distinctly remember my high school American history teacher repeating this as we reviewed economic growth in the U.S. during the mid- to late twentieth century. Whether you believe that reduced perspiration leads to economic growth or that economic growth spurs the demand for comfortable, less humid spaces, evolving building practice has proven that we can build much more efficient buildings today if we have the right tools – and the Southeast is taking action.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/southeastern-building-codes-welcome-greater-efficiency-greater-savings" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/southeastern-building-codes-welcome-greater-efficiency-greater-savings#comments Advocacy and policy Wed, 09 May 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Jeremy Sigmon 1735257 at http://www.usgbc.org Old Dominion Law Demonstrates Renewed Commitment to Green Government Buildings http://www.usgbc.org/articles/old-dominion-law-demonstrates-renewed-commitment-green-government-buildings-0 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Photo courtesy of the Office of Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell" alt="Photo courtesy of the Office of Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/advocacy.jpg?1340247607" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>As I mentioned in my <a href="http://usgbcblog.blogspot.com/2012/04/building-green-in-dixie-progress-in.html">last blog</a>, there are some wonderful advancements in the Southeast that need celebrating. Here’s an update from the Commonwealth of Virginia that keeps the state on the leader board.</p> <p>Green Building in the Southeast (Part Two)</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/old-dominion-law-demonstrates-renewed-commitment-green-government-buildings-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/old-dominion-law-demonstrates-renewed-commitment-green-government-buildings-0#comments Advocacy and policy Wed, 02 May 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Jeremy Sigmon 1735262 at http://www.usgbc.org Taking Action at Rio+20 http://www.usgbc.org/articles/taking-action-rio20 <p>The <a href="http://www.uncsd2012.org/rio20/index.html">Rio+20 Earth Summit</a> represents a once-in-a-generation opportunity to create a roadmap for the “Future We Want” —the fitting motto of the June Summit. Heads of State, government leaders, non-governmental organisations and the business community in attendance are charged with the task of accelerating the green economy and addressing poverty eradication through sustainable development.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/taking-action-rio20" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/taking-action-rio20#comments Advocacy and policy Tue, 01 May 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Maggie Comstock 1735263 at http://www.usgbc.org Top 10: How the Golden State Became the Green Building Leader http://www.usgbc.org/articles/top-10-how-golden-state-became-green-building-leader <p>"If you would understand anything, observe its beginning and its development." – Aristotle</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/top-10-how-golden-state-became-green-building-leader" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/top-10-how-golden-state-became-green-building-leader#comments Advocacy and policy Thu, 26 Apr 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Matt Pearce 1735264 at http://www.usgbc.org The Road to Rio+20: Houston is a city leading by example http://www.usgbc.org/articles/road-rio20-houston-city-leading-example <p>Note: this blog was originally published on<a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/sustainable-business/houston-green-sustainable-city-buildings"> The Guardian</a></p> <p>When you think of Houston you might think of 10-gallon cowboy hats, Nasa and a terrific barbecue. But you might not necessarily think about green building and sustainability initiatives.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/road-rio20-houston-city-leading-example" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/road-rio20-houston-city-leading-example#comments Advocacy and policy Tue, 24 Apr 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Jason Hartke 1735267 at http://www.usgbc.org Green Building Progress in the Southeast: Part 1 http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-building-progress-southeast-part-1 <p>Take a seat. Lose your stereotypes. Grab a few hush puppies and a glass of sweet tea. Here’s a few highlights you may have otherwise missed about how energy efficiency and green building is moving forward in the Southeast.</p> <p>Part One: Mainstreet Green in Music City</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-building-progress-southeast-part-1" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-building-progress-southeast-part-1#comments Advocacy and policy Fri, 20 Apr 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Jeremy Sigmon 1735272 at http://www.usgbc.org What is a Smart City and How Can a City Boost Its IQ? http://www.usgbc.org/articles/what-smart-city-and-how-can-city-boost-its-iq <p>Earlier this month, the World Bank hosted a <a href="http://www.urbanknowledge.org/smartcities.html" target="_blank">Smart Cities for All</a> workshop in Washington, DC which convened experts from the United Nations, academia, government agencies, non-profits and industry. The purpose of the workshop was to share insights and experiences of equipping cities with the tools for intelligent growth. Additionally, the forum established a public-private partnership for collaboration in pursuit of shared goals for global sustainability. But what does it mean to be a “smart city”?</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/what-smart-city-and-how-can-city-boost-its-iq" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/what-smart-city-and-how-can-city-boost-its-iq#comments Advocacy and policy Mon, 09 Apr 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Maggie Comstock 2609583 at http://www.usgbc.org Building an Inclusive Economy: Green Building Construction Supports Green Jobs for All http://www.usgbc.org/articles/building-inclusive-economy-green-building-construction-supports-green-jobs-all <p>Buzz words and hot topics come and go, but “green jobs” are here to stay. In a recovering economy, jobs remain a top priority for our leaders and the Americans they represent. Green building jobs represent a bright light in the recovery process, because these are long-term, high-quality jobs for the future. As the economy rebounds, there are employment needs at all levels of the proverbial “career ladder.” Green building fills the billet by supporting jobs at all professional and skill levels.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/building-inclusive-economy-green-building-construction-supports-green-jobs-all" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/building-inclusive-economy-green-building-construction-supports-green-jobs-all#comments Advocacy and policy Tue, 03 Apr 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Maggie Comstock 2609573 at http://www.usgbc.org The Road to Rio+20 Reminds Us to Think Globally and Act Locally http://www.usgbc.org/articles/road-rio20-reminds-us-think-globally-and-act-locally <p>On Monday, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) convened the fourth installment of the <a href="http://www.globealliance.org/RoadtoRioplus20.aspx">Road to Rio+20 series</a>. The series was born out of the need for stakeholder awareness and input in the rapidly approaching Rio+20 conference in June. The main goal of the Summit—the growth of the green economy in the context of poverty alleviation and sustainable development—have implications for each of us.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/road-rio20-reminds-us-think-globally-and-act-locally" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/road-rio20-reminds-us-think-globally-and-act-locally#comments Advocacy and policy Wed, 28 Mar 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Maggie Comstock 2609562 at http://www.usgbc.org A Codes Retrospective: With IgCC’s Arrival, Jurisdictions Can Now Raise the Floor with this Important New Regulatory Tool http://www.usgbc.org/articles/codes-retrospective-igcc%E2%80%99s-arrival-jurisdictions-can-now-raise-floor-important-new-regulato <p>Today is an important day for USGBC and for green building. It marks the culmination of more than six years of work to turn a crazy idea into a tangible, attainable reality.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/codes-retrospective-igcc%E2%80%99s-arrival-jurisdictions-can-now-raise-floor-important-new-regulato" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/codes-retrospective-igcc%E2%80%99s-arrival-jurisdictions-can-now-raise-floor-important-new-regulato#comments Advocacy and policy Wed, 28 Mar 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Jeremy Sigmon 2609566 at http://www.usgbc.org Campaigning for Better Building Codes http://www.usgbc.org/articles/campaigning-better-building-codes <p>Earlier this month, USGBC launched our seventh and final campaign of the <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/campaigns">2012 Advocacy Campaign Agenda</a>: <a href="https://usgbc.webex.com/usgbc/ldr.php?AT=pb&amp;SP=MC&amp;rID=40835302&amp;rKey=6473d265abfd61e8">Build Better Codes</a>. In this campaign, USGBC is calling on its community to actively engage in the greening of state and local building codes.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/campaigning-better-building-codes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/campaigning-better-building-codes#comments Advocacy and policy Fri, 23 Mar 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Matt Pearce 1735144 at http://www.usgbc.org $2 Billion Home Energy Rebate Program Introduced in Congress http://www.usgbc.org/articles/2-billion-home-energy-rebate-program-introduced-congress <p>Yesterday, Representative <a href="http://mckinley.house.gov/">David McKinley</a> (WV) and Representative <a href="http://welch.house.gov/">Peter Welch</a> (VT) introduced bi-partisan legislation that would jumpstart and accelerate opportunities for energy upgrades in existing residences. The Home Owner Managing Energy Savings (HOMES) Act seeks to reward homeowners for reduced energy consumption as a result of a qualified home energy efficiency retrofit. Homeowners who show a 20 percent energy savings will receive a $2,000 rebate.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/2-billion-home-energy-rebate-program-introduced-congress" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/2-billion-home-energy-rebate-program-introduced-congress#comments Advocacy and policy Fri, 23 Mar 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Bryan Howard 2609301 at http://www.usgbc.org Resilient Buildings and Self-Reliance Will Strengthen Haiti Now and into the Future http://www.usgbc.org/articles/resilient-buildings-and-self-reliance-will-strengthen-haiti-now-and-future <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-slideshow-image"> <div class="field-label">Slideshow images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="640" height="308" title="Solidarité Market surrounded in trash sometimes taller than trucks on Boulevard La Saline in Port au Prince. (March 11, 2012)" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/100_7494.jpg?1364911732" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="640" height="480" title="Tent villages extend to the foothills that, without vegetation, come sliding down when it rains. (Photo taken by my colleague outside of Port au Prince in February, 2012)" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/HAITI%2BFeb%2B2012%2B197.jpg?1364911761" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="250" height="400" title="While we poured the foundation, laboring parents welcomed their children to return empty buckets for refilling. Like many other children in this tent village, parents can&#039;t afford transportation for their children to attend school. (March 13, 2012)" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/100_7583.jpg?1364911789" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="225" height="400" title="Tent village residents and I ate a sponsored (and very tasty) community lunch (March 16, 2012)" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/100_7659.jpg?1364911808" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="640" height="360" title="My fellow volunteers and I work alongside local contractors and members of the community to pour the reinforced concrete foundation for the next duplex (March 13, 2012 - Source: One Small House)" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/100_7592.jpg?1364911838" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Rubble and tent villages in every direction. Mountains of trash with no place to go. A stench that makes your stomach turn.</p> <p>Canals full of stagnant, disease-filled water. Thirsty livestock and nesting mosquitoes competing for the same dirty water. </p> <p>A denuded landscape with hardly any nutrient-rich soil left to retain the precious water needed to support replanting. </p> <p>Millions of people with limited or no access to basic amenities like clean water, safe shelters, electricity and toilet facilities. </p> <p>My heart sinks.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/resilient-buildings-and-self-reliance-will-strengthen-haiti-now-and-future" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/resilient-buildings-and-self-reliance-will-strengthen-haiti-now-and-future#comments Advocacy and policy Thu, 22 Mar 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Jeremy Sigmon 2609298 at http://www.usgbc.org One Small Button for Man, One Giant Leap for Data Access http://www.usgbc.org/articles/one-small-button-man-one-giant-leap-data-access <p>Today the White House launched the <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/ostp/pressroom/03222012">Green Button Initiative</a>, which connects more than 15 million Americans with their utility providers for streamlined access to their energy data. Nine utilities and electricity suppliers initially signed up for this landmark program designed to enable consumers to put their energy consumption into their own hands.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/one-small-button-man-one-giant-leap-data-access" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/one-small-button-man-one-giant-leap-data-access#comments Advocacy and policy Thu, 22 Mar 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Jason Hartke 2609300 at http://www.usgbc.org Campaign Advocacy Offers a Menu of Policy Options for Chapters and Legislatures http://www.usgbc.org/articles/campaign-advocacy-offers-menu-policy-options-chapters-and-legislatures <p>USGBC’s 2012 advocacy campaign agenda is designed to empower local advocates to advance USGBC public policy priorities in their state capitols and city halls. Each campaign was launched with a suite of supporting resources to make it easier for advocates and includes a campaign brief and draft legislative text.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/campaign-advocacy-offers-menu-policy-options-chapters-and-legislatures" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/campaign-advocacy-offers-menu-policy-options-chapters-and-legislatures#comments Advocacy and policy Tue, 20 Mar 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Matt Pearce 2609296 at http://www.usgbc.org Resiliency & Sustainability: A Great Convergence and Synergies in Solutions http://www.usgbc.org/articles/resiliency-sustainability-great-convergence-and-synergies-solutions <div class="field field-type-emvideo field-field-art-videos"> <div class="field-label">Videos:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="emvideo emvideo-video emvideo-vimeo"><div id="media-vimeo-6" class="media-vimeo"> <iframe src="https://player.vimeo.com/video/37815679?fullscreen=1&show_title=1&show_byline=1&show_portrait=1&autoplay=0" width="853" height="505"></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p>It’s not zero sum. It’s not either/or. It’s not this or that. </p> <p>Instead, when it comes to sustainability and resiliency, we need (and thankfully we’re seeing) a great convergence. </p> <p>Not only do the agendas of these two great causes overlap, but their destinies must be forged together.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/resiliency-sustainability-great-convergence-and-synergies-solutions" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/resiliency-sustainability-great-convergence-and-synergies-solutions#comments Advocacy and policy Wed, 14 Mar 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Jason Hartke 2609293 at http://www.usgbc.org Senate Hearing Highlights Sustainable Success by the Navy and Marine Corps http://www.usgbc.org/articles/senate-hearing-highlights-sustainable-success-navy-and-marine-corps <p>Senator Jeanne Shaheen (NH) and Senator Mark Warner (VA) convened a field hearing on the USS Kearsarge on the role of the Navy and Marine Corps in reducing energy consumption, minimizing water use and expanding renewable energy generation. As a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Senator Shaheen has been heavily involved in advancing energy efficiency efforts including her work with Senator Rob Portman (OH) on <a href="http://usgbcblog.blogspot.com/2011/07/senate-energy-and-natural-resources.html" target="_blank">S.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/senate-hearing-highlights-sustainable-success-navy-and-marine-corps" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/senate-hearing-highlights-sustainable-success-navy-and-marine-corps#comments Advocacy and policy Tue, 13 Mar 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Bryan Howard 2609290 at http://www.usgbc.org Report: Build Green to Build a Better America http://www.usgbc.org/articles/report-build-green-build-better-america <p>Here at USGBC we often say that green building sits at the nexus of saving energy, saving people and businesses money, and creating jobs.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/report-build-green-build-better-america" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/report-build-green-build-better-america#comments Advocacy and policy Fri, 09 Mar 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Jason Hartke 2609286 at http://www.usgbc.org FEMA Administrator Fugate Applauds Green Building as a Cornerstone of the Resiliency Agenda http://www.usgbc.org/articles/fema-administrator-fugate-applauds-green-building-cornerstone-resiliency-agenda <div class="field field-type-text field-field-all-authorized-by"> <div class="field-label">Authored by:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Maggie Comstock </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate" alt="FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/fugate.jpg?1332359395" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-emvideo field-field-art-videos"> <div class="field-label">Videos:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="emvideo emvideo-video emvideo-vimeo"><div id="media-vimeo-7" class="media-vimeo"> <iframe src="https://player.vimeo.com/video/37815679?fullscreen=1&show_title=1&show_byline=1&show_portrait=1&autoplay=0" width="853" height="505"></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p>Yesterday, Administrator of the <a href="http://www.fema.gov/">Federal Emergency Management Agency</a> (FEMA) <a href="http://www.fema.gov/about/bios/wfugate.shtm">Craig Fugate</a> delivered a rousing speech on the role green building can play to ensure resilient communities for a changing planet. Fugate served as the keynote speaker of the second installment of the <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/DisplayPage.aspx?CMSPageID=2604">National Leadership Speaker Series on Resiliency and Security in the 21st Century</a> at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/fema-administrator-fugate-applauds-green-building-cornerstone-resiliency-agenda" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/fema-administrator-fugate-applauds-green-building-cornerstone-resiliency-agenda#comments Advocacy and policy Thu, 01 Mar 2012 19:49:56 +0000 Maggie Comstock 1731754 at http://www.usgbc.org Blue is the New Green: Organized Labor and Environmental Sector Rally for Good, Green Jobs http://www.usgbc.org/articles/blue-new-green-organized-labor-and-environmental-sector-rally-good-green-jobs <p>Last week marked the kick-off of the BlueGreen Alliance’s annual <a href="http://www.greenjobsconference.org/">Good Jobs, Green Jobs (GJGJ) Conference</a>. The founding premise of the BlueGreen Alliance was to marry the aims of organized labor and environmentalists in common support of good, green jobs. This eclectic, yet compatible, mix of attendees makes GJGJ different from your typical green jobs affair. For the conference’s fifth anniversary, GJGJ left Washington, DC and hit the road with a series of four regional conferences.</p> <p>First Stop: Atlanta.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/blue-new-green-organized-labor-and-environmental-sector-rally-good-green-jobs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/blue-new-green-organized-labor-and-environmental-sector-rally-good-green-jobs#comments Advocacy and policy Wed, 29 Feb 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Maggie Comstock 2609285 at http://www.usgbc.org On Leadership: An Ode to Maverick, Goose and You http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leadership-ode-maverick-goose-and-you <p>Even 25 years later, who can forget Maverick and Goose’s memorable exchange? “I feel the need…the need for speed.”</p> <p>While the green building movement continues to move forward at an incredibly rapid pace, that’s not why I bring up this seemingly non-sequitur reference to Top Gun. The quote, oddly, reminds me of something deep and soulful to the green building movement – the need to lead.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leadership-ode-maverick-goose-and-you" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leadership-ode-maverick-goose-and-you#comments Advocacy and policy Mon, 27 Feb 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Jason Hartke 2609284 at http://www.usgbc.org Senate Efficiency Champions Advance Elements of Recent USGBC Report http://www.usgbc.org/articles/senate-efficiency-champions-advance-elements-recent-usgbc-report <p>As members of the House and Senate tax writing committees continue to negotiate over the extension payroll tax cut and other tax incentives, six senators of the Senate Finance Committee, spearheaded by Olympia Snowe (ME) and Jeff Bingaman (NM) <a href="https://www.usgbc.org/ShowFile.aspx?DocumentID=18491">sent a letter</a> to Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and Acting Director Department of Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Jeffrey Zients urging them to advance policies to improve energy efficiency and continue to support clean energy incentives.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/senate-efficiency-champions-advance-elements-recent-usgbc-report" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/senate-efficiency-champions-advance-elements-recent-usgbc-report#comments Advocacy and policy Thu, 16 Feb 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Bryan Howard 2609280 at http://www.usgbc.org Congressional Members Introduce Building Efficiency Measure http://www.usgbc.org/articles/congressional-members-introduce-building-efficiency-measure <p>Yesterday, Representative Charles Bass (NH) and Representative Jim Matheson (UT) introduced bipartisan legislation that deploy energy efficiency programs across many sectors of the built environment.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/congressional-members-introduce-building-efficiency-measure" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/congressional-members-introduce-building-efficiency-measure#comments Advocacy and policy Thu, 16 Feb 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Bryan Howard 2609281 at http://www.usgbc.org House Bill Puts Transportation Programs in Reverse http://www.usgbc.org/articles/house-bill-puts-transportation-programs-reverse <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/USGBC_Hill---055.jpg?1330529404" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Next week, the House is expected to debate <a href="http://rules.house.gov/Legislation/legislationDetails.aspx?NewsID=733">H.R. 7</a> “American Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Act.” The bill is the long awaited legislative product to reauthorize a number of federal highway, transit, rail, planning, trail and other programs. Unfortunately, H.R. 7 doesn’t look to be long term solution to our nation’s surface transportation problems.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/house-bill-puts-transportation-programs-reverse" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/house-bill-puts-transportation-programs-reverse#comments Advocacy and policy Wed, 15 Feb 2012 21:44:02 +0000 Bryan Howard 1730932 at http://www.usgbc.org Obama Budget Charts Bold Course for Green Building Priorities http://www.usgbc.org/articles/obama-budget-charts-bold-course-green-building-priorities <p>On Monday, President Obama released an ambitious $3.8 trillion budget for fiscal year 2013 that seeks to pump billions of dollars into the economy through clean energy and infrastructure improvements, while seeking to eliminate existing incentives for oil and gas and ending tax cuts for those making more than $250,000.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/obama-budget-charts-bold-course-green-building-priorities" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/obama-budget-charts-bold-course-green-building-priorities#comments Advocacy and policy Tue, 14 Feb 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Bryan Howard 2608585 at http://www.usgbc.org Making Benchmarking Mainstream http://www.usgbc.org/articles/making-benchmarking-mainstream <p>In January, USGBC launched its second advocacy campaign of 2012, <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/ShowFile.aspx?DocumentID=10871"><em>Mainstream Benchmarking.</em></a> Through this campaign we will advocate for policies that will bring the benefits of energy benchmarking to all commercial buildings.</p> <p>So why benchmarking? Why now?</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/making-benchmarking-mainstream" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/making-benchmarking-mainstream#comments Advocacy and policy Tue, 07 Feb 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Matt Pearce 2608583 at http://www.usgbc.org UN Panel Names Cities as a Vehicle for Sustainable Development http://www.usgbc.org/articles/un-panel-names-cities-vehicle-sustainable-development <p>Last week, the UN Secretary General’s High-Level Panel on Global Sustainability released a <a href="http://www.un.org/gsp/sites/default/files/attachments/GSPReport_unformatted_30Jan.pdf">report</a> of recommended outcomes for the Rio+20 conference in June. The report, <em>Resilient People, Resilient Planet: A Future Worth Choosing</em>, outlines both long- and short-term goals for governments, civil society and the private sector. These recommendations address all facets of resiliency, including climatic, economic and social.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/un-panel-names-cities-vehicle-sustainable-development" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/un-panel-names-cities-vehicle-sustainable-development#comments Advocacy and policy Mon, 06 Feb 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Maggie Comstock 2608579 at http://www.usgbc.org While Pundits Debate Green Jobs, We’re Busy Putting America Back to Work http://www.usgbc.org/articles/while-pundits-debate-green-jobs-we%E2%80%99re-busy-putting-america-back-work <p>Even though I live in D.C., I often wonder, “What is Congress even fighting over?” It seems like everyone else in the country is asking the same question. This is especially true when our elected officials endlessly debate “jobs.” Aren’t jobs universally supported? Why would anyone be against putting Americans back to work, especially in the industries we know we need to remain competitive? How can everything simultaneously “create millions of jobs” and still be a “job killer?"</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/while-pundits-debate-green-jobs-we%E2%80%99re-busy-putting-america-back-work" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/while-pundits-debate-green-jobs-we%E2%80%99re-busy-putting-america-back-work#comments Advocacy and policy Fri, 03 Feb 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Maggie Comstock 2608577 at http://www.usgbc.org DVGBC Rocks the House! http://www.usgbc.org/articles/dvgbc-rocks-house <p>On Jan. 25, members of the three USGBC Chapters in PA (<a href="http://www.dvgbc.org/">Delaware Valley Green Building Council</a>, <a href="http://www.gbapgh.org/">Green Building Alliance</a> and <a href="http://www.gbacpa.org/">USGBC Central PA</a>) went to Harrisburg for Advocacy Day.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/dvgbc-rocks-house" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/dvgbc-rocks-house#comments Community Thu, 02 Feb 2012 05:00:00 +0000 2608574 at http://www.usgbc.org Leading with LEED http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leading-leed <p>Earlier this month, USGBC launched its first of seven 2012 advocacy campaigns initiatives. The aim of the kick-off <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/ShowFile.aspx?DocumentID=10853">Leadership with LEED</a> campaign is to grow green building and expand the use of LEED.</p> <p>Why?</p> <p>Shouldn't all government buildings, funded with taxpayer money, be built or retrofitted to a higher standard? Aren't buildings that are less costly to operate, longer lasting, and beneficial to the communities in which they're located a priority?</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leading-leed" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leading-leed#comments Advocacy and policy Tue, 31 Jan 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Matt Pearce 2608551 at http://www.usgbc.org Chicago Can Share Best Practices for a Green Economy http://www.usgbc.org/articles/chicago-can-share-best-practices-green-economy <p>Chicago: Home of the Cubs, the Blues Brothers, deep-dish pizza, and more LEED-certified municipal buildings than any other city in the U.S.(Not to mention Chicago ranks #1 in total square footage of LEED space, and the entire state of Illinois ranks third in the country on a <a href="http://usgbcblog.blogspot.com/2012/01/top-10-states-for-leed-green-buildings.html">per-capita basis</a>).</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/chicago-can-share-best-practices-green-economy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/chicago-can-share-best-practices-green-economy#comments Advocacy and policy Fri, 27 Jan 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Doug Widener 2608559 at http://www.usgbc.org An America Built to Last: The Five Wins for Green Buildings in the SOTU http://www.usgbc.org/articles/america-built-last-five-wins-green-buildings-sotu <p>This week I watched the President’s State of the Union address with a notepad of buzzwords ready to take down some tallies. I’m certainly not the only person who keeps track keywords mentioned by the President in his annual speech. Not surprisingly, the President mentioned “jobs” more than 40 times in the 90 minute speech. I was also pleased that he referenced “energy” 20 times. Keeping track of my favorite hot topics became overwhelming only 30 minutes in, but in this case, too much of a good thing is a good thing.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/america-built-last-five-wins-green-buildings-sotu" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/america-built-last-five-wins-green-buildings-sotu#comments Advocacy and policy Thu, 26 Jan 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Maggie Comstock 2608570 at http://www.usgbc.org New USGBC Report: Better Buildings through Executive Action http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-usgbc-report-better-buildings-through-executive-action-0 <p>President Obama’s <em><a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/economy/jobs/we-cant-wait">We Can’t Wait</a></em>strategy is all about leveraging Executive Branch opportunities the Administration can take - without Congressional approval - to boost the economy, spur job creation and make America more competitive. </p> <p>For the sake of all Americans, this <em>We Can’t Wait</em> ethos is something we share and strongly support, especially since green building sits at the nexus of saving people money, saving energy and creating jobs.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-usgbc-report-better-buildings-through-executive-action-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-usgbc-report-better-buildings-through-executive-action-0#comments Advocacy and policy Wed, 18 Jan 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Jason Hartke 2608562 at http://www.usgbc.org New USGBC Report: Better Buildings through Executive Action http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-usgbc-report-better-buildings-through-executive-action <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-slideshow-image"> <div class="field-label">Slideshow images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="612" height="792" title="Better Buildings through Executive Action Report, by USGBC" alt="Better Buildings through Executive Action: Report cover" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/better-buildings1.jpg?1327257648" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="612" height="792" title="Better Buildings through Executive Action Report, by USGBC" alt="Better Buildings through Executive Action: Table of contents" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/better-buildings-2.jpg?1327257861" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>President Obama’s <em><a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/economy/jobs/we-cant-wait" title=" President Obama is not letting congressional gridlock slow our economic growth.">We Can’t Wait</a></em> strategy is all about leveraging Executive Branch opportunities the Administration can take - without Congressional approval - to boost the economy, spur job creation and make America more competitive.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-usgbc-report-better-buildings-through-executive-action" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-usgbc-report-better-buildings-through-executive-action#comments Advocacy and policy Wed, 18 Jan 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Jason Hartke 1729622 at http://www.usgbc.org Green Building to be a Priority at Rio+20 http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-building-be-priority-rio20 <p>Climate policy wonks are used to reading leaked draft text in advance of international negotiations. However, the <a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/interactive/2012/jan/10/rio-earth-summit-agenda" target="new">19 page draft text</a> for the upcoming United Nations Convention on Sustainable Development Rio+20 Conference is unique for being leaked so far in advance of the June meeting. Climate policy nerds like me are pretty excited over this fortuitous accident.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-building-be-priority-rio20" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-building-be-priority-rio20#comments Advocacy and policy Tue, 17 Jan 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Maggie Comstock 2608548 at http://www.usgbc.org City-wide Clean Development Mechanism: A Framework for Empowering Cities http://www.usgbc.org/articles/city-wide-clean-development-mechanism-framework-empowering-cities <p>As the dust settles after the <a href="http://usgbcblog.blogspot.com/2011/12/good-cop-bad-cop.html">COP17</a> Climate Talks in Durban, a sigh of relief is released. The mechanisms under the Kyoto Protocol have survived to see a second commitment period.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/city-wide-clean-development-mechanism-framework-empowering-cities" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/city-wide-clean-development-mechanism-framework-empowering-cities#comments Advocacy and policy Thu, 12 Jan 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Maggie Comstock 2608529 at http://www.usgbc.org The Promise of the Green Economy: Strengthening the Economy While Protecting the Environment http://www.usgbc.org/articles/promise-green-economy-strengthening-economy-while-protecting-environment <p>The author of an <a href="http://money.cnn.com/2012/01/09/news/economy/jobs_environment/index.htm?source=cnn_bin">article</a> posted yesterday on CNN couldn’t be further embedded in the spin zone he arguably says he’s trying to debunk. In his opening line, the author, Steve Hargreaves, wrote, “The tactic du jour for environmentalists trying to sell a skeptical public on tighter regulations is this: spin the thing as a job creator.”</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/promise-green-economy-strengthening-economy-while-protecting-environment" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/promise-green-economy-strengthening-economy-while-protecting-environment#comments Advocacy and policy Industry Tue, 10 Jan 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Maggie Comstock 2608535 at http://www.usgbc.org National Defense Authorization Act Makes the Mission Harder For Military But Not Impossible http://www.usgbc.org/articles/national-defense-authorization-act-makes-mission-harder-military-not-impossible <p>Congress recently passed the 2012 authorization bill for the Department of Defense (DoD) and included a provision that bans LEED certification at the Platinum and Gold level for DoD buildings. To be clear, this provision is irrational and misguided at best, and deliberately problematic for the leaders in the defense agencies at worst. But before reacting as if the sky is falling, it's worth taking a deeper look at the "provision" and noticing that it isn't really all that iron clad.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/national-defense-authorization-act-makes-mission-harder-military-not-impossible" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/national-defense-authorization-act-makes-mission-harder-military-not-impossible#comments Advocacy and policy LEED Wed, 21 Dec 2011 05:00:00 +0000 Bryan Howard 2607930 at http://www.usgbc.org Tapping the Zoning Code to Enable Greener Buildings and Communities http://www.usgbc.org/articles/tapping-zoning-code-enable-greener-buildings-and-communities-1 <p>Many communities are opening up their zoning codes to <a href="http://www.epa.gov/region4/recycle/green-building-toolkit.pdf">identify and remove barriers</a>, and adopting language that will encourage greener building and greener living outcomes. You wouldn't be surprised to hear that Portland, Oregon has been greening its zoning code for several years including a handful of <a href="http://www.renewingwillcounty.com/">updates</a> this year.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/tapping-zoning-code-enable-greener-buildings-and-communities-1" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/tapping-zoning-code-enable-greener-buildings-and-communities-1#comments Advocacy and policy Industry Tue, 20 Dec 2011 05:00:00 +0000 Jeremy Sigmon 2607931 at http://www.usgbc.org USGBC Explains Who’s Who at COP17 for Green Building and Climate Change http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-explains-who%E2%80%99s-who-cop17-green-building-and-climate-change <p>When our delegation of green building council representatives arrived in Durban for the COP 17 climate conference, we hoped we had what it took to help change the world. The diverse group seemed to possess that peculiar mixture of naiveté, enthusiasm and focused passion that can distinguish successful from merely aspiring troublemakers. Through participation and attendance at a variety of different events I was, as usual, impressed with the astounding effort on the part of various individuals and organizations to bring to scale energy efficiency and green building solutions.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-explains-who%E2%80%99s-who-cop17-green-building-and-climate-change" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-explains-who%E2%80%99s-who-cop17-green-building-and-climate-change#comments Advocacy and policy Industry Fri, 16 Dec 2011 05:00:00 +0000 Roger Platt 2607942 at http://www.usgbc.org Seattle 2030 District: The NEXT Big Thing in Green Building http://www.usgbc.org/articles/seattle-2030-district-next-big-thing-green-building <p>The green building movement has made great strides in recent years, but it's not enough. In order to put up a good fight against ever-increasing environmental and economic pressures, we need a united front of the public and private sector, and to approach issues at the city — or district — scale. </p> <p>District sustainability currently experiences the same limited level of awareness that individual green buildings did a decade ago, when the U.S. Green Building Council announced its first 12 LEED Certified projects, of which there are now over 11,000.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/seattle-2030-district-next-big-thing-green-building" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/seattle-2030-district-next-big-thing-green-building#comments Advocacy and policy Industry Community Fri, 16 Dec 2011 05:00:00 +0000 2608009 at http://www.usgbc.org Governor’s Action Defies Logic and Economics http://www.usgbc.org/articles/governor%E2%80%99s-action-defies-logic-and-economics <p>Last Friday, I went to work just like any other day at my firm, Fore Solutions, here in Portland, Maine. I fired up my computer, but instead of the normal updates on projects and industry newsletters, I was greeted with eye-popping subject lines. "Maine bans LEED!" was just one example. Thinking that can't be right, I opened a few to find that Maine Governor Paul LePage issued an <a href="http://www.maine.gov/tools/whatsnew/index.php?topic=Gov_Executive_Orders&amp;id=323510&amp;v=article2011">Executive Order</a> banning LEED on state capital projects to satisfy out of state industry interests.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/governor%E2%80%99s-action-defies-logic-and-economics" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/governor%E2%80%99s-action-defies-logic-and-economics#comments Advocacy and policy LEED Wed, 14 Dec 2011 05:00:00 +0000 Gunnar Hubbard 2608147 at http://www.usgbc.org A Year of Chapter Advocacy Efforts: Part One http://www.usgbc.org/articles/year-chapter-advocacy-efforts-part-one <p>Despite the long list of challenges that governments face today – the down-economy, which drives budget constraints, which drives partisan politics, which drives gridlock, which fails to deliver basic government services, which can impact the economy… – our green building conversation continues to resonate with diverse audiences. In August, USGBC released a <a href="http://usgbcblog.blogspot.com/2011/08/states-powering-new-innovative-green.html">report</a> detailing some of the conversations that took place in 2011 and how these conversations translated into real world policy impact.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/year-chapter-advocacy-efforts-part-one" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/year-chapter-advocacy-efforts-part-one#comments Advocacy and policy Tue, 13 Dec 2011 05:00:00 +0000 Matt Pearce 2608261 at http://www.usgbc.org Good COP, Bad COP http://www.usgbc.org/articles/good-cop-bad-cop <p><em>Cross-posted from GreenSource's <a href="http://greensource.construction.com/blogs/thegreensource.asp?plckController=Blog&amp;plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&amp;newspaperUserId=f0ebdc71-97ac-48b1-8d5b-db444f00847c&amp;plckPostId=Blog%3af0ebdc71-97ac-48b1-8d5b-db444f00847cPost%3a413389ff-8bae-4fbd-bd14-f59d77379f53&amp;plckScript=blogScript&amp;plckElementId=blogDest">The Green Source</a>: A Blog of Sustainable Building</em></p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/good-cop-bad-cop" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/good-cop-bad-cop#comments Advocacy and policy Mon, 12 Dec 2011 05:00:00 +0000 Jason Hartke 2608278 at http://www.usgbc.org Think Buildings: At the Vanguard of the Green Economy http://www.usgbc.org/articles/think-buildings-vanguard-green-economy <p><em>Cross-posted from GreenSource's <a href="http://greensource.construction.com/blogs/thegreensource.asp?plckController=Blog&amp;plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&amp;newspaperUserId=f0ebdc71-97ac-48b1-8d5b-db444f00847c&amp;plckPostId=Blog:f0ebdc71-97ac-48b1-8d5b-db444f00847cPost:552f031a-af7f-47f9-a836-4f4427ee32c7&amp;plckScript=blogScript&amp;plckElementId=blogDest">The Green Source</a>: A Blog of Sustainable Building</em></p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/think-buildings-vanguard-green-economy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/think-buildings-vanguard-green-economy#comments Advocacy and policy Wed, 07 Dec 2011 05:00:00 +0000 Jason Hartke 2608301 at http://www.usgbc.org Can the Private Sector Play a Bigger Part at COP17? http://www.usgbc.org/articles/can-private-sector-play-bigger-part-cop17 <p><em>Cross-posted from <a href="http://www.greenbiz.com/blog/2011/12/06/can-private-sector-play-bigger-part-cop17">GreenBiz.com</a></em></p> <p>UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres summed up this weekend the hope and frustration that the climate change negotiations -- also known as <a href="http://www.greenbiz.com/topic/COP17">COP 17</a> -- uniquely embody.</p> <p>Speaking this weekend to jet-lagged executives from clean energy companies, she recounted hearing an agitated delegate barking into his cell phone: "I can't talk now. I'm at COP 71!"</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/can-private-sector-play-bigger-part-cop17" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/can-private-sector-play-bigger-part-cop17#comments Advocacy and policy Tue, 06 Dec 2011 05:00:00 +0000 Roger Platt 2608303 at http://www.usgbc.org Lights...Cities...Action http://www.usgbc.org/articles/lightscitiesaction <p><em>Cross-posted from GreenSource's <a href="http://greensource.construction.com/blogs/thegreensource.asp?plckController=Blog&amp;plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&amp;newspaperUserId=f0ebdc71-97ac-48b1-8d5b-db444f00847c&amp;plckPostId=Blog:f0ebdc71-97ac-48b1-8d5b-db444f00847cPost:552f031a-af7f-47f9-a836-4f4427ee32c7&amp;plckScript=blogScript&amp;plckElementId=blogDest">The Green Source</a>: A Blog of Sustainable Building</em></p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/lightscitiesaction" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/lightscitiesaction#comments Advocacy and policy Tue, 06 Dec 2011 05:00:00 +0000 Jason Hartke 2608304 at http://www.usgbc.org Demonstrating the Benefits of Green, Inclusive Housing at the UN Climate Talks http://www.usgbc.org/articles/demonstrating-benefits-green-inclusive-housing-un-climate-talks <p><a href="http://www.cop17-cmp7durban.com/">COP-17</a> has made me proud to be South African for several reasons. First, hosting of the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP) here in Durban, South Africa, has helped to remind the world that the impacts of climate change are already disproportionately impacting the poorest and most vulnerable populations of the world. Perhaps nowhere is this trend best illustrated than here on the continent of Africa.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/demonstrating-benefits-green-inclusive-housing-un-climate-talks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/demonstrating-benefits-green-inclusive-housing-un-climate-talks#comments Community Tue, 06 Dec 2011 05:00:00 +0000 2608312 at http://www.usgbc.org Dispatches from Durban: Climate Talks Can Impact Green Building Worldwide http://www.usgbc.org/articles/dispatches-durban-climate-talks-can-impact-green-building-worldwide <p><em>This is the first in a series of blog entries covering the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP-17) taking place Nov. 28-Dec. 9, 2011, in Durban, South Africa.</em></p> <p>Yes…domestic politics do have consequences and we all need to understand the implications of our own important national policy challenges. But no…it is not possible to ignore the larger global issues that are not discussed rationally in the narrow context of our domestic political debates.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/dispatches-durban-climate-talks-can-impact-green-building-worldwide" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/dispatches-durban-climate-talks-can-impact-green-building-worldwide#comments Advocacy and policy Community Mon, 28 Nov 2011 05:00:00 +0000 Roger Platt 2608320 at http://www.usgbc.org Q&A with Co-chair of the House High-Performance Building Caucus, Rep. Carnahan http://www.usgbc.org/articles/qa-co-chair-house-high-performance-building-caucus-rep-carnahan <p>Congressman Russ Carnahan of Missouri is a long-time supporter of green building initiatives, and the co-chair of the House High-Performance Building Caucus. Rep. Carnahan recently introduced a new bill, the High-Performance Federal Buildings Act. We sat down with Rep. Carnahan to discuss the work he has done on behalf of green building over the past years.</p> <p><strong>You founded and serve as a co-chair of the House High-Performance Building Caucus. Can you discuss the role of the caucus and why you have taken a leadership role on building efficiency issues? </strong></p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/qa-co-chair-house-high-performance-building-caucus-rep-carnahan" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/qa-co-chair-house-high-performance-building-caucus-rep-carnahan#comments Advocacy and policy Tue, 22 Nov 2011 05:00:00 +0000 Bryan Howard 2608323 at http://www.usgbc.org Campaign Spotlight: Home Grown Initiatives Make Green Building a Win–Win http://www.usgbc.org/articles/campaign-spotlight-home-grown-initiatives-make-green-building-win%E2%80%93win <p>USGBC's 79 volunteer-based chapters are consistently finding new and exciting ways to elevate green building practices and programs. Today, I'll spotlight two chapters, whose creative and proactive advocacy initiatives advance the green building conversation and serve as great examples of how USGBC chapters are advocating for more responsible building practices in their communities.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/campaign-spotlight-home-grown-initiatives-make-green-building-win%E2%80%93win" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/campaign-spotlight-home-grown-initiatives-make-green-building-win%E2%80%93win#comments Advocacy and policy Fri, 18 Nov 2011 05:00:00 +0000 Matt Pearce 2608327 at http://www.usgbc.org Who Cares About Better Buildings? A Diverse Group of Companies Answer, “We Do!” http://www.usgbc.org/articles/who-cares-about-better-buildings-diverse-group-companies-answer-%E2%80%9Cwe-do%E2%80%9D <p>As a movement, we knew we had come a long way when President Obama announced the <a href="http://www1.eere.energy.gov/buildings/betterbuildings/">Better Buildings Initiative</a> in February, establishing the goal of slashing energy consumption in commercial buildings 20 percent by 2020. Groups like USGBC, the <a href="http://www.nrdc.org/">Natural Resources Defense Council</a> (NRDC), and the <a href="http://www.rer.org/">Real Estate Roundtable</a> (RER) <a href="http://usgbcblog.blogspot.com/2011/03/lane-burt-director-technical-policy-u.html">applauded the plan</a>.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/who-cares-about-better-buildings-diverse-group-companies-answer-%E2%80%9Cwe-do%E2%80%9D" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/who-cares-about-better-buildings-diverse-group-companies-answer-%E2%80%9Cwe-do%E2%80%9D#comments Advocacy and policy Thu, 17 Nov 2011 05:00:00 +0000 2608331 at http://www.usgbc.org From Red to Blue, States Across the Country Adopt the Green Ribbon Schools Program http://www.usgbc.org/articles/red-blue-states-across-country-adopt-green-ribbon-schools-program <p>Just weeks after the Department of Education <a target="new" href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/utility-nav/blog/11-09-29/Department_of_Education_launches_Green_Ribbon_Schools_Program.aspx">released the framework</a> for the Green Ribbon Schools award, 22 states have announced their participation in this voluntary program. From Pennsylvania to California, red to blue, states are realizing the Green Ribbon Schools program is a way to achieve current goals around the improvement of their education systems.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/red-blue-states-across-country-adopt-green-ribbon-schools-program" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/red-blue-states-across-country-adopt-green-ribbon-schools-program#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 15 Nov 2011 05:00:00 +0000 Nathaniel Allen 2608334 at http://www.usgbc.org “IN A TOUGH ECONOMY, IT’S A REALLY BAD IDEA TO SET FIRE TO MONEY. THAT’S PRETTY MUCH WHAT WE DO WHEN WE WASTE ENERGY.” http://www.usgbc.org/articles/%E2%80%9C-tough-economy-it%E2%80%99s-really-bad-idea-set-fire-money-that%E2%80%99s-pretty-much-what-we-do-when-we-w <p><strong>The Role of Energy Efficiency</strong></p> <p>Now that I have your attention, I will admit that this metaphor is not an original of my own, but rather a provocative and common sense remark made by Peter Molinaro, Vice President of U.S. Government Affairs at the Dow Chemical Company, during a Capitol Hill briefing yesterday on energy efficiency jobs.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/%E2%80%9C-tough-economy-it%E2%80%99s-really-bad-idea-set-fire-money-that%E2%80%99s-pretty-much-what-we-do-when-we-w" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/%E2%80%9C-tough-economy-it%E2%80%99s-really-bad-idea-set-fire-money-that%E2%80%99s-pretty-much-what-we-do-when-we-w#comments Advocacy and policy Tue, 15 Nov 2011 05:00:00 +0000 Maggie Comstock 2608340 at http://www.usgbc.org USGBC and GBC Brasil Urge Governments to “Build the Green Economy from the Ground Up” with Submission to Rio +20 Conference http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-and-gbc-brasil-urge-governments-%E2%80%9Cbuild-green-economy-ground-up%E2%80%9D-submission-rio-20-con <p>On Oct. 31, the U.S. Green Building Council and the <a href="http://gbcbrasil.org.br/">Green Building Council Brasil</a> submitted a joint position paper on sustainability in the built environment for consideration of governments around the world and the U.N. governing body heading up next year's UN Conference on Sustainable Development, <a href="http://www.uncsd2012.org/rio20/">Rio+20</a>.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-and-gbc-brasil-urge-governments-%E2%80%9Cbuild-green-economy-ground-up%E2%80%9D-submission-rio-20-con" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-and-gbc-brasil-urge-governments-%E2%80%9Cbuild-green-economy-ground-up%E2%80%9D-submission-rio-20-con#comments Advocacy and policy Tue, 08 Nov 2011 05:00:00 +0000 Maggie Comstock 2608346 at http://www.usgbc.org 14 Years Later, The Codes Begin to Follow Eisenberg’s Lead http://www.usgbc.org/articles/14-years-later-codes-begin-follow-eisenberg%E2%80%99s-lead <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="307" title="Eisenberg advocates for a light straw clay construction appendix to the 2015 International Residential Code. Photo: D. Eisenberg" alt="Eisenberg advocates for a light straw clay construction appendix" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/DavidEisenberg.jpg?1390405167" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Just yesterday, the International Code Council's membership of code officials put the final touches on the 2012 version of the <a href="http://www.iccsafe.org/igcc">International Green Construction Code</a> (IGCC). For David Eisenberg – Executive Director of the <a href="http://www.dcat.net/">Development Center for Appropriate Technology</a> (DCAT), former USGBC Board member, and long time chair of USGBC's Codes Committee – it was a very clear culmination of a chapter in his life story, and the product of nearly two decades of work.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/14-years-later-codes-begin-follow-eisenberg%E2%80%99s-lead" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/14-years-later-codes-begin-follow-eisenberg%E2%80%99s-lead#comments Advocacy and policy Mon, 07 Nov 2011 05:00:00 +0000 Jeremy Sigmon 2608350 at http://www.usgbc.org “Green Jobs” Versus “Jobs”? – It’s Not a Competition; They’re One in the Same http://www.usgbc.org/articles/%E2%80%9Cgreen-jobs%E2%80%9D-versus-%E2%80%9Cjobs%E2%80%9D-%E2%80%93-it%E2%80%99s-not-competition-they%E2%80%99re-one-same <p>On Oct. 26, USGBC participated in a salon on green jobs and economic growth, hosted by <a href="http://planetforward.org/">Planet Forward</a>. The high-level discussion included U.S. government representatives from several agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Energy, Department of Defense, Department of Labor, and more. Private sector interests, local government representatives and non-profit organizations were also present. The overarching themes of the roundtable were: <ul> <li>Where are the jobs in the clean energy economy?</li> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/%E2%80%9Cgreen-jobs%E2%80%9D-versus-%E2%80%9Cjobs%E2%80%9D-%E2%80%93-it%E2%80%99s-not-competition-they%E2%80%99re-one-same" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/%E2%80%9Cgreen-jobs%E2%80%9D-versus-%E2%80%9Cjobs%E2%80%9D-%E2%80%93-it%E2%80%99s-not-competition-they%E2%80%99re-one-same#comments Advocacy and policy Mon, 31 Oct 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Maggie Comstock 2608476 at http://www.usgbc.org Senators Urge Deficit Commission to Increase Federal Building Efficiency http://www.usgbc.org/articles/senators-urge-deficit-commission-increase-federal-building-efficiency <p>As the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction (JSCDR) continues deliberation on how to provide long term reduction to the national debt, nine Senators, led by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (RI), urged the select committee to adopt a litany of cost saving measures that would make the federal government more effective and reduce federal tax payers' obligation to ineffective building operations.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/senators-urge-deficit-commission-increase-federal-building-efficiency" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/senators-urge-deficit-commission-increase-federal-building-efficiency#comments Advocacy and policy Wed, 26 Oct 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Bryan Howard 2608495 at http://www.usgbc.org Good News Coming from Charlotte with Declaration of Sustainability Week http://www.usgbc.org/articles/good-news-coming-charlotte-declaration-sustainability-week <p>In a continued demonstration of leadership by the City of Charlotte, Mayor Anthony Foxx has signed a proclamation declaring this week as Environmental Sustainability Week in Charlotte. This recent act joins the extensive list of accomplishments by the City and Mecklenburg County to promote sustainability. The <a href="http://www.usgbccrc.org/news/75659/">resolution</a> highlights a number of important environmental strategies, including the role of green buildings in conserving natural resources and reducing operating utility cost for consumers and businesses.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/good-news-coming-charlotte-declaration-sustainability-week" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/good-news-coming-charlotte-declaration-sustainability-week#comments Advocacy and policy Community Tue, 25 Oct 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Bryan Howard 2608498 at http://www.usgbc.org Green Jobs Summit at Greenbuild 2011 Calls for Mobilization around this Common Sense Economic Solution http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-jobs-summit-greenbuild-2011-calls-mobilization-around-common-sense-economic-solution <p>The hustle and bustle of Greenbuild 2011 is now behind us, and we've all returned to our respective homes and jobs to continue "troublemaking." </p> <p>And one area where we need to continue to stir the pot is green jobs. On the Tuesday of Greenbuild, we convened a <a href="http://www.greenbuildexpo.org/education/Greenbuild-Summits/Green-Jobs-Summit.aspx">Green Jobs Summit</a> of more than 40 prominent experts throughout the clean energy economy to brainstorm the successes and challenges experienced in the promotion of the green jobs agenda.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-jobs-summit-greenbuild-2011-calls-mobilization-around-common-sense-economic-solution" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-jobs-summit-greenbuild-2011-calls-mobilization-around-common-sense-economic-solution#comments Advocacy and policy Greenbuild Tue, 25 Oct 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Maggie Comstock 2608501 at http://www.usgbc.org Energy Efficiency in the States in 2012: Will You Help Your State Compete for Top Rank? http://www.usgbc.org/articles/energy-efficiency-states-2012-will-you-help-your-state-compete-top-rank <p>If you've ever wondered if government policy and advocacy can actually make a difference, consider this: Despite what you may often read in the papers, state governments are plowing ahead on making energy efficiency a reality. And as USGBC mentioned in a <a href="http://usgbcblog.blogspot.com/2011/08/states-powering-new-innovative-green.html">recent report</a>, all states are doing something. That just doesn't happen if no one is fighting for it.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/energy-efficiency-states-2012-will-you-help-your-state-compete-top-rank" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/energy-efficiency-states-2012-will-you-help-your-state-compete-top-rank#comments Advocacy and policy Greenbuild Thu, 20 Oct 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Jeremy Sigmon 2608502 at http://www.usgbc.org Accounting for Energy Efficiency: SAVE Act Would Improve Mortage Underwriting, Create Jobs, Save Household Money http://www.usgbc.org/articles/accounting-energy-efficiency-save-act-would-improve-mortage-underwriting-create-jobs-save-h <p>On Wednesday, surrounded by leaders from business, construction, and real estate, USGBC joined Senator Michael Bennet (CO) and Senator Johnny Isakson (GA) to announce the introduction of bipartisan legislation to enhance the current mortgage underwriting and home appraisal practices to account for energy efficiency and other sustainable features.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/accounting-energy-efficiency-save-act-would-improve-mortage-underwriting-create-jobs-save-h" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/accounting-energy-efficiency-save-act-would-improve-mortage-underwriting-create-jobs-save-h#comments Advocacy and policy Thu, 20 Oct 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Bryan Howard 2608505 at http://www.usgbc.org Department of Education launches Green Ribbon Schools Program http://www.usgbc.org/articles/department-education-launches-green-ribbon-schools-program <p>With today's <a href="http://www.ed.gov/blog/2011/09/final-plans-announced-for-green-ribbon-schools/">announcement</a> from Secretary Arne Duncan, the Department of Education has finalized the criteria for the Green Ribbon Schools program and is inviting schools to participate in this landmark initiative.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/department-education-launches-green-ribbon-schools-program" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/department-education-launches-green-ribbon-schools-program#comments Advocacy and policy Thu, 29 Sep 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Nathaniel Allen 2608538 at http://www.usgbc.org Code Guidance for Greener Homes: One Last Shot for the 2012-IGCC http://www.usgbc.org/articles/code-guidance-greener-homes-one-last-shot-2012-igcc <p>If you've followed the development of the International Green Construction Code, you'd know that the code's coverage of low-rise residential buildings has been knocked around like a punching bag. First it was in. But since it was incorporated by reference and the development committee couldn't touch it, the residential content meshed neither with the new code's intent nor with its technical elements. Then it was pulled out. Then, most recently, it was not voted back in… and with this current, last round of opportunity, there's one final chance to put it back in, and do it right.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/code-guidance-greener-homes-one-last-shot-2012-igcc" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/code-guidance-greener-homes-one-last-shot-2012-igcc#comments Advocacy and policy Industry Mon, 26 Sep 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Jeremy Sigmon 2608541 at http://www.usgbc.org Making Charter Schools More Efficient Garners Bi-Partisan Support but Suffers Setback http://www.usgbc.org/articles/making-charter-schools-more-efficient-garners-bi-partisan-support-suffers-setback <p>While many in the <a href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/utility-nav/blog/11-09-09/President_Obama_Announces_25_Billion_For_Improving_Schools.aspx">green schools movement</a> have been focusing on President Obama's "<a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/09/08/american-jobs-act">American Jobs Act</a>" that would allocate $25 billion for school modernization, Tuesday brought a vote on the floor of the House of Representatives to improve the resource efficiency of America's charters schools.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/making-charter-schools-more-efficient-garners-bi-partisan-support-suffers-setback" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/making-charter-schools-more-efficient-garners-bi-partisan-support-suffers-setback#comments Advocacy and policy Thu, 15 Sep 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Bryan Howard 2608572 at http://www.usgbc.org USGBC Lends Support to get PACE Programs Moving http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-lends-support-get-pace-programs-moving <p>USGBC has thrown its support behind the latest legislation effort to revive Property Assessed Clean Energy, or PACE.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-lends-support-get-pace-programs-moving" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-lends-support-get-pace-programs-moving#comments Advocacy and policy Mon, 12 Sep 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Bryan Howard 2608582 at http://www.usgbc.org Senate Panel Signals Support for Commercial Building Energy Survey http://www.usgbc.org/articles/senate-panel-signals-support-commercial-building-energy-survey <p>On Wednesday there was a good sign coming out of the Senate Appropriations Committee for the continued efforts to restart the Commercial Building Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS), the national survey that gathers statistical energy information on U.S. commercial buildings at the Energy Information Administration (EIA).</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/senate-panel-signals-support-commercial-building-energy-survey" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/senate-panel-signals-support-commercial-building-energy-survey#comments Advocacy and policy Sat, 10 Sep 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Bryan Howard 2608584 at http://www.usgbc.org For Prosperity and Security, Build a Resilient Nation http://www.usgbc.org/articles/prosperity-and-security-build-resilient-nation <p>Tonight President Obama will address the nation to outline a jobs plan, propose a robust infrastructure initiative, restore confidence in a fragile economy and ensure our continued leadership in the new global economy.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/prosperity-and-security-build-resilient-nation" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/prosperity-and-security-build-resilient-nation#comments Advocacy and policy Thu, 08 Sep 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Jason Hartke 2608598 at http://www.usgbc.org Clean Energy and Conservation the Silver Bullet the American Economy Needs http://www.usgbc.org/articles/clean-energy-and-conservation-silver-bullet-american-economy-needs <p>One day the history books could say that the Obama Administration's stimulus package of 2009 saved the nation from deep and irreparable financial collapse. But one thing we know right now is that the historic $90 billion investment in clean energy was a significant policy decision for unleashing critical market forces and helping ignite a nascent clean energy economy—a decision that continues to pay clear dividends.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/clean-energy-and-conservation-silver-bullet-american-economy-needs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/clean-energy-and-conservation-silver-bullet-american-economy-needs#comments Advocacy and policy Fri, 02 Sep 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Maggie Comstock 2608601 at http://www.usgbc.org USGBC's Roger Platt, Vice President Joe Biden to Speak at National Clean Energy Summit http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbcs-roger-platt-vice-president-joe-biden-speak-national-clean-energy-summit <p><a href="https://www.usgbc.org/ShowFile.aspx?DocumentID=9105" target="new">Roger Platt</a>, USGBC's Senior Vice President of Global Policy and Law, is to speak at the <a href="http://www.cvent.com/events/national-clean-energy-summit-4-0-the-future-of-energy/event-summary-319a7c3b9c2f45c0ad5aba7a89d2e04c.aspx" target="new">National Clean Energy Summit 4.0: The Future of Energy</a> on Tuesday, August 30, 2011.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbcs-roger-platt-vice-president-joe-biden-speak-national-clean-energy-summit" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbcs-roger-platt-vice-president-joe-biden-speak-national-clean-energy-summit#comments Advocacy and policy Community Mon, 29 Aug 2011 04:00:00 +0000 2608606 at http://www.usgbc.org States Powering New, Innovative Green Building Policy: A Review of This Year's State Activity http://www.usgbc.org/articles/states-powering-new-innovative-green-building-policy-review-years-state-activity <p>Despite a struggling economy that's putting tough budget constraints on states across the nation, the green building marketplace is driving innovation and competition, creating opportunity for savings and new jobs, and – bold though it may sound – our states are working overtime to help <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rick-fedrizzi/green-building-wins-the-f_b_819583.html" target="new">win the future</a>.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/states-powering-new-innovative-green-building-policy-review-years-state-activity" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/states-powering-new-innovative-green-building-policy-review-years-state-activity#comments Advocacy and policy Wed, 17 Aug 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Jeremy Sigmon 2608961 at http://www.usgbc.org Encouraging Energy Efficiency: A Tax Fix Everyone Can Get Behind http://www.usgbc.org/articles/encouraging-energy-efficiency-tax-fix-everyone-can-get-behind <p>Pretend you are a small business owner. You happen to own the building where your business is housed, which has helped you weather the recession. Things seem to be getting better, and you have the opportunity to make some investments in your company that could really pay off in the long run.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/encouraging-energy-efficiency-tax-fix-everyone-can-get-behind" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/encouraging-energy-efficiency-tax-fix-everyone-can-get-behind#comments Advocacy and policy Mon, 15 Aug 2011 04:00:00 +0000 2608970 at http://www.usgbc.org State Lawmakers Convene in Celebration of Green Schools http://www.usgbc.org/articles/state-lawmakers-convene-celebration-green-schools <p>Green schools were the focus of a reception with more than 60 attendees – mostly state lawmakers – at the <a href="http://www.ncsl.org/" target="new">National Conference of State Legislatures</a> (NCSL) this past Tuesday, August 9.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/state-lawmakers-convene-celebration-green-schools" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/state-lawmakers-convene-celebration-green-schools#comments Advocacy and policy Center for Green Schools Fri, 12 Aug 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Nathaniel Allen 2608972 at http://www.usgbc.org House Appropriators Signal Support for Commercial Building Energy Survey http://www.usgbc.org/articles/house-appropriators-signal-support-commercial-building-energy-survey <p>Last week brought good news in the efforts to restart the Commercial Building Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS), a national survey that gathers statistical information on U.S. commercial buildings, at the Energy Information Administration (EIA).</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/house-appropriators-signal-support-commercial-building-energy-survey" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/house-appropriators-signal-support-commercial-building-energy-survey#comments Advocacy and policy LEED Fri, 22 Jul 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Bryan Howard 2608992 at http://www.usgbc.org New Fact Sheet: Principles for reforming the tax deduction for efficient commercial buildings to create 77,000 new jobs and slash energy bills http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-fact-sheet-principles-reforming-tax-deduction-efficient-commercial-buildings-create-770 <p>Today USGBC released a <a href="https://www.usgbc.org/ShowFile.aspx?DocumentID=9726" target="new">fact sheet</a> on the principles for reforming the existing tax deduction for energy efficient commercial buildings, Section 179D, which have united the commercial building industry and environmental advocates in their push to create jobs and slash commercial building energy consumption. These reforms could create 77,000 jobs across the US economy.</p> <p>You can view the fact sheet <a href="https://www.usgbc.org/ShowFile.aspx?DocumentID=9726" target="new">here</a>.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-fact-sheet-principles-reforming-tax-deduction-efficient-commercial-buildings-create-770" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-fact-sheet-principles-reforming-tax-deduction-efficient-commercial-buildings-create-770#comments Advocacy and policy Industry Thu, 21 Jul 2011 04:00:00 +0000 2609011 at http://www.usgbc.org Code Cracking 101: Yes, You Can Help Update Standard 189.1 http://www.usgbc.org/articles/code-cracking-101-yes-you-can-help-update-standard-1891 <p>As I mentioned in my last post, <a href="http://usgbcblog.blogspot.com/2011/07/its-green-building-code-standard-and.html" target="new">it's public review season</a> for green building codes, standards and rating systems! Released in early 2010 as a fully-published <a href="http://www.ansi.org/about_ansi/introduction/introduction.aspx?menuid=1" target="new">ANSI standard</a>, Standard 189.1* has been something of a constant amidst the past year's public review process for the International Green Construction Code (IGCC).</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/code-cracking-101-yes-you-can-help-update-standard-1891" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/code-cracking-101-yes-you-can-help-update-standard-1891#comments Advocacy and policy Tue, 19 Jul 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Jeremy Sigmon 2609012 at http://www.usgbc.org Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Advances USGBC-Supported Building Efficiency Measure http://www.usgbc.org/articles/senate-energy-and-natural-resources-committee-advances-usgbc-supported-building-efficiency- <p>On Thursday, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee took the next step in advancing key building efficiency legislation by reporting favorably S. 1000, the "Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act," introduced by Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) to the Senate.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/senate-energy-and-natural-resources-committee-advances-usgbc-supported-building-efficiency-" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/senate-energy-and-natural-resources-committee-advances-usgbc-supported-building-efficiency-#comments Advocacy and policy Industry Sun, 17 Jul 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Bryan Howard 2609013 at http://www.usgbc.org White House Recognizes Kids Leading Green Schools Movement http://www.usgbc.org/articles/white-house-recognizes-kids-leading-green-schools-movement <p>A diverse group of young people who are advancing green schools within their communities were recently invited to meet with White House officials and offer insight into the role of youth in the green schools movement. Every week, the White House recognizes a group of local leaders who are helping America win the future as <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/champions" target="new"> Champions of Change</a>, and this week's award highlights the efforts of student green school leaders who are inspiring larger community action.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/white-house-recognizes-kids-leading-green-schools-movement" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/white-house-recognizes-kids-leading-green-schools-movement#comments Advocacy and policy Center for Green Schools Thu, 14 Jul 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Nathaniel Allen 2609014 at http://www.usgbc.org It’s Green Building Code, Standard and Rating System Public Review Season! http://www.usgbc.org/articles/it%E2%80%99s-green-building-code-standard-and-rating-system-public-review-season <p>Sharpen your #2 pencils and get out your thick red pen. There's a lot going on this summer in the technical development of green building codes, standards and rating systems, and we need your input. </p> <p>We'll put up some more detail about each of these processes in the near future, but here's a quick overview of what's to come:</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/it%E2%80%99s-green-building-code-standard-and-rating-system-public-review-season" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/it%E2%80%99s-green-building-code-standard-and-rating-system-public-review-season#comments Advocacy and policy LEED Wed, 13 Jul 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Jeremy Sigmon 2609015 at http://www.usgbc.org Congressmen Bass and Tonko Seek to Restore Funds to Key Department of Energy Programs http://www.usgbc.org/articles/congressmen-bass-and-tonko-seek-restore-funds-key-department-energy-programs <p><strong>UPDATE:</strong> The amendment <a href="http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2011/roll548.xm" target="new">failed</a>. </p> <p>As Congressional leaders and the Obama Administration continue to negotiate over long term deficit reduction and the raising of the federal deficit ceiling, the U.S. House of Representatives this week is considering the funding for the Energy and Water Appropriations.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/congressmen-bass-and-tonko-seek-restore-funds-key-department-energy-programs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/congressmen-bass-and-tonko-seek-restore-funds-key-department-energy-programs#comments Advocacy and policy Tue, 12 Jul 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Bryan Howard 2609022 at http://www.usgbc.org Congressional Green Schools Caucus Hosts Green Schools Leaders http://www.usgbc.org/articles/congressional-green-schools-caucus-hosts-green-schools-leaders <p>Representatives Ben Chandler (KY-6), Robert Dold (IL-10) and Jim Matheson (UT-2), the co-chairs of the bi-partisan Congressional Green Schools Caucus, sponsored a briefing on Monday, July 11, to educate their colleagues on the significant financial savings greening our nation's schools can have for school district budgets and the taxpayers who fund them.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/congressional-green-schools-caucus-hosts-green-schools-leaders" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/congressional-green-schools-caucus-hosts-green-schools-leaders#comments Advocacy and policy Center for Green Schools Tue, 12 Jul 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Nathaniel Allen 2609023 at http://www.usgbc.org The House of Representatives Vote on Lighting Efficiency http://www.usgbc.org/articles/house-representatives-vote-lighting-efficiency <p><strong>UPDATE:</strong> The bill, which needed 2/3 to pass, <a href="http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2011/roll563.xml" target="new">failed</a>.</p> <p><strong>UPDATE:</strong> Office of Management and Budget (OMB) <a href="https://www.usgbc.org/ShowFile.aspx?DocumentID=9636" target="new">issues statement</a>, opposes H. R. 2417.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/house-representatives-vote-lighting-efficiency" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/house-representatives-vote-lighting-efficiency#comments Advocacy and policy Mon, 11 Jul 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Bryan Howard 2609024 at http://www.usgbc.org How President Clinton Lifted Green Building onto the National Agenda http://www.usgbc.org/articles/how-president-clinton-lifted-green-building-national-agenda <p><em>Forging green building market solutions and partnerships that save energy, save money and create jobs</em></p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/how-president-clinton-lifted-green-building-national-agenda" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/how-president-clinton-lifted-green-building-national-agenda#comments Advocacy and policy Industry Wed, 29 Jun 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Jason Hartke 2609026 at http://www.usgbc.org Green Building Codes: New Regulatory Approaches Set Sights on Compliance for the Future http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-building-codes-new-regulatory-approaches-set-sights-compliance-future <p><em>First printed in the spring 2011 issue of <a href="http://www.nxtbook.com/dawson/greenroofs/lam_2011spring/" target="new">Living Architecture Monitor</a></em><br /> (Volume 13, No. 2)</p> <p>Now that summer is in full swing, we are all hoping for a bit of calm and relaxation. But kicking off your shoes now may put you behind in the fast-paced green building policy race that has – month after month – continued to increase in speed and momentum since last year's exciting launch of a new set of regulatory tools.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-building-codes-new-regulatory-approaches-set-sights-compliance-future" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-building-codes-new-regulatory-approaches-set-sights-compliance-future#comments Advocacy and policy Industry Tue, 28 Jun 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Jeremy Sigmon 2609027 at http://www.usgbc.org As Green Building Codes and Standards Emerge – Where Do We Go from Here? http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-building-codes-and-standards-emerge-%E2%80%93-where-do-we-go-here <p>The success of the LEED green building rating systems in driving amazing amounts of green building activity, driving focus on a broader spectrum of human and environmental health issues and driving leadership in achieving a more sustainable future has <a href="http://usgbcblog.blogspot.com/2011/04/defending-leed.html" target="new">created space</a> for many other conversations to take place – from the bleeding edge to the minimum code level.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-building-codes-and-standards-emerge-%E2%80%93-where-do-we-go-here" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-building-codes-and-standards-emerge-%E2%80%93-where-do-we-go-here#comments Advocacy and policy LEED Thu, 16 Jun 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Jeremy Sigmon 2609031 at http://www.usgbc.org New Report: Better Buildings = 114,000 New Jobs http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-report-better-buildings-114000-new-jobs <p>Today USGBC, with our partners at the Real Estate Roundtable and the Natural Resources Defense Council, <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/ShowFile.aspx?DocumentID=9531" target="new">released an analysis</a> conducted by the <a href="http://www.peri.umass.edu/" target="new">Political Economy Research Institute</a> that concludes that President Obama's Better Buildings Initiative (BBI) will create over 114,000 jobs.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-report-better-buildings-114000-new-jobs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-report-better-buildings-114000-new-jobs#comments Advocacy and policy Mon, 13 Jun 2011 04:00:00 +0000 2609034 at http://www.usgbc.org USGBC Supported Legislation Highlighted in Senate Energy Hearing http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-supported-legislation-highlighted-senate-energy-hearing <p>Today the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee continued its efforts to craft energy legislation that can gain bipartisan support in the Senate by hearing testimony on key green building and efficiency legislation.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-supported-legislation-highlighted-senate-energy-hearing" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-supported-legislation-highlighted-senate-energy-hearing#comments Advocacy and policy Fri, 10 Jun 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Bryan Howard 2609160 at http://www.usgbc.org Pinpointing the Best Stringency Level for a Green Construction Code http://www.usgbc.org/articles/pinpointing-best-stringency-level-green-construction-code <p>In my <a href="http://usgbcblog.blogspot.com/2011/05/how-stringent-should-first-ever-model.html" target="new">last post</a> I gave a very simple answer to the question, "How stringent should a first-ever model green construction code be?" In sum, the answer is that it should be above current code (but not too far), fully recognizing that these decisions will be the result of important community discussions (like this very in-depth and continually evolving conversation in <a href="http://blog.urbangreencouncil.org/2011/04/planyc-2-0-the-green-codes-task-force/" target="new">New York City</a></p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/pinpointing-best-stringency-level-green-construction-code" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/pinpointing-best-stringency-level-green-construction-code#comments Advocacy and policy Tue, 07 Jun 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Jeremy Sigmon 2609162 at http://www.usgbc.org Building Industry and Environmentalists to Congress: This is How to Encourage Better Buildings http://www.usgbc.org/articles/building-industry-and-environmentalists-congress-how-encourage-better-buildings <p>A few weeks ago USGBC, along with the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Real Estate Roundtable, spearheaded the development of a <a href="https://www.usgbc.org/ShowFile.aspx?DocumentID=9477" target="new">letter sent to several key Senators</a> on proposed changes to the tax deduction for energy-efficient commercial facilities, as put forth by President Obama as a component of the Better Buildings Initiative.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/building-industry-and-environmentalists-congress-how-encourage-better-buildings" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/building-industry-and-environmentalists-congress-how-encourage-better-buildings#comments Advocacy and policy Mon, 06 Jun 2011 04:00:00 +0000 2609167 at http://www.usgbc.org How Stringent Should a First-Ever Model Green Construction Code Be? http://www.usgbc.org/articles/how-stringent-should-first-ever-model-green-construction-code-be <p>You can probably guess that the question of "how far to go?" with this first-of-its-kind national model green construction code attracts a lot of varied answers. In fact, this may be the biggest and most unanswered question surrounding green building code development.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/how-stringent-should-first-ever-model-green-construction-code-be" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/how-stringent-should-first-ever-model-green-construction-code-be#comments Advocacy and policy Thu, 26 May 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Jeremy Sigmon 2609169 at http://www.usgbc.org USGBC Urges Restored Funding for Critical Data Program http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-urges-restored-funding-critical-data-program <p>Today USBGC along with more than 70 organizations, companies and advocacy organizations sent a letter to the Senate and House Appropriations Committees urging that Congress restore funding for the Commercial Building Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS), a national survey that gathers statistical information on U.S. commercial buildings, at the Energy Information Administration (EIA).</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-urges-restored-funding-critical-data-program" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-urges-restored-funding-critical-data-program#comments Advocacy and policy Community Thu, 19 May 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Bryan Howard 2609174 at http://www.usgbc.org IGCC Undergoes Second Round of Public Hearings http://www.usgbc.org/articles/igcc-undergoes-second-round-public-hearings <p>I spent a little more than two days in Dallas this week at the public hearings for the International Green Construction Code. You, too, can tune in and <a href="http://www.iccsafe.org/cs/codes/webcast/Pages/default.aspx?r=webcast">watch them online</a>. You may want to have the <a href="http://www.iccsafe.org/cs/codes/webcast/Pages/default.aspx?r=webcast" target="new">reference material</a> handy and – unless you find this stuff as interesting as I do – some toothpicks for your eyelids and a big cup of coffee.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/igcc-undergoes-second-round-public-hearings" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/igcc-undergoes-second-round-public-hearings#comments Advocacy and policy Thu, 19 May 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Jeremy Sigmon 2609176 at http://www.usgbc.org Government Summit Highlights Accountable, Results-Based Government http://www.usgbc.org/articles/government-summit-highlights-accountable-results-based-government <p>At USGBC's 9th annual <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/govsummit" target="new">Government Summit</a> last week it was as clear to all in attendance that governments at every level are leading by example in building sustainability. Among the signs of progress was Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announcing an increased commitment by the U.S. Navy and Marines to build to LEED Gold, up from their previous LEED Silver commitment. We also saw USGBC award the 2011 Federal Green Building Leadership Awards to both Kathleen Hogan and the ENERGY STAR program for their foundational work.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/government-summit-highlights-accountable-results-based-government" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/government-summit-highlights-accountable-results-based-government#comments Advocacy and policy Mon, 16 May 2011 04:00:00 +0000 2609179 at http://www.usgbc.org Sen. Carper Announces Act to Improve Federal Buildings http://www.usgbc.org/articles/sen-carper-announces-act-improve-federal-buildings <p>With the backdrop of USGBC's eighth annual Government Summit, Senator Tom Carper (DE) announced the introduction of the Reducing Federal Energy Dollars Act of 2011, which aims to improve the operations of owned and leased federal buildings.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/sen-carper-announces-act-improve-federal-buildings" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/sen-carper-announces-act-improve-federal-buildings#comments Advocacy and policy Wed, 11 May 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Bryan Howard 2609181 at http://www.usgbc.org Maryland Legislation Enables Broader Fundamental Protections through Green Building Code http://www.usgbc.org/articles/maryland-legislation-enables-broader-fundamental-protections-through-green-building-code <p>When Governor Martin O'Malley signed <a href="http://mlis.state.md.us/2011rs/billfile/HB0972.htm" target="new">MD HB 972</a> into law today, Maryland took a critical step toward completing the backbone of the <a href="http://usgbcblog.blogspot.com/2011/03/real-progress-solving-green-building.html" target="new">green building policy puzzle</a>.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/maryland-legislation-enables-broader-fundamental-protections-through-green-building-code" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/maryland-legislation-enables-broader-fundamental-protections-through-green-building-code#comments Advocacy and policy Community Tue, 10 May 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Jeremy Sigmon 2609183 at http://www.usgbc.org A Step Toward Utopia: Green Building in Australia and New Zealand http://www.usgbc.org/articles/step-toward-utopia-green-building-australia-and-new-zealand <p>I am doubly blessed and privileged to have both a green job and a globally focused role at USGBC. The increasingly world-wide green building community is making the planet feel a lot smaller and more hospitable these days to those committed to the mission of USGBC and like-minded groups. A trip I took to New Zealand and Australia last month highlighted that reality in a very vivid way.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/step-toward-utopia-green-building-australia-and-new-zealand" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/step-toward-utopia-green-building-australia-and-new-zealand#comments Advocacy and policy Industry Mon, 09 May 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Roger Platt 2609185 at http://www.usgbc.org USGBC Updates White Paper and Introduces a New Policy Brief http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-updates-white-paper-and-introduces-new-policy-brief <p>The green building code conversation has gathered some impressive momentum since <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/Docs/News/IGCCRelease.pdf" target="new">last year's joint release</a> of the International Green Construction Code and Standard 189.1. A handful of jurisdictions have already committed to study how they might implement this set of codes and standards (in the IGCC's Public Version 2.0, Standard 189.1 is included as a jurisdictional compliance option of the IGCC).</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-updates-white-paper-and-introduces-new-policy-brief" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-updates-white-paper-and-introduces-new-policy-brief#comments Advocacy and policy LEED Mon, 02 May 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Jeremy Sigmon 2609186 at http://www.usgbc.org Department of Education Announces Landmark Green Schools Program http://www.usgbc.org/articles/department-education-announces-landmark-green-schools-program <p>Today, the federal government launched an initiative that may be the biggest thing to ever happen to the green schools movement. </p> <p>U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson, and White House Council on Environmental Quality Chair Nancy Sutley announced the creation of a Green Ribbon Schools program. (Read the <a href="https://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/department-education-starts-award-green-schools" target="NEW">Green Ribbon Schools press release from the Department of Education</A>.)</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/department-education-announces-landmark-green-schools-program" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/department-education-announces-landmark-green-schools-program#comments Advocacy and policy Center for Green Schools Tue, 26 Apr 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Nathaniel Allen 2609187 at http://www.usgbc.org Members of Congress Weigh In On Green Schools http://www.usgbc.org/articles/members-congress-weigh-green-schools <p>Earlier this week, Representatives Jim Matheson (UT-2) and Ben Chandler (KY-6), Co-Chairs of the <a href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/caucus" target="new">Congressional Green Schools Caucus</a>, shared a letter with their colleagues in support of green schools. Representative Matheson noted, "As we debate the budget and seek fiscal reform at the local, state, and federal levels, we want to highlight one area where taxpayers are seeing a significant return on their investment: green building, particularly green schools." </p> <p>Read the full letter below.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/members-congress-weigh-green-schools" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/members-congress-weigh-green-schools#comments Advocacy and policy Center for Green Schools Tue, 19 Apr 2011 04:00:00 +0000 2609190 at http://www.usgbc.org Federal Shutdown Looming: Government Efficiency Continues to be Whipping Boy in House Budget Debate http://www.usgbc.org/articles/federal-shutdown-looming-government-efficiency-continues-be-whipping-boy-house-budget-debat <p>With negotiations between the House and Senate failing to reach a breakthrough over a six-month spending bill for the rest of fiscal year 2011 (FY11), Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) and House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY) have released a bill that includes a one-week measure that includes $12 billion in cuts.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/federal-shutdown-looming-government-efficiency-continues-be-whipping-boy-house-budget-debat" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/federal-shutdown-looming-government-efficiency-continues-be-whipping-boy-house-budget-debat#comments Advocacy and policy Sat, 16 Apr 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Bryan Howard 2609395 at http://www.usgbc.org The Next Leadership Challenge: Advancing the Resiliency Agenda http://www.usgbc.org/articles/next-leadership-challenge-advancing-resiliency-agenda <p>The tragedy and sorrow associated with the recent disaster in Japan and the pattern of disasters that have occurred over the past few years in the Gulf of Mexico, Haiti, Indonesia and other countries around the world dramatically underscores the importance of fashioning a new resiliency agenda.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/next-leadership-challenge-advancing-resiliency-agenda" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/next-leadership-challenge-advancing-resiliency-agenda#comments Advocacy and policy Fri, 15 Apr 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Jason Hartke 2609390 at http://www.usgbc.org Final Budget Deal is Still Thin on Important Funding for Green Building http://www.usgbc.org/articles/final-budget-deal-still-thin-important-funding-green-building <p>Late last week, in an effort to avoid the first shutdown of the federal government in 16 years, the Obama administration and Congress agreed on a framework to fund the government for the rest of the fiscal year 2011 (FY11). The broader details of the legislation (scheduled for a vote later this week) have only recently been released.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/final-budget-deal-still-thin-important-funding-green-building" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/final-budget-deal-still-thin-important-funding-green-building#comments Advocacy and policy Fri, 15 Apr 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Bryan Howard 2609192 at http://www.usgbc.org A Plan to Green Every School in Illinois: LEED Task Force Report http://www.usgbc.org/articles/plan-green-every-school-illinois-leed-task-force-report <p>The U.S. Green Building Council-Illinois Chapter held a reception this past week in Springfield, Ill. to mark the release of a comprehensive report identifying opportunities to green all schools in Illinois. The report was the result of more than two years of collaboration between the USGBC-Illinois Chapter, civic and corporate partners, and was commissioned as a result of the October 2009 adoption of <a href="http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/BillStatus.asp?DocNum=45&amp;GAID=10&amp;DocTypeID=HJR&amp;SessionID=76&amp;GA=96" target="new">House Joint Resolution 45</a> by the Illinois General Assembly.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/plan-green-every-school-illinois-leed-task-force-report" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/plan-green-every-school-illinois-leed-task-force-report#comments Advocacy and policy Center for Green Schools Mon, 04 Apr 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Nathaniel Allen 2609404 at http://www.usgbc.org New Fact Sheet Released: Energy Performance in the LEED Rating System http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-fact-sheet-released-energy-performance-leed-rating-system <p>Every building professional knows that green building is a process, not an event. As a tool for encouraging green building, LEED reflects that reality, providing recognition of leadership in each part of that process, from design and construction to operations and maintenance.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-fact-sheet-released-energy-performance-leed-rating-system" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-fact-sheet-released-energy-performance-leed-rating-system#comments LEED Thu, 31 Mar 2011 04:00:00 +0000 2609407 at http://www.usgbc.org An American in Istanbul.... http://www.usgbc.org/articles/american-istanbul <p><strong>Or: How The Turks are Poised to Help Win the Future of Green Building in Europe, Asia and the Middle East</strong></p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/american-istanbul" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/american-istanbul#comments Advocacy and policy Fri, 25 Mar 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Roger Platt 2609426 at http://www.usgbc.org Real Progress: Solving the Green Building Policy Puzzle http://www.usgbc.org/articles/real-progress-solving-green-building-policy-puzzle <p>Welcome to another extremely busy season for state legislative activity. If you haven't started paying attention, the action in most states is in high gear, as most state legislatures meet in the first quarter of the year. Some states are even finishing their 2011 sessions and are already closing their doors until next time around.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/real-progress-solving-green-building-policy-puzzle" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/real-progress-solving-green-building-policy-puzzle#comments Advocacy and policy Wed, 16 Mar 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Jeremy Sigmon 2609432 at http://www.usgbc.org USGBC and the Better Buildings Initiative: How Do We Get Started Sooner? http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-and-better-buildings-initiative-how-do-we-get-started-sooner <p>Pretend you are the President of the United States for a minute. The economy has pulled out of the recession, but everyone is cautious about the fragility of the recovery. To get the energy we need, we're razing mountains in Appalachia and sending billions for oil to undemocratic, unfriendly governments in the Middle East. And last summer oil drilling trashed the Gulf of Mexico and the state economies that depend on it.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-and-better-buildings-initiative-how-do-we-get-started-sooner" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-and-better-buildings-initiative-how-do-we-get-started-sooner#comments Advocacy and policy Tue, 15 Mar 2011 04:00:00 +0000 2609433 at http://www.usgbc.org Gridlock on Government Spending as the House and Senate Duel Over Funding Cuts http://www.usgbc.org/articles/gridlock-government-spending-house-and-senate-duel-over-funding-cuts <p>On Wednesday, the United States Senate failed to break a stalemate on dueling proposals to fund operations of the federal government through the rest of the fiscal year.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/gridlock-government-spending-house-and-senate-duel-over-funding-cuts" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/gridlock-government-spending-house-and-senate-duel-over-funding-cuts#comments Advocacy and policy Fri, 11 Mar 2011 05:00:00 +0000 Bryan Howard 2609436 at http://www.usgbc.org DOE and NREL: Zero Energy Building with Zero Added Costs? http://www.usgbc.org/articles/doe-and-nrel-zero-energy-building-zero-added-costs <p><strong>DOE and NREL: Zero Energy Building with Zero Added Costs? That's what I call Global Leadership. Now Let's Keep it Up.</strong></p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/doe-and-nrel-zero-energy-building-zero-added-costs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/doe-and-nrel-zero-energy-building-zero-added-costs#comments Advocacy and policy Wed, 09 Mar 2011 05:00:00 +0000 Hope Lobkowicz 2609444 at http://www.usgbc.org What’s Holding Us Back From the Global Efficiency Opportunity? http://www.usgbc.org/articles/what%E2%80%99s-holding-us-back-global-efficiency-opportunity <p>What if you were told that the United Nations, scientists, and economists had already identified the biggest opportunity for greenhouse gas emission reductions? That the key strategies for pursuing that opportunity were also the least costly to society? </p> <p>And finally—what if these greenhouse gas emission reduction strategies worked in tandem with successful economic development of emerging economies, and to the long-term resiliency of communities?</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/what%E2%80%99s-holding-us-back-global-efficiency-opportunity" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/what%E2%80%99s-holding-us-back-global-efficiency-opportunity#comments Advocacy and policy Tue, 01 Mar 2011 05:00:00 +0000 Hope Lobkowicz 2609452 at http://www.usgbc.org Across the Country, Legislators and Their Constituents Actively Support Green Schools http://www.usgbc.org/articles/across-country-legislators-and-their-constituents-actively-support-green-schools <p>Since the start of the new year, legislators at all levels of government from across the country have been busy attending and hosting big events to advance green schools. State legislators in the <a href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/50-for-50-caucus.aspx" target="new">50 for 50 Green Schools Caucus Initiative</a> have been particularly active. Here are the highlights:</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/across-country-legislators-and-their-constituents-actively-support-green-schools" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/across-country-legislators-and-their-constituents-actively-support-green-schools#comments Advocacy and policy Center for Green Schools Fri, 25 Feb 2011 05:00:00 +0000 Nathaniel Allen 2609453 at http://www.usgbc.org Green Building on the Chopping Block in House Spending Measure http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-building-chopping-block-house-spending-measure <p>Representing one of the first significant acts of the new Republican majority, the House of Representatives is poised to pass a bill that would cut federal government programs by over $61 billion. There is no question that with the spiraling federal deficit, Congress <em>does</em> need to cut wasteful, duplicative and outdated programs - but let's take a look at some of the good federal programs that the House is considering to devastate or eliminate.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-building-chopping-block-house-spending-measure" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-building-chopping-block-house-spending-measure#comments Advocacy and policy Tue, 22 Feb 2011 05:00:00 +0000 Bryan Howard 2609459 at http://www.usgbc.org Congressional Outlook Uncertain, but Executive Branch Opportunity Abounds http://www.usgbc.org/articles/congressional-outlook-uncertain-executive-branch-opportunity-abounds <p>There has been a whole lot of negative talk about the prospects for energy, climate or other significant legislation coming out of our newly divided Congress, and that is not the best news for the green building industry. However, this does not imply that green building advocates should pack up and go home – in fact, it means quite the contrary.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/congressional-outlook-uncertain-executive-branch-opportunity-abounds" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/congressional-outlook-uncertain-executive-branch-opportunity-abounds#comments Advocacy and policy Tue, 15 Feb 2011 05:00:00 +0000 2609463 at http://www.usgbc.org Rick Fedrizzi on Winning the Future http://www.usgbc.org/articles/rick-fedrizzi-winning-future <p>Read USGBC Founding Chairman Rick Fedrizzi's piece on President Obama's Better Buildings Initiative<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rick-fedrizzi/green-building-wins-the-f_b_819583.html" target="new"> in the The Huffington Post</a>:</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/rick-fedrizzi-winning-future" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/rick-fedrizzi-winning-future#comments Advocacy and policy Community Fri, 11 Feb 2011 20:03:45 +0000 2609465 at http://www.usgbc.org From Cutting Edge to Common Practice: How Green Building Rating Systems Contribute to Energy Efficient Building Codes http://www.usgbc.org/articles/cutting-edge-common-practice-how-green-building-rating-systems-contribute-energy-efficient- <p>2010 was a big year for building energy efficiency and state and national codes. The success of the year can be directly traced to decades of familiarity with green building programs as well as nationwide uptake of LEED.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/cutting-edge-common-practice-how-green-building-rating-systems-contribute-energy-efficient-" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/cutting-edge-common-practice-how-green-building-rating-systems-contribute-energy-efficient-#comments Advocacy and policy LEED Wed, 09 Feb 2011 05:00:00 +0000 Jeremy Sigmon 2609467 at http://www.usgbc.org