All articles http://new.leedonline.com/articles/all en USGBC Announces New Director in Nevada http://new.leedonline.com/articles/usgbc-announces-new-director-nevada <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="948" height="375" alt="" src="http://new.leedonline.com/sites/default/files/press-release-j_3_0.png?1487791746" /> </div> </div> </div> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Jeneane Harter will advance the state&rsquo;s momentum toward green infrastructure policies and a more sustainable future</em></p> <p>Washington, D.C.&mdash;(Feb. 7, 2017)&mdash;Today,&nbsp;USGBC announced the appointment of <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/jeneane-harter/0011146976" target="_blank">Jeneane Harter</a> as the director of <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/usgbc-nevada" target="_blank">USGBC Nevada</a>. In this role, Harter will work to advance USGBC&rsquo;s mission to transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated through localized engagement and outreach throughout Nevada.</p> <p>As director of USGBC Nevada, Harter will collaborate on initiatives with local stakeholders and communities to create a built environmental that prioritizes environmental and human health. Harter will also work to expand the use of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/leed" target="_blank">LEED</a>, the world&rsquo;s most widely used green building rating system, and advocate on behalf of the green building sector. &nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;Jeneane&rsquo;s experience in the business and nonprofit world provides her with the insight&nbsp; she needs to work collaboratively with a variety of stakeholders in the USGBC Nevada community while forging new relationships to increase USGBC&rsquo;s reach,&rdquo; said&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/kimberly-lewis/0000029816" target="_blank">Kimberly Lewis</a>, senior vice president of community advancement, USGBC. &ldquo;We are thrilled to have her lead our efforts in the use of LEED in Nevada, and to continue building upon Nevada&rsquo;s success of having one of the fastest growing green building industries in the country.&rdquo;</p> <p>With more than 25 years of experience in consulting in the technology industry, Harter has worked extensively in her career to promote Nevada&rsquo;s green energy infrastructure. She founded the first renewable energy consulting firm in Nevada, specializing in the development and communication of clean energy policies in the state. Major successes during her time included the creation of renewable energy programs and statutes based on recommended policies for the development of the state&rsquo;s renewable energy resources.</p> <p>Harter also served as a consultant to the Nevada Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation Task Force and to the Governor&rsquo;s Office of Energy under two of Nevada&rsquo;s governors. In this role, she was involved with the development of Nevada&rsquo;s Energy Portfolio Standard, Green Building (LEED) Tax Abatement program, Renewable Energy Tax Abatements and the Renewable Generations program. She has served as the chair of the Nevada Conservation League C-4 Board of Directors and was the executive director of the Nevada Wilderness Project, which raised millions of dollars for wildlife habitat conservation in the state.</p> <p>Harter also helped launch the Sustainable Nevada EcoStudents program, which aids schools in the design and implementation of programs that promote a holistic approach to teaching ecosystems and sustainable design through curriculum; building retrofits; and a robust, hands-on community engagement program.</p> <p>&ldquo;Nevada was recently ranked sixth in the U.S. for having the most LEED certifications per capita in 2016&mdash;highlighting our continued commitment to the growth of green infrastructure, &rdquo; said Harter. &ldquo;I&rsquo;ve spent most of my career working toward a more sustainable Nevada, and I&rsquo;m thrilled to continue in this role. I will continue to position Nevada as a leader in sustainable development and ensure that generations to come are able to live, work and play in green buildings.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p>Last year, 22 commercial projects achieved LEED certification, totaling 6.4 million gross square feet (GSF)&mdash;equivalent to 2.37 certified GSF per capita. In addition, between 2015 and 2018, green building in the state of Nevada is expected to support 199,000 green construction jobs and $11.33 billion in labor earnings, according to USGBC&rsquo;s&nbsp;<a href="http://go.usgbc.org/2015-Green-Building-Economic-Impact-Study.html" target="_blank">2015 Green Building Economic Impact Study</a>.</p> <p>USGBC&rsquo;s integrated community gives regional and state green building leaders and volunteers the opportunity to focus on driving local growth with the support of its global green building network. By creating a network of building local leaders, USGBC communities are transforming the way we think about how buildings and communities are designed, constructed, maintained and operated to achieve a sustainable built environment for generations to come.</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "58a769e47144ed0053000792", "58ade6751cd0e700350006c1"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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They are centers of innovation, culture and community pride that can represent a city, a region and even whole countries. They also serve as important catalysts for development, bringing together planners, architects, developers, local government officials and residents to invest in the future growth and health of their communities.</p> <p>In our recent&nbsp;<a href="https://readymag.com/usgbc/venues/" target="_blank">LEED in Motion: Venues&nbsp;report</a>, we explored the ways in which <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/leed" target="_blank">LEED</a>-certified venues positively impact the overall experience of visitors, employee, and community stakeholders alike. These venues are huge platforms for owners and communities to demonstrate their commitment to doing environmental good.</p> <h3>Growing the community</h3> <p>By nature, these spaces consume considerable energy and water resources, while also producing large quantities of waste. Implementing green practices in these spaces is not only a good business model in the long run, but as more and more operators embrace the role of environmental stewards and community ambassadors, they also inspire others to be proactive in the areas of social responsibility and sustainability.&nbsp;</p> <p>Venues, and especially sports stadiums, have outsized impacts on both the environment and the community, given their size and scope. Every year, the top 200 stadiums in the U.S. alone draw roughly 181 million visitors. So it&rsquo;s no surprise that the area surrounding a stadium grows to accommodate a fluctuating population; but the venue itself also attracts a new crop of permanent neighbors.</p> <p>Restaurants, hotels and retail spaces pop up to serve the crowds, followed by offices and other commercial buildings, which often ultimately leads to new residential development. At USGBC, our mission is to transform the spaces where we live, work, learn and play, and venues play an integral role in that equation, often encouraging the redevelopment of districts to be more connected, accessible and pedestrian-friendly.</p> <h3>Nationals Park scores for D.C.&nbsp;</h3> <p>You need look no further than <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-silver-nationals-park-model-green-sports" target="_blank">Nationals Park</a>, located in southeast Washington, D.C., to see the economic, social and environmental benefits that come with LEED-certified venues. Opened in 2008, the park currently makes&nbsp;<a href="http://www.bizjournals.com/washington/morning_call/2016/06/d-c-councilman-jack-evans-nats-park-revenue-is-a.html" target="_blank">$35 million</a>&nbsp;in annual revenue, and estimates suggest that the city generates about $100 million in annual tax revenue from redevelopment around the stadium&rsquo;s Capital Riverfront area. On top of that, this remediated brownfield site is easily accessible to public transportation, and its&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/projects/nationals-stadium">LEED Silver certification</a>&nbsp;is just one of many ways that the city demonstrates green building leadership.</p> <p><img src="https://kapost-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/direct/1487693672-63-2784/usgbc_83185432_Medium.jpg" style="vertical-align: middle;" width="948" height="632" /></p> <p>Perhaps the biggest benefit to come out of the park&rsquo;s development is the revival of community and the resurgence of southeast D.C.&rsquo;s neighborhoods, as more and more&nbsp;<a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/nationals/nationals-park-has-become-an-urban-development-triumph-who-knew/2016/09/14/7cf60e3c-7a80-11e6-bd86-b7bbd53d2b5d_story.html?utm_term=.c917b0b3387c" target="_blank">people are attracted</a>&nbsp;by new residential, retail and entertainment offerings&mdash;as well as plenty of green space. <a href="http://theyardsdc.com/" target="_blank">The Yards</a>, a 10-minute walk from Nationals Park, is a 42-acre riverfront park featuring sculpture installations and water features and framed by new high-rise apartments and restaurants that encourage people to come and stay.</p> <p>Like many other venues, Nationals Park anchors the community, spurs growth and contributes to an authentic identity that&rsquo;s tied to the built environment. Beyond giving a defined purpose for city districts, venues give people a place to connect and share their experiences. When built to LEED standards, venues also have a lasting effect on the environment, local business, the people and the future of the cities that they represent. &nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/follow-leed-motion-venues-report-our-green-going-out-guide" target="_blank" class="button">See more LEED venues</a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "58a5e178f0ee5500b70002b8", "58adc4c914ba5400cb0003f5"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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DRPP was supported by two utility sponsors&mdash;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/organizations/southern-california-edison?view=overview" target="_blank">Southern California Ediso</a>n and <a href="https://www.nvenergy.com/" target="_blank">NV Energy</a>&mdash;and two technology sponsors: <a href="https://melrok.com" target="_blank">MelRo</a>k and <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/organizations/enerliance-inc" target="_blank">Enerliance</a>.</p> <p>Following an outreach campaign of emails and phone calls to <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/leed" target="_blank">LEED</a>-registered projects, DRPP received over 200 survey responses from buildings participating in or contemplating participating in DR globally. We followed up with 20 building owners and facility managers in California with experience participating in demand response to learn more about their motivations, concerns and expectations.</p> <p>Although improved energy efficiency and lower utility bills were the biggest motivators, many respondents also cited environmental impacts and corporate image as key reasons for participating in demand response (Figure 1).</p> <p><img height="412" src="https://kapost-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/direct/1487690888-143-4688/Article2_image1.png" style="vertical-align: middle;" width="672" /></p> <p><em>Figure 1.&nbsp;Motivation for Participating in Demand Response (Select all that apply)</em></p> <p>We asked participants about their top concerns before, during and after participation. The top concern before participation was the expected costs and savings. However, once projects committed to participating, the top concern became occupant comfort (Figure 2). During participation, the top concerns were operational, as facility managers sought to balance the duration of the event and the intensity of the load shed with occupant comfort.</p> <p><img height="393" src="https://kapost-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/direct/1487708265-123-2660/Article2_image2.png" style="vertical-align: middle;" width="672" /></p> <p><em>Figure 2.&nbsp;Top 3 Concerns Before Enrollment, After Enrollment and During Participation</em></p> <p>During participation, the majority of respondents found that achieving the operational requirements of demand response (number of events per season, event duration and load shed) was somewhat easy or easy (Figure 3).</p> <p><img height="401" src="https://kapost-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/direct/1487708301-103-6551/Aricle2_image3.png" style="vertical-align: middle;" width="672" /></p> <p><em>Figure 3.&nbsp;Ease/Difficulty of Participating in DR</em></p> <p>The majority of respondents also said that cost savings from DR participation met expectations or exceeded them (67 percent and 11&nbsp;percent, respectively) and that they could achieve the necessary load shed for the event duration with only minor impacts on occupant comfort (45&nbsp;percent), or even none at all (33&nbsp;percent) (Figures 4 and 5). However, 22&nbsp;percent of respondents said cost savings did not meet expectations, and 22&nbsp;percent of respondents indicated that participating in demand response had major impacts on occupant comfort.</p> <p><img height="438" src="https://kapost-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/direct/1487691016-103-4427/Aricle2_image4.png" style="vertical-align: middle;" width="672" /></p> <p><em>Figure 4.&nbsp;Actual Cost Savings and Expectations</em></p> <p><img height="494" src="https://kapost-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/direct/1487691045-53-5194/Article%202_image5.png" style="vertical-align: middle;" width="672" />&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Figure 5.&nbsp;Impact on Occupant Comfort</em></p> <h3>About this series</h3> <p>This article is the second in a four-part series about demand response and the Demand Response Partnership Program:</p> <ol> <li><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-and-demand-response-piloting-demand-response-leed" target="_blank">Piloting demand response in LEED</a></li> <li>Understanding participant experience and perceptions</li> <li>Quantifying the impacts of demand response</li> <li>Implementing demand response: Case studies</li> </ol> <p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-and-demand-response-piloting-demand-response-leed" target="_blank" class="button">Read the first article in the series</a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "58a5e06cf0ee55003f000284", "58adb5d4f67d80000d00058f"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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EDGE certification is available from&nbsp;<a href="http://www.gbci.org/" target="_blank">GBCI</a>&nbsp;in over 120 emerging market countries.</p> <p><a href="https://edge.gbci.org/what-you-need-know-become-edge-expert">EDGE Experts</a>&nbsp;are architects, engineers and construction industry professionals who serve as trusted resources and advisers on EDGE certification. EDGE Experts provide outstanding value to their clients by bringing their skills, insights and knowledge of the EDGE software to inspire confidence that a project can achieve EDGE certification. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>LEED APs are automatically qualified to become EDGE Experts. All a LEED AP needs to do to become an EDGE Expert is complete the two simple steps below. If you are not a LEED AP, you must have either a higher education qualification in a construction industry-related field <em>or</em> three years of experience working in the construction industry as a skilled professional or tradesperson plus a higher education qualification (not necessarily in a construction industry-related field) to be eligible to become an EDGE Expert.</p> <h3>1. Complete training from GBCI</h3> <p>To become an EDGE Expert, you will need to take GBCI&rsquo;s EDGE Technical Workshop, which is designed to help participants understand the EDGE standard, use the EDGE software and navigate the certification process. You&rsquo;ll even receive eight CE hours to apply toward your LEED AP credential maintenance requirements.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/education/sessions/edge-technical-online-workshop-10528233">Register today</a>&nbsp;for our new online version of the course.</p> <p><strong>EDGE Technical Online Workshop</strong></p> <p><strong>Cost:</strong>&nbsp;$150 USD</p> <p>Available on demand in English&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/education/sessions/edge-technical-online-workshop-10528233" target="_blank" class="button">Register for the class</a></p> <h3>2.&nbsp;Pass the EDGE Exam</h3> <p>All candidates must pass the EDGE Exam in order to become an EDGE Expert.&nbsp;<a href="https://edge.gbci.org/how-pass-edge-exam-your-first-try" target="_blank">We&rsquo;ve compiled some tips</a> to help you pass the EDGE Exam on your first try.</p> <p>The EDGE Exam is administered by Prometric (a third-party testing center) and currently costs $60 USD. A complete list of testing center locations may be found at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.prometric.com/edge" target="_blank">prometric.com/edge</a>&nbsp;by clicking on the &ldquo;Locate a Test Center&rdquo; link. The exam is administered via computer and consists of 75 multiple-choice questions, with a 2.5-hour limit. All exams are closed-book. The exam is currently available in English, Chinese, Spanish, Vietnamese and Indonesian Bahasa.</p> <p>Please&nbsp;<a href="mailto:edgeexam@ifc.org" target="_blank">contact IFC</a>&nbsp;with any additional questions about the EDGE Exam.</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "58a759184b6d2a00b700016a", "58ada94b3049310049000082"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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In this role, Bryan will work to amplify healthy, sustainable buildings throughout the Washington, D.C., metro area and advocate on behalf of the green building sector. &nbsp;</p> <p>As director of USGBC National Capital Region, Bryan will engage members, stakeholders and local communities to collaborate on initiatives that advance USGBC&rsquo;s mission to transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated. He will also work to expand the use of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/leed" target="_blank">LEED</a>, the world&rsquo;s most widely used green building rating system.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Where are you from?</strong></p> <p>I&rsquo;m originally from Long Island in New York, but have been a Washingtonian since 1998.</p> <p><strong>What&rsquo;s your favorite thing to do in in your town on a Saturday afternoon?</strong></p> <p>I love checking out the latest exhibits at Smithsonian museums, especially the American Art Museum, where my wife works.</p> <p><strong>Who would you want to go to dinner with&mdash;living or dead?</strong></p> <p>Without a doubt, I would dine with Albert Einstein. Not only was he a revolutionary physicist, he was also a deeply spiritual person who saw no distinction between science and spirituality. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>What&rsquo;s your proudest accomplishment?</strong></p> <p>As a partnerships officer for the United Nations Foundation, I helped secure tens of thousands of vaccinations for children around the world.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Who is your favorite superhero, and why?</strong></p> <p>My favorite superhero is Wolverine, since he can take whatever beating comes his way and keep pushing forward. Also, he has amazing hair.</p> <p><strong>What&rsquo;s your background, and what motivated you to pursue a career in sustainability?</strong></p> <p>I&rsquo;ve served in the nonprofit sector for the past 17 years and worked on wide range of issues, including global health, international development, environmental conservation, climate and energy policy, corporate sustainability and green buildings. After spending six years working on population and climate change issues, I became very passionate about solving the climate crisis and shifted my attention to renewable energy and energy efficiency.</p> <p>After learning that 40 percent of America&rsquo;s energy is used in buildings, I decided to dedicate my career to improving building energy efficiency, changing attitudes around sustainability and improving indoor environmental quality. Taken together, all of these factors make a real difference in the lives of building occupants and the areas where they&rsquo;re located.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>What impact does LEED have on the National Capital Region?</strong></p> <p>Buildings in D.C., Maryland and Virginia have been transformed by LEED over the past 15 years. Our region consistently makes the top 10 list for statewide LEED projects because our markets have come to expect top-quality buildings and spaces. Local governments have implemented green building codes with LEED in mind, and all the federal buildings and spaces require LEED certification, further cementing LEED&rsquo;s status as a virtual requirement in the region. We&rsquo;ve helped define industry standards, and I expect we&rsquo;ll continue to push the envelope for years to come.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>What excites you most about joining the USGBC team?</strong></p> <p>Having worked in the green building industry at that international level at the United Nations Foundation, and at the national level at the Institute for Market Transformation, I&rsquo;m very exciting to be serving my local community in my new role as director of the National Capital Region. I feel fortunate that so much incredible work is already under way and look forward to spotlighting stories of success and sustainability from our members and partners.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>What part of the sustainability movement inspires you the most?</strong></p> <p>The dedication and enthusiasm of the people involved in our community and our movement inspire me every day. We&rsquo;ve got some of the most talented people in the green building industry right in our backyard, and I&rsquo;m always amazing by how they step up, year after year, to volunteer their time and energy to improve our communities.</p> <p><strong>What&rsquo;s your favorite LEED project?</strong></p> <p>I may be biased because I&rsquo;ve been to a few events there, but <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/organizations/nixon-peabody-llp" target="_blank">Nixon Peabody</a>&rsquo;s LEED Platinum ID+C: Commercial Interiors project in their D.C. headquarters is very impressive. Working in partnership with Perkins + Will, they created warm, welcoming spaces that are healthy and sustainable while using cutting-edge technology and biophilic design principles. They also completed a solar project that provides energy to local low-income residents on top of their LEED project, making it my favorite project so far.</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "58a7651228f4a700a300039b", "58aca7fc78b0ac002b000028"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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The event takes place in the PG&amp;E Pacific Energy Center's main halls (first and second floors). We are looking for volunteers who are comfortable in a professional environment, enjoy volunteering and are eager to help.</p> <p>The March 21 event is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and we will need volunteers from 6:15 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., as well as in the days leading up to the event. Shifts are in three-hour increments.&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="https://kapost-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/direct/1487688036-173-4157/volunteer-recruit-3%20_1_.jpg" style="vertical-align: middle;" width="800" height="534" /></p> <p>We need your help to ensure a successful event!</p> <p>Questions? <a href="mailto:northerncalifornia@usgbc.org" target="_blank">Contact USGBC Northern California</a>.</p> <p><a href="https://goo.gl/forms/sMN2vyMcng7gJkAH2" target="_blank" class="button">Register to volunteer</a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "58a484414c0ab4009900058a", "58ac994b15a7cd000d000040"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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In this role, Bryan will work to amplify healthy, sustainable buildings throughout the Washington, D.C., metro area and advocate on behalf of the green building sector.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>As director of USGBC National Capital Region, Bryan will engage members, stakeholders and local communities to collaborate on initiatives that advance USGBC&rsquo;s mission to transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated. He will also work to expand the use of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/leed" target="_blank">LEED</a>, the world&rsquo;s most widely used green building rating system.</p> <p>&ldquo;With more than a decade of nonprofit experience in Washington, D.C., Mark brings a wealth of development and partnership building experience to the USGBC community,&rdquo; said <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/kimberly-lewis/0000029816" target="_blank">Kimberly Lewis</a>, senior vice president of community advancement, USGBC. &ldquo;We are excited to have him continue to build on our successes in the Washington, D.C., metro region, cultivate new relationships and expand the local USGBC network as we transform the built environment and advance human and environmental health.&rdquo;</p> <p>Most recently, Bryan was the corporate relations manger for the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT), an area nonprofit that works toward energy efficiency in the built environment through research, policy and programs. In this role, Bryan developed a corporate relations program designed to meet IMT&rsquo;s climate goals through collaborations with commercial real estate and building services companies. He also instituted the first corporate foundation fundraising program and cultivated corporate partnerships across all sectors.</p> <p>Bryan previously served as the officer for foundation relations at the World Wildlife Fund, and as an officer for global partnerships for the United Nations Foundation, where he managed partnerships for the foundation&rsquo;s building energy efficiency program. He holds a master's degree in international development from American University and a bachelor of arts degree in international affairs from The George Washington University, both in Washington, D.C.</p> <p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m thrilled to be joining USGBC National Capital Region&nbsp;and continuing my work on behalf of the green building sector,&rdquo; said Bryan. &ldquo;I look forward to collaborating with my local network to develop and implement market-based tools to advance the green building industry and communicate the business case for a more sustainable, healthier built environment.&rdquo;</p> <p>The mid-Atlantic region, which includes Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C., is the center of green building. Currently, the District has more than 775 LEED-certified buildings, totaling nearly 136.45 million square feet, the highest square footage per capita in the country.</p> <p>In the United States alone, green construction will account for more than 3.3 million U.S. jobs, generate $190.3 billion in labor earnings and direct contribute $303.5 billion to the U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) from 2015&ndash;2018, according to USGBC&rsquo;s&nbsp;<a href="http://go.usgbc.org/2015-Green-Building-Economic-Impact-Study.html" target="_blank">2015 Green Building Economic Impact Study</a>.</p> <p>USGBC&rsquo;s integrated community gives regional and state green building leaders and volunteers the opportunity to focus on driving local growth with the support of its global green building network. By creating a network of building local leaders, USGBC communities are transforming the way we think about how buildings and communities are designed, constructed, maintained and operated to achieve a sustainable built environment for generations to come.</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "58a7627628f4a7000d00060d", "58ac930eca58fc00b70000e9"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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Best of all, this event is free.</p> <p>A free ticket will allow you access to all feature areas of the show, including:</p> <ul> <li>Over 70 conference presentations and 22 hours of AIA CES training workshops</li> <li>Networking parties</li> <li>150-booth exhibition</li> <li>Women in construction networking session and panel discussion</li> <li>Seven curated summits focusing on the very latest industry developments in sustainability, infrastructure, real estate, health and safety, government policy, digital construction and architecture</li> </ul> <p>Topics include:</p> <ul> <li>The Future of Buildings</li> <li>The Potential for Green Residential Real Estate and Green Living</li> <li>Redevelopment of Existing Buildings</li> <li>Green Globes for New Construction</li> </ul> <p>USGBC will be there&mdash;will you?</p> <p><a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-sustainability-summit-at-new-york-build-2017-free-to-attend-tickets-29814991442?aff=USGBC" target="_blank" class="button">Register for your free ticket today</a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "58a71523e57b94000d000315", "58ac6b409cbb9d0067000109"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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But given how close the rankings were this past year, we didn&rsquo;t think it was enough to only showcase the first 10 states on our list.</p> <p>These five states didn&rsquo;t make the official cut, but are nonetheless driving change by engaging business, nonprofit and government stakeholders to make a demonstrable impact on their residents&rsquo; quality of life:</p> <h3>#11: Ohio</h3> <p>Ohio just barely missed the Top 10 list, placing 11th&nbsp;on the 2016 annual ranking of U.S. states by LEED-certified space per capita, with 17.40 million square feet certified in 2016, equivalent to 1.51 certified gross square feet per capita. Of the 122 commercial projects certified in the state last year, 35 were LEED-certified, 64 were Silver and 23 were Gold. Notably, nearly 46 percent of all projects certified in the past year were schools, 32 of which were K&ndash;12 projects, with an additional 24 projects certified under the purview of higher education institutions.</p> <p>Ohio made a longstanding commitment to its schools with the passage of&nbsp;<a href="http://public-policies.usgbc.org/policy-index?search_api_views_fulltext=Ohio">Resolution #07-124</a>&nbsp;by the Ohio Facilities Commission in September 2007, which approved the incorporation of energy efficiency and sustainable design features into all future and some previously approved school projects. All K&ndash;12 public school projects approved under this resolution that receive funding to pursue certification are required to meet a minimum of LEED Silver, with strong encouragement to achieve Gold.</p> <h3>#12: Georgia</h3> <p>Georgia ranks 12th&nbsp;on the list, with 14.34 million GSF of LEED-certified space, or 1.48 feet of certified space per capita&mdash;a 2 percent difference separating our 11th&nbsp;and 12th&nbsp;place rankings. Georgia certified 86 commercial projects in the last year, 25 of which were LEED-certified, 31 Silver, 28 Gold and two Platinum. In a departure from the popular rating system trends among the Top 10 States, the most popular rating system in Georgia in 2016 was BD+C, with 52 projects certified, followed by ID+C with 19 projects, and finally, 15 projects were certified under O+M.</p> <p>Atlanta, which will host the&nbsp;<a href="http://greenschoolsconference.org" target="_blank">Green Schools Conference</a>&nbsp;presented by USGBC in March, boasted the most projects of any city in the state in 2016, with 34 certifications. To the north of the capital, the city of Roswell saw the second largest total of certified projects&mdash;an accomplishment for the seventh largest city in the state and due in part to a the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/projects/mansell-overlook-300-v3-recertification-0" target="_blank">recertification of a group of office buildings</a>&nbsp;by the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/organizations/sustainable-investment-group-llc" target="_blank">Sustainable Investment Group</a>. There were also many projects that certified under the retail adaptation for BD+C and ID+C, helmed by notable brands like&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/organizations/starbucks-coffee-company" target="_blank">Starbucks</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/organizations/chickfila-inc" target="_blank">Chick-Fil-A</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/organizations/pnc-financial-services-group" target="_blank">PNC Bank</a>.&nbsp;</p> <h3>#13: Pennsylvania</h3> <p>Pennsylvania followed on the heels of Georgia, with 17.98 million certified GSF of space, or 1.42 per capita. Of the 115 commercial projects certified last year, about 42 percent were certified to the Silver level (48 projects), followed by LEED-certified and LEED Gold (32 projects each), and then LEED Platinum (three projects). Also deviating from the trend patterns in the Top 10 States, BD+C was the most popular rating system in Pennsylvania in 2016, with a whopping 73 projects, followed by ID+C with 57 projects, and then O+M with 13 projects.</p> <p>Notably, five projects certified last year were warehouse and distribution spaces, although again, schools projects were widely popular, with 21 higher education projects and 10 K&ndash;12 projects. Pennsylvania actively supports green schools on the city level through&nbsp;<a href="http://public-policies.usgbc.org/policy-index?search_api_views_fulltext=pennsylvania+" target="_blank">Act 46</a>, which was passed by the Pennsylvania legislature in July 2005 to amended school construction reimbursement rates for state public schools, specifically adjusting the approved building construction cost of a Silver, Gold or Platinum LEED-certified school facility by providing extra funds according to pupil capacity.</p> <h3>#14: New Hampshire</h3> <p>New Hampshire, with its population of 1.32 million residents (as of the 2010 Census), comes in at number 14 on our list, with nine LEED commercial projects certified in 2016&mdash;representing 1.65 million square feet of certified space, or 1.25 per capita. Six of the projects were certified to the LEED Silver level, two were LEED-certified, and one achieved Gold. These projects span seven cities across the state and represent a diverse range of space types, from offices to retail spaces, and include a warehouse and distribution project and a higher education laboratory.</p> <p>New Hampshire&rsquo;s ranking on the list is a clear demonstration of how impactful green building strategies can be when supported by local government officials, no matter the size of the state.&nbsp;<a href="http://public-policies.usgbc.org/policy-index?search_api_views_fulltext=new+hampshire" target="_blank">Chapter 242</a>, which was enacted by the state in June 2012, amended the New Hampshire building code to adopt by reference the International Building Code of 2009, the International Existing Building Code of 2009 and the International Energy Conservation Code of 2009.</p> <h3>#15: New Jersey</h3> <p>New Jersey rounds out the top 15 states on the list with 10.62 million certified square feet, equal to 1.21 GSF of LEED space per capita. Of the 82 commercial projects certified in 2016, four were certified to the Platinum level, 18 to Gold, 31 to Silver and 29 to LEED-certified. Worth noting are that seven projects are tied to the manufacturing sector, five to education (including both higher education institutions and K&ndash;12 facilities), and seven were multifamily/residential projects (under BD+C).&nbsp;</p> <p>Of the states highlighted in this honorable mention list, New Jersey has by far enacted the most policies at the state and city levels to support green building. Jersey City, which saw eight projects certified in 2016, has two city ordinances that promote green building.&nbsp;<a href="http://public-policies.usgbc.org/policy-index?search_api_views_fulltext=new+jersey" target="_blank">Ordinance 09-001</a>&nbsp;requires all new construction and renovations of public buildings to achieve LEED Silver certification and the EPA&rsquo;s Energy Star Building Label, and&nbsp;<a href="http://public-policies.usgbc.org/policy-index?search_api_views_fulltext=new+jersey" target="_blank">Ordinance 09-002</a>&nbsp;grants a partial refund of building permit and lands development application fees for new construction and commercial building renovation projects.</p> <p>Of the state-level policies,&nbsp;<a href="http://public-policies.usgbc.org/policy-index?search_api_views_fulltext=new+jersey" target="_blank">Chapter 296</a>&nbsp;is notable for requiring any new state building over 15,000 square feet to be designed to meet the standards of a &ldquo;high-performance building&rdquo;&mdash;defined in part as a building that receives at least a LEED Silver certification.</p> <p>To learn more about state and local level policies that support green building and LEED,&nbsp;<a href="http://public-policies.usgbc.org/" target="_blank">visit the USGBC Public Policy Library.</a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "589c994a8b9dfa00490002b4", "58ac5dc17835b100b7000c1b"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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[Video] http://new.leedonline.com/articles/leed-link-what-leed-ap-video <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="948" height="375" alt="" src="http://new.leedonline.com/sites/default/files/leed-link-b_1_0.png?1487687142" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/credentials#ap" target="_blank">LEED AP with specialty credentials</a> showcase your in-depth understanding of green building design, construction and operation, while also demonstrating your knowledge of a particular LEED rating system and the certification process.</p> <p>A LEED professional credential signifies that you&rsquo;re a leader in the field. With jobs specifying the need for green building expertise, having a LEED AP credential underscores your value to LEED project teams and sustainability-focused organizations.</p> <p>Recently, we launched a new <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-study-road-map-prepare-leed-bdc-exam-less-month" target="_blank">study road map to the LEED AP BD+C</a> credential that breaks it down into a four-week study plan.</p> <p>Watch this video for a quick overview of what a LEED AP credential means:</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/VGIWjKYDtT4" width="948" height="711"></iframe></p> <p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/credentials#ap" target="_blank" class="button">Learn more about the LEED AP credentials and the exam</a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "5879351a0e7f5ca65c0001ca", "58ac4dd59a66b0007b000310"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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On the 25th, team members met at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.gapschool.org/" target="_blank">GAP School</a>&nbsp;to discuss overall goals for the program and the project. First, they explored the site, and then participated in a two-hour sketch session (charrette), in which a variety of options were considered for the challenging site.</p> <p>The site is located in an old residential neighborhood bounded by single-family residences and multifamily homes. It has marginal solar access and challenging topography, as well as vegetation to contend with through the central and southern portions of the site. Former structures on the site have been vacated and razed. It is, however, chock-full of potential.</p> <p><img height="711" src="https://kapost-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/direct/1487278877-33-2303/IMG_0967.JPG" style="vertical-align: middle;" width="948" /></p> <p>The team created several options for further study, looking at the potential for replatting or rezoning the property and for creating single-family residences, duplexes, town homes or eco-housing clusters, all with an eye toward high-performance, net-zero-energy homes that will make a big difference in the community and to the eventual owners.</p> <p>The challenges presented by the topography and vegetation restrict the placement of homes, so the team had to consider the ever-present automobiles, solar access and viable open space while also responding to the context of the neighborhood.</p> <p>However, the project is rife with opportunities for energy efficiency, daylighting, potable water reduction and rainwater harvesting, waste management and reduction, appropriate material selection, optimized indoor air quality, vibrant community green space, food production and even the possibility of a few chickens. The visionary options for this project will provide many green building and sustainability learning opportunities for the students, neighborhood and community.</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "589e1b559103ea0053000194", "58a7613009ac1d008f00036e"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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There is a heightened standard for awareness around material health, transparency and indoor air quality&mdash;and <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/leed-v4" target="_blank">LEED v4</a> is no exception.</p> <p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/organizations/stok" target="_blank">stok</a>&nbsp;began its&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-v4-success-guide-usgbc-northern-california" target="_blank">LEED v4 series</a>&nbsp;with&nbsp;USGBC Northern California&nbsp;late last year, providing an overview of the key changes to LEED under v4. Given the industry&rsquo;s rapid refocusing on human health in the built environment, a deep understanding of materials health and transparency is quickly becoming a requirement for success. We&rsquo;re here to help you master the crucial LEED v4 materials credits with our&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/event/seminar-deep-dive-leed-v4-materials" target="_blank">Deep Dive into LEED v4 Materials</a>&nbsp;seminar&mdash;but first, how did we get here?</p> <h3>A seismic shift</h3> <p>We&rsquo;re witnessing&mdash;and actively guiding&mdash;a paradigm shift, transforming the conversation on building materials from one about environmental impacts to one that puts humans at the core. Ahead of the curve, LEED v4 has incorporated a far more holistic, data-driven approach to materials health and transparency than seen in earlier versions, encouraging the inventory of ingredients and chemicals that make up building products, along with their environmental and human health impacts.</p> <p>Myriad factors have contributed to this &ldquo;<a href="https://issuu.com/easoncommunications/docs/californiabuildingsnewsso2016/14" target="_blank">Materials Revolution</a>,&rdquo; including advanced research and credible studies, social influences and changing global and local government policies. Although the explosion of media surrounding this exciting healthy building movement may make it seem like a fad, the industry&rsquo;s shift is supported by decades of research across a multitude of disciplines, which have helped carefully craft the new credits attainable under LEED v4.</p> <h3>Key drivers</h3> <p>Of all the studies on materials health and transparency over the past decade, one has arguably created more waves in the industry than nearly all the others combined. The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health&rsquo;s landmark Cognitive Function Study, better known as&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stok.com/2016/09/green-buildings-cognitive-function/" target="_blank">COGfx</a>, measured the cognitive performance of 24 participants in three types of work environments&mdash;conventional, green, and "green+."</p> <p>Researchers found that on average, workers in the green space scored 61 percent higher on cognitive function tests than participants in conventional buildings, and participants in the green+ space score an incredible 101 percent higher than those in conventional workspaces. The monumental study quantified a direct and unprecedented connection between high-performance green buildings and human health, proving the case for increased focus on CO<sub>2</sub> and VOC levels in the built environment, something that USGBC has incorporated into its latest version of LEED.</p> <p>In addition to the COGfx study and numerous other credible research efforts, a highly publicized class-action lawsuit against the largest hardwood flooring company in the U.S. over carcinogenic formaldehyde contributed to the increased public awareness about the ingredients and health impacts of building materials. Later, former President Obama passed the Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act, updating the country&rsquo;s toxic chemicals regulation act for the first time in 40 years.</p> <p>These key drivers have inspired overwhelming support for increased focus on material health, transparency and indoor air quality&mdash;demands that have taken hold in the world&rsquo;s most widely used and recognized green building rating system: LEED.</p> <h3>Learn more</h3> <p>Luckily, stok&rsquo;s Materials Analyst&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/anjanette-green/0010335697" target="_blank">Anjanette Green</a>&nbsp;and Indoor Environmental Health Specialist&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/kristen-magnuson/0010235824" target="_blank">Kristen Magnuson</a>&nbsp;are ready to walk you through LEED v4 materials, credit by credit, and demonstrate exceptional implementation via some of stok&rsquo;s own case studies.</p> <p>In addition, you can&nbsp;check out USGBC&rsquo;s one-stop shop for&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/leed-v4" target="_blank">LEED v4 resources</a>,&nbsp;and look into the new&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/updated-leed-v4-reference-guides-give-you-tools-you-need-project-success" target="_blank">reference guides</a>.</p> <p><a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/leed-v4-materials-deep-dive-usgbc-northern-california-tickets-31269956281" target="_blank" class="button">Register for the seminar</a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "58a4c0271cd87800cb0003bd", "58a7509f7144ed000d000047"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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An annual subscription to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.learninglab.usgbc.org/" target="_blank">Learning Lab</a>, USGBC&rsquo;s newest online education platform. &nbsp;</p> <p>Learning Lab&nbsp;provides K&ndash;12 teachers and school leaders with lessons, activities and resources that encourage student leadership, sustainability literacy and real-world action. With more than 400 lessons available in English and Spanish, educators from across the globe can think of Learning Lab as a one-stop-shop for project-based, interdisciplinary K&ndash;12 curriculum for a sustainable future.</p> <p>&ldquo;These educational resources are ideal for enhancing school or district-wide green schools initiatives,&rdquo; says&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/phoebe-beierle/0010155057" target="_blank">Phoebe Beierle</a>, Green Schools Fellowship Manager and former Sustainability Manager for Boston Public Schools. &ldquo;Learning Lab provides educators a single source for flexible, easy-to-implement and standards-aligned curriculum that is a great complement to&mdash;or amplifier of&mdash;a school&rsquo;s sustainability initiatives.&rdquo;</p> <p>During the 2015&ndash;16 school year, Learning Lab was piloted in hundreds of schools across the globe, and received feedback such as:</p> <blockquote> <p>&ldquo;I have been teaching several lessons from Learning Lab and just love this resource. It directly relates to what I am teaching, I am covering important standards, the teaching resources are fantastic and save me a lot of planning time and the kids are totally engaged and having fun.&rdquo; &mdash;Early childhood and elementary teacher, St. Louis, Missouri</p> <p>&ldquo;We completed 'The Air We Breathe' lesson and really liked it. It was very well-designed and interesting. The lesson was helpful because it corresponded with the environmental conditions in our area, and that resonated with the students.&rdquo; &mdash;7th grade teacher, Mexico City, Mexico</p> </blockquote> <p>The Learning Lab subscription is available to purchase for $40 annually. Bulk discounts apply for purchases of five or more subscriptions. A Learning Lab subscription provides access to</p> <ul> <li>Hundreds of lessons across all grade levels and multiple subjects, in English and Spanish.</li> <li>Links to national standards such as Common Core and Next Gen Science Standards, STEM initiatives and environmental and sustainability frameworks.</li> <li>Valuable preparation, sequencing, assessment and extension resources.</li> <li>A simple user interface with a fully searchable catalogue of lesson plans, easily filtered by grade level, subject and theme.</li> <li>Worksheets, PowerPoints, videos and project ideas to connect students to their communities and prepare them for 21st century careers.</li> <li>A catalog continually updated with content from leading curriculum designers such as: EcoRise Youth Innovations, The Nature Conservancy, Representaciones e Inteligencia Sustentable, Global Oneness Project, The Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education, NEED&mdash;the National Energy Education Development Project, STEMhero, Beyond Green Partners and Captain Planet Foundation.</li> </ul> <p><a href="mailto:learninglab@usgbc.org" target="_blank">Contact Learning Lab</a> to learn more and ask any questions about the subscription.</p> <p><a href="https://learninglab.usgbc.org/learning-lab-subscription" target="_blank" class="button">Learn more about the Learning Lab subscription</a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "58a484ebca565800850001e3", "58a72b0c7bf12000cb0000ea"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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Here's a guide to date night ideas, game day details and weekend activities galore&mdash;all happening in high-performing, <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/leed" target="_blank">LEED</a>-certified buildings around the country.</p> <p>Following the release of our LEED in Motion: Venues report, we've pulled together some headline events coming up at a few of our favorite places featured in the report. Click each venue name to see the full, up-to-date listing of upcoming events.</p> <p>While you're there, don&rsquo;t forget to share your visit with us. Download and print <a href="https://kapost-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/direct/1472239364-183-1373/LEED_Leaf_Cutout_Printable.pdf" target="_blank">your very own leaf</a>,&nbsp;snap away and post on social media using the&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23FindYourLEED" target="_blank">#FindYourLEED</a>&nbsp;hashtag.</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.google.com/maps/d/embed?mid=1ouZh5fPkA0hGmRSljNnuGNn3wss" width="640" height="480"></iframe></p> <h2>Northeast</h2> <h3><a href="http://washington.nationals.mlb.com/schedule/index.jsp?c_id=was#y=2017&amp;m=4&amp;calendar=DEFAULT" target="_blank">Nationals Park</a></h3> <p>Washington, D.C.</p> <ul> <li>4/3/17: Opening Day: Miami Marlins vs. Washington Nationals</li> <li>4/10&ndash;4/12 2017: St. Louis Cardinals vs. Washington Nationals</li> <li>4/14&ndash;4/16 2017: Philadelphia Phillies vs. Washington Nationals</li> <li>4/28&ndash;4/30 2017: New York Mets vs. Washington Nationals&nbsp;</li> </ul> <h3><a href="http://www.ppgpaintsarena.com/events" target="_blank">PPG Paints Arena</a></h3> <p>Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania</p> <ul> <li>2/29/17: Detroit Red Wings vs. Pittsburgh Penguins</li> <li>2/23&ndash;2/26 2017: Disney on Ice: Dream Big</li> <li>3/8&ndash;3/12 2017: Atlantic 10 Championships 2017</li> <li>3/21/2017: Lionel Richie and Mariah Carey All the Hits Tour</li> <li>3/26/17: Philadelphia Flyers vs. Pittsburgh Penguins</li> <li>4/21/2017: Eric Church Holdin&rsquo; My Own Tour</li> </ul> <h3><a href="http://www.pittsburghopera.org/season/" target="_blank">Pittsburgh Opera&mdash;Westinghouse Air Brake Factory</a></h3> <p>Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania</p> <ul> <li>2/18, 2/21, 2/24 and 2/26 2017: As One Pennsylvania Premiere</li> <li>3/25, 3/28, 3/31 and 4/2 2017: Puccini&rsquo;s Turandot</li> <li>4/29, 5/2, 5/5 and 5/7 2017: The Summer King World Premiere&nbsp;</li> </ul> <h2>Southeast&nbsp;</h2> <h3><a href="http://www.aaarena.com/events/full-page-calendar" target="_blank">AmericanAirlines Arena</a></h3> <p>Miami, Florida</p> <ul> <li>2/25/17: Indiana Pacers vs. Miami Heat</li> <li>2/26/17: Harlem Globetrotters 2017 World Tour</li> <li>3/18/17: Franco De Vita Libre Tour</li> <li>3/30/17: Radiohead 2017 U.S. Tour</li> <li>4/13/17: The Chainsmokers Memories Tour 2017</li> <li>4/14/17: Ariana Grande The Dangerous Woman Tour</li> </ul> <h3><a href="http://www.amwaycenter.com/events/event-calendar" target="_blank">Amway Center</a></h3> <p>Orlando, Florida</p> <ul> <li>2/18/17: The Comedy Get Down w/ Cedric the Entertainer, D.L. Hughley, George Lopez, Eddie Griffin and Charlie Murphy</li> <li>2/23/17: Portland Trail Blazers vs. Orlando Magic</li> <li>2/24/17: Atlanta Gladiators vs. Orlando Solar Bears</li> <li>3/16 and 3/18 2017: NCAA 2017 Basketball Championship (First and Second Rounds)</li> <li>3/21/17: Stevie Nicks 24 Karat Gold Tour</li> <li>4/26/17: Red Hot Chili Peppers 2017 North American Tour&nbsp;</li> </ul> <h2>Midwest</h2> <h3><a href="http://www.xcelenergycenter.com/events" target="_blank">Xcel Energy Center</a></h3> <p>St. Paul, Minnesota</p> <ul> <li>2/16/17: Dallas Stars vs. Minnesota Wild</li> <li>3/12/17: Panic! At the Disco Death of a Bachelor Tour</li> <li>3/17/17: Miranda Lambert Highway Vagabond Tour</li> <li>3/21/17: San Jose Sharks vs. Minnesota Wild</li> <li>4/1/17: Green Day Revolution Radio Tour</li> <li>5/14/17: Chicago Sky vs. Minnesota Lynx&nbsp;</li> </ul> <h2>Southwest</h2> <h3><a href="https://peoriasportscomplex.com/Calendar.aspx" target="_blank">Peoria Sports Complex</a></h3> <p>Peoria, Arizona</p> <ul> <li>3/27/17: Fan Appreciation Day</li> <li>4/29/17: Sweets Con and Desserts Expo</li> </ul> <p>Check out the full spring training schedules for the <a href="http://sandiego.padres.mlb.com/sd/spring_training/" target="_blank">San Diego Padres</a> and the <a href="http://seattle.mariners.mlb.com/sea/spring_training/" target="_blank">Seattle Mariners</a>.</p> <h2>West</h2> <h3><a href="http://www.levisstadium.com/events/category/tickets/" target="_blank">Levi's Stadium</a></h3> <p>Santa Clara, California</p> <ul> <li>2/25/17: Bacon and Beer Classic</li> <li>4/22/17: Monster Jam</li> <li>5/17/17: U2 The Joshua Tree Tour</li> <li>10/4/17: Coldplay A Head Full of Dreams Tour&nbsp;</li> </ul> <h3><a href="https://www.theoldglobe.org/shows--tickets/calendar/" target="_blank">The Old Globe </a></h3> <p>San Diego, California</p> <ul> <li>2/4&ndash;3/12 2017: Picasso at the Lapin Agile</li> <li>2/23&ndash;3/26 2017: The Blameless</li> <li>3/25&ndash;4/30 2017: Red Velvet</li> <li>4/8&ndash;5/7 2017: Skeleton Crew</li> <li>5/13&ndash;6/18 2017: The Old Man and The Old Moon</li> <li>5/27&ndash;6/25 2017: The Imaginary Invalid</li> </ul> <h3><a href="https://www.theoldglobe.org/shows--tickets/calendar/" target="_blank"></a><a href="https://www.oregoncc.org/events" target="_blank">Oregon Convention Center</a></h3> <p>Portland, Oregon</p> <ul> <li>2/17&ndash;2/19 2017: Wizard World&mdash;Portland Comic Con</li> <li>2/24&ndash;2/16 2017: Portland Golf Show 2017</li> <li>3/14/17: U.S. World Open Taekwondo Championships 2017</li> <li>3/11/17: Portland Women&rsquo;s Expo</li> <li>3/31&ndash;4/2 2017: House and Outdoor Living Show</li> <li>4/2/17: 19th Annual Race for the Roses&nbsp;</li> </ul> <!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "588634029286bf00b70000b2", "58a5df66f0ee550067000255"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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That&rsquo;s a 74 percent increase since the&nbsp;<a href="http://insight.gbig.org/majority-of-2015-zne-verified-buildings-are-leed-projects/">last count</a>, a little over a year before&mdash;very good news from the building industry, which has an outsized opportunity to take bold action on climate through green buildings that save energy, water and money.</p> <p>Up from 33 projects in 2014, 53 projects have now been verified by NBI as having achieved ZNE for at least one full year. NBI verifies the performance data, ensuring that the total consumption of energy, from all sources, has been fully balanced by onsite renewable energy generation on an annual basis.</p> <p>USGBC is excited to complement NBI&rsquo;s pioneering work to support and recognize buildings achieving net zero energy, with ongoing net zero carbon tracking tools built into our new venture,&nbsp;<a href="http://arcskoru.com/">Arc</a>. Arc provides building owners and operators with <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/all-about-arc-performance-platform-no-other" target="_blank">a new platform</a> to track net zero carbon emissions associated with energy and transportation, along with an array of performance data representing <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/leed" target="_blank">LEED</a>&rsquo;s full-spectrum focus on building sustainability.&nbsp;We&rsquo;ve&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-announces-international-ranking-top-10-countries-leed" target="_blank">committed</a>&nbsp;to developing a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.worldgbc.org/news-media/worldgbc%E2%80%99s-advancing-net-zero-project-takes-step-forward-australia-canada-germany-india" target="_blank">designation</a>&nbsp;for net zero carbon in energy use to recognize these leading buildings with performance verified through Arc.</p> <p>As a complement to LEED and other green building rating systems, standards, protocols and guidelines, Arc is a performance measurement platform that enables incremental improvements and can put a project on track for LEED or other rating system certification.</p> <p>More than 60 percent of the 2016 ZNE verified buildings have also earned LEED certification. Of course, LEED certification adds an extra badge of honor to these projects (with&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/about-leed" target="_blank">many benefits</a>), but it also ensures that the laser focus on energy performance does not take away from substantial opportunities to either slash other impacts or contribute to solutions to human and environmental health concerns.</p> <p>A <a href="https://www.arb.ca.gov/newsrel/newsrelease.php?id=693" target="_blank">2014&nbsp;study</a>&nbsp;by the University of California at Berkeley further emphasized the climate benefits of LEED-certified buildings beyond their operating energy performance. The study found that, &ldquo;on average, the certified green commercial buildings cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from water consumption by 50 percent, reduced solid waste management-related GHG emissions by 48 percent and lowered transportation-related GHG emissions by 5 percent, when compared to their traditional California counterparts.&rdquo; LEED also challenges projects to look at procurement decisions for building materials and ongoing consumables, which can save energy, water and carbon in extraction, manufacture and transport.</p> <p>So, if we&rsquo;re to expect a lot more zero in 2017, where will we see the most action? The NBI report shows ZNE buildings activity in 39 states and in several Canadian provinces, too. The undisputed ZNE leader is California. State policy nearly 10 years ago set goals for all new residential construction to be ZNE by 2020 and for all new commercial construction to achieve the same by 2030. L.A. County and USGBC Los Angeles is working on a <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/california-green-building-policy-update" target="_blank">net zero water ordinance</a>.</p> <p>In August, 2016, NBI and California state agencies&nbsp;<a href="http://newbuildings.org/news/ca-zne-milestone/" target="_blank">announced</a>&nbsp;a milestone: there were more than 100 commercial buildings in California that were either ZNE verified (17) or working toward that target (91). For more on what&rsquo;s next in California&rsquo;s ZNE buildings landscape, see the spring/summer 2016 California ZNE&nbsp;<a href="http://newbuildings.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/CA_ZNE_Watchlist_SpringSummer2016.pdf" target="_blank">Watchlist</a>.</p> <p>Looking ahead, the NBI report sheds light on some very encouraging news. ZNE buildings are no longer just demonstration projects or market outliers built by government initiative.&nbsp;&ldquo;Today&rsquo;s list includes a wide range of mainstream building types and ownership that reflect a more universal trend of ZNE adoption," according to the NBI release.</p> <p>Who knows&mdash;maybe our&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/qa-project-haiti-building-resilient-design">Project Haiti</a>&nbsp;will be among the next set of recognized buildings? Currently under construction, the LEED Platinum-seeking orphanage in Port-au-Prince is designed to achieve net zero energy and net zero water to enhance its resiliency for occupants. With your help, we can keep up this progress in 2017, adding more zeros to the next list of zero net energy buildings.</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "589c9b3174083f00ad000a4b", "58a5d12e32d777003f000055"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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The report showcases some of the most impressive green venues around the world.</p> <p>&ldquo;The scope and scale of the venues industry is enormous, and the leaders creating these spaces have an important role to play in reducing environmental impact,&rdquo; said <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/mahesh-ramanujam/0010539283" target="_blank">Mahesh Ramanujam</a>, president and CEO of USGBC. &ldquo;By incorporating green practices, venues around the world are positively impacting their triple bottom line&mdash;people, planet, profit&mdash;while inspiring and educating others to be proactive in the areas of social responsibility and sustainability.&rdquo;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: left;"><a href="http://newsroom.usgbc.org/new-report-reveals-venues-across-the-globe-are-embracing-leed-green-building/" target="_blank" class="button">Read the entire release</a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "58a4d3eafc28c5009900006b", "58a5c1f508f2d10021000858"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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Developed with invaluable input from DMRC, LEED v4 O+M: Transit will allow operational transit facilities to benchmark efficiencies and demonstrate continual improvement. Transit owners can reduce their environmental footprint, while also engaging riders on the importance of sustainability and the opportunity the public transportation sector has in minimizing greenhouse gas emissions.</p> <p><a href="http://newsroom.usgbc.org/first-leed-certification-for-transit-worldwide-launched/" target="_blank" class="button">Read the entire release</a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "58a4b3b01cd8780067000280", "58a4c12dbf921d00670003d7"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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This workshop will dive into <a href="http://sustainablesites.org" target="_blank">SITES</a> and provide practitioners and regional leaders with the tools they need to ingrate SITES into their work.&nbsp;</p> <h3>SITES education session</h3> <p><strong>When:</strong>&nbsp;March 4, 2017 from 1&ndash;3 p.m.<br /><strong>Where:</strong>&nbsp;USGBC headquarters, 2101 L Street NW, #500, Washington, D.C. 20037<br /><strong>Cost:</strong>&nbsp;$35 Potomac chapter ASLA and USGBC members; $60 nonmembers</p> <p><span>Agenda:</span></p> <ul> <li><span>Introduction to the GBCI team and SITES</span></li> <li><span>Background on the SITES Rating System</span></li> <li><span>The SITES Rating System structure, categories, prerequisites, credits and a Q&amp;A</span></li> <li><span>Project workshop and interactive session</span></li> </ul> <p>SITES is a program dedicated to fostering resiliency and transforming land development and management practices towards regenerative design. The central message of the SITES program is that any project holds the potential to protect, improve and regenerate the natural benefits and services provided by healthy ecosystems.</p> <p><a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sites-education-session-tickets-31965723339" target="_blank" class="button">Register for the workshop</a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "589cdf08157faf0021000088", "58a4b24c1cd8780067000250"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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Join <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/usgbc-central-pennsylvania" target="_blank">USGBC Central Pennsylvania</a> to hear from LEED Fellow <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/marcus-sheffer/0000048078" target="_blank">Marcus Sheffer</a> of 7Group and get your questions answered.</p> <h3><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/event/workshop-leed-v4-intersection-collaboration-performance-wellbeing" target="_blank">Workshop: LEED v4&mdash;The Intersection of Collaboration, Performance and Well-being</a></h3> <ul> <li>Tuesday, Feb. 28 in Reno, Nevada</li> <li>Approved for 4.5 GBCI CE hours, 4.5 LUs for AIA members and 1 AIA LUIHSW credit</li> </ul> <p>Hear from <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/lynn-n-simon/0000033114" target="_blank">Lynn N. Simon</a>,&nbsp;Senior Vice President&nbsp;of Thornton Tomasetti, about the company&rsquo;s journey toward achieving Platinum certification under LEED v4 for their <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/projects/thornton-tomasetti-san-francisco-office" target="_blank">San Francisco office</a>.</p> <p>From this half-day workshop hosted by <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/usgbc-nevada" target="_blank">USGBC Nevada</a>, you&rsquo;ll learn about healthy building materials; building enclosure commissioning; life cycle assessment; and why collaboration, performance and well-being are important in LEED v4.</p> <h3><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/event/seminar-deep-dive-leed-v4-materials" target="_blank">Seminar: A Deep Dive into LEED v4 Materials</a></h3> <ul> <li>Tuesday, Feb. 28 in San Francisco, California</li> <li>Approved for 2 CE hours for LEED AP BD+C, LEED AP ID+C, LEED AP ND and LEED AP Homes</li> </ul> <p>Take a deep dive into the state of materials in today's built environment as it relates to&nbsp;LEED v4&nbsp;at this evening seminar with speakers&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/kristen-magnuson/0010235824" target="_blank">Kristen Magnuson</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/anjanette-green/0010335697" target="_blank">Anjanette Green</a>&nbsp;of <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/organizations/stok" target="_blank">stok</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>The session will explore the myriad factors that have heightened awareness around material health, transparency and indoor air quality (IAQ). You'll learn why healthier buildings, building products and IAQ are critical components of LEED v4.</p> <p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/events" target="_blank" class="button">Search for more upcoming events</a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "589cda6e44d49600850005f1", "58a499094c0ab40099000c77"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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Greenbuild is the ideal space to learn about groundbreaking green building products, services and technologies in the region.</p> <p><a href="http://newsroom.usgbc.org/world-renowned-greenbuild-conference-coming-to-shanghai/" target="_blank" class="button">Read the entire release</a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "58a46105086b4000490006bb", "58a48e19ca56580017000230"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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For more information about Bill&rsquo;s legacy,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-remembers-bill-worthen" target="_blank">please see this article</a>.</em></p> <p>In January,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/usgbc-northern-california" target="_blank">USGBC Northern California</a>&nbsp;hosted a stellar event in downtown San Francisco. The Covo venue was excellent, the crowd was enthusiastic, and the &ldquo;five minutes of brilliance&rdquo; was nothing short of the word: brilliant.</p> <p>The event was a rekindling of community engagement events hosted by the USGBC Northern California. The evening celebrated the close green building community in Northern California, invited new members to get engaged and heard wise words from one of the greats in our field.&nbsp;</p> <p>I got to see some longtime friends and leaders in green building, from LEED Fellows like <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/barry-giles/0010098604" target="_blank">Barry Giles</a>, <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/andrea-traber/0000001756" target="_blank">Andrea Traber</a>, and <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/anthony-bernheim/0010054046" target="_blank">Anthony Bernheim</a>, to enthusiastic new members like <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/nschoolland/" target="_blank">Cole Schoolland</a> of Yardi Energy and <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/julia-farber/0010600369" target="_blank">Julia Farber</a> of Epsilon. But best of all, I got to see my dear friend Bill Worthen, and I got to see him wear a &ldquo;poop&rdquo; hat. Let me explain.</p> <p>Bill, the featured guest speaker at this community event,&nbsp;has been working on some of the most amazing, progressive and ground-breaking water reuse systems in the world. In classic Bill fashion, he wanted to share not his accomplishments, but his passion for solving complex and important design challenges with the USGBC community.</p> <p><img src="https://kapost-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/direct/1487090210-83-4902/BillWorthen.jpg" style="vertical-align: middle;" width="948" height="646" /></p> <p>You see, besides being incredibly smart, Bill also has a knack for taking complex subjects and distilling them down into simple terms that inspire action. So he donned a &ldquo;poop&rdquo; hat to talk about wastewater: blackwater from toilets in particular. He made us chuckle by wearing the hat, then connected the dots for us by explaining that reusing precious water is all about toilets&mdash;we need to get comfortable talking about this subject if we&rsquo;re to solve the problems. We might as well make it fun, too!</p> <p>He then spent just a few minutes discussing how even the world&rsquo;s largest buildings can reuse wastewater in closed-loop systems. Bill&nbsp;was comfortable in the spotlight, where he engaged the audience, encouraged those in the room to get involved and made us laugh. To top it off, Bill shared an update on a&nbsp;water reuse design guide&nbsp;that his firm&rsquo;s nonprofit arm is developing (the Urban Fabrick Collaborative) in order to share his lessons with the world.&nbsp;</p> <p>After the presentations, the crowd mingled and chatted with a positive energy that lingered for over an hour and spilled out beyond the foyer. It was a truly amazing night, made more magical in hindsight.&nbsp;</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "58a321e35435f10017000026", "58a48547ca5658005d00020f"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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Last year was no exception, with a treasure trove of intriguing projects to showcase. Apart from offering up these stellar project examples, the Top 10 States for LEED also bring to light a number of important trends.</p> <h3>1) Energy surges to the top of the priority list.</h3> <p><img height="501" src="https://kapost-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/direct/1487007109-53-0232/Odette.jpg" style="vertical-align: middle;" width="948" /></p> <p><em>Tucked into the dramatic palisades of the Stags Leap District, the LEED Gold&nbsp;</em><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/projects/odette-winery" target="_blank"><em>Odette Winery</em></a><em>&nbsp;sits in one of the most iconic Napa Valley appellations. The project achieved a 48 percent improvement on baseline building performance rating and offsets energy use through onsite renewable energy (13 percent) and green power purchases (35 percent).</em></p> <p>Energy efficiency presents huge opportunities to reach community, state and national targets to reduce energy use and carbon emissions. Lighting alone represents <a href="http://plus.usgbc.org/advancing-global-unity/" target="_blank">19 percent of electricity consumption globally</a> and 22&ndash;23 percent of all electricity consumption in the United States. Twenty-five percent of that goes to residential, 15 percent for outdoor lighting for cities and 60 percent to nonresidential lighting.</p> <p>One of the simplest ways to take steps to reduce a building&rsquo;s footprint is by retrofitting lighting. This way, building owners not only help address climate change, but they also reap the benefits of reducing energy bills and delivering a better indoor environment. Many jobs are also created through the renovation of outdated infrastructure.</p> <p>Additionally, efforts to pursue zero net energy for new and existing buildings continue to mount across the U.S., particularly as the cost for onsite solar power decreases and as more building owners see the benefit of showing their commitment to reducing carbon emissions. A <a href="http://newbuildings.org/resource/2014-getting-zero-status-update/" target="_blank">2014 survey</a> by the New Buildings Institute identified more than 160 zero net energy buildings in the U.S., with an additional 53 low-energy buildings defined as "net zero energy capable.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <h3>2) Existing buildings are the future.</h3> <p><img height="1171" src="https://kapost-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/direct/1487007423-133-6808/OneWashingtonian.jpg" style="vertical-align: middle;" width="948" /></p> <p><em>The LEED Platinum&nbsp;</em><em><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/projects/one-washingtonian-center-recert-2" target="_blank">One Washingtonian Center</a>&nbsp;</em><em>in Gaithersburg, Maryland, employs numerous operational efficiencies and sustainability practices including water-efficient fixtures and cleaning products that meet Green Seal standards. More than 50 percent of the building&rsquo;s total solid waste is recycled, and the project achieved a 30 percent reduction in indoor potable water use.</em>&nbsp;</p> <p>In recent years, the green building industry has sharpened its focus on existing buildings, and this will only continue to become more common as owners and operators conduct deeper assessments into their current buildings and tenant space portfolios. In 2016, LEED for Building Operations and Maintenance was&nbsp;once again the <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/us-green-building-council-releases-annual-top-10-states-for-leed-green-building" target="_blank">most popular rating system within the Top 10 States</a>, representing 53 percent of the total square footage certified. This is consistent with findings in the&nbsp;<a href="http://fidic.org/sites/default/files/World%20Green%20Building%20Trends%202016%20SmartMarket%20Report%20FINAL.pdf">World Green Building Trends 2016 SmartMarket Report</a>, which found that 43 percent of respondents in the U.S. expect to be working on a green building retrofit in the next three years (compared to the global average of 37 percent).</p> <p>Existing buildings comprise the largest segment of the built environment, and as building owners realize the importance of energy management, water conservation, waste diversion and materials and resources, they will find that their buildings cost less to operate, increase in value, last longer and contribute to a better, healthier, more comfortable environment.</p> <h3>3) Water is precious.</h3> <p><img height="NaN" src="https://kapost-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/direct/1487013462-43-4160/Peavine.jpg" style="vertical-align: middle;" width="948" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/projects/peavine-hall-university-nevada-reno"><em>Peavine Hall</em></a><em>, at the University of Nevada, Reno, creates&nbsp;</em><em>an environment suitable for study and social interaction. As a LEED Gold building, the project reduced potable water use for landscape by 50 percent and indoor water use by 40 percent. The hall complements its designation as a wellness community and reinforces the university&rsquo;s commitment to the environment.</em>&nbsp;</p> <p>As climate change continues to affect rainfall and water supply systems worldwide, it is undeniable that water is a precious resource, and that access to clean water is a fundamental right for all people. Water scarcity and water infrastructure policy have been at the forefront of many discussions at the local and regional level, but moving forward, the focus on water reuse&mdash;regardless of where it comes from&mdash;will be key to securing our future. This area will require more consistent and active management and care of the systems currently in place to reclaim and repurpose water at the building, city, state and national levels, and it represents an opportunity to grow the sector and increase jobs for those who will operate these systems.&nbsp;</p> <h3>4) Building health equals human health.</h3> <p><img height="633" src="https://kapost-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/direct/1487013591-13-1323/BaylorMed.jpg" style="vertical-align: middle;" width="948" /></p> <p><em>The LEED Silver&nbsp;</em><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/projects/baylor-waxahachie" target="_blank"><em>Baylor Scott and White Medical Center</em></a><em>&nbsp;in Waxahachie, Texas, creates a holistic healing environment by including natural light sources throughout the space. Architectural elements and unique features help reinforce the design concept and improve the health, safety and welfare of patients, staff and visitors.</em></p> <p>Health care facilities are essential to the health of the population and represent centers of innovation. More and more, health care projects are embracing sustainable design and LEED certification as a way to benefit patients and enhance the work of caregivers. These spaces are the epitome of health and wellness, and the quality of their indoor environment has direct social, environmental and cost-reduction benefits that demonstrate to public stakeholders the organization&rsquo;s commitment to first do no harm. The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/leed-v4" target="_blank">LEED for Health Care</a>&nbsp;adaptation is customized to address the unique challenges of health care construction, which in turn, helps to broaden market use of LEED.</p> <h3>5) Everyone deserves affordable, efficient and comfortable housing.</h3> <p><img height="686" src="https://kapost-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/direct/1487013808-163-3938/Belmar.jpg" style="vertical-align: middle;" width="948" />&nbsp;</p> <p><em>The LEED Platinum&nbsp;</em><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/projects/cityscape-belmar" target="_blank"><em>Cityscape at Belmar Senior Apartments</em></a><em>, an affordable housing community in Lakewood, Colorado, recognizes its stewardship responsibilities to protect the environment and to enhance the character of the community without taxing the local ecology and its natural resources.</em></p> <p>Across the U.S., states are doubling down on their commitments to &ldquo;green homes for all&rdquo; by working to integrate affordable, efficient housing into their projects and systems. Increasingly, state housing finance agencies are deploying green building rating systems as tools to ensure equitable distribution of the environmental, economic and social benefits of sustainable building practices,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-plays-key-role-greening-affordable-housing">according to a 2016 report</a>&nbsp;on states&rsquo; Qualified Allocation Plans (QAPs) by Global Green. The report identifies 25 state housing agencies that reference green building certification programs, including LEED, in their 2016 QAPs to provide direction to developers and instill confidence at the agency level that green measures are being implemented.</p> <p>LEED-certified multifamily and single-family homes are built to be healthier and safer by providing cleaner indoor air. They use less energy and water, leading to monthly savings on utilities, and maintain their value over time. More than 112,000 residential units have earned certification, and both certified single-family homes and multifamily projects are selling faster and for more money than comparable conventional homes.</p> <p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/infographic-top-10-states-for-leed-in-2016" target="_blank" class="button">Learn more about the Top 10 States for 2016</a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "589c9a2274083f005d00039e", "58a46a7c086b4000b7000789"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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Now it's time to get your ducks in a row.</p> <p>We offer many resources for LEED project teams to get you started on the right foot. Here are the tools and resources that can help you succeed with your project.&nbsp;</p> <h3>General LEED v4 resources</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/leed-v4" target="_blank">LEED v4</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/credits" target="_blank">Credit library</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/leed-interpretations" target="_blank">Addenda database</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/pilotcredits" target="_blank">Pilot credit library</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/rpc" target="_blank">Regional priority credit lookup</a></li> <li><a href="https://lo.usgbc.org/" target="_blank">LEED Online</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/explore-leed-v4-educationusgbc" target="_blank">LEED v4 education</a></li> </ul> <h3>Building Design and Construction resources</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-reference-guide-building-design-and-construction" target="_blank">LEED Reference Guide for BD+C</a>&nbsp;</li> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/guide/bdc">View the reference guide introduction and overview</a></li> </ul> </ul> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-v4-building-design-and-construction-current-version">View the LEED v4 BD+C rating system PDF</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-v4-building-design-and-construction-checklist">View the LEED v4 BD+C scorecard</a></li> </ul> <p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/getting-know-leed-building-design-and-construction-bdc" target="_blank" class="button">Learn more about BD+C</a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "588bc4c8b58e71009900084a", "58a5c4a72be02a00a3000518"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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The conference is hosted by SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in partnership with <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/usgbc-new-york-upstate" target="_blank">USGBC New York Upstate</a> and the Syracuse Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems (SyracuseCoE).</p> <p>Jeff Speck, author of "Walkable City," will speak about &ldquo;the hidden green&rdquo; in creating walkable cities. Thomas Knittell, design partner of McLennan Design and a biomimicry expert, will discuss the role biomimicry can play in design.</p> <p>Speck is a city planner and urban designer who advocates internationally for more walkable cities. As director of design at the National Endowment for the Arts from 2003 to 2007, he presided over the Mayors&rsquo; Institute on City Design and created the Governors&rsquo; Institute on Community Design. Prior to his federal appointment, Speck spent 10 years as director of town planning at DPZ &amp; Co., the principal firm behind the New Urbanism movement. Since 2007, he has led Speck &amp; Associates, a boutique planning firm that specializes in making American downtowns thrive. He is the co-author of &ldquo;The Smart Growth Manual&rdquo; and &ldquo;Suburban Nation.&rdquo; His latest book, &ldquo;Walkable City,&rdquo; was the best-selling city-planning book of 2013-15.</p> <p>Knittel is the design partner of McLennan Design, an architectural, planning and consulting practice focused on net-zero, low-carbon and living buildings. His past projects in the United States, Asia, Brazil, the Middle East and Haiti explore connections between people, place and ecology. He has used biomimicry&mdash;the &ldquo;technology transfer&rdquo; of natural systems to solve human problems&mdash;to inspire and inform the design process. Knittel holds a master&rsquo;s degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, is a certified biomimicry professional, studied at SCI-Arc and has received more than 30 design awards across a broad range of building types. He donates his time as the design leader for The William Jefferson Clinton Children&rsquo;s Center in Port au Prince (currently under construction), a new family learning center and orphanage funded by USGBC designed to LEED Platinum and net-zero standards. It is a project he began at HOK and continues in his new firm. He is a registered architect in multiple states and a member of NCARB.</p> <p>In addition, the conference offers <a href="http://www.esf.edu/greenbuilding/2017/agenda.htm" target="_blank">numerous concurrent sessions</a> on topics including age-friendly communities, reconnecting to the Erie Canalway and designing workplaces for health and wellness.</p> <p>The conference hotel, the Marriott Syracuse Downtown, has itself been the site of extraordinary historic restoration and revitalization. Attend this forum for green building research and development, best practices, science and operation and maintenance, and take advantage of opportunities to network with other green building experts, professionals and researchers.</p> <p><a href="http://www.esf.edu/greenbuilding/2017/register.htm" target="_blank" class="button">Register for the conference</a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "589de101adc7b200ad000073", "58a3704412de4c00c1000571"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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Though many Fargo community members enjoyed this celebration, others were preparing for the next day&rsquo;s festivities, the&nbsp;Kids Winter Boot Camp, where <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/usgbc-north-dakota" target="_blank">USGBC North Dakota</a> helped make sustainability both educational and fun.</p> <p>The children's event took place at the Rustad Recreation Center in West Fargo, where loads of free games, activities and food brought in hundreds of families from all around the Fargo-Moorhead community.&nbsp;</p> <p>Two of the local organizations that partook in Saturday&rsquo;s activities were North Dakota State University&rsquo;s USGBC student chapter and the USGBC North Dakota Community Market Leadership Advisory Board. A third eco-driven group, eFargo, joined in to help present fun and engaging activities. The trio's booth was titled "Green Apple-ympics<strong>"&mdash;</strong>inspired by the international celebration of <a href="http://www.greenapple.org" target="_blank">Green Apple Day of Service</a>.</p> <p>The booth educated children on sustainable practices through hands-on games and activities.&nbsp;They started by drawing and coloring biodegradable foods that could be broken down in a potential composter. Here, the children learned about what compost is and all the benefits that it can provide. The next two exercises, the apple race and recycling race, seemed to provide the most laughs.</p> <p>Next, kids made paper cut-outs of windmills, learning about how windmills work and the clean energy they can provide. Children were given the opportunity to construct something physically and see it perform just minutes later.</p> <p>The last activity was manned by the eFargo group, centered around their Waste-A-Watt cartoon character, an evil villain who tries to waste the world&rsquo;s energy. The group asked questions dealing with energy savings and differences in light bulb efficiencies, handing out free LED lightbulbs throughout the day.</p> <p>As children and adults made their way through each of the activities, they were awarded prizes of fresh fruit, organic fruit snacks and granola bars. The Green Apple-ympics was a big hit and helped engage well over 200 children and their parents.</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "589e1aaaf1c6250071000137", "58a35bdf7e9f670017000229"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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On LEED Online, you can fill out project details; submit payment; access forms, uploads, comments and credit language; and view a real-time snapshot of the progress you've made.</p> <p>See our Help Center <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/help-topic/documenting-a-project" target="_blank">FAQs about project documentation</a> in LEED Online.</p> <p><a href="https://lo.usgbc.org/" target="_blank" class="button">Get started with LEED Online</a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "588b8b0e256a460049000479", "58a31f340ad502003f00037c"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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As a part of the USGBC Nebraska Flatwater community, I have seen this as an expansion of our tool set and the way we are able to collaborate and communicate ideas. And with this shared community, I find that we have new opportunities to share expertise across the region.</p> <p>To kick off 2017, I attended our first Learning Lunch, which tapped into this network by live-streaming across all three states the Minnesota-based event "<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/event/usgbc-gbcis-new-suite-certifications-making-sense-alphabet-soup" target="_blank">USGBC and GBCI&rsquo;s New Suite of Certifications: Making Sense of the Alphabet Soup</a>." With changes happening as recently as last December, it can be hard to keep track of what&rsquo;s new, so we took a closer look at the rating systems, which are turning heads and becoming growing topics of interest for communities.</p> <p>Becky Alexander (LHB), Kristina Bach (HGA), Sheri Brezinka (Director of Community, Minnesota, Nebraska and North Dakota), and Craig Wilson (Sustology) walked us through the top takeaways from the newest certifications. These included&nbsp;<a href="http://arcskoru.com/" target="_blank">Arc</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/leed-v4" target="_blank">LEED v4</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.sustainablesites.org/" target="_blank">SITES</a>,&nbsp;<a href="https://www.wellcertified.com/" target="_blank">WELL</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://peer.gbci.org/" target="_blank">PEER</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://parksmart.gbci.org/" target="_blank">Parksmart</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.gbci.org/certification#zero-waste" target="_blank">Zero Waste</a>, and&nbsp;<a href="https://www.gresb.com/" target="_blank">GRESB</a>.</p> <p>Each of the systems highlighted in this overview got me thinking about the different sustainable elements of our built environment and how to start improving sustainably. I realized that many of these systems have a common theme: performance. Although on paper they may still be a checklist, these new or updated systems seem to have a greater focus on performance than ever before.</p> <p>For example, Arc <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/bigger-broader-and-beyond-arc-all-rating-systems" target="_blank">connects multiple rating systems</a> together in a single platform by measuring performance. <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/leed-v4" target="_blank">LEED v4</a> calls for a performance-based approach focusing on metering and monitoring data. Perhaps what I find most interesting is the approach WELL takes. Grounded in research and peer-review, WELL is a <a href="https://www.wellcertified.com/well" target="_blank">performance-based system for occupant wellness</a>, which includes a WELL Assessor visiting the building or project to take measurements on aspects such as air quality.</p> <p>If we are going to make a sustainable impact on our communities, we need to have a set of complementary certifications among which to choose. Now that you&rsquo;ve been introduced to some of the newest ones, what tools and rating systems are you looking forward to using this year? What do you want to see more of this year from your local USGBC community?</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "589de2ec8c8958000d000084", "58a217eba9cf69007b000861"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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These Leader Awards are being incorporated into the annual Heavy Medals Awards Luncheon to better recognize and elevate buildings in the state that are raising the bar for sustainable design.</p> <p>Project teams with buildings that received a <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/leed" target="_blank">LEED</a> certification between June 1, 2015 and Dec. 31, 2016 may apply for consideration in the following categories:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Innovative Design, New Construction:</strong>&nbsp;For a LEED-certified BD+C project that demonstrates use of new technologies and strategies to push the envelope of green design and meet project challenges in an innovative way.</li> <li><strong>Innovative Design, Interiors:</strong>&nbsp;For a LEED-certified ID+C project that demonstrates use of new technologies and strategies to push the envelope of green design and meet project challenges in an innovative way.</li> <li><strong>Building Performance:</strong>&nbsp;For a LEED-certified Existing Buildings project that demonstrates a significant increase in building performance through the implementation of sustainable design solutions.</li> <li><strong>Climate Champion:</strong>&nbsp;For a LEED-certified project that demonstrates unique design solutions to address the particular concerns of building in the Arizona climate.</li> <li><strong>Outdoor Environments:</strong>&nbsp;For a LEED-certified project that demonstrates innovative use of integrating landscape design into their space and utilizes environmentally responsible landscaping techniques.</li> <li><strong>Community Champion:</strong>&nbsp;For a LEED-certified project that addresses the needs of an underserved community, meeting USGBC&rsquo;s vision of healthy and sustainable buildings for all.</li> <li><strong>Green Schools:</strong>&nbsp;For a K&ndash;12 school that demonstrates sustainable leadership in facility operations and student/community engagement.&nbsp;(Applicants are encouraged, but not required, to have achieved LEED certification.)</li> </ul> <p>Additional awards:</p> <ul> <li>The project team with the most LEED-certified projects in Arizona in 2016</li> <li>People&rsquo;s Choice Award</li> <li>Judge&rsquo;s Choice award</li> </ul> <p>The People&rsquo;s Choice and Judge&rsquo;s Choice will be selected from amongst the applicants to the categories listed above. The Judge&rsquo;s Choice will be awarded to the application that received the highest judging score, regardless of category. People&rsquo;s Choice will be selected by majority vote of the attendees at the Heavy Medals Awards Luncheon.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Nominations are due by 6 p.m. MT on Mon., March 6, 2017</strong>. Qualified applications will be reviewed by a local panel of USGBC Arizona members and green building experts. Award winners will be notified by the end of March 2017.&nbsp;Award-winning projects will receive two free tickets to the Heavy Medals Awards Luncheon and&nbsp;project team members will be publicly recognized at an awards ceremony during the event.</p> <p>Please visit the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/event/heavy-medals-awards-luncheon" target="_blank">Heavy Medals Awards Luncheon page</a>&nbsp;for more information, including a list of sample application questions.</p> <p><a href="https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ZXWQ99Q" target="_blank" class="button">Apply for the leader awards</a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "589a3359d4eddc003f000610", "58a204105cc2b5008f00053d"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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Our shared vision&mdash;of regenerative buildings and communities that sustain all life within a generation&mdash;is as inclusive as it is actionable, and I firmly believe that our opportunities to realize that vision are limitless.</p> <p>Our future is global. Our mission&mdash;to transform how buildings are designed, built and operated&mdash;is also global, and our programmatic platforms, <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/leed" target="_blank">LEED</a> and <a href="http://www.gbci.org/" target="_blank">GBCI</a>, are global. As part of my <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbcs-2020-vision-will-use-leed-further-global-connectedness" target="_blank">2020 Vision</a> for USGBC, data and transparency will be instrumental in expanding LEED&rsquo;s reach around the globe.</p> <p>In line with that vision, I&rsquo;m pleased to say that the USGBC Board of Directors has approved the 2017&ndash;2019 strategic plan, which will guide USGBC&rsquo;s efforts in the coming years and will be implemented and tracked through a detailed market development plan.</p> <p><a href="https://kapost-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/asset/file/589dd663af585400b700030a/USGBC%20Strategic%20Plan%202017%20FINAL.pdf" target="_blank" class="button">Read the full 2017&ndash;2019 Strategic Plan</a></p> <h3>Strategic imperatives</h3> <p>The strategic imperatives define the key areas of focus that USGBC will pursue in the next three years:</p> <ol> <li>Expand the green building marketplace</li> <li>Expand sustainable, healthy and resilient communities, cities and cultures</li> <li>Calibrate and communicate the full benefit of green building, communities, cities and cultures</li> <li>Ensure viability through organizational and community excellence</li> </ol> <p>These four complementary and inclusive strategic imperatives create a flexible but focused framework for market expansion, as well as the continuing transformation of the relationship between people and the natural systems that surround us. I recognize that there are many definitions of &ldquo;green&rdquo; as a reference to environmental sustainability. I want to affirm now that within the context of our vision, mission and guiding principles, USGBC largely defines &ldquo;green&rdquo; through the lens of LEED.</p> <p>Through this strategic plan, we will transition LEED from a rating system to a comprehensive platform that addresses green buildings, communities, districts, neighborhoods, cities, nations and the planet. The Arc platform will include both the current and future evolutions of LEED itself and will also integrate other aligned GBCI certification standards, along with a variety of protocols, guidelines and systems that the broader green building movement continues to develop.</p> <p>One of the best ways we can start taking action on this plan is to recommit to collaboration and partnership&mdash;bridging the space between organizations, businesses and governments to simultaneously pursue our strategic imperatives across industries. Armed with this clear path provided by our Board, I am confident that USGBC is in the best position to continue to LEED on.</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "5880ed5fbb14c3ac910000d1", "589de50f8c895800a3000102"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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The winners were recognized at the 2017 USGBC Montana Annual Summit in Helena on Wednesday evening.<br />&nbsp;<br />&ldquo;The Sustainability Award winners highlight some of the best green building projects and leaders in Montana,&rdquo; said <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/charles-woodruff/0010730230" target="_blank">Charlie Woodruff</a>, director, community&ndash;USGBC Northern Rockies. &ldquo;We&rsquo;re pleased to have so many passionate trailblazers in the state dedicating themselves to creating a sustainable built environment in Montana and are excited to recognize and celebrate their well-deserved efforts.&rdquo;<br />&nbsp;<br />The 2016 Montana Sustainability Award winners include:&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>Residential Honor Award: Urban Frontier House, High Plains Architects</li> <li>Residential Citation Award: Northside Townhomes, MacArthur Means and Wells Architects</li> <li>Products and Processes Merit Award: Modern Door, Glo European Window</li> <li>Commercial Building Merit Award: University of Montana Athlete Academic Center</li> <li>Commercial Building Merit Award: Underriner Motors, CTA Architects Engineers and Underriner Motors</li> <li>Fearless Leader Award: Zach Brown, Montana State Representative</li> <li>Community Champion Award: Claire Vlases, student advocate for solar power</li> <li>Pioneer Award: Kath Williams, LEED Originator&nbsp;</li> </ul> <p>Individuals and projects were nominated and judged by a panel of regional green building professionals.<br />&nbsp;<br />Currently, there are 80 <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/leed" target="_blank">LEED</a>-certified buildings in Montana, equivalent to nearly 2.63 million square feet of LEED-certified space. The green building industry also serves as an economic driver in the state. Between 2015 and 2018, green building construction in Montana is expected to support nearly 30,000 jobs and more than $1.74 billion in labor earnings, according to USGBC&rsquo;s <a href="http://go.usgbc.org/2015-Green-Building-Economic-Impact-Study.html" target="_blank">2015 Green Building Economic Impact Study</a>.</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "589cdb2fb4b4830071000e21", "589cdd738d2238006700005c"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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The 2017 Factbook was developed by the research firm Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF).</p> <p>The 2017 Factbook shows that American energy productivity has increased by 10 percent from 2011 to 2016. In 2016, GDP grew 1.6 percent, while energy consumption fell 0.2 percent. Several top-line findings connect to the building energy efficiency market:</p> <ul> <li>Data shows how energy efficiency measures have contributed to a dramatic drop in consumer spending on energy. In 2016, consumers devoted less than 4 percent of their total annual household spending to energy, the smallest share ever recorded, due to a combination of efficiency and reduced energy costs.</li> <li>Electric utility investment in efficiency reached an all-time high of $6.3 billion in 2015 (the latest year available), with increases in residential and commercial efficiency.</li> <li>As of 2016, 4.3 billion square feet of U.S. commercial building floor space was Energy Star-certified. This represents approximately 5 percent of total floor space in U.S. commercial buildings.</li> </ul> <p>Additionally, the Factbook finds that &ldquo;state-level policies remain equally if not more important [than federal] in driving the sustainable energy transition,&rdquo; with highlights including gains in property-assessed clean energy (PACE) financing, benchmarking and energy codes. In 2016, for example, PACE availability expanded as Nevada signed off on legislation to allow for its financing, and Atlanta, Georgia, and Loudon County, Virginia, began developing new PACE programs.</p> <p>Beyond energy efficiency, the Factbook includes U.S. energy statistics in natural gas production and use and renewable energy deployment. 2016 set a new record for annual renewable energy capacity additions, as the U.S. added a whopping 22 GW of renewable generating capacity, over half of which was from solar. For a deep dive at the state level, check out the Factbook&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.bcse.org/sustainableenergyfactbook/#state-spotlight" target="_blank">state slides</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://www.bcse.org/sustainableenergyfactbook/#" target="_blank" class="button">View the Factbook</a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "589b76d81f660f001700099c", "589cd1714d599f00cb000b9b"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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The webinar will present an overview of the <a href="https://www.wellcertified.com/" target="_blank">WELL Building Standard</a> and its relation to <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/leed-v4" target="_blank">LEED v4</a> and the <a href="https://living-future.org/lbc/" target="_blank">Living Building Challenge</a> rating systems.</p> <p>As USGBC works to create and expand its global partnerships, local green building communities across the U.S. are exploring new ways to collaborate as a region. In the Mountain West Region, which includes the USGBC Arizona,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/usgbc-montana" target="_blank">Montana</a>, <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/usgbc-wyoming" target="_blank">Wyoming</a>, <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/usgbc-idaho" target="_blank">Idaho</a>, <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/usgbc-colorado" target="_blank">Colorado</a>, <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/usgbc-utah" target="_blank">Utah</a>, <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/usgbc-nevada" target="_blank">Nevada</a>&nbsp;and <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/usgbc-new-mexico" target="_blank">New Mexico</a> communities, online education is a common strategy to help deliver&nbsp;<a href="http://www.gbci.org/" target="_blank">GBCI</a>-&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/organizations/american-institute-architects-aia" target="_blank">AIA</a>-approved content in these expansive states.</p> <p>These regional communities, along with <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/usgbc-california" target="_blank">USGBC Northern California</a>, will come together throughout 2017 to advance the mission of USGBC and explore unique environmental issues through the Best in the West webinar series. The content will focus on a different theme bimonthly. The Market Leadership Advisory Board members, regional trends and environmental issues helped the Mountain West communities choose topics. Each webinar will be hosted by a different community throughout 2017.</p> <p>USGBC Colorado hosted its first&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/mountain-west-communities-launch-best-west-webinar-series-2017-usgbc-colorado">webinar</a>&nbsp;of the series in January, "Rating Soup of the Soul.&rdquo; The webinar provided an overview of the WELL, <a href="http://www.sustainablesites.org/" target="_blank">SITES</a> and <a href="http://parksmart.gbci.org/" target="_blank">Parksmart</a> rating systems, presented by&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/clare-epke/0010004978" target="_blank">Clare Epke</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/trevyr-meade/0010961363" target="_blank">Trevyr Meade</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/jamie-statter/0010987703" target="_blank">Jamie Statter</a>.</p> <h3>West Region Webinar and Arizona Lunch &amp; LEED</h3> <p>USGBC Arizona&rsquo;s March 1 Lunch &amp; LEED, "<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/event/how-well-relates-leed-living-building-challenge" target="_blank">How WELL Relates to LEED and the Living Building Challenge</a>," will be broadcast for viewers across USGBC&rsquo;s West Region. In addition to the in-person presentation in Tempe, community members and interested stakeholders from across the West region are invited to watch the webcast.</p> <p>Ashley Mulhall, Associate, Sustainability Leader from&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/organizations/orcutt-i-winslow" target="_blank">Orcutt|Winslow</a>&nbsp;will explain how WELL expands green building practices to include design solutions directly related to human health and wellness, and how the rating system complements strategies for sustainable design and construction in the&nbsp;LEED v4&nbsp;and&nbsp;Living Building Challenge&nbsp;(LBC) rating systems.</p> <p>Webinar call-in information will be sent via email to attendees who register.</p> <p>We want to see how communities and individuals across the region are connecting to the content, so join the conversation by using #BestinWest on social media, or send us selfies from wherever you decide to tune in!</p> <p>Stay tuned throughout the coming months for announcements revealing each webinar offering by following your community&rsquo;s newsletters and emails or the regional digest.&nbsp;<a href="http://go.usgbc.org/local-region-subscription-center.html" target="_blank">Access your email preferences</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/event/how-well-relates-leed-living-building-challenge" target="_blank" class="button">Learn more and register for the&nbsp; Mar. 1 West Region webinar</a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "5898d098c47bcb003f0003f6", "589ca9978b9dfa00cb00089e"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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USGBC's call for nominations of qualified applicants is now open for the 2017 class of <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/all/leed-fellow" target="_blank">LEED Fellows</a>.</p> <ul> <li>Access an overview of the mastery elements and general program policies in the <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-fellow-handbook" target="_blank">LEED Fellow Handbook</a>.</li> <li>Review the 2017 dates and specific guidance on the application in the <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-fellow-2017-application-guide" target="_blank">2017 LEED Fellow Application Guide</a>.</li> <li>Attend an introductory webinar on Wed., Feb. 15, from 1&ndash;2 p.m. ET to gain valuable information for both returning and new nominees. <a href="https://usgbc.webex.com/mw3100/mywebex/default.do?service=1&amp;siteurl=usgbc-pt&amp;nomenu=true&amp;main_url=%2Fmc3100%2Fe.do%3Fsiteurl%3Dusgbc-pt%26AT%3DMI%26EventID%3D214663248%26UID%3D1574927113%26Host%3DQUhTSwAAAALImvXa27wFH991Q8Zmoz7O_4QPpQlsLYk19L3SShoCd4j-zDaNf2n31e1ZMINAaY4k7JlkxG5pCc-v_YmC2NQo0%26RG%3D1%26FrameSet%3D2%26RGID%3Drbc60a6a7fea88c63fc5c80e8e7e530a9" target="_blank">Register for the webinar</a>.</li> </ul> <h3>Requirements</h3> <p><strong>Nominees must be/have</strong></p> <ul> <li>A LEED AP with specialty credential in good standing.</li> <li>10 years of professional green building experience.</li> <li>Held a LEED professional credential for eight years.</li> <li>Demonstrate significant contributions to advancing the movement.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Nominators must have</strong></p> <ul> <li>A LEED AP with specialty credential in good standing.</li> <li>10 years of professional green building experience.</li> </ul> <p>In addition, nominees will need to compile a team of endorsers to write statements attesting to the nominee&rsquo;s impact in key areas.</p> <ul> <li>LEED Project Experience Statement Writer: One person must write about the nominee&rsquo;s role and contributions on their most exceptional LEED project.</li> <li>Four Endorsers: One person must write an endorsement for the nominee&rsquo;s impact in the technical proficiency mastery element. The nominee must also select three more endorsers to write about the nominee&rsquo;s impact in any three out of the remaining four mastery elements: Leadership, Commitment and Service, Advocacy and Education and Mentoring.</li> </ul> <h3>Key dates</h3> <ul> <li><strong>Feb. 8&ndash;April 3</strong>: Nomination Period&mdash;Nominees must submit completed application packets by 8 a.m. on Mon., April 3.</li> <li><strong>April 28&ndash;May 29</strong>: Feedback Period&mdash;Nominees will receive feedback and have the opportunity to add clarifications to their application.</li> </ul> <p>Nominees will submit all application materials, including the nominator&rsquo;s recommendation and CV, their own personal statement and CV and all endorsements, through the LEED Fellow portal, which can be accessed through the nominee&rsquo;s usgbc.org <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/account/credentials" target="_blank">credentials account</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/account/credentials" target="_blank" class="button">Submit your application</a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "5878eececc9bf9b7de0004d4", "589b3d765badaf00c1000762"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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Here are the answers to some of the questions you may have about applying for the LEED Fellow program.</p> <h3>Who should be involved?</h3> <p>The nominee will submit all the documents comprising the application packet, but is encouraged to work closely with the nomination team, which includes the nominator, LEED Project Experience statement writer and four endorsers. Each statement should be signed by the author on that individual's company letterhead.</p> <p><a href="mailto:LEEDFellow@usgbc.org" target="_blank">GBCI staff</a> are available to support nominees during the application period, if they need assistance getting their documents submitted.</p> <h3>When should this be done?</h3> <p>The nominee and nominator should start working to identify endorsers as soon as possible. Application materials may be submitted from Feb. 8 through April 3 at 8 a.m. ET. Nominees pay the fee when they submit their completed applications.</p> <p>Nominees will receive feedback from the evaluators starting on April 28, and will have until 8 a.m. ET on May 29 to submit any updated documents into their applications.</p> <h3>Where do we submit?</h3> <p>The nominee should submit all application materials through the LEED Fellow Portal, which can be accessed through the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/account/credentials" target="_blank">credentials account</a>.</p> <h3>What should be addressed in the application materials?<img height="177" src="https://kapost-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/direct/1454597304-57-0417/Fellow-Diagram.png" style="float: right; border: 1px solid black; margin: 10px;" width="400" /></h3> <p>During the application period, the team will submit 10 documents, not to exceed 25 total pages in length:</p> <ul> <li>The nominee&rsquo;s personal statement</li> <li>The nominee's CV</li> <li>The nominator&rsquo;s recommendation</li> <li>The nominator's CV</li> <li>LEED project experience statement</li> <li>Four mastery element endorsements</li> <li>Any relevant attachments</li> </ul> <p>It is up to the team&rsquo;s discretion as to what they include in each statement to make the strongest case for the nominee, but the strongest applications follow the guidelines below.</p> <h4>1. Nominator&rsquo;s Recommendation (4 pages)</h4> <ul> <li>Should serve as an introduction to the nominee&rsquo;s application</li> <li>Based on the four mastery elements for which endorsement statements are provided</li> <li>Can be used to highlight additional achievements not covered in endorsement statements</li> </ul> <h4>2. Nominee&rsquo;s Personal Statement (4 pages)</h4> <ul> <li>Based on the four mastery elements for which endorsement statements are provided</li> <li>Can be used to highlight additional achievements not covered in endorsement statements</li> </ul> <h4>3. Project Experience (2 pages)</h4> <ul> <li>Should represent one of the nominee&rsquo;s most exceptional projects</li> <li>Should highlight nominee&rsquo;s unique contribution and their impact on specific outcomes of the project</li> </ul> <h4>4-7. Four Endorsement Statements (2 pages each)</h4> <ul> <li>All nominees must include an endorser statement speaking to their technical proficiency, and may choose three out of the remaining four topics.</li> </ul> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><strong>Technical proficiency (required)</strong></p> <ul style="padding-left: 60px;"> <li>Ability to take a project from start to finish within a rating system in depth</li> <li>Understanding of the application of one LEED rating system</li> <li>General understanding of multiple LEED rating systems</li> <li>Exceptional technical contributions to the green building industry</li> <li>Technical accomplishments that distinguish them from their peers</li> <li>Ability to understand and communicate technical content</li> </ul> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><strong>Education and mentoring</strong></p> <ul style="padding-left: 60px;"> <li>Achievements creating education for their peers</li> <li>Achievements creating education for the next generation of leadership</li> <li>Ability to identify learners' needs and create education to satisfy them (with specific examples)</li> <li>Research activities that contribute to the green building body of knowledge</li> <li>Speaking engagements or published works related to LEED and green building</li> </ul> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><strong>Leadership</strong></p> <ul style="padding-left: 60px;"> <li>Overall history of leadership in advancing and implementing the green building body of knowledge</li> <li>Overall history of utilizing green technologies and practices within their organization, clients' projects, and/or the community</li> <li>Overall history of taking the lead within a project and facilitating the accomplishment of the project vision/goals</li> <li>Has been involved in the development of LEED (this concept could also be addressed in the commitment and service statement)</li> </ul> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><strong>Commitment and service</strong></p> <ul style="padding-left: 60px;"> <li>Overall history volunteering for USGBC, other GBCs or GBCI</li> <li>Overall history of community service (in regard to green building and sustainability)</li> <li>Professional and sustainability-related values that are in line with USGBC and GBCI</li> </ul> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><strong>Advocacy</strong></p> <ul style="padding-left: 60px;"> <li>Positive representation of USGBC, GBCI other GBCs or the green building industry in general, on a local, national or international stage</li> <li>History of encouraging the adoption of LEED rating systems within their organization, community or government</li> <li>Advocacy for a holistic approach to sustainability</li> </ul> <h4>8. Nominee's CV/Resume (The remaining 7 pages can be used by the Nominee's CV/Resume and related attachments)</h4> <ul> <li>Acts as a "table of contents" for the entire application</li> <li>Should demonstrate the breadth and depth of the nominee's work achievements</li> <li>Must demonstrate 10 years of continuous engagement in the green building industry</li> <li>Should be organized around the selected mastery elements</li> </ul> <h4>9. Optional Attachments (see note above about length restrictions)</h4> <ul> <li>Can provide supplementary information about projects or achievements</li> <li>Mentioned in the other application materials (e.g., images, articles, animations, video)</li> <li>Cannot be an additional endorsement providing new statements about the nominee's achievements</li> </ul> <h4>10. Nominator's CV/Resume (no page limit; does not contribute to 25-page limit for entire application)</h4> <ul> <li>Must demonstrate 10 years of experience in the green building industry to meet eligibility requirements</li> </ul> <h3>How should these topics be addressed?</h3> <p>It is important that each document submitted highlight an element of the nominee&rsquo;s career in a way that is concise and minimizes duplication. USGBC suggests nomination teams take an &ldquo;integrative design approach&rdquo; to make sure the different components work together in a way that highlights the nominee&rsquo;s entire career as described in their CV/resume. A well-written application addresses each topic by highlighting not only the nominee&rsquo;s exemplary achievements, but also the qualitative and quantitative impacts of their work in the industry. Please refer to the examples below for commitment and service.</p> <ul> <li><strong>Poor statement:</strong> As Executive Director of our local chapter, I can say Nominee X is one of the most committed people I know. Their persistent efforts, both in the workplace (as evidenced by their work as Sustainable Design Lead at XYZ Architects) and outside the workplace, are what truly make them a leader. It was with this passion that they founded our local USGBC chapter, a vibrant and active community of professionals. They are also committed to encouraging young professionals, as evinced by the numerous hours they spend chairing our chapter&rsquo;s Emerging Leaders initiative.</li> <li><strong>Average statement:</strong> As Executive Director of our local chapter, I can say Nominee X is one of the most committed people I know. It was with this passion that they founded our local USGBC chapter, a vibrant and active community that is one of the largest in the area. They use their unique ability to motivate and engage others in their work chairing our chapter&rsquo;s Emerging Professionals initiative. They have put in countless hours mentoring, teaching and supporting these young professionals, who continue to drive sustainability globally.</li> <li><strong>Exemplary statement:</strong> As Executive Director of our local chapter, I have seen the impact of Nominee X&rsquo;s commitment and service in our region and beyond. They founded our chapter, which is now a vibrant and active community of 10,000 members. As the chair of our chapter&rsquo;s Emerging Leaders initiative, they have used their unique ability to motivate others to engage over 300 young professionals, who now drive sustainability in organizations worldwide.</li> </ul> <p>GBCI has provided a <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-fellow-2015-exemplary-applications" target="_blank">packet of actual statements</a> provided in the applications of people who were selected as Fellows previously. This packet gives one sample of each letter type, each taken from a different person's successful application. Although this provides the most diverse selection of samples to review, it cannot demonstrate how each individual's application was designed to work together holistically. It is important that the application "tell the story" of the nominee's impact, and that each statement fill in a different part of that story and avoid repeating impacts that have already been described.</p> <p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-business-certification-inc-announces-2016-leed-fellows" target="_blank" class="button">See last year's LEED Fellows</a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "5878ebd934f4346038000794", "589b3c74b354f2002b0008ad"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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These students facilitate the full certification timeline, taking responsibility for leading the documentation efforts and submitting the project to GBCI for review.</p> <p>To prepare students for the process, the course covers both the theory and the application of the <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/leed" target="_blank">LEED</a>&nbsp;rating system. Students learn about LEED&rsquo;s comprehensive approach, covering the prerequisites and credits related to site considerations, energy use, water consumption, waste management and occupant comfort. They also learn how to evaluate a project&rsquo;s impact on the surrounding land and ecosystem.</p> <p>But where LEED Lab breaks new ground is how it brings <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-lab-action-university-california-santa-barbara" target="_blank">hands-on LEED project experience</a> into the instruction. It requires students to assess the performance of the existing campus facilities and then to select one building on which they will implement an actual LEED O+M project. Students work together as a project team, with the ultimate goal of certifying that facility. And if an on-campus project is not feasible, the group may partner with an off-campus building owner who is interested in LEED certification.</p> <p>Given this combination of classroom instruction and hands-on experience, by the end of the semester, participating students are prepared to sit for the <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-v4-ap-om-candidate-handbook" target="_blank">LEED AP O+M</a> professional credential exam. Students can walk away with a highly <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-lab-your-ticket-career-sustainability" target="_blank">marketable professional credential</a> that signifies their green building experience and knowledge.</p> <p><a href="http://centerforgreenschools.org/leed-lab" target="_blank" class="button">Learn how to start a LEED Lab at your school</a>&nbsp;</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "588b88d2ef273c003f0003cf", "5899f120307711005300020f"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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As the first stop for project teams, they offer:</p> <ul> <li>A "getting started" section to help project teams lay out a plan for certification.&nbsp;</li> <li>Navigation tools to help you find what you need quickly in the guide.</li> <li>Icons and other wayfinders&nbsp;that point out relationships among credits and requirements.</li> </ul> <p>You can access our guides on the <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/education/sessions/leed-v4-web-based-reference-guide-4636291" target="_blank">web</a>, in print or as a pdf. <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/updated-leed-v4-reference-guides-give-you-tools-you-need-project-success" target="_blank">Learn more about the recent changes</a> to the reference guides.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/store/products/publications" target="_blank" class="button">View the reference guides</a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "588b8af1256a46007b00040a", "5899e077a58c1e00cb00004e"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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Use this guide to empower school stakeholders to transform the learning environment. The guide,&nbsp;<a href="http://centerforgreenschools.org/sites/default/files/resource-files/green-classroom-professional-group-trainings.pdf" target="_blank">Green Classroom Professional Group Trainings</a>,&nbsp;provides valuable tools and tips to plan and conduct training sessions that prepare individuals to pursue the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/classroom/gcp" target="_blank">Green Classroom Professional Certificate</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Green Classroom Professional Certificate program&nbsp;provides preK&ndash;12 educators and school staff with the knowledge to identify what supports or impedes healthy, resource-efficient and environmentally sustainable learning spaces. The certificate is ideal for teachers, administrators and operations staff (facilities, food service, custodial, wellness), as well as school building designers, board members and parents.&nbsp;</p> <p>"We&rsquo;ve seen, over the years, that in-person workshops help attendees learn collaboratively by interacting with their colleagues and their surroundings, resulting in deep knowledge gain and subsequent action," says <a href="http://education.usgbc.org/people/anisa-heming/0010292645" target="_blank">Anisa Heming</a>, director of the Center for Green Schools.&nbsp;</p> <p>Informed by USGBC&rsquo;s in-person education know-how and input from past Green Classroom Professional&nbsp;workshops, this guide outlines ways to conduct effective sessions and includes examples for planning, session schedules, facilitation, selecting guest speakers and leveraging local resources for maximum benefit for schools, students and staff.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://centerforgreenschools.org/sites/default/files/resource-files/green-classroom-professional-group-trainings.pdf" target="_blank" class="button">Read the guide</a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "5894ab318ed4dd003f000305", "5898c394b3874e0067000434"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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We&rsquo;ve also delved into <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/bigger-broader-and-beyond-arc-all-rating-systems" target="_blank">streamlining the certification process</a> for the broader suite of <a href="http://www.gbci.org/" target="_blank">GBCI</a>-administered rating systems to track performance and optimize green building strategies across virtually every facet of the sustainability industry. We&rsquo;ve started to expand our aspirations beyond LEED Platinum, toward a regenerative built environment.</p> <h3>The success of LEED Platinum</h3> <p>Since its inception, LEED has been a platform for recognizing and celebrating the leaders driving real market change, who have so far built and operated more than 6,000 LEED Platinum buildings worldwide. These exceptional buildings can be found across 58 countries, representing office towers, schools, homes, hospitals and hotels&mdash;and make up the essential spaces where people live, work, learn and play.</p> <p>A LEED Platinum building reflects the design and operation of a cohesive system that has gone above and beyond the prescribed framework. Project teams put tremendous effort into their certification, and they are starting to see opportunities to push the market even further.&nbsp;As we look to expand the potential of LEED, we have a vision for regenerative, healthy spaces that can sustain generation after generation. But how do we define and deliver better buildings?</p> <h3>Using data to go beyond Platinum</h3> <p>Performance defines the concept of &ldquo;beyond Platinum.&rdquo; <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbcs-2020-vision-will-use-leed-further-global-connectedness" target="_blank">Data is the core of performance</a>, and it is the core of LEED. We&rsquo;ve used it in our energy simulation models, daylighting analysis, water efficiency calculator and thermal comfort surveys. Every LEED credit requires building information and data-based calculations. Arc is the platform through which users can streamline the interaction with building data. It provides deeper visibility and immediate response to improve the quality of space for people and buildings&mdash;all of which is distilled in the simple but elegant LEED Performance Score.&nbsp;</p> <p>A perfect performance score in Arc defines a building that does not generate carbon emissions from energy and transportation, does not waste materials, uses no potable water and provides a high level of satisfaction to occupants. The platform already calibrates to net zero carbon for energy and transportation, and net zero potable water so that projects can start making advances towards those goals today. The analytics section in Arc helps team identify, track and measure incremental progress towards such goals.</p> <p>We want to take it a step further. We propose that projects that go beyond Platinum give back to nature instead of taking from it, providing more to the people and community than what went into building it. This is what we mean by regenerative.</p> <p>Are you ready to go beyond Platinum?&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://arcskoru.com" target="_blank" class="button">Get started with Arc</a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "58865314d5c9c600170003b2", "58989eff3762530067000328"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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However, there are still many opportunities for states to continue progress on clean energy and efficiency started under the auspices of the rule, and we are looking to the future.</p> <p>The Clean Power Plan was a core feature of the previous administration&rsquo;s approach to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and the United States&rsquo; commitment under the <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-applauds-new-global-climate-agreement" target="_blank">Paris Agreement</a>. The plan is an EPA regulation targeting carbon emissions from existing fossil fuel power plants. One of the ways it is distinct from some other Clean Air Act rules is that it imposes the reduction targets on state air regulators, who have the responsibility to develop and implement a state-specific approach to achieving the targets. States have flexibility and can use end-user energy efficiency and renewable energy generation toward compliance; each of these approaches avoids the need for fossil fuel power generation and associated emissions.</p> <p>After the EPA published the final rule in October 2015, more than 50 lawsuits were filed challenging its legality, constitutionality and other aspects.&nbsp; The Supreme Court issued a <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/advocating-efficiency-clean-power-plan" target="_blank">stay</a>&mdash;putting implementation of the rule on hold&mdash;early last year, and the litigation is still pending in the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.</p> <p>With the new administration&rsquo;s clear opposition to the current Clean Power Plan, it is expected that the rule will be shelved, replaced or rescinded for the near term. Unless Congress acts, EPA is required to issue a carbon dioxide regulation for power plants, stemming from the Clean Air Act, a Supreme Court ruling and the <a href="https://www.epa.gov/climatechange/endangerment-and-cause-or-contribute-findings-greenhouse-gases-under-section-202a" target="_blank">2009 EPA endangerment finding</a> that carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases are pollutants that endanger public health and welfare.</p> <p>The government may have several options for halting implementation of the rule, such as asking the court to remand the rule back to EPA to issue a replacement rule&mdash;which could take years and potentially result in a weak rule with no &ldquo;outside the fence line&rdquo; elements. The administration might decline to defend it in court and look for a fatal court ruling; this could be complicated because a coalition of states and cities sought to join environmental groups in putting up a defense of the rule.</p> <p>There also seems to be a possibility that the EPA will withdraw or modify the underlying endangerment finding, though it would have to provide a rational explanation for such change.&nbsp;Litigation over any of these options is a virtual certainty, adding to the delay before any future version of the Clean Power Plan would go into effect.</p> <p>USGBC has <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/advocating-efficiency-clean-power-plan" target="_blank">supported</a> the rule from its inception, providing <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/what-does-green-building-have-do-clean-power-plan" target="_blank">comments</a> and testimony with recommendations on leveraging private-sector building energy efficiency toward compliance, and maximizing the effectiveness of an early action program and its impact on low-income communities. Analyses have repeatedly shown that <a href="http://aceee.org/fact-sheet/ee-lowers-cost-cpp" target="_blank">energy efficiency is a least-cost</a> way for states to meet their Clean Power Plan targets. Boosters for energy efficiency were hopeful the rule would drive new investment in efficiency by states, utilities and the private sector, as states sought to create new pathways to achieve verified electricity savings.&nbsp;</p> <p>What the Clean Power Plan started cannot be undone. For example, in many states, initial work on compliance planning has elevated communications about energy efficiency across normally stove-piped state agencies. Additionally, the prospect of the plan has created many <a href="http://www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/Air/GreenhouseGasPlan.aspx" target="_blank">opportunities for stakeholders</a>, including for USGBC, our community and our members to share views on policy with <a href="http://www.ase.org/cppletters" target="_blank">state officials</a>.</p> <p>It may be that only a small number of states continue formal Clean Power Plan planning, but we are hopeful that the <a href="http://blogs.edf.org/climate411/2016/09/14/power-companies-and-states-on-track-to-meet-clean-power-plan-goals/" target="_blank">engagement</a> and collaboration processes that the rule started will continue, with or without the rule, and lead to enhanced energy efficiency policies in the states. The plans for a <a href="https://www.theclimateregistry.org/thoughtleadership/energy-efficiency/" target="_blank">National Energy Efficiency Registry</a> will continue, and that remains a promising long-term development to value and drive investment in private sector efficiency.</p> <p>Questions or comments? <a href="mailto:publicpolicies@usgbc.org" target="_blank">Contact</a> the public policy team at USGBC.</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "589243f4090d81005d0005ea", "5894e2cf0585c40049000618"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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Historically, <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/leed" target="_blank">LEED</a> energy use strategies focused on efficiency: reducing the amount of energy used to perform a certain task or provide a certain service. As LEED has matured, we&rsquo;ve given more thought to other ways building owners and facility managers can improve the sustainability of their energy use.</p> <p>In <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/leed-v4" target="_blank">LEED v4</a>, we introduced a new credit for demand response (DR) to encourage building owners and facility managers to take into account not only&nbsp;<em>how much</em>&nbsp;electricity a building used, but also&nbsp;<em>when</em>, and to reward LEED project teams that willingly reduce electricity use during periods of high demand.</p> <p>In 2010, USGBC rolled out <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/credits/demandresponse" target="_blank">Energy and Atmosphere Pilot Credit 8 Demand Response (EApc8)</a> to test the credit requirements and gauge market interest in demand response as a strategy. In 2013, USGBC took a closer look at registrations and certification trends for the pilot credit. A few highlights are included below.</p> <p>When it closed in 2015, 270 projects had registered for the pilot credit. These projects represent 11 countries around the world.</p> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td>United States</td> <td>127</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Canada</td> <td>124</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Greece</td> <td>7</td> </tr> <tr> <td>China</td> <td>3</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Finland</td> <td>3</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Denmark</td> <td>1</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Hungary</td> <td>1</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Ireland</td> <td>1</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Israel</td> <td>1</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Japan</td> <td>1</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Mexico</td> <td>1</td> </tr> <tr> <td><strong>Total</strong></td> <td><strong>270</strong></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><em>Table 1.&nbsp;DR pilot credit registrations by country</em></p> <p><br />Within the United States, the highest number of registrations were seen in California and New York.</p> <p><strong><img height="404" src="https://kapost-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/direct/1486139766-163-4736/Figure1.png" style="vertical-align: middle;" width="806" /></strong></p> <p><em>Figure 1.&nbsp;DR pilot credit registrations by state</em></p> <p><br />The pilot credit was written primarily for commercial buildings. Pilot credit registrations were mostly office and mixed-use buildings, but also included many other project types.</p> <p><strong><img height="932" src="https://kapost-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/direct/1486139795-63-1441/Figure%202.png" style="vertical-align: middle;" width="806" /></strong></p> <p><em>Figure 2.&nbsp;DR pilot credit registrations by rating system and project type</em></p> <p>Of the projects that submitted the pilot credit for review, there was 96.5 percent achievement rate. Feedback from project teams indicated that the pilot credit was an easy, low-cost strategy for projects with the necessary infrastructure already in place.</p> <p>EApc8 was formally adopted as Energy and Atmosphere Credit Demand Response in LEED v4. In May 2015, the pilot was closed and moved to the LEED Innovation Catalog.</p> <h3>About this series</h3> <p>This article is the first in a four-part series about demand response and the Demand Response Partnership Program:</p> <ol> <li>Piloting demand response in LEED</li> <li>Understanding the participant experience and perceptions</li> <li>Quantifying the impacts of demand response</li> <li>Implementing demand response: case studies&nbsp;</li> </ol> <p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/resources/demand-response-pilot-credit" target="_blank" class="button">Read the full Demand Response Pilot Credit report</a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "5894b111fc848d005d00042a", "5894bdb3fc848d00990006c8"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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To the world, he was a leader in his profession and a champion of the green building movement.</p> <p>To USGBC, he was family.</p> <p>Bill lit up every room he walked into. His laughter, passion and charm were infectious. I had the pleasure of working side by side with Bill for over seven years. We even got to the point where we would finish each other&rsquo;s sentences. He would look at me with that twinkle in his eye, give me that hearty laugh and big smile and would just know what I was thinking. And I am sure there are others who feel the exact same way&hellip;that was our Bill.&nbsp;</p> <p><img height="450" src="https://kapost-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/direct/1486049216-113-2959/BillW.jpg" style="float: right; border: 1px solid black; margin: 10px;" width="300" /></p> <p>Bill was a founding member of the <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/usgbc-northern-california" target="_blank">USGBC Northern California</a> community, and his legacy is seen across the region. As a sustainability consultant, he worked on several notable green building projects in San Francisco, including the first project in California to receive Platinum certification under <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/leed" target="_blank">LEED</a> for Commercial Interiors, the&nbsp;Energy Foundation;&nbsp;the LEED Platinum San Francisco Public Utilities Commission Headquarters; the LEED Gold original buildings on the&nbsp;University of California, Merced, campus; and San Francisco International Airport&rsquo;s Terminal 2, the first airport terminal in the United States to achieve LEED Gold for New Construction.</p> <p>Bill also served as a member of San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom&rsquo;s Green Building Task Force, which drove the city&rsquo;s pioneering Green Building Ordinance. He won the first World Green Building Council Government Leadership Award in 2011. Most recently, he served as a member of San Francisco&rsquo;s Eco-District Formation Task Force. Mayor Ed Lee appointed him to the public seat on the Municipal Green Building Task Force.</p> <p>&ldquo;Bill was a champion for expanding equity and diversity in green building. He often used his own community as an example when he spoke about the revitalization of urban neighborhoods through sustainable and collaborative design," says&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/brenden-mceneaney/0000005670" target="_blank">Brenden McEneaney</a>, executive director of USGBC Northern California. "He was active in expanding the reach of future leaders within the green building movement by mentoring countless emerging professionals and practitioners around the globe.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p>Bill served four years on USGBC&rsquo;s LEED Implementation Advisory Committee, holding the first nationally elected architect seat on that committee. Further, Bill served as the AIA National Director and Resource Architect for Sustainability from 2010 to 2012, spearheading several cross-industry collaborative sustainability initiatives, including growing the relationship between USGBC and AIA.</p> <p>&ldquo;Bill&rsquo;s efforts over the past dozen years have helped shape the LEED rating system. His ability to make complex problems and technical issues easily understandable to non-technical audiences made him an invaluable part of the team that develops LEED,&rdquo; recalls&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/brendan-owens/0000005362" target="_blank">Brendan Owens</a>, chief of engineering at USGBC. &ldquo;In recognition of these and other contributions to the green building movement, Bill was unanimously selected by his peers as a <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/learn-how-become-leed-fellow" target="_blank">LEED Fellow</a> in 2014, a designation awarded to the most exceptional professionals in the green building industry. It is the most prestigous designation awarded by <a href="http://www.gbci.org/" target="_blank">GBCI</a>.&rdquo;</p> <p>Bill certainly left a mark on the <a href="http://greenbuildexpo.com/" target="_blank">Greenbuild Conference and Expo</a>, where he participated for many years on the program committee and helped craft a compelling program with the right mix of inspiration and practicality. In 2013, he helped plan and run Greenbuild San Francisco as part of the host committee. Recently, he took part in championing water efficiency and wrote the playbook for the new&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/building-waterbuild-all-water-resource" target="_blank">Water Summit at Greenbuild</a>.</p> <p>&ldquo;Bill was not only a volunteer critical to the success of Greenbuild, but he was a friend. His passion for the good work of this movement was an inspiration to all,&rdquo; says&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/kimberly-lewis/0000029816" target="_blank">Kimberly Lewis</a>, USGBC's senior vice president, community advancement, conferences and events.</p> <p>Bill Worthen will be deeply missed by the USGBC community, but the impact he left will be felt for generations to come.</p> <p>In lieu of flowers, Bill's family asks that people&nbsp;<a href="https://www.collaborativedesign.org/donate/" target="_blank">send donations to The Urban Fabrick Collaborative</a>&nbsp;to help continue Bill's mission and global impact. The Urban Fabrick Collaborative was co-founded by Bill, and is a design, policy and practice network for people working in the design and construction industries.&nbsp;</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "58934f54b3bcc7006700006f", "58935cbd082173005d000274"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? "https" : "http") + "://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName("script")[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://new.leedonline.com/articles/usgbc-remembers-bill-worthen#comments Community Thu, 02 Feb 2017 16:22:42 +0000 Lynn N. Simon 10788438 at http://new.leedonline.com Program announced for Rocky Mountain Green 2017 (USGBC Colorado) http://new.leedonline.com/articles/program-announced-rocky-mountain-green-2017-usgbc-colorado <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="948" height="375" alt="" src="http://new.leedonline.com/sites/default/files/rmg%2520logo%2520transparent_0.png?1485961780" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>After months of receiving proposals, committee deliberation and merging proposals together, <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/usgbc-colorado" target="_blank">USGBC Colorado</a> is excited to officially announce the <a href="http://usgbc.org/event/rocky-mountain-green-2017/" target="_blank">2017 Rocky Mountain Green program</a>, speakers and session descriptions.</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><strong>When:</strong> Wed., April 26&ndash;Fri., April 28, 2017<br /><strong>Where:</strong> Sheraton Hotel, Downtown Denver, Colorado<strong><br /></strong></p> <p>2017 marks the 10th year that USGBC Colorado has hosted this event, the largest green building conference and expo in the region. By bringing together more than 500 stakeholders and inspiring speakers in superb educational sessions, Rocky Mountain Green pushes the green building industry to think above and beyond the standard and to take action to push sustainability into the future. The three-day event hosts offsite tours along with the conference keynote speeches, breakout sessions and exhibition.</p> <p>The Rocky Mountain Green Planning Committee selected educational sessions that inspire attendees into action while focusing on aspects of our mission statement. This year, the committee sought case studies, topics that address regional issues, international projects and sessions that are interactive with the audience.</p> <h3>2017 topics</h3> <ul> <li>Active design</li> <li>Affordable house</li> <li>Alternative transportation</li> <li>Ecotourism</li> <li>Energy modeling</li> <li>Funding/rebates</li> <li>Green sites/SITES</li> <li>Health care</li> <li>Hospitality</li> <li>Industrial</li> <li>Integrative process</li> <li>LEED v4</li> <li>Materials</li> <li>Multi-family development</li> <li>Neighborhoods/LEED ND</li> <li>Occupant comfort</li> <li>Renewable energy</li> <li>Research and development</li> <li>Sustainable procurement</li> <li>Technology (building automation, lighting, real-time feedback, etc.)</li> <li>Tiny houses</li> <li>Transit-oriented development</li> <li>Transparency in the built environment</li> <li>Urban agriculture</li> <li>Water/water reuse</li> <li>WELL Building Standard</li> </ul> <p>There is a $50 early-bird discount if you purchase your conference pass by March 17. Also, USGBC Colorado members receive an additional $50 discount.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/join-center/community?community=179101" target="_blank">Become a member</a>&nbsp;today or <a href="mailto:colorado@usgbc.org" target="_blank">email us</a>&nbsp;to verify your individual community membership. Attendees can earn up to 11 <a href="http://www.gbci.org/" target="_blank">GBCI</a> continuing education hours and 8 AIA learning units.</p> <p>This year, the conference pass is the only item you need to purchase. Offsite tours, the opening reception and any other activities related to Rocky Mountain Green are included in the pass.</p> <p>For the first time, USGBC Colorado is partnering with the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.sustainablecolorado.org/" target="_blank">Alliance for Sustainable Colorado</a>&nbsp;to deliver their annual&nbsp;<a href="http://www.sustainablecolorado.org/what-we-do/heroes-of-sustainability/" target="_blank">Heroes for Sustainability</a>&nbsp;event, at which <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/rick-fedrizzi/0000043478" target="_blank">Rick Fedrizzi</a> will be honored. Both events will take place on the same date, in the same location. Once you register for one event, you will be sent a coupon code for the other.</p> <p><a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/usgbc-colorado-2017-rocky-mountain-green-tickets-29419180561" target="_blank" class="button">Register for Rocky Mountain Green</a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "5890d9f6ed4185009900031f", "5891fa25434b0b00ad0000b4"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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Created by Education Partner <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/organizations/green-engineer-inc" target="_blank">The Green Engineer</a>, this lesson describes when energy models are needed, and how they can be used throughout the design process to shape and validate a design&rsquo;s energy and daylighting performance.</li> <li><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/education/sessions/incorporating-sustainable-materials-commercial-restroom-design-10447267" target="_blank">Incorporating Sustainable Materials into Commercial Restroom Design</a>. Education Partner <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/organizations/infospec-inc" target="_blank">InfoSpec</a> addresses material options for commercial restrooms and other applications with an emphasis on HDPE, looking at transparency and documentation, as well as responsible manufacturing.</li> <li><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/education/sessions/energy-modeling-decision-confidence-10539676#" target="_blank">Energy Modeling for Decision Confidence</a>.&nbsp;From <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/organizations/green-building-services-inc" target="_blank">Green Building Services</a>, this course covers systematic early design energy modeling that assists design teams and owners by clarifying the decision space and bringing relevant information to the discussion.</li> </ul> <p>Each course is available for individual purchase at $45. You can also access the courses through the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/resources/education-usgbc-subscription" target="_blank">Education @USGBC&nbsp;subscription</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/education-at-usgbc" target="_blank" class="button">Explore Education @USGBC</a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "5890d3bb050b0600530002bb", "5890e92b050b06007b00058b"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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This year&rsquo;s conference will take place Feb. 13&ndash;15 in Denver, Colorado, and is on track to have over 450 attendees, making it the largest PACE event to date.&nbsp;</p> <p>PACENation is the national nonprofit advocate for property assessed clean energy financing. They provide leadership,&nbsp;support, problem solving, data and networking opportunities for a growing universe of PACE&nbsp;market participants.&nbsp;Residential PACE financing has surpassed&nbsp;$3 billion, and recent policy developments have set the stage for even greater growth in 2017.&nbsp;Innovation in commercial PACE continued with a variety of new PACE products, strategies and programs developed by C-PACE programs and financiers.</p> <p>The 2017 summit will feature three days of content, including:</p> <ul> <li>20 interactive breakout sessions with panels led by PACE market leaders</li> <li>80+ expert speakers</li> <li>Plenary sessions focused on PACE innovations and the data-driven PACE outlook</li> <li>Multiple unique networking opportunities</li> <li>Keynote addresses by both Greg Kats and John Piccard</li> </ul> <p>The event will bring together legislators, PACE program administrators, financiers, contractors, building owners, government and nonprofit organizations and more to help grow the PACE marketplace in a way that benefits everyone. You can choose from among four distinctive breakout tracks: PACE Basics, R-PACE, C-PACE and PACE Innovations.</p> <p><a href="http://pacenation.us/summit-2017/#register" target="_blank" class="button">Learn more and register for the summit</a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "588f9b563b0a320049000212", "5890c7a4c434f80049000842"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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We also have an additional 100 institutions in the pipeline who have expressed interest in LEED Lab. We will continue to grow at the global level to prepare the next generation of green building leaders and sustainability-focused citizens.</p> <h3>Why are institutions pursuing LEED Lab?</h3> <p>Currently, there are nearly 8,000 higher education projects participating in <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/leed" target="_blank">LEED</a>, comprising more than 741.73 million square feet of space. At the heart of this push are facility and sustainability professionals who are responsible for managing the physical aspects and daily operations of buildings and who play a key role in contributing to sustainability planning at the campus level.</p> <p>However, many institutions are underfunded and lack the resources facility managers need to implement campus sustainability programs. By participating&nbsp;in LEED Lab, campus sustainability and facilities professionals can use their <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-lab-uses-your-greatest-untapped-resource-students" target="_blank">greatest untapped resources</a> to achieve LEED O+M certification&mdash;students at their own institution&mdash;and in doing so, bridge the capacity gap on campus for sustainable integration efforts.</p> <p>LEED Lab also helps institutions <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-lab-your-ticket-career-sustainability" target="_blank">provide their students with the skills&nbsp;needed</a> for 21st century jobs post-graduation. In order to prepare students for careers and help them achieve the skills they need to be successful, we need innovative higher education courses. Post-secondary institutions are turning to LEED Lab as a way to provide experiential learning opportunities that can positively impact their campus environment, while also providing their students with hands-on experiences that develop 21st century skills.</p> <p>LEED Lab provides an innovative solution for curriculum and delivers competency-based education, meeting the demands of employers by equipping students with career-ready skills and knowledge that can be quickly deployed upon completion.</p> <p><a href="http://centerforgreenschools.org/leed-lab" target="_blank" class="button">Learn more about LEED Lab</a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "588b8842256a46000d0003ce", "5890b40bc4a191002b0003b8"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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LEED Interpretation 10457 provides an alternative to meet the annual sunlight exposure requirements for Option 1 for projects with an ASE1000, 250h threshold value exceeding 10 percent.&nbsp;</p> <p>Existing LEED Interpretation 10102 was updated to include guidance on incomplete spaces for projects using LEED 2009 rating systems other than LEED for Core and Shell.</p> <p>Existing LEED Interpretation 5500 was retired. The availability of innovation point applications using credits from other LEED rating systems are now posted in the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/credits/new-construction/v2009/innovation-catalog" target="_blank">USGBC Innovation Catalog</a>.</p> <h3>Corrections</h3> <p>The LEED v4 for Building Design and Construction, LEED v4 for Interior Design and Construction, and LEED v4 for Building Operations and Maintenance reference guides were updated to clarify guidance for group and campus projects.</p> <p>To see all corrections, download the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/resources/grid/leed/addenda?title=Addenda%20Tables:%20LEED" target="_blank">reference guide tables.</a></p> <h3>Pilot Credit Updates</h3> <ul> <li>IP credit&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/node/10241565?view=language">Integrative Process for Health Promotion</a>&nbsp;is now open to LEED 2009 and LEED v4 projects, updated with more guidance and information on assistance for project teams. Development of this credit has been funded in part by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. As such, project teams who are interested in pursuing the IPHP Pilot (or the process outlined by the credit with or without formal registration) can receive consultation and assistance navigating the process and all components by <a href="mailto:greenhealthpartnership@gmail.com" target="_blank">contacting the Green Health Partnership</a>&nbsp;free of charge. Highly engaged project teams and/or exemplary projects may have the opportunity to be featured in case studies, conferences or other venues.</li> <li>SSpc113:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/node/10448310" target="_blank">Informing Design Using Triple Bottom Line Analysis</a>, published 9/19/2016</li> <li>EQpc114:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/node/10598761" target="_blank">Learning Controls for Thermal Comfort</a>, published 12/9/2016</li> </ul> <h3>Form and calculator updates</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/resources/materials-and-resources-calculator-v2009" target="_blank">MR Calculator LEED v2009</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-v4-homes-and-multifamily-workbook-sample" target="_blank">Homes &amp; Multifamily LEED v4 Workbook</a>&nbsp;</li> </ul><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "58923c5a090d8100c10004a7", "58934e1bb3bcc70049000067"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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Curious about what makes <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/leed-v4" target="_blank">LEED v4</a> different? It's designed to up the ante with a more flexible, performance-based approach that calls for measurable results throughout a building's life cycle. It also allows for a more streamlined user experience and more <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-link-impact-categories" target="_blank">goal-oriented credits</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>To learn more, watch our video, "Introducing LEED v4":</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/UJzdnykumTU" width="948" height="711"></iframe></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "58790e171e4a48bf4e000278", "5890a9a5c434f80053000217"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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You&rsquo;re invited to this in-depth and interactive training to learn more about the SITES rating system, the importance and benefits of sustainable landscape design and the <a href="http://www.sustainablesites.org/landscape-professionals-benefits-becoming-sites-ap" target="_blank">SITES AP</a> credential.</p> <p>Workshop participants will join in a review and tour of a registered SITES project, the first to explore using SITES in the state of Idaho, as well as to discuss the potential for other projects in the Northern Rockies.</p> <p><a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/usgbc-idaho-sustainable-sites-workshop-tickets-31356587397" target="_blank">USGBC Idaho Sustainable SITES Workshop<br /></a><strong>Date</strong>: Feb. 23, 8:30 a.m.&ndash;4:15 p.m. MT<br /><strong>Cost:</strong>&nbsp;$150 for USGBC and ASLA members, $170 for nonmembers</p> <p>Professionals from nearby states are encouraged to attend this regional workshop, including landscape architects and designers, engineers, architects, municipal and university planning staff, parks department and ground management professionals, sustainability consultants, owners and developers and policymakers.</p> <p><a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/usgbc-idaho-sustainable-sites-workshop-tickets-31356587397" target="_blank" class="button">Register for the workshop</a>&nbsp;</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "588bc6b92f6675003500094f", "588f9c823b0a32005d000155"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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Schools, districts and states made bold and exciting commitments to advance environmental performance, health and wellness and sustainability and environmental education. We have a lot to celebrate, and if&nbsp;not for the outstanding efforts of thousands of leaders and volunteers across the world, we wouldn&rsquo;t be where we are today.</p> <p>Best of Green Schools celebrates the hard work being done to push the green schools movement forward.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/top-their-class-shining-light-2016-best-green-schools-honorees" target="_blank">Last year&rsquo;s honorees</a>&nbsp;included schools with innovative and integrated curriculum that represents the best that 21st century learning has to offer, policy makers who&rsquo;ve made environmental sustainability core to their platforms and legacies and organizations that came together on the national level to advance healthy schools for all.&nbsp;</p> <p><img height="NaN" src="https://kapost-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/direct/1485556926-23-5197/IMG_3969.jpeg" style="vertical-align: middle;" width="948" /></p> <p><em><small>The 2016 Best of Green Schools winners.</small></em></p> <p>If you or someone you know is making significant strides toward creating more sustainable schools, we want to hear from you! You may submit nominations for yourself and others.&nbsp; The call for nominations closes on <strong>Feb. 14, 2017</strong>.</p> <p>Award recipients will be announced at the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.greenschoolsconference.org/" target="_blank">2017 Green Schools Conference and Expo</a>, March 21&ndash;22 in Atlanta, Georgia. This annual gathering of innovators in the green schools movement is the perfect moment to celebrate the leadership embodied by the awardees. After you submit your nomination,&nbsp;<a href="https://register.greenschoolsconference.org/2017/registration/" target="_blank">register to attend the conference</a>&nbsp;so you&rsquo;ll be on hand in Atlanta for the awards. Applicants are not required to be in attendance at the conference to receive an award.</p> <h3>2017 Best of Green Schools categories and criteria</h3> <ul> <li><strong>K&ndash;12 School</strong>: Recognizing schools that have consistently modeled exemplary green school practices and share what they have learned with external communities.&nbsp;</li> <li><strong>School System:</strong>&nbsp;Recognizing school systems and districts that have created long-term partnerships, demonstrated a commitment to systemic change and shared best practices with external communities.&nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Higher Ed Institution</strong>: Recognizing higher education institutions or faculty members who have made a significant contribution to the K&ndash;12 green schools movement through partnership, research and/or scholarship.</li> <li><strong>Policy Maker</strong>: Recognizing individuals who have demonstrated exemplary efforts in promoting policies at the local, state or federal level that support the necessary systemic change to ensure that all children can attend a green school.</li> <li><strong>Ambassador</strong>: Recognizing individuals who have demonstrated exemplary efforts in promoting green schools in K&ndash;12 classroom settings, and have engaged community organizations to create systemic change to strengthen the green schools movement and create a more sustainable future.&nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Collaborator:</strong>&nbsp;Recognizing organizations and governmental agencies that have made substantial contributions in advancing the green schools movement.</li> <li><strong>Student Leader:</strong>&nbsp;Recognizing K&ndash;12 students who have demonstrated exemplary efforts in promoting improvements to their schools and communities.&nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Business Leader</strong>: Recognizing private sector organizations and individuals who have made substantial contributions in advancing the green schools movement.</li> <li><strong>Transformation</strong>: Recognizing investments of time, energy and resources to transform a school, school community, event or policy into an exemplary model for the green schools movement.</li> <li><strong>Moment for the Movement:&nbsp;</strong>Recognizing events, initiatives or happenings that significantly advanced the green schools movement.&nbsp;</li> </ul> <p><a href="https://usgbc.wufoo.com/forms/best-of-green-schools-2017/" target="_blank" class="button">Tell us your story and submit your nomination</a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "588bc042b58e710053000e84", "588f8b810b84290099000563"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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