Community articles http://in.usgbc.org/articles/community en Meet USGBC Nevada's new director: Q&A with Jeneane Harter http://in.usgbc.org/articles/meet-usgbc-nevadas-new-director-qa-jeneane-harter <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="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://in.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/meet-usgbc-nevada_s-new-director--q_a-with-jeneane-harter_0.png?1487796157" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Today,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-announces-new-director-nevada" target="_blank">USGBC announced</a> the appointment of <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/jeneane-harter/0011146976" target="_blank">Jeneane Harter</a> as the director of&nbsp;<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><strong>Where are you from?</strong></p> <p>California, the Bay Area.</p> <p><strong>What&rsquo;s your favorite thing to do in in your town on a Saturday afternoon?</strong></p> <p>Hang out with my nieces and nephew, enjoying all the beauty northern Nevada (and Lake Tahoe) have to offer.</p> <p><strong>Who would you want to go to dinner with&mdash;living or dead?</strong></p> <p>Sun Zu.</p> <p><strong>What&rsquo;s your proudest accomplishment?</strong></p> <p>Professionally&mdash;receiving an award from NASA for my work with the International Space Station.</p> <p>In real life&mdash;adding &ldquo;unintentional midwife&rdquo; to my life resume. It&rsquo;s a long story, but when my sister-in-law was ready to give birth to her third child, she asked me to come over to take care of the other children while she and my brother went to the hospital. She never made it out the front door. While my brother called the ambulance, she and I delivered my niece Kaelyn &ldquo;Jeneane&rdquo; Harter.</p> <p><strong>Who is your favorite superhero, and why?</strong></p> <p>Among the goddesses, Freyja (my ancestors were Vikings, so I really relate to that culture). Her corresponding super hero is Red Sonja. As a Viking descendent, I&rsquo;ll never forgive Dino De Laurentiis for that movie!</p> <p>In real life, my sister-in-law. She&rsquo;s the most amazing woman I&rsquo;ve ever met. She&rsquo;s a policewoman here in Reno. She deals with horrors most of use can&rsquo;t imagine, and she does it on a daily basis. And yet when she comes home at night ,she&rsquo;s the most tender, loving, fun mother you can imagine.</p> <p><strong>What&rsquo;s your background, and what motivated you to pursue a career in sustainability?</strong></p> <p>My first career was in technology. I spent 19 years in Silicon Valley raising venture capital, doing IPOs, mergers and acquisitions and bringing new technologies to market. When I moved to Nevada to be with my family, I got involved in sustainability for several reasons. One is that Nevada is a fragile high desert environment; what we do here is felt, and can be measured, more immediately than in areas of the world where human-caused damage is more readily absorbed by a more verdant, water-rich environment.</p> <p>Since I wanted to leave my nieces and nephew with the same beautiful environment I enjoyed, I decided to dedicate my second career to sustainability. I got into the ecoliteracy aspects of sustainability because I wanted to create systemic rather than incremental change.</p> <p><strong>What impact does LEED have on the city of Reno and in the state?</strong></p> <p>Reno is located in a high desert environment. Las Vegas is an even more fragile, dry desert environment, so sustainability is more important here than in other state. The only way Reno, and Nevada, can experience economic growth is if that growth is based on sustainable practices. Anything less, and the environment will be destroyed. Destroy the environment, and it cannot sustain a population of any size.</p> <p><strong>What excites you most about joining the USGBC team?</strong></p> <p>The opportunity to work with like-minded individual people dedicated to sustainability. The more of us there are, the faster we can effect change.</p> <p><strong>What part of the sustainability movement inspires you the most?</strong></p> <p>Education. Building projects creates incremental change and public policy can expand markets for sustainability, but policies can change at the whim of the next administration. However, education, in terms of eco-literacy in the classroom, creates systemic change.</p> <p>&ldquo;A mind once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions,&rdquo; said Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. Changing minds creates systemic change.</p> <p><strong>What&rsquo;s your favorite LEED project?</strong></p> <p>The next one, of course! LEED is a progressive continuum. To pick a favorite is to focus on the past. I try never to do that. My eyes are always firmly fixed on the horizon.</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "58ac72909cbb9d0053000dfc", "58adf7ab042e0f00b7000002"]); (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, 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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://in.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-remembers-bill-worthen#comments Community Thu, 02 Feb 2017 16:22:42 +0000 Lynn N. Simon 10788438 at http://in.usgbc.org Attend a SITES workshop in Boise on Feb. 23 (USGBC Idaho) http://in.usgbc.org/articles/attend-sites-workshop-boise-feb-23-usgbc-idaho <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="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://in.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/attend-a-sites-workshop-in-boise-on-feb_-23-_usgbc-idaho__0.png?1485806738" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/usgbc-idaho" target="_blank">USGBC Idaho</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.hp.com/country/us/en/welcome.html">Hewlett Packward</a>&nbsp;are hosting a one-day <a href="http://sustainablesites.org" target="_blank">SITES</a> rating system workshop on Feb. 23. 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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Rosenfeld</a>, who passed away on Friday, Jan. 27 at the age of 90.&nbsp;Rosenfeld's vision, leadership and commitment to energy efficiency, green buildings and sustainable communities has long inspired those in the field.</p> <p>In 2012, he&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/art-rosenfeld-presented-usgbc-president%E2%80%99s-award" target="_blank">received the USGBC President's Award</a>&nbsp;at Greenbuild in San Francisco, California, in recognition of his&nbsp;long career advocating for energy efficiency and green building solutions, especially white and cool roofs.&nbsp;Much of his work has had a major effect on the citizens of California.</p> <p><img src="https://kapost-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/direct/1485794980-43-6235/usgbc_24269162_cropped.jpg" style="vertical-align: middle;" width="948" height="632" /></p> <p><em>Art Rosenfeld with Rick Fedrizzi at Greenbuild 2012.</em></p> <p>A physicist called "the father of energy efficiency" in an <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/27/science/arthur-rosenfeld-dead-energy-efficiency.html?smprod=nytcore-iphone&amp;smid=nytcore-iphone-share" target="_blank">article by the New York Times</a>, Rosenfeld was a longtime advocate for requiring that buildings and appliances be energy-efficient.&nbsp;He received his PhD in physics in 1954 at the University of Chicago, under Nobel Laureate Enrico Fermi. He joined the Department of Physics at the University of California at Berkeley, where he became part of&mdash;and eventually managed&mdash;the Nobel prize-winning particle physics group of Luis Alvarez at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) until 1974.</p> <p>In 1974, Rosenfeld formed the Center for Building Science at Berkeley Lab. The center worked on technologies such as electronic ballasts for fluorescent lighting,&nbsp;a component of compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), and a&nbsp;transparent coating for window glass that keeps heat from escaping.&nbsp;</p> <p>Rosenfeld served, later in his career, as Senior Advisor to the U.S. Department of Energy's Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. He also served as Commissioner at the California Energy Commission (CEC), where he was responsible for the Public Interest Energy Research program. He retired from the CEC in January 2010.</p> <p>Among Rosenfeld's many other awards were the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, which President Obama presented him in 2011 for his development of energy-efficient building technologies, standards and policies.</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "588f46e54af50100670001d4", "588f70f61928f300850001c1"]); (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 a ceremony held at the Exelon Baltimore headquarters yesterday evening.</p> <p>&ldquo;As one of the top 10 states in the country for LEED certification, Maryland continues to be a leader in the green building movement and environmental stewardship,&rdquo; said&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/sabrina-bachman/0011044145" target="_blank">Sabrina Bachman</a>, director of community for USGBC Maryland. &ldquo;Many of the projects celebrated at the Wintergreen awards are prime examples of the high-caliber buildings and projects that are driving the sustainable built sector across the state and contributing to our goal of a green building for all within this generation.&rdquo;</p> <p>The 2016 USGBC Maryland Wintergreen Award winners are:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Nonprofit/Public Project:</strong>&nbsp;Center for Parks and People at Auchentoroly Terrace, Baltimore</li> <li><strong>Small Commercial Project</strong>: Clarksville Commons, Clarksville</li> <li><strong>Large Commercial Project:</strong>&nbsp;Exelon Baltimore Headquarters and Exelon Building, Baltimore</li> <li><strong>Residential Project:</strong>&nbsp;Flats 8300, Bethesda</li> <li><strong>Education Project:</strong>&nbsp;Salisbury University Patricia R. Guerrieri Academic Commons Building, Salisbury</li> <li><strong>Innovation Project:</strong>&nbsp;Tiny House&mdash;Mobile Energy Education Center, Baltimore</li> <li><strong>Leadership:&nbsp;</strong>Baltimore City Public Schools, Baltimore</li> <li><strong>President&rsquo;s Choice</strong>: Lorax Partnerships, Baltimore</li> <li><strong>People&rsquo;s Choice Project:</strong>&nbsp;1201 Winterson&mdash;Redevelopment, Linthicum</li> </ul> <p>Maryland ranked seventh in the annual <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/infographic-top-10-states-for-leed-in-2016" target="_blank">Top 10 States for LEED</a>, which was announced earlier this week. The state had 104 LEED projects, accounting for 13.43 million square feet (or 2.33 square feet per resident), certified in 2016.&nbsp;</p> <p>Since the state&rsquo;s first <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/leed" target="_blank">LEED</a> certification in 2000, more than 900 projects have been certified across the state&mdash;equivalent to nearly 105.7 million square feet. The green building industry also serves as an economic driver in the state. Between 2015 and 2018, green building construction in Maryland is expected to support more than 200,000 jobs and $11.42 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><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "588ba1c7b58e71005d0000cd", "588ba4d757cdb50021000186"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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The SF-Marin Food Bank supports social equity and access to health in the Bay Area. As one of the members of the volunteer group, I wanted to share my experience in hopes of motivating others to lead the next event.</p> <p>The food bank&rsquo;s mission is to end hunger in San Francisco and Marin. They distribute an impressive 49 million pounds of food every year, feeding 30,000 families every week. Unlike other food banks, where most of the stored food are nonperishable dried goods, 60 percent of the food distributed by the SF-Marin Food Bank is produce, which requires a faster and more efficient distribution of goods before the nutrients spoil. Most of this food is surplus production&mdash;perfectly nourishing &ldquo;ugly produce&rdquo; that you won&rsquo;t find in the stores because they have small blemishes, such as odd shapes or colors that render them unsellable.</p> <p>When we arrived at the location, our shift started with a brief tour of the impressive 50,000-square-foot warehouse, and then we were assigned to specific tasks for the day. Our group handpicked edible apples from truck-size containers and carefully placed them into small market boxes. The small boxes were to be distributed within two days to the more than 250 farmer&rsquo;s market-style pantries in San Francisco, where the most vulnerable members of our community could select with dignity the food that worked best for their families.</p> <p>I was impressed by the scale of the operations, by the warmth and passion of the employees working at the food bank, by the beauty of the &ldquo;ugly produce,&rdquo; and by how difficult it was to find a &ldquo;bad apple.&rdquo; Holding every fruit in my hands made me think of the end consumer, and about how our small contribution had the power to transform lives.&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="https://kapost-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/direct/1485466149-153-9882/SF-Marin-Foodbank-2.jpg" style="vertical-align: middle;" width="948" height="711" /></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "5888ec181ef8f400c100013d", "588b9b7588fe4e00a300087a"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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These individuals have been selected by the current Board for their broad array of expertise in many aspects of global business and governance, as well as a passionate commitment to sustainability.</p> <p>After a competitive evaluation process, the Board approved a slate to fill the three director seats open in 2017:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/paul-anastas/0011149567" target="_blank">Paul Anastas</a>, Professor, Yale University; Director, Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering (Yale University)</li> <li><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/aaron-bernstein/0010729574" target="_blank">Aaron Bernstein</a>, Associate Director, Harvard University's Center for Health and the Global Environment, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (Harvard University)</li> <li>The Honorable <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/bruce-oreck/0011024583" target="_blank">Bruce Oreck</a>, former U.S. Ambassador to Finland and Executive in Residence (Aalto University)</li> </ul> <p>Strong volunteer leaders with deep roots in the green building marketplace will continue to ensure that USGBC benefits from our movement&rsquo;s greatest innovators and thought leaders well into the future. Our 2017 Board of Directors slate bring important perspectives and strategic vision that will enable USGBC to meet our mission in an increasingly sophisticated world of globalization, business and technology.</p> <p><strong>Vote for your candidates ;from Jan. 23 to Feb. 22, 2017.</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/account" target="_blank" class="button">Vote now on your account page</a></p> <p><em>USGBC&rsquo;s policy of proportional voting enables every full-time employee of a USGBC member organization in good standing to vote.</em><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/resources/usgbc-bylaws" target="_blank" ><em>USGBC&rsquo;s Bylaws</em></a><em> require that a minimum of 10 percent of USGBC member organizations participate in the election. USGBC members who have been members for 30+ days are eligible to vote.</em></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "58861f6990b21a0099000003", "588629a45714d80099000156"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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These individuals have been selected by the current Board for their deep expertise and broad experience in global business and governance, as well as in sustainability and the built environment. The election of individuals for these roles opens Jan. 23, 2017.</p> <h3>Board of Directors slate</h3> <p>The Board has approved a slate to fill the three director seats open in 2017:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/paul-anastas/0011149567" target="_blank">Paul Anastas</a>, Professor, Yale University; Director, Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering (Yale University)</li> <li><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/aaron-bernstein/0010729574" target="_blank">Aaron Bernstein</a>, Associate Director, Harvard University's Center for Health and the Global Environment, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (Harvard University)</li> <li>The Honorable <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/bruce-oreck/0011024583" target="_blank">Bruce Oreck</a>, former U.S. Ambassador to Finland and Executive in Residence (Aalto University)</li> </ul> <p>All of the candidates were elected to fill an initial term of one year and are now recommended for a second, three-year term, effective January 1, 2017. Additionally, the Board has filled the appointed director seat for 2017, appointing <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/emma-stewart/0010333393" target="_blank">Emma Stewart</a> (Chief Business Development Officer, Impact Infrastructure) to a one-year term that began on January 1, 2017. </p> <p>The Board of Directors has elected its officers for 2017:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Chair</strong>: <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/mike-mcnally/0011084975" target="_blank">Mike McNally</a>, McNally Green, and retired President and CEO, Skanska USA</li> <li><strong>Vice Chair</strong>: <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/bob-fox-1" target="_blank">Bob Fox</a><span class="s1">, </span>COOKFox Architects and Terrapin Bright Green</li> <li><strong>Secretary-Treasurer</strong>: <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/chrissa-pagitsas/0010389353" target="_blank">Chrissa Pagitsas</a>, Director, Multifamily Green Initiative, Fannie Mae</li> </ul> <p>Officer terms began January 1, 2017.</p> <p><strong>Vote for the Board slate from Jan. 23 through Feb. 22, 2017.</strong></p> <p><em>USGBC&rsquo;s policy of proportional voting enables every full-time employee of a USGBC member organization in good standing to vote. </em><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/resources/usgbc-bylaws" target="_blank">USGBC&rsquo;s bylaws</a><em> require that a minimum of 10 percent of USGBC member organizations participate in the election.</em></p> <h3>USGBC Advisory Council</h3> <p>After a rigorous, open, membership nomination process, in December the Board of Directors appointed five individuals to bring specific perspectives to the 2017 Advisory Council.</p> <ul> <li>Chair: Emma Stewart, Impact Infrastructure</li> <li>State and Local Government Agency Leader: Gina Bocra, New York City Department of Design and Construction</li> <li>Climate and Clean Energy Transition Leader: Karen Weigert, Northwestern University</li> <li>Sustainable Community Leader: Mark James, Urban Green, LLC</li> <li>Residential Construction Leader: Kevin Stack, Northeast Natural Homes</li> </ul> <p>All are serving two-year terms, which began on January 1, 2017.</p> <p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/about#leadership" target="_blank" class="button">View the Board of Directors and the Advisory Council</a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "587ecb131059b6615a000187", "588129087d84c984510003e1"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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Shontae was a valued member of USGBC, and she will be greatly missed. As a LEED Specialist on the Technical Customer Service Team, Shontae helped project teams implement LEED and GRESB and was a dedicated LEED Coach for public schools in New Orleans.&nbsp;She was a Professional Engineer (PE) with a specialty in plumbing design, as a CPD.&nbsp;Shontae graduated from Tulane University with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, and&nbsp;was nearing the completion of&nbsp;a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning at University of New Orleans.</p> <p>In her more than 15-year career as an engineer and green building specialist, she had worked for Essential Engineering in Louisiana, Moseley Architects and H&amp;A Architects and Engineers. She wrote a&nbsp;<a href="https://juniorleagueofrichmond.wordpress.com/2012/08/29/hurricane-katrina-a-jlr-members-story/" target="_blank">personal account</a> of Hurricane Katrina and how displacement from New Orleans affected her career.&nbsp;From travels to Costa Rica and Cuba to jumping from airplanes for fun to being helicoptered to mid-sea oil&nbsp;rigs to solve plumbing design issues, Shontae was one of a kind.</p> <p>Shontae was also a mother. She is survived by her treasured son, a beloved father, a mother and sisters.&nbsp;She also leaves behind a team that respected her very much, and that will miss her friendship as much as her hard work and intelligence.&nbsp;As shared by a GBCI customer earlier this year, &ldquo;Shontae is always willing to take on a challenge. She is smart and experienced, and has the professionalism to do a good job. We're glad to get to work with her.&rdquo;</p> <p>We were all glad to get to work with her.&nbsp;She was a role model in how to work hard, play hard and live an accomplished life.&nbsp;We will honor her memory by keeping her spirit alive in our hearts.&nbsp;We close with retiring her staff profile,&nbsp;but enshrining it here&nbsp;for posterity, smiling with fond memories at how Shontae described herself.</p> <p><img height="433" src="https://kapost-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/direct/1484677801-73-2520/Screen%20Shot%202017-01-17%20at%201.29.21%20PM.png" style="vertical-align: middle;" width="948" /></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "587e6221a572217d76000111", "587e8959469ebe5d760000a4"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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Your generosity will advance the vision of green buildings and communities that sustain the health and vitality of all.</p> <h3>Advocacy</h3> <p>Advocacy relies on local stakeholders like you to help facilitate successful, game-changing advocacy for green building in Wisconsin.</p> <ul> <li><strong>Volunteer Green Building Advocate:</strong>&nbsp;Help get the word out on issues that arise throughout the year. Contribute by helping us connect with local leadership, write an article, talk with contacts about issues and more.</li> <li><strong>Volunteer Advocacy Program Planner:</strong>&nbsp;Help us host valuable programming related to our target advocacy issues.</li> <li><strong>Volunteer Issues and Policy Update Author:</strong>&nbsp;Research issues and policies and provide regular updates to the USGBC Wisconsin audience.</li> </ul> <h3>30x30 Nature Challenge</h3> <p>USGBC Wisconsin hosts an annual community engagement initiative to get the word out about green building and sustainability. The 30x30 Nature Challenge is looking for the following volunteers:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Volunteer Schools Participation Manager:</strong>&nbsp;Help us run a successful 30x15 Nature Challenge for K&ndash;12 schools in May, before the full-scale 30x30 Nature Challenge in June. Help recruit school participation and administer the Tree Story Challenge.</li> <li><strong>Volunteer Event Partners Manager:</strong>&nbsp;Help track and recruit event partners for the 30x30 Nature Challenge. Partners are companies and organizations who take an active role in promoting the challenge and host their own events as part of it.</li> <li><strong>Volunteer Company and Group Participation Manager:</strong>&nbsp;Help track and recruit companies, nonprofits and community participation during the challenge.</li> <li><strong>Volunteer Communications Manager:</strong>&nbsp;Create a plan for communications to best promote the 30x15 and 30x30 Nature Challenge.</li> <li><strong>Volunteer Event Planner:</strong>&nbsp;Work with a team to plan the opening and closing Wisconsin events in June.</li> </ul> <h3>Transformation Awards</h3> <p>USGBC Wisconsin hosts an annual recognition program focused on highlighting key leadership in green building. The Transformation Awards include an awards nomination and judging process, accompanied by a formal reception.</p> <ul> <li><strong>Volunteer Awards Manager:</strong>&nbsp;Run the nomination process for the Transformation Awards. Work with a team to update the materials, collect and evaluate the nominations and facilitate the judging process.</li> <li><strong>Volunteer Communications Manager:</strong>&nbsp;Create a plan for communications to best promote the Transformation Awards.</li> <li><strong>Volunteer Reception Planner:&nbsp;</strong>Work with a team to help plan the annual celebration and networking event.</li> </ul> <h3>Development</h3> <p>Be part of a team to build relationships with stakeholders across the state. Help us bring awareness of USGBC to all parts of Wisconsin and grow our impact.</p> <ul> <li><strong>Volunteer Outreach Ambassador:</strong>&nbsp;Be a connector by introducing USGBC Wisconsin to other organizations in Wisconsin. Work closely with staff and Market Leadership Advisory Board members to give presentations, set meetings and help promote local fundraising efforts.&nbsp;</li> </ul> <h3>Emerging Professionals</h3> <p>The Emerging Professionals group provides unique opportunities for millennials to lead, take action and share life together. Help us cultivate a local community of action-oriented peers.</p> <ul> <li><strong>Volunteer Community Service Ambassador:&nbsp;</strong>Coordinate community service opportunities for emerging professionals and the wider USGBC Wisconsin community.</li> <li><strong>Volunteer Event Planner:</strong>&nbsp;Work with a team to plan networking events and #FindYourLEED building tours.</li> <li><strong>Volunteer ADVANCE Ambassador:</strong>&nbsp;Take an active role in supporting social equity in our community.</li> </ul> <p><a href="https://usgbc.wufoo.com/forms/z1cngout07f7n1u/" target="_blank" class="button">Sign up to volunteer</a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "5874f90642571701ab0002de", "587924dd04c8c597120006a0"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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The facility/project is to be available to MLGW and USGBC Tennessee for scheduled tours or meetings to promote the green building initiative.</li> <li>The facility owner, project tenant, or LEED project team member must supply finished photographs and an educational document (e.g., brochure) highlighting the sustainable attributes of the project.</li> </ul> <p>Previously awarded projects include:</p> <ul> <li>I Bank&mdash;Germantown, 2009</li> <li>Big River Engineering and Manufacturing, 2010</li> <li>Court Annex Two, 2011</li> <li>FedEx Family House, 2012</li> <li>Methodist Germantown Expansion&mdash;Women&rsquo;s and Children&rsquo;s Pavilion, 2012</li> <li>Smith and Nephew Learning Center, 2013</li> <li>NovaCopy Office, 2016</li> </ul> <p>If you have any questions, please <a href="mailto:Tennessee_email@usgbc.org" target="_blank">email&nbsp;USGBC Tennessee</a> or call Holly Baird at 615.933.8633.</p> <p>Thank you again to our generous grant sponsor,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mlgw.com/" target="_blank">Memphis, Light, Gas, and Water</a>.</p> <p><a href="https://kapost-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/asset/file/58700f91a1d48d4d520001f5/USGBC%20TN%20and%20MLGW%20LEED%20INCENTIVE%20APPLICATION%20January%202017.pdf" target="_blank" class="button">Download the application</a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "58700f91a1d48d4d520001ee", "587691a664c25599800007c4"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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I have been involved with USGBC since LEED v2.0, and it is hard to believe but it has been more than 12 years since I wrote my first AP exam. I&rsquo;m fortunate to currently lead a multi-disciplinary engineering team with DLR Group in Phoenix.</p> <p>In both my professional and volunteer leadership roles, I enjoy watching the demand grow for efficient, healthy building design in sectors from higher education to health care to mission-critical facility projects. Arizona is a very diverse marketplace, and I&rsquo;m proud to be able to work with our incredible&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-arizona-board-and-committees">volunteer leadership team</a>&nbsp;to increase our outreach even further in 2017.</p> <p>We know that green is local, and the USGBC Arizona community aims to keep sustainable, efficient design at the forefront of the conversation in the state in 2017. We will achieve this through targeting increases in our local relationships, growth in the prevalence of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.gbci.org/" target="_blank">green building rating systems and tools</a>&nbsp;and outreach to emerging markets and new sectors. Together with the rest of the USGBC communities in the West region and across the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/organizations/region" target="_blank">USGBC network</a>, we&rsquo;re building leaders, building markets and measuring our impact.</p> <p>Here's what you can look forward to from USGBC Arizona in 2017. We will be</p> <ul> <li>Celebrating those leading the charge for green building in Arizona at our&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/event/heavy-medals-awards-luncheon" target="_blank">Heavy Medals awards luncheon</a>&nbsp;this April and highlight stellar projects at our Case Studies and Cocktails tour series. Registration and award nominations will open for Heavy Medals soon.</li> <li>Providing quality continuing education for our community through our regular Lunch &amp; LEED education series and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/event/best-west-webinar-series-rating-soup-soul" target="_blank">Best in the West regional webinars</a>, as well as our annual state conference, planned for Nov. 16.</li> <li>Activating the marketplace through our partnership with the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.2030districts.org/node/2414/about" target="_blank">2030 District in Tucson</a>, supporting their work through our ADVANCE benchmarking events and encouraging participation in the&nbsp;U.S. EPA&rsquo;s <a href="https://www.energystar.gov/buildings/about-us/how-can-we-help-you/communicate/energy-star-communications-toolkit/motivate-competition-0" target="_blank">National Building Competition</a>.</li> <li>Supporting the next generation of leaders through education and hands-on activities for students and teachers at the annual&nbsp;<a href="http://greenapple.org/" target="_blank">Green Apple Day of Service</a>&nbsp;in September. We&rsquo;re also connecting with higher education and encouraging young and emerging professionals to engage in our many volunteer leadership opportunities, gaining real-world skills that are transferrable to careers in sustainability.</li> <li>Growing our outreach to new sectors, including the large residential marketplace in the state.</li> <li>Continuing to be advocates for positive policies that support <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/leed" target="_blank">LEED</a> and green building at the state and local level.</li> <li>Giving all of you the chance to connect, share best practices and learn from each other at our GreenScene networking events.</li> </ul> <p>Stay in touch with us in 2017! For more information on all of our activities and volunteer calls to action, please sign up to receive our regular&nbsp;<a href="http://usgbc.us13.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=aaffd7e031f71e651321c016d&amp;id=74a7479d27" target="_blank">USGBC Arizona communications</a>&nbsp;and follow us on&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/USGBCArizona" target="_blank">Twitter</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/usgbcarizona" target="_blank">Facebook</a>. If you are not already a member of the Community,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/join-center/community?community=179091" target="_blank">join us</a>&nbsp;to receive discounts on our events. To stay on the cutting edge of the conversation, we encourage you to also&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/create-connections-your-usgbc-profile" target="_blank">update your profile on USGBC.org</a>&nbsp;and sign up for USGBC&rsquo;s&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/press" target="_blank">press releases</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/account/subscriptions" target="_blank">digests</a>, and&nbsp;<a href="http://plus.usgbc.org/" target="_blank">USGBC+</a>&nbsp;member magazine.</p> <p>Thank you again&mdash;your hard work and passion for USGBC&rsquo;s mission is what makes this movement grow in Arizona. I look forward to what we will accomplish together in 2017.</p> <p><a href="http://usgbc.us13.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=aaffd7e031f71e651321c016d&amp;id=74a7479d27" target="_blank" class="button">Sign up for USGBC Arizona updates</a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "586bfe366f9b392c81000541", "5875399c6bfc8cfef800003e"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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The largest adaptive reuse project in Atlanta&rsquo;s history, Ponce City Market is now owned by real estate investment and management company Jamestown and features retail, restaurants, offices and residential flats.</p> <ul> <li><strong>2016 Global Award for Excellence from Urban Land Institute:</strong>&nbsp;The <a href="http://uli.org/programs/awards-competitions/uli-global-award-for-excellence/" target="_blank">annual awards</a> recognize real estate projects that achieve a high standard of excellence in design, construction, economics, planning and management. They are widely recognized as one of the land use industry&rsquo;s most prestigious awards programs. This marks the first time in over a decade that a project in the southeastern United States has won this award. &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</li> </ul> <ul> <li><strong>2016 Project of the Year from Urban Land Institute Atlanta:</strong>&nbsp;For 22 years, <a href="http://atlanta.uli.org/" target="_blank">ULI Atlanta</a> has celebrated outstanding leadership in development in the Southeast. The annual awards showcase the &ldquo;best in class&rdquo; in real estate development in various categories.</li> </ul> <ul> <li><strong>LEED Gold status:&nbsp;</strong>The <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/leed" target="_blank">LEED</a> rating system is the foremost program for buildings, homes and communities that are designed and operated for improved environmental and human health performance. By reusing the existing building structure and flooring material, installing water-efficient fixtures and landscaping, and using the latest in LED lighting and efficient HVAC systems in the base building, Ponce City Market offers tenants a space that is sustainable and efficient to operate for years to come.&nbsp;The building also earned LEED Gold for Homes for <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/projects/flats-ponce-city-market" target="_blank">The Flats</a> at Ponce City Market, and LEED Gold for Commercial Interiors for the <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/projects/jamestown-office-ponce-city-market" target="_blank">Jamestown Corporate Office</a>.</li> </ul> <ul> <li><strong>&ldquo;Golden Shoe&rdquo; Award from PEDS:</strong>&nbsp;Honoring pedestrian-friendly people, places and projects, <a href="http://peds.org/" target="_blank">PEDS</a> is a pedestrian advocacy organization that works with the community to promote changes that help make streets and communities in Georgia walkable. Zipcars, EV charging stations, a tenant shuttle to MARTA, space for over 500 bikes, bike valet and a direct connection to the BeltLine make PCM one of the most accessible buildings in Atlanta by alternative forms of transportation.</li> </ul> <p>Jamestown has a long history of revitalizing historic buildings and developing highly regarded projects, including Ghirardelli Square in San Francisco, Chelsea&nbsp;Market&nbsp;in Manhattan, and the Innovation and Design Building in Boston. Today&rsquo;s evolution of&nbsp;Ponce&nbsp;City&nbsp;Market&nbsp;incorporates a pedestrian network, the convenience of desirable retail and dining under one roof, exceptional residences and office space, green&nbsp;city&nbsp;spaces and access to the celebrated Atlanta BeltLine trail, which borders the&nbsp;city&nbsp;and links intown neighborhoods.</p> <p>Under the leadership of&nbsp;Jamestown,&nbsp;Ponce&nbsp;City&nbsp;Market&nbsp;serves among the nation&rsquo;s preeminent examples of the revitalization of historic buildings.&nbsp;The restoration of the property has created a vibrant, mixed-use, urban centerpiece that combines 300,000 square feet of retail and restaurants, 550,000 square feet of office space and 259 residential flats.</p> <p><a href="http://www.poncecitymarket.com/" target="_blank" class="button">Learn more about Ponce City Market</a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "586ad0a4c9f489fedb0004f1", "586d44c24c1c3b29ac000291"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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GAP began in 1967 as an option for those who had dropped out of high school, helping them earn their high school diplomas in an alternative setting.</p> <p>GAP has <a href="http://www.gapschool.org/about.html" target="_blank">grown to include many services</a> for students and for families in transition, mental health support, bilingual programming, industry-recognized certifications, mentoring and post-secondary support.&nbsp;As a member of the YouthBuild/Americorps national program, GAP has 125 students, most of whom are recent immigrants or refugees seeking language skills, education and job training.</p> <p>The program offers certificates in health careers, information technology and building trades. The building trades programming offers 2+ hours of construction training each day, and USGBC Minnesota has paired with GAP to help introduce green concepts to the program.</p> <p>This past fall, USGBC Minnesota helped green the landscaping of a new home the students built, thanks to landscaping expertise from Sam Geer of Urban Ecosystems. Back in the classroom, we introduced the students to basic green vocabulary and concepts: waste reduction, alternative energy and water conservation.</p> <p>The objective was to introduce the students to terms they may have never heard or practices they&rsquo;ve never used. English is a second language to all the students, but the language challenge did not hold us back.&nbsp; Students were quick to take to the information: when asked at the beginning of class what "sustainability" means to them, the students needed help with the definition. By the end of the discussion, when asked again, one student said, "Renew"&mdash;a great connection for the student to have made, sorting through a lot of new vocabulary and concepts.</p> <p>Watch for more projects with GAP, including plans to help the students green their every day at school and to support green building practices in a future renovation project.</p> <p><img height="1264" src="https://kapost-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/direct/1482442560-13-0698/GAP.jpg" style="vertical-align: middle;" width="948" /></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "58505dedeffcde57dc000b91", "586c12ea419371f85c000236"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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As you can see, the quality of the built environment affects us all.</p> <p>The <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/usgbc-north-dakota" target="_blank">USGBC North Dakota</a> community is a volunteer-based group dedicated to transforming the way buildings are designed, built and operated to improve the quality of life for all. We represent members with diverse professional backgrounds, from those who join with enthusiasm for sustainability to those in the building design profession, such as engineers and architects.</p> <p>As a local market leadership advisory board (MLAB), educational opportunities such as our annual conference, <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-focus-nd-enlightens-green-building-topics-usgbc-north-dakota" target="_blank">Green Focus ND</a>, and service opportunities such as <a href="http://greenapple.org" target="_blank">Green Apple Day of Service</a> events at local schools have been provided for our membership and greater community alike. USGBC North Dakota has been growing, and there are even more opportunities for partnership, such as the <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/resources/advance-one-pager" target="_blank">ADVANCE</a> program, to assist organizations and communities along their path to sustainability.</p> <p>We have great opportunities for improvement in North Dakota, and we can work together to establish and meet our collective goals for sustainability. If this excites and motivates you, or you would like to learn more about us and the partnership opportunities available, please look at our community sponsorship brochure or <a href="mailto:sleonard@usgbc.org" target="_blank">email Stephanie Leonard</a>. Your involvement and support has an impact as we all move, work and live in the (hopefully temperate) built environment.</p> <p><a href="https://kapost-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/asset/file/585c38d80e95209230000439/North%20Dakota%20Community%20Annual%20Sponsorship%20Prospectus.pdf" target="_blank" class="button">Learn more about sponsorship</a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "585c38d80e95209230000432", "586bff69e5cf616d750006cc"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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He was one of the three founding committee members, along with Jim Megerson and Tambra Thorson, in 2002. In addition, Dave was a board member for the Central Plains community through most of a decade, serving as an advisor to the board on fund and resource development. He took a break for a while, and came back onto the board when he was needed a few years ago, serving as board chair for two years.&nbsp;</p> <p>At the Boulevard event, Dave was joined by his wife, as well as his daughter and son-in-law and several Hallmark colleagues. USGBC Central Plains MLAB chair Sara Greenwood presented Dave with parting gifts, including a leadership plaque. The plaque was etched in reclaimed lumber from a 120-year-old house in the lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans and had been worked on by the Historic Green group from USGBC Central Plains.&nbsp;</p> <p>We will miss Dave's warm smile and thoughtful input, and we thank him for his dedicated spirit and service to USGBC Central Plains.</p> <p><img src="https://kapost-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/direct/1482422484-13-0710/dave-roesler-1.jpeg" style="vertical-align: middle;" width="948" height="1685" /></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "585845030d20f3a20e000466", "585c2b850e95202146000264"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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USGBC Montana created the&nbsp;awards&nbsp;to acknowledge and celebrate the best in sustainable design and construction across the state. These projects represent the finest standards in sustainability, innovation, building performance and overall integration.</p> <p>This year&rsquo;s categories for the awards include residential building, commercial building, site development and products and processes. For eligibility, projects do not need to have a <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/leed" target="_blank">LEED</a> rating (though this is encouraged), but they must have been completed after Jan. 1, 2011.&nbsp;All submissions must be received by Friday, Jan. 6, 2017.</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/" target="_blank">Learn more and make a nomination</a>.</p> <p>This will be the third year of the Montana Sustainability Awards, which have recognized a number of notable projects around the state. Last year&rsquo;s awards saw entries from across the AEC industry in Montana. A number of projects stood out, including REHAU MONTANA, a research project on sustainable home building, the new Jabs Hall building at MSU, Park View Elementary by CWG Architects, the Orange Crush building by CTA Architects Engineers and the Solstice Project by MacArthur Means &amp; Wells Architects.</p> <p>One notable addition last year was the inclusion of a new award category, products and processes. Glo European Windows, based in Missoula, took the first award in this category for its entry, an aluminum-clad window design that features an insulated thermal break and triple-pane glass. These attributes allow the window to perform 25 percent above Energy Star levels for window products.</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/industry-leaders-presented-sustainability-awards-usgbc-montana" target="_blank">Read about last year&rsquo;s Sustainability Awards</a>.</p> <h3>2017 Annual Summit speakers</h3> <p>USGBC Montana is also currently seeking submissions for presentations at the summit. If you have a valuable idea to share with the USGBC Montana community, please fill out the speaker application&nbsp;<a href="https://goo.gl/forms/8Sb78EYM4gljRcuI3">here</a>.&nbsp;Submissions for speakers and presentations must be received by Friday, Jan. 6, 2017.</p> <p><a href="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeqEw4PaIHe3cvoQ9L-XzBZ7iVZFlB03lE5rMzzP_P6YjfRHw/viewform?c=0&amp;w=1" target="_blank" class="button">Apply to be a summit speaker</a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "585845ecc6aecd634b000447", "585c21e77af7e1d04b000109"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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The presenters of the four different sessions shared their expertise on diverse aspects of sustainable building and energy.</p> <h3>Local and alternative energy</h3> <p>In the first session, Lisa Severson from MinnKota Power Cooperative shared the progress that MinnKota has made in transitioning to renewable power generation. She focused particularly on the importance of regulation in motivating power companies to transition away from fossil fuels.</p> <p>The EPA's recently enacted Clean Power Plan will, said Severson, force companies to consider the enormous environmental damage they cause through the burning of fossil fuels and will likely further increase electricity generation from renewable sources.</p> <h3>Building performance</h3> <p>Eric Flyen from Trane discussed the flaws in the ways we usually evaluate the performance of buildings. In particular, he highlighted the problems created by focusing on energy efficiency rather than exergy efficiency. Flyen explained why focusing on energy efficiency gives only a partial depiction of how well a building is functioning and expanded on his technically novel subject with examples of how to best measure the energy usage of a building and the return on investment of sustainability improvements.</p> <h3>Building envelope</h3> <p>Malini Srivastava and Mike Christensen, of the NDSU Department of Architecture, shared cutting-edge research in the field of passive design, particularly on the design of the building envelope. Creating an envelope that retains interior temperature well while providing effective moisture control, appropriate air and vapor flow and aesthetically appeal is an enormous challenge. Srivastava and Mr. Christensen discussed some of the differering views on this topic by thought leaders in the field.</p> <h3>The WELL Building Standard</h3> <p>For the final session and keynote presentation, <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/peter-dahl/0010042824" target="_blank">Peter Dahl</a> of HGA Architects, and the Chair of the Advisory Board for <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/usgbc-minnesota" target="_blank">USGBC Minnesota</a>, gave an in-depth view of the <a href="http://www.wellcertified.com" target="_blank">WELL Building Standard</a>. WELL is an evidence-based standard for understanding the impact of buildings on human health and well-being. Dahl walked attendees through what the WELL Standard measures and how it measures it, explaining in detail the numerous benefits that come from having a WELL building, including happier and healthier occupants and increased productivity among workers.</p> <p>USGBC North Dakota would like to thank our sponsors, North Dakota State University, Trane and EAPC, as well as the presenters and attendees of Green Focus ND 2016.</p> <p>If you attended Green Focus ND 2016, please take a moment to <a href="https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/greenfocusndfeedback" target="_blank">complete our survey</a>.</p> <p>Weren&rsquo;t able to attend? We still want to hear from you. Tell us what you&rsquo;d like to learn about in the new year with USGBC North Dakota.</p> <p><a href="https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2017NDeducation" target="_blank" class="button">Share your learning goals</a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "58545088226b00bed400001e", "585c120163487fa00a000457"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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I serve on its <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/meet-your-2017-market-leadership-advisory-board-members-usgbc-minnesota" target="_blank">market leadership advisory board</a> because I want to advance sustainable design, construction and operation for buildings in my community. USGBC Minnesota provides a forum for private firms to work together to advance our industry and inform public policy.</p> <p>USGBC Minnesota has made many accomplishments in influencing <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-minnesota-advocates-green-building-capitol" target="_blank">state and local government energy policy</a>. Although my professional life primarily focuses on large commercial buildings, USGBC Minnesota has established programs in residential and schools that have a measurable impact. These programs raise awareness about green buildings and sustainable products and reach a wide audience that goes beyond traditional membership organizations.</p> <p>By becoming a community sponsor, you will not only benefit from the ongoing efforts of our USGBC local community, but can also become a participant in directing the future of our industry. Through this partnership, we can elevate the design of the built environment to new heights and give back to the community that has already given us so much.</p> <p>Need more info? Please <a href="mailto:bsuski@usgbc.org" target="_blank">email Brent Suski</a>.</p> <p><a href="https://kapost-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/asset/file/58596a89b65d36152b0002c7/MN%20Community%20Annual%20Sponsorship%20Prospectus%202017.pdf" target="_blank" class="button">Learn more about sponsorship</a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "58596a89b65d36152b0002c0", "585c00d263487fd1d90005bb"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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Most of this progress has happened at the local level, not national, and has been led by individuals, businesses, community leaders, schools and organizations like USGBC. Furthermore, the <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-building-works-all-saving-resources-and-creating-jobs" target="_blank">economic arguments</a> in favor of sustainability continue to grow stronger as technology improves and prices decrease with scale.&nbsp;</p> <p>USGBC Greater Virginia's commitment to resilient, safe, efficient and green communities is more determined than ever, and we know that your commitment is similarly unwavering as you work tirelessly to promote high-performing buildings and sustainable solutions in Virginia.&nbsp;</p> <p>Here is what we at USGBC Greater Virginia are doing now. Let's do it together.&nbsp;</p> <h3>Learn and educate&nbsp;</h3> <p>Our educational initiatives are going strong this year in Virginia. Upcoming events include topics as diverse as LED lighting technology seminars, <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/leed-v4" target="_blank">LEED v4</a> training, and tours of high-performance facilities. We will continue to offer education luncheons and seminars to keep you up to speed on new technologies and sustainable initiatives.&nbsp;</p> <h3>Be an advocate&nbsp;</h3> <p>USGBC Greater Virginia is actively advocating for programs and legislation that promote green building in the Commonwealth.&nbsp; We'll keep you posted on all opportunities to influence local leaders in a smart direction.&nbsp;</p> <h3>Serve your communities&nbsp;</h3> <p>USGBC offers lots of ways to directly serve your community. For instance, our <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/connect-dots-greener-schools-usgbc-greater-virginia" target="_blank">Connect the Dots Green Schools Challenge</a> calls on schools across Virginia to develop and implement the most creative, effective, no- or low-cost sustainable practices for their schools and communities. Participation this year is already up significantly from 2015.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <h3>Be collaborative</h3> <p>We recognize that we cannot make real environmental impact alone, and we partner with many organizations. For example, our ADVANCE initiative in Southwest Virginia allows us to partner with local small businesses to identify energy-saving opportunities that also benefit their bottom line. If you are a member of an organization that should be partnering with USGBC Greater Virginia, let us know!&nbsp;</p> <p>Our community has long been a champion for energy efficiency, climate action and environmental protection throughout the built environment. In 2017, we will be exploring new partnerships and strategies to promote sustainability in our region and continue to further healthy building for all of our Virginia residents. Please&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/usgbc-greater-virginia" target="_blank">join us</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="mailto:dwilgus@usgbc.org" target="_blank">share your thoughts</a> on what a sustainable Virginia should be!&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/usgbc-greater-virginia" target="_blank" class="button">Learn more about USGBC Greater Virginia</a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "5859698db65d363f970003b2", "585bf42b4905d1660300004a"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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There&rsquo;s an easy way to check.</p> <p>Having USGBC Northern California membership is separate from working for a company that is a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/organizations" target="_blank">member organization</a>&nbsp;of USGBC. Individuals are members of the integrated region, while organizations are members of USGBC. &nbsp;</p> <ol> <li>Sign in to your&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/" target="_blank">usgbc.org</a>&nbsp;account with the same email address you used to register for your USGBC Northern California membership. (Don&rsquo;t have a USGBC.org account? Create one with the same email address you used to purchase your USGBC Northern California membership, and it will auto-populate with your information.)</li> <li>Once you are logged in, go to your account homepage and click on Membership on the left side of the page. If you are a member, it will list USGBC Northern California and your expiration date. If you are not a member, it will give you the option to join a community.</li> <li>If you have an existing USGBC.org account that is set up with a different email address than the email address you used to set up your integrated region membership, your accounts need to be merged.&nbsp;<a href="mailto:membership@usgbc.org" target="_blank">Email USGBC</a>&nbsp;for assistance.</li> </ol><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "5859c9aca98d74cead0000b4", "585aef6a896d52437d000064"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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We dedicate our time and effort because we care about the community that we live in. Whether it's organizing a project for <a href="http://greenapple.org" target="_blank">Green Apple Day of Service</a> or providing continuing education to industry professionals, we work to further sustainable and green design throughout the state. But we can't do this work alone. We need the help and support of partners like you to serve our community.&nbsp;</p> <p>Our board is composed primarily of representatives of the architecture, engineering and design professions. We have diverse backgrounds as members of the building industry, but are all dedicated to the concept that sustainable design is good design. The preservation of our natural resources doesn&rsquo;t just make good environmental sense, but also good business sense.</p> <p>It is this forward-looking perspective that makes the USGBC Nebraska Flatwater community integral to the evolution and competitiveness of our state's architecture, engineering and design firms. By becoming a community sponsor, you will not only benefit from the ongoing efforts of our USGBC local community, but can also become a participant in directing the future of our industry. Through this partnership, we can elevate the design of the built environment to new heights and give back to the community that has already given us so much.</p> <p>Interested? Please <a href="mailto:sleonard@usgbc.org" target="_blank">contact Steph Leonard</a> to learn more.</p> <p><a href="https://kapost-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/asset/file/58544ff4226b00d289000019/NFC%20Community%20Annual%20Sponsorship%20Prospectus.pdf" target="_blank" class="button">Learn more about sponsorship</a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "58544ff3226b00d289000012", "585addc5343eb37a1b0004b8"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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The position is grant-funded for the calendar year 2017, and compensation is expected to be in the range of $40&ndash;50 per hour and to not exceed the allocated grant funding. It is in the community advancement department of USGBC Detroit Regional and reports to the Director of Community, Michigan.</p> <p>The Detroit 2030 District is a unique public-private partnership of corporate, government and nonprofit stakeholders working together to increase the sustainability of buildings in downtown Detroit. Specifically, the Detroit 2030 District seeks to reduce energy use, water use and transportation emissions related to downtown buildings within the designated 2030 District by the year 2030.</p> <p>The mission of USGBC is to transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated, enabling an environmentally and socially responsible, healthy and prosperous environment that improves the quality of life. &nbsp;</p> <p>Learn more about the <a href="http://www.2030districts.org/detroit" target="_blank">Detroit 2030 District</a> and the <a href="http://www.2030districts.org/" target="_blank">national 2030 District initiative</a>. &nbsp;</p> <p>For further details and to apply, see the <a href="https://kapost-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/asset/file/58585be95fa9991a280001af/Detroit%202030%20District%20Director%20Job%20Posting%20RFP_FINAL.pdf" target="_blank">request for proposals</a>.</p> <p><a href="https://kapost-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/asset/file/58585be95fa9991a280001af/Detroit%202030%20District%20Director%20Job%20Posting%20RFP_FINAL.pdf" target="_blank" class="button">Download the RFP</a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "58585be85fa9991a280001a8", "585abae80c220c7b380005ed"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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LEEP is an annual recognition of real estate owners that have achieved exceptional performance in parking facility energy reduction through high-efficiency lighting and controls. LEEP is a collaboration among the Building Owners and Managers Association International (BOMA), International Facility Management Organization (IFMA), International Parking Institute (IPI) and USGBC, in conjunction with the Department of Energy Better Buildings Alliance.</p> <p>MC Realty won the&nbsp;Highest Percentage Energy Savings in a Retrofit at a Single Parking Structure Award, and the Exemplary Office Sector Parking Facility Award&nbsp;for the parking facility at Poindexter Garage.</p> <p><a href="http://www.leepcampaign.org/2016-awards.html" target="_blank">Learn more about the LEEP Awards</a>.</p> <p><img height="480" src="https://kapost-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/direct/1481923986-63-3964/BioStar%20MC%20Realty%20award%202016.jpg" style="vertical-align: middle;" width="487" /></p> <p><em><small>David Smart (center) of KC&rsquo;s BioStar Lighting, which collaborated on the project, accepts the award on behalf of MC Realty.</small></em></p> <h3>Johnson County Community College</h3> <p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/johnson-county-community-college-nurtures-holistic-campuswide-approach-climate-leadership-v" target="_blank">Johnson County Community College</a>&nbsp;(JCCC) was also recognized at Greenbuild 2016. JCCC was a winner of a Center for Green Schools and Second Nature&nbsp;2016 <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-and-second-nature-announce-2016-winners-higher-education-climate-leaders-competition" target="_blank">Climate Leadership Award</a>, which recognizes innovative and advanced leadership in sustainability, climate change mitigation and resilience.</p> <p>This year&rsquo;s recipients show leadership through practices, partnerships and initiatives designed to tackle some of the greatest modern challenges. Examples of their commitments include the ongoing pursuit of green building practices; the development of a campus culture that embraces local sourcing; alternative transportation methods; innovative partnerships with their surrounding communities; and cultivation of a sense of individual responsibility among students, faculty and staff.&nbsp;</p> <p><img height="337" src="https://kapost-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/direct/1481924011-33-3631/JCCC%20Award%20Greenbuild%202016.png" style="vertical-align: middle;" width="487" /></p> <p><em><small>Jay Antle, Executive Director, JCCC Center for Sustainability (second from right), and Barbara Larson, Ex VP of Finance and Administration (far right) accep the award on behalf of JCCC.</small></em></p> <p>JCCC<strong>&nbsp;</strong>won in the&nbsp;Two-Year Institution&nbsp;category and was commended for&nbsp;its dedication to cutting consumption and improving operational efficiencies, as well as its passion for engaging the community&mdash;operating as a living lab for students, faculty, staff and other stakeholders.</p> <p>Watch a video about JCCC&rsquo;s efforts:</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/x4nd-w2-vQ4" width="948" height="711"></iframe></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "5854239b55814760f200058e", "58583c7fc6aecd3ead0002ea"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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The Education Committee accomplishes this by organizing and hosting educational events such as workshops, presentations and webinars in fields such as green building, energy management, renewable energy and building science.</p> <p>Christie Fong, Committee Chair</p> <h3>Emerging Professionals Committee</h3> <p>We are engaging emerging local professionals as a point of entry to professional involvement in sustainability and green building in Hawaii.&nbsp;Emerging Professionals (EPs) are USGBC members out of school, under the age of 35, who play an important role within this community. As the energetic and dynamic leaders of tomorrow&rsquo;s green building movement, EPs provide USGBC communities with new volunteers who can continue the legacy of yesterday and today&rsquo;s community leaders. EPs build the bench for USGBC communities. The EP program benefits all stakeholders: EPs, their employers, USGBC community leaders, schools and universities.</p> <p>Ian Tierney and Andrew Crossland, Co-Chairs</p> <h3>Green Schools Committee</h3> <p>USGBC Hawaii's&nbsp;Green Schools Committee&nbsp;raises community awareness about the benefits of green schools by working with parents and teachers, students and school boards, administrators and city officials. They host community events in cities and towns, connect with elected officials, provide technical expertise, share their initiatives with the media and much more.</p> <p>Working together, the <a href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/" target="_blank">Center for Green Schools</a> and the community Green Schools Committees are equipping, empowering and engaging communities in the green schools movement.</p> <h4>Connect with the committee</h4> <p>Green Schools Committees are taking on a variety of initiatives, and as a result are attracting members from across their communities. These volunteers are architects, designers and building engineers, as well as educators, environmental advocates, local business owners and parents.</p> <p>You&nbsp;can join our&nbsp;Green Schools Committee&nbsp;to raise awareness in their communities; share strategies, resources and best practices; tour green building projects; and more.&nbsp;</p> <h3>Existing Buildings: Operations + Maintenance (EBOM) Committee</h3> <p>Hawaii USGBC Existing Buildings Operations &amp; Maintenance Committee works to advocate for, collaborate with and educate on (ACE) design strategies and best management practices (BMPs) for the operations and maintenance of existing buildings to the design professionals, the building industry, building owners and the public for Hawaii's unique environment.</p> <p>Our vision is to transform the way buildings are operated and maintained in order to reduce their energy and water consumption, waste generation, carbon footprint and operating expenses, while also increasing the buildings' value and creating healthier, more productive spaces for their occupants.</p> <h4>Objectives of the committee</h4> <p>The built environment is responsible for over one-third of the world's energy consumption and CO<sub>2</sub> emissions, and one of USGBC&rsquo;s overarching goals is to change this fact! To achieve this goal, the stated mission of USGBC is to transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated, enabling an environmentally and socially responsible, healthy and prosperous environment that improves the quality of life.</p> <p>To help USGBC achieve our broader goal, USGBC Hawaii must do more to help advance change within the existing built environment. Thus far, USGBC has had tremendous achievement within the designed and build communities, yet 99 percent of the nation's building stock is made up of structures that are already built or near completion. It is clear that there is great opportunity in improving the operational performance of existing buildings. The cost to implement such projects can be justified by potential in return on investment through decreases in operating expenses.</p> <p>Preliminary research has also indicated that green buildings may benefit from enhanced lease-up rates, improved rental premiums, reduced vacancy, increased appeal to occupants and, ultimately, improved terminal property value. However, renovations of existing buildings can be complex, costly and time-consuming. In making these upgrades, many corporations and institutions will pursue certifications, like <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/getting-know-leed-building-operations-and-maintenance-om" target="_blank">LEED for Existing Buildings Operations and Maintenance</a> (O+M) and Energy Star, while others will seek to improve their building operations without third-party certifications.</p> <p>Ryan Rutenschroeher and Greg Wong, Co-Chairs</p> <h3>Advocacy Committee</h3> <p>USGBC is recognized as a national organization promoting the use of sustainable building practices. With its national resources, USGBC has helped author legislation in other jurisdictions across the United States. USGBC has also contributed to authoring some of the building codes and green building standards that are in use in major jurisdictions across the U.S.</p> <p>The USGBC Hawaii Advocacy Committee continues to advocate for sustainable building practices to be accepted within Hawaii&rsquo;s regulatory environment. This effort involves both the legislative and administrative environments of the state.</p> <p>Legislative interaction will involve continuous dialogue with key lawmakers who share a passion for sustainable building implementation. Administrative interaction is a heavily involved process consisting of regular attendance at the State Building Code Council (SBCC) regular meetings and investigative committee meetings. The SBCC meetings provide a forum for many of the building industry stakeholders to gather, along with county building officials, to move forward with updates to the building codes.</p> <p>Sherman Wong and Lauren Roth-Venu, Co-Chairs</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "589b79381f660f00c10007d5", "589e0a4cdd1ed7008f00049e"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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Movie buffs might recognize the hotel from the spy-thriller&nbsp;<em>Enemy of the State</em>, and the hotel has hosted an array of iconic figures, from Muhammad Ali to Arnold Schwarzenegger, in addition to visiting heads of state. From the crisp white marble floors to the light-flooded oasis of a lobby, the four-diamond hotel is nothing short of luxurious. And it might be the last place in town where you would expect to find honeybees.</p> <p><a href="http://plus.usgbc.org/in-the-green-lap-of-luxury/" target="_blank" class="button">Continue reading on USGBC+</a></p> <p><iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/gxstuCYyjiQ" width="948" height="711"></iframe></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "5850278ab50e1c2b960000f1", "58517c8013749b44f9000209"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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Help make 2017 our best year yet, by volunteering to serve on one of our task force groups or host committees.</p> <p>We are currently recruiting for the following opportunities:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://kapost-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/asset/file/584866ba3b9c3541a10006a2/Green%20Tie%20Affair%20Host%20Committee.pdf" target="_blank">Green Tie Affair Host Committee</a></li> <li><a href="https://kapost-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/asset/file/584866ba3b9c3541a10006a3/Women%20in%20Green%20Host%20Committee.pdf" target="_blank">Women in Green Host Committee</a></li> <li><a href="https://kapost-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/asset/file/584866ba3b9c3541a10006a1/Existing%20Buildings%20Task%20Force.pdf" target="_blank">Existing Buildings Task Force</a></li> <li><a href="https://kapost-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/asset/file/584866ba3b9c3541a10006a0/Commercial%20Interiors%20Task%20Force.pdf" target="_blank">Commercial Interiors Task Force</a></li> </ul> <p>The bulk of the work for these groups will happen in the first quarter of the year. Stay tuned for additional opportunities in the spring, summer and fall. You are encouraged to participate in multiple opportunities throughout the year, as your schedule allows.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. EST on Tuesday, Dec. 13.</strong></p> <p><a href="https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MMR5Y6C" target="_blank" class="button">Apply to join a committee or task force</a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "584866b93b9c3541a1000699", "584b06ca622d16c5930000a0"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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Rather, it&rsquo;s an opportunity to improve and thrive, as the standard is meant to continually push the industry forward to create a truly sustainable built environment.</p> <p>Anyone can master the new changes, and we&rsquo;re here to share our experience with LEED v4 to prepare you for success.</p> <p>At our event at DPR Construction in San Francisco, which is currently pursuing LEED Platinum certification, USGBC Northern California Executive Director&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/brenden-mceneaney/0000005670" target="_blank">Brenden McEneaney</a>&nbsp;introduced LEED gurus&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stok.com/jacob-arlein/" target="_blank">Jacob Arlein</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stok.com/katie-bachman/" target="_blank">Katie Bachman</a>&nbsp;from <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/organizations/stok?view=overview" target="_blank">stok</a>. The two shared their expertise in the latest version of LEED, along with insights into how the changes signal a big shift in the industry.</p> <p>The deadline to register projects using LEED 2009 was Oct. 31, 2016, meaning that the revolutionary LEED v4 standard has officially replaced LEED 2009 as the only version available for registration for all new projects. If you still feel uncomfortable with v4, now&rsquo;s the time to change that.</p> <p>So far, we&rsquo;ve provided a&nbsp;general overview&nbsp;of LEED v4 and have begun to dig into LEED BD+C: New Construction. We&rsquo;ve done deep dives into its changes to&nbsp;commissioning and the new&nbsp;Building Disclosure and Optimization credits, while providing a brief overview of the updated&nbsp;water, energy, sustainable sites and location and transportation credits.</p> <h2>Highlights of the seminar</h2> <h3>Big picture</h3> <p>LEED v4 is bolder and more specialized than its predecessor for building projects worldwide. It also represents a renewed focus in LEED&rsquo;s role as an agent for industry transformation.</p> <p>Throughout the credit categories, there&rsquo;s a clear shift toward emphasis on quality and performance in addition to prescriptive requirements. For example, to earn points in the new Location and Transportation (LT) Bicycle Facilities credit, a project must be located within a bike network rather than just provide bike racks and showers, regardless of the ability of occupants to realistically use them.</p> <p>This is seen again in the Energy and Atmosphere (EA) prerequisite that requires that Minimum Energy Performance be achieved via energy efficiency alone, no longer allowing projects to rely on renewables to make up for poor energy efficiency.</p> <p>There are two brand new categories: Integrative Design Process (IP) and Location and Transportation (LT). IP rewards project teams for organizing early and bringing together all of the stakeholders in the pre-design phase to optimize sustainable solutions.</p> <p>LT aims to clearly differentiate between project location aspects and building site performance aspects. It contains the LEED 2009 Sustainable Sites (SS) credits that are more focused on the location of a project than on its actual site aspects, allowing the newly focused SS category&rsquo;s goals to be completely centered around improving the performance of the project site itself.</p> <p><img src="https://kapost-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/direct/1481228828-103-0248/DSC_2133-2%20_1_.jpg" style="vertical-align: middle;" width="948" height="633" /></p> <h3>Commissioning</h3> <p>LEED v4 requires a number of additional commissioning tasks to meet the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/credits/new-construction-commercial-interiors-core-and-shell-schools-new-construction-retail-new-c-6" target="_blank">Fundamental</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/credits/new-construction-core-and-shell-schools-new-construction-retail-new-construction-healthca-17" target="_blank">Enhanced</a>&nbsp;Commissioning prerequisite and credit.</p> <p>To achieve the prerequisite, envelope performance requirements must be incorporated into the OPR (Owners Project Requirements) and BOD (Basis of Design). An Operations and Maintenance Plan is now also required.</p> <p>To earn points under the Enhanced Commissioning credit, project teams have several options including monitoring-based commissioning and envelope commissioning. Envelope commissioning requires testing to cover air leakage, water penetration and structural performance, which must be done on exterior wall assembly, windows, skylight and doors, among other structural fixtures. Monitoring based commissioning requires the implementation of a Monitoring Based Commissioning plan, which is similar to an Measurement and Verficiation plan with the addition of on-site testing requirements</p> <p>In our experience, the key to achieving the new requirements and options for commissioning is an early focus on detailing project goals and building aspects, which should be clearly laid out in the Owner&rsquo;s Project Requirements. We had a project, DPR&rsquo;s ZNE SF office, where we are a subtenant, that pursued the Demand Response credit. This credit was not in the project&rsquo;s original list of points to pursue, but was added later when Platinum certification was desired.</p> <p>For that reason, the demand response aspects of the BMS system were not originally in the BMS programming and also not identified as needing functional performance testing. When the project received a review comment noting the need to test the performance of the demand response capabilities of the BMS system, the project team had to test the system during the review response phase, extending the certification timeline.</p> <h3>Materials transparency</h3> <p>In our opinion, the biggest change by far in LEED v4 lies in the credits about materials.</p> <p>LEED is moving away from using single attributes as proxies for environmental impacts, such as recycled content and regional material, and toward a more holistic, data-driven approach based upon materials transparency. This means visibility when it comes to what ingredients and chemicals make up a product and their environmental and human health impacts.</p> <p>This signals a shift to a more holistic approach by LEED that not only focuses on the impacts on building occupants but rather addresses the entire supply chain on a global scale to encourage the widespread adoption of healthy building materials that positively affect human health and the environment.</p> <p>There are three new Materials and Resources (MR) Building Project Disclosure and Optimization (BPDO) credits: Environmental Product Declarations, Material Ingredients, and Sourcing of Raw Materials. These include awarding points to manufacturers that declare the environmental impacts of manufacturing their products (<a href="http://www.environdec.com/en/What-is-an-EPD/" target="_blank">EPDs</a>) and the chemicals that make up their products (<a href="http://www.hpd-collaborative.org/guiding-principles/" target="_blank">HPDs</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://living-future.org/declare" target="_blank">Declare</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.greenscreenchemicals.org/method/?/Greenscreen.php" target="_blank">GreenScreen</a>, BIFMA level, manufacturer&rsquo;s inventory, or&nbsp;<a href="http://www.c2ccertified.org/drive-change/built-environment" target="_blank">Cradle to Cradle</a>&nbsp;certified).</p> <p>We got very familiar with LEED v4 materials credits in our&nbsp;<a href="https://www.nrdc.org/resources/nrdc-san-francisco-sustainable-workplace-practices-bay-area" target="_blank">NRDC San Francisco</a>&nbsp;Office project, which is currently pursuing Living Building Challenge Material Petal Certification along with LEED v4 ID+C: Commercial Interiors certification. To achieve these certifications, we went after all of the LEED v4 materials credits.</p> <p>This was a huge undertaking and required a surprising level of detail. Our project team organized to the point of laying out specific guidelines for how to title an email to one another. Although that sort of minute detail may seem unnecessary, it was that attention to detail and complete organization at all levels that made the project a success. A diligent project team can help keep the process clear and ensure that you achieve your target.</p> <h3>Further resources</h3> <p>Stok is partnering with USGBC Northern California to provide more seminars on LEED v4, including a session entirely on materials and sessions that focuses on rating systems other than New Construction.</p> <p>In the meantime, 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>&nbsp;online.</p> <p>Send our&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stok.com/family/" target="_blank">team</a>&nbsp;a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stok.com/contact-our-team/" target="_blank">message</a>&nbsp;to keep up with Stok.</p> <p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/LEED%20V4%20workshop_USGBCNCC_stok_v3.pdf" target="_blank" class="button">View the presentation</a>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/join-center/community?community=179130" target="_blank">Join USGBC Northern California as a member</a>&nbsp;to be part of the conversation.&nbsp;<a href="http://go.usgbc.org/local-region-subscription-center.html" target="_blank">Subscribe to communications from USGBC Northern California</a>&nbsp;to hear about news and upcoming events.</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "5841de6b867c0e06f6000194", "5849c2345832397f64000478"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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On Wednesday, Dec. 7, from 5&ndash;7 p.m., <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/usgbc-idaho" target="_blank">USGBC Idaho</a> is once again partnering with the Urban Land Institute Idaho District Council and Idaho Smart Growth to celebrate progress toward collective sustainable development goals as 2016 comes to a close.</p> <p><a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/939703269506353/" target="_blank">The event</a> is free and open to the public, with beer from Bittercreek Alehouse, wine from Zhoo Zhoo Wines and appetizers from Life&rsquo;s Kitchen.</p> <p>Do you care about energy efficiency, wasting less resources, and building sustainable communities? Join USGBC Idaho and our partners to engage and celebrate with green building advocates and professionals at the office of CTA Architects and Engineers&nbsp;in downtown Boise.</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><strong>When:</strong> Wednesday, Dec. 7, 5 to 7 p.m.</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><strong>Where:</strong> CTA Architects Engineers,&nbsp;800 W. Main Street, Suite 800, Boise, Idaho 83702</p> <p><a href="https://usgbcidaho-holidaysocial.eventbrite.com/" target="_blank" class="button">RSVP for the holiday social</a></p> <p><img src="https://kapost-files-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/direct/1480975295-73-8302/USGBC%20Idaho%20Holiday%20Social%20Sponsors.jpg" style="vertical-align: middle;" width="948" height="533" /></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "5845de9dac45d219d0000852", "5845e65aea514876000000b7"]); (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://in.usgbc.org/articles/annual-holiday-social-party-our-partners-usgbc-idaho#comments Community Mon, 05 Dec 2016 22:13:00 +0000 Charles Woodruff 10592250 at http://in.usgbc.org Meet your 2017 Market Leadership Advisory Board members (USGBC Georgia) http://in.usgbc.org/articles/meet-your-2017-market-leadership-advisory-board-members-usgbc-georgia <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="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://in.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/2017-market-leadership-advisory-board-e_5_0_0_0.png?1480712581" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/usgbc-georgia" target="_blank">USGBC Georgia</a>&nbsp;is proud to announce the members of our 2017 Market Leadership Advisory Board. This group of strategic influencers works with the USGBC community team to develop and implement programming that supports USGBC&rsquo;s local, regional and global goals. The selected Market Leadership Advisory Board members represent diverse perspectives and sectors to grow and deepen USGBC&rsquo;s relationships in Georgia. We welcome all new and returning members for 2017 and look forward to a productive year ahead!</p> <p>2017 USGBC Georgia Market Leadership Advisory Board members:&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>Lori Bork Newcomer, Principle, Bork Design</li> <li><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/sherry-crawley/0011122041">Sherry Crawley</a>, SVC Communications</li> <li><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/yvonne-douglas/0011009996">Yvonne Douglas</a>, Project Manager for Energy and Environmental Services, Atlanta Public Schools</li> <li><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/lauren-dufort/0010333090">Lauren Dufort</a>, Sustainability Specialist, Centers for Disease Control</li> <li><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/jairo-garcia/0010924178">Jairo Garcia</a>, Director of Climate Policies and Renewables, City of Atlanta, Mayor&rsquo;s Office of Sustainability</li> <li><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/erin-hatcher/0010567372">Erin Hatcher</a>, Sustainability Manager, AMLI Residential</li> <li>Steve Leeds, Sustainability Consultant</li> <li>Penelope Morceri, Director, Governmental Affairs, Atlanta Apartment Association</li> <li>Ovie Mughelli, Founder, Ovie Mughelli Foundation</li> <li>Denise Quarles, Chief City Executive, Siemens</li> <li><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/rebecca-timms-rushin/0010512357?view=overview">Becca Rushin</a>, Vice President of Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility, Jamestown Properties</li> <li><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/reed-thomas/0010060697">Reed Thomas</a>, JE Dunn Construction</li> <li><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/m-shane-totten/0000047944">Shane Totten</a>, Director of Commercial Sustainability Services, Southface Energy Institute</li> <li>Alan Wieczynski, Senior Landscape Architect, Breedlove Land Planning, Inc.</li> </ul><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "5841d202539551ee7100069b", "5841e176867c0e635600028e"]); (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://in.usgbc.org/articles/meet-your-2017-market-leadership-advisory-board-members-usgbc-georgia#comments Community Fri, 02 Dec 2016 21:03:01 +0000 Shelby Buso 10587875 at http://in.usgbc.org Annual meeting blends inspiration and fun (USGBC Minnesota) http://in.usgbc.org/articles/annual-meeting-blends-inspiration-and-fun-usgbc-minnesota <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="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://in.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/annual-meeting-recap_0.png?1480712389" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>USGBC Minnesota's annual meeting began with networking and a self-guided tour of the 4th&nbsp;floor of the newest <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/leed" target="_blank">LEED</a> Platinum building in Minneapolis, <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/projects/wells-fargo-tower" target="_blank">Wells Fargo Tower</a>. Many of the vendors who worked on the building shared displays of their contributions to the project, in addition to being available for questions.</p> <p>Seeing an actual tray of plants used on the vegetative roof was an impressive sight, and learning how this specific brown site was excavated and cleaned, and that 95 percent of all waste was diverted from landfills, was also quite impressive. A personal favorite presentation was from the designer who spoke to the demands on Wells Fargo in the area of lighting and wattage. They were asked to use only 6 watts, with very specific lighting requirements. It took some creative design work, but it was accomplished!</p> <p>In the main event room, all enjoyed a buffet-style dinner with delicious desserts. Everyone visited, catching up with those whom they hadn&rsquo;t seen in while or meeting new friends&mdash;and having fun at the photo booth, too.</p> <p>As the meeting began, the first order of business was to vote on finalizing the dissolution of the Minnesota community's independent 501(c)(3) status and joining the national USGBC organization. It was unanimous. Looking around the room at the lack of opposed hands, a feeling of optimism and excitement seemed to energize the room. From this point forward, we present a united front as part of USGBC national! Being a part of this decision was personally motivating. Working together as a larger whole, our accomplishments can only be greater.</p> <p>Board members were thanked for their services, award winners announced and the accomplishments of the past year were reviewed. It seems we accomplish more and more every year!</p> <p>Our guest speaker from Wells Fargo, Bill Haley, spoke to the amazing teams he worked with to make this building happen. He was very proud of what they all helped to accomplish. &ldquo;When people say that LEED Platinum is hard, they just aren&rsquo;t doing it right,&rdquo; he exclaimed. Haley said that choosing the right site made all the difference. It was already near bus and train stations, and it was a brownfield. Additionally, Minneapolis was a great city to work in because it had so many material suppliers so close at hand. Haley said the rest was easy. He emphasized how hard everyone worked and how pleased he was to be a part of such a project.</p> <p>To close the meeting, we played a rousing game of trivia: "How much do you know about what we did this year?" In the end, we all had a lot of fun, learned something new and gained some valuable insights&mdash;not only into the new Wells Fargo Building project, but into USGBC Minnesota as an organization.</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "583ca12dfe8f15c5d9000071", "5841e0a6322c28cae00002ef"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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There are also many aspects to a healthy building, inside and out, as well as during transition from new construction to an existing building. In this article, we will mainly focus on indoor air quality, staying active, water quality, sustainability and a healthy community.</p> <h3>1) Indoor air quality</h3> <p>Just because indoor air quality is invisible doesn&rsquo;t mean you should ignore it. The first step is to look at ventilation rates and filtration policies, which should both meet ASHRAE standards. It&rsquo;s also important to evaluate the hygienic condition of the HVAC system, both in the air handling units and in the ductwork. Mold and dirt buildup are commonly found in these locations and contribute to degraded indoor air quality.</p> <p>Another key indoor air quality concern is Legionnaires' disease, an aerosolized mist estimated to be found in more than 50 percent of commercial building water utility and domestic systems. <a href="http://healthybuildings.com/5127/what-is-legionella-and-legionnaires-disease/">Legionnaires&rsquo; disease</a> can cause pneumonia-like symptoms and death. This is just one of the potential contaminants to manage. Others include VOCs and particulates. You need to know what to <a href="http://healthybuildings.com/indoor-air-quality/iaq-proactive-and-reactive-inspections/">test</a> for and where to look.</p> <h3>2) Active employees</h3> <p>Stand up! People with sitting jobs have twice the rate of cardiovascular disease as people with standing jobs. Enable people to stand up every hour, incorporate walking meetings or use standing desks. This can go a long way toward maintaining good cardiovascular health. One great option is giving employees the choice to either purchase or make a standing desk. Using a standing desk will not only keep the body in a naturally healthy vertically aligned position, but it will also actually make you&nbsp;<em>appreciate&nbsp;</em>sitting again.</p> <h3>3) Water</h3> <p>It&rsquo;s no secret that water is an important resource across the country. In the West, scarcity has made headlines in California, while combined sewer overflow creates an entirely different infrastructure problem on the East Coast.</p> <p>Also, you need to know what is in your water. Does your building have lead in its plumbing? Are your cooling towers hosting legionella bacteria? Water audits can identify where your water is being used, and water testing can determine if your building&rsquo;s water is safe for drinking.</p> <h3>4) Sustainability</h3> <p>Having a sustainable building goes a long way toward ensuring that the building, and its occupants, are as healthy as possible. Ensuring your building's energy and water usage are being used as efficiently as possible, while allowing occupants to enjoy thermal comfort, proper acoustics, biophilic environments, natural light and excellent water quality will enable the building to operate profitably and occupants to remain healthy and operating at peak performance.</p> <p>Using green cleaning products and employing a waste management program are also critical elements of keeping a healthy building. Getting certified in <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/leed" target="_blank">LEED</a>, BREEAM, BIT or <a href="http://www.wellcertified.com/" target="_blank">WELL</a> will help verify and prove to your constituents that your building is healthy.</p> <h3>5) Community</h3> <p>This one is on the property manager. But the good thing is, most are great at doing this already! Buildings like Harvest Properties 555 12th Street in Oakland, California, which holds Earth Day events and other tenant and management gatherings, foster a sense of community and encourage tenants to learn about the ways they can leverage the building&rsquo;s healthy features. In addition to the Earth Day celebration, they educate about alternatives to throwing away takeout containers, home composting, sheet mulching for gardens and creating your own Earth-friendly cleaners. In addition, raffles at the building support great local nonprofits.&nbsp;</p> <p>Becoming involved in healthy building groups in your region is a great way to learn from your peers. <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/usgbc-northern-california" target="_blank">USGBC Northern California</a> launched the Building Health Initiative in recognition that health and wellness are vital components of sustainability and green building.&nbsp;The Building Health Initiative includes an initial two-year program in which industry leaders from multiple sectors make specific pledges where they are best positioned to affect the most change for healthier built environments.</p> <p>These pledges include demanding transparency in building materials, conducting groundbreaking research, promoting health and wellness, providing consultation and education, building toolkits and resources and much more. The initiative has spurred powerful cross-sector working groups focused on revolutionizing procurement strategies and fostering diversity and access to healthy buildings in traditionally underserved communities.&nbsp;</p> <p>If we keep educating the public, we can increase the connection between buildings and our health and wellness. The indoor built environment plays a critical role in our overall well-being. We spend about 90 percent of our time indoors, and buildings have a unique ability to positively or negatively influence our health. Using alternative transportation, having access to healthy food options, producing renewable energy and controlling what we do in buildings is just as important to how we build and operate buildings. It&rsquo;s about focusing on what&rsquo;s important to do now&mdash;and what we can contribute to improve the future.&nbsp;</p> <h3>Additional resources</h3> <ul> <li>Harvard University study "<a href="http://www.chgeharvard.org/resource/impact-green-buildings-cognitive-function" target="_blank">The Impact of Green Buildings on Cognitive Function</a>"</li> <li><a href="http://living-future.org/redlist" target="_blank">Living Building Red List</a><a href="http://living-future.org/redlist"><br /></a></li> <li><a href=" https://www.ashrae.org/standards-research--technology/standards--guidelines">ASHRAE Standards</a></li> <li>USGBC Northern California, "<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/materials-matter%E2%80%94more-we-thought-usgbc-northern-california" target="_blank">Materials matter&mdash;more than we thought</a>"</li> <li><a href="http://www.patagonia.com/let-my-people-go-surfing.html">Patagonia let my people go surfing</a> </ul> <p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/join-center/community?community=179130" target="_blank">Join USGBC Northern California</a> as a member&nbsp;to be part of the conversation.&nbsp;<a href="http://go.usgbc.org/local-region-subscription-center.html" target="_blank">Subscribe to communications</a> from USGBC Northern California&nbsp;to hear about news and upcoming events.&nbsp;</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "583372cd499eaaa2c90002ff", "583f424a0e0be28e0200035f"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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Please see our website for meeting times and locations.</p> <p>Visit&nbsp;<a href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/" target="_blank">USGBC&rsquo;s Center for Green Schools</a>&nbsp;for more information on green schools. You can promote green schools in your community or school district by supporting a <a href="http://greenapple.org" target="_blank">Green Apple Day of Service</a> project.</p> <h3>Advocacy Committee</h3> <p><strong>Chair:</strong> <a href="mailto:ian@ismotion.co" target="_blank">Ian Tran</a></p> <p>The mission of <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/usgbc-detroit-regional" target="_blank">USGBC Detroit Region</a>&rsquo;s Advocacy Committee is to encourage policymakers to adopt initiatives with their organizations to encourage green building techniques. Specifically, we attempt to establish <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/leed" target="_blank">LEED</a> initiatives in state, county and local governments through advocacy and education of key decision makers.</p> <p>Through advocacy, education and interaction, we seek at all levels of political decision-making to establish an environment whereby LEED initiatives are adopted throughout our demographic and geographic areas. We understand that LEED and green building are relatively new concepts. To encourage the growth and use of these techniques, policymakers need to become better educated about the benefits and practices of green building and how best to incorporate these concepts when drafting legislation, ordinances and codes.&nbsp;</p> <h3>Commercial Real Estate Committee</h3> <p><strong>Co-chairs:</strong> <a href="mailto:bob@rabcbuild.com" target="_blank">Bob Bedzyk</a> and <a href="mailto:Laura.Long@norr.com" target="_blank">Laura Long</a></p> <p>This committee's goal is to increase involvement in the private sector of commercial real estate, as well as to build demand for and implementation of green building practices&mdash;with an emphasis on operations and maintenance of existing buildings, but also including new construction and interiors.</p> <p>By targeting two core constituencies&mdash;owners/property managers and commercial brokers&mdash;we hope to build awareness of green building, create a networking group for each constituency and conduct sessions and workshops.</p> <h3>Education Committee</h3> <p><strong>Chair:</strong> <a href="mailto:Vito@ferndale-electric.com" target="_blank">Vito Rosolino</a></p> <p>USGBC Detroit Region aims to be the one-stop shop for all of the region&rsquo;s educational needs. We offer a variety of programs to serve the education needs for LEED accreditation preparation and credential maintenance while providing attendees the opportunity to earn continuing education units.</p> <h3>LEED for Homes Committee</h3> <p><strong>Chair:</strong> <a href="mailto:kevin@McNeelyBuilding.com" target="_blank">Kevin McNeely</a></p> <p>The mission of the LEED for Homes Committee is to transform the way residential housing, neighborhood development and communities are designed, built and operated, enabling an environmentally conscious, socially and sustainably responsible and healthy and prosperous environment. This environment then will improve the quality of life by providing tools and resources to ensure that residential structures and the surrounding neighborhoods will regenerate and sustain health and vitality for all future generations.</p> <h3>LEED for Neighborhood Development Committee</h3> <p><strong>Co-chairs:</strong> <a href="mailto:MielnikR@poggemeyer.com" target="_blank">Randy Mielnik</a> and <a href="mailto:green1is@comcast.net" target="_blank">Bob Prud'homme</a></p> <p>The mission of the LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED ND) committee is to catalyze the development of sustainable community throughout USGBC Detroit Region&rsquo;s geographical boundaries to enrich the lives of citizens, businesses and the environment.&nbsp;</p> <p>We will advance the benefits of LEED ND by consulting with and supporting our partners&rsquo; communities as recognized experts in smart growth, sustainable communities and LEED ND. We will lead the enrichment of community through the principles of smart growth and the LEED ND rating system to ensure positive impact to social equity, economic stability and environmental health of our partner communities.</p> <p>Our successes can be measured by the number of citizens educated, the number of groups with which we collaborated, and the number of sustainable communities established within our region. Our goal is to lead the establishment of 10 certified communities in our region within 10 years.</p> <!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "58865414d5c9c6005d0003fb", "588904d8e59f5d005d000f2b"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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This group of strategic influencers works with the USGBC community team to develop and implement programming that supports USGBC&rsquo;s local, regional and global goals. The selected Market Leadership Advisory Board members represent diverse perspectives and sectors to grow and deepen USGBC&rsquo;s relationships in Montana. We welcome all new and returning members for 2017 and look forward to a productive year ahead!</p> <p>2017 USGBC Montana Market Leadership Advisory Board members:</p> <ul> <li>Tyler Mortenson, Architect in Training, CTA Architects &amp; Engineers</li> <li>Ronda Carlson, Architect Project Manager, CTA Architects &amp; Engineers</li> <li>Wendy Weaver, PE, LEED AP Executive Director, Montana Aquatic Resource Services</li> <li>Bonnie Rouse, Energy Efficiency and Compliance Section Supervisor, Montana Department of Environmental Quality</li> <li>Brett Rosenberg, Founder, LEED AP, Treeline Strategy</li> <li>Leo Crane, Vice President, Energy 1</li> <li>Scott Moses, Architect, AIA, LEED AP, A &amp; E Architects</li> </ul><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "583c8d50ff644c9b070003f8", "583dc5eed7ef99af5f00068f"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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