Community articles http://www.usgbc.org/articles/community en The Missouri Gateway Chapter stands for green building http://www.usgbc.org/articles/missouri-gateway-chapter-stands-green-building <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">21 Aug 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/stand-for-greenbuilding_0.png?1408628909" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Members of the <a href="http://www.usgbc-mogateway.org/" target="_blank">USGBC Missouri Gateway Chapter</a> recently launched a campaign sharing why they stand for green building.</p> <p>See the photos below to find out why you should stand for green building, too.</p> <p style="text-align: left;">You can also&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10154457306085368.1073741837.226802935367&amp;type=1" target="_blank">view the complete album on Facebook</a>.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/missouri-gateway-chapter-stands-green-building" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/missouri-gateway-chapter-stands-green-building#comments Community Thu, 21 Aug 2014 13:48:29 +0000 Margo Street 4852876 at http://www.usgbc.org Behind the scenes: #USGBCcommutes [Instagram video series] http://www.usgbc.org/articles/behind-scenes-usgbccommutes-instagram-video-series <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">19 Aug 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/instagramarticle-a2_0.jpg?1408455194" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><span style="font-size: 13px;">Last week we invited our staff to participate in a <a href="http://instagram.com/usgbc" target="_blank">USGBC Instagram</a> video series, answering the question: <strong>How do you get to work?</strong></span></p> <p>Click the images below to check out what they had to say.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/behind-scenes-usgbccommutes-instagram-video-series" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/behind-scenes-usgbccommutes-instagram-video-series#comments Community Tue, 19 Aug 2014 13:33:14 +0000 Hannah Wilber 4849694 at http://www.usgbc.org Bioclimatic Design http://www.usgbc.org/articles/bioclimatic-design <div class="field field-type-text field-field-all-authorized-by"> <div class="field-label">Authored by:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Alison Gregor </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/BioDesignUSGBCMag2.jpg?1407855441" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em><em>This article appears in the just-released July/August issue of&nbsp;</em></em><em>USGBC+, the&nbsp;new membership magazine of USGBC. Read the&nbsp;<a href="http://plus.usgbc.org/bioclimatic-design/" target="_blank">full article</a>&nbsp;and browse the entire issue at&nbsp;<a href="http://plus.usgbc.org/" target="_blank">plus.usgbc.org</a>.&nbsp;</em></p> <p>Architects around the world look to the past to introduce bioclimate strategies in designing greener buildings.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/bioclimatic-design" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/bioclimatic-design#comments Community Tue, 12 Aug 2014 14:58:21 +0000 4839131 at http://www.usgbc.org Remembering Peter Wege, a sustainability pioneer: 1920-2014 http://www.usgbc.org/articles/remembering-peter-wege-sustainability-pioneer-1920-2014 <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">8 Aug 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/peter-wege-photo_0.jpg?1407518334" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Peter Melvin Wege, a philanthropist, an activist, and an executive, passed away at the age of 94 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. His memorial was July 11, 2014. His impact as a pioneer in sustainability, an advocate for environmentalism and green building, and the Steelcase Inc. heir and founder of the Wege Foundation, will continue to bring joy, meaning and enlightenment for generations to come.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/remembering-peter-wege-sustainability-pioneer-1920-2014" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/remembering-peter-wege-sustainability-pioneer-1920-2014#comments Community Fri, 08 Aug 2014 17:18:54 +0000 4835479 at http://www.usgbc.org Time to roll up our sleeves: Read the July/August issue of USGBC+ magazine http://www.usgbc.org/articles/time-roll-our-sleeves-read-julyaugust-issue-usgbc-magazine <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">7 Aug 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/ginamccarthyusgbcmag2_0.jpg?1407418394" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em><em>This piece by Gina McCarthy, administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, appears in the just-released July/August issue of&nbsp;</em></em><em>USGBC+, the&nbsp;new membership magazine of USGBC. Read the <a href="http://plus.usgbc.org/time-to-roll-up-our-sleeves/" target="_blank">full article</a> and browse the entire issue at <a href="http://plus.usgbc.org/" target="_blank">plus.usgbc.org</a>. &nbsp;</em><em>&nbsp;</em></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/time-roll-our-sleeves-read-julyaugust-issue-usgbc-magazine" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/time-roll-our-sleeves-read-julyaugust-issue-usgbc-magazine#comments Community Thu, 07 Aug 2014 13:33:14 +0000 Jennifer Easton 4833164 at http://www.usgbc.org Want to win $10,000? http://www.usgbc.org/articles/want-win-10000 <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">5 Aug 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/bhg_670x308_10614_usgbcmakeoversweeps14_0.jpg?1407264460" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Save money and increase the value of your home with improvements that make a difference.</em></p> <p>If you had $10,000 to invest in your home, would you install an energy-saving cool roof with a lifetime warranty? Or maybe you&rsquo;d benefit more from low maintenance fiber-cement siding? As all homeowners know, there are many ways to invest.</p> <p>For the fourth consecutive year, we're teaming up with&nbsp;<em>Better Homes and Gardens</em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em>Family Circle</em>&nbsp;to present the&nbsp;<strong>$10,000 Save Money, Save Energy Home Improvement Sweepstakes.</strong></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/want-win-10000" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/want-win-10000#comments Community Tue, 05 Aug 2014 18:47:40 +0000 Ashley Katz 4830880 at http://www.usgbc.org Vote now for the Best of Building Awards http://www.usgbc.org/articles/vote-now-best-building-awards <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">4 Aug 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/2014-member-awards_1_0.png?1407160256" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><span>Nominations have been submitted. Now it&rsquo;s time to vote for the finalists in our Best of Building Awards.</span></p> <p><span>Voting will take place from August 4-22, 2014.*&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>The Best of Building Awards celebrates the year's best green products, projects, organizations and individuals making impact in green building.</span></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/vote-now-best-building-awards" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/vote-now-best-building-awards#comments Community Mon, 04 Aug 2014 13:50:56 +0000 Erin Emery 4828730 at http://www.usgbc.org How you can match your career with your convictions http://www.usgbc.org/articles/how-you-can-match-your-career-your-convictions <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">1 Aug 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/group_0.png?1406911095" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>What makes Emerging Professionals (EPs) the future of USGBC?</p> <p>This is a quick story about how I&rsquo;m matching my career and my convictions, and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/committees/volunteer-opportunities/emerging-professional-regional-community-liaison">how you can, too</a>!</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/how-you-can-match-your-career-your-convictions" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/how-you-can-match-your-career-your-convictions#comments Community Fri, 01 Aug 2014 16:38:15 +0000 Meghan Shannon 4826857 at http://www.usgbc.org The clock is ticking: Just 3 days to self-nominate for the 2015 Board of Directors http://www.usgbc.org/articles/clock-ticking-just-3-days-self-nominate-2015-board-directors <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">28 Jul 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/board-nomination_0.png?1406574194" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Nominate yourself today for the 2015 Board of Directors.</p> <p>Online applications are open until <strong>Wednesday, July 30, 2014, at 5 pm PDT</strong>.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/clock-ticking-just-3-days-self-nominate-2015-board-directors" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/clock-ticking-just-3-days-self-nominate-2015-board-directors#comments Community Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:03:14 +0000 Kehan DeSousa 4821394 at http://www.usgbc.org Last chance to apply for a Greenbuild scholarship http://www.usgbc.org/articles/last-chance-apply-greenbuild-scholarship <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">22 Jul 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/gb2014_banner_0.jpg?1406048127" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Are you a student, emerging professional, faith leader, community developer or non-traditional professional?</p> <p>If so, we invite you to apply for a <a href="http://greenbuildexpo.com/Attendee/Home/Community/Scholarships" target="_blank">Greenbuild scholarship</a>&nbsp;to attend Greenbuild 2014 from Oct. 22-24 in New Orleans, LA.&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Apply by Aug. 4, 2014, at&nbsp;<em>9 am ET</em>.&nbsp;</em></p> <p><em><a href="https://usgbc.wufoo.com/forms/greenbuild-2014-scholarship-application/" class="button">Apply today</a></em></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/last-chance-apply-greenbuild-scholarship" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/last-chance-apply-greenbuild-scholarship#comments Greenbuild Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:55:27 +0000 Ryan P. Snow 4811949 at http://www.usgbc.org Make your nomination for the Best of Building Awards http://www.usgbc.org/articles/make-your-nomination-best-building-awards <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">15 Jul 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/2014-member-awards_0_0.png?1405450163" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Recognize the best of the best in the green building industry by nominating&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/organizations/members">USGBC members</a>&nbsp;in the following categories:</p> <ul> <li>Non-profit</li> <li>Professionals Services</li> <li>Energy Service Provider/Utility</li> <li>Greenbuild Exhibitor</li> <li>Products</li> <li>LEED Certified Projects</li> <li>Individuals</li> <li>Real Estate/Provider Building Portfolio</li> </ul> <p><em>You can also nominate yourself!</em></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/make-your-nomination-best-building-awards" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/make-your-nomination-best-building-awards#comments Community Tue, 15 Jul 2014 18:49:22 +0000 Erin Emery 4804357 at http://www.usgbc.org Freebie Friday: USGBC wallpaper July 2014 http://www.usgbc.org/articles/freebie-friday-usgbc-wallpaper-july-2014 <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">11 Jul 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/freebiefriday_b_0.jpg?1405093353" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Click the links below to download our latest USGBC-branded wallpaper for your desktop, laptop, tablet, smartphone. Did we mention that it's <em>free</em>? &nbsp;<span style="font-size: 13px;"><br /></span></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/freebie-friday-usgbc-wallpaper-july-2014" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/freebie-friday-usgbc-wallpaper-july-2014#comments Community Fri, 11 Jul 2014 15:42:33 +0000 4800016 at http://www.usgbc.org Nominate yourself to join the 2015 Board of Directors http://www.usgbc.org/articles/nominate-yourself-join-2015-board-directors <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">8 Jul 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/meeting_0.png?1404829576" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Nominate yourself today for the 2015 USGBC Board of Directors, and&nbsp;<span>take part in shaping USGBC&rsquo;s strategic direction.</span>&nbsp;</p> <p>Click the links below to submit your nomination for the following seats.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/nominate-yourself-join-2015-board-directors" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/nominate-yourself-join-2015-board-directors#comments Community Tue, 08 Jul 2014 14:26:15 +0000 Kehan DeSousa 4796153 at http://www.usgbc.org Eleven buildings, 25 million kWh of electricity saved: 2014 EBie Awards http://www.usgbc.org/articles/eleven-buildings-25-million-kwh-electricity-saved-2014-ebie-awards <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">30 Jun 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Web-Banner-for-awards.png?1404136414" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Urban Green Council's&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ebies.org/Index" target="_blank">EBie Awards</a>&nbsp;recognize improved environmental performance in existing buildings among&nbsp;building operators, facilities managers, owners, engineers, retro-commissioning agents and other professionals&nbsp;who conceived and implemented the work.&nbsp;</p> <p><iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/97961876" width="500" height="281"></iframe></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/eleven-buildings-25-million-kwh-electricity-saved-2014-ebie-awards" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/eleven-buildings-25-million-kwh-electricity-saved-2014-ebie-awards#comments LEED Mon, 30 Jun 2014 13:50:27 +0000 Jonathan Walsh 4787146 at http://www.usgbc.org Apply today for a scholarship to attend Greenbuild 2014 http://www.usgbc.org/articles/apply-today-scholarship-attend-greenbuild-2014 <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">27 Jun 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/GB2014-scholarship.png?1403885491" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Year after year, the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.greenbuildexpo.com/">Greenbuild International Conference and Expo</a>&nbsp;provides an extraordinary opportunity to&nbsp;get involved with the green building movement.&nbsp;</p> <p>Today, USGBC is excited to announce&nbsp;scholarship opportunities to attend&nbsp;Greenbuild 2014.</p> <p>Scholarships are available for students, emerging professionals, faith leaders, community developers and non-traditional professionals.&nbsp;</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/apply-today-scholarship-attend-greenbuild-2014" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/apply-today-scholarship-attend-greenbuild-2014#comments Greenbuild Fri, 27 Jun 2014 16:12:15 +0000 Ryan P. Snow 4785279 at http://www.usgbc.org Membership 101 http://www.usgbc.org/articles/membership-101 <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">25 Jun 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/101_membership.png?1403712754" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Membership is the heart and soul of USGBC. And with USGBC membership there's something for everyone.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/membership-101" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/membership-101#comments Community Wed, 25 Jun 2014 16:13:10 +0000 Nora Knox 4781567 at http://www.usgbc.org Nominate a member for USGBC's inaugural Best of Building Awards http://www.usgbc.org/articles/nominate-member-usgbcs-inaugural-best-building-awards <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">24 Jun 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/2014-member-awards.png?1403617648" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>We're excited to announce our inaugural <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/best-of-building" target="_blank">USGBC Best of Building Awards</a>.</p> <p>The Best of Building Awards celebrates the year's best green products, projects, organizations and individuals making impact in green building.</p> <p>Nominees and winners are selected exclusively by <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/member" target="_blank">USGBC members</a>, a vibrant and diverse community of the world's leading organizations invested in sustainability.&nbsp;</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/nominate-member-usgbcs-inaugural-best-building-awards" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/nominate-member-usgbcs-inaugural-best-building-awards#comments Community Tue, 24 Jun 2014 13:47:57 +0000 Erin Emery 4780016 at http://www.usgbc.org Partnering to advance youth-led community sustainability and green jobs http://www.usgbc.org/articles/partnering-advance-youth-led-community-sustainability-and-green-jobs <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">20 Jun 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/youthbuild_feature.jpg?1403294426" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-slideshow-image"> <div class="field-label">Slideshow images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1024" height="768" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/PA050134.jpg?1403294446" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1024" height="768" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/PA040117.jpg?1403294463" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1029" height="858" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/philly-merge-1029pxw.png?1403294481" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>With roughly 38 million U.S. households eligible for weatherization, 19 million abandoned properties, rising energy costs and environmental impacts that disproportionately threaten poor communities, it is time to unleash the power of every communities&rsquo; most untapped resource&mdash;its youth.&nbsp;</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/partnering-advance-youth-led-community-sustainability-and-green-jobs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/partnering-advance-youth-led-community-sustainability-and-green-jobs#comments Community Fri, 20 Jun 2014 19:53:52 +0000 Dorothy Stoneman 4775643 at http://www.usgbc.org An “Above and Beyond Volunteer” paves the way for change in Texas http://www.usgbc.org/articles/%E2%80%9Cabove-and-beyond-volunteer%E2%80%9D-paves-way-change-texas <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">20 Jun 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/volunteer-Jeff-Florey.png?1403270415" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>We're excited to introduce one of our most recent Above and Beyond Volunteers,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/jeffrey-florey/0010763600" target="_blank">Jeffrey Florey</a>.</p> <p>Above and Beyond Volunteers are volunteer leaders whose contributions have led to outstanding achievements in the green building movement.&nbsp;</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/%E2%80%9Cabove-and-beyond-volunteer%E2%80%9D-paves-way-change-texas" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/%E2%80%9Cabove-and-beyond-volunteer%E2%80%9D-paves-way-change-texas#comments Community Fri, 20 Jun 2014 13:18:12 +0000 Kimberly Lewis 4774640 at http://www.usgbc.org Join the USGBC Board of Directors in 2015 http://www.usgbc.org/articles/join-usgbc-board-directors-2015 <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">19 Jun 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/board2014.png?1403189815" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Take part in shaping USGBC&rsquo;s strategic direction and nominate yourself for the 2015 Board of Directors.</p> <p>The five open seats for the 2015 Board are:</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/join-usgbc-board-directors-2015" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/join-usgbc-board-directors-2015#comments Community Thu, 19 Jun 2014 14:53:02 +0000 Kehan DeSousa 4773471 at http://www.usgbc.org Welcome new USGBC members: June 2014 http://www.usgbc.org/articles/welcome-new-usgbc-members-june-2014 <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">17 Jun 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/NEW-MEMB-3.jpg?1403035138" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>At USGBC, we couldn't do what we do without our <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/organizations/members" target="_blank">members</a>.</p> <p>It is through their commitment, expertise, and engagement, that our movement continues to thrive.&nbsp;Every day, we are making our way toward a healthier, more sustainable and prosperous future.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;We want to wish a warm welcome to the organizations who joined from May 14 to June 16, 2014.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/welcome-new-usgbc-members-june-2014" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/welcome-new-usgbc-members-june-2014#comments Community Tue, 17 Jun 2014 19:58:43 +0000 Nora Knox 4770949 at http://www.usgbc.org Video: Platinum membership means leadership http://www.usgbc.org/articles/video-platinum-membership-means-leadership <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">13 Jun 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/platinum_memb.png?1402665135" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/_hfNCewqOEE?wmode=Opaque" width="425" height="350" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"></iframe></p> <p>Green buildings offer the single greatest opportunity to reduce environmental impact while benefiting your bottom line.</p> <p>We&rsquo;re not the only ones who think so &mdash; 88 of the Fortune 100 companies use the LEED rating system.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/video-platinum-membership-means-leadership" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/video-platinum-membership-means-leadership#comments Community Fri, 13 Jun 2014 13:09:23 +0000 Nora Knox 4763498 at http://www.usgbc.org Women, Sports and the Environment Symposium in July http://www.usgbc.org/articles/women-sports-and-environment-symposium-july <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">12 Jun 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/women_sports.png?1402585985" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>At the heart of the Green Sports Alliance is the goal to leverage the power of the sports industry to create broad cultural change as it pertains to environmental stewardship, community health and sustainability. A key part of this vision is to ensure all members of the sports community are actively engaged and using their unique skills to advance the green sports movement, and the Women, Sports and the Environment (WSE) Symposium provides an opportunity to convene and support women from all sectors of the industry in this effort.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/women-sports-and-environment-symposium-july" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/women-sports-and-environment-symposium-july#comments Industry Thu, 12 Jun 2014 15:13:43 +0000 4761377 at http://www.usgbc.org Thank you, Holland sisters! http://www.usgbc.org/articles/thank-you-holland-sisters <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-art-category"> <div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Announcement </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">10 Jun 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/holland_sisters.jpg?1402435871" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><span>Big thanks to the Holland sisters, who met their goal and raised $25,000 for&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/projecthaiti" target="_blank">Project Haiti</a>.&nbsp;Over the last six months,&nbsp;Kylie (14), Devon (13) and Piper (11) Holland worked tirelessly to promote&nbsp;</span><em>Invitation to Dream--</em>a collection of cool bedtime ballads sung by sister Devon<em>.&nbsp;</em><strong>100% of the profits&nbsp;</strong>from CD sales went directly towards Project Haiti, and have helped us get closer to our goal of breaking ground on&nbsp;what will be the first&nbsp;LEED-certified<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/thank-you-holland-sisters" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/thank-you-holland-sisters#comments Initiatives Tue, 10 Jun 2014 21:32:09 +0000 Ashley Katz 4757935 at http://www.usgbc.org Tools for bringing green schools to communities everywhere http://www.usgbc.org/articles/tools-bringing-green-schools-communities-everywhere <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/tools_schools.png?1402435895" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Green schools initiatives provide a clear avenue to reach new audiences outside of the green building profession, generating both interest and tangible results. USGBC&rsquo;s chapter network works creatively through Green School s programs, including Green Schools Challenges, to raise awareness about high-performing buildings , expanding the reach of USGBC&rsquo;s mission and vision.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/tools-bringing-green-schools-communities-everywhere" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/tools-bringing-green-schools-communities-everywhere#comments Community Tue, 10 Jun 2014 21:26:58 +0000 Cindy Zork 4757934 at http://www.usgbc.org Detroit offers builders, developers and dreamers a unique opportunity http://www.usgbc.org/articles/detroit-offers-builders-developers-and-dreamers-unique-opportunity <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">9 Jun 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/rick_detroit.jpg?1402346082" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>First: a quick history lesson.&nbsp;</p> <p>A century ago, as a revolution was taking root that would transform America from a largely agrarian country into a muscular, industrial one, one city in particular found itself playing catch-up with all that progress. &nbsp;Detroit, which seemingly overnight had emerged as the epicenter of the auto manufacturing industry, found itself a city faced with a deepening housing crisis as tens of thousands of workers, many of them from the rural South, started migrating there on the promise of landing one of its many well-paying factory jobs.&nbsp;</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/detroit-offers-builders-developers-and-dreamers-unique-opportunity" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/detroit-offers-builders-developers-and-dreamers-unique-opportunity#comments Community Mon, 09 Jun 2014 20:38:28 +0000 Rick Fedrizzi 4756116 at http://www.usgbc.org USGBC+: Detroit is dying, Detroit is rising http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-detroit-dying-detroit-rising <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">3 Jun 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/detroit-manhole-5.jpg?1401811509" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em><span>USGBC+, the&nbsp;new membership magazine of the U.S. Green Building Council, explores the life and work of the people who design and craft intelligent, high-performance buildings and spaces, bringing to light the creativity and passion behind every green building project.&nbsp;</span></em><em>&nbsp;</em></p> <p><strong><em>Our first issue features a close-up look at sustainable development in Detroit. Read the full article at </em><a href="http://plus.usgbc.org"><em>plus.usgbc.org</em></a><em>.</em></strong></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-detroit-dying-detroit-rising" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-detroit-dying-detroit-rising#comments Community Tue, 03 Jun 2014 16:04:38 +0000 4744962 at http://www.usgbc.org Meet USGBC: Elle Olszewski http://www.usgbc.org/articles/meet-usgbc-elle-olszewski <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">2 Jun 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/meetusgbc_elle.jpg?1401720308" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><strong>What's your name and title at USGBC?</strong></p> <p>Elle Olszewski,&nbsp;Marketing Associate</p> <p><strong>How long have you worked here?</strong></p> <p>Since October 2012</p> <p><strong>How do you get to work?</strong></p> <p>I take a great walk that helps wake me up - I'm not a morning person!</p> <p><strong>Your hometown?</strong></p> <p>Hoffman Estates, Illinois. I usually just say I'm from Chicago but I know 'real' Chicago people get mad about that. Don't get upset, fellow Midwesterners- we can settle it over a deep dish pizza!</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/meet-usgbc-elle-olszewski" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/meet-usgbc-elle-olszewski#comments Community Mon, 02 Jun 2014 14:47:18 +0000 4742894 at http://www.usgbc.org Video: You're in good company with USGBC membership http://www.usgbc.org/articles/video-youre-good-company-usgbc-membership <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">28 May 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/member-video.png?1401287506" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/5VV0fmTuGds?wmode=Opaque" width="600" height="494" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"></iframe></p> <p>You know that green is the future, and you realize that green buildings are better buildings.</p> <p>But how do you stay on the cutting edge?&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/member" target="_blank">Engage through membership in the U.S. Green Building Council</a>.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/video-youre-good-company-usgbc-membership" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/video-youre-good-company-usgbc-membership#comments Community Wed, 28 May 2014 14:32:01 +0000 Nora Knox 4735538 at http://www.usgbc.org U.S. Green Building Council Launches New Magazine for Member Network http://www.usgbc.org/articles/us-green-building-council-launches-new-magazine-member-network <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/press_release_2014b.png?1400595977" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><span>USGBC+<em> to Highlight Stories, Strategies, Lessons Surrounding Sustainable Green Building</em></span></p> <p><strong>Washington, D.C.</strong> &mdash; (May 20, 2014) &mdash; Today, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) launched <em>USGBC+</em>, a new magazine for its community of nearly 13,000 member organizations that are committed to USGBC&rsquo;s mission to create sustainable buildings and communities for all within this generation.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/us-green-building-council-launches-new-magazine-member-network" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/us-green-building-council-launches-new-magazine-member-network#comments Media Tue, 20 May 2014 14:28:13 +0000 Jacob Kriss 4724111 at http://www.usgbc.org A new magazine worthy of USGBC's transformative members: USGBC+ http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-magazine-worthy-usgbcs-transformative-members-usgbc <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">19 May 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/USGBCMag_Article.jpeg?1400511508" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>I am thrilled to announce the launch of <em>USGBC+</em>, the U.S. Green Building Council&rsquo;s first ever magazine for our valued members. Members, look for it in your mailboxes this month.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-magazine-worthy-usgbcs-transformative-members-usgbc" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-magazine-worthy-usgbcs-transformative-members-usgbc#comments Community Tue, 20 May 2014 14:28:05 +0000 Rick Fedrizzi 4722296 at http://www.usgbc.org U.S. Green Building Council’s Chapter Network to Convene this Week in Detroit http://www.usgbc.org/articles/us-green-building-council%E2%80%99s-chapter-network-convene-week-detroit <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/press_release_2014a.png?1400511613" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Over 350 Green Building Volunteers to Participate in Weeklong Event&nbsp;</em><em>Promoting Green Development in Detroit and Across the U.S.</em></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/us-green-building-council%E2%80%99s-chapter-network-convene-week-detroit" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/us-green-building-council%E2%80%99s-chapter-network-convene-week-detroit#comments Media Mon, 19 May 2014 15:00:37 +0000 Cecilia Shutters 4722300 at http://www.usgbc.org 51 reasons to head to the mall this weekend http://www.usgbc.org/articles/51-reasons-head-mall-weekend <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">15 May 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/12971299965_cf4930965c_o.jpg?1400182435" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>If your kids are like mine, there was a moment in time when it suddenly became a thing to spend time at the mall. As a buildings guy with a family in Syracuse, I have always understood the appeal of the mall. It offers comfortable indoor space, opportunities for socialization as people shop, stroll, and dine together. It&rsquo;s a central and generally safe meeting place.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/51-reasons-head-mall-weekend" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/51-reasons-head-mall-weekend#comments LEED Thu, 15 May 2014 19:31:27 +0000 Rick Fedrizzi 4718719 at http://www.usgbc.org Welcome new USGBC members: May 2014 http://www.usgbc.org/articles/welcome-new-usgbc-members-may-2014 <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">15 May 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/NEW-MEMB-2.jpg?1400165672" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>At USGBC, we couldn't do what we do without our <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/organizations/members" target="_blank">members</a>.</p> <p>It is through their commitment, expertise, and engagement, that our movement continues to thrive.&nbsp;Every day, we are making our way toward a healthier, more sustainable and prosperous future.&nbsp;</p> <p>We want to wish a warm welcome to the organizations who joined from April 14 to May 14, 2014. <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/member" target="_blank">Learn more about membership</a>.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/welcome-new-usgbc-members-may-2014" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/welcome-new-usgbc-members-may-2014#comments Community Thu, 15 May 2014 14:50:31 +0000 Nora Knox 4717553 at http://www.usgbc.org My story: Becoming a green professional http://www.usgbc.org/articles/my-story-becoming-green-professional <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">8 May 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/IMG_9502.png?1399557666" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The road to becoming a green building professional has been a winding journey fashioned by surprises, luck, and good old-fashioned hard work. It was a pathway I knew I wanted to embark on a decade after my initial peek into the expansive and often intimidating built environment. The forces of constant exposure and interactions with various fields and members of the building industry consumed my passion. I realized sustainability was my calling within architecture. How could I contribute?</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/my-story-becoming-green-professional" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/my-story-becoming-green-professional#comments Community Thu, 08 May 2014 13:59:11 +0000 Farah Ahmad 4706320 at http://www.usgbc.org Meet USGBC: Arnold Kee http://www.usgbc.org/articles/meet-usgbc-arnold-kee <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">30 Apr 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/meet_kee.jpg?1398888228" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><span><strong>What's your name and title at USGBC?</strong></span></p> <p><span>Arnold M. Kee, Director of Continuing Education</span></p> <p><span><strong>How long have you worked here?</strong></span></p> <p><span>Five years (started in June 2009)</span></p> <p><span><strong>How do you get to work?</strong></span></p> <p><span>Our family of four commutes together by car</span></p> <p><span><strong>Your hometown?</strong></span></p> <p><span>Providence, Rhode Island</span></p> <p><span><strong>Favorite part about working for USGBC?</strong></span></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/meet-usgbc-arnold-kee" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/meet-usgbc-arnold-kee#comments Community Wed, 30 Apr 2014 20:02:00 +0000 4695823 at http://www.usgbc.org Join us on Twitter to chat about USGBC membership http://www.usgbc.org/articles/join-us-twitter-chat-about-usgbc-membership <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/twitter-chat.jpg?1398702137" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>USGBC is your entry point into the world of green building.</p> <p>Every day USGBC connects people and business, turning ideas into action &mdash; and membership in USGBC is how your organization kicks it up a notch.</p> <p>Join us for a week-long membership conversation on Twitter in the beginning of May.&nbsp;Already a member? Use the hashtag #USGBCmember and tweet us to tell us why.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/join-us-twitter-chat-about-usgbc-membership" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/join-us-twitter-chat-about-usgbc-membership#comments Community Mon, 28 Apr 2014 16:18:53 +0000 Nora Knox 4692109 at http://www.usgbc.org A tree grows in Helsinki http://www.usgbc.org/articles/tree-grows-helsinki <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/rick_helsinki.jpg?1398697996" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>To millions of Americans, a U.S. embassy building is a little like one of our national parks or maybe the public library. Even though these places are rarely top-of-mind, nor do we use them on a regular basis, there is comfort in knowing they exist.</p> <p>What&rsquo;s more, to many Americans the presence of such things on the public landscape says something far greater about how they view themselves and the society in which they find themselves privileged to live. </p> <p>I know. I&rsquo;m one such guy.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/tree-grows-helsinki" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/tree-grows-helsinki#comments LEED Mon, 28 Apr 2014 15:10:21 +0000 Rick Fedrizzi 4691963 at http://www.usgbc.org Blazing the trail for green schools in Louisiana http://www.usgbc.org/articles/blazing-trail-green-schools-louisiana <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-art-category"> <div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Story </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">24 Apr 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="668" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/vol_la_apr.jpg?1398348653" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>This month, Kimberly Tseng (LEED AP BD+C) was recognized as one of USGBC's Above and Beyond Volunteers - volunteer leaders whose contributions have led to outstanding achievements in the green building movement.&nbsp;</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/blazing-trail-green-schools-louisiana" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/blazing-trail-green-schools-louisiana#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 24 Apr 2014 14:11:30 +0000 Kimberly Lewis 4686976 at http://www.usgbc.org Meet the Cool Congregations Challenge winners http://www.usgbc.org/articles/meet-cool-congregations-challenge-winners <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">22 Apr 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/AndrewsEnvStewards.jpg?1398192749" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The spring season is upon us and themes of regeneration and restoring the Earth are fresh in our minds. What better time to celebrate the winners of Interfaith Power &amp; Light&rsquo;s (IPL)&nbsp;<a href="http://www.coolcongregations.org/cool-congregations-challenge-winners/">Cool Congregations Challenge</a>? Earlier this year, USGBC's partner organization invited people of faith across the country to share what they&rsquo;re doing in response to climate change by entering the Cool Congregations Challenge. There were so many great entries that the decision was tough!&nbsp;</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/meet-cool-congregations-challenge-winners" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/meet-cool-congregations-challenge-winners#comments Initiatives Tue, 22 Apr 2014 17:10:24 +0000 Ryan P. Snow 4683949 at http://www.usgbc.org Hear what others have to say about the benefits of USGBC membership http://www.usgbc.org/articles/hear-what-others-have-say-about-benefits-usgbc-membership <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">18 Apr 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Member_Discuss.jpg?1397831527" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Why should your organization become a <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/member" target="_blank">USGBC member</a>?&nbsp;</p> <p>We asked hundreds of members what they value about their membership.</p> <p>Here's what they had to say.</p> <blockquote> <p><em>"Love the new platinum membership and the engagement I get with USGBC team!"</em></p> <p><em>"USGBC is doing some of the best work by any association or organization in this field."</em></p> <p><em>"I have a lot off affinity with the USGBC's values, goals and achievements."</em></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/hear-what-others-have-say-about-benefits-usgbc-membership" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/hear-what-others-have-say-about-benefits-usgbc-membership#comments Community Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:30:48 +0000 Nora Knox 4678891 at http://www.usgbc.org Welcome new USGBC members: April 2014 http://www.usgbc.org/articles/welcome-new-usgbc-members-april-2014 <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">15 Apr 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/NEW-MEMB.jpg?1397597072" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>At USGBC, we couldn't do what we do without our <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/organizations/members" target="_blank">members</a>.</p> <p>It is through their commitment, expertise, and engagement, that our movement continues to thrive.&nbsp;Every day, we are making our way toward a healthier, more sustainable and prosperous future.&nbsp;</p> <p>We want to wish a warm welcome to the organizations who joined from March 14 to April 14, 2014. <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/member" target="_blank">Learn more about membership</a>.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/welcome-new-usgbc-members-april-2014" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/welcome-new-usgbc-members-april-2014#comments Community Tue, 15 Apr 2014 21:22:25 +0000 Nora Knox 4671369 at http://www.usgbc.org Our 21st year http://www.usgbc.org/articles/our-21st-year <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">14 Apr 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/hbd-usgbc.jpg?1397506265" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Turning 21 years old marks an important right of passage, at least here in the U.S. You&rsquo;re now officially old enough to do a few things you were probably already doing anyway.<span>&nbsp;</span>Hopefully, now that you can do them legally, you&rsquo;ve also figured out how to do them more responsibly.<span>&nbsp;</span>That&rsquo;s the idea, anyway.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/our-21st-year" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/our-21st-year#comments LEED Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:09:27 +0000 Rick Fedrizzi 4669537 at http://www.usgbc.org Green neighborhoods for all in Milwaukee’s Westlawn Gardens http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-neighborhoods-all-milwaukee%E2%80%99s-westlawn-gardens <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">9 Apr 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_westlawn.jpg?1397055462" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-slideshow-image"> <div class="field-label">Slideshow images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="480" height="359" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/WLGgardens-2.jpg?1397055532" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="5783" height="4133" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/01_Westlawn_Gardens_Brian_Tomaino-2.jpg?1397055537" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="5184" height="3831" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/09_Westlawn_Gardens_Brian_Tomaino.jpg?1397055546" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee has proven that sustainable, supportive and healthy communities aren&rsquo;t limited to the nation&rsquo;s top zip codes or tony neighborhoods.&nbsp; The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/projects/westlawn-revitalization">Westlawn Gardens</a>&nbsp;redevelopment project in Milwaukee, Wisconsin has earned the highest level of certification for any LEED 2009 for Neighborhood Development (LEED ND) built project for redeveloping a severely distressed public housing project into an award winning, mixed-income community.&nbsp; The Housing Authority&r<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-neighborhoods-all-milwaukee%E2%80%99s-westlawn-gardens" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-neighborhoods-all-milwaukee%E2%80%99s-westlawn-gardens#comments LEED Wed, 09 Apr 2014 14:55:39 +0000 Casey Studhalter 4661181 at http://www.usgbc.org A call to action: advance sustainability in your community (and get CE hours, too) http://www.usgbc.org/articles/call-action-advance-sustainability-your-community-and-get-ce-hours-too <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">7 Apr 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature-knlnl.jpg?1396970288" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>You&rsquo;re a green building professional. But what other hats do you wear? Are you active in your church? Are you on the board of the local food bank? Do you volunteer with your local PTA?</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/call-action-advance-sustainability-your-community-and-get-ce-hours-too" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/call-action-advance-sustainability-your-community-and-get-ce-hours-too#comments Community Mon, 07 Apr 2014 17:45:06 +0000 Ryan P. Snow 4657734 at http://www.usgbc.org National Zero Waste Business Conference: Discount for USGBC community http://www.usgbc.org/articles/national-zero-waste-business-conference-discount-usgbc-community <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">4 Apr 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_netzero.jpg?1396640391" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Learn practical and impactful approaches to &ldquo;Creating Value Through Zero Waste,&rdquo; the focus of the 3rd Annual National Zero Waste Business Conference May 7-8, 2014 and Training Course May 6, 2014 in Atlanta, GA. The USGBC community is invited to use discount code&nbsp;<strong>nzwbc14greenbuilding&nbsp;</strong>to receive&nbsp;20% off conference registration until&nbsp;<strong>April 11th</strong>.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/national-zero-waste-business-conference-discount-usgbc-community" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/national-zero-waste-business-conference-discount-usgbc-community#comments Industry Fri, 04 Apr 2014 19:38:14 +0000 4655023 at http://www.usgbc.org The Whole-School Sustainability Framework http://www.usgbc.org/articles/whole-school-sustainability-framework <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">2 Apr 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/sustainability%20graphic-01.jpg?1396474231" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>This past Saturday, in her address at the National Green Schools Conference in Sacramento, our fearless leader Rachel Gutter inspired the crowd of green schools supporters to leave the conference as ONE VOICE, ONE MOVEMENT. As she pointed out, this imperative to speak with unity is why we think the Department of Education&rsquo;s Green Ribbon Schools program is so important.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/whole-school-sustainability-framework" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/whole-school-sustainability-framework#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 02 Apr 2014 21:29:17 +0000 Anisa Baldwin Metzger 4652029 at http://www.usgbc.org We're here to help http://www.usgbc.org/articles/were-here-help <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">2 Apr 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/help-article.png?1396459830" /> </div> </div> </div> <h3>There have been a lot of changes around here lately.</h3> <p><strong><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-v4-newest-version-leed-green-building-program-launches-usgbc%E2%80%99s-annual-greenbuild-confe" target="_blank">LEED v4 has launched</a></strong>, a<span>nd it&rsquo;s bolder, more specialized, and designed for a better user experience.</span></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/were-here-help" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/were-here-help#comments Community Wed, 02 Apr 2014 17:29:30 +0000 Nora Knox 4651596 at http://www.usgbc.org Freebie Friday: What will your desktop be wearing this season? http://www.usgbc.org/articles/freebie-friday-what-will-your-desktop-be-wearing-season <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/WallpaperHeader_1c_v2_5b8_5d.jpg?1396021136" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Is your&nbsp;desktop, laptop, tablet, smartphone looking a little... well... tired? We have a remedy! Download our free USGBC device wallpaper, and get ready for a quick pick me up every time you open your screen.</p> <p>And check back often&mdash;we&rsquo;ll be offering new wallpapers and other freebies throughout the year.</p> <p>Any wallpaper designs you&rsquo;d like to see? Let us know in the comments.</p> <p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/FreebieFriday_1680x1050.jpg">1680x1050</a></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/freebie-friday-what-will-your-desktop-be-wearing-season" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/freebie-friday-what-will-your-desktop-be-wearing-season#comments Community Fri, 28 Mar 2014 15:36:05 +0000 Ashley Katz 4645391 at http://www.usgbc.org Why the White House supports faith and community leaders in addressing the environment http://www.usgbc.org/articles/why-white-house-supports-faith-and-community-leaders-addressing-environment <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">26 Mar 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Photo credit: Eric Vance" alt="Photo credit: Eric Vance" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/ClimateFaith_023.jpg?1395866055" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Faith-based organizations own and operate over 400,000 buildings in the United States and are pillars in the communities they serve. Great potential exists to advance building health and performance while integrating sustainability into people&rsquo;s lives through this sector, and&nbsp;<a href="https://usgbc.wufoo.com/forms/s1dk6uz70tkf4ya/">you can get involved now</a>.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/why-white-house-supports-faith-and-community-leaders-addressing-environment" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/why-white-house-supports-faith-and-community-leaders-addressing-environment#comments Community Wed, 26 Mar 2014 20:28:12 +0000 Ryan P. Snow 4642952 at http://www.usgbc.org Submissions due today for the 2014 EBie Awards http://www.usgbc.org/articles/submissions-due-today-2014-ebie-awards <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">19 Mar 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_ebie-1.jpg?1395257301" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><span style="font-size: small;"><span>Now in its third year,&nbsp;<strong><a href="http://www.ebies.org/Index" target="_blank">The EBie Awards</a>&nbsp;</strong>are a national juried competition created by <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/chapters/urban-green-council" target="_blank">Urban Green Council</a>, USGBC New York, to celebrate measurable performance improvements in Existing Buildings (therefore the EBies) and the people who make them happen. The EBies are a great way to showcase great retrofit projects in all kinds of buildings across the country. </span></span></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/submissions-due-today-2014-ebie-awards" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/submissions-due-today-2014-ebie-awards#comments Community Wed, 19 Mar 2014 19:27:15 +0000 4632008 at http://www.usgbc.org Guide: USGBC San Diego brings sustainability to non-profits http://www.usgbc.org/articles/guide-usgbc-san-diego-brings-sustainability-non-profits <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">12 Mar 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Green_Assistance_Program.jpg?1394656483" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Looking for a new way to bring green building education to your community? The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/organizations/usgbc-san-diego-chapter">USGBC San Diego Chapter&rsquo;s</a>&nbsp;Green Assistance Program is bringing sustainable design strategies to non-profits in Balboa Park, allowing the organizations to turn building energy and cost savings into new funding streams for community-focused programs.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/guide-usgbc-san-diego-brings-sustainability-non-profits" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/guide-usgbc-san-diego-brings-sustainability-non-profits#comments Community Wed, 12 Mar 2014 20:26:45 +0000 Renee Daigneault 4621546 at http://www.usgbc.org Become a LEED committee member! http://www.usgbc.org/articles/become-leed-committee-member <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">10 Mar 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/usgbc_60351645-1.jpg?1394479263" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Have you considered volunteering with LEED?</p> <p>LEED committee volunteers play a critical role in developing and maintaining the LEED rating system. The U.S. Green Building Council is holding an open call for self-nominations of qualified applicants to serve as members of LEED committees and working groups. The following groups are seeking new members:</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/become-leed-committee-member" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/become-leed-committee-member#comments LEED Mon, 10 Mar 2014 19:22:52 +0000 Christopher Law 4618218 at http://www.usgbc.org Meet USGBC: Sean Fish http://www.usgbc.org/articles/meet-usgbc-sean-fish <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">21 Feb 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/MeetUSGBC_SeanFish.jpg?1392993567" /> </div> </div> </div> <h2>Sean Fish, Associate, LEED</h2> <h4>Your hometown</h4> <p>Potomac, Maryland</p> <h4>How long have you been at USGBC?</h4> <p>3 years</p> <h4>How do you get to work?</h4> <p>I ride my bike!</p> <h4>What's your typical day like?</h4> <p>Each day brings new and exciting challenges as I get to work on helping to improve LEED globally. Recently I've been thinking a lot about how to make LEED more accessible for projects using natural ventilation strategies. But no two days are exactly the same.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/meet-usgbc-sean-fish" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/meet-usgbc-sean-fish#comments Community Thu, 20 Feb 2014 20:40:59 +0000 4588836 at http://www.usgbc.org 2013 President's Award: Gerald Hines, Hines Interest Limited Partnership http://www.usgbc.org/articles/2013-presidents-award-gerald-hines-hines-interest-limited-partnership <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/2013leadershipaward_Hines.jpg?1391096338" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/2OIymILa440?wmode=Opaque" width="425" height="350"></iframe></p> <p>At the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Philadelphia in November 2013, USGBC recognized those who've shown outstanding dedication to the movement to green our built environment through the annual Leadership Awards.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/2013-presidents-award-gerald-hines-hines-interest-limited-partnership" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/2013-presidents-award-gerald-hines-hines-interest-limited-partnership#comments Community Thu, 30 Jan 2014 15:47:20 +0000 4550844 at http://www.usgbc.org Meet USGBC: Mika Kania http://www.usgbc.org/articles/meet-usgbc-mika-kania <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">28 Jan 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/MeetUSGBC_Mika.jpg?1390937771" /> </div> </div> </div> <h2>Mika Kania, LEED Associate</h2> <h4>How long have you been at USGBC?&nbsp;</h4> <p>Almost 3 years</p> <h4>Where's your hometown?</h4> <p>Milwaukee, Wisconsin</p> <h4>What are you most excited about in the green building industry?</h4> <p>Green building's continued expansion into developing countries.</p> <h4>What's your favorite part of working for USGBC?</h4> <p>Being surrounded by the most motivated people I have ever met (and the free coffee :)</p> <h4>And how do you get to work?</h4> <p>Bike</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/meet-usgbc-mika-kania" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/meet-usgbc-mika-kania#comments Community Tue, 28 Jan 2014 19:36:38 +0000 4547117 at http://www.usgbc.org 2013 Ray Anderson Radical Industrialism Award: Intel Corporation http://www.usgbc.org/articles/2013-ray-anderson-radical-industrialism-award-intel-corporation <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/leadership_intel%5B3%5D.png?1390490597" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/UbGwz4M3oJA?wmode=Opaque" width="425" height="350"></iframe></p> <p>At the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Philadelphia in November 2013, USGBC recognized those who've shown outstanding dedication to the movement to green our built environment through the annual Leadership Awards.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/2013-ray-anderson-radical-industrialism-award-intel-corporation" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/2013-ray-anderson-radical-industrialism-award-intel-corporation#comments Community Thu, 23 Jan 2014 15:25:07 +0000 4540771 at http://www.usgbc.org 2013 Leadership in LEED Award: Joel Ann Todd http://www.usgbc.org/articles/2013-leadership-leed-award-joel-ann-todd <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/2013leadershipaward_JoelTodd.jpg?1389899113" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/XzVUX1Yps4w?wmode=Opaque" width="425" height="350"></iframe></p> <p>At the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Philadelphia in November 2013, USGBC recognized those who've shown outstanding dedication to the movement to green our built environment through the annual Leadership Awards.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/2013-leadership-leed-award-joel-ann-todd" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/2013-leadership-leed-award-joel-ann-todd#comments Community Thu, 16 Jan 2014 19:06:04 +0000 4527183 at http://www.usgbc.org 2013 Center for Green Schools President's Award: Mary Spilde, Lane Community College http://www.usgbc.org/articles/2013-center-green-schools-presidents-award-mary-spilde-lane-community-college <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/2013leadershipaward_Spilde.jpg?1389299002" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Li4Cn2xXwcg?wmode=Opaque" width="425" height="350"></iframe></p> <p>At the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Philadelphia in November 2013, USGBC recognized those who've shown outstanding dedication to the movement to green our built environment through the annual Leadership Awards.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/2013-center-green-schools-presidents-award-mary-spilde-lane-community-college" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/2013-center-green-schools-presidents-award-mary-spilde-lane-community-college#comments Community Thu, 09 Jan 2014 20:24:38 +0000 4512495 at http://www.usgbc.org USGBC Georgia Chapter attracts new audiences with high performance healthy schools message http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-georgia-chapter-attracts-new-audiences-high-performance-healthy-schools-message <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="261" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Georgia_green_schools.jpg?1387571871" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>In regions where words like &ldquo;sustainable&rdquo; and &ldquo;green&rdquo; have difficulty gaining traction, supporters of green building look to alternative methods of getting the message out. The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbcga.org">USGBC &ndash; Georgia Chapter</a>&rsquo;s 2013&nbsp;<a href="http://www.hphsga.org/2013-regional-summit">High Performance Healthy Schools Summit</a>&nbsp;looked to a broad audience of parents, students, and educators to address a growing need for healthier learning spaces for the state&rsquo;s children.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-georgia-chapter-attracts-new-audiences-high-performance-healthy-schools-message" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-georgia-chapter-attracts-new-audiences-high-performance-healthy-schools-message#comments Community Fri, 20 Dec 2013 20:38:49 +0000 Stuart Lipkin 4467715 at http://www.usgbc.org 2013: It's a wrap http://www.usgbc.org/articles/2013-its-wrap <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_2013wrap_1.png?1387550849" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>I experienced my first Greenbuild this year and had no idea what to expect. As the manager of our international marketing and communication efforts, I found it to be an exhilarating experience. A whirlwind of passion, activity and commitment.</p> <p>At USGBC we often speak about how LEED is global language. A language that allows us to distribute intelligence throughout the world. A language that allows us to compare how a LEED-certified building in Beijing is performing with one in Dubai, or Chicago.&nbsp;</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/2013-its-wrap" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/2013-its-wrap#comments LEED Fri, 20 Dec 2013 14:47:29 +0000 Joseph Crea 4466686 at http://www.usgbc.org 2013 Leadership in the Private Sector Award: Mike McNally, Skanska USA http://www.usgbc.org/articles/2013-leadership-private-sector-award-mike-mcnally-skanska-usa <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_mike_1.jpg?1387309271" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/bi2-3iBoFw8?wmode=Opaque" width="425" height="350"></iframe></p> <p>At the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Philadelphia in November, USGBC recognized those who've shown outstanding dedication to the movement to green our built environment through the annual Leadership Awards.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/2013-leadership-private-sector-award-mike-mcnally-skanska-usa" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/2013-leadership-private-sector-award-mike-mcnally-skanska-usa#comments Community Tue, 17 Dec 2013 19:46:32 +0000 4458943 at http://www.usgbc.org Watch Live! The Atlantic Energy and Infrastructure Super Summit 2013 http://www.usgbc.org/articles/watch-live-atlantic-energy-and-infrastructure-super-summit-2013 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_atl_eiss_1.jpg?1386860754" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Today, our very own Scot Horst and Mahesh Ramanujam will be speaking at The Atlantic Energy and Infrastructure Super Summit. <em>The Atlantic</em> has gathered a select group of senior leaders for conversations on innovative water conservation efforts, evolving green building standards, and the future of energy policy and infrastructure investment through one-on-one interviews and panel discussions.</p><br/><br/> <p>Watch the program as it unfolds, and join the conversation via <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23ATLEnergy&amp;src=typd">#ATLEnergy</a>. </p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/watch-live-atlantic-energy-and-infrastructure-super-summit-2013" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/watch-live-atlantic-energy-and-infrastructure-super-summit-2013#comments Industry Thu, 12 Dec 2013 15:05:53 +0000 4450406 at http://www.usgbc.org Press Play: Green Apple Bike Tour http://www.usgbc.org/articles/press-play-green-apple-bike-tour <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/GABT.png?1386773744" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>USGBC recently hosted our first <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc%E2%80%99s-green-apple-bike-tour-rides-washington-dc-philadelphia-pa-hosting-local-green-schoo">Green Apple Bike Tour</a>, an eight-day biking adventure from DC to Philadelphia with students and emerging professionals, led by the Center for Green Schools at USGBC. Green Apple is an initiative of the Center for Green Schools to put all children in schools where they have clean and healthy air to breathe, where energy and resources are conserved, and where they can be inspired to dream of a brighter future.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/press-play-green-apple-bike-tour" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/press-play-green-apple-bike-tour#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 11 Dec 2013 14:58:50 +0000 Tess Wiggins 4444442 at http://www.usgbc.org A Greenbuild Scholarship Recipient's Story http://www.usgbc.org/articles/greenbuild-scholarship-recipients-story <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/greenbuild-group-1_0.jpg?1386604768" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>DuWayne Baird, an emerging construction professional in Central Ohio, was one of 50 people to receive a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.greenbuildexpo.org/about/greenbuild-scholarship.aspx" target="_blank">full scholarship to attend Greenbuild</a>&nbsp;2013 in Philadelphia last month. In his blog post, he shares his Greenbuild story, one filled with networking, inspiration, advocacy and education. Read it <a href="http://emergingelite.wordpress.com/2013/11/26/my-greenbuild-2013-experience" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/greenbuild-scholarship-recipients-story" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/greenbuild-scholarship-recipients-story#comments Community Mon, 09 Dec 2013 16:01:23 +0000 Ryan P. Snow 4440661 at http://www.usgbc.org Local sustainability tradeshows keep growing http://www.usgbc.org/articles/local-sustainability-tradeshows-keep-growing <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-art-category"> <div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Event </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">5 Dec 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/design_columbus.png?1386272039" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Greenbuild continues to be one of the industry&rsquo;s most successful trade shows&hellip; but how are local sustainability shows faring? Read one city&rsquo;s story &ndash; and share your own.</em></p> <p>Last month, many of us had the pleasure of going to Philadelphia for Greenbuild 2013. And going to Greenbuild is a bit like going on vacation&hellip; when it&rsquo;s over, you can&rsquo;t wait to go back. But instead of waiting a whole year to attend your next sustainability trade show, see what your local USGBC chapter (or any other organization in your area) may be hosting.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/local-sustainability-tradeshows-keep-growing" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/local-sustainability-tradeshows-keep-growing#comments Industry Thu, 05 Dec 2013 19:34:43 +0000 Kristin Dispenza 4435876 at http://www.usgbc.org 20 years of USGBC: Greening your own path http://www.usgbc.org/articles/20-years-usgbc-greening-your-own-path <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-art-category"> <div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Story </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">2 Dec 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Series_20years_greeningpath.png?1386018937" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>This article is part of a <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/20-years-usgbc-thanksgiving-recap">series of&nbsp;stories</a> from USGBC's community celebrating 20 years of green building&nbsp;triumphs.&nbsp;Take a walk down memory lane with USGBC, as we&nbsp;reflect on favorite moments and share memories from the last 20 years. Share your own green building triumphs using #USGBC20.</em></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/20-years-usgbc-greening-your-own-path" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/20-years-usgbc-greening-your-own-path#comments Community Mon, 02 Dec 2013 21:16:19 +0000 Jason Warnock 4430388 at http://www.usgbc.org 20 years of USGBC: Thanksgiving recap http://www.usgbc.org/articles/20-years-usgbc-thanksgiving-recap <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/series_20years_tday1_0.png?1385570960" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Over the past few months, we&rsquo;ve been cataloging our favorite USGBC memories in our 20 years of USGBC series.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/20-years-usgbc-thanksgiving-recap" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/20-years-usgbc-thanksgiving-recap#comments Community Wed, 27 Nov 2013 16:49:19 +0000 Ashley Katz 4420376 at http://www.usgbc.org Schoolyard revitalization effort in Philly wins USGBC Malcolm Lewis Award http://www.usgbc.org/articles/schoolyard-revitalization-effort-philly-wins-usgbc-malcolm-lewis-award <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/horatio_hackett_1.jpg?1385570456" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The USGBC Malcolm Lewis Volunteer IMPACT! Award recognizes a high-impact, volunteer-driven project or initiative.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/schoolyard-revitalization-effort-philly-wins-usgbc-malcolm-lewis-award" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/schoolyard-revitalization-effort-philly-wins-usgbc-malcolm-lewis-award#comments Community Wed, 27 Nov 2013 16:40:55 +0000 Colin White 4420364 at http://www.usgbc.org 20 years of LEED: In loving memory http://www.usgbc.org/articles/20-years-leed-loving-memory <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-art-category"> <div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Story </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">21 Nov 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Series_20years-in-loving-memory-01.jpg?1385044829" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Every year since 2001 I have attended Greenbuild as part of <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/remembering-malcom-lewis-usgbc-board-member-and-green-building-visionary">Malcolm Lewis</a>&rsquo;s team from CTG. Malcolm was an innovator, instigator, guru and wise man of the green building movement. And nobody loved Greenbuild more than Malcolm. Like a kid in a candy shop, Malcolm was bright eyed with enthusiasm about all the information to learn, all the opportunities to create, and most importantly, all the friends to embrace.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/20-years-leed-loving-memory" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/20-years-leed-loving-memory#comments Community Thu, 21 Nov 2013 14:41:07 +0000 Heather Rosenberg 4402286 at http://www.usgbc.org 20 years of USGBC: LEED then and now http://www.usgbc.org/articles/20-years-usgbc-leed-then-and-now <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-art-category"> <div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Open Position </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">19 Nov 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_thennow.png?1384872329" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-slideshow-image"> <div class="field-label">Slideshow images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="378" height="480" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/1-Nidus.jpg?1384872329" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="639" height="426" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/2-KAUST.jpg?1384872382" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1756" height="925" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/3-Eskenazi.jpg?1384872435" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>I have a vivid memory of an architecture professor telling me that thinking about sustainability was a waste of time &ndash; no one outside academia would bother with that kind of silly obsession. This was Missouri in the 1990s, when a gallon of gas cost less than a dollar and &ldquo;green&rdquo; was a paint color. I stubbornly pushed onward despite the disparagement &ndash; as I am prone to doing &ndash; and ultimately discovered that jobs in green building did, in fact, exist.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/20-years-usgbc-leed-then-and-now" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/20-years-usgbc-leed-then-and-now#comments Community Tue, 19 Nov 2013 14:45:29 +0000 Mara Baum 4388729 at http://www.usgbc.org Vote for Volunteer IMPACT! – Greening Nonprofits & Schoolyards http://www.usgbc.org/articles/vote-volunteer-impact-%E2%80%93-greening-nonprofits-schoolyards <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-art-category"> <div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Contest </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">18 Nov 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/greening_nonprofits.jpg?1384802447" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.659904440710914.1073741828.183380328363330&amp;type=1"><em>Voting is now open</em></a><em> for the Malcolm Lewis IMPACT! Award, a prestigious award that recognizes a high-impact, volunteer driven project that contributes to USGBC&rsquo;s vision of green buildings for all within a generation. This article highlights one of the nominees.</em></p> <p><em>The Green Assistance Program</em></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/vote-volunteer-impact-%E2%80%93-greening-nonprofits-schoolyards" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/vote-volunteer-impact-%E2%80%93-greening-nonprofits-schoolyards#comments Community Mon, 18 Nov 2013 19:20:47 +0000 Colin White 4386848 at http://www.usgbc.org 20 years of USGBC: LEED recollections http://www.usgbc.org/articles/20-years-usgbc-leed-recollections <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-art-category"> <div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Open Position </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">18 Nov 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/20yrs_recollections.png?1384786449" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>This article is part of a series of&nbsp;stories from USGBC's community celebrating 20 years of green building&nbsp;triumphs.&nbsp;Take a walk down memory lane with USGBC, as we&nbsp;reflect on favorite moments and share memories from the last 20 years. Share your own green building triumphs using #USGBC20.</em></p> <p>Fun stuff, this birthing of a significant market transformation process. The 1990-decade was an energizing period for green building. There were so many issues to address and very little money to do so.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/20-years-usgbc-leed-recollections" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/20-years-usgbc-leed-recollections#comments Community Mon, 18 Nov 2013 14:54:10 +0000 Bill Reed 4386248 at http://www.usgbc.org 20 years of USGBC: The Woo-hoo gang http://www.usgbc.org/articles/20-years-usgbc-woo-hoo-gang <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-art-category"> <div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Story </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">18 Nov 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_woohoo.png?1384785877" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>This article is part of a series of&nbsp;stories from USGBC's community celebrating 20 years of green building&nbsp;triumphs.&nbsp;Take a walk down memory lane with USGBC, as we&nbsp;reflect on favorite moments and share memories from the last 20 years. Share your own green building triumphs using #USGBC20.</em></p> <p>The epiphany that changed my life happened quite accidentally in 1994 when, as the incoming national president-elect of the American Society of Interior Designers I was asked to attend an early membership meeting of the USGBC.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/20-years-usgbc-woo-hoo-gang" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/20-years-usgbc-woo-hoo-gang#comments Community Mon, 18 Nov 2013 14:44:37 +0000 Penny Bonda 4386228 at http://www.usgbc.org Vote for Volunteer IMPACT! Cool Roofs & Healthy Products http://www.usgbc.org/articles/vote-volunteer-impact-cool-roofs-healthy-products <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-art-category"> <div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Contest </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">14 Nov 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/coolroofs.jpg?1384464526" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.659904440710914.1073741828.183380328363330&amp;type=1"><em>Voting is now open</em></a><em> for the Malcolm Lewis IMPACT! Award, a prestigious award that recognizes a high-impact, volunteer driven project that contributes to USGBC&rsquo;s vision of green buildings for all within a generation. This article highlights one of the nominees.</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Paint the Town White</em></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/vote-volunteer-impact-cool-roofs-healthy-products" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/vote-volunteer-impact-cool-roofs-healthy-products#comments Community Thu, 14 Nov 2013 21:29:17 +0000 Colin White 4376540 at http://www.usgbc.org Case of déjà vu: Two LEED Platinum ceremonies 5 years apart http://www.usgbc.org/articles/case-d%C3%A9j%C3%A0-vu-two-leed-platinum-ceremonies-5-years-apart <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Dell Children&#039;s Medical Center garden. Credit: Seton Healthcare Family" alt="Dell Children&#039;s Medical Center garden. Credit: Seton Healthcare Family" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/DCMCCT3towersgarden.jpg?1384357402" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>On a beautiful October afternoon in Austin, Texas, Seton Healthcare Family associates and guests celebrated another world&rsquo;s first achievement for Dell Children&rsquo;s Medical Center of Central Texas. The W.H. and Elaine McCarty South Tower is the first project in the world to achieve LEED for Healthcare (LEED-HC) Platinum certification. Dell Children&rsquo;s executives welcomed guests and recognized community partners and project team consultants for their contributions.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/case-d%C3%A9j%C3%A0-vu-two-leed-platinum-ceremonies-5-years-apart" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/case-d%C3%A9j%C3%A0-vu-two-leed-platinum-ceremonies-5-years-apart#comments Community Wed, 13 Nov 2013 15:52:51 +0000 Michele Van Hyfte 4371542 at http://www.usgbc.org The Green Apple Bike Tour begins today! http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-apple-bike-tour-begins-today <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Screen%20Shot%202013-11-12%20at%2012.20.46%20PM.png?1384277702" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Today kicks off the eight day <a href="http://www.mygreenapple.org/bikegreenapple">Green Apple Bike Tour</a> where 14 USGBC Students, Emerging Professionals and staff will cycle over 200 miles from Washington, D.C. to Philadelphia, PA to spread awareness about the importance of safe, healthy and sustainable schools. Along the way, we&rsquo;ll complete three service projects at local schools in D.C., Lancaster and Philadelphia.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-apple-bike-tour-begins-today" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-apple-bike-tour-begins-today#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 12 Nov 2013 17:37:27 +0000 Tess Wiggins 4369987 at http://www.usgbc.org Vote for Volunteer IMPACT! Stories of building green in faith communities http://www.usgbc.org/articles/vote-volunteer-impact-stories-building-green-faith-communities <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="The Bay Area Chinese Bible Church pursued LEED for New Construction (NC) Silver certification" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/FAITH-1.jpg?1384204826" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.659904440710914.1073741828.183380328363330&amp;type=1"><em>Voting is now open</em></a><em> for the Malcolm Lewis IMPACT! Award, a prestigious award that recognizes a high-impact, volunteer driven project that contributes to USGBC&rsquo;s vision of green buildings for all within a generation. This article highlights one of the nominees. </em></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/vote-volunteer-impact-stories-building-green-faith-communities" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/vote-volunteer-impact-stories-building-green-faith-communities#comments Community Mon, 11 Nov 2013 21:21:58 +0000 Ryan P. Snow 4365647 at http://www.usgbc.org Vote for Volunteer IMPACT! – Green Schools from San Bernardino to Detroit http://www.usgbc.org/articles/vote-volunteer-impact-%E2%80%93-green-schools-san-bernardino-detroit <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/ML_Nomination_0.png?1383944790" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.659904440710914.1073741828.183380328363330&amp;type=1"><em>Voting is now open</em></a><em> for the Malcolm Lewis IMPACT! Award, a prestigious award that recognizes a high-impact, volunteer driven project that contributes to USGBC&rsquo;s vision of green buildings for all within a generation. This article highlights two of the nominees.</em>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Where We Learn MATTAs</em></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/vote-volunteer-impact-%E2%80%93-green-schools-san-bernardino-detroit" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/vote-volunteer-impact-%E2%80%93-green-schools-san-bernardino-detroit#comments Community Fri, 08 Nov 2013 21:06:31 +0000 Colin White 4338988 at http://www.usgbc.org USGBC Members Elect Six 2014 Directors http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-members-elect-six-2014-directors <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/bod-election_0_0.jpg?1383921109" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>From Oct. 1-30, 2013, USGBC members participated in the annual election of the USGBC Board of Directors. Six directors were elected, most of which for a three-year term and representing the perspectives listed below.</p> <p>At its recent meeting, the Board additionally appointed three directors and two directors were elected by the Board to serve as Chair-Elect and Treasurer. Stay tuned for those details in a forthcoming press release.</p> <p>Please join USGBC in welcoming the following elected directors to the 2014 Board!</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-members-elect-six-2014-directors" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-members-elect-six-2014-directors#comments Community Fri, 08 Nov 2013 14:31:49 +0000 Walter Cuculic 4336724 at http://www.usgbc.org Board Snapshot: October 2013 http://www.usgbc.org/articles/board-snapshot-october-2013 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/BoardSnapshot_1_0_0.jpg?1383862073" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The USGBC Board of Directors convened in Austin, Texas, from Oct.&nbsp;<span>23-24,</span>&nbsp;2013.&nbsp;<span>Rather than an official record of the proceedings, we've summarized the highlights from the meetings. Official meeting minutes will be available online after they have been approved by the Board of Directors</span>&nbsp;in December.</p> <p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/resources/list/minutes?keys=board+minutes">View approved USGBC Board meeting minutes through Aug. 29, 2013 &raquo;</a></p> <h2>Board Meeting Highlights</h2> <p><strong>Leadership</strong></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/board-snapshot-october-2013" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/board-snapshot-october-2013#comments Community Thu, 07 Nov 2013 22:07:27 +0000 Alyssa Campagnoni 4335150 at http://www.usgbc.org Vote Now – Malcolm Lewis IMPACT! Award http://www.usgbc.org/articles/vote-now-%E2%80%93-malcolm-lewis-impact-award <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/IMPACT.jpg?1383660454" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Thanks to its dedicated <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/community/volunteers">volunteers</a>, who contributed 500,000 hours to the green building movement in 2012 alone, USGBC continues to advance a healthier, more sustainable and prosperous built environment in communities across the globe. You now have the chance to choose which volunteer-driven project had the highest impact this year. The winner will be given the prestigious Malcolm Lewis IMPACT! Award that recognizes the contributions of volunteers to USGBC&rsquo;s vision of green buildings for all within this generation.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/vote-now-%E2%80%93-malcolm-lewis-impact-award" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/vote-now-%E2%80%93-malcolm-lewis-impact-award#comments Community Tue, 05 Nov 2013 14:10:10 +0000 Colin White 3943574 at http://www.usgbc.org 20 years of USGBC: The thing about numbers http://www.usgbc.org/articles/20-years-usgbc-thing-about-numbers <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-art-category"> <div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Story </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">1 Nov 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/series_20yrs_numbers.png?1383320821" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>This article is part of a series of&nbsp;stories from USGBC's community celebrating 20 years of green building&nbsp;triumphs.&nbsp;Take a walk down memory lane with USGBC, as we&nbsp;reflect on favorite moments and share memories from the last 20 years. Share your own green building triumphs using #USGBC20.</em></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/20-years-usgbc-thing-about-numbers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/20-years-usgbc-thing-about-numbers#comments Community Fri, 01 Nov 2013 15:47:28 +0000 Jeremy Poling 2776153 at http://www.usgbc.org NFWF & USGBC: Working together to protect the great outdoors http://www.usgbc.org/articles/nfwf-usgbc-working-together-protect-great-outdoors <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_nfwf_1.jpg?1383246336" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-slideshow-image"> <div class="field-label">Slideshow images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/whoopingcranes1_0.jpg?1383246292" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="374" height="250" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Florida-Panther-6531.jpg?1383246297" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>To solve the problems that threaten the survival of America&rsquo;s wildlife and their habitats, we need to explore creative partnerships that bring new resources to the challenge. That&rsquo;s why the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) is pleased to welcome the U.S. Green Building Council as a vital new partner in the conservation effort. USGBC has built an international reputation for promoting voluntary programs that catalyze green building around the world.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/nfwf-usgbc-working-together-protect-great-outdoors" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/nfwf-usgbc-working-together-protect-great-outdoors#comments Initiatives LEED Thu, 31 Oct 2013 19:05:35 +0000 David ONeill 2775835 at http://www.usgbc.org USGBC Talent Force Exchange: Where innovation meets opportunity http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-talent-force-exchange-where-innovation-meets-opportunity <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Opportunity.jpg?1383147855" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>A new initiative is launching at Greenbuild in Philadelphia &mdash; <a href="http://www.greenbuildexpo.org/events/talent-force-exchange.aspx" target="_blank">USGBC Talent Force Exchange</a>, designed to help you define and realize your dream job or bring your career to the next level.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-talent-force-exchange-where-innovation-meets-opportunity" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-talent-force-exchange-where-innovation-meets-opportunity#comments Greenbuild Wed, 30 Oct 2013 15:44:54 +0000 Hannah Debelius 2773749 at http://www.usgbc.org Join USGBC's annual Meeting of the Members http://www.usgbc.org/articles/join-usgbcs-annual-meeting-members <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-art-category"> <div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Event </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">29 Oct 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Annual_member_meeting.jpg?1383073992" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Are you an employee of a USGBC Member? If so, you're invited to join USGBC's annual Meeting of the Members.</p> <p>When: Tuesday, Nov. 19, 8:00-8:30 am<br />Where: Grand Ballroom AB, 300 Level, PA Convention Center, Philadelphia</p> <p><a href="https://usgbc.wufoo.com/forms/usgbc-meeting-of-the-members" target="_blank" class="button">Register today </a></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/join-usgbcs-annual-meeting-members" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/join-usgbcs-annual-meeting-members#comments Community Tue, 29 Oct 2013 19:14:24 +0000 Nora Knox 2773548 at http://www.usgbc.org Calling all green professionals of faith http://www.usgbc.org/articles/calling-all-green-professionals-faith <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_multi_faith_1.jpg?1382974875" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>In August, Reverend Sally Bingham from <a href="http://www.interfaithpowerandlight.org/">Interfaith Power and Light</a> (IPL) called on the USGBC Community to support the greening of congregations in her article, &ldquo;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/partnering-faithful-stewardship">Partnering for Faithful Stewardship</a>.&rdquo; In conjunction with USGBC&rsquo;s partnerships with IPL and other faith-based partners like <a href="http://www.greenfaith.org">GreenFaith</a>, <a href="http://www.nrpe.org">National Religious Partnership on the Environment</a>, <a href="http://www.ccfm.net<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/calling-all-green-professionals-faith" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/calling-all-green-professionals-faith#comments Community Mon, 28 Oct 2013 15:41:15 +0000 Ryan P. Snow 2773176 at http://www.usgbc.org Meet USGBC: Fleming Roberts http://www.usgbc.org/articles/meet-usgbc-fleming-roberts <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/meet_FR.jpg?1382551932" /> </div> </div> </div> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><strong>What's your name and title at USGBC?</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Fleming Roberts, Policy and Advocacy Associate.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><strong>How long have you worked here?</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Since the summer of 2012.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><strong>How do you get to work?</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;">I walk, ruining many pairs of flats in the process.&nbsp;</span></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/meet-usgbc-fleming-roberts" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/meet-usgbc-fleming-roberts#comments Community Wed, 23 Oct 2013 18:15:52 +0000 2772123 at http://www.usgbc.org Elect the 2014 USGBC Board of Directors: Your vote counts http://www.usgbc.org/articles/elect-2014-usgbc-board-directors-your-vote-counts <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/bod-election_0.jpg?1381755600" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Have you cast your vote?</p> <p>The Board of Directors election period opened on Oct. 1 and runs for 30 days.</p> <p>A minimum of 10% of USGBC member organizations must vote. That's why it's especially important for you to take a moment and&nbsp;vote now!</p> <p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/account/ballots" class="button">VOTE</a></p> <p>Each year, USGBC members have a unique opportunity to shape USGBC's future by electing its national Board members. Your vote is critical and it influences key decisions about how USGBC serves you, educates the industry, and advances the mission.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/elect-2014-usgbc-board-directors-your-vote-counts" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/elect-2014-usgbc-board-directors-your-vote-counts#comments Community Mon, 14 Oct 2013 13:00:13 +0000 Walter Cuculic 2769037 at http://www.usgbc.org Second annual Green Apple Day of Service a global success http://www.usgbc.org/articles/second-annual-green-apple-day-service-global-success <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Haynes_GADOS2013_E__1_.jpeg?1381425469" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>This year&rsquo;s Green Apple Day of Service is behind us, and volunteers at more than 2,000 schools and campuses joined us to make an impact. Projects took place in all 50 U.S. states and 40 countries, with participants showing that their communities are committed to healthy, safe and sustainable schools. Every dot on the map at mygreenapple.org represented a different commitment to better schools and a team effort from start to finish.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/second-annual-green-apple-day-service-global-success" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/second-annual-green-apple-day-service-global-success#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 10 Oct 2013 17:20:03 +0000 Emily Riordan 2768233 at http://www.usgbc.org Before I Die: The book http://www.usgbc.org/articles/i-die-book <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/before-i-die.jpg?1381327247" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>When artist Candy Chang painted the side of an abandoned building in her New Orleans&nbsp;neighborhood with chalkboard paint and stenciled the words, &ldquo;Before I die...&rdquo; she never expected it to become a worldwide phenomenon.</p> <p>Thanks to passionate people around the world who have spearheaded their own walls, there are now over 350 Before I Die walls in over 50 countries and&nbsp;over 20 languages.&nbsp;</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/i-die-book" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/i-die-book#comments Greenbuild Wed, 09 Oct 2013 14:01:26 +0000 Nora Knox 2767844 at http://www.usgbc.org Come and take it: Green & booming in the South http://www.usgbc.org/articles/come-and-take-it-green-booming-south <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-art-category"> <div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Research </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">8 Oct 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_atlanta.jpg?1381258781" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The South is booming&ndash;and it isn&rsquo;t going to stop. Data from the U.S. Census show that &ldquo;<a href="http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/population/cb13-46.html">when looking at the areas with the largest numeric gains, those high on the list are mainly in the South and West</a>.&rdquo; Energy is driving this massive flow of people<span>&mdash;</span><a href="http://www.dallasnews.com/business/headlines/20130820-texas-gains-people--and-their-income.ece">and money<span>&mdash;</span></a>to these states, and that presents a great opportunity for the U.S.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/come-and-take-it-green-booming-south" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/come-and-take-it-green-booming-south#comments Industry Tue, 08 Oct 2013 19:00:15 +0000 John Stevenson 2767668 at http://www.usgbc.org Malcolm Lewis IMPACT! Award – Planting a SEED http://www.usgbc.org/articles/malcolm-lewis-impact-award-%E2%80%93-planting-seed <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_ML5.jpg?1380661076" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Thanks in part to its dedicated&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/community/volunteers">volunteers</a>&nbsp;who contributed 500,000 hours to the green building movement in 2012 alone, the USGBC community continues to advance a healthier, more sustainable and prosperous built environment in communities across the globe. The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/about/awards#MalcolmLewis">Malcolm Lewis IMPACT! Award</a>, a prestigious annual award, recognizes a high-impact, volunteer driven project or initiative that supports USGBC&rsquo;s mission. 2013 nominations are open through Oct.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/malcolm-lewis-impact-award-%E2%80%93-planting-seed" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/malcolm-lewis-impact-award-%E2%80%93-planting-seed#comments Community Tue, 01 Oct 2013 20:58:12 +0000 Colin White 2766026 at http://www.usgbc.org What I re-learned on Green Apple Day of Service http://www.usgbc.org/articles/what-i-re-learned-green-apple-day-service <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/GADOS-1.jpg?1380567051" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>I joined several of my USGBC colleagues for a fantastic Green Apple Day of Service at Gladys Noon Spellman Elementary School in Cheverly, MD, my new neighborhood. As students came by to work on the school garden, paint rocks, learn about butterflies and more, we were reminded of some of life's most important lessons&nbsp;that hold as true in the workplace as they do in the schoolyard:</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/what-i-re-learned-green-apple-day-service" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/what-i-re-learned-green-apple-day-service#comments Center for Green Schools Mon, 30 Sep 2013 18:51:01 +0000 Margo Street 2765644 at http://www.usgbc.org Greenbuild legacy project is all play http://www.usgbc.org/articles/greenbuild-legacy-project-all-play <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-art-category"> <div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Event; Story </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">26 Sep 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/IMG_6882.jpg?1380204094" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you build it, they will play.</p> <p>And if you build it on the grounds of a turn-of-the-20th-century playground located in one of the world&rsquo;s largest urban parks, they&rsquo;ll do so much more.&nbsp;</p> <p>They&rsquo;ll engage with nature in a way that&rsquo;s often difficult in the concrete jungle of a city. They&rsquo;ll use their imagination to explore their natural environment. They&rsquo;ll be self-directed, and most importantly, they'll have fun.&nbsp;</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/greenbuild-legacy-project-all-play" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/greenbuild-legacy-project-all-play#comments Greenbuild Thu, 26 Sep 2013 14:02:09 +0000 Samantha Wittchen 2764951 at http://www.usgbc.org Malcolm Lewis IMPACT! Award – Reclaim + Remake http://www.usgbc.org/articles/malcolm-lewis-impact-award-%E2%80%93-reclaim-remake <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_ml_hopewell.png?1380056721" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Thanks in part to its dedicated&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/community/volunteers">volunteers</a>&nbsp;who contributed 500,000 hours to the green building movement in 2012 alone, the USGBC community continues to advance a healthier, more sustainable and prosperous built environment in communities across the globe. The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/about/awards#MalcolmLewis">Malcolm Lewis IMPACT! Award</a>, a prestigious annual award, recognizes a high-impact, volunteer driven project or initiative that supports USGBC&rsquo;s mission. 2013 nominations are open through Oct.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/malcolm-lewis-impact-award-%E2%80%93-reclaim-remake" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/malcolm-lewis-impact-award-%E2%80%93-reclaim-remake#comments Community Tue, 24 Sep 2013 21:05:37 +0000 Colin White 2764296 at http://www.usgbc.org Announcing candidates for the 2014 Board of Directors election http://www.usgbc.org/articles/announcing-candidates-2014-board-directors-election <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/bod-election.jpg?1380036581" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Updated Oct. 17, 2013</em></p> <p>Each year, USGBC&rsquo;s growing member community influences the future of our movement by volunteering to serve on our Board of Directors and participating in a dynamic election.</p> <p>On behalf of the <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/committees/board">Nominating Working Group</a>, I am truly excited to announce the following 17-candidate election slate for the six open seats on the 2014 Board of Directors.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/announcing-candidates-2014-board-directors-election" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/announcing-candidates-2014-board-directors-election#comments Community Tue, 24 Sep 2013 15:29:48 +0000 Walter Cuculic 2764164 at http://www.usgbc.org LEED Professionals at a Glance: September 2013 http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-professionals-glance-september-2013 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="LEED Professionals at a Glance" alt="LEED Professionals at a Glance" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Article_ProfessionalsGlance.png?1363294191" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>[Part of an ongoing series capturing statistics on LEED Professionals]</em></p> <p>LEED Professionals distinguish themselves in the green building marketplace by earning one of seven LEED Professional Credentials. Credential holders are recognized as leaders in the field and contribute their expertise to various industries and projects. Are you one of them?</p> <p>Don't have a credential yet? <a href="/leed/credentials">Learn more about how to get accredited &raquo;</a></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-professionals-glance-september-2013" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-professionals-glance-september-2013#comments LEED Mon, 23 Sep 2013 13:33:39 +0000 Robb Tufts 2758174 at http://www.usgbc.org Meet USGBC: Christina Kuo http://www.usgbc.org/articles/meet-usgbc-christina-kuo <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/MeetUSGBC_CK.jpg?1379513771" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><strong>What's your name and position at USGBC?</strong><br />Christina Kuo, State and Local Campaign Manager.<br /><br /><strong>How long have you been at USGBC?</strong>&nbsp;<br />Just two months!<br /><br /><strong>What's your hometown?&nbsp;</strong><br />West Bloomfield, Michigan. I've lived in Taiwan and England as well&nbsp;<span>- but I like to say that I'm mostly from Michigan.</span></p> <p><strong>Who would you invite to your dream dinner party?</strong><br /><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Skippy-Dies-Novel-Paul-Murray/dp/0865478619"></a>Former President Bill Clinton.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/meet-usgbc-christina-kuo" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/meet-usgbc-christina-kuo#comments Community Wed, 18 Sep 2013 14:17:05 +0000 Tess Wiggins 2757434 at http://www.usgbc.org Malcolm Lewis IMPACT! Award – Democratic National Convention sustainability legacy initiative http://www.usgbc.org/articles/malcolm-lewis-impact-award-%E2%80%93-democratic-national-convention-sustainability-legacy-initiativ <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/ML_2.png?1379439416" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Thanks in part to its dedicated&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/community/volunteers">volunteers</a>&nbsp;who contributed 500,000 hours to the green building movement in 2012 alone, the USGBC community continues to advance a healthier, more sustainable and prosperous built environment in communities across the globe. The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/about/awards#MalcolmLewis">Malcolm Lewis IMPACT! Award</a>, a prestigious annual award, recognizes a high-impact, volunteer driven project or initiative that supports USGBC&rsquo;s mission. 2013 nominations are open through Oct.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/malcolm-lewis-impact-award-%E2%80%93-democratic-national-convention-sustainability-legacy-initiativ" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/malcolm-lewis-impact-award-%E2%80%93-democratic-national-convention-sustainability-legacy-initiativ#comments Community Tue, 17 Sep 2013 17:38:06 +0000 Colin White 2757218 at http://www.usgbc.org World Green Building Week 2013 http://www.usgbc.org/articles/world-green-building-week-2013 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="657" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/WGBC-SHINE-BANNER_586x318-1.jpg?1379360176" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Today kicks off the World Green Building Council&rsquo;s World Green Building Week, celebrating the efforts of Green Building Councils (GBC) from 98 countries throughout the world, which represent more than 25,000 organizations. From Sept. 16 &ndash; 20, 2013, there will be <a href="http://www.worldgbc.org/activities/calendar/wgbweek/">service events</a> taking place in line with this year&rsquo;s theme: &ldquo;Greener Buildings, Better Places, Healthier People.&rdquo;</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/world-green-building-week-2013" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/world-green-building-week-2013#comments Community Mon, 16 Sep 2013 19:38:04 +0000 Tess Wiggins 2756918 at http://www.usgbc.org USGBC Inland Empire Chapter helping underserved communities http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-inland-empire-chapter-helping-underserved-communities <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_inlandEmpire.jpg?1379338453" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc-ie.org/new/">USGBC Inland Empire Chapter</a>&nbsp;(USGBC-IE) has been reaching out beyond architects, engineers and builders to low-income communities through its Sustainable and Healthy Community Initiative. This initiative aims to provide green building education and hands-on project experience to underserved communities, and to increase engagement with local programs related to green homes, green schools, green workplaces, and healthy communities.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-inland-empire-chapter-helping-underserved-communities" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-inland-empire-chapter-helping-underserved-communities#comments Advocacy and policy Mon, 16 Sep 2013 13:34:13 +0000 Michael Peel 2756804 at http://www.usgbc.org Malcolm Lewis IMPACT! award – sustainability through the eyes of children http://www.usgbc.org/articles/malcolm-lewis-impact-award-%E2%80%93-sustainability-through-eyes-children <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_malcolmlewis2.png?1378844634" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Thanks in part to its dedicated&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/community/volunteers">volunteers</a>&nbsp;who contributed 500,000 hours to the green building movement in 2012 alone, the USGBC community continues to advance a healthier, more sustainable and prosperous built environment in communities across the globe. The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/about/awards#MalcolmLewis">Malcolm Lewis IMPACT! Award</a>, a prestigious annual award, recognizes a high-impact, volunteer driven project or initiative that supports USGBC&rsquo;s mission. 2013 nominations are open through Oct.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/malcolm-lewis-impact-award-%E2%80%93-sustainability-through-eyes-children" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/malcolm-lewis-impact-award-%E2%80%93-sustainability-through-eyes-children#comments Community Tue, 10 Sep 2013 20:37:59 +0000 Colin White 2755691 at http://www.usgbc.org Nominations open for the Malcolm Lewis IMPACT! Award http://www.usgbc.org/articles/nominations-open-malcolm-lewis-impact-award <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/ML_Nomination.png?1378239801" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Thanks in part to its dedicated <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/community/volunteers">volunteers</a> who contributed 500,000 hours to the green building movement in 2012 alone, USGBC continues to advance a healthier, more sustainable and prosperous built environment in communities across the globe. The <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/about/awards#MalcolmLewis">Malcolm Lewis IMPACT! Award</a>, a prestigious annual award, recognizes a high-impact, volunteer-driven project or initiative that supports USGBC&rsquo;s mission.&nbsp;</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/nominations-open-malcolm-lewis-impact-award" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/nominations-open-malcolm-lewis-impact-award#comments Community Tue, 03 Sep 2013 20:14:10 +0000 Colin White 2754272 at http://www.usgbc.org 20 years of USGBC: The green building holy grail http://www.usgbc.org/articles/20-years-usgbc-green-building-holy-grail <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-art-category"> <div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Story </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">30 Aug 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_20yrsholygrail.png?1377869981" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>This article is part of a series of&nbsp;stories from USGBC's community celebrating 20 years of green building&nbsp;triumphs.&nbsp;Take a walk down memory lane with USGBC, as we&nbsp;reflect on favorite moments and share memories from the last 20 years. Share your own green building triumphs using #USGBC20.</em><br /><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/20-years-usgbc-green-building-holy-grail" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/20-years-usgbc-green-building-holy-grail#comments Community Fri, 30 Aug 2013 13:40:32 +0000 Mark Ginsberg 2753678 at http://www.usgbc.org High school sustainability curriculum helps students achieve LEED Green Associate in South Carolina http://www.usgbc.org/articles/high-school-sustainability-curriculum-helps-students-achieve-leed-green-associate-south-car <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="303" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/SouthCarolinaStudents-1.JPG?1377810017" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>South Carolina recently became the first state to offer a High School Sustainability Curriculum program, developed by the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbcsc.org/">USGBC South Carolina Chapter</a>, which now boasts graduates who have achieved their LEED Green Associate credentials.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/high-school-sustainability-curriculum-helps-students-achieve-leed-green-associate-south-car" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/high-school-sustainability-curriculum-helps-students-achieve-leed-green-associate-south-car#comments Community Thu, 29 Aug 2013 21:03:37 +0000 Melissa Le Roy 2753556 at http://www.usgbc.org Building a better Detroit one block at a time http://www.usgbc.org/articles/building-better-detroit-one-block-time <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/DetroitBetterblocks.jpg?1377883897" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>A recent Atlantic Cities article, &ldquo;<a href="http://www.theatlanticcities.com/housing/2013/07/hysteria-and-racist-screeds-over-hud-plans-map-neighborhood-diversity/6324/">Hysteria and Racist Screeds over HUD Plans to Map Neighborhood Diversity</a>,&rdquo; reminded people that racism and classism is very much alive in the U.S.&nbsp; Growing up in the &ldquo;rich white suburbs&rdquo; north of Detroit, I was taught to be afraid of the city; it was an inherent part of life and culture where I grew up.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/building-better-detroit-one-block-time" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/building-better-detroit-one-block-time#comments Community Wed, 28 Aug 2013 15:49:02 +0000 Ryan P. Snow 2752905 at http://www.usgbc.org How do I get there? An open letter to students and Emerging Professionals http://www.usgbc.org/articles/how-do-i-get-there-open-letter-students-and-emerging-professionals <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_openletter.jpg?1377543499" /> </div> </div> </div> Dear Students &amp; Emerging Professionals,<br /><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/how-do-i-get-there-open-letter-students-and-emerging-professionals" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/how-do-i-get-there-open-letter-students-and-emerging-professionals#comments Community Mon, 26 Aug 2013 18:59:35 +0000 Matthew Murphy 2752450 at http://www.usgbc.org 20 years of USGBC: A father's daughter http://www.usgbc.org/articles/20-years-usgbc-fathers-daughter <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-art-category"> <div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Open Position </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">26 Aug 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/series_fatherdaughter.png?1377536608" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>This article is part of a series of&nbsp;stories from USGBC's community celebrating 20 years of green building&nbsp;triumphs.&nbsp;Take a walk down memory lane with USGBC, as we&nbsp;reflect on favorite moments and share memories from the last 20 years. Share your own green building triumphs using #USGBC20.</em><br /><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/20-years-usgbc-fathers-daughter" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/20-years-usgbc-fathers-daughter#comments Community Mon, 26 Aug 2013 17:04:10 +0000 Lynn N. Simon 2752397 at http://www.usgbc.org 20 years of USGBC: An accidental yet powerful benefit of LEED http://www.usgbc.org/articles/20-years-usgbc-accidental-yet-powerful-benefit-leed <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-art-category"> <div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Open Position </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">23 Aug 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_20yrs_accident.png?1377278243" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>I&rsquo;ve been heavily involved with LEED for 12 of its 20 years. There were times when we were just trying to get people to start using it and many times when we were trying to reinvent it. Nowadays, time is spent evaluating energy data to measure the performance of LEED buildings against a wide range of benchmarks.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/20-years-usgbc-accidental-yet-powerful-benefit-leed" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/20-years-usgbc-accidental-yet-powerful-benefit-leed#comments Community Fri, 23 Aug 2013 17:17:32 +0000 Gregory Shank 2752075 at http://www.usgbc.org Still time to win a free Greenbuild pass! http://www.usgbc.org/articles/still-time-win-free-greenbuild-pass <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/screenshotgrbnation.png?1377881584" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Over the past two and a half months, we&rsquo;ve asked our Twitter followers one question: How are you part of #GreenbuildNation?</p> <p>The hashtag #GreenbuildNation is part of a Twitter contest where followers tweet us a link to something that connects them to the Greenbuild Nation. The prize? A free conference pass to Greenbuild 2013 in Philadelphia!</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/still-time-win-free-greenbuild-pass" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/still-time-win-free-greenbuild-pass#comments Community Wed, 21 Aug 2013 21:03:09 +0000 Tess Wiggins 2751473 at http://www.usgbc.org Meet USGBC: Nicolette Mueller http://www.usgbc.org/articles/meet-usgbc-nicolette-mueller <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/meet_nmueller_0.jpg?1376923340" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><strong>What's your name and position at USGBC?</strong><br />Nicolette Mueller, Office of the CEO.</p><p><strong>How long have you been at USGBC?</strong> <br />I celebrated my fourth anniversary on July 10th!</p><p><strong>How do you get to work?</strong></span><br />I walk through Washington DC's beautiful DuPont circle.</p><p><strong>What's your hometown?&nbsp;</strong><br />Calistoga, California.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Fill in the blank: We are__________</strong><br />the real deal.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/meet-usgbc-nicolette-mueller" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/meet-usgbc-nicolette-mueller#comments Community Mon, 19 Aug 2013 14:43:09 +0000 2750763 at http://www.usgbc.org Wake up, everybody! A vignette on the principles of equitable development http://www.usgbc.org/articles/wake-everybody-vignette-principles-equitable-development <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/NOMA_full_text_logo_005c_for_presentation.jpg?1376919227" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>In 2012, an interdisciplinary group of professionals from the National Organization of Minority Architects (<a href="http://www.noma.net/" target="new">NOMA</a>) co-authored <em><a href="http://www.smartgrowth.org/nationalconversation/papers/Eley_The_Principles_of_Equitable_Development_Final.pdf">The Principles of Equitable Development</a>. </em>We intended this as a checklist to measure progress in boosting the economy and simultaneously protecting the environment and human resources.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/wake-everybody-vignette-principles-equitable-development" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/wake-everybody-vignette-principles-equitable-development#comments Community Mon, 19 Aug 2013 13:34:11 +0000 Vaughn Horn 2750738 at http://www.usgbc.org Green Buildings and Human Health http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-buildings-and-human-health <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-art-category"> <div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Program Overview </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">15 Aug 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/HumanHealth_2.png?1376580383" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>USGBC has started exploring how to clearly link the market transformation that the green building movement has inspired to its opportunity to create an equally&nbsp;transformational&nbsp;impact on human health. In&nbsp;&ldquo;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/resources/health-human-right-green-building-can-help"><span class="s1">Health is a Human Right. Green Building Can Help</span></a>,&rdquo;&nbsp;a report from USGBC&rsquo;s Green Building &amp; Human Health Summit in early 2013, we examine ways to promote and protect human health in relation to the built environment.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-buildings-and-human-health" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-buildings-and-human-health#comments LEED Thu, 15 Aug 2013 15:27:59 +0000 2750431 at http://www.usgbc.org A message from Rick: LEED is looking forward http://www.usgbc.org/articles/message-rick-leed-looking-forward <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="The LEED Platinum Swaner EcoCenter in Park City, Utah. Credit: caffeine and malice via Flickr" alt="The LEED Platinum Swaner EcoCenter in Park City, Utah." src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/SwanerEcocenter.jpg?1376346829" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>I'd be hard put to call this latest skirmish about LEED's effectiveness a raging battle; it strikes me as being typical of the&nbsp;passionate dialogue that has gotten us to where we are today. It&rsquo;s people like the thousands of LEED committee volunteers and USGBC members who vote to continually raise the bar with LEED and, more importantly, those who use LEED on their projects every day. These are the people who have been most responsible for LEED becoming the global standard.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/message-rick-leed-looking-forward" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/message-rick-leed-looking-forward#comments Community Mon, 12 Aug 2013 22:39:16 +0000 Rick Fedrizzi 2749574 at http://www.usgbc.org An “Above and Beyond Volunteer” makes an impact in her community http://www.usgbc.org/articles/%E2%80%9Cabove-and-beyond-volunteer%E2%80%9D-makes-impact-her-community <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="305" title="Erin Wages, far left, goes on a sustainable winery tour with friends. " alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/ErinWages-1.jpg?1376331832" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>This month, Erin Wages was recognized as one of USGBC&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/community/volunteers">Above and Beyond Volunteers</a> &ndash; volunteer leaders whose contributions have led to outstanding achievements for the green building community.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/%E2%80%9Cabove-and-beyond-volunteer%E2%80%9D-makes-impact-her-community" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/%E2%80%9Cabove-and-beyond-volunteer%E2%80%9D-makes-impact-her-community#comments Community Mon, 12 Aug 2013 18:27:48 +0000 Colin White 2749515 at http://www.usgbc.org Five tips for a successful Green Apple Day of Service http://www.usgbc.org/articles/five-tips-successful-green-apple-day-service <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/149648_537302899616384_659337618_n.jpg?1375987261" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>With this year&rsquo;s<a href="http://mygreenapple.org/dayofservice"> Green Apple Day of Service</a> just two months away, it&rsquo;s time to start thinking about how your project will come together. &nbsp;I&rsquo;m asked all the time for ideas on where to get supplies and resources for events, so I pulled together five of my favorite tips for getting what you need to make your Day of Service a success.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/five-tips-successful-green-apple-day-service" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/five-tips-successful-green-apple-day-service#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 08 Aug 2013 18:42:18 +0000 Emily Riordan 2749028 at http://www.usgbc.org The Next 20 Years: Pin It to Win It winner chosen http://www.usgbc.org/articles/next-20-years-pin-it-win-it-winner-chosen <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/PinterestWinner_3a-1.jpg?1375882402" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Last month in our&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/next-20-years-pin-it-win-it-contest">Pin it to Win it contest</a>, we asked followers to help us celebrate our 20 year anniversary by giving examples of where green innovation will be headed in the&nbsp;<em>next</em>&nbsp;20 years. Over 76 pins and 687 new followers later, we closed our contest. <a href="http://baskervill.com/">Baskervill</a>, an international&nbsp;architectural, engineering, and interior design firm, scored the winning pin: a net-zero energy senior housing project.&nbsp;</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/next-20-years-pin-it-win-it-winner-chosen" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/next-20-years-pin-it-win-it-winner-chosen#comments Community Wed, 07 Aug 2013 13:36:48 +0000 Tess Wiggins 2748586 at http://www.usgbc.org 20 years of USGBC: Top 10 reasons I volunteer http://www.usgbc.org/articles/20-years-usgbc-top-10-reasons-i-volunteer <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-art-category"> <div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Lists </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">6 Aug 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_20yrs_volunteer.png?1375800106" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>This article is part of a series of&nbsp;stories from USGBC's community celebrating 20 years of green building&nbsp;triumphs.&nbsp;Take a walk down memory lane with USGBC, as we&nbsp;reflect on favorite moments and share memories from the last 20 years. Share your own green building triumphs using #USGBC20.</em><br /><br />I started volunteering with the USGBC family in 2004 and haven&rsquo;t stopped since. Here are the top 10 reasons I've volunteered, and continue to do so, for this great organization:<br /><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/20-years-usgbc-top-10-reasons-i-volunteer" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/20-years-usgbc-top-10-reasons-i-volunteer#comments Community Tue, 06 Aug 2013 14:42:16 +0000 Dana Kose 2748360 at http://www.usgbc.org Everything you need to know to pass your Green Associate http://www.usgbc.org/articles/everything-you-need-know-pass-your-green-associate <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-art-category"> <div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Q&amp;A </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">6 Aug 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/TwitterTranscriptHeaderImage.png?1375795838" /> </div> </div> </div> We had a great turnout for our <a href="https://twitter.com/search/realtime?q=%23LEEDGA&amp;src=typd">#LEEDGA twitter chat</a> last week. Four LEED Green Associate panelists gave their insider study and test tips, and answered our followers' questions. Here's the full scoop in case you missed it:<br /><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/everything-you-need-know-pass-your-green-associate" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/everything-you-need-know-pass-your-green-associate#comments Community Tue, 06 Aug 2013 13:30:50 +0000 Tess Wiggins 2748348 at http://www.usgbc.org Meet USGBC’s Emerging Professionals http://www.usgbc.org/articles/meet-usgbc%E2%80%99s-emerging-professionals <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="307" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/young_EPs__0.jpeg?1375795931" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>As the next generation of green building leaders, our Emerging Professionals are an integral part of the USGBC community. They inspire us to keep going and we're grateful to have them as part of our team.</p> <p>Hear what these aspiring young leaders are excited about in the year ahead and learn about their key takeaways from their training.&nbsp; Meet&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/emergingprofessionals">USGBC&rsquo;s Emerging Professionals</a>:</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/meet-usgbc%E2%80%99s-emerging-professionals" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/meet-usgbc%E2%80%99s-emerging-professionals#comments Community Tue, 06 Aug 2013 13:30:01 +0000 Lauren Elasik 2748346 at http://www.usgbc.org Win some green to make a difference http://www.usgbc.org/articles/win-some-green-make-difference <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/GADOS-Facebook-header.jpg?1375724769" /> </div> </div> </div> Need a little help with your Green Apple Day of Service project? We're giving away three Visa gift cards to help you<span>&nbsp;transform your school into a healthy, safe, cost-efficient and productive learning space where<span>&nbsp;students</span><span>&nbsp;have clean and healthy air to breathe, and where energy and resources are conserved. <br /><br /></span></span>It's as simple as 1, 2, 3... <br /><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/win-some-green-make-difference" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/win-some-green-make-difference#comments Center for Green Schools Mon, 05 Aug 2013 17:45:49 +0000 Tess Wiggins 2748168 at http://www.usgbc.org Partnering for Faithful Stewardship http://www.usgbc.org/articles/partnering-faithful-stewardship <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Interfaith Power &amp; Light&#039;s The Rev. Sally Bingham" alt="Interfaith Power &amp; Light&#039;s The Rev. Sally Bingham" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_IFL.jpg?1375463278" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The <a href="http://www.interfaithpowerandlight.org/">Interfaith Power &amp; Light</a> (IPL) Campaign is a religious response to global warming and we are excited about our new partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council. We reach almost every faith tradition, and look for common ground &ndash; things all faiths can agree on. That&rsquo;s not always so easy, but we do agree that saving energy saves money. And most people, no matter how wealthy or poor, whether Christian, Jew or Muslim, enjoy saving money. Do most people see saving energy as a matter of faith? Not necessarily.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/partnering-faithful-stewardship" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/partnering-faithful-stewardship#comments Community Fri, 02 Aug 2013 17:03:06 +0000 Sally Bingham 2747868 at http://www.usgbc.org North Florida Chapter tries to nudge the residential market forward http://www.usgbc.org/articles/north-florida-chapter-tries-nudge-residential-market-forward <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Villa_Paraiso.jpg?1375302910" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Unless you're a realtor, most people don&rsquo;t realize that there is not one big Multiple Listing Service (MLS) database for the whole U.S. but rather over 860 small regional databases. In the NE Florida region, we have five different MLS databases run by five different Association of Realtors Boards.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/north-florida-chapter-tries-nudge-residential-market-forward" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/north-florida-chapter-tries-nudge-residential-market-forward#comments Community Wed, 31 Jul 2013 20:35:47 +0000 Sarah Boren 2747214 at http://www.usgbc.org Here's to 20 years of keeping LEED creative http://www.usgbc.org/articles/heres-20-years-keeping-leed-creative <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/20years_leedcreative_0.png?1375212581" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>This article is part of a series of&nbsp;stories from USGBC's community celebrating 20 years of green building&nbsp;triumphs.&nbsp;Take a walk down memory lane with USGBC, as we&nbsp;reflect on favorite moments and share memories from the last 20 years. Share your own green building triumphs using #USGBC20.</em><br /><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/heres-20-years-keeping-leed-creative" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/heres-20-years-keeping-leed-creative#comments Community Tue, 30 Jul 2013 19:32:33 +0000 Joan Darvish-Rouhani 2746677 at http://www.usgbc.org A week in the life... http://www.usgbc.org/articles/week-life <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt=" Source: tuppus, via Flickr.com" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/worldgbc_0.jpg?1374885436" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Well, not a week &ndash; actually just a Thursday, and yet again, I'm still&mdash;as always&mdash;amazed at the breadth and depth of the people that are part of our community and the work they do.<br /><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/week-life" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/week-life#comments Community Sat, 27 Jul 2013 00:39:11 +0000 Rick Fedrizzi 2746128 at http://www.usgbc.org 20 years of USGBC: Pioneers on the path http://www.usgbc.org/articles/20-years-usgbc-pioneers-path <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-art-category"> <div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Story </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">24 Jul 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/20yrs_pioneers.png?1374697748" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>This article is part of a series of&nbsp;stories from USGBC's community celebrating 20 years of green building&nbsp;triumphs.&nbsp;Take a walk down memory lane with USGBC, as we&nbsp;reflect on favorite moments and share memories from the last 20 years. Share your own green building triumphs using #USGBC20.</em><br /><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/20-years-usgbc-pioneers-path" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/20-years-usgbc-pioneers-path#comments LEED Wed, 24 Jul 2013 20:29:08 +0000 Donna McIntire 2745643 at http://www.usgbc.org Survey: Are you interested in entering the Chinese market? http://www.usgbc.org/articles/survey-are-you-interested-entering-chinese-market <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="607" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/chinese-market.jpg?1374513600" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>By 2025, China intends on moving 250 million of its residents from rural areas to cities. Since many of&nbsp;the&nbsp;living spaces&nbsp;required to meet this goal&nbsp;do not yet exist, this policy is fueling a surge in building throughout the country.&nbsp;<br /><br />USGBC is interested in understanding how we can&nbsp;better support the efforts of our members to expand your business to China and&nbsp;offer sustainable options in the midst of China&rsquo;s surge.&nbsp;</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/survey-are-you-interested-entering-chinese-market" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/survey-are-you-interested-entering-chinese-market#comments Industry Mon, 22 Jul 2013 17:22:05 +0000 Arnold Kee 2745061 at http://www.usgbc.org Gearing up for the Green Associate: hints, tips, and insider tricks http://www.usgbc.org/articles/gearing-green-associate-hints-tips-and-insider-tricks <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/TwitterBlogHeaderImage_1-1_0.png?1374258775" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Thinking about earning your LEED Green Associate this summer? Have questions about what it takes to pass, what you need to study or how the credential can help your career?</p> <p>We&rsquo;ve got answers.</p> <p>Join <a href="http://www.twitter.com/usgbc">@USGBC</a> on Twitter this Tuesday, July 23&nbsp;at noon EST. The conversation will be led by two students currently studying for their LEED Green Associates, and two professionals who have gone through the process and passed with flying colors.</p> <p>Our panelists:</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/gearing-green-associate-hints-tips-and-insider-tricks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/gearing-green-associate-hints-tips-and-insider-tricks#comments Community Fri, 19 Jul 2013 18:34:33 +0000 Tess Wiggins 2744738 at http://www.usgbc.org Apply today for a scholarship to attend Greenbuild 2013 http://www.usgbc.org/articles/apply-today-scholarship-attend-greenbuild-2013 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/GRB-scholarship.jpg?1374000974" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><strong>Did you know that Americans spend 90% of their time inside buildings?</strong></p> <p>The health and performance of our buildings and communities has a lasting impact on our quality of life, and USGBC believes in green buildings and communities for all.</p> <p>The <a href="http://greenbuildexpo.org/Home.aspx">Greenbuild International Conference &amp; Expo</a> is an unparalleled event that brings together the people and products that are driving the green building movement.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/apply-today-scholarship-attend-greenbuild-2013" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/apply-today-scholarship-attend-greenbuild-2013#comments Greenbuild Tue, 16 Jul 2013 18:57:14 +0000 Ryan P. Snow 2743982 at http://www.usgbc.org LEED Professionals at a Glance: July 2013 http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-professionals-glance-july-2013 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="LEED Professionals at a Glance" alt="LEED Professionals at a Glance" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Article_ProfessionalsGlance.png?1363294191" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>[Part of an ongoing series capturing statistics on LEED Professionals]</em></p> <p>LEED Professionals distinguish themselves in the green building marketplace by earning one of six LEED professional credentials. Credential holders are recognized as leaders in the field and contribute their expertise to various industries and projects. Are you one of them?</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-professionals-glance-july-2013" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-professionals-glance-july-2013#comments LEED Tue, 16 Jul 2013 18:09:29 +0000 Robb Tufts 2743959 at http://www.usgbc.org Meet USGBC: Robb Tufts http://www.usgbc.org/articles/meet-usgbc-robb-tufts <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_robertt.png?1373896773" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><strong>What's your name and title at USGBC?</strong></p> <p>Robb Tufts, Business Intelligence Specialist.</p> <p><strong>How long have you worked here?</strong></p> <p>6 years.</p> <p><strong>Fill in the blank: We are _____________</strong></p> <p>Building the future today.</p> <p><strong>Who would you invite to your dream dinner party?</strong></p> <p>Emma Goldman, Thomas Jefferson, Al MacInnis, Edward Tufte</p> <p><strong>What book are you reading right now?</strong></p> <p>Freedom from Fear by Aung San Suu Kyi</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/meet-usgbc-robb-tufts" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/meet-usgbc-robb-tufts#comments Community Mon, 15 Jul 2013 14:01:41 +0000 2743605 at http://www.usgbc.org Attention Veterans! Take the LEED Professional exam for free http://www.usgbc.org/articles/attention-veterans-take-leed-professional-exam-free <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-art-category"> <div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Announcement </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">11 Jul 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_veteransexam.jpg?1373572300" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Looking to give yourself a career edge or qualify for a green job? The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) reimburses the cost of the LEED Green Associate and LEED AP credential exams for U.S. military veterans, eligible dependents and reservists.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/attention-veterans-take-leed-professional-exam-free" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/attention-veterans-take-leed-professional-exam-free#comments LEED Thu, 11 Jul 2013 19:51:47 +0000 Erin Emery 2743130 at http://www.usgbc.org A day in the life of a USGBC intern http://www.usgbc.org/articles/day-life-usgbc-intern <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="306" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/interns.jpg?1373459975" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>For many college students, summer is about lounging by the pool or catching up on some much-needed pleasure reading. For others, summer is a time to gain real world job experience, also known as an internship. So I chose the latter for how I would spend my summer and flocked to the nation&rsquo;s capital to pursue some amazing opportunities.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/day-life-usgbc-intern" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/day-life-usgbc-intern#comments Community Wed, 10 Jul 2013 12:40:34 +0000 Elizabeth Rowe 2742812 at http://www.usgbc.org The next 20 years: Pin it to Win it contest http://www.usgbc.org/articles/next-20-years-pin-it-win-it-contest <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Pin-It_blog-header.png?1373378929" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-slideshow-image"> <div class="field-label">Slideshow images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="475" height="600" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Pin-It_b_v2%5B3%5D.png?1373393372" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>77 local chapters. 182,000 residential and commercial projects. 2.8 billion certified square feet. 13,000 member companies.</em></p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/next-20-years-pin-it-win-it-contest" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/next-20-years-pin-it-win-it-contest#comments Community Tue, 09 Jul 2013 14:11:19 +0000 Tess Wiggins 2742587 at http://www.usgbc.org Green school leaders convene at USGBC's Mid Year Meeting http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-school-leaders-convene-usgbcs-mid-year-meeting <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Q&amp;A at the Mid Year Meeting" alt="Q&amp;A at the Mid Year Meeting" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/MYM.jpg?1372874781" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>For the third year running, USGBC dove into summer by convening our key volunteer leadership from across the country and even a few from other parts of the world at our annual mid-year meeting (affectionately known by the USGBC team as MYM). This year, our community descended upon steamy Indianapolis, Indiana, which managed to be hotter than the other two previous two locations – Stone Mountain, GA and San Antonio, TX.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-school-leaders-convene-usgbcs-mid-year-meeting" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-school-leaders-convene-usgbcs-mid-year-meeting#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 03 Jul 2013 18:07:12 +0000 Rachel Gutter 2741557 at http://www.usgbc.org The people behind the early days of LEED http://www.usgbc.org/articles/people-behind-early-days-leed <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-art-category"> <div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Story </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">3 Jul 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_20yrs_people.png?1372780468" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>My first exposure to LEED and the people behind it did not begin auspiciously. It was the night before the AIA Mainstreaming Green Conference in October of 1999 in Chattanooga, Tennessee and Hartsfield Airport in Atlanta was fogged in, cancelling all flights out for those of us trying to get to the conference. The Braves were in the World Series which meant there wasn’t a hotel room to be had in Atlanta, so a chance-met friend and I pulled an all-nighter and drove to Chattanooga.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/people-behind-early-days-leed" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/people-behind-early-days-leed#comments Community Wed, 03 Jul 2013 14:09:01 +0000 Alex Zimmerman 2741232 at http://www.usgbc.org #LEEDWorks – the green building community has spoken http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leedworks-%E2%80%93-green-building-community-has-spoken <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-art-category"> <div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Announcement </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">2 Jul 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="USGBC President and CEO Rick Fedrizzi boldly states &quot;LEED works&quot;" alt="USGBC President and CEO Rick Fedrizzi boldly states &quot;LEED works&quot;" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_leedworks.png?1372776116" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>LEED works. It's working to protect the environment. It's working to save you money. It's working to build better and stronger communities. And it works because of you.</em></p> <p>Today, because of your work, LEED takes a significant step forward in its critical role of driving a more sustainable built environment.  With the overwhelming <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc%E2%80%99s-leed-v4-passes-ballot-and-will-launch-fall">passage of LEED v4</a>, our community once again embraced leadership and paved the way for the next generation of green building.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leedworks-%E2%80%93-green-building-community-has-spoken" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leedworks-%E2%80%93-green-building-community-has-spoken#comments LEED Tue, 02 Jul 2013 14:43:57 +0000 Rick Fedrizzi 2741204 at http://www.usgbc.org USGBC to Offer Free Certification for First Platinum Projects to Use Next Generation of LEED http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-offer-free-certification-first-platinum-projects-use-next-generation-leed <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/press_release_img_0_0_1.jpeg?1372450642" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Washington, D.C. — (June 28, 2013) — In an effort to accelerate sustainable development around the world, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), creators of the LEED® green building rating system, is adding a new layer to its LEED Earth campaign to offer free LEED certification to the first Platinum projects that certify using the new version of LEED. This new component will encourage and reward optimum, cutting-edge green building practices globally.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-offer-free-certification-first-platinum-projects-use-next-generation-leed" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-offer-free-certification-first-platinum-projects-use-next-generation-leed#comments LEED Fri, 28 Jun 2013 20:19:56 +0000 Joseph Crea 2740666 at http://www.usgbc.org Board Snapshot: June 2013 http://www.usgbc.org/articles/board-snapshot-june-2013 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/BoardSnapshot_1_0.jpg?1372264286" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The USGBC Board of Directors convened at the Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis, Ind., from June 10-11,&nbsp;2013. This meeting was held as part of the third annual USGBC Mid-Year Meeting. Rather than an official record of the proceedings, we've summarized the highlights from the meetings. Official meeting minutes will be available online after they have been approved by the Board of Directors in August. <br /><br /><a href="https://new.usgbc.org/about/board-of-directors">View approved USGBC Board meeting minutes through April 25, 2013 &raquo;</a></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/board-snapshot-june-2013" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/board-snapshot-june-2013#comments Community Wed, 26 Jun 2013 16:31:30 +0000 Alyssa Campagnoni 2739834 at http://www.usgbc.org An Indianapolis neighborhood plans its future http://www.usgbc.org/articles/indianapolis-neighborhood-plans-its-future <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-art-category"> <div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Story </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">25 Jun 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_indianapolis.jpg?1372166752" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-slideshow-image"> <div class="field-label">Slideshow images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1000" height="563" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/IndianapolisSlideshow_1.jpg?1372166777" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1000" height="750" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/IndianapolisSlideshow_2.jpg?1372166791" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Real estate projects may have slowed over the past few years, but there is a great example in Indianapolis of one development corporation's use of <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/leed/rating-systems/neighborhoods">LEED for Neighborhood Development</a> (LEED-ND), coupled with patience and persistence, to realize their goals. In mid-June a group of USGBC Board members had the chance to tour the community and witness key features of the rating system in action. We were very impressed!</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/indianapolis-neighborhood-plans-its-future" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/indianapolis-neighborhood-plans-its-future#comments Initiatives Tue, 25 Jun 2013 13:28:05 +0000 Ken Potts 2739589 at http://www.usgbc.org 10 Pinterest boards every green builder should follow http://www.usgbc.org/articles/10-pinterest-boards-every-green-builder-should-follow <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="653" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_toppin.jpg?1371752228" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>There's a reason Pinterest is the fastest growing social media platform of all time, and the third most popular overall after Facebook and Twitter. The big, bright photos (and very little text) in a broad range of categories&mdash;from travel to architecture to "geek"&mdash;makes it very easy to get hooked. More and more, companies are using Pinterest as a valuable tool to showcase their products and highlight relevant industry news. We've scoured the web for the best green building Pinterest boards that we think you'll find very <em>pinteresting</em>:</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/10-pinterest-boards-every-green-builder-should-follow" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/10-pinterest-boards-every-green-builder-should-follow#comments Community Thu, 20 Jun 2013 18:24:59 +0000 Tess Wiggins 2738930 at http://www.usgbc.org 20 years of USGBC: A recipe for green building success http://www.usgbc.org/articles/20-years-usgbc-recipe-green-building-success <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-art-category"> <div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> inspirational; interview; story; video </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-all-authorized-by"> <div class="field-label">Authored by:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> David Gottfried </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">20 Jun 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_20_recipe.jpg?1371737697" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>This article is part of a series of&nbsp;stories from USGBC's community celebrating 20 years of green building&nbsp;triumphs.&nbsp;Take a walk down memory lane with USGBC, as we&nbsp;reflect on favorite moments and share memories from the last 20 years. Share your own green building triumphs using #USGBC20.</em></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/20-years-usgbc-recipe-green-building-success" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/20-years-usgbc-recipe-green-building-success#comments Community Thu, 20 Jun 2013 14:18:36 +0000 2738871 at http://www.usgbc.org Sparking a future: USGBC-OC's Emerging Professionals visioning charrette http://www.usgbc.org/articles/sparking-future-usgbc-ocs-emerging-professionals-visioning-charrette <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_ep_oc.jpg?1371503283" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><strong>What are the goals, mission, and vision for the rebooted USGBC Orange Countys Emerging Professionals (EP-OC)?</strong></p> <p>On May 16th, attendees of EP-OCs 2013 kick-off event, a Visioning Charrette, collaborated at DPR Constructions LEED-CI Gold space. The event began with networking amongst both emerging &amp; established professionals of varied industries over wine &amp; hors d'oeuvres. Our brand new Core Group (Diana, Carolyn, Sara, Thomas, and Tasso) went into action setting up, pandering raffle tickets, and enlivening conversations.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/sparking-future-usgbc-ocs-emerging-professionals-visioning-charrette" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/sparking-future-usgbc-ocs-emerging-professionals-visioning-charrette#comments Community Mon, 17 Jun 2013 21:12:29 +0000 Diana Franklin 2738157 at http://www.usgbc.org Chapter Staff Spotlight: Grey Lee, USGBC Massachusetts Executive Director http://www.usgbc.org/articles/chapter-staff-spotlight-grey-lee-usgbc-massachusetts-executive-director <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="“USGBC Massachusetts Executive Director Grey Lee with USGBC Chapter Consultant, Meredith Kennedy" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feautre_ch_ma.jpg?1371222538" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Operating for many years as a dedicated group of volunteers with a small staff, the <a href="http://www.usgbcma.org/">USGBC Massachusetts Chapter</a> was growing quickly and looking to expand their reach to all corners of the state. In 2012 they embarked on a search for an Executive Director, supported by a USGBC Chapters Capacity Building Grant. The Chapters first Executive Director, <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/grey-lee/0000019193">Grey Lee</a>, was hired in November.&nbsp;</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/chapter-staff-spotlight-grey-lee-usgbc-massachusetts-executive-director" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/chapter-staff-spotlight-grey-lee-usgbc-massachusetts-executive-director#comments Community Fri, 14 Jun 2013 15:10:11 +0000 Cindy Zork 2737723 at http://www.usgbc.org Meet USGBC: Doug Gatlin http://www.usgbc.org/articles/meet-usgbc-doug-gatlin <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Meet USGBC&#039;s VP of LEED &amp; Product Management, Doug Gatlin" alt="Meet USGBC&#039;s VP of LEED &amp; Product Management, Doug Gatlin" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Article_MeetDoug.png?1371148190" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><strong>What's your name and title at USGBC?</strong></p><p class="p1">Doug Gatlin,&nbsp;VP, LEED &amp; Product Management</p> <p><strong>How long have you been at USGBC?&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>I joined the staff at USGBC in early 2006, back when there were only a few hundred LEED-certified projects, LEED was just a toddler then, and the staff organization was about 40 people.<br /><br /><strong>Where's your hometown?</strong></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/meet-usgbc-doug-gatlin" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/meet-usgbc-doug-gatlin#comments Community Thu, 13 Jun 2013 18:33:10 +0000 2737556 at http://www.usgbc.org Letter from Rick: Looking back on twenty years http://www.usgbc.org/articles/letter-rick-looking-back-twenty-years <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_USGBC_AR_2012_0.png?1371049320" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><span id="caret_pos_holder">Dear friends of USGBC,&nbsp;</span></p> <p>What were you doing 20 years ago?</p> <p>I was standing in front of 60 organizations, along side green building pioneers David Gottfried and Mike Italiano, at the first-ever meeting of the U.S. Green&nbsp;Building Council. As the three co-founders of USGBC, we were idealistic. We were nervous. And we had one very important quality in common with everyone sitting in that room: we knew, without any hesitation, that the journey we were about to embark upon was the right thing to do.&nbsp;</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/letter-rick-looking-back-twenty-years" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/letter-rick-looking-back-twenty-years#comments Community Wed, 12 Jun 2013 15:03:46 +0000 2737264 at http://www.usgbc.org "HACK-ing" LEED project experience http://www.usgbc.org/articles/hack-ing-leed-project-experience <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/usgbc1-1.jpg?1370882754" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re looking for more experience.&rdquo;
&nbsp;</p> <p>

Those five gut-wrenching words are the bane of every entry-level professional seeking gainful employment. It&rsquo;s the classic chicken-and-egg scenario that all young graduates face -- how does one gain experience without an opportunity to gain said experience? 

</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/hack-ing-leed-project-experience" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/hack-ing-leed-project-experience#comments LEED Mon, 10 Jun 2013 16:46:16 +0000 Brett Dioguardi 2736592 at http://www.usgbc.org We rep, we serve, we lead http://www.usgbc.org/articles/we-rep-we-serve-we-lead <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/263370_649844921711855_1577302682_n.jpg?1370874708" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>&ldquo;We Rep, We Serve, We Lead.&rdquo; This was the theme of this year&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.youthbuild.org">YouthBuild USA</a>&nbsp;Conference of Young Leaders. I was lucky to represent USGBC at this event that included 115 student leaders chosen from 60+ local YouthBuild programs across the country. Before I arrived, the delegates participated in a series of workshops, discussion forums, and other activities. Their goal was to unleash the positivity around what it means to represent, serve, and lead for themselves as individuals, their communities, and the YouthBuild movement.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/we-rep-we-serve-we-lead" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/we-rep-we-serve-we-lead#comments Community Mon, 10 Jun 2013 14:37:09 +0000 Ryan P. Snow 2736550 at http://www.usgbc.org Net-zero house opens at Clover Park Technical College http://www.usgbc.org/articles/net-zero-house-opens-clover-park-technical-college <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Roof-1.png?1370637988" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>This past May marked a very significant event for the students and staff at<a href="http://www.cptc.edu/"> Clover Park Technical College</a>&nbsp;(CPTC) in Lakewood, WA. The college's Zero Energy House opened, and was visited by a special guest, <a href="http://lakewood-jblm.patch.com/groups/politics-and-elections/p/gov-jay-inslee-to-speak-at-clover-park-technical-college">Governor Jay Inslee</a>, who&nbsp;remarked, &ldquo;for every one of these houses, there will be ten more built in the market.&rdquo;</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/net-zero-house-opens-clover-park-technical-college" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/net-zero-house-opens-clover-park-technical-college#comments Center for Green Schools Fri, 07 Jun 2013 20:49:37 +0000 Daniel Smith 2736300 at http://www.usgbc.org An "Above and Beyond Volunteer" advances legislation in Texas http://www.usgbc.org/articles/above-and-beyond-volunteer-advances-legislation-texas <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/david_matiella_0.jpg?1370617862" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>This month, David Matiella was recognized as one of USGBC's Above and Beyond Volunteers. He joins a dedicated group of volunteer leaders whose contributions have led to outstanding achievements in the green building movement.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/above-and-beyond-volunteer-advances-legislation-texas" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/above-and-beyond-volunteer-advances-legislation-texas#comments Community Fri, 07 Jun 2013 15:12:14 +0000 Colin White 2736200 at http://www.usgbc.org Chapter Steering Committee says so long to four impactful volunteers http://www.usgbc.org/articles/chapter-steering-committee-says-so-long-four-impactful-volunteers <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/csc.jpg?1370528704" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>This year, the Chapter Steering Committee (CSC) said goodbye to four long-serving members: Kathy Zarsky, Paul Poirier, Amy Wortman and Alessandra Carreon. The CSC is an integrated group of chapter community leaders who provide USGBC with relevant expertise, stakeholder perspectives, market intelligence, best practices and vision. </p> <p>The CSC works towards our collective vision by strengthening and empowering USGBC’s chapter community.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/chapter-steering-committee-says-so-long-four-impactful-volunteers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/chapter-steering-committee-says-so-long-four-impactful-volunteers#comments Community Thu, 06 Jun 2013 14:28:03 +0000 Colin White 2735933 at http://www.usgbc.org Be a leader: Join the USGBC Board of Directors http://www.usgbc.org/articles/be-leader-join-usgbc-board-directors <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/USGBC-board.jpg?1370361107" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>This is a transformational time for the U.S. Green Building Council as we celebrate USGBC&rsquo;s 20<sup>th</sup> anniversary and the anticipated launch of LEED v4.<br /> <br /> Take part in shaping USGBC&rsquo;s strategic direction and nominate yourself for the 2014 Board of Directors. <a href="/board/nomination" target="_blank">Learn more</a>.</p> <p>The self-nomination period will be open from July 1-30, 2013. <a href="http://vimeo.com/67586870">Hear from members of our board</a> to learn more about being on the USGBC Board of Directors.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/be-leader-join-usgbc-board-directors" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/be-leader-join-usgbc-board-directors#comments Community Tue, 04 Jun 2013 15:55:04 +0000 Walter Cuculic 2735394 at http://www.usgbc.org Greening our games - a Twitter chat recap http://www.usgbc.org/articles/greening-our-games-twitter-chat-recap <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/CFGS_TwitterTranscriptHeaderImage_1-1.jpg?1370359325" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Two weeks ago, the Center for Green Schools (@mygreenschools) had the pleasure of virtually sitting down with the Green Sports Alliance (@sportsalliance) and the Seattle Mariners (@Mariners) over Twitter to talk green sports, the Green Apple Day of Service and more. In case you missed it, we've got you covered with a recap of our favorite questions of the day:</p> <p><strong>Green Sports Alliance (Alliance): Let&rsquo;s get started with a question to Scott Jenkins from the Mariners: How are your team and venue going green?</strong></p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/greening-our-games-twitter-chat-recap" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/greening-our-games-twitter-chat-recap#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 04 Jun 2013 15:37:34 +0000 Tess Wiggins 2735388 at http://www.usgbc.org MD Delegate Visits USGBC Students at Howard Community College http://www.usgbc.org/articles/md-delegate-visits-usgbc-students-howard-community-college <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/HCC_Student_Group_Photo_0.jpg?1370014158" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>On May 8, Maryland Delegate Liz Bobo visited the campus of Howard Community College (HCC) to receive a tour of the LEED Certified Health Sciences Building, learn what the USGBC Students group has been up to and speak with students about the local sustainability issues. In addition to the USGBC Students group members, we were joined by faculty and facilities personnel from HCC and students from the environmental club, making it a diverse group of key stakeholders for campus sustainability.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/md-delegate-visits-usgbc-students-howard-community-college" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/md-delegate-visits-usgbc-students-howard-community-college#comments Center for Green Schools Fri, 31 May 2013 15:30:00 +0000 Benjamin Fischer 2734810 at http://www.usgbc.org Supporting Our Troops by Lowering Energy Costs in South Carolina http://www.usgbc.org/articles/supporting-our-troops-lowering-energy-costs-south-carolina <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/chapters_sc_heroes.jpeg?1369934780" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>On Memorial Day, we salute our servicemen and women for their heroic work to protect the values of this country that we all hold so dear. To return the favor, the <a href="http://www.usgbcsc.org/">USGBC South Carolina Chapter</a> has teamed up with the South Carolina Department of Veterans Affairs to develop the Energy Efficient Homes for Heroes program.&nbsp;</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/supporting-our-troops-lowering-energy-costs-south-carolina" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/supporting-our-troops-lowering-energy-costs-south-carolina#comments Community Thu, 30 May 2013 17:28:37 +0000 Melissa Le Roy 2734516 at http://www.usgbc.org Watch the trailer for "Water Blues, Green Solutions" http://www.usgbc.org/articles/watch-trailer-water-blues-green-solutions <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_waterblues.jpg?1368824140" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><strong>Water is a limited resource, essential for life. Just as we recognize the value of water, it is important to recognize the value of natural systems to store and maintain clean, fresh water and to sustain biodiversity and wildlife.</strong></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/watch-trailer-water-blues-green-solutions" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/watch-trailer-water-blues-green-solutions#comments LEED Fri, 17 May 2013 20:55:42 +0000 2731540 at http://www.usgbc.org Meet USGBC: Megan Ritchie Saffitz http://www.usgbc.org/articles/meet-usgbc-megan-ritchie-saffitz <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Meet USGBC&#039;s Director of LEED Support, Megan Ritchie Saffitz" alt="Meet USGBC&#039;s Director of LEED Support, Megan Ritchie Saffitz" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_MeetUSGBC_mrs.png?1368453396" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><strong>What's your name and title at USGBC?</strong><br /><br />Megan Ritchie Saffitz,&nbsp;Director of LEED Support<br /><br /><strong>How long have you been at USGBC?&nbsp;</strong><br /><br />I joined in October 2010.<br /><br /><strong>How do you get to work?</strong><br /><br />I walk the 10 steps from my bedroom to my home office in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle, WA. I can get so much more work done since I don't have to commute!<br /><br /><strong>Where's your hometown?</strong><br /><br />Seattle - I'm a fourth generation Washingtonian!<br /><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/meet-usgbc-megan-ritchie-saffitz" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/meet-usgbc-megan-ritchie-saffitz#comments Community Mon, 13 May 2013 13:57:30 +0000 2730098 at http://www.usgbc.org Join USGBC on Instagram http://www.usgbc.org/articles/join-usgbc-instagram <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_instagram.png?1367429545" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Go ahead. Brag a little. We know how hard you&rsquo;ve worked to get the right materials, master the credentialing process and collaborate with architects, engineers and everyone in between to get your building LEED certified. You deserve some spotlight.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/join-usgbc-instagram" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/join-usgbc-instagram#comments Community Wed, 01 May 2013 14:35:08 +0000 Tess Wiggins 2725681 at http://www.usgbc.org Recognizing the Engine of Green Building on Volunteer Appreciation Week http://www.usgbc.org/articles/recognizing-engine-green-building-volunteer-appreciation-week <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-all-authored-by"> <div class="field-label">Authored by:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/people/kimberly-lewis/0000029816">Kimberly Lewis</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/volunteer-appreciation.jpg?1366924811" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>It's Volunteer Appreciation Week at USGBC, when we recognize the wonderful volunteers who have made invaluable contributions to the green building movement. </p> <p>In 2012 alone, over 530,000 volunteer hours were given across the USGBC community by a diverse group of people who, like you, are dedicated to green buildings and communities for all within a generation.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/recognizing-engine-green-building-volunteer-appreciation-week" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/recognizing-engine-green-building-volunteer-appreciation-week#comments Community Thu, 25 Apr 2013 19:55:13 +0000 Kimberly Lewis 2723504 at http://www.usgbc.org Green Building Councils of the Americas Video http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-building-councils-americas-video <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Screen%20Shot%202013-04-22%20at%201.58.24%20PM.png?1366653737" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) Americas Regional Network is celebrating Earth Day with the release of a <a href="http://www.worldgbc.org/activities/news/global/americas-regional-network-celebrates-earth-day/" target="new">new educational video</a> highlighting the work the Green Building Councils (GBCs) of the Americas are doing, and who is involved. </p> <p>The video notes how the GBCs are connected through North America, Central America, and South America and how all work together towards facilitating the transformation of the building industry towards sustainability.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-building-councils-americas-video" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-building-councils-americas-video#comments Industry Mon, 22 Apr 2013 18:21:54 +0000 Joseph Crea 2719332 at http://www.usgbc.org Energy Efficiency Experts 2013 Registration http://www.usgbc.org/articles/energy-efficiency-experts-2013-registration <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/EE%20Global%20Facebook%5B2%5D.png?1366652591" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The U.S. Green Building Council is pleased to announce that space has been added to allow for an additional 100 attendees at the premier gathering of energy efficiency experts: <a href="http://eeglobalforum.org/" target="new">EE Global 2013</a>! Registrations are available on a first-come, first-served basis so be sure to <a href="http://j.mp/YEXrDk" target="new">purchase your seat</a> today and join us May 20-21 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/energy-efficiency-experts-2013-registration" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/energy-efficiency-experts-2013-registration#comments Industry Mon, 22 Apr 2013 17:46:13 +0000 2719275 at http://www.usgbc.org The Greenest Day(s) of the Year http://www.usgbc.org/articles/greenest-days-year <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="668" height="308" title="Rachel Gutter will be building green living walls on the Today Show on Earth Day. Photo credit: greenovergrey.com via Flikr" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/4108729598_4f3745b17e_z.jpg?1366311519" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Earth Day is just around the corner, and while USGBC believes that <em>every</em> day is Earth Day, we can’t resist packing our schedules with a long list of events to celebrate an opportunity to promote healthy, sustainable buildings. Here are a few of the events we have lined up over the next two weeks. We hope to see you out there.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/greenest-days-year" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/greenest-days-year#comments Advocacy and policy Thu, 18 Apr 2013 19:08:53 +0000 Tess Wiggins 2717253 at http://www.usgbc.org USGBC Chapters Talk Green Schools with Teachers, Parents and Facility Managers http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-chapters-talk-green-schools-teachers-parents-and-facility-managers <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-all-authored-by"> <div class="field-label">Authored by:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/people/stephanie-wither/0010748466">Stephanie Wither</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Photo_6.jpg?1366126200" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>With territories ranked in the top-10 nationally for LEED-certified buildings, USGBC's <a href="http://www.usgbcncr.org/">National Capital Region</a> and <a href="http://www.usgbcmd.org/">Maryland</a> Chapters recently sought to accelerate their impact in schools, where nationally $542 billion will be required over the next 10 years to modernize pre-K through 12th grade infrastructure. 

</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-chapters-talk-green-schools-teachers-parents-and-facility-managers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-chapters-talk-green-schools-teachers-parents-and-facility-managers#comments Community Tue, 16 Apr 2013 15:22:31 +0000 Stephanie Wither 2715918 at http://www.usgbc.org SB 326 Will "Restrict our Collective Ability to Create Healthier, More Energy Efficient Buildings" - Constituent Letter to AL Sen. Whatley http://www.usgbc.org/articles/sb-326-will-restrict-our-collective-ability-create-healthier-more-energy-efficient-building <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/alabama-post.png?1365793499" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>We love seeing positive support for the benefits of LEED at the national, state and local levels. Here’s a recent example in Alabama:</p> <p>The Honorable Tom Whatley Room 733<br /> State House<br /> 11 South Union Street Montgomery, Alabama 36130<br /> RE: SB 326</p> <p>Dear Senator Whatley,</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/sb-326-will-restrict-our-collective-ability-create-healthier-more-energy-efficient-building" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/sb-326-will-restrict-our-collective-ability-create-healthier-more-energy-efficient-building#comments Advocacy and policy Fri, 12 Apr 2013 19:13:58 +0000 2714906 at http://www.usgbc.org Board Snapshot: February 2013 http://www.usgbc.org/articles/board-snapshot-february-2013 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/BoardSnapshot_1.jpg?1365538482" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The USGBC Board of Directors convened at USGBC Headquarters in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 19-20, 2013. The following is a summary of relevant highlights from the meetings rather than an official record of the proceedings. Official meeting minutes will be available on usgbc.org after they have been approved by the Board of Directors in April. View approved <a href="/resources/list/minutes?keys=board+minutes">USGBC Board meeting minutes</a> through January 17, 2013.</p> <h2>Board Meeting Highlights</h2> <p><strong>Leadership</strong></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/board-snapshot-february-2013" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/board-snapshot-february-2013#comments Community Tue, 09 Apr 2013 20:38:14 +0000 Alyssa Campagnoni 2713442 at http://www.usgbc.org USGBC Missouri Gateway Chapter Uses Technology to Tackle Local Advocacy Challenge

 http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-missouri-gateway-chapter-uses-technology-tackle-local-advocacy-challenge%E2%80%A8%E2%80%A8 <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-all-authored-by"> <div class="field-label">Authored by:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/people/cindy-zork/0010736975">Cindy Zork</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/2012septeajeancraigdonmarsh_2-resized.jpg?1364926257" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The St. Louis region provides a unique local advocacy challenge as it is divided into 193 local governments – the largest in the nation (2010 US Census Data) . Taking on this challenge, the <a href="http://new.usgbc.org/chapters/missouri-gateway-chapter">USGBC Missouri Gateway Chapter</a> set out to increase collaboration among organizations that provide sustainability resources to local governments, and assist local governments with their sustainability efforts.

</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-missouri-gateway-chapter-uses-technology-tackle-local-advocacy-challenge%E2%80%A8%E2%80%A8" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-missouri-gateway-chapter-uses-technology-tackle-local-advocacy-challenge%E2%80%A8%E2%80%A8#comments Community Tue, 02 Apr 2013 18:04:24 +0000 Cindy Zork 2709269 at http://www.usgbc.org Fore Property Co. Highlights Commitment to Triple Bottom Line with Maryland Multifamily Project http://www.usgbc.org/articles/fore-property-co-highlights-commitment-triple-bottom-line-maryland-multifamily-project <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-all-authored-by"> <div class="field-label">Authored by:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/people/roger-platt/0010548480">Roger Platt</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Left to right: Groveton Green Manager Kim Robinson, USGBC Senior Vice President Roger Platt, Fore Property Vice President Jim Sullivan, Baltimore County Councilman Kennth Oliver, USGBC Maryland Chapter Chairman Nathan Robb" alt="Groveton Manager Kim Robinson, USGBC SVP Roger Platt, Fore VP Jim Sullivan, Coun" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/LEED%20Presentation%20photo.jpg?1364849726" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>In the green building movement, there has long been consensus that to effect real change in how we address the built environment, a unilateral approach by any one party simply will not do. Instead, the movement must be built around a consortium of partners in the private, public and nonprofit sectors working together to most effectively advance buildings that are better for the environment and for the people who use them every day.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/fore-property-co-highlights-commitment-triple-bottom-line-maryland-multifamily-project" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/fore-property-co-highlights-commitment-triple-bottom-line-maryland-multifamily-project#comments Community Mon, 01 Apr 2013 21:18:56 +0000 Roger Platt 2708605 at http://www.usgbc.org Calling Passionate, Innovative Emerging Professional Leaders http://www.usgbc.org/articles/calling-passionate-innovative-emerging-professional-leaders <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-all-authored-by"> <div class="field-label">Authored by:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/people/ariane-laxo/0010089098">Ariane Laxo</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/dsc_0024-resized.jpg?1363977100" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Are you passionate about a sustainable future? Do you want to make a difference and impact real change in the built environment?</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/calling-passionate-innovative-emerging-professional-leaders" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/calling-passionate-innovative-emerging-professional-leaders#comments Community Fri, 22 Mar 2013 18:29:00 +0000 Ariane Laxo 2705029 at http://www.usgbc.org Mining Electrons: Learning from the Complexities of Capturing Energy Efficiency in Existing Buildings http://www.usgbc.org/articles/mining-electrons-learning-complexities-capturing-energy-efficiency-existing-buildings <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-all-authored-by"> <div class="field-label">Authored by:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/people/mick-dalrymple/0010365835">Mick Dalrymple</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/DSC_7524%20resize-wn.jpg?1363885663" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>After more than a dozen years as an active, passionate member of the green building community and USGBC, I’d like to tell you that energy efficiency is easy. The ‘Nega-Watt’ is a beautiful fuel source, but unlocking its full potential has kept me up many sleepless nights. Scaling its potential is a critical pathway to a regenerative future. If financial markets are to be convinced to invest in large energy efficiency loan portfolios, they need to know if the electrons really can be mined predictably.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/mining-electrons-learning-complexities-capturing-energy-efficiency-existing-buildings" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/mining-electrons-learning-complexities-capturing-energy-efficiency-existing-buildings#comments Community Thu, 21 Mar 2013 16:59:59 +0000 Mick Dalrymple 2702550 at http://www.usgbc.org Virginia is the Top Seed in Green Building http://www.usgbc.org/articles/virginia-top-seed-green-building <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-all-authored-by"> <div class="field-label">Authored by:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/people/jason-hartke/0010084786">Jason Hartke</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Credit: taberandrew via Flickr" alt="Credit: taberandrew via Flickr" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/524857356_fe0abe0db9_b_0.jpg?1363803297" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-slideshow-image"> <div class="field-label">Slideshow images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="407" height="640" title="Left to right: USGBC National Capital Region Chapter Chairman Mike Babcock, USGBC Vice President of National Policy Jason Hartke, Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille. Credit: Cecilia Shutters" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/three-at-pod-for-web.jpg?1363803345" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1468" height="3008" title="Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille speaking at the March 19 event. Credit: Cecilia Shutters" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Mayor%20straight%20on%20with%20banner%20for%20print_0.jpg?1363803406" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="2000" height="3008" title="USGBC Vice President of National Policy Jason Hartke speaking at the March 19 event. Credit: Cecilia Shutters" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Jason%20right%20side%20%28slight%20blur%29for%20print_0.jpg?1363803476" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="640" height="475" title="Event attendees tour the LEED Gold Alexandria Police Headquarters. Credit: Cecilia Shutters" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/grouptour3for-web.jpg?1363803529" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="640" height="630" title="The Alexandria Police Department seal. Credit: Cecilia Shutters" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/police-plaque-for-web.jpg?1363803596" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="640" height="530" title="The Alexandria Police Headquarters LEED plaque. Credit: Cecilia Shutters" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/LEED-plaque-for-web.jpg?1363803653" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>With March Madness kicking off tomorrow, I thought it would be fitting to recognize one of the top seeds in green building, among states that is. Yes, the usual suspects like California and Maryland and Illinois are up there. But this year’s top seed is Virginia.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/virginia-top-seed-green-building" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/virginia-top-seed-green-building#comments Community Wed, 20 Mar 2013 18:29:54 +0000 Jason Hartke 2702263 at http://www.usgbc.org Q & A with Al Skodowski, Chair of USGBC's Board of Directors http://www.usgbc.org/articles/q-al-skodowski-chair-usgbcs-board-directors <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/alskodowskifeature.png?1363718238" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-slideshow-image"> <div class="field-label">Slideshow images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="200" height="291" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Skodowski_Allan_0.jpg?1363716725" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="801" height="1200" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/2286_Transwestern_0222.jpg?1363722662" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="4608" height="3456" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/IMG_0149.JPG?1363722685" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>With nearly 30 years of commercial real estate facility management experience, <a href="http://new.usgbc.org/people/al-skodowski/0000086808">Al Skodowski</a>, Senior Vice President of Sustainability at Transwestern, became chair of USGBC's Board of Directors this year. Read on to get his take on the green building movement, and his plans and goals for his position as board chair. </p> <p><strong>What inspired you to begin a career in sustainability?</strong></p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/q-al-skodowski-chair-usgbcs-board-directors" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/q-al-skodowski-chair-usgbcs-board-directors#comments Community Tue, 19 Mar 2013 18:40:42 +0000 2701709 at http://www.usgbc.org Meet USGBC: Judith Webb, SVP http://www.usgbc.org/articles/meet-usgbc-judith-webb-svp <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="USGBC&#039;s SVP of Marketing &amp; Strategy - Judith Webb" alt="USGBC&#039;s SVP of Marketing &amp; Strategy - Judith Webb" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_judithw.png?1363702003" /> </div> </div> </div> <h4>What's your name, title at USGBC?</h4> <p>Judith Webb, APR, SVP, Marketing &amp; Strategy</p> <h4>Where are you from?</h4> <p>I’m a Georgia girl – grew up in Atlanta, lived in Chicago for about five years in the 70s, and San Antonio, for about five years in the 80s. Then went home to the ATL in 1987 where I’ve been ever since (except of course when I’m in DC).</p> <h4>How long have you worked at USGBC?</h4> <p>Started consulting with USGBC in 2003 doing media training. I came on staff full time in 2010.</p> <h4>What's your typical day like?</h4> <p>Every day is a new day.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/meet-usgbc-judith-webb-svp" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/meet-usgbc-judith-webb-svp#comments Community Tue, 19 Mar 2013 14:09:22 +0000 2701599 at http://www.usgbc.org Dispatch from Delhi: The Wisdom of Cities
 http://www.usgbc.org/articles/dispatch-delhi-wisdom-cities%E2%80%A8 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="607" height="288" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/107_SuzlonOneEarth_Exterior_0.jpg?1363382024" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>I find myself in one of the most amazing cities in the world as I write this. And I’m here, ironically, to talk to the people of this city about, of all things, cities.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/dispatch-delhi-wisdom-cities%E2%80%A8" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/dispatch-delhi-wisdom-cities%E2%80%A8#comments Community Fri, 15 Mar 2013 21:16:48 +0000 Rick Fedrizzi 2700620 at http://www.usgbc.org Pittsburgh’s 2030 District Gets Big Business (and Small Business) on Board with Healthy and High Performing Buildings http://www.usgbc.org/articles/pittsburgh%E2%80%99s-2030-district-gets-big-business-and-small-business-board-healthy-and-high-perf <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-all-authored-by"> <div class="field-label">Authored by:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/people/leslie-montgomery/0010807324">Leslie Montgomery</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/3845403469_ca84a35fac_b.jpg?1363382824" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Pittsburgh has long worked to overcome its reputation as a steel town. The city has made great progress over the years; it now ranks #14 nationally for the number of LEED-certified buildings, places at the top of many “Most Livable Cities” lists, and boasts an impressive collection of universities with leading sustainability initiatives. The recently launched Pittsburgh 2030 District seeks to continue that momentum and ensure that the city remains a competitive place to live, work, learn, and play for years to come.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/pittsburgh%E2%80%99s-2030-district-gets-big-business-and-small-business-board-healthy-and-high-perf" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/pittsburgh%E2%80%99s-2030-district-gets-big-business-and-small-business-board-healthy-and-high-perf#comments Community Fri, 15 Mar 2013 21:16:04 +0000 Leslie Montgomery 2700605 at http://www.usgbc.org Greening Detroit Public Schools to Reduce Costs and Strengthen Communities http://www.usgbc.org/articles/greening-detroit-public-schools-reduce-costs-and-strengthen-communities <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-all-authored-by"> <div class="field-label">Authored by:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/people/alessandra-carreon/0010258235">Alessandra Carreon</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/article_dps.jpg?1363354696" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://detroitk12.org/admin/operations/aux_services/energy_management/">Detroit Public Schools (DPS)</a> is developing a comprehensive Sustainability Management Plan (SMP) to reduce costs, benefit communities, boost student achievement and prepare students for jobs. The SMP has six focus areas: Energy Management, Waste Management and Recycling, Indoor Environment, Outdoor Environment, Transportation, and Student Nutrition. DPS has also recently completed the construction of seven new schools pending LEED certification.

</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/greening-detroit-public-schools-reduce-costs-and-strengthen-communities" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/greening-detroit-public-schools-reduce-costs-and-strengthen-communities#comments Community Wed, 13 Mar 2013 19:36:02 +0000 Alessandra Carreon 2699589 at http://www.usgbc.org Touring the NIST Net-Zero Energy Residential Test Facility with USGBC Maryland http://www.usgbc.org/articles/touring-nist-net-zero-energy-residential-test-facility-usgbc-maryland <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-all-authored-by"> <div class="field-label">Authored by:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/people/janice-edwards/0010287111">Janice Edwards</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/NIST%20in%20MD.jpg?1362694238" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The <a href="http://usgbcmd.org/">USGBC Maryland Chapter</a>, under the leadership of Mary Pulcinella, Executive Director, and Nate Robb, Chair, Board of Directors, recently hosted a group of 25 green building enthusiasts for a tour of the <a href="http://www.nist.gov/el/nzertf/net_zero_91212.cfm">Net-Zero Energy Residential Test Facility</a> at the National Institute of Standards &amp; Technology in Gaithersburg, Maryland. In January, the facility received the chapter’s <a href="https://wifi.secure.usgbc.org/logout.html">Wintergreen Award</a>.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/touring-nist-net-zero-energy-residential-test-facility-usgbc-maryland" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/touring-nist-net-zero-energy-residential-test-facility-usgbc-maryland#comments Community Thu, 07 Mar 2013 22:07:28 +0000 Janice Edwards 2697548 at http://www.usgbc.org An Above and Beyond Volunteer Brings a Garden to Life in Hawaii http://www.usgbc.org/articles/above-and-beyond-volunteer-brings-garden-life-hawaii <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Hawaii.jpg?1362667552" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>This month, Raymond Higa was recognized as one of USGBC’s <a href="http://new.usgbc.org/community/volunteers">Above and Beyond Volunteers</a>, volunteer leaders whose contributions have lead to outstanding achievements.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/above-and-beyond-volunteer-brings-garden-life-hawaii" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/above-and-beyond-volunteer-brings-garden-life-hawaii#comments Community Thu, 07 Mar 2013 14:42:46 +0000 Colin White 2697238 at http://www.usgbc.org Healthy Homes for Everyone: Design Challenge offers $250,000 and Recognition at Greenbuild to Spur Product Innovation http://www.usgbc.org/articles/healthy-homes-everyone-design-challenge-offers-250000-and-recognition-greenbuild-spur-produ <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-all-authored-by"> <div class="field-label">Authored by:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/people/stacy-glass/0010726445">Stacy Glass</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/C2CII_Challenge_GRAPHIC_F%5B1%5D.png?1362514450" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>We’re looking to the manufacturing and design community to help make high-quality, healthy homes available for everyone.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/healthy-homes-everyone-design-challenge-offers-250000-and-recognition-greenbuild-spur-produ" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/healthy-homes-everyone-design-challenge-offers-250000-and-recognition-greenbuild-spur-produ#comments Industry Tue, 05 Mar 2013 20:33:49 +0000 Stacy Glass 2696593 at http://www.usgbc.org This is What Leadership Looks Like: Keshav, Age 8, and Arjun, Age 11 http://www.usgbc.org/articles/what-leadership-looks-keshav-age-8-and-arjun-age-11 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/afterglow%5B1%5D%5B1%5D.png?1362431310" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-slideshow-image"> <div class="field-label">Slideshow images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="2304" height="3072" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/IMG_1807_1.jpg?1362432554" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="3072" height="2304" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/IMG_1031_0.JPG?1362432591" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Sometimes, inspiration comes from unexpected places. That recently happened to me in the form of two letters. </p> <p>The clever, kind-hearted notes came from brothers Keshav and Arjun, ages 8 and 11. These young men became interested in USGBC’s <a href="http://new.usgbc.org/initiatives/projects/haiti">Project Haiti</a> initiative, dedicating their own money and talents toward the cause.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/what-leadership-looks-keshav-age-8-and-arjun-age-11" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/what-leadership-looks-keshav-age-8-and-arjun-age-11#comments Initiatives Mon, 04 Mar 2013 21:47:43 +0000 Rick Fedrizzi 2696049 at http://www.usgbc.org EBie Deadline Extended http://www.usgbc.org/articles/ebie-deadline-extended <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="EBie Awards" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/2012-06.28UGCEbies-10%202%5B1%5D%20copy.jpg?1362083019" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>By popular demand (and given the data-heavy requirements of EBie submissions) the entry deadline is now <strong>Tuesday, March 12 at 11:59 p.m. ET. </strong>So there's still time to submit your project—and potentially walk the green carpet as an EBie Finalist on June 19 at the Hard Rock Café Theatre in NYC!</p> <p><strong>A few notes about submissions:</strong></p> <ul> <li>All projects must be completed in 2011. However they may have a start date prior to 2011. </li> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/ebie-deadline-extended" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/ebie-deadline-extended#comments Community Thu, 28 Feb 2013 20:27:20 +0000 2694988 at http://www.usgbc.org Charlotte Emerging Professionals Deliver Useful Gifts and a Meaningful Message http://www.usgbc.org/articles/charlotte-emerging-professionals-deliver-useful-gifts-and-meaningful-message <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-all-authored-by"> <div class="field-label">Authored by:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/people/lauren-elasik/0010624864">Lauren Elasik</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Header.jpg?1361984199" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>A few weeks before the USGBC Charlotte Region Chapter’s annual holiday event last December, the Emerging Professionals Committee had a grand idea: In the giving spirit of the season, why not take leverage the event’s popularity to gather donations for a local school?</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/charlotte-emerging-professionals-deliver-useful-gifts-and-meaningful-message" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/charlotte-emerging-professionals-deliver-useful-gifts-and-meaningful-message#comments Community Wed, 27 Feb 2013 16:48:03 +0000 Lauren Elasik 2694187 at http://www.usgbc.org Prepare now to vote on LEED v4 http://www.usgbc.org/articles/prepare-now-vote-leed-v4 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Article_MemberBallot.png?1361299254" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>This is a very important time for the U.S. Green Building Council, LEED and the thousands of volunteers around the world who have contributed to the LEED green building certification program. <a href="/v4"><strong>LEED v4</strong></a>, the newest update to the rating system, will be up for ballot this June.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/prepare-now-vote-leed-v4" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/prepare-now-vote-leed-v4#comments LEED Tue, 19 Feb 2013 17:19:51 +0000 Christina Macken 2669705 at http://www.usgbc.org A New Way to Stay in Touch http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-way-stay-touch <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="Updated subscription options" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Feature_Emails.png?1360702653" /> </div> </div> </div> <h2 style="text-align:center;"><strong>We’re changing a few things up in 2013 – and one of them is how we communicate with you.</strong></h2><br> <a href="/mailchimp/subscribe" class="jumbo-action-button padded" style="width:300px; margin-left:auto;margin-right:auto;">Update your subscriptions</a><br> <h3>#1: We’re saying goodbye to newsletters and hello to digests.</h3> <p>These will arrive monthly and are tailored to your channel choices on usgbc.org. Make sure to choose the digest option to hear from us regularly.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-way-stay-touch" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-way-stay-touch#comments Community Fri, 15 Feb 2013 05:00:00 +0000 2650306 at http://www.usgbc.org Green Gives Back in Georgia http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-gives-back-georgia <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-all-authored-by"> <div class="field-label">Authored by:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/people/cindy-zork/0010736975">Cindy Zork</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/flavors_of_haiti.jpg?1360771405" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>USGBC Emerging Professionals from the Georgia Chapter galvanized around the idea of “Green Gives Back” this year with a fundraiser to support the Project Haiti Orphanage and Children’s Center.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-gives-back-georgia" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-gives-back-georgia#comments Community Fri, 01 Feb 2013 17:47:03 +0000 Cindy Zork 2641562 at http://www.usgbc.org Healthy Places are a Human Right http://www.usgbc.org/articles/healthy-places-are-human-right <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/jrwvxsDUZGVpIJ7w-6WRYM3Ps81g9KgwY1e0NW2gtUM.png?1359733229" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-slideshow-image"> <div class="field-label">Slideshow images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1024" height="682" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/YxQEuMZdtk3uHNf7bSJuyI7-jubbWiDoIjs2tsSGSaY%2CdRskx-EmIKA0atqxUbalmg27HA83wqgZaHYuY0Fgm10.jpeg?1359733705" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1024" height="682" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/XUjRXbdQxIbOHwtUvWVX-CnWev-ULVg3RuVHffJ4SmA%2CZXZ59LCTFdb8EydLyXKbS5S32hmMfcGam-F1LU-m1Q8.jpeg?1359733713" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="512" height="768" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/fniRYn9LquLc4d5c5SfHkrbPTXLwX3R3XhX-7khQ5zI%2CGjk-VT_d3AMoPMruKlO6bDTBAW3CAq13DkbA4I2r5tM.jpeg?1359733727" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1024" height="682" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/fnSOvjY1aMotSAVDbjLvxOPrhZN6eb8PqAqW1RK5n-0.jpeg?1359733871" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1024" height="682" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/YC3OwtieFnZcP0wQ7doc-uLAq3-YBVOXkQcf_zIflkU.jpeg?1359733883" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1024" height="682" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/lH9NmcaZFL9o3zSe8xlwktmFksyyGDpZsLXUVp2t0WA.jpeg?1359733894" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>On Wednesday, I walked into our boardroom at USGBC for our Green Building &amp; Human Health Summit and I got goose bumps. Of the hundred or so folks in the room, many have been with us forever, long-time leaders in the green building movement and I’m always humbled when I’m in their company.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/healthy-places-are-human-right" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/healthy-places-are-human-right#comments Industry Fri, 01 Feb 2013 15:49:42 +0000 Rick Fedrizzi 2641523 at http://www.usgbc.org The EBie Awards: All Together Now http://www.usgbc.org/articles/ebie-awards-all-together-now <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-all-authored-by"> <div class="field-label">Authored by:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/people/cecil-scheib/0010629710">Cecil Scheib</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/ebies.png?1359649556" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Now in its second year, the <a href="http://www.ebies.org/">EBie Awards</a> from <a href="http://urbangreencouncil.org">Urban Green Council</a>, USGBC New York, are a nationwide <strong>juried competition</strong> for people working in <strong>E</strong>xisting <strong>B</strong>uildings who have made great strides in improving environmental performance but whose accomplishments may otherwise go unheralded.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/ebie-awards-all-together-now" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/ebie-awards-all-together-now#comments Community Thu, 31 Jan 2013 16:26:28 +0000 Cecil Scheib 2641347 at http://www.usgbc.org Become a LEED Fellow in 2013: Nominations open until Feb. 13 http://www.usgbc.org/articles/become-leed-fellow-2013-nominations-open-until-feb-13 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/leed-fellow.jpeg?1359647645" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Are you interested in becoming a LEED Fellow in 2013? Your time is now.</p> <p>The U.S. Green Building Council call for nominations of qualified applicants is now open for the 2013 class of LEED Fellows.</p> <p>What does it take to be a <a href="/leed/credentials/leed-fellow">LEED Fellow</a>? Nominees must have:</p> <ul> <li>Held a LEED Professional credential for eight or more years</li> <li>A LEED AP with Specialty credential in good standing</li> <li>Ten years of professional green building experience</li> </ul> <p>Nominators must have:</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/become-leed-fellow-2013-nominations-open-until-feb-13" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/become-leed-fellow-2013-nominations-open-until-feb-13#comments Community Thu, 31 Jan 2013 16:02:48 +0000 Rajni Patel 2641339 at http://www.usgbc.org USGBC 2011 Annual Report http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-2011-annual-report <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/reporthighlightimage.png?1358461770" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-slideshow-image"> <div class="field-label">Slideshow images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1000" height="1379" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/greenbuildreport_0.png?1358461433" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1000" height="1571" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/LEEDreport_0.png?1358461444" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1000" height="1379" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/policiesreport_0.png?1358461454" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1000" height="1379" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/ReportHaiti_0.png?1358461467" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1000" height="1379" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/reportchapters2_0.png?1358461487" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1000" height="1379" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/reportchapters1_0.png?1358461502" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1000" height="1379" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/ReportVolunteers_0.png?1358461523" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1000" height="1379" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/schoolsreport_0.png?1358461537" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1000" height="1379" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/leedprosreport_0.png?1358461556" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Dear friends of USGBC,</p> <p>As we embark on the new year and reflect on the landmark green building accomplishments of 2012, I’d like to take a moment to also look back on 2011, a year that laid the groundwork and set the bar for many of our community’s successes to date.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-2011-annual-report" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-2011-annual-report#comments Community Thu, 17 Jan 2013 22:30:20 +0000 Rick Fedrizzi 2636745 at http://www.usgbc.org Using LEED for Good http://www.usgbc.org/articles/using-leed-good <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/IMG_3081_2cover.png?1358369980" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-slideshow-image"> <div class="field-label">Slideshow images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1280" height="853" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/IMG_3075_2.jpg?1358369994" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>It’s not everyday you see President Clinton &amp; Kobe Bryant together holding a <a href="/leed">LEED</a> plaque. But this Monday was no ordinary day. </p> <p>Monday marked the grand opening of Step Up on Vine: LEED Platinum, permanent supportive housing for the chronically homeless in Hollywood, owned by the non-profit organization <a href="http://www.stepuponsecond.org/">Step Up On Second</a>.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/using-leed-good" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/using-leed-good#comments LEED Wed, 16 Jan 2013 18:25:40 +0000 Rick Fedrizzi 2636458 at http://www.usgbc.org Snapshot: The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) in 2012 http://www.usgbc.org/articles/snapshot-us-green-building-council-usgbc-2012 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_0.png?1357224278" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="infographic"> <section> <p><strong>Our mission:</strong> 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><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/snapshot-us-green-building-council-usgbc-2012" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/snapshot-us-green-building-council-usgbc-2012#comments Community Wed, 26 Dec 2012 16:30:55 +0000 Jennifer Easton 2633346 at http://www.usgbc.org Vote! http://www.usgbc.org/articles/vote <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Feature_Vote.png?1352216290" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Your friendly reminder from USGBC to vote in today's historic election.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/vote#comments Community Tue, 06 Nov 2012 15:40:25 +0000 2624600 at http://www.usgbc.org After Sandy: A Note from USGBC http://www.usgbc.org/articles/after-sandy-note-usgbc <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/sandy.png?1351884971" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>by <a href="https://new.usgbc.org/people/rick-fedrizzi/0000043478">Rick Fedrizzi</a> &amp; <a href="https://new.usgbc.org/people/kimberly-lewis/0000029816">Kimberly Lewis</a>, USGBC</em></p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/after-sandy-note-usgbc" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/after-sandy-note-usgbc#comments Community Fri, 02 Nov 2012 19:36:35 +0000 2624186 at http://www.usgbc.org Emerging Professionals @ Greenbuild http://www.usgbc.org/articles/emerging-professionals-greenbuild <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-all-authored-by"> <div class="field-label">Authored by:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/people/ariane-laxo/0010089098">Ariane Laxo</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/7669857614_323a01215c_k.jpg?1351879916" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>This summer, the <a href="https://new.usgbc.org/about/committees/chapter">Emerging Professionals National Committee</a> launched a new member initiative with the goal of 5,000 new Emerging Professionals by December 2015. An <a href="https://new.usgbc.org/community/chapters/emerging-professionals">Emerging Professional</a> (EP) is anyone out of school, under 30, with an interest in sustainability. EPs are the energetic and dynamic leaders of tomorrow’s green building movement, and are a key component to the succession planning and sustainability of a USGBC chapter.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/emerging-professionals-greenbuild" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/emerging-professionals-greenbuild#comments Community Fri, 02 Nov 2012 18:21:53 +0000 Ariane Laxo 2624177 at http://www.usgbc.org USGBC Members Elect Five 2013 Directors http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-members-elect-five-2013-directors <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-all-authored-by"> <div class="field-label">Authored by:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/people/gail-vittori/0000019457">Gail Vittori</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/elections%20announcement_0.jpg?1351792791" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Between September 3 and October 4, 2012, USGBC members participated in the annual election of the USGBC Board of Directors. Five directors were elected, each for a three-year term and representing the perspectives listed below.</p> <p>At its recent meeting, the Board additionally appointed two directors and two directors were elected by the Board to serve as Chair-Elect and Secretary.</p> <p>Please join USGBC in welcoming these elected directors to the 2013 Board!</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-members-elect-five-2013-directors" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-members-elect-five-2013-directors#comments Community Thu, 01 Nov 2012 17:20:48 +0000 Gail Vittori 2623978 at http://www.usgbc.org Remembering Malcom Lewis, USGBC Board Member and Green Building Visionary http://www.usgbc.org/articles/remembering-malcom-lewis-usgbc-board-member-and-green-building-visionary <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-all-authored-by"> <div class="field-label">Authored by:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/people/alex-wilson/0010532066">Alex Wilson</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/MLewis_headshot%5B1%5D-FINALFINAL.png?1350573717" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>The passing of former USGBC board member and visionary green building leader Malcolm Lewis is a painful reminder that while we pass through this earth in a blink of time, we can choose to leave a lasting legacy. Alex Wilson at BuildingGreen captures Malcolm with the warmth and insight we always look to Alex for and with his permission, we share his thoughts with you.</em> - Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO &amp; Founding Chair, USGBC </p> <p>Our friend and mentor, Malcolm Lewis, has passed away. Malcolm Lewis will be sorely missed.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/remembering-malcom-lewis-usgbc-board-member-and-green-building-visionary" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/remembering-malcom-lewis-usgbc-board-member-and-green-building-visionary#comments Community Thu, 18 Oct 2012 15:22:12 +0000 Alex Wilson 2621842 at http://www.usgbc.org Emerging Professionals Lead the Charge for Project Haiti http://www.usgbc.org/articles/emerging-professionals-lead-charge-project-haiti <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-all-authored-by"> <div class="field-label">Authored by:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/people/cindy-zork/0010736975">Cindy Zork</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Urban%20Green%20EP%20Project%20Haiti%20Fundraiser.jpg?1350051282" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Following the devastating Haitian earthquake in 2010, USGBC committed to building a LEED Platinum orphanage in Port-au-Prince, providing a safe, healthy and positive future for the children of Haiti. To date, nearly $734,000 has been raised towards the building of the orphanage. Recently, USGBC Emerging Professionals took on the cause, leading fundraising initiatives across the US to help meet the million-dollar fundraising goal.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/emerging-professionals-lead-charge-project-haiti" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/emerging-professionals-lead-charge-project-haiti#comments Community Fri, 12 Oct 2012 15:04:25 +0000 Cindy Zork 2619310 at http://www.usgbc.org New on USGBC.org: Using the LEED Language Glossary http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-usgbcorg-using-leed-language-glossary <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/glossary.png?1349470329" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>When it comes to language in technical material like the <a href="http://usgbc.org/leed">LEED rating system</a>, users from novice to expert may find themselves asking the question, “What exactly are they talking about?” Words you use in everyday conversation may appear in places where their contextual meaning isn’t exactly clear.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-usgbcorg-using-leed-language-glossary" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-usgbcorg-using-leed-language-glossary#comments Community Fri, 05 Oct 2012 20:46:35 +0000 Paul Best 2618165 at http://www.usgbc.org New on USGBC.org: LEED Credit Library http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-usgbcorg-leed-credit-library <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/leedhowto.png?1349290596" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>You know the problem – you want to know about a <a href="/leed">LEED</a> credit, so you search through the USGBC website and dig up a PDF of the rating system. After scrolling through you find the credit you’re looking for and go to work. But wait – does this credit have addenda changes? What version is this? Where’s the LEED Online form? Isn’t there a guidance document? What do the reviewer tips say? And where’s that reference guide I bought? More digging, more searching, and who knows if you got it all?</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-usgbcorg-leed-credit-library" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-usgbcorg-leed-credit-library#comments Community Wed, 03 Oct 2012 19:29:46 +0000 Batya Metalitz 2616841 at http://www.usgbc.org New on USGBC.org: The Directory Lowdown http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-usgbcorg-directory-lowdown <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/headshots.png?1349124905" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The new usgbc.org gives everyone the opportunity to develop a rich history of involvement in the green building movement. </p> <p>One way we want to support your involvement is through our improved <a href="https://new.usgbc.org/profile">directory</a>, which now features organizations, people and projects. Genius, right?</p> <p>We can’t imagine a better way for you to discover and connect to the organizations, people and projects that are shaping the future of sustainability.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-usgbcorg-directory-lowdown" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-usgbcorg-directory-lowdown#comments Community Mon, 01 Oct 2012 20:55:23 +0000 Nora Knox 2616306 at http://www.usgbc.org Green Building Councils From Around the Globe Celebrate World Green Building Week http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-building-councils-around-globe-celebrate-world-green-building-week <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt=" Source: tuppus, via Flickr.com" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/worldgbc.jpg?1348010037" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>USGBC highlights the role of green buildings in safeguarding communities and the next generation</em></p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-building-councils-around-globe-celebrate-world-green-building-week" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-building-councils-around-globe-celebrate-world-green-building-week#comments Media Tue, 18 Sep 2012 23:15:17 +0000 Marisa Long 2613506 at http://www.usgbc.org Vote Now! Less Than a Week Remains to Elect the 2013 Board of Directors http://www.usgbc.org/articles/vote-now-less-week-remains-elect-2013-board-directors <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/elections-new%20site.jpg?1348005127" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Each year, USGBC’s member community influences the future of our movement by electing our Board of Directors. <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/DisplayPage.aspx?CMSPageID=2540">Elections for the 2013 Board</a> close Oct. 2, 2012, so make your voice heard by casting your vote today!</p> <p>USGBC’s Board fulfills an essential leadership role, engaged in strategic direction, governance and fiduciary oversight. This year, each candidate has demonstrated expertise and leadership in the strategic perspectives represented in the five seats open for election:</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/vote-now-less-week-remains-elect-2013-board-directors" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/vote-now-less-week-remains-elect-2013-board-directors#comments Community Tue, 18 Sep 2012 21:52:10 +0000 Gail Vittori 2613490 at http://www.usgbc.org Association for Preservation Technology DC Chapter supports Green Apple Day of Service http://www.usgbc.org/articles/association-preservation-technology-dc-chapter-supports-green-apple-day-service <p>The <a href="http://www.aptdc.org/">Association for Preservation Technology DC Chapter</a> is proud to support the USGBC Center for Green School’s International Green Apple Day of Service Campaign. As advocates for historic properties in the DC area, APT DC’s membership cares deeply for those greenest of green buildings – the ones that are already built! The majority of school structures in our nation’s capital are historic properties in historically significant neighborhoods, but like many school districts around the US, the buildings suffer from chronically low school system budgets.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/association-preservation-technology-dc-chapter-supports-green-apple-day-service" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/association-preservation-technology-dc-chapter-supports-green-apple-day-service#comments Center for Green Schools Fri, 14 Sep 2012 04:00:00 +0000 2612465 at http://www.usgbc.org An Intern’s Perspective: My First Month with USGBC http://www.usgbc.org/articles/intern%E2%80%99s-perspective-my-first-month-usgbc <p>Smiles, speed and skill pretty much sums up the beginning of my internship at the U.S. Green Building Council.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/intern%E2%80%99s-perspective-my-first-month-usgbc" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/intern%E2%80%99s-perspective-my-first-month-usgbc#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 13 Sep 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Brittany Ireland 2612042 at http://www.usgbc.org Green Building Twitter Chat with Rick Fedrizzi & GBC Australia's Romilly Madew http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-building-twitter-chat-rick-fedrizzi-gbc-australias-romilly-madew <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/gbweek.jpg?1347385430" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Celebrate <a href="http://www.worldgbc.org/site2/programs/world-green-building-week">World Green Building Week</a> by joining a <a href="http://www.worldgbc.org/site2/event/global-event-detail/?ref_cID=705&amp;bID=0&amp;dd_asId=596">Twitter chat on global green building</a>, hosted by USGBC’s Rick Fedrizzi (<a href="http://twitter.com/rickfedrizzi">@RickFedrizzi</a>) and GBC Australia’s Chief Executive, Romilly Madew (<a href="http://twitter.com/romillymadew">@RomillyMadew</a>).</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-building-twitter-chat-rick-fedrizzi-gbc-australias-romilly-madew" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-building-twitter-chat-rick-fedrizzi-gbc-australias-romilly-madew#comments Community Tue, 11 Sep 2012 17:53:04 +0000 Jennifer Easton 2611586 at http://www.usgbc.org Ripe Idea: 10 Day of Service Activities for your Classroom http://www.usgbc.org/articles/ripe-idea-10-day-service-activities-your-classroom <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Kittner_MPES%202.jpg?1347308850" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Now that school has already begun, it’s the perfect time to think about ways to get involved in the <a target="new" href="http://mygreenapple.org">Green Apple Day of Service</a>! Here are 10 great projects that any parent or teacher can plan for their classroom.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/ripe-idea-10-day-service-activities-your-classroom" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/ripe-idea-10-day-service-activities-your-classroom#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 04 Sep 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Emily Davis 2610600 at http://www.usgbc.org Going Green at Rasmussen College http://www.usgbc.org/articles/going-green-rasmussen-college <p>At Rasmussen College, you see a lot of green. It’s not only one of the school’s main colors, but staying eco-friendly or “green” is something Rasmussen College tries to implement at all 22 of its campuses. The college is focusing on energy management, lighting, and small steps to become more environmentally friendly and make smarter sustainable decisions.</p> <p><strong>Energy Management:</strong></p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/going-green-rasmussen-college" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/going-green-rasmussen-college#comments Center for Green Schools Mon, 27 Aug 2012 04:00:00 +0000 2609621 at http://www.usgbc.org Green Schools for Children In Romania http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-schools-children-romania <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/EcoBiblioteca%20%2B%20Cathedral_Jun2012.jpg?1347904663" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Romania is a country with a deep, historical connection to agriculture and nature and includes some of Europe’s richest and largest (and most threatened) areas of biodiversity. A history of forced depopulation of the villages and industrialization removed many of the citizens from their connection to the land. Consequently, many school children seldom have the chance to experience nature, what it has to teach and benefits for mind, health and soul.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-schools-children-romania" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-schools-children-romania#comments Center for Green Schools Fri, 24 Aug 2012 04:00:00 +0000 2609135 at http://www.usgbc.org Introducing the Sustainable Water Challenge for K-12 Schools and Youth Groups http://www.usgbc.org/articles/introducing-sustainable-water-challenge-k-12-schools-and-youth-groups <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="462" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Water%20Audit.jpeg?1347312475" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Did you know that around 700 million people in 43 countries suffer from water scarcity today? This alarming statistic is one of many that indicates the seriousness of the global water crisis planet earth is currently facing. One factor that contributes to the freshwater shortage is human consumption for personal uses such as cooking, cleaning, landscaping, and unnecessary waste due to leaks and fixture inefficiencies. In America, the average household of four uses 400 gallons of water each day, significantly more than is typically used in any other country.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/introducing-sustainable-water-challenge-k-12-schools-and-youth-groups" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/introducing-sustainable-water-challenge-k-12-schools-and-youth-groups#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 23 Aug 2012 04:00:00 +0000 2609007 at http://www.usgbc.org The EBies: Honoring Great Work in Buildings Gone Green http://www.usgbc.org/articles/ebies-honoring-great-work-buildings-gone-green <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Urban Green Council&#039;s EBie Awards recognize excellence in existing buildings. Photo credit: Urban Green Council" alt="Urban Green Council&#039;s EBie Awards recognize excellence in existing buildings. Ph" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Ebies.jpg?1345487884" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-slideshow-image"> <div class="field-label">Slideshow images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="800" height="534" alt="Photo credit: Urban Green Council" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/EBIES1.jpeg?1345488208" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="800" height="534" alt="Photo credit: Urban Green Council" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/EBies2.jpeg?1345488324" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="800" height="534" alt="Photo credit: Urban Green Council" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/EBies3.jpeg?1345488388" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.urbangreencouncil.org/Home">Urban Green Council</a>, the New York City chapter of USGBC, held the first-ever <a href="http://www.flickr.com//photos/urbangreencouncil/sets/72157630404852332/show/">EBie Awards</a> on June 28th at the Hard Rock Café Theater. Though this marks the first public showcase for the EBies, the project reflects concepts and ideas that have been discussed for years by NYC leaders in sustainability. The basic idea is this: We need to recognize and encourage the people who are making amazing improvements to existing buildings (hence “EB”ies).</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/ebies-honoring-great-work-buildings-gone-green" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/ebies-honoring-great-work-buildings-gone-green#comments Community Fri, 17 Aug 2012 04:00:00 +0000 William Nutt 2608330 at http://www.usgbc.org LEED: A Global Reinvention http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-global-reinvention <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="The Chinese art of bian lian - or &quot;face-changing&quot; with masks. " alt="The Chinese art of bian lian - or &quot;face-changing&quot; with masks. " src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Chinaupgraded.jpg?1345486788" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-slideshow-image"> <div class="field-label">Slideshow images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="3931" height="2621" title="Bian Lian in Shanghai" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/0AFL9323.JPG?1345061022" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="4084" height="2723" title="Bian Lian in Shanghai" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/0AFL9325.JPG?1345061044" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="670" height="308" title="The USGBC team in Shanghai. " alt="The USGBC team in Shanghai. " src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/China.jpg?1345487018" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>“Invent because you must.”</p> <p>Tom Sachs’ <a>adage</a> is a fitting mantra for our International vision for LEED. As the market and the passion for LEED grows around the world, we must re-invent USGBC in the context of the global landscape. There are new destinations ripe with green building potential, and emerging markets from Berlin to Budapest.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-global-reinvention" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-global-reinvention#comments LEED Wed, 15 Aug 2012 19:56:22 +0000 Mahesh Ramanujam 2607745 at http://www.usgbc.org State Legislators Celebrate Green Schools While Paying Tribute to One of the Movement’s Greatest Champions http://www.usgbc.org/articles/state-legislators-celebrate-green-schools-while-paying-tribute-one-movement%E2%80%99s-greatest-cham <p>Earlier this week, the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council co-hosted a reception at the National Conference of State Legislatures <a href="http://www.ncsl.org/" target="new">(NCSL)</a> alongside the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators <a href="http://www.ncel.net/" target="new">(NCEL)</a> to celebrate the impressive growth of green schools policy activity. More than 80 related bills across 28 states have been considered in state legislatures just this year. Additionally, 28 of these bills have been signed into law, and more may still be on the way.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/state-legislators-celebrate-green-schools-while-paying-tribute-one-movement%E2%80%99s-greatest-cham" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/state-legislators-celebrate-green-schools-while-paying-tribute-one-movement%E2%80%99s-greatest-cham#comments Center for Green Schools Mon, 13 Aug 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Nathaniel Allen 2609151 at http://www.usgbc.org Ripe Idea: Planting Fresh Suggestions, Preparing for Green Apple Day of Service http://www.usgbc.org/articles/ripe-idea-planting-fresh-suggestions-preparing-green-apple-day-service <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Planting%20Seeds%20USGBC%20blog%20image.jpg?1347906420" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>As the summer days are winding down, the <a href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/home.aspx">Center for Green Schools</a> is gearing up for the upcoming school year and the <a href="http://mygreenapple.org/greenservice.aspx">Green Apple Day of Service</a> on Saturday, Sept. 29. We want to make sure you’re all fully equipped with what do to on the <a href="http://mygreenapple.org/greenservice.aspx">Day of Service</a> to make it as successful as it can be!</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/ripe-idea-planting-fresh-suggestions-preparing-green-apple-day-service" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/ripe-idea-planting-fresh-suggestions-preparing-green-apple-day-service#comments Center for Green Schools Mon, 13 Aug 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Brittany Ireland 2609152 at http://www.usgbc.org Setting Standards Of Sustainability: How Sandy Grove Middle School Can Serve As A Nationwide Model http://www.usgbc.org/articles/setting-standards-sustainability-how-sandy-grove-middle-school-can-serve-nationwide-model <p>Our ever growing population is driving an increased need for more educational facilities for future students. Likewise, as our population continues to grow, integrating sustainable principles into design and construction is becoming absolutely crucial. Without making a concerted move toward sustainability, future resources required for educating our nation’s children will not exist. Sandy Grove Middle School in Lumber Bridge, NC, is currently being built as a net-zero energy facility, one that will return more energy to the grid than it consumes.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/setting-standards-sustainability-how-sandy-grove-middle-school-can-serve-nationwide-model" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/setting-standards-sustainability-how-sandy-grove-middle-school-can-serve-nationwide-model#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 08 Aug 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Robert Ferris 2609157 at http://www.usgbc.org Sowing Seattle Seeds for the Green Apple Day of Service http://www.usgbc.org/articles/sowing-seattle-seeds-green-apple-day-service <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Emily Knupp and Lucas Luetge" alt="Emily Knupp and Lucas Luetge" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Emily-and-Lucas.jpg?1344636640" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Last week, I had the opportunity to travel to Seattle for our very first <a href="http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.507521895927818.131979.285965221416821&amp;type=3" target="new">Day of Service</a> project.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/sowing-seattle-seeds-green-apple-day-service" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/sowing-seattle-seeds-green-apple-day-service#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 08 Aug 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Emily Riordan 2607165 at http://www.usgbc.org Center for Green Schools Fellows: The Year Ahead http://www.usgbc.org/articles/center-green-schools-fellows-year-ahead <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/20110811_Beierle_3190.jpg?1347906530" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Our Green Schools Fellows have been hard at work in the Boston and Sacramento school districts, wrapping up their first years and looking forward to the 2012-2013 school year. They’ve made some incredible accomplishments so far, and we’re looking forward to the year ahead!<br /> <em> Sacramento City Unified School District update – Farah McDIll</em></p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/center-green-schools-fellows-year-ahead" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/center-green-schools-fellows-year-ahead#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 07 Aug 2012 22:57:57 +0000 Phoebe Beierle 2609213 at http://www.usgbc.org The First Day of the Rest of Our Movement http://www.usgbc.org/articles/first-day-rest-our-movement <p>Since starting at USGBC four years ago, I have encountered a lot of firsts: my first experience working in a LEED certified space (and my first cubicle!), earning my first professional credential, my first Greenbuild; and that milestone of many young professionals – my first business trip. It also happened to be my first tornado.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/first-day-rest-our-movement" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/first-day-rest-our-movement#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 07 Aug 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Emily Riordan 2609210 at http://www.usgbc.org USGBC’s Community College Members Educate the Next Generation of Green Building Professionals http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc%E2%80%99s-community-college-members-educate-next-generation-green-building-professionals <p>Starting this month, USGBC will offer free institutional memberships (a $750 value) to community colleges across the country, as part of the Center for Green Schools’ newest program, <a href="http://centerforgreenschools.org/communitygreen.aspx">Community Green</a>. This program supports community colleges in bringing green building training and educational opportunities to their campuses. USGBC’s community college members will receive specific resources, discounts and support to help them become local hubs for green building education./p&gt;</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc%E2%80%99s-community-college-members-educate-next-generation-green-building-professionals" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc%E2%80%99s-community-college-members-educate-next-generation-green-building-professionals#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 07 Aug 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Vanessa Santos 2609211 at http://www.usgbc.org Director's Corner: Where We Learn Matters http://www.usgbc.org/articles/directors-corner-where-we-learn-matters <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_cfgs_08072012_wherewelearn.jpg?1347044807" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Following a recent speaking engagement, I was approached by a young teacher who asked me how she could convince her school to go green. She told me that her classroom has one broken window that was positioned directly above the dumpster, her ceiling tiles are covered in mold, there’s a funky smell that she can never seem to find the source of and there is a flimsy partition that separates her class from the next, creating a noisy and chaotic learning environment and not nearly enough space for the 55 students crammed into her classroom.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/directors-corner-where-we-learn-matters" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/directors-corner-where-we-learn-matters#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 07 Aug 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Rachel Gutter 2609212 at http://www.usgbc.org USGBC Students Kicks Off Another Stellar Year! http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-students-kicks-another-stellar-year <p>College students across the nation are gearing up for another great year with <a href="//www.centerforgreenschools.org/Libraries/Blog_headshots/Pat_for_Blog.sflb.ashx&quot; style=&quot;margin: 10px; float: left;&quot; /&gt; &lt;/p&gt;">USGBC Students</a> to transform their campuses and build their careers. After an action-packed spring semester with building tours, job fairs and service projects, USGBC Students took the summer to recharge and organize and are ready to hit the ground running this fall.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-students-kicks-another-stellar-year" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-students-kicks-another-stellar-year#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 07 Aug 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Patrick Lane 2609158 at http://www.usgbc.org Chapter Spotlight: SoCal School Gets a “Greenovation” http://www.usgbc.org/articles/chapter-spotlight-socal-school-gets-%E2%80%9Cgreenovation%E2%80%9D <p>On July 11, 2012 the USGBC Orange County (USGBC OC) Chapter in California proudly announced that the green school renovation project is under construction! After nine months of design, planning approvals and fundraising, our local design and construction community has successfully achieved ’liftoff’ to pilot a blueprint for all Orange County schools to improve their learning environments and grow their environmental curriculum.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/chapter-spotlight-socal-school-gets-%E2%80%9Cgreenovation%E2%80%9D" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/chapter-spotlight-socal-school-gets-%E2%80%9Cgreenovation%E2%80%9D#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 07 Aug 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Wendy Rogers 2609177 at http://www.usgbc.org School Sustainability Leaders Summit: Day One http://www.usgbc.org/articles/school-sustainability-leaders-summit-day-one <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/school%20sustainability%20summit%202.jpg?1347907352" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Note: This blog was originally posted on the <a target="new" href="http://verdisgroup.com/blog/2012/06/school-sustainability-leaders-summit-day-one/">Verdis Group blog</a>.</em></p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/school-sustainability-leaders-summit-day-one" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/school-sustainability-leaders-summit-day-one#comments Center for Green Schools Fri, 03 Aug 2012 04:00:00 +0000 2609670 at http://www.usgbc.org How Students See Sustainability http://www.usgbc.org/articles/how-students-see-sustainability <p>The Center for Green Schools was recently invited to present on LEED v4 at the Society for College and University Planners’ (SCUP) annual conference. With my colleague Chrissy Macken, manager of LEED technical development, we provided an overview of what changes are coming, suggestions for how to implement these changes into campus planning now and a sense of timing for the release of the new rating system.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/how-students-see-sustainability" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/how-students-see-sustainability#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 31 Jul 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Kristin Ferguson 2609215 at http://www.usgbc.org Transforming the Way We Think About Schools http://www.usgbc.org/articles/transforming-way-we-think-about-schools <p>For the last four years I have been able to see the green schools movement grow out of the communities USGBC represents. The Green Schools Committee volunteers and the chapter staff that support them are working around the clock, every day of the year to improve learning environments in their communities. The people I have the privilege of working with over email, phone and webcast are making real change happen at the local, state and national level.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/transforming-way-we-think-about-schools" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/transforming-way-we-think-about-schools#comments Center for Green Schools Mon, 30 Jul 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Emily Riordan 2609216 at http://www.usgbc.org Share Your Campus Story, Receive Recognition for Your Efforts http://www.usgbc.org/articles/share-your-campus-story-receive-recognition-your-efforts <p>While summer brings a quieter time on campus in some respects, we at the Center for Green School know that summers are also hectic times for new construction, renovations and maintenance projects across campus. If your campus has been undertaken innovative sustainability projects that you are proud of over the last year, you should consider submitting your story to one of two places:</p> <ul> 1. The Innovation in Green Building Award – Deadline is <strong> today, July 27</strong></p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/share-your-campus-story-receive-recognition-your-efforts" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/share-your-campus-story-receive-recognition-your-efforts#comments Center for Green Schools Fri, 27 Jul 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Kristin Ferguson 2609217 at http://www.usgbc.org Everything You Always Wanted to Know About the Green Apple Day of Service (But Were Afraid to Ask) http://www.usgbc.org/articles/everything-you-always-wanted-know-about-green-apple-day-service-were-afraid-ask <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_cfgs_07282012.jpg?1347034895" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Hello San Antonio! The Center for Green Schools team arrived this week in the great state of Texas for USGBC’s annual mid-year meeting, chatting with our most engaged stakeholders about Green Apple and the Day of Service. It’s been inspiring to hear how engaged so many of our leaders are planning to be on Sept. 29, and what they’ve already done to promote this day.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/everything-you-always-wanted-know-about-green-apple-day-service-were-afraid-ask" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/everything-you-always-wanted-know-about-green-apple-day-service-were-afraid-ask#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 26 Jul 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Mallory Shelter 2609623 at http://www.usgbc.org Teaching our USGBC Family the Importance of the "Where" http://www.usgbc.org/articles/teaching-our-usgbc-family-importance-where <p>This week, I’ve had the pleasure of spending my time in San Antonio, Texas with some of the most engaged members of our USGBC family for our annual mid-year meeting. These folks are the heartbeat of the green building community – the lifeblood of our movement. And the mid-year meeting serves as a way to celebrate their many victories and vision into the future.</p> <p>I told this audience at my opening remarks on Tuesday night that we have some very important work to do in the coming months. The stakes have never been so high, the opportunities never been so tremendous.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/teaching-our-usgbc-family-importance-where" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/teaching-our-usgbc-family-importance-where#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 26 Jul 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Rachel Gutter 2609625 at http://www.usgbc.org Think and Be Greener: A Visit to Woodland Hill Montessori School http://www.usgbc.org/articles/think-and-be-greener-visit-woodland-hill-montessori-school <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="The students had ideas for greening your computer - included revamping with stickers. (Source: Phil Hawksworth, Flickr)" alt="The students had ideas for greening your computer - included revamping with stic" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/laptopnewusgbc.jpg?1342455111" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>What would you do if you found yourself in front of an audience of 20 kids, all convinced they know it all, yet totally open to new thoughts and ideas? If you were bold and a bit naïve, you might try to teach them about the triple bottom line, only to be blown away by their reception of the concept.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/think-and-be-greener-visit-woodland-hill-montessori-school" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/think-and-be-greener-visit-woodland-hill-montessori-school#comments Community Mon, 16 Jul 2012 16:12:35 +0000 Jodi Smits Anderson 2602441 at http://www.usgbc.org The Scoundrel's Handbook http://www.usgbc.org/articles/scoundrels-handbook <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="The Scoundrel&#039;s Handbook on Huff Post Green" alt="The Scoundrel&#039;s Handbook on Huff Post Green" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/scoundrels_tjc%5B1%5D.jpg?1342624102" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>It was Samuel Johnson who said that patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel. He talked a lot about false patriots, those who "appeal to the rabble, circulate pointless petitions, and who allow their passions to confound the distinctions between right and wrong." He never said if he had anyone particular in mind, but I sure do. A lot of people in Washington, D.C. have become quite adept in using the Scoundrel's Handbook to advance their narrow view of the world.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/scoundrels-handbook" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/scoundrels-handbook#comments Community Thu, 12 Jul 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Rick Fedrizzi 2602413 at http://www.usgbc.org About USGBC http://www.usgbc.org/articles/about-usgbc-0 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/PressKit_USGBC.jpg?1345150401" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><h2><a href="https://www.usgbc.org">The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) </a> is committed to a prosperous, healthy and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. USGBC works toward its mission of market transformation through its LEED green building certification program, robust educational offerings, a nationwide network of chapters and affiliates, the annual <a href="http://www.greenbuildexpo.org"> Greenbuild International Conference &amp; Expo</a>, and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/about-usgbc-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/about-usgbc-0#comments Media Wed, 11 Jul 2012 15:24:48 +0000 Ashley Katz 2601445 at http://www.usgbc.org School Sustainability Leaders Summit: Days Two & Three http://www.usgbc.org/articles/school-sustainability-leaders-summit-days-two-three <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/school%20sustainability%20summit%201.jpg?1347907414" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Note: This blog was originally posted on the <a target="new" href="http://verdisgroup.com/blog/2012/07/school-sustainability-leaders-summit-days-two-three/">Verdis Group blog</a>.</em></p> <p>I’m on the plane headed home from D.C. after a torrid and invigorating few days at the USGBC’s School Sustainability Leaders Summit. My mind is simultaneously racing and completely at ease. Yes, I know that sounds a little impossible. Let me explain.</p> <p><strong>Mind Status: Racing<br /> Why: Opportunity Overload?</strong></p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/school-sustainability-leaders-summit-days-two-three" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/school-sustainability-leaders-summit-days-two-three#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 03 Jul 2012 04:00:00 +0000 2609654 at http://www.usgbc.org All I Ever Needed to Know About Bike Safety I Learned in Germany http://www.usgbc.org/articles/all-i-ever-needed-know-about-bike-safety-i-learned-germany <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_cfgs_07022012.jpg?1347036531" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Guttentag!</p> <p>Five years ago, in preparation to lead USGBC’s green school efforts, I spent three months working alongside a wonderful born and educated German, Anja Caldwell, who at the time was the green building program manager for Montgomery County Public Schools. In this field, Anja was a pioneer and visionary, and she never missed an opportunity to remind me that all she really needed to know she learned in Germany.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/all-i-ever-needed-know-about-bike-safety-i-learned-germany" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/all-i-ever-needed-know-about-bike-safety-i-learned-germany#comments Center for Green Schools Mon, 02 Jul 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Rachel Gutter 2609674 at http://www.usgbc.org Green Building Facts http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-building-facts <div class="field field-type-text field-field-all-authorized-by"> <div class="field-label">Authored by:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Ashley Katz </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/greenbuildingfacts.png?1345821899" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><strong>MARKET IMPACT</strong> <p>By 2015, an estimated 40-48% of new nonresidential construction by value will be green, equating to a $120-145 billion opportunity<sup>1</sup></p> <p>U.S. respondents to a 2012 international survey projected that 58% of their building activities in 2015 would be green<sup>2</sup></p> <p>More than 2.8 billion square feet of building space are LEED-certified (<em>as of January 1, 2014</em>)</p> <p>41% of all nonresidential building starts in 2012 were green, as compared to 2% of all nonresidential building starts in 2005.<sup>3</sup></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-building-facts" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-building-facts#comments Media Sun, 01 Jul 2012 20:10:28 +0000 2602137 at http://www.usgbc.org School Sustainability Leaders Summit Kicks Off! http://www.usgbc.org/articles/school-sustainability-leaders-summit-kicks <p>Yesterday, we kicked off our School Sustainability Leaders Summit, which brought in our two <a target="new" href="http://centerforgreenschools.org/fellowship.aspx">green schools fellows</a>, along with other school district staff from across the country.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/school-sustainability-leaders-summit-kicks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/school-sustainability-leaders-summit-kicks#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 28 Jun 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Mallory Shelter 2610035 at http://www.usgbc.org Ewa Makai Middle School Celebrates Green Ribbon Schools in Washington, D.C. http://www.usgbc.org/articles/ewa-makai-middle-school-celebrates-green-ribbon-schools-washington-dc <p>From June 3-5, I had the opportunity to attend the National Green Ribbon Ceremony in Washington, D.C. on behalf of <a target="new" href="http://www.ewamakai.org/&quot; target=&quot;new&quot;&gt;Ewa Makai Middle School&lt;/a&gt;, a recent recipient of the U.S. Department of Education">Green Ribbon Schools Award</a>. Wow! The ceremony and the ensuing meetings and events were just fantastic! Washington D.C. was the perfect place for these ceremonies where the Green Ribbon Schools were honored by the U.S.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/ewa-makai-middle-school-celebrates-green-ribbon-schools-washington-dc" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/ewa-makai-middle-school-celebrates-green-ribbon-schools-washington-dc#comments Center for Green Schools Mon, 25 Jun 2012 04:00:00 +0000 2610038 at http://www.usgbc.org Project Green Brings $5 Million to Sacramento Schools http://www.usgbc.org/articles/project-green-brings-5-million-sacramento-schools <p>One of the many reasons Sacramento City Unified School District (SCUSD) was selected as one of two districts to receive a Center for Green Schools UTC Fellow was the development of Project Green. The District needed support to develop, manage and implement the program, and I was brought on to help. During the Earth Day celebrations in April 2011, Superintendent Raymond announced Project Green with little more than a rough outline. The idea consisted of student-led audits, presenting recommendations to a blue-ribbon panel, and implementing the projects.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/project-green-brings-5-million-sacramento-schools" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/project-green-brings-5-million-sacramento-schools#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 21 Jun 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Farah McDill 2610044 at http://www.usgbc.org USGBC Joins Six Major Organizations at Rio+20 to Launch the Global Initiative on Urban Resilience http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-joins-six-major-organizations-rio20-launch-global-initiative-urban-resilience <p>Rio de Janeiro (June 21, 2012) — The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) joined today with six major organizations at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) to announce the Global Initiative on Urban Resilience (GIUR), an effort designed to spur building and infrastructure development, create new investment opportunities and foster community action around the world.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-joins-six-major-organizations-rio20-launch-global-initiative-urban-resilience" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-joins-six-major-organizations-rio20-launch-global-initiative-urban-resilience#comments Media Thu, 21 Jun 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Mallory Shelter 2605635 at http://www.usgbc.org Where We Learn Matters… Add a Little Nature! http://www.usgbc.org/articles/where-we-learn-matters%E2%80%A6-add-little-nature <p>Over time, a recognizable pattern has developed in youth that has begun to alter their behavior, health and consciousness. Today, American children are spending more time indoors and less time engaging with nature compared to recent history. In author Richard Louv’s book, “Last Child in the Woods,” he presents a persuasive case for the importance of nature to a child’s physical and emotional well-being, while also describing youth’s disconnect today as a ‘nature-deficit disorder.’ Though not a disorder in the traditional sense, there are very real, measureable affects to be noted.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/where-we-learn-matters%E2%80%A6-add-little-nature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/where-we-learn-matters%E2%80%A6-add-little-nature#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 20 Jun 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Molly Hislop 2610050 at http://www.usgbc.org Voices from Greenbuild: Eva Blake http://www.usgbc.org/articles/voices-greenbuild-eva-blake <p>When I arrived at the <a href="http://www.greenbuildexpo.org/Home.aspx">2011 Greenbuild Conference &amp; Expo</a> in Toronto, Canada, I flipped through the program to find that the Greenbuild Social Equity Scholarship Program page contained photos and quotes from <a target="new" href="www.youthbuild.org">YouthBuild’s</a> participation in the 2010 Greenbuild in Chicago. What an honor! That was the first year YouthBuild attended Greenbuild as an organized team of scholars and volunteers.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/voices-greenbuild-eva-blake" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/voices-greenbuild-eva-blake#comments Center for Green Schools Mon, 18 Jun 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Eva Blake 2610060 at http://www.usgbc.org We, the People, Still Making History http://www.usgbc.org/articles/we-people-still-making-history <div class="field field-type-text field-field-all-authorized-by"> <div class="field-label">Authored by:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Heather Blakeslee </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">15 Jun 2012</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-art-article"> <div class="field-label">Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>“We the people of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.” </p> <p>It’s easy to make a connection between the Preamble to the Constitution and the missions of USGBC and Delaware Valley Green Building Council. Since the beginning of our history, our country has worked toward peaceful, prosperous communities for ourselves and future generations.</p> <p>Philadelphia hosted our forefathers as they composed the Constitution more than 225 years ago, and in 2013 it will backdrop the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo as USGBC celebrates its 20th anniversary. To prepare the region for this monumental occasion, DVGBC decided to do something that would honor our historic past while looking toward our sustainable future — something that would show a global audience just how hard we’re working toward a more prosperous, sustainable region.</p> <p>The DVGBC 2013 Challenge Pledge allows regional companies, organizations and educational and cultural institutions to make a measurable, sustainability-related pledge that will be fulfilled by Greenbuild 2013.</p> <p>“We, the people of the Delaware Valley, in order to form a more perfect region and transform our communities into healthier, more prosperous places for people to live, work, and learn, make a pledge to our community.”</p> <p>The program launched April 15, 2012, and by May 1 we had received over 50 pledges. Major real estate developers and hospitality trusts pledged green practices across their portfolios. The Philadelphia Zoo pledged to certify its first LEED building. The City of Philadelphia announced that by 2013, all affordable housing projects would adhere to green building practices. Nonprofit organizations pledged to grow tons of local food and clean hundreds of vacant lots. Companies, schools, and nonprofits alike pledged to educate thousands of students, clients, tradespeople and the public through their programs and art installations. They pledged to plant thousands of trees, install hundreds of acres of green roofs, and reduce thousands of miles traveled in cars. Local manufacturers pledged to make more sustainable products, and designers pledged to use them. Others pledged to push their design limits and achieve net-zero impact. </p> <p>Collectively, the first 50 pledges alone will result not only in increased environmental quality, but also in an investment of tens of millions of dollars in our regional economy and the creation of thousands of new green jobs. </p> <p>USGBC anticipates over 30,000 people from all over the world will attend Greenbuild 2013 in Philadelphia. As the host chapter, we want them to know that we, the people, are still making history by envisioning a sustainable future.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="USGBC&#039;s Senior Vice President of Conferences and Events, Kimberly Lewis, alongside DVGBC leadership" alt="USGBC&#039;s Senior Vice President of Conferences and Events, Kimberly Lewis, alongsi" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/bestofgb.jpg?1340242655" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>“We the people of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/we-people-still-making-history" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/we-people-still-making-history#comments Community Sat, 16 Jun 2012 00:54:07 +0000 1735137 at http://www.usgbc.org Rachel Gutter Named World Green Building Council Chairman’s Award Winner http://www.usgbc.org/articles/rachel-gutter-named-world-green-building-council-chairman%E2%80%99s-award-winner <p>Rachel Gutter, the director of the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council, received the World Green Building Council Chairman’s Award this week at the WorldGBC Congress in Stuttgart, Germany. Rachel was honored for her leadership at the forefront of the green schools movement, and working to make healthy, energy-efficient schools accessible to everyone across the globe.&nbsp;</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/rachel-gutter-named-world-green-building-council-chairman%E2%80%99s-award-winner" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/rachel-gutter-named-world-green-building-council-chairman%E2%80%99s-award-winner#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 12 Jun 2012 04:00:00 +0000 2610054 at http://www.usgbc.org USGBC and its Northern California Chapter launch the California Best Buildings Challenge at CGI America Meeting http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-and-its-northern-california-chapter-launch-california-best-buildings-challenge-cgi-am <p><em>On stage at CGI, President Clinton announces the six initial participants – Adobe, Genentech, Google,<br /> Prudential Real Estate Investors, SAP and Zynga – who have committed to a 20 percent reduction in energy, water and waste in two years across a portfolio of five million square feet.</em></p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-and-its-northern-california-chapter-launch-california-best-buildings-challenge-cgi-am" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-and-its-northern-california-chapter-launch-california-best-buildings-challenge-cgi-am#comments Media Fri, 08 Jun 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Jennifer Easton 2605746 at http://www.usgbc.org Fostering a Generation of Sustainability Natives http://www.usgbc.org/articles/fostering-generation-sustainability-natives <p>At the <a target="new" href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/">Center for Green Schools</a> at the U.S. Green Building Council, we are fostering a generation of “sustainability natives” - children and adults who act to benefit the earth without needing to be asked - who will help us reach our vision of healthy, high-performing schools and campuses for all students within this generation.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/fostering-generation-sustainability-natives" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/fostering-generation-sustainability-natives#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 07 Jun 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Jaime Van Mourik 2610070 at http://www.usgbc.org Announcing the 2012-2013 Community Green Chairs http://www.usgbc.org/articles/announcing-2012-2013-community-green-chairs <p>Congratulations to the five selected leaders who will work with USGBC National and the Center for Green Schools to launch and grow its newest program, Community Green. Community Green is USGBC’s commitment to supporting community colleges in educating the next generation of green building professionals who can lead and drive strong local sustainable economies. These five Chairs will work regionally to engage community colleges in the USGBC network, and support them in bringing green building education and activities to their campuses and communities.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/announcing-2012-2013-community-green-chairs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/announcing-2012-2013-community-green-chairs#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 05 Jun 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Vanessa Santos 2610076 at http://www.usgbc.org Whitehall Middle School Carbon Busters Win National Eco Challenge http://www.usgbc.org/articles/whitehall-middle-school-carbon-busters-win-national-eco-challenge <p>The Whitehall Middle School Carbon Busters are a group of seven middle school students who recently competed in the <a target="new" href="http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/passion-for-the-environment-prevails-as-500000-in-grants-and-scholarships-awarded-to-teens-143479556.html">Lexus Eco Challenge</a> to win scholarships and grant money and take action to improve the surrounding environment.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/whitehall-middle-school-carbon-busters-win-national-eco-challenge" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/whitehall-middle-school-carbon-busters-win-national-eco-challenge#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 30 May 2012 04:00:00 +0000 2610078 at http://www.usgbc.org Influence the Future of USGBC: Nominate and Elect the 2013 Board of Directors http://www.usgbc.org/articles/influence-future-usgbc-nominate-and-elect-2013-board-directors <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Photo credit MDGovpics, Flickr" alt="Photo credit MDGovpics, Flickr" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/123.jpg?1346185589" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>What an exciting time it is to be a part of our USGBC community! The green building movement is growing so fast in breadth and depth, <a href="http://usgbcblog.blogspot.com/2012/05/demand-for-green-buildings-exceeds.html">workforce supply</a> can’t keep pace; <a href="http://usgbc.org/leed2012">LEED 2012</a>, with its shift to building performance, is once again raising the bar for sustainable development; and USGBC chapters across the country continue to inspire with <a href="http://usgbcblog.blogspot.com/2012/02/unreasonably-bould-social-enterprise.html">remarkable achievements</a>.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/influence-future-usgbc-nominate-and-elect-2013-board-directors" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/influence-future-usgbc-nominate-and-elect-2013-board-directors#comments Community Tue, 29 May 2012 04:00:00 +0000 1735145 at http://www.usgbc.org USGBC and Bank of America Announce Call for Applications for 2012 Affordable Green Neighborhoods Grant Program http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-and-bank-america-announce-call-applications-2012-affordable-green-neighborhoods-grant <p><em>Program provides funding and resources to ten LEED for Neighborhood Development projects</em></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-and-bank-america-announce-call-applications-2012-affordable-green-neighborhoods-grant" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-and-bank-america-announce-call-applications-2012-affordable-green-neighborhoods-grant#comments Initiatives Media Thu, 24 May 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Barry Sheehan 2605795 at http://www.usgbc.org Voices of the 2011 Greenbuild Scholarship Awardees: Fin MacDonald http://www.usgbc.org/articles/voices-2011-greenbuild-scholarship-awardees-fin-macdonald <p>Last year, I was able to attend the Greenbuild Conference and Expo in Toronto as a Greenbuild Scholarship recipient.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/voices-2011-greenbuild-scholarship-awardees-fin-macdonald" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/voices-2011-greenbuild-scholarship-awardees-fin-macdonald#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 24 May 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Fraser MacDonald 2610082 at http://www.usgbc.org USGBC Staff Ramp Up for Green Apple Day of Service http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-staff-ramp-green-apple-day-service <p>Every month, USGBC hosts an “internal showcase” at the DC headquarters – a chance for staff to learn more about a project, idea or initiative that crosses all departments. Posters and other visuals are created to illustrate the showcase theme and applicable staff are on hand to discuss the concepts with their colleagues. Occasionally, trivia and other games are played to get staff more engaged with the event.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-staff-ramp-green-apple-day-service" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-staff-ramp-green-apple-day-service#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 17 May 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Ana Leilani Ka'ahanui 2610084 at http://www.usgbc.org Parenting’s 2012 Mom Congress Provides Green School Inspiration http://www.usgbc.org/articles/parenting%E2%80%99s-2012-mom-congress-provides-green-school-inspiration <p>Even though by my assessment I was the only non-parent to take the stage at Parenting Magazine’s 2012 <a target="new" href="http://www.parenting.com/blogs/mom-congress">Mom Congress</a> Conference, mom delegates from every state in the country welcomed me into their fold with open arms. It was incredibly energizing to meet so many moms who are singularly focused on helping their children succeed at any cost. I met one mother who has to fill out 19 applications a year to be able to send her children to higher performing schools on the other side of the city.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/parenting%E2%80%99s-2012-mom-congress-provides-green-school-inspiration" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/parenting%E2%80%99s-2012-mom-congress-provides-green-school-inspiration#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 16 May 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Rachel Gutter 2610085 at http://www.usgbc.org Building Common Ground Around Green Schools in South Carolina http://www.usgbc.org/articles/building-common-ground-around-green-schools-south-carolina <p>On Wednesday, May 1, the USGBC <a target="new" href="http://www.usgbcsc.org/">South Carolina Chapter</a> hosted an event to strategize pathways to bring political common ground on green schools to the Palmetto State. The event was held in Columbia at the LEED Gold Thomas Cooper Library at the University of South Carolina, and featured approximately 75 attendees.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/building-common-ground-around-green-schools-south-carolina" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/building-common-ground-around-green-schools-south-carolina#comments Center for Green Schools Mon, 14 May 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Nathaniel Allen 2610087 at http://www.usgbc.org The 2012 Greenest School on Earth: Green School Bali http://www.usgbc.org/articles/2012-greenest-school-earth-green-school-bali <p>It’s been a very exciting few weeks at <a target="new" href="www.greenschool.org">Green School Bali</a> since the Center for Green School’s <a target="new" href="http://centerforgreenschools.com/rachel.aspx">Rachel Gutter</a> visited and presented us with the award as “<a target="new" href="http://centerforgreenschools.com/utility-nav/blog/12-04-24/Rachel_Gutter_Visits_Green_School_in_Bali.aspx">2012 Greenest School on Earth</a>.” There were close to 400 students, staff, parents and friends gathered in our beautiful open-air bamboo coliseum for an Earth Day assembly, and only a small handfu</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/2012-greenest-school-earth-green-school-bali" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/2012-greenest-school-earth-green-school-bali#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 10 May 2012 04:00:00 +0000 2610090 at http://www.usgbc.org "Inexhaustible" Inspiration: Thomas Knittel Talks Biomimicry http://www.usgbc.org/articles/inexhaustible-inspiration-thomas-knittel-talks-biomimicry <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Biomimicry expert, Thomas Knittel" alt="Biomimicry expert, Thomas Knittel" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/thomask.jpg?1340245623" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>A building shaped like a butterfly. A skyscraper modeled after self-cooling termite mounds. A <a class="keyword" href="/glossary/term/5597">structure</a> in arid climate inspired by a desert snail. Biomimicry, the application of nature’s principles to solve problems, is an emerging influence in modern day green building and other design and technology.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/inexhaustible-inspiration-thomas-knittel-talks-biomimicry" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/inexhaustible-inspiration-thomas-knittel-talks-biomimicry#comments Community Wed, 09 May 2012 04:00:00 +0000 1735256 at http://www.usgbc.org What Happened to Walking to School? http://www.usgbc.org/articles/what-happened-walking-school <p>As we celebrate National Bike or Walk to School Day today, it is important to recognize how our culture has changed transportation behaviors.&nbsp;In 1969, riding your bike or walking to school was commonplace, and nearly 50 percent of kids chose that mode of transportation. By 2009, that number dropped to just 13 percent. What is causing kids and their families to opt for a four-wheeled ride rather than a walkable route? How can we help reverse this pattern to protect our environment and promote healthy behaviors?</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/what-happened-walking-school" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/what-happened-walking-school#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 09 May 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Molly Hislop 2610091 at http://www.usgbc.org USGBC Loves Teachers http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-loves-teachers <p>In honor of National Teacher Day, we asked some of our staff members to tell us who their favorite teachers are. What did we learn? That a lot of our staff members have moms who are teachers! Read below to see who some of our best teachers are, and what they did to inspire us.&nbsp;</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-loves-teachers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-loves-teachers#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 08 May 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Vanessa Santos 2610095 at http://www.usgbc.org Community Green: USGBC’s Commitment to Community Colleges http://www.usgbc.org/articles/community-green-usgbc%E2%80%99s-commitment-community-colleges <p>Community colleges serve as the centers of educational opportunity, collectively providing millions of individuals – regardless of their wealth, cultural background or experience – an accessible place where they can gain the skills and knowledge necessary to become successful professionals.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/community-green-usgbc%E2%80%99s-commitment-community-colleges" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/community-green-usgbc%E2%80%99s-commitment-community-colleges#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 08 May 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Vanessa Santos 2610099 at http://www.usgbc.org Harvard Achieves a Record 75 LEED Certifications http://www.usgbc.org/articles/harvard-achieves-record-75-leed-certifications-0 <p>Harvard University recently achieved an important green building milestone: our 75th LEED certification, representing over 2.4 million square feet of our campus in LEED New Construction, Commercial Interiors, Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance and Homes systems.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/harvard-achieves-record-75-leed-certifications-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/harvard-achieves-record-75-leed-certifications-0#comments Center for Green Schools Mon, 07 May 2012 04:00:00 +0000 2610102 at http://www.usgbc.org Quick! Use Duke Energy, USGBC and Sustainability in a Sentence http://www.usgbc.org/articles/quick-use-duke-energy-usgbc-and-sustainability-sentence <p>On Monday, April 23, 2012, the Carolina blue sky contained just a few pure white clouds and the sun was shining at the perfect angle through a slanted wall of glass to make the most picturesque back drop for an executive sustainability conversation between USGBC President, CEO and Founding Chair Rick Fedrizzi and Duke Energy Chairman, President and CEO Jim Rogers.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/quick-use-duke-energy-usgbc-and-sustainability-sentence" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/quick-use-duke-energy-usgbc-and-sustainability-sentence#comments Community Fri, 04 May 2012 04:00:00 +0000 1735260 at http://www.usgbc.org My New Appreciation for Polar Bears http://www.usgbc.org/articles/my-new-appreciation-polar-bears <p>Those of you who have seen me speak recently know that I have had some pretty disparaging things to say about polar bears. Not because I have anything against polar bears (though I did visit a school in Alaska once where they had to put up a big fence to keep the bears from eating students), but because I don’t believe that polar bears are deserving of being the icon for sustainability, or even climate change.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/my-new-appreciation-polar-bears" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/my-new-appreciation-polar-bears#comments Center for Green Schools Fri, 04 May 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Rachel Gutter 2610104 at http://www.usgbc.org Director's Corner: Making Green Schools an International Conversation http://www.usgbc.org/articles/directors-corner-making-green-schools-international-conversation <p>Last month, I had the incredible opportunity to travel to Beijing, China for the 8th International Conference on Green &amp; Energy Efficient Building to <a target="new" href="http://centerforgreenschools.org/utility-nav/blog/12-03-30/Where_in_the_World_is_Rachel_Gutter.aspx">discuss the green schools movement</a>. Although there are so many implicit differences between the U.S. and China – the language and culture are incredibly diverse from ours – I tested my assumption that healthy, high performing kids are a universal value that requires no translation.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/directors-corner-making-green-schools-international-conversation" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/directors-corner-making-green-schools-international-conversation#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 03 May 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Rachel Gutter 2610106 at http://www.usgbc.org Green Apple Day of Service Kicks Off With Strong Commitments http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-apple-day-service-kicks-strong-commitments <p>The Center for Green Schools had barely begun to take our plans for <a href="http://www.mygreenapple.org/">Green Apple Day of Service</a> on Sept. 29<sup> </sup>beyond water cooler conversations, when two powerhouses came forward asking how they could help: Interface Global and Harvard University.</p> <p>When two sustainability leaders want to know how they can be a part of your next big idea, you start to think you might be onto something.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-apple-day-service-kicks-strong-commitments" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-apple-day-service-kicks-strong-commitments#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 03 May 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Emily Riordan 2610107 at http://www.usgbc.org College Students Across the Country Conserve 1.74 Gigawatt-Hours Through Campus Conservation Nationals 2012 http://www.usgbc.org/articles/college-students-across-country-conserve-174-gigawatt-hours-through-campus-conservation-nat <p>151 homes off the grid, 1,554,814 gallons of water saved, 2,642,287 lbs of CO2 diverted from the atmosphere, $157,925 saved. </p> <p>This is what 250,000 students across the country can do when they take the environment and their energy usage into their own hands for just three weeks. During <a target="new" href="http://www.competetoreduce.org/">Campus Conservation Nationals</a> (CCN) 2012, these students educated, organized and mobilized to show themselves and their peers that small behavioral changes can drastically effect energy consumption on a large scale.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/college-students-across-country-conserve-174-gigawatt-hours-through-campus-conservation-nat" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/college-students-across-country-conserve-174-gigawatt-hours-through-campus-conservation-nat#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 03 May 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Patrick Lane 2610110 at http://www.usgbc.org Center for Green Schools Opportunities: 2012 Climate Leadership Summit http://www.usgbc.org/articles/center-green-schools-opportunities-2012-climate-leadership-summit <p><a target="new" href="http://www2.presidentsclimatecommitment.org/summit2012/index.php"><strong>2012 Climate Leadership Summit – The ACUPCC Celebrates Five Years!</strong></a></p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/center-green-schools-opportunities-2012-climate-leadership-summit" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/center-green-schools-opportunities-2012-climate-leadership-summit#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 03 May 2012 04:00:00 +0000 2610112 at http://www.usgbc.org Center for Green Schools Opportunities: 2012 Student Climate & Conservation Congress http://www.usgbc.org/articles/center-green-schools-opportunities-2012-student-climate-conservation-congress <p><a target="new" href="http://www.greenschoolsalliance.org/students/student-climate-conservation-congress-sc3"><strong>2012 Student Climate &amp; Conservation Congress (Sc3), June 24-June 29, 2012</strong></a></p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/center-green-schools-opportunities-2012-student-climate-conservation-congress" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/center-green-schools-opportunities-2012-student-climate-conservation-congress#comments Thu, 03 May 2012 04:00:00 +0000 2610115 at http://www.usgbc.org Center for Green Schools Opportunities: Call for Research http://www.usgbc.org/articles/center-green-schools-opportunities-call-research <p><a target="new" href="http://mcgraw-hillresearchfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/GreenSchoolsWP-2012.pdf"><strong>The Impact of School Buildings on Student Health and Performance: A Call for Research</strong></a></p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/center-green-schools-opportunities-call-research" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/center-green-schools-opportunities-call-research#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 03 May 2012 04:00:00 +0000 2610116 at http://www.usgbc.org Center for Green Schools Opportunities: Green Classroom Professional Certificate http://www.usgbc.org/articles/center-green-schools-opportunities-green-classroom-professional-certificate <p><a target="new" href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/greenclassroom"><strong>Green Classroom Professional Certificate</strong></a></p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/center-green-schools-opportunities-green-classroom-professional-certificate" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/center-green-schools-opportunities-green-classroom-professional-certificate#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 03 May 2012 04:00:00 +0000 2610118 at http://www.usgbc.org Center for Green Schools Opportunities: Paid-From-Savings http://www.usgbc.org/articles/center-green-schools-opportunities-paid-savings <p><a target="new" href="http://centerforgreenschools.org/paidfromsavings.aspx"><strong>Paid-from-Savings Guide Now Available for Free Access</strong></a></p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/center-green-schools-opportunities-paid-savings" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/center-green-schools-opportunities-paid-savings#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 03 May 2012 04:00:00 +0000 2610120 at http://www.usgbc.org Chapter Spotlight: Charlotte’s Eco Learning Lab http://www.usgbc.org/articles/chapter-spotlight-charlotte%E2%80%99s-eco-learning-lab <p>Late last year, South Mecklenburg High School in Charlotte, NC built an “<a href="http://www.ecolearninglab.com/">Eco Learning Lab</a>,” an outdoor classroom for students, instructors and green building professionals. The laboratory provides a forum for students to strengthen their educational experience and opens a dialog with green building professionals that can assist in career exploration.&nbsp; The hope is that the Eco Learning Lab can be replicated at other high schools in North Carolina.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/chapter-spotlight-charlotte%E2%80%99s-eco-learning-lab" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/chapter-spotlight-charlotte%E2%80%99s-eco-learning-lab#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 03 May 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Emily Scofield 2610121 at http://www.usgbc.org Center for Green Schools Opportunities: Sustainability Summit http://www.usgbc.org/articles/center-green-schools-opportunities-sustainability-summit <p><a target="new" href="https://usgbc.wufoo.com/forms/school-sustainability-leaders-summit/"><strong>Sustainability Summit</strong></a><br /> The Center for Green Schools at USGBC is now&nbsp;<a target="new" href="https://usgbc.wufoo.com/forms/school-sustainability-leaders-summit/">accepting applications</a>&nbsp;to attend this summer’s School Sustainability Leaders Summit from June 27-29. The Summit will be held at our offices in Washington, D.C. and is designed for school district or school system staff who are the point-people for sustainability within their organization.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/center-green-schools-opportunities-sustainability-summit" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/center-green-schools-opportunities-sustainability-summit#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 03 May 2012 04:00:00 +0000 2610122 at http://www.usgbc.org My Job Inspiration: The Wisdom of Kids http://www.usgbc.org/articles/my-job-inspiration-wisdom-kids <p>One of the best parts of my job is getting to listen to kids and their visions for the world and their place within it. It's reinvigorating, energizing and inspiring. It reminds me that when we provide safe and inviting places for kids to learn, grow and be creative, we directly impact how the world works right now and what it will be in the future. In the past two weeks, I've had two opportunities to soak in the wisdom of kids.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/my-job-inspiration-wisdom-kids" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/my-job-inspiration-wisdom-kids#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 02 May 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Andrew Metzger 2610123 at http://www.usgbc.org USGBC South Florida's Generation Green Event http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-south-floridas-generation-green-event <p>The weather held off for the <a href="http://www.usgbcsf.org/">USGBC South Florida Chapter</a>&nbsp;Treasure Coast Branch's first Generation Green Event on April 21, 2012. 175 registered attendees representing four counties attended the Generation Green Awards Ceremony.</p> <p>The&nbsp;program was meant to provide recognition for green initiatives and honored people and groups including teacher, student, student group, school, principal and district.The Generation Green event was the ceremony and celebration for these Green Apple Awards.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-south-floridas-generation-green-event" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-south-floridas-generation-green-event#comments Center for Green Schools Mon, 30 Apr 2012 04:00:00 +0000 2610124 at http://www.usgbc.org Henley Middle School’s Renewable Energy Resource Center http://www.usgbc.org/articles/henley-middle-school%E2%80%99s-renewable-energy-resource-center <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/henley-middle-school%E2%80%99s-renewable-energy-resource-center" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/henley-middle-school%E2%80%99s-renewable-energy-resource-center#comments Center for Green Schools Fri, 27 Apr 2012 04:00:00 +0000 2610207 at http://www.usgbc.org USGBC and the Congressional Green Schools Caucus Celebrate Princeton Review Guide to Green Colleges http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-and-congressional-green-schools-caucus-celebrate-princeton-review-guide-green-college <p>On Tuesday evening, April 24, USGBC co-hosted a reception with the Congressional Green Schools Caucus to celebrate the third annual release of the <a target="new" href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/greenguide">Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges, 2012 Edition.</a></p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-and-congressional-green-schools-caucus-celebrate-princeton-review-guide-green-college" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-and-congressional-green-schools-caucus-celebrate-princeton-review-guide-green-college#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 25 Apr 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Nathaniel Allen 2610208 at http://www.usgbc.org Will You Be @Greenbuild? Apply Today for a Scholarship to Attend This Year’s Conference http://www.usgbc.org/articles/will-you-be-greenbuild-apply-today-scholarship-attend-year%E2%80%99s-conference <p>USGBC’s <a target="new" href="http://www.greenbuildexpo.org/Home.aspx">Greenbuild International Conference &amp; Expo</a> is an unparalleled event in the industry that brings together people and products that are driving the green building movement. Every year, the event serves as a culmination of what has happened in green building over the last year, and inspires us to think big about where the movement is going and how we can be a part of it.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/will-you-be-greenbuild-apply-today-scholarship-attend-year%E2%80%99s-conference" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/will-you-be-greenbuild-apply-today-scholarship-attend-year%E2%80%99s-conference#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 25 Apr 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Vanessa Santos 2610211 at http://www.usgbc.org Pennsylvania Schools are Rocking the Green Ribbon Program! http://www.usgbc.org/articles/pennsylvania-schools-are-rocking-green-ribbon-program <p>On April 19, the Delaware Valley Green Building Council recognized all 24 schools in their Chapter’s region that applied for the Green Ribbon program. Two of them, Radnor Middle School and Springside Chestnut Hill (pictured) were notified on Monday by the U.S. Department of Education that they had been named Green Ribbon Schools!</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/pennsylvania-schools-are-rocking-green-ribbon-program" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/pennsylvania-schools-are-rocking-green-ribbon-program#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 25 Apr 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Janet Milkman 2610213 at http://www.usgbc.org Rachel Gutter Visits Green School in Bali http://www.usgbc.org/articles/rachel-gutter-visits-green-school-bali <p>Last week, Rachel Gutter visited the <a href="http://www.greenschool.org/">Green School</a> in Bali, Indonesia to present them with the Center for Green Schools "2012 Greenest School on Earth" Award. The school has some incredible features, such as structures made from environmentally friendly bamboo, solar energy and vortex hydro technology projects to remove the school entirely off the grid, bio-intensive farming around campus to raise organic food and so much more. Check out the amazing video footage of her time there, along with the school's&nbsp;Earth Day celebrations!</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/rachel-gutter-visits-green-school-bali#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 24 Apr 2012 04:00:00 +0000 2610215 at http://www.usgbc.org What You Need to Know About the U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools Program http://www.usgbc.org/articles/what-you-need-know-about-us-department-education%E2%80%99s-green-ribbon-schools-program-0 <p>In his <a target="new" href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/04/20/presidential-proclamation-earth-day">2012 Earth Day Proclamation</a>, President Obama outlines the case for green schools and recognizes the U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools program as a driver for improving school sustainability, health and education for 21st century jobs.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/what-you-need-know-about-us-department-education%E2%80%99s-green-ribbon-schools-program-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/what-you-need-know-about-us-department-education%E2%80%99s-green-ribbon-schools-program-0#comments Center for Green Schools Mon, 23 Apr 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Nathaniel Allen 2610217 at http://www.usgbc.org Putting the Students in Charge http://www.usgbc.org/articles/putting-students-charge <p>“In order to solve our climate problems, we need a coalition of leaders.” This was the message delivered by <a href="http://www.blsyouthcan.org/BLS_Youth_C.A.N./Welcome.html">Boston Latin School’s Youth Climate Action Network</a> leaders, Rebecca Park and Eshe Sherley, as they addressed two dozen peer students who had gathered to envision how a rooftop sustainability learning center could shape their educational experience in and out of school.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/putting-students-charge" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/putting-students-charge#comments Center for Green Schools Fri, 20 Apr 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Phoebe Beierle 2610218 at http://www.usgbc.org The Center for Green Schools and Princeton Review Release Free Guide to 322 Green Colleges http://www.usgbc.org/articles/center-green-schools-and-princeton-review-release-free-guide-322-green-colleges <p>“In order to solve our climate problems, we need a coalition of leaders.” This was the message delivered by <a href="http://www.blsyouthcan.org/BLS_Youth_C.A.N./Welcome.html">Boston Latin School’s Youth Climate Action Network</a> leaders, Rebecca Park and Eshe Sherley, as they addressed two dozen peer students who had gathered to envision how a rooftop sustainability learning center could shape their educational experience in and out of school.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/center-green-schools-and-princeton-review-release-free-guide-322-green-colleges" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/center-green-schools-and-princeton-review-release-free-guide-322-green-colleges#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 17 Apr 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Kristin Ferguson 2610232 at http://www.usgbc.org Fine Gardening Lessons for All of Us http://www.usgbc.org/articles/fine-gardening-lessons-all-us <p>One of the things that may surprise people about me is that the first place I head when I arrive home to upstate New York on the weekend is to my garden. After a long week in Washington, DC or the stress of long stretches of international travel, my garden is my place of quiet and reflection. It's my creation. </p> <p>Recently I had the absolute joy of touring two of the UK's most extraordinary gardens-- each with its own twist on the important role gardens play on how we interact with our world.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/fine-gardening-lessons-all-us" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/fine-gardening-lessons-all-us#comments Community Fri, 13 Apr 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Rick Fedrizzi 1735274 at http://www.usgbc.org Southern California Edison joins the Demand Response Partnership Program http://www.usgbc.org/articles/southern-california-edison-joins-demand-response-partnership-program <p><em>Innovative program established by the U.S. Green Building Council and Environmental Defense Fund to drive adoption of demand response in commercial building market</em></p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/southern-california-edison-joins-demand-response-partnership-program" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/southern-california-edison-joins-demand-response-partnership-program#comments Media Fri, 13 Apr 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Ashley Katz 2605801 at http://www.usgbc.org Using LEED on Campus: Webcast for NWF's Greenforce Initiative http://www.usgbc.org/articles/using-leed-campus-webcast-nwfs-greenforce-initiative <p>The <a target="new" href="http://centerforgreenschools.org/home.aspx">Center for Green Schools</a> and <a target="new" href="http://www.nwf.org/">National Wildlife Federation</a> have a growing, synergistic relationship in support of transforming campuses into more resource-efficient communities with curriculum and training to underpin long term change.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/using-leed-campus-webcast-nwfs-greenforce-initiative" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/using-leed-campus-webcast-nwfs-greenforce-initiative#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 11 Apr 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Kristin Ferguson 2610257 at http://www.usgbc.org Cornell University Competes to Reduce in This Year's Campus Conservation Nationals http://www.usgbc.org/articles/cornell-university-competes-reduce-years-campus-conservation-nationals <p>As the energy conservation intern in Cornell University’s Sustainability Office, I was privileged to lead Cornell through its pilot year participating in Campus Conservation Nationals! When we first decided to participate in the competition, we didn’t know what to expect. Unsure of the savings we could make as well as the challenges we would face, we began to put together a vision for our campus-wide energy conservation competition.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/cornell-university-competes-reduce-years-campus-conservation-nationals" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/cornell-university-competes-reduce-years-campus-conservation-nationals#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 03 Apr 2012 04:00:00 +0000 2610259 at http://www.usgbc.org Center Spotlight: Tiffany Coyle, Marketing Account Associate http://www.usgbc.org/articles/center-spotlight-tiffany-coyle-marketing-account-associate <p><em>Tiffany is responsible for coordinating marketing pieces for the Center for Green Schools, as well as other initiatives at USGBC. She concentrates on ways to get the Center's</em><em>&nbsp;message out to folks and give them the tools they need to empower their local movement for sustainability. This comes in all forms and can be a simple sheet of paper with a web address to a complex guidebook to a really fun interactive digital element.</em></p> <p><strong>Position:</strong> Marketing Account Associate</p> <p><strong>Current location:</strong> Washington, DC</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/center-spotlight-tiffany-coyle-marketing-account-associate" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/center-spotlight-tiffany-coyle-marketing-account-associate#comments Center for Green Schools Mon, 02 Apr 2012 04:00:00 +0000 2610261 at http://www.usgbc.org Where in the World is Rachel Gutter? http://www.usgbc.org/articles/where-world-rachel-gutter <p>This week, Center for Green Schools Director <a target="new" href="http://twitter.com/rachelgutter">Rachel Gutter</a> traveled to Beijing, China for the 8th International Conference on Green &amp; Energy Efficient Building. Rachel spoke to the audience about the importance of green schools, a topic that is gaining a lot of momentum in China. Check out the video below of Rachel giving her presentation, and also take a look at our <a target="new" href="http://www.facebook.com/Centerforgreenschools">Facebook page</a> for lots of great photos from her trip!</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/where-world-rachel-gutter#comments Center for Green Schools Fri, 30 Mar 2012 04:00:00 +0000 2610264 at http://www.usgbc.org Where in the World is Rachel Gutter? http://www.usgbc.org/articles/where-world-rachel-gutter-0 <p>This week, Center for Green Schools Director <a target="new" href="http://twitter.com/rachelgutter">Rachel Gutter</a> traveled to Beijing, China for the 8th International Conference on Green &amp; Energy Efficient Building. Rachel spoke to the audience about the importance of green schools, a topic that is gaining a lot of momentum in China. Check out the video below of Rachel giving her presentation, and also take a look at our <a target="new" href="http://www.facebook.com/Centerforgreenschools">Facebook page</a> for lots of great photos from her trip!</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/where-world-rachel-gutter-0#comments Center for Green Schools Fri, 30 Mar 2012 04:00:00 +0000 2610265 at http://www.usgbc.org NCEF Releases New School Building Design Report http://www.usgbc.org/articles/ncef-releases-new-school-building-design-report <p>The National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities (NCEF) recently published a new study looking back on the designs of school buildings, identifying trends in energy consumption, ventilation, heating, air quality, lighting and acoustics. The study,<a target="new" href="http://www.ncef.org/pubs/greenschoolshistory.pdf">"A History of School Design and its Indoor Environmental Standards, 1900 to Today"</a> was written by Lindsay Baker, a doctoral candidate in the Building Sciences program of the Architecture department at the University of California, Berkeley.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/ncef-releases-new-school-building-design-report" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/ncef-releases-new-school-building-design-report#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 28 Mar 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Judy Marks 2610267 at http://www.usgbc.org Empowering Kids to Design the Schools of the Future http://www.usgbc.org/articles/empowering-kids-design-schools-future <p>Integrating visual arts learning throughout all disciplines significantly engages students. The <a target="new" href="http://www.cefpi.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3550">School of the Future Design Competition</a> (SOTF) offers an opportunity to illustrate the kind of creativity that students bring to the design process. The competition challenges middle school students to conceptualize or redesign their schools to enhance learning, conserve resources, be environmentally responsive and engage the surrounding community.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/empowering-kids-design-schools-future" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/empowering-kids-design-schools-future#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 27 Mar 2012 04:00:00 +0000 2610270 at http://www.usgbc.org USGBC Orange County Looks To Refine the Green Classroom Concept http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-orange-county-looks-refine-green-classroom-concept <p><em>Note: This blog is reposted from <a target="new" href="http://thejournal.com/articles/2012/03/19/usgbc-looks-to-refine-the-green-classroom-concept.aspx">THE Journal</a> and was written by Bridget McCrea</em></p> <h3>USGBC Looks To Refine the Green Classroom Concept</h3> <p><em>One chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council is taking a first step in a wide-scale classroom "greening" project for public K-12 schools nationwide.</em><br /> By Bridget McCrea<br /> 03/19/12</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-orange-county-looks-refine-green-classroom-concept" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-orange-county-looks-refine-green-classroom-concept#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 20 Mar 2012 04:00:00 +0000 2610272 at http://www.usgbc.org If You Want to See Change, Head to New Orleans http://www.usgbc.org/articles/if-you-want-see-change-head-new-orleans <p>This past Monday, Center for Green Schools Director <a target="new" href="http://centerforgreenschools.com/rachel.aspx">Rachel Gutter</a> and I presented plaques to the <a target="new" href="http://www.doe.state.la.us/offices/publicaffairs/press_release.aspx?PR=1610">first four LEED certified schools</a> in New Orleans. These four schools represented not only a huge accomplishment for the Recovery School District and the city, but also for Louisiana, with these schools being the first in the state to become certified.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/if-you-want-see-change-head-new-orleans" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/if-you-want-see-change-head-new-orleans#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 15 Mar 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Anisa Baldwin Metzger 2610274 at http://www.usgbc.org Arkansas Green Schools Challenge http://www.usgbc.org/articles/arkansas-green-schools-challenge <p>The first annual Arkansas Green Schools Challenge is coming to a close, and a <a target="new" href="http://www.inarkansas.com/29429/school-of-thought-green-schools-challenge-grooms-a-new-generation-of-sustainable-thinkers">great article</a> was recently published on the program in February’s Arkansas Green Guide magazine.The Challenge was a joint effort between the <a target="new">USGBC-Arkansas Chapter</a> and the <a target="new" href="http://www.theaaea.org/site/default.aspx?PageID=1">Arkansas Association of Educational Administrators</a> (AAEA).</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/arkansas-green-schools-challenge" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/arkansas-green-schools-challenge#comments Center for Green Schools Mon, 12 Mar 2012 04:00:00 +0000 2610276 at http://www.usgbc.org The Nation’s Capital Steps Up to Become the ‘Greenest College Town in America’ http://www.usgbc.org/articles/nation%E2%80%99s-capital-steps-become-%E2%80%98greenest-college-town-america%E2%80%99 <p>On Feb. 29, the District of Columbia’s Mayor <a target="new" href="http://mayor.dc.gov/DC/Mayor">Vincent Gray</a> was joined by local university presidents to sign the District of Columbia Mayor's College and University Sustainability Pledge. The Mayor’s goal is for the nation’s capital to become the <a target="new" href="http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2012-02/au-mgu022912.php">‘Greenest College Town in America’</a> – ambitious, yet attainable with the collective energy of local universities.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/nation%E2%80%99s-capital-steps-become-%E2%80%98greenest-college-town-america%E2%80%99" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/nation%E2%80%99s-capital-steps-become-%E2%80%98greenest-college-town-america%E2%80%99#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 08 Mar 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Jaime Van Mourik 2610278 at http://www.usgbc.org The Lorax Can Teach Kids Important Service Lessons http://www.usgbc.org/articles/lorax-can-teach-kids-important-service-lessons <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-all-authored-by"> <div class="field-label">Authored by:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/people/rachel-gutter/0010035868">Rachel Gutter</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">8 Mar 2012</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Dr. Suess&#039;s &quot;The Lorax&quot; " alt="Dr. Suess&#039;s &quot;The Lorax&quot; " src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/lorax.jpg?1332359063" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Last weekend, I had the opportunity to attend a screening of Dr. Seuss’ <a href="http://www.theloraxmovie.com/index.php">The Lorax</a> before it hit theaters. The showing, sponsored by <a href="http://www.nea.org/">NEA</a> and <a href="http://www.mochamoms.org/">Mocha Moms</a>, brought hundreds of DC kids to view the movie and learn an important message about the environment.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/lorax-can-teach-kids-important-service-lessons" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/lorax-can-teach-kids-important-service-lessons#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 08 Mar 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Rachel Gutter 1731753 at http://www.usgbc.org Updating a City’s DNA http://www.usgbc.org/articles/updating-city%E2%80%99s-dna <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="462" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/6882391395_d207126be5_b.jpg?1331145683" /> </div> </div> </div> <h2>An effort led by USGBC-New York garners dozens of building code changes that promise long-lasting environmental results.</h2> <p>On July 8, 2008, Urban Green Council — the New York Chapter of USGBC — received a letter from Mayor Michael Bloomberg and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn asking for its help.</p> <p>Would Urban Green be willing to convene a group of experts from the building industry to take a look at the city’s building codes and recommend how they could be changed to promote sustainable practices?</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/updating-city%E2%80%99s-dna" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/updating-city%E2%80%99s-dna#comments Community Wed, 07 Mar 2012 18:43:48 +0000 1731159 at http://www.usgbc.org The Lorax Can Teach Kids Important Service Lessons http://www.usgbc.org/articles/lorax-can-teach-kids-important-service-lessons-0 <p>Last weekend, I had the opportunity to attend a screening of Dr. Seuss’ <a target="new" href="http://www.theloraxmovie.com/index.php">The Lorax</a> before it hit theaters. The showing, sponsored by <a target="new" href="http://www.nea.org/">NEA</a> and <a target="new" href="http://www.mochamoms.org/">Mocha Moms</a>, brought hundreds of DC kids to view the movie and learn an important message about the environment.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/lorax-can-teach-kids-important-service-lessons-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/lorax-can-teach-kids-important-service-lessons-0#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 06 Mar 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Rachel Gutter 2610282 at http://www.usgbc.org Center for Green Schools and McGraw Hill Foundation Release Green Schools White Paper http://www.usgbc.org/articles/center-green-schools-and-mcgraw-hill-foundation-release-green-schools-white-paper <p>If you pay attention to the news and chatter about education policy and schools, you’ve undoubtedly heard the heated debates over the best way to hire and compensate teachers and the most appropriate way to institute rigorous curriculum. The who and the what of education often get front stage in the conversation over how to make our schools more effective at preparing students for being active, engaged citizens.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/center-green-schools-and-mcgraw-hill-foundation-release-green-schools-white-paper" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/center-green-schools-and-mcgraw-hill-foundation-release-green-schools-white-paper#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 01 Mar 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Anisa Baldwin Metzger 2610285 at http://www.usgbc.org Opening Session at Green Schools National Conference Shows Strong Support for Healthy, High Performing Schools http://www.usgbc.org/articles/opening-session-green-schools-national-conference-shows-strong-support-healthy-high-perform <p>The <a target="new" href="http://greenschoolsnationalconference.org/index.php">2012 Green Schools National Conference</a> kicked off today with the opening session, featuring inspiring words from green schools advocates such as <a target="new" href="http://www.state.co.us/gov_dir/leg_dir/House/members/Hou26.htm">Andy Kerr</a>, Colorado state representative and a member of our Green Schools Caucus; <a target="new" href="http://www.majoracartergroup.com/">Majora Carter</a>, president of the Majora Carter Group and USGBC board member; <a target="new" href="http://lauraseydel.com/">Laura Turner</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/opening-session-green-schools-national-conference-shows-strong-support-healthy-high-perform" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/opening-session-green-schools-national-conference-shows-strong-support-healthy-high-perform#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 29 Feb 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Mallory Shelter 2610288 at http://www.usgbc.org Five Years of Climate Leadership http://www.usgbc.org/articles/five-years-climate-leadership <p>This year, the <a target="new" href="http://www.acupcc.org/">American College &amp; University Presidents’ Climate Commitment</a> (ACUPCC) is celebrating five years of climate leadership. Nearly 700 institutions, representing 6 million students, are implementing plans to promote education, research and community engagement to create a sustainable future.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/five-years-climate-leadership" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/five-years-climate-leadership#comments Center for Green Schools Fri, 24 Feb 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Georges Dyer 2610290 at http://www.usgbc.org What's Your Favorite Color? For SCUSD, it's Green! http://www.usgbc.org/articles/whats-your-favorite-color-scusd-its-green <p><strong>By <a target="new" href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/2011fellows.aspx">Farah McDill</a><br /> Center for Green Schools UTC Fellow for Sacramento City Unified School District</strong></p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/whats-your-favorite-color-scusd-its-green" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/whats-your-favorite-color-scusd-its-green#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 23 Feb 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Farah McDill 2610291 at http://www.usgbc.org The Center for Green Schools at the 2012 Green Schools National Conference http://www.usgbc.org/articles/center-green-schools-2012-green-schools-national-conference <p>Six years ago, we launched the National Green Schools Campaign. Back then, if you had told me that just a few years later, several thousand people would be showing up at a national green schools conference to be keynoted by Secretary of Education <a target="new" href="http://greenschoolsnationalconference.org/keynote_speakers_duncan.php">Arne Duncan</a>, I would have said you were crazy. But what you and I both know is that green schools is a topic that brings so many different kinds of people together.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/center-green-schools-2012-green-schools-national-conference" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/center-green-schools-2012-green-schools-national-conference#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 22 Feb 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Rachel Gutter 2610293 at http://www.usgbc.org Students Guide the Way in Sustainability at UC San Diego http://www.usgbc.org/articles/students-guide-way-sustainability-uc-san-diego <p>The college experience: fraternity parties, football games and…LEED. <a target="new" href="http://www.usgbc.org/DisplayPage.aspx?CategoryID=19">LEED</a> (or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) has played an integral part on the <a target="new" href="http://ucsd.edu/">University of California San Diego</a> (UCSD) campus. When UCSD students help to complete LEED certification projects on campus, they prove that making a positive impact is also an essential part of the college experience.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/students-guide-way-sustainability-uc-san-diego" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/students-guide-way-sustainability-uc-san-diego#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 21 Feb 2012 05:00:00 +0000 2610297 at http://www.usgbc.org Unreasonably BOULD: A Social Enterprise for Affordable Homes and Green Building Education http://www.usgbc.org/articles/unreasonably-bould-social-enterprise-affordable-homes-and-green-building-education <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="LEED Gold-seeking home built by Fort Collins Habitat for Humanity" alt="LEED Gold-seeking home built by Fort Collins Habitat for Humanity" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/blog1.jpg?1329944547" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-slideshow-image"> <div class="field-label">Slideshow images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="4752" height="3168" title="BOULD staff, Brian Brunsing in action at a LEED Platinum seeking Habitat for Humanity home in Boulder, Colorado" alt="BOULD staff, Brian Brunsing in action at a LEED Platinum seeking Habitat for Hum" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/2.JPG?1329944702" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Imagine a world where potential is not governed by what we're told to be, the only fear is not giving enough, and business-as-usual, is a little more...unreasonable.</p> <p>As a <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/DisplayPage.aspx?CMSPageID=116">USGBC Emerging Professional</a>, <a href="http://usgbccolorado.org/">Colorado Chapter</a> member, and young social entrepreneur, this is the world I’m working to create.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/unreasonably-bould-social-enterprise-affordable-homes-and-green-building-education" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/unreasonably-bould-social-enterprise-affordable-homes-and-green-building-education#comments Community Fri, 17 Feb 2012 20:32:14 +0000 1730930 at http://www.usgbc.org The Power of Persuasion: January 2012 Fellowship Training http://www.usgbc.org/articles/power-persuasion-january-2012-fellowship-training <p>I never thought it would take me 22 hours to travel by plane from Sacramento, CA to Washington, D.C., but on Jan. 23, I was proven wrong. After a delayed flight due to mechanical issues, a missed connection in Phoenix, being rerouted through Dallas, and a canceled connection to D.C., I finally arrived at the USGBC offices for the Center for Green Schools Fellowship training. My problem-free air travel record is now officially over, but I miraculously arrived to the training a mere two hours late.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/power-persuasion-january-2012-fellowship-training" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/power-persuasion-january-2012-fellowship-training#comments Center for Green Schools Mon, 13 Feb 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Farah McDill 2610294 at http://www.usgbc.org Self-Reliance Becomes a Movement http://www.usgbc.org/articles/self-reliance-becomes-movement <p>By now, most of you know the cautionary tale of the old railroad barons, those filthy rich guys who, nearly a century ago, made the tragic mistake of thinking they were in the business of trains. Can you imagine how things might have gone differently for those complacent and ridiculously misguided yahoos had they realized they were actually in the people-moving business?</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/self-reliance-becomes-movement" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/self-reliance-becomes-movement#comments Community Fri, 10 Feb 2012 04:50:33 +0000 Rick Fedrizzi 1730768 at http://www.usgbc.org 2011 National Wildlife Federation Campus Sustainability Case Studies are Online Now! http://www.usgbc.org/articles/2011-national-wildlife-federation-campus-sustainability-case-studies-are-online-now <p>Want to find out what campuses nationwide are doing to green their operations and curriculum? Then take a look at <a target="new" href="http://www.nwf.org/">National Wildlife Federation’s</a> campus sustainability <a target="new" href=" www.nwf.org/campuscasestudies">case study database</a>, which is now available online. </p> <p>Close to 100 new case studies were added for 2011, highlighting efforts to dramatically reduce pollution, waste and costs, including recycling, energy efficiency improvements, alternative transportation systems and green jobs training programs.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/2011-national-wildlife-federation-campus-sustainability-case-studies-are-online-now" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/2011-national-wildlife-federation-campus-sustainability-case-studies-are-online-now#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 09 Feb 2012 05:00:00 +0000 2610298 at http://www.usgbc.org The Coolest (and Coldest!) Teachers in the World http://www.usgbc.org/articles/coolest-and-coldest-teachers-world <p>Later this month, two lucky teachers will have the opportunity of a lifetime. The selected teachers, <a target="new" href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/coolestteacher#Kim">Kim Williams</a> of Sacramento and <a target="new" href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/coolestteacher#Cate">Cate Arnold</a> of Boston, will serve as representatives of the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council, joining explorer Robert Swan, O.B.E. and <a target="new" href="http://www.2041.com/about-2041/robert-swan/">2041</a> on their next Antarctic Expedition, beginning Feb. 27.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/coolest-and-coldest-teachers-world" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/coolest-and-coldest-teachers-world#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 07 Feb 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Anisa Baldwin Metzger 2610306 at http://www.usgbc.org Green Schools Regional Roundtables: Common Ground in Kentucky http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-schools-regional-roundtables-common-ground-kentucky <p>On Nov. 29, 2011, state legislators and key decision makers from six states across the South and Midwest convened in Bowling Green, Kentucky, to discuss the <a target="new" href="http://centerforgreenschools.com/utility-nav/blog/11-11-30/Local_Officials_Gather_to_Find_Common_Ground_on_Green_Schools.aspx">political common ground</a> around the topic of green schools.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-schools-regional-roundtables-common-ground-kentucky" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-schools-regional-roundtables-common-ground-kentucky#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 07 Feb 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Nathaniel Allen 2610307 at http://www.usgbc.org Green Schools Community Gearing Up for History-Making Day of Service http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-schools-community-gearing-history-making-day-service <p><em>“Everybody can be great, because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve. You don't have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.</em></p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-schools-community-gearing-history-making-day-service" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-schools-community-gearing-history-making-day-service#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 07 Feb 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Emily Riordan 2610308 at http://www.usgbc.org Director’s Corner: Bringing Green Schools to the Mainstream http://www.usgbc.org/articles/director%E2%80%99s-corner-bringing-green-schools-mainstream <p>At the <a target="new" href="http://centerforgreenschools.org/utility-nav/blog/11-11-15/Director_s_Corner_What_s_Next_in_the_Green_Schools_Movement.aspx">end of last year</a>, I shared with you that I thought the green schools movement had reached a tipping point. Even in these first weeks of 2012, the many players in this movement are redefining this conversation and our strategy for putting every student in a green school within this generation.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/director%E2%80%99s-corner-bringing-green-schools-mainstream" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/director%E2%80%99s-corner-bringing-green-schools-mainstream#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 07 Feb 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Rachel Gutter 2610309 at http://www.usgbc.org Green Classroom Professional Certificate Program http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-classroom-professional-certificate-program <p>There are many things that are important when it comes to educating students – the curriculum, student engagement and motivation and teacher effectiveness all play important roles in our nation’s classrooms. However, what is oftentimes lost in these conversations is the significant effects that the physical learning space has on student health and performance. We understand the huge impact a classroom can have on our students.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-classroom-professional-certificate-program" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-classroom-professional-certificate-program#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 07 Feb 2012 05:00:00 +0000 m mm 2610311 at http://www.usgbc.org Students Gain Practical Lessons Through USGBC’s Research to Practice Program http://www.usgbc.org/articles/students-gain-practical-lessons-through-usgbc%E2%80%99s-research-practice-program <p>There are three words that strike fear in college students everywhere: “the real world.” People look back fondly on their college years, remembering late nights partying or doing things they would never dream of doing now. Others look back and remember late nights of studying and rigorous coursework. For many, it’s a mix of the two. Whatever your memories of college, for most students the specter of the real world looms in the distance, a far off place that you enter the day after graduation.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/students-gain-practical-lessons-through-usgbc%E2%80%99s-research-practice-program" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/students-gain-practical-lessons-through-usgbc%E2%80%99s-research-practice-program#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 07 Feb 2012 05:00:00 +0000 2610299 at http://www.usgbc.org Green Schools National Conference: A National Movement has Arrived http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-schools-national-conference-national-movement-has-arrived <p>U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will kick off the <a target="new" href="http://www.greenschoolsnationalconference.org/index.php">Green Schools National Conference</a> (GSNC), a gathering of K-12 school administrators, teachers, students and parents this month, focused on the greening of the nation’s schools.</p> <p>The GSNC, set for Feb. 27-29 in Denver and sponsored by the Green Schools National Network (GSNN), will provide Secretary Duncan with the opportunity to spotlight U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools Awards Program.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-schools-national-conference-national-movement-has-arrived" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-schools-national-conference-national-movement-has-arrived#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 07 Feb 2012 05:00:00 +0000 2610300 at http://www.usgbc.org Campuses in the Sustainability Spotlight http://www.usgbc.org/articles/campuses-sustainability-spotlight <p>Over the last three and a half years, I’ve had the pleasure of watching colleges and universities across the country prove their ability to lead and innovate as sustainability doers. Green buildings are a starting point for institutional leadership, but by no means the end. From students and faculty, to staff and senior administrators, to boards and alumni, I’ve observed a groundswell of environmental stewardship, pedagogy and practice indicating that the changes these champions are putting into place are here to stay.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/campuses-sustainability-spotlight" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/campuses-sustainability-spotlight#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 07 Feb 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Kristin Ferguson 2610301 at http://www.usgbc.org Chapter Spotlight: Minnesota Green Schools Coalition Unites the State to Achieve Green Schools http://www.usgbc.org/articles/chapter-spotlight-minnesota-green-schools-coalition-unites-state-achieve-green-schools <p>How can we facilitate major change in the way Minnesotans think about green schools? This was the question under discussion at USGBC Minnesota’s Green Schools Committee meeting a year ago. The committee had been struggling with how to get the message about the benefits of healthy, cost effective, high performance schools to the large and varied group of people who affect the school environment.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/chapter-spotlight-minnesota-green-schools-coalition-unites-state-achieve-green-schools" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/chapter-spotlight-minnesota-green-schools-coalition-unites-state-achieve-green-schools#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 07 Feb 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Sheri Brezinka 2610304 at http://www.usgbc.org Center Spotlight: Jenny Wiedower, K-12 Manager http://www.usgbc.org/articles/center-spotlight-jenny-wiedower-k-12-manager <p><em>As K-12 Manager, Jenny provides strategic direction and support for the Center’s programs and initiatives that help teachers, school administrators, elected officials and volunteers transform K-12 schools across the country. Her work includes growing partnerships with people and organizations where jointly, the Center can make a stronger and more widespread case for green schools. </em></p> <p><strong>Position:</strong> K-12 Manager</p> <p><strong>Current location:</strong> Washington, DC</p> <p><strong>Hometown:&nbsp;</strong>Little Rock, AR</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/center-spotlight-jenny-wiedower-k-12-manager" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/center-spotlight-jenny-wiedower-k-12-manager#comments Center for Green Schools Mon, 06 Feb 2012 05:00:00 +0000 2610313 at http://www.usgbc.org Campus Conservation Nationals Off to a Roaring Start! http://www.usgbc.org/articles/campus-conservation-nationals-roaring-start <p>Starting today, 160 campuses across the country are&nbsp;<a target="new" href="http://www.competetoreduce.org/">competing to reduce</a> energy and water consumption at colleges and universities. Over a quarter million students have made commitments to use less water and electricity as they race to conserve a collective gigawatt or more!</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/campus-conservation-nationals-roaring-start" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/campus-conservation-nationals-roaring-start#comments Center for Green Schools Mon, 06 Feb 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Patrick Lane 2610314 at http://www.usgbc.org The Competition Begins: Appalachian State University vs. Western Carolina University in CCN 2012 http://www.usgbc.org/articles/competition-begins-appalachian-state-university-vs-western-carolina-university-ccn-2012 <p>The <a target="new" href="http://www.competetoreduce.org/">Campus Conservation Nationals</a> kicks off next week, and the competition is going to be fierce. Campus Conservation Nationals is a national residence hall electricity and water reduction competition that encourages colleges and universities to save energy and water. For the 2012 competition, rival schools will compete against peer schools to see which campus can have the greatest energy reductions.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/competition-begins-appalachian-state-university-vs-western-carolina-university-ccn-2012" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/competition-begins-appalachian-state-university-vs-western-carolina-university-ccn-2012#comments Center for Green Schools Fri, 03 Feb 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Lisa Bishop 2610316 at http://www.usgbc.org DVGBC Rocks the House! http://www.usgbc.org/articles/dvgbc-rocks-house <p>On Jan. 25, members of the three USGBC Chapters in PA (<a href="http://www.dvgbc.org/">Delaware Valley Green Building Council</a>, <a href="http://www.gbapgh.org/">Green Building Alliance</a> and <a href="http://www.gbacpa.org/">USGBC Central PA</a>) went to Harrisburg for Advocacy Day.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/dvgbc-rocks-house" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/dvgbc-rocks-house#comments Community Thu, 02 Feb 2012 05:00:00 +0000 2608574 at http://www.usgbc.org USGBC South Carolina Greens Veterans’ Homes With Energy Efficient Homes for Heroes Program http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-south-carolina-greens-veterans%E2%80%99-homes-energy-efficient-homes-heroes-program <p>This fall, <a href="http://www.usgbcsc.org/">USGBC South Carolina</a> launched Energy Efficient Homes for Heroes, a community engagement program that aims to reduce energy demand in the homes of local veterans through weatherization. In households where utilities account for three percent of monthly income, improved insulation means significant reductions in heating and cooling costs.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-south-carolina-greens-veterans%E2%80%99-homes-energy-efficient-homes-heroes-program" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-south-carolina-greens-veterans%E2%80%99-homes-energy-efficient-homes-heroes-program#comments Community Thu, 02 Feb 2012 05:00:00 +0000 2608575 at http://www.usgbc.org DVGBC Rocks the House! http://www.usgbc.org/articles/dvgbc-rocks-house-0 <p>On Tuesday, January 25, 2012 members of the three USGBC Chapters in PA <a target="new" href="http://www.dvgbc.org/">(Delaware Valley Green Building Council</a>, <a target="new" href="http://www.gbapgh.org/">Green Building Alliance</a> and <a target="new" href="http://www.gbacpa.org/">USGBC Central PA</a>) went to Harrisburg for Advocacy Day.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/dvgbc-rocks-house-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/dvgbc-rocks-house-0#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 01 Feb 2012 05:00:00 +0000 2610318 at http://www.usgbc.org The Coolest Teachers in the Country http://www.usgbc.org/articles/coolest-teachers-country <p>A growing body of research indicates that students learn better when they learn firsthand through hands-on experiences. At the Center for Green Schools, we think the same is true for everybody else, including the millions of teachers who dedicate their lives to educating our children.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/coolest-teachers-country" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/coolest-teachers-country#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 31 Jan 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Rachel Gutter 2610317 at http://www.usgbc.org From Devastation to Development: How Cincinnati is Working to Change the Haiti Conversation http://www.usgbc.org/articles/devastation-development-how-cincinnati-working-change-haiti-conversation <p>There are certain times and events throughout history that can be described with one word or phrase and require no further explanation. These words instantly evoke a deep sense of meaning, knowledge and even emotion. Words and phrases like: Challenger space shuttle, 9/11 and Columbine all bring to mind catastrophic events that have unfolded right before our eyes. Another word that stirs the emotions of many is Haiti.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/devastation-development-how-cincinnati-working-change-haiti-conversation" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/devastation-development-how-cincinnati-working-change-haiti-conversation#comments Initiatives Fri, 27 Jan 2012 05:00:00 +0000 2608555 at http://www.usgbc.org Why Galaxy Elementary is Aiming for LEED Platinum http://www.usgbc.org/articles/why-galaxy-elementary-aiming-leed-platinum <p>Parents want to know: is building a school as a LEED school expensive? It all depends. Initial construction costs can sometimes be high, but with a careful budget and post construction energy performance studies, building to LEED standards saves a great deal of money over time. Additionally, green schools can be created at or below regional K-12 construction costs and operated within existing facilities budgets.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/why-galaxy-elementary-aiming-leed-platinum" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/why-galaxy-elementary-aiming-leed-platinum#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 26 Jan 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Anthony Dalton 2610320 at http://www.usgbc.org A Shining Example from the Sunshine State http://www.usgbc.org/articles/shining-example-sunshine-state <p><em>Reposted from the White House Council on Environmental Quality's <a target="new" href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/01/06/shining-example-sunshine-state">blog</a></em></p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/shining-example-sunshine-state" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/shining-example-sunshine-state#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 25 Jan 2012 05:00:00 +0000 2610319 at http://www.usgbc.org U.S. Green Building Council Selected as American Architectural Foundation’s 2012 Keystone Laureate http://www.usgbc.org/articles/us-green-building-council-selected-american-architectural-foundation%E2%80%99s-2012-keystone-laurea <p>Written by Robin Buckley<br /> American Architectural Foundation</p> <p><em>USGBC to be Honored at the Annual Accent on Architecture Gala in Washington, D.C.</em></p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/us-green-building-council-selected-american-architectural-foundation%E2%80%99s-2012-keystone-laurea" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/us-green-building-council-selected-american-architectural-foundation%E2%80%99s-2012-keystone-laurea#comments Media Tue, 24 Jan 2012 05:00:00 +0000 2605887 at http://www.usgbc.org U.S. Green Building Council and 15 Partners Release Green Building Executive Action Report http://www.usgbc.org/articles/us-green-building-council-and-15-partners-release-green-building-executive-action-report <p><em>Report provides new recommendations to the Obama Administration for accelerating progress on advancing energy efficiency and sustainability in buildings</em></p> <p>Washington, D.C. (Jan. 18, 2012) – Along with 15 partners, the U.S. Green Building Council today released a report that recommends nearly three dozen executive actions across 23 agency programs where the Obama Administration can drive the economic and environmental benefits of green building without new legislation.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/us-green-building-council-and-15-partners-release-green-building-executive-action-report" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/us-green-building-council-and-15-partners-release-green-building-executive-action-report#comments Media Wed, 18 Jan 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Marisa Long 2605899 at http://www.usgbc.org USGBC and AIA Announce second Architecture for Humanity Sustainability Design Fellow http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-and-aia-announce-second-architecture-humanity-sustainability-design-fellow <p><em>Burtland Granvil, AIA, LEED AP, Selected to Head Haiti Sustainable Rebuilding Efforts</em></p> <p>Washington, DC – (Jan. 12, 2012) – Two years after the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti, the process of rebuilding has taken another step forward with the selection of Burtland Granvil, AIA, LEED AP, as the new Architecture for Humanity Sustainability Design Fellow.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-and-aia-announce-second-architecture-humanity-sustainability-design-fellow" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-and-aia-announce-second-architecture-humanity-sustainability-design-fellow#comments Media Thu, 12 Jan 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Ashley Katz 2605916 at http://www.usgbc.org Project Haiti: Rebuilding Better for Haiti's Children http://www.usgbc.org/articles/project-haiti-rebuilding-better-haitis-children <p>The Center for Green Schools operates within a non-profit called the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). While the Center has a mission that is focused on schools and the students who attend them, USGBC’s broader mission is to create green buildings and communities for all, believing that everyone is entitled to live, breathe, learn and work in a healthy, sustainable environment.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/project-haiti-rebuilding-better-haitis-children" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/project-haiti-rebuilding-better-haitis-children#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 12 Jan 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Rachel Gutter 2610322 at http://www.usgbc.org Hot Off the Presses! The Center for Green Schools 2011 Report Card http://www.usgbc.org/articles/hot-presses-center-green-schools-2011-report-card <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-all-authored-by"> <div class="field-label">Authored by:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/people/jenny-wiedower/0010692195">Jenny Wiedower</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Center for Green Schools just finished its first <a target="new" href="http://centerforgreenschools.org/Libraries/Resources_Documents/CFGS-infographic-2011.sflb.ashx">infographic</a>, which depicts our work since being founded in September 2010, highlighting our reach, resources and really inspiring events.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/hot-presses-center-green-schools-2011-report-card" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/hot-presses-center-green-schools-2011-report-card#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 10 Jan 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Jenny Wiedower 2610323 at http://www.usgbc.org Center for Green Schools Fellowship Program Featured in Architectural Record http://www.usgbc.org/articles/center-green-schools-fellowship-program-featured-architectural-record <p>The Center for Green Schools <a target="new" href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/fellowship">Fellowship Program</a> was recently <a target="new" href="http://greensource.construction.com/features/other/2012/1201-Sustainable-Solutions.asp">featured</a> in Architectural Record and Greensource, publications focusing on sustainable design and green building.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/center-green-schools-fellowship-program-featured-architectural-record" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/center-green-schools-fellowship-program-featured-architectural-record#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 05 Jan 2012 05:00:00 +0000 2610324 at http://www.usgbc.org Cross-Country Travel for the Center for Green Schools Fellows http://www.usgbc.org/articles/cross-country-travel-center-green-schools-fellows <p>Last week, I had the opportunity to travel to Boston, Mass. and Sacramento, Ca. to visit our two <a target="new" href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/2011fellows.aspx">Center for Green Schools fellows</a> at their respective school districts.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/cross-country-travel-center-green-schools-fellows" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/cross-country-travel-center-green-schools-fellows#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 21 Dec 2011 05:00:00 +0000 Anisa Baldwin Metzger 2610326 at http://www.usgbc.org Green Schools Around the World - AASA Trip Recap from the Dominican Republic http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-schools-around-world-aasa-trip-recap-dominican-republic <p>On Nov. 29, 2011, I began a week-long trip to Constanza, La Vega in the Dominican Republic. I am the project director of the Healthy School Environments project at the&nbsp;<a target="new" href="http://www.aasa.org/Default.aspx">American Association of School Administrators</a> (AASA) and was invited to participate in a <a target="new" href="http://www.lifetouch.com/volunteerism">Lifetouch</a> <a target="new" href="http://www.naesp.org/2011-lifetouch-memory-mission">Memory Mission Trip</a>.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-schools-around-world-aasa-trip-recap-dominican-republic" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-schools-around-world-aasa-trip-recap-dominican-republic#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 20 Dec 2011 05:00:00 +0000 2610327 at http://www.usgbc.org Happy Holidays from USGBC http://www.usgbc.org/articles/happy-holidays-usgbc <p>Dear Friends of USGBC,</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/happy-holidays-usgbc" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/happy-holidays-usgbc#comments Community Fri, 16 Dec 2011 05:00:00 +0000 Rick Fedrizzi 2607999 at http://www.usgbc.org Seattle 2030 District: The NEXT Big Thing in Green Building http://www.usgbc.org/articles/seattle-2030-district-next-big-thing-green-building <p>The green building movement has made great strides in recent years, but it's not enough. In order to put up a good fight against ever-increasing environmental and economic pressures, we need a united front of the public and private sector, and to approach issues at the city — or district — scale. </p> <p>District sustainability currently experiences the same limited level of awareness that individual green buildings did a decade ago, when the U.S. Green Building Council announced its first 12 LEED Certified projects, of which there are now over 11,000.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/seattle-2030-district-next-big-thing-green-building" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/seattle-2030-district-next-big-thing-green-building#comments Advocacy and policy Industry Community Fri, 16 Dec 2011 05:00:00 +0000 2608009 at http://www.usgbc.org Life as a Green School Fellow at Sacramento City Unified School District http://www.usgbc.org/articles/life-green-school-fellow-sacramento-city-unified-school-district <p>Over the last six months, my life has changed dramatically. Not only did I relocate from Colorado to California, but I was given a position in an organization that I respect, in a school district that I admire, doing a job that I love. In July of 2011, <a target="new" href="http://www.scusd.edu/Pages/default.aspx">Sacramento City Unified School District</a> (SCUSD) was one of two school districts in the country to receive a <a target="new" href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/fellowship">Center for Green Schools UTC Fellow</a>.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/life-green-school-fellow-sacramento-city-unified-school-district" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/life-green-school-fellow-sacramento-city-unified-school-district#comments Center for Green Schools Fri, 16 Dec 2011 05:00:00 +0000 Farah McDill 2610329 at http://www.usgbc.org Learn Green Schools Conference and Expo Recap http://www.usgbc.org/articles/learn-green-schools-conference-and-expo-recap <p>On November 11, the <a target="new" href="http://www.ourgreenschools.com/learngreenconference/">Learn Green Schools Conference and Expo</a> and Lessons Learned Workshop took place at the Dreyfoos School of the Arts, attracting over 900 attendees from all over the state of Florida and the country. There were 90 presenters, 88 exhibitors in addition to administrators, teachers, vendors, architects, engineers and others within the construction industry. The presenting sponsor for the event was the <a target="new" href="http://www.swa.org/default.htm">Solid Waste Authority</a>.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/learn-green-schools-conference-and-expo-recap" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/learn-green-schools-conference-and-expo-recap#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 15 Dec 2011 05:00:00 +0000 Ann Dalton 2610541 at http://www.usgbc.org A Year of Chapter Advocacy Efforts: Green Schools http://www.usgbc.org/articles/year-chapter-advocacy-efforts-green-schools <p>As we at USGBC wind down 2011 – and gear up for a promising 2012 I am pleased to have the opportunity to reflect on what an incredible year it’s been for green schools. With the help of our seemingly tireless volunteer and chapter network, the Center for Green Schools at USGBC has had a first year that has exceeded many expectations. Even heading into a time of year when things typically seem to slow down, USGBC’s volunteers continue to be hard at work on behalf of green schools.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/year-chapter-advocacy-efforts-green-schools" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/year-chapter-advocacy-efforts-green-schools#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 15 Dec 2011 05:00:00 +0000 Emily Riordan 2610543 at http://www.usgbc.org A Year of Chapter Advocacy Efforts: Part Two - Green Schools http://www.usgbc.org/articles/year-chapter-advocacy-efforts-part-two-green-schools <p>As we at USGBC wind down 2011 – and gear up for a promising 2012 I am pleased to have the opportunity to reflect on what an incredible year it's been for green schools. With the help of our seemingly tireless volunteer and chapter network, the <a href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/">Center for Green Schools</a> at USGBC has had a first year that has exceeded many expectations. Even heading into a time of year when things typically seem to slow down, USGBC's volunteers continue to be hard at work on behalf of green schools.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/year-chapter-advocacy-efforts-part-two-green-schools" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/year-chapter-advocacy-efforts-part-two-green-schools#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 14 Dec 2011 05:00:00 +0000 Emily Riordan 2608149 at http://www.usgbc.org Higher Education Green Schools: An Intern’s Perspective http://www.usgbc.org/articles/higher-education-green-schools-intern%E2%80%99s-perspective <p>After an invaluable six month run with the U.S. Green Building Council as an intern, it was time to publish my final podcast. Though I’d produced podcasts with USGBC before, this was the first time I was able to use my unique position as a University of Florida student. Having spent three months at USGBC’s headquarters in Washington D.C., the time had come to head back to school in Florida and continue the internship via telecommute.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/higher-education-green-schools-intern%E2%80%99s-perspective" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/higher-education-green-schools-intern%E2%80%99s-perspective#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 14 Dec 2011 05:00:00 +0000 2610544 at http://www.usgbc.org Q&A: Rep. Ron Kind on Healthy Kids Outdoors Act http://www.usgbc.org/articles/qa-rep-ron-kind-healthy-kids-outdoors-act-0 <p>Representative <a target="new&#039;" href="http://kind.house.gov/">Ron Kind</a> (WI), alongside Senator <a target="new" href="http://markudall.senate.gov/">Mark Udall</a> (CO), recently introduced the <a target="new" href="http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/D?d112:9:./temp/~bd0wWg::">Healthy Kids Outdoors Act</a>. This bill would authorize the <a target="new" href="http://www.doi.gov/whoweare/secretarysalazar.cfm">Secretary of the Interior</a> to carry out programs and activities that connect Americans, especially children, youth, and families, with the outdoors. We asked Rep.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/qa-rep-ron-kind-healthy-kids-outdoors-act-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/qa-rep-ron-kind-healthy-kids-outdoors-act-0#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 14 Dec 2011 05:00:00 +0000 2610546 at http://www.usgbc.org USGBC Announces First Graduates of Emerging Professionals Leadership Academy http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-announces-first-graduates-emerging-professionals-leadership-academy <p>This week, the U.S. Green Building Council celebrated the first graduates of the USGBC <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/DisplayPage.aspx?CMSPageID=2427">Emerging Professionals Leadership Academy</a>. The Academy identifies future leaders in sustainability and fosters their development through educational trainings and special projects completed with the support of the individuals' local USGBC chapters.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-announces-first-graduates-emerging-professionals-leadership-academy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-announces-first-graduates-emerging-professionals-leadership-academy#comments Community Tue, 13 Dec 2011 05:00:00 +0000 William Nutt 2608259 at http://www.usgbc.org A Year of Chapter Advocacy Efforts: Part One http://www.usgbc.org/articles/year-chapter-advocacy-efforts-part-one <p>Despite the long list of challenges that governments face today – the down-economy, which drives budget constraints, which drives partisan politics, which drives gridlock, which fails to deliver basic government services, which can impact the economy… – our green building conversation continues to resonate with diverse audiences. In August, USGBC released a <a href="http://usgbcblog.blogspot.com/2011/08/states-powering-new-innovative-green.html">report</a> detailing some of the conversations that took place in 2011 and how these conversations translated into real world policy impact.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/year-chapter-advocacy-efforts-part-one" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/year-chapter-advocacy-efforts-part-one#comments Advocacy and policy Tue, 13 Dec 2011 05:00:00 +0000 Matt Pearce 2608261 at http://www.usgbc.org Anderson County Schools Celebrate Green School Success http://www.usgbc.org/articles/anderson-county-schools-celebrate-green-school-success <p>On Tuesday, November 22nd, the <a target="new" href="http://www.anderson.k12.ky.us/">Anderson County School District</a> in Kentucky celebrated a success that was years in the making, with some familiar faces, and some new faces. The school district and public officials recognized the hard work of teachers, staff and students where they have managed to avoid over $614,000 in utility costs, a 27 percent cost avoidance, in approximately two years. Anderson County Schools celebrated Energy Star certification in four of their seven school buildings, plus the central board office.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/anderson-county-schools-celebrate-green-school-success" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/anderson-county-schools-celebrate-green-school-success#comments Tue, 13 Dec 2011 05:00:00 +0000 2610547 at http://www.usgbc.org Good COP, Bad COP http://www.usgbc.org/articles/good-cop-bad-cop <p><em>Cross-posted from GreenSource's <a href="http://greensource.construction.com/blogs/thegreensource.asp?plckController=Blog&amp;plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&amp;newspaperUserId=f0ebdc71-97ac-48b1-8d5b-db444f00847c&amp;plckPostId=Blog%3af0ebdc71-97ac-48b1-8d5b-db444f00847cPost%3a413389ff-8bae-4fbd-bd14-f59d77379f53&amp;plckScript=blogScript&amp;plckElementId=blogDest">The Green Source</a>: A Blog of Sustainable Building</em></p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/good-cop-bad-cop" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/good-cop-bad-cop#comments Advocacy and policy Mon, 12 Dec 2011 05:00:00 +0000 Jason Hartke 2608278 at http://www.usgbc.org Green Retrofits on the Rise: LEED for Existing Buildings Surpasses New Construction Projects, Echoes Industry Shift http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-retrofits-rise-leed-existing-buildings-surpasses-new-construction-projects-echoes-ind <p>The U.S. landscape is covered by more than 60 billion square feet of existing buildings, many of them hogging inordinate amounts of resources and energy due to outdated infrastructure. The potential to green this building stock is vast, and more importantly, the potential is being realized: We <a href="https://www.usgbc.org/ShowFile.aspx?DocumentID=10712">announced</a> last week that LEED-certified existing buildings are surpassing new construction projects by 15 million square feet, cumulatively.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-retrofits-rise-leed-existing-buildings-surpasses-new-construction-projects-echoes-ind" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-retrofits-rise-leed-existing-buildings-surpasses-new-construction-projects-echoes-ind#comments LEED Mon, 12 Dec 2011 05:00:00 +0000 Doug Gatlin 2608298 at http://www.usgbc.org Americans Care About Green Schools http://www.usgbc.org/articles/americans-care-about-green-schools-1 <p>As a former teacher, I’ve seen first-hand the transformative effect that great educational environments can have on teacher motivation, student performance and community engagement. I also know that parents are unfailingly dedicated to their children’s education and will do just about anything to give their kids an advantage in life.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/americans-care-about-green-schools-1" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/americans-care-about-green-schools-1#comments Center for Green Schools Mon, 12 Dec 2011 05:00:00 +0000 Rachel Gutter 2610549 at http://www.usgbc.org Scaling up Energy Efficiency Financing http://www.usgbc.org/articles/scaling-energy-efficiency-financing <p>Here at COP17, some experts have said that the single most important outcome that can emerge from Durban is an agreement on the design of the Green Climate Fund – the new long-term mechanism for dispersing billions of dollars of climate finance for clean technology, adaptation, and capacity-building.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/scaling-energy-efficiency-financing" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/scaling-energy-efficiency-financing#comments Community Thu, 08 Dec 2011 05:00:00 +0000 Hope Lobkowicz 2608299 at http://www.usgbc.org Lights...Cities...Action http://www.usgbc.org/articles/lightscitiesaction <p><em>Cross-posted from GreenSource's <a href="http://greensource.construction.com/blogs/thegreensource.asp?plckController=Blog&amp;plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&amp;newspaperUserId=f0ebdc71-97ac-48b1-8d5b-db444f00847c&amp;plckPostId=Blog:f0ebdc71-97ac-48b1-8d5b-db444f00847cPost:552f031a-af7f-47f9-a836-4f4427ee32c7&amp;plckScript=blogScript&amp;plckElementId=blogDest">The Green Source</a>: A Blog of Sustainable Building</em></p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/lightscitiesaction" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/lightscitiesaction#comments Advocacy and policy Tue, 06 Dec 2011 05:00:00 +0000 Jason Hartke 2608304 at http://www.usgbc.org Demonstrating the Benefits of Green, Inclusive Housing at the UN Climate Talks http://www.usgbc.org/articles/demonstrating-benefits-green-inclusive-housing-un-climate-talks <p><a href="http://www.cop17-cmp7durban.com/">COP-17</a> has made me proud to be South African for several reasons. First, hosting of the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP) here in Durban, South Africa, has helped to remind the world that the impacts of climate change are already disproportionately impacting the poorest and most vulnerable populations of the world. Perhaps nowhere is this trend best illustrated than here on the continent of Africa.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/demonstrating-benefits-green-inclusive-housing-un-climate-talks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/demonstrating-benefits-green-inclusive-housing-un-climate-talks#comments Community Tue, 06 Dec 2011 05:00:00 +0000 2608312 at http://www.usgbc.org Green Education Foundation’s Sustainability Lesson Clearinghouse – where K-12 educators collaborate http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-education-foundation%E2%80%99s-sustainability-lesson-clearinghouse-%E2%80%93-where-k-12-educators-col <p>Since its founding in 2008, the <a target="new" href="http://www.greeneducationfoundation.org/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=category&amp;layout=blog&amp;id=159&amp;Itemid=509">Green Education Foundation</a> has been building a comprehensive database of K-12 sustainability lessons that are free and easily accessible to educators worldwide. Thanks to a strong partnership with the Center for Green Schools, the Sustainability Lesson Clearinghouse has become a reality, and a thriving one at that!</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-education-foundation%E2%80%99s-sustainability-lesson-clearinghouse-%E2%80%93-where-k-12-educators-col" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-education-foundation%E2%80%99s-sustainability-lesson-clearinghouse-%E2%80%93-where-k-12-educators-col#comments Center for Green Schools Mon, 05 Dec 2011 05:00:00 +0000 Victoria Waters 2610551 at http://www.usgbc.org Leadership Abounds: President Obama, President Clinton and Green Building Leaders Join Forces to Commit to Energy Efficiency http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leadership-abounds-president-obama-president-clinton-and-green-building-leaders-join-forces <p><em>This entry is cross-posted from Rick Fedrizzi's blog on <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rick-fedrizzi/obama-green-building_b_1129598.html">Huff Post Green</a>. </em></p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leadership-abounds-president-obama-president-clinton-and-green-building-leaders-join-forces" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leadership-abounds-president-obama-president-clinton-and-green-building-leaders-join-forces#comments Community Mon, 05 Dec 2011 05:00:00 +0000 Rick Fedrizzi 2608313 at http://www.usgbc.org Currently December Update: Center for Green Schools Fellowship Program http://www.usgbc.org/articles/currently-december-update-center-green-schools-fellowship-program <p>The most effective way to positively transform our learning environment is to ensure that school districts have the tools and resources to not only implement improvements to facilities and operations, but to maintain and scale them over the years. This sustained transformation simply cannot occur without a dedicated, internal champion who can change the culture of a school district from the inside.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/currently-december-update-center-green-schools-fellowship-program" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/currently-december-update-center-green-schools-fellowship-program#comments Center for Green Schools Fri, 02 Dec 2011 05:00:00 +0000 Anisa Baldwin Metzger 2610553 at http://www.usgbc.org Center Spotlight: Pat Lane, USGBC Students Program Lead http://www.usgbc.org/articles/center-spotlight-pat-lane-usgbc-students-program-lead <p><em>Pat oversees USGBC Students, which recruits, connects and equips the next generation of green building leaders by empowering them to transform their campuses, communities and careers. In his role, Pat leads the effort and growth of the USGBC Students program and works directly with students to assist them in integrating sustainability themes into their coursework, advocating for sustainable university practices and policies and working toward becoming LEED accredited professionals.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/center-spotlight-pat-lane-usgbc-students-program-lead" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/center-spotlight-pat-lane-usgbc-students-program-lead#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 01 Dec 2011 05:00:00 +0000 Patrick Lane 2610555 at http://www.usgbc.org An Affordable Green Neighborhoods Grant Program Recipient is Reimagined in San Francisco http://www.usgbc.org/articles/affordable-green-neighborhoods-grant-program-recipient-reimagined-san-francisco <p>San Francisco's largest public housing site, <a href="http://hope-sf.org/">Sunnydale</a>, is on its way to becoming a thriving, green and vibrant mixed-income community. Recently, its <a href="http://www.vmwp.com/projects/sunnydale-hope-sf-master-plan.php">master plan</a> received conditional approval at the LEED Gold level, one of three major checkpoints on the path to certification as a <a href="http://www.blogger.com/www.usgbc.org/nd">LEED for Neighborhood Development</a> project.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/affordable-green-neighborhoods-grant-program-recipient-reimagined-san-francisco" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/affordable-green-neighborhoods-grant-program-recipient-reimagined-san-francisco#comments Initiatives Wed, 30 Nov 2011 05:00:00 +0000 Sophie Lambert 2608314 at http://www.usgbc.org Local Officials Gather to Find Common Ground on Green Schools http://www.usgbc.org/articles/local-officials-gather-find-common-ground-green-schools <p>Yesterday, state legislators, key decision makers and USGBC chapter members from across the South and Midwest convened at <a target="new" href="http://warrencountyschools.org/school_home.aspx?schoolid=20">Richardsville Elementary School</a> in Kentucky, the nation’s first net-zero energy school, for a “Common Ground” event to discuss the success of the green schools movement in the region and the best practices that can be applied to their own communities.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/local-officials-gather-find-common-ground-green-schools" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/local-officials-gather-find-common-ground-green-schools#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 30 Nov 2011 05:00:00 +0000 Nathaniel Allen 2610592 at http://www.usgbc.org Dispatches from Durban: Climate Talks Can Impact Green Building Worldwide http://www.usgbc.org/articles/dispatches-durban-climate-talks-can-impact-green-building-worldwide <p><em>This is the first in a series of blog entries covering the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP-17) taking place Nov. 28-Dec. 9, 2011, in Durban, South Africa.</em></p> <p>Yes…domestic politics do have consequences and we all need to understand the implications of our own important national policy challenges. But no…it is not possible to ignore the larger global issues that are not discussed rationally in the narrow context of our domestic political debates.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/dispatches-durban-climate-talks-can-impact-green-building-worldwide" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/dispatches-durban-climate-talks-can-impact-green-building-worldwide#comments Advocacy and policy Community Mon, 28 Nov 2011 05:00:00 +0000 Roger Platt 2608320 at http://www.usgbc.org November 2011 Green Schools Committee Digest http://www.usgbc.org/articles/november-2011-green-schools-committee-digest <p>While many of us are turning the focus of our free time towards holiday preparation, sale-scouting and travel planning, USGBC’s volunteers continue to be hard at work on behalf of green schools. To learn more about the recent happenings of Green Schools Committees from coast-to-coast, be sure to check out this video from this summer’s Green Schools Committee Symposium.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/november-2011-green-schools-committee-digest" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/november-2011-green-schools-committee-digest#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 23 Nov 2011 05:00:00 +0000 Emily Riordan 2610604 at http://www.usgbc.org LEED and Forest Protection: Thank You for Your Important Input http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-and-forest-protection-thank-you-your-important-input <p>This week, ForestEthics and others reached out to USGBC to express their views on an important issue: How LEED plays a role in forest protection. I want to thank these organizations and individuals for expressing their passionate views. Since the beginning, USGBC and the process that it set up for the <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/DisplayPage.aspx?CMSPageID=1501">ongoing development</a> of the LEED rating system has encouraged <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/LEED/LEEDDrafts/RatingSystemVersions.aspx?CMSPageID=1458">public comment</a> and open dialogue.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-and-forest-protection-thank-you-your-important-input" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-and-forest-protection-thank-you-your-important-input#comments LEED Fri, 18 Nov 2011 05:00:00 +0000 Rick Fedrizzi 2608329 at http://www.usgbc.org Who Cares About Better Buildings? A Diverse Group of Companies Answer, “We Do!” http://www.usgbc.org/articles/who-cares-about-better-buildings-diverse-group-companies-answer-%E2%80%9Cwe-do%E2%80%9D <p>As a movement, we knew we had come a long way when President Obama announced the <a href="http://www1.eere.energy.gov/buildings/betterbuildings/">Better Buildings Initiative</a> in February, establishing the goal of slashing energy consumption in commercial buildings 20 percent by 2020. Groups like USGBC, the <a href="http://www.nrdc.org/">Natural Resources Defense Council</a> (NRDC), and the <a href="http://www.rer.org/">Real Estate Roundtable</a> (RER) <a href="http://usgbcblog.blogspot.com/2011/03/lane-burt-director-technical-policy-u.html">applauded the plan</a>.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/who-cares-about-better-buildings-diverse-group-companies-answer-%E2%80%9Cwe-do%E2%80%9D" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/who-cares-about-better-buildings-diverse-group-companies-answer-%E2%80%9Cwe-do%E2%80%9D#comments Advocacy and policy Thu, 17 Nov 2011 05:00:00 +0000 Lane Burt 2608331 at http://www.usgbc.org Director's Corner: What's Next in the Green Schools Movement http://www.usgbc.org/articles/directors-corner-whats-next-green-schools-movement <p>It seems like we only just made it through back-to-school season at the Center for Green Schools and now the holidays are right around the corner. With USGBC’s annual <a target="new" href="http://www.greenbuildexpo.org/Home.aspx">Greenbuild Conference and Expo</a> under our belt, the Center team is hard at work on many upcoming initiatives to carry us through 2011 and into 2012.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/directors-corner-whats-next-green-schools-movement" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/directors-corner-whats-next-green-schools-movement#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 15 Nov 2011 05:00:00 +0000 Rachel Gutter 2610606 at http://www.usgbc.org From Red to Blue, States Across the Country Adopt the Green Ribbon Schools Program http://www.usgbc.org/articles/red-blue-states-across-country-adopt-green-ribbon-schools-program-0 <p>Just weeks after the Department of Education <a href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/utility-nav/blog/11-09-29/Department_of_Education_launches_Green_Ribbon_Schools_Program.aspx" target="new">released the framework</a> for the Green Ribbon Schools award,&nbsp;22&nbsp; 33* states, plus the District of Columbia and &nbsp;the Bureau of Indian Education, have announced their participation in this voluntary program.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/red-blue-states-across-country-adopt-green-ribbon-schools-program-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/red-blue-states-across-country-adopt-green-ribbon-schools-program-0#comments Center for Green Schools Mon, 14 Nov 2011 05:00:00 +0000 Nathaniel Allen 2610952 at http://www.usgbc.org Q&A: University of Texas at Dallas Vice President for Business Affairs Discusses Innovation in Green Building Award http://www.usgbc.org/articles/qa-university-texas-dallas-vice-president-business-affairs-discusses-innovation-green-build <p>Last month, the Center for Green Schools and the <a href="http://www.aashe.org/" target="new">Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education</a> (AASHE) teamed up to present the first ever <a href="http://www.aashe.org/about/aashe-awards/innovation-green-building-award" target="new">Innovation in Green Building Award</a> at AASHE’s annual conference in Pittsburgh. The award recognizes a leading college or university that is transforming the built environment and creating living laboratories for sustainability.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/qa-university-texas-dallas-vice-president-business-affairs-discusses-innovation-green-build" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/qa-university-texas-dallas-vice-president-business-affairs-discusses-innovation-green-build#comments Center for Green Schools Mon, 14 Nov 2011 05:00:00 +0000 Kenneth Simmons 2610954 at http://www.usgbc.org Students Across the Country Compete to Reduce Campus Energy http://www.usgbc.org/articles/students-across-country-compete-reduce-campus-energy <p>In the first two months of the academic year, USGBC Students is off to a roaring start! The national network of volunteer national and regional chairs has tripled the size of the program, and students are putting together inspiring events and activities on campuses across the country. We are now gearing up for Campus Conservation Nationals!</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/students-across-country-compete-reduce-campus-energy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/students-across-country-compete-reduce-campus-energy#comments Center for Green Schools Mon, 14 Nov 2011 05:00:00 +0000 Patrick Lane 2610955 at http://www.usgbc.org Register Now! 2012 Green Schools National Conference http://www.usgbc.org/articles/register-now-2012-green-schools-national-conference <p>Register now for the second annual Green Schools National Conference (GSNC), taking place from Feb 27-29, 2012 in Denver, Colorado.</p> <p>Be sure to <a target="new" href="http://www.greenschoolsnationalconference.org/register_now.php">register</a> for the 2012 GSNC online by Nov. 18 to get the early bird discount rate. And, as a benefit of being a &nbsp;Center for Green Schools blog reader, you can take advantage of the special USGBC discount code</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/register-now-2012-green-schools-national-conference" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/register-now-2012-green-schools-national-conference#comments Center for Green Schools Mon, 14 Nov 2011 05:00:00 +0000 2610989 at http://www.usgbc.org "Everything is Bigger" for the USGBC Central Texas-Balcones Chapter's Green Schools Movement http://www.usgbc.org/articles/everything-bigger-usgbc-central-texas-balcones-chapters-green-schools-movement <p><em>Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose.</em> This is the mantra of the Emmy-winning television show Friday Night Lights, epitomizing the spirit of a fictional high school football team in this Texas-based drama series. These six words embody the can do – the must do –&nbsp;attitude of people in a small town, trying to do what’s right for their families and their community.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/everything-bigger-usgbc-central-texas-balcones-chapters-green-schools-movement" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/everything-bigger-usgbc-central-texas-balcones-chapters-green-schools-movement#comments Center for Green Schools Mon, 14 Nov 2011 05:00:00 +0000 Emily Riordan 2610990 at http://www.usgbc.org The Center for Green Schools Goes Viral! http://www.usgbc.org/articles/center-green-schools-goes-viral <div> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/center-green-schools-goes-viral" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/center-green-schools-goes-viral#comments Center for Green Schools Mon, 14 Nov 2011 05:00:00 +0000 2610992 at http://www.usgbc.org Watch What’s Happening in the Green Schools Movement http://www.usgbc.org/articles/watch-what%E2%80%99s-happening-green-schools-movement <p>The Center has several new videos highlighting our work over the past year. These videos feature programs and events such as the <a target="new" href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/fellowship.aspx">Center for Green Schools Fellowship Program</a>, and the <a target="new" href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/usgbc-chapters.aspx">U.S. Green Building Council Green Schools Symposium</a>. We also created a video that gives a great overview of the importance of green schools, and how we are furthering the mission of putting every student in a green school within this generation.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/watch-what%E2%80%99s-happening-green-schools-movement#comments Center for Green Schools Mon, 14 Nov 2011 05:00:00 +0000 2610995 at http://www.usgbc.org Upcoming Webcasts http://www.usgbc.org/articles/upcoming-webcasts <p>There are two upcoming webcasts that will be useful for campus stakeholders and advocates interested in green building and green schools. The first discusses implementing LEED in a campus setting, and the second focuses on high building performance on campuses. Below is more information, so be sure to sign up!</p> <p><strong>LEED Implementation Strategies on a Campus: Utilizing the 2010 Application Guide for Multiple Buildings &amp; On-Campus Building Projects</strong></p> <p><em>December 2, 2011, 2 p.m. EST</em></p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/upcoming-webcasts" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/upcoming-webcasts#comments Center for Green Schools Mon, 14 Nov 2011 05:00:00 +0000 2610998 at http://www.usgbc.org Ohio School Facilities Commission Members get update on Green School Efforts http://www.usgbc.org/articles/ohio-school-facilities-commission-members-get-update-green-school-efforts <p>Pennsylvania or Texas? Though those three are certainly out in front, you might be surprised to learn that the leader of the pack is Ohio. Last month I had the opportunity to provide the seven-member <a target="new" href="http://osfc.ohio.gov/">Ohio School Facilities Commission</a> (OSFC) – the body that oversees the public school building efforts in our state – with an update on the status of our <a target="new" href="http://osfc.ohio.gov/Home/GreenSchools.aspx">Green Schools Program</a>.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/ohio-school-facilities-commission-members-get-update-green-school-efforts" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/ohio-school-facilities-commission-members-get-update-green-school-efforts#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 09 Nov 2011 05:00:00 +0000 2611000 at http://www.usgbc.org Campus Sustainability Community Grows Through STARS Program http://www.usgbc.org/articles/campus-sustainability-community-grows-through-stars-program <p>The campus sustainability community continues to grow as colleges and universities aim to improve their green campus initiatives. Within this growth, the <a target="new" href="http://www.aashe.org/">Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education</a> (AASHE) is serving as a professional home for those working on bringing environmentally-friendly and energy-efficient practices to campuses across the country. AASHE provides resources, support and professional development opportunities to faculty, staff, administrators and students looking to make these changes.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/campus-sustainability-community-grows-through-stars-program" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/campus-sustainability-community-grows-through-stars-program#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 08 Nov 2011 05:00:00 +0000 2611001 at http://www.usgbc.org National Youth Policy Summit Students Present Energy-Usage Goals http://www.usgbc.org/articles/national-youth-policy-summit-students-present-energy-usage-goals <p>Last week, eight students from the <a target="new" href="http://youthpolicysummit.org/">National Youth Policy Summit</a> for National Energy Innovation visited with the Center for Green Schools staff members to give a presentation on <a target="new" href="http://youthpolicysummit.org/images/Reports/National_2011_Final_Recommendations.pdf">policies</a> that they created on environmentally-friendly and energy-efficient issues. The students presenting were from Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Fairfax, Va. and Alabama School of Fine Arts in Birmingham, Ala.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/national-youth-policy-summit-students-present-energy-usage-goals" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/national-youth-policy-summit-students-present-energy-usage-goals#comments Center for Green Schools Mon, 07 Nov 2011 05:00:00 +0000 2611002 at http://www.usgbc.org Camellia Park Community Garden Opening http://www.usgbc.org/articles/camellia-park-community-garden-opening <p>There is no better way to start the Halloween weekend than to celebrate the opening of a community garden. Saturday, Oct. 29 was a beautiful crisp fall morning at <a target="new" href="http://www.scusd.edu/OurSchools/Pages/CamelliaBasic.aspx">Camellia Basic Elementary School</a>, where I had the honor of participating in the ribbon cutting event for the new community garden.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/camellia-park-community-garden-opening" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/camellia-park-community-garden-opening#comments Center for Green Schools Fri, 04 Nov 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Farah McDill 2611008 at http://www.usgbc.org Rachel Gutter’s “Essential Toronto” Interview at Greenbuild http://www.usgbc.org/articles/rachel-gutter%E2%80%99s-%E2%80%9Cessential-toronto%E2%80%9D-interview-greenbuild <p>At this year’s <a href="http://www.greenbuildexpo.org/Home.aspx" target="new">Greenbuild Conference &amp; Expo</a>, <a href="http://centerforgreenschools.com/rachel.aspx" target="new">Rachel Gutter</a>, director of the Center for Green Schools, had the opportunity to be interviewed by <a href="http://greensource.construction.com/" target="new">GreenSource Magazine’s</a> “Essential Toronto.” Rachel highlighted all the work that the Center has been doing, and the benefits green schools can provide. You can view her full interview below:</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/rachel-gutter%E2%80%99s-%E2%80%9Cessential-toronto%E2%80%9D-interview-greenbuild" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/rachel-gutter%E2%80%99s-%E2%80%9Cessential-toronto%E2%80%9D-interview-greenbuild#comments Center for Green Schools Fri, 04 Nov 2011 04:00:00 +0000 2611011 at http://www.usgbc.org Tools for Tracking Building Performance on College Campuses http://www.usgbc.org/articles/tools-tracking-building-performance-college-campuses <p>Increasing utility costs and tightening budgets have led many colleges and universities across the country to rethink the way they manage their energy consumption. Take <a href="http://www.wmich.edu/">Western Michigan University</a> for example: Their facilities team has installed 718 sub-meters across 151 campus buildings, allowing the team to closely measure, track and analyze their energy and water consumption on a building-by-building basis.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/tools-tracking-building-performance-college-campuses" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/tools-tracking-building-performance-college-campuses#comments LEED Community Thu, 03 Nov 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Kal Wellman 2608353 at http://www.usgbc.org Tools for Tracking Building Performance on College Campuses http://www.usgbc.org/articles/tools-tracking-building-performance-college-campuses-2 <p>Increasing utility costs and tightening budgets have led many colleges and universities across the country to rethink the way they manage their energy consumption. Take <a target="new" href="http://www.wmich.edu/">Western Michigan University</a> for example: their facilities team has installed 718 sub-meters across 151 campus buildings, allowing the team to closely measure, track and analyze their energy and water consumption on a building-by-building basis.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/tools-tracking-building-performance-college-campuses-2" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/tools-tracking-building-performance-college-campuses-2#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 03 Nov 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Kal Wellman 2612055 at http://www.usgbc.org Colorado Schools Awarded for Green Building Efforts http://www.usgbc.org/articles/colorado-schools-awarded-green-building-efforts <p>This year’s <a target="new" href="http://www.cobizmag.com/articles/colorado-sustainable-design-awards/">Colorado Sustainable Design Awards</a> winners were three schools highlighted for their green building and design efforts. The award recognizes exemplary design in residential, civic and commercial properties, as well as interior design.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/colorado-schools-awarded-green-building-efforts" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/colorado-schools-awarded-green-building-efforts#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 03 Nov 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Mallory Shelter 2611012 at http://www.usgbc.org Tools for Tracking Building Performance on College Campuses http://www.usgbc.org/articles/tools-tracking-building-performance-college-campuses-0 <p>Increasing utility costs and tightening budgets have led many colleges and universities across the country to rethink the way they manage their energy consumption. Take <a target="new" href="http://www.wmich.edu/">Western Michigan University</a> for example: their facilities team has installed 718 sub-meters across 151 campus buildings, allowing the team to closely measure, track and analyze their energy and water consumption on a building-by-building basis.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/tools-tracking-building-performance-college-campuses-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/tools-tracking-building-performance-college-campuses-0#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 03 Nov 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Nathaniel Allen 2611062 at http://www.usgbc.org Tools for Tracking Building Performance on College Campuses http://www.usgbc.org/articles/tools-tracking-building-performance-college-campuses-1 <p>Increasing utility costs and tightening budgets have led many colleges and universities across the country to rethink the way they manage their energy consumption. Take <a target="new" href="http://www.wmich.edu/">Western Michigan University</a> for example: their facilities team has installed 718 sub-meters across 151 campus buildings, allowing the team to closely measure, track and analyze their energy and water consumption on a building-by-building basis.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/tools-tracking-building-performance-college-campuses-1" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/tools-tracking-building-performance-college-campuses-1#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 03 Nov 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Nathaniel Allen 2611063 at http://www.usgbc.org Campus Conservation Nationals Deadline Extended http://www.usgbc.org/articles/campus-conservation-nationals-deadline-extended <p>The recent excitement around Campus Conservation Nationals has compelled us to extend the registration deadline for the spring 2012 competition to Nov. 15. Already, over 85 schools have committed, and 908 buildings and 90,800 students will compete! This competition is sure to be unlike any other, so don't forget to sign up if you haven't already.</p> <p>CCN is the first nationwide electricity and water reduction competition on college and university campuses. Now in its second year, participating schools compete to achieve the greatest possible energy reductions in residence halls.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/campus-conservation-nationals-deadline-extended" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/campus-conservation-nationals-deadline-extended#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 02 Nov 2011 04:00:00 +0000 2612058 at http://www.usgbc.org Green Buildings and Healthy Kids http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-buildings-and-healthy-kids <p>What do health and green building have in common? Perhaps more than you would think. Public health researchers and green building professionals around the country are forging new relationships and working together to better understand the relationship between design and health. Currently, much of the work in this arena is centered on obesity prevention, where frameworks such as <a target="new" href="http://www.nyc.gov/html/ddc/html/design/active_design.shtml">Active Design</a> are rapidly connecting research to practice.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-buildings-and-healthy-kids" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-buildings-and-healthy-kids#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 02 Nov 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Steve Davis 2612061 at http://www.usgbc.org Don't Miss the Center for Green Schools at Greenbuild! http://www.usgbc.org/articles/dont-miss-center-green-schools-greenbuild <p>Stop by the Center for Green Schools display at Greenbuild and you just might learn something!</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/dont-miss-center-green-schools-greenbuild" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/dont-miss-center-green-schools-greenbuild#comments Center for Green Schools Greenbuild Sun, 30 Oct 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Marisa Long 2608534 at http://www.usgbc.org Rachel Gutter to be featured on VoiceAmerica's "Visionary Leader, Extraordinary Life" http://www.usgbc.org/articles/rachel-gutter-be-featured-voiceamericas-visionary-leader-extraordinary-life <p>On Monday, Oct. 31, Center for Green Schools Director Rachel Gutter will be a guest on <a href="http://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/57205/us-green-building-councils-rachel-gutter-and-her-powerful-vision-in-action-to-green-our-schools" target="new">Visionary Leader, Extraordinary Life</a> on <a href="http://www.voiceamerica.com/company/about" target="new">VoiceAmerica Business</a>, the number one Internet radio show. Rachel will be featured as a trailblazing leader with her mission to bring green schools to everyone within this generation.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/rachel-gutter-be-featured-voiceamericas-visionary-leader-extraordinary-life" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/rachel-gutter-be-featured-voiceamericas-visionary-leader-extraordinary-life#comments Center for Green Schools Fri, 28 Oct 2011 04:00:00 +0000 2612063 at http://www.usgbc.org Good News Coming from Charlotte with Declaration of Sustainability Week http://www.usgbc.org/articles/good-news-coming-charlotte-declaration-sustainability-week <p>In a continued demonstration of leadership by the City of Charlotte, Mayor Anthony Foxx has signed a proclamation declaring this week as Environmental Sustainability Week in Charlotte. This recent act joins the extensive list of accomplishments by the City and Mecklenburg County to promote sustainability. The <a href="http://www.usgbccrc.org/news/75659/">resolution</a> highlights a number of important environmental strategies, including the role of green buildings in conserving natural resources and reducing operating utility cost for consumers and businesses.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/good-news-coming-charlotte-declaration-sustainability-week" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/good-news-coming-charlotte-declaration-sustainability-week#comments Advocacy and policy Community Tue, 25 Oct 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Bryan Howard 2608498 at http://www.usgbc.org Green Jobs Summit at Greenbuild 2011 Calls for Mobilization around this Common Sense Economic Solution http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-jobs-summit-greenbuild-2011-calls-mobilization-around-common-sense-economic-solution <p>The hustle and bustle of Greenbuild 2011 is now behind us, and we've all returned to our respective homes and jobs to continue "troublemaking." </p> <p>And one area where we need to continue to stir the pot is green jobs. On the Tuesday of Greenbuild, we convened a <a href="http://www.greenbuildexpo.org/education/Greenbuild-Summits/Green-Jobs-Summit.aspx">Green Jobs Summit</a> of more than 40 prominent experts throughout the clean energy economy to brainstorm the successes and challenges experienced in the promotion of the green jobs agenda.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-jobs-summit-greenbuild-2011-calls-mobilization-around-common-sense-economic-solution" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-jobs-summit-greenbuild-2011-calls-mobilization-around-common-sense-economic-solution#comments Advocacy and policy Greenbuild Tue, 25 Oct 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Maggie Comstock 2608501 at http://www.usgbc.org Q&A with Congressional Green Schools Caucus Co-Chair Robert J. Dold: Adlai E. Stevenson High School’s Energy Reduction Efforts http://www.usgbc.org/articles/qa-congressional-green-schools-caucus-co-chair-robert-j-dold-adlai-e-stevenson-high-schoo-0 <p>Last week, Congressman&nbsp;<a target="new" href="http://dold.house.gov/">Robert J. Dold</a> (IL-10) visited <a target="new" href="http://www.d125.org/">Adlai E. Stevenson High School</a> in Lincolnshire, IL to <a target="new" href="http://lincolnshire.suntimes.com/news/7809892-418/stevenson-shows-off-its-success.html">recognize</a> the school’s LEED Gold for Existing Buildings certification and energy-reduction efforts. The 833,000 square foot campus was able to achieve a 7 percent reduction in energy usage and an increase in indoor environmental quality.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/qa-congressional-green-schools-caucus-co-chair-robert-j-dold-adlai-e-stevenson-high-schoo-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/qa-congressional-green-schools-caucus-co-chair-robert-j-dold-adlai-e-stevenson-high-schoo-0#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 25 Oct 2011 04:00:00 +0000 2612065 at http://www.usgbc.org Greening the Sacramento City Unified School District http://www.usgbc.org/articles/greening-sacramento-city-unified-school-district <p>What will it take to turn <a target="new" href="http://www.scusd.edu/Pages/default.aspx">Sacramento City Unified School District</a> into a green school district? That was the question department leaders tried to answer last week.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/greening-sacramento-city-unified-school-district" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/greening-sacramento-city-unified-school-district#comments Center for Green Schools Mon, 24 Oct 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Farah McDill 2612069 at http://www.usgbc.org Energy Efficiency in the States in 2012: Will You Help Your State Compete for Top Rank? http://www.usgbc.org/articles/energy-efficiency-states-2012-will-you-help-your-state-compete-top-rank <p>If you've ever wondered if government policy and advocacy can actually make a difference, consider this: Despite what you may often read in the papers, state governments are plowing ahead on making energy efficiency a reality. And as USGBC mentioned in a <a href="http://usgbcblog.blogspot.com/2011/08/states-powering-new-innovative-green.html">recent report</a>, all states are doing something. That just doesn't happen if no one is fighting for it.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/energy-efficiency-states-2012-will-you-help-your-state-compete-top-rank" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/energy-efficiency-states-2012-will-you-help-your-state-compete-top-rank#comments Advocacy and policy Greenbuild Thu, 20 Oct 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Jeremy Sigmon 2608502 at http://www.usgbc.org Accounting for Energy Efficiency: SAVE Act Would Improve Mortage Underwriting, Create Jobs, Save Household Money http://www.usgbc.org/articles/accounting-energy-efficiency-save-act-would-improve-mortage-underwriting-create-jobs-save-h <p>On Wednesday, surrounded by leaders from business, construction, and real estate, USGBC joined Senator Michael Bennet (CO) and Senator Johnny Isakson (GA) to announce the introduction of bipartisan legislation to enhance the current mortgage underwriting and home appraisal practices to account for energy efficiency and other sustainable features.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/accounting-energy-efficiency-save-act-would-improve-mortage-underwriting-create-jobs-save-h" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/accounting-energy-efficiency-save-act-would-improve-mortage-underwriting-create-jobs-save-h#comments Advocacy and policy Thu, 20 Oct 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Bryan Howard 2608505 at http://www.usgbc.org Race to a Gigawatt! http://www.usgbc.org/articles/race-gigawatt <p>*Knock Knock* That’s the sound of an RA stopping by to ensure you have committed to participating in <a target="new" href="http://www.competetoreduce.org/">Campus Conservation Nationals</a>. CCN is the first nationwide electricity and water reduction competition on college and university campuses. Now in its second year, participating schools compete to achieve the greatest possible energy reductions in residence halls.</p> <p>Last year, 120,000 students saved 500,000 kilowatt-hours in the first annual Campus Conservation Nationals.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/race-gigawatt" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/race-gigawatt#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 20 Oct 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Patrick Lane 2612073 at http://www.usgbc.org Why Your Board of Directors Election Vote Matters! http://www.usgbc.org/articles/why-your-board-directors-election-vote-matters <p>Your vote in the USGBC Board of Directors election will help shape the future of our movement.</p> <p>Each year the USGBC member community has a special opportunity to influence USGBC's future leadership, governance and strategic direction by electing its national Board members. Your vote will influence key decisions about how USGBC serves you, our members, educates the industry and advances the mission.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/why-your-board-directors-election-vote-matters" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/why-your-board-directors-election-vote-matters#comments Community Wed, 19 Oct 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Gail Vittori 2608507 at http://www.usgbc.org Project Haiti Takes Center Stage at Greenbuild 2011 http://www.usgbc.org/articles/project-haiti-takes-center-stage-greenbuild-2011 <p><strong>This is a cross-posted entry from the blog at hoklife.com.<br /> <a href="http://hoklife.com/2011/10/10/project-haiti-takes-center-stage-at-greenbuild-2011/">Access the original entry »</a></strong></p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/project-haiti-takes-center-stage-greenbuild-2011" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/project-haiti-takes-center-stage-greenbuild-2011#comments Greenbuild Initiatives Tue, 18 Oct 2011 04:00:00 +0000 2608518 at http://www.usgbc.org Greenbuild is Behind Us...What's Next for Green Schools? http://www.usgbc.org/articles/greenbuild-behind-uswhats-next-green-schools <p>Last week was USGBC’s annual <a target="new" href="http://www.greenbuildexpo.org/Home.aspx">Greenbuild Conference Expo</a>. Held in Toronto, Greenbuild brought together 23,000 builders, architects, manufacturers, policy makers, educators, advocates and environmental leaders. The Center for Green Schools at USGBC played off of this year’s Greenbuild theme, focusing on “what’s next” in the green schools movement. I wanted to share a few of my highlights with you:</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/greenbuild-behind-uswhats-next-green-schools" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/greenbuild-behind-uswhats-next-green-schools#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 13 Oct 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Rachel Gutter 2612078 at http://www.usgbc.org Center for Green Schools and UTC Announce New Findings on Green Schools http://www.usgbc.org/articles/center-green-schools-and-utc-announce-new-findings-green-schools <p>Last week at the annual <a target="new" href="http://www.greenbuildexpo.org/Home.aspx">Greenbuild Conference Expo</a> in Toronto, the Center for Green Schools and <a target="new" href="http://www.utc.com/Home">United Technologies Corp.</a> held a press conference to announce findings from a new independent study conducted on green schools, as well as initiatives the Center will be taking in 2012. The results of the survey brought light to the fact that Americans are concerned about the status of high-efficiency buildings in our country.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/center-green-schools-and-utc-announce-new-findings-green-schools" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/center-green-schools-and-utc-announce-new-findings-green-schools#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 13 Oct 2011 04:00:00 +0000 2612080 at http://www.usgbc.org What’s new with LEED and Demand Response? Find out at Greenbuild 2011 http://www.usgbc.org/articles/what%E2%80%99s-new-leed-and-demand-response-find-out-greenbuild-2011 <p>Earlier this year, USGBC launched the <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/DisplayPage.aspx?CMSPageID=2104">Demand Response LEED Pilot Credit</a> as a road test before full adoption in <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/DisplayPage.aspx?CMSPageID=2360">LEED 2012</a>. We are now working on ways to engage even more projects, drive widespread adoption of demand response participation, and develop a stronger relationship between the energy &amp; building communities.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/what%E2%80%99s-new-leed-and-demand-response-find-out-greenbuild-2011" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/what%E2%80%99s-new-leed-and-demand-response-find-out-greenbuild-2011#comments Greenbuild Mon, 03 Oct 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Brendan Owens 2608527 at http://www.usgbc.org Current LEED APs: Add a Specialty to Your LEED Credential at Greenbuild http://www.usgbc.org/articles/current-leed-aps-add-specialty-your-leed-credential-greenbuild <p>Are you a LEED AP? If so, there is still time to add a specialty to your LEED credential at the USGBC's annual <a href="http://www.greenbuildexpo.org">Greenbuild conference</a> even if your enrollment deadline has passed. The majority of LEED Professionals have already added a specialty to their LEED credential but the window is closing.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/current-leed-aps-add-specialty-your-leed-credential-greenbuild" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/current-leed-aps-add-specialty-your-leed-credential-greenbuild#comments Greenbuild LEED Fri, 30 Sep 2011 04:00:00 +0000 William Nutt 2608530 at http://www.usgbc.org USGBC Students National Chair Perspective: The 2011 Solar Decathlon http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-students-national-chair-perspective-2011-solar-decathlon <p>Morning rain and clouds thankfully gave way to a bright and sunny day for the U.S. Department of Energy’s <a target="new" href="solardecathlon.gov">Solar Decathlon</a> in Washington D.C. on Wednesday. University students from across the country as well as several from around the world have been displaying the fruits of their hard work in an exciting and innovative energy challenge. Seventeen student groups in total are still competing for the coveted title of the most energy-efficient solar home in a daily series of contests, ranging from affordability, comfort, and market appeal.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-students-national-chair-perspective-2011-solar-decathlon" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-students-national-chair-perspective-2011-solar-decathlon#comments Center for Green Schools Fri, 30 Sep 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Jill Bellenger 2612084 at http://www.usgbc.org Department of Education launches Green Ribbon Schools Program http://www.usgbc.org/articles/department-education-launches-green-ribbon-schools-program <p>With today's <a href="http://www.ed.gov/blog/2011/09/final-plans-announced-for-green-ribbon-schools/">announcement</a> from Secretary Arne Duncan, the Department of Education has finalized the criteria for the Green Ribbon Schools program and is inviting schools to participate in this landmark initiative.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/department-education-launches-green-ribbon-schools-program" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/department-education-launches-green-ribbon-schools-program#comments Advocacy and policy Thu, 29 Sep 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Nathaniel Allen 2608538 at http://www.usgbc.org Department of Education launches Green Ribbon Schools Program http://www.usgbc.org/articles/department-education-launches-green-ribbon-schools-program-0 <p>With today’s <a target="new" href="http://www.ed.gov/blog/2011/09/final-plans-announced-for-green-ribbon-schools/">announcement</a> from Secretary Arne Duncan, the Department of Education has finalized the criteria for the Green Ribbon Schools program and is inviting schools to participate in this landmark initiative.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/department-education-launches-green-ribbon-schools-program-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/department-education-launches-green-ribbon-schools-program-0#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 29 Sep 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Nathaniel Allen 2612087 at http://www.usgbc.org United Technologies Corp. Launches Website Dedicated to Energy-Efficient Buildings http://www.usgbc.org/articles/united-technologies-corp-launches-website-dedicated-energy-efficient-buildings <p><a target="new" href="http://www.utc.com/Home">United Technologies Corp.</a>, founding sponsor of the <a target="new" href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/home.aspx">Center for Green Schools</a> at the U.S. Green Building Council, just launched an exciting new <a target="new" href="http://www.powerofefficiency.com/">microsite</a>&nbsp;that delves into the importance of energy-efficient building systems. Through this&nbsp;initiative, UTC continues to show its dedication to sustainability and innovation in green building.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/united-technologies-corp-launches-website-dedicated-energy-efficient-buildings" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/united-technologies-corp-launches-website-dedicated-energy-efficient-buildings#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 29 Sep 2011 04:00:00 +0000 2612088 at http://www.usgbc.org Get Schooled at Greenbuild http://www.usgbc.org/articles/get-schooled-greenbuild <p>Stop by the Center for Green Schools display at Greenbuild and you just might learn something!</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/get-schooled-greenbuild" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/get-schooled-greenbuild#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 28 Sep 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Marisa Long 2612089 at http://www.usgbc.org Jim Matheson Honors Utah School for Green Efforts http://www.usgbc.org/articles/jim-matheson-honors-utah-school-green-efforts <p>This past Tuesday, Congressman <a target="new" href="http://matheson.house.gov/index.shtml">Jim Matheson</a> (D-UT), visited <a target="new" href="http://hillside.slcschools.org/">Hillside Middle School</a> in Salt Lake City, a LEED certified school, to <a target="new" href="http://matheson.house.gov/press2011/110927.shtml">award students and faculty</a> with an Energy Star Award for the building’s top energy performance. Matheson was able to see technology that is helping the school to save valuable resources such as energy and water, while keeping operating costs low.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/jim-matheson-honors-utah-school-green-efforts" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/jim-matheson-honors-utah-school-green-efforts#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 28 Sep 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Bryan Howard 2612091 at http://www.usgbc.org Code Guidance for Greener Homes: One Last Shot for the 2012-IGCC http://www.usgbc.org/articles/code-guidance-greener-homes-one-last-shot-2012-igcc <p>If you've followed the development of the International Green Construction Code, you'd know that the code's coverage of low-rise residential buildings has been knocked around like a punching bag. First it was in. But since it was incorporated by reference and the development committee couldn't touch it, the residential content meshed neither with the new code's intent nor with its technical elements. Then it was pulled out. Then, most recently, it was not voted back in… and with this current, last round of opportunity, there's one final chance to put it back in, and do it right.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/code-guidance-greener-homes-one-last-shot-2012-igcc" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/code-guidance-greener-homes-one-last-shot-2012-igcc#comments Advocacy and policy Industry Mon, 26 Sep 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Jeremy Sigmon 2608541 at http://www.usgbc.org Changing the World One Commitment at a Time http://www.usgbc.org/articles/changing-world-one-commitment-time <p><em>No power on Earth can stop an idea whose time has come. </em><br /> – Victor Hugo</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/changing-world-one-commitment-time" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/changing-world-one-commitment-time#comments Community Fri, 23 Sep 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Rick Fedrizzi 2608550 at http://www.usgbc.org The Solar Decathlon Begins! http://www.usgbc.org/articles/solar-decathlon-begins <p>Today, the Department of Energy kicked off the <a target="new" href="http://www.solardecathlon.gov/">Solar Decathlon 2011</a>, an exciting <a target="new" href="http://centerforgreenschools.com/utility-nav/blog/11-09-16/U_S_Department_of_Energy_launches_Solar_Decathlon.aspx"> event</a> that challenges students from around the world to design and build energy-efficient and solar-powered homes. The event also educates the general public about the benefits of clean-energy homes and products.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/solar-decathlon-begins" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/solar-decathlon-begins#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 22 Sep 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Mallory Shelter 2612096 at http://www.usgbc.org USGBC South Florida Chapter Wins "Green Your Alma Mater Challenge" http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-south-florida-chapter-wins-green-your-alma-mater-challenge <p>Earlier this summer, the <a target="new" href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org">Center for Green Schools</a> hosted the “Green Your Alma Mater Challenge,” a competition that engaged both <a target="new" href="http://www.usgbc.org"> USGBC</a> staff and chapters to reach out to their alma maters and applaud their sustainability initiatives, and directing them to resources USGBC has developed to sustain and support their green initiatives.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-south-florida-chapter-wins-green-your-alma-mater-challenge" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-south-florida-chapter-wins-green-your-alma-mater-challenge#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 21 Sep 2011 04:00:00 +0000 2612102 at http://www.usgbc.org Celebrating Excellence in the Green Building Movement: USGBC's Leadership Awards http://www.usgbc.org/articles/celebrating-excellence-green-building-movement-usgbcs-leadership-awards <p>USGBC's <a href="https://www.usgbc.org/ShowFile.aspx?DocumentID=10290" target="new">Leadership Awards</a> have become synonymous with the organizations and individuals who signify vision, leadership and commitment to the evolution of green building design and construction. This year's batch of winners is no different – recognizing leaders in the private, public and non-governmental organization (NGO) spheres. In fact, Rick Fedrizzi said it best:</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/celebrating-excellence-green-building-movement-usgbcs-leadership-awards" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/celebrating-excellence-green-building-movement-usgbcs-leadership-awards#comments Greenbuild Community Wed, 21 Sep 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Ashley Katz 2608563 at http://www.usgbc.org U.S. Green Building Council Announces Recipients of 2011 Leadership Awards http://www.usgbc.org/articles/us-green-building-council-announces-recipients-2011-leadership-awards <p><em>Annual awards recognize industry's green building leaders and visionaries</em></p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/us-green-building-council-announces-recipients-2011-leadership-awards" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/us-green-building-council-announces-recipients-2011-leadership-awards#comments Media Tue, 20 Sep 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Ashley Katz 2606237 at http://www.usgbc.org Schools Where You Can Learn, Thrive and Be Inspired http://www.usgbc.org/articles/schools-where-you-can-learn-thrive-and-be-inspired <p><em>I've joined <a href="http://www.parenting.com/" target="new"> Parenting.com</a> and the <a href="http://www.parenting.com/blogs/mom-congress" target="new">Mom Congress</a> in a Back-to-School blog-a-thon! These posts are an opportunity for us to show children across the country that we are committed to their education. I wrote to the students who we at the Center for Green Schools work for every day.</em></p> <p>Dear students,</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/schools-where-you-can-learn-thrive-and-be-inspired" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/schools-where-you-can-learn-thrive-and-be-inspired#comments Center for Green Schools Fri, 16 Sep 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Rachel Gutter 2612105 at http://www.usgbc.org U.S. Department of Energy launches Solar Decathlon http://www.usgbc.org/articles/us-department-energy-launches-solar-decathlon <p>From Sept. 23-Oct. 2, the <a target="new" href="http://energy.gov/">U.S. Department of Energy</a> will hold the <a target="new" href="http://www.solardecathlon.gov">DOE Solar Decathlon 2011</a>, an award-winning program that challenges 20 college teams to design, build and operate solar-powered houses. The houses are cost-effective and energy-efficient, and the event educates participants and the greater public about the beneficial opportunities that clean-energy products can offer.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/us-department-energy-launches-solar-decathlon" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/us-department-energy-launches-solar-decathlon#comments Center for Green Schools Fri, 16 Sep 2011 04:00:00 +0000 2612107 at http://www.usgbc.org What's Next in Green Building? USGBC Working With Planet Forward to Cultivate Ideas http://www.usgbc.org/articles/whats-next-green-building-usgbc-working-planet-forward-cultivate-ideas <p><em>Re-posted from <a href="http://planetforward.org">PlanetForward.org</a>. </em></p> <p><strong>Charlie Rybak</strong>, Outreach Coordinator, Planet Forward</p> <p>Do you have an idea for the next big innovation in green building? If you submit a video that tells your story in one minute or less, you could find it on display at the world's largest green building expo.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/whats-next-green-building-usgbc-working-planet-forward-cultivate-ideas" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/whats-next-green-building-usgbc-working-planet-forward-cultivate-ideas#comments Greenbuild Thu, 15 Sep 2011 04:00:00 +0000 2608568 at http://www.usgbc.org Making Charter Schools More Efficient Garners Bi-Partisan Support but Suffers Setback http://www.usgbc.org/articles/making-charter-schools-more-efficient-garners-bi-partisan-support-suffers-setback <p>While many in the <a href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/utility-nav/blog/11-09-09/President_Obama_Announces_25_Billion_For_Improving_Schools.aspx">green schools movement</a> have been focusing on President Obama's "<a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/09/08/american-jobs-act">American Jobs Act</a>" that would allocate $25 billion for school modernization, Tuesday brought a vote on the floor of the House of Representatives to improve the resource efficiency of America's charters schools.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/making-charter-schools-more-efficient-garners-bi-partisan-support-suffers-setback" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/making-charter-schools-more-efficient-garners-bi-partisan-support-suffers-setback#comments Advocacy and policy Thu, 15 Sep 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Bryan Howard 2608572 at http://www.usgbc.org Experience Canada at Greenbuild: Or, How a Peameal Bacon Sandwich May Change Your Life http://www.usgbc.org/articles/experience-canada-greenbuild-or-how-peameal-bacon-sandwich-may-change-your-life <p>Are you headed to Toronto and eager to take in all of the sights and sounds the city has to offer?</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/experience-canada-greenbuild-or-how-peameal-bacon-sandwich-may-change-your-life" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/experience-canada-greenbuild-or-how-peameal-bacon-sandwich-may-change-your-life#comments Greenbuild Wed, 14 Sep 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Ashley Katz 2608576 at http://www.usgbc.org Rep. Ben Chandler Speaks on the Importance of Green Schools http://www.usgbc.org/articles/rep-ben-chandler-speaks-importance-green-schools <p>Last week, Kentucky’s <a target="new" href="http://www.fcps.net/schools/elementary/rosa-parks">Rosa Parks Elementary</a> was recognized for earning <a target="new" href="http://www.energystar.gov/">Energy Star certification,</a> and <a href="http://centerforgreenschools.org/utility-nav/blog/11-08-31/Q_A_with_USGBC_Green_School_Chapter_Member_Chris_Tyler_How_one_Kentucky_school_cut_energy_at_no_cost.aspx" target="new">reducing their energy usage by 47 percent</a> with no additional cost to the school. In attendance was <a target="new" href="http://chandler.house.gov/">Rep.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/rep-ben-chandler-speaks-importance-green-schools" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/rep-ben-chandler-speaks-importance-green-schools#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 13 Sep 2011 04:00:00 +0000 2612115 at http://www.usgbc.org Game Changer: Greenbuild in Canada http://www.usgbc.org/articles/game-changer-greenbuild-canada <p>As October draws near and final preparations are underway, I wish to speak on behalf of the CaGBC to express our pride in hosting <a href="http://www.greenbuildexpo.org" target="new">Greenbuild 2011</a>. It's actually quite fitting that the first Greenbuild outside of the United States be held in Canada because it demonstrates the close partnership between the USGBC and CaGBC that has been built over many years of advancing LEED and green building in North America.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/game-changer-greenbuild-canada" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/game-changer-greenbuild-canada#comments Greenbuild Tue, 13 Sep 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Thomas Mueller 2608578 at http://www.usgbc.org USGBC Lends Support to get PACE Programs Moving http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-lends-support-get-pace-programs-moving <p>USGBC has thrown its support behind the latest legislation effort to revive Property Assessed Clean Energy, or PACE.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-lends-support-get-pace-programs-moving" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-lends-support-get-pace-programs-moving#comments Advocacy and policy Mon, 12 Sep 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Bryan Howard 2608582 at http://www.usgbc.org Senate Panel Signals Support for Commercial Building Energy Survey http://www.usgbc.org/articles/senate-panel-signals-support-commercial-building-energy-survey <p>On Wednesday there was a good sign coming out of the Senate Appropriations Committee for the continued efforts to restart the Commercial Building Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS), the national survey that gathers statistical energy information on U.S. commercial buildings at the Energy Information Administration (EIA).</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/senate-panel-signals-support-commercial-building-energy-survey" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/senate-panel-signals-support-commercial-building-energy-survey#comments Advocacy and policy Sat, 10 Sep 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Bryan Howard 2608584 at http://www.usgbc.org President Obama Announces $25 Billion For Improving Schools http://www.usgbc.org/articles/president-obama-announces-25-billion-improving-schools <p>Last night, President Obama made a monumental announcement – his proposed <a target="new" href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/09/08/american-jobs-act">American Jobs Act</a> will provide $25 billion for school construction and modernize over 35,000 school buildings. If this bill is passed, it would not only put thousands of teachers back to work, it would allow us to make desperately needed improvements in schools across the country, including energy-efficiency upgrades and comprehensive, green retrofits.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/president-obama-announces-25-billion-improving-schools" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/president-obama-announces-25-billion-improving-schools#comments Center for Green Schools Fri, 09 Sep 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Rachel Gutter 2612116 at http://www.usgbc.org The President, the Packers, and Winning One for the American People http://www.usgbc.org/articles/president-packers-and-winning-one-american-people <p>I found myself sitting at the kitchen table last night, long after the President and the Packers were done.</p> <p>The Packers won. What was keeping me up was the thought that the country might actually be able to <a href="https://www.usgbc.org/ShowFile.aspx?DocumentID=10243" target="new">pull our own victory</a> out of what has been increasingly feeling like an end-of-the-fourth-quarter goal-line stand</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/president-packers-and-winning-one-american-people" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/president-packers-and-winning-one-american-people#comments Community Fri, 09 Sep 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Rick Fedrizzi 2608596 at http://www.usgbc.org Kicking Off the School Year: Greening Sacramento City Unified School Districts http://www.usgbc.org/articles/kicking-school-year-greening-sacramento-city-unified-school-districts <p>With the school year just beginning, students are excited about bringing green practices to their schools. One of the main projects that I will be working on during my <a target="new" href="http://centerforgreenschools.org/main-nav/k-12/community/green-school-fellows.aspx"> with </a><a target="new" href="http://scusd.edu/Pages/default.aspx">Sacramento City Unified Schools Districts</a> is their “Project Green” initiative.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/kicking-school-year-greening-sacramento-city-unified-school-districts" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/kicking-school-year-greening-sacramento-city-unified-school-districts#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 08 Sep 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Farah McDill 2612117 at http://www.usgbc.org Send Us Your Videos! http://www.usgbc.org/articles/send-us-your-videos <p>What is your green school doing to advance green building, education and sustainability? Get your message out to thousands at Greenbuild 2011 by participating in the <a target="new" href="http://www.greenbuildexpo.org/gbnext">Greenbuild NEXT video campaign!</a></p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/send-us-your-videos" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/send-us-your-videos#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 08 Sep 2011 04:00:00 +0000 2612118 at http://www.usgbc.org For Prosperity and Security, Build a Resilient Nation http://www.usgbc.org/articles/prosperity-and-security-build-resilient-nation <p>Tonight President Obama will address the nation to outline a jobs plan, propose a robust infrastructure initiative, restore confidence in a fragile economy and ensure our continued leadership in the new global economy.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/prosperity-and-security-build-resilient-nation" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/prosperity-and-security-build-resilient-nation#comments Advocacy and policy Thu, 08 Sep 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Jason Hartke 2608598 at http://www.usgbc.org U.S. Department of Education Opens Public Comment for Green Ribbon Schools Award http://www.usgbc.org/articles/us-department-education-opens-public-comment-green-ribbon-schools-award <p>This week, the <a target="new" href="http://www.ed.gov/">U.S. Department of Education</a> announced that the online public comment period for the <a target="new" href="http://centerforgreenschools.org/utility-nav/blog/11-04-26/Department_of_Education_Announces_Landmark_Green_Schools_Program.aspx">Green Ribbon Schools award</a> is now open, and will last through Sept. 14, 2011.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/us-department-education-opens-public-comment-green-ribbon-schools-award" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/us-department-education-opens-public-comment-green-ribbon-schools-award#comments Center for Green Schools Fri, 02 Sep 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Nathaniel Allen 2612119 at http://www.usgbc.org DC's Woodrow Wilson High School Celebrates New Green Campus http://www.usgbc.org/articles/dcs-woodrow-wilson-high-school-celebrates-new-green-campus <p><em>Celebrating their 75th anniversary, Wilson High School recently went through a makeover. In an effort to promote a healthy learning environment, the school administration decided to put work into school improvements for a greener school building. The campus now utilizes energy efficient technology, large windows for natural light and acoustic paneling to accommodate the Tiger’s musical talent.</em></p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/dcs-woodrow-wilson-high-school-celebrates-new-green-campus" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/dcs-woodrow-wilson-high-school-celebrates-new-green-campus#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 01 Sep 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Mona Kamdjou 2612174 at http://www.usgbc.org Q&A with USGBC Green School Chapter Member Chris Tyler: How one Kentucky school cut energy at no cost http://www.usgbc.org/articles/qa-usgbc-green-school-chapter-member-chris-tyler-how-one-kentucky-school-cut-energy-no-cost <p>Chris Tyler is a sustainability engineer for Thermal Equipment Sales, and also sits on the board of directors for <a target="new" href="http://www.usgbckentucky.org/">USGBC’s Kentucky chapter.</a> Chris’ children attend <a target="new" href="http://www.fcps.net/schools/elementary/rosa-parks">Rosa Parks Elementary,</a> a school that recently cut its energy usage by 47 percent with no additional cost to the school. They made these dramatic reductions by improving operations and educating teachers and students on energy reduction strategies.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/qa-usgbc-green-school-chapter-member-chris-tyler-how-one-kentucky-school-cut-energy-no-cost" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/qa-usgbc-green-school-chapter-member-chris-tyler-how-one-kentucky-school-cut-energy-no-cost#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 31 Aug 2011 04:00:00 +0000 2612176 at http://www.usgbc.org Three Cool Things You Didn’t Know About the LEED International Program http://www.usgbc.org/articles/three-cool-things-you-didn%E2%80%99t-know-about-leed-international-program <p>Summer's winding down but the heat's still here in Washington, D.C., and what better way to cool off than to immerse yourself in the wave of cool things USGBC is doing internationally? Here are three things you may not have known about LEED International:</p> <ol> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/three-cool-things-you-didn%E2%80%99t-know-about-leed-international-program" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/three-cool-things-you-didn%E2%80%99t-know-about-leed-international-program#comments LEED Tue, 30 Aug 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Jennivine Kwan 2608602 at http://www.usgbc.org USGBC's Roger Platt, Vice President Joe Biden to Speak at National Clean Energy Summit http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbcs-roger-platt-vice-president-joe-biden-speak-national-clean-energy-summit <p><a href="https://www.usgbc.org/ShowFile.aspx?DocumentID=9105" target="new">Roger Platt</a>, USGBC's Senior Vice President of Global Policy and Law, is to speak at the <a href="http://www.cvent.com/events/national-clean-energy-summit-4-0-the-future-of-energy/event-summary-319a7c3b9c2f45c0ad5aba7a89d2e04c.aspx" target="new">National Clean Energy Summit 4.0: The Future of Energy</a> on Tuesday, August 30, 2011.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbcs-roger-platt-vice-president-joe-biden-speak-national-clean-energy-summit" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbcs-roger-platt-vice-president-joe-biden-speak-national-clean-energy-summit#comments Advocacy and policy Community Mon, 29 Aug 2011 04:00:00 +0000 2608606 at http://www.usgbc.org Learnings from a Learning Institution http://www.usgbc.org/articles/learnings-learning-institution <p>Things are buzzing in the facilities department and the administration building at <a target="new" href="http://www.bostonpublicschools.org/">Boston Public School (BPS)</a> as everyone is preparing for the students to return for the 2012 school year. I’m now one month into my <a target="new" href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/fellowship.aspx">Center for Green Schools UTC Fellowship</a> in Boston, and I’m finally figuring out how to describe my role.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/learnings-learning-institution" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/learnings-learning-institution#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 23 Aug 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Phoebe Beierle 2612180 at http://www.usgbc.org Rachel on the Road: Interview with Rep. Sarbanes (D-MD) http://www.usgbc.org/articles/rachel-road-interview-rep-sarbanes-d-md <p><a href="http://centerforgreenschools.com/main-nav/the-center/team/rachel.aspx" target="new"> Rachel Gutter,</a> the director of the <a href="http://centerforgreenschools.org/">Center for Green Schools</a> at the U.S. Green Building Council, has taken her flip cam on the road to speak with everyone from teachers, parents and students to policy makers and leaders in sustainability, green building and education.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/rachel-road-interview-rep-sarbanes-d-md" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/rachel-road-interview-rep-sarbanes-d-md#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 18 Aug 2011 04:00:00 +0000 2608609 at http://www.usgbc.org A New Generation of Leadership: USGBC Emerging Professionals http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-generation-leadership-usgbc-emerging-professionals <p><strong>Mariah Howard-Porath</strong>, USGBC Emerging Professional, Social Media Coordinator, Earth Day New York </p> <p>Imagine having the ability to gather a village of engineers, architects, designers, lawyers, teachers and advocates of green building practices in one place for a week.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-generation-leadership-usgbc-emerging-professionals" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-generation-leadership-usgbc-emerging-professionals#comments Community Thu, 18 Aug 2011 04:00:00 +0000 2608612 at http://www.usgbc.org Cities and States Take on Energy Benchmarking: New Report Highlights Opportunities and Needs for Building Energy Benchmarking http://www.usgbc.org/articles/cities-and-states-take-energy-benchmarking-new-report-highlights-opportunities-and-needs-bu <p>We have heard the old adage "You can't manage what you don't measure," more and more over the past few years. In line with that message, cities and states throughout the U.S. have begun to require measurement and reporting building energy consumption. With the right tools and strategies, we can leverage the focus on energy consumption to encourage action towards increased building operation efficiency nationwide.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/cities-and-states-take-energy-benchmarking-new-report-highlights-opportunities-and-needs-bu" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/cities-and-states-take-energy-benchmarking-new-report-highlights-opportunities-and-needs-bu#comments LEED Fri, 05 Aug 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Lauren Riggs 2608975 at http://www.usgbc.org Director’s Corner: Summer’s No Break at the Center for Green Schools http://www.usgbc.org/articles/director%E2%80%99s-corner-summer%E2%80%99s-no-break-center-green-schools <p>It’s been a crazy-busy summer at the Center for Green Schools. In the fall, the Department of Education will release the criteria for their Green Ribbon Schools Award and we’ve been working closely with agency staff and our partner organizations to make sure public and private schools have everything they need to submit applications come winter.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/director%E2%80%99s-corner-summer%E2%80%99s-no-break-center-green-schools" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/director%E2%80%99s-corner-summer%E2%80%99s-no-break-center-green-schools#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 03 Aug 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Rachel Gutter 2612183 at http://www.usgbc.org What does Korean Fried Chicken have to do with the LEED International Program? http://www.usgbc.org/articles/what-does-korean-fried-chicken-have-do-leed-international-program <p>Not only is it crispy, crunchy, deliciously seasoned, and goes great with beer, but it also proves to be a great tool for convening people and engaging LEED professionals.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/what-does-korean-fried-chicken-have-do-leed-international-program" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/what-does-korean-fried-chicken-have-do-leed-international-program#comments LEED Wed, 03 Aug 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Jennivine Kwan 2608977 at http://www.usgbc.org Reorganization of LEED EB: O&M in draft version of LEED 2012 Highlights Performance Monitoring, Key Metrics http://www.usgbc.org/articles/reorganization-leed-eb-om-draft-version-leed-2012-highlights-performance-monitoring-key-met <p>In the draft version of LEED 2012, which opened for <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/DisplayPage.aspx?CMSPageID=2360" target="new">public comment</a> yesterday, USGBC has taken its first steps towards a streamlined and simple ongoing certification program for LEED. After consideration of how project teams should implement the strategies in LEED EB: O&amp;M, and what we know about how teams implement them, we have reorganized the prerequisite and credit structure of LEED EB: O&amp;M.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/reorganization-leed-eb-om-draft-version-leed-2012-highlights-performance-monitoring-key-met" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/reorganization-leed-eb-om-draft-version-leed-2012-highlights-performance-monitoring-key-met#comments LEED Tue, 02 Aug 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Lauren Riggs 2608979 at http://www.usgbc.org USGBC Students: A New Vision for USGBC and Generation Next http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-students-new-vision-usgbc-and-generation-next <p>We don't need to convince college students there are problems with the built environment around them. This is a generation of sustainability natives born into a changing planet.</p> <p>They grew up with Asthma, taking steroids for their lungs and with inhalers in their pockets, all because of the unhealthy built environments they have been living and learning in. They are ready to change the poor conditions they have grown accustomed to.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-students-new-vision-usgbc-and-generation-next" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-students-new-vision-usgbc-and-generation-next#comments Center for Green Schools Mon, 01 Aug 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Patrick Lane 2612399 at http://www.usgbc.org The Five Ways Harvard Reached Its Green Building Milestone http://www.usgbc.org/articles/five-ways-harvard-reached-its-green-building-milestone <p><strong>Heather Henriksen</strong><br /> <em>Director, <a href="http://green.harvard.edu/" target="new">Harvard Office for Sustainability </a></em></p> <p>Earlier today the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced that Harvard University had reached a first for any higher education institution in the world – 50 LEED certified projects. It's an exciting green building milestone for us and one that entire <a href="http://green.harvard.edu/" target="new">Harvard community</a> can celebrate.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/five-ways-harvard-reached-its-green-building-milestone" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/five-ways-harvard-reached-its-green-building-milestone#comments LEED Mon, 01 Aug 2011 04:00:00 +0000 2608982 at http://www.usgbc.org The Five Ways Harvard Reached Its Green Building Milestone http://www.usgbc.org/articles/five-ways-harvard-reached-its-green-building-milestone-0 <p><em>By Heather Henriksen, <a target="new" href="http://green.harvard.edu/">Harvard Office for Sustainability</a></em></p> <p>Earlier today USGBC announced that Harvard University had reached a first for any higher education institution in the world – 50 LEED certified projects. It’s an exciting green building milestone for us and one that entire Harvard community can celebrate.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/five-ways-harvard-reached-its-green-building-milestone-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/five-ways-harvard-reached-its-green-building-milestone-0#comments Center for Green Schools Mon, 01 Aug 2011 04:00:00 +0000 2612184 at http://www.usgbc.org The Center for Green Schools Brings Together Experts from Across the Country to Kick Start Fellowship Program http://www.usgbc.org/articles/center-green-schools-brings-together-experts-across-country-kick-start-fellowship-program <p>Last month, more than 30 school district staff, consultants and volunteers from across the country came together at USGBC's National Headquarters for a training session with the newly appointed <a href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/2011fellows.aspx">Center for Green Schools UTC Fellows.</a></p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/center-green-schools-brings-together-experts-across-country-kick-start-fellowship-program" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/center-green-schools-brings-together-experts-across-country-kick-start-fellowship-program#comments Center for Green Schools Mon, 01 Aug 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Anisa Baldwin Metzger 2612185 at http://www.usgbc.org Seed Money Grows Green Schools through USGBC Chapters http://www.usgbc.org/articles/seed-money-grows-green-schools-through-usgbc-chapters <p>These days, everyone seems to be trying to do more with less. More than a dozen <a target="new" href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/usgbc-chapters.aspx">USGBC Chapters</a> did just that by making a little money go a long way toward greening their local schools with the 2010 Green Schools Committee Innovation Grants.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/seed-money-grows-green-schools-through-usgbc-chapters" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/seed-money-grows-green-schools-through-usgbc-chapters#comments Center for Green Schools Mon, 01 Aug 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Emily Riordan 2612398 at http://www.usgbc.org Impact Our Movement: Self-Nomination Period Open for USGBC Board of Directors http://www.usgbc.org/articles/impact-our-movement-self-nomination-period-open-usgbc-board-directors <p>Each year the USGBC member community has a special opportunity to influence USGBC's future leadership, governance and strategic direction by electing its national Board members. The Nominations and Election Process for the <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/DisplayPage.aspx?CMSPageID=2382" target="new">2012 Board of Directors</a> - culminating in electing five national Board members to serve three-year terms beginning Jan. 1, 2012 - is officially underway. On behalf of the Nominating Working Group, I encourage you to participate in some important ways.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/impact-our-movement-self-nomination-period-open-usgbc-board-directors" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/impact-our-movement-self-nomination-period-open-usgbc-board-directors#comments Community Fri, 29 Jul 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Gail Vittori 2608986 at http://www.usgbc.org Grab Your Camera and Tell Us: What’s NEXT? http://www.usgbc.org/articles/grab-your-camera-and-tell-us-what%E2%80%99s-next <p>When I envision the future, I see a world in which the benefits of green building are experienced everywhere: From Houston to Haiti, from rural villages to bustling metropolises, from homes to high-rises.</p> <p>That's my idea for what's next in green building and global success. <strong>What is yours? </strong></p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/grab-your-camera-and-tell-us-what%E2%80%99s-next" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/grab-your-camera-and-tell-us-what%E2%80%99s-next#comments Greenbuild Wed, 27 Jul 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Kimberly Lewis 2608990 at http://www.usgbc.org Breaking News: New York Times Columnist Thomas Friedman and ABC News Political Commentator Cokie Roberts to Tackle Building Resiliency at Greenbuild http://www.usgbc.org/articles/breaking-news-new-york-times-columnist-thomas-friedman-and-abc-news-political-commentator-c <p>The Greenbuild speaker roster is shaping up to be an incredible one! We just received confirmation that Thomas Friedman and Cokie Roberts will join the diverse roster of thought leaders and innovators at the <a href="http://www.greenbuildexpo.org" target="new">Greenbuild International Conference &amp; Expo</a> in Toronto.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/breaking-news-new-york-times-columnist-thomas-friedman-and-abc-news-political-commentator-c" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/breaking-news-new-york-times-columnist-thomas-friedman-and-abc-news-political-commentator-c#comments Greenbuild Tue, 26 Jul 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Kimberly Lewis 2608991 at http://www.usgbc.org House Appropriators Signal Support for Commercial Building Energy Survey http://www.usgbc.org/articles/house-appropriators-signal-support-commercial-building-energy-survey <p>Last week brought good news in the efforts to restart the Commercial Building Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS), a national survey that gathers statistical information on U.S. commercial buildings, at the Energy Information Administration (EIA).</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/house-appropriators-signal-support-commercial-building-energy-survey" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/house-appropriators-signal-support-commercial-building-energy-survey#comments Advocacy and policy LEED Fri, 22 Jul 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Bryan Howard 2608992 at http://www.usgbc.org New Fact Sheet: Principles for reforming the tax deduction for efficient commercial buildings to create 77,000 new jobs and slash energy bills http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-fact-sheet-principles-reforming-tax-deduction-efficient-commercial-buildings-create-770 <p>Today USGBC released a <a href="https://www.usgbc.org/ShowFile.aspx?DocumentID=9726" target="new">fact sheet</a> on the principles for reforming the existing tax deduction for energy efficient commercial buildings, Section 179D, which have united the commercial building industry and environmental advocates in their push to create jobs and slash commercial building energy consumption. These reforms could create 77,000 jobs across the US economy.</p> <p>You can view the fact sheet <a href="https://www.usgbc.org/ShowFile.aspx?DocumentID=9726" target="new">here</a>.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-fact-sheet-principles-reforming-tax-deduction-efficient-commercial-buildings-create-770" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-fact-sheet-principles-reforming-tax-deduction-efficient-commercial-buildings-create-770#comments Advocacy and policy Industry Thu, 21 Jul 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Lane Burt 2609011 at http://www.usgbc.org Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Advances USGBC-Supported Building Efficiency Measure http://www.usgbc.org/articles/senate-energy-and-natural-resources-committee-advances-usgbc-supported-building-efficiency- <p>On Thursday, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee took the next step in advancing key building efficiency legislation by reporting favorably S. 1000, the "Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act," introduced by Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) to the Senate.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/senate-energy-and-natural-resources-committee-advances-usgbc-supported-building-efficiency-" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/senate-energy-and-natural-resources-committee-advances-usgbc-supported-building-efficiency-#comments Advocacy and policy Industry Sun, 17 Jul 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Bryan Howard 2609013 at http://www.usgbc.org White House Recognizes Kids Leading Green Schools Movement http://www.usgbc.org/articles/white-house-recognizes-kids-leading-green-schools-movement-0 <p>A diverse group of young people who are advancing green schools within their communities were recently invited to meet with White House officials and offer insight into the role of youth in the green schools movement. Every week, the White House recognizes a group of local leaders who are helping America win the future as <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/champions" target="new"> Champions of Change</a>, and this week’s award highlights the efforts of student green school leaders who are inspiring larger community action.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/white-house-recognizes-kids-leading-green-schools-movement-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/white-house-recognizes-kids-leading-green-schools-movement-0#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 14 Jul 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Nathaniel Allen 2612402 at http://www.usgbc.org White House Recognizes Kids Leading Green Schools Movement http://www.usgbc.org/articles/white-house-recognizes-kids-leading-green-schools-movement <p>A diverse group of young people who are advancing green schools within their communities were recently invited to meet with White House officials and offer insight into the role of youth in the green schools movement. Every week, the White House recognizes a group of local leaders who are helping America win the future as <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/champions" target="new"> Champions of Change</a>, and this week's award highlights the efforts of student green school leaders who are inspiring larger community action.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/white-house-recognizes-kids-leading-green-schools-movement" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/white-house-recognizes-kids-leading-green-schools-movement#comments Advocacy and policy Center for Green Schools Thu, 14 Jul 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Nathaniel Allen 2609014 at http://www.usgbc.org It’s Green Building Code, Standard and Rating System Public Review Season! http://www.usgbc.org/articles/it%E2%80%99s-green-building-code-standard-and-rating-system-public-review-season <p>Sharpen your #2 pencils and get out your thick red pen. There's a lot going on this summer in the technical development of green building codes, standards and rating systems, and we need your input. </p> <p>We'll put up some more detail about each of these processes in the near future, but here's a quick overview of what's to come:</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/it%E2%80%99s-green-building-code-standard-and-rating-system-public-review-season" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/it%E2%80%99s-green-building-code-standard-and-rating-system-public-review-season#comments Advocacy and policy LEED Wed, 13 Jul 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Jeremy Sigmon 2609015 at http://www.usgbc.org Congressional Green Schools Caucus Hosts Green Schools Leaders http://www.usgbc.org/articles/congressional-green-schools-caucus-hosts-green-schools-leaders <p>Representatives Ben Chandler (KY-6), Robert Dold (IL-10) and Jim Matheson (UT-2), the co-chairs of the bi-partisan Congressional Green Schools Caucus, sponsored a briefing on Monday, July 11, to educate their colleagues on the significant financial savings greening our nation's schools can have for school district budgets and the taxpayers who fund them.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/congressional-green-schools-caucus-hosts-green-schools-leaders" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/congressional-green-schools-caucus-hosts-green-schools-leaders#comments Advocacy and policy Center for Green Schools Tue, 12 Jul 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Nathaniel Allen 2609023 at http://www.usgbc.org Boston College Launches New Model for University-Wide Engagement http://www.usgbc.org/articles/boston-college-launches-new-model-university-wide-engagement <h2>Could alumni be a missing link in sustainable trends on campuses?</h2> <p>With over 20 times the current student population, Boston College’s alumni network is teaming up with faculty and students to keep current with the latest environmental research, help students get green jobs, and enhance Boston College’s contribution to creating a sustainable economy.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/boston-college-launches-new-model-university-wide-engagement" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/boston-college-launches-new-model-university-wide-engagement#comments Center for Green Schools Fri, 08 Jul 2011 04:00:00 +0000 2612412 at http://www.usgbc.org Women Leading the Way at Small Liberal Arts College http://www.usgbc.org/articles/women-leading-way-small-liberal-arts-college <h2>An Interview with Susan Kidd, Sustainability Director, Agnes Scott College</h2> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/women-leading-way-small-liberal-arts-college" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/women-leading-way-small-liberal-arts-college#comments Center for Green Schools Fri, 08 Jul 2011 04:00:00 +0000 2612428 at http://www.usgbc.org USGBC Takes Part in World Children’s Festival, Kids Turn Trash into a New City http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-takes-part-world-children%E2%80%99s-festival-kids-turn-trash-new-city <p>The National Mall was buzzing with the creativity of hundreds of kids from around the world last month, as USGBC took part in the 4th <a href="http://www.icaf.org/" target="new">World Children’s Festival</a> on June 17. As a part of the three-hour “Living City” workshop, kids were introduced to new ways of looking at old water bottles, coffee cups and to-go boxes – and with the help of USGBC volunteers put them to use designing a city of the future.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-takes-part-world-children%E2%80%99s-festival-kids-turn-trash-new-city" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-takes-part-world-children%E2%80%99s-festival-kids-turn-trash-new-city#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 05 Jul 2011 04:00:00 +0000 2612433 at http://www.usgbc.org USGBC President, CEO and Founding Chair Rick Fedrizzi Commends President Obama for Launching the Better Buildings Challenge http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-president-ceo-and-founding-chair-rick-fedrizzi-commends-president-obama-launching-bet <p>I want to commend and congratulate President Obama today for launching the <a href="http://www1.eere.energy.gov/buildings/betterbuildings/">Better Buildings Challenge,</a> a White House driven program that will ramp up significant commitments to green building. Once again, the President is taking action and inspiring action in the building industry so we can seize the tremendous opportunity in green buildings.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-president-ceo-and-founding-chair-rick-fedrizzi-commends-president-obama-launching-bet" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-president-ceo-and-founding-chair-rick-fedrizzi-commends-president-obama-launching-bet#comments Industry LEED Community Thu, 30 Jun 2011 04:00:00 +0000 2609025 at http://www.usgbc.org How President Clinton Lifted Green Building onto the National Agenda http://www.usgbc.org/articles/how-president-clinton-lifted-green-building-national-agenda <p><em>Forging green building market solutions and partnerships that save energy, save money and create jobs</em></p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/how-president-clinton-lifted-green-building-national-agenda" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/how-president-clinton-lifted-green-building-national-agenda#comments Advocacy and policy Industry Wed, 29 Jun 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Jason Hartke 2609026 at http://www.usgbc.org Using Green Schools to Teach the BEST way possible http://www.usgbc.org/articles/using-green-schools-teach-best-way-possible <p>Students at Bacon Elementary in Ft. Collins, Colo., are overflowing with green initiatives– going above and beyond to educate others about the importance of going green, and what the green features of their school can do.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/using-green-schools-teach-best-way-possible" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/using-green-schools-teach-best-way-possible#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 28 Jun 2011 04:00:00 +0000 2612469 at http://www.usgbc.org UMass’ new Green Guidelines highlight LEED http://www.usgbc.org/articles/umass%E2%80%99-new-green-guidelines-highlight-leed <p>The University of Massachusetts Amherst <a target="new" href="http://www.umass.edu/"> (UMASS)</a> has become a true sustainable building leader over the years, setting an example for other institutions to follow. They have taken their work a step further, with the Green Building Committee at the university recently announcing the publication of Green Building Guidelines for use on campus.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/umass%E2%80%99-new-green-guidelines-highlight-leed" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/umass%E2%80%99-new-green-guidelines-highlight-leed#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 28 Jun 2011 04:00:00 +0000 2612477 at http://www.usgbc.org Green Building Codes: New Regulatory Approaches Set Sights on Compliance for the Future http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-building-codes-new-regulatory-approaches-set-sights-compliance-future <p><em>First printed in the spring 2011 issue of <a href="http://www.nxtbook.com/dawson/greenroofs/lam_2011spring/" target="new">Living Architecture Monitor</a></em><br /> (Volume 13, No. 2)</p> <p>Now that summer is in full swing, we are all hoping for a bit of calm and relaxation. But kicking off your shoes now may put you behind in the fast-paced green building policy race that has – month after month – continued to increase in speed and momentum since last year's exciting launch of a new set of regulatory tools.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-building-codes-new-regulatory-approaches-set-sights-compliance-future" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-building-codes-new-regulatory-approaches-set-sights-compliance-future#comments Advocacy and policy Industry Tue, 28 Jun 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Jeremy Sigmon 2609027 at http://www.usgbc.org Need-Based Greenbuild Scholarships available! http://www.usgbc.org/articles/need-based-greenbuild-scholarships-available <p>USGBC is offering 10 need-based Greenbuild scholarships for individuals interested in pursuing green careers. Scholarship applications are open to any US citizen of 18 years or older and meet federal low-income levels. Scholarship recipients will receive one full-conference registration, including travel, 3 nights lodging and limited expenses, for the 2011 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Toronto, from October 4 – 7, 2011. Applications are due July 25, 2011. The recipient will be responsible for securing a valid US passport.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/need-based-greenbuild-scholarships-available" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/need-based-greenbuild-scholarships-available#comments Center for Green Schools Mon, 27 Jun 2011 04:00:00 +0000 2612470 at http://www.usgbc.org The Potential of Retrofits: Launch of LEED Volume Program for Operations & Maintenance http://www.usgbc.org/articles/potential-retrofits-launch-leed-volume-program-operations-maintenance <p>The <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/leedvolume" target="new">LEED Volume Program</a> allows large users of LEED to certify buildings across their portfolio in a streamlined fashion, bringing a new level of speed and efficiency to our mission of greening the built environment. LEED Volume unites the large-scale building and management efforts of organizations with the rigor of LEED.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/potential-retrofits-launch-leed-volume-program-operations-maintenance" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/potential-retrofits-launch-leed-volume-program-operations-maintenance#comments LEED Mon, 27 Jun 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Doug Gatlin 2609029 at http://www.usgbc.org Center Director Rachel Gutter Featured on “Career Day” http://www.usgbc.org/articles/center-director-rachel-gutter-featured-%E2%80%9Ccareer-day%E2%80%9D <p>Rachel Gutter, director of the Center for Green Schools, was recently featured on <em>Career Day,</em> a popular program from Entertainment Studios. <em>Career Day</em> airs 30 minute episodes, interviewing five people who have “cool, innovative, or out of the box careers.” The program hopes to show students that there are many ways to follow their passion as they grow up.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/center-director-rachel-gutter-featured-%E2%80%9Ccareer-day%E2%80%9D" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/center-director-rachel-gutter-featured-%E2%80%9Ccareer-day%E2%80%9D#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 23 Jun 2011 04:00:00 +0000 2612539 at http://www.usgbc.org A Building Worthy of the Green Revolution http://www.usgbc.org/articles/building-worthy-green-revolution <p>Before the green building movement that USGBC helped launch roughly 20 years ago, the seeds of another profound international green movement had been planted to fundamentally transform our ability to feed the world.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/building-worthy-green-revolution" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/building-worthy-green-revolution#comments LEED Community Wed, 22 Jun 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Jason Hartke 2609030 at http://www.usgbc.org Calling All Green Building Researchers! http://www.usgbc.org/articles/calling-all-green-building-researchers <h2>Still time to apply for USGBC’s Research to Practice Program</h2> <p>The Center for Green Schools at USGBC is still accepting applications for their Research to Practice Program (R2P2) until June 30th, 2011. R2P2 seeks to conduct and collect research on the built environment, create educational tools, and to share the information gathered with the building community.R2P2 teams will engage in hands-on green building research of their campus and/or community.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/calling-all-green-building-researchers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/calling-all-green-building-researchers#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 22 Jun 2011 04:00:00 +0000 2612542 at http://www.usgbc.org Sustainability in higher education reaches milestone in Colorado http://www.usgbc.org/articles/sustainability-higher-education-reaches-milestone-colorado <h2>Auraria Higher Education Center Science Building Addition is 1,000th LEED certified campus project in the US.</h2> <p>Higher education reached a milestone earlier this year as the number of LEED™- certified campus projects reached 1,000 when the Auraria Higher Education Center (AHEC) Science Building Addition in Denver, Colo., achieved LEED NC 2.2 Gold certification.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/sustainability-higher-education-reaches-milestone-colorado" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/sustainability-higher-education-reaches-milestone-colorado#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 21 Jun 2011 04:00:00 +0000 2612546 at http://www.usgbc.org As Green Building Codes and Standards Emerge – Where Do We Go from Here? http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-building-codes-and-standards-emerge-%E2%80%93-where-do-we-go-here <p>The success of the LEED green building rating systems in driving amazing amounts of green building activity, driving focus on a broader spectrum of human and environmental health issues and driving leadership in achieving a more sustainable future has <a href="http://usgbcblog.blogspot.com/2011/04/defending-leed.html" target="new">created space</a> for many other conversations to take place – from the bleeding edge to the minimum code level.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-building-codes-and-standards-emerge-%E2%80%93-where-do-we-go-here" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-building-codes-and-standards-emerge-%E2%80%93-where-do-we-go-here#comments Advocacy and policy LEED Thu, 16 Jun 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Jeremy Sigmon 2609031 at http://www.usgbc.org 2011-2012 USGBC Students National Chairs Selected http://www.usgbc.org/articles/2011-2012-usgbc-students-national-chairs-selected <h2>We would like to congratulate the 12 leaders who will work with USGBC National to grow the USGBC Students program.</h2> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/2011-2012-usgbc-students-national-chairs-selected" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/2011-2012-usgbc-students-national-chairs-selected#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 15 Jun 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Brittany Ireland 2612549 at http://www.usgbc.org LEED Consultants Fore-Solutions Encourage Engagement with the Center for Green Schools http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-consultants-fore-solutions-encourage-engagement-center-green-schools <p>A recent article on Fore-Solutions.com, Maine-based consultants for&nbsp;high-performance green buildings, had great things to say about the Center for Green Schools. Our local chapter work, mission, Research to Practice Program and GIS mapping system are some of the highlights. Check out the full article <a target="new" href="http://www.fore-solutions.com/stories-from-the-field/usgbc-center-for-green-schools/">here</a>.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-consultants-fore-solutions-encourage-engagement-center-green-schools#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 14 Jun 2011 04:00:00 +0000 2612553 at http://www.usgbc.org Education Week Features New Report on Green Schools from USGBC and AIA http://www.usgbc.org/articles/education-week-features-new-report-green-schools-usgbc-and-aia <p>In the latest issue of <em>Education Week </em>, American education’s newspaper of record, Katie Ash reports on the benefits of green schools to budgets and students. "Local Leaders in Sustainability: Special Report from Sundance," which came out this month and highlights green schools benefits and a five-point plan of action for local leaders to green schools in their communities, is featured along with co-authors Vice President of National Policy at USGBC Jason Hartke and Director of Local Relations at the American Institute of Architects Brooks Rainwater.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/education-week-features-new-report-green-schools-usgbc-and-aia" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/education-week-features-new-report-green-schools-usgbc-and-aia#comments Center for Green Schools Mon, 30 May 2011 04:00:00 +0000 2612556 at http://www.usgbc.org Green building boom at Turner Construction http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-building-boom-turner-construction <p><strong>Marc Gunther</strong><br /> Re-posted from <a href="http://www.marcgunther.com/" target="new">www.MarcGunther.com</a></p> <p> If you doubt that green buildings are a very big deal, talk to Michael Deane.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-building-boom-turner-construction" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-building-boom-turner-construction#comments LEED Tue, 24 May 2011 04:00:00 +0000 2609171 at http://www.usgbc.org Existing Buildings Seeing New Tenant Interest and Increased Savings with LEED http://www.usgbc.org/articles/existing-buildings-seeing-new-tenant-interest-and-increased-savings-leed <p>Is there a bright spot in this recession? Related to buildings, particularly, one would be hard-pressed to find one as most new construction markets have either slowed considerably or stalled completely. Given the downturn, more building owners and managers are seeking ways to improve their existing properties both to attract and retain tenants and to realize savings from energy and other retrofits. A bright spot? Perhaps.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/existing-buildings-seeing-new-tenant-interest-and-increased-savings-leed" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/existing-buildings-seeing-new-tenant-interest-and-increased-savings-leed#comments LEED Fri, 20 May 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Doug Widener 2609172 at http://www.usgbc.org Project Spotlight: Erie High Charter School Celebrates LEED Gold As Students Use the School as an Environmental Learning Lab http://www.usgbc.org/articles/project-spotlight-erie-high-charter-school-celebrates-leed-gold-students-use-school-environ <p>This month, Erie High Charter students, educators and the building and design team celebrated the school’s designation as the first LEED Gold certified high school in the state of Kansas.</p> <p>Thanks to close collaboration between the local design/construction team and the students of the school, the students were instrumental in doing much of the work to obtain LEED Gold. PBA Architects, Crossland Construction and high-performance building system designers Henderson Engineers worked directly with the students who continue to use the school itself as an environmental learning lab.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/project-spotlight-erie-high-charter-school-celebrates-leed-gold-students-use-school-environ" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/project-spotlight-erie-high-charter-school-celebrates-leed-gold-students-use-school-environ#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 19 May 2011 04:00:00 +0000 2612565 at http://www.usgbc.org USGBC Urges Restored Funding for Critical Data Program http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-urges-restored-funding-critical-data-program <p>Today USBGC along with more than 70 organizations, companies and advocacy organizations sent a letter to the Senate and House Appropriations Committees urging that Congress restore funding for the Commercial Building Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS), a national survey that gathers statistical information on U.S. commercial buildings, at the Energy Information Administration (EIA).</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-urges-restored-funding-critical-data-program" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-urges-restored-funding-critical-data-program#comments Advocacy and policy Community Thu, 19 May 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Bryan Howard 2609174 at http://www.usgbc.org Announcing the 2011 Center for Green Schools UTC Fellows http://www.usgbc.org/articles/announcing-2011-center-green-schools-utc-fellows <p>The Center for Green Schools and <a target="_blank" href="http://www.utc.com/">United Technologies Corporation</a> are pleased to announce that the 2011 Green Schools Fellows have been selected for placement at <a target="new" href="http://www.bostonpublicschools.org/">Boston Public Schools (BPS) </a>and <a target="new" href="http://www.scusd.edu/Pages/default.aspx">Sacramento City Unified School District (SCUSD).</a> Phoebe Beierle, an experienced Massachusetts green schools advocate, will be joining the staff of BPS this July.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/announcing-2011-center-green-schools-utc-fellows" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/announcing-2011-center-green-schools-utc-fellows#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 19 May 2011 04:00:00 +0000 2612562 at http://www.usgbc.org Green Education Foundation and the Center for Green Schools Announce the Sustainability Education Clearinghouse http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-education-foundation-and-center-green-schools-announce-sustainability-education-clear <p><em>Clearinghouse offers K-12 educators a tool to share and access free green education resources</em></p> <p>Washington, D.C. (May 18, 2011) — <a href="http://www.greeneducationfoundation.org/">Green Education Foundation (GEF),</a> along with the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council, announce the launch of its Sustainability Education Clearinghouse, a free online tool that provides K-12 teachers with the ability to upload and share sustainability focused lessons with one another.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-education-foundation-and-center-green-schools-announce-sustainability-education-clear" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-education-foundation-and-center-green-schools-announce-sustainability-education-clear#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 18 May 2011 04:00:00 +0000 2612567 at http://www.usgbc.org Government Summit Highlights Accountable, Results-Based Government http://www.usgbc.org/articles/government-summit-highlights-accountable-results-based-government <p>At USGBC's 9th annual <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/govsummit" target="new">Government Summit</a> last week it was as clear to all in attendance that governments at every level are leading by example in building sustainability. Among the signs of progress was Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announcing an increased commitment by the U.S. Navy and Marines to build to LEED Gold, up from their previous LEED Silver commitment. We also saw USGBC award the 2011 Federal Green Building Leadership Awards to both Kathleen Hogan and the ENERGY STAR program for their foundational work.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/government-summit-highlights-accountable-results-based-government" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/government-summit-highlights-accountable-results-based-government#comments Advocacy and policy Mon, 16 May 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Lane Burt 2609179 at http://www.usgbc.org Sen. Carper Announces Act to Improve Federal Buildings http://www.usgbc.org/articles/sen-carper-announces-act-improve-federal-buildings <p>With the backdrop of USGBC's eighth annual Government Summit, Senator Tom Carper (DE) announced the introduction of the Reducing Federal Energy Dollars Act of 2011, which aims to improve the operations of owned and leased federal buildings.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/sen-carper-announces-act-improve-federal-buildings" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/sen-carper-announces-act-improve-federal-buildings#comments Advocacy and policy Wed, 11 May 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Bryan Howard 2609181 at http://www.usgbc.org Maryland Legislation Enables Broader Fundamental Protections through Green Building Code http://www.usgbc.org/articles/maryland-legislation-enables-broader-fundamental-protections-through-green-building-code <p>When Governor Martin O'Malley signed <a href="http://mlis.state.md.us/2011rs/billfile/HB0972.htm" target="new">MD HB 972</a> into law today, Maryland took a critical step toward completing the backbone of the <a href="http://usgbcblog.blogspot.com/2011/03/real-progress-solving-green-building.html" target="new">green building policy puzzle</a>.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/maryland-legislation-enables-broader-fundamental-protections-through-green-building-code" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/maryland-legislation-enables-broader-fundamental-protections-through-green-building-code#comments Advocacy and policy Community Tue, 10 May 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Jeremy Sigmon 2609183 at http://www.usgbc.org A Step Toward Utopia: Green Building in Australia and New Zealand http://www.usgbc.org/articles/step-toward-utopia-green-building-australia-and-new-zealand <p>I am doubly blessed and privileged to have both a green job and a globally focused role at USGBC. The increasingly world-wide green building community is making the planet feel a lot smaller and more hospitable these days to those committed to the mission of USGBC and like-minded groups. A trip I took to New Zealand and Australia last month highlighted that reality in a very vivid way.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/step-toward-utopia-green-building-australia-and-new-zealand" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/step-toward-utopia-green-building-australia-and-new-zealand#comments Advocacy and policy Industry Mon, 09 May 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Roger Platt 2609185 at http://www.usgbc.org USGBC Updates White Paper and Introduces a New Policy Brief http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-updates-white-paper-and-introduces-new-policy-brief <p>The green building code conversation has gathered some impressive momentum since <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/Docs/News/IGCCRelease.pdf" target="new">last year's joint release</a> of the International Green Construction Code and Standard 189.1. A handful of jurisdictions have already committed to study how they might implement this set of codes and standards (in the IGCC's Public Version 2.0, Standard 189.1 is included as a jurisdictional compliance option of the IGCC).</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-updates-white-paper-and-introduces-new-policy-brief" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-updates-white-paper-and-introduces-new-policy-brief#comments Advocacy and policy LEED Mon, 02 May 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Jeremy Sigmon 2609186 at http://www.usgbc.org Department of Education Announces Landmark Green Schools Program http://www.usgbc.org/articles/department-education-announces-landmark-green-schools-program <p>Today, the federal government launched an initiative that may be the biggest thing to ever happen to the green schools movement. </p> <p>U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson, and White House Council on Environmental Quality Chair Nancy Sutley announced the creation of a Green Ribbon Schools program. (Read the <a href="https://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/department-education-starts-award-green-schools" target="NEW">Green Ribbon Schools press release from the Department of Education</A>.)</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/department-education-announces-landmark-green-schools-program" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/department-education-announces-landmark-green-schools-program#comments Advocacy and policy Center for Green Schools Tue, 26 Apr 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Nathaniel Allen 2609187 at http://www.usgbc.org Department of Education Announces Landmark Green Schools Program http://www.usgbc.org/articles/department-education-announces-landmark-green-schools-program-0 <p>The federal government recently&nbsp;launched an initiative that may be the biggest thing to ever happen to the green schools movement. </p> <p>U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson, and White House Council on Environmental Quality Chair Nancy Sutley announced the creation of a Green Ribbon Schools program. (Read the <a target="NEW" href="https://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/department-education-starts-award-green-schools">Green Ribbon Schools press release from the Department of Education</a>.)</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/department-education-announces-landmark-green-schools-program-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/department-education-announces-landmark-green-schools-program-0#comments Center for Green Schools Tue, 26 Apr 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Nathaniel Allen 2610310 at http://www.usgbc.org There’s More to Be Done: Government Summit Will Expand on Federal Government’s Green Building Efforts http://www.usgbc.org/articles/there%E2%80%99s-more-be-done-government-summit-will-expand-federal-government%E2%80%99s-green-building-effo <p>With the release yesterday of the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/ceq/sustainability/omb-scorecards" target="new">sustainability scorecards</a> for federal agencies and departments, the public got its first progress report on federal agency efforts to cut emissions.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/there%E2%80%99s-more-be-done-government-summit-will-expand-federal-government%E2%80%99s-green-building-effo" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/there%E2%80%99s-more-be-done-government-summit-will-expand-federal-government%E2%80%99s-green-building-effo#comments Community Wed, 20 Apr 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Aaron Lande 2609189 at http://www.usgbc.org The Next Leadership Challenge: Advancing the Resiliency Agenda http://www.usgbc.org/articles/next-leadership-challenge-advancing-resiliency-agenda <p>The tragedy and sorrow associated with the recent disaster in Japan and the pattern of disasters that have occurred over the past few years in the Gulf of Mexico, Haiti, Indonesia and other countries around the world dramatically underscores the importance of fashioning a new resiliency agenda.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/next-leadership-challenge-advancing-resiliency-agenda" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/next-leadership-challenge-advancing-resiliency-agenda#comments Advocacy and policy Fri, 15 Apr 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Jason Hartke 2609390 at http://www.usgbc.org Score One for the Green Guys http://www.usgbc.org/articles/score-one-green-guys <p>In a scene we hope to see replicated in city council meeting rooms across the country, the Lakewood, Colo. City Council gave unanimous approval last month for the <a href="http://www.lakewood.org/PPW/CPR/pdf/WCLamar.pdf" target="new">Lamar Station Transit Oriented Development (TOD) station project</a>.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/score-one-green-guys" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/score-one-green-guys#comments LEED Thu, 14 Apr 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Aaron Lande 2609392 at http://www.usgbc.org USGBC Testifies on Strategies to Increase Efficiency in the Federal Government and Promote the Better Buildings Initiative http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-testifies-strategies-increase-efficiency-federal-government-and-promote-better-buildi <p>Doug Gatlin, U.S. Green Building Council's Vice President of LEED, testified before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on the how the General Services Administration (GSA) can eliminate waste, cut costs and improve environmental performance through improved building management and purchasing.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-testifies-strategies-increase-efficiency-federal-government-and-promote-better-buildi" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-testifies-strategies-increase-efficiency-federal-government-and-promote-better-buildi#comments LEED Tue, 05 Apr 2011 04:00:00 +0000 2609398 at http://www.usgbc.org Defending LEED http://www.usgbc.org/articles/defending-leed <p><a href="http://www.jasonmclennan.com/about.html" target="new"><strong>Jason F. McLennan</strong></a><br /> Chief Executive Officer<br /> <a href="http://cascadiagbc.org/" target="new">Cascadia Green Building Council</a></p> <p><em>This article by Jason F. McLennan was originally printed in the Spring '11 issue of Trim Tab, Cascadia Green Building Council's magazine for transformational people and design. <a href="http://issuu.com/ecotone/docs/trimtabv9_spring2011/69" target="_blank">View the full length article »</a></em></p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/defending-leed" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/defending-leed#comments LEED Tue, 05 Apr 2011 04:00:00 +0000 2609402 at http://www.usgbc.org EPA To Recognize Well-Planned Communities http://www.usgbc.org/articles/epa-recognize-well-planned-communities <p>The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced the opening of the nomination period for its <a href="http://www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/awards.htm" target="new">10th Annual National Award for Smart Growth Achievement</a>. This award allows EPA to recognize and support communities that use innovative policies and strategies to strengthen their economies, provide housing and transportation choices, develop in ways that bring benefits to a wide range of residents, and protect the environment.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/epa-recognize-well-planned-communities" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/epa-recognize-well-planned-communities#comments LEED Fri, 01 Apr 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Aaron Lande 2609406 at http://www.usgbc.org Congressman Quigley Visits LEED-Certified, Net-Zero Home in Chicago http://www.usgbc.org/articles/congressman-quigley-visits-leed-certified-net-zero-home-chicago <p>Last Monday, Congressman Mike Quigley of Illinois 5th Congressional District paid a visit to the home of Jacek Helenowski to get a firsthand look at one of the highest scoring residential LEED for Homes projects to date - and one of the first net-zero energy homes in Chicago. His goal was to see in-person the technology on display in his north Chicago Congressional District.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/congressman-quigley-visits-leed-certified-net-zero-home-chicago" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/congressman-quigley-visits-leed-certified-net-zero-home-chicago#comments LEED Fri, 25 Mar 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Bryan Howard 2609409 at http://www.usgbc.org An American in Istanbul.... http://www.usgbc.org/articles/american-istanbul <p><strong>Or: How The Turks are Poised to Help Win the Future of Green Building in Europe, Asia and the Middle East</strong></p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/american-istanbul" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/american-istanbul#comments Advocacy and policy Fri, 25 Mar 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Roger Platt 2609426 at http://www.usgbc.org What's a Green Building? California's 2011 Building Codes & LEED http://www.usgbc.org/articles/whats-green-building-californias-2011-building-codes-leed <p><a href="http://www.usgbc-ncc.org/index.php?option=com_content&amp;task=view&amp;id=49&amp;Itemid=237" target="new"><strong>Dan Geiger</strong></a><br /> Executive Director<br /> <a href="http://www.usgbc-ncc.org/" target="new">USGBC-Northern California Chapter</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.usgbc-ncc.org/index.php?option=com_content&amp;task=view&amp;id=548&amp;Itemid=99999999" target="new"><em>Source: USGBC-NCC.org</em></a></p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/whats-green-building-californias-2011-building-codes-leed" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/whats-green-building-californias-2011-building-codes-leed#comments LEED Wed, 23 Mar 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Dan Geiger 2609428 at http://www.usgbc.org You Can’t Manage What You Can’t Measure: Building-Level Metering http://www.usgbc.org/articles/you-can%E2%80%99t-manage-what-you-can%E2%80%99t-measure-building-level-metering <p>As the Manager of USGBC's <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/bpp" target="new">Building Performance Partnership</a> and Recertification programs here at USGBC, I spend my time thinking over and over again about which aspects of building operations should be regularly monitored and which make the maximum contribution to the continuous high-performance of each building. We have to figure out how to encourage building operators to look at the holistic performance of their buildings and act based on the full story – So, how do we do that? What do we ask them to monitor?</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/you-can%E2%80%99t-manage-what-you-can%E2%80%99t-measure-building-level-metering" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/you-can%E2%80%99t-manage-what-you-can%E2%80%99t-measure-building-level-metering#comments Community Tue, 22 Mar 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Lauren Riggs 2609429 at http://www.usgbc.org USGBC and the Better Buildings Initiative: How Do We Get Started Sooner? http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-and-better-buildings-initiative-how-do-we-get-started-sooner <p>Pretend you are the President of the United States for a minute. The economy has pulled out of the recession, but everyone is cautious about the fragility of the recovery. To get the energy we need, we're razing mountains in Appalachia and sending billions for oil to undemocratic, unfriendly governments in the Middle East. And last summer oil drilling trashed the Gulf of Mexico and the state economies that depend on it.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-and-better-buildings-initiative-how-do-we-get-started-sooner" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-and-better-buildings-initiative-how-do-we-get-started-sooner#comments Advocacy and policy Tue, 15 Mar 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Lane Burt 2609433 at http://www.usgbc.org Inviting your Organization to Join the Coalition for Green Schools http://www.usgbc.org/articles/inviting-your-organization-join-coalition-green-schools <p><a href="http://www.pta.org/charles_j_saylors.asp" target="new"><strong>Charles J. Saylors</strong></a><br /> President<br /> National PTA</p> <p>I'm asking you to join the Coalition for Green Schools not just as the President of the National PTA, but also as a parent, school board trustee and construction professional. In each of these roles I continue to see all sides of the ongoing debate about the need for better school buildings. Our children deserve a safe, secure, healthy and technologically equal learning environment.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/inviting-your-organization-join-coalition-green-schools" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/inviting-your-organization-join-coalition-green-schools#comments Center for Green Schools Mon, 14 Mar 2011 04:00:00 +0000 2609434 at http://www.usgbc.org Overcoming Zoning and Code-Based Challenges to Build Sustainable Communities http://www.usgbc.org/articles/overcoming-zoning-and-code-based-challenges-build-sustainable-communities <p>The <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/DisplayPage.aspx?CMSPageID=148" target="new">LEED for Neighborhood Development</a> rating system has been out in the marketplace and available to developers for several months now. With its release, interest continues to grow, both among local governments seeking a tool to achieve sustainability goals; and developers looking for a way to distinguish and strengthen their communities and cut carbon emissions.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/overcoming-zoning-and-code-based-challenges-build-sustainable-communities" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/overcoming-zoning-and-code-based-challenges-build-sustainable-communities#comments LEED Fri, 04 Mar 2011 05:00:00 +0000 Aaron Lande 2609449 at http://www.usgbc.org What’s Holding Us Back From the Global Efficiency Opportunity? http://www.usgbc.org/articles/what%E2%80%99s-holding-us-back-global-efficiency-opportunity <p>What if you were told that the United Nations, scientists, and economists had already identified the biggest opportunity for greenhouse gas emission reductions? That the key strategies for pursuing that opportunity were also the least costly to society? </p> <p>And finally—what if these greenhouse gas emission reduction strategies worked in tandem with successful economic development of emerging economies, and to the long-term resiliency of communities?</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/what%E2%80%99s-holding-us-back-global-efficiency-opportunity" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/what%E2%80%99s-holding-us-back-global-efficiency-opportunity#comments Advocacy and policy Tue, 01 Mar 2011 05:00:00 +0000 Hope Lobkowicz 2609452 at http://www.usgbc.org Across the Country, Legislators and Their Constituents Actively Support Green Schools http://www.usgbc.org/articles/across-country-legislators-and-their-constituents-actively-support-green-schools <p>Since the start of the new year, legislators at all levels of government from across the country have been busy attending and hosting big events to advance green schools. State legislators in the <a href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/50-for-50-caucus.aspx" target="new">50 for 50 Green Schools Caucus Initiative</a> have been particularly active. Here are the highlights:</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/across-country-legislators-and-their-constituents-actively-support-green-schools" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/across-country-legislators-and-their-constituents-actively-support-green-schools#comments Advocacy and policy Center for Green Schools Fri, 25 Feb 2011 05:00:00 +0000 Nathaniel Allen 2609453 at http://www.usgbc.org Fine-Tuning our Buildings for Optimum Performance http://www.usgbc.org/articles/fine-tuning-our-buildings-optimum-performance <p>The notion that green building is a process and not just an event is something that is often overlooked. Much like the life cycle of a building, the green building process is one that takes a building from merely a sustainable "vision" to a sustainable structure.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/fine-tuning-our-buildings-optimum-performance" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/fine-tuning-our-buildings-optimum-performance#comments LEED Thu, 17 Feb 2011 05:00:00 +0000 Lauren Riggs 2609461 at http://www.usgbc.org Rick Fedrizzi on Winning the Future http://www.usgbc.org/articles/rick-fedrizzi-winning-future <p>Read USGBC Founding Chairman Rick Fedrizzi's piece on President Obama's Better Buildings Initiative<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rick-fedrizzi/green-building-wins-the-f_b_819583.html" target="new"> in the The Huffington Post</a>:</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/rick-fedrizzi-winning-future" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/rick-fedrizzi-winning-future#comments Advocacy and policy Community Fri, 11 Feb 2011 20:03:45 +0000 2609465 at http://www.usgbc.org Keeping Ahead of Tenant Demand with LEED http://www.usgbc.org/articles/keeping-ahead-tenant-demand-leed <p><a href="https://www.usgbc.org/ShowFile.aspx?DocumentID=8913" target="new"><strong>Jack Beuttell</strong></a>, LEEP® AP<br /> Global Sustainability Manager<br /> <a href="http://www.hines.com/about/sustainability/" target="new">Hines</a></p> <p>One month ago Hines recertified 717 Texas, a Class A office building in downtown Houston. It had originally been certified to the Silver level in 2009, but after two years, we ratcheted its performance up to Platinum, even as the LEED rating system grew more stringent.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/keeping-ahead-tenant-demand-leed" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/keeping-ahead-tenant-demand-leed#comments Industry Fri, 11 Feb 2011 05:00:00 +0000 2609466 at http://www.usgbc.org From Cutting Edge to Common Practice: How Green Building Rating Systems Contribute to Energy Efficient Building Codes http://www.usgbc.org/articles/cutting-edge-common-practice-how-green-building-rating-systems-contribute-energy-efficient- <p>2010 was a big year for building energy efficiency and state and national codes. The success of the year can be directly traced to decades of familiarity with green building programs as well as nationwide uptake of LEED.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/cutting-edge-common-practice-how-green-building-rating-systems-contribute-energy-efficient-" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/cutting-edge-common-practice-how-green-building-rating-systems-contribute-energy-efficient-#comments Advocacy and policy LEED Wed, 09 Feb 2011 05:00:00 +0000 Jeremy Sigmon 2609467 at http://www.usgbc.org U.S. Green Building Council Welcomes New Board Directors http://www.usgbc.org/articles/us-green-building-council-welcomes-new-board-directors <p><em>Board responsible for articulating and upholding the vision, values, mission of organization</em></p> <p>Washington, DC (January 19, 2011) – The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has announced the newly elected officers and new directors to its 2011 Board of Directors. At elections that closed in December, USGBC's membership elected the following individuals to serve as directors:</p> <ul> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/us-green-building-council-welcomes-new-board-directors" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/us-green-building-council-welcomes-new-board-directors#comments Media Wed, 19 Jan 2011 05:00:00 +0000 Ashley Katz 2606074 at http://www.usgbc.org