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It has been a busy and energizing two days here at Greenbuild with much international activity. A quick recap of some of the highlights:

Top of the world---USGBC COO Mahesh Ramanujam proudly announced nine winners of USGBC's LEED Earth, a campaign designed to bring LEED to countries where LEED has yet to take root. In the coming months, we'll be doing some heavy promoting of our winners--Bahrain, Burundi, Honduras, Haiti, South Sudan, Luxembourg, Tunisia, Serbia and Ukraine—and we will also expand our marketing efforts around this campaign in 2014.

Greenbuild to Italy and Brazil!--The Green Building Council Italia (GBC Italia) and Green Building Council Brazil (GBC Brazil) announced that in addition to the U.S. Greenbuild, they are bringing Greenbuild to their respective countries as well. GBC Italia's Mario Zoccatelli noted that Verona will be the host city for Greenbuild in October 2014. GBC Brazil's Felipe Faria added that Greenbuild Brazil will take place in São Paulo in August 2014. Additionally, Faria added that all stadiums for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil are currently LEED registered..  

Where we learn matters— The Global Coalition for Green Schools, which works to promote a shared vision of green schools for all within this generation, announced the 29 founding members of the coalition. All have have committed to establishing and leading a national coalition for green schools within each of their respective countries. More here.

LEED plaque ceremonies—Two landmark LEED plaque presentations took place on Tuesday. Haworth received the very first plaque (LEED Gold) for a project certified under the new LEED v4 rating system. The LEED v4 Gold certification of this showroom space in Beijing underscores that LEED works for all building types, even those with exacting requirements such as a company’s showroom space.  Also the Qatar Foundation has successfully earned LEED Platinum for 12 individual student residence buildings. This accomplishment is noteworthy not only because these buildings represent the very highest level of achievement in green building but also because these buildings will house the next generation of innovators, leaders, and professionals.

Hotels--UTC, who has sponsored the Greenbuild International Summit for the 4th year in a row (along with Carrier!) announced a new research project in an area of the built environment that is important to all: hotels. The research--in conjunction with key universities--will analyze hotel energy consumption profiles and the impact of energy efficiency investments for over 1000 hotels worldwide. As UTC's Chief Sustainability Officer John Mandyck notes, hotels consume two and a half times more energy than an office building. 

Saddle up, new partner—USGBC and Underwriter Laboratories (UL) announced a new strategic, exclusive partnership centered on building product transparency and occupant health and safety. This is a great opportunity for both manufacturers that want to establish themselves as leaders in the marketplace and a win for consumers who are increasingly demanding transparency in what is being used to construct and maintain the places where they live, learn, work and play. More here.

That is all for now. Be sure to sign up here (encourage your friends, too!) for more updates on USGBC's international programs/initiatives and join me and Maggie Comstock for our Google hangout on Thursday morning at 8 a.m. Finally, if you have not done so already, do check out our "Top Five Musts" for the green building professional during Greenbuild. 


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