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In Center for Green Schools 01.19.2015

The numbers are in! 2014 Green Apple Day of Service stats

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a time to focus on what we can do for others, something we know that supporters of the green schools movement do all year long.  Last year saw the biggest turnout ever for Green Apple Day of Service. More than 3,800 events, projects and commitments took place in 43 countries, with 306,000 volunteers supporting the learning environments of more than two million students.  Would you have guessed that at least 40% of volunteers spent the third annual Day of...

In Education 01.14.2015

Get to know USGBC Pro Reviewer Razan Nejem

USGBC Pro Reviewers are experts in green building and sustainability who review courses on Education @USGBC. They provide detailed feedback to the course creators, as well as reviews on the course page. This feedback helps the course creators improve their education, and helps other users decide whether or not the course is a good fit for them. Meet our USGBC Pro Reviewer Razan Nejem Who's your employer? JAIN What's your position? Environmental Engineer What's your favorite course that you...

In LEED 01.13.2015

Q&A: Using the new LEED Online

The newest version of LEED Online is now available for LEED 2009 project teams. Did you miss the online trainings? You can access the recordings here: individual projects or volume projects. During these trainings we received a lot of great questions and feedback that we think is beneficial for everyone. Here are the top questions about using the new LEED Online: Access How do I get to LEED Online?Answer: The web address is usgbc.org/leedonline. There is also a link on the...

In Industry 01.12.2015

What is PEER?

PEER stands for Performance Excellence in Electricity Renewal and it is the nation’s first comprehensive, consumer-centric, data-driven system for evaluating power system performance; it's also modeled after LEED. The PEER rating system helps fill a major gap in the smart grid movement, providing an opportunity for power systems to gain competitive advantage by differentiating their performances and demonstrating meaningful outcomes. In the process, the metrics serve as a tool to...

In Community 01.16.2015

Meet GBCI: Jackie Hofmaenner

What's your name and title at GBCI?Jackie Hofmaenner, LEED Certification Reviewer How long have you been on staff? Since June of 2010 Your hometown?Northport, NY Fill in the blank: We are ___________.All connected. What are you currently reading?The Art of Happiness by the Dalai Lama and Howard Cutler Favorite book/movie/tv show/band?I always have a hard time picking favorites, but a great book that I would recommend is Shantaram. What's your favorite part of being on staff?The mission...

In Industry 01.14.2015

Now’s the time to become a LEED professional

Did you make a New Year’s resolution to step up your professional game in 2015? Are you working in a field related to building design or environmental sustainability? Not sure what your next steps should be for making good on your new goal for self-improvement? Well, lucky for you, you've come to the right place.  Here’s what you should know: environmental and sustainability fields are poised for growth in the coming years, and this is sure to drive the demand for LEED...

In Education 01.13.2015

Course preview: LEED v4: The Intersection of Collaboration, Performance and Well-being [...

Education @USGBC is your go-to place for sustainability and green building education. Ready to take your knowledge to the next level? Check out the preview below of this month's featured course, LEED v4: The Intersection of Collaboration, Performance and Well-being, created by Thornton Tomasetti. In this course you will benefit from lessons learned during an office build-out/tenant improvement project that is striving to achieve a LEED v4 Platinum certification. This...

In Education 01.9.2015

Sense and Survivability: How evolution shapes design decisions

This excerpt below was originally published in a research paper on Jan. 7, 2015. Read the complete paper. The 3.8 billion years of evolution of the DNA strand that uniquely identifies the human genome has invested in humanity a host of sensory inputs that are essential to our survival. This distinctive combination of skills has made Homo sapiens the single most efficient predator on the planet. We possess an exceptional set of sensors from which we extract many subtle cues from our environment...

In Education 01.16.2015

Top 3 courses you should take this month (January 2015)

Looking to grow your green building knowledge? Check out January's top three courses, all created by USGBC Chapters. 1. Beyond Buildings: LEED for Neighborhood Development in Massachusetts, USGBC MA This course will provide attendees with an overview of the LEED for Neighborhood Development Rating system, its current status and how it has helped shape the entire LEED v4 suite of rating systems. It will also discuss LEED ND's application to real projects in Massachusetts. 2. New...

In LEED 01.13.2015

Optimize your water heater, optimize your energy savings

This article is the fifth installment in a series of tips and best practices for making your home more sustainable. Check out the first article on behavioral changes you can make to live greener at home, the second article on programmable thermostats, the third article on energy-efficient lighting. and the fourth article on overhauling your appliances. Water heating typically accounts for about 18% of your utility bill, meaning it uses enough energy to be a great source for...

In LEED 01.13.2015

LEED in pro sports: which teams made USGBC's list of Eco All-Stars

Green building is taking the sports world by storm. Is your favorite NBA, NFL, MLB, NHL or MLS team's venue LEED certified? Take a look at our map on Pinterest to find out! Follow the board to keep up-to-date on LEED activity and green building news in the sports world.  Follow U.S. Green Building Council's board USGBC ♥ Sports on Pinterest. To learn more about USGBC's efforts to certify sports arenas to LEED, visit the GBIG site to see a collection of professional sports...

In Community 01.9.2015

Freebie Friday: USGBC wallpaper January 2015

Download our latest USGBC-branded wallpaper for your desktop, laptop, tablet, smartphone. Did we mention that it's free?   (Click the links below to download.) 1680x1050 / 2560x1440 / Mobile / Tablet And while you're at it, view freebies from March and July, and tell us what wallpaper you'd like for your device by leaving us a note in the comments.

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