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In Industry 10.13.2014

The ROI on biophilic design patterns

Chances are, you enjoy a sunny spot at the windowsill, a crackling fire, a lush pocket garden, a richly patterned rug or a cascading water fountain. These might seem like indulgences; elements you desire but find no justification for purchasing for your office, demanding in your child’s school or expecting in your hospital room. However, growing evidence from psychology and neuroscience would challenge your quick dismissal. The practice of incorporating nature and natural elements into...

In Education 10.10.2014

Get to know USGBC Pro Reviewer Andres Schwarz

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 Andres Schwarz Who's your employer? NRG-AR What's your position? Principal What's your favorite course that you've...

In Advocacy and policy 10.9.2014

Sustainability leadership: An interview with GSA’s Ruth Cox

Overseeing real estate, acquisition, and technology for the federal government is a lot of responsibility. That's the job of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA). In fact, with oversight of nearly 10,000 federally-owned or leased buildings, a total of 300 million square feet of office space, GSA is the largest landlord in the nation. With cost-saving as a major priority, the leadership at GSA has helped usher in a new era of efficiency, innovation and performance. And...

In LEED 10.8.2014

Onondaga Community College buildings earn LEED Gold certification

Onondaga County is a place known for perfect fall days, but October 7th was an exceptional day when Onondaga Community College (OCC) welcomed Rick Fedrizzi to our campus for a presentation of two LEED Gold plaques for our new SRC Arena and Events Center and the other for the Academic II building. OCC students are the driving force behind so much of the great work happening on our campus. From the work of our architecture and interior design students, to the team that recently won the grand...

In LEED 10.13.2014

Test drive the new LEED Online platform at Greenbuild 2014

The newest version of LEED Online was built to provide project teams with a faster, more streamlined experience. Join us at Greenbuild 2014 for a free interactive session where we’ll take a tour of the new system, show attendees how to register and work within a project, and also provide an opportunity for you to create their own test projects. To infinity and beyond: A tour of LEED Online and other project team support toolsFree interactive session at Greenbuild...

In Center for Green Schools 10.9.2014

Get in on the green schools action at Greenbuild 2014

Celebrating green building in New Orleans is like being in Memphis on Elvis’s birthday—and you can bet it will be just as big of a party. USGBC and the Center for Green Schools have been partnering with the city, its schools and its volunteers for years, and we can’t wait to celebrate all they've accomplished. From building tours, education sessions, networking in the expo hall, and every po’ boy in between, here are a few of the places you can catch...

In LEED 10.8.2014

Green tools for LEED users: Support options

We know that no two companies are the same, and each has its own unique culture, needs, goals and processes. With that in mind, we want to make LEED work for you. Whether you're connected to the project from the building owner/manger side or you're a green building service provider offering expertise that helps the project towards sustainability, we have an offering meant to help you enhance your business and help apply LEED efficiently. Support If you're looking for support with your LEED...

In LEED 10.8.2014

India and the first LEED EB Platinum K-12 school: Pathways School Gurgaon

Pathways School Gurgaon is the first school serving all grades K-12 in the world to achieve LEED-EB Platinum certification from USGBC. Among all educational facilities worldwide who have achieved this top distinction, which includes only one high school and a small number of university projects, Pathways is the highest rated.  Hear from Prashant Jain, director of Sarla Holdings Private Limited which owns Pathways.  "Not only is this a proud moment for us at Pathways,...

In LEED 10.10.2014

Staying relevant with the LEED Dynamic Plaque

This is an article in praise of good design, better performance, and the best of innovation at USGBC. This is about the LEED Dynamic Plaque. Long before it was a twinkle in Scot Horst’s eye, there was the need for it. We knew that LEED must help projects transition from design to performance. We knew that we needed to identify, modify and simplify elements of the rating systems as well as the vast network of support architecture that had gotten LEED to its ubiquitous status. We knew our...

In LEED 10.9.2014

5 reasons it's worth it to become a LEED professional

As anyone who has attempted to negotiate our current economy can easily attest, this is a very difficult, and often times confusing, time period to embark on a professional career. Our economy is changing rapidly, and career paths that were available for generations are either disappearing, or are otherwise undergoing serious transformations based on the development of new technologies and the pressures ushered in by economic globalization.  There is one field, however, which is poised to...

In LEED 10.8.2014

LEED professionals at a glance: October 2014

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 they contribute expertise to various industries and projects. Are you one of them? Don't have a credential yet? Learn more about how to become a LEED professional » Hover over the charts below for a dynamic experience.    

In Greenbuild 10.8.2014

Become a volunteer at Greenbuild 2014 (and attend for free)

At Greenbuild 2014 the ideals and passion of the green building community are sure to come alive. If you're a full time student or a young adult (18-25 years old), you can volunteer at Greenbuild and receive free admission. (A fall 2014 schedule or a photo ID is required to confirm eligibility.) Learn more.  Details Who: Full time students or a young adults (18-25 years old)When: Opportunities available from Oct. 17-25, 2014Where: Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, LARequirements...

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