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In Education 05.11.2016

Course preview: Paul Hawken on Climate Change [video]

With Education @USGBC, you can grow your green building knowledge online, anytime. Ready to take your knowledge to the next level? Check out the preview below of this month's featured course, Paul Hawken on Climate Change, created by the Garrison Institute. Gain insight from environmentalist, entrepreneur and author Paul Hawken about the current state of climate change and the radical shift in thinking that is needed to move forward. At a March 2011 Garrison Institute...

In Community 05.10.2016

Energy code compliance 101 (USGBC Central Pennsylvania)

USGBC Central Pennsylvania is sharing with our community the tips on energy code compliance prepared by the Pennsylvania Energy Code Compliance Collaborative and facilitated by Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships. Building energy codes exist to protect consumers The energy code requires minimum insulation, equipment, and lighting efficiencies to Minimize health risks and improve the comfort and productivity of tenants. Prevent inflated energy bills and ensure cost-effective improvements...

In Community 05.9.2016

Idaho Green Schools Challenge winners announced (USGBC Idaho)

Since 2013, USGBC Idaho has challenged schools across the state to form a student green team and undertake a project to make their school more sustainable. Each year, more K–12 schools rise to the challenge. The motto of the challenge, "Where We Learn Matters," is embraced by the student teams in a way that influences the entire school and the broader community. With the help of the classroom teacher and a local mentor, the student-driven projects save resources and dollars, improve the...

In International 05.9.2016

Songdo IBD visit highlights leadership in sustainable city development

Songdo International Business District, located in Incheon, South Korea, is widely recognized as the world’s first greenfield, sustainable “smart” city. Since construction began just over 10 years ago, it has become home to nearly 50,000 residents, more than 1,300 retail and hospitality businesses and numerous international corporations and NGOs, such as the Green Climate Fund, World Bank Korea and various United Nations agencies.  Now nearly 70 percent built out, it is...

In Media 05.10.2016

USGBC Announces 23 New Countries in its LEED Earth Campaign

LEED Earth designed to spur growth of green building in countries around the world Washington, D.C.—(May 10, 2016)—USGBC announced today that 23 countries have certified their first LEED project or their first LEED v4 Platinum building, as represented in USGBC’s ongoing LEED Earth campaign, which is designed to accelerate the uptake of green building and LEED throughout the world. “Every story about LEED is a story of leadership,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, chief...

In Community 05.10.2016

#DaylightHour: Saving energy and educating offices

USGBC is proud to announce its participation and support of the 2016 Daylight Hour, an annual social media campaign organized by the Building Energy Exchange. On June 17, we will join offices around the world in raising awareness about the use of natural daylight in lieu of electrical lighting.  Last year, over 300 offices around the world joined in and dedicated one hour to turn off the lights in daylit spaces, saving money and demonstrating their commitment to the environment....

In Community 05.9.2016

2016 Sustainable Business Awards (USGBC North Carolina)

Do you have a project that represents sustainability excellence, leadership and innovation? Do you know someone who is a fearless leader in the field of sustainability? We are now accepting nominations for the 2016 Annual Sustainable Business Awards. Nominations are due Friday, June 17, 2016. Winners will be announced at the 2016 Annual Green Gala Event on Thursday, Sept. 15 at the Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte., N.C. Finalists will be notified on July 15 and will be required...

In Community 05.6.2016

Year of advancement: Find your believers

Critical to the success of any sustainable equity-driven project is a diverse cast of volunteers with unique skills, experiences and perspectives. Too often we try and achieve things on our own, but in the long run, it is simply not sustainable. We have limits on our knowledge, resources and energy, and especially our time—the ultimate nonrenewable resource.  This is a realization that struck USGBC Local Ambassador Siassia Likibi early in her volunteer experience, as she...

In Community 05.10.2016

Making a difference block by block (USGBC North Carolina)

USGBC North Carolina and North Piedmont ASHRAE are sponsoring a 2016 weatherization project, "Block by Block," along with many other partners. They are looking to work with qualified, lower-income homeowners. If you think your home could benefit from some of these basic, low-cost, high-impact upgrades, we would love to work with you! We will have volunteers work on Saturdays in the fall of 2016. What's included: Basic home audits to see if homes can benefit from low-cost, high-...

In Community 05.9.2016

Governor recognizes Montana Smart Schools Challenge participants (USGBC Montana)

This article was originally published on the website of the Office of Governor Steve Bullock as "Governor Bullock and Lt. Governor Cooney Recognize Montana Schools Leading the Way to Improve Energy Efficiency and Save Taxpayer Dollars," and is adapted with permission. Read the original article.  Gov. Steve Bullock recognized 13 Montana public schools as the winners of the 2015–16 SMART (Saving Money and Resources Today) Schools Challenges. Through these challenges, schools found ways...

In Education 05.9.2016

Ask Brendan series pilot mixes sustainability know-how and fun

USGBC is launching "Ask Brendan," a light yet informative on-screen Q&A series between Senior Vice President of Knowledge Rachel Gutter and Chief of Engineering Brendan Owens. As USGBC colleagues and friends for nearly a decade, Rachel and Brendan share a passion for sustainability and exceptional cocktails. We have a full season to share with you—six episodes in all, with new episodes debuting each month. Each installment combines Brendan’s insights into the most talked-...

In Center for Green Schools 05.6.2016

Teacher Appreciation Week: Shout-outs from USGBC staff

Encouraging. Resourceful. Compassionate. Committed. These are just a few of the words that came up when I asked some of my USGBC colleagues about their favorite teachers. Whether teaching us about systems thinking or climate change, honing our leadership skills or celebrating our successes, the impacts that teachers have on their students is profound. Did a teacher make an impact on you that led you to where you are today in your “green career”? Maybe it was a science...

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