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In LEED 07.30.2015

Green building continues to soar to new heights

A few months ago, I wrote about how LEED projects all over the world are soaring to new heights, profiling five iconic LEED certified global skyscrapers that are industry leaders in green building. This is not a phenomenon unique to these buildings—some of the world's tallest and most historic buildings are continuing to raise the bar by creating better, high-performing buildings that are safe, healthy, inclusive, smart, productive, efficient, resilient, responsive and, above all,...

In International 07.29.2015

Korea's Songdo International Business District

Korea’s Songdo International Business District (IBD) has reached another green building milestone and now totals 19.5 million square feet of LEED-certified space. Songdo IBD, an exciting new 1,500-acre city being built on reclaimed land on the coast of Incheon, South Korea, continues to bolster its position as one of the world's most ambitious LEED developments. The numbers tell the story: The 19.5 million square foot (1.8 million square meter) figure represents 12 projects...

In International 07.29.2015

Top 10 countries for LEED national profile: Canada

USGBC’s announcement of 2015’s Top 10 Countries for LEED comes during a historic time for the international green movement. In the time since USGBC announced the Top 10 Countries for LEED in 2014, the People’s Climate March in New York City drew hundreds of thousands of people from around the world to demand climate action, the U.S. and China came to a monumental agreement to work together to mitigate catastrophic levels of global warming and Pope Francis has issued a historic...

In LEED 07.28.2015

Who in Mexico is using LEED?

LEED professionals are key leaders of the green building industry. Earning a LEED professional credential—including the LEED Green Associate; LEED AP (Accredited Professional); LEED Fellow and various certificate designations—denotes qualified expertise in green building. LEED professional credentials mean much more than just a professional accolade; those who earn them form a network of committed green building practitioners across an array of industries.  As Mexico's...

In Community 07.30.2015

Wes Sullens goes above and beyond to improve materials selection and use in the built...

This month, Wes Sullens was recognized as one of USGBC's Above and Beyond Volunteers—a volunteer leader whose contributions have led to outstanding achievements in the green building movement. Wes currently serves as the Chair of the Materials and Resources Technical Advisory Group and is a member of the LEED Technical Committee and the Supply Chain Optimization Working Group. Wes also represents USGBC as Vice Chair of the ASHRAE Standard 189.1 Committee for High Performance Green...

In Community 07.29.2015

Nominate yourself today to join the 2016 Advisory Council

The new Advisory Council will provide USGBC with the industry insights and deep technical experience that are critical to USGBC as it seeks to position itself for future success. Online self-nomination applications for this new opportunity are open until Friday, August 14, 2015, at 5 pm PT for the following six seats: Facility Management and Operations: Open to a facility or property manager with experience championing sustainability integration within facilities management operations. (PDF/...

In Community 07.28.2015

Holistic Approach [USGBC+ July/August 2015]

This article was originally published in the July/August 2015 issue of USGBC+. Read the original version. 100 Resilient Cities program helps urban areas around the globe meet 21st-century challenges. Travel just about as far west as you can along Interstate 10 in Texas and you’ll find El Paso, a city of 675,000 hugging the U.S.-Mexico border. Like other urban areas around the world, El Paso strives to provide its citizens with access to healthcare and social services among its most...

In Industry 07.27.2015

Women in Green Power Breakfast: The challenge with mentorship

The Women in Green Power Breakfast will be held for a fourth year at Greenbuild 2015 taking place in Washington, DC. This year’s Greenbuild International Conference and Expo (Nov. 18-20) will bring our movement together around the theme of “Monumental Green.” Greenbuild is the premier sustainable building conference and expo in the world, with more than 25,000 attendees every year, offering three exhilarating days of uplifting speakers, unmatched networking opportunities,...

In Education 07.30.2015

Education at your fingertips: USGBC app updates

Last year USGBC released an app, which enabled users to read USGBC publications and articles on an iPad through a beautiful, and easy-to-use interface. The app provides access to the latest news and articles published on usgbc.org, as well as access to all publications associated with the usgbc.org site user account. With our most recent update, you can now watch courses on the go. The newly launched “Education” section of the app helps you to find and watch the right course...

In Center for Green Schools 07.29.2015

Green Apple Day of Service buzz: Bee hotels in Kansas

A Green Apple Day of Service project from earlier this year has already gained national attention from the likes of the Washington Post and LA’s National Public Radio for its approach to solving the rapid decline in native bee populations. Staff at PROSOCO, led by sustainability and environment manager Kay Johnson, partnered with a team of architects at Clark | Huesemann, and researchers from the University of Kansas Biological Survey to combat one of the biggest culprits of...

In LEED 07.28.2015

LEED in Motion: Canada just released

In Canada, LEED certifications are becoming increasingly commonplace. There are over 30 million gross square meters of LEED space and there are more than 2,200 LEED-certified projects. Canada is the number one market for LEED outside of the U.S. Today we are pleased to present a new report, LEED in Motion: Canada.  Created in 2013, our LEED in Motion reports are designed to equip readers with the insight and perspective they need to understand LEED as a global green...

In Education 07.24.2015

Building for health: USGBC and Harvard prepare leaders for the next frontier of the green...

Over the last two decades, the green building movement has shown how thoughtful design, construction, and operation can create buildings and even entire communities that benefit people and the environment. Today, the focus of the movement is shifting toward the opportunity to create buildings and communities that intentionally promote health and wellness. These trends raise important questions:  Who will lead this generational change in the real estate industry?  What kind of skills...

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