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In Advocacy and policy 05.14.2015

US moves forward with raising the bar for energy efficiency in affordable housing

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Department of Agriculture (USDA) took an important step this week—one that will make a difference in the lives of thousands of families. HUD and USDA issued a final determination essentially adopting the next set of building energy codes for a suite of programs and recognizing LEED certification as an alternative compliance path, which will help streamline documentation for project teams. USGBC filed comments on the...

In Community 05.14.2015

Top 5 things you should know about waste at USGBC

At USGBC we care about being responsible with our waste. Here are five things you should know about waste at USGBC. We compost. Recycling is the law in DC but we like to push ourselves by going above and beyond. Our food waste, as well as the paper towels in the restrooms, is collected twice a week by our vendor, Compost Cab. Our janitorial crew gathers the compostable materials throughout the day and transfers them to two 64-gallon wheeled containers at the loading dock. Here's a tip:...

In Community 05.13.2015

Terry Green II: Greenbuild scholarship profile

For the past seven years USGBC has made Greenbuild accessible to people who would otherwise not be able to attend through a scholarship program. At last year’s Greenbuild, 156 individuals received some type of scholarship to Greenbuild. Scholarship recipients represent a diversity of people from around the world. Each has a story to tell. Each brings their own passion to their work. Each has a role to play in making green buildings and communities a reality for all. As we lead up to...

In LEED 05.12.2015

Myth #5: Industrial facilities are too large and complex for LEED

Manufacturing and industrial facilities operate on a vastly different scale compared to a home, an office building, or even a university campus. Instead, we should compare a factory site or an industrial facility campus to a small city. Intel’s Ocotillo Campus is 682 acres; it’s more than six times the size of Vatican City in Rome or Tiananmen Square in Beijing. The Ocotillo campus is four times the size of the National Mall in Washington, D.C., and like a small city it contains...

In LEED 05.14.2015

Measure of Success [USGBC+ May/June 2015]

This article was originally published in the May/June 2015 issue of USGBC+. Read the original version. We hit Gold!!!” The email, accompanied by a smartphone photo of a sleek-looking Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Dynamic Plaque, landed in the employees’ inboxes at the San Francisco office of DPR Construction, headquartered in Redwood City, California, last September. Joe Nguyen, IT field engineer at DPR, was psyched to see the score increase—he had...

In Advocacy and policy 05.13.2015

Resilient Cities Summit challenges government and industry to plan collaboratively for...

This article was co-authored by Cooper Martin, Program Director of the Sustainable Cities Institute at the National League of Cities (NLC). “Resilience is bigger than disaster management,” said Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker, president of the National League of Cities and co-chair of the Resilient Cities Summit hosted last week at the Aspen Institute in Aspen, CO. “It's about preserving and improving quality of life for our citizens every single day.” The Mayor...

In Education 05.12.2015

Pioneers of PEER: Introduction to PEER (feat. John Kelly and Brendan Owens) [podcast]

Pioneers of PEER podcast is a series dedicated to professionals spearheading sustainable energy delivery initiatives within the electricity sector, hosted by John Kelly. Pioneers of PEER gives an overview to Performance Excellence in Electricity Renewal, a new sustainable design and rating system at USGBC. Each episode hopes to provide the listener with insight into the electricity sector through the perspective of thought-leaders in the industry.  In this first episode, Brendan Owens...

In Education 05.12.2015

Top 3 courses you should take (May 2015)

You want the best courses and we've got them. Check out this month's best three courses to grow your LEED, green building and sustainability knowledge. Check out May's top three courses created by USGBC Education Partners. Don’t Get Soaked: Smart Strategies to Manage Rainwater, created by Education Partner GreenCE, Inc.. Through a series of interviews and case studies, our team explores the process to achieve the Rainwater Management credit utilizing green...

In Industry 05.14.2015

PEER and the microgrid architecture

Distributed generation and the expected growth of microgrids has many utilities stymied. Some would react to this in fear, grasping all the more tightly to the status quo, but the most successful utilities will be those that work proactively to seize new opportunities and tackle new challenges head on. PEER, a new rating system administered by GBCI, is based on a microgrid architecture framework that can help utilities and consumers on the path towards high-performance, sustainable power...

In Industry 05.13.2015

Health in Harmony

In 2010, USGBC convened the Material Health Harmonization Task Group to map the similarities and differences between the various building product disclosure and optimization programs and work towards synergies through inter-Program harmonization and data sharing. Such harmonization would support manufacturer implementation of both the Disclosure and Optimization options in the LEED v4 Material Ingredients credit and accelerate progress in the industry towards the manufacture of inherently safer...

In Advocacy and policy 05.12.2015

USGBC co-leads new UN global program for sustainable buildings

As co-lead of the United Nations’ 10YFP Program for Sustainable Buildings and Construction, representing the World Green Building Council, USGBC joins the Finland Ministry of the Environment and fellow co-leads UN Environment Programme and the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology to engage with a robust group of global stakeholders, including USGBC Platinum-level member Skanska and our partner in India, TERI. The 10YFP is a global framework that enhances international cooperation to...

In Community 05.11.2015

Want to win $15,000?

Enhance your home's look with improvements that make a difference. As a member of the USGBC community, we know you appreciate the value of building sustainably. That's why for the fifth consecutive year, we're teaming up with Better Homes and Gardens and Family Circle to present the $15,000 Home Improvement Sweepstakes. Join the fun and learn more about the Sweepstakes sponsors—Oceanside Glasstile and Trex, which both have major commitments to...

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