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In Center for Green Schools 04.9.2015

Getting your ducks in a row: Energy efficiency and health in green schools

According to a recent study conducted by the U.S. Department of Education, nearly a third of public schools were rated to have poor or fair building systems, including HVAC systems, demonstrating a need for modern, well-maintained and sustainable indoor environments. Whether you are planning for a retrofit or LEED certification, there are significant indoor air quality (IAQ) and health considerations you will want to keep in mind and address during your project. To help you organize and get all...

In International 04.8.2015

LEED professional spotlight: Middle East edition

Tanvi Jaganath is a LEED professional in the Middle East. The company she works for, Green Technologies FZCO, has implemented over 2,200,000 square meters of sustainable buildings in the Middle East and Asia resulting in the reduction of more than 30% of carbon emissions in those areas. Some notable projects include: First LEED building outside the U.S. and the first LEED hotel in the world (2000), the Kandalama Hotel, Sri Lanka; LEED bronze (the NC Pilot in 2000 used bronze instead of...

In LEED 04.7.2015

LEED rating system for existing multifamily buildings

In the coming weeks, USGBC will introduce a set of new LEED v4 credits designed for existing multifamily projects—LEED for Operations and Maintenance: Multifamily. This new adaptation of the LEED Operations and Maintenance rating system can be applied to any existing multifamily project with 20 or more units. This could be a single building with 20 units or multiple buildings within the same complex (e.g. 20 townhomes).  There are two ways to make your voice heard. The first...

In Industry 04.7.2015

Making the right kind of building more profitable: A LEED-centered conversation about...

Amid the throng of smart suits representing the majority of the institutional real estate investor community, a group recently gathered for lunch to discuss what is becoming known as the proxy for building performance and savvy investment: LEED. The professionals in the room represent portfolios managed by leading investment firms who own properties from New York to California, Boston to San Antonio. These investment pros make up the PREA Green Building and Sustainability...

In Industry 04.9.2015

Top 10 states project profile: Xcel Energy Center

2014’s Top 10 States have shown tremendous leadership in the green building movement by certifying 1,662 commercial and institutional projects representing 251.7 million square feet of real estate. These buildings will have a tremendous social impact over the coming years by providing healthy and environmentally sustainable spaces to produce new breakthroughs in many different fields of science, medicine, education, business, the fine arts and environmental and social justice. This...

In LEED 04.8.2015

Military projects grow momentum for LEED in the Top 10 state of Hawai'i

Growing up in a military family means calling many different places home. While moving back and forth across the country and attending seven different schools, I always considered Hawai’i to be my home. Not only did I live there the longest as a child, but I am proud to be of Hawaiian ancestry and am lucky to have a beautiful Hawaiian name. While growing up in the islands, I learned the importance of environmental stewardship. After all, the original settlers from Polynesia had organized...

In LEED 04.7.2015

LEED certification update: March 2015

In this recurring monthly feature, we take a look at LEED certification activity in March 2015, broken out by rating system and location, as well as newly certified LEED projects in the news.  Be sure to check out USGBC's LEED project directory for a closer look at LEED projects in your area. You can also visit the Green Building Information Gateway to analyze LEED trends around the world. Certification Level Projects Certified Square Footage Certified...

In Media 04.7.2015

New Survey Shows Top Companies Prioritize Global Green Building Rating System LEED

Eighty percent of respondents cite LEED, the world’s premier green building program, as key way to communicate corporate sustainability efforts to stakeholders Washington, D.C. (April 7, 2015) – The world’s top-performing companies are prioritizing sustainability as part of their corporate social responsibility efforts, and a majority of them are using LEED, the world’s premier green building program, to achieve their goals, according to a new survey released today...

In Advocacy and policy 04.9.2015

New expert report finds barriers and opportunity for green building and codes in...

This article is co-authored by Wes Sullens. In the land of tech giants, giant sequoias, great earthquakes, and movie star legends, there’s no doubt that the state’s belief in California exceptionalism is real. While you won’t hear most people boasting about it, the building code, too, is outstanding. In 1978 it became the first to house an energy conservation code. Since August, 2009, the code has also included green building requirements for virtually all buildings. CALGreen...

In Education 04.8.2015

Top 3 courses to take this month (April 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 April's top three courses created by USGBC Education Partners. Beyond Buildings: LEED for Neighborhood Development in Massachusetts, Session 2 – LEED ND Projects in Massachusetts, created by Education Partner USGBC Massachusetts Chapter. Take a look at how government, private developers, neighborhood...

In Community 04.7.2015

Candis Parker goes above and beyond in North Carolina

This month, Candis Parker 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.          Candis currently serves as the Chair of USGBC North Carolina’s Triangle Branch Leadership Group. She also serves on the Triangle Emerging Professionals Committee and the GreenNC Committee. This past year, Candis: Met and connected with committee volunteers...

In Center for Green Schools 04.6.2015

National Healthy Schools Day is here

This year’s National Health Schools Day will take place on April 7, coinciding with Public Health Week, and will encourage communities to rally around their schools to make them healthier places for their valuable occupants. Here at the Center for Green Schools, we think this is a great chance to get started on your Green Apple Day of Service activities or check in on last year’s work!  Children need clean air outside, and they also need clean air inside. The US...

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