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In Advocacy and policy 03.11.2015

Federal agencies and their super rad buildings

Recently we reported on the announcement from the Energy Information Administration that the federal government is consuming energy at its lowest levels since 1975. The U.S. government is the biggest consumer of energy in the nation, and their commitment to greening their building stock was critical to this advancement. The federal government has been a leader in LEED since the beginning, and with more than 2,500 certified projects, the energy and water savings are racking up. Check out this...

In LEED 03.10.2015

The real-life cycle of LEED in NY

Fortunately for this Central New York native, Syracuse pride abounds at USGBC’s headquarters. Take a turn around our Washington, DC, office and you’ll see more than a few Syracuse University pennants and posters pinned up around staff workspaces. Otto the Orange’s enlarged eyes poke out from bulletin boards, Rakeem Christmas sizes you up from a newspaper clipping, and SU degrees adorn the walls of employee offices (including our CEO and chief Syracusan-in-residence, Rick...

In LEED 03.9.2015

PR guidelines to promote your LEED-certified project

Congratulations! Your project is joining a select group of sustainable and innovative buildings that are LEED-certified. If you’re looking to tell your building’s story, here are some ideas to help get you started: Distribute a press release. Once you’ve earned LEED certification, go ahead and make it known! A press release template, sample quotes from USGBC and other resources can be found on pages 3, 4 and 5 of these guidelines. You can also request to use the corresponding...

In Center for Green Schools 03.5.2015

Nature's Voice Project fosters compassion and community in green schools

The Nature’s Voices Project is an initiative of the Green Schools Initiative that combines the power of environmental education, storytelling and youth voices to build support for a sustainable, resilient and equitable world. We amplify the voices of young people by collecting, sharing and showcasing their environmental inspirational stories with decision-makers, educators, our allies and the general public through online and community platforms. Read below to hear from the 2015...

In LEED 03.11.2015

India demonstrates leadership through LEED for existing buildings

This week, USGBC and The Energy Resources Institute (TERI), will formally launch new, technical guidance to advance LEED for existing buildings in India. This guidance will launch as part of the annual GRIHA Summit, which is being held in New Delhi.  In India, as energy consumption rises and cities grapple with some of the world's worst air pollution, greening India's existing building stock is paramount, and existing buildings hold incredible promise. It can take up to 80 years...

In Media 03.10.2015

LEED for Existing Buildings in India Advances with New Solutions

Technical guidance developed with TERI offers India-specific incentives to further building performance, energy savings and water conservation New Delhi, 10 March, 2015 – This week, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and The Energy Resources Institute (TERI), will formally launch new, technical guidance to advance LEED for Existing Buildings in India. This technical work will launch as part of the annual GRIHA Summit, which is being held this week in New Delhi. The new guidance...

In Center for Green Schools 03.6.2015

Reaching new heights: Dunbar is the highest scoring LEED for Schools-NC project to date

Something remarkable has happened in Washington, DC. Beyond the glare of the news cycle, the political positioning and the national debates, Dunbar High School, located a stone’s throw from the U.S. Capitol building, has achieved LEED Platinum certification. Not only has the school reached this milestone, it has become the highest-scoring school in the world certified under the LEED for Schools-New Construction rating system. Scoring 91 out of 110 possible points, the newly constructed...

In LEED 03.5.2015

LEED O+M credits and points

This article is part of a series that provides an overview of the fundamental elements to LEED. In our previous article, we listed the prerequisites, credits, and points in the LEED BD+C rating system. This time around, we’re going to focus on LEED for Operations + Maintenance (LEED O+M). This rating system addresses the following existing building project types: Schools Retail Data Centers Warehouses and Distribution Centers Hospitality Existing Buildings (everything not covered in the...

In LEED 03.10.2015

Does LEED have a place in your diet?

What if you could help prevent climate change three times a day? What would you be willing to change? You’ve already changed your light bulbs and programmed your thermostat. The next step you can take is your food, so today I’m writing about what we eat—and greenhouse gases. What you purchase at the market directly impacts climate change. Animal product cultivation generates greenhouse gases in the following ways: Carbon Dioxide (CO2) comes from land clearing and fertilizer...

In Industry 03.9.2015

Fit for a princess: Next-generation personal controls deliver whole-building energy...

Remember “The Princess and the Pea” by Hans Christian Anderson? Trailblazing engineer P. Ole Fanger often cited that fairy tale in his presentations on the state of indoor environmental quality (IEQ) research and practice. Dr. Fanger gently lampooned conventional IEQ systems, observing that no car manufacturer would proudly advertise “We guarantee that less than 30% of our customers will be dissatisfied!” Audaciously, Dr. Fanger envisioned innovations that would delight...

In Industry 03.6.2015

Global LEED [USGBC+ Jan./Feb. 2015]

This article was originally published in the January/February 2015 issue of USGBC+. Read the original version. Two polar opposite cities take the lead in environmental design. LEED is expanding internationally with about 44 percent of all square footage pursuing LEED certification falling outside the U.S. That growth is not confined to one or two specific geographic regions or economic zones, but is spreading far and wide globally. Among the countries with the largest numbers of LEED...

In LEED 03.5.2015

Top 10 states project profile: University of Mary Washington’s IT Convergence 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...

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