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In Community 06.11.2015

Stephanie Choi: 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 Community 06.10.2015

World Wildlife Fund: Green roof tour

A couple weeks ago some USGBC staff members had the chance to tour the World Wildlife Fund's (WWF) green roof.  WWF's U.S. headquarters was designed and built to conserve resources, limit waste and pollution, protect the environment, and make wise use of donated funds. It was completed in May of 2010, and took about one year to fill in completely. The building actually used to be a parking garage! Green roofs can help reduce stress on the city sewer infrastructure, improve water and air...

In Industry 06.9.2015

What is a LEED professional credential? [video]

Watch our video below to learn more about the benefits of a LEED professional credential. Are you ready to set yourself apart in the rapidly expanding field of sustainability?  With new jobs specifying the need for green building expertise, LEED professional credentials place you a step ahead of the competition. They emphasize your value to environmentally-focused organizations and LEED project teams, putting you in prime position for whatever role you’ve set your sights on. USGBC...

In Community 06.8.2015

USGBC community to converge in San Diego and experience ADVANCE

A few weeks ago, we published we announced the launch of ADVANCE—a framework to help communities and organizations move along a path of sustainability leadership to more efficient, healthy and vibrant places. As we approach USGBC’s annual community meeting, Convergence, we’re excited to engage volunteer leaders and partners to experience ADVANCE firsthand in San Diego. At Convergence, volunteers will be mobilized in support of eight Community Sustainability Projects....

In International 06.10.2015

LEED and WELL: Building and human performance in China

In May, I had the privilege and pleasure to travel to China with USGBC’s Mahesh Ramanujam and International WELL Building Institute’s Paul Scialla to promote LEED and WELL as key market drivers for China’s built environment. Both Mahesh and Paul were greatly excited by the enthusiasm of the leaders in China using LEED and now looking to incorporate WELL into their built environment. Building and human performance is very much alive in China. The following are some reflections...

In Media 06.10.2015

GBCI Launches SITES, its Newly Acquired Rating System for Sustainable Landscapes

SITES addresses global concerns such as climate change, loss of biodiversity and resource depletion through sustainable landscape design and management June 10, 2015 (Washington, D.C.) – Today, Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) launched its newly acquired SITES rating system, the most comprehensive program and toolkit for developing sustainable landscapes. SITES was developed through a collaborative, interdisciplinary effort of the American Society of Landscape Architects, The...

In Media 06.9.2015

GBCI and CaGBC Join Together to Advance the WELL Building Standard

New partnership agreement will bring WELL to market across Canada Washington, D.C. & Ottawa, ON (June 9, 2015) – Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) and the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) announce a new agreement to promote and advance the WELL Building Standard (WELL) in Canada. The WELL Building Standard is a performance-based system for measuring, certifying and monitoring features that impact human health and wellbeing, through air, water, nourishment, light, fitness,...

In Media 06.5.2015

Capital Area Food Bank Selected as 2015 Greenbuild Legacy Project

Washington, D.C. (June 5, 2015) – The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), and Capital Area Food Bank (CAFB), broke ground this week on the 2015 Greenbuild Legacy project, a new urban food studio designed to help underserved members of the Greater Washington D.C. area. The CAFB project was chosen by the Greenbuild Host Committee, led by the USGBC National Capitol Region (USGBC-NCR), as a finalist for this year’s Legacy Project. The legacy project is an annual permanent gift of...

In Industry 06.10.2015

WELL AP credential: What you should know about the process

GBCI needs your help to develop the WELL AP credential. This new professional credential will help scale and educate the market on the WELL Building Standard.  What is involved in the process of creating the WELL AP? Conception: First, the conception stage brings together leading experts in the fields of design, health, and wellness, known as the WELL AP Advisory Committee. This committee is responsible for creating content areas that become the groundwork on which the exam...

In LEED 06.9.2015

LEED Certification Update: May 2015

In this recurring monthly feature, we take a look at LEED certification activity in May 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 Community 06.8.2015

Breaking ground on the 2015 Greenbuild Legacy Project

The Capital Area Food Bank (CAFB), the largest hunger relief non-profit serving the Washington area, is a conduit of sustainability. Not only are they a LEED Silver facility featuring solar panels and rain barrels for irrigation, they pay sustainability forward to their community. They pass along food that has been collected for those in need, and they also teach people how to grow and prepare their own food in one of the most urban gardens you could ever encounter, with a metro train barreling...

In Community 06.4.2015

Urban Green Council announces 2015 EBie Awards finalists

And the EBie goes to…. you’ll have to wait and see! The Urban Green Council, a USGBC chapter, recently announced finalists for the coveted EBie Awards, now in their fourth year of rounding up a who’s who in the sustainable existing building space. Check them out: The All-Rounder: Performance Excellence in Multiple Categories Kenner Kingston, Architectural Nexus, Salt Lake City, UT Stephen Monez, Mount Sinai Health System, Corporate Engineering, Brooklyn, NY Molly...

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