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In Community 05.6.2016

Year of advancement: Find your believers

Critical to the success of any sustainable equity-driven project is a diverse cast of volunteers with unique skills, experiences and perspectives. Too often we try and achieve things on our own, but in the long run, it is simply not sustainable. We have limits on our knowledge, resources and energy, and especially our time—the ultimate nonrenewable resource.  This is a realization that struck USGBC Local Ambassador Siassia Likibi early in her volunteer experience, as she...

In Community 05.6.2016

Convergence 2016: Welcome to Jacksonville

Jacksonville, Fla., is known as the River City, but it is so much more than the beautiful St. John’s River you see outside the Convergence hotel. Jacksonville is beautiful beaches, a growing downtown, peaceful suburbs, the Northside and Historic Springfield, southern hospitality, wonderful weather, great shopping, food, entertainment, museums, sports and so much more. I moved to Jacksonville 14 years ago and fell in love with the city; I can’t imagine living...

In Community 05.5.2016

Join our Green Apple Day of Service heroes in Northern Kentucky (USGBC Kentucky)

May 14 marks the first Green Apple Day of Service project in Kentucky this year, at Boone County High School, where the environmental science class, led by teacher Lenny Beck, spent the fall and winter semesters studying native plant and tree species. Volunteers are invited to help as heroes! The students, hopeful that an overgrown stormwater detention area at the edge of a vast school parking lot could be converted to an outdoor classroom, made recommendations directly to the...

In Industry 05.5.2016

Sustainable building in India: Leading with LEED

This article was originally published in the March 2016 issue of IA&B magazine as "Sustainable Building in India: Leading with LEED."  A candid conversation with Shabbir Kanchwala, Senior Vice President at the K. Raheja Corp.: What role does green building certification play in K. Raheja Corp.’s development projects? K. Raheja Corp. ranks among the leading real estate developers in India. From its humble beginnings in 1956, the company has grown and diversified into...

In Center for Green Schools 05.6.2016

Teacher Appreciation Week: Shout-outs from USGBC staff

Encouraging. Resourceful. Compassionate. Committed. These are just a few of the words that came up when I asked some of my USGBC colleagues about their favorite teachers. Whether teaching us about systems thinking or climate change, honing our leadership skills or celebrating our successes, the impacts that teachers have on their students is profound. Did a teacher make an impact on you that led you to where you are today in your “green career”? Maybe it was a science...

In Community 05.6.2016

Studio replay: Creating social media content

Our USGBC Studio blog offers some terrific resources for the marketing and design aspects of green building business. Staff experts speak to the challenges and solutions that can help your website, social media campaigns and marketing be as effective and up-to-date as possible. This blog was originally posted on Aug. 18, 2015 as "Creating Social Media Content."  Social media needs no introduction. At this point we know the basics, but this ever-changing, lightning-pace field is...

In Community 05.5.2016

Virginia Beach City Public Schools recognized as Green Ribbon Schools (USGBC Hampton...

U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King, Jr., announced on Earth Day that the Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) is one of the 2016 Green Ribbon Schools Award) winners. The school system was recognized for demonstrating excellence in the three pillars of the Green Ribbon Schools Program: reducing environmental impact and costs, improving health and wellness and providing environmental education options, such as STEM and green career pathways. The VBCPS was one...

In Industry 05.5.2016

First CLT hotel in the U.S. signals greater use of engineered wood in the buildings market

Lendlease recently celebrated the opening of the new Candlewood Suites at Redstone Arsenal, the first hotel in the United States to be completely constructed using cross laminated timber (CLT). The hotel’s completion, made possible through a partnership between the U.S. Army, Lendlease and IHG Army Hotels, highlighted the many benefits and potential uses for CLT in both private and public developments. Murray Woolcock, executive general manager at Lendlease, shared insight...

In Community 05.6.2016

Where USGBC will be this month: The 2016 SPLC Summit

USGBC will be attending and presenting at the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council’s 2016 Summit here in Washington, D.C. The summit runs from May 24–26, but there are also pre-summit short courses on May 23. What is the 2016 Summit? Following up on the SPLC’s well-reviewed 2015 Summit, the 2016 Summit will bring together 300 leading sustainable purchasing experts and practitioners from a wide variety of sectors and regions for two days of best...

In Community 05.5.2016

KSU and USGBC Georgia celebrate Earth Day with farm-to-table tour

On Earth Day, USGBC Georgia and Kennesaw State University teamed up to host a farm-to-table tour at KSU’s The Commons, the nation’s largest LEED Gold collegiate dining facility. To call this a cafeteria, or even a dining hall, does not do justice to this spectacular culinary delight. The foodies who attended were treated to a tour by Joshua Wendling, the Marketing Manager of KSU Culinary and Hospitality Services, which includes The Commons dining hall. First, we...

In Community 05.5.2016

Clean Power Plan implementation debated at the 2016 legislative session (USGBC Greater...

The 2016 Virginia legislative session, which just ended, included some key bills related to implementation of the EPA’s Clean Power Plan. Two bills, HB 2 and SB 21, were vetoed by Gov. Terry McAuliffe; these bills would have required that any state plans for implementing the Clean Power Plan be approved by the General Assembly. However, Republicans were able to pass a budget item prohibiting the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) from developing a state plan at this time (...

In Community 05.4.2016

Augusta Green Scene: A stroll through history (USGBC Georgia)

The Augusta Branch of USGBC Georgia, in partnership with Historic Augusta, Inc., recently hosted a walking tour of historic buildings, both renovated and nonrenovated. Chris Lehi, the Augusta Branch Chair, welcomed more than 40 people and introduced Robyn Anderson, the Preservation Services Director for Historic Augusta. Historic Augusta, Inc. is a private, nonprofit membership organization dedicated to the preservation of the historic built environment of Augusta and Richmond County, Ga....

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