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In LEED 05.1.2015

Top 10 states project profile: Kohl's Oro Valley Store in Arizona

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. ...

In LEED 04.30.2015

LEED soars to new heights with 5 iconic global skyscrapers

All across the world, LEED projects are reaching new heights. From the tallest LEED certified building in the world—to one of the most iconic buildings ever constructed—some of the most epic skyscrapers in the world are providing breathtaking views, while also embracing green building practices. Check out some of the most iconic buildings below and learn about some of their unique sustainability features. TAIPEI 101 - Taipei, Taiwan Project Details: 1,667 feet high, 101 floors...

In Community 04.29.2015

Bring the EPA's National Building Challenge to your house of worship

The EPA's ENERGY STAR 2015 National Building Competition is an excellent example of competition that results in quantifiable reductions in energy and water use and corresponding CO2 emissions.   In past years, competitors who reduced building energy consumption saved an average of $25,000 and reduced energy consumption by 8%! That is quite a value proposition, especially for community, faith and educational organizations who can re-invest those savings into their...

In LEED 04.28.2015

Green Neighborhoods [USGBC+ March/April 2015]

This article was originally published in the March/April 2015 issue of USGBC+. Read the original version. The Affordable Green Neighborhoods Grant Program aids low-income housing projects in the pursuit of LEED certification. From the looks of things today, you’d never know the Homes at Old Colony are a world apart from what they used to be. First built in 1940, the Old Colony Housing Project in South Boston was one of the city’s oldest developments. But by the turn of the...

In Community 05.1.2015

Siriane Lawless: 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 Education 04.30.2015

PEER and renewable resources: 3 things you didn't know about wind

From our early days of watching Captain Planet and Saturday morning cartoons, the power of wind was arguably the strongest. Wind is ubiquitous and capable of creating movement. Without wind, there wouldn’t be a whistle. Today, wind energy boosts economic development and contributes to energy security. Wind energy insources over 50,000 active jobs across construction, development, engineering and operations including those in the 550 windmill-manufacturing facilities in the U.S. To...

In LEED 04.29.2015

Myth #3: LEED is not worth the investment

In my thirty years with Turner Construction, I’ve had the opportunity to serve as an engineer, a project manager, do business development and financial management. Today I lead Turner’s national industrial group, a center of excellence for Turner’s manufacturing and industrial construction projects. It’s a sector that brought in over $613 million in 2014, and with over $388 million in green building projects (which almost always means LEED). There are many...

In Community 04.27.2015

Would you like to bike to Greenbuild?

I’ve been part of and loved every Greenbuild but one (I missed Sao Paolo, Brazil, because of an unavoidable conflict). I’ve traveled by plane (usually), bus (twice—both were more fun than you might think), train, car and… bike. The bike trip was by far the most fun—there’s no even remotely close second. A group of 10 staff and even a stalwart volunteer started earlyish (Jason was late) the Saturday before Philadelphia Greenbuild in November 2013. Over the...

In Community 05.1.2015

ADVANCE: A framework to expand access to green building for all

If you’re reading this article on our website it’s probably because you’re a fan of green buildings. The environmental, health and economic value of green spaces and places is clear to you. But when you look outside your window, how many ‘green buildings’ do you really see? For us “Greenies” who drank the Kool-Aide years ago, the value proposition is crystal clear. So why isn’t everyone on board? Why aren’t all the buildings outside my...

In LEED 04.30.2015

New tools for LEED 2009 Existing Buildings projects

In 2014 we announced the release of new tools for LEED v4 O+M projects. Today, we’re expanding this effort to include LEED 2009. Now, in the same way we provide plan and policy templates for LEED v4 projects, we’ve also created plans and policies for LEED 2009 projects. These templates serve as examples of plans and policies that meet the requirements of the credits. They enable you to implement the operations and maintenance best practices in your building and be confident...

In Media 04.29.2015

PEER: New Rating System for Sustainable Power Systems

Washington, D.C. – (April 29, 2015) – Today, Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) officially launched PEER, its rating system designed to measure and improve sustainable power system performance. Modeled after the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) LEED green building rating system, PEER, or Performance Excellence in Electricity Renewal, evaluates power generation, transmission and distribution systems through the lens of the customer, focusing on efficiency, quality,...

In Center for Green Schools 04.24.2015

The Greenest School on Earth: How do you choose?

Out of the most impressive and inspiring school buildings in the entire world, how do you choose just one to name the Greenest School on Earth? The task is a daunting one, but also an incredibly rewarding one. This year, our Greenest School on Earth program received over 300 percent more applications than last year from schools that are making tremendous progress in providing better education to our world’s future leaders. As the program’s application numbers have grown, so has its...

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