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In Education 08.26.2015

Pioneers of PEER: S&C Electric (feat. John Estey & John Kelly) [podcast]

Pioneers of PEER podcast is a series dedicated to professionals spearheading sustainable energy delivery initiatives within the electricity sector, hosted by John Kelly. Pioneers of PEER gives an overview to Performance Excellence in Electricity Renewal (PEER), a new sustainable design and rating system. Each episode hopes to provide the listener with insight into the electricity sector through the perspective of thought-leaders in the industry. This week, we features John Estey, CEO of S&C...

In Community 08.26.2015

Greenbuilding Brasil focuses on 'Doing'

The spirit and excitement of USGBC’s global community collaborative flowed through the City of Sao Paulo earlier this month as we gathered with Green Building Council Brasil (GBC Brasil) for its annual Greenbuilding Brasil International Conference & Expo. This is the second year that USGBC has joined forces with GBC Brasil and Informa Exhibitions to produce a show for the South American market that offers the same level of education and community engagement that Greenbuild has brought...

In Community 08.25.2015

2015 Greenest Apple Volunteer Award: Chris Tyler [video]

The USGBC volunteer awards, which were given out at USGBC’s annual mid-year meeting, Convergence, recognize individuals for their incredible work and leadership over the course of the year. In 2015, six awards were given out to a total of nine individuals and groups whose dedication and commitment to assisting in USGBC's mission of creating a more sustainable built environment is demonstrated by their passion and hard work through volunteerism. In this article, we highlight the 2015...

In Media 08.24.2015

U.S. Mayors Step Up As Key Advocates for Climate Change Action During UN Conference in...

Local Climate Leaders Circle Brings Together More Than a Dozen Cities to Highlight Examples of Strong Climate Action WASHINGTON, DC – (August 24, 2015) – A coalition of U.S. mayors and city officials announced today that they will join the UN Conference of Parties (COP) meeting in Paris in December to showcase their cities’ climate leadership and call for an ambitious international agreement that addresses our climate crisis and supports further action at the local level...

In LEED 08.26.2015

Where in Canada is LEED being used?

Today, Canada's architects, construction firms, energy companies, city planners, enterprises and politicians are working together to create the sustainable cities of tomorrow.   Canada is the home to over 2,200 LEED-certified projects, totaling over 30 million gross square meters of space. From hospitality to retail, whether single projects or those using LEED volume certification, the projects in Canada represent the diversity and breadth inherent in LEED. Check out a few of Canada's...

In Center for Green Schools 08.25.2015

The Climate Leadership Awards: Recognizing excellence in higher education leadership

Institutions of higher education represent many things to many different people. They are temples of learning, understanding and growth, centers for research and discovery, homes away from home during some of the most formative years of young adulthood and, often, beacons of leadership on challenging and controversial issues. When it comes to the mitigation of climate change, it seems only natural that the higher education sector play a leadership role. Second Nature is a nonprofit committed to...

In Center for Green Schools 08.24.2015

ISSA's valuable insight into green cleaning for schools

Recently, ISSA was fortunate to have the opportunity to participate in the development of a new resource authored by USGBC's Center for Green Schools—it’s called Perspectives on Implementation and Effectiveness of School Green Cleaning Laws (hereinafter “Perspectives”). As the title suggests, this white paper assesses the impact of state laws and policies on the adoption of green cleaning in schools. While this resource has significant implications for public policy...

In Community 08.21.2015

LEED for Homes spotlight: The Dinerstein Companies

Last week, USGBC honored seven outstanding home builders, developers and projects that have demonstrated outstanding leadership and innovation in residential green building by awarding them with prestigious LEED for Homes awards. This week, we would love to tell you more about one of those shining examples of green building mastery and environmental stewardship. Award Category: Outstanding Multifamily Builder Winner: The Dinerstein Companies (TDC) The Dinerstein Companies is no stranger to...

In Advocacy and policy 08.26.2015

Reinventing America's post-industrial cities through green building

Over the course of two decades, Catherine Tumber has had a distinguished career as a researcher, journalist and university lecturer. She has a Ph.D. in U.S. social and cultural history, and has been a research associate for the MIT School of Architecture and Planning’s Community Innovator’s Lab prior to assuming her current role as a senior research associate for Northeastern University’s Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy. Along the way she has also served as an...

In Industry 08.25.2015

Resilience: Surviving and thriving in the face of change

Thinking about disasters is a hard sell. But whether we think about them or not, we pay for them. According to the 2015 UNISDR Global Assessment Report, expected annual global losses are estimated to reach $314 billion in the built environment alone.  All indicators suggest that the frequency and intensity of disasters will increase, meaning that this cost will go up. Disruptions—natural, human-caused, or a combination of the two—are inevitable. In this new reality,...

In Community 08.24.2015

Malcolm Lewis IMPACT! 2014 awardees continue to make an impact

In 2014, after receiving over numerous likes, shares and comments on Facebook, the Social Equity Pilot Credit was recognized at Greenbuild 2014 in New Orleans. Nine volunteers—Susan Kaplan, Joel Todd, Heather Rosenberg, Heather Joy, Brad Guy, Lance Hosey, Raphael Sperry, Shawn Hesse, Max Zahniser and Sara O’Mara—dedicated more than 250 volunteer hours to develop three LEED pilot credits addressing social equity in the built environment.  Their work did not...

In International 08.21.2015

Tomorrowland: Brazil is the fourth largest market for LEED

Two things stand out when one looks across the skylines of São Paulo and Rio. The iconic blue Fortlev water tanks dot the roofs of many homes and buildings across both cities, emphasizing that water is becoming an increasingly important issue in Brazil. Construction cranes, too, are another common sight. These mechanical "birds" are a sign that construction in Brazil is booming. More importantly, green construction and LEED is playing a key role in Brazil's current and future built...

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