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In LEED 10.27.2014

Green tools for LEED service providers

We know that no two companies are the same, and each has its own unique culture, needs, goals and processes. With that in mind, we want to make LEED work for you. Whether you're connected to the project from the building owner/manger side or you're a green building service provider offering expertise that helps the project towards sustainability, we have an offering meant to help you reach your goals. Check out the options below that will help you enhance your business and apply LEED...

In Greenbuild 10.24.2014

Greenbuild wrap-up: Thursday, Oct. 23 [Video]

All this week we will be bringing you video coverage, interviews and Q&As from this year's Greenbuild. Check out our recap from yesterday's Greenbuild 2014 coverage in New Orleans.  Here's your Greenbuild daily download:  Greenbuild 2014 interview with Paul Scialla, WELL Paul Scialla, Founder of WELL, speaks to USGBC about what the WELL standard is, how it fits with LEED and the value of prioritizing collaboration.   Greenbuild 2014 interview with Lisa Shpritz,...

In Media 10.23.2014

New USGBC Report Estimates More Than 1.2 Million People Experience a LEED-Certified...

‘LEED in Motion: Retail’ report also reveals nearly 8,000 retailers worldwide participate in LEED Washington, D.C – (Oct. 23, 2014) -- The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced today a new report detailing the extensive involvement of the retail industry with LEED and the impact of the globally recognized green building rating system on retail development and the consumer experience. The release of the LEED in Motion: Retail report was announced at USGBC’s...

In Greenbuild 10.22.2014

Rick's 2014 Greenbuild Journal: Day 2—A business mind in our ranks

He is the yin to my yang. The Sundance to my Butch. He is my twin brother of a different mother. He is Mahesh Ramanujam, the COO of USGBC and a guy who today I introduced to a Greenbuild executive luncheon as my partner through and through. He is not just someone I met six years ago. He is a man who when I hired him in 2008 has done as much as anyone to bring my vision for this organization to life. But until today’s luncheon I’m not sure I’d seen what we’ve...

In Industry 10.25.2014

Rick's 2014 Greenbuild Journal: Day 4—Thoughts on closing day

Living, breathing history While admittedly biased on the subject, as great as Greenbuild 2014 was, I’m not sure any aspect of this year’s conference moved me any more than the magical moment in the closing plenary when new USGBC president Roger Platt introduced eight seminal figures in the Green Building movement—Bob Berkebile, David Gottfried, Scot Horst, Martha Jane Murray, Tom Paladino, Peter Templeton, Kath Williams and Alex Wilson—and they came up on stage and stood...

In Greenbuild 10.23.2014

Rick's 2014 Greenbuild Journal: Day 3—Why stop there?

At Greenbuild this year, I’ve heard the figure floated about any number of times: Sustainability has now become a $1 trillion industry. But after having heard that number tossed about yet again today, I started thinking: Why just a trillion? Why stop there? After all, on Tuesday we had the Acting Surgeon General of the U.S. speak to us at Greenbuild. As he so well articulated, if his job is to protect the interest of public health in the U.S., how could he ignore the work environments in which...

In Industry 10.23.2014

Happy Diwali, and what green building can learn from Gandhi

Happy Diwali, India (and world)! This Diwali, USGBC wants to celebrate the tremendous leadership demonstrated by India, now one of the top five largest markets in the world for LEED, in the areas of environmental sustainability and green building. India has enjoyed a period of exponential economic growth since 1991, with economic development routinely at or above 6% growth in GDP on a nearly annual basis. India, which has also become a global leader in the technology and IT sector, now has one...

In Industry 10.22.2014

Storytelling and green marketing: Walking the talk

This morning at USGBC’s Annual Greenbuild Conference and Expo in New Orleans the marketing special set: Marketing + Sustainability: The Tools & Tips to Tell Your Story, panelists discussed ways to establish credibility in the world of sustainability marketing. I had the pleasure of sitting on the panel with leaders from multiple industries including Gabe Wing, Herman Miller; Katie Weeks, Institute for Market Transformation and Jenny Rushmore, Trip Advisor. Our panel discussed how...

In Greenbuild 10.24.2014

Greenbuild 2014 wrap-up: Friday, Oct. 24 [Video]

All this week we will be bringing you video coverage, interviews and Q&As from this year's Greenbuild. Check out our recap from the final day of Greenbuild 2014 in New Orleans. Here's your Greenbuild daily download:  Greenbuild 2014 interview with Daniele Horton, Verdani Partners USGBC's Joe Crea catches up with Daniele Horton, Founder and Principal of Verdani Partners. Recently named one of the top ten females in sustainability, Daniele speaks to the importance of...

In Greenbuild 10.23.2014

Greenbuild wrap-up: Wednesday, Oct. 22 [Video]

All this week we will be bringing you video coverage, interviews and Q&As from this year's Greenbuild. Check out our recap from yesterday's first official day of Greenbuild 2014  in New Orleans,  as well as the following interviews with industry leaders about their cutting edge ideas and technologies.  Here's your Greenbuild daily download:  Greenbuild 2014 interview with Mayor Cownie, Des Moines USGBC's Cecilia Shutters catches up with Mayor Frank Cownie of...

In LEED 10.23.2014

Just released LEED in Motion: Retail—Building a better global marketplace

The global marketplace, our world’s unfathomably vast network of goods and services, cash and currency, has always been about much, much more than money alone. From the earliest days of bartering to our present-day e-commerce economy, the products we sell and the purchases we make are a reflection of core human values: quality, integrity, honesty. That’s why centuries-old retailers take so much pride in their craftsmanship and tradition, and that’s why new small...

In Greenbuild 10.22.2014

Rick's 2014 Greenbuild Journal: Day 2—On the shoulders of giants

Last night my schedule forced me to miss the USGBC volunteer parade down South Peters from the Convention Center to the reception at Howlin’ Wolf.  But when I eventually got there an hour or so later, things were (as you might expect of any place with a name like that) absolutely jumping. And who were among the first people I saw? Joel Ann Todd, Tim Cole and the Jason Dunlop.   And seeing those three made me realize, yet again, how incredible the level of talent is in our...

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