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In LEED 09.26.2014

Rick around the world: LEED highlights from Italy

With a last name like Fedrizzi, it’s hard to claim that I’m not just a little biased when it comes my admiration for LEED buildings in Italy.   Today I am honored to deliver the closing keynote speech for REbuild, a meeting and conference dedicated to furthering the important work of sustainable building, and the perfect way to end World Green Building Week.  With so many awesome professionals gathered together today in Trentino, I’d like to brag a little bit...

In Advocacy and policy 09.26.2014

An evening with the stars at the Alliance to Save Energy's annual awards event

Like you, I’m sure, I am a big fan of energy efficiency. In my free time, I also enjoy a healthy dose of astrophysics. So what could be better than an evening this week with the stars of energy efficiency receiving awards named after galaxies and supernovae?  How about all of that and also a top awardee that has made it clear that the sky is the limit for their commitments to sustainability in their super-green building?! Yes, the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in...

In Advocacy and policy 09.25.2014

Thank you, Mr. President, for taking a bold step on climate change; Congress, feel free...

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has called international leaders to Climate Summit 2014 being held this week to galvanize and catalyze climate action. He has given these leaders homework: bring bold announcements and actions to the Summit that will reduce emissions, strengthen climate resilience, and mobilize political will for a meaningful agreement in 2015. The U.S has for too long struggled to commit to the sort of bold action that is needed. But this year, the Obama administration...

In Community 09.24.2014

Get closer to nature just 30 minutes at a time

This summer, USGBC’s Wisconsin Green Building Alliance (WGBA) hosted the first annual 30x30 Nature Challenge, where the chapter challenged Wisconsin residents, communities and organizations to pledge to spend at least 30 minutes in nature for 30 days straight. WGBA had nearly 1,500 people pledge to take the challenge! Nature is one of the most affordable, accessible, and equitable forms of preventative medicine. Contact with nature relieves stress, increases...

In Advocacy and policy 09.26.2014

People's Climate March in New York reflects new environmentalism

This time it was personal. Marching down Central Park West with my daughter and 300,000 other people passionate about the health of our planet, I felt at home, and in a way I was.  Having been born in New York Hospital and raised in a neighborhood just across Central Park from where the march began, I had a sense of deja vu. Back in the late 60s and early 70s I had joined my Mom—and fellow members of her New York teachers union—in marches against the Vietnam War in Washington,...

In Center for Green Schools 09.25.2014

Green Apple Day of Service: Bettering schools for the people inside them

To call school important is a serious understatement. It’s where roughly a quarter of all Americans spend their days. It’s a place to mold minds and shape behaviors, which makes it the ideal place to not only raise awareness about energy efficiency and environmental sustainability, but to implement practices that can become habits and create the next generation of sustainability leaders. That is precisely why the Center for Green Schools' Green Apple Day of Service is so...

In Community 09.24.2014

World Green Building Council releases new report on healthy green buildings

Today, the World Green Building Council (WGBC) released a new report showing a direct correlation between the healthy green building principles of an office space and the overall wellbeing of employees. The report, Health, Wellbeing and Productivity in Offices: The Next Chapter for Green Building, reviews common green building features; including, air quality, lighting, biophilia and interior layout. WGBC CEO, Jane Henley, explains, “Few businesses understand the relationship between...

In Media 09.24.2014

Greenbuild 2014 Opening Plenary Speakers Announced

Author Paul Hawken, NextGen Climate President Tom Steyer and Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley to participate in a high-energy discussion on climate change Washington, D.C. (Sept. 24, 2014) – Hanley Wood and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) have announced the speakers for the Opening Plenary of the 2014 Greenbuild Conference and Expo. The Opening Plenary, which takes place at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22 at the New Orleans Superdome, will feature leading author and...

In LEED 09.26.2014

U.S. federal government takes first step in guiding agencies in the use of LEED v4

The General Services Administration (GSA) has recently released its review of LEED v4, showing that the newest version of our green building rating system has significant alignment with federal sustainability and green building requirements.  In its report, Green Building Certification System: Supplemental Review of USGBC’S LEED v4 Systems, GSA finds that LEED is better aligned than ever with the federal sustainability requirements and reaffirms LEED as a consensus standard. This...

In Community 09.25.2014

Climate March coverage from BuildingGreen

This article originally appeared on BuildingGreen on Sept. 22, 2014. Maybe, if enough of us March, and plan, and make smart choices, we’ll have a chance at beating this thing.  I'm not a frequent social activist. In fact, I haven’t been to a major rally since my college days. But when my teenage daughter gets excited about something I care about, I'm all in! And she was getting excited by the social media buzz about the People's Climate March. So, with some last minute...

In Center for Green Schools 09.24.2014

New census shows that solar energy is big in U.S. schools

The Solar Foundation (TSF) and its research partners at SEIA just released the National Solar Schools Census, and it's chock-full of information about solar energy use in our nation's schools. The Center for Green Schools at USGBC aims to support all schools in becoming healthy, safe and resource-efficient places for teaching and learning, and putting numbers to the accomplishments of U.S. schools is getting more and more important. According to the census, more than 3,700 solar energy systems...

In LEED 09.24.2014

Stop by the LEED Certification Work Zone at Greenbuild 2014

Have questions about a LEED project review or the LEED certification process in general?   Visit the LEED Certification Work Zone at Greenbuild 2014 to meet one-on-one with LEED project reviewers to discuss questions about specific projects or about LEED requirements in general. 2014 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo New Orleans, LA, Morial Convention Center Where: Room 260-262 When: Oct. 22, 8 am-6 pm; Oct. 23, 8 am-6 pm; Oct. 24, 9-11 am   Walk-in questions are...

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