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In LEED 02.4.2015

LEED and the greening of Weifang

It is hard to imagine that nine million people live in Weifang, China. The metropolitan area is very spread out with clusters of medium rise office and apartment buildings and retail centers. But there are still large expanses of open land and other large, old-fashioned housing. A number of fields and older industrial parks are interspersed. New, gleaming towers grow in between. It is a city of nine million that looks like it could infill with density to become even more populous. In my...

In Media 02.4.2015

USGBC Releases the Top 10 States for LEED Green Building Per Capita in Nation

Illinois leads among all states for the second consecutive year; newcomers Georgia and Arizona show momentum with LEED in the South and Southwest Washington, D.C. — (Feb. 4, 2015) — Today, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) released its annual list of the Top 10 States for LEED, the world’s most widely used and recognized green building rating system, ranking states in terms of square feet of LEED space per state resident. The per-capita list highlights states...

In Industry 02.2.2015

Become a LEED Fellow in 2015

Are you interested in becoming a LEED Fellow? Your time is now. USGBC's call for nominations of qualified applicants is now open for the 2015 class of LEED Fellows. (Get to know the LEED Fellows.) For an overview of the mastery elements and general program policies, review the LEED Fellow Handbook and for the 2015 dates, guidance, and page limits, review the 2015 LEED Fellow Application Guide. What does it take to be a LEED Fellow?  Nominees must be/have: A LEED AP with...

In LEED 02.2.2015

LEED BD+C: A fresh start to sustainability

What is LEED BD+C? LEED BD+C is a fresh start to sustainability. When designing and constructing a new building, project teams have a choice: to join the movement of global leaders producing innovative buildings from the ground up… or to maintain the status quo. We’re in favor of the former. LEED for Building Design and Construction (LEED BD+C) provides a framework for building a holistic green building, giving you the chance to create a healthy, resource-efficient, cost-effective...

In Media 02.4.2015

LEED Spans 833 Million Square Feet of Green Building Space in India

Nine out of 10 senior industry executives in India anticipate LEED-related work to increase between now and 2019 New Delhi, India (Feb. 4, 2015) – The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced today that Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) comprises 833 million square feet of green building space in India. The announcement was made at The Energy Resource Center’s (TERI) 2015 Delhi Sustainable Development Summit (DSDS) where USGBC’s President &...

In Center for Green Schools 02.3.2015

Shaw introduces new Green Apple-branded carpet line

The Center for Green Schools at USGBC launched the Green Apple campaign as a way to partner with businesses that share our vision of providing green schools for all within this generation. The Center is proud to welcome Shaw Contract Group, a company truly committed to providing healthy, high-performing, and sustainable learning spaces around the world, as our newest Green Apple partner. Shaw has been engaged in Green Apple Day of Service since its inception, and Shaw employees have...

In Industry 02.2.2015

ARCHITECT magazine: "The next frontier in sustainable design"

The following is excerpted from ARCHITECT magazine's piece, "The Performing Arts." Read the full article.  Gathering data to change occupant behavior is the next frontier in sustainable design (see LEED's new Dynamic Plaque). Here's why architects who embrace building performance may help their bottom lines. At the headquarters for the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), which oversees LEED, the problem was the garbage. The organization learned that its own LEED Platinum office space...

In LEED 02.1.2015

Group10: The first LEED v4 project in India

Group 10 Technologies, a global technology and business consulting firm, has announced that its new office space in Gurgaon has been certified LEED Gold under LEED v4, making it the first LEED v4 certified project in India.  Lopamudra Khanna, vice president of Group10 Technologies, chatted with us about this project, her favorite LEED credit and the healthy aspects of working in a LEED-certified space. Q) What is the experience like for you living or working in a LEED-certified...

In LEED 02.4.2015

Infographic: Top 10 states for LEED in 2014

USGBC has just released the annual list of Top 10 States for LEED! View the press release. All of the states that make up our Top 10 list have done an extraordinary job promoting LEED and making sustainable solutions a priority. The per-capita list is based on 2010 U.S. Census data and includes commercial and institutional green building projects that were certified throughout 2014. Take a second to congratulate yourself, your colleagues, your legislators, and your friends on a job...

In Community 02.3.2015

Investing in people for a brighter future: Profiles on Greenbuild scholarship recipients

Each year the people of the green building movement descend on a new city, gathering for our annual dose of inspiration, education and camaraderie at the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo. We come from around the globe with a single, unified vision for a better future. The medium of our work is buildings—shaping and molding our future vision one green strategy, one green technology at a time. But why are buildings important? Buildings have a significant impact on the...

In LEED 02.2.2015

Embassy of Finland becomes the first Platinum embassy in the U.S.

Forging stronger, lasting relationships with our global allies is ongoing work. These efforts to advance peace and security on our world require creativity, empathy and, ultimately, action. This sensitive, nuanced, important work, ideally, should be done in some of the best, healthiest spaces in the world. The newly certified, LEED Platinum Embassy of Finland in Washington, D.C., is an excellent place to start. Built in 1994, the embassy was the first in the world to achieve an Energy Star...

In Advocacy and policy 01.30.2015

Seattle and Boston excel at more than just football

With Superbowl XLIX just around the corner, we wanted to recognize the cities that the Patriots and Seahawks call home and specifically how they have lead the way with innovative green building policies. Both cities target LEED certification for all new and renovated city-funded projects; Boston at the Silver level, and Seattle at the Gold level. Also, each city has adopted legislation that target green building and energy efficiency in the private sector as well. Boston, with Article 37,...

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