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In Community 03.3.2015

Why glass is better than plastic

When Sunday rolls around the thing I dread the most is thinking about what I will pack for lunches for the upcoming week. It’s a lot of work and a lot of preparation. And the last thing I want to do at 7:00 am as I rush out the door is pull deli meat out of my fridge and slap it between two slices of bread. Yuck. Well, there's a solution. And not only does it make my life easier, it's also healthier and better for our earth! Glass > Plastic. Mason jar salads for the...

In Community 03.3.2015

Introducing USGBC Studio

USGBC and its community are changing the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated. Yes, we believe in better buildings; places that complement our environment and enhance our communities. Places that give people better, brighter, healthier spaces to live, work and play. We also believe in smart and effective visual communication that hits the triple-bottom line. At USGBC Studio, creating collateral and user experiences that make a positive impact on our audience, as well...

In LEED 02.27.2015

Land of Lincoln leads with LEED

I could not be prouder of the Land of Lincoln.  For the second year in a row, my home state of Illinois has topped the list of states with the most LEED-certified gross square footage per capita certified during the year.  In 2014, GBCI certified 174 projects with a combined total of over 42 million gross square feet—and not all of those projects are located in the upper east corner of the state.  Many of these LEED projects are located downstate in Central Illinois. There...

In LEED 02.26.2015

Top 10 states project profile: Qiagen’s North American Corporate Headquarters

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. This...

In Community 03.3.2015

Green ties, green codes, and a 2015 Greenbuild Legacy Project

The snow that delayed openings of area schools that morning was still on the ground outside, but the tenth floor of 1015 Half Street, SE, in the Capitol Riverfront District of Washington, DC, was packed last Thursday night. Hosted by the USGBC National Capital Region Chapter (USGBC-NCR), the Washington Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA|DC), and the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE), the 14th annual Green Tie Affair brought together over 500 local green building...

In LEED 03.2.2015

Ganamos con verde: We won with green in Latin america

All across Latin America, LEED projects are on the rise. The region is now home to more than 600 LEED certified projects with more than 1,900 in the pipeline. It seems that no matter where you go it's a universal message that going green helps save some green. Throughout the region, these LEED certified buildings have established a proven record of successfully marrying strong environmental performance with smart economic investment. The economic and environmental benefits of these projects...

In Community 02.27.2015

Zach Bradby: 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 02.26.2015

Education @USGBC super user James Mercado

We like to think of James Mercado as our Education @USGBC super user. Why? Nearly 10,000 people have taken courses on Education @USGBC, and in 2014, James took more courses than anyone else. He completed 75 courses over a span of 96 hours! James had unlimited access to Education @USGBC through the Platinum membership benefits of his employer, DPR Construction. Name: James Mercado Company: ARC Document Solutions Job title: Product R&D Manager What is your main motivation to...

In Advocacy and policy 03.3.2015

How they did It: A DC green code case study

"You're inventing a world we can't even recognize yet!" exclaimed Director Tommy Wells, Washington, DC’s acting director of its Department of the Environment to an audience of more than 400 local green building professionals last Thursday evening. It was a green building celebration, decorated with green ties of every description, and the kickoff to what promises to be a banner year for green building in the District of Columbia. Alluding to the current media attention to the District of...

In LEED 03.2.2015

LEED ND: It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood

What is LEED ND? Is your local grocery store within walking distance… and is there a sidewalk for you to trek there safely? Does your neighborhood boast high-performing green buildings, parks and green space? Do bikes, pedestrians and vehicles play nicely together on the road? LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED ND) was engineered to inspire and help create better, more sustainable, well-connected neighborhoods. It looks beyond the scale of buildings to consider entire communities....

In Industry 02.26.2015

Emerging LEED [USGBC+ Jan./Feb. 2015]

This article was originally published in the January/February 2015 issue of USGBC+. Read the original version. A look at innovation and inspiration in sustainability. If you threw a dart at a map of the U.S., chances are good you’d hit a city with some innovative green projects in the works, yet some urban centers stand out more than others. They’re emerging as leaders in specific areas of sustainability that are likely to change the character of their city and the way they’re...

In LEED 02.26.2015

LEED BD+C credits and points

This article is part of a series that provides an overview of the fundamental elements to LEED.  In a previous article, we explained the difference between prerequisites, credits, and points. In this edition, we’ll show how you can use them—starting with Building Design & Construction (LEED BD+C). In LEED v4, this rating system addresses the following project types: New Construction Core and Shell School Retail Data Centers Warehouses and Distribution Centers Hospitality...

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