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In Community 04.29.2016

Big ideas for sustainable building from Wisconsin students (USGBC Wisconsin)

USGBC Wisconsin partnered with Seventhwave and the Wisconsin Builders Association to host the second annual Student Poster Competition at the Better Buildings: Better Business Conference this year. More than 850 industry leaders gathered at the 2016 Wisconsin conference to get the relevant information needed to keep up with industry changes and prepare for the customer demands of the future. We were proud to feature two finalists: Lori Christel and James Kotsonis. Lori is a senior at Northeast...

In LEED 04.29.2016

LEED v4 Education: Sustainable Sites

In May, the LEED v4 education focus will be on sustainable sites. A building’s impact is not restricted to what's inside it. Between 1982 and 2001, in the United States alone, about 34 million acres (13,759 hectares) of open space—an area the size of Illinois—were lost to development at a rate of approximately four acres per minute, or 6,000 acres a day. Along with open space, habitat is diminishing and becoming fragmented, separated by pavement, buildings and infrastructure....

In Community 04.28.2016

Growing sustainability in schools (USGBC Minnesota)

Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) has a history of working closely with the MN Green Schools Coalition, an initiative of USGBC Minnesota. At SSPS, we were excited to celebrate Earth Day with a Green Apple Day of Service project at Murray Middle School, as our relationship with USGBC Minnesota and our sustainability efforts continue to grow.  On Earth Day, Murray students celebrated by beginning the construction of a large pollinator garden on the school grounds...

In Industry 04.28.2016

Product transparency and informed decision-making at ASSA ABLOY

Amy Vigneux is the manager of sustainable building solutions for ASSA ABLOY Door Security Solutions, a USGBC Platinum member. Recently, I had the opportunity to hear Arlene Blum speak about her work as an environmental health scientist, mountaineer and writer. Arlene discussed her research around Tris, the flame retardant that, until recently, was commonly used in children’s sleepwear and also in household furniture. Tris is a potent carcinogen. As we listened to Arlene speak,...

In International 04.29.2016

Leadership stories from China launch on social media

Every story about a green building is a story about people. And every story about LEED is a story about leadership. Nowhere is this more evident than in China. With green development serving as a major agenda item for President Xi Jinping, leaders across China are making sustainability happen on a global scale. At last year’s COP21 agreement in Paris, President Xi made a strong commitment, promising that China will contribute to climate change by focusing on green building and...

In Advocacy and policy 04.29.2016

Private sector opportunities at the U.S.–China summit in June

China and the U.S. are poised to drive global sustainability coming off the Paris Agreement’s opening for signature on Earth Day. Indeed, at COP21 in Paris, President Xi Jinping made a strong commitment, promising that China will contribute to climate change by focusing on green building and transportation.  The dialogue will continue on June 7–8 when the U.S. State Department and its China counterpart convene the U.S.–China Climate-Smart/Low-Carbon Cities...

In Center for Green Schools 04.28.2016

Rooted values: Appalachian State University’s sustainable leadership is ingrained in its...

The Climate Leadership Awards are presented by USGBC’s Center for Green Schools and Second Nature. The awards recognize innovative and advanced leadership in sustainability, climate mitigation and resilience at signatory campuses in the climate leadership network. USGBC caught up with last year’s honoree in the Four-Year Institution category, Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C., to check on their progress and accomplishments to date.  Sustainability...

In Industry 04.28.2016

Why you should register your SITES project today

As GBCI continues to bring SITES to new markets and potential users around the world, we are overwhelmed by the excitement about the program. All across the country and in far corners of the globe, leaders in sustainability and landscape design are weighing how to include SITES in new and future projects. Already, projects in New York, Los Angeles, Vancouver, Hong Kong and various other locations have registered for SITES. We know that SITES is poised to have dramatic impacts on our...

In Community 04.29.2016

Five lessons from real estate industry leaders (USGBC Northern California)

Last week, GRESB was proud to partner with USGBC Northern California, CodeGreen Solutions, the Green Health Partnership and the Build Healthy Places Network to convene the most recent in a series of events focused on connections between real estate and human health and well-being. I wanted to share five lessons I took from our expert panel: Lesson 1: We can invest for better places. Dr. Doug Jutte directs the Build Healthy Places Network. As a physician, Doug knows firsthand the impact of the...

In Community 04.29.2016

USGBC Nevada 2016 Battle of the Buildings

Do you own or operate a commercial or industrial building? Are you interested in lowering your overall costs while reducing energy, water and other waste? Do you like to win? If you answered "yes," participation in the first-ever Nevada Battle of the Buildings competition might be for you! The competition host, USGBC Nevada, cordially invites you to compete against your peers in this year-long, statewide, commercial building energy-saving program. What is the Nevada Battle of the Buildings? The...

In International 04.28.2016

Sustainability will reshape real estate development and investment in Mexico

This article was previously published in Mexico by Inmobiliare as "Predicting the Future: How Sustainability will Reshape Real Estate Development and Investment in Mexico by 2020." Read the original article in Spanish.  With increasing market penetration over the last four years, sustainability has been a strong and growing trend in real estate investment in Mexico. This rate of change and adoption of sustainability means that even bigger changes are ahead for commercial real estate...

In LEED 04.28.2016

Building future capacity for the green building industry

This article was originally published in the February 2016 issue of IA&B magazine, as "Building Future Capacity for the Green Building Industry: Sustainability and LEED in Higher Education."  At USGBC, we believe that everyone entering a classroom should have the opportunity to learn in a green school and take that knowledge of sustainable practices with them into their future. We are actively connecting with campuses all over the world to change the way their buildings are...

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