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In Advocacy and policy 11.1.2013

The business case for green buildings: ASBC event hosted at USGBC

People like to talk about the environment in terms of protecting nature — making sure we don’t pollute or ensuring conservation of natural resources for future generations. That’s a worthy goal; since buildings in the United States account for 39 percent of our carbon emissions, more than industry or transportation, it's a good place to start if we want to cut emissions.Another way to think about it is in terms of creating a good working environment. That includes making sure...

In Advocacy and policy 10.10.2013

This October it’s pumpkins, shutdown, and green building codes

October is not even 10 days through and it’s already been a great month for greener building codes.  Here are four of this month’s highlights (in reverse chronological order). Thank goodness none of these required any action by the federal government!  One thing seems pretty clear to me: we’re getting a little smarter and more sophisticated about the greening the codes… Oct 10: Rollbacks Defeated & New Ground Gained in 2015-IECC: Code officials once again...

In Advocacy and policy 09.16.2013

USGBC Inland Empire Chapter helping underserved communities

The USGBC Inland Empire Chapter (USGBC-IE) has been reaching out beyond architects, engineers and builders to low-income communities through its Sustainable and Healthy Community Initiative. This initiative aims to provide green building education and hands-on project experience to underserved communities, and to increase engagement with local programs related to green homes, green schools, green workplaces, and healthy communities. Since 2012, USGBC-IE has been working with the ...

In Advocacy and policy 09.4.2013

Top 10 #LEEDworks tweets

Last week, we launched our first social media advocacy campaign to spread the word to our elected officials that #LEEDworks! The campaign was a resounding success, all due to the amazing responses of our 62, 674 Twitter followers and countless LEED supporters. “#LEEDworks to protect the environment, save money and build better, stronger communities,” tweeted CEO Rick Fedrizzi to kick-off the campaign Monday morning. This tweet was immediately followed by 284 #LEEDworks Thunderclap...

In Advocacy and policy 10.30.2013
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Once again, GSA recognizes that LEED works

“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” That’s what General Services Administration (GSA) concluded again on October 25. After a lot of study, the GSA decided that the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED green building rating system can and should be used in government buildings. LEED, it said, advances energy efficiency and saves taxpayers’ money. LEED has become synonymous with excellence and it’s comforting to know that GSA, the largest landlord in...

In Advocacy and policy 09.25.2013

Energy efficiency legislation delayed indefinitely

After two weeks of deliberation, the Senate couldn’t advance this important bipartisan bill. The Senate spent the first two weeks of September trying to pass bipartisan energy efficiency legislation, commonly known as Shaheen-Portman (S. 1392). Unfortunately, due to partisan bickering, including a rogue amendment on healthcare, the bill never got far on the floor of the Senate and has been postponed indefinitely. The Senate is now grappling with the more urgent issue of keeping the...

In Advocacy and policy 09.12.2013

USGBC-Illinois Victory: Energy benchmarking ordinance approved in Chicago City Council

Breaking news: On Wednesday, Sept. 11, the Chicago City Council passed the Energy Use Benchmarking and Disclosure Ordinance introduced by Mayor Rahm Emanuel. The new ordinance will provide another opportunity for Chicago building owners and tenants to learn about their energy use and work together to lower their costs. In addition, the ordinance sets a strong precedent that will help promote energy benchmarking and energy efficiency measures elsewhere in Illinois. With the ordinance now law,...

In Advocacy and policy 08.26.2013

Let them know #LEEDworks!

When was the last time you talked to your Senator? Does he or she know green buildings are important to you?  Join green building advocates from across the country as we band together to let our elected officials know #LEEDworks!  The #LEEDworks campaign kicks off Monday, Aug. 26, and runs through Friday, Aug. 30.  You can participate in three ways:     1. Insert your state senator's twitter handle (you can find his or her handle here) and tweet one or...

In Advocacy and policy 10.16.2013
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Green Building Law Update's “A Week in the Life of LEED Certification”

Check out Stuart Kaplow’s Green Building Update to see a highlight of how much LEED does in just one week. Some stand out stats include: 45 projects were certified. Those 45 projects comprised 5,891,366 square feet in total of LEED certified space. The 45 projects were spread across 28 states. Of the projects, 2 were Platinum certified, 15 Gold certified, 22 Silver certified, and 6 Certified. The credit achieved most in these projects was the EAc1 Energy Performance. And the 2nd most...

In Advocacy and policy 09.23.2013

“We have a movement” — Mayor Kevin Johnson calls on policymakers to forge more resilient...

Mayor Kevin Johnson of Sacramento, Calif., delivered a major national address last Friday at the National Press Club, outlining a blueprint for local leaders to join together and implement solutions to build a more resilient America. “The good news is that we have a movement and a call to action to engage mayors across the country,” said Johnson, the keynote speaker at USGBC’s National Leadership Speaker Series on Resiliency and Security in the 21st Century. “The...

In Advocacy and policy 09.6.2013

Built in the USA – a snapshot of green building activity across all 50 states

It wasn’t easy to pull together state-by-state facts and figures about the strength of our growing green building marketplace. But we did it, thanks to the help and support of all 77 chapters.* We now have at our fingertips—state-by-state and region-by-region—an impressive collection of some of the countless, market-moving highlights of our 50-star studded flag under one green building nation. With your help, next year we’ll have even better stories to tell. Already...

In Advocacy and policy 08.23.2013

The Southeast Region market briefs and state snapshots

Over the last few decades, the Southeast Region has experienced exceptional growth in population. This is a rich and diverse section of the country with numerous natural resources including large forests, mountain streams, coastal areas and agricultural commerce. Generally, these states have few large urban hubs and numerous small towns and rural communities. The chapters of Southeast Regional Committee (SERC) share similar demographics, opportunities and challenges. The chapters in this region...

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