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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...

In Advocacy and policy 08.15.2013

Advocacy Update: Promoting policy for energy efficiency, resilience & green schools

July was another busy month for USGBC’s advocacy shop. Working hand-in-hand with our invaluable volunteers and member companies, our team is building stronger ties with our networks, empowering community action and advancing sound public policy to accelerate green building all across the country.  In July we’ve been active on federal legislation that advances energy efficiency, supports infrastructure finance and promotes true green building leadership. We’re also...

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 08.20.2013

They’re back: Solar panels return to a White House that’s getting greener

This summer news is as refreshing as an Arnold Palmer. For the first time in eight presidential terms (that’s 32 years, but who’s counting?), solar panels will be back on the roof of the White House. According to reports, installation began last week. The energy-saving move was green-lit, so to speak, three years ago as part of a broader White House energy retrofit effort. Energy Secretary Steven Chu made the announcement in 2010 at the GreenGov Symposium, a now defunct event that...

In Advocacy and policy 08.1.2013

The West Region market briefs and state snapshots

The individuals at the core of USGBC’s chapter network represent the tremendous potential of a volunteer-driven organization. To leverage the intellectual capital that this community offers, an organization must be horizontally integrated, open and transparent, and it must also encourage the expression of creativity. The USGBC regions were created to help support and grow these fundamental concepts. The West Region is geographically very large, spanning from the border of Canada to 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 08.20.2013

The Northeast Region market briefs and state snapshots

The Northeast Corridor Regional Committee (NECRC) is composed of 11 chapters, in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia and Washington, D.C. The chapters in our region represent diverse environmental, social and economic assets and challenges, with varying green building marketplaces. The region is home to the oldest green building organization in the country, the Green Building Alliance (GBA), originally a USGBC affiliate and now an official chapter...

In Advocacy and policy 07.29.2013
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Mapping green buildings across the US: Where are they appearing, and why?

One of the duties of my summer internship at USGBC includes tracking green building policies around the world. While this task is far too big to wrap up in mere months, I am beginning to recognize trends in different regions of the world. Two recent articles caught my attention, as they each offer interesting insights and provide supporting evidence for green building policy trends.In the May 2013 report “Green Building Geography: Does Governmental Incentives or Economic Growth Stimulate...

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