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In Education 07.21.2015

Cushman & Wakefield leverages LEED for professional development

Over the course of several years, Cushman & Wakefield has successfully integrated sustainability into the company’s operations, which built the foundation to take sustainability to the next level. The Sustainability Strategies team, tasked with embedding sustainability into our corporate culture, decided it was imperative to first assess our own strengths and weaknesses. We noticed a sincere interest in sustainability among employees that was waiting to be harnessed. It became clear...

In Education 07.17.2015

Top 3 courses to grow your knowledge (July 2015)

You want the best courses and we've got them. Check out this month's top courses to grow your green building and sustainability knowledge. Check out July's top three courses created by USGBC Education Partners. Deep Material Vetting, created by Education Partner BuildingGreen, Inc. Learn how to vet materials like an LBC Red List veteran! Hint: you don't have to be a chemist to learn how to ask the right questions and get the right answers. BIMagination: From 3D to 5D, created by...

In LEED 07.16.2015

TAIPEI 101: Beginning the LEED v4 platinum recertification process

When TAIPEI 101 achieved LEED Platinum certification as an existing building in 2011, they knew it was the beginning of a new leadership role, a new relationship with their tenants, and a new definition of standard practice. For an existing building, green isn’t just an adjective used to describe a noun in a single point in time; green is a verb, reflecting continuous action to maintain and improve the environmental performance of the building and how it’s operated. For LEED O+M,...

In Community 07.15.2015

Join the USGBC Advisory Council in 2016

Provide visionary guidance to USGBC on policy and initiatives across the sustainability movement, and nominate yourself to join the Advisory Council in the first USGBC Advisory Council election! There are six open seats for the 2016 Advisory Council: Facility Management and Operations: PDF/Online form Educator (Post-Secondary): PDF/Online form Developer/Real Estate Services: PDF/Online form Real Estate Finance and Capital Markets: PDF/Online form Business to Consumer Leader...

In Advocacy and policy 07.21.2015

House gives thumbs up to affordable housing efficiency program

Last week the U.S. House of Representatives voted in favor of another important efficiency bill.The Private Investment in Housing Act, introduced by a bipartisan group of lawmakers including Representatives Dennis Ross (FL), Jim Himes (CT), Emanuel Cleaver (MO) and John Delaney (MD), passed by an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 395-28. It is nearly identical to the provisions found in the energy efficiency legislation commonly known as Shaheen-Portman. This is the second bill to advance...

In Community 07.17.2015

USGBC moves forward in building an integrated network [video]

Over the last couple of years USGBC has been making strides to build an integrated network and pioneer a new model for USGBC chapters and local market engagement. Through an open and honest dialogue with chapters, we are moving towards closer alignment, as well as greater consistency and clarity in the marketplace.  In our video below, you will hear from USGBC leaders including Kimberly Lewis, Doug Widener and Rick Fedrizzi, about the efforts we are making to strengthen our...

In Advocacy and policy 07.15.2015

Solar on commercial buildings: An opportunity to comment

Are you interested in how to facilitate more solar on our nation’s commercial buildings? If so, we invite you to take advantage of an opportunity to voice your ideas. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), under its SunShot Initiative and the Better Buildings Alliance (BBA), recently issued a Request for Information (RFI) to explore strategies to support, expand, and streamline efforts to deploy solar on and for commercial buildings in the U.S. real estate market. Comments are due July 27....

In Industry 07.15.2015

New LEED Pilot Credit: Prevention through design

USGBC recently released a new pilot credit aimed at encouraging Prevention through Design (PtD) practices. The pilot credit was developed in partnership with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the U.S. federal agency that conducts research and makes recommendations to prevent worker injury and illness, as part of an effort to explore the nexus between occupational safety and health and sustainable building practices.   Prevention Through Design, a one-point...

In LEED 07.20.2015

Where in Mexico is LEED being used?

Today, Mexico's architects, construction firms, energy companies, city planners, enterprises and politicians are working together to create the sustainable cities of tomorrow. Mexico is the home to LEED-certified and 460 LEED-registered projects, totaling 13,168,705 gross square meters of space. From hospitality to retail, whether single projects or those using LEED volume certification, the projects in Mexico represent the diversity and breadth inherent in LEED.  Check out a few of Mexico...

In Community 07.16.2015

USGBC's Los Angeles Chapter gears up for a week of Green Apple impact

With this year’s Green Apple Day of Service scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 26, the USGBC Los Angeles Chapter is setting their sights high on a week of impact and fun. The recently-released “Green Apple Week Activity Toolkit” is a guide for all of us to find ways to engage students in learning about conservation and sustainability. With a focus on one impact each day of the week starting on Monday, Sept 21, projects will highlight the importance of water and...

In Community 07.15.2015

USGBC Board of Directors announces governance evolution for USGBC

USGBC was founded 22 years ago with a governance structure appropriate for a U.S.-based, start-up NGO with a transformational mission. Our governance required passionate and talented individuals who represented all of the perspectives from the built environment to bring our mission to life. Two decades later, USGBC has inspired the LEED certification of billions of square feet in more than 150 countries. The business environment is more complex, and our industry is affected by globalization,...

In Industry 07.14.2015

Call for nominations: Green Building & Design Women in Sustainability Leadership...

There is still time to nominate outstanding green building women leaders for this year’s Green Building & Design (gb&d) Women in Sustainability Leadership Awards (WSLA). USGBC is a proud supporter of these awards, which help identify and advance current top female sustainability executives while recognizing, supporting and giving opportunities to future women in leadership. Think about the women who are committed to sustainability and are going beyond the call to advance change....

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