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In Industry 06.17.2015

How do I become a LEED Green Associate? [video]

Watch our video below to learn more about how you can become a LEED Green Associate. The LEED Green Associate credential is your gateway to green, demonstrating a robust, up-to-date understanding of current green building principles and best practices. We’ve created this credential for everyone; you don’t need previous LEED project experience to be eligible. Prep yourself on LEED v4 content by checking out our candidate handbooks and other online study materials. The exam is...

In Industry 06.16.2015

Saint-Gobain celebrates 350 years of innovation

It is extremely rare for an organization of any type or size to mark 350 years in existence, never mind 350 years of continued success and innovation. On June 3, I had the pleasure of spending the day with representatives of Saint-Gobain, a USGBC Platinum-level member, in celebration of the 350th anniversary of their company. Founded in France in 1665, under the reign of Louis XIV, Saint-Gobain has been innovative from the very beginning. Starting off as the Royal Manufactory of mirror...

In LEED 06.15.2015

Upcoming June deadline for LEED v2.0/2.2 projects: last day to submit for certification

Continuos improvement: It's the driving force and mantra behind the development of new versions of LEED. As the market continues to grow and evolve, LEED does the same. When new solutions are developed and new goals identified, previous versions of the LEED rating systems are retired or “sunset”—keeping the newest projects paired with the latest and best version. On June 27, 2015, the following rating systems will be closed for certification, i.e. sunset. LEED for New...

In Community 06.12.2015

Remembering the legacy of sustainability leader Mona Eigbrett

The sustainability world is fascinating because of the rapid pace of growth and its ability to evolve almost overnight. Because we believe so passionately in the imperative work we are doing, it is important to not get lost in the momentum but rather to celebrate the wins and remember that today's sustainability efforts will outlive us all. Last week, USGBC received very sad news that we have lost one of our sustainability leaders, Mona Eigbrett. We wanted to take some time to reflect...

In Education 06.17.2015

Top 3 courses to take this month (June 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 May's top three courses created by USGBC Education Partners. Introduction to the WELL Building Standard, created by Education Partner International WELL Building Institute. Gain an overview of the WELL Building Standard, covering benefits, structure, and the certification process. Top 10 Energy Conservation Measures for Data Centers...

In LEED 06.16.2015

Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú achieves LEED certification

Latin America is home to some of the planet’s most beautiful places—the biodiversity of its forests and jungles, mountain ranges and coasts, and the rich history and culture—and Peru is no exception. Most visitors to the country head straight for its most prominent and historic site, Machu Picchu, the Incan citadel high in the Andes Mountains. But to understand the present and the future of Peru, head to the capital city Lima where sustainability leaders are making history. I...

In Education 06.15.2015

Course preview: Site and Habitat Aspects of Integrative Design [video]

Education @USGBC is your go-to place for sustainability and green building education. Ready to take your knowledge to the next level? Check out the preview below of this month's featured course, Site and Habitat Aspects of Integrative Design, created by USGBC Education Partner, 7group. This course will introduce the belief that humans are nature (not separate from it) and explores how we can play a participatory role in addressing the environmental imperatives we face...

In Center for Green Schools 06.12.2015

Learn about school district sustainability in a new report from the Center for Green...

Ever wonder what a school district sustainability director does? Within the last five years, the network of school district sustainability staff that the Center for Green Schools convenes has grown four fold, and we've launched four successful Green Schools Fellowships. In the process, we've gleaned a lot of information about what it takes to get sustainability moving in a school system. In a new report the Center details findings from surveys and interviews conducted by our graduate...

In Industry 06.16.2015

USGBC+ collects three wins at 2015 EXCEL Awards

USGBC+ is USGBC’s first ever magazine for our valued members. Through our bimonthly publication we are committed to bringing you green building stories, strategies and lessons. And among other things the magazine also serves as a showcase of the phenomenal work of our members and the green building industry’s best and brightest minds. We're so excited to share that USGBC+ earned three EXCEL Awards at Association Media & Publishing’s 2015 Annual Meeting...

In Education 06.16.2015

Get to know USGBC Faculty Marc Mondor

USGBC Faculty are experienced educators with a strong background in professional education, training, and facilitation. The Faculty designation recognizes professionals who are highly experienced and knowledgeable on the topics of LEED, green building and sustainability. USGBC Faculty are committed to maintaining their knowledge and skills, while staying up-to-date in innovation in the field. You can access courses taught by USGBC Faculty on Education @USGBC.  Meet our USGBC...

In Industry 06.15.2015

Register for Greenbuild 2015 today

Greenbuild 2015 is gearing up to be a Monumental Green event featuring the best education in green building, renowned speakers in the industry and exciting events. Greenbuild International Conference and ExpoExpo: Nov. 18-19, Conference: Nov. 18-20Washington Convention Center, Washington DC Learn more and register today Our buildings—homes, hospitals, and high rises—are modern monuments, and green buildings rise up from our communities like beacons of innovation and thoughtfulness....

In Advocacy and policy 06.12.2015

Celebrating the people behind Building Safety Month

Building Safety Month 2015 came into focus for me when I met Nick Carver, Building Official for the City of Maplewood, Minnesota, at a reception held by the International Code Council commemorating another successful campaign raising awareness around building safety and building codes.  Mr. Carver was in attendance to receive the Building Official of the Year Award. After all, what value are these public policies anyway if there aren’t great people like Nick implementing them, and...

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