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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 Media 07.14.2015

USGBC and UVA School of Medicine Awarded 
$1.2 Million Grant from Robert Wood Johnson...

Funds will help advance existing Green Health Partnership, research to promote healthy places Washington, DC – (July 14, 2015) – USGBC and the University of Virginia School of Medicine (UVA) announced today that they have been awarded a three year, $1.2 million grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to advance their Green Health Partnership. This research initiative, led by Chris Pyke, Ph.D., (USGBC) and Dr. Matthew Trowbridge (UVA) directly addresses longstanding...

In Education 07.13.2015

Meet USGBC Pro Reviewer Isilay Civan

USGBC Pro Reviewers are experts in green building and sustainability who review courses on Education @USGBC. They provide detailed feedback to the course creators, as well as reviews on the course page. This feedback helps the course creators improve their education and helps other users decide whether or not the course is a good fit for them. Meet our USGBC Pro Reviewer Isilay Civan Who's your employer? HOK What's your position? Research & Strategic Innovation Specialist w/...

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....

In Industry 07.14.2015

Green Italy tours designed around Greenbuild EuroMed 2015

Due to the tremendous success of their green tours of Italy over the past few years, John Boecker (7group) and Alberto Ballardini (Habitech) will be guiding tours of the Veneto/Trentino region designed around attending Greenbuild EuroMed 2015 in Verona. The following green tours provide a current perspective on place, culture, design, food and trends that form the foundations of sustainability: Full 7-day Green Tour: 12-18 October Like previous green tours led by John and Alberto, this journey...

In LEED 07.13.2015

LEED in Motion: Mexico just released

With USGBC executives and staff in Mexico this week to discuss green buildings and the future of LEED, as well as to host a LEED technical workshop, we are pleased to present a new report, LEED in Motion: Mexico.  In Mexico, LEED certifications are becoming increasingly commonplace. There are over 13.2 million gross square meters of LEED space. LEED can be found in 606 buildings, including corporate offices, retail, schools, hospitals, factories, restaurants, and hotels including...

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 Education 07.14.2015

Building for health: Better decisions for a better future

When USGBC teamed up with the Center for Health and the Global Environment at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health to establish HealthBuild, it was with the intent to prioritize health as a primary driver for decision-making in the built environment. The first manifestation of this partnership is the Building for Health executive education program, a highly engaging course that equips executives with the cutting edge research and skills to lead at the in­tersection of human health...

In LEED 07.14.2015

LEED Earth winner: Mexico's first LEED v4 platinum building

Bioconstruccion y Energia Alternativa’ (BEA) is proud to announce that its headquarter offices is the most recent winner of USGBC’s LEED Earth campaign. Aside exuberant biodiversity, lively music and cultural richness, Mexico also plays a key role for the green building movement in Latin America. To date the country accounts for 139 certified and 460 registered LEED endeavors, some of the most innovative and revolutionary buildings in the entire region. From these projects, one...

In LEED 07.10.2015

Leaders turn to LEED in the Sichuan Province of China

In late June, a delegation from the Sichuan Province of China took time out of their busy schedules while touring the U.S. to visit the USGBC Headquarters in Washington, D.C., and discuss sustainable development in their region. Sichuan Province, home to 80 million people and counting, is a mixture of residential and non-residential infrastructure. The group consisted of professionals from a variety of backgrounds, including policy research and education, all of whom were interested in learning...

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