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In Community 07.1.2015

Convergence focuses on chapter network evolution and strategic discussions [video]

USGBC community advancement is all about bringing together our volunteers and leaders throughout the country, and a big part Convergence 2015 has been focused on our chapter network evolution. Monday's activities were volunteerism-focused, and Tuesday’s activities celebrated strategic discussions, which included opening remarks from Donnel Baird, CEO of BlocPower, which works with American inner cities to create jobs through clean energy projects. We also heard from the newly formed...

In Industry 07.1.2015

Now open: LEED committee call for volunteers

USGBC is currently seeking professionals who are passionate, inventive, and knowledgeable in the design, construction, and operations of sustainable buildings and communities to serve on our LEED committees. Apply by Friday, August 14 at 5:00 pm PST. This LEED committee call for volunteers seeks individuals with specific expertise related to the following: Pilot Credit Committee LEED Advisory Committee Technical Advisory Groups (TAGs)  Learn more more about the open...

In Media 06.30.2015

USGBC Announces New Alignment with CALGreen

California embraces new path to achieve LEED certification as state struggles with drought San Diego, CA – (June 30, 2015) – USGBC announced today the availability of a new path forward for California project developers seeking LEED certification. This announcement comes in the midst of USGBC’s annual midyear conference for community leaders, Convergence, taking place from June 28–July 1 in San Diego. Starting July 1, nonresidential projects in California subject to...

In Media 06.28.2015

Rick Fedrizzi to Step Down as USGBC’s CEO End of 2016

(Washington, D.C. – June 28, 2015) USGBC announced today that Rick Fedrizzi, the visionary founder of USGBC and CEO since 2003, will not seek renewal of his contract as USGBC’s CEO at the end of 2016, paving the way for an organizational leadership transition in 2017.

 “As one of the founders of USGBC, I never could have imagined the sweeping global impact the organization would have, the wide-ranging work that could be accomplished, the dramatic change in our industry that...

In Industry 07.1.2015

A quiet revolution: USGBC member WSP examines low-energy design

Over the past 20 years, the prevailing wisdom of low-energy building design has held that the most cost-effective approach is a three-stage process in which passive design techniques are given priority. The theory holds that only after optimization of the environmental responsiveness of building form and materiality should focus be switched to energy efficient technology and finally, having minimized the demand for energy, to the application of renewables.  Prioritization of passive design...

In LEED 06.30.2015

Streamlined LEED documentation path now available for California projects

A new alternative LEED documentation path, first mentioned in our April article, is now available for use on select credits by all projects subject to the 2013 California Green Building Standards Code (CALGreen) mandatory requirements and registered under a LEED BD+C or LEED ID+C v2009 or v4 rating system. The CALGreen alternative documentation path is available for the following LEED credits: WE Prerequisite Indoor Water Use Reduction EA Prerequisite Fundamental Refrigerant...

In Education 06.29.2015

Get to know SITES in the online course: Introduction to the SITES Program

GBCI recently launched the newly acquired SITES rating system, which is the most comprehensive program and toolkit for developing sustainable landscapes. The Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES®) is a program based on the understanding that land is a crucial component of the built environment and can be planned, designed, developed, and maintained to protect and enhance the benefits we derive from healthy functioning landscapes. The rating system can be applied to development projects...

In Community 06.28.2015

Convergence at USGBC: San Diego, Calif.

Today we kick off Convergence at USGBC in San Diego, Calif. Convergence is our annual mid-year event that’s part knowledge exchange, part inspirational infusion, and part family reunion. Throughout history, humans have gathered to find commonalities, share ideas, and collectively bring their best forward. Those are the outcomes we seek this summer, as we convene our community for engagement and action. Converging is at the core of what we do at USGBC. Over our 22-year history, we...

In LEED 07.1.2015

LEED addenda update: July 2015

The July 1 2015, quarterly LEED rating system and reference guide addenda are now available. This release includes addenda for both LEED v4 and LEED 2009. To view the changes: Visit the addenda database and search by 7/1/2015 Visit the credit library and select the "Interpretations” tab within each credit Download the Reference Guide Tables Interpretations Six new LEED Interpretations (10415-10419, 10421) were published. Four are applicable to LEED v4 and two...

In Community 06.30.2015

Convergence 2015 kicks off with community service projects [video]

USGBC’s annual mid-year meeting, Convergence 2015, is taking place this week in San Diego, Calif. Convergence brings together the USGBC community—volunteers, chapters, committees, Board of Directors, staff and other green building leaders—to learn from each other and work on advancing USGBC’s mission of green buildings for all within a generation. Convergence is about a spirit of volunteerism and collaboration and giving as much as you gain. Our amazing volunteers and...

In Education 06.29.2015

Celebrating our top company users of Education @USGBC

Last month, we celebrated the incredible growth of Education @USGBC. We shared with you that over 100,000 hours of green building and sustainability education have been delivered to 11,000+ unique users through our platform since we launched. We’re now happy to report that the number of education hours delivered has grown to 130,000, and more than 14,000 professionals have accessed education on Education @USGBC. We’d like to say thank you to our top 10 company users, all of which...

In Industry 06.26.2015

A LEED professional’s thoughts on LEED: The contemporary, sustainability brand

Over the last 15 years LEED has emerged as the perfect brand to cultivate a conversation around sustainability and motivate individuals to incorporate sustainability values into our building environment. In addition to the certification and recognition, LEED gives us sole satisfaction of returning something to the Mother Nature and a sense of proactively caring for the society we live in. As a LEED Green Associate I am inspired by the impact of LEED and I am grateful for how it bonds our...

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