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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 Advocacy and policy 06.11.2015

Building Coalition Unveils 2015 Policy Priorities at kick-off to High Performance...

This week, the High Performance Building Congressional Caucus Coalition (HPBCCC) unveiled its 2015 Policy Priorities for the 114th U.S. Congress. The document marks a first for the Coalition that can serve as the framework for advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill and the executive agencies. HPBCCC is made up of approximately 200 organization, including USGBC, that provides guidance and support to the High-Performance Building Caucus of the U.S. Congress. The Caucus is co-chaired by Rep....

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...

In Industry 06.11.2015

LEED professionals at a glance: June 2015

LEED professionals distinguish themselves in the green building marketplace by earning one of six LEED professional credentials. Credential holders are recognized as leaders in the field and they contribute expertise to various industries and projects. Are you one of them? Don't have a credential yet? Learn more about how to become a LEED professional Hover over the charts below for a dynamic experience.    

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 Media 06.12.2015

Net Zero Zone Returns to Greenbuild 2015

June 8, 2015 (Washington, D.C.) – Informa Exhibitions U.S., Construction and Real Estate, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and EMerge Alliance announced today that the Net Zero Zone, the first of its kind in a major trade show, will return to the 2015 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo taking place at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., Nov. 18-19, 2015. “Driven by the innovative work of EMerge Alliance and its members, the Net Zero Zone at...

In Community 06.11.2015

Stephanie Choi: Greenbuild scholarship profile

For the past seven years USGBC has made Greenbuild accessible to people who would otherwise not be able to attend through a scholarship program. At last year’s Greenbuild, 156 individuals received some type of scholarship to Greenbuild. Scholarship recipients represent a diversity of people from around the world. Each has a story to tell. Each brings their own passion to their work. Each has a role to play in making green buildings and communities a reality for all. As we lead up to...

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