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In Industry 03.7.2014

USGBC in the news: Exposing the ‘Environmental Policy Alliance’

Don’t be fooled, the Environmental Policy Alliance isn’t the “EPA” you might think. The group behind recent attacks on LEED is run by the notorious Washington, D.C., lobbyist Richard Berman, who works on behalf of special interests under the guise of policy and research institutes. Check out what Architect, The Huffington Post and TreeHugger have to say about the Environmental Policy Alliance: "LEED Exposed": Beltway Astroturf Organization Sets Sights on Green Building,...

In LEED 03.7.2014

GBIG Fundamentals: Project Transparency, Market Context, and Timelines

This is the first in a series of blog posts detailing features of the Green Building Information Gateway. Subsequent blog posts will dive deeper into specific applications to help users get the most out of their experience with GBIG.org. GBIG is a global information platform for the real estate industry designed to further accelerate market transformation. It empowers users with relevant market intelligence that highlights companies, products, services and strategies connected to the world...

In Advocacy and policy 03.5.2014

Picking up the PACE in Iowa

How do you stay warm in the cold Iowa winter? Pick up the PACE — Property Assessed Clean Energy that is! That is just what the USGBC Iowa Chapter is doing, leading the charge on PACE as its main advocacy effort. Cecilia Shutters and I certainly stayed warm keeping up with the USGBC Iowa chapter this month. We joined them for Design Day at the State Capitol (one of the most beautiful capitol buildings in America), meetings with legislators and an evening PACE education event with...

In Industry 03.3.2014

In the Know with Maggie and Joe

Joe and I will be bringing you the top global green building highlights from each week. Sign up to ensure you’re “in the know!” San Diego Gas & Electric’s Energy Innovation Center Achieves Double-Platinum LEED Status: This facility takes sustainability seriously! SDG&E recognizes that designing and constructing a green building isn’t the finish line. Sustainability is about continued performance through green operations and maintenance. Congratulations,...

In LEED 03.7.2014

Coming soon: Translation aids for LEED credential exams

LEED’s impact resonates on a global stage, and its adopters, advocates and practitioners are growing more diverse every day. There are LEED projects and LEED professionals in nearly 200 countries. To serve this demand, GBCI has translated several study resources and exams for the LEED professional credentials into Chinese, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic and French. Exam translation aid availability Chinese Spanish Portuguese Arabic French LEED Green Associate (2009) Now Now Now...

In LEED 03.6.2014

A new mantra: LEED ON

Beginning this month, you’ll notice leaders from across the building industry peering out from magazine pages, newspapers, usgbc.org and around the web in our new ad series. Their message? LEED ON. What does it mean? Well, pardon our redundancy, but it’s about leadership! LEED ON is a call to action for the entire industry – including us. As we continue to make the newest update to LEED, LEED v4, more understandable, easy to use and accessible than ever, we’re taking up...

In LEED 03.5.2014

Become a LEED Fellow in 2014

Are you interested in becoming a LEED Fellow? Your time is now. The U.S. Green Building Council call for nominations of qualified applicants is now open for the 2014 class of LEED Fellows. What does it take to be a LEED Fellow?  Nominees must have: Ten years of professional green building experience Held a LEED Professional credential for eight or more years Can demonstrate your significant contributions to advancing the movement Nominators must have: A LEED AP with Specialty credential...

In LEED 03.3.2014

Meet USGBC’s Senior Materials Research Fellows

As part of the LEED, Materials, and Health Initiative, the U.S. Green Building Council has engaged a team of scientific experts to conduct synthetic research and advise USGBC staff on the health-related aspects of building materials. These six Senior Materials Research Fellows are advancing the technical dialog on issues related to materials science, toxicology, green chemistry, risk assessment, and information technology through publishing and convening events.  Ashley White is USGBC...

In Advocacy and policy 03.7.2014

H.R. 2126: The Energy Efficiency Improvement Act

This week, the House of Representatives took a major step in advancing building efficiency legislation with the passage of H.R. 2126, the Energy Efficiency Improvement Act. This bipartisan bill cleared the House on a vote of 375-36. The legislation includes most of the Better Buildings Act, as well as provisions from H.R. 540, the Efficient Government Technologies Act, and language related to improving energy benchmarking of federally owned buildings and leased space. The bill seeks to...

In Advocacy and policy 03.5.2014

Looking back: National Leadership Speaker Series on resiliency in 21st century

USGBC is working with policymakers to advance sound resiliency programs and policies so communities can better implement strategies to prevent and mitigate disasters to the extent possible, implement plans for the inevitable events to come, and provide the appropriate tools and resources to rebound smarter, greener and better. Climate and economic resilience are two essential elements that will define the 21st century, as our world is more interconnected, urbanized, complex, and yet more...

In Industry 03.4.2014

Join us at the 2014 Building Energy Summit

USGBC is proud to be an education partner with the 2014 Building Energy Summit. This year's event will be held April 1, 2014 in Washington, DC. The Summit brings together building owners, energy experts, and technology pioneers to address the challenges and opportunities surrounding the need for more energy efficient buildings. Join us for the 2014 Building Energy Summit and be a part of the revolution that is permanently changing the way we manage and operate buildings. The Summit...

In LEED 03.3.2014

5 things to know about Education @USGBC

If you're looking to grow your green building knowledge Education @USGBC is how to do it. Want to know more? Here are our top five FAQs.    What is Education @USGBC? ANSWER: Education @USGBC is a simple-to-use platform with courses designed by the world’s learning educators, providing the best education in the market today. Education @USGBC includes courses created by USGBC and well as courses created by USGBC Education Partners. Access Education @USGBC at usgbc.org/...

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