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In Education 05.20.2015

Meet USGBC Pro Reviewer Vickie Breemes

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 Vickie Breemes Who's your employer? Little What's your position? Director of Advanced Building Technologies What's...

In LEED 05.19.2015

LEED v4 webinar: Additional dates and times

Did you miss it? In April, USGBC hosted Get to know LEED v4, a free, live webinar event. Since then, we’ve received a number of requests for additional events in different time zones. We appreciate your feedback and have now added two more free webinar to the calendar. Choose one of the following dates: May 26, 2015 @ 10pm EDT (register now) June 23, 2015 @ 1pm EDT (register now) Like the first webinar, these events are eligible for 1 LEED specific CE hour (applicable for all rating...

In Education 05.18.2015

Education @USGBC grows and strives for even greater impact

Education @USGBC launched in January 2014 and has been growing ever since. This growth and impact has been made possible with our Education Partners, our Pro Reviewers, our highly engaged subscribers (including a super user), and the USGBC Education Team driving the market to create accessible, best-in-class green building and sustainability education. We continue to work hard as a highly integrated network, but we think it’s a good idea to reflect on our progress every now and then...

In Advocacy and policy 05.15.2015

Bounce back faster from disaster (Building Safety Month: Week 2)

In the second week of Building Safety Month, we're focusing on how to bounce back faster from disaster. Over the past decade, scores of devastating weather events across the globe have taken countless lives and destroyed many of the buildings people once called home.  As natural disasters become more and more common, it is imperative that building codes be updated in step with the ever-changing environment in order to adequately protect building occupants. Code revisions must arise...

In Industry 05.20.2015

You're invited to "America Answers: Powering Cities"

On June 23, the Washington Post is bringing business leaders, elected officials, tech pioneers and scientists from around the country together to discuss and debate solutions for producing, delivering and conserving energy. We’ll look at clean energy, batteries and storage, the grid, innovations in oil and gas, infrastructure priorities and more. Cities and towns are incubators for change. America Answers is The Washington Post's new multi-platform series highlighting innovative ideas...

In Education 05.19.2015

Take our survey to share your sustainability education needs

USGBC is constantly working to engage individuals and understand sustainability education needs across the market. Please help us understand your education needs, and spend five minutes to take our brief survey. Your participation provides us with invaluable insight into the ever evolving education market. The survey closes June 5.  Take our survey You may provide additional feedback or questions at the end of the survey. Thank you in advance for your time.

In LEED 05.15.2015

Take part in a new USGBC global green survey

USGBC, in partnership with Dodge Data & Analytics (formerly McGraw Hill Construction) has just launched a new global green survey. The survey results will offer key insights on construction activity around the world by examining important trends affecting and transforming the construction industry on a global, regional and national level. The results will also provide information on the benefits experienced in green construction globally and the variation of green practices and...

In International 05.15.2015

Upcoming LEED and WELL events: Building a healthier China

USGBC and the International WELL Being Institute (IWBI) are heading to China from May 11-22 for a multi-city tour to engage and advance the conversation around green buildings and human health.  USGBC and IWBI are hosting half-day Green Building Executive Forums in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Macau along with workshops to discuss the WELL Building Standard, which focuses on human health and wellbeing in the built environment. Register to attend the even in Shenzhen...

In Center for Green Schools 05.19.2015

Infographic: Campus Conservation Nationals 2015

The Center for Green Schools at USGBC, through its USGBC Students program and in partnership with Lucid, the Alliance to Save Energy and the National Wildlife Federation, is pleased to announce the results of the Campus Conservation Nationals (CCN) 2015 competition. View the press release. From Feb. 1 through April 30, 2015, students and staff competed to achieve the greatest reductions in their residence halls’ energy use over a three-week period. In its fifth year, more than 343,000...

In Center for Green Schools 05.18.2015

New study concludes with strong evidence of the impact of school design on learning

Until now, it may seem bizarre, but the holistic impact of classroom design on the learning of school pupils has been pretty much an unknown quantity. Although many people intuitively feel that classroom design is important for effective learning, there has in fact been very little real evidence. Of course the challenge is far from simple, as there are a myriad of design factors in play within every classroom. So the University of Salford’s research team targeted primary (or...

In Community 05.15.2015

National Bike to Work Day

At USGBC, we take National Bike to Work Day pretty seriously. While a lot of our staff bikes to work every single day (weather permitting), it's more fun when you get to celebrate your #1 way of commuting with other staff members and local bikers! Biking to work is a clean, fun and healthy way to get to and from work. We thought we'd take a minute to showcase some of our most enthusiastic bikers, and get an idea of why they bike to work!  Josh Lasky, Program Manager, Green Apple...

In Advocacy and policy 05.14.2015

US moves forward with raising the bar for energy efficiency in affordable housing

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Department of Agriculture (USDA) took an important step this week—one that will make a difference in the lives of thousands of families. HUD and USDA issued a final determination essentially adopting the next set of building energy codes for a suite of programs and recognizing LEED certification as an alternative compliance path, which will help streamline documentation for project teams. USGBC filed comments on the...

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