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In Center for Green Schools 03.6.2015

Reaching new heights: Dunbar is the highest scoring LEED for Schools-NC project to date

Something remarkable has happened in Washington, DC. Beyond the glare of the news cycle, the political positioning and the national debates, Dunbar High School, located a stone’s throw from the U.S. Capitol building, has achieved LEED Platinum certification. Not only has the school reached this milestone, it has become the highest-scoring school in the world certified under the LEED for Schools-New Construction rating system. Scoring 91 out of 100 possible points, the newly constructed...

In LEED 03.5.2015

LEED O+M credits and points

This article is part of a series that provides an overview of the fundamental elements to LEED. In our previous article, we listed the prerequisites, credits, and points in the LEED BD+C rating system. This time around, we’re going to focus on LEED for Operations + Maintenance (LEED O+M). This rating system addresses the following existing building project types:        Schools        Retail       ...

In LEED 03.4.2015

LEED certification update: February 2015

In this recurring monthly feature, we take a look at LEED certification activity in January 2015, broken out by rating system and location, as well as newly certified LEED projects in the news.  Be sure to check out USGBC's LEED project directory for a closer look at LEED projects in your area. You can also visit the Green Building Information Gateway to analyze LEED trends around the world. Certification Level Projects Certified Square Footage...

In LEED 03.4.2015

We have this thing with floors [video]

Better buildings are our legacy. Which is why at USGBC we care about what our floors are made of. Not only does it matter for our building's LEED certification level, but it matters for our daily lives in the office. Air quality, lighting and comfort effect each of us everyday. That's why we are thankful for the floors in our office space! Top 5 floors at USGBC Headquarters Carpet in our marketing department: This carpet is made with pre and post-consumer recycled content. It is...

In Industry 03.6.2015

Global LEED [USGBC+ Jan./Feb. 2015]

This article was originally published in the January/February 2015 issue of USGBC+. Read the original version. Two polar opposite cities take the lead in environmental design. LEED is expanding internationally with about 44 percent of all square footage pursuing LEED certification falling outside the U.S. That growth is not confined to one or two specific geographic regions or economic zones, but is spreading far and wide globally. Among the countries with the largest numbers of LEED...

In LEED 03.5.2015

Top 10 states project profile: University of Mary Washington’s IT Convergence Center

2014’s Top 10 States have shown tremendous leadership in the green building movement by certifying 1,662 commercial and institutional projects representing 251.7 million square feet of real estate. These buildings will have a tremendous social impact over the coming years by providing healthy and environmentally sustainable spaces to produce new breakthroughs in many different fields of science, medicine, education, business, the fine arts and environmental and social justice. This...

In LEED 03.4.2015

Virginia: State of the Commonwealth and green building leader

I want to take a moment to honor my home state, the great Commonwealth of Virginia, for being a leader in green building.  All across the state – from the Governor to our mayors and from CEOs to our community advocates – courageous leaders are making the state a better place by advancing green building.  Earlier this month, USGBC recognized Virginia as the fourth best state for green building in 2014.  Each year, USGBC releases its list of the Top 10 States for LEED,...

In Community 03.3.2015

Why glass is better than plastic

When Sunday rolls around the thing I dread the most is thinking about what I will pack for lunches for the upcoming week. It’s a lot of work and a lot of preparation. And the last thing I want to do at 7:00 am as I rush out the door is pull deli meat out of my fridge and slap it between two slices of bread. Yuck. Well, there's a solution. And not only does it make my life easier, it's also healthier and better for our earth! Glass > Plastic. Mason jar salads for the...

In Center for Green Schools 03.5.2015

Nature's Voice Project fosters compassion and community in green schools

The Nature’s Voices Project is an initiative of the Green Schools Initiative that combines the power of environmental education, storytelling and youth voices to build support for a sustainable, resilient and equitable world. We amplify the voices of young people by collecting, sharing and showcasing their environmental inspirational stories with decision-makers, educators, our allies and the general public through online and community platforms. Read below to hear from the 2015...

In LEED 03.5.2015

LEED Dynamic Plaque is coming to Canada

The following is excerpted from Property Biz Canada. Read the full article.  USGBC has launched the LEED Dynamic Plaque to enhance interest, drive a more performance-based approach to LEED and become an efficient option to maintaining LEED certification. “We need to help people understand that a green building is a living thing that goes on and on,” USGBC chief product officer Scot Horst told attendees at a Feb. 25 breakfast meeting held by the Greater...

In Industry 03.4.2015

Green building and climate change

Although many environmental impacts are associated with buildings and addressed by rating systems such as LEED, climate change deserves special consideration because buildings and land-use are responsible for a large proportion of greenhouse gas emissions. To be effective, the policies that are emerging at the local, state, and federal levels to regulate greenhouse gas emissions must reflect a clear understanding of the connection between climate change and the built environment. Unfortunately...

In Community 03.3.2015

Green ties, green codes, and a 2015 Greenbuild Legacy Project

The snow that delayed openings of area schools that morning was still on the ground outside, but the tenth floor of 1015 Half Street, SE, in the Capitol Riverfront District of Washington, DC, was packed last Thursday night. Hosted by the USGBC National Capital Region Chapter (USGBC-NCR), the Washington Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA|DC), and the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE), the 14th annual Green Tie Affair brought together over 500 local green building...

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