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In Industry 02.2.2015

Become a LEED Fellow in 2015

Are you interested in becoming a LEED Fellow? Your time is now. USGBC's call for nominations of qualified applicants is now open for the 2015 class of LEED Fellows. (Get to know the LEED Fellows.) For an overview of the mastery elements and general program policies, review the LEED Fellow Handbook and for the 2015 dates, guidance, and page limits, review the 2015 LEED Fellow Application Guide. What does it take to be a LEED Fellow?  Nominees must be/have: A LEED AP with...

In LEED 02.2.2015

LEED BD+C: A fresh start to sustainability

What is LEED BD+C? LEED BD+C is a fresh start to sustainability. When designing and constructing a new building, project teams have a choice: to join the movement of global leaders producing innovative buildings from the ground up… or to maintain the status quo. We’re in favor of the former. LEED for Building Design and Construction (LEED BD+C) provides a framework for building a holistic green building, giving you the chance to create a healthy, resource-efficient, cost-effective...

In Industry 01.30.2015

A plaque for global performance

The LEED Dynamic Plaque, our platform for measuring building performance, recently took a trip to London. UK-based design magazine Wallpaper selected the LEED Dynamic Plaque as the winner of its Design Award for Urban Sustainability. You can view their beautiful interpretation of the plaque on their website or in their February issue.  I had the privilege of attending the awards reception in London where the LEED Dynamic Plaque was showcased. London made a fitting location for display...

In Center for Green Schools 01.30.2015

Green Schools National Conference: One voice, one movement

At last year’s Green Schools National Conference, we called upon all who were assembled to speak with one voice and act as one movement. We’ve spent the last 11 months living that promise and learning when we speak and act as one community, we accomplish so much more. The Center for Green Schools at USGBC has teamed up with the Green Schools National Network (GSNN) to make this fifth annual Green Schools National Conference the best yet. Since 2010, GSNN has hosted the preeminent...

In Industry 02.2.2015

ARCHITECT magazine: "The next frontier in sustainable design"

The following is excerpted from ARCHITECT magazine's piece, "The Performing Arts." Read the full article.  Gathering data to change occupant behavior is the next frontier in sustainable design (see LEED's new Dynamic Plaque). Here's why architects who embrace building performance may help their bottom lines. At the headquarters for the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), which oversees LEED, the problem was the garbage. The organization learned that its own LEED Platinum office space...

In LEED 02.1.2015

Group10: The first LEED v4 project in India

Group 10 Technologies, a global technology and business consulting firm, has announced that its new office space in Gurgaon has been certified LEED Gold under LEED v4, making it the first LEED v4 certified project in India.  Lopamudra Khanna, vice president of Group10 Technologies, chatted with us about this project, her favorite LEED credit and the healthy aspects of working in a LEED-certified space. Q) What is the experience like for you living or working in a LEED-certified...

In Industry 01.30.2015

Greenbuild New Orleans recap [Video]

Greenbuild 2014 was all about Leadership Jazz. Members of the green building community and beyond gathered for Greenbuild in New Orleans from Oct. 22-24 for the building industry's premier event. The music of the green movement was undeniable, and the Big Easy was the perfect setting to celebrate our global impact, while also embracing the essence of community, culture and soul.  Watch the recap below to experience Greenbuild 2014 all over again. Ready for Greenbuild 2015? This...

In Center for Green Schools 01.30.2015

A green schools ambassador shares his story

Mark Swiger is the Best of Green Schools 2014 Honoree in the Ambassador category. Mark is a teacher in Marshall County Schools, WV. Active locally, statewide and nationally, Mark was behind the movement in his county school system to work toward greener building and sustainable operations. Mark partners with the entrepreneurial program at a local university to encourage the initiation of green businesses. Here, in his own words, Mark shares his story and what it means to him to be an ambassador...

In LEED 02.2.2015

Embassy of Finland becomes the first Platinum embassy in the U.S.

Forging stronger, lasting relationships with our global allies is ongoing work. These efforts to advance peace and security on our world require creativity, empathy and, ultimately, action. This sensitive, nuanced, important work, ideally, should be done in some of the best, healthiest spaces in the world. The newly certified, LEED Platinum Embassy of Finland in Washington, D.C., is an excellent place to start. Built in 1994, the embassy was the first in the world to achieve an Energy Star...

In Advocacy and policy 01.30.2015

Seattle and Boston excel at more than just football

With Superbowl XLIX just around the corner, we wanted to recognize the cities that the Patriots and Seahawks call home and specifically how they have lead the way with innovative green building policies. Both cities target LEED certification for all new and renovated city-funded projects; Boston at the Silver level, and Seattle at the Gold level. Also, each city has adopted legislation that target green building and energy efficiency in the private sector as well. Boston, with Article 37,...

In Advocacy and policy 01.30.2015

Mayors, the VP and POTUS agree: We need to invest in local infrastructure

“Ninety percent of the United States’ real GDP originates in cities,” Vice President Biden remarked in his address at the U.S. Conference of Mayors Winter Meeting luncheon this past Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015.   The Vice President went on to stress the link between cities and the important task of modernizing America’s infrastructure in his speech, echoing up a key theme of President Obama’s recent State of the Union address.  In its latest Global...

In Media 01.28.2015

Weifang and USGBC Announce Partnership to Advance Green Buildings

Weifang, China – (Jan. 26, 2015) – The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and the city of Weifang have signed a strategic agreement to accelerate greater adoption of green buildings while strengthening and encouraging robust green city principles and practices in Weifang. “It is an honor to work with Mayor Liu and Weifang Housing and Urban Rural Development Director Li Guangdong to advance green buildings in China,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, chief operating officer of...

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