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In Advocacy and policy 05.4.2016

Nations to leverage building efficiency to meet Paris commitments

Last December, 195 nations from around the world came together in Paris and forged a historic agreement to act collectively to reduce human impact on the climate. Leading into the U.N. Framework on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of the Parties (COP21), countries developed Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) outlining what actions each will take to reduce national greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.  World Resources Institute (WRI) evaluated the 167 INDCs...

In Center for Green Schools 05.4.2016

Paving the way for sustainable education design

The 2016 Best of Green Schools Awards, presented at the Green Schools Conference and Expo earlier this month, recognizes the people, schools, campuses and organizations that create healthy, sustainable and efficient learning environments and inspiring educational experiences. Pauline Souza is a partner and director of sustainability at WRNS Studio, a LEED Fellow, and this year’s honoree in the Business Leadership category.  Over the course of my career, I have seen the...

In Community 05.3.2016

Register for the 2016 ACEEE Energy Efficiency Finance Forum

The 2016 ACEEE Energy Efficiency Finance Forum will be held May 22–24, 2016 at the Newport Marriott in Newport, R.I. Energy efficiency has taken on a new level of importance both domestically and internationally. Efficiency has long been a key element in utility resource planning, business competitiveness and household energy budgets. Now efficiency is slated to play a central role in meeting domestic targets under the Clean Power Plan and international agreements to reduce carbon...

In Center for Green Schools 05.3.2016

Measuring our impact: CFGS project update

Over the past several months, the Center for Green Schools (Center) has been working with dozens of green schools organizations on a project we’re calling “Measuring Our Impact.” The Measuring Our Impact project aims to define a clear and comprehensive set of measures, shared by the whole green schools community, which all schools can use to track their progress toward sustainability. We think about these measures in harmony with the three pillars of the U.S....

In Community 05.4.2016

Greenbuild scholarship recipients from around the globe: Part IV

For the past eight years, USGBC has offered scholarships to make Greenbuild accessible to people who would otherwise not be able to attend. For Greenbuild 2015, 94 individuals received a scholarship. Recipients represent a diverse group of people from around the world. Each one has a story to tell and brings their own passion to their work. Each one has a role to play in making green buildings and communities a reality for all.  As we lead up to Greenbuild 2016 in Los...

In Community 05.4.2016

Learning, living and loving at the Convergence Community Advancement Summit

USGBC is proud of its global community of leaders. From local volunteers to national members to LEED Fellows (and sometimes all three at once), we are grateful for the movers and shakers that make our bold mission possible.  The Community Advancement Summit at Convergence is USGBC’s annual opportunity to celebrate and educate our most engaged stakeholders. This year, representatives from USGBC’s local communities, emerging professionals, community partners,...

In Advocacy and policy 05.3.2016

Electric vehicle industry leaders meet with White House

White House and federal agency officials recently convened key stakeholders, including USGBC, to identify challenges and opportunities to support and promote electric vehicles (EV). Government officials at the meeting included high-ranking staff within the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), the Council on Environmental Quality, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the General Services...

In Community 05.3.2016

Challenging the community to engage with nature (USGBC Wisconsin)

The Lake Country Area was the first community-wide participant of the 30x30 Nature Challenge in Wisconsin, and continues to participate each year. The community stays true to the challenge, getting families, youth, adults and workers to spend 30 minutes a day in nature for 30 days (June 1– 30). They encourage community members to unplug from cell phones, tablets, e-readers and all electronic devices to connect with the natural world. The Oconomowoc Area Chamber of Commerce...

In Community 05.4.2016

Green ribbons for the bluegrass state (USGBC Kentucky)

This week, the U.S. Department of Education announced the 2016 Green Ribbon Schools honorees. Again this year, as they have every year since the awards began in 2012, Kentucky schools earned this distinguished honor. We applaud these three schools as they enter the pantheon of Kentucky's green school stewards of excellence: Eastern Elementary School, Scott County: Coordinated Health and Energy Conservation Russell Cave Elementary, Lexington: All Hands on Deck for...

In Center for Green Schools 05.3.2016

The complex world of school cafeteria food donation

In my position at Oakland Unified School District, I sit between the Custodial and Nutrition Services Departments. One of my main areas of focus is in developing a district-wide food donation program, and I’ve met with a variety of successes and challenges along the way. It is taking shape, and once it is fully developed, it can be used as a model for other schools and school districts. Cafeteria food going unused Anyone who spends time in K–12 school cafeterias with high...

In Community 05.3.2016

Rick Fedrizzi roasted and toasted in hometown (USGBC New York Upstate)

Destiny USA was the destination on April 14, 2016 for colleagues, friends and family of Rick Fedrizzi as USGBC New York Upstate held the annual Friends of USGBC New York Upstate Gala in Syracuse. The event, co-hosted by Corning, Inc. and AVANGRID Foundation and NYSEG celebrated the life’s work of USGBC’s Founding Chair and CEO.  “Destiny USA could not be more honored to be the host location for this year’s Gala,” said David Aitken, Destiny USA executive....

In Community 05.2.2016

Kentucky matches California with seven EPA Awards (USGBC Kentucky)

The sun shines bright on Kentucky this year, with seven EPA Energy Star Awards. It is not often that we compare with a green building count in California, so it is with great pride that we note Kentucky won the same number of EPA Energy Star Awards in this latest round of recognition. Kentucky's reputation as a leader in green schools, as noted in a recent article, Kentucky wins triple crown of green school awards, is further burnished with these EPA Energy Star Awards, four of which...

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