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In Advocacy and policy 04.22.2015

USGBC supported legislation heads to President Obama

This week the House of Representatives advanced a modest but important bill that improves building efficiency in commercial buildings. S. 535, the Energy Efficiency Improvement Act passed the House by a voice vote and will now head to President Obama for his signature. The bill aims to catalyze important opportunities available for efficiency gains in tenant spaces in commercial and retail properties, while providing more information on the operation of some federal leased space....

In LEED 04.22.2015

Wells Fargo ranked top financial services company in LEED certified square footage

To quote an old adage, you can’t manage what you can’t measure. Wells Fargo tries to be “green” in everything we do. One important goal we have set for the company is to have 35 percent of our properties LEED certified by 2020. We have been working very hard at this goal, and Wells Fargo is proud to be ranked first among financial in LEED certified space in 2014, and we congratulate all of the ranked institutions for their commitment to “green” building. Wells Fargo now has more than 17...

In Education 04.20.2015

Course preview: Construction Waste Management in LEED [video]

Education @USGBC is your go-to place for sustainability and green building education. Ready to take your knowledge to the next level? Check out the preview below of this month's featured course, Construction Waste Management in LEED, created by USGBC Education Partner, AEC Daily Corporation. This course will provide you with tools and resources to effectively manage the construction and demolition waste on your project in order to meet LEED v4 requirements. This course is geared to...

In Education 04.17.2015

Get to know USGBC Faculty Dana Kose

USGBC Faculty are experienced educators with a strong background in professional education, training, and facilitation. The Faculty designation recognizes professionals who are highly experienced and knowledgeable on the topics of LEED, green building and sustainability. USGBC Faculty are committed to maintaining their knowledge and skills, while staying up-to-date in innovation in the field. You can access courses taught by USGBC Faculty on Education @USGBC.  Meet our...

In Community 04.22.2015

Happy Earth Day, Take a Bow!

This article appeared in The Huffington Post on April 22, 2015. As I was sitting over coffee watching the sun peek its nose over the horizon on this 22nd day of April—the 45th anniversary of Earth Day—I suddenly realized I wanted to say something to my fellow members of the “Aging Boomers Club:" Thank you. Thank you for Earth Day. Thank you for all it has done for our remarkable planet, for our children and our children’s children, and for—and I don’t know that I have the...

In LEED 04.21.2015

Free webinar: Get to know LEED v4

During this live webinar, attendees will take a tour of the new system to learn how it’s different from 2009, the concepts that it is based on and the tools and resources that support the project team along the way. Name: Get to know LEED v4 Date: April 28, 2015 1:00 pm ET Speaker: Gregory Shank, LEED AP BD+C, Principal, Altura Associates, Inc. Length: 45 minutes + 15 minutes for Q+A Register now Better buildings are our legacy Decades ago, buildings had the singular goal of...

In LEED 04.17.2015

Top 10 Project Profile: The Golisano Institute for Sustainability at RIT

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 Community 04.16.2015

Apply today to join ADVANCE and make an impact

Ready to make an impact in your community? We're assembling an all-star team of change makers (a.k.a. emerging professionals) to lead on the launch of ADVANCE, USGBC's new skill-based volunteer program, which was created to help all communities and organizations move along a path to more efficient and healthy places. Over 20 spots are open across three position types, which are designed to accommodate most commitment levels, skills sets, and professional ambitions! National Community...

In LEED 04.22.2015

Myth #2: Factories can’t be green

Smoke stacks, visible pollution, dust, grime and dire working conditions—this is what many people think of when you ask them to picture a factory. But today’s factories look nothing like what you picture when you think of the Industrial Revolution. Today factories are often automated, encapsulated, with state of the art controls to minimize and manage hazards, staffed by an expert workforce and—they are LEED certified. Green factories do exist. Intel alone has approximately 7...

In Industry 04.21.2015

Vying for Vets [USGBC+ March/April 2015]

This article was originally published in the March/April 2015 issue of USGBC+. Read the original version. Veterans for sustainability, an idea generated in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, is taking shape and moving across the country. "We are hoping to be both the model and the catalyst,” says Brian Sales of the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Green Veterans Group. As one of the group’s two founders, Sales speaks emphatically about the program that helped him reintegrate...

In Center for Green Schools 04.17.2015

Jump in to the future of K-12 education

Imagine the possibilities: millions of teachers equipped and empowered to engage their students in learning that fosters individual happiness and global sustainability. It’s not pie-in-the-sky, and with your participation, we can make it a reality. Today, the Center for Green Schools kicks off its latest initiative: an online education platform to provide K12 schools one-stop access to the best education resources for sustainability. Encourage your favorite educator to apply here to take...

In Community 04.16.2015

USGBC celebrates Volunteer Appreciation Week with a big thank you

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “If you want to touch immortality, then associate yourself with causes that are larger than yourself and undertake commitments that reach beyond your time.” Today, USGBC is realizing a bold vision of green buildings for all within a generation. Today more than 1.8 million square feet are certified every day. There are more than 27,400 certified commercial projects, 76,000 certified residential units, 2,370 certified state and federal projects, and 4...

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