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In Media 06.28.2015

Rick Fedrizzi to Step Down as USGBC’s CEO End of 2016

(Washington, D.C. – June 28, 2015) USGBC announced today that Rick Fedrizzi, the visionary founder of USGBC and CEO since 2003, will not seek renewal of his contract as USGBC’s CEO at the end of 2016, paving the way for an organizational leadership transition in 2017.

 “As one of the founders of USGBC, I never could have imagined the sweeping global impact the organization would have, the wide-ranging work that could be accomplished, the dramatic change in our industry that...

In Education 06.25.2015

Introducing USGBC Education Partner Thornton Tomasetti, Inc.

USGBC Education Partners are leaders, trusted voices and reputable providers of green building and sustainability education. You can access their courses on Education @USGBC.  Meet our USGBC Education Partner Thornton Tamasetti If someone could only take one of your courses, what should they take? We would recommend our Sustainability Best Practices for the Structural Engineer course, which provides information on ways structural engineering contributes to building...

In LEED 06.24.2015

LEED committees call for volunteers to open July 1

Do you believe deeply in the USGBC vision that buildings and communities will regenerate and sustain the health and vitality of all life within a generation? Are you interested in how the LEED rating system improves and evolves over time? Do you have experience with, or in-depth knowledge of, the creation of sustainable buildings and communities? If so, volunteer for one of the many LEED committees! Volunteers play a critical role in the technical development of LEED, collaborating with one...

In Advocacy and policy 06.23.2015

Cities continue to lead the way in the Global City Teams Challenge

Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of attending the Global City Teams Challenge hosted in the historic National Building Museum and organized by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and US Ignite.  Project teams from around the world displayed their applications of Internet of Things (IoT) technologies within the context of a smart city or smart community environment. Teams tackled projects with the goal of improving emergency response, transportation, health,...

In Community 06.28.2015

Convergence at USGBC: San Diego, Calif.

Today we kick off Convergence at USGBC in San Diego, Calif. Convergence is our annual mid-year event that’s part knowledge exchange, part inspirational infusion, and part family reunion. Throughout history, humans have gathered to find commonalities, share ideas, and collectively bring their best forward. Those are the outcomes we seek this summer, as we convene our community for engagement and action. Converging is at the core of what we do at USGBC. Over our 22-year history, we...

In Industry 06.25.2015

DC proves to be a hub for green roofs

Put simply a green roof is roofing system with vegetation; a green roof is often also known as a vegetated roof or a living roof.  These roofs can be found on a variety of building types, including both commercial and residential buildings—and the roof may be partially or completely covered with vegetation. The primary requirement is that the roof includes waterproofing and drainage features, which assist in the management of stormwater. Green roofs offer a lot of value to a building...

In Center for Green Schools 06.24.2015

Elon University: 25 LEED buildings and counting

Elon University, located in central North Carolina, is a liberal arts university with nationally recognized professional programs in business, communications, education, law and health sciences. Since its founding in 1889, Elon has been grounded in a mission to develop global citizens. It is a recognized leader in engaged learning and is consistently honored as one of the nation’s top universities for community service and study abroad. The 620-acre campus is itself a botanical...

In Industry 06.23.2015

How do I become a LEED AP? [video]

Watch our video below to learn more about how you can become a LEED AP. LEED AP with specialty credentials take your green building expertise to the next level. They equip you with an in-depth understanding of green building design, construction, and operation, while also assessing your knowledge of a particular LEED rating system and the certification process. Given the advanced nature of these credentials, previous experience working on a LEED-registered project is strongly recommended...

In Industry 06.26.2015

A LEED professional’s thoughts on LEED: The contemporary, sustainability brand

Over the last 15 years LEED has emerged as the perfect brand to cultivate a conversation around sustainability and motivate individuals to incorporate sustainability values into our building environment. In addition to the certification and recognition, LEED gives us sole satisfaction of returning something to the Mother Nature and a sense of proactively caring for the society we live in. As a LEED Green Associate I am inspired by the impact of LEED and I am grateful for how it bonds our...

In Community 06.25.2015

Clayton Moses Audi: Greenbuild scholarship profile

For the past seven years USGBC has made Greenbuild accessible to people who would otherwise not be able to attend through a scholarship program. At Greenbuild 2014, 156 individuals received some type of scholarship to Greenbuild. Scholarship recipients represent a diversity of people from around the world. Each has a story to tell. Each brings their own passion to their work. Each has a role to play in making green buildings and communities a reality for all. As we lead up to Greenbuild 2015 in...

In Advocacy and policy 06.24.2015

Energy efficiency for the roof, the grid and the people

The Senate Democratic Caucus meets regularly in a roundtable format to hear from industry and thought leaders about various issues surrounding the policy work they are engaged in. These meetings provide an open forum for the provision of new information to government leaders, as well as an opportunity to field questions and address concerns. Recently, I had the pleasure of speaking to the group about the importance of energy efficiency. As Director of Sustainability at GAF, I have a...

In Education 06.23.2015

Autodesk's seven courses for summer: Learn about building performance analysis

The age of stepping into a classroom, unpacking a knapsack full of notes and books, and settling in for hours of lecture is waning. Today, as you prepare to take next steps in your career and explore options for continuing education, you need look no further than your browser and you can complete the necessary coursework at your desk or on your couch. At Autodesk, we take pride in our partnership with USGBC and are constantly working to improve the education pieces we offer through our own...

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