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In LEED 11.26.2014

Giving thanks for a LEED-certified space

When you think of Thanksgiving, you probably picture family, turkey, stuffing and perhaps football. Those are the first things that come to mind for me as well. When you think of Thanksgiving, you probably also think about the things you are grateful for, and this Thanksgiving I'm giving thanks for the space where I work: the LEED for Commercial Interiors Platinum Certified USGBC Headquarters. Here's my LEED-certified Thanksgiving list: 1. EQ credits 8.2 | Daylight and views –...

In Community 11.26.2014

Tips on how to make your Thanksgiving sustainable [Instagram video series]

This week we invited our staff to participate in a USGBC Instagram video series, answering the question: What are you doing to make your Thanksgiving sustainable? View the videos below to find out what they had to say. Maybe you can adopt some of these sustainability practices for your Thanksgiving celebration, too. #USGBC president, Roger Platt, shares how he plans to conserve resources and energy while giving back with the Platt family this holiday. A video posted by USGBC (@usgbc)...

In Industry 11.25.2014

Sustainability at McDonald's through LEED volume

This article was originally published in the Cary Citizen on Nov. 14, 2014. Read the original article. Ric Richards, owner-operator of three McDonald’s restaurants in Cary, NC, has made it his business to make his stores as green and sustainable as possible. After all, doing so simply makes good business sense. LEED certification The McDonald’s Corporation is involved in an ongoing LEED volume initiative that pushes the company to build 25 green McDonald’s restaurants between...

In Community 11.24.2014

What will California’s water resources look like at the end of the century? [USGBC+]

This article was originally published in 2014 September-October issue of USGBC+. Read the original version. A great deal of research on climate change over the last decade has focused on changes to the hydrologic cycle—the continuous process by which water is circulated throughout the earth and the atmosphere—which naturally impacts water supply. These changes—earlier spring snowmelt, increased evaporation from higher temperatures, and more frequent and intense droughts...

In Community 11.26.2014

This Thanksgiving USGBC is thankful for you [Video]

For Thanksgiving this year, we're feeling thankful for all that you do to support our movement. Our transformation of the built environment is made possible because of you. We're also celebrating the holiday with gratitude for the bountiful supply of tools that we can use to make our built environment sustainable. There are plenty of 'em! And finally, we'd like to introduce our new Thanksgiving mascot. Proudly presenting: Tom, the recycled materials Turkey; he's dancing for joy over how well...

In Industry 11.25.2014

How much is too much? Finding the green marketing sweet spot.

It’s not a myth; too much of a good thing can be bad, and green marketing is no exception. You want to make sure all of your current and potential stakeholders know about your newest LEED certified building or sustainability initiative. There’s no shame in that. In fact, you should actively promote your efforts to become greener each and every day. The trick is striking the perfect balance between informing and inundating. Here are a few methods to help combat the madness. The...

In Media 11.25.2014

USGBC Announces 2015 Board of Directors

Board of Directors supports the mission, vision and values of USGBC, advances green building movement and sustainable future Washington, D.C. -- (Nov. 25, 2014) -- USGBC announced today the newly elected and appointed officers and directors to its 2015 Board of Directors. “USGBC’s Board of Directors provides invaluable direction and perspective, collectively bringing decades of experience to the table and using their individual expertise to shape the future of the organization, the...

In Community 11.24.2014

2015 Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence seeks entries for transformative placemaking...

The Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence (RBA) is a national design award that celebrates transformative placemaking in the U.S. and advances conversation about making our cities better. The biennial award, founded in 1987 by architect and developer Simeon Bruner, recognizes places distinguished by innovative design and their social, economic, and environmental contributions to the urban environment. To date, the RBA has recognized 73 projects and awarded over $1 million...

In Industry 11.26.2014

Sometimes it really does take a village

I’m still basking the glow of our recent Greenbuild. What a tremendous event from every angle, and so many people to thank for making it so special. In that regard, a lot of things sometimes go on behind the scenes that we never get a chance to see, and people whose contributions might go unrecognized. So there are two I want to acknowledge personally. One person is Rick Schwolsky, who, among other things, led Hanley Wood’s engagement around the building of a sustainable showhome...

In Industry 11.25.2014

ASSA ABLOY and David Gottfried discuss green building [Video]

David Gottfried, the founder of USGBC and the World Green Building Council, has recently published Explosion Green, a book that tells the story of the first 20 years of the global green building movement of which Gottfried played a major role in pioneering. Check out the video below of an interview with ASSA ABLOY's Director of Sustainable Building Solutions, Aaron Smith, and David. ASSA ABLOY is a proud member of USGBC and is dedicated to the mission of advancing sustainable building projects...

In Industry 11.24.2014

The 2015 Greenbuild Global Call for Proposals is open. Now what?

The 2015 Greenbuild Global Call for Proposals is live! Now’s the time to start thinking about what Greenbuild attendees need to hear from you, and where you want them to hear it—Washington, D.C.? Verona, Italy? Or maybe São Paulo, Brazil? Here are the deadlines for each conference: Greenbuild (Washington, D.C.): Friday, Jan. 16 at 5:00 pm EST Greenbuild Europe & the Mediterranean: Friday, Feb. 13 at 5:00 pm EST Greenbuilding Brazil: Friday, Feb. 20 at 6:...

In Industry 11.24.2014

The future of green travel

After inventing the wheel, humans were on a roll. Modes of transportation increasingly became a priority as we navigated slowly around the globe. Exploration was made possible through advanced iterations of early horse-carriages, which eventually turned into the first automobile. As we continued to grow, so did our carbon footprint. Helping reduce the waste we leave behind when we travel forth, this article explores the ever-increasing trend of traveling green, from the obvious choice of bike-...

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