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In Community 05.18.2016

Green building boosts the economy [USGBC+ May/June 2016]

This article was originally published as "The 'New' Deal" in the May/June issue of USGBC+. Read the original version. 3.35 million. Keep that number on hand, in case anybody suggests that the aims of sustainability are incompatible with economic growth. It’s the number of U.S. jobs—according to the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) 2015 Green Building Economic Impact Study, conducted by Booz Allen Hamilton—that will owe their existence to green building by 2018...

In Education 05.18.2016

Top 3 courses to take this month (May 2016)

You want the best courses, and we've got them. Check out this month's best three courses to grow your LEED, green building and sustainability knowledge.  May's top three courses, created by USGBC Education Partners:  Sustainability in Parking, created by Education Partner International Parking Institute (IPI). This course defines how the parking industry works with the triple bottom line of people, planet and profit and outlines basic and relevant frameworks that...

In Community 05.17.2016

Realizing net zero buildings (USGBC Northern California)

USGBC Northern California is pleased to present a guest blog by Michael Hummel, who will be speaking at GreenerBuilder 2016.  Imagine a world where all buildings are zero net energy (ZNE). By 2030, this will be a reality for California. New state legislation requires all new commercial buildings to be zero energy by 2030, and for residential, this requirement begins in 2020. The good news is that we have all the technology, financial tools and implementation methods to make zero energy...

In Community 05.16.2016

Going green in the black (USGBC Northern California)

USGBC Northern California is pleased to present a guest blog by Peter Rumsey, who will be speaking at GreenerBuilder 2016, June 16 in San Leandro, Calif.  In California, solar panels can supply electricity to a building at a rate equal to or below, sometimes significantly below, what the utility charges for electricity. But why would a developer invest in putting photovoltaic (PV) on a building when it’s the tenants who pay for the energy? This “split incentive”...

In Community 05.18.2016

International Museum Day showcases 10 U.S. LEED museums

Today, May 18, marks International Museum Day! Since 1977, organizations around the world have celebrated and raised awareness about the importance of museums to the development of society on this day. Last year alone, more than 35,000 museums created events in over 145 countries. The International Council of Museums explains, “Museums are an important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual cooperation, understanding and peace among peoples....

In Community 05.17.2016

Call for nominations: USGBC National Capital Region 2016 Awards of Excellence

USGBC National Capital Region is issuing a call for nominations for its 2016 Awards of Excellence.  Purpose To promote and recognize excellence in sustainable design, environmental stewardship and community impact and to highlight the green building initiatives and achievements of National Capital Region projects, businesses and chapter leaders. Please read the information below and linked document on “Award Eligibility, Submission Criteria and Judging Criteria” before...

In Industry 05.16.2016

Webinar series from DOE on building envelope technologies

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Building Alliance and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) are kicking off a new webinar series focused on advancing envelope technologies in commercial buildings. The webinars will serve as an opportunity for commercial building owners, operators and facility managers to discuss and learn about the latest innovations and best practices in increasing efficiency of building envelopes. DOE and ORNL staff will also engage with participants to address...

In Community 05.16.2016

Stay in touch with the new Green Home Guide

As you know, the Green Home Guide is your go-to resource for greening your home. On, you can browse articles and professional advice to learn more about green home tips and improvements. You can also view and search our directory of green building professionals to access a pro to help green your home. If you haven't already, we invite you to explore our new layout and content, and be sure to subscribe to receive email updates about the latest in...

In Industry 05.18.2016

Top 5 ways to connect with USGBC at AIA

Are you attending AIA 2016 in Philadelphia, Pa., this week?  If you are, here are the top five ways to connect with USGBC, LEED and SITES on the expo floor and at the convention center: Stop by the USGBC booth #3315 to get all of your LEED questions answered. Learn more about LEED v4, LEED professional credentials and all the latest products and resources USGBC has to offer. Hear about the new LEED Integrative Process for Health Promotion pilot credit at USGBC's booth (#3315). Join us...

In Community 05.17.2016

Des Moines organizations work toward healthier indoor air (USGBC Iowa)

May is Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month—a great time to talk about what can be done to minimize common household substances that impact an Iowan's ability to breathe this time of year. Hidden hazards such as moisture, pests and dust can have consequences on developing lungs, producing serious, sometimes life-threatening allergy and asthma symptoms. Often, eradicating household substances and a few easy lifestyle modifications can improve the health of a family. One program in Des...

In Industry 05.16.2016

Meet us at the 2016 AIA Convention

Heading to the American Institute of Architects (AIA) annual convention from May 19 to 21 in Philadelphia? Members of the USGBC and SITES teams will be available on the expo floor. Visit us to say hello! Stop by the USGBC booth (#3315) to get all of your USGBC and LEED questions answered. Learn more about LEED v4, LEED professional credentials and all the latest products and resources USGBC has to offer.  Learn more about the Sustainable SITES Initiative (SITES) at...

In Education 05.13.2016

Residential offerings expanded at Greenbuild 2016

The 2016 Greenbuild Conference and Expo, which will run from Oct 5 to 7 in Los Angeles, Calif., will feature expanded education on the residential green building market. Homes represent a critical piece of the buildings industry: not only are they the structures in which we spend a majority of our time, they’re also a sizable and valuable segment of the industry as a whole. Consider some facts: Home buyers expect newer homes to be greener and more energy-efficient. Builders expect more...

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