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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 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...

In Community 04.29.2016

Big ideas for sustainable building from Wisconsin students (USGBC Wisconsin)

USGBC Wisconsin partnered with Seventhwave and the Wisconsin Builders Association to host the second annual Student Poster Competition at the Better Buildings: Better Business Conference this year. More than 850 industry leaders gathered at the 2016 Wisconsin conference to get the relevant information needed to keep up with industry changes and prepare for the customer demands of the future. We were proud to feature two finalists: Lori Christel and James Kotsonis. Lori is a senior at Northeast...

In Community 04.28.2016

Growing sustainability in schools (USGBC Minnesota)

Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) has a history of working closely with the MN Green Schools Coalition, an initiative of USGBC Minnesota. At SSPS, we were excited to celebrate Earth Day with a Green Apple Day of Service project at Murray Middle School, as our relationship with USGBC Minnesota and our sustainability efforts continue to grow.  On Earth Day, Murray students celebrated by beginning the construction of a large pollinator garden on the school grounds...

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

NYS budget approves creation of design and construction corporation (USGBC New York...

With the creation of the Design and Construction Corporation (DCC), as highlighted in Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 2016/17 budget, New York state (NYS) has the ability to establish review processes for design and construction projects that support many existing NYS goals. Below is a short list of existing NY state mandates and laws that are clearly supported by green building achievement. LEED is an exceptional tool for excellence, and should be employed not as an add-on, but as the guidance...

In Community 04.29.2016

Five lessons from real estate industry leaders (USGBC Northern California)

Last week, GRESB was proud to partner with USGBC Northern California, CodeGreen Solutions, the Green Health Partnership and the Build Healthy Places Network to convene the most recent in a series of events focused on connections between real estate and human health and well-being. I wanted to share five lessons I took from our expert panel: Lesson 1: We can invest for better places. Dr. Doug Jutte directs the Build Healthy Places Network. As a physician, Doug knows firsthand the impact of the...

In Community 04.27.2016

Upcoming events in the USGBC Nevada community

Are you passionate about sustainability? Well, so is the USGBC Nevada community. As part of our Green Rules, Green Schools and Green Tools strategy, we are excited to announce nearly a year's worth of programming! This will help you plan your engagement with USGBC Nevada so that we can make a larger collective impact in our community.  Our Outreach and Member Engagement Committee is the driving force behind engaging our members and the general public...

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 05.2.2016

Join us at Convergence 2016

Archimedes said, “Give me a lever long enough...and I will move the world.” I often think of that quote when I think of the width, breadth and depth of the USGBC community. Because we have changemakers in every town, city, state and almost every country, individually and collectively we’ve become a powerful lever that is moving the world to a place that is healthier and more sustainable across so many dimensions. Convergence is where we gather to get reenergized for that work...

In Community 04.29.2016

USGBC Nevada 2016 Battle of the Buildings

Do you own or operate a commercial or industrial building? Are you interested in lowering your overall costs while reducing energy, water and other waste? Do you like to win? If you answered "yes," participation in the first-ever Nevada Battle of the Buildings competition might be for you! The competition host, USGBC Nevada, cordially invites you to compete against your peers in this year-long, statewide, commercial building energy-saving program. What is the Nevada Battle of the Buildings? The...

In Community 04.27.2016

USGBC New Mexico students participate in Recyclemania and LEED tours

The USGBC New Mexico Student Chapter will be participating in Recyclemania 2016, hosted by Central New Mexico Community College (CNM). CNM will be collecting two days' worth of trash from three buildings on campus and will ask CNM students to sort the waste and separate recyclable material from municipal waste. Approximately 200 K–12 students and 250 CNM students will participate in the event. Our intention for this activity is to show CNM and visiting K–12 students the amount...

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