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In Community 07.2.2015

USGBC welcomes two chapters as integrated regions

Today, we are excited to welcome two USGBC chapters as integrated regions of USGBC National. Welcome to Wisconsin and Iowa! (In June we welcomed Georgia, Montana, Idaho, New Mexico, South Carolina, Central Pennsylvania and Oklahoma, and in April we welcomed the USGBC National Capital Region). This transition comes as part of our exciting chapter network evolution, which is piloting a new model for USGBC chapters and local market engagement. This will...

In Community 06.30.2015

Convergence 2015 kicks off with community service projects [video]

USGBC’s annual mid-year meeting, Convergence 2015, is taking place this week in San Diego, Calif. Convergence brings together the USGBC community—volunteers, chapters, committees, Board of Directors, staff and other green building leaders—to learn from each other and work on advancing USGBC’s mission of green buildings for all within a generation. Convergence is about a spirit of volunteerism and collaboration and giving as much as you gain. Our amazing volunteers and...

In Community 06.22.2015

Happy summer! Remembering to incorporate mindfulness [video]

Yesterday was Summer Solstice (the longest day of the year) and it was also International Yoga Day. The United Nations General Assembly established this day in 2014, at the insistence of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He said: "Yoga is an invaluable gift of India's ancient tradition. This tradition is 5000 years old. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfilment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being. It is not...

In Community 06.11.2015

Stephanie Choi: 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 last year’s Greenbuild, 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...

In Community 07.1.2015

Congratulations to the 2015 Convergence Volunteer Awards honorees

Convergence 2015 is wrapping up in San Diego after three days of collaboration, education and motivation. Before we close out this annual mid-year meeting, we want to be sure to highlight those who were recognized at Monday evening’s Volunteer Awards Reception and Dinner. Six awards were given out to a total of nine individual and groups for their incredible work and leadership over the past year. We congratulate all of the awardees and thank them for their tremendous contributions....

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 Community 06.19.2015

USGBC gets ready for Greenbuild 2015 with Sec. of Navy Mabus [video]

Last week USGBC, along with the National Capital Region of USGBC and Informa Exhibitions, the owner and operator of Greenbuild, was honored to host Secretary of the U.S. Navy Ray Mabus at a luncheon celebrating the Greenbuild International Conference & Expo coming to Washington, D.C., this November. USGBC President Roger Platt took a few moments to introduce Sec. Mabus, who has long been a powerful voice for the role sustainability plays in how we can secure our country and better...

In Community 06.10.2015

World Wildlife Fund: Green roof tour

A couple weeks ago some USGBC staff members had the chance to tour the World Wildlife Fund's (WWF) green roof.  WWF's U.S. headquarters was designed and built to conserve resources, limit waste and pollution, protect the environment, and make wise use of donated funds. It was completed in May of 2010, and took about one year to fill in completely. The building actually used to be a parking garage! Green roofs can help reduce stress on the city sewer infrastructure, improve water and air...

In Community 07.1.2015

Convergence focuses on chapter network evolution and strategic discussions [video]

USGBC community advancement is all about bringing together our volunteers and leaders throughout the country, and a big part Convergence 2015 has been focused on our chapter network evolution. Monday's activities were volunteerism-focused, and Tuesday’s activities celebrated strategic discussions, which included opening remarks from Donnel Baird, CEO of BlocPower, which works with American inner cities to create jobs through clean energy projects. We also heard from the newly formed...

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 Community 06.12.2015

Remembering the legacy of sustainability leader Mona Eigbrett

The sustainability world is fascinating because of the rapid pace of growth and its ability to evolve almost overnight. Because we believe so passionately in the imperative work we are doing, it is important to not get lost in the momentum but rather to celebrate the wins and remember that today's sustainability efforts will outlive us all. Last week, USGBC received very sad news that we have lost one of our sustainability leaders, Mona Eigbrett. We wanted to take some time to reflect...

In Community 06.8.2015

Breaking ground on the 2015 Greenbuild Legacy Project

The Capital Area Food Bank (CAFB), the largest hunger relief non-profit serving the Washington area, is a conduit of sustainability. Not only are they a LEED Silver facility featuring solar panels and rain barrels for irrigation, they pay sustainability forward to their community. They pass along food that has been collected for those in need, and they also teach people how to grow and prepare their own food in one of the most urban gardens you could ever encounter, with a metro train barreling...

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