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In Community 04.23.2015

An Above and Beyond Volunteer teaches students how to design and build a community garden...

This month, Mayda Colon was recognized as one of USGBC's Above and Beyond Volunteers—a volunteer leader whose contributions have led to outstanding achievements in the green building movement.     Mayda currently serves as the Chair of the USGBC Wyoming’s Green Schools Committee. She leads a partnership in Casper, Wyoming, engaging with elementary school students to design and build a community garden, where families can grow their own food as part of their healthy...

In Community 04.16.2015

USGBC celebrates Volunteer Appreciation Week with a big thank you

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “If you want to touch immortality, then associate yourself with causes that are larger than yourself and undertake commitments that reach beyond your time.” Today, USGBC is realizing a bold vision of green buildings for all within a generation. Today more than 1.8 million square feet are certified every day. There are more than 27,400 certified commercial projects, 76,000 certified residential units, 2,370 certified state and federal projects, and 4...

In Community 04.3.2015

Freebie Friday: USGBC wallpaper April 2015

Download our latest USGBC-branded wallpaper for your desktop, laptop, tablet, smartphone. Did we mention that it's free?   (Click the links below to download.) 1680x1050 / 2560x1440 / Mobile / Tablet And while you're at it, view previous freebies from January, March 2014 and July 2014 , and tell us what wallpaper you'd like for your device by leaving us a note in the comments.

In Community 03.25.2015

Tiffany Pupa forges a sustainable path for Michigan State University

This month, Tiffany Pupa was recognized as one of USGBC's Above and Beyond Volunteers, which is a volunteer leader whose contributions have led to outstanding achievements in the green building movement. Tiffany serves as the president of USGBC Students at Michigan State University. Tiffany has dedicated countless hours towards transforming the USGBC Students group into a social learning group for many students to realize and advocate for the benefits of sustainable practices on campus at MSU...

In Community 04.22.2015

Happy Earth Day, Take a Bow!

This article appeared in The Huffington Post on April 22, 2015. As I was sitting over coffee watching the sun peek its nose over the horizon on this 22nd day of April—the 45th anniversary of Earth Day—I suddenly realized I wanted to say something to my fellow members of the “Aging Boomers Club:" Thank you. Thank you for Earth Day. Thank you for all it has done for our remarkable planet, for our children and our children’s children, and for—and I don’t know that I have the...

In Community 04.15.2015

Dhruti Patel: 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 in New Orleans, 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...

In Community 04.1.2015

USGBC National Capital Region Chapter to join USGBC National

Today, I am thrilled to announce that we are working with USGBC to pilot a new model for USGBC chapters and local market engagement. This will provide an exciting opportunity for us to enhance our operations and focus on the mission-work that really matters. As part of this new model, we are also pioneering a network that will encourage closer alignment, as well as greater consistency and clarity in the marketplace. In the next few months, we will work with USGBC National to develop more fully...

In Community 03.23.2015

Brandon Menjares: 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 04.16.2015

Apply today to join ADVANCE and make an impact

Ready to make an impact in your community? We're assembling an all-star team of change makers (a.k.a. emerging professionals) to lead on the launch of ADVANCE, USGBC's new skill-based volunteer program, which was created to help all communities and organizations move along a path to more efficient and healthy places. Over 20 spots are open across three position types, which are designed to accommodate most commitment levels, skills sets, and professional ambitions! National Community...

In Community 04.7.2015

Candis Parker goes above and beyond in North Carolina

This month, Candis Parker was recognized as one of USGBC's Above and Beyond Volunteers—a volunteer leader whose contributions have led to outstanding achievements in the green building movement.          Candis currently serves as the Chair of USGBC North Carolina’s Triangle Branch Leadership Group. She also serves on the Triangle Emerging Professionals Committee and the GreenNC Committee. This past year, Candis: Met and connected with committee volunteers...

In Community 03.30.2015

St. Louis congregations green their houses of worship

Over 40 percent of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. come from the building sector. Anywhere there is a building, there is an opportunity to measure its energy use and make changes to conserve energy, save money, improve building occupant experience, and protect the environment. This is huge opportunity to make a difference—in our homes, our workplaces, our schools and our houses of worship. For many congregations, saving energy can mean more than a lower energy bill. From Catholic to...

In Community 03.20.2015

A bright future in sustainability at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

On Monday night, March 16, at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY ESF), the school’s newly formed Sustainable Energy Club welcomed Rick Fedrizzi to speak to the future of green building. He spoke of USGBC, how far it has come since its conception and what the future will hold. We especially enjoyed hearing about the LEED Dynamic Plaque and LEED Lab program and hope to get involved soon. It was an exhilarating experience for all the students who attended....

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