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In Community 05.27.2016

Celebrating Schoolyard Gardens Planting Week (USGBC Minnesota)

This week, May 23–27, USGBC Minnesota celebrated Minnesota Schoolyard Gardens Planting Week, as proclaimed by Governor Mark Dayton. Staff, partners and volunteers braved record heat and stormy weather to help schools get gardens in the ground to support hands-on, environmental education. The proclamation was celebrated in Murray Middle School’s freshly planted, student-designed pollinator garden, with special guests including Senator John Marty (66), Representative Alice...

In Community 05.26.2016

Webinar on May 26 for building professionals (USGBC Wisconsin)

Seventhwave, USGBC member, education partner and USGBC Wisconsin local community sponsor, is presenting an online training session on zero net energy on May 26, 2016 from 12:00–1:30 p.m. Central.  Buildings that produce more energy than they consume, commonly defined as zero-net-energy (ZNE) buildings, have moved from concept to reality in recent years. Can you achieve ZNE commercial buildings at little to no cost premium? Join Seventhwave for a free, on-demand webinar...

In Community 05.25.2016

Keeping pace with EPAD (USGBC Kentucky)

With the passage in late April of an ordinance in metro Louisville, Kentucky now has seven Energy Project Assessment Districts (EPAD), called PACE, or “Property Assessed Clean Energy” elsewhere in the United States. 

 Thanks to the efforts of many, including the Kentucky EPAD Council, Harshaw Trane and Frost Brown Todd, Kentucky now counts itself among the 35 states that have enabled legislation for EPAD projects. In fact, our first EPAD transaction has already been...

In Community 05.25.2016

Army medical center seeks LEED Silver [USGBC+ May/June 2016]

This article was originally published as "Healing Hospitals" in the May/June issue of USGBC+. Read the original version. The global architectural firm HDR Inc. was in the middle of designing a new military hospital in Fort Belvoir, Virginia, in 2007 when news broke about substandard conditions at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. The news that some of the U.S. Army’s wounded veterans were being treated in a moldering, dilapidated setting launched an investigation and a directive from...

In Community 05.27.2016

2016 Advocacy Day a success (USGBC North Carolina)

Each spring, USGBC North Carolina mobilizes its membership base to demonstrate the value and importance of our state’s diverse green building industry. Each year’s Advocacy Day draws volunteers from across the state to converge in Raleigh, the state capital, for meetings with elected officials. On May 4, over a dozen dedicated volunteers joined us for our 2016 Advocacy Day in Raleigh. We had thoughtful, positive exchanges with a number of elected officials and stressed the need for...

In Community 05.26.2016

Walkability along the Wasatch Front (USGBC Utah)

The Wasatch Front Regional Council (WFRC), a local metropolitan planning organization, has created a great new tool to measure walkability along the Wasatch Front in Utah. Here's what the walkability site says about the project: The study of Urban Street Design is an emerging field of research that uses quantifiable measurements to account for intangible design qualities. Until recently, measures to characterize street design have been abstract and inconsistent. A group of experts in...

In Community 05.25.2016

Call for volunteers to advance local communities (USGBC Iowa)

USGBC’s Community Advancement team has been working with diverse community and faith-based partners to identify ways to engage new, underserved and underrepresented audiences over the last few years through the ADVANCE program. Bethany Wilcoxon, USGBC Iowa board member, is leading the effort in Iowa. USGBC Iowa is partnering with Community Youth Concepts (CYC), a nonprofit in Des Moines. CYC’s mission is to engage and connect Iowa students through youth...

In Community 05.25.2016

Learn about LEED v4 at GreenerBuilder 2016 (USGBC Northern California)

Attend GreenerBuilder 2016 to learn what you need to be at the forefront of greening the built environment, including sessions on LEED v4. The event will gather hundreds of professionals to learn about green building trends, to hear what owners and developers are looking for and to connect with industry leaders. When: June 16, 2016, 8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.Where: Zero Net Energy Center, San Leandro, CA GreenerBuilder has been approved for 8.5 GBCI CE hours. To self-report, use GBCI #...

In Community 05.27.2016

Learning lunches resume with transportation event (USGBC Nebraska Flatwater)

USGBC Nebraska Flatwater has recently resumed its series of learning lunches. These events are a great way for the community to engage with and discuss important issues. On May 17, our lunch—co-hosted with Mode Shift Omaha—created lively discourse about the future of our state's transportation infrastructure. The interaction of the built environment and transportation is an important concept in green design. We sincerely thank Mode Shift Omaha for their valuable time and...

In Community 05.26.2016

Sign up for a year of unlimited access to Education @USGBC (USGBC Minnesota)

Subscribe today to enjoy one year of unlimited access to Education @USGBC. Access best-in-class sustainability and green building education to grow your knowledge and fulfill continuing education for LEED credentials, AIA, and others. At $199, an annual subscription to Education @USGBC includes The LEED v4 web-based reference guide. The ability to learn anytime from anywhere in the world, with online and offline components. Content in eight languages that is regularly updated and...

In Community 05.25.2016

Save the date for Innovate, the USGBC Wyoming Biennial Conference

Building off the 2014 conference theme "Engage," USGBC Wyoming invites you take your sustainable building work further and "Innovate" in 2016. Join us at the LEED Silver Hotel Terra for a full agenda of inspirational and informative speakers and activities provided for your professional development. Innovate attendees will leave inspired to further advance the green building movement. In addition, GBCI and AIA CEUs will be available. When: October 19–21, 2016Where...

In Community 05.24.2016

Accenture volunteers kick off Dynamic Green Home season (USGBC Minnesota)

USGBC Minnesota runs the Dynamic Green Home Project, a program that helps place and manage volunteers who learn about green building techniques and products and helps install them on a home. Volunteers leave with the knowledge and skills to make upgrades and changes on their own homes. In 2016, they’ve partnered with The Carbon Zero Home. This is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that transforms dysfunctional, energy-wasting homes into smart, efficient solutions to the climate problem. On...

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