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In Community 08.28.2014

A message from Rick Fedrizzi: USGBC and ACC to advance LEED

For those of you who attended the Greenbuild opening plenary last year, you’ll remember I asked everyone – green building enthusiasts, newcomers, and others – to “join us” in our critical work. Green building is an inclusive movement. From people, to planet, to profit, it is a revolution that benefits us all, collectively. That's why I am pleased to report that USGBC and the American Chemistry Council (ACC) announced an important initiative this week. As...

In Community 08.19.2014

Behind the scenes: #USGBCcommutes [Instagram video series]

Last week we invited our staff to participate in a USGBC Instagram video series, answering the question: How do you get to work? Click the images below to check out what they had to say.                                        One part of green buildings that often gets overlooked is how easy it is for occupants to get to and from these spaces via...

In Community 08.7.2014

Time to roll up our sleeves: Read the July/August issue of USGBC+ magazine

This piece by Gina McCarthy, administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, appears in the just-released July/August issue of USGBC+, the new membership magazine of USGBC. Read the full article and browse the entire issue at plus.usgbc.org.    I recently visited Salt Lake City’s Public Safety Building, one of the largest net-zero buildings in our nation. That tour reinforced for me that the buildings where we live, work, and play have a profound impact...

In Community 08.1.2014

How you can match your career with your convictions

What makes Emerging Professionals (EPs) the future of USGBC? This is a quick story about how I’m matching my career and my convictions, and how you can, too! My EP journey started several years ago when I volunteered at a USGBC-Georgia Chapter event and met a fellow EP who invited me to an upcoming event. I went from attending a few EP events, to playing a volunteer role on the EP committee, to becoming chair of the EP group in Atlanta. Over time, I met amazing volunteers in Atlanta...

In Community 08.26.2014

Now on the market: Minnesota's Dynamic Green Home

A healthy and energy efficient home for a low-income family is now on the market in St. Paul, MN, with the help of a partnership between the USGBC Minnesota Chapter and the Frogtown Community Development Corporation. The Frogtown CDC, serving the diverse and primarily low-income Frogtown neighborhood in St. Paul, purchased a foreclosed home in need of repair and worked with the chapter on the renovation. With the support of a USGBC Chapter Impact Grant, the Minnesota Chapter...

In Community 08.12.2014

Bioclimatic Design

This article appears in the just-released July/August issue of USGBC+, the new membership magazine of USGBC. Read the full article and browse the entire issue at plus.usgbc.org.  Architects around the world look to the past to introduce bioclimate strategies in designing greener buildings. Some of the best new green buildings are those that challenge our ideas of conventional architecture—but don’t challenge the environment. Building designs that...

In Community 08.5.2014

Want to win $10,000?

Save money and increase the value of your home with improvements that make a difference. If you had $10,000 to invest in your home, would you install an energy-saving cool roof with a lifetime warranty? Or maybe you’d benefit more from low maintenance fiber-cement siding? As all homeowners know, there are many ways to invest. For the fourth consecutive year, we're teaming up with Better Homes and Gardens and Family Circle to present the $10,000 Save Money, Save...

In Community 07.28.2014

The clock is ticking: Just 3 days to self-nominate for the 2015 Board of Directors

Nominate yourself today for the 2015 Board of Directors. Online applications are open until Wednesday, July 30, 2014, at 5 pm PDT. Product Manufacturer (pdf)The Product Manufacturer seat is open to a senior-level executive whose sustainable building product systems and/or materials contribute to transforming the marketplace for green buildings and communities. A thought leader in regional, national, or international professional organizations, this seat is intended for a director who will...

In Community 08.21.2014

The Missouri Gateway Chapter stands for green building

Members of the USGBC Missouri Gateway Chapter recently launched a campaign sharing why they stand for green building. See the photos below to find out why you should stand for green building, too. You can also view the complete album on Facebook.                                                 

In Community 08.8.2014

Remembering Peter Wege, a sustainability pioneer: 1920-2014

Peter Melvin Wege, a philanthropist, an activist, and an executive, passed away at the age of 94 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. His memorial was July 11, 2014. His impact as a pioneer in sustainability, an advocate for environmentalism and green building, and the Steelcase Inc. heir and founder of the Wege Foundation, will continue to bring joy, meaning and enlightenment for generations to come. Wege was studying architecture at the University of Michigan when Pearl Harbor was attacked in 1941....

In Community 08.4.2014

Vote now for the Best of Building Awards

Nominations have been submitted. Now it’s time to vote for the finalists in our Best of Building Awards. Voting will take place from August 4-22, 2014.*  The Best of Building Awards celebrates the year's best green products, projects, organizations and individuals making impact in green building. Recognize the best of the best in the categories of Non-profit, Professional Services, Energy Service Provider/Utility, Greenbuild Exhibitor, Products, LEED Certified Projects,...

In Community 07.15.2014

Make your nomination for the Best of Building Awards

Recognize the best of the best in the green building industry by nominating USGBC members in the following categories: Non-profit Professionals Services Energy Service Provider/Utility Greenbuild Exhibitor Products LEED Certified Projects Individuals Real Estate/Provider Building Portfolio You can also nominate yourself! The Best of Building Awards celebrates the year's best green products, projects, organizations and individuals making impact in green building. Make your nomination...

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