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In Community 11.24.2014

2015 Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence seeks entries for transformative placemaking...

The Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence (RBA) is a national design award that celebrates transformative placemaking in the U.S. and advances conversation about making our cities better. The biennial award, founded in 1987 by architect and developer Simeon Bruner, recognizes places distinguished by innovative design and their social, economic, and environmental contributions to the urban environment. To date, the RBA has recognized 73 projects and awarded over $1 million...

In Community 11.5.2014

2014 USGBC Leadership Awards round-up [Video]

At Greenbuild 2014, USGBC celebrated the recipients of the 2014 Leadership Awards, which are awarded to the individuals and groups at the forefront of sustainability in the built environment. Check out the videos of this year's leaders. 2014 USGBC Leadership Award: Tom Paladino  2014 USGBC Leadership Award recipient Tom Paladino, founder and CEO of Paladino and Company, is a nationally recognized leader in sustainability and an ardent advocate of proving the business case for green...

In Community 10.27.2014

Two “Above and Beyond Volunteers” revolutionize sustainability in Chicago

Miki Sankary and Sia Xeros were recently recognized as two of USGBC's Above and Beyond Volunteers—volunteer leaders whose contributions have led to outstanding achievements in the green building movement. They are co-chairs of the Outreach group for USGBC Illinois Chapter’s Chicago Branch Emerging Professionals. Miki has: Developed the Emerging Professionals network in Illinois. Planned On The Table 2014, where green building industry professionals joined thousands of others...

In Community 10.16.2014

If it's happening, it's possible

This article is the introduction of the 2014 September-October Issue of USGBC+ written by Paul Hawken, environmentalist, entrepreneur, and author. There is widespread belief that climate initiatives are either top-down or bottom up, when they in fact exist everywhere and in all areas of human endeavor. A meaningful global climate treaty and carbon pricing are needed but unlikely at the moment. Aside from political leadership, a growing movement within society addresses climate change and...

In Community 11.14.2014

Seeing green: Creating captivating digital content to reduce your environmental impact

Just as architects and builders are moving toward more sustainable materials to create environmentally-friendly living and work spaces, graphic designers are progressively finding ways to make their work more impactful by hitting the triple bottom line. Printing with low-VOC or soy inks and choosing production vendors who use renewable energy are just a few of the many small changes that make a huge difference. Finding new ways to make compelling, purposeful and environmentally-conscious...

In Community 11.4.2014

Take control of your home's energy use with programmable thermostats

This article is the second installment in a series of tips and best practices for making your home more sustainable. Read the first article. So, you've officially mastered the art of sustainable behavior at home (way to go!), and now you're looking for ways to take the greenness of your residence to the next level. Enter the programmable thermostat, a staple in sustainable spaces everywhere. What is a programmable thermostat, exactly? Simply put, it's a device that regulates your home's...

In Community 10.21.2014

Announcing the 2014 USGBC Malcolm Lewis Volunteer IMPACT! Award winner

We are excited to announce that the Social Equity Pilot Credits received the most likes, shares, and comments and has been named this year's USGBC Malcolm Lewis Volunteer IMPACT! Award winner. The Social Equity Pilot Credits will be recognized at the Leadership Awards Luncheon at Greenbuild this week. Over 15% of Americans live in poverty. One of our most effective tools to address inequities in the building world is through LEED. Nine volunteers—Susan...

In Community 10.15.2014

Celebrating the impact of our LEED Fellows and one another

Every year, Greenbuild brings our community together and it provides a unique opportunity to reflect on each of the ways we all have an impact on the future of green building.  I have recently been privileged to witness this tremendous impact as I have reviewed the 2014 LEED Fellow nominee application packages—and the evidence of this influence is overwhelming. This year, two GBCI staff members, Theresa Hogerheide and Gail Hampsmire, were named LEED Fellows, joining fellow staff...

In Community 11.10.2014

It's time to reconsider how we talk about climate change

I can't remember the last time I went an entire day without hearing the words "climate change," "sustainability," or "going green." This goes back to well before I entered the world of USGBC—for years now, these terms have been sprinkled throughout newspapers, on the lips of nightly news anchors, and almost entirely integrated into mainstream conversation more generally.  Yet, despite over two decades of scientists, activists, economists, policy makers and now even the U.S. military...

In Community 10.31.2014

Trick or treat! LEED is all dressed up for Halloween

For Halloween this year, our LEED plaque got all dressed up. Check out the costumes below. Wishing you a Halloween with more treats than tricks! Pumpkin LEED plaque This LEED plaque has a little joke for you: what did one Jack-o-lantern say to the other? "Cut it out!" Happy Halloween! Vampire LEED plaque An important reminder from Count LEED-ula: there's nothing spookier than a building that sucks up too much energy! Scarecrow LEED plaque It's a real no-brainer: LEED buildings...

In Community 10.17.2014

Member only opportunity: Sponsor the 5th annual Save Money, Save Energy Home Makeover...

Each year since 2011, the Save Money, Save Energy Home Makeover Sweepstakes has given one lucky winner the opportunity to fulfill their green living dreams with a cash prize to use for home renovations. We invite you to become a 2015 Sweepstakes sponsor. As a sponsor, your organization will reach and interact with national readers of Better Homes & Gardens and its vertical network of home-improvement brands, Family Circle, and USGBC's Green Home Guide. Requirements: Must be a...

In Community 10.7.2014

5 behavioral changes you can make to live greener at home

For me and my fellow USGBC employees this is a no brainer: everyone deserves a healthy, sustainable home. But for those of us not currently in the market for a new residence or in the process of renovating our current one, that point can sometimes feel a little moot. After all, what could we do on our own to make our space greener when all the design and construction is already said and done? Well, a lot, actually. But you might be surprised to learn that the biggest difference you can make in...

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