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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 10.7.2014

Vote today for the 2014 Malcolm Lewis IMPACT! Award

Thanks in part to its dedicated volunteers who contribute to the green building movement each year, USGBC continues to advance a healthier, more sustainable and prosperous built environment in communities across the globe. The USGBC Malcolm Lewis Volunteer IMPACT! Award recognizes a high-impact, volunteer-driven project or initiative. 2014 Nominees This year we had six impactful nominations.   View the nominations on Facebook My Green School Art Contest, the USGBC Detroit...

In Community 09.24.2014

World Green Building Council releases new report on healthy green buildings

Today, the World Green Building Council (WGBC) released a new report showing a direct correlation between the healthy green building principles of an office space and the overall wellbeing of employees. The report, Health, Wellbeing and Productivity in Offices: The Next Chapter for Green Building, reviews common green building features; including, air quality, lighting, biophilia and interior layout. WGBC CEO, Jane Henley, explains, “Few businesses understand the relationship between...

In Community 09.22.2014

Announcing candidates for the 2015 Board of Directors election

Each year, USGBC’s growing member community influences the future of our movement by volunteering to serve on our Board of Directors and participating in a dynamic election. After a competitive evaluation process, the following candidates have been selected to run in the election for the five open elected seats on the 2015 USGBC Board of Directors, which opens on Oct. 1, 2014. 2015 Candidates for the Board of Directors  Sustainable Practice Leader: Engineer (3) Tom Marseille (WSP)...

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 10.7.2014

Elect the 2015 USGBC Board of Directors: Your vote counts

The Board of Directors election period is now open. Have you cast your vote? VOTE Each year, USGBC members have a unique opportunity to shape USGBC's future by electing its national Board members. Your vote is critical and it influences key decisions about how USGBC serves you, educates the industry, and advances the mission. A minimum of 10% of USGBC member organizations must vote. That's why it's especially important for you to take a moment to vote. USGBC elections follow...

In Community 09.24.2014

Get closer to nature just 30 minutes at a time

This summer, USGBC’s Wisconsin Green Building Alliance (WGBA) hosted the first annual 30x30 Nature Challenge, where the chapter challenged Wisconsin residents, communities and organizations to pledge to spend at least 30 minutes in nature for 30 days straight. WGBA had nearly 1,500 people pledge to take the challenge! Nature is one of the most affordable, accessible, and equitable forms of preventative medicine. Contact with nature relieves stress, increases...

In Community 09.17.2014

Announcing the Best of Building Award winners

USGBC is proud to announce the winners of its first annual Best of Building Awards. The Best of Building Awards recognizes the year’s best green products, projects, organizations and individuals making an impact in green building. Nominees and winners were selected exclusively be the members of USGBC, a vibrant and diverse community of the world’s leading organizations invested in sustainability. We invite you to join us in celebrating this year’s award winners....

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...

In Community 09.25.2014

Climate March coverage from BuildingGreen

This article originally appeared on BuildingGreen on Sept. 22, 2014. Maybe, if enough of us March, and plan, and make smart choices, we’ll have a chance at beating this thing.  I'm not a frequent social activist. In fact, I haven’t been to a major rally since my college days. But when my teenage daughter gets excited about something I care about, I'm all in! And she was getting excited by the social media buzz about the People's Climate March. So, with some last minute...

In Community 09.23.2014

USGBC celebrates World Green Building Week with Green Apple Day of Service

The World Green Building Council’s World Green Building Week is in now full swing, celebrating the efforts of Green Building Councils (GBC) from 100 countries around the world, which represent more than 27,000 organizations. From Sept. 22-27, 2014, GBCs are taking part in events that encourage people to take direct action and make an environmental difference in their communities—or as this year's theme puts it, to “Get Up, Green Up.”  Celebrate through Green...

In Community 09.16.2014

New USGBC merchandise available in the store

Have you visited our store recently? Stop by and check out some of our new merchandise, like our USGBC-branded Hardcover Journal by Ecosystem, and our Insulated Water Bottle by Klean Kanteen. Or, be sure to pick up the official Green Apple Day of Service T-Shirt, just in time for the 2014 Day of Service on September 27. And let us know if you're a happy shopper by leaving product feedback in the all-new comment section. Lets get shopping!

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