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In Community 05.18.2016

International Museum Day showcases 10 U.S. LEED museums

Today, May 18, marks International Museum Day! Since 1977, organizations around the world have celebrated and raised awareness about the importance of museums to the development of society on this day. Last year alone, more than 35,000 museums created events in over 145 countries. The International Council of Museums explains, “Museums are an important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual cooperation, understanding and peace among peoples....

In Community 05.17.2016

Realizing net zero buildings (USGBC Northern California)

USGBC Northern California is pleased to present a guest blog by Michael Hummel, who will be speaking at GreenerBuilder 2016.  Imagine a world where all buildings are zero net energy (ZNE). By 2030, this will be a reality for California. New state legislation requires all new commercial buildings to be zero energy by 2030, and for residential, this requirement begins in 2020. The good news is that we have all the technology, financial tools and implementation methods to make zero energy...

In Community 05.13.2016

Community sustainability projects at Convergence

Since 2014 in Detroit, USGBC has worked with the community hosting our annual Convergence conference to leave a lasting impact through a series of Community Sustainability Projects. These projects pair green building experts attending the conference with local community-based organizations, guiding the local groups along a path to sustainable leadership.  Using the ADVANCE framework for community partnership, projects range from ecosystem cleanup to hands-on energy...

In Community 05.11.2016

MSU’s Jabs Hall wins USGBC Montana Sustainability Award

This article is adapted with permission from the Montana State University website. Read the original article.  A new Montana State University building was honored recently with a sustainability award from USGBC Montana. MSU’s Jabs Hall, home of the Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship, won a merit award/special jury award for education and outreach impact in the commercial building category. A total of nine winning projects were chosen for exemplifying the principles of...

In Community 05.17.2016

Call for nominations: USGBC National Capital Region 2016 Awards of Excellence

USGBC National Capital Region is issuing a call for nominations for its 2016 Awards of Excellence.  Purpose To promote and recognize excellence in sustainable design, environmental stewardship and community impact and to highlight the green building initiatives and achievements of National Capital Region projects, businesses and chapter leaders. Please read the information below and linked document on “Award Eligibility, Submission Criteria and Judging Criteria” before...

In Community 05.16.2016

Going green in the black (USGBC Northern California)

USGBC Northern California is pleased to present a guest blog by Peter Rumsey, who will be speaking at GreenerBuilder 2016, June 16 in San Leandro, Calif.  In California, solar panels can supply electricity to a building at a rate equal to or below, sometimes significantly below, what the utility charges for electricity. But why would a developer invest in putting photovoltaic (PV) on a building when it’s the tenants who pay for the energy? This “split incentive”...

In Community 05.12.2016

Junior high students learn about green building from their school’s architect (USGBC Iowa)

Inspiring students to practice sustainability is easier to do when their very own classroom is an example of best practice. North Central Junior High (NCJH) students in North Liberty, Iowa, have a newfound appreciation for the building in which they spend most of their time. One of the building’s designers, Martha Norbeck, visited the school on April 15 to discuss the importance of green building in an age of increasing environmental challenges. Students learned about green principles...

In Community 05.11.2016

Convergence 2016: The LEED and Community Collaborative Workshop

USGBC's volunteer network plays a critical role in advancing healthier, more sustainable and more prosperous built environments in communities around the globe.  This June, at the Convergence conference, USGBC will celebrate and provide professional development for members, volunteers and partners.  Convergence provides an opportunity to reflect on accomplishments over the past year and re-energize for the work still to be done. Convergence 2016 will focus on "Building Leaders....

In Community 05.17.2016

Des Moines organizations work toward healthier indoor air (USGBC Iowa)

May is Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month—a great time to talk about what can be done to minimize common household substances that impact an Iowan's ability to breathe this time of year. Hidden hazards such as moisture, pests and dust can have consequences on developing lungs, producing serious, sometimes life-threatening allergy and asthma symptoms. Often, eradicating household substances and a few easy lifestyle modifications can improve the health of a family. One program in Des...

In Community 05.16.2016

Stay in touch with the new Green Home Guide

As you know, the Green Home Guide is your go-to resource for greening your home. On, you can browse articles and professional advice to learn more about green home tips and improvements. You can also view and search our directory of green building professionals to access a pro to help green your home. If you haven't already, we invite you to explore our new layout and content, and be sure to subscribe to receive email updates about the latest in...

In Community 05.12.2016

Greenbuild scholarship recipients from around the globe: Part V

For the past eight years, USGBC has offered scholarships to make Greenbuild accessible to people who would otherwise not be able to attend. For Greenbuild 2015, 94 individuals received a scholarship. Recipients represent a diverse group of people from around the world. Each one has a story to tell and brings their own passion to their work. Each one has a role to play in making green buildings and communities a reality for all.  As we lead up to Greenbuild 2016 in Los...

In Community 05.11.2016

USGBC Minnesota teams up with the Twins to promote sustainability

USGBC Minnesota is teaming up with the Minnesota Twins to teach about sustainability through an interactive tour of Target Field, which has achieved LEED Silver under both the New Construction and LEED for Existing Buildings: O+M Silver certification rating systems.  The interactive program includes a tour highlighting sustainable features around the ballpark: Sustainable design and construction strategies Multimodal transportation and other transportation-related issues Waste disposal...

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