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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...

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 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 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 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 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...

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