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In Community 02.11.2015

LEED hits home: Rick Fedrizzi at St. Joseph’s Hospital

Buildings are witness to so many of the most important moments in our lives. They create the space and form the backdrop for our weddings and funerals, business launches and late-night-billion-dollar-back-of-the-envelope work sessions, our first day of kindergarten and the graduation ceremony. Buildings are our lives. On Tuesday I had the opportunity to return to a place that anchored two important moments in my life—the place where I was born and the place where my father died. It...

In Community 02.3.2015

Investing in people for a brighter future: Profiles on Greenbuild scholarship recipients

Each year the people of the green building movement descend on a new city, gathering for our annual dose of inspiration, education and camaraderie at the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo. We come from around the globe with a single, unified vision for a better future. The medium of our work is buildings—shaping and molding our future vision one green strategy, one green technology at a time. But why are buildings important? Buildings have a significant impact on the...

In Community 01.16.2015

Meet GBCI: Jackie Hofmaenner

What's your name and title at GBCI?Jackie Hofmaenner, LEED Certification Reviewer How long have you been on staff? Since June of 2010 Your hometown?Northport, NY Fill in the blank: We are ___________.All connected. What are you currently reading?The Art of Happiness by the Dalai Lama and Howard Cutler Favorite book/movie/tv show/band?I always have a hard time picking favorites, but a great book that I would recommend is Shantaram. What's your favorite part of being on staff?The mission...

In Community 12.17.2014

We're all in this together: tackling climate change requires creative, collective...

“We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately.” Ben Franklin is credited with saying at the signing of the Declaration of Independence, and I would argue that those words hold as much truth in them now as they did in 1776. Today, we face the looming threat of an irreversibly changing climate, we're more aware than ever of the seemingly infinite ways our health and wellbeing can be influenced and affected, and anxiety over economic circumstances is being...

In Community 02.11.2015

Kristy Schomaker gives back to help others get ahead

This month, Kristy Schomaker was recognized as one of USGBC's Above and Beyond Volunteers—a volunteer leader whose contributions have led to outstanding achievements in the green building movement. Kristy currently serves in her second term as the Secretary of the USGBC Greater Virginia Chapter Board of Directors and as Board Liaison for the Green Schools Committee. Kristy runs the Young Engineers Association in her local ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-...

In Community 01.20.2015

Craig Immel goes above and beyond in Oklahoma

This month, Craig Immel was recognized as one of USGBC's Above and Beyond Volunteers. Above and Beyond volunteers are leaders whose contributions have led to outstanding achievements in the green building movement. Craig is the Chair of the USGBC Oklahoma Chapter Board of Directors and the Immediate Past Regional Chair of the South Central Regional Council. He is also the founder and operator of Steady State Geothermal and Green Property Funds. In 2012, Craig Immel was named one of Oklahoma...

In Community 01.9.2015

Freebie Friday: USGBC wallpaper January 2015

Download our latest USGBC-branded wallpaper for your desktop, laptop, tablet, smartphone. Did we mention that it's free?   (Click the links below to download.) 1680x1050 / 2560x1440 / Mobile / Tablet And while you're at it, view freebies from March and July, and tell us what wallpaper you'd like for your device by leaving us a note in the comments.

In Community 12.17.2014

A holiday gift guide for your favorite LEED professional

When it comes to holiday gift giving, we all know someone who's a little tricker to buy for than most. Would they appreciate something silly or humorous? Something logical and practical? Should you be creative, useful, or both? Well lucky for you, when it comes to shopping for your favorite LEED professional, we’ve done the thinking for you! Here are some top gift ideas for your favorite LEED Green Associate or LEED AP. For all choices, remember that buying local is strongly...

In Community 02.6.2015

Sundas Moien Rasool: Greenbuild scholarship profile

For the past seven years USGBC has made Greenbuild accessible to people who would otherwise not be able to attend through a scholarship program. At last year’s Greenbuild, 156 individuals received some type of scholarship to Greenbuild. Scholarship recipients represent a diversity of people from around the world. Each has a story to tell. Each brings their own passion to their work. Each has a role to play in making green buildings and communities a reality for all. As we lead up to...

In Community 01.19.2015

Reflections on the service of USGBC volunteers in 2014

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “The time is always right to do what is right.”  USGBC volunteers live those words as they tirelessly work to advance USGBC’s mission to transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated, to enable an environmentally and socially responsible, healthy, and prosperous environment that improves the quality of life for all. 2014 was a big year for USGBC volunteer service: tens of thousands of volunteers served...

In Community 12.22.2014

Warm wishes from USGBC [Video]

It's that time of year especially meant for merry-making with family and friends, and all of us at USGBC would like to wish you happy holidays—may yours be merry, sustainable and bright!     We'd also like to say a big "thank you!" to the Iowa Chapter's Scott Bowman, who spread some holiday cheer by sending us these awesome Lego letters. Follow USGBC's Vine channel for more videos

In Community 12.15.2014

Your cheat sheet for a sustainable holiday season

For many, the holidays are one of the most anticipated times of the year. They're when we liven up our spaces with our most festive decorations, bring friends and family together over delicious meals, and express our utmost appreciation for being able to surround ourselves with those we hold dear.  Of course, all of this merry-making involves a lot of materials and behavior that can leave our planet feeling a bit less cheerful. We generate eye-opening amounts of waste and ratchet up our...

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