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In Community 03.3.2015

Green ties, green codes, and a 2015 Greenbuild Legacy Project

The snow that delayed openings of area schools that morning was still on the ground outside, but the tenth floor of 1015 Half Street, SE, in the Capitol Riverfront District of Washington, DC, was packed last Thursday night. Hosted by the USGBC National Capital Region Chapter (USGBC-NCR), the Washington Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA|DC), and the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE), the 14th annual Green Tie Affair brought together over 500 local green building...

In Community 02.24.2015

Giovanna Araujo: 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 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 03.3.2015

Introducing USGBC Studio

USGBC and its community are changing the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated. Yes, we believe in better buildings; places that complement our environment and enhance our communities. Places that give people better, brighter, healthier spaces to live, work and play. We also believe in smart and effective visual communication that hits the triple-bottom line. At USGBC Studio, creating collateral and user experiences that make a positive impact on our audience, as well...

In Community 02.17.2015

Blueprint for leadership

Leadership. Too often, we shy away from the word leadership. The word conjures up images of an unreachable status. So how do we develop leadership skills? There is no application process, no rite of passage, no magic button to apply. It's a way of being. Leadership begins within. Simply stated it starts with a willingness to serve for the greater good. There can be no attachment to status or title. It takes collaboration and cooperation (we often use these words interchangeably, but they...

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 02.27.2015

Zach Bradby: 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 02.13.2015

Let's get to the heart of it: We #loveLEED [video]

At USGBC we love our planet and our people, our wallets and our buildings, but most of all we love LEED—because LEED is the triple bottom line in action, benefiting planet, people and profit. Do you #loveLEED as much as we do? Celebrating tonight in a #LEED restaurant or hotel? Share your story! We love you! <3 #USGBC A video posted by USGBC (@usgbc) on Feb 13, 2015 at 7:01am PST Do you live, work or play in a LEED building? This Valentine's Day, show us your favorite LEED...

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...

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