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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...

In Community 11.26.2014

Tips on how to make your Thanksgiving sustainable [Instagram video series]

This week we invited our staff to participate in a USGBC Instagram video series, answering the question: What are you doing to make your Thanksgiving sustainable? View the videos below to find out what they had to say. Maybe you can adopt some of these sustainability practices for your Thanksgiving celebration, too. #USGBC president, Roger Platt, shares how he plans to conserve resources and energy while giving back with the Platt family this holiday. A video posted by USGBC (@usgbc)...

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 12.8.2014

Georgia is leading the way with LEED: A recap after the tweets

I recently had the chance to be part of the first #LUNCHnLEED Twitter chat hosted by the USGBC Georgia Chapter and my company, GreenShortz, and driven by our marketing firm, Moxie Media & Marketing.  Just before we started, it struck me that Twitter is the LEED of social media: it's all about efficiency of thought and expression, but it runs on innovation. This is exactly what we experienced throughout the following hour. Jeremy Sigmon...

In Community 11.24.2014

What will California’s water resources look like at the end of the century? [USGBC+]

This article was originally published in 2014 September-October issue of USGBC+. Read the original version. A great deal of research on climate change over the last decade has focused on changes to the hydrologic cycle—the continuous process by which water is circulated throughout the earth and the atmosphere—which naturally impacts water supply. These changes—earlier spring snowmelt, increased evaporation from higher temperatures, and more frequent and intense droughts...

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 11.26.2014

This Thanksgiving USGBC is thankful for you [Video]

For Thanksgiving this year, we're feeling thankful for all that you do to support our movement. Our transformation of the built environment is made possible because of you. We're also celebrating the holiday with gratitude for the bountiful supply of tools that we can use to make our built environment sustainable. There are plenty of 'em! And finally, we'd like to introduce our new Thanksgiving mascot. Proudly presenting: Tom, the recycled materials Turkey; he's dancing for joy over how well...

In Community 11.24.2014

2015 Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence seeks entries for transformative placemaking...

The Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence (RBA) is a national design award that celebrates transformative placemaking in the U.S. and advances conversation about making our cities better. The biennial award, founded in 1987 by architect and developer Simeon Bruner, recognizes places distinguished by innovative design and their social, economic, and environmental contributions to the urban environment. To date, the RBA has recognized 73 projects and awarded over $1 million...

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