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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...

In Community 11.5.2014

2014 USGBC Leadership Awards round-up [Video]

At Greenbuild 2014, USGBC celebrated the recipients of the 2014 Leadership Awards, which are awarded to the individuals and groups at the forefront of sustainability in the built environment. Check out the videos of this year's leaders. 2014 USGBC Leadership Award: Tom Paladino  2014 USGBC Leadership Award recipient Tom Paladino, founder and CEO of Paladino and Company, is a nationally recognized leader in sustainability and an ardent advocate of proving the business case for green...

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 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 11.14.2014

Seeing green: Creating captivating digital content to reduce your environmental impact

Just as architects and builders are moving toward more sustainable materials to create environmentally-friendly living and work spaces, graphic designers are progressively finding ways to make their work more impactful by hitting the triple bottom line. Printing with low-VOC or soy inks and choosing production vendors who use renewable energy are just a few of the many small changes that make a huge difference. Finding new ways to make compelling, purposeful and environmentally-conscious...

In Community 11.4.2014

Take control of your home's energy use with programmable thermostats

This article is the second installment in a series of tips and best practices for making your home more sustainable. Read the first article. So, you've officially mastered the art of sustainable behavior at home (way to go!), and now you're looking for ways to take the greenness of your residence to the next level. Enter the programmable thermostat, a staple in sustainable spaces everywhere. What is a programmable thermostat, exactly? Simply put, it's a device that regulates your home's...

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 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 11.10.2014

It's time to reconsider how we talk about climate change

I can't remember the last time I went an entire day without hearing the words "climate change," "sustainability," or "going green." This goes back to well before I entered the world of USGBC—for years now, these terms have been sprinkled throughout newspapers, on the lips of nightly news anchors, and almost entirely integrated into mainstream conversation more generally.  Yet, despite over two decades of scientists, activists, economists, policy makers and now even the U.S. military...

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...

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