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In Community 05.16.2016

Going green in the black (USGBC Northern California)

USGBC Northern California is pleased to present a guest blog by Peter Rumsey, who will be speaking at GreenerBuilder 2016, June 16 in San Leandro, Calif.  In California, solar panels can supply electricity to a building at a rate equal to or below, sometimes significantly below, what the utility charges for electricity. But why would a developer invest in putting photovoltaic (PV) on a building when it’s the tenants who pay for the energy? This “split incentive”...

In Community 05.12.2016

Junior high students learn about green building from their school’s architect (USGBC Iowa)

Inspiring students to practice sustainability is easier to do when their very own classroom is an example of best practice. North Central Junior High (NCJH) students in North Liberty, Iowa, have a newfound appreciation for the building in which they spend most of their time. One of the building’s designers, Martha Norbeck, visited the school on April 15 to discuss the importance of green building in an age of increasing environmental challenges. Students learned about green principles...

In Community 05.11.2016

Convergence 2016: The LEED and Community Collaborative Workshop

USGBC's volunteer network plays a critical role in advancing healthier, more sustainable and more prosperous built environments in communities around the globe.  This June, at the Convergence conference, USGBC will celebrate and provide professional development for members, volunteers and partners.  Convergence provides an opportunity to reflect on accomplishments over the past year and re-energize for the work still to be done. Convergence 2016 will focus on "Building Leaders....

In Community 05.10.2016

Energy code compliance 101 (USGBC Central Pennsylvania)

USGBC Central Pennsylvania is sharing with our community the tips on energy code compliance prepared by the Pennsylvania Energy Code Compliance Collaborative and facilitated by Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships. Building energy codes exist to protect consumers The energy code requires minimum insulation, equipment, and lighting efficiencies to Minimize health risks and improve the comfort and productivity of tenants. Prevent inflated energy bills and ensure cost-effective improvements...

In Community 05.16.2016

Stay in touch with the new Green Home Guide

As you know, the Green Home Guide is your go-to resource for greening your home. On, you can browse articles and professional advice to learn more about green home tips and improvements. You can also view and search our directory of green building professionals to access a pro to help green your home. If you haven't already, we invite you to explore our new layout and content, and be sure to subscribe to receive email updates about the latest in...

In Community 05.12.2016

Greenbuild scholarship recipients from around the globe: Part V

For the past eight years, USGBC has offered scholarships to make Greenbuild accessible to people who would otherwise not be able to attend. For Greenbuild 2015, 94 individuals received a scholarship. Recipients represent a diverse group of people from around the world. Each one has a story to tell and brings their own passion to their work. Each one has a role to play in making green buildings and communities a reality for all.  As we lead up to Greenbuild 2016 in Los...

In Community 05.11.2016

USGBC Minnesota teams up with the Twins to promote sustainability

USGBC Minnesota is teaming up with the Minnesota Twins to teach about sustainability through an interactive tour of Target Field, which has achieved LEED Silver under both the New Construction and LEED for Existing Buildings: O+M Silver certification rating systems.  The interactive program includes a tour highlighting sustainable features around the ballpark: Sustainable design and construction strategies Multimodal transportation and other transportation-related issues Waste disposal...

In Community 05.10.2016

#DaylightHour: Saving energy and educating offices

USGBC is proud to announce its participation and support of the 2016 Daylight Hour, an annual social media campaign organized by the Building Energy Exchange. On June 17, we will join offices around the world in raising awareness about the use of natural daylight in lieu of electrical lighting.  Last year, over 300 offices around the world joined in and dedicated one hour to turn off the lights in daylit spaces, saving money and demonstrating their commitment to the environment....

In Community 05.13.2016

Community sustainability projects at Convergence

Since 2014 in Detroit, USGBC has worked with the community hosting our annual Convergence conference to leave a lasting impact through a series of Community Sustainability Projects. These projects pair green building experts attending the conference with local community-based organizations, guiding the local groups along a path to sustainable leadership.  Using the ADVANCE framework for community partnership, projects range from ecosystem cleanup to hands-on energy...

In Community 05.11.2016

MSU’s Jabs Hall wins USGBC Montana Sustainability Award

This article is adapted with permission from the Montana State University website. Read the original article.  A new Montana State University building was honored recently with a sustainability award from USGBC Montana. MSU’s Jabs Hall, home of the Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship, won a merit award/special jury award for education and outreach impact in the commercial building category. A total of nine winning projects were chosen for exemplifying the principles of...

In Community 05.10.2016

Making a difference block by block (USGBC North Carolina)

USGBC North Carolina and North Piedmont ASHRAE are sponsoring a 2016 weatherization project, "Block by Block," along with many other partners. They are looking to work with qualified, lower-income homeowners. If you think your home could benefit from some of these basic, low-cost, high-impact upgrades, we would love to work with you! We will have volunteers work on Saturdays in the fall of 2016. What's included: Basic home audits to see if homes can benefit from low-cost, high-...

In Community 05.9.2016

Governor recognizes Montana Smart Schools Challenge participants (USGBC Montana)

This article was originally published on the website of the Office of Governor Steve Bullock as "Governor Bullock and Lt. Governor Cooney Recognize Montana Schools Leading the Way to Improve Energy Efficiency and Save Taxpayer Dollars," and is adapted with permission. Read the original article.  Gov. Steve Bullock recognized 13 Montana public schools as the winners of the 2015–16 SMART (Saving Money and Resources Today) Schools Challenges. Through these challenges, schools found ways...

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