Please upgrade your browser. This site requires a newer version to work correctly. Read more
Subscribe to this channel
In Community 05.15.2015

National Bike to Work Day

At USGBC, we take National Bike to Work Day pretty seriously. While a lot of our staff bikes to work every single day (weather permitting), it's more fun when you get to celebrate your #1 way of commuting with other staff members and local bikers! Biking to work is a clean, fun and healthy way to get to and from work. We thought we'd take a minute to showcase some of our most enthusiastic bikers, and get an idea of why they bike to work!  Josh Lasky, Program Manager, Green Apple...

In Community 05.11.2015

Want to win $15,000?

Enhance your home's look with improvements that make a difference. As a member of the USGBC community, we know you appreciate the value of building sustainably. That's why for the fifth consecutive year, we're teaming up with Better Homes and Gardens and Family Circle to present the $15,000 Home Improvement Sweepstakes. Join the fun and learn more about the Sweepstakes sponsors—Oceanside Glasstile and Trex, which both have major commitments to...

In Community 05.1.2015

Siriane Lawless: 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 04.27.2015

Would you like to bike to Greenbuild?

I’ve been part of and loved every Greenbuild but one (I missed Sao Paolo, Brazil, because of an unavoidable conflict). I’ve traveled by plane (usually), bus (twice—both were more fun than you might think), train, car and… bike. The bike trip was by far the most fun—there’s no even remotely close second. A group of 10 staff and even a stalwart volunteer started earlyish (Jason was late) the Saturday before Philadelphia Greenbuild in November 2013. Over the...

In Community 05.14.2015

Top 5 things you should know about waste at USGBC

At USGBC we care about being responsible with our waste. Here are five things you should know about waste at USGBC. We compost. Recycling is the law in DC but we like to push ourselves by going above and beyond. Our food waste, as well as the paper towels in the restrooms, is collected twice a week by our vendor, Compost Cab. Our janitorial crew gathers the compostable materials throughout the day and transfers them to two 64-gallon wheeled containers at the loading dock. Here's a tip:...

In Community 05.7.2015

Sustainable building design, construction and operation: USGBC as catalyst

There is a wave of change happening in the global design and construction industry and USGBC is the catalyst. In 1993, Rick Fedrizzi became the co-founder and chair of USGBC. Little did he know that he and his colleagues were about to dramatically change the design and construction industry. Today, there are more than 12,000 members of USGBC. Since the launch of LEED in 2000, LEED has grown from one rating system for new construction to a comprehensive program of nine interrelated rating...

In Community 05.1.2015

ADVANCE: A framework to expand access to green building for all

If you’re reading this article on our website it’s probably because you’re a fan of green buildings. The environmental, health and economic value of green spaces and places is clear to you. But when you look outside your window, how many ‘green buildings’ do you really see? For us “Greenies” who drank the Kool-Aide years ago, the value proposition is crystal clear. So why isn’t everyone on board? Why aren’t all the buildings outside my...

In Community 04.23.2015

An Above and Beyond Volunteer teaches students how to design and build a community garden...

This month, Mayda Colon 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.     Mayda currently serves as the Chair of the USGBC Wyoming’s Green Schools Committee. She leads a partnership in Casper, Wyoming, engaging with elementary school students to design and build a community garden, where families can grow their own food as part of their healthy...

In Community 05.13.2015

Terry Green II: 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 05.4.2015

Earth Day 2015 Q&A [podcast]

Last week was Earth Day, and while at USGBC, we believe that every day is Earth Day, April 22 represents different things to different people and serves as an important reminder to think more consciously about the environment and the impact we all make. Earth Day was first celebrated in the U.S. 1970 and became an internationally recognized day in 1990. It is now celebrated in 192 countries around the world. To commemorate the day, we asked staff and local passersby what Earth Day means to them...

In Community 04.29.2015

Bring the EPA's National Building Challenge to your house of worship

The EPA's ENERGY STAR 2015 National Building Competition is an excellent example of competition that results in quantifiable reductions in energy and water use and corresponding CO2 emissions.   In past years, competitors who reduced building energy consumption saved an average of $25,000 and reduced energy consumption by 8%! That is quite a value proposition, especially for community, faith and educational organizations who can re-invest those savings into their...

In Community 04.22.2015

Happy Earth Day, Take a Bow!

This article appeared in The Huffington Post on April 22, 2015. As I was sitting over coffee watching the sun peek its nose over the horizon on this 22nd day of April—the 45th anniversary of Earth Day—I suddenly realized I wanted to say something to my fellow members of the “Aging Boomers Club:" Thank you. Thank you for Earth Day. Thank you for all it has done for our remarkable planet, for our children and our children’s children, and for—and I don’t know that I have the...

Load more articles