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In Community 05.6.2016

Year of advancement: Find your believers

Critical to the success of any sustainable equity-driven project is a diverse cast of volunteers with unique skills, experiences and perspectives. Too often we try and achieve things on our own, but in the long run, it is simply not sustainable. We have limits on our knowledge, resources and energy, and especially our time—the ultimate nonrenewable resource.  This is a realization that struck USGBC Local Ambassador Siassia Likibi early in her volunteer experience, as she...

In Community 05.6.2016

Studio replay: Creating social media content

Our USGBC Studio blog offers some terrific resources for the marketing and design aspects of green building business. Staff experts speak to the challenges and solutions that can help your website, social media campaigns and marketing be as effective and up-to-date as possible. This blog was originally posted on Aug. 18, 2015 as "Creating Social Media Content."  Social media needs no introduction. At this point we know the basics, but this ever-changing, lightning-pace field is...

In Community 05.5.2016

Virginia Beach City Public Schools recognized as Green Ribbon Schools (USGBC Hampton...

U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King, Jr., announced on Earth Day that the Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) is one of the 2016 Green Ribbon Schools Award) winners. The school system was recognized for demonstrating excellence in the three pillars of the Green Ribbon Schools Program: reducing environmental impact and costs, improving health and wellness and providing environmental education options, such as STEM and green career pathways. The VBCPS was one...

In Community 05.4.2016

Greenbuild scholarship recipients from around the globe: Part IV

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 05.6.2016

Where USGBC will be this month: The 2016 SPLC Summit

USGBC will be attending and presenting at the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council’s 2016 Summit here in Washington, D.C. The summit runs from May 24–26, but there are also pre-summit short courses on May 23. What is the 2016 Summit? Following up on the SPLC’s well-reviewed 2015 Summit, the 2016 Summit will bring together 300 leading sustainable purchasing experts and practitioners from a wide variety of sectors and regions for two days of best...

In Community 05.5.2016

KSU and USGBC Georgia celebrate Earth Day with farm-to-table tour

On Earth Day, USGBC Georgia and Kennesaw State University teamed up to host a farm-to-table tour at KSU’s The Commons, the nation’s largest LEED Gold collegiate dining facility. To call this a cafeteria, or even a dining hall, does not do justice to this spectacular culinary delight. The foodies who attended were treated to a tour by Joshua Wendling, the Marketing Manager of KSU Culinary and Hospitality Services, which includes The Commons dining hall. First, we...

In Community 05.5.2016

Clean Power Plan implementation debated at the 2016 legislative session (USGBC Greater...

The 2016 Virginia legislative session, which just ended, included some key bills related to implementation of the EPA’s Clean Power Plan. Two bills, HB 2 and SB 21, were vetoed by Gov. Terry McAuliffe; these bills would have required that any state plans for implementing the Clean Power Plan be approved by the General Assembly. However, Republicans were able to pass a budget item prohibiting the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) from developing a state plan at this time (...

In Community 05.4.2016

Green ribbons for the bluegrass state (USGBC Kentucky)

This week, the U.S. Department of Education announced the 2016 Green Ribbon Schools honorees. Again this year, as they have every year since the awards began in 2012, Kentucky schools earned this distinguished honor. We applaud these three schools as they enter the pantheon of Kentucky's green school stewards of excellence: Eastern Elementary School, Scott County: Coordinated Health and Energy Conservation Russell Cave Elementary, Lexington: All Hands on Deck for...

In Community 05.6.2016

Convergence 2016: Welcome to Jacksonville

Jacksonville, Fla., is known as the River City, but it is so much more than the beautiful St. John’s River you see outside the Convergence hotel. Jacksonville is beautiful beaches, a growing downtown, peaceful suburbs, the Northside and Historic Springfield, southern hospitality, wonderful weather, great shopping, food, entertainment, museums, sports and so much more. I moved to Jacksonville 14 years ago and fell in love with the city; I can’t imagine living...

In Community 05.5.2016

Join our Green Apple Day of Service heroes in Northern Kentucky (USGBC Kentucky)

May 14 marks the first Green Apple Day of Service project in Kentucky this year, at Boone County High School, where the environmental science class, led by teacher Lenny Beck, spent the fall and winter semesters studying native plant and tree species. Volunteers are invited to help as heroes! The students, hopeful that an overgrown stormwater detention area at the edge of a vast school parking lot could be converted to an outdoor classroom, made recommendations directly to the...

In Community 05.4.2016

Augusta Green Scene: A stroll through history (USGBC Georgia)

The Augusta Branch of USGBC Georgia, in partnership with Historic Augusta, Inc., recently hosted a walking tour of historic buildings, both renovated and nonrenovated. Chris Lehi, the Augusta Branch Chair, welcomed more than 40 people and introduced Robyn Anderson, the Preservation Services Director for Historic Augusta. Historic Augusta, Inc. is a private, nonprofit membership organization dedicated to the preservation of the historic built environment of Augusta and Richmond County, Ga....

In Community 05.4.2016

Learning, living and loving at the Convergence Community Advancement Summit

USGBC is proud of its global community of leaders. From local volunteers to national members to LEED Fellows (and sometimes all three at once), we are grateful for the movers and shakers that make our bold mission possible.  The Community Advancement Summit at Convergence is USGBC’s annual opportunity to celebrate and educate our most engaged stakeholders. This year, representatives from USGBC’s local communities, emerging professionals, community partners,...

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