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In Community 06.8.2015

USGBC community to converge in San Diego and experience ADVANCE

A few weeks ago, we published we announced the launch of ADVANCE—a framework to help communities and organizations move along a path of sustainability leadership to more efficient, healthy and vibrant places. As we approach USGBC’s annual community meeting, Convergence, we’re excited to engage volunteer leaders and partners to experience ADVANCE firsthand in San Diego. At Convergence, volunteers will be mobilized in support of eight Community Sustainability Projects....

In Community 05.27.2015

Magdiel Aguilar: 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 05.14.2015

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 06.4.2015

Urban Green Council announces 2015 EBie Awards finalists

And the EBie goes to…. you’ll have to wait and see! The Urban Green Council, a USGBC chapter, recently announced finalists for the coveted EBie Awards, now in their fourth year of rounding up a who’s who in the sustainable existing building space. Check them out: The All-Rounder: Performance Excellence in Multiple Categories Kenner Kingston, Architectural Nexus, Salt Lake City, UT Stephen Monez, Mount Sinai Health System, Corporate Engineering, Brooklyn, NY Molly...

In Community 05.21.2015

Building a Legacy [USGBC+ May/June 2015]

This article was originally published in the May/June 2015 issue of USGBC+. Read the original version. Sitting amidst the volumes in the reading room at the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock, Arkansas, James “Skip” Rutherford and Debbie Shock take turns passing the credit back and forth for the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) plaque hanging on the front of this building and the one inside the Clinton Presidential Library and Museum not 100...

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 06.1.2015

USGBC welcomes seven chapters as integrated regions

Today, we are excited to welcome seven USGBC chapters as integrated regions of USGBC National. Welcome to Georgia, Montana, Idaho, New Mexico, South Carolina, Central Pennsylvania and Oklahoma! (Last month we welcomed the USGBC National Capital Region). This transition comes as part of our exciting chapter network evolution, which is piloting a new model for USGBC chapters and local market engagement. This will provide an exciting opportunity for our local...

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...

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