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In Community 12.9.2013

A Greenbuild Scholarship Recipient's Story

DuWayne Baird, an emerging construction professional in Central Ohio, was one of 50 people to receive a full scholarship to attend Greenbuild 2013 in Philadelphia last month. In his blog post, he shares his Greenbuild story, one filled with networking, inspiration, advocacy and education. Read it here.

In Community 11.27.2013

Schoolyard revitalization effort in Philly wins USGBC Malcolm Lewis Award

The USGBC Malcolm Lewis Volunteer IMPACT! Award recognizes a high-impact, volunteer-driven project or initiative. In 2013, we received nine impressive nominations. Receiving over 2,000 likes, shares and comments on Facebook, the Hackett Schoolyard Revitalization Effort was chosen as the community favorite and was recognized at Greenbuild last week. It's a partnership that aims to transform the Hackett Schoolyard in Philadelphia into a vibrant, sustainable and green...

In Community 11.18.2013

Vote for Volunteer IMPACT! – Greening Nonprofits & Schoolyards

Voting is now open for the Malcolm Lewis IMPACT! Award, a prestigious award that recognizes a high-impact, volunteer driven project that contributes to USGBC’s vision of green buildings for all within a generation. This article highlights one of the nominees. The Green Assistance Program The Green Assistance Program (GAP) is a project-based education initiative that connects people with interest and expertise in green building to local nonprofits that desire to green their buildings and...

In Community 11.14.2013

Vote for Volunteer IMPACT! Cool Roofs & Healthy Products

Voting is now open for the Malcolm Lewis IMPACT! Award, a prestigious award that recognizes a high-impact, volunteer driven project that contributes to USGBC’s vision of green buildings for all within a generation. This article highlights one of the nominees.   Paint the Town White What happens when 250 volunteers apply white paint to over 60,000 square feet of black roofs? Carbon emissions are reduced by 13 tons, not to mention fun is had by all! Cool Roofs in Pittsburgh is an...

In Community 12.2.2013

20 years of USGBC: Greening your own path

This article is part of a series of stories from USGBC's community celebrating 20 years of green building triumphs. Take a walk down memory lane with USGBC, as we reflect on favorite moments and share memories from the last 20 years. Share your own green building triumphs using #USGBC20. I was working as a Marketing Director for a smaller building product manufacture in 2003 when the opportunity was presented to me to join the USGBC and travel to Pittsburgh to attend this...

In Community 11.21.2013

20 years of LEED: In loving memory

Every year since 2001 I have attended Greenbuild as part of Malcolm Lewis’s team from CTG. Malcolm was an innovator, instigator, guru and wise man of the green building movement. And nobody loved Greenbuild more than Malcolm. Like a kid in a candy shop, Malcolm was bright eyed with enthusiasm about all the information to learn, all the opportunities to create, and most importantly, all the friends to embrace. Always easy to spot, his bald head towering above the crowd, his eyes would...

In Community 11.18.2013

20 years of USGBC: LEED recollections

This article is part of a series of stories from USGBC's community celebrating 20 years of green building triumphs. Take a walk down memory lane with USGBC, as we reflect on favorite moments and share memories from the last 20 years. Share your own green building triumphs using #USGBC20. Fun stuff, this birthing of a significant market transformation process. The 1990-decade was an energizing period for green building. There were so many issues to address and very little...

In Community 11.13.2013
Dell Children's Medical Center garden. Credit: Seton Healthcare Family

Case of déjà vu: Two LEED Platinum ceremonies 5 years apart

On a beautiful October afternoon in Austin, Texas, Seton Healthcare Family associates and guests celebrated another world’s first achievement for Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas. The W.H. and Elaine McCarty South Tower is the first project in the world to achieve LEED for Healthcare (LEED-HC) Platinum certification. Dell Children’s executives welcomed guests and recognized community partners and project team consultants for their contributions. Members of the...

In Community 11.27.2013

20 years of USGBC: Thanksgiving recap

Over the past few months, we’ve been cataloging our favorite USGBC memories in our 20 years of USGBC series. We hope you've enjoyed taking a walk down memory lane, and learning from our wonderful community about their most cherished USGBC moments. Alex Zimmerman talked about the people behind the early days of LEED, and David Gottfried shared USGBC's ten ingredient recipe for transforming the building industry. Jeremy Poling discussed striving for zero in The Thing About...

In Community 11.19.2013

20 years of USGBC: LEED then and now

I have a vivid memory of an architecture professor telling me that thinking about sustainability was a waste of time – no one outside academia would bother with that kind of silly obsession. This was Missouri in the 1990s, when a gallon of gas cost less than a dollar and “green” was a paint color. I stubbornly pushed onward despite the disparagement – as I am prone to doing – and ultimately discovered that jobs in green building did, in fact, exist. I’m also...

In Community 11.18.2013

20 years of USGBC: The Woo-hoo gang

This article is part of a series of stories from USGBC's community celebrating 20 years of green building triumphs. Take a walk down memory lane with USGBC, as we reflect on favorite moments and share memories from the last 20 years. Share your own green building triumphs using #USGBC20. The epiphany that changed my life happened quite accidentally in 1994 when, as the incoming national president-elect of the American Society of Interior Designers I was asked to attend an...

In Community 11.11.2013

Vote for Volunteer IMPACT! Stories of building green in faith communities

Voting is now open for the Malcolm Lewis IMPACT! Award, a prestigious award that recognizes a high-impact, volunteer driven project that contributes to USGBC’s vision of green buildings for all within a generation. This article highlights one of the nominees. A good story can enrich our knowledge through the wisdom of experience. LEED Fellow and author, Holley Henderson, can attest to the power of stories – she just led a team of volunteers to gather the stories of five LEED-...

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