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In Community 03.25.2015

Tiffany Pupa forges a sustainable path for Michigan State University

This month, Tiffany Pupa was recognized as one of USGBC's Above and Beyond Volunteers, which is a volunteer leader whose contributions have led to outstanding achievements in the green building movement. Tiffany serves as the president of USGBC Students at Michigan State University. Tiffany has dedicated countless hours towards transforming the USGBC Students group into a social learning group for many students to realize and advocate for the benefits of sustainable practices on campus at MSU...

In Community 03.17.2015

May you find LEED at the end of your rainbow [video]

LEED is recognized around the globe as the premier mark of achievement in green building—it's a pot of gold, if you will. This St. Patrick's Day, here are a few reasons why we treasure LEED, and you should too: Proven performance: If you’re serious about saving money, conserving energy, reducing water consumption, improving indoor air quality, making better building material choices, and driving innovation, then LEED is the best choice. Bar none. It's also your first step...

In Community 03.3.2015

Introducing USGBC Studio

USGBC and its community are changing the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated. Yes, we believe in better buildings; places that complement our environment and enhance our communities. Places that give people better, brighter, healthier spaces to live, work and play. We also believe in smart and effective visual communication that hits the triple-bottom line. At USGBC Studio, creating collateral and user experiences that make a positive impact on our audience, as well...

In Community 02.17.2015

Blueprint for leadership

Leadership. Too often, we shy away from the word leadership. The word conjures up images of an unreachable status. So how do we develop leadership skills? There is no application process, no rite of passage, no magic button to apply. It's a way of being. Leadership begins within. Simply stated it starts with a willingness to serve for the greater good. There can be no attachment to status or title. It takes collaboration and cooperation (we often use these words interchangeably, but they...

In Community 03.23.2015

Brandon Menjares: 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 03.3.2015

Why glass is better than plastic

When Sunday rolls around the thing I dread the most is thinking about what I will pack for lunches for the upcoming week. It’s a lot of work and a lot of preparation. And the last thing I want to do at 7:00 am as I rush out the door is pull deli meat out of my fridge and slap it between two slices of bread. Yuck. Well, there's a solution. And not only does it make my life easier, it's also healthier and better for our earth! Glass > Plastic. Mason jar salads for the...

In Community 02.27.2015

Zach Bradby: 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 02.13.2015

Let's get to the heart of it: We #loveLEED [video]

At USGBC we love our planet and our people, our wallets and our buildings, but most of all we love LEED—because LEED is the triple bottom line in action, benefiting planet, people and profit. Do you #loveLEED as much as we do? Celebrating tonight in a #LEED restaurant or hotel? Share your story! We love you! <3 #USGBC A video posted by USGBC (@usgbc) on Feb 13, 2015 at 7:01am PST Do you live, work or play in a LEED building? This Valentine's Day, show us your favorite LEED...

In Community 03.20.2015

A bright future in sustainability at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

On Monday night, March 16, at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY ESF), the school’s newly formed Sustainable Energy Club welcomed Rick Fedrizzi to speak to the future of green building. He spoke of USGBC, how far it has come since its conception and what the future will hold. We especially enjoyed hearing about the LEED Dynamic Plaque and LEED Lab program and hope to get involved soon. It was an exhilarating experience for all the students who attended....

In Community 03.3.2015

Green ties, green codes, and a 2015 Greenbuild Legacy Project

The snow that delayed openings of area schools that morning was still on the ground outside, but the tenth floor of 1015 Half Street, SE, in the Capitol Riverfront District of Washington, DC, was packed last Thursday night. Hosted by the USGBC National Capital Region Chapter (USGBC-NCR), the Washington Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA|DC), and the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE), the 14th annual Green Tie Affair brought together over 500 local green building...

In Community 02.24.2015

Giovanna Araujo: 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 02.11.2015

LEED hits home: Rick Fedrizzi at St. Joseph’s Hospital

Buildings are witness to so many of the most important moments in our lives. They create the space and form the backdrop for our weddings and funerals, business launches and late-night-billion-dollar-back-of-the-envelope work sessions, our first day of kindergarten and the graduation ceremony. Buildings are our lives. On Tuesday I had the opportunity to return to a place that anchored two important moments in my life—the place where I was born and the place where my father died. It...

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