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In International 11.13.2014

Can green building make Chinese cities more competitive?

This week’s historic climate change agreement between China and the United States provides the green building community with another excellent opportunity to evaluate our movement’s importance to China’s long-term economic and environmental forecast. The fact that LEED has already become a major driver of market transformation in China has been extensively documented in USGBC’s LEED in Motion: Greater China report published earlier this year, but this article focuses on...

In International 11.12.2014

Our top things to know about Greenbuild 2014 and beyond

Greenbuild 2014 has come and gone, and for those of you who were unable to attend we have created two "Top five" lists.   Top five things you should know about Greenbuild 2014 The LEED Dynamic Plaque collaborates with Honeywell: This game-changing technology is the future of green building. LEED International Roundtable grows to 37 members: India’s TERI; GBCs of Costa Rica, Trinidad and Tobago, Kazakhstan and Hungary; and Mexico’s SUMe join the movement. New LEED and...

In Center for Green Schools 11.12.2014

Learn how to make your school green at the Green Schools National Conference

Do you want to learn about creative strategies for success and to take home real-life tools that can transform schools? Attend the Green Schools National Conference to be a part of the largest gathering of K-12 green schools advocates in the nation. When: March4-7, 2015Where: Virginia Beach, VA Register As one of the largest green school gatherings in the nation, the annual Green Schools National Conference brings together up to 1,200 teachers, administrators and others committed to the...

In Advocacy and policy 11.11.2014

ASBC and USGBC: Catalyzing green buildings and a sustainable economy together

This is a guest post by the American Sustainable Business Council Over the past year, the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) and USGBC have worked together to advance the understanding and value of green buildings as well as the opportunity to build a more sustainable economy. Here are some of the highlights:  Louisiana Together, with our respective partners, ASBC’s member the Greater New Orleans Independent Business Alliance and USGBC’s Louisiana chapter,...

In Media 11.13.2014

New USGBC Survey: 87 Percent of Green Building Professionals in India Anticipate an...

According to a new survey released by USGBC, 87 percent of Indian green building professionals indicated that they anticipate the use of LEED in India to increase overall, with nine out of ten industry senior executives in India anticipating that their LEED-related work will increase over the next five years. The survey also found that more than two-thirds of respondents view LEED positively or very positively. Additionally, 70 percent of survey respondents say they are willing and able to...

In LEED 11.12.2014

Lighting your way to a more energy-efficient home

This article is the third installment in a series of tips and best practices for making your home more sustainable. Read the first article and the second article. Lighting your home accounts for roughly 5% of its total energy usage—for the average U.S. family, that equates to around $110 each year. Luckily, switching to energy-efficient lighting is one of the fastest and easiest ways to reduce your energy consumption and keep more of that money in your pocket.  Efficient lighting is...

In LEED 11.11.2014

LEED professionals at a glance: November 2014

LEED professionals distinguish themselves in the green building marketplace by earning one of six LEED professional credentials. Credential holders are recognized as leaders in the field and they contribute expertise to various industries and projects. Are you one of them? Don't have a credential yet? Learn more about how to become a LEED professional » Hover over the charts below for a dynamic experience.  

In LEED 11.10.2014

Selecting a LEED rating system but need help choosing? Discover LEED

Looking to pursue LEED certification but don’t know where to begin? Check out our new interactive Discover LEED experience to get started. Discover LEED is a fun new way to interact with LEED. Answer a few simple questions—like, “Is this a new or existing building?”—and Discover LEED does the rest. Don’t have a project but looking to learn about all of our rating systems? Click view all rating systems to review all of the offerings. There...

In International 11.12.2014

Two weeks in India with USGBC [Video]

We know that LEED is global: it is used in 150+ countries, and the international uptake of LEED is a key driver of rating system development and resources.  This past summer, I had the chance to see that global presence in action, and it put everything into perspective for me. Several of us at USGBC traveled to India for a three-city tour across New Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore, during which we met leaders from across India who use LEED on a regular basis. The trip underscored just how...

In LEED 11.12.2014

LEED in Motion: Retail — Kohl's spotlight

430+ LEED-certified stores Kohl’s is committed to being a leading environmentally responsible retailer. LEED is one way they put this commitment into practice. An active member of the U.S. Green Building Council since 2007, Kohl’s utilizes USGBC’s LEED rating systems to guide best practices in the design, construction and operations of more than 1,100 stores and corporate facilities. To date, Kohl’s has more than 430 LEED-certified locations, which amounts to 35,616,240...

In LEED 11.11.2014

Understanding USGBC's Trademark Policy and Branding Guidelines to tell your LEED...

We created our Trademark Policy and Branding Guidelines to help you use our brand assets consistently and correctly. The guidelines include common uses and misuses of USGBC’s brand assets, including trademarks and logos. We're counting on you to help reinforce our brand by applying these guidelines carefully. Have questions? Contact USGBC’s Marketing Department at [email protected] Using the LEED logo The LEED logo must always appear in its standard colors: 60% and 50%...

In Center for Green Schools 11.10.2014

San Diego community teams up for third annual Green Apple moment

The San Diego Green Building Council (SDGBC) and Balfour Beatty Construction recently partnered with John J. Montgomery Elementary School in Chula Vista, CA, to host the 3rd annual Green Apple Day of Service.  On Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, the school was abuzz as more than 75 volunteers, including students, came out to green the campus by performing service work and commencing a year-long Green Schools Challenge. Brian Cahill, Balfour Beatty's Southwest Division President said his team felt...

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