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In Advocacy and policy 04.25.2016

Senate passes broad energy legislation

This week, the U.S. Senate advanced a comprehensive energy package by a wide bipartisan margin. S. 2012, the Energy Policy Modernization Act, which includes provisions on efficiency, infrastructure, supply and accountability, was approved by the Senate on an 85-12 vote. Passage of the bill is somewhat miraculous given that the legislation had been sidelined for months because of procedural objections from both the majority and minority parties in the Senate. The bill reflects input...

In Community 04.25.2016

Meet Christopher Osore, Market Leadership Advisory Board Member (USGBC Iowa)

The USGBC Iowa Market Leadership Advisory Board (MLAB) members serve as the primary volunteer leadership voice for USGBC in Iowa. The MLAB represents a diverse group of locally based leaders who advise on strategic and tactical activities implemented as part of USGBC’s global work plan. This leadership group contributes to the global success of the USGBC community by working collaboratively within a larger network in order to develop and implement integrative, consistent and...

In Community 04.21.2016

What makes your heart beat "green"? (USGBC Greater Virginia)

The smallest gestures can remind us that what we do with USGBC matters. USGBC has some big numbers: nearly 2 million square feet of certified LEED buildings globally per day. Over 100,000 LEED Accredited Professionals in the United States. LEED buildings use 16 percent less water and 15 percent less energy, on average. These numbers are impressive—but impact on the human scale is what we want for every child who suffers from environmentally triggered illnesses such as asthma. Asthma is...

In Education 04.21.2016

Building for Health: Apply for the USGBC and Harvard leadership course

At USGBC, we have a strong vision of a sustainable built environment within a generation—and we are focused on expanding this vision beyond just buildings to include communities and cities. The global green building movement is increasingly shifting toward creating buildings and communities that intentionally promote health and wellness. To meet the needs of the industry, we have partnered with Harvard to deliver executive education that advances leadership in sustainability and...

In Center for Green Schools 04.25.2016

Environmental education at the local, national and global level

This article, which discusses Learning Lab as one of several programs to help kids can learn about the environment, was originally published on Education Week on April 18, 2016. Read the original.  In his book The Nature Principle: Human Restoration and the End of Nature-Deficit Disorder, Richard Louv writes, "What would our lives be like if our days and nights were as immersed in nature as they are in technology?" Studies have shown that spending time in nature affects...

In Center for Green Schools 04.22.2016

Reflections from GSCE 2016: Celebration, inspiration and motivation

Pittsburgh, host city of the 2016 Green Schools Conference, was the perfect example of the power of “greening.” Mayor William Peduto welcomed the 2016 conference attendees by sharing his city’s story of renewal and transformation—from the “City of Smoke” to one of the most livable cities in America. Seventy years ago, Peduto’s predecessor, Mayor David L. Lawrence stated his intent to restore the city to health: “I am convinced that our people want...

In Advocacy and policy 04.21.2016

On Earth Day, reflect, celebrate and push forward

Earth Day 2016 will be a truly historic event. At the United Nations in New York City, more than 150 countries will sign the Paris Agreement that was forged at COP21. The signing by so many, this quickly, is unprecedented. By signing the agreement, countries large and small, rich and poor, will give their consent to be bound and the agreement will “enter into force.” A strong global climate agreement and the transition to a low-carbon economy are in the best interests of the global...

In Industry 04.21.2016

Take part in the 2016 GRESB real asset assessment

GRESB, the global standard for environmental, social and governance (ESG) benchmarking for real assets, invites you to participate in the 2016 GRESB assessments. Assessment results are used by investors and fund managers to understand the risk and return profile of real estate and infrastructure investments. The 2016 scope of GRESB includes four distinct assessments—the Real Estate Assessment, the Developer Assessment, the Debt Assessment and the Infrastructure Assessment. The Real...

In Community 04.25.2016

Be part of a movement (USGBC Central Pennsylvania)

Be part of the green building movement in Central Pennsylvania. USGBC Central Pennsylvania is working to inspire sustainable transformation in our area through the built environment, and we are searching for motivated individuals committed to making a difference within our region and beyond. Due to the inherent nature of our work, you’ll be volunteering with a group of individuals whose impact stretches far beyond our region. We’re all committed to reversing the impact of...

In Center for Green Schools 04.22.2016

Announcing the 2016 Education Ministerial for Sustainability

Our mission to put every child in a green school within this generation is one that drives the Center for Green Schools team and a dedicated network of tens of thousands of advocates around the globe to work hard on a daily basis. In many ways, Earth Day is just another day for all of us—as it should be. For the broader community, it’s a time of year when people take notice of the environment with renewed spirit and commitment. Six years ago on Earth Day, the U.S. Department of...

In LEED 04.21.2016

Illegal wood and the role of LEED

Illegal logging is a pervasive and global problem. This practice includes removing trees from protected areas, failing to pay taxes and fees for timber, cutting protected species, stealing wood from the rightful owners and/or removing more timber than allowed from a given area. It causes enormous damage to forests, habitat, local communities and the economies of producer countries. And it’s not a small industry—illegal logging accounts for 50–90 percent of all forestry...

In Community 04.20.2016

Spend 30 minutes outside each day in June (USGBC Minnesota)

Are you up for the challenge? Spend 30 minutes in nature each day, for 30 days, this June. It seems like a simple task, but can you be outside without your phone or tablet? Have you taken time to acknowledge and appreciate the ecosystem that benefits your well-being? Sign up for the 30x30 Nature Challenge. Birds are singing, the breeze smells sweet and trees are about to start budding. With warmer weather around the corner in Wisconsin, our minds turn to weekend hikes, bike rides, fishing...

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