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In Education 02.10.2016

Course preview: Social equity credits and LEED [video]

With Education @USGBC, you can grow your green building knowledge online, anytime. Ready to take your knowledge to the next level? Check out the preview below of this month's featured course, Social Equity Credits and LEED, created by USGBC Massachusetts. In this course, you will learn about “fostering social equity,” a driving principle in USGBC's strategic plan. In 2014, three new Social Equity credits were launched as part of the LEED v4 Pilot Credit library. The...

In Education 01.20.2016

Top 3 courses to take this month (January 2016)

You want the best courses, and we've got them. Check out this month's best three courses to grow your LEED, green building and sustainability knowledge. This time, we're featuring our international partners! January's top three courses, created by USGBC Education Partners: LEED Tips and Tools for Subs and Suppliers, created by Education Partner InfoSpec. Explore the role of subcontractors and suppliers within the LEED process, review documentation responsibilities and learn proven...

In Education 01.8.2016

Join a webinar on our new executive education offering: Building for Health

Harvard University and USGBC have joined forces to deliver ongoing executive education offerings that advance leadership in sustainability and health. Join us for a free 30-minute informational session to learn more about our new, best-in-class offering, "Building for Health: Research and Applications to Drive Decisions for the Built Environment." This executive education course convenes world-class thought leaders at the iconic Harvard Faculty Club and focuses on turning cutting-edge...

In Education 12.21.2015

Top 3 courses to take this month (December 2015)

You want the best courses, and we've got them. Check out this month's best three courses to grow your LEED, green building and sustainability knowledge. This time, we're featuring our International Green Building Council partners! December's top three courses, created by USGBC Education Partners: Kicking Toxic Chemicals Out of our Building Furniture, created by Education Partner Canada GBC. Get the latest on the new regulations and gain model purchasing language and tools to help...

In Education 02.8.2016

View our quick LEED v4 credit tutorials for BD+C and ID+C

Are you working on a LEED project or hoping to learn more about specific LEED v4 credit requirements? Check out our new series of brief tutorials on Education @USGBC to get started on the path to success: LEED v4 Credit Tutorials: BD+C/ID+C. Each individual session covers a specific credit in LEED, sharing one or more quick videos explaining key concepts. Ranging from case studies to calculator walk-throughs, these sessions focus on the specifics that you need to know as a LEED...

In Education 01.14.2016

Course preview: Integrated Daylighting and Energy Modeling [video]

With Education @USGBC, you can grow your green building knowledge online, anytime. Ready to take your knowledge to the next level? Check out the preview below of this month's featured course, Integrated Daylighting and Energy Modeling, created by USGBC Education Partner The Green Engineer, Inc. In this course, you will learn about the benefits of early stage design integration strategies. Integrated daylight and thermal modeling process and tools will be examined, as well as when...

In Education 01.6.2016

9 ways to make your home greener

Lowering our overall impact on the environment is a team effort, and like a ripple effect, a little from each of us can go a long way when it comes to helping out. The place where we can start making change is the one we know best—our homes. Here are nine ways you can pitch in to make your residence more eco-friendly, while also saving money over time in energy and water bills. Install programmable thermostats. The idea is a logical one: turn off the AC/heat when no one’s home...

In Education 12.14.2015

Course preview: Using LEED the Right Way [video]

With Education @USGBC, you can grow your green building knowledge online, anytime. Ready to take your knowledge to the next level? Check out the preview below of this month's featured course, Using LEED the Right Way, created by USGBC Education Partner 7group. LEED Fellow Marcus Sheffer explores why LEED was created and how to use it most effectively. Using LEED as an effective tool requires that projects engage an integrative design process to produce cost-effective green...

In Education 02.1.2016

LEED v4 education: location and transportation

The LEED v4 education suite focus this February is on location and transportation. This category (new to BD+C, ID+C and O+M projects) rewards thoughtful decisions about building location, with credits that encourage compact development, alternative transportation and connection to amenities such as restaurants and parks. In previous versions of LEED, location and transportation were addressed in the sustainable sites category. In LEED v4, sustainable sites specifically addresses on-site...

In Education 01.14.2016

What will you learn in the new year?

Education @USGBC is a simple-to-use platform with courses designed by the world’s leading educators, providing the best sustainability education in the market today. Here are just three of the reasons to explore Education @USGBC in 2016:  Access nearly 300 hours of best-in-class green building education, plus the LEED v4 web-based reference guide, at a very affordable price. Our course library is always growing. On-the-go professionals can view our content on USGBC’s app. Our...

In Education 12.21.2015

LEED v4 education: Water

This month, our LEED v4 education suite focus is water. It connects and interacts with everything, especially in buildings. With the right design, green buildings can use significantly less water than conventional construction by incorporating strategies such as native plants with low water requirements, more efficient water fixtures, and wastewater reuse for nonpotable water needs. LEED v4 addresses water use holistically, taking into account indoor use, outdoor use, specialized uses...

In Education 12.2.2015

Key features: A look inside a green home’s clockwork

The home is the most important space in our lives. We at USGBC believe all buildings should be designed and developed with human health and the environment at the forefront—but especially homes.  Environmentally responsible homes cost less to operate, use water and energy efficiently, and minimize exposure to harmful toxins and pollutants for residents. Here’s a list of key green features in a sustainable residence that are better for you, your wallet and the environment. From...

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