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In Center for Green Schools 03.12.2015

The Center's "Coolest Teacher" heads to Antarctica, again

I have now said the phrase, “Yes, it’s true, I’m going back to Antarctica” to so many people so many times, that I’m actually starting to believe it myself. It seems too good to be true, but yes, it is happening! In less than 24 hours, I will be boarding a plane that will take me to the coldest, driest, most inhospitable place on the planet. And this year, I will be bringing one of my 12-year-old student leaders with me, Aidan. You'll be able to read about our...

In Advocacy and policy 03.11.2015

Let GSA know you support LEED

The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) has a critical role in making federal buildings more sustainable. GSA is a significant federal landlord, building, renovating, and managing assets for other agencies; and in addition GSA has the responsibility to recommend green building certification systems that support federal sustainability goals. To this end, GSA is now seeking public comment on its 2014 report which determined that LEED v4 aligns better than ever with Federal green building...

In LEED 03.11.2015

India demonstrates leadership through LEED for existing buildings

This week, USGBC and The Energy Resources Institute (TERI), will formally launch new, technical guidance to advance LEED for existing buildings in India. This guidance will launch as part of the annual GRIHA Summit, which is being held in New Delhi.  In India, as energy consumption rises and cities grapple with some of the world's worst air pollution, greening India's existing building stock is paramount, and existing buildings hold incredible promise. It can take up to 80 years...

In Media 03.10.2015

LEED for Existing Buildings in India Advances with New Solutions

Technical guidance developed with TERI offers India-specific incentives to further building performance, energy savings and water conservation New Delhi, 10 March, 2015 – This week, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and The Energy Resources Institute (TERI), will formally launch new, technical guidance to advance LEED for Existing Buildings in India. This technical work will launch as part of the annual GRIHA Summit, which is being held this week in New Delhi. The new guidance...

In LEED 03.12.2015

Top 10 states project profile: Unitarian Universalist Association new headquarters

2014’s Top 10 States have shown tremendous leadership in the green building movement by certifying 1,662 commercial and institutional projects representing 251.7 million square feet of real estate. These buildings will have a tremendous social impact over the coming years by providing healthy and environmentally sustainable spaces to produce new breakthroughs in many different fields of science, medicine, education, business, the fine arts and environmental and social justice. This...

In Education 03.11.2015

Join Harvard and USGBC for Executive Education in Sustainability

At USGBC, we’re leading a global effort to create a more sustainable world, and that includes protecting the environment and working to build better and stronger communities. USGBC and Harvard’s Center for Health and the Global Environment invite executives to discover how sustainability is the problem that can "solve our organizations." Through the best-in-class Executive Education for Sustainability Leadership program, senior leaders will have an opportunity to prepare to...

In LEED 03.10.2015

Does LEED have a place in your diet?

What if you could help prevent climate change three times a day? What would you be willing to change? You’ve already changed your light bulbs and programmed your thermostat. The next step you can take is your food, so today I’m writing about what we eat—and greenhouse gases. What you purchase at the market directly impacts climate change. Animal product cultivation generates greenhouse gases in the following ways: Carbon Dioxide (CO2) comes from land clearing and fertilizer...

In Industry 03.9.2015

Fit for a princess: Next-generation personal controls deliver whole-building energy...

Remember “The Princess and the Pea” by Hans Christian Anderson? Trailblazing engineer P. Ole Fanger often cited that fairy tale in his presentations on the state of indoor environmental quality (IEQ) research and practice. Dr. Fanger gently lampooned conventional IEQ systems, observing that no car manufacturer would proudly advertise “We guarantee that less than 30% of our customers will be dissatisfied!” Audaciously, Dr. Fanger envisioned innovations that would delight...

In Industry 03.12.2015

Green building over time

Green projects must be prepared to adapt to future change and be designed and operated to stand the test of time. Continuous monitoring is required to identify needed improvements and users’ changing needs. Project teams must look far ahead to determine what stressors a project is likely to encounter and then build resilience into the system.  For example, where water supply depends on local snowpack, planning and design efforts might focus on water conservation, water storage, and...

In Advocacy and policy 03.11.2015

Federal agencies and their super rad buildings

Recently we reported on the announcement from the Energy Information Administration that the federal government is consuming energy at its lowest levels since 1975. The U.S. government is the biggest consumer of energy in the nation, and their commitment to greening their building stock was critical to this advancement. The federal government has been a leader in LEED since the beginning, and with more than 2,500 certified projects, the energy and water savings are racking up. Check out this...

In LEED 03.10.2015

The real-life cycle of LEED in NY

Fortunately for this Central New York native, Syracuse pride abounds at USGBC’s headquarters. Take a turn around our Washington, DC, office and you’ll see more than a few Syracuse University pennants and posters pinned up around staff workspaces. Otto the Orange’s enlarged eyes poke out from bulletin boards, Rakeem Christmas sizes you up from a newspaper clipping, and SU degrees adorn the walls of employee offices (including our CEO and chief Syracusan-in-residence, Rick...

In LEED 03.9.2015

PR guidelines to promote your LEED-certified project

Congratulations! Your project is joining a select group of sustainable and innovative buildings that are LEED-certified. If you’re looking to tell your building’s story, here are some ideas to help get you started: Distribute a press release. Once you’ve earned LEED certification, go ahead and make it known! A press release template, sample quotes from USGBC and other resources can be found on pages 3, 4 and 5 of these guidelines. You can also request to use the corresponding...

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