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In Advocacy and policy 07.23.2015

Barriers to industrial energy efficiency: LEED can help!

As the industrial sector’s relative significance in U.S. energy use grows, tapping into the sector’s efficiency potential becomes more critical as well. In 2012, the industrial sector accounted for 32% of all energy consumption, and by 2025 its share is expected to exceed 36%. Manufacturing operations accounted for 74% of the industrial sector, representing 24% of all energy consumed in the U.S. in 2012 (EIA).  Barriers to Industrial Energy Efficiency, a Report to Congress...

In LEED 07.22.2015

Top 10 countries for LEED in 2015 [infographic]

There are LEED projects in more than 150 countries and territories, representing every continent except for Antarctica. LEED is being used in highly industrialized nations and newly developing ones, and LEED is helping to demonstrate the enormous power and potential of the emerging green economy. To recognize the countries that are doing the most to catapult green building forward, USGBC has announced its Top 10 Countries for LEED (view the press release), which looks at gross square meters of...

In Education 07.21.2015

Cushman & Wakefield leverages LEED for professional development

Over the course of several years, Cushman & Wakefield has successfully integrated sustainability into the company’s operations, which built the foundation to take sustainability to the next level. The Sustainability Strategies team, tasked with embedding sustainability into our corporate culture, decided it was imperative to first assess our own strengths and weaknesses. We noticed a sincere interest in sustainability among employees that was waiting to be harnessed. It became clear...

In Education 07.17.2015

Top 3 courses to grow your knowledge (July 2015)

You want the best courses and we've got them. Check out this month's top courses to grow your green building and sustainability knowledge. Check out July's top three courses created by USGBC Education Partners. Deep Material Vetting, created by Education Partner BuildingGreen, Inc. Learn how to vet materials like an LBC Red List veteran! Hint: you don't have to be a chemist to learn how to ask the right questions and get the right answers. BIMagination: From 3D to 5D, created by...

In Industry 07.22.2015

Greenbuild Film Festival: Submit your film today

USGBC is pleased to announce our call to filmmakers for the Ninth Annual Greenbuild International Film Festival. In keeping with this year’s conference theme, Monumental Green, Greenbuild is seeking submissions including documentaries, films, and informational videos that promote innovative green building practices and address social, environmental, and health topics related to the built environment. This is a great opportunity for filmmakers passionate about the environment to join...

In Media 07.22.2015

USGBC Announces International Rankings of Top 10 Countries for LEED Green Building

Demand for sustainable buildings continues to grow throughout the globe Washington, D.C.—(July 22, 2015)—Today, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced its international rankings of the Top 10 Countries for LEED, the world’s most widely used and recognized green building rating system. The Top 10 list highlights countries outside of the U.S. that are making significant strides in sustainable building design, construction and transformation, illustrating the ever-...

In Advocacy and policy 07.21.2015

House gives thumbs up to affordable housing efficiency program

Last week the U.S. House of Representatives voted in favor of another important efficiency bill.The Private Investment in Housing Act, introduced by a bipartisan group of lawmakers including Representatives Dennis Ross (FL), Jim Himes (CT), Emanuel Cleaver (MO) and John Delaney (MD), passed by an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 395-28. It is nearly identical to the provisions found in the energy efficiency legislation commonly known as Shaheen-Portman. This is the second bill to advance...

In Community 07.17.2015

USGBC moves forward in building an integrated network [video]

Over the last couple of years USGBC has been making strides to build an integrated network and pioneer a new model for USGBC chapters and local market engagement. Through an open and honest dialogue with chapters, we are moving towards closer alignment, as well as greater consistency and clarity in the marketplace.  In our video below, you will hear from USGBC leaders including Kimberly Lewis, Doug Widener and Rick Fedrizzi, about the efforts we are making to strengthen our...

In Advocacy and policy 07.22.2015

U.S. Senate Finance Committee votes to advance green building policies

In the run up to the 2015 August Congressional work period the U.S. Senate Finance Committee made an important move to renew and extend a $95 billion tax incentives package that expired at the end of last year. The “Final Passage of an Original Bill to Extend Certain Expiring Tax Provisions” passed on a 23-3 vote. The legislation includes a number of important elements that will continue to support the efficiency of the building industry. In particular, the bill extends and...

In Industry 07.21.2015

TalentFX at Greenbuild 2015: Your time to speak

This year, we’ve opened up six dynamic speaking opportunities as part of TalentFX at Greenbuild; TalentFx USGBC’s platform for emerging sustainability leaders. You, and your fellow winners, will have 25 minutes each to share your ideas, thoughts, and stories with students and professionals from around the globe.  Session types We’ll consider three types of sessions: Share (a story): It’s the buzzword that might actually get you a job—if you’re...

In LEED 07.20.2015

Where in Mexico is LEED being used?

Today, Mexico's architects, construction firms, energy companies, city planners, enterprises and politicians are working together to create the sustainable cities of tomorrow. Mexico is the home to LEED-certified and 460 LEED-registered projects, totaling 13,168,705 gross square meters of space. From hospitality to retail, whether single projects or those using LEED volume certification, the projects in Mexico represent the diversity and breadth inherent in LEED.  Check out a few of Mexico...

In Community 07.16.2015

USGBC's Los Angeles Chapter gears up for a week of Green Apple impact

With this year’s Green Apple Day of Service scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 26, the USGBC Los Angeles Chapter is setting their sights high on a week of impact and fun. The recently-released “Green Apple Week Activity Toolkit” is a guide for all of us to find ways to engage students in learning about conservation and sustainability. With a focus on one impact each day of the week starting on Monday, Sept 21, projects will highlight the importance of water and...

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