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In Industry 08.6.2015

Discover highlights of Greenbuilding Brasil 2015

The 6th annual Greenbuilding Brasil Conference will take place from Aug. 11-13 in São Paulo, Brasil. From the Opening Plenary to education sessions to a great exhibit hall, this is a conference not to be missed! Brazil is among the top four countries for LEED projects and certifications. With an expanding construction market, Brazil has a significant volume of new developments, generating jobs and wealth to the country. Analysts of this sector forecast significant growth by...

In Community 08.6.2015

Apply for a scholarship to attend Greenbuild 2015 in Washington, DC

USGBC is excited to provide scholarship opportunities to attend Greenbuild 2015. Scholarships aim to increase access to Greenbuild and serve as a point of entry for people new to the green movement. Scholarships are competitive, and preference is given to individuals from under-represented audiences and who demonstrate a need for scholarship. These scholarships allow USGBC to invest in individuals who share our vision and want to be champions for the movement. Hear from a scholarship...

In LEED 08.5.2015

Top 10 countries for LEED national profile: China

USGBC’s announcement of 2015’s Top 10 Countries for LEED comes during a pivotal time for China, home to the world’s largest construction industry and now the number two market for LEED outside the U.S. From a historic joint plan with the U.S. to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to an increasing number of Chinese people anxious to bring an end to the pollution that continues to cloud major urban areas, China is going through a green renaissance as the country...

In Community 08.4.2015

Commitment to Quality [USGBC+ July/August 2015]

This article was originally published in the July/August 2015 issue of USGBC+. Read the original version. Mexico City’s Instituto Thomas Jefferson looks for ways to make its sustainability efforts as impactful as possible. For 37 years, the Instituto Thomas Jefferson (ITJ) has been a forerunner for social emotional learning, project-based education, and student-powered innovation. Today, its mission is campus-wide sustainability on all fronts—from LEED-certified buildings to...

In Industry 08.6.2015

The Greenbuild 2015 Legacy Project: Capital Area Food Bank

The Greenbuild Legacy Project is a lasting gift of service, education, and thanks given every year to the city that hosts Greenbuild.  Past Legacy Projects have included: an interactive playground in Philadelphia, a green building education center in the lower 9th ward of New Orleans, and an urban food garden in San Francisco. This year’s Legacy Project is an urban food studio at the Capital Area Food Bank in Northeast Washington, DC, which will provide critical...

In LEED 08.5.2015

LEED certification update: July 2015

In this recurring monthly feature, we take a look at LEED certification activity in July 2015, broken out by rating system and location, as well as newly certified LEED projects in the news.  Be sure to check out USGBC's LEED project directory for a closer look at LEED projects in your area. You can also visit the Green Building Information Gateway to analyze LEED trends around the world. Certification Level Projects Certified Square Footage Certified...

In Advocacy and policy 08.4.2015

Senate Energy Committee approves comprehensive energy legislation

Last week, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee advanced a comprehensive energy package by a wide bipartisan margin. The Energy Policy Modernization Act, which includes provisions on efficiency, infrastructure, supply and accountability, was approved on an 18-4 vote in the committee. The bill reflects input from multiple hearings this year and picks up on a number of energy proposals advanced in previous congresses. It also contains provisions that are important to the efficiency...

In LEED 08.4.2015

Hot off the press: Dynamic LEED for Homes market briefs

We have a powerful new resource that further highlights the amazing work taking place in the the LEED for Homes market—the LEED for Homes dynamic market briefs.* We know the residential market is a vital component to greening the built environment. It is helpful, if not necessary, to have numbers to frame our understanding of where we are to better understand where we can go. Much like the State and Country market briefs, these living visualizations provide a regularly updated dose of...

In Education 08.6.2015

A prescription for health and wellness at Greenbuild 2015

The Greenbuild International Conference and Expo is the premier event for sustainable building. Featuring three exhilarating days of uplifting speakers, unmatched networking opportunities, showcases, LEED workshops and tours of green buildings, Greenbuild offers a place for thousands to gather and renew their commitment to the green movement. This year’s annual Greenbuild will be held in Washington, DC, from Nov. 18-20, 2015, and it promises to offer multiple opportunities to engage...

In Community 08.5.2015

Submit your nomination for the 2015 Malcolm Lewis IMPACT! Award

Thanks in part to its dedicated volunteers who contribute to the green building movement each year, USGBC continues to advance a healthier, more sustainable and prosperous built environment in communities across the globe. The USGBC Malcolm Lewis Volunteer IMPACT! Award recognizes a high-impact, volunteer-driven project or initiative. This award honors Malcolm Lewis, Ph.D., the founder of Constructive Technologies Group, who served on USGBC’s board and chaired its Technical and...

In Media 08.4.2015

USGBC Releases Statement on White House Clean Power Plan

The U.S. Green Building Council applauds President Obama and EPA Administrator McCarthy for their leadership this week in adopting the Clean Power Plan - a measure critical to the nation’s efforts to address climate change and all the human risks and impacts it entails. Importantly, EPA’s final rule aims to take advantage of market forces to realize significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions along with co-benefits to public health, such as fewer heart attacks and asthma...

In Center for Green Schools 08.3.2015

Community Green: Building valuable skills for high-impact careers

Community Green was launched by USGBC in 2012 to engage community colleges and help prepare students for careers in the sustainability field. The program connects two-year institutions with industry-leading green building education materials, equipping students to become qualified candidates for jobs in the green economy. The program has thrived over the past three years, thanks to generous support from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, which underwrites access to learning resources...

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