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In Advocacy and policy 03.17.2014

Around the world in 80 market briefs

Green Building Leadership across the World’s Megacities To accommodate the expected increase in urban population of 2 billion people before 2030, will require the equivalent of 200 new cities the size of Paris.[1] There is no question that cities will play the leading role in our future global economy. They are burgeoning markets supporting jobs and technological innovation. They are the engines of economic activity and are major drivers of the global economy. Green buildings are...

In Center for Green Schools 03.12.2014

Now recruiting volunteer national chairs to support Community Green

The Center for Green Schools at USGBC is proud to announce the expansion of Community Green, thanks to the continued and generous support of the Bank of America Charitable Foundation. Launched in 2012, Community Green partners with community colleges to prepare for careers in sustainability and green building. Community Green is supported by a network of volunteer national chairs, located regionally across the U.S., who work with colleges to implement program benefits and deepen engagement...

In Advocacy and policy 03.10.2014
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Trust but verify: Why LEED certification matters

We know there’s no such thing as a free lunch, and that if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Simply put, trust must be earned. This is where third-party certification comes in. It holds businesses accountable for what they say is true, and it signals to consumers that the product meets certain standards so that they can make educated decisions about what to buy. Third-party seals of approval can communicate other things as well, such as the values of the company or the class...

In Industry 03.7.2014

USGBC in the news: Exposing the ‘Environmental Policy Alliance’

Don’t be fooled, the Environmental Policy Alliance isn’t the “EPA” you might think. The group behind recent attacks on LEED is run by the notorious Washington, D.C., lobbyist Richard Berman, who works on behalf of special interests under the guise of policy and research institutes. Check out what Architect, The Huffington Post and TreeHugger have to say about the Environmental Policy Alliance: "LEED Exposed": Beltway Astroturf Organization Sets Sights on Green Building,...

In Industry 03.14.2014
Joinville, Brazil, home to GM's new LEED Gold plant. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Friday Roundup: South America's 1st LEED auto plant

Here's our weekly collection of green building clips: GM Has First LEED Certified Plant In South America, Hybrid Cars News. The Joinville, Brazil, plant is General Motors’ sixth LEED-certified facility. Starbucks Opens First LEED-Certified Store in Downtown Disney District, California, Inhabitat. The happiest place on earth just got a little greener. Capital One opens Chesterfield County data center, Associated Press. The project in central Virginia is already LEED Gold certified, one of...

In Industry 03.12.2014

In the Know with Maggie & Joe

Time to know some of the green building and LEED “known knowns!” My dear and esteemed colleague, Maggie, knocked me last week for my home state's (Ohio) failure to make USGBC’s Top 10 States for LEED in 2013. That’s fine. Ohio has its pluses beyond disconsolate astronauts and bad clams. It’s the number one state in the country for green schools. Indeed there are 127 LEED certified schools in Ohio, providing students with better, healthier spaces to learn....

In LEED 03.10.2014

Interested in becoming a LEED Green Associate or LEED AP? What you need to know

You've made up your mind. You're ready to step up your game and become a LEED professional.   Here's what you need to know about the application: First things first: the eligibility requirements LEED Green Associate: You must be 18 years old to take this exam, but beyond that there are no eligibility requirements. However, we do recommended that you have exposure to LEED and green building concepts through education, volunteering, or work experience. LEED AP with specialty: To take...

In LEED 03.7.2014

Coming soon: Translation aids for LEED credential exams

LEED’s impact resonates on a global stage, and its adopters, advocates and practitioners are growing more diverse every day. There are LEED projects and LEED professionals in nearly 200 countries. To serve this demand, GBCI has translated several study resources and exams for the LEED professional credentials into Chinese, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic and French. Exam translation aid availability Chinese Spanish Portuguese Arabic French LEED Green Associate (2009) Now Now Now...

In Community 03.12.2014

Guide: USGBC San Diego brings sustainability to non-profits

Looking for a new way to bring green building education to your community? The USGBC San Diego Chapter’s Green Assistance Program is bringing sustainable design strategies to non-profits in Balboa Park, allowing the organizations to turn building energy and cost savings into new funding streams for community-focused programs. To help the non-profits achieve LEED certification at a low cost, the Green Assistance Program engages volunteer building professionals looking for design...

In LEED 03.10.2014

Become a LEED committee member!

Have you considered volunteering with LEED? LEED committee volunteers play a critical role in developing and maintaining the LEED rating system. The U.S. Green Building Council is holding an open call for self-nominations of qualified applicants to serve as members of LEED committees and working groups. The following groups are seeking new members: Pilot Credit Library Working Group (PCLWG) Energy and Atmosphere Technical Advisory Group (EA TAG) Indoor Environmental Quality Technical Advisory...

In Industry 03.7.2014
The National Geographic Society Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Friday Roundup: Recertification is critical component, CaGBC pushing progress

Here’s our weekly collection of green building clips, but also be sure to check out our other green building news post from today that reveals the truth behind the “Environmental Policy Alliance,” an astroturf front group that’s been attacking LEED. Sustainable: A look at recertifying LEED existing buildings, Finance & Commerce. Crescent Ridge Corporate Center in Minnetonka, Minn., is showcasing the importance of ongoing verification of performance through LEED...

In Advocacy and policy 03.7.2014

H.R. 2126: The Energy Efficiency Improvement Act

This week, the House of Representatives took a major step in advancing building efficiency legislation with the passage of H.R. 2126, the Energy Efficiency Improvement Act. This bipartisan bill cleared the House on a vote of 375-36. The legislation includes most of the Better Buildings Act, as well as provisions from H.R. 540, the Efficient Government Technologies Act, and language related to improving energy benchmarking of federally owned buildings and leased space. The bill seeks to...

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