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In LEED 10.2.2014

Green tools for LEED users: Project certification options

We know that no two companies are the same, and each has its own unique culture, needs, goals and processes. With that in mind, we want to make LEED work for you. Whether you're connected to the project from the building owner/manger side or you're a green building service provider offering expertise that helps the project towards sustainability, we have an offering meant to help you reach your goals. Check out the options below that will help you enhance your business and apply LEED...

In LEED 10.1.2014

LEED addenda release: October 2014

The October 1st quarterly addenda to the LEED rating systems and reference guides are now available. This release includes addenda for both LEED v4 and LEED 2009. To view the changes: Visit the addenda database and search by 10/1/2014 Visit the credit library and select the "Interpretations” tab within each credit Download the Reference Guide Tables and redlined rating system Interpretations Six new LEED 2009 (10398-10405) and one LEED v4 (10406)...

In Media 10.1.2014

2014 LEED Fellows Announced

LEED Fellows represent an elite class of accomplished green-building professionals Washington, D.C. – (Oct. 1, 2014) – The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announces its 2014 class of LEED Fellows. This year’s 48 Fellows are recognized for their exceptional contributions to the green building community as well as for their significant achievements among LEED Professionals. “The 2014 LEED Fellows are utilizing their extensive knowledge and experience in green building...

In Media 09.30.2014

Affordable Green Neighborhood Grant Recipients Announced

Washington, D.C. – (Sept. 30, 2014) – The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and Bank of America Charitable Foundation announced today the 11 projects selected for the 2014 Affordable Green Neighborhoods (AGN) grant program. Each of these neighborhood redevelopment projects are pursuing certification under USGBC’s LEED for Neighborhood Development rating system and are notable for their planned affordable housing, compact design, commitment to green building and sites located...

In Center for Green Schools 10.2.2014

Registration now open for fifth year of Campus Conservation Nationals

It takes three weeks to form a habit, and this spring, were asking college students and staff to do just that—form a habit of conservation! From February through April 2015, colleges and universities participating in Campus Conservation Nationals (CCN) will have the opportunity to compete to reduce electricity and water consumption in the largest conservation competition for colleges and universities in the world. Program registration is open now through Nov. 7, 2014, and is open to both...

In LEED 10.1.2014

New modules for the LEED web-based reference guide

With the launch of LEED v4, USGBC introduced a new format for the LEED reference guides: web-based. Integrated into the LEED credit library, this resource combines all of the information in the hard copy/pdf versions of the guides with additional videos, tutorials and templates. It was built so that we could continuously add to it, making it a resource that continues to grow. With this quarter’s addenda release, we’ve added three new modules for Homes and Multifamily Midrise...

In LEED 10.1.2014

LEED ACPs now available for South America

USGBC has worked closely with members of the LEED International Roundtable in South America to develop Alternative Compliance Paths (ACPs) for LEED 2009 BD&C projects in South America. The ACPs were developed specifically to meet the needs of LEED projects in South America after representatives from Argentina GBC, GBC Brasil, Chile GBC, Colombia GBC, and Peru GBC met with USGBC in Santiago, Chile in September 2013. In Santiago, the South American members of the LEED International Roundtable...

In Media 09.30.2014

Communities Across the Globe Join USGBC’s Green Apple Day of Service

More than 3,700 service projects took place throughout the world with hundreds of thousands of volunteers participating Washington, DC – (Sept. 29, 2014) – The third annual Green Apple Day of Service, which took place on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, brought together hundreds of thousands of volunteers participating in 3,760 service projects in all 50 states and in 42 countries throughout the world. An initiative of the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council (...

In Center for Green Schools 10.2.2014

Get to know our newest Green Schools Fellow: Kristen Trovillion

The Center for Green Schools launched the Green Schools Fellowship program in 2011 to place sustainability officers in school districts around the country. More and more school systems are realizing that they need to put more focused attention on resource efficiency, health and wellness, and environmental literacy; and these important topics get the dedication they need when sustainability is someone’s job. Our fourth Green Schools Fellow, Kristen Trovillion, is taking that job and...

In Education 10.1.2014

Pre-order: LEED professional exam prep (LEED v4)

Looking for LEED exam prep? Study materials for the LEED professional exam, featuring LEED v4 content, are now available for pre-order. LEED Green Associate exam prep Course: LEED Green Associate v4 Exam Prep (created by USGBC Education Partner Everblue) Publication: LEED Green Associate Exam Preparation Guide (created by USGBC Education Partner American Technical Publishers) LEED BD+C exam prep Course: LEED AP BD+C v4 Exam Prep (created by USGBC Education...

In LEED 10.1.2014

When consumers talk, businesses listen

These days, I often hear my peers complaining about a perceived lack of agency. For example, midterm elections are predicted to have little affect on partisan gridlock in Congress, and despite a massive public outcry, net-neutrality is still at risk of becoming a thing of the past. The power of the vote and the voice, I am told, is just not what it used to be.  I can certainly empathize with this, but I find it all too often overlooks one outstanding outlet for expression: consumption....

In Advocacy and policy 09.30.2014

D.C. joins exclusive ‘LEED 100 Million Club’

We have reached a new era in the history of green building with Mayor Vincent Gray’s recent announcement that Washington, D.C., has surpassed 100 million square feet of LEED-certified space. While the District of Columbia is not the first city to reach this milestone—predecessors include Chicago, New York and Houston—with a population of approximately 650,000, D.C. is the smallest city in the world to pass this mark. You can be sure that this was a point of...

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