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In Industry 09.3.2015

From GRESB Insights: What is responsible investing?

What exactly is responsible investing, and why are an increasing amount of investors incorporating its principles into their investment process? According to GRESB's Ruben Langbroek, "Simply put: because it is core to their (fiduciary) duty. Which is to act in the best interest of their clients and beneficiaries. Responsible Investing requires investors to take a wider view, acknowledging the full spectrum of the risks that are facing the society as a whole. By incorporating ESG...

In Industry 09.3.2015

Project Aquila: Autodesk's answer to the era of connection

What happens as our interconnected device network continues to grow? Will we rise to the challenge of capturing relevant data, turning it into information, converting it to knowledge and finally achieving greater wisdom about our surrounding environment, both natural and manmade?  The answers to these questions rest with people like Aniruddha Deodhar of Autodesk, a USGBC Platinum-level member company. In a piece published earlier this month on the Autodesk Sustainability Solutions blog,...

In Media 09.2.2015

North American Commercial Real Estate Sector Improves Sustainability Performance

New report shows REITs and private equity real estate funds embracing sustainability practices Amsterdam - (September 2, 2015) – GRESB, the global standard for portfolio-level sustainability assessment in the real estate sector, today released its 2015 data and industry report. The data and report are based on an assessment of 707 property companies and private equity real estate funds, representing 61,000 assets and USD 2.3 trillion in asset value. The report provides new insights...

In International 09.1.2015

Register for a webinar introduction to EDGE certification

Have you heard about EDGE and want to learn more about this new green building certification? Are you a building owner who wants to get a project EDGE certified but don't know where to begin? Are you a green building professional who is looking to offer consulting or auditing services for EDGE but don't understand the certification process? Do you want to learn more about EDGE software and how to use it?  Attend one of our webinars to learn more about EDGE building certification in India....

In Education 09.3.2015

Get to know USGBC Faculty Jason Kliwinski

USGBC Faculty are experienced educators with a strong background in professional education, training, and facilitation. The Faculty designation recognizes professionals who are highly experienced and knowledgeable on the topics of LEED, green building and sustainability. USGBC Faculty are committed to maintaining their knowledge and skills, while staying up-to-date in innovation in the field. You can access courses taught by USGBC Faculty on Education @USGBC.  Meet our USGBC...

In Community 09.3.2015

Welcome Indiana, Mississippi and Northern California!

Today, we are excited to welcome three USGBC chapters as integrated regions of USGBC National. Please join us in welcoming Indiana, Mississippi and Northern California! Over the past few months, we've welcomed 14 chapters as part of our exciting chapter network evolution. The transition is piloting a new model for USGBC chapters and local market engagement. This will provide an exciting opportunity for our local USGBC regions to enhance their operations and focus on the mission-work...

In Center for Green Schools 09.2.2015

The Green Apple Day of Service: An especially valuable endeavor

We can all agree that north of 300,000 volunteers actively contributing to healthy, safe, efficient, and productive learning environments is a tremendous benefit to the green schools movement. Each participant brings additional strength to the effort. However, it is often overlooked that participation also has tremendous value for the students who decide to roll up their sleeves and dig in. Here are some of the ways Green Apple Day of Service is an especially valuable endeavor for you whether...

In Education 09.1.2015

Earn badges on Education @USGBC

All around the web, badges are one way that professional profiles are evolving to celebrate achievements. Badges are more than just an icon—they are a visual representation of your accomplishment that includes details about what you’ve earned and how you earned it. Starting today, you can earn badges by completing courses on Education @USGBC. Maintain your credential and show off your accomplishments at the same time! Learn more about how to share your badges All USGBC badges...

In LEED 09.3.2015

Top 10 countries for LEED national profile: Korea

USGBC’s announcement of 2015’s Top 10 Countries for LEED comes during a historic time for the international green movement. In the time since USGBC announced the Top 10 Countries for LEED in 2014, the People’s Climate March in New York City drew hundreds of thousands of people from around the world to demand climate action, the U.S. and China came to a monumental agreement to work together to mitigate catastrophic levels of global warming and Pope Francis issued a historic...

In Center for Green Schools 09.2.2015

Submit a proposal for the 2016 Green Schools Conference & Expo

The Green Schools Conference & Expo, formerly the Green Schools National Conference, is accepting proposals from industry experts eager to share their knowledge and efforts to create green, healthy, sustainable teaching and learning environments. Green Schools Conference & Expo March 31-April 1, 2016Pittsburgh, PA Submit a proposal or learn more The deadline for submittals is Friday, Sept. 18, 2015, at 5:00 pm EDT. The Green Schools Conference & Expo is also seeking peer reviewers...

In Industry 09.2.2015

Sustainability and real estate debt: The elephant is back

There are many ways to invest in real estate, but a typical university textbook would show a variation of this graph: The top row shows equity investments: buy shares in a listed property company (REIT), or take a stake in a private equity real estate company or fund. (You could of course also buy an asset directly.) The bottom row shows the debt market, which represents the other side of the real estate capital stack. Debt comes in the form of corporate bonds (general obligation financing) or...

In Education 08.31.2015

Introducing USGBC Education Partner GreenCE, Inc.

USGBC Education Partners are leaders, trusted voices and reputable providers of green building and sustainability education. You can access their courses on Education @USGBC.  Meet our USGBC Education Partner GreenCE, Inc. If someone could only take one of your courses, what should they take? Cultivating Young Minds: A Net-Zero School for Tomorrow’s Leaders—Through a series of interviews with the school faculty and the design team, we explore the creation of...

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