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In Industry 05.19.2016

Learn about EDGE in our free and engaging course

Have 30 minutes to spare?  Want to learn all about EDGE? Take our new, free and engaging course: Introduction to EDGE. An innovation of International Finance Corporation, EDGE is a green building certification system focused on making new residential and commercial buildings more resource-efficient. EDGE comprises a web-based software application, a global standard and a certification system. GBCI administers EDGE certification in nearly 120 countries around the world and is...

In Industry 05.19.2016

Education at Greenbuilding Brasil 2016

The seventh Greenbuilding Brasil International Conference and Expo will take place August 9–11, 2016, at the São Paulo Expo in São Paulo, Brazil. The Greenbuilding Brasil expo will be co-located with the High Design–Home and Office Expo, an international high-end furniture exhibition with solutions for architecture and interior design projects. From an inspiring education program to networking opportunities to an expansive expo hall, you will not want to miss...

In Community 05.18.2016

International Museum Day showcases 10 U.S. LEED museums

Today, May 18, marks International Museum Day! Since 1977, organizations around the world have celebrated and raised awareness about the importance of museums to the development of society on this day. Last year alone, more than 35,000 museums created events in over 145 countries. The International Council of Museums explains, “Museums are an important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual cooperation, understanding and peace among peoples....

In Community 05.17.2016

Call for nominations: USGBC National Capital Region 2016 Awards of Excellence

USGBC National Capital Region is issuing a call for nominations for its 2016 Awards of Excellence.  Purpose To promote and recognize excellence in sustainable design, environmental stewardship and community impact and to highlight the green building initiatives and achievements of National Capital Region projects, businesses and chapter leaders. Please read the information below and linked document on “Award Eligibility, Submission Criteria and Judging Criteria” before...

In International 05.19.2016

Colombia GBC develops ACP for naturally ventilated projects

Over May 18–19, the ConstruVerde conference is taking place in Bogota, Colombia. In tandem with this, USGBC presents this interview with Cristina Gamboa, CEO of Colombia GBC. Naturally ventilated buildings are, at their core, sustainable. When designed correctly, they utilize their orientation and surroundings to breathe like a living being, thereby requiring fewer energy-intensive systems. The problem is that until now, LEED hasn’t been looking at some naturally ventilated...

In Center for Green Schools 05.18.2016

LEED Lab in action: UCSB project certifies under LEED v4 O+M

As one of the greenest campuses in the country, the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB) is deeply committed to fostering a culture of sustainability. Green building is a top priority at UCSB: all new buildings on campus must certify to LEED Gold, and UCSB is a leader in certification for existing buildings. In total, UCSB has nearly 70 LEED-certified buildings, totaling more than 2.6 million gross square feet of certified space. UCSB’s path to a sustainable future for all...

In Industry 05.18.2016

Top 5 ways to connect with USGBC at AIA

Are you attending AIA 2016 in Philadelphia, Pa., this week?  If you are, here are the top five ways to connect with USGBC, LEED and SITES on the expo floor and at the convention center: Stop by the USGBC booth #3315 to get all of your LEED questions answered. Learn more about LEED v4, LEED professional credentials and all the latest products and resources USGBC has to offer. Hear about the new LEED Integrative Process for Health Promotion pilot credit at USGBC's booth (#3315). Join us...

In Community 05.17.2016

Des Moines organizations work toward healthier indoor air (USGBC Iowa)

May is Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month—a great time to talk about what can be done to minimize common household substances that impact an Iowan's ability to breathe this time of year. Hidden hazards such as moisture, pests and dust can have consequences on developing lungs, producing serious, sometimes life-threatening allergy and asthma symptoms. Often, eradicating household substances and a few easy lifestyle modifications can improve the health of a family. One program in Des...

In LEED 05.19.2016

From the Help Center: Regional Priority Credits 101

At the USGBC Help Center, our goal is to quickly connect you with answers addressing a wide range of topics, including LEED, professional exams and project tools. Some of our most popular questions revolve around Regional Priority (RP) Credits—what exactly are they, and how can a LEED project apply for one? Here are some answers to commonly asked questions about the RP credits. We also encourage you to submit questions to the Help Center if you can’t find what...

In Community 05.18.2016

Green building boosts the economy [USGBC+ May/June 2016]

This article was originally published as "The 'New' Deal" in the May/June issue of USGBC+. Read the original version. 3.35 million. Keep that number on hand, in case anybody suggests that the aims of sustainability are incompatible with economic growth. It’s the number of U.S. jobs—according to the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) 2015 Green Building Economic Impact Study, conducted by Booz Allen Hamilton—that will owe their existence to green building by 2018...

In Education 05.18.2016

Top 3 courses to take this month (May 2016)

You want the best courses, and we've got them. Check out this month's best three courses to grow your LEED, green building and sustainability knowledge.  May's top three courses, created by USGBC Education Partners:  Sustainability in Parking, created by Education Partner International Parking Institute (IPI). This course defines how the parking industry works with the triple bottom line of people, planet and profit and outlines basic and relevant frameworks that...

In Community 05.17.2016

Realizing net zero buildings (USGBC Northern California)

USGBC Northern California is pleased to present a guest blog by Michael Hummel, who will be speaking at GreenerBuilder 2016.  Imagine a world where all buildings are zero net energy (ZNE). By 2030, this will be a reality for California. New state legislation requires all new commercial buildings to be zero energy by 2030, and for residential, this requirement begins in 2020. The good news is that we have all the technology, financial tools and implementation methods to make zero energy...

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