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In Center for Green Schools 04.2.2014

The Whole-School Sustainability Framework

This past Saturday, in her address at the National Green Schools Conference in Sacramento, our fearless leader Rachel Gutter inspired the crowd of green schools supporters to leave the conference as ONE VOICE, ONE MOVEMENT. As she pointed out, this imperative to speak with unity is why we think the Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools program is so important. And it is also why, at the conference, we released The Whole-School Sustainability Framework, a complement to the...

In LEED 04.1.2014

Now available: LEED v4 candidate handbooks

Starting on June 30, 2014, the LEED Green Associate and LEED AP exams will evolve for the LEED v4 rating system — and the candidate handbooks are now available to help you prepare. The last day to take the credential exams with LEED v2009 content will be June 15, 2014. The first day to take the exams with the new LEED v4 content will be June 30, 2014. No tests will be administered in between these dates. LEED v4 candidate handbooks Click the images below to access each...

In Community 03.28.2014

Freebie Friday: What will your desktop be wearing this season?

Is your desktop, laptop, tablet, smartphone looking a little... well... tired? We have a remedy! Download our free USGBC device wallpaper, and get ready for a quick pick me up every time you open your screen. And check back often—we’ll be offering new wallpapers and other freebies throughout the year. Any wallpaper designs you’d like to see? Let us know in the comments. 1680x1050 2560x1440 Mobile Tablet

In Industry 03.26.2014

Partnering with FORTUNE Magazine to showcase green building leadership

We're working with FORTUNE Magazine on a special feature to showcase leaders in green building-like you! FORTUNE Magazine, which reaches 3.9+ million business decision makers, is offering USGBC members a rare sponsorship and advertising opportunity. By becoming a part of this special section, your company will receive national visibility and a chance to tell your story in an editorial context.  The first advertorial section will run in the Brainstorm Green issue of FORTUNE...

In LEED 04.2.2014

New credit substitutions and pilots

In January, we published an article on credit substitutions. Based on interest, we now have additional substitutions available for LEED for Homes and Multifamily Midrise, as well as a new pilot alternative compliance path for the Materials and Resources credit category: Materials and Resources Pilot Alternative Compliance Path: Pilot ACP 84 (new) LEED v2009 project teams can now use the LEED v4 Materials and Resources credits, which have changed significantly to incentivize environmental...

In LEED 03.31.2014

Sneak peak: Sample questions for the LEED v4 credential exams

With the launch of LEED v4, new LEED v4 professional credential exams will be released on June 30, 2014. Learn more.  In the v4 exams, each item will have two test specification attributes: knowledge and task attributes. Want to know more? Check out the sample questions below to get a sense for the type of content that will be tested. (Answers are followed by an asterisk). Sample questions from the v4 Green Associate exam 1. When applying for innovation credits, a project team Cannot...

In Industry 03.28.2014
The 2nd Ring Road in Beijing. Credit: Pedronet via Flickr

Healthy buildings and healthy people: The next generation of green building

Remarks delivered by USGBC COO Mahesh Ramanujam at the Tenth International Conference on Green and Energy-Efficient Building & New Technologies and Products Expo in Beijing on March 28. Good afternoon. My name is Mahesh Ramanujam, and I am president of the Green Building Certification Institute and Chief Operating Officer of the U.S. Green Building Council. It is an honor to be standing here with you at the Tenth International Conference on Green and Energy-Efficient Building & New...

In Community 03.26.2014
Photo credit: Eric Vance

Why the White House supports faith and community leaders in addressing the environment

Faith-based organizations own and operate over 400,000 buildings in the United States and are pillars in the communities they serve. Great potential exists to advance building health and performance while integrating sustainability into people’s lives through this sector, and you can get involved now. It’s not just USGBC who thinks this is important. On February 27, Kimberly Lewis and I attended a White House event, “Faith-based and Community Leaders Addressing...

In Community 04.2.2014

We're here to help

There have been a lot of changes around here lately. LEED v4 has launched, and it’s bolder, more specialized, and designed for a better user experience. We introduced a new and improved LEED Online, which allows you to streamline your LEED project management experience, organize your work, and engage with your whole team. LEED professional credential exams are coming, which will feature LEED v4 content. Our new online learning platform, Education @USGBC, makes it easy to grow your...

In Advocacy and policy 03.28.2014

DC to World: We mean green (and it’s code now, too)

Good morning, Washington. Today marks the culmination of almost two years of work and thousands of hours of volunteer time to make the District of Columbia, once again, a national leader in better, greener buildings. The USGBC-National Capital Region Chapter had this to say about the DC Green Construction Code: “This is a landmark achievement in the history of green buildings.” Our CEO, Rick Fedrizzi said, “It’s a proud day for the District of Columbia, its residents and...

In Industry 03.28.2014
U.S. Department of Education via Flickr

Friday Roundup: Educating for sustainability, Illinois demonstrates leadership

Here’s our weekly collection of green building clips: USGBC wants all students schooled on sustainability by 2040, GreenBiz. The National Action Plan for Education for Sustainability calls for all 50 states to adopt a comprehensive green schools policy that includes a graduation requirement around sustainability literacy. Private, public buildings go green, Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, Ill.) USGBC Illinois Chapter Executive Director Brian Imus spoke with the suburban Chicago paper...

In Center for Green Schools 03.26.2014

Student organizations key to the Illinois CEE experience

Originally published in the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Alumni Magazine, Winter 2014 Recently, I shared the stage with David Gottfried, the founder of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), and Stephen Ritz, Founder of Green Bronx Machine, at the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Philadelphia. I had been asked to participate because of my long involvement with the USGBC student chapter here at Illinois. During the...

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