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In Community 01.21.2016

USGBC Arizona: Sonoran Branch ADVANCE event

The Sonoran Branch of USGBC Arizona will hold its first ADVANCE Project Forum for 2016 on Friday, January 29. At this meeting, Peter Dobrovolny will be the featured speaker. Attendees will also learn about new USGBC resources, including low-cost, green building strategies, under the USGBC National ADVANCE initiative. This event is free and open to all USGBC members, USGBC Arizona members and the general public. When: Friday, January 29, 12:00–1:30 p.m.  Where: Copper Room (...

In Community 01.21.2016

USGBC Central Pennsylvania: Mentor a YouthBuild student

USGBC Central Pennsylvania is a proud partner of YouthBuild, which is operated by the YWCA of Greater Harrisburg. We are pleased to put forth a mentoring opportunity to our members, and we hope to continue the streak of providing USGBC members as mentors for every YouthBuild Harrisburg cohort. The YWCA of Greater Harrisburg is seeking members of the community to serve as mentors for 15 young men and woman, ages 18–24, in its YouthBuild Program. YouthBuild’s goal is to...

In Education 01.20.2016

Top 3 courses to take this month (January 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. This time, we're featuring our international partners! January's top three courses, created by USGBC Education Partners: LEED Tips and Tools for Subs and Suppliers, created by Education Partner InfoSpec. Explore the role of subcontractors and suppliers within the LEED process, review documentation responsibilities and learn proven...

In Community 01.19.2016

Leckie Elementary School in Washington, D.C., gets a green makeover

Students, teachers, staff and volunteers came together on a chilly December morning at the M.V. Leckie Elementary School in Washington, D.C., for a community building project. USGBC's Center for Green Schools arranged for Suite Plants to donate eight of their LiveFence living green walls to Leckie Elementary School, and volunteers constructed custom rolling wooden planter boxes for the green walls. The Suite Plants ivy plant walls had been used a few weeks earlier as decoration in an education...

In Industry 01.21.2016

Climate Leaders: Perspectives from Nigeria, South Africa and Shanghai [videos]

The 2015 WorldGBC Congress held in Hong Kong was a great opportunity for leaders in the green building movement to connect, strategize and share knowledge on some of the most compelling ways to improve the sustainability of the world’s built environment. As part of my ongoing Climate Leaders series, I got to sit down with fellow heads of Green Building Councils from around the globe and get their take on how their regions are uniquely positioned to transform the buildings market and...

In LEED 01.20.2016

Vote now on the LEED 2009 energy performance update

The LEED 2009 energy performance update ballot is now open. This update is a proposed increase to the minimum energy performance thresholds for LEED 2009 projects, with the goal of ensuring that LEED continues to keep pace with continually improving expectations for building energy efficiency. With this change, project teams will be asked to earn a minimum of four points in the energy performance credits. Learn more about the update and why it's important. Highlights The...

In Community 01.20.2016

Tips for living green, part 3: Transportation

There are so many ways that your actions, both large and small, can help make your community and the world at large a healthier place. In this series, we’ll touch on a few ways you can make changes to “live green.”   One of the big ways to make a difference in fighting global warming is to reduce our use of fossil fuels by driving less or by taking alternate transportation. If you live in an urban area, you have a lot of options:  Ride the train. Traveling by...

In Community 01.19.2016

USGBC Alabama: Upcoming education and networking events

January is always a good time to freshen up your professional goals, rejuvenate your contact list and generally look to the future. As we begin 2016 at USGBC Alabama, we are excited to be part of the larger network of Integrated USGBC communities providing more opportunities for you to get involved. Each of our four Alabama branches are offering education and networking events in the next few weeks to help get you on track: January 21: Join USGBC Alabama’s North Branch and the...

In LEED 01.21.2016

LEED Certification Update: New in 2016

Reinstating our monthly feature, we take a look at LEED certification activity since January 1, 2016 broken out by rating system and location, as well as newly certified LEED projects in the news. Be sure to check out the LEED project directory or the State and Homes Market Briefs for a closer look at LEED projects in your area. You can also visit the Country Market Briefs or the Green Building Information Gateway to analyze LEED...

In Community 01.20.2016

Volunteer with USGBC Wisconsin

Have you ever thought about volunteering? Our volunteers help define the image of USGBC Wisconsin and determine the effectiveness with which we carry out our mission, programs and activities. They offer the crucial leadership, knowledge and expertise necessary to help our local efforts thrive. USGBC volunteers come from all walks of life and have many different backgrounds. The one thing they all share is a commitment to the idea that where we live, learn and labor matters, and how we design,...

In LEED 01.19.2016

LEED addenda update: January 2016

The January 2016 quarterly LEED rating system and reference guide addenda is now available. To view the changes, Visit the addenda database and search for 1/4/2016. Visit the credit library and select the "Interpretations” tab within each credit. Download the Reference Guide Tables. Interpretations Five new LEED Interpretations have been published (10426–10430). LEED Interpretation 10426 provides an alternative to vestibules in the design model for EA Prerequisite...

In Community 01.15.2016

USGBC Central Pennsylvania: Alex Wilson to keynote GreenCon 2016

USGBC Central Pennsylvania is pleased to announce that Alex Wilson, Founder of BuildingGreen, Inc. and President of the Resilient Design Institute, will be the keynote speaker at GreenCon 2016 on March 17 at Dickinson College: For more than 30 years, Alex Wilson has been a trusted voice on energy efficiency and environmentally responsible design and construction. He founded BuildingGreen in 1985 and launched Environmental Building News (EBN) in 1992, as the first...

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