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In Industry 03.18.2015

Embrace change and innovation at the 2015 International Green Building Congress

This year the Green Building Council of Costa Rica will host the 2015 International Green Building Congress, which will focus on habitat and sustainable cities. You're invited to attend the event to network with private and public sector officials as well as international representatives from the World Green Building Councils of the Americas. You'll also have an opportunity to learn from national and international renown experts. International Green Building Congress May 13-15, 2015 San...

In Industry 03.18.2015

Green building and location

Location is a critical element of green building: it can define appropriate strategies, yet it can also limit how green a project can actually be. Depending on the environmental issues that are most critical in a particular area, location can influence a project team’s priorities. Location includes these factors:  Natural context. Climate, sun, wind, orientation, soils, precipitation, local flora and fauna. Infrastructural context. Available resources, materials, skills, and...

In Community 03.17.2015

May you find LEED at the end of your rainbow [video]

LEED is recognized around the globe as the premier mark of achievement in green building—it's a pot of gold, if you will. This St. Patrick's Day, here are a few reasons why we treasure LEED, and you should too: Proven performance: If you’re serious about saving money, conserving energy, reducing water consumption, improving indoor air quality, making better building material choices, and driving innovation, then LEED is the best choice. Bar none. It's also your first step...

In Education 03.13.2015

Get to know USGBC Pro Reviewer Rich Gifaldi

USGBC Pro Reviewers are experts in green building and sustainability who review courses on Education @USGBC. They provide detailed feedback to the course creators, as well as reviews on the course page. This feedback helps the course creators improve their education and helps other users decide whether or not the course is a good fit for them. Meet our USGBC Pro Reviewer Rich Gifaldi Who's your employer? US Army Corps of Engineers - Europe District What's your position? Sustainable...

In Industry 03.18.2015

New features now available on the Green Building Information Gateway

We are excited to announce the release of new features for the Green Building Information Gateway (GBIG) available for USGBC members, LEED professionals, and Green Building Council Australia (GBCA) members. These new features will allow professionals to connect to the 1.3 million activities currently available in GBIG. Creating connections will make it easier to discover the people who are contributing to great green buildings around the world. Employees of USGBC member companies and active...

In Education 03.17.2015

Course preview: Pervious Concrete and Green Building [video]

Education @USGBC is your go-to place for sustainability and green building education. Ready to take your knowledge to the next level? Check out the preview below of this month's featured course, Pervious Concrete and Green Building, created by USGBC Education Partner, American Technical Publishers. In this course, the uses, advantages and disadvantages, preparation, placement, finishing, jointing, and curing of pervious concrete are discussed. Learners will also gain an understanding...

In Center for Green Schools 03.16.2015

The Measure of a Green School: Environmental and sustainability literacy

Over the past four years, the Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools Award (ED-Green Ribbon Schools) has united the national green schools movement with a universal set of criteria. These criteria have the potential to inform and guide all schools toward sustainability, and not just the best of the best that have sought and will continue to seek the award. We believe the green schools community in the U.S. currently has a landmark opportunity to define a clear and comprehensive...

In LEED 03.13.2015

USGBC to attend Green Building Japan’s Spring Symposium

On March 17, the 2015 Green Building Japan Spring Symposium will take place in Tokyo, Japan. Roger Platt, president of USGBC and Mahesh Ramanujam, chief operating officer of USGBC and president of GBCI, will be featured speakers. LEED has been growing rapidly across the globe and is poised for great success in Japan, thanks to the dedicated leadership of Green Building Japan. The upcoming symposium will feature presentations from USGBC and LEED project owners discussing the benefits of pursuing...

In LEED 03.18.2015

LEED in college sports: One-of-a-kind stories of history, resiliency & adaptive reuse

With over 240,000 buildings spread across 4,100 higher education institutions, colleges and universities have an enormous opportunity to integrate green building as a key component in sustainability planning. The benefits these buildings offer are vast—green building at the collegiate level impacts student health, school operational costs and the environment. In addition, high-performing green schools produce high-performing, eco-conscious students who are capable of driving global market...

In Industry 03.17.2015

Raising the bar [USGBC+ Jan./Feb. 2015]

This article was originally published in the January/February 2015 issue of USGBC+. Read the original version. A new partnership between USGBC and UL sheds light on product transparency. It has been 15 years since USGBC launched the LEED green building rating system. That first year, 51 projects participated. Today, LEED is the most widely recognized green building program in the world, guiding the design, construction, operations, and maintenance of over 68,000 projects globally. With the...

In Education 03.16.2015

Top 3 courses you should take this month (March 2015)

Looking to enhance your understanding of green building and sustainability? Check out March's top three courses created by USGBC Education Partners. 1. Sustainability: The People Factor created by Island PressLearn how a successful, sustainable green building project depends not on science, money or politics, but on the good working relationships among all those involved – professionals, community members, stakeholders. 2. The Worth of LEED and Green Building Practices created...

In LEED 03.13.2015

March Madness is here: Find out if your college made our list of Eco All-Stars

March Madness fever is sweeping the nation. People across the country are eagerly anticipating this weekend's Selection Sunday to find out if their favorite team has made the NCAA tournament—and what seed they are selected as. I know I am! While you anxiously await Sunday's results, we've compiled a list of LEED certified college stadiums and arenas across the country. Take a look at our map on Pinterest to find out if your college made it! Follow the board to keep...

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