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In LEED 06.24.2015

LEED committees call for volunteers to open July 1

Do you believe deeply in the USGBC vision that buildings and communities will regenerate and sustain the health and vitality of all life within a generation? Are you interested in how the LEED rating system improves and evolves over time? Do you have experience with, or in-depth knowledge of, the creation of sustainable buildings and communities? If so, volunteer for one of the many LEED committees! Volunteers play a critical role in the technical development of LEED, collaborating with one...

In Advocacy and policy 06.23.2015

Cities continue to lead the way in the Global City Teams Challenge

Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of attending the Global City Teams Challenge hosted in the historic National Building Museum and organized by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and US Ignite.  Project teams from around the world displayed their applications of Internet of Things (IoT) technologies within the context of a smart city or smart community environment. Teams tackled projects with the goal of improving emergency response, transportation, health,...

In Education 06.22.2015

Get to know USGBC Faculty and Pro Reviewer Barry Giles

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.  USGBC Pro...

In Community 06.19.2015

USGBC gets ready for Greenbuild 2015 with Sec. of Navy Mabus [video]

Last week USGBC, along with the National Capital Region of USGBC and Informa Exhibitions, the owner and operator of Greenbuild, was honored to host Secretary of the U.S. Navy Ray Mabus at a luncheon celebrating the Greenbuild International Conference & Expo coming to Washington, D.C., this November. USGBC President Roger Platt took a few moments to introduce Sec. Mabus, who has long been a powerful voice for the role sustainability plays in how we can secure our country and better...

In Center for Green Schools 06.24.2015

Elon University: 25 LEED buildings and counting

Elon University, located in central North Carolina, is a liberal arts university with nationally recognized professional programs in business, communications, education, law and health sciences. Since its founding in 1889, Elon has been grounded in a mission to develop global citizens. It is a recognized leader in engaged learning and is consistently honored as one of the nation’s top universities for community service and study abroad. The 620-acre campus is itself a botanical...

In Industry 06.23.2015

How do I become a LEED AP? [video]

Watch our video below to learn more about how you can become a LEED AP. LEED AP with specialty credentials take your green building expertise to the next level. They equip you with an in-depth understanding of green building design, construction, and operation, while also assessing your knowledge of a particular LEED rating system and the certification process. Given the advanced nature of these credentials, previous experience working on a LEED-registered project is strongly recommended...

In Community 06.22.2015

Happy summer! Remembering to incorporate mindfulness [video]

Yesterday was Summer Solstice (the longest day of the year) and it was also International Yoga Day. The United Nations General Assembly established this day in 2014, at the insistence of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He said: "Yoga is an invaluable gift of India's ancient tradition. This tradition is 5000 years old. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfilment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being. It is not...

In Industry 06.19.2015

Building fitness at the 2015 Honeywell Users Group

On June 9, I had the pleasure of joining the 13th annual Honeywell User Group (HUG) conference in Scottsdale, Arizona, and kick starting Tuesday's general session, "Industry Transformation with Real Time Performance.” Honeywell is a USGBC Platinum-level member and the conference brings together customers, stakeholders and product developers to share knowledge, experience and advice. This was another example of Honeywell's commitment to innovation and enhanced customer experience,...

In Advocacy and policy 06.24.2015

Energy efficiency for the roof, the grid and the people

The Senate Democratic Caucus meets regularly in a roundtable format to hear from industry and thought leaders about various issues surrounding the policy work they are engaged in. These meetings provide an open forum for the provision of new information to government leaders, as well as an opportunity to field questions and address concerns. Recently, I had the pleasure of speaking to the group about the importance of energy efficiency. As Director of Sustainability at GAF, I have a...

In Education 06.23.2015

Autodesk's seven courses for summer: Learn about building performance analysis

The age of stepping into a classroom, unpacking a knapsack full of notes and books, and settling in for hours of lecture is waning. Today, as you prepare to take next steps in your career and explore options for continuing education, you need look no further than your browser and you can complete the necessary coursework at your desk or on your couch. At Autodesk, we take pride in our partnership with USGBC and are constantly working to improve the education pieces we offer through our own...

In Advocacy and policy 06.19.2015

Creating an energy efficiency superpower: The 26th annual Energy Efficiency Forum

When it comes to energy efficiency and technological innovation, “follow the money” was the advice of Jim Connaughton, Executive VP of C3 Energy and former Chairman of the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) under the Bush Administration. Connaughton was the first of many distinguished speakers at the 26th Annual Energy Efficiency Forum hosted by Johnson Controls Inc. (JCI) and the United States Energy Association (USEA). The theme of this year’s forum was...

In Industry 06.18.2015

Introduction to PEER: Energy Efficiency and Environment

Electricity generation is responsible for 40% of the nation’s man-made carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, according to the EPA. It is also responsible for 23% of the nation’s nitrogen oxide (NOX) emissions, and 67% of the nation’s sulfur dioxide emissions (SO2). The bulk of input energy—approximately 65%—is lost in the electricity generation, delivery, and use. Efficiencies can be improved across all areas of the system, but especially in generation, to realize both...

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