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In Center for Green Schools 04.16.2015

LEED Lab in action: Ball State University

Ball State currently has nine LEED certified buildings, with three more anticipating certification. All are (or hopefully, will be) certified under LEED-NC or LEED-CI, with the first certifications awarded in 2010. How have they been performing? Are we really seeing the reductions in energy consumption and water usage that we anticipated? It is time to find out. LEED® Lab™, a program developed by USGBC to certify buildings under LEED-EB: O+M, was offered for the first time in the...

In LEED 04.15.2015

Five myths about using LEED for manufacturing and industrial facilities

The latest issue of USGBC+ showcases two examples of the groundbreaking work happening as companies take on the challenge of applying LEED to manufacturing and industrial facilities. But Intel and Procter & Gamble are just two members from a core of industry leaders who are challenging the myths and misconceptions around what it means to produce in a green factory.    Members of the LEED User Group: Industrial Facilities represent companies...

In Media 04.15.2015

Global Coalition for Green Schools Recognizes Greenest School on Earth

Dunbarton High School in Canada recognized for cutting-edge sustainability education  Washington, D.C. – (April 15, 2015) – Today, the Global Coalition for Green Schools, an initiative of the Center for Green Schools at USGBC, announced the 2015 Greenest School on Earth. The recipient school is Dunbarton High School of Pickering, Ontario, Canada. The Greenest School on Earth is an annual competition, highlighting a K-12 school that exemplifies how sustainability can be...

In Industry 04.14.2015

Countering the six myths-conceptions of sustainable design

I read with admiration Lance Hosey’s recent blog on the Six Myths of Sustainable Design. He got ‘em, and nearly all of them from what I’ve experienced. They frustrate me often. I am a solutions person, seeking to figure out not only what’s stopping us, but how to accept it in order to work with the limitations realistically and grow through or around the problem. After reading the Six Myths blog, I was compelled to compile my thoughts on how to begin to dispel these...

In LEED 04.16.2015

LEED ND credits and points

In our previous article we listed the prerequisites, credits, and points in the LEED v4 Homes rating system. This time around, we’re going to focus on LEED v4 for Neighborhood Development. How walkable is your neighborhood? Does it allow people from a wide range of socio-economic levels and age groups to live in the same community? Are there certified green buildings? LEED for Neighborhood Development looks beyond individual buildings to consider entire communities. It is a rating...

In Community 04.15.2015

Dhruti Patel: Greenbuild scholarship profile

For the past seven years USGBC has made Greenbuild accessible to people who would otherwise not be able to attend through a scholarship program. At last year’s Greenbuild in New Orleans, 156 individuals received some type of scholarship to Greenbuild. Scholarship recipients represent a diversity of people from around the world. Each has a story to tell. Each brings their own passion to their work. Each has a role to play in making green buildings and communities a reality for all. As we...

In Education 04.14.2015

Get to know USGBC Pro Reviewer Kim Shinn

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 Kim Shinn Who's your employer? TLC Engineering for Architecture What's your position? Prinicipal / Senior...

In LEED 04.13.2015

Clean power [USGBC+ March/April 2015]

This article was originally published in the March/April 2015 issue of USGBC+. Read the original version. Recent American history is littered with the skeletons of shuttered manufacturing plants. But two production giants are doubling down on domestic manufacturing with investments in sustainable facilities and operations. Procter & Gamble and Intel want to be in business for a long, long time. Officials at both companies know that means they’ll need to incorporate sustainable...

In Education 04.15.2015

WELL webinar series: Hosting the client conversation about the WELL Building Standard®

By placing people at the heart of design, construction, operations and development decisions, we have the ability to add meaningful value to real estate assets, generate meaningful savings in personnel costs, and enhance human health and wellbeing. Join this webinar to learn strategies for speaking to clients about the WELL Building Standard and its potential to add measurable value in these key areas. This is the first in a series of four webinars available through USGBC on the WELL Building...

In LEED 04.15.2015

Financial sector embraces LEED and transforms the market

Of the sectors that have adopted LEED, the financial sector has proven to be a leader in green building. Since LEED’s inception, financial institutions have achieved LEED certification on over 1,464 facilities with 117 certified in 2014 alone. The sector is continuing to experience significant growth with LEED project registrations for financial institutions increasing 101% between 2013 and 2014. Additionally, an impressive 141,068,519 square feet of space occupied by financial...

In Industry 04.14.2015

Green building expertise

Green building requires new skills and new knowledge, as well as new attitudes and new mindsets. In a linear and hierarchical practice, each participant does his or her part and passes the job on to the next in line. There is little interaction, and people are compartmentalized by discipline or profession. By contrast, the green building process is interdisciplinary, iterative, and collaborative. Teamwork and critical thinking are valued. Everyone needs to learn to ask the right questions and...

In LEED 04.13.2015

LEED rating system for existing multifamily buildings: Comment today

The first public comment period for LEED for Operations and Maintenance: Multifamily, is now open. Part of the LEED v4 family, this suite of new and updated credits for existing multifamily projects is the result of thousands of hours from LEED volunteers and USGBC staff and presents the first ever LEED offering specific to the existing residential market.  This new adaptation of the LEED Operations and Maintenance provides solutions for existing multifamily projects...

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