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In Greenbuild 11.12.2013

Greenbuild session spotlight: Applying LEED v4 internationally

This article was written by Alessandro Bisagni, Alicia Silva and Torsten Biernat. Learn about green building overseas at the Greenbuild 2013 International Summit. At the Lessons Learned – LEED v4 Beta educational session, you'll hear first hand from international LEED v4 beta participants practitioners applying LEED v4 to projects in Germany, Mexico and China. This session will evaluate LEED-related strategies and barriers unique to these countries, compare and...

In Greenbuild 11.11.2013

Join the Scavenger Hunt at Greenbuild Philly

Gather ye smartest phones, prepare thy hashtags! The second annual Emerging Professionals Scavenger Hunt at Greenbuild is set for Tuesday, November 19 in Philadelphia. Teams of four will assemble and take off from the Philadelphia Convention Center to explore green landmarks, sustainability-features, architectural design, and urban planning strategies across the City.   Four different challenging routes have been created highlighting Philadelphia’s commitment to a...

In Greenbuild 10.30.2013

USGBC Talent Force Exchange: Where innovation meets opportunity

A new initiative is launching at Greenbuild in Philadelphia — USGBC Talent Force Exchange, designed to help you define and realize your dream job or bring your career to the next level. USGBC is committed to supporting your journey toward the green building career you've always imagined through interactive, multifaceted programming and experiences — all in one place — at Greenbuild. Dedicated, driven audiences are invited to join one another in the common goals...

In Greenbuild 10.28.2013

Visit the green schools of Greenbuild Nation

This article was originally posted on the Delaware Valley Green Building Council blog. Read the article. Four innovative green schools tours will be offered in Philadelphia from Nov. 18-23. Even if you're not joining us for Greenbuild this year, you can register for these exciting tours to see great regional projects and get CEU's. Whether you are interested in K-12 or higher education, curriculum or storm water management, urban or suburban environments there is something for every green...

In Greenbuild 11.12.2013

Joe and Maggie’s Top Five Musts: Greenbuild 2013 for the global professional

Hello everyone! USGBC’s policy analyst, Maggie Comstock and I have developed a top five list of exciting topics at Greenbuild 2013 for the global green building professional. Are you joining us in Philadelphia? Participate in suggested sessions and activities and learn more about USGBC’s international programs. Not able to make it this year? No problem! Greenbuild is the world’s largest international conference and expo for the green building industry for a reason. We've laid...

In Greenbuild 11.6.2013

Get educated in the Exhibit Hall

Greenbuild exhibitors are a diverse group — from local green roof small businesses to national product manufacturers — and the companies participating in Greenbuild represent every component of the green building industry. The educational opportunities available in the Expo can be as varied and enlightening as the outstanding education sessions. For this reason, Greenbuild provides the following continuing education opportunities on the Exhibit Hall floor:  Education Labs are...

In Greenbuild 10.29.2013

Get the lay of the international landscape at the International Summit

It’s that time of year again. As we rush headlong into fall, the most exciting event for the global green building industry is just around the corner. This year, the annual Greenbuild Conference and Expo will be held from Nov. 20-22, 2013 in Philadelphia, with the full-day International Summit kick starting the week on Tuesday, Nov. 19 .    Did you know that LEED is in 140 countries and territories around the world? The International Summit is a great way to...

In Greenbuild 10.25.2013

Session spotlight: Reinventing Philadelphia through green infrastructure

Over the next 25 years, Philadelphia will invest $2 billion in green stormwater infrastructure, creating a more sustainable, healthier and livable city. The Greenbuild 2013 session “Reinventing Philadelphia Through Green Infrastructure” offers an overview of the benefits of the Green City, Clean Water program (the first of its kind approved by the EPA). Session attendees will also learn some of the challenges green stormwater solutions face and will collaboratively design solutions...

In Greenbuild 11.12.2013

Greenbuild Nation: Philadelphia spotlight

Philadelphia has always been a city of neighborhoods. While there are major sections of city that everyone will refer to such as West Philly or Center City—I’m a South Philly girl myself—even within those larger neighborhoods there are names that only the locals will know, like Southwark, or Fishtown.   Our Greenbuild 2013 Host Committee, which is comprised of nearly 200 volunteers, live in each of these neighborhoods. And members of our committee have put together a...

In Greenbuild 11.1.2013

Session spotlight: Greenbuild master speaker Ron Finley

Ron Finley is a man who will not sit still and watch a problem take root. Having grown up in the South Los Angeles food desert, Ron is familiar with the area's lack of fresh produce. He knows what it's like to drive 45 minutes just to get a fresh tomato. In 2010, he set out to fix the problem. Outside his front door, that is. Ron planted vegetables in the curbside dirt strip next to his home. And quietly, carefully, tenderly started a revolution. More than being a guerrilla gardener, Ron is a...

In Greenbuild 10.28.2013
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Moving on Up: The Growth of Green Affordable Housing

There has been a lot of talk recently on both the national and local levels about the value, applicability, and overall effectiveness of third-party green rating systems. To frame our understanding, we can start by looking at the impact that third-party rating systems, like LEED, are having in the transformation of the housing development landscape, especially in affordable housing. Take the state of Georgia for example. Prior to 2008, there wasn’t a single unit of LEED certified...

In Greenbuild 10.16.2013

Session spotlight: Certifying neighborhood sustainability around the globe

There are approximately one dozen neighborhood sustainability certification systems now operating worldwide. The Greenbuild 2013 session “Certifying Neighborhood Sustainability Around the Globe,” examines the growth of these programs and analyze their successes. Through an interactive panel and audience discussions, this session will identify the societal values and best practices of neighborhood certification; assess whether current programs serve the greatest environmental social...

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