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In Advocacy and policy 05.8.2015

President Obama proclaims May to be Building Safety Month

For a fourth consecutive year, President Obama proclaimed May to be National Building Safety Month. Many governors and local leaders across the nation have followed President Obama’s example by declaring May to be Building Safety Month in their respective states, counties, cities and towns. In his proclamation, the President stated that his Administration is “collaborating with engineers, scientists, construction workers, and other professionals to develop cutting-edge tools focused...

In Community 05.7.2015

Sustainable building design, construction and operation: USGBC as catalyst

There is a wave of change happening in the global design and construction industry and USGBC is the catalyst. In 1993, Rick Fedrizzi became the co-founder and chair of USGBC. Little did he know that he and his colleagues were about to dramatically change the design and construction industry. Today, there are more than 12,000 members of USGBC. Since the launch of LEED in 2000, LEED has grown from one rating system for new construction to a comprehensive program of nine interrelated rating...

In Education 05.5.2015

Executive Education for Sustainability Leadership: Course experience [videos]

For the second year in a row, USGBC is partnering with Harvard’s Center for Health and the Global Environment to provide an Executive Education for Sustainability Leadership program. This program will provide an opportunity for senior leaders to prepare to undertake the challenge of integrating sustainability into the core of their businesses as an innovation and growth driver. This year, two program dates are being offered: July 7-10 and October 19-22. Additionally, the ...

In Education 05.4.2015

Get to know USGBC Faculty Joe Azzarello

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.  Meet our USGBC...

In LEED 05.8.2015

Honeywell's Earth Day message resonates every day

In case you missed it, on Earth Day, USGBC Platinum level member Honeywell posted a great piece on their blog about the LEED Dynamic Plaque and the role LEED plays in our journey to be greener and kinder to the earth every day. Read the original blog post.  Earth Day was first conceived in 1970 by Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson when he witnessed the damage of the 1969 Santa Barbara oil spill. Inspired by the student anti-war movement, he realized that if he could garner the same...

In Industry 05.7.2015

Turning Adversity into Opportunity: Ghettos and Slums as Hotbeds of Green Innovation [...

This article was originally published in the March/April 2015 issue of USGBC+. Read the original version. I recently gave a TEDx talk on Mastering TAO. Not TAOism in terms of Eastern philosophy—although, in some ways, yin and yang are a part of it—but in this case TAO stands for Turning Adversity into Opportunity. I call the people, places, and policies that have mastered the art of Turning Adversity into Opportunity “Hope Dealers.” Hope Dealers ask questions like:...

In LEED 05.5.2015

LEED certification update: April 2015

In this recurring monthly feature, we take a look at LEED certification activity in April 2015, broken out by rating system and location, as well as newly certified LEED projects in the news.  Be sure to check out USGBC's LEED project directory for a closer look at LEED projects in your area. You can also visit the Green Building Information Gateway to analyze LEED trends around the world. Certification Level Projects Certified Square Footage Certified...

In Education 05.1.2015

WELL webinar series: WELL commissioning

What happens once a project is registered to pursue WELL Certification? Nathan Stodola expands on how WELL Commissioning works as part of the WELL Building Standard certification process, what a WELL Assessor is, and why performance-based requirements and recertification every three years is important. Presenter: Nathan Stodola, Vice President, WELL Building Standard, International WELL Building Institute Length: 20 minutes This is the second in a series of four webinars...

In Industry 05.7.2015

There’s no Lone Star leader in Texas

For Earth Week, I had the opportunity to visit the great state of Texas. This whirlwind trip opened up my eyes to some of the incredible faces of leadership in green building. And in a state as big as Texas, it’s no surprise we had multiple gatherings of industry leaders where the forward-thinking conversation perfectly reflected the upward mobility of this movement. A few moments from this energizing visit stand out to showcase the breadth and power of leadership in the state. My...

In LEED 05.6.2015

Myth #4: Industrial process energy use is incompatible with LEED

Typically, and more traditionally, the stories about green building have been about the people who live, work or learn in a LEED building and how their actions and the building itself impacts the environment. But, when I started working as a LEED consultant on major industrial facilities, we quickly learned that the story was not just about who is in the building, but also about what is happening inside the building and how energy and other resources were being used. As a LEED consultant with...

In Community 05.4.2015

Earth Day 2015 Q&A [podcast]

Last week was Earth Day, and while at USGBC, we believe that every day is Earth Day, April 22 represents different things to different people and serves as an important reminder to think more consciously about the environment and the impact we all make. Earth Day was first celebrated in the U.S. 1970 and became an internationally recognized day in 1990. It is now celebrated in 192 countries around the world. To commemorate the day, we asked staff and local passersby what Earth Day means to them...

In LEED 05.1.2015

Top 10 states project profile: Kohl's Oro Valley Store in Arizona

2014’s Top 10 States have shown tremendous leadership in the green building movement by certifying 1,662 commercial and institutional projects representing 251.7 million square feet of real estate. These buildings will have a tremendous social impact over the coming years by providing healthy and environmentally sustainable spaces to produce new breakthroughs in many different fields of science, medicine, education, business, the fine arts and environmental and social justice. ...

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