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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 03.13.2015

Lend Lease proves it's what's on the inside that counts

In late February, Lend Lease, a USGBC Platinum level member and industry leader in property, infrastructure and construction management, announced that their New York City office achieved LEED Gold certification. A major milestone for an influential company in the green building movement, it inspired a closer look at how Lend Lease’s organizational aspirations motivate the work they do with clients around the world. So many of the companies that lead the way, innovating to overcome the...

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 Center for Green Schools 03.12.2015

The Center's "Coolest Teacher" heads to Antarctica, again

I have now said the phrase, “Yes, it’s true, I’m going back to Antarctica” to so many people so many times, that I’m actually starting to believe it myself. It seems too good to be true, but yes, it is happening! In less than 24 hours, I will be boarding a plane that will take me to the coldest, driest, most inhospitable place on the planet. And this year, I will be bringing one of my 12-year-old student leaders with me, Aidan. You'll be able to read about our...

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...

In LEED 03.12.2015

Top 10 states project profile: Unitarian Universalist Association new headquarters

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. This...

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