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In Industry 08.25.2015

Resilience: Surviving and thriving in the face of change

Thinking about disasters is a hard sell. But whether we think about them or not, we pay for them. According to the 2015 UNISDR Global Assessment Report, expected annual global losses are estimated to reach $314 billion in the built environment alone.  All indicators suggest that the frequency and intensity of disasters will increase, meaning that this cost will go up. Disruptions—natural, human-caused, or a combination of the two—are inevitable. In this new reality,...

In Community 08.24.2015

Malcolm Lewis IMPACT! 2014 awardees continue to make an impact

In 2014, after receiving over numerous likes, shares and comments on Facebook, the Social Equity Pilot Credit was recognized at Greenbuild 2014 in New Orleans. Nine volunteers—Susan Kaplan, Joel Todd, Heather Rosenberg, Heather Joy, Brad Guy, Lance Hosey, Raphael Sperry, Shawn Hesse, Max Zahniser and Sara O’Mara—dedicated more than 250 volunteer hours to develop three LEED pilot credits addressing social equity in the built environment.  Their work did not...

In International 08.21.2015

Tomorrowland: Brazil is the fourth largest market for LEED

Two things stand out when one looks across the skylines of São Paulo and Rio. The iconic blue Fortlev water tanks dot the roofs of many homes and buildings across both cities, emphasizing that water is becoming an increasingly important issue in Brazil. Construction cranes, too, are another common sight. These mechanical "birds" are a sign that construction in Brazil is booming. More importantly, green construction and LEED is playing a key role in Brazil's current and future built...

In LEED 08.20.2015

Global market watch: Mexico—A rising leader in green building and sustainability

Mexico City: It’s a place famous for its pre-Colombian civilizations, its cuisine and culture, and as the megacity once ranked as the #1 most polluted city in the world. Today the city is a rising leader in sustainability and urban innovation, with aggressive work to decrease pollution, promote public health and wellness, and the highest concentration of LEED buildings in Mexico. Of course, the cities of Zapopan, Monterrey, Guadalajara and Queretaro are not far behind in the race to be...

In Community 08.25.2015

2015 Greenest Apple Volunteer Award: Chris Tyler [video]

The USGBC volunteer awards, which were given out at USGBC’s annual mid-year meeting, Convergence, recognize individuals for their incredible work and leadership over the course of the year. In 2015, six awards were given out to a total of nine individuals and groups whose dedication and commitment to assisting in USGBC's mission of creating a more sustainable built environment is demonstrated by their passion and hard work through volunteerism. In this article, we highlight the 2015...

In Media 08.24.2015

U.S. Mayors Step Up As Key Advocates for Climate Change Action During UN Conference in...

Local Climate Leaders Circle Brings Together More Than a Dozen Cities to Highlight Examples of Strong Climate Action WASHINGTON, DC – (August 24, 2015) – A coalition of U.S. mayors and city officials announced today that they will join the UN Conference of Parties (COP) meeting in Paris in December to showcase their cities’ climate leadership and call for an ambitious international agreement that addresses our climate crisis and supports further action at the local level...

In LEED 08.21.2015

Citibank brings LEED to Honduras, making it the newest LEED Earth winner

Consistently, Citibank remains a global leader in the realm of sustainable construction with over 200 plus LEED-certified spaces worldwide. In South America alone, Citibank has certified two projects, one in Guatemala, the other in Costa Rica. Now, Citibank has brought the first-ever LEED certified building to Honduras. Citibank’s new office, Altia Business Park in San Pedro Sula is a LEED Gold building designed to be energy efficient, environmentally conscious and to provide a...

In Community 08.20.2015

Get to know the Green Veterans Group of South Florida [podcast]

For this USGBC Podcast, we spotlight an organization like no other, whose mission is seldom addressed, but deeply needed. Centered around the development of training courses to provide practical green education and a pathway toward green career placement for armed service veterans, The Green Veterans Group based out of South Florida is approaching green jobs training and sustainability in a unique way. In cultivating a program that targets both rehabilitation, in-depth training, and career...

In Center for Green Schools 08.24.2015

ISSA's valuable insight into green cleaning for schools

Recently, ISSA was fortunate to have the opportunity to participate in the development of a new resource authored by USGBC's Center for Green Schools—it’s called Perspectives on Implementation and Effectiveness of School Green Cleaning Laws (hereinafter “Perspectives”). As the title suggests, this white paper assesses the impact of state laws and policies on the adoption of green cleaning in schools. While this resource has significant implications for public policy...

In Community 08.21.2015

LEED for Homes spotlight: The Dinerstein Companies

Last week, USGBC honored seven outstanding home builders, developers and projects that have demonstrated outstanding leadership and innovation in residential green building by awarding them with prestigious LEED for Homes awards. This week, we would love to tell you more about one of those shining examples of green building mastery and environmental stewardship. Award Category: Outstanding Multifamily Builder Winner: The Dinerstein Companies (TDC) The Dinerstein Companies is no stranger to...

In Industry 08.21.2015

Sustainable building: Why wood is our most valuable resource

This article was originally published on monarchmetal.com on Aug. 12, 2015. Read the original version. In some small way, each of us knows the value of wood as a resource. In fact, we use it every day—it heats our homes, makes our stationery, lines our floors. But in spite of all of its uses, wood is still a taboo material where building is concerned. Instead, we use concrete and steel in the hopes that our buildings (which are often our biggest investments) will remain strong and stable...

In LEED 08.20.2015

LEED in Motion: Brazil celebrates impressive strides in green building

In Brazil, LEED certifications are becoming increasingly commonplace. There are over 24 million gross square meters of LEED space and there are more than 990 LEED-certified projects. Brazil is the number four market for LEED outside of the U.S., and we are excited to share new stats in our report LEED in Motion: Brazil.  Read the report forward below from Felipe Faria, managing director of the Green Building Council Brasil. Losing the 2014 World Cup games to Germany by...

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