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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. ...

In LEED 04.30.2015

LEED soars to new heights with 5 iconic global skyscrapers

All across the world, LEED projects are reaching new heights. From the tallest LEED certified building in the world—to one of the most iconic buildings ever constructed—some of the most epic skyscrapers in the world are providing breathtaking views, while also embracing green building practices. Check out some of the most iconic buildings below and learn about some of their unique sustainability features. TAIPEI 101 - Taipei, Taiwan Project Details: 1,667 feet high, 101 floors...

In Community 04.29.2015

Bring the EPA's National Building Challenge to your house of worship

The EPA's ENERGY STAR 2015 National Building Competition is an excellent example of competition that results in quantifiable reductions in energy and water use and corresponding CO2 emissions.   In past years, competitors who reduced building energy consumption saved an average of $25,000 and reduced energy consumption by 8%! That is quite a value proposition, especially for community, faith and educational organizations who can re-invest those savings into their...

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 Community 05.1.2015

Siriane Lawless: 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, 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 lead up to...

In Education 04.30.2015

PEER and renewable resources: 3 things you didn't know about wind

From our early days of watching Captain Planet and Saturday morning cartoons, the power of wind was arguably the strongest. Wind is ubiquitous and capable of creating movement. Without wind, there wouldn’t be a whistle. Today, wind energy boosts economic development and contributes to energy security. Wind energy insources over 50,000 active jobs across construction, development, engineering and operations including those in the 550 windmill-manufacturing facilities in the U.S. To...

In LEED 04.29.2015

Myth #3: LEED is not worth the investment

In my thirty years with Turner Construction, I’ve had the opportunity to serve as an engineer, a project manager, do business development and financial management. Today I lead Turner’s national industrial group, a center of excellence for Turner’s manufacturing and industrial construction projects. It’s a sector that brought in over $613 million in 2014, and with over $388 million in green building projects (which almost always means LEED). There are many...

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 Community 05.1.2015

ADVANCE: A framework to expand access to green building for all

If you’re reading this article on our website it’s probably because you’re a fan of green buildings. The environmental, health and economic value of green spaces and places is clear to you. But when you look outside your window, how many ‘green buildings’ do you really see? For us “Greenies” who drank the Kool-Aide years ago, the value proposition is crystal clear. So why isn’t everyone on board? Why aren’t all the buildings outside my...

In LEED 04.30.2015

New tools for LEED 2009 Existing Buildings projects

In 2014 we announced the release of new tools for LEED v4 O+M projects. Today, we’re expanding this effort to include LEED 2009. Now, in the same way we provide plan and policy templates for LEED v4 projects, we’ve also created plans and policies for LEED 2009 projects. These templates serve as examples of plans and policies that meet the requirements of the credits. They enable you to implement the operations and maintenance best practices in your building and be confident...

In Media 04.29.2015

PEER: New Rating System for Sustainable Power Systems

Washington, D.C. – (April 29, 2015) – Today, Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) officially launched PEER, its rating system designed to measure and improve sustainable power system performance. Modeled after the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) LEED green building rating system, PEER, or Performance Excellence in Electricity Renewal, evaluates power generation, transmission and distribution systems through the lens of the customer, focusing on efficiency, quality,...

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