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In Center for Green Schools 06.12.2015

Learn about school district sustainability in a new report from the Center for Green...

Ever wonder what a school district sustainability director does? Within the last five years, the network of school district sustainability staff that the Center for Green Schools convenes has grown four fold, and we've launched four successful Green Schools Fellowships. In the process, we've gleaned a lot of information about what it takes to get sustainability moving in a school system. In a new report the Center details findings from surveys and interviews conducted by our graduate...

In Advocacy and policy 06.11.2015

Building Coalition Unveils 2015 Policy Priorities at kick-off to High Performance...

This week, the High Performance Building Congressional Caucus Coalition (HPBCCC) unveiled its 2015 Policy Priorities for the 114th U.S. Congress. The document marks a first for the Coalition that can serve as the framework for advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill and the executive agencies. HPBCCC is made up of approximately 200 organization, including USGBC, that provides guidance and support to the High-Performance Building Caucus of the U.S. Congress. The Caucus is co-chaired by Rep....

In International 06.10.2015

LEED and WELL: Building and human performance in China

In May, I had the privilege and pleasure to travel to China with USGBC’s Mahesh Ramanujam and International WELL Building Institute’s Paul Scialla to promote LEED and WELL as key market drivers for China’s built environment. Both Mahesh and Paul were greatly excited by the enthusiasm of the leaders in China using LEED and now looking to incorporate WELL into their built environment. Building and human performance is very much alive in China. The following are some reflections...

In Media 06.10.2015

GBCI Launches SITES, its Newly Acquired Rating System for Sustainable Landscapes

SITES addresses global concerns such as climate change, loss of biodiversity and resource depletion through sustainable landscape design and management June 10, 2015 (Washington, D.C.) – Today, Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) launched its newly acquired SITES rating system, the most comprehensive program and toolkit for developing sustainable landscapes. SITES was developed through a collaborative, interdisciplinary effort of the American Society of Landscape Architects, The...

In Advocacy and policy 06.12.2015

Celebrating the people behind Building Safety Month

Building Safety Month 2015 came into focus for me when I met Nick Carver, Building Official for the City of Maplewood, Minnesota, at a reception held by the International Code Council commemorating another successful campaign raising awareness around building safety and building codes.  Mr. Carver was in attendance to receive the Building Official of the Year Award. After all, what value are these public policies anyway if there aren’t great people like Nick implementing them, and...

In Industry 06.11.2015

LEED professionals at a glance: June 2015

LEED professionals distinguish themselves in the green building marketplace by earning one of six LEED professional credentials. Credential holders are recognized as leaders in the field and they contribute expertise to various industries and projects. Are you one of them? Don't have a credential yet? Learn more about how to become a LEED professional Hover over the charts below for a dynamic experience.    

In Industry 06.10.2015

WELL AP credential: What you should know about the process

GBCI needs your help to develop the WELL AP credential. This new professional credential will help scale and educate the market on the WELL Building Standard.  What is involved in the process of creating the WELL AP? Conception: First, the conception stage brings together leading experts in the fields of design, health, and wellness, known as the WELL AP Advisory Committee. This committee is responsible for creating content areas that become the groundwork on which the exam...

In LEED 06.9.2015

LEED Certification Update: May 2015

In this recurring monthly feature, we take a look at LEED certification activity in May 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 Media 06.12.2015

Net Zero Zone Returns to Greenbuild 2015

June 8, 2015 (Washington, D.C.) – Informa Exhibitions U.S., Construction and Real Estate, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and EMerge Alliance announced today that the Net Zero Zone, the first of its kind in a major trade show, will return to the 2015 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo taking place at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., Nov. 18-19, 2015. “Driven by the innovative work of EMerge Alliance and its members, the Net Zero Zone at...

In Community 06.11.2015

Stephanie Choi: 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 Community 06.10.2015

World Wildlife Fund: Green roof tour

A couple weeks ago some USGBC staff members had the chance to tour the World Wildlife Fund's (WWF) green roof.  WWF's U.S. headquarters was designed and built to conserve resources, limit waste and pollution, protect the environment, and make wise use of donated funds. It was completed in May of 2010, and took about one year to fill in completely. The building actually used to be a parking garage! Green roofs can help reduce stress on the city sewer infrastructure, improve water and air...

In Industry 06.9.2015

What is a LEED professional credential? [video]

Watch our video below to learn more about the benefits of a LEED professional credential. Are you ready to set yourself apart in the rapidly expanding field of sustainability?  With new jobs specifying the need for green building expertise, LEED professional credentials place you a step ahead of the competition. They emphasize your value to environmentally-focused organizations and LEED project teams, putting you in prime position for whatever role you’ve set your sights on. USGBC...

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