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In Media 01.26.2016

USGBC Releases the 2015 Top 10 States for LEED Green Building Per Capita in the U.S.

Illinois leads among all U.S. states for the third consecutive year; LEED momentum grows on the West Coast Washington, D.C.—(Jan. 26, 2016)—Today, USGBC announced its annual Top 10 States for LEED, the world’s most widely used and recognized green building rating system. The per capita list highlights states throughout the country that are making significant strides in sustainable building design, construction and transformation. LEED-certified spaces use fewer energy and...

In Community 01.22.2016

Snow day roundup: Media and communications tips from the Studio blog

At USGBC headquarters here in DC—and all over the East Coast and Appalachia—a monster snowstorm is bearing down on us. For days, we’ve been watching the weather report, stocking up on the classic milk and bread supplies and getting ready to hunker down for a possible two feet of snow in 36 hours.  Watching the flakes fall will be interesting for the first couple of hours; after that, though, what will you do with all that time indoors? Here’s an idea: use the time...

In Community 01.21.2016

USGBC Arizona: Sonoran Branch ADVANCE event

The Sonoran Branch of USGBC Arizona will hold its first ADVANCE Project Forum for 2016 on Friday, January 29. At this meeting, Peter Dobrovolny will be the featured speaker. Attendees will also learn about new USGBC resources, including low-cost, green building strategies, under the USGBC National ADVANCE initiative. This event is free and open to all USGBC members, USGBC Arizona members and the general public. When: Friday, January 29, 12:00–1:30 p.m.  Where: Copper Room (...

In Community 01.21.2016

USGBC Central Pennsylvania: Mentor a YouthBuild student

USGBC Central Pennsylvania is a proud partner of YouthBuild, which is operated by the YWCA of Greater Harrisburg. We are pleased to put forth a mentoring opportunity to our members, and we hope to continue the streak of providing USGBC members as mentors for every YouthBuild Harrisburg cohort. The YWCA of Greater Harrisburg is seeking members of the community to serve as mentors for 15 young men and woman, ages 18–24, in its YouthBuild Program. YouthBuild’s goal is to...

In Community 01.25.2016

USGBC Georgia: Sustainable Design Collaborative Atlanta is looking for volunteers

USGBC Georgia is helping get out the word that Sustainable Design Collaborative Atlanta (SDCA) is gearing up for their 2016 project! Now in its sixth year, SDCA will work side by side with a local organization to create a pro bono integrated design concept. Project partners take the resulting deliverable to communicate their organization’s vision to supporters to secure funding for project implementation. Previous projects include: The Lifecycle Building Center Hagar Civilization...

In Community 01.22.2016

USGBC Central Pennsylvania: Register for sustainability leaders program

Through UGSBC Central Pennsylvania's partnership with the American Sustainability Leadership Council, we are pleased invite you to the upcoming Sustainability Leaders Insights Series.  This program is a peer-to-peer platform for launching diversified sustainability concepts, initiatives, products, services and collaboration, presented by executives who inspire change that increases profitability.  When: January 27, 2016, 8:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m. Where: Pennsylvania...

In Industry 01.21.2016

Climate Leaders: Perspectives from Nigeria, South Africa and Shanghai [videos]

The 2015 WorldGBC Congress held in Hong Kong was a great opportunity for leaders in the green building movement to connect, strategize and share knowledge on some of the most compelling ways to improve the sustainability of the world’s built environment. As part of my ongoing Climate Leaders series, I got to sit down with fellow heads of Green Building Councils from around the globe and get their take on how their regions are uniquely positioned to transform the buildings market and...

In LEED 01.20.2016

Vote now on the LEED 2009 energy performance update

The LEED 2009 energy performance update ballot is now open. This update is a proposed increase to the minimum energy performance thresholds for LEED 2009 projects, with the goal of ensuring that LEED continues to keep pace with continually improving expectations for building energy efficiency. With this change, project teams will be asked to earn a minimum of four points in the energy performance credits. Learn more about the update and why it's important. Highlights The...

In Community 01.25.2016

USGBC Central Pennsylvania: Moving to the Head of the Class Award

USGBC Central Pennsylvania invites all K-12 schools in Pennsylvania to participate in the fourth annual Moving to the Head of the Class Award. The award is presented by one of our partners, the Keystone Energy Efficiency Alliance (KEEA). The KEEA Energy Education Fund award offers statewide recognition for the work you done to save your school energy and money. Winners also receive prizes including free energy services and tools and resources for your science, technology,...

In Community 01.22.2016

USGBC Georgia: A rocking presence at Greenbuild

USGBC Georgia was well represented at the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Washington, DC, this past fall. We even made it on stage at the Greenbuild Celebration, as our own Ashish Bagle introduced the band, Fitz and the Tantrums. Ashish has been volunteering with the Emerging Professionals and the ADVANCE program. He gave us a great shout-out for where we are headed with USGBC Georgia. Fitz and the Tantrums rocked the Newseum with songs from their 2013 full-length release on...

In LEED 01.21.2016

LEED Certification Update: New in 2016

Reinstating our monthly feature, we take a look at LEED certification activity since January 1, 2016 broken out by rating system and location, as well as newly certified LEED projects in the news. Be sure to check out the LEED project directory or the State and Homes Market Briefs for a closer look at LEED projects in your area. You can also visit the Country Market Briefs or the Green Building Information Gateway to analyze LEED...

In Community 01.20.2016

Volunteer with USGBC Wisconsin

Have you ever thought about volunteering? Our volunteers help define the image of USGBC Wisconsin and determine the effectiveness with which we carry out our mission, programs and activities. They offer the crucial leadership, knowledge and expertise necessary to help our local efforts thrive. USGBC volunteers come from all walks of life and have many different backgrounds. The one thing they all share is a commitment to the idea that where we live, learn and labor matters, and how we design,...

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