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In Community 05.2.2016

Kentucky matches California with seven EPA Awards (USGBC Kentucky)

The sun shines bright on Kentucky this year, with seven EPA Energy Star Awards. It is not often that we compare with a green building count in California, so it is with great pride that we note Kentucky won the same number of EPA Energy Star Awards in this latest round of recognition. Kentucky's reputation as a leader in green schools, as noted in a recent article, Kentucky wins triple crown of green school awards, is further burnished with these EPA Energy Star Awards, four of which...

In Center for Green Schools 05.2.2016

Class is now in session: It’s a new day for students at USGBC

As of May 1, you can be a USGBC Student just by signing up and telling us! Any student, from anywhere around the globe, can become a USGBC Student. What does that mean? It means you get to showcase the knowledge, skills and credentials that will jump-start your careers. It means you get a personalized experience and can find activities and resources suited for your interests as a student. We are committed to providing an unparalleled opportunity for students preparing for 21st century...

In Industry 05.2.2016

Participate in a May 24 webinar on sustainable parking

The U.S. Department of Energy is offering a Better Buildings webinar on Tuesday, May 24: “All-Star LEEPers: Success Stories From the Parking Lot.” Hear stories from two organizations that experienced significant energy savings through lighting retrofits: Rachel Healy of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) will discuss upgrades to Metro’s 25 parking garages that serve the transit system of the nation’s capital, and Frank Inoa of Arby’s...

In Community 04.29.2016

Five lessons from real estate industry leaders (USGBC Northern California)

Last week, GRESB was proud to partner with USGBC Northern California, CodeGreen Solutions, the Green Health Partnership and the Build Healthy Places Network to convene the most recent in a series of events focused on connections between real estate and human health and well-being. I wanted to share five lessons I took from our expert panel: Lesson 1: We can invest for better places. Dr. Doug Jutte directs the Build Healthy Places Network. As a physician, Doug knows firsthand the impact of the...

In Community 05.2.2016

NYS budget approves creation of design and construction corporation (USGBC New York...

With the creation of the Design and Construction Corporation (DCC), as highlighted in Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 2016/17 budget, New York state (NYS) has the ability to establish review processes for design and construction projects that support many existing NYS goals. Below is a short list of existing NY state mandates and laws that are clearly supported by green building achievement. LEED is an exceptional tool for excellence, and should be employed not as an add-on, but as the guidance...

In Community 05.2.2016

Join us at Convergence 2016

Archimedes said, “Give me a lever long enough...and I will move the world.” I often think of that quote when I think of the width, breadth and depth of the USGBC community. Because we have changemakers in every town, city, state and almost every country, individually and collectively we’ve become a powerful lever that is moving the world to a place that is healthier and more sustainable across so many dimensions. Convergence is where we gather to get reenergized for that work...

In Community 04.29.2016

Big ideas for sustainable building from Wisconsin students (USGBC Wisconsin)

USGBC Wisconsin partnered with Seventhwave and the Wisconsin Builders Association to host the second annual Student Poster Competition at the Better Buildings: Better Business Conference this year. More than 850 industry leaders gathered at the 2016 Wisconsin conference to get the relevant information needed to keep up with industry changes and prepare for the customer demands of the future. We were proud to feature two finalists: Lori Christel and James Kotsonis. Lori is a senior at Northeast...

In LEED 04.29.2016

LEED v4 Education: Sustainable Sites

In May, the LEED v4 education focus will be on sustainable sites. A building’s impact is not restricted to what's inside it. Between 1982 and 2001, in the United States alone, about 34 million acres (13,759 hectares) of open space—an area the size of Illinois—were lost to development at a rate of approximately four acres per minute, or 6,000 acres a day. Along with open space, habitat is diminishing and becoming fragmented, separated by pavement, buildings and infrastructure....

In Industry 05.2.2016

Transform your building into an extraordinary asset with EDGE

We’ve heard the statistics and warnings of rapid population growth, and we know that more people mean more buildings. In the next few decades, rapid urbanization will change the lifestyles of people living in emerging markets all over the world. Green buildings can be part of the solution.  All of the issues associated with urbanization can be addressed by building better, higher-performing buildings and communities. International Finance Corporation (IFC) created EDGE...

In Industry 05.2.2016

Clean, efficient power helps Legrand, North America deliver on DOE commitments

Susan Rochford is the vice president of energy efficiency, sustainability and public policy for Legrand, North America, a worldwide manufacturer of building electrical and digital infrastructure solutions for residential, commercial and industrial markets. At Legrand, North America our commitment to operational sustainability runs deep and we are always looking for ways to reduce our energy consumption and carbon footprint. As a Challenge Partner in the U.S. Department...

In International 04.29.2016

Leadership stories from China launch on social media

Every story about a green building is a story about people. And every story about LEED is a story about leadership. Nowhere is this more evident than in China. With green development serving as a major agenda item for President Xi Jinping, leaders across China are making sustainability happen on a global scale. At last year’s COP21 agreement in Paris, President Xi made a strong commitment, promising that China will contribute to climate change by focusing on green building and...

In Advocacy and policy 04.29.2016

Private sector opportunities at the U.S.–China summit in June

China and the U.S. are poised to drive global sustainability coming off the Paris Agreement’s entry into force on Earth Day. Indeed, at COP21 in Paris, President Xi Jinping made a strong commitment, promising that China will contribute to climate change by focusing on green building and transportation.  The dialogue will continue on June 7–8 when the U.S. State Department and its China counterpart convene the U.S.–China Climate-Smart/Low-Carbon Cities...

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