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In Industry 07.22.2014

GreenBiz: What makes the LEED Dynamic Plaque a game-changer?

This article originally appeared on GreenBiz.com on July 22, 2014. When the U.S. Green Building Council makes big changes to its systems or standards, the real estate industry takes notice - and with good reason. Its main initiative, LEED, has an outsize impact on the real estate industry, from building materials to investment criteria — and any major changes to the system have the potential to greatly affect green building for years to come. Although...

In Industry 07.2.2014

‘What If?’ Toward a More Equitable World: Out now in EDC's July issue

Editor's note: Browse the July issue of EDC, the official magazine for the LEED Professional, and preview the piece "‘What If?’ Toward a More Equitable World" by Susan Kaplan below. Sign up today to get your free digital edition of EDC. Since you’re reading this, you probably work hard every day to make the projects you’re involved with more environmentally sustainable. The industry has made great strides in this area, but can we say the...

In Industry 06.25.2014

How green is overtaking the commercial property market

In 2010, I analyzed the uptake of “green” certification in the U.S. commercial property market, explaining the differences in diffusion across markets and over time. But during the past four years, much has happened. The economy started to recover (in most places), and construction has picked up again. Also, the appetite for energy efficiency and sustainability in the real estate sector hasn’t abated — Google now gives 344,000,000 hits for a simple search on “green...

In Industry 06.6.2014

Education at Dwell on Design in Los Angeles

The USGBC community is invited to America’s largest design event, Dwell on Design, returning to the Los Angeles Convention Center, June 20-22. Curated by the editors of Dwell magazine, this exciting three-day celebration of modern design invites you to explore the latest sustainable design trends, attend thought-provoking conversations, network face-to-face with industry leaders, tour some of the area’s greenest homes, and more! Be sure not to miss keynote speaker Stephen Burks...

In Industry 07.10.2014

You’re invited to VERGE Salon: Data Solutions in Cities and Real Estate

Big data is transforming real estate and cities around the world. The growth of smart buildings and smart cities is enabling new services, revenue opportunities, and models for stakeholder engagement. Join USGBC’s Scot Horst and Chris Pyke, as well as speakers from the White House, Rockefeller foundation, NYC Mayor’s office and more to discuss the most pressing trends in cities and real estate.  VERGE Salon NYSept. 16, 2014William & Anita Newman Conference Center, Baruch...

In Industry 06.27.2014

New report: Building professionals are prioritizing human health

Building industry professionals and owners are placing increasing attention on health in design and construction plans according to a new SmartMarket report by McGraw Hill Construction. USGBC was a contributing partner to the report.  The report, “The Drive Toward Healthier Buildings: The Market Drivers and Impact of Building Design on Occupant Health, Well-Being and Productivity,” finds that over 70% of commercial architects and residential interior designers,...

In Industry 06.23.2014

Video: Make It Right rebuilds to LEED Platinum in New Orleans

We visited New Orleans with Make It Right, an organization that builds healthy, high-efficient and safe homes for people and communities in need. Forty percent of LEED for Homes units fall into the affordable housing sector, and you can see 100 of them, brought to fruition by Make It Right, on display in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans, one of the areas hit hardest by Hurricane Katrina.  No one knows the impact of Make It Right’s work better than the families living in these...

In Industry 06.6.2014
Images courtesy of Terry Peck

By nature's design: Forest stewardship in action

This article was originally featured in the December 2013 issue of North Bay Biz magazine. Throughout the world, ancient cultures have demonstrated a reverence for trees as part of their core belief. Have we lost our way in the midst of progress and growth? On any typical weekend, American consumers plan home projects and purchase lumber. But very few take the time to consider the harvesting practices of the wood product they're about to purchase or the long-term effects of that selection...

In Industry 07.8.2014
The LEED Silver Maracanã stadium in Rio de Janeiro. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

LEED project certification update: June 2014

In our new recurring monthly feature, we'll be taking a look at LEED certification activity each month, broken out by LEED rating system and location. Be sure to check out the LEED project directory for a closer look at LEED projects in your area and around the world. Total projects certified in June: 351 New Construction: 165 Commercial Interiors: 67 Existing Buildings: 42 Core and Shell: 34 Retail CI: 28 Schools: 9 Retail NC: 3 LEED Italia: 2 LEED for Healthcare: 1 Square footage certified...

In Industry 06.27.2014

Designing for Disaster with USGBC Platinum level member company ASSA ABLOY

Designing for Disaster, a new exhibit at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., showcases the critical role of building design and construction in protecting against hurricanes, tornadoes, fires, earthquakes and other dangers. Resilience is a key tenet of the green building movement and USGBC’s work. Building to anticipate threats, hazards and disasters helps foster stronger, safer communities that are better equipped to withstand both anticipated and...

In Industry 06.12.2014

Women, Sports and the Environment Symposium in July

At the heart of the Green Sports Alliance is the goal to leverage the power of the sports industry to create broad cultural change as it pertains to environmental stewardship, community health and sustainability. A key part of this vision is to ensure all members of the sports community are actively engaged and using their unique skills to advance the green sports movement, and the Women, Sports and the Environment (WSE) Symposium provides an opportunity to convene and support women from all...

In Industry 06.4.2014

Going green with Kimberly-Clark

When it comes to buildings, new and old alike, sustainability is no longer simply about design. it’s also about ensuring high-level, ongoing, and environmentally sound operations. When MGM Resorts International began work on CityCenter—an 18-million-square-foot complex of resorts, residential towers, stores, and conference space in Las Vegas—there was no question that the company would be building green. Like a growing number of developers, MGM Resorts knew that sustainable...

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