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In Industry 07.31.2015

Three tips for increasing tenant engagement around energy

Building occupants directly and indirectly control a significant portion of a facility’s energy use. Positive engagement with building tenants is a smart energy management, to be sure—but it’s also a sound business strategy. Here are three of the biggest reasons to hop on the tenant engagement bandwagon relative to your building’s energy use, along with three ways to get started today. 1. Tenants consume a lot of energy—give them the visibility they need to reduce...

In Industry 07.22.2015

Greenbuild Film Festival: Submit your film today

USGBC is pleased to announce our call to filmmakers for the Ninth Annual Greenbuild International Film Festival. In keeping with this year’s conference theme, Monumental Green, Greenbuild is seeking submissions including documentaries, films, and informational videos that promote innovative green building practices and address social, environmental, and health topics related to the built environment. This is a great opportunity for filmmakers passionate about the environment to join...

In Industry 07.14.2015

Call for nominations: Green Building & Design Women in Sustainability Leadership...

There is still time to nominate outstanding green building women leaders for this year’s Green Building & Design (gb&d) Women in Sustainability Leadership Awards (WSLA). USGBC is a proud supporter of these awards, which help identify and advance current top female sustainability executives while recognizing, supporting and giving opportunities to future women in leadership. Think about the women who are committed to sustainability and are going beyond the call to advance change....

In Industry 07.7.2015

Passing the torch

This article was originally published on Huffington Post. Read the original version. Over the past few months, as I sat contemplating one of the biggest decisions of my life—whether to announce that my time as head of USGBC was sunsetting, and that in a year- and-a-half I would enter an exciting new chapter of life during which I would start tackling any number of the projects on my still-robust wish list—I remained torn right up to the very end.  But then one morning out of...

In Industry 07.30.2015

Register today for Greenbuilding Brazil

In Brazil, LEED certifications are becoming increasingly commonplace. There are over 5.22 million gross square meters of LEED space and there are more than 991 LEED-certified and registered projects. Additionally, Brazil is currently the fourth market for LEED outside of the U.S.  You're invited to celebrate this success and attend the 6th Greenbuilding Brazil International Conference and Expo. Greenbuilding Brazil is the leading sustainable construction trade show in...

In Industry 07.21.2015

TalentFX at Greenbuild 2015: Your time to speak

This year, we’ve opened up six dynamic speaking opportunities as part of TalentFX at Greenbuild; TalentFx USGBC’s platform for emerging sustainability leaders. You, and your fellow winners, will have 25 minutes each to share your ideas, thoughts, and stories with students and professionals from around the globe.  Session types We’ll consider three types of sessions: Share (a story): It’s the buzzword that might actually get you a job—if you’re...

In Industry 07.14.2015

Green Italy tours designed around Greenbuild EuroMed 2015

Due to the tremendous success of their green tours of Italy over the past few years, John Boecker (7group) and Alberto Ballardini (Habitech) will be guiding tours of the Veneto/Trentino region designed around attending Greenbuild EuroMed 2015 in Verona. The following green tours provide a current perspective on place, culture, design, food and trends that form the foundations of sustainability: Full 7-day Green Tour: 12-18 October Like previous green tours led by John and Alberto, this journey...

In Industry 07.7.2015

Pioneers of PEER: City of Chattanooga (feat. David Wade & John Kelly) [podcast]

Pioneers of PEER podcast is a series dedicated to professionals spearheading sustainable energy delivery initiatives within the electricity sector, hosted by John Kelly. Pioneers of PEER gives an overview to Performance Excellence in Electricity Renewal, a new sustainable design and rating system at USGBC. Each episode hopes to provide the listener with insight into the electricity sector through the perspective of thought-leaders in the industry. This week, we present a true pioneer of PEER,...

In Industry 07.27.2015

Women in Green Power Breakfast: The challenge with mentorship

The Women in Green Power Breakfast will be held for a fourth year at Greenbuild 2015 taking place in Washington, DC. This year’s Greenbuild International Conference and Expo (Nov. 18-20) will bring our movement together around the theme of “Monumental Green.” Greenbuild is the premier sustainable building conference and expo in the world, with more than 25,000 attendees every year, offering three exhilarating days of uplifting speakers, unmatched networking opportunities,...

In Industry 07.15.2015

New LEED Pilot Credit: Prevention through design

USGBC recently released a new pilot credit aimed at encouraging Prevention through Design (PtD) practices. The pilot credit was developed in partnership with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the U.S. federal agency that conducts research and makes recommendations to prevent worker injury and illness, as part of an effort to explore the nexus between occupational safety and health and sustainable building practices.   Prevention Through Design, a one-point...

In Industry 07.9.2015

GBCI now administers EDGE in India

GBCI has recently been selected by the International Finance Corporation (IFC) of the World Bank Group to offer the EDGE green building certification system in India. By helping to incrementally push India’s new construction market forward, EDGE jumpstarts the mainstreaming of green buildings to help counter climate change. EDGE encourages resource-efficient building by establishing an effective entry-level option for affordable sustainable design and construction. EDGE is a measurable...

In Industry 07.1.2015

A quiet revolution: USGBC member WSP examines low-energy design

Over the past 20 years, the prevailing wisdom of low-energy building design has held that the most cost-effective approach is a three-stage process in which passive design techniques are given priority. The theory holds that only after optimization of the environmental responsiveness of building form and materiality should focus be switched to energy efficient technology and finally, having minimized the demand for energy, to the application of renewables.  Prioritization of passive design...

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