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In Industry 02.5.2016

LEED Fellow 2016 application guide

"LEED Fellow" designates the most exceptional professionals in the green building industry, and it is the most prestigious designation awarded by GBCI. Here are the answers to some of the questions you may have about applying for the LEED Fellow program: Who should be involved? The nominee will submit all the documents comprising the application packet, but they are encouraged to work closely with their application team, which includes their nominator, LEED Project Experience...

In Industry 01.8.2016

The origins of PEER and the Bob Galvin Award [video]

Most of us know PEER as the nation’s first comprehensive, consumer-centric and data-driven system for evaluating energy performance. What most of us may not know is that its origins are rooted in telecommunications. Bob Galvin, son of Motorola founder Paul Galvin, and CEO of Motorola from 1959 to 1986, founded the Galvin Electricity Initiative to drive innovation and transform the electrical power industry. Galvin’s legacy is defined by his commitment to transform the...

In Industry 12.18.2015

PEER perspective: UT Austin and the Robert W. Galvin Award [video]

On Nov. 19, 2015, Juan Ontiveros, Associate Vice President for Utilities, Energy, and Facilities for the University of Texas at Austin became the first individual to be awarded the Robert W. Galvin Award for PEER (Performance Excellence in Electricity Renewal). Ontiveros received this award at the Greenbuild leadership awards luncheon. USGBC presented the award to Ontiveros in honor of former Motorola CEO Bob Galvin, who focused his efforts to transform the nation’s electricity...

In Industry 12.10.2015

Daylighting enhances comfort, culture at Hub Group's LEED Gold headquarters

When the Hub Group, one of the leading freight transportation companies in the United States, started building its new headquarters in Oak Brook, Illinois, they knew they wanted to achieve LEED certification. Completed in December 2013, the 141,000-square-foot, four-story building is LEED Gold—designed to harmonize human health and performance with the environment. Built to echo the company’s corporate culture, brand and commitment to sustainability, the building’s design...

In Industry 02.4.2016

Top 10 States 2015: Virgin Hotel Chicago

Every year, USGBC names the top U.S. states leading the nation in sustainable building through LEED. The 2015 Top 10 States list honors transformative efforts at the state level to create healthier, more energy- and water-efficient places to live, learn, work and play. In 2015 alone, 1,633 projects were certified in the United States—equivalent to an incredible 275 million square feet. In this series, we spotlight the standout LEED-certified projects of 2015 that contributed to the...

In Industry 01.4.2016

Greenbuild aftershock part 2: Show me the money

This is part of a series of blogs dedicated to Greenbuild 2015 sessions led by representatives of the U.S. Department of Energy and its Better Buildings Program Partners. After overcoming the initial hurdle of making the business case for sustainability initiatives to internal stakeholders, companies are often faced with the challenge of how to curate long-term projects. Fellow Better Buildings Challenge (BBC) partners Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management and Clean Fund LLC, teamed up with...

In Industry 12.18.2015

USGBC's top 10 articles in 2015

2015 was a big year for the USGBC community, and for LEED, too. Here are our 10 most popular articles for the year. The newest version of LEED Online was made available for LEED 2009 project teams. Here's a Q&A about using the new LEED Online. We released a LEED v4 User Guide to help you get to know the newest version of the rating system including both a high-level look into the program as well as a deeper dive into the credits themselves. We announced our Top 10 States for LEED in 2014,...

In Industry 12.8.2015

Three-Part Solution [USGBC+ Nov./Dec. 2015]

This article was originally published in the November/December 2015 issue of USGBC+. Read the original version. There’s a misconception about hunger in D.C.—one that suggests it’s only the homeless who use food banks. “It’s an expensive city,” notes Susie Westrup, LEED AP BD+C, manager, Paladino and Company, as well as Greenbuild 2015 Legacy Project co-chair. “There are [approximately] 700,000 people in D.C. who don’t know where their next...

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 Industry 12.21.2015

One project at a time, PEER can change the world

We live in a resource-constrained world, and in no area is this more evident than with regard to our energy systems. Reliance on traditional sources of energy has created an unhealthy environment that is assaulting the social, physical and mental well-being of millions across the world. Despite major investments in renewable energy over the last decade, fossil fuel consumption continues to increase. And this traditional source of energy is frequently unreliable. In the event of a storm or other...

In Industry 12.17.2015

Set your education session apart at Greenbuild 2016

Thanksgiving is over, you’ve just caught your breath from Greenbuild 2015, and the new year is around the corner… which means the 2016 Greenbuild call for proposals and reviewers is open and ready for you! We want to see you in Los Angeles. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you prepare your education session proposal: For the first time ever, we have prioritized certain presentation topics: Materials, Net Zero, Resilience, Social Responsibility, Community Action and...

In Industry 12.7.2015

Climate Leaders: Matthew Pencharz on London’s sustainable growth [podcast]

In this episode of Climate Leaders, I talk with Matthew Pencharz, Deputy Mayor of London for Environment and Energy, about the overall trends he’s seeing within the greater London area to address sustainable growth. Here, Pencharz shares insight into the city’s efforts to balance population increase and economic growth with initiatives that lower carbon emissions and foster green building.  Pencharz is responsible for the Smart London Board, an advisory council made up of...

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