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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...

In Industry 12.1.2015

Leading the way in green rebar fabrication: Perspectives from CMC

As a steel manufacturer and fabricator, CMC knows that our products represent a small but important piece of the grander vision that is green building, and we have always been proud to contribute to the development of LEED-quality buildings. At CMC, we work closely with our customers to help them achieve maximum LEED points on their projects by providing recycled content and sourcing distance information to meet requirements for LEED 2009 Materials and Resources Credits 4 and 5. With the...

In Industry 11.19.2015

Driving the healthy building conversation through research

It’s hard to believe another Greenbuild is already upon us! Last fall, surrounding Greenbuild 2014, we launched v1.0 of the WELL Building Standard, and it has been tremendously rewarding to watch human health and well-being increasingly become a part of the sustainability conversation. In just one year, nearly 20 million square feet of projects have registered or become certified under the WELL Building Standard in 12 countries, across five continents. A majority of these projects are...

In Industry 11.17.2015

Attend the GRESB Investor Track at Greenbuild 2015

This article originally appeared on gresb.com. Read the original article. Monumental Green is a most appropriate theme for Greenbuild 2015. While the Washington, DC setting conjures up touring historic monuments in and around the National Mall, the inaugural GRESB Investor Track at Greenbuild makes this a truly monumental year for many in the green building industry. Tuesday, November 17 is the International Summit at Greenbuild which includes the GRESB Investor Track...

In Industry 12.7.2015

USGBC to attend Green Building Japan’s Winter Symposium

On December 14, the 2015 Green Building Winter Symposium will take place in Tokyo, Japan. Jane Henley, senior advisor for USGBC, will be a featured speaker. LEED has been growing rapidly across the globe and is poised for great success in Japan, thanks to the dedicated leadership of Green Building Japan. The upcoming symposium will feature presentations from USGBC and LEED project owners discussing the benefits of pursuing LEED certification, how LEED works in Japan and how the world...

In Industry 12.1.2015

Capitalism is the solution to climate change

This article was previously published on CNBC.com. Read the original article. Environmentalists around the world are pinning their hopes on the international climate talks happening now. But conference rooms in Paris are not where the action on climate change really is. Rather, it's in boardrooms around the world. Companies large and small are taking steps to protect the environment, while increasing their profits. They're motivated not by consensus or conservation, but by cold hard cash. It's...

In Industry 11.18.2015

Find App Lab partners at Greenbuild 2015

If you’re in Washington, DC, for our annual Greenbuild Conference and Expo, stop by and meet the LEED App Lab partners in person. The LEED App Lab is a suite of tools developed to support LEED project teams, making the LEED project management, documentation and certification processes faster and easier. The partners are the solution providers behind these new tools and offerings.  LEED App Lab Partners at Greenbuild IES is a recognized world leader in 3D performance analysis software...

In Industry 11.10.2015

America's Greenest College Town [USGBC+ Nov./Dec. 2015]

This article was originally published in the November/December 2015 issue of USGBC+. Read the original version. The District of Columbia Mayor’s College and University Sustainability Pledge started with numbers. Nine, for example. That is the number of institutions of higher learning that signed the pledge in 2012 as part of then Mayor Vincent Gray’s quest to transform the nation’s capital into the “healthiest, greenest, and most livable city in the United States....

In Industry 12.3.2015

Climate Leaders: Talking international climate policy and biodiversity with Maggie...

Last week, I launched a new multimedia series called Climate Leaders to bring greater focus to the ongoing conversation about the threat of climate change and to speak with some of the top minds among industry, business and government stakeholders. This week, in the midst of the COP21 climate negotiations in Paris, we focus on international collaboration to solve big issues and the challenge of broadening and scaling up efforts to mitigate climate change. In the...

In Industry 11.30.2015

USGBC President Roger Platt launches new interview series, Climate Leaders [podcast]

Since Greenbuild has concluded, and as we head into the COP21 climate negotiations in Paris, the conversations around climate change are at the forefront of the environmental movement. The green building sector has a significant role to play in the mitigation of climate change, as buildings account for more than 30 percent of energy and water use and roughly the same amount of total greenhouse gas emissions. In an effort to bring some of these conversations and potential solutions into focus, I...

In Industry 11.18.2015

Monumental Green [USGBC+ Nov./Dec. 2015]

This article was originally published in the November/December 2015 issue of USGBC+. Read the original version. When the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo makes its inaugural trip to Washington, DC, this November, it will set up shop in one of the greenest cities in the world. The city’s eight wards are peppered with sustainable spaces, from USGBC's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold main building for the U.S. Department of the Treasury just east of...

In Industry 11.10.2015

What’s in a target? Investors expect significant carbon reductions from real estate sector

This article is adapted from a piece previously published on the GRESB website.  Last week, PGGM Investments, a €190 billion Dutch pension fund, announced that over the next five years, it is seeking a 50 percent reduction in carbon emissions from its investments in real estate—both listed property companies and private equity real estate funds. This is the world upside down: typically, corporations make announcements for energy reductions or carbon neutrality. Recently,...

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