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In Industry 12.4.2014

Vietnam manufacturing facilities: Leading the march for sustainable strategies

Ho Chi Minh City is a place where lessons of culture, history and our global economy are woven into its very fabric. I’m here with UTC Building & Industrial Systems as a part of its fourth annual Distinguished Sustainability Lecture Series, and while I’m here to talk about LEED and USGBC to a mix of current and aspiring sustainability experts I’m amazed by how much this city and these people are teaching me about the interplay between sustainability and manufacturing. Here...

In Industry 11.26.2014

Sometimes it really does take a village

I’m still basking the glow of our recent Greenbuild. What a tremendous event from every angle, and so many people to thank for making it so special. In that regard, a lot of things sometimes go on behind the scenes that we never get a chance to see, and people whose contributions might go unrecognized. So there are two I want to acknowledge personally. One person is Rick Schwolsky, who, among other things, led Hanley Wood’s engagement around the building of a sustainable showhome...

In Industry 11.25.2014

Sustainability at McDonald's through LEED volume

This article was originally published in the Cary Citizen on Nov. 14, 2014. Read the original article. Ric Richards, owner-operator of 11 McDonald’s restaurants in Cary, NC, (three of which are LEED certified) has made it his business to make his stores as green and sustainable as possible. After all, doing so simply makes good business sense. LEED certification The McDonald’s Corporation is involved in an ongoing LEED volume initiative that pushes the company to build 25 green...

In Industry 11.20.2014

Leveraging letters to the editor to tell your LEED story

Taking stock of all of the strategies and outlets in your green marketing tool belt? Don’t forget about letters to the editor, a time-honored practice that has provided grassroots campaigns, issue leaders and projects access to an invaluable audience and platform of exposure. Penning a letter to the editor of a local, regional or national publication is a method of engaging both the media and readers in a conversation, a conversation launched with your perspective. A letter is as much a...

In Industry 12.3.2014

How resilience and sustainability are shaping concrete solutions for stronger communities

Globally, so many communities face multidimensional threats, hazards, and disasters. And, as social and economic loss from these impacts continues to increase, development with a renewed focus on sustainability and resilience can offer opportunities for mitigating the financial, environmental, and community impacts from these events. Communities continue to advocate for increased sustainability and resilience, and the American Concrete Institute (ACI)—working with nearly 20,000 members,...

In Industry 11.25.2014

How much is too much? Finding the green marketing sweet spot.

It’s not a myth; too much of a good thing can be bad, and green marketing is no exception. You want to make sure all of your current and potential stakeholders know about your newest LEED certified building or sustainability initiative. There’s no shame in that. In fact, you should actively promote your efforts to become greener each and every day. The trick is striking the perfect balance between informing and inundating. Here are a few methods to help combat the madness. The...

In Industry 11.24.2014

The 2015 Greenbuild Global Call for Proposals is open. Now what?

The 2015 Greenbuild Global Call for Proposals is live! Now’s the time to start thinking about what Greenbuild attendees need to hear from you, and where you want them to hear it—Washington, D.C.? Verona, Italy? Or maybe São Paulo, Brazil? Here are the deadlines for each conference: Greenbuild (Washington, D.C.): Friday, Jan. 16 at 5:00 pm EST Greenbuild Europe & the Mediterranean: Friday, Feb. 13 at 5:00 pm EST Greenbuilding Brazil: Friday, Feb. 20 at 6:...

In Industry 11.19.2014

New guidelines and workbook to raise awareness of green in your workplace

Looking to introduce environmentally friendly policies into your workplace? The USGBC Maine Chapter recently created a Green Office Guidelines and Workbook, which offers strategies related to sustainable practices in the areas of purchasing, electricity, water, heating, transportation/commuting, waste management, and social responsibility.  The guidelines in the workbook emphasize a holistic approach to sustainable office operations. Using a tree and leaf analogy, the guidelines...

In Industry 12.1.2014

Greenbuild 2014 Opening Plenary [Video]

Year after year, the annual Greenbuild Conference and Expo offers a place for thousands to gather and renew their commitment to the green movement and sustainable building. The Opening Plenary kicks off three exhilarating days of uplifting speakers, unmatched networking opportunities, LEED workshops and tours of green buildings. View the videos below for a recap of the 2014 Opening Plenary in New Orleans. Greenbuild 2014 Opening Plenary speech by Rick Fedrizzi  Opening remarks from...

In Industry 11.25.2014

ASSA ABLOY and David Gottfried discuss green building [Video]

David Gottfried, the founder of USGBC and the World Green Building Council, has recently published Explosion Green, a book that tells the story of the first 20 years of the global green building movement of which Gottfried played a major role in pioneering. Check out the video below of an interview with ASSA ABLOY's Director of Sustainable Building Solutions, Aaron Smith, and David. ASSA ABLOY is a proud member of USGBC and is dedicated to the mission of advancing sustainable building projects...

In Industry 11.24.2014

The future of green travel

After inventing the wheel, humans were on a roll. Modes of transportation increasingly became a priority as we navigated slowly around the globe. Exploration was made possible through advanced iterations of early horse-carriages, which eventually turned into the first automobile. As we continued to grow, so did our carbon footprint. Helping reduce the waste we leave behind when we travel forth, this article explores the ever-increasing trend of traveling green, from the obvious choice of bike-...

In Industry 11.18.2014

Meet the first apartment and condo buildings to earn ENERGY STAR certification

Energy costs in multifamily properties have risen by 20 percent over the past decade. These rising costs are squeezing operating income for building owners and managers, and they’re making apartments and condos less affordable for residents. Here’s another staggering statistic: Current industry estimates show that multifamily properties can become 30 percent more efficient by 2020—and cost-effectively at that. Those reductions will not only save a lot of money (how’s $9...

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