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In Industry 06.9.2015

What is a LEED professional credential? [video]

Watch our video below to learn more about the benefits of a LEED professional credential. Are you ready to set yourself apart in the rapidly expanding field of sustainability?  With new jobs specifying the need for green building expertise, LEED professional credentials place you a step ahead of the competition. They emphasize your value to environmentally-focused organizations and LEED project teams, putting you in prime position for whatever role you’ve set your sights on. USGBC...

In Industry 05.28.2015

Path to Green [USGBC+ May/June 2015]

This article was originally published in the May/June 2015 issue of USGBC+. Read the original version. The journey toward sustainable building and environmental stewardship is not just an individual one, but a collective one. And each company has its own unique story about the path to green building and environmental consciousness: when it started and why, how far the company has come, and how long the journey may end up being. Here’s a glimpse of the “path to green” taken by...

In Industry 05.20.2015

You're invited to "America Answers: Powering Cities"

On June 23, the Washington Post is bringing business leaders, elected officials, tech pioneers and scientists from around the country together to discuss and debate solutions for producing, delivering and conserving energy. We’ll look at clean energy, batteries and storage, the grid, innovations in oil and gas, infrastructure priorities and more. Cities and towns are incubators for change. America Answers is The Washington Post's new multi-platform series highlighting innovative ideas...

In Industry 05.7.2015

There’s no Lone Star leader in Texas

For Earth Week, I had the opportunity to visit the great state of Texas. This whirlwind trip opened up my eyes to some of the incredible faces of leadership in green building. And in a state as big as Texas, it’s no surprise we had multiple gatherings of industry leaders where the forward-thinking conversation perfectly reflected the upward mobility of this movement. A few moments from this energizing visit stand out to showcase the breadth and power of leadership in the state. My...

In Industry 06.3.2015

USGBC headquarters: Let there be light

USGBC's headquarters recently underwent a major lighting upgrade. "When we moved into our new office space in 2009, we had a vision of how the lighting system would perform to benefit our staff and our mission," said Dave Witek, USGBC's senior vice president of finance, operations and administration. "Now six years later, we’ve completed our first significant upgrade in the office space and have even higher expectations. The new DLM system will allow us to further reduce our energy consumption...

In Industry 05.22.2015

USGBC National Capital Region to host Greenbuild 2015 in DC

As this year’s Greenbuild fast approaches (coming November 18-20, 2015), I sat down with Emily English, Director of the National Capital Region, to discuss some of the many exciting activities underway. There’s a tremendous amount of preparation leading up to the conference, themed Monumental Green. How many people are serving on the Greenbuild Host Committee and how were they selected?There was an incredible amount of interest. We received 200 applications, which were scored on...

In Industry 05.14.2015

PEER and the microgrid architecture

This article was co-authored by John Kelly and Courtney Yan. Distributed generation and the expected growth of microgrids has many utilities stymied. Some would react to this in fear, grasping all the more tightly to the status quo, but the most successful utilities will be those that work proactively to seize new opportunities and tackle new challenges head on. PEER, a new rating system administered by GBCI, is based on a microgrid architecture framework that can help utilities and...

In Industry 05.7.2015

Turning Adversity into Opportunity: Ghettos and Slums as Hotbeds of Green Innovation [...

This article was originally published in the March/April 2015 issue of USGBC+. Read the original version. I recently gave a TEDx talk on Mastering TAO. Not TAOism in terms of Eastern philosophy—although, in some ways, yin and yang are a part of it—but in this case TAO stands for Turning Adversity into Opportunity. I call the people, places, and policies that have mastered the art of Turning Adversity into Opportunity “Hope Dealers.” Hope Dealers ask questions like:...

In Industry 05.28.2015

USGBC member WSP examines the hidden interplay of water and energy

Sustainability metrics typically focus on energy and water independently. This is reflected in standardized metrics like energy use intensity (EUI) and the lesser used water use intensity (WUI). But, in practice, water and energy use are interlinked in intricate and often overlooked ways, particularly when we consider source energy and source water rather than just consumption measured at a building site. Upon investigation, it quickly becomes apparent that it takes energy to collect, treat and...

In Industry 05.21.2015

Economics, employees, environment: A recipe for success

This article was originally published in the Charlotte Business Journal. Read the original article. Three components critical to business success are economics, employee talent and the environment. These components show up in questions like, How do we save/make money? How do we recruit and retain top talent? Will weather impact production or will there be enough raw materials?  Businesses look internally for answers, but external sources also play a large role, often in the form of...

In Industry 05.13.2015

Health in Harmony

In 2010, USGBC convened the Material Health Harmonization Task Group to map the similarities and differences between the various building product disclosure and optimization programs and work towards synergies through inter-Program harmonization and data sharing. Such harmonization would support manufacturer implementation of both the Disclosure and Optimization options in the LEED v4 Material Ingredients credit and accelerate progress in the industry towards the manufacture of inherently safer...

In Industry 04.21.2015

Vying for Vets [USGBC+ March/April 2015]

This article was originally published in the March/April 2015 issue of USGBC+. Read the original version. Veterans for sustainability, an idea generated in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, is taking shape and moving across the country. "We are hoping to be both the model and the catalyst,” says Brian Sales of the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Green Veterans Group. As one of the group’s two founders, Sales speaks emphatically about the program that helped him reintegrate...

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