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In Industry 01.17.2014
The LEED Gold Brooklyn Botanic Garden Visitor Center.

Friday Roundup: AIA's best buildings, Michigan chapter's challenge

Here’s our weekly collection of green building clips: The 11 Best American-Designed Buildings of The Year, GizModo. The LEED Gold Brooklyn Botanic Garden Visitor Center was a recipient of the 2014 American Institute of Architects Honor Award for Architecture. Local USGBC chapter launches Battle of the Buildings, MiBiz. The USGBC West Michigan Chapter is pitting companies against one another to see which ones can save the most energy. Flagler Village in the Keys becomes part of a...

In Industry 01.15.2014
Photo credit: DPR Construction

Half of US energy-neutral buildings also show leadership with LEED

Yesterday, the New Buildings Institute (NBI) redefined the landscape of top performers in building energy efficiency in North America. NBI’s new report, “2014 Getting to Zero Status Update,” reveals 213 commercial buildings that are doing the unthinkable: building a legacy of an annual footprint of zero operational energy. A subset of the 213 buildings tracking ultra-low net energy usage is a group of 32 buildings that the institute has verified to have already achieved zero-...

In Industry 01.3.2014
Nicholas Eckhart via Flickr

Friday Roundup: Greener grocery stores, pushing sustainable policies

Here’s our weekly collection of green building clips: Achieving sustainability, Grocery Headquarters. USGBC Vice President of Product Management Lisa Stanley discussed how grocery stores are finding value using LEED, but more work needs to be done. My Green Policy Wish List for 2014, Building Green. Enhanced building codes to heighten resilience in the built environment are high on Alex Wilson’s list. Record-Breaking Land Deal Completed in Central L.A., Set to Become the Site of New...

In Industry 12.19.2013

Education @USGBC is here

The next evolution in green building education has begun. Education @USGBC is a new platform featuring world-class courses and educational content related to sustainability and LEED. It is available for purchase now, with access beginning January 1. Advance your knowledge of green building, and connect and collaborate with leading practitioners around the world – online, anytime. Education @USGBC is the launch pad for our collective growth, innovation and leadership, giving us the momentum we...

In Industry 01.17.2014

Shanghai Green Building Incubator: Your entryway into China's robust green building...

The U.S. Green Building Council has teamed up with Shanghai Industrial Finance Investment Co. Ltd (SHIF)to offer USGBC members services through a green building technology incubator in Shanghai, China. If your company has ever considered expanding its business into China, this could be an important next step. The environmental imperatives, business trends, and governmental mandates in China signal great opportunity and China is in fact, the world’s third largest market outside of the U.S...

In Industry 01.14.2014

13th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth Conference

Interested in building safe, healthy, equitable and prosperous communities?  The registration deadline for the New Partners for Smart Growth conference in Denver from Feb. 13-15 is Tuesday, Jan. 21. After the Jan. 21, a $50 late fee will apply to all registrations.  Register today Don't miss the closing plenary, featuring Zach Ware, Founder and CEO at Project 100. Culture is to a company what community is to a city: It's about values, innovation, serendipity, participation,...

In Industry 01.3.2014

The green building community is rooting for the Eagles this NFL post-season

Greenbuild 2013 meets Greenbuild 2014 when the Philadelphia Eagles meet the New Orleans Saints in the first round of the NFL playoffs this weekend, and much of the green building community will be cheering for the team in green. We’re not partial to the disruptive offense of rookie coach Chip Kelly. And we certainly have no gripes with the Saints, who had a strong presence at this year’s Green Sports Alliance Summit. It’s that Philadelphia's Lincoln Financial Field, home of...

In Industry 12.13.2013
The LEED Gold Edison PK-8 School in Dayton, Ohio.

Friday Roundup: 100 LEED schools in Ohio, HPDs push smart material selection

Here’s our weekly collection of green building clips: US-Leading Ohio Hits LEED School 100, Earth Techling. Thanks to the leadership of the Ohio School Facilities Commission, the state has more LEED-certified schools than any other. House Watch: Green groups push consumers to healthy building materials, The Washington Post. The well-known connections between material selection and human health were at the forefront of this year’s Greenbuild conference. The Baltimore Ravens M&T...

In Industry 01.17.2014

What’s in it? Business customers care more than you might think.

By Lee Ann Head (originally found on SheltonInsights) While few companies have stated initiatives directly addressing the issue, B2B decision makers share the same concerns about chemical content as consumers, overall. This is the first of two articles featuring important findings from Shelton’s newly released B2B Pulse study. In survey design, we strive to avoid scare language. Words like “toxins” or “toxic” trigger a strong reaction when...

In Industry 01.10.2014
The solar installation on Intel's Vietnam Assembly and Test Factory

Friday Roundup: Green factories in Asia, NY's road map for renewables

Slowly, Asia’s Factories Begin to Turn Green, The New York Times. USGBC platinum member Intel is pursuing environmental measures at its LEED-registered plant in Ho Chi Minh City that go far beyond what’s required by local law. Gov. Cuomo commits $1 billion to New York solar, GreenBiz. The New York governor made his announcement in his annual State of the State address. LEED Certification’s Impact On America By The Numbers, CleanTechnica. The LEED in Motion: Impacts and...

In Industry 01.3.2014

USGBC and human health

USGBC has started exploring how to clearly link the market transformation that the green building movement has inspired to its opportunity to create an equally transformational impact on human health. In Health is a Human Right. Green Building Can Help, a report from USGBC’s Green Building & Human Health Summit in early 2013, we examine ways to promote and protect human health in relation to the built environment.   Additionally, we have put forth a set of...

In Industry 12.12.2013

The building that started a movement

Much has been said about Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh’s terrific plan to revitalize Downtown Las Vegas, but some may not know it all began with one building – namely, the major renovation of an old city hall that’s on target for LEED Gold certification. I spoke to Brad Tomm, Sr. Manager of Campus Operations and Sustainability at Zappos about this very special LEED project. Let’s start at the beginning. How did Zappos, a billion dollar company with a campus sprawled out in the...

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