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In Industry 05.21.2014

You’re Invited to Dwell on Design in Los Angeles

We invite the USGBC community to America’s largest design event, Dwell on Design, returning to the Los Angeles Convention Center, June 20-22. Curated by the editors of Dwell magazine, this exciting three-day celebration of modern design invites you to explore the latest sustainable design trends, attend thought-provoking conversations, network face-to-face with industry leaders, tour some of the area’s greenest homes, and more! Keynote Speaker: Stephen Burks,...

In Industry 05.7.2014

Join us at the 7th EE Global Forum in Washington, DC

Registrations are still available to attend the energy efficiency forum of the year: EE Global 2014. With the 7th EE Global Forum quickly approaching, now is the time to confirm your plans to join USGBC and other leaders in Washington, D.C., May 20-21. As an EE Global attendee, you will have the opportunity to hear speakers including U.S Secretary of Energy, Dr. Ernest Moniz discuss the questions facing our energy sector, environment, and economy. The list doesn’t stop there....

In Industry 05.1.2014

Transforming trash into treasure in Tel Aviv

Landfills aren’t generally high on my list of must see spots to visit while on vacation, but after touching down at Israel's Ben Gurion Airport earlier this month, I made a beeline towards the country's newest attraction. Formerly dubbed Trash Mountain, this recovering landfill sits 20 minutes outside of bustling Tel Aviv, and was once considered not only an eyesore but a toxic wasteland.  The landfill first opened in the 1950s and grew into an enormous monstrosity until it was...

In Industry 04.21.2014

Earth Day 2014

I admit to having mixed feelings about Earth Day for the obvious reason that “saving the planet” is a 365-day, 24/7 job. But if we can get people to focus on the central idea it represents even for a few minutes, it’s worth it, right? But what’s begun to bother me big time is that we still frame this idea as if it’s humans vs. the planet, rather than focusing on the intricate interdependencies between humans and the Earth. Nowhere does this show up more than in...

In Industry 05.9.2014
DPR Construction's LEED Platinum, net-zero office in Phoenix

The net-zero energy building challenge: Who will be next?

This blog post was co-authored by Ted van der Linden and Whitney Dorn of USGBC Platinum-level member DPR Construction. In the ever-evolving sustainable design and construction arena, some owners and project teams are setting their sights on a challenge that seemed improbable just a short time ago. That challenge? Creating net-zero energy, or ZNE, buildings. These buildings produce as much or more energy as they consume each year. While ZNE buildings currently make up a very...

In Industry 05.6.2014

Webinar: Health, wellbeing and productivity in office buildings

Green, healthy and productive office buildings: measuring the benefits and sharing best practice This major WorldGBC project is underway, and we want to hear from GBCs and their members, all around the world. Join us for an interactive webinar led by people directly involved in its development.  You'll hear about the preliminary findings from our research into best practice in designing and operating healthy buildings globally, and have a chance to share your views on this...

In Industry 04.28.2014

Knowledge is Power: The 3 things you need to know this week

I’m going to let you in on a little secret. I am voracious news reader; however, I will sheepishly admit that I was not always as on top of my assigned reading at university. I am a very big fan of CliffNotes, SparkNotes and other resources that enable one to digest more information in less time. Now it’s time for me to “pay it forward.” Allow me to be your “CliffNotes” version of the global green building news. Here are the top line things you should know...

In Industry 04.18.2014
Smog in Singapore, via Flickr

Friday Roundup: IPCC says time for climate action, new Guide to Green Colleges

Here’s our weekly collection of green building clips: USGBC Vice President of Research Chris Pyke spoke to multiple outlets about his contribution to the new report from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change: The revolution starts here: Why the fight against climate change needs to begin where we live, Salon. We're Running Out of Time to Stop Global Warming, UN Says, Mashable. U.N. panel says next 15 years will be critical for affordable climate change actions...

In Industry 05.9.2014

President Obama doubles down on better buildings

What a difference leadership makes. Today, President Obama has taken significant action once again to maximize the environmental and economic benefits of better buildings. If there’s one sector where it makes sense to do more and do it faster, it’s in our buildings, and I applaud the President for seeing the same opportunity in buildings that we see. We know buildings account for 40% of our energy use, 71% of our electricity use and 40% of our climate emissions. But at USGBC we...

In Industry 05.5.2014
Photo credit: Flickr user Paul Stein (https://www.flickr.com/photos/kapkap/)

Mexico's green building boom in photos

Happy Cinco de Mayo! It may not be the real Mexican Independence Day (that’s Sept. 16), but it’s still a great opportunity to take a look at the LEED green building activity taking place in our neighbor to the south. There’s no question that sustainable building practices are strongly taking hold in Mexico, which saw its first project certify in 2005. To date, the nation is home to 102 LEED-certified commercial projects representing 12 million square feet, as well as 353...

In Industry 04.24.2014

Join USGBC at ACCO's Climate Strategies Forum

The Climate Strategies Forum on May 12-14 in Washington, D.C. provides education and training aligned with the Core Competences for Climate Change Professionals, which will serve as the foundation for the CCO CertificationTM to be launched in 2014-2015. USGBC's Vice President of Research, Chris Pyke will be a plenary speaker on Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Trends, and Anisa Baldwin, USGBC's School District Sustainability Manager, and Ryan Snow, Community...

In Industry 04.14.2014

IPCC report: Building sector emissions growing, green buildings can be solution

Chris Pyke, vice president of research at the U.S. Green Building Council, is a lead author for Chapter 9: Residential and Commercial Buildings in the third installment of a new report from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released the final volume of its Fifth Assessment on Sunday in Berlin. This landmark report addresses the opportunities, costs and benefits of action to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions...

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