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In Industry 10.13.2015

Get to know the 2016 Advisory Council candidates: Part II

This is one of the most exciting times in USGBC’s history, and we depend on you, our national members, to help propel our organization forward to advance the green building movement’s growth and global reach. One of the most important ways you can support USGBC is voting in our annual Board and Advisory Council elections. Last week, we highlighted the bios of seven candidates running for three of the six open seats on the new Advisory Council. Today, I am excited to highlight the...

In Industry 10.7.2015

Sustainable Stadiums [USGBC+ Sept./Oct. 2015]

This article was originally published in the September/October 2015 issue of USGBC+. Read the original version. In recent years, sustainability has transformed from a niche concern to a leading consideration in pro sports. Thanks to efforts from individual leagues and inter-league initiatives from groups like the Green Sports Alliance, teams and their ownership increasingly see that facilities that are environmentally sound are also economically efficient. At the same time, green sports...

In Industry 10.2.2015

Green bonds webinar: Financing a sustainable future

GRESB and the Green Building Council of Australia will co-host a webinar on the different perspectives and insights of key players in the green bond market. The number of green bonds issued globally tripled to $36.6 billion in 2014, with growth expected to reach $100 billion by the end of 2015. This new source of financing allows issuers to diversify their investor base and direct proceeds to projects with improved environmental outcomes.  The webinar will feature: A market overview from...

In Industry 09.30.2015

USGBC’s technical customer service team wins customer service team of the year

USGBC’s technical customer service team has won a Gold Stevie Award in the 12th Annual International Business Awards for Customer Service Team of the Year. The International Business Awards (IBAs) are the world’s premier business awards program. All individuals and organizations worldwide—public and private, for-profit and nonprofit, large and small—are eligible to submit nominations. The 2015 IBAs received entries from more than 60 nations and territories....

In Industry 10.12.2015

Get to know WELL: What is WELL certification?

Wondering how to achieve WELL certification for your building? The WELL certification process involves a Documentation Review step similar to LEED certification, along with an on-site Performance Verification performed by a WELL Assessor. Here are the basic steps in the process: First, register your project on WELL Online by entering basic project information, agreeing to the terms and conditions and paying the registration fee. This signals GBCI that you are ready to move forward with...

In Industry 10.7.2015

Get to know the 2016 Advisory Council candidates: Part I

As the current Chair of the Nominating Working Group, I am excited to share with you the seven fantastic candidates for the first three of the six open seats on the 2016 USGBC Advisory Council. Voting is now open for the Advisory Council, as well as the USGBC Board.  The Advisory Council is a new leadership body that will provide USGBC with the crucial industry expertise that will enable the organization to continue to transform the market in the years ahead. Our movement faces diverse...

In Industry 10.1.2015

Register today for a webinar on sustainable land development and design

The Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES®) is the most comprehensive program for developing sustainable landscapes, based on the understanding that land is a crucial component of the built environment and can be planned, designed, developed and maintained to protect and enhance the benefits we derive from healthy functioning landscapes. SITES is currently used by landscape architects, designers, engineers, architects, developers, policymakers and others. Administered by GBCI,...

In Industry 09.29.2015

Greenbuild volunteer registration is live: Sign up now and attend Greenbuild for free!

Washington, DC is a city full of American history that's open to everyone. You have the ability to view the actual Declaration of Independence or sit at the feet of an icon at the Lincoln Memorial, regardless of your financial footing. At the Capitol and the Supreme Court, you can even watch legislative and judicial history being made before your eyes—for free! Providing education and inspiring people and places, for people of all income levels, is a core value of the Greenbuild...

In Industry 10.8.2015

James Cameron to keynote Greenbuild 2015 in Washington, DC

Acclaimed filmmaker and explorer James Cameron will be the keynote speaker for the Greenbuild opening plenary on Wednesday, Nov. 18 from 8:00-10:00 a.m. Cameron will be joined by MSNBC's Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski for a rousing discussion about meaningful action on climate change. Cameron is widely known for directing, writing and producing some of the most memorable films of the past three decades, including The Terminator, Titanic and Avatar. As an explorer, Cameron led his eighth...

In Industry 10.5.2015

Apply now for the Women in Green Power Breakfast Scholarship

What is the impact of gender on mentorship? At the fourth annual Women in Green Power Breakfast at Greenbuild 2015, women in the field of green building will discuss the current barriers and challenges to meaningful mentorship. To make it possible for more women to join the conversation, a scholarship program offers selected applicants complimentary tickets. Apply today to attend—applications close on Wednesday, Oct. 7. Liz Kindelan, a previous Women in Green Power...

In Industry 10.1.2015

President Obama's Clean Power Plan and PEER

President Obama and the EPA recently announced the final version of the Clean Power Plan, the centerpiece of the Obama administration’s plan to alter the dangerous impact human activity has had relative to climate change. It’s a historic beginning. The Clean Power Plan is designed to be innovative in its treatment of energy efficiency as an important compliance element in avoiding carbon emissions from power plants. EPA projects the plan will have significant economic and human...

In Industry 09.29.2015

The business case for green building: four more words

This article was originally published on Huffington Post.  I recently observed that a "refreshing free-market breeze" is blowing in the direction of green buildings and green communities. I summarized part of that trend in four words, "our investors require it." Now I'd like to offer another four-word business case. Most private sector money used to construct green buildings comes from mortgage lenders, not equity investors. So this time I want to focus on the exciting new demand...

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