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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 04.8.2014

Share your opinion on the impact of building design on health

USGBC and McGraw Hill Construction are working together on a new study looking at the impact of buildings on the health of their occupants, and we encourage you to participate. Based on survey responses from building owners, architects and contractors, the survey will demonstrate industry awareness and consideration of health issues during project design and construction, the benefits experienced by taking health factors into account, the drivers and obstacles to greater...

In Industry 03.28.2014
U.S. Department of Education via Flickr

Friday Roundup: Educating for sustainability, Illinois demonstrates leadership

Here’s our weekly collection of green building clips: USGBC wants all students schooled on sustainability by 2040, GreenBiz. The National Action Plan for Education for Sustainability calls for all 50 states to adopt a comprehensive green schools policy that includes a graduation requirement around sustainability literacy. Private, public buildings go green, Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, Ill.) USGBC Illinois Chapter Executive Director Brian Imus spoke with the suburban Chicago paper...

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...

In Industry 04.4.2014

National Zero Waste Business Conference: Discount for USGBC community

Learn practical and impactful approaches to “Creating Value Through Zero Waste,” the focus of the 3rd Annual National Zero Waste Business Conference May 7-8, 2014 and Training Course May 6, 2014 in Atlanta, GA. The USGBC community is invited to use discount code nzwbc14greenbuilding to receive 20% off conference registration until April 11th. The conference is hosted by the U.S. Zero Waste Business Council ( in partnership with Sustainable...

In Industry 03.26.2014

Partnering with FORTUNE Magazine to showcase green building leadership

We're working with FORTUNE Magazine on a special feature to showcase leaders in green building-like you! FORTUNE Magazine, which reaches 3.9+ million business decision makers, is offering USGBC members a rare sponsorship and advertising opportunity. By becoming a part of this special section, your company will receive national visibility and a chance to tell your story in an editorial context.  The first advertorial section will run in the Brainstorm Green issue of FORTUNE...

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 04.11.2014
New Orleans

Friday Roundup: Building a greener New Orleans, first Platinum airport terminal

Here’s our weekly collection of green building clips: New Orleans' entrepreneurs see niches, fill them, USA Today. Check out this profile of the BioInnovation Center, a LEED Gold space at the forefront of a city that is rebuilding itself stronger, greener and more resilient. See for yourself at Greenbuild this October. New Orleans real estate market seeing green, The Times-Picayune. On the residential side, USGBC Louisiana Chapter Executive Director Shannon Stage spoke with the New...

In Industry 03.28.2014
The 2nd Ring Road in Beijing. Credit: Pedronet via Flickr

Healthy buildings and healthy people: The next generation of green building

Remarks delivered by USGBC COO Mahesh Ramanujam at the Tenth International Conference on Green and Energy-Efficient Building & New Technologies and Products Expo in Beijing on March 28. Good afternoon. My name is Mahesh Ramanujam, and I am president of the Green Building Certification Institute and Chief Operating Officer of the U.S. Green Building Council. It is an honor to be standing here with you at the Tenth International Conference on Green and Energy-Efficient Building & New...

In Industry 03.21.2014
The LEED Platinum Oregon Convention Center in Portland. Credit: Wikimedia Common

Friday Roundup: Platinum for Oregon Convention Center, wooden skyscrapers?

Here’s our weekly collection of green building clips: Green building: Oregon Convention Center raises its profile, Portland Business Journal. It’s the third certification for the LEED Platinum Oregon Convention Center, which also earned LEED Silver in 2008 and LEED Certified in 2004. Why the White House Is Spending Millions to Promote Wood Skyscrapers, Gizmodo. Wood is an extraordinary renewable building material — and USGBC rewards its use in LEED projects. Front Group Takes...

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