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In Industry 06.4.2014

Going green with Kimberly-Clark

When it comes to buildings, new and old alike, sustainability is no longer simply about design. it’s also about ensuring high-level, ongoing, and environmentally sound operations. When MGM Resorts International began work on CityCenter—an 18-million-square-foot complex of resorts, residential towers, stores, and conference space in Las Vegas—there was no question that the company would be building green. Like a growing number of developers, MGM Resorts knew that sustainable...

In Industry 05.23.2014

You're invited: Leadership @USGBC

USGBC is honoring the industry leaders and corporate citizens whose dedication to green building is setting the new standard in smart business and sustainability. As a transformative leader, we invite you to celebrate your own accomplishments alongside the best and brightest of the sustainability world, from Fortune 500 companies to the heads of sustainable brands. Please join us for an evening of conversation, celebration and thought leadership with USGBC President & CEO Rick Fedrizzi and...

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
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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 06.2.2014

Rick Fedrizzi on President Obama's proposal to reduce carbon dioxide pollution

Combating climate change is one of the world’s most pressing challenges. We will be defined by how we respond to this challenge and the actions we take today to ensure a better future for our children and our children’s children.  And there is no more powerful action than leading by example. On behalf of all of us at U.S. Green Building Council and across our global green building community, we applaud President Obama for taking the nation’s first regulatory action to set...

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 05.30.2014

Webinar: Building and maintaining partnerships in China

This webinar has been cancelled. In this webinar experts will discuss how to execute a successful strategy in China by building and maintaing partnerships. Learn from the on-the-ground, expert perspectives and prepare to enter China’s market. Learn about China's market for energy efficiency products and services. Gain insights on successful business development strategies for American firms. Get practical information and on-the-ground perspectives of key experts from industry and...

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...

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