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In Industry 03.19.2014

Certification matters, same-cost LEED buildings, city market briefs

To build upon Joe’s “known unknowns” and “unknown unknowns” from last week, one “known known” is that third-party verification and certification matters: My colleague Fleming Roberts’ blog post, “Trust but verify: Why LEED certification matters,” answers the age-old question, “why certify?” We all know that you can’t manage what you don’t measure. Sustainable design intent is wonderful, but that’s...

In Industry 03.17.2014

USGBC and Harvard present "Executive Education for Sustainability Leadership"

At the U.S. Green Building Council, we are leading a global effort to create more sustainable world, and our impact extends well beyond buildings. We’re about protecting the environment and working to build better and stronger communities. Which is why I’m thrilled to introduce a new partnership between USGBC and the Harvard School of Public Health: The Executive Education for Sustainability Leadership program. Through this program, USGBC and Harvard offer senior leaders an...

In Industry 03.7.2014
The National Geographic Society Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Friday Roundup: Recertification is critical component, CaGBC pushing progress

Here’s our weekly collection of green building clips, but also be sure to check out our other green building news post from today that reveals the truth behind the “Environmental Policy Alliance,” an astroturf front group that’s been attacking LEED. Sustainable: A look at recertifying LEED existing buildings, Finance & Commerce. Crescent Ridge Corporate Center in Minnetonka, Minn., is showcasing the importance of ongoing verification of performance through LEED...

In Industry 03.3.2014

In the Know with Maggie and Joe

Joe and I will be bringing you the top global green building highlights from each week. Sign up to ensure you’re “in the know!” San Diego Gas & Electric’s Energy Innovation Center Achieves Double-Platinum LEED Status: This facility takes sustainability seriously! SDG&E recognizes that designing and constructing a green building isn’t the finish line. Sustainability is about continued performance through green operations and maintenance. Congratulations,...

In Industry 03.18.2014

Upcoming webinar: Can Cellular Based Metrics Improve Commute Assessments?

Join USGBC and StreetLight Data for a webinar to learn more about whether cellular based metrics can improve commute assessments. 2:00–3:00 pm EDTThursday, March 27, 2014RSVP Travel behavior associated with commercial office buildings has far-reaching environmental, health and business impacts.  Under many circumstances, occupant and visitor travel constitute the largest single contributor to environmental impacts of commercial office buildings. In addition, commute choices...

In Industry 03.14.2014
Joinville, Brazil, home to GM's new LEED Gold plant. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Friday Roundup: South America's 1st LEED auto plant

Here's our weekly collection of green building clips: GM Has First LEED Certified Plant In South America, Hybrid Cars News. The Joinville, Brazil, plant is General Motors’ sixth LEED-certified facility. Starbucks Opens First LEED-Certified Store in Downtown Disney District, California, Inhabitat. The happiest place on earth just got a little greener. Capital One opens Chesterfield County data center, Associated Press. The project in central Virginia is already LEED Gold certified, one of...

In Industry 03.7.2014

USGBC in the news: Exposing the ‘Environmental Policy Alliance’

Don’t be fooled, the Environmental Policy Alliance isn’t the “EPA” you might think. The group behind recent attacks on LEED is run by the notorious Washington, D.C., lobbyist Richard Berman, who works on behalf of special interests under the guise of policy and research institutes. Check out what Architect, The Huffington Post and TreeHugger have to say about the Environmental Policy Alliance: "LEED Exposed": Beltway Astroturf Organization Sets Sights on Green Building,...

In Industry 02.21.2014
Chicago, which helped Illinois reach No. 1 on the list of the Top 10 States for

Friday Roundup: Top 10 States for LEED makes major headlines

The announcement of our Top 10 States for LEED drew media attention far and wide this week, including: Which States Have the Most 'Green' Building Space?, Bloomberg BNA Va. ranks 3rd in US for ‘green’ buildings, Associated Press Illinois ranked #1 in LEED-certified green buildings, WBEZ Chicago (NPR) California Rises in Sustainability Grades, San Diego Union-Tribune Maryland ranked second in green building activity, Baltimore Sun NC ranked 7th for LEED-certified buildings,...

In Industry 03.17.2014

Celebrating green buildings on the Emerald Isle

To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, we’re taking a look at some of the LEED green buildings in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Collectively, the two states have seven LEED-certified projects representing 1.1 million square feet, with another 32 projects representing 2.8 million square feet in the pipeline for certification. In Belfast, Northern Ireland, Bombardier’s wing manufacturing and assembly facility is LEED Gold, certified in 2013. Designed by USGBC Platinum member URS...

In Industry 03.12.2014

In the Know with Maggie & Joe

Time to know some of the green building and LEED “known knowns!” My dear and esteemed colleague, Maggie, knocked me last week for my home state's (Ohio) failure to make USGBC’s Top 10 States for LEED in 2013. That’s fine. Ohio has its pluses beyond disconsolate astronauts and bad clams. It’s the number one state in the country for green schools. Indeed there are 127 LEED certified schools in Ohio, providing students with better, healthier spaces to learn....

In Industry 03.4.2014

Join us at the 2014 Building Energy Summit

USGBC is proud to be an education partner with the 2014 Building Energy Summit. This year's event will be held April 1, 2014 in Washington, DC. The Summit brings together building owners, energy experts, and technology pioneers to address the challenges and opportunities surrounding the need for more energy efficient buildings. Join us for the 2014 Building Energy Summit and be a part of the revolution that is permanently changing the way we manage and operate buildings. The Summit...

In Industry 02.7.2014
Sacramento, Calif. Credit: Ben Sheriff Photography

Friday Roundup: Saving water in Sacramento, LEED pays off in Portland

State government wringing water from operations, The Sacramento Bee. LEED certification for public buildings is one way legislators in California's capitol are dealing with a water crisis. No Ordinary Arena: Architect of New Kings Arena on Building’s Design, Fox 40 (Sacramento). Plans for the Kings' new NBA arena include LEED certification. Edith Green makeover nets feds a big check, Sustainable Business Oregon. The stunning reconstruction of the LEED Platinum Portland federal building...

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