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In Community 08.1.2014

How you can match your career with your convictions

What makes Emerging Professionals (EPs) the future of USGBC? This is a quick story about how I’m matching my career and my convictions, and how you can, too! My EP journey started several years ago when I volunteered at a USGBC-Georgia Chapter event and met a fellow EP who invited me to an upcoming event. I went from attending a few EP events, to playing a volunteer role on the EP committee, to becoming chair of the EP group in Atlanta. Over time, I met amazing volunteers in Atlanta...

In LEED 07.30.2014

Why do we care if your home is green?

The great Rick Fedrizzi recently noted that “our homes play the biggest role in our lives. They bookend our days… Imagine if all people started their days from a sustainable home, with a native awareness of efficiency and efficacy; of better health and resilience. Imagine if we used our homes as the base camp for healthy living, in every aspect of our lives… They could be the touchstone for being mindful of sustainability for our present and future.” In typical...

In LEED 07.28.2014

How to be a power saver

This article is part 1 of a 4 part series on "Greening your college life." As a college student, I know first-hand that it can seem difficult to lead a sustainable life in college. Dorm buildings are often less energy efficient, recycling options might be limited, and students don't have extra money to splurge on eco-friendly products. However, even if you live in an older building — and even if you're not in college — it's still possible to make a difference and have a...

In Education 07.23.2014

3 courses to grow your LEED expertise (July 2014)

Insightful courses are the best.  Check out this month's top three courses to gain insight and grow your LEED expertise. 1. Building as an Organism: Understanding the Integrative Process Credit in LEED v4LEED Fellow John Boecker describes what the IP credit means, how to take advantage of its opportunities, and engage in a process yielding better building performance than conventional means. 2. Construction IAQ Management in LEEDThis course is for anyone working on a LEED project...

In Media 07.31.2014

GBCI and Bureau Veritas Announce Strategic Business Partnership

Move Will Facilitate LEED Certification Process and Support Green Building in Global Hubs Washington, D.C. — (July 31, 2014) — Today, the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI), the third-party certification body for the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) green building rating system, and Bureau Veritas SA, a leading global testing, inspection and certification body, announced a strategic business partnership. As part of the agreement, Bureau Veritas will...

In Center for Green Schools 07.29.2014

Meet the Green Apple Day of Service team

The Center for Green Schools is thrilled to introduce six new organizers for Green Apple Day of Service 2014. The Green Apple Day of Service, which will take place on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, gives parents, teachers, students, companies and local organizations the opportunity to transform all schools into healthy, safe and productive learning environments through local service projects. We invite you to reach out to the your region's organizer or visit mygreenapple.org to make...

In LEED 07.24.2014

China: Three companies, three tales of leadership

With each visit I make to China I continue to stand in awe of the presence of LEED and the leaders behind it. After my second trip to China this year, I can assure you that LEED is alive and well. This is because true market leaders have continued to raise the bar when it comes to quality, sustainable buildings. To me, these are the foundational elements not only for great, high-performing buildings but also for great, high-performing companies such as BlueScope Buildings, Tishman Speyer...

In Center for Green Schools 07.23.2014

Green Sports Alliance kicks off 2014's Green Apple Day of Service

We are 10 weeks out from the official Green Apple Day of Service, but that didn't stop anyone at Aptitud Community Academy in San Jose, Calif., from getting his or her hands dirty this weekend. On Sunday, July 20, I spent the day with volunteers from 360 Architecture, the USGBC Northern California Chapter, the San Jose Earthquakes and the Green Sports Alliance (whom you may remember from the first ever Green Apple Day of Service event), working in an...

In Advocacy and policy 07.31.2014

Homeowner views on energy codes

A recent market research study revealed that Idahoans value energy efficiency. In fact, 65% of them favor energy codes that are consistent with national standards, but less than half trust the State of Idaho to adopt the right energy efficiency standards for Idahoans. The reasons for supporting energy codes are primarily financial. The monthly operating costs are the top driver of whether someone supports energy codes. Additional key motivators include the beliefs that energy code...

In Community 07.28.2014

The clock is ticking: Just 3 days to self-nominate for the 2015 Board of Directors

Nominate yourself today for the 2015 Board of Directors. Online applications are open until Wednesday, July 30, 2014, at 5 pm PDT. Product Manufacturer (pdf)The Product Manufacturer seat is open to a senior-level executive whose sustainable building product systems and/or materials contribute to transforming the marketplace for green buildings and communities. A thought leader in regional, national, or international professional organizations, this seat is intended for a director who will...

In LEED 07.24.2014

The essential LEED Green Associate cheat sheet

You've decided to pursue the LEED Green Associate professional credential, but you aren't sure how to start preparing for the exam. Review this cheat sheet for a description of exam content areas, which include task domains and knowledge domains. Task Domains reflect the tasks necessary to perform LEED safely and effectively.  Knowledge Domains reflect the rating systems’ credit categories and what one needs to know.  Task Domains Communicate broad and basic green building...

In LEED 07.22.2014

GreenBiz: What makes the LEED Dynamic Plaque a game-changer?

This article originally appeared on GreenBiz.com on July 22, 2014. When the U.S. Green Building Council makes big changes to its systems or standards, the real estate industry takes notice - and with good reason. Its main initiative, LEED, has an outsize impact on the real estate industry, from building materials to investment criteria — and any major changes to the system have the potential to greatly affect green building for years to come. Although...

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