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In Community 04.13.2016

Sustainability manager opportunity with construction partner (USGBC North Carolina)

USGBC North Carolina's Gold Partner, Choate Construction, seeks a Sustainability Manager in Charlotte, N.C.   The sustainability manager helps develop, implement and manage sustainable process for each individual office. They are responsible for providing sustainable leadership, support and training for other Choate employees and Sustainability Coordinator Specialist personnel for their office. They assist in the development of sustainable initiatives and processes and serve as the...

In Community 04.13.2016

Rocky Mountain Institute breaks a trail to energy efficiency [USGBC+ Mar/April 2016]

This article was originally published as "Pathways to Progress" in the March/April issue of USGBC+. Read the original version. With offices in Colorado, New York and Washington, D.C., Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) works in two capacities. It is a combined research and consulting institution whose mission is to drive the efficient and restorative use of energy-related resources worldwide. The brainchild of Amory Lovins, RMI demonstrates alternatives to traditional building practices and...

In Advocacy and policy 04.12.2016

Global climate action and buildings: What's next

Coming out of Paris last December, the world had in hand a truly groundbreaking climate agreement, with 195 countries committing to take action on climate change. The United States, China, France and other parties will sign the Paris Agreement later this month on Earth Day, April 22, at the United Nations in New York City. The U.S. government and leaders around the world are working hard toward early “entry into force,” which occurs when the agreement has been signed...

In Community 04.12.2016

Meet Susan Judkins, Market Leadership Advisory Board Member (USGBC Iowa)

The USGBC Iowa Market Leadership Advisory Board (MLAB) members serve as the primary volunteer leadership voice for USGBC in Iowa. The MLAB represents a diverse group of locally based leaders who advise on strategic and tactical activities implemented as part of USGBC’s global work plan. This leadership group contributes to the global success of the USGBC community by working collaboratively within a larger network in order to develop and implement integrative, consistent and...

In Education 04.13.2016

Top 3 courses to take this month (April 2016)

You want the best courses, and we've got them. Check out this month's best three courses to grow your LEED, green building and sustainability knowledge.  April's top three courses, created by USGBC Education Partners: Are Cool Roofs Green? The Answer's Not Black and White, created by Education Partner Building Green. Roofing choices are complicated by heating tradeoffs, climate effects and condensation, but proponents say reflective roofs still make sense in most...

In Center for Green Schools 04.13.2016

Nairobi schools continue to grow from Green Apple Day of Service

Ann Wahinya is the program coordinator for the Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-Free, Mentored and Safe (DREAMS) program, which is implemented by Global Communities in the informal settlements of Nairobi. Global Communities is an international development organization working with communities around the world to bring about sustainable changes that improve the lives and livelihoods of the vulnerable.  For the past three years, Global...

In Community 04.12.2016

Colorado Buffaloes' Coors Events Center wins USGBC LEED Bracket championship

This article was originally published by cubuffs.com on April 8, 2016 as "Buffs Win USGBC's #LEEDbracket Championship." Read the original article.  The Colorado Buffaloes and specifically the Coors Events Center, won the inaugural USGBC #LEEDBracket National Championship, a twitter-based, four-round competition of LEED-certified college basketball arenas in the United States. The Buffs were one of 16 schools picked for the competition, along with Arizona State, Georgia Tech, George...

In Industry 04.11.2016

Last chance to take the SITES job analysis survey

GBCI recently announced development of a new professional credential called the SITES AP. As part of the test development process, GBCI conducts an online job analysis survey to seek industry feedback on what a professional should know and do to perform competently as a SITES AP. The SITES AP job analysis survey closes this Friday, April 15. We need input from a diverse group of experts to verify the reliability and validity of the exam. GBCI is seeking input from...

In Media 04.13.2016

U.S. General Services Administration Adopts SITES, GBCI’s Land Development and Management...

Washington, D.C.—(April 13, 2016)—The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) announced it has adopted the SITES rating system for its capital construction program. Owned and managed by Green Business Certification, Inc. (GBCI), SITES is the most comprehensive program for sustainable land development and management and is used by landscape architects, engineers, architects, developers and policymakers to align land development with innovative sustainable design. “Land is a...

In LEED 04.13.2016

Top 10 States 2015: Ballet West

The 2015 Top 10 States list honors transformative efforts at the state level to create healthier, more energy- and water-efficient places to live, learn, work and play. In 2015 alone, 1,633 projects were certified in the United States—equivalent to an incredible 275 million square feet.  In this series, we spotlight the standout LEED-certified projects that contributed to the 2015 Top 10 rankings. Join us in celebrating some of the best examples of green building design,...

In Community 04.12.2016

Year of advancement: Baseline existing conditions

USGBC Georgia staff member Suzanne Haerther believes that “every building matters.”  But, as she’s learned from managing Georgia’s High Performing Healthy Schools offering, it can be difficult to collect accurate information about the existing sustainability measures taken in educational and other community-based organizations’ facilities. When project teams don’t have accurate data or a full understanding of the space, it’s...

In Industry 04.11.2016

LEED User Group Insights: The value of collaboration

LEED User Groups are USGBC-hosted peer networks that are spearheading greater adoption of the LEED rating system within the industrial facilities, retail and restaurant, hospitality and venues and commercial real estate industries. LEED User Group Insights shares challenges, opportunities and best practices for the design, construction and operation of green buildings in these key sectors. LEED User Group: Industrial Facilities (LUGIF) was the first of four User Groups developed to...

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