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In LEED 07.18.2014

Confessions of a USGBC tour guide

As an 11-year USGBC veteran and headquarters tour guide, you could say I've developed an affinity for our space. Check out my Q&A to get the inside scoop on the USGBC headquarters tour program. Q. Why does USGBC have a tour program? A. As the creators of LEED, we knew we had to use our office space to broaden the public's knowledge and awareness of green building strategies from a lessons-learned perspective. By inviting people to tour our space, we are able to share...

In LEED 07.17.2014
Varanasi silk weaving facility by David Adjaye

Q&A: Building materials in India

LEED Fellow, Deepa Sathiaram, has worked on over 450 LEED projects in India and over 50 LEED projects globally. Hear what she has to say about how she got to where she is in her career and what she thinks about the development of healthy building materials in India.  Q. How has your background led you to your current work? A. My first job after I graduated was as an electrical designer. I got a chance to move to Los Angeles to work for the International Code Council as an...

In LEED 07.15.2014

Introducing The LEED O+M Starter Kit

You’ve just completed a spectacular new LEED building, with its fine-tuned design and cutting-edge technologies. The team worked together perfectly (even the subcontractors), all of your synergistic strategies came together seamlessly, and the plaque ceremony was even attended by the governor! But then, once all the pomp and circumstance has subsided, do you know how your building is performing? How much energy is it using? How much waste is it generating? Is it being cleaned in an...

In LEED 07.14.2014

Rebuilding for resilience: Q&A with Make It Right's Tom Darden

USGBC's new free report, LEED in Motion: Residential, highlights the numbers, knowledge and resources you need to keep pace with the rapidly growing green residential market.  Download the full report for more interviews and project highlights from best and brightest minds in the industry.  Make it Right believes everyone has the right to live in a high-quality, healthy home that enhances the natural environment. Tom Darden leads efforts to rebuild safe,...

In LEED 07.18.2014

USGBC's guide to your vacation [Maps]

Vacation season is in full swing! Take a look at our city maps on Pinterest to plan a visit to some of the best LEED certified spots in a few of America’s favorite cities. (Click the maps below to view on Pinterest). San Francisco SF is a top city for green building, so take a look at these unique attractions! New York City Notable LEED attractions in NYC, next time you're there check them out! Chicago Visit these awesome LEED attractions in the Windy City. Las Vegas Did you know...

In LEED 07.16.2014

Video: What is LEED?

LEED is a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices across the globe.Watch our video to learn more about how LEED promotes better buildings and places that complement our environment and enhance our communities. 

In LEED 07.15.2014

In the Know with Maggie and Joe: Top 5

Much has been happening with LEED on the international front so let's begin with the the top five things you must know, courtesy of Maggie and Joe. 1. LEED and India USGBC executives have returned home from a multi-city tour of India where they met with LEED professionals and customers in New Delhi, Bangalore and Mumbai. We also inked a new partnership with The Energy and Resource Institute (TERI) to promote high performing buildings in India. As the Director-General of TERI, Dr. R K Pachauri...

In Community 07.11.2014

Freebie Friday: USGBC wallpaper July 2014

Click the links below to download our latest USGBC-branded wallpaper for your desktop, laptop, tablet, smartphone. Did we mention that it's free?   1680x1050 / 2560x1440 / Mobile / Tablet View previous freebies, and let us know in the comments: what wallpaper designs would you like to see?    //  

In LEED 07.17.2014

Why should you care if your home is green?

Want to play a little word association? Come on, indulge me, it will only take a few seconds. Ready? Here's your word: home. Close your eyes and think about the words and imagery that come to mind as you toss this word around in your brain. So, what did you think up? My results are almost always the same—I see my brother and I eating cereal at the kitchen table before school; I see my dog lying belly up on the entryway carpet, all four legs sticking straight out at bizarre angles; I think...

In Community 07.15.2014

Make your nomination for the Best of Building Awards

Recognize the best of the best in the green building industry by nominating USGBC members in the following categories: Non-profit Professionals Services Energy Service Provider/Utility Greenbuild Exhibitor Products LEED Certified Projects Individuals Real Estate/Provider Building Portfolio You can also nominate yourself! The Best of Building Awards celebrates the year's best green products, projects, organizations and individuals making impact in green building. Make your nomination...

In LEED 07.15.2014

LEED Green Associate exam: What to expect at Prometric

The LEED Green Associate demonstrates a solid understanding of green building principles and practices. Here's what you can expect at the testing center, Prometric. Arrival We recommended that you arrive at the Prometric at least 30 minutes prior to your exam appointment. If you arrive at the test site after your scheduled exam time you will lose your seat. Name and address When you arrive at Prometric, you will have to present identification. Your name must match the name in your usgbc...

In Industry 07.10.2014

You’re invited to VERGE Salon: Data Solutions in Cities and Real Estate

Big data is transforming real estate and cities around the world. The growth of smart buildings and smart cities is enabling new services, revenue opportunities, and models for stakeholder engagement. Join USGBC’s Scot Horst and Chris Pyke, as well as speakers from the White House, Rockefeller foundation, NYC Mayor’s office and more to discuss the most pressing trends in cities and real estate.  VERGE Salon NYSept. 16, 2014William & Anita Newman Conference Center, Baruch...

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