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In Education 10.29.2014

A new vision for USGBC Faculty

USGBC Faculty are experienced educators with a strong background in both LEED and professional education. The Faculty designation recognizes professionals who are highly experienced and knowledgeable on the topics of LEED, green building and/or sustainability. USGBC Faculty also maintain well-honed presentation and facilitation skills. USGBC Faculty benefits include: A listing in the online USGBC Faculty directory Use of USGBC Faculty designation on business cards, letterhead, etc....

In Industry 10.28.2014

Five ways to follow the chain: How to know if a business is green

We all have our favorite places to browse, to hangout, to eat and to splurge. We have our favorite products that we reach for day after day. But how are we, as consumers, to know what our favorite brands are up to behind the scenes, and if they’re walking the walk, rather than just talking the talk about sustainability? With the release of the new LEED in Motion: Retail report, we’ve gained a valuable resource, a glimpse into the ways that retailers are engaging with the green...

In Community 10.27.2014

Two “Above and Beyond Volunteers” revolutionize sustainability in Chicago

Miki Sankary and Sia Xeros were recently recognized as two of USGBC's Above and Beyond Volunteers—volunteer leaders whose contributions have led to outstanding achievements in the green building movement. They are co-chairs of the Outreach group for USGBC Illinois Chapter’s Chicago Branch Emerging Professionals. Miki has: Developed the Emerging Professionals network in Illinois. Planned On The Table 2014, where green building industry professionals joined thousands of others...

In Greenbuild 10.24.2014

Greenbuild 2014 wrap-up: Friday, Oct. 24 [Video]

All this week we will be bringing you video coverage, interviews and Q&As from this year's Greenbuild. Check out our recap from the final day of Greenbuild 2014 in New Orleans. Here's your Greenbuild daily download:  Greenbuild 2014 interview with Daniele Horton, Verdani Partners USGBC's Joe Crea catches up with Daniele Horton, Founder and Principal of Verdani Partners. Recently named one of the top ten females in sustainability, Daniele speaks to the importance of...

In Media 10.29.2014

USGBC Announces Extension of LEED 2009

Updated November 18, 2014 Extension offers the green building industry additional time to prepare for the newest version of LEED WASHINGTON, DC (Oct. 29, 2014) – The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced today that it will allow LEED users to register projects under the LEED 2009 rating system until Oct. 31, 2016. The original date for LEED 2009 registration to close was June 27, 2015. Extending to October 2016 gives LEED users and members of the green building industry additional...

In Greenbuild 10.28.2014

Rick's 2014 Greenbuild Journal: Wrap-up—Sustainability in World War II

If you were lucky enough to have snuck away either before, during or after Greenbuild to the New Orleans World War II museum, located just a short hop from the convention center down Magazine Street, I hope you saw what I saw. It wasn’t a big exhibit, but it was an important one, and one who’s spirit was evident almost everywhere else you looked. It was the story of this country’s resource management and salvage effort during those four agonizing years. And it was an...

In LEED 10.27.2014

Green tools for LEED service providers

We know that no two companies are the same, and each has its own unique culture, needs, goals and processes. With that in mind, we want to make LEED work for you. Whether you're connected to the project from the building owner/manger side or you're a green building service provider offering expertise that helps the project towards sustainability, we have an offering meant to help you reach your goals. Check out the options below that will help you enhance your business and apply LEED...

In Greenbuild 10.24.2014

Greenbuild wrap-up: Thursday, Oct. 23 [Video]

All this week we will be bringing you video coverage, interviews and Q&As from this year's Greenbuild. Check out our recap from yesterday's Greenbuild 2014 coverage in New Orleans.  Here's your Greenbuild daily download:  Greenbuild 2014 interview with Paul Scialla, WELL Paul Scialla, Founder of WELL, speaks to USGBC about what the WELL standard is, how it fits with LEED and the value of prioritizing collaboration.   Greenbuild 2014 interview with Lisa Shpritz,...

In Center for Green Schools 10.28.2014

Center for Green Schools selfie: 2014 Midyear Report Card

Are you interested in a snapshot of the work that the Center for Green Schools has accomplished in the first half of 2014? We’ve just published our 2014 Midyear Report Card, our semi-annual check-in on progress we’ve catalyzed to advance the green schools movement.   As you’ll see below, we’ve grouped the channels through which we pursue our mission into three sections: The number of individuals equipped and empowered by the resources we create, the assistance...

In LEED 10.27.2014

Your LEED project is certified! Here's how you can start promoting it

Once your LEED project has earned certification, it’s likely that you’ll want to tell the world, and you should. LEED certification benefits your bottom line and underscores your sustainability efforts. It’s a cause for celebration! Take the first step and request to receive a formal certificate of recognition, and you can choose to order LEED plaques and certificates. LEED certificates and plaques All LEED-certified projects will receive a high-resolution download of their...

In Industry 10.25.2014

Rick's 2014 Greenbuild Journal: Day 4—Thoughts on closing day

Living, breathing history While admittedly biased on the subject, as great as Greenbuild 2014 was, I’m not sure any aspect of this year’s conference moved me any more than the magical moment in the closing plenary when new USGBC president Roger Platt introduced eight seminal figures in the Green Building movement—Bob Berkebile, David Gottfried, Scot Horst, Martha Jane Murray, Tom Paladino, Peter Templeton, Kath Williams and Alex Wilson—and they came up on stage and stood...

In Greenbuild 10.23.2014

Rick's 2014 Greenbuild Journal: Day 3—Why stop there?

At Greenbuild this year, I’ve heard the figure floated about any number of times: Sustainability has now become a $1 trillion industry. But after having heard that number tossed about yet again today, I started thinking: Why just a trillion? Why stop there? After all, on Tuesday we had the Acting Surgeon General of the U.S. speak to us at Greenbuild. As he so well articulated, if his job is to protect the interest of public health in the U.S., how could he ignore the work environments in which...

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