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In LEED 03.31.2014

Sneak peak: Sample questions for the LEED v4 credential exams

With the launch of LEED v4, new LEED v4 professional credential exams will be released on June 30, 2014. Learn more.  In the v4 exams, each item will have two test specification attributes: knowledge and task attributes. Want to know more? Check out the sample questions below to get a sense for the type of content that will be tested. (Answers are followed by an asterisk). Sample questions from the v4 Green Associate exam 1. When applying for innovation credits, a project team Cannot...

In Industry 03.28.2014
The 2nd Ring Road in Beijing. Credit: Pedronet via Flickr

Healthy buildings and healthy people: The next generation of green building

Remarks delivered by USGBC COO Mahesh Ramanujam at the Tenth International Conference on Green and Energy-Efficient Building & New Technologies and Products Expo in Beijing on March 28. Good afternoon. My name is Mahesh Ramanujam, and I am president of the Green Building Certification Institute and Chief Operating Officer of the U.S. Green Building Council. It is an honor to be standing here with you at the Tenth International Conference on Green and Energy-Efficient Building & New...

In Community 03.26.2014
Photo credit: Eric Vance

Why the White House supports faith and community leaders in addressing the environment

Faith-based organizations own and operate over 400,000 buildings in the United States and are pillars in the communities they serve. Great potential exists to advance building health and performance while integrating sustainability into people’s lives through this sector, and you can get involved now. It’s not just USGBC who thinks this is important. On February 27, Kimberly Lewis and I attended a White House event, “Faith-based and Community Leaders Addressing...

In Center for Green Schools 03.25.2014

Question: Why educate for sustainability?

Answer:  Because we have to learn how to live well in our places without undermining the ability of our places to sustain us over time. If we are to succeed at doing so, then the knowledge, skills and habits-of-mind we need to do so must be cultivated in our schools. The National Action Plan for Educating for Sustainability published by the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council has the potential to accelerate the shift toward the systemic...

In Advocacy and policy 03.28.2014

DC to World: We mean green (and it’s code now, too)

Good morning, Washington. Today marks the culmination of almost two years of work and thousands of hours of volunteer time to make the District of Columbia, once again, a national leader in better, greener buildings. The USGBC-National Capital Region Chapter had this to say about the DC Green Construction Code: “This is a landmark achievement in the history of green buildings.” Our CEO, Rick Fedrizzi said, “It’s a proud day for the District of Columbia, its residents and...

In Industry 03.28.2014
U.S. Department of Education via Flickr

Friday Roundup: Educating for sustainability, Illinois demonstrates leadership

Here’s our weekly collection of green building clips: USGBC wants all students schooled on sustainability by 2040, GreenBiz. The National Action Plan for Education for Sustainability calls for all 50 states to adopt a comprehensive green schools policy that includes a graduation requirement around sustainability literacy. Private, public buildings go green, Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, Ill.) USGBC Illinois Chapter Executive Director Brian Imus spoke with the suburban Chicago paper...

In Center for Green Schools 03.26.2014

Student organizations key to the Illinois CEE experience

Originally published in the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Alumni Magazine, Winter 2014 Recently, I shared the stage with David Gottfried, the founder of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), and Stephen Ritz, Founder of Green Bronx Machine, at the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Philadelphia. I had been asked to participate because of my long involvement with the USGBC student chapter here at Illinois. During the...

In Media 03.25.2014

Education, Business and Environmental Leaders Call for Action to Ensure Universal...

Center for Green Schools at USGBC and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Release National Action Plan for Educating for Sustainability Washington, D.C. — (March 25, 2014) — Today, the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council, together with global education leader Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH), released a National Action Plan for Educating for Sustainability, a call for action to ensure that Education for Sustainability (EfS) is accessible to all students across the...

In Community 03.28.2014

Freebie Friday: What will your desktop be wearing this season?

Is your desktop, laptop, tablet, smartphone looking a little... well... tired? We have a remedy! Download our free USGBC device wallpaper, and get ready for a quick pick me up every time you open your screen. And check back often—we’ll be offering new wallpapers and other freebies throughout the year. Any wallpaper designs you’d like to see? Let us know in the comments. 1680x1050 2560x1440 Mobile Tablet

In Industry 03.26.2014

Partnering with FORTUNE Magazine to showcase green building leadership

We're working with FORTUNE Magazine on a special feature to showcase leaders in green building-like you! FORTUNE Magazine, which reaches 3.9+ million business decision makers, is offering USGBC members a rare sponsorship and advertising opportunity. By becoming a part of this special section, your company will receive national visibility and a chance to tell your story in an editorial context.  The first advertorial section will run in the Brainstorm Green issue of FORTUNE...

In LEED 03.25.2014

LEED goes local through recognizing Regional Priorities

Until recently, if you worked on LEED 2009 projects outside of the U.S., you probably noticed that the Regional Priority (RP) credits were the same everywhere. Over the past year, members of the LEED International Roundtable have been working hard to change this through identifying RP credits for their countries.   Comprised of 33 organizations from around the world, the LEED International Roundtable members identified credits for each rating system that best address the most...

In LEED 03.24.2014

Introducing the LEED Innovation Catalog

In addition to the LEED credit categories we’re all familiar with (Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency…you know the drill), LEED has always reserved a few points for Innovation – things that aren’t part of the rating system but are right at home in a green building certification program. Over the years we’ve seen some really intriguing (and innovative) ideas brought forward by project teams, and these ideas have earned the projects a point in LEED. But how do we...

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