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In Education 07.9.2015

Introducing USGBC Education Partner Qatar Green Building Council

USGBC Education Partners are leaders, trusted voices and reputable providers of green building and sustainability education. You can access their courses on Education @USGBC.  Meet our USGBC Education Partner Qatar Green Building Council If someone could only take one of your courses, what should they take? Sustainability Practices During Construction What is your organization doing to pursue sustainability? Being a Green Building Council, entails you with a serious...

In Industry 07.7.2015

Passing the torch

This article was originally published on Huffington Post. Read the original version. Over the past few months, as I sat contemplating one of the biggest decisions of my life—whether to announce that my time as head of USGBC was sunsetting, and that in a year- and-a-half I would enter an exciting new chapter of life during which I would start tackling any number of the projects on my still-robust wish list—I remained torn right up to the very end.  But then one morning out of...

In LEED 07.7.2015

LEED for Homes: International market update

A home is more than just shelter: homes are the most important buildings in our lives. We think that every building should be a green building—but especially homes. Why? LEED homes are built to be healthy, providing clean indoor air and incorporating safe building materials to ensure a comfortable home. Using less energy and water means lower utility bills each month.  LEED for Homes is available for building design and construction projects for single family homes and...

In LEED 07.6.2015

Get to know the LEED Dynamic Plaque [video]

Your building is alive. Everyday, its energy and resource consumption changes, along with the people it hosts. So, how do you know how your building is performing, right now? The LEED Dynamic Plaque is a global building performance monitoring and scoring platform. It generates a current building performance score out of 100, helps you achieve LEED certification or recertification and enables you to benchmark your performance. The performance score reflects the most recent...

In Community 07.9.2015

Register today to attend the Midsummer Night’s Green

The event of the summer is just one week away! A Midsummer Night’s Green brings together the most influential, most connected, and most informed people in green building in the Washington metro area—and you can be among them! What can you expect? Fabulous networking (with these folks), refreshing cocktails, heavy hors d’oeuvres, a photo station, monumental views, and excitement as we look ahead to hosting Greenbuild in November.  A Midsummer Night...

In Industry 07.7.2015

Pioneers of PEER: City of Chattanooga (feat. David Wade & John Kelly) [podcast]

Pioneers of PEER podcast is a series dedicated to professionals spearheading sustainable energy delivery initiatives within the electricity sector, hosted by John Kelly. Pioneers of PEER gives an overview to Performance Excellence in Electricity Renewal, a new sustainable design and rating system at USGBC. Each episode hopes to provide the listener with insight into the electricity sector through the perspective of thought-leaders in the industry. This week, we present a true pioneer of PEER,...

In LEED 07.7.2015

LEED Certification Update: June 2015

In this recurring monthly feature, we take a look at LEED certification activity in June 2015, broken out by rating system and location, as well as newly certified LEED projects in the news.  Be sure to check out USGBC's LEED project directory for a closer look at LEED projects in your area. You can also visit the Green Building Information Gateway to analyze LEED trends around the world. Certification Level Projects Certified Square Footage Certified...

In Community 07.2.2015

USGBC welcomes two chapters as integrated regions

Today, we are excited to welcome two USGBC chapters as integrated regions of USGBC National. Welcome to Wisconsin and Iowa! (In June we welcomed Georgia, Montana, Idaho, New Mexico, South Carolina, Central Pennsylvania and Oklahoma, and in April we welcomed the USGBC National Capital Region). This transition comes as part of our exciting chapter network evolution, which is piloting a new model for USGBC chapters and local market engagement. This will...

In Education 07.8.2015

Course preview: Don’t Build Here: Site Selection Strategies to Protect Our Wild Spaces [...

With Education @USGBC you can grow your green building knowledge online, anytime. Ready to take your knowledge to the next level? Check out the preview below of this month's featured course, Don’t Build Here: Site Selection Strategies to Protect Our Wild Spaces, created by USGBC Education Partner, GreenCE, Inc. In this course you'll learn about selecting a sustainable site for building a LEED project. Our planet is facing significant environmental challenges...

In Advocacy and policy 07.7.2015

State of California buildings focus on water, energy, environment, performance

This article originally appeared on GBIG Insight. Read the original article. Green building has long been part of California’s approach to a wide array of energy, water, environment, and development priorities. There are more than 3,500 LEED-certified green buildings in the state totaling more than 500 million square feet of real estate (see stats). At the direction of California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., the California Department of General Services (DGS) leads the state green...

In LEED 07.6.2015

EU financial capital, Italy's Lombardy Region, expands and embraces LEED

Nestled in the northwest part of Italy, Lombardy is one of 20 administrative regions in Italy, and more than 10 million people call it home. In the aftermath of World War II, the region, Milan in particular, rose to prosperity when its industrial base was reconstructed. Since then, its economy has remained very strong, suffering one economic downturn in the 1970s and another during the 2008 global financial crisis. Today, Lombardy is thriving. A patchwork of industries, ranging from...

In Center for Green Schools 07.2.2015

A nod to the nominees: Learn more about the 2015 Greenest School on Earth candidates

In April we announced that the 2015 Greenest School on Earth is in Pickering, Canada, just outside of Toronto. Dunbarton High School features a dynamic and engaging waste management program, pollinator protection in the form of bee condominiums, and numerous educational opportunities led and embraced by students and teachers alike. What’s more, the surrounding community has taken up the cause, offering up their compost bins for students to dispose of the school’s food waste,...

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