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In LEED 04.18.2016

LEED Lab seeks to close the employability gap

At the Center for Green Schools at USGBC, we place a high priority on measuring and understanding the current state of higher education and identifying tactics for how we can transform our existing campuses to be sustainable communities. As part of this effort, we are committed to preparing students for competitive 21st century careers in sustainability. Are students graduating without the skills they need? The higher education sector currently falls short in providing our college and...

In LEED 04.18.2016

Deadline extended to apply for a LEED Working Group

Are you a sustainability practitioner who cares deeply about the human health and social impacts of buildings and communities? Interested in exploring alternative strategies for evaluating indoor air quality in LEED projects? Don’t miss your chance to join the LEED Social Equity Working Group or a newly created Indoor Air Assessment Working Group!  USGBC’s call for self-nominations from qualified applicants has been extended to Monday, April 25 at 5:00 p.m. PST. See...

In Community 04.15.2016

Freebie Friday: USGBC wallpaper for Earth Day

Download our Earth Day-themed, USGBC-branded wallpaper for your desktop, laptop, tablet or smartphone. Did we mention that it's free?   (Click the links below to download.) Earth Day Option A 1680x1050 / 2560x1440 / Mobile / iPhone / Tablet Earth Day Option B 1680x1050 / 2560x1440 / Mobile / Tablet Earth Day Social Media Facebook / Twitter / LinkedIn / Google / YouTube And while you're at it, view freebies from January,...

In LEED 04.14.2016

Leaders across China are creating a more sustainable future for millions

Sustainability is not new to China. Over the last five years, I have witnessed firsthand the evolution of the green building movement and the great accomplishments that have been made in China. China is now the second largest market for LEED outside of the United States—and in mainland China, there are over 2,430 projects participating in LEED, comprising over 134.2 million gross square meters of space. China has an excellent opportunity to drive sustainability at a global scale, creating...

In Community 04.18.2016

USGBC National Capital Region Emerging Professionals Roundtable inspires both EPs and...

The USGBC National Capital Region Emerging Professionals (EPs) are one of our most ambitious and successful committees, regularly hosting very well-attended events, and the third "Meet the Board" roundtable event was no exception. The EPs held an engaging evening of networking and socializing with board members at the end of March at USGBC headquarters.  Meeting with industry experts In addition to an opportunity to meet USGBC National Capital Region board members Jennifer Johnson,...

In Community 04.18.2016

Apply for the Rob Eggers Memorial Scholarship (USGBC North Carolina)

The Rob Eggers Memorial Scholarship fund was established by USGBC North Carolina in honor of the late Rob Eggers, a valued member of the Charlotte sustainable design community. A longtime volunteer with the local USGBC community, Rob served on the Education and Programs Committee. His volunteer work was instrumental in developing programs for the local branch and in strengthening partnerships with other organizations to provide education throughout the region. Passionate about education,...

In Community 04.14.2016

National Volunteer Week: Recognizing LEED volunteers

For USGBC, National Volunteer Week is an opportunity to highlight the work that our volunteer groups dedicate to the organization’s mission every single day of the year. After years of work on the LEED rating system, I remain inspired by our volunteer network, which comprises more than 250 green building professionals located around the globe. The hundreds of hours that these architects, engineers, manufacturers, developers, educators, scientists and policy professionals contribute to...

In LEED 04.14.2016

DOE and EPA labels that help earn credits in LEED v4 BD+C: Homes

As part of the April 2016 addenda release, USGBC introduced two LEED Interpretations that allow projects to leverage their DOE Zero Energy Ready Home and EPA Indoor airPLUS labels to earn points toward LEED v4 certification under LEED v4 BD+C: Homes. Interpretation 10431 lists the LEED v4 credits and prerequisites a project earns when they receive the DOE Zero Energy Ready Homes (ZERH) label. Interpretation 10436 lists the LEED v4 credits and...

In Community 04.18.2016

Dispatches from the Ambassadors

In honor of National Volunteer Week, we’d like to recognize some of USGBC’s Ambassadors, who are working hard to bring green building and sustainability to new and underserved organizations in the communities they love. Over the past few months, we’ve heard incredible stories of partnership, engagement and action from across our network. USGBC volunteers are delivering our call to advance social equity in the green building movement. Here are...

In Community 04.15.2016

Women IN Green Luncheon empowers members of USGBC Indiana

At Greenbuild 2015, Annalise Dietzen and I attended the Women in Green Power Breakfast. After attending the empowering breakfast event, we decided that we were going to bring it back from Washington, D.C., to our home state of Indiana. I was elected to the USGBC Indiana Market Leadership Advisory Board just days before Greenbuild, so when we got back to our home state, we drafted a proposal and got to work. Inspiring leaders On April 2, 2016, over 65 powerhouse men and women gathered in...

In Industry 04.14.2016

World green building trends 2016: Focus on China

In February, USGBC announced the results of research by Dodge Data and Analytics, with which USGBC has partnered, in the World Green Building Trends 2016 SmartMarket Report. In a brief series, USGBC has highlighted specific aspects of the report.  Although China is still emerging as a green building market, the respondents to the World Green Building Trends survey expect rapid growth in the industry. Only 5 percent report that the current majority of their projects are green...

In LEED 04.14.2016

LEED Certification update: First quarter 2016 recap

In this recurring feature, we take a look at LEED certification activity since January 21, 2016, broken out by rating system and location, as well as newly certified LEED projects in the news.  Be sure to check out the 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...

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