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In LEED 03.10.2015

Does LEED have a place in your diet?

What if you could help prevent climate change three times a day? What would you be willing to change? You’ve already changed your light bulbs and programmed your thermostat. The next step you can take is your food, so today I’m writing about what we eat—and greenhouse gases. What you purchase at the market directly impacts climate change. Animal product cultivation generates greenhouse gases in the following ways: Carbon Dioxide (CO2) comes from land clearing and fertilizer...

In LEED 03.5.2015

LEED O+M credits and points

This article is part of a series that provides an overview of the fundamental elements to LEED. In our previous article, we listed the prerequisites, credits, and points in the LEED BD+C rating system. This time around, we’re going to focus on LEED for Operations + Maintenance (LEED O+M). This rating system addresses the following existing building project types: Schools Retail Data Centers Warehouses and Distribution Centers Hospitality Existing Buildings (everything not covered in the...

In LEED 03.4.2015

LEED certification update: February 2015

In this recurring monthly feature, we take a look at LEED certification activity in January 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...

In LEED 03.2.2015

Ganamos con verde: We won with green in Latin america

All across Latin America, LEED projects are on the rise. The region is now home to more than 600 LEED certified projects with more than 1,900 in the pipeline. It seems that no matter where you go it's a universal message that going green helps save some green. Throughout the region, these LEED certified buildings have established a proven record of successfully marrying strong environmental performance with smart economic investment. The economic and environmental benefits of these projects...

In LEED 03.10.2015

The real-life cycle of LEED in NY

Fortunately for this Central New York native, Syracuse pride abounds at USGBC’s headquarters. Take a turn around our Washington, DC, office and you’ll see more than a few Syracuse University pennants and posters pinned up around staff workspaces. Otto the Orange’s enlarged eyes poke out from bulletin boards, Rakeem Christmas sizes you up from a newspaper clipping, and SU degrees adorn the walls of employee offices (including our CEO and chief Syracusan-in-residence, Rick...

In LEED 03.5.2015

Top 10 states project profile: University of Mary Washington’s IT Convergence Center

2014’s Top 10 States have shown tremendous leadership in the green building movement by certifying 1,662 commercial and institutional projects representing 251.7 million square feet of real estate. These buildings will have a tremendous social impact over the coming years by providing healthy and environmentally sustainable spaces to produce new breakthroughs in many different fields of science, medicine, education, business, the fine arts and environmental and social justice. This...

In LEED 03.4.2015

Virginia: State of the Commonwealth and green building leader

I want to take a moment to honor my home state, the great Commonwealth of Virginia, for being a leader in green building.  All across the state – from the Governor to our mayors and from CEOs to our community advocates – courageous leaders are making the state a better place by advancing green building.  Earlier this month, USGBC recognized Virginia as the fourth best state for green building in 2014.  Each year, USGBC releases its list of the Top 10 States for LEED,...

In LEED 03.2.2015

LEED ND: It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood

What is LEED ND? Is your local grocery store within walking distance… and is there a sidewalk for you to trek there safely? Does your neighborhood boast high-performing green buildings, parks and green space? Do bikes, pedestrians and vehicles play nicely together on the road? LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED ND) was engineered to inspire and help create better, more sustainable, well-connected neighborhoods. It looks beyond the scale of buildings to consider entire communities....

In LEED 03.9.2015

PR guidelines to promote your LEED-certified project

Congratulations! Your project is joining a select group of sustainable and innovative buildings that are LEED-certified. If you’re looking to tell your building’s story, here are some ideas to help get you started: Distribute a press release. Once you’ve earned LEED certification, go ahead and make it known! A press release template, sample quotes from USGBC and other resources can be found on pages 3, 4 and 5 of these guidelines. You can also request to use the corresponding...

In LEED 03.5.2015

LEED Dynamic Plaque is coming to Canada

The following is excerpted from Property Biz Canada. Read the full article.  USGBC has launched the LEED Dynamic Plaque to enhance interest, drive a more performance-based approach to LEED and become an efficient option to maintaining LEED certification. “We need to help people understand that a green building is a living thing that goes on and on,” USGBC chief product officer Scot Horst told attendees at a Feb. 25 breakfast meeting held by the Greater...

In LEED 03.4.2015

We have this thing with floors [video]

Better buildings are our legacy. Which is why at USGBC we care about what our floors are made of. Not only does it matter for our building's LEED certification level, but it matters for our daily lives in the office. Air quality, lighting and comfort effect each of us everyday. That's why we are thankful for the floors in our office space! Top 5 floors at USGBC Headquarters Carpet in our marketing department: This carpet is made with pre and post-consumer recycled content. It is...

In LEED 02.27.2015

Land of Lincoln leads with LEED

I could not be prouder of the Land of Lincoln.  For the second year in a row, my home state of Illinois has topped the list of states with the most LEED-certified gross square footage per capita certified during the year.  In 2014, GBCI certified 174 projects with a combined total of over 42 million gross square feet—and not all of those projects are located in the upper east corner of the state.  Many of these LEED projects are located downstate in Central Illinois. There...

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