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In LEED 03.10.2016

Top 10 States 2015: Clark County Wetlands Park Nature Center

The 2015 Top 10 States list honors transformative efforts at the state level to create healthier, more energy- and water-efficient places to live, learn, work and play. In 2015 alone, 1,633 projects were certified in the United States—equivalent to an incredible 275 million square feet.  In this series, we spotlight the standout LEED-certified projects that contributed to the 2015 Top 10 rankings. Join us in celebrating some of the best examples of green building design,...

In LEED 03.4.2016

Top 10 States 2015: Starbucks Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room

The 2015 Top 10 States list honors transformative efforts at the state level to create healthier, more energy- and water-efficient places to live, learn, work and play. In 2015 alone, 1,633 projects were certified in the United States—equivalent to an incredible 275 million square feet. In this series, we spotlight the standout LEED-certified projects that contributed to the 2015 Top 10 rankings. Join us in celebrating some of the best examples of green building design,...

In LEED 02.11.2016

Top 10 States for LEED 2015: Mercy Ridge Retirement Center

The 2015 Top 10 States list honors transformative efforts at the state level to create healthier, more energy- and water-efficient places to live, learn, work and play. In 2015 alone, 1,633 projects were certified in the United States—equivalent to an incredible 275 million square feet.  In this series, we spotlight the standout LEED-certified projects that contributed to the overall 2015 Top 10 rankings. Join us in celebrating some of the best examples of green building design,...

In LEED 02.2.2016

LEED v4 education: water (in review)

In January, we focused on water and how it’s addressed in LEED v4. Did you miss it? Visit the LEED v4: Water course page in Education @USGBC to access all of the materials for this month. LEED v4 and water (in review)  Explore courses. While the courses below are no longer free, they are still available. Increase your knowledge with these credit-by-credit reviews. LEED v4 Rating System Review (BD+C and ID+C): Water Efficiency / Energy and Atmosphere (1.5 CE hours) LEED v4...

In LEED 03.8.2016

Top 10 States 2015: The Pavilion at Laurel Village, CSU

The 2015 Top 10 States list honors transformative efforts at the state level to create healthier, more energy- and water-efficient places to live, learn, work and play. In 2015 alone, 1,633 projects were certified in the United States—equivalent to an incredible 275 million square feet. In this series, we spotlight the standout LEED-certified projects that contributed to the 2015 Top 10 rankings. Join us in celebrating some of the best examples of green building design,...

In LEED 02.26.2016

LEED v4 education: Indoor environmental quality

Indoor environmental quality (EQ) is the focus for March’s LEED v4 education. This category addresses the myriad design strategies and environmental factors—air quality, lighting quality, acoustic design, control over one’s surroundings—that influence the way people learn, work and live. The relationship between the indoor environment and the health and comfort of building occupants is complex. Local customs and expectations; occupants’ activities; and the building...

In LEED 02.10.2016

LEED Lab: Sustainability in higher education goes global

Higher education institutions all over the globe are committing to sustainability and climate neutrality on a daily basis and have shown tremendous leadership in the green building movement. But there is still work to be done, especially in the realm of existing buildings. Existing buildings hold incredible promise for higher education institutions, offering tremendous opportunities to connect academics with operations. The implementation of LEED for Building Operations and Maintenance on...

In LEED 01.28.2016

Delve into USGBC’s 2015 Top 10 States for LEED

USGBC has just released the 2015 Top 10 States for LEED, which names the U.S. states leading the nation in 2015 in sustainable building design, construction and transformation. Now in its sixth year, this list is based on 2010 U.S. census data and includes commercial and institutional green building projects that were certified in 2015. USGBC calculates the list using per capita figures to fairly compare states with significant differences in population and number of overall buildings. This...

In LEED 03.7.2016

USGBC membership approves LEED 2009 energy update

The results of the LEED 2009 energy performance update ballot are in! The proposed change to the Energy and Atmosphere category in LEED 2009 has passed the ballot with 78.6 percent of the consensus body voting in favor of the update. A minimum of two-thirds approval is needed for any balloted measure. The final ballot results (by balance category) were: Producer: 87.9 percent affirmative User: 77.5 percent affirmative General interest: 72.7 percent affirmative The LEED 2009 energy...

In LEED 02.22.2016

Top 10 States 2015: Douglas Elementary School

The 2015 Top 10 States list honors transformative efforts at the state level to create healthier, more energy- and water-efficient places to live, learn, work and play. In 2015 alone, 1,633 projects were certified in the United States—equivalent to an incredible 275 million square feet.  In this series, we spotlight the standout LEED-certified projects that contributed to the 2015 Top 10 rankings. Join us in celebrating some of the best examples of green building design, construction...

In LEED 02.5.2016

Super Bowl 50 demonstrates sustainability in the LEED-certified Levi’s Stadium

This coming Sunday, Super Bowl 50 will bring together the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos for a final showdown of the 2015 season of the National Football League.  The Super Bowl 50 Host Committee is dedicated to demonstrating sustainability throughout the event, which involves a focus on reducing the game’s impact on climate change, as well as using resources and materials responsibly. In addition to an awareness of net positive opportunities, the game will also be held in...

In LEED 01.26.2016

Infographic: Top 10 states for LEED in 2015

USGBC has just released the annual list of Top 10 States for LEED (view the press release). All the states that make up our Top 10 list have done an extraordinary job promoting LEED and making sustainable solutions a priority. The per capita list is based on 2010 U.S. Census data and includes commercial and institutional green building projects that were certified throughout 2015. Join the conversation and share the good news! Congratulate your state, colleagues, legislators or yourself on...

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