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In LEED 04.30.2015

New tools for LEED 2009 Existing Buildings projects

In 2014 we announced the release of new tools for LEED v4 O+M projects. Today, we’re expanding this effort to include LEED 2009. Now, in the same way we provide plan and policy templates for LEED v4 projects, we’ve also created plans and policies for LEED 2009 projects. These templates serve as examples of plans and policies that meet the requirements of the credits. They enable you to implement the operations and maintenance best practices in your building and be confident...

In LEED 04.24.2015

Celebrating the wins for sustainability

In my first environmental management class, the instructor posed a very simple question: “Do you wake up in the morning overwhelmed with all that is wrong with the world, or are you optimistic about where things are heading?” There was a very long pause and then the teacher replied, “I agree.  It depends on the day.” This week, Kum & Go is celebrating their 100th LEED certified convenience store. This accomplishment puts them among the ranks of Kohl’s and...

In LEED 04.23.2015

Webinar: What will you gain when you improve your building’s performance?

Tracking your building’s performance enables you to save money and resources, assess your sustainability strategies, and even make your tenants or occupants more comfortable. The LEED Dynamic Plaque is the powerful, innovative platform to help you get it done. The LEED Dynamic Plaque is a building performance monitoring and scoring platform that gives you a current snapshot on how your building is performing across five categories. It’s designed to enable building owners,...

In LEED 04.22.2015

Wells Fargo ranked top financial services company in LEED certified square footage

To quote an old adage, you can’t manage what you can’t measure. Wells Fargo tries to be “green” in everything we do. One important goal we have set for the company is to have 35 percent of our properties LEED certified by 2020. We have been working very hard at this goal, and Wells Fargo is proud to be ranked first among financial in LEED certified space in 2014, and we congratulate all of the ranked institutions for their commitment to “green” building. Wells Fargo now has more than 17...

In LEED 04.29.2015

Myth #3: LEED is not worth the investment

In my thirty years with Turner Construction, I’ve had the opportunity to serve as an engineer, a project manager, do business development and financial management. Today I lead Turner’s national industrial group, a center of excellence for Turner’s manufacturing and industrial construction projects. It’s a sector that brought in over $613 million in 2014, and with over $388 million in green building projects (which almost always means LEED). There are many...

In LEED 04.24.2015

We heard you #loveLEED: round 2

On Valentine's Day this year, we asked if you love LEED. The responses we received were inspiring. Whether it was celebrating your first LEED Platinum certification—or sharing a sustainability story, we heard that people across the country love LEED! We shared some of the submissions here. The responses continue to roll in. Check out some of our favorite images and messages below! Join in on the fun by posting a photo of a building you love, sharing why green building is important to...

In LEED 04.22.2015

The nature of LEED: How natural laws inspire and inform green building

In the late 1990s, a revolutionary idea arrived on the scene, shepherded by an innovative thinker and nurtured by scores of curious and passionate individuals. In the book Biomimicry, Janine Benyus introduced the notion that we could be better off by simply mimicking the ways problems are solved in nature; this idea has proven transformative. In the book, Benyus lists nine principles that govern and define how nature operates. Not surprisingly, elements of each of these principles are readily...

In LEED 04.21.2015

Free webinar: Get to know LEED v4

During this live webinar, attendees will take a tour of the new system to learn how it’s different from 2009, the concepts that it is based on and the tools and resources that support the project team along the way. Name: Get to know LEED v4 Date: April 28, 2015 1:00 pm ET Speaker: Gregory Shank, LEED AP BD+C, Principal, Altura Associates, Inc. Length: 45 minutes + 15 minutes for Q+A Register now Better buildings are our legacy Decades ago, buildings had the singular goal of...

In LEED 04.28.2015

Green Neighborhoods [USGBC+ March/April 2015]

This article was originally published in the March/April 2015 issue of USGBC+. Read the original version. The Affordable Green Neighborhoods Grant Program aids low-income housing projects in the pursuit of LEED certification. From the looks of things today, you’d never know the Homes at Old Colony are a world apart from what they used to be. First built in 1940, the Old Colony Housing Project in South Boston was one of the city’s oldest developments. But by the turn of the...

In LEED 04.23.2015

New LEED documentation path for California projects

Starting in July of 2015, projects in California subject to the mandatory 2013 CALGreen requirements will be able to use an alternative documentation path for LEED. Approved by the LEED Steering Committee, this streamlined path will be available for use on select credits for projects registered under the 2009 or v4 versions of LEED BD+C or LEED ID+C. An alternative documentation path outlines a set of documents that projects may provide in lieu of standard LEED documentation in...

In LEED 04.22.2015

Myth #2: Factories can’t be green

Smoke stacks, visible pollution, dust, grime and dire working conditions—this is what many people think of when you ask them to picture a factory. But today’s factories look nothing like what you picture when you think of the Industrial Revolution. Today factories are often automated, encapsulated, with state of the art controls to minimize and manage hazards, staffed by an expert workforce and—they are LEED certified. Green factories do exist. Intel alone has approximately 7...

In LEED 04.17.2015

Top 10 Project Profile: The Golisano Institute for Sustainability at RIT

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...

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