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In LEED 05.29.2015

When it comes to homes, there's green and then there's LEED

LEED for Homes is a rating system and certification that promotes the design and construction of high performance green homes. Administered by USGBC, LEED certification offers a holistic approach to sustainability and emphasizes strategies for better environmental and health performance. Some of the world’s most important buildings use LEED such as: the Empire State Building, the Dell Children’s Hospital in Austin, the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco,...

In Industry 05.28.2015

USGBC member WSP examines the hidden interplay of water and energy

Sustainability metrics typically focus on energy and water independently. This is reflected in standardized metrics like energy use intensity (EUI) and the lesser used water use intensity (WUI). But, in practice, water and energy use are interlinked in intricate and often overlooked ways, particularly when we consider source energy and source water rather than just consumption measured at a building site. Upon investigation, it quickly becomes apparent that it takes energy to collect, treat and...

In Community 05.27.2015

Magdiel Aguilar: Greenbuild scholarship profile

For the past seven years USGBC has made Greenbuild accessible to people who would otherwise not be able to attend through a scholarship program. At last year’s Greenbuild, 156 individuals received some type of scholarship to Greenbuild. Scholarship recipients represent a diversity of people from around the world. Each has a story to tell. Each brings their own passion to their work. Each has a role to play in making green buildings and communities a reality for all. As we lead up to...

In LEED 05.26.2015

Collaborating for green and healthy development

Strong evidence indicates that where we live, work, learn, and play affects our health and well-being. Green building professionals are in a unique position to ensure that their projects minimize health risks and capitalize on opportunities to improve health. With funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, USGBC has formed a partnership with the Health Impact Project, a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts, and Enterprise Green Communities to...

In Media 05.28.2015

USGBC Joins Home Energy Information Accelerator and Commits to Expand Energy Efficiency...

Washington, D.C. (May 28, 2015)— Today the U.S. Department of Energy announced two new Better Buildings Accelerators, which will convene leading organizations in the building industry to focus on key solutions for expanding energy efficiency in the residential sector. The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has joined the Home Energy Information Accelerator and committed to support consumer education and environmental sustainability in the U.S. residential building market. “USGBC...

In Industry 05.28.2015

Path to Green [USGBC+ May/June 2015]

This article was originally published in the May/June 2015 issue of USGBC+. Read the original version. The journey toward sustainable building and environmental stewardship is not just an individual one, but a collective one. And each company has its own unique story about the path to green building and environmental consciousness: when it started and why, how far the company has come, and how long the journey may end up being. Here’s a glimpse of the “path to green” taken by...

In Center for Green Schools 05.27.2015

Register for the 2015 Green Apple Day of Service

The Green Apple Day of Service brings together thousands of students, teachers, parents and community leaders from around the globe to improve our school environments through service projects, education, community events and more.  This year's Green Apple Day of Service will take place on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015. Register your 2015 project today Be sure to check out project ideas, pick up helpful event resources, read about last year's impact and ...

In LEED 05.26.2015

LEED for Retail—Ready for a boom in Serbia

“How many of you are familiar with LEED? And how many of your are using LEED today?” At a LEED for Retail roundtable discussion in Serbia last month, this attendee poll resulted in 60 percent and 10 percent, respectively. While I was surprised by these numbers, I also saw firsthand the incredible excitement and potential for LEED to take hold here. Last month, I had the pleasure of traveling to Belgrade, Serbia to keynote this roundtable event, which was being hosted by our friends...

In Advocacy and policy 05.28.2015

Closing out Building Safety Month

We are passionate about a lot of things here at USGBC, and saving energy is certainly one of them. Building Safety Month 2015 comes to an end with a final focus on energy in week four, $ave Energy, Build to Code.  Energy efficiency is the first step in building green and is the backbone of LEED—and the pioneering system rewards energy savings through a myriad of credits, across several credit categories. LEED-certified buildings cost less to operate, reducing energy and water bills...

In Industry 05.28.2015

Bureau Veritas and GBCI Sign Global Agreement for LEED Certification

May 28, 2015 (Washington, DC) – In a recent signing ceremony, Bureau Veritas and Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), the certification body for the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED green building program, finalized the terms of their exclusive global agreement to facilitate LEED certification internationally. LEED is the world’s foremost program for the certification of design, construction, maintenance and operations of green buildings, with more than 1.85 million...

In Center for Green Schools 05.26.2015

Be part of the conversation about sustainable schools at EDspaces

The best place to find out about sustainable design and purchasing trends that are shaping today’s cutting-edge learning environments is EDspaces, which is an international tradeshow and conference that brings together professionals who design, equip and manage innovative learning environments and the manufacturers, service providers and dealers who offer the essential solutions. This year’s event, taking place October 28-30, will tap into the city’s commitment to...

In LEED 05.26.2015

Two free webinar dates left: Get to know the LEED Dynamic Plaque and earn CE hours

Join us for a free webinar on the future of building performance during one of our two remaining dates.    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, facilities managers, consultants and other team members to observe trends and make meaningful improvements to building operations that benefit the triple...

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