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In Community 05.23.2016

IMPACT 2016 Conference recap (USGBC Minnesota)

On May 5, 2016, over 200 green building professionals and sustainability experts from Minnesota and beyond joined USGBC Minnesota at the Saint Paul RiverCentre  for the 5th annual IMPACT Conference. Minnesota’s amazing Programs Committee worked hard to solidify a great speaker lineup filled with thought-provoking speeches and expert panels and highlighting the great work of sustainability professionals across the state. Representatives from corporations, architecture firms and...

In Community 05.20.2016

Discovering better places to live, learn and labor (USGBC Wisconsin)

Wisconsin is full of places that are designed, built and operated to contribute to prosperous, healthy and sustainable communities. Buildings and neighborhoods contribute by adapting and implementing cost-efficient and energy-saving strategies and practices. During the month of June, USGBC Wisconsin will highlight such places in Milwaukee, and we want you to be part of it. How will it work? We’ll post clues on Facebook and Twitter each week about the place. Monday...

In Community 05.19.2016

An Intro to WELL at GreenerBuilder (USGBC Northern California)

USGBC Northern California is pleased to present a guest blog by Adhamina Rodriguez, who will be speaking at GreenerBuilder 2016. The WELL Building Standard is the first green building rating system to focus exclusively on the health and wellness of people inside buildings. WELL is grounded on medical evidence and provides 102 “features,” or modifications in the built environment, that strive to improve human health and well-being. These features are distributed into seven categories...

In LEED 05.19.2016

From the Help Center: Regional Priority Credits 101

At the USGBC Help Center, our goal is to quickly connect you with answers addressing a wide range of topics, including LEED, professional exams and project tools. Some of our most popular questions revolve around Regional Priority (RP) Credits—what exactly are they, and how can a LEED project apply for one? Here are some answers to commonly asked questions about the RP credits. We also encourage you to submit questions to the Help Center if you can’t find what...

In Community 05.23.2016

USGBC North Dakota spring event showcases interior construction

SMARTT Interior Construction hosted the USGBC North Dakota spring event on May 12. SMARTT showed off two of their projects in downtown Fargo, featuring DIRTT products (Doing It Right This Time). First was Enclave Development, in the historic Case Building. The building was restored to its original character with 16-foot ceilings, exposed heavy timber construction and brickwork. All interior offices and conference rooms were built of DIRTT wall systems, with corniced tops, sliding...

In Center for Green Schools 05.20.2016

LEED Lab: Your ticket to a career in sustainability

One of the biggest draws of the LEED Lab course is that it prepares students far beyond just giving them an understanding of LEED and green building projects—it actually prepares them to succeed in 21st century sustainability careers. In the LEED Lab course, students participate in the entire LEED O+M process, choosing one building on their campus that they work toward certifying. In the process, students learn valuable skills applicable to any professional field. But LEED...

In Industry 05.19.2016

Learn about EDGE in our free and engaging course

Have 30 minutes to spare?  Want to learn all about EDGE? Take our new, free and engaging course: Introduction to EDGE. An innovation of International Finance Corporation, EDGE is a green building certification system focused on making new residential and commercial buildings more resource-efficient. EDGE comprises a web-based software application, a global standard and a certification system. GBCI administers EDGE certification in nearly 120 countries around the world and is...

In Industry 05.19.2016

Education at Greenbuilding Brasil 2016

The seventh Greenbuilding Brasil International Conference and Expo will take place August 9–11, 2016, at the São Paulo Expo in São Paulo, Brazil. The Greenbuilding Brasil expo will be co-located with the High Design–Home and Office Expo, an international high-end furniture exhibition with solutions for architecture and interior design projects. From an inspiring education program to networking opportunities to an expansive expo hall, you will not want to miss...

In Community 05.23.2016

Save the date for the 2016 Green Gala and SBA Awards (USGBC North Carolina)

On September 15, 2016, join USGBC North Carolina for an evening of power networking, fine dining and a silent auction as we celebrate the best of green building in North Carolina. Held annually in downtown Charlotte at the Ritz-Carlton, the Green Gala hosts myriad green building practitioners and community leaders to showcase innovative people and projects from across the state. Proceeds from the Green Gala fund the Rob Eggers Memorial Scholarship, which provides financial and...

In LEED 05.19.2016

New LEED pilot credit establishes Integrative Process for Health Promotion

Protecting human health by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and mitigating climate change has been a focus of the green building movement since its inception. With changing weather patterns and matured understanding of the relationship between climate change and health, the need for climate change mitigation and adaptation could not be more evident. However, in addition to the macro-level positive health impacts attributed to green building, there is increased recognition of the more...

In International 05.19.2016

Colombia GBC develops ACP for naturally ventilated projects

Over May 18–19, the ConstruVerde conference is taking place in Bogota, Colombia. In tandem with this, USGBC presents this interview with Cristina Gamboa, CEO of Colombia GBC. Naturally ventilated buildings are, at their core, sustainable. When designed correctly, they utilize their orientation and surroundings to breathe like a living being, thereby requiring fewer energy-intensive systems. The problem is that until now, LEED hasn’t been looking at some naturally ventilated...

In Center for Green Schools 05.18.2016

LEED Lab in action: UCSB project certifies under LEED v4 O+M

As one of the greenest campuses in the country, the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB) is deeply committed to fostering a culture of sustainability. Green building is a top priority at UCSB: all new buildings on campus must certify to LEED Gold, and UCSB is a leader in certification for existing buildings. In total, UCSB has nearly 70 LEED-certified buildings, totaling more than 2.6 million gross square feet of certified space. UCSB’s path to a sustainable future for all...

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