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In Center for Green Schools 05.3.2016

The complex world of school cafeteria food donation

In my position at Oakland Unified School District, I sit between the Custodial and Nutrition Services Departments. One of my main areas of focus is in developing a district-wide food donation program, and I’ve met with a variety of successes and challenges along the way. It is taking shape, and once it is fully developed, it can be used as a model for other schools and school districts. Cafeteria food going unused Anyone who spends time in K–12 school cafeterias with high...

In Community 05.3.2016

Rick Fedrizzi roasted and toasted in hometown (USGBC New York Upstate)

Destiny USA was the destination on April 14, 2016 for colleagues, friends and family of Rick Fedrizzi as USGBC New York Upstate held the annual Friends of USGBC New York Upstate Gala in Syracuse. The event, co-hosted by Corning, Inc. and AVANGRID Foundation and NYSEG celebrated the life’s work of USGBC’s Founding Chair and CEO.  “Destiny USA could not be more honored to be the host location for this year’s Gala,” said David Aitken, Destiny USA executive....

In Community 05.2.2016

Kentucky matches California with seven EPA Awards (USGBC Kentucky)

The sun shines bright on Kentucky this year, with seven EPA Energy Star Awards. It is not often that we compare with a green building count in California, so it is with great pride that we note Kentucky won the same number of EPA Energy Star Awards in this latest round of recognition. Kentucky's reputation as a leader in green schools, as noted in a recent article, Kentucky wins triple crown of green school awards, is further burnished with these EPA Energy Star Awards, four of which...

In Center for Green Schools 05.2.2016

Class is now in session: It’s a new day for students at USGBC

As of May 1, you can be a USGBC Student just by signing up and telling us! Any student, from anywhere around the globe, can become a USGBC Student. What does that mean? It means you get to showcase the knowledge, skills and credentials that will jump-start your careers. It means you get a personalized experience and can find activities and resources suited for your interests as a student. We are committed to providing an unparalleled opportunity for students preparing for 21st century...

In Community 05.3.2016

Register for the 2016 ACEEE Energy Efficiency Finance Forum

The 2016 ACEEE Energy Efficiency Finance Forum will be held May 22–24, 2016 at the Newport Marriott in Newport, R.I. Energy efficiency has taken on a new level of importance both domestically and internationally. Efficiency has long been a key element in utility resource planning, business competitiveness and household energy budgets. Now efficiency is slated to play a central role in meeting domestic targets under the Clean Power Plan and international agreements to reduce carbon...

In Center for Green Schools 05.3.2016

Measuring our impact: CFGS project update

Over the past several months, the Center for Green Schools (Center) has been working with dozens of green schools organizations on a project we’re calling “Measuring Our Impact.” The Measuring Our Impact project aims to define a clear and comprehensive set of measures, shared by the whole green schools community, which all schools can use to track their progress toward sustainability. We think about these measures in harmony with the three pillars of the U.S....

In Community 05.2.2016

NYS budget approves creation of design and construction corporation (USGBC New York...

With the creation of the Design and Construction Corporation (DCC), as highlighted in Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 2016/17 budget, New York state (NYS) has the ability to establish review processes for design and construction projects that support many existing NYS goals. Below is a short list of existing NY state mandates and laws that are clearly supported by green building achievement. LEED is an exceptional tool for excellence, and should be employed not as an add-on, but as the guidance...

In Community 05.2.2016

Join us at Convergence 2016

Archimedes said, “Give me a lever long enough...and I will move the world.” I often think of that quote when I think of the width, breadth and depth of the USGBC community. Because we have changemakers in every town, city, state and almost every country, individually and collectively we’ve become a powerful lever that is moving the world to a place that is healthier and more sustainable across so many dimensions. Convergence is where we gather to get reenergized for that work...

In Advocacy and policy 05.3.2016

Electric vehicle industry leaders meet with White House

White House and federal agency officials recently convened key stakeholders, including USGBC, to identify challenges and opportunities to support and promote electric vehicles (EV). Government officials at the meeting included high-ranking staff within the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), the Council on Environmental Quality, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the General Services...

In Community 05.3.2016

Challenging the community to engage with nature (USGBC Wisconsin)

The Lake Country Area was the first community-wide participant of the 30x30 Nature Challenge in Wisconsin, and continues to participate each year. The community stays true to the challenge, getting families, youth, adults and workers to spend 30 minutes a day in nature for 30 days (June 1– 30). They encourage community members to unplug from cell phones, tablets, e-readers and all electronic devices to connect with the natural world. The Oconomowoc Area Chamber of Commerce...

In Industry 05.2.2016

Transform your building into an extraordinary asset with EDGE

We’ve heard the statistics and warnings of rapid population growth, and we know that more people mean more buildings. In the next few decades, rapid urbanization will change the lifestyles of people living in emerging markets all over the world. Green buildings can be part of the solution.  All of the issues associated with urbanization can be addressed by building better, higher-performing buildings and communities. International Finance Corporation (IFC) created EDGE...

In Industry 05.2.2016

Clean, efficient power helps Legrand, North America deliver on DOE commitments

Susan Rochford is the vice president of energy efficiency, sustainability and public policy for Legrand, North America, a worldwide manufacturer of building electrical and digital infrastructure solutions for residential, commercial and industrial markets. At Legrand, North America our commitment to operational sustainability runs deep and we are always looking for ways to reduce our energy consumption and carbon footprint. As a Challenge Partner in the U.S. Department...

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