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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 Community 02.1.2016

USGBC National Capital Region: Register for Green Tie Affair

Join hundreds of sustainability professionals from across the Washington, D.C. region for our community’s premier social event of the season: the Green Tie Affair. This annual winter celebration regularly brings together 350 of the most informed and influential individuals in green building for networking and delicious food and drink. We are thrilled to announce that this year’s event will take place at the Embassy of Finland—the first LEED Platinum embassy in the United...

In Education 02.1.2016

LEED v4 education: location and transportation

The LEED v4 education suite focus this February is on location and transportation. This category (new to BD+C, ID+C and O+M projects) rewards thoughtful decisions about building location, with credits that encourage compact development, alternative transportation and connection to amenities such as restaurants and parks. In previous versions of LEED, location and transportation were addressed in the sustainable sites category. In LEED v4, sustainable sites specifically addresses on-site...

In Center for Green Schools 01.28.2016

Greening higher education: Q&A with Rachel Gutter

Last October, USGBC, along with the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) and Second Nature, committed to more deeply collaborate on sustainability in higher education toward the goal of graduating more than 20 million “global sustainability citizens” across all majors by 2025. We interviewed leaders from each organization to get their take on what the commitment means to them, and the results...

In Community 02.2.2016

USGBC welcomes Detroit and Utah

Today, we are excited to welcome two USGBC communities as integrated regions of USGBC national. Please join us in welcoming USGBC Detroit and USGBC Utah! This transition comes as part of our chapter network evolution, which is piloting a new model for the USGBC community and local market engagement. This will provide an exciting opportunity for our local USGBC regions to enhance their operations and focus on the mission work that really matters. “On behalf of all of us at...

In Center for Green Schools 02.1.2016

Best of Green Schools 2016 call for nominations

The Center for Green Schools at USGBC is excited to announce its partnership with the Green Schools National Network to co-present the “Best of Green Schools 2016.” The Best of Green Schools recognizes the people, schools, campuses and organizations making a big difference in creating healthy, efficient learning environments for our students. 2015 was another fantastic year for the green schools movement. We have a lot to celebrate, and if not for the outstanding...

In Community 01.29.2016

USGBC National Capital Region: Join a volunteer committee at the February meeting

Looking for an opportunity to become more involved with promoting sustainability in the Washington, D.C., area? USGBC National Capital Region volunteer committees work year-round to make the D.C. region a greener, healthier place to live, work and play. Right now is an excellent time to get involved, because many committees are just ramping up their plans for 2016. The first step to getting involved is to contact the committee chair and attend a meeting. The list below, which includes committee...

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 Community 02.2.2016

USGBC Kentucky: Attend Advocacy Day on February 25

Join USGBC Kentucky on Thursday, Feb. 25 for a day of advocacy at the Capitol building in Frankfort. We'll be speaking with lawmakers and USGBC volunteer leaders about initiatives and legislation that promotes and advances energy independence, energy conservation, green buildings and livable communities. Legislative advocacy is a vital component of USGBC Kentucky's outreach and influences policy that advances the mission of USGBC to innovate, educate and advocate for a more sustainable built...

In Community 02.1.2016

A year of ADVANCEment: Go and serve

“Everybody can be great, because anybody can serve.” —Martin Luther King, Jr. On Monday, Jan. 18, we celebrated the vision and work of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through service activities across the country. The goal of the MLK Day of service is to empower individuals, strengthen communities, bridge barriers, create solutions to social problems and move us closer to Dr. King’s vision of a beloved community. Engage with the community USGBC Emerging...

In Community 01.29.2016

USGBC New York: Learn how to conquer the energy code in New York State

Urban Green Council, working in concert with NYSERDA and other partner organizations such as USGBC New York Upstate, invites all design professionals working in New York State to register for important classroom training. Based on the upcoming 2015 IECC, this course unveils the structure and rationale behind the energy code. Architects and engineers will learn how to navigate the various pathways to compliance and how to incorporate best energy conservation practices into their projects....

In Community 01.28.2016

USGBC National Capital Region: Green Schools Summit postponed

The USGBC National Capital Region Green Schools Summit has been postponed until fall 2016. We will communicate further details as they become available. Can't wait until the fall to get your local D.C. area green schools fix? Join our committee as we work year-round to make our schools greener, healthier places to learn and play. If you are interested in planning the summit or joining the committee, please email Suzi Warren. In the meantime, we encourage you to attend the National...

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