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In Center for Green Schools 09.2.2015

Submit a proposal for the 2016 Green Schools Conference & Expo

The Green Schools Conference & Expo, formerly the Green Schools National Conference, is accepting proposals from industry experts eager to share their knowledge and efforts to create green, healthy, sustainable teaching and learning environments. Green Schools Conference & Expo March 31-April 1, 2016Pittsburgh, PA Submit a proposal or learn more The deadline for submittals is Friday, Sept. 18, 2015, at 5:00 pm EDT. The Green Schools Conference & Expo is also seeking peer reviewers...

In Industry 09.2.2015

Sustainability and real estate debt: The elephant is back

There are many ways to invest in real estate, but a typical university textbook would show a variation of this graph: The top row shows equity investments: buy shares in a listed property company (REIT), or take a stake in a private equity real estate company or fund. (You could of course also buy an asset directly.) The bottom row shows the debt market, which represents the other side of the real estate capital stack. Debt comes in the form of corporate bonds (general obligation financing) or...

In Education 08.31.2015

Introducing USGBC Education Partner GreenCE, Inc.

USGBC Education Partners are leaders, trusted voices and reputable providers of green building and sustainability education. You can access their courses on Education @USGBC.  Meet our USGBC Education Partner GreenCE, Inc. If someone could only take one of your courses, what should they take? Cultivating Young Minds: A Net-Zero School for Tomorrow’s Leaders—Through a series of interviews with the school faculty and the design team, we explore the creation of...

In LEED 08.28.2015

Who in Canada is using LEED?

LEED professionals are key leaders of the green building industry. Earning a LEED professional credential—including the LEED Green Associate; LEED AP (Accredited Professional); LEED Fellow and various certificate designations—denotes qualified expertise in green building. LEED professional credentials mean much more than just a professional accolade; those who earn them form a network of committed green building practitioners across an array of industries.  As Canada's...

In Media 09.2.2015

North American Commercial Real Estate Sector Improves Sustainability Performance

New report shows REITs and private equity real estate funds embracing sustainability practices Amsterdam - (September 2, 2015) – GRESB, the global standard for portfolio-level sustainability assessment in the real estate sector, today released its 2015 data and industry report. The data and report are based on an assessment of 707 property companies and private equity real estate funds, representing 61,000 assets and USD 2.3 trillion in asset value. The report provides new insights...

In International 09.1.2015

Register for a webinar introduction to EDGE certification

Have you heard about EDGE and want to learn more about this new green building certification? Are you a building owner who wants to get a project EDGE certified but don't know where to begin? Are you a green building professional who is looking to offer consulting or auditing services for EDGE but don't understand the certification process? Do you want to learn more about EDGE software and how to use it?  Attend one of our webinars to learn more about EDGE building certification in India....

In LEED 08.28.2015

LEED for Homes Awards Spotlight: Paseo Verde

Last week, USGBC honored seven outstanding home builders, developers and projects that have demonstrated outstanding leadership and innovation in residential green building by awarding them with prestigious LEED for Homes awards. This week, we would love to tell you more about one of those shining examples of green building mastery and environmental stewardship. Award Category: Project of the Year Winner: Paseo Verde, Jonathan Rose Companies / APM This year’s project of the year is truly...

In International 08.27.2015

Accelerating building efficiency improvements in Latin America

Energy efficiency improvements in the building sector can yield significant financial and environmental benefits included reduced energy costs, decreased greenhouse gas emissions, improved occupant health and increased local employment. However, long standing market and policy barriers stand in the way of achieving these potential benefits at scale. Latin America, facing increasing populations in urban cities, could reduce global energy demand by one-third if available energy efficiency best...

In Center for Green Schools 09.2.2015

The Green Apple Day of Service: An especially valuable endeavor

We can all agree that north of 300,000 volunteers actively contributing to healthy, safe, efficient, and productive learning environments is a tremendous benefit to the green schools movement. Each participant brings additional strength to the effort. However, it is often overlooked that participation also has tremendous value for the students who decide to roll up their sleeves and dig in. Here are some of the ways Green Apple Day of Service is an especially valuable endeavor for you whether...

In Education 09.1.2015

Earn badges on Education @USGBC

All around the web, badges are one way that professional profiles are evolving to celebrate achievements. Badges are more than just an icon—they are a visual representation of your accomplishment that includes details about what you’ve earned and how you earned it. Starting today, you can earn badges by completing courses on Education @USGBC. Maintain your credential and show off your accomplishments at the same time! Learn more about how to share your badges All USGBC badges...

In Media 08.28.2015

2015 Legendary Leader Award: Lois Vitt Sale [video]

The USGBC volunteer awards, which were given out at USGBC’s annual mid-year meeting, Convergence, recognize individuals for their incredible work and leadership over the course of the year. In 2015, six awards were given out to a total of nine individuals and groups whose dedication and commitment to assisting in USGBC's mission of creating a more sustainable built environment is demonstrated by their passion and hard work through volunteerism. For this installment, we highlight Lois Vitt...

In Industry 08.27.2015

Rewriting History [USGBC+ July/August 2015]

This article was originally published in the July/August 2015 issue of USGBC+. Read the original version. How the ancient Egyptians built the pyramids matters to climate change. Spoiler alert: We may be wrong about how the ancient Egyptians built the Great Pyramids. Decades of schoolchildren are taught the prevailing theory: The pyramids were constructed from enormous blocks of solid stone, cut by hand from far away quarries, and hauled across the searing desert sands. We imagine—...

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