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In Media 05.24.2016

U.S. Green Building Council Announces LEED Pilot Credit: Building Material Human Hazard...

New credit continues push for better understanding and decision making around building materials & products Washington, D.C.—(May 24, 2016)—Today, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced a new LEED pilot credit—Building Material Human Hazard & Exposure Assessment, which encourages project teams and manufacturers to assess human health related exposure scenarios for products during their installation and use phases. “LEED v4, the latest version of the...

In Media 04.13.2016

U.S. General Services Administration Adopts SITES, GBCI’s Land Development and Management...

Washington, D.C.—(April 13, 2016)—The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) announced it has adopted the SITES rating system for its capital construction program. Owned and managed by Green Business Certification, Inc. (GBCI), SITES is the most comprehensive program for sustainable land development and management and is used by landscape architects, engineers, architects, developers and policymakers to align land development with innovative sustainable design. “Land is a...

In Media 04.5.2016

USGBC Announces New LEED Pilot ACP Designed to Help Eliminate Irresponsibly Sourced...

Washington, DC—(April 5, 2016)—Today, USGBC announced the quarterly addenda to the LEED green building rating system, which includes a new pilot Alternative Compliance Path (ACP) credit that is designed to further advance environmentally responsible forest management and help rid our buildings of illegal wood by promoting the use of wood that is verified to be legal. The pilot ACP builds on the robust infrastructure that has been built around responsible wood sourcing and chain...

In Media 03.23.2016

Groundbreaking Schools Report Shows Systemic Inequity in a State-By-State Analysis of...

New report by USGBC, the 21st Century School Fund and National Council on School Facilities projects a $46 billion annual deficit in U.S. school funding Washington, D.C.—(March 23, 2016)—The State of Our Schools: America’s K–12 Facilities report, released today by the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the 21st Century School Fund and the National Council on School Facilities, shows that the nation faces a projected annual shortfall of $...

In Media 05.11.2016

USGBC Joins National Leaders at the White House During Building Safety Month, Commits to...

Washington, DC—(May 11, 2016)—USGBC and an array of national building industry leaders gathered this week at the White House’s national conference on resilient building codes to discuss the economic and community benefits of resilient design and to consider actions that the federal government and the private sector can take to advance resilience in the built environment. “While we can do our best to slow the increase in climate volatility, we also have to focus on the...

In Media 04.8.2016

Greenbuild Releases 2015 Sustainability Report

Overall waste diversion rate of 84 percent and 70 percent regional food sourcing among highlights for hometown event in Washington, D.C., at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center Washington, D.C.—April 8, 2016—USGBC and Informa Exhibitions U.S., Construction and Real Estate have released the 2015 Greenbuild Sustainability Report, highlighting valuable metrics and key benchmarks regarding the impact on energy use and waste management at the 2015 Greenbuild...

In Media 04.1.2016

Center for Green Schools

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) established the Center for Green Schools in 2010 to help focus its green school efforts and affect change for this critical building type – no other buildings speak more to the power of green building than the places where our children learn. The Center for Green Schools is making sure every student has the opportunity to attend a green school within this generation. From kindergarten to college and beyond, the Center works directly with staff, teachers...

In Media 03.14.2016

GRESB Launches Health and Well-being Module for the Real Estate Industry

Health and well-being rapidly emerging as important area of opportunity for the industry March 14, 2016 (Amsterdam)—GRESB, the global standard for environmental, social and governance (ESG) assessment of real estate portfolios and infrastructure assets, today announced the launch of the GRESB Health and Well-being Module. This new module is an optional supplement to the GRESB Real Estate Assessment, which is an annual survey on behalf of a large group of institutional investors that...

In Media 05.10.2016

USGBC Announces 23 New Countries in its LEED Earth Campaign

LEED Earth designed to spur growth of green building in countries around the world Washington, D.C.—(May 10, 2016)—USGBC announced today that 23 countries have certified their first LEED project or their first LEED v4 Platinum building, as represented in USGBC’s ongoing LEED Earth campaign, which is designed to accelerate the uptake of green building and LEED throughout the world. “Every story about LEED is a story of leadership,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, chief...

In Media 04.5.2016

USGBC Announces Quarterly Addenda to LEED

New materials addenda designed to foster holistic transformation in the building product industry Washington, DC—(April 5, 2016)—Today, USGBC announced the quarterly addenda to LEED, which includes several materials addenda designed to foster holistic transformation in the building product industry: A new addendum to Option 1 of the Building Product Disclosure and Optimization—Material Ingredients will provide more flexibility for product manufacturers looking to...

In Media 03.31.2016

USGBC and the GSNN Announce the 2016 Best of Green Schools Honorees

Recipients represent impressive environmental efforts in schools across the United States Pittsburgh—(March 31, 2016)—Today, the Center for Green Schools at USGBC, in collaboration with the Green Schools National Network (GSNN), announced the 2016 Best of Green School award recipients. The awards recognize 11 individuals, institutions, projects and events representing the best environmental efforts in schools across the country and highlight the national leaders and innovators in...

In Media 02.18.2016

USGBC's New Report Reveals Hospitality Industry Poised for Tremendous Growth in...

LEED in Motion: Hospitality report highlights hotel brands across the world incorporating LEED and other sustainability practices Washington, D.C.—(Feb. 18, 2016)—Today, USGBC released its LEED in Motion: Hospitality report, which showcases tremendous industry growth in green building and defines the scale-up opportunities for the hospitality sector. Nearly 134 million square feet of hotel space is currently LEED-certified, and the report highlights some of the most impressive LEED-...

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