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In Media 06.30.2015

USGBC Announces New Alignment with CALGreen

California embraces new path to achieve LEED certification as state struggles with drought San Diego, CA – (June 30, 2015) – USGBC announced today the availability of a new path forward for California project developers seeking LEED certification. This announcement comes in the midst of USGBC’s annual midyear conference for community leaders, Convergence, taking place from June 28–July 1 in San Diego. Starting July 1, nonresidential projects in California subject to...

In Media 06.10.2015

GBCI Launches SITES, its Newly Acquired Rating System for Sustainable Landscapes

SITES addresses global concerns such as climate change, loss of biodiversity and resource depletion through sustainable landscape design and management June 10, 2015 (Washington, D.C.) – Today, Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) launched its newly acquired SITES rating system, the most comprehensive program and toolkit for developing sustainable landscapes. SITES was developed through a collaborative, interdisciplinary effort of the American Society of Landscape Architects, The...

In Media 05.28.2015

USGBC Joins Home Energy Information Accelerator and Commits to Expand Energy Efficiency...

Washington, D.C. (May 28, 2015)— Today the U.S. Department of Energy announced two new Better Buildings Accelerators, which will convene leading organizations in the building industry to focus on key solutions for expanding energy efficiency in the residential sector. The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has joined the Home Energy Information Accelerator and committed to support consumer education and environmental sustainability in the U.S. residential building market. “USGBC...

In Media 04.16.2015

GBCI Renamed Green Business Certification Inc.

Name change reflects organization’s growing portfolio of certification and credentialing services Washington, D.C. – (April 16, 2015) – The GBCI Board of Directors announced today that GBCI, formerly known as the Green Building Certification Institute, has changed its name to Green Business Certification Inc. It will continue to be referred to as GBCI. “GBCI is a dynamic brand that has been synonymous with LEED and green building since it was founded in 2008,” said...

In Media 06.28.2015

Rick Fedrizzi to Step Down as USGBC’s CEO End of 2016

(Washington, D.C. – June 28, 2015) USGBC announced today that Rick Fedrizzi, the visionary founder of USGBC and CEO since 2003, will not seek renewal of his contract as USGBC’s CEO at the end of 2016, paving the way for an organizational leadership transition in 2017.

 “As one of the founders of USGBC, I never could have imagined the sweeping global impact the organization would have, the wide-ranging work that could be accomplished, the dramatic change in our industry that...

In Media 06.9.2015

GBCI and CaGBC Join Together to Advance the WELL Building Standard

New partnership agreement will bring WELL to market across Canada Washington, D.C. & Ottawa, ON (June 9, 2015) – Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) and the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) announce a new agreement to promote and advance the WELL Building Standard (WELL) in Canada. The WELL Building Standard is a performance-based system for measuring, certifying and monitoring features that impact human health and wellbeing, through air, water, nourishment, light, fitness,...

In Media 05.28.2015

Bureau Veritas and GBCI Sign Global Agreement for LEED Certification

May 28, 2015 (Washington, DC) – In a recent signing ceremony, Bureau Veritas and Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), the certification body for the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED green building program, finalized the terms of their exclusive global agreement to facilitate LEED certification internationally. LEED is the world’s foremost program for the certification of design, construction, maintenance and operations of green buildings, with more than 1.85 million...

In Media 04.15.2015

Global Coalition for Green Schools Recognizes Greenest School on Earth

Dunbarton High School in Canada recognized for cutting-edge sustainability education  Washington, D.C. – (April 15, 2015) – Today, the Global Coalition for Green Schools, an initiative of the Center for Green Schools at USGBC, announced the 2015 Greenest School on Earth. The recipient school is Dunbarton High School of Pickering, Ontario, Canada. The Greenest School on Earth is an annual competition, highlighting a K-12 school that exemplifies how sustainability can be...

In Media 06.12.2015

Net Zero Zone Returns to Greenbuild 2015

June 8, 2015 (Washington, D.C.) – Informa Exhibitions U.S., Construction and Real Estate, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and EMerge Alliance announced today that the Net Zero Zone, the first of its kind in a major trade show, will return to the 2015 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo taking place at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., Nov. 18-19, 2015. “Driven by the innovative work of EMerge Alliance and its members, the Net Zero Zone at...

In Media 06.5.2015

Capital Area Food Bank Selected as 2015 Greenbuild Legacy Project

Washington, D.C. (June 5, 2015) – The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), and Capital Area Food Bank (CAFB), broke ground this week on the 2015 Greenbuild Legacy project, a new urban food studio designed to help underserved members of the Greater Washington D.C. area. The CAFB project was chosen by the Greenbuild Host Committee, led by the USGBC National Capitol Region (USGBC-NCR), as a finalist for this year’s Legacy Project. The legacy project is an annual permanent gift of...

In Media 04.29.2015

PEER: New Rating System for Sustainable Power Systems

Washington, D.C. – (April 29, 2015) – Today, Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) officially launched PEER, its rating system designed to measure and improve sustainable power system performance. Modeled after the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) LEED green building rating system, PEER, or Performance Excellence in Electricity Renewal, evaluates power generation, transmission and distribution systems through the lens of the customer, focusing on efficiency, quality,...

In Media 04.7.2015

New Survey Shows Top Companies Prioritize Global Green Building Rating System LEED

Eighty percent of respondents cite LEED, the world’s premier green building program, as key way to communicate corporate sustainability efforts to stakeholders Washington, D.C. (April 7, 2015) – The world’s top-performing companies are prioritizing sustainability as part of their corporate social responsibility efforts, and a majority of them are using LEED, the world’s premier green building program, to achieve their goals, according to a new survey released today...

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