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In Media 08.4.2015

USGBC Releases Statement on White House Clean Power Plan

The U.S. Green Building Council applauds President Obama and EPA Administrator McCarthy for their leadership this week in adopting the Clean Power Plan - a measure critical to the nation’s efforts to address climate change and all the human risks and impacts it entails. Importantly, EPA’s final rule aims to take advantage of market forces to realize significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions along with co-benefits to public health, such as fewer heart attacks and asthma...

In Media 07.23.2015

Future Greenbuild Dates Announced Through 2019

Internationally renowned, the world's largest conference and expo dedicated to green building to rotate cities Washington, D.C. — (July 23, 2015) — Dates were announced today for future Greenbuild International Conference & Expo events through the year 2019 by Informa Exhibitions and the U.S. Green Building Council. “We are committed to rotating Greenbuild to very accessible locations to maximize attendee participation and exhibitor confidence. We ensure Greenbuild...

In Media 07.9.2015

Jane Henley joins USGBC's Global Market Development Team

Former chief of the World Green Building Council to promote green building market transformation throughout Asia Washington, DC - (July 9, 2015) –  USGBC announced today that Jane Henley, former chief executive officer of the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC), has come on board as a senior advisor to provide strategic guidance on global market development efforts in Asian markets. Head of the WorldGBC for more than five years, Henley made significant strides in the ongoing...

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 08.1.2015
Photo credit: Rob Moody

Benefits of Green Homebuilding

Benefits of LEED-Certified Homes: Savings, Value, Well-Being, Trusted Homes don’t merely have an outsized impact on our personal lives, they are also a critical piece of the broader building industry. The National Association of Home Builders reports that as of the first quarter of 2014, housing contributed $2.47 trillion to gross domestic product. “Since 2005, the green share of new single family residential construction has grown dramatically— increasing from 2% in 2005 to 23% in 2013....

In Media 07.22.2015

USGBC Announces International Rankings of Top 10 Countries for LEED Green Building

Demand for sustainable buildings continues to grow throughout the globe Washington, D.C.—(July 22, 2015)—Today, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced its international rankings of the Top 10 Countries for LEED, the world’s most widely used and recognized green building rating system. The Top 10 list highlights countries outside of the U.S. that are making significant strides in sustainable building design, construction and transformation, illustrating the ever-...

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 07.30.2015

Greenbuild Releases 2014 Sustainability Report

Highlights include 71.5 percent waste diversion and 97 percent local food served at the Greenbuild Celebration Washington, D.C. - (July 30, 3015) - Informa Exhibitions U.S., Construction and Real Estate and USGBC have released the 2014 Greenbuild Sustainability Report, highlighting valuable metrics and key benchmarks regarding the impact on energy use and waste management at the 2014 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, held last fall in New Orleans. The comprehensive report details...

In Media 07.14.2015

USGBC and UVA School of Medicine Awarded 
$1.2 Million Grant from Robert Wood Johnson...

Funds will help advance existing Green Health Partnership, research to promote healthy places Washington, DC – (July 14, 2015) – USGBC and the University of Virginia School of Medicine (UVA) announced today that they have been awarded a three year, $1.2 million grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to advance their Green Health Partnership. This research initiative, led by Chris Pyke, Ph.D., (USGBC) and Dr. Matthew Trowbridge (UVA) directly addresses longstanding...

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,...

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