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In Center for Green Schools 04.22.2014
Milton-Union Exempted Village School in West Milton, Ohio

Congratulations to the 2014 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools!

Earlier this afternoon, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and White House Council on Environmental Quality Acting Chair Mike Boots announced the 2014 class of Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) honorees, highlighting a total of 57 schools and school districts from around the country.  The 48 schools and nine districts hail from 30 state education agencies, and in their own ways are each excelling across the three pillars of this award: minimized building impact and...

In Industry 04.21.2014

Earth Day 2014

I admit to having mixed feelings about Earth Day for the obvious reason that “saving the planet” is a 365-day, 24/7 job. But if we can get people to focus on the central idea it represents even for a few minutes, it’s worth it, right? But what’s begun to bother me big time is that we still frame this idea as if it’s humans vs. the planet, rather than focusing on the intricate interdependencies between humans and the Earth. Nowhere does this show up more than in...

In Center for Green Schools 04.17.2014

10 schools leading the way in Princeton Review Guide to Green Colleges (photos)

Now in its fifth year, The Princeton Review’s Guide to 332 Green Colleges, 2014 Edition, released today, profiles higher education institutions in the United States and Canada that demonstrate notable commitments to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation. Colleges that succeed in achieving the highest possible Green Rating score for this guide also earn themselves a place on the Green Honor Roll. Here’s a look at 10 of...

In Community 04.15.2014

Welcome new USGBC members: April 2014

At USGBC, we couldn't do what we do without our members. It is through their commitment, expertise, and engagement, that our movement continues to thrive. Every day, we are making our way toward a healthier, more sustainable and prosperous future.  We want to wish a warm welcome to the organizations who joined from March 14 to April 14, 2014. Learn more about membership. AAI ABS Systems acla:works Aigu Consulting Alan Scherr Associates, LLC All Phase Consulting, LLLP...

In Center for Green Schools 04.22.2014

This Earth Day start with STEM

My favorite part of my job by far is getting to watch and hear about STEM teachers who are making science and math come alive for their students; teachers who are using issues that are both interesting and applicable to their students to demonstrate how STEM truly is all around us.  As we prepare to celebrate Earth Day (which should be every day, by the way), I caught up with one of Teach For America’s alumni teachers, Irene Hsieh (DC Corps ’11), who was awarded a service...

In Industry 04.18.2014
Smog in Singapore, via Flickr

Friday Roundup: IPCC says time for climate action, new Guide to Green Colleges

Here’s our weekly collection of green building clips: USGBC Vice President of Research Chris Pyke spoke to multiple outlets about his contribution to the new report from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change: The revolution starts here: Why the fight against climate change needs to begin where we live, Salon. We're Running Out of Time to Stop Global Warming, UN Says, Mashable. U.N. panel says next 15 years will be critical for affordable climate change actions...

In LEED 04.16.2014

The little LEED building that could: South Sudan’s first LEED-certified building

The World Bank building in South Sudan had its challenges. The site was located in an area with no electricity supply, access to local building materials were few and far between, not to mention that during the design and entire construction period the client for the building was based in Washington D.C., the architect in Kenya, the sustainability consultant in India, and the water consultant in Ethiopia. Yet for the World Bank’s new Juba office in South Sudan, a combination of...

In LEED 04.14.2014

Our 21st year

Turning 21 years old marks an important right of passage, at least here in the U.S. You’re now officially old enough to do a few things you were probably already doing anyway. Hopefully, now that you can do them legally, you’ve also figured out how to do them more responsibly. That’s the idea, anyway. Likely, you’re only just now beginning to figure out who you really are, and what you want to do with your life. There’s an expectation among your family...

In Initiatives 04.22.2014

Meet the Cool Congregations Challenge winners

The spring season is upon us and themes of regeneration and restoring the Earth are fresh in our minds. What better time to celebrate the winners of Interfaith Power & Light’s (IPL) Cool Congregations Challenge? Earlier this year, USGBC's partner organization invited people of faith across the country to share what they’re doing in response to climate change by entering the Cool Congregations Challenge. There were so many great entries that the decision was tough!  Get...

In Community 04.18.2014

Hear what others have to say about the benefits of USGBC membership

Why should your organization become a USGBC member?  We asked hundreds of members what they value about their membership. Here's what they had to say. "Love the new platinum membership and the engagement I get with USGBC team!" "USGBC is doing some of the best work by any association or organization in this field." "I have a lot off affinity with the USGBC's values, goals and achievements." "USGBC provides value and good services." "USGBC is the place to be if you are serious about green...

In LEED 04.16.2014

GRESB: Bringing sustainability to the capital market

Last week the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB), launched its 2014 Survey. The release marks the fifth consecutive year that GRESB has been working to provide institutional investors with timely and actionable information about property companies and private equity funds.   The real estate industry has taken notice. Following pressure from investors, regulators, as well as building occupants, the industry has started to look more closely at sustainability issues,...

In LEED 04.14.2014

Know we're back!

We know. "In The Know" took a several week long — unannounced — hiatus. Maggie and I apologize, but we have been working on a number of international efforts that have kept us occupied! In short, we’re back, so is Mad Men, and we have a tremendous amount to share in the coming weeks. I was in China (my distraction) with some of USGBC's leadership at the end of March for a series of meetings, a plaque presentation and, most importantly, seeing LEED in motion...

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