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In Advocacy and policy 04.28.2016

DOT metrics rule could help reduce carbon pollution

This week, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) published a notice seeking public comment on a proposed rulemaking concerning performance metrics for states and regional organizations that receive federal funding. As our friends at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) capably explained, the proposed rule is one of several aimed at improving the performance of our nation’s transportation infrastructure. USGBC appreciates that DOT has raised the possibility...

In Industry 04.27.2016

Last chance to register for our EDGE workshop in New Delhi

Don't miss out on our next EDGE Technical Workshop, scheduled for May 6 in New Delhi. Register today to reserve your seat. Workshop attendees will learn about EDGE, a new green building rating system focused on making new residential and commercial buildings more resource-efficient. EDGE is composed of a new web-based software application, a universal standard and a certification system. Poised to jump-start green building in a fast, simple and affordable way, the EDGE...

In Community 04.27.2016

USGBC New Mexico students participate in Recyclemania and LEED tours

The USGBC New Mexico Student Chapter will be participating in Recyclemania 2016, hosted by Central New Mexico Community College (CNM). CNM will be collecting two days' worth of trash from three buildings on campus and will ask CNM students to sort the waste and separate recyclable material from municipal waste. Approximately 200 K–12 students and 250 CNM students will participate in the event. Our intention for this activity is to show CNM and visiting K–12 students the amount...

In LEED 04.26.2016

Learn more about LEED v4 Material Ingredients credit compliance

Join our free, live webinar for building product manufacturers about LEED v4 Material Ingredients credit compliance. Earlier this year, USGBC opened the call for product manufacturers interested in joining a field trial of guidance connected to Option 3 of the LEED v4 Material Ingredients credit that provides building product manufacturers with a step-by-step process for meeting its requirements. With the success of the first program, we are opening the call for a second...

In Community 04.27.2016

Don’t miss out on next week’s IMPACT conference (USGBC Minnesota)

Three panel discussions, 12 case studies and one nationally recognized keynote—don’t miss out on next week’s IMPACT Conference, Thursday May 5 at the Saint Paul RiverCentre. The IMPACT Conference is a place to learn about the latest building solutions. New rating systems address specialized infrastructure. Value is being measured in terms of productivity, health and well-being, and new methods of finance are changing the business case for high-performance...

In Center for Green Schools 04.27.2016

Illumination and inspiration: Energy Focus reflects on GSCE 2016

Earlier this month, the Energy Focus team had the unique opportunity to participate in the Green Schools Conference and Expo (GSCE). We were proud to be a Leader Sponsor of the event, but we were even more proud to have the chance to connect with the teachers, school administrators and nonprofit leaders who are so dedicated to providing healthy, safe, and efficient schools for our children.  Eric Hilliard, Energy Focus’ President and COO, provided greetings to attendees at the...

In Community 04.26.2016

Transforming the classroom (USGBC Minnesota)

In February, USGBC Minnesota visited Billy Koenig and Ed Loiselle’s class at Shakopee High School for a surprise Green Apple opportunity. The students spent class time tapping maples. During the project, they discussed how phenologically, February is early for tapping maples, and what that means, as well as covering species identification. Perhaps this is a typical class for students taking Environmental Ethics and Ecology with Koenig and Loiselle, but it's a not-so-typical learning...

In Advocacy and policy 04.26.2016

COP21 and the role of cities, businesses and people

The signing of the Paris Agreement this past Friday—Earth Day—convened leaders from 160 countries in one of the largest civic celebrations in the world. The agreement, a historic commitment that emerged from the COP21 talks in Paris last December, represents a top-down leadership role that national governments must play. But an equally important development also came out of Paris: a bottom-up approach from cities and companies around the world. COP21 emphasized the...

In Industry 04.27.2016

Red Hook, Brooklyn reimagined as resilient, urban hub in new BASF interactive whitepaper

Amy Patel is a Commercial Key Account Manager at BASF Corporation, a USGBC Platinum member. In 2015, USGBC participated in two events hosted by BASF’s Creator Space™ to examine paths to resilience in urban, coastal neighborhoods. Findings from those discussions were recently published in the whitepaper “Co-creating solutions for urban neighborhoods in coastal cities." Coastal cities are on the front lines of climate change impacts. Cities such as New York are increasingly...

In Community 04.27.2016

Upcoming events in the USGBC Nevada community

Are you passionate about sustainability? Well, so is the USGBC Nevada community. As part of our Green Rules, Green Schools and Green Tools strategy, we are excited to announce nearly a year's worth of programming! This will help you plan your engagement with USGBC Nevada so that we can make a larger collective impact in our community.  Our Outreach and Member Engagement Committee is the driving force behind engaging our members and the general public...

In Community 04.26.2016

A week with YouthBuild (USGBC Central Pennsylvania)

USGBC Central Pennsylvania is proud of their partnership with YouthBuild of Greater Harrisburg. Twice a year, UGSBC staff, board members and volunteers pull together to host a week of green building education for YouthBuild students.  YouthBuild was formed to create positive energy and break the cycle of poverty in low-income communities by providing opportunities for young people to learn skills and unleash their full potential. YouthBuild focuses on achieving quality of life and...

In Community 04.26.2016

USGBC Nebraska Market Leadership Advisory Board announced

USGBC Nebraska Flatwater entered 2016 in transition, and our chapter leadership has been no exception. After an esteemed and productive tenure, Lily Livingston has stepped down as USGBC Nebraska Flatwater Chapter Chair, but she will remain an active and involved member. We truly appreciate Lily's years of service and thank her for all of her hard work. Andrew McIntyre (Former Vice Chair) will now serve as Chair, with Brian Akert serving Vice Chair. The other members of the USGBC Nebraska...

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