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In Industry 08.18.2015

Get to know PEER: ISO 14001 and PEER

By requiring the development of key performance indicators and a system for tracking and continuously improving them, ISO 14001, the International Organization for Standardization’s voluntary benchmark for environmental management, provides a strong foundation for measuring and analyzing environmental performance. Layering PEER on top of this robust groundwork “turbocharges” a project, ensuring sustainable power system performance and accelerating the transformation of our...

In Industry 08.17.2015

Road to Greenbuild 2015 [video]

The Greenbuild International Conference and Expo is coming to Washington, DC, this November. In recognition of Washington's status as a world leader in green building and to showcase the city as a premiere location for Greenbuild, we present a multimedia tour through some of DC's most iconic locations and LEED certified spaces. Starting in Ward 8, we spotlight the new William O. Lockridge/Bellevue Neighborhood Library, which was certified LEED Gold for New Construction in January 2013...

In Community 08.14.2015

Lisa Geason-Bauer goes above and beyond to improve the quality of life for all in...

This month, Lisa Geason-Bauer was recognized as one of USGBC's Above and Beyond Volunteers—a volunteer leader whose contributions have led to outstanding achievements in the green building movement. Lisa, President at Evolution Marketing, LLC, supports the Wisconsin Green Building Alliance in planning and facilitating events. She has taken the opportunity whenever it has presented itself over the last seven years to promote the WGBA to Wisconsin businesses, not-for-profit organizations,...

In Education 08.13.2015

Top 3 courses you need to take this month (August 2015)

You want the best courses and we've got them. Check out this month's best three courses to grow your LEED, green building and sustainability knowledge. Check out August's top three courses created by USGBC Education Partners. Demystifying the Energy Codes, created by Education Partner The Green Engineer, Inc. Discover the differences between prescriptive and performance energy requirements Introduction to the Canadian Alternative Compliance Paths (ACPs), created by Education...

In LEED 08.18.2015

U.S. Green Building Council Announces LEED for Homes Award Winners

Annual recognition highlights projects, developers and builders leading the residential market for sustainable development Washington, D.C.  (August 18, 2015) — The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has announced the recipients of its annual LEED for Homes Awards, recognizing projects, developers and homebuilders that have demonstrated outstanding leadership and innovation in residential green building. The awards are given to outstanding multi- and single-family residential and...

In Community 08.14.2015

2015 Astounding Advocate Award: Renae Hesselink [video]

The USGBC volunteer awards, which were given out at USGBC’s annual mid-year meeting, Convergence, recognize individuals for their incredible work and leadership over the course of the year. In 2015, six awards were given out to a total of nine individuals and groups whose dedication and commitment to assisting in USGBC's mission of creating a more sustainable built environment is demonstrated by their passion and hard work through volunteerism. In this article, we highlight one of USGBC...

In LEED 08.13.2015

WSP explores LEED v4 Materials and Resources credits and points

Being an Energy and Atmosphere (EA) specialist I always found the LEED Materials and Resources (MR) credits a bit straightforward. When holding a LEED charrette it was the same speech: MR credit 1: Building Reuse: This is a new building so forget it. MR credit 2: Construction Waste Management: We will get both points because the landfills are shut down. MR credit 3: Materials Reuse: Threshold is too high, so we won’t try. Mr credit 4: Recycled Content and MR credit 5: Regional Materials...

In LEED 08.13.2015

Top 10 countries for LEED national profile: India

USGBC’s announcement of 2015’s Top 10 Countries for LEED comes during a historic time for the international green movement. In the time since USGBC announced the Top 10 Countries for LEED in 2014, the People’s Climate March in New York City drew hundreds of thousands of people from around the world to demand climate action, the U.S. and China came to a monumental agreement to work together to mitigate catastrophic levels of global warming and Pope Francis has issued a historic...

In Center for Green Schools 08.17.2015

Green Sports Alliance assembles a winning team for Green Apple Day of Service

On Sunday, June 28, the Green Sports Alliance launched their 2015 Summit in Chicago with a special Green Apple Day of Service project co-presented by Connor Sports with partners Chicago Public Schools, HOK, Skanska, Excel Dryer, USGBC-Illinois, and the Center for Green Schools at USGBC. “The Green Sports Alliance is committed to promoting healthy, sustainable communities where we live and play,” said Scott Jenkins, Board Chair of the Green Sports Alliance and Stadium General...

In Community 08.14.2015

Reducing Impact [USGBC+ July/August 2015]

This article was originally published in the July/August 2015 issue of USGBC+. Read the original version. Kaiser Permanente turns to renewable energy to create a healthier environment. To witness the profound effects of climate change, look no further than California’s Central Valley, where a record drought has left an eerily parched, dust-blown landscape. Scientists in California, the home state of healthcare provider Kaiser Permanente, are sounding dire warnings that unless...

In Industry 08.13.2015

Real Estate Lending and ESG: Observations from the 2015 GRESB Debt Survey

Over the past three months, I’ve been speaking with real estate debt fund managers about the new GRESB Debt Survey, an assessment designed to evaluate and benchmark, but also, to guide, the sustainability engagement and performance of real estate lenders. Recognized as “at least a decade behind the equity side of real estate,” sustainability integration in real estate debt (aka lending, finance or credit), still seems to be an emerging concept. Furthermore, given the multitude...

In LEED 08.12.2015

Global market watch: Sao Paulo, Brazil—Project teams in Brazil zero in on reducing water...

“We’re running out of water.” The sign is affixed to the glass door of the shower and on the mirror above the sink in my hotel room. The city of Sao Paulo and southeastern Brazil are experiencing the worst drought in decades, and the time for polite messages about water conservation is over.  The news is full of stories about drilling illegal wells in Sao Paulo, protests in the streets, and concerns about Brazil’s ability to host the thousands of visitors who will...

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