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In Community 05.5.2016

Clean Power Plan implementation debated at the 2016 legislative session (USGBC Greater...

The 2016 Virginia legislative session, which just ended, included some key bills related to implementation of the EPA’s Clean Power Plan. Two bills, HB 2 and SB 21, were vetoed by Gov. Terry McAuliffe; these bills would have required that any state plans for implementing the Clean Power Plan be approved by the General Assembly. However, Republicans were able to pass a budget item prohibiting the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) from developing a state plan at this time (...

In Community 05.4.2016

Augusta Green Scene: A stroll through history (USGBC Georgia)

The Augusta Branch of USGBC Georgia, in partnership with Historic Augusta, Inc., recently hosted a walking tour of historic buildings, both renovated and nonrenovated. Chris Lehi, the Augusta Branch Chair, welcomed more than 40 people and introduced Robyn Anderson, the Preservation Services Director for Historic Augusta. Historic Augusta, Inc. is a private, nonprofit membership organization dedicated to the preservation of the historic built environment of Augusta and Richmond County, Ga....

In Community 05.4.2016

Green ribbons for the bluegrass state (USGBC Kentucky)

This week, the U.S. Department of Education announced the 2016 Green Ribbon Schools honorees. Again this year, as they have every year since the awards began in 2012, Kentucky schools earned this distinguished honor. We applaud these three schools as they enter the pantheon of Kentucky's green school stewards of excellence: Eastern Elementary School, Scott County: Coordinated Health and Energy Conservation Russell Cave Elementary, Lexington: All Hands on Deck for...

In Center for Green Schools 05.3.2016

The complex world of school cafeteria food donation

In my position at Oakland Unified School District, I sit between the Custodial and Nutrition Services Departments. One of my main areas of focus is in developing a district-wide food donation program, and I’ve met with a variety of successes and challenges along the way. It is taking shape, and once it is fully developed, it can be used as a model for other schools and school districts. Cafeteria food going unused Anyone who spends time in K–12 school cafeterias with high...

In Industry 05.5.2016

Sustainable building in India: Leading with LEED

This article was originally published in the March 2016 issue of IA&B magazine as "Sustainable Building in India: Leading with LEED."  A candid conversation with Shabbir Kanchwala, Senior Vice President at the K. Raheja Corp.: What role does green building certification play in K. Raheja Corp.’s development projects? K. Raheja Corp. ranks among the leading real estate developers in India. From its humble beginnings in 1956, the company has grown and diversified into...

In Advocacy and policy 05.4.2016

Nations to leverage building efficiency to meet Paris commitments

Last December, 195 nations from around the world came together in Paris and forged a historic agreement to act collectively to reduce human impact on the climate. Leading into the U.N. Framework on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of the Parties (COP21), countries developed Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) outlining what actions each will take to reduce national greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.  World Resources Institute (WRI) evaluated the 167 INDCs...

In Center for Green Schools 05.4.2016

Paving the way for sustainable education design

The 2016 Best of Green Schools Awards, presented at the Green Schools Conference and Expo earlier this month, recognizes the people, schools, campuses and organizations that create healthy, sustainable and efficient learning environments and inspiring educational experiences. Pauline Souza is a partner and director of sustainability at WRNS Studio, a LEED Fellow, and this year’s honoree in the Business Leadership category.  Over the course of my career, I have seen the...

In Community 05.3.2016

Register for the 2016 ACEEE Energy Efficiency Finance Forum

The 2016 ACEEE Energy Efficiency Finance Forum will be held May 22–24, 2016 at the Newport Marriott in Newport, R.I. Energy efficiency has taken on a new level of importance both domestically and internationally. Efficiency has long been a key element in utility resource planning, business competitiveness and household energy budgets. Now efficiency is slated to play a central role in meeting domestic targets under the Clean Power Plan and international agreements to reduce carbon...

In Industry 05.5.2016

First CLT hotel in the U.S. signals greater use of engineered wood in the buildings market

Lendlease recently celebrated the opening of the new Candlewood Suites at Redstone Arsenal, the first hotel in the United States to be completely constructed using cross laminated timber (CLT). The hotel’s completion, made possible through a partnership between the U.S. Army, Lendlease and IHG Army Hotels, highlighted the many benefits and potential uses for CLT in both private and public developments. Murray Woolcock, executive general manager at Lendlease, shared insight...

In Community 05.4.2016

Greenbuild scholarship recipients from around the globe: Part IV

For the past eight years, USGBC has offered scholarships to make Greenbuild accessible to people who would otherwise not be able to attend. For Greenbuild 2015, 94 individuals received a scholarship. Recipients represent a diverse group of people from around the world. Each one has a story to tell and brings their own passion to their work. Each one has a role to play in making green buildings and communities a reality for all.  As we lead up to Greenbuild 2016 in Los...

In Community 05.4.2016

Learning, living and loving at the Convergence Community Advancement Summit

USGBC is proud of its global community of leaders. From local volunteers to national members to LEED Fellows (and sometimes all three at once), we are grateful for the movers and shakers that make our bold mission possible.  The Community Advancement Summit at Convergence is USGBC’s annual opportunity to celebrate and educate our most engaged stakeholders. This year, representatives from USGBC’s local communities, emerging professionals, community partners,...

In Advocacy and policy 05.3.2016

Electric vehicle industry leaders meet with White House

White House and federal agency officials recently convened key stakeholders, including USGBC, to identify challenges and opportunities to support and promote electric vehicles (EV). Government officials at the meeting included high-ranking staff within the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), the Council on Environmental Quality, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the General Services...

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