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In Education 01.9.2015

Sense and Survivability: How evolution shapes design decisions

This excerpt below was originally published in a research paper on Jan. 7, 2015. Read the complete paper. The 3.8 billion years of evolution of the DNA strand that uniquely identifies the human genome has invested in humanity a host of sensory inputs that are essential to our survival. This distinctive combination of skills has made Homo sapiens the single most efficient predator on the planet. We possess an exceptional set of sensors from which we extract many subtle cues from our environment...

In Education 01.7.2015

Introducing USGBC Education Partner Green Building Alliance

USGBC Education Partners are leaders, trusted voices and reputable providers of green building and sustainability education. You can access their courses on Education @USGBC.  Meet our USGBC Education Partner Green Building Alliance If someone could only take one of your courses, what should they take? Our Green Lease course is great because green leases impact so many people and professions—building owners, tenants, lawyers, commercial brokers, sustainability...

In LEED 01.6.2015

New modules for the LEED web-based reference guide

With the launch of LEED v4, USGBC introduced a new format for the LEED reference guides—web-based. Integrated into the LEED credit library, this resource combines all of the information in the hard copy and PDF versions of the guides with additional videos, tutorials and templates. It was built so that we could continuously add to it, making it a resource that continues to grow. With this quarter’s addenda release we’ve added two new modules for LEED for...

In Center for Green Schools 12.22.2014

A Moment for the Movement: A children's book inspired by the Center for Green Schools

Annie Donnelly is the Best of Green Schools 2014 honoree in the Moment for the Movement category. Annie recently authored a children’s book titled 'Willow Watts and the Green School Wish.' Her story teaches children about a wide range of sustainability measures from vegetable gardens, to clean construction, to energy efficient heating and cooling. In the book, Princess Smog has a special wish for her birthday but her grandfather, King Smog, is hard to convince. With help from...

In Community 01.9.2015

Freebie Friday: USGBC wallpaper January 2015

Download our latest USGBC-branded wallpaper for your desktop, laptop, tablet, smartphone. Did we mention that it's free?   (Click the links below to download.) 1680x1050 / 2560x1440 / Mobile / Tablet And while you're at it, view freebies from March and July, and tell us what wallpaper you'd like for your device by leaving us a note in the comments.

In LEED 01.6.2015

LEED addenda update: January 2015

The January 1st quarterly LEED rating system and reference guide addenda is now available. This release includes addenda for both LEED v4 and LEED 2009. To view the changes: Visit the addenda database and search by 1/1/2015 Visit the credit library and select the "Interpretations” tab within each credit Download the Reference Guide Tables Interpretations One new LEED 2009 (10407) and two new LEED v4 (10408-10409) Interpretations were published. One existing (...

In Center for Green Schools 01.5.2015

Wisconsin leads the world with the first certified LEED v4 O&M: Schools project

On Nov. 7, 2014, Maple Dale School in Fox Point, Wisconsin made history. The school was the first in the world to earn certification under the LEED v4 Operations and Maintenance: Schools rating system, achieving LEED Gold certification. In a special ceremony on Monday, November 17, Al Skodowski, Immediate Past Chair of the USGBC Board of Directors, presented the LEED plaque to the Maple Dale-Indian Hill School Board. The certification was the result of a collaborative process that involved...

In Education 12.22.2014

Top 3 courses you should take (December 2014)

Looking to grow your green building knowledge? Check out December's top three courses. 1. LEED for Starters: A Contractor’s GuideAn introduction to sustainability, green buildings, and the LEED v3 and v4 rating systems for Contractors. 2. Pervious Concrete and Green BuildingThis course focuses on pervious concrete and how it can be used to aid in obtaining LEED Green Building Rating System credits. 3. Dynamic Ventilation Reset StrategiesIn this webinar, we will discuss dynamic ventilation...

In LEED 01.8.2015

LEED buildings outperform market peers according to research

This article was originally published under the headline, "Do LEED buildings perform? Indeed they do!" on the Green Building Information Gateway on Dec. 4, 2014. Read the original article. There is ongoing curiosity as to whether LEED buildings perform in line with market expectations on energy efficiency measures, or similarly, if LEED buildings perform better on energy efficiency metrics than non-LEED rated counterparts. Until recently it has been difficult to analyze the performance of LEED...

In LEED 01.6.2015

LEED certification update: December 2014

In this recurring monthly feature, we take a look at LEED certification activity in December 2014, broken out by rating system and location, as well as newly certified LEED projects in the news. Be sure to check out USGBC's LEED project directory for a closer look at LEED projects in your area. You can also visit the Green Building Information Gateway to analyze LEED trends around the world. Certification Level Projects Certified Square Footage...

In Community 12.22.2014

Warm wishes from USGBC [Video]

It's that time of year especially meant for merry-making with family and friends, and all of us at USGBC would like to wish you happy holidays—may yours be merry, sustainable and bright!     We'd also like to say a big "thank you!" to the Iowa Chapter's Scott Bowman, who spread some holiday cheer by sending us these awesome Lego letters. Follow USGBC's Vine channel for more videos

In Advocacy and policy 12.19.2014

Planners seek to update policy guide for sustainability

Because planning decisions reverberate across decades the planning profession plays a major role in enabling sustainable solutions in communities across the country. When planners give consideration to sustainability and integrate it into the planning process they magnify a community's ability to protect the environment, save money, foster healthy lifestyles and strengthen local economies for all residents. To help the planning profession move toward strategies that address sustainability...

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