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In Advocacy and policy 06.19.2015

Creating an energy efficiency superpower: The 26th annual Energy Efficiency Forum

When it comes to energy efficiency and technological innovation, “follow the money” was the advice of Jim Connaughton, Executive VP of C3 Energy and former Chairman of the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) under the Bush Administration. Connaughton was the first of many distinguished speakers at the 26th Annual Energy Efficiency Forum hosted by Johnson Controls Inc. (JCI) and the United States Energy Association (USEA). The theme of this year’s forum was...

In Industry 06.18.2015

Introduction to PEER: Energy Efficiency and Environment

Electricity generation is responsible for 40% of the nation’s man-made carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, according to the EPA. It is also responsible for 23% of the nation’s nitrogen oxide (NOX) emissions, and 67% of the nation’s sulfur dioxide emissions (SO2). The bulk of input energy—approximately 65%—is lost in the electricity generation, delivery, and use. Efficiencies can be improved across all areas of the system, but especially in generation, to realize both...

In Education 06.18.2015

Take part in executive education presented by Harvard and USGBC

Global challenges require that we place human and planetary health at the core of what we do.  USGBC and the Center for Health and the Global Environment at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health have joined forces to bring you a suite of cutting edge executive education offerings that advance leadership in sustainability and health. Held on Harvard’s iconic Cambridge campus, each course is highly selective and features a dynamic curriculum led by world-class faculty that help...

In Industry 06.17.2015

How do I become a LEED Green Associate? [video]

Watch our video below to learn more about how you can become a LEED Green Associate. The LEED Green Associate credential is your gateway to green, demonstrating a robust, up-to-date understanding of current green building principles and best practices. We’ve created this credential for everyone; you don’t need previous LEED project experience to be eligible. Prep yourself on LEED v4 content by checking out our candidate handbooks and other online study materials. The exam is...

In Community 06.19.2015

USGBC gets ready for Greenbuild 2015 with Sec. of Navy Mabus [video]

Last week USGBC, along with the National Capital Region of USGBC and Informa Exhibitions, the owner and operator of Greenbuild, was honored to host Secretary of the U.S. Navy Ray Mabus at a luncheon celebrating the Greenbuild International Conference & Expo coming to Washington, D.C., this November. USGBC President Roger Platt took a few moments to introduce Sec. Mabus, who has long been a powerful voice for the role sustainability plays in how we can secure our country and better...

In LEED 06.18.2015

Classic, timeless and sustainable cities: Jiaming Investment looks towards the future

Every story about a green building is a story about people. LEED buildings have a direct impact on the people who eat, live, work and play in them: these high-performing buildings boost the health, productivity and happiness of millions of people across the globe. Leaders across the globe understand that LEED is a powerful market tool that works. Every story about a LEED building is a story about leaders. These leaders recognize that LEED enhances a company’s triple-bottom line, helps...

In Education 06.17.2015

Register to attend an upcoming webinar on WELL Typologies and Pilots

Attend an upcoming webinar on WELL Typologies and Pilots to learn about different project types and features of the WELL Building Standard® that can be applied across real estate sectors. Jaclyn Whitaker will walk through WELL Project Typologies, taking into account specific considerations for each building type and construction phase. Soyoung Hwang will introduce the pilot standards for Multifamily Residential, Educational Facilities, Retail, Restaurant, and Commercial Kitchen,...

In Education 06.17.2015

Top 3 courses to take this month (June 2015)

You want the best courses and we've got them. Check out this month's top courses to grow your green building and sustainability knowledge. Check out May's top three courses created by USGBC Education Partners. Introduction to the WELL Building Standard, created by Education Partner International WELL Building Institute. Gain an overview of the WELL Building Standard, covering benefits, structure, and the certification process. Top 10 Energy Conservation Measures for Data Centers...

In Industry 06.19.2015

Building fitness at the 2015 Honeywell Users Group

On June 9, I had the pleasure of joining the 13th annual Honeywell User Group (HUG) conference in Scottsdale, Arizona, and kick starting Tuesday's general session, "Industry Transformation with Real Time Performance.” Honeywell is a USGBC Platinum-level member and the conference brings together customers, stakeholders and product developers to share knowledge, experience and advice. This was another example of Honeywell's commitment to innovation and enhanced customer experience,...

In LEED 06.18.2015

Smart meets sustainable: Toronto’s premier smart building adopts the LEED Dynamic Plaque

Since it opened in 2010, 25 York Street has been a prominent fixture on the Toronto skyline. As one of the city’s premier smart buildings, this 30-story, LEED Platinum-certified facility can now count another accolade among its credits: it will be the first building in Canada to implement the LEED Dynamic Plaque—a near-real-time monitoring tool that will display the facility’s current performance across five categories: energy, water, waste, occupant...

In Center for Green Schools 06.17.2015

Pillars of success: Celebrating the 2015 ED-Green Ribbon Schools

“Where we learn matters” is the mantra of the Center for Green Schools; it reminds us that healthier, more sustainable schools are not a luxury, but a necessity.  On the evening of Wednesday, June 3, more than 325 green schools champions came together for a reception honoring the 2015 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools awardees. Working alongside U.S. Senator Patty Murray, the Center for Green Schools hosted the event to celebrate the enormous success of the...

In Industry 06.16.2015

USGBC+ collects three wins at 2015 EXCEL Awards

USGBC+ is USGBC’s first ever magazine for our valued members. Through our bimonthly publication we are committed to bringing you green building stories, strategies and lessons. And among other things the magazine also serves as a showcase of the phenomenal work of our members and the green building industry’s best and brightest minds. We're so excited to share that USGBC+ earned three EXCEL Awards at Association Media & Publishing’s 2015 Annual Meeting...

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