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In LEED 02.1.2015

Group10: The first LEED v4 project in India

Group 10 Technologies, a global technology and business consulting firm, has announced that its new office space in Gurgaon has been certified LEED Gold under LEED v4, making it the first LEED v4 certified project in India.  Lopamudra Khanna, vice president of Group10 Technologies, chatted with us about this project, her favorite LEED credit and the healthy aspects of working in a LEED-certified space. Q) What is the experience like for you living or working in a LEED-certified...

In Industry 01.30.2015

Greenbuild New Orleans recap [Video]

Greenbuild 2014 was all about Leadership Jazz. Members of the green building community and beyond gathered for Greenbuild in New Orleans from Oct. 22-24 for the building industry's premier event. The music of the green movement was undeniable, and the Big Easy was the perfect setting to celebrate our global impact, while also embracing the essence of community, culture and soul.  Watch the recap below to experience Greenbuild 2014 all over again. Ready for Greenbuild 2015? This...

In Center for Green Schools 01.30.2015

A green schools ambassador shares his story

Mark Swiger is the Best of Green Schools 2014 Honoree in the Ambassador category. Mark is a teacher in Marshall County Schools, WV. Active locally, statewide and nationally, Mark was behind the movement in his county school system to work toward greener building and sustainable operations. Mark partners with the entrepreneurial program at a local university to encourage the initiation of green businesses. Here, in his own words, Mark shares his story and what it means to him to be an ambassador...

In LEED 01.27.2015

President Obama, India and LEED

The annual and very popular Delhi half marathon took place last November. Covering 13.3 miles, 12,000 runners participated with more than 20,000 others taking part in smaller races throughout the day. Ethiopia’s Guye Adola came in first place, setting a course record of 59 minutes and six seconds. It is a remarkable victory when you consider the egregious air quality in New Delhi that day. Across the globe, we hear a lot about PM 2.5—the particulate matter from pollution—...

In Advocacy and policy 01.30.2015

Seattle and Boston excel at more than just football

With Superbowl XLIX just around the corner, we wanted to recognize the cities that the Patriots and Seahawks call home and specifically how they have lead the way with innovative green building policies. Both cities target LEED certification for all new and renovated city-funded projects; Boston at the Silver level, and Seattle at the Gold level. Also, each city has adopted legislation that target green building and energy efficiency in the private sector as well. Boston, with Article 37,...

In Advocacy and policy 01.30.2015

Mayors, the VP and POTUS agree: We need to invest in local infrastructure

“Ninety percent of the United States’ real GDP originates in cities,” Vice President Biden remarked in his address at the U.S. Conference of Mayors Winter Meeting luncheon this past Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015.   The Vice President went on to stress the link between cities and the important task of modernizing America’s infrastructure in his speech, echoing up a key theme of President Obama’s recent State of the Union address.  In its latest Global...

In Media 01.28.2015

Weifang and USGBC Announce Partnership to Advance Green Buildings

Weifang, China – (Jan. 26, 2015) – The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and the city of Weifang have signed a strategic agreement to accelerate greater adoption of green buildings while strengthening and encouraging robust green city principles and practices in Weifang. “It is an honor to work with Mayor Liu and Weifang Housing and Urban Rural Development Director Li Guangdong to advance green buildings in China,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, chief operating officer of...

In Education 01.27.2015

Get to know USGBC Pro Reviewer Valerie J. Amor

USGBC Pro Reviewers are experts in green building and sustainability who review courses on Education @USGBC. They provide detailed feedback to the course creators, as well as reviews on the course page. This feedback helps the course creators improve their education and helps other users decide whether or not the course is a good fit for them. Meet our USGBC Pro Reviewer Valerie J. Amor Who's your employer? Drawing Conclusions LLC What's your position? Founder/Action Oriented...

In Industry 01.30.2015

A plaque for global performance

The LEED Dynamic Plaque, our platform for measuring building performance, recently took a trip to London. UK-based design magazine Wallpaper selected the LEED Dynamic Plaque as the winner of its Design Award for Urban Sustainability. You can view their beautiful interpretation of the plaque on their website or in their February issue.  I had the privilege of attending the awards reception in London where the LEED Dynamic Plaque was showcased. London made a fitting location for display...

In Center for Green Schools 01.30.2015

Green Schools National Conference: One voice, one movement

At last year’s Green Schools National Conference, we called upon all who were assembled to speak with one voice and act as one movement. We’ve spent the last 11 months living that promise and learning when we speak and act as one community, we accomplish so much more. The Center for Green Schools at USGBC has teamed up with the Green Schools National Network (GSNN) to make this fifth annual Green Schools National Conference the best yet. Since 2010, GSNN has hosted the preeminent...

In LEED 01.28.2015

LEED ND arrives in Brazil, China and now Japan

This week, Green Building Japan and the Japan Landscape Architects Union are hosting a joint symposium as they work to advance green buildings and LEED in Japan. A centerpiece of their conversation is Futako-Tamagawa, a 36-acre site in Western Tokyo that is the country's first LEED ND project. Futako-Tamagawa is a mixed-use, pedestrian-oriented project that is pushing the boundaries of sustainability. It's also a beautiful showcase of Japan's innovation in advance of the 2020 Tokyo...

In LEED 01.27.2015

Going green with the NBA

The NBA is spreading the sustainability message, educating basketball fans nationwide about the benefits of environmental stewardship and green building. With the most LEED certified venues of any professional sport in the United States, the NBA has established itself as an industry leader in green building. Their six LEED certified arenas offer unique opportunities to promote sustainability practices and improve the community's they serve. Let's take a look at these impressive arenas!  ...

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