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In Education 05.12.2015

Pioneers of PEER: Introduction to PEER (feat. John Kelly and Brendan Owens) [podcast]

Pioneers of PEER podcast is a series dedicated to professionals spearheading sustainable energy delivery initiatives within the electricity sector, hosted by John Kelly. Pioneers of PEER gives an overview to Performance Excellence in Electricity Renewal, a new sustainable design and rating system at USGBC. Each episode hopes to provide the listener with insight into the electricity sector through the perspective of thought-leaders in the industry.  In this first episode, Brendan Owens...

In Education 05.12.2015

Top 3 courses you should take (May 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 May's top three courses created by USGBC Education Partners. Don’t Get Soaked: Smart Strategies to Manage Rainwater, created by Education Partner GreenCE, Inc.. Through a series of interviews and case studies, our team explores the process to achieve the Rainwater Management credit utilizing green...

In Advocacy and policy 05.8.2015

President Obama proclaims May to be Building Safety Month

For a fourth consecutive year, President Obama proclaimed May to be National Building Safety Month. Many governors and local leaders across the nation have followed President Obama’s example by declaring May to be Building Safety Month in their respective states, counties, cities and towns. In his proclamation, the President stated that his Administration is “collaborating with engineers, scientists, construction workers, and other professionals to develop cutting-edge tools focused...

In Community 05.7.2015

Sustainable building design, construction and operation: USGBC as catalyst

There is a wave of change happening in the global design and construction industry and USGBC is the catalyst. In 1993, Rick Fedrizzi became the co-founder and chair of USGBC. Little did he know that he and his colleagues were about to dramatically change the design and construction industry. Today, there are more than 12,000 members of USGBC. Since the launch of LEED in 2000, LEED has grown from one rating system for new construction to a comprehensive program of nine interrelated rating...

In Advocacy and policy 05.12.2015

USGBC co-leads new UN global program for sustainable buildings

As co-lead of the United Nations’ 10YFP Program for Sustainable Buildings and Construction, representing the World Green Building Council, USGBC joins the Finland Ministry of the Environment and fellow co-leads UN Environment Programme and the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology to engage with a robust group of global stakeholders, including USGBC Platinum-level member Skanska and our partner in India, TERI. The 10YFP is a global framework that enhances international cooperation to...

In Community 05.11.2015

Want to win $15,000?

Enhance your home's look with improvements that make a difference. As a member of the USGBC community, we know you appreciate the value of building sustainably. That's why for the fifth consecutive year, we're teaming up with Better Homes and Gardens and Family Circle to present the $15,000 Home Improvement Sweepstakes. Join the fun and learn more about the Sweepstakes sponsors—Oceanside Glasstile and Trex, which both have major commitments to...

In LEED 05.8.2015

Honeywell's Earth Day message resonates every day

In case you missed it, on Earth Day, USGBC Platinum level member Honeywell posted a great piece on their blog about the LEED Dynamic Plaque and the role LEED plays in our journey to be greener and kinder to the earth every day. Read the original blog post.  Earth Day was first conceived in 1970 by Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson when he witnessed the damage of the 1969 Santa Barbara oil spill. Inspired by the student anti-war movement, he realized that if he could garner the same...

In Industry 05.7.2015

Turning Adversity into Opportunity: Ghettos and Slums as Hotbeds of Green Innovation [...

This article was originally published in the March/April 2015 issue of USGBC+. Read the original version. I recently gave a TEDx talk on Mastering TAO. Not TAOism in terms of Eastern philosophy—although, in some ways, yin and yang are a part of it—but in this case TAO stands for Turning Adversity into Opportunity. I call the people, places, and policies that have mastered the art of Turning Adversity into Opportunity “Hope Dealers.” Hope Dealers ask questions like:...

In LEED 05.12.2015

Myth #5: Industrial facilities are too large and complex for LEED

Manufacturing and industrial facilities operate on a vastly different scale compared to a home, an office building, or even a university campus. Instead, we should compare a factory site or an industrial facility campus to a small city. Intel’s Ocotillo Campus is 682 acres; it’s more than six times the size of Vatican City in Rome or Tiananmen Square in Beijing. The Ocotillo campus is four times the size of the National Mall in Washington, D.C., and like a small city it contains...

In Education 05.8.2015

Course preview: Introduction to the WELL Building Standard [video]

With Education @USGBC you can grow your green building knowledge online, anytime. Ready to take your knowledge to the next level? Check out the preview below of this month's featured course, Introduction to the WELL Building Standard, created by USGBC Education Partner, International WELL Building Institute. The Introduction to the WELL Building Standard presentation provides an overview of the WELL Building Standard ideology, structure, and certification process. The medical...

In Industry 05.7.2015

There’s no Lone Star leader in Texas

For Earth Week, I had the opportunity to visit the great state of Texas. This whirlwind trip opened up my eyes to some of the incredible faces of leadership in green building. And in a state as big as Texas, it’s no surprise we had multiple gatherings of industry leaders where the forward-thinking conversation perfectly reflected the upward mobility of this movement. A few moments from this energizing visit stand out to showcase the breadth and power of leadership in the state. My...

In LEED 05.6.2015

Myth #4: Industrial process energy use is incompatible with LEED

Typically, and more traditionally, the stories about green building have been about the people who live, work or learn in a LEED building and how their actions and the building itself impacts the environment. But, when I started working as a LEED consultant on major industrial facilities, we quickly learned that the story was not just about who is in the building, but also about what is happening inside the building and how energy and other resources were being used. As a LEED consultant with...

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