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In Center for Green Schools 12.18.2014

Leading the way: the 2014 Best of Green Schools honorees

Three years ago, students from Dunloggin Middle School went on a field trip (we all remember those, right?) to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. They were learning about the Bay’s ecosystem, and while dredging an oyster reef found only one live oyster. The students were concerned and curious, so, along with a few lucky teachers, they researched Maryland’s oyster harvesting history, and began to understand just how important oysters are to the overall health of the Chesapeake Bay. Those...

In LEED 12.17.2014

The LEED Dynamic Plaque is forcing us out of our comfort zone

I admit it, I too get comfortable with the way things are. It requires so little mental effort to just keep on doing what you’re doing and getting what you get. But if you aspire to be a leader, if you're determined to make a difference, you have to jerk yourself out of your comfort zone and get on to the next thing. You have to do this even while others are either complacent or expending valuable energy trying to keep things around them from changing in ways that would force them to...

In Center for Green Schools 12.17.2014

USGBC Announces 2014 Best of Green Schools Honorees

Recipients Represent the Best Environmental Efforts in Schools Across U.S.  Washington, D.C. – (Dec. 17, 2014) – The Center for Green Schools at USGBC announced today the 2014 “Best of Green Schools” recipients, recognizing 10 individuals, institutions, projects and events representing the best environmental efforts in schools across the country this year. The list highlights the national leaders and innovators in school sustainability for the year. “Selecting...

In Community 12.15.2014

Your cheat sheet for a sustainable holiday season

For many, the holidays are one of the most anticipated times of the year. They're when we liven up our spaces with our most festive decorations, bring friends and family together over delicious meals, and express our utmost appreciation for being able to surround ourselves with those we hold dear.  Of course, all of this merry-making involves a lot of materials and behavior that can leave our planet feeling a bit less cheerful. We generate eye-opening amounts of waste and ratchet up our...

In Media 12.18.2014

International Parking Institute and Green Parking Council Collaborate with GBCI, the...

New collaboration recognizes importance of sustainable parking facility design and management to the built environment Washington, D.C. (Dec. 18, 2014) – In recognition of the importance of sustainable parking facilities and practices to the development of sustainable communities, the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI), the certification body for the U.S. Green Building Council’s global LEED® green building rating system, today signed a memorandum of...

In Community 12.17.2014

We're all in this together: tackling climate change requires creative, collective...

“We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately.” Ben Franklin is credited with saying at the signing of the Declaration of Independence, and I would argue that those words hold as much truth in them now as they did in 1776. Today, we face the looming threat of an irreversibly changing climate, we're more aware than ever of the seemingly infinite ways our health and wellbeing can be influenced and affected, and anxiety over economic circumstances is being...

In Advocacy and policy 12.17.2014

Minding the gender gap in green building

On stage at Greenbuild 2013 in Philadelphia, our CEO Rick Fedrizzi sat across from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and said that there weren’t enough women coming into our movement. He continued by asking what we could do to bring more gender equity to green building. This question is one that companies and organizations worldwide are asking themselves—how do we bring more diversity to our operations in order to pull top talent from the biggest pool? Many of USGBC's member...

In Industry 12.12.2014

Sound bites: Telling your sustainability story

Sustainability marketing has evolved into a discipline in and of itself. And this year at Greenbuild 2014, this topic took center stage. Sold-out Greenbuild special set session Marketing + Sustainability: The Tools and Tips to Tell Your Story featured a cross-section of leaders who are engaged in both marketing functions and sustainability-related work. Their conversations spanned the entire lifecycle of sustainability marketing: Why corporate social responsibility and sustainability matter to...

In LEED 12.17.2014

LEED Online upgrade for LEED 2009 projects

Have you met the new LEED Online platform? Built to provide a smoother and faster user experience, it was released in December 2013 for teams registering LEED v4, LEED for Homes and Campus projects. USGBC is now extending access to LEED 2009 commercial projects.    On Jan. 5, 2015, LEED 2009 projects using the BD+C, ID+C and EB:O+M rating systems will be upgraded to the new LEED Online platform. Newly registering LEED 2009 projects will also use the new platform going forward. To...

In Community 12.17.2014

A holiday gift guide for your favorite LEED professional

When it comes to holiday gift giving, we all know someone who's a little tricker to buy for than most. Would they appreciate something silly or humorous? Something logical and practical? Should you be creative, useful, or both? Well lucky for you, when it comes to shopping for your favorite LEED professional, we’ve done the thinking for you! Here are some top gift ideas for your favorite LEED Green Associate or LEED AP. For all choices, remember that buying local is strongly...

In Education 12.16.2014

Course preview: Greening Your Lease with LEED [video]

Education @USGBC is your go-to place for sustainability and green building education. Ready to take your knowledge to the next level? Check out the preview below of this month's featured course, courtesy of the Green Building Alliance, Greening Your Lease with LEED. This course will provide a great introduction for building owners or tenants who want to use their lease as a tool for ensuring that their building or space is as healthy and sustainable as possible, or for green building...

In Industry 12.12.2014

Balancing compelling images and convincing text when promoting your LEED project

Everyone knows the old adage “A picture is worth 1,000 words.” The human brain responds to images differently than it responds to descriptive text. Vivid color, pattern and the suggestion of motion engage our eyes and our minds in ways that words just don’t. Even the most active imagination can’t reliably convert prose to imagery in a way that matches the power of viewing a photo or an illustration. If you’re a creator of original marketing content for a LEED...

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