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In LEED 06.30.2015

Streamlined LEED documentation path now available for California projects

A new alternative LEED documentation path, first mentioned in our April article, is now available for use on select credits by all projects subject to the 2013 California Green Building Standards Code (CALGreen) mandatory requirements and registered under a LEED BD+C or LEED ID+C v2009 or v4 rating system. The CALGreen alternative documentation path is available for the following LEED credits: WE Prerequisite Indoor Water Use Reduction EA Prerequisite Fundamental Refrigerant...

In Education 06.29.2015

Get to know SITES in the online course: Introduction to the SITES Program

GBCI recently launched the newly acquired SITES rating system, which is the most comprehensive program and toolkit for developing sustainable landscapes. The Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES®) is a program based on the understanding that land is a crucial component of the built environment and can be planned, designed, developed, and maintained to protect and enhance the benefits we derive from healthy functioning landscapes. The rating system can be applied to development projects...

In Community 06.28.2015

Convergence at USGBC: San Diego, Calif.

Today we kick off Convergence at USGBC in San Diego, Calif. Convergence is our annual mid-year event that’s part knowledge exchange, part inspirational infusion, and part family reunion. Throughout history, humans have gathered to find commonalities, share ideas, and collectively bring their best forward. Those are the outcomes we seek this summer, as we convene our community for engagement and action. Converging is at the core of what we do at USGBC. Over our 22-year history, we...

In Education 06.25.2015

Introducing USGBC Education Partner Thornton Tomasetti, Inc.

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 Thornton Tamasetti If someone could only take one of your courses, what should they take? We would recommend our Sustainability Best Practices for the Structural Engineer course, which provides information on ways structural engineering contributes to building...

In Community 06.30.2015

Convergence 2015 kicks off with community service projects [video]

USGBC’s annual mid-year meeting, Convergence 2015, is taking place this week in San Diego, Calif. Convergence brings together the USGBC community—volunteers, chapters, committees, Board of Directors, staff and other green building leaders—to learn from each other and work on advancing USGBC’s mission of green buildings for all within a generation. Convergence is about a spirit of volunteerism and collaboration and giving as much as you gain. Our amazing volunteers and...

In Education 06.29.2015

Celebrating our top company users of Education @USGBC

Last month, we celebrated the incredible growth of Education @USGBC. We shared with you that over 100,000 hours of green building and sustainability education have been delivered to 11,000+ unique users through our platform since we launched. We’re now happy to report that the number of education hours delivered has grown to 130,000, and more than 14,000 professionals have accessed education on Education @USGBC. We’d like to say thank you to our top 10 company users, all of which...

In Industry 06.26.2015

A LEED professional’s thoughts on LEED: The contemporary, sustainability brand

Over the last 15 years LEED has emerged as the perfect brand to cultivate a conversation around sustainability and motivate individuals to incorporate sustainability values into our building environment. In addition to the certification and recognition, LEED gives us sole satisfaction of returning something to the Mother Nature and a sense of proactively caring for the society we live in. As a LEED Green Associate I am inspired by the impact of LEED and I am grateful for how it bonds our...

In Industry 06.25.2015

DC proves to be a hub for green roofs

Put simply a green roof is roofing system with vegetation; a green roof is often also known as a vegetated roof or a living roof.  These roofs can be found on a variety of building types, including both commercial and residential buildings—and the roof may be partially or completely covered with vegetation. The primary requirement is that the roof includes waterproofing and drainage features, which assist in the management of stormwater. Green roofs offer a lot of value to a building...

In Media 06.30.2015

USGBC Announces New Alignment with CALGreen

California embraces new path to achieve LEED certification as state struggles with drought San Diego, CA – (June 30, 2015) – USGBC announced today the availability of a new path forward for California project developers seeking LEED certification. This announcement comes in the midst of USGBC’s annual midyear conference for community leaders, Convergence, taking place from June 28–July 1 in San Diego. Starting July 1, nonresidential projects in California subject to...

In Media 06.28.2015

Rick Fedrizzi to Step Down as USGBC’s CEO End of 2016

(Washington, D.C. – June 28, 2015) USGBC announced today that Rick Fedrizzi, the visionary founder of USGBC and CEO since 2003, will not seek renewal of his contract as USGBC’s CEO at the end of 2016, paving the way for an organizational leadership transition in 2017.

 “As one of the founders of USGBC, I never could have imagined the sweeping global impact the organization would have, the wide-ranging work that could be accomplished, the dramatic change in our industry that...

In Center for Green Schools 06.26.2015

Environmental apps for children of all ages

No matter which school they attend, most modern children use smartphones and download apps. As a green teacher from San Francisco, I'm passionate about all things education and environment—and apps are a great tool to increase the awareness of environmental changes. Check out my list of top apps to increase environmental awareness. Oroeco. The app is a fun and easy way to learn which choices matter in climate change. Oroeco tracks what you buy and do then connects to the UC...

In Community 06.25.2015

Clayton Moses Audi: Greenbuild scholarship profile

For the past seven years USGBC has made Greenbuild accessible to people who would otherwise not be able to attend through a scholarship program. At Greenbuild 2014, 156 individuals received some type of scholarship to Greenbuild. Scholarship recipients represent a diversity of people from around the world. Each has a story to tell. Each brings their own passion to their work. Each has a role to play in making green buildings and communities a reality for all. As we lead up to Greenbuild 2015 in...

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