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In LEED 04.15.2015

Five myths about using LEED for manufacturing and industrial facilities

The latest issue of USGBC+ showcases two examples of the groundbreaking work happening as companies take on the challenge of applying LEED to manufacturing and industrial facilities. But Intel and Procter & Gamble are just two members from a core of industry leaders who are challenging the myths and misconceptions around what it means to produce in a green factory.    Members of the LEED User Group: Industrial Facilities represent companies...

In Media 04.15.2015

Global Coalition for Green Schools Recognizes Greenest School on Earth

Dunbarton High School in Canada recognized for cutting-edge sustainability education  Washington, D.C. – (April 15, 2015) – Today, the Global Coalition for Green Schools, an initiative of the Center for Green Schools at USGBC, announced the 2015 Greenest School on Earth. The recipient school is Dunbarton High School of Pickering, Ontario, Canada. The Greenest School on Earth is an annual competition, highlighting a K-12 school that exemplifies how sustainability can be...

In Industry 04.14.2015

Countering the six myths-conceptions of sustainable design

I read with admiration Lance Hosey’s recent blog on the Six Myths of Sustainable Design. He got ‘em, and nearly all of them from what I’ve experienced. They frustrate me often. I am a solutions person, seeking to figure out not only what’s stopping us, but how to accept it in order to work with the limitations realistically and grow through or around the problem. After reading the Six Myths blog, I was compelled to compile my thoughts on how to begin to dispel these...

In LEED 04.10.2015

Keeping the edge in Atlanta: Double LEED platinum and v4 for Epsten Group's HQ

USGBC awarded Dagmar Epsten, LEED Fellow and CEO of Epsten Group, a LEED Platinum plaque for her LEED v4 Existing Buildings project—but it’s just part of her collection of Platinum plaques. We sat down with Dagmar to talk about her experience as a business owner and her drive to keep her company on the cutting edge of sustainability. This isn’t your first LEED Platinum plaque for Epsten Group’s office building. Tell us about your space. Our building, which we call...

In Community 04.15.2015

Dhruti Patel: 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 last year’s Greenbuild in New Orleans, 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...

In Education 04.14.2015

Get to know USGBC Pro Reviewer Kim Shinn

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 Kim Shinn Who's your employer? TLC Engineering for Architecture What's your position? Prinicipal / Senior...

In LEED 04.13.2015

Clean power [USGBC+ March/April 2015]

This article was originally published in the March/April 2015 issue of USGBC+. Read the original version. Recent American history is littered with the skeletons of shuttered manufacturing plants. But two production giants are doubling down on domestic manufacturing with investments in sustainable facilities and operations. Procter & Gamble and Intel want to be in business for a long, long time. Officials at both companies know that means they’ll need to incorporate sustainable...

In Center for Green Schools 04.10.2015

Celebrating Ohio's 200th LEED certified school

It is an amazing time to live in Ohio and an even more amazing time to work in the K-12 public facility sector. I am a public servant who administers a sustainability program that saves taxpayer dollars and provides extraordinary benefits to our biggest asset, our children. I serve as the Sustainability Administrator for the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC). We oversee the design and construction of public K-12 schools, state agencies and higher education facilities.  When I...

In LEED 04.15.2015

Financial sector embraces LEED and transforms the market

Of the sectors that have adopted LEED, the financial sector has proven to be a leader in green building. Since LEED’s inception, financial institutions have achieved LEED certification on over 1,464 facilities with 117 certified in 2014 alone. The sector is continuing to experience significant growth with LEED project registrations for financial institutions increasing 101% between 2013 and 2014. Additionally, an impressive 141,068,519 square feet of space occupied by financial...

In Industry 04.14.2015

Green building expertise

Green building requires new skills and new knowledge, as well as new attitudes and new mindsets. In a linear and hierarchical practice, each participant does his or her part and passes the job on to the next in line. There is little interaction, and people are compartmentalized by discipline or profession. By contrast, the green building process is interdisciplinary, iterative, and collaborative. Teamwork and critical thinking are valued. Everyone needs to learn to ask the right questions and...

In LEED 04.13.2015

LEED rating system for existing multifamily buildings: Comment today

The first public comment period for LEED for Operations and Maintenance: Multifamily, is now open. Part of the LEED v4 family, this suite of new and updated credits for existing multifamily projects is the result of thousands of hours from LEED volunteers and USGBC staff and presents the first ever LEED offering specific to the existing residential market.  This new adaptation of the LEED Operations and Maintenance provides solutions for existing multifamily projects...

In Industry 04.10.2015

Five megatrends that will unleash business value in the circular economy

Leading companies like USGBC members Veolia, Philips and Cisco are shifting from the traditional linear “take, make, dispose” business model to a more regenerative circular economy framework. This transformation employs a systems level approach and intentional strategy to design waste out of the system and to manage materials for longer circulation and greater re-usability. The goal is to generate more value and economic opportunity with less material and energy consumption. Value...

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