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In Community 02.12.2016

I love our LEED HQ: Leading tours at USGBC

As a 13-year veteran of USGBC, one of my favorite things to do is lead tours of our amazing LEED Platinum headquarters. You’d think it would get old after all these years, but after leading more that 800 tours, I still love it. Let me tell you what I love most about giving tours of our office: The people: We have given tours to over 10,000 people since we opened the doors in 2009. Not just folks in the design community, but hundreds of students of all ages, product manufacturers,...

In Community 02.12.2016

USGBC Georgia: High Performance Healthy Schools Recognition Day in Georgia

On February 3, USGBC Georgia celebrated the work of Georgia schools that are creating healthy and efficient learning environments for our students. The Third Annual High Performance Healthy Schools Recognition Day at the Georgia Capitol hosted 200 guests representing 62 schools and districts, as well as 12 community partners who are making a difference in Georgia. Projects of all sizes  School activities ranged from one-day projects to long-term school engagement with national recognition...

In Center for Green Schools 02.11.2016

Greening higher education: Q&A with Julian Keniry of NWF

In the third installment of our blog series on sustainability in higher education, we talk with Julian Keniry, co-founder of Campus Ecology at the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) and senior director for campus and community leadership. She is also the co-founder of Greenforce, a national community college green workforce education initiative, and the EcoLeader leadership and career development program. For you, what’s the significance of collaboration in meeting sustainability goals?...

In Media 02.10.2016

GBCI and IDEA Commit to Enhanced Collaboration on Microgrids, District Energy and CHP

World’s leading green credentialing body and industry association collaborate to increase deployment of cleaner, resilient energy grids for more sustainable cities, communities and campuses Austin, TX—(Feb. 10, 2016)—Today, GBCI and the International District Energy Association (IDEA) announced a collaboration to work together and promote more sustainable, efficient and resilient electricity and thermal grids through the PEER program. The announcement was made at the...

In Community 02.12.2016

USGBC Wisconsin: The Clean Power Plan and energy efficiency

USGBC Wisconsin was proud to feature attorney Matt Frank as a guest speaker for the 2015 Annual Member Meeting last December. The session garnered valuable discussion about potential impacts of the Clean Power Plan for businesses in Wisconsin. For those who were unable to join us for this discussion, Matt has generously provided a summary highlighting important facts and dates associated with the Clean Power Plan. On October 23, 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published the...

In Industry 02.11.2016

IWBI offers early WELL adopters special pricing

The full article article was originally published on under the title "IWBI Celebrates Early Adopters and Leaders in the Healthy Building Movement," by Paul Scialla, founder of the International WELL Building Institute. In 2009, a team of doctors, scientists, architects and engineers came together to discuss the health impacts of our built environments and create a performance-based framework to connect people and buildings. This started with a question: How can we deliver...

In Advocacy and policy 02.11.2016

United Nations and GWU convene sustainability leaders

In late January, George Washington University (GWU) and the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) brought together leaders from the public, private and nonprofit sectors for a half-day conference on the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Pathways Post-Paris. The event came on the heels of a blizzard that caused most of Washington, D.C., to shut down for days while everyone shoveled out, but that did not deter an interested audience from gathering early in the...

In Education 02.10.2016

Course preview: Social equity credits and LEED [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, Social Equity Credits and LEED, created by USGBC Massachusetts. In this course, you will learn about “fostering social equity,” a driving principle in USGBC's strategic plan. In 2014, three new Social Equity credits were launched as part of the LEED v4 Pilot Credit library. The...

In Community 02.12.2016

USGBC National Capital Region: Call for Sponsors for Montgomery County Energy Summit

USGBC National Capital Region and the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection are excited to announce that the 3rd annual Montgomery County Energy Summit will be held on Tuesday, April 5, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Veterans Plaza Civic Building in Silver Spring. Participants may join us for a full day of interactive discussions and workshops covering topics such as Montgomery County's adoption of the PACE Program, the County's new Green Bank, energy audits,...

In LEED 02.11.2016

Top 10 States for LEED 2015: Mercy Ridge Retirement Center

The 2015 Top 10 States list honors transformative efforts at the state level to create healthier, more energy- and water-efficient places to live, learn, work and play. In 2015 alone, 1,633 projects were certified in the United States—equivalent to an incredible 275 million square feet.  In this series, we spotlight the standout LEED-certified projects that contributed to the overall 2015 Top 10 rankings. Join us in celebrating some of the best examples of green building design,...

In Community 02.11.2016

USGBC Central Pennsylvania: 12 million in grants for LEED Gold school projects

USGBC Central Pennsylvania wants to let you know about a grant opportunity: the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) recently reopened their Alternative and Clean Energy (ACE) grant program, which will be open only until April 1, 2016. Twelve million dollars in funding is available. In prior rounds of ACE, numerous K-12 schools in Pennsylvania received up to $2 million grants for their LEED Gold or higher projects. If your building project is already under way,...

In Industry 02.10.2016

What a PEER-certified grid looks like in Chattanooga

Last week, Chattanooga’s smart grid, operated by EPB, became the first major utility to earn PEER certification. Amid the excitements and events, PEER was on hand celebrating performance, efficiency and customer value in the energy market. Owned and administered by GBCI, PEER is modeled after LEED as a comprehensive framework for defining, assessing and verifying the overall sustainable performance of electricity delivery system design and operations. Who is EPB? EPB is one of the...

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