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In Center for Green Schools 12.22.2014

A Moment for the Movement: A children's book inspired by the Center for Green Schools

Annie Donnelly is the Best of Green Schools 2014 honoree in the Moment for the Movement category. Annie recently authored a children’s book titled 'Willow Watts and the Green School Wish.' Her story teaches children about a wide range of sustainability measures from vegetable gardens, to clean construction, to energy efficient heating and cooling. In the book, Princess Smog has a special wish for her birthday but her grandfather, King Smog, is hard to convince. With help from...

In Industry 12.19.2014

Greening the global supply chain part 2: Eco-Effectiveness

In the first essay of this series I told you about power that consumers have to shape the manufacturing and product development practices of their favorite brands through broad-based consumer movements. Now let's look at what the scope and goals of such a movement could be. Room for improvement in every industry One of the most interesting aspects of researching this issue has been discovering the scope of the problem—the negative environmental impacts of our current production model, it...

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 12.22.2014

Top 3 courses you should take (December 2014)

Looking to grow your green building knowledge? Check out December's top three courses. 1. LEED for Starters: A Contractor’s GuideAn introduction to sustainability, green buildings, and the LEED v3 and v4 rating system for Contractors. 2. Pervious Concrete and Green BuildingThis course focuses on pervious concrete and how it can be used to aid in obtaining LEED Green Building Rating System credits 3. Dynamic Ventilation Reset StrategiesIn this webinar, we will discuss dynamic ventilation...

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 Advocacy and policy 12.19.2014

Planners seek to update policy guide for sustainability

Because planning decisions reverberate across decades the planning profession plays a major role in enabling sustainable solutions in communities across the country. When planners give consideration to sustainability and integrate it into the planning process they magnify a community's ability to protect the environment, save money, foster healthy lifestyles and strengthen local economies for all residents. To help the planning profession move toward strategies that address sustainability...

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...

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