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In Center for Green Schools 07.2.2015

A nod to the nominees: Learn more about the 2015 Greenest School on Earth candidates

In April we announced that the 2015 Greenest School on Earth is in Pickering, Canada, just outside of Toronto. Dunbarton High School features a dynamic and engaging waste management program, pollinator protection in the form of bee condominiums, and numerous educational opportunities led and embraced by students and teachers alike. What’s more, the surrounding community has taken up the cause, offering up their compost bins for students to dispose of the school’s food waste,...

In Community 07.1.2015

Congratulations to the 2015 Convergence Volunteer Awards honorees

Convergence 2015 is wrapping up in San Diego after three days of collaboration, education and motivation. Before we close out this annual mid-year meeting, we want to be sure to highlight those who were recognized at Monday evening’s Volunteer Awards Reception and Dinner. Six awards were given out to a total of nine individual and groups for their incredible work and leadership over the past year. We congratulate all of the awardees and thank them for their tremendous contributions....

In LEED 07.1.2015

LEED addenda update: July 2015

The July 1 2015, quarterly LEED rating system and reference guide addenda are now available. This release includes addenda for both LEED v4 and LEED 2009. To view the changes: Visit the addenda database and search by 7/1/2015 Visit the credit library and select the "Interpretations” tab within each credit Download the Reference Guide Tables Interpretations Six new LEED Interpretations (10415-10419, 10421) were published. Four are applicable to LEED v4 and two...

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 07.2.2015

Green beach read recommendations from USGBC

Summer is in full swing and for many of us that means vacation time is in order. No matter where you choose to unwind, there is no better time to catch up on some reading. The typical “beach read” is a bestseller, light hearted with a touch of intrigue or a twist. The books that top the annual lists are typically commodities as hot as the sunbaked sand. You just can’t put them down; you devour them and feel sad when the final page has been turned. At USGBC we dare to think...

In Community 07.1.2015

Convergence focuses on chapter network evolution and strategic discussions [video]

USGBC community advancement is all about bringing together our volunteers and leaders throughout the country, and a big part Convergence 2015 has been focused on our chapter network evolution. Monday's activities were volunteerism-focused, and Tuesday’s activities celebrated strategic discussions, which included opening remarks from Donnel Baird, CEO of BlocPower, which works with American inner cities to create jobs through clean energy projects. We also heard from the newly formed...

In Industry 07.1.2015

Now open: LEED committee call for volunteers

USGBC is currently seeking professionals who are passionate, inventive, and knowledgeable in the design, construction, and operations of sustainable buildings and communities to serve on our LEED committees. Apply by Friday, August 14 at 5:00 pm PST. This LEED committee call for volunteers seeks individuals with specific expertise related to the following: Pilot Credit Committee LEED Advisory Committee Technical Advisory Groups (TAGs)  Learn more more about the open...

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 Education 07.2.2015

The Westminster Schools wins international award for facilities management and...

The Westminster Schools of Atlanta, Ga., recently won the Gold Award of Excellence in FM from Global FM, the worldwide alliance of facilities management organizations. The award, given on behalf of the International Facilities Management Association (IFMA), was bestowed as part of the 2015 World FM Day, an international celebration of facilities management, which was held on June 10, 2015, in London, England. The Global FM awards focus on promoting the strategic value and progression of...

In Industry 07.1.2015

A quiet revolution: USGBC member WSP examines low-energy design

Over the past 20 years, the prevailing wisdom of low-energy building design has held that the most cost-effective approach is a three-stage process in which passive design techniques are given priority. The theory holds that only after optimization of the environmental responsiveness of building form and materiality should focus be switched to energy efficient technology and finally, having minimized the demand for energy, to the application of renewables.  Prioritization of passive design...

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...

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