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In LEED 03.2.2015

LEED ND: It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood

What is LEED ND? Is your local grocery store within walking distance… and is there a sidewalk for you to trek there safely? Does your neighborhood boast high-performing green buildings, parks and green space? Do bikes, pedestrians and vehicles play nicely together on the road? LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED ND) was engineered to inspire and help create better, more sustainable, well-connected neighborhoods. It looks beyond the scale of buildings to consider entire communities....

In Industry 02.26.2015

Emerging LEED [USGBC+ Jan./Feb. 2015]

This article was originally published in the January/February 2015 issue of USGBC+. Read the original version. A look at innovation and inspiration in sustainability. If you threw a dart at a map of the U.S., chances are good you’d hit a city with some innovative green projects in the works, yet some urban centers stand out more than others. They’re emerging as leaders in specific areas of sustainability that are likely to change the character of their city and the way they’re...

In LEED 02.26.2015

LEED BD+C credits and points

This article is part of a series that provides an overview of the fundamental elements to LEED.  In a previous article, we explained the difference between prerequisites, credits, and points. In this edition, we’ll show how you can use them—starting with Building Design & Construction (LEED BD+C). In LEED v4, this rating system addresses the following project types: New Construction Core and Shell School Retail Data Centers Warehouses and Distribution Centers Hospitality...

In Industry 02.25.2015

The rise of the green building industry

Many of the elements of green building are not new or even unique. Before the widespread availability of inexpensive fossil fuels for energy use and transportation, builders understood the principles of passive design, capturing sunlight and wind for natural lighting, heating, and cooling. In many ways, green building represents a return to simpler, low-tech solutions. At the same time, there are now many high-tech strategies available to improve the performance of the built environment. Green...

In LEED 02.27.2015

Land of Lincoln leads with LEED

I could not be prouder of the Land of Lincoln.  For the second year in a row, my home state of Illinois has topped the list of states with the most LEED-certified gross square footage per capita certified during the year.  In 2014, GBCI certified 174 projects with a combined total of over 42 million gross square feet—and not all of those projects are located in the upper east corner of the state.  Many of these LEED projects are located downstate in Central Illinois. There...

In LEED 02.26.2015

Top 10 states project profile: Qiagen’s North American Corporate Headquarters

2014’s Top 10 States have shown tremendous leadership in the green building movement by certifying 1,662 commercial and institutional projects representing 251.7 million square feet of real estate. These buildings will have a tremendous social impact over the coming years by providing healthy and environmentally sustainable spaces to produce new breakthroughs in many different fields of science, medicine, education, business, the fine arts and environmental and social justice. This...

In Industry 02.25.2015

Going big: Two USGBC members make significant commitments to reduce environmental, social...

In the past week, both Citi and Kaiser Permanente, two active USGBC members, have made significant commitments to reduce their environmental impact. Going above and beyond the practice of pursuing LEED certification for the buildings they own and operate, these two highly respected corporate citizens are demonstrating the power of institutions to assess risk on a large scale, and to effect change. Citi's commitments Citi, a worldwide leader in the financial sector and a Gold-level member...

In Media 02.25.2015

New Poll Shows Strong Bipartisan Support for LEED Green Building Program

Support increases with knowledge of LEED’s positive impact on job creation and cost savings WASHINGTON, D.C. (Feb. 25, 2015) — The U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) LEED green building rating system has strong bipartisan support across the U.S., according to a new poll released today. The nationwide poll found that 79 percent of Republicans and 89 percent of Democrats support the use of LEED in buildings.   The poll also found that a strong majority supports the...

In Community 02.27.2015

Zach Bradby: 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, 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...

In Education 02.26.2015

Education @USGBC super user James Mercado

We like to think of James Mercado as our Education @USGBC super user. Why? Nearly 10,000 people have taken courses on Education @USGBC, and in 2014, James took more courses than anyone else. He completed 75 courses over a span of 96 hours! James had unlimited access to Education @USGBC through the Platinum membership benefits of his employer, DPR Construction. Name: James Mercado Company: ARC Document Solutions Job title: Product R&D Manager What is your main motivation to...

In Industry 02.25.2015

Attend the GRIHA Summit 2015 in New Delhi

You're invited to attend the 6th annual GRIHA Summit 2015. GRIHA Summit 2015 March 12-14, 2015 India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi, India Join over 600 professionals from the building and construction industry for green building knowledge sharing. Experience multi-stakeholder partnerships and networking among governments, academia, civil society organizations and professionals from different disciplines like architecture, engineering and construction management. Going green is both a...

In Advocacy and policy 02.24.2015

We need you to speak up for the federal government’s continued use of LEED

Under the Energy and Independence and Security Act of 2007, the General Services Administration (GSA) is charged with reviewing green building rating systems and making a formal recommendation for their use by federal agencies. Regarding LEED, in 2012, GSA reviewed LEED v2009 and found it has significant alignment with federal sustainability and green building requirements. Based on this review, in 2013 GSA recommended LEED v2009 for use by agencies.  Following the overwhelming adoption of...

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