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In LEED 04.22.2016

Nominate your project for the 2015 LEED Homes Awards

We are now accepting nominations for the 2015 LEED Homes Awards.  Did you work on a truly exemplary green home in 2015? Are you a developer or homebuilder who has gone above and beyond with LEED? If so, we want to turn the spotlight on your great work. The LEED Homes Awards recognize developers, home builders and projects that have demonstrated leadership in the residential building marketplace. Award categories: Outstanding Commitment to LEED Outstanding Affordable Project...

In Advocacy and policy 04.21.2016

On Earth Day, reflect, celebrate and push forward

Earth Day 2016 will be a truly historic event. At the United Nations in New York City, more than 150 countries will sign the Paris Agreement that was forged at COP21. The signing by so many, this quickly, is unprecedented. By signing the agreement, countries large and small, rich and poor, initiate the process by which the agreement will “enter into force.” A strong global climate agreement and the transition to a low-carbon economy are in the best interests of the global economy...

In Industry 04.21.2016

Take part in the 2016 GRESB real asset assessment

GRESB, the global standard for environmental, social and governance (ESG) benchmarking for real assets, invites you to participate in the 2016 GRESB assessments. Assessment results are used by investors and fund managers to understand the risk and return profile of real estate and infrastructure investments. The 2016 scope of GRESB includes four distinct assessments—the Real Estate Assessment, the Developer Assessment, the Debt Assessment and the Infrastructure Assessment. The Real...

In Education 04.20.2016

Course preview: Life Cycle Assessment and Environmental Product Declarations [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, Life Cycle Assessment and Environmental Product Declarations: What You Need to Know, created by the Cascadia Green Building Council. Along with Declare, Health Product Declarations and other tools for addressing chemicals of concern, Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and Environmental Product...

In Center for Green Schools 04.22.2016

Announcing the 2016 Education Ministerial for Sustainability

Our mission to put every child in a green school within this generation is one that drives the Center for Green Schools team and a dedicated network of tens of thousands of advocates around the globe to work hard on a daily basis. In many ways, Earth Day is just another day for all of us—as it should be. For the broader community, it’s a time of year when people take notice of the environment with renewed spirit and commitment. Six years ago on Earth Day, the U.S. Department of...

In LEED 04.21.2016

Illegal wood and the role of LEED

Illegal logging is a pervasive and global problem. This practice includes removing trees from protected areas, failing to pay taxes and fees for timber, cutting protected species, stealing wood from the rightful owners and/or removing more timber than allowed from a given area. It causes enormous damage to forests, habitat, local communities and the economies of producer countries. And it’s not a small industry—illegal logging accounts for 50–90 percent of all forestry...

In Community 04.20.2016

Spend 30 minutes outside each day in June (USGBC Minnesota)

Are you up for the challenge? Spend 30 minutes in nature each day, for 30 days, this June. It seems like a simple task, but can you be outside without your phone or tablet? Have you taken time to acknowledge and appreciate the ecosystem that benefits your well-being? Sign up for the 30x30 Nature Challenge. Birds are singing, the breeze smells sweet and trees are about to start budding. With warmer weather around the corner in Wisconsin, our minds turn to weekend hikes, bike rides, fishing...

In Center for Green Schools 04.20.2016

Paving the way: Western Technical College pioneers higher education sustainability...

Nominations are now open for the 2016 Climate Leadership Awards, presented by USGBC’s Center for Green Schools and Second Nature. The awards recognize innovative and advanced leadership in sustainability, climate mitigation and resilience at signatory campuses in the climate leadership network. USGBC caught up with last year’s honoree in the Two-Year Institution category, Western Technical College in La Crosse, Wis., to check on their progress and accomplishments to date....

In Community 04.21.2016

What makes your heart beat "green"? (USGBC Greater Virginia)

The smallest gestures can remind us that what we do with USGBC matters. USGBC has some big numbers: nearly 2 million square feet of certified LEED buildings globally per day. Over 100,000 LEED Accredited Professionals in the United States. LEED buildings use 16 percent less water and 15 percent less energy, on average. These numbers are impressive—but impact on the human scale is what we want for every child who suffers from environmentally triggered illnesses such as asthma. Asthma is...

In Education 04.21.2016

Building for Health: Apply for the USGBC and Harvard leadership course

At USGBC, we have a strong vision of a sustainable built environment within a generation—and we are focused on expanding this vision beyond just buildings to include communities and cities. The global green building movement is increasingly shifting toward creating buildings and communities that intentionally promote health and wellness. To meet the needs of the industry, we have partnered with Harvard to deliver executive education that advances leadership in sustainability and...

In Community 04.20.2016

Commissioning engineer opportunity with local partner (USGBC North Carolina)

USGBC North Carolina's Bronze Partner Building EnergetiCx seeks a Commissioning Engineer in Charlotte, N.C.  Building EnergetiCx is an independent commissioning firm working as a team to bridge the gap between the design, construction and operation of buildings. Their team is looking for a Commissioning Engineer that is motivated and highly organized, with knowledge of the MEP design, testing and balance, or controls industries. The position provides support to the Commissioning...

In Community 04.20.2016

Saint-Gobain goes LEED Platinum [USGBC+ Mar/April 2016]

This article was originally published as "Living Lab" in the March/April issue of USGBC+. Read the original version. Monica Brogan, manager of sales support at CertainTeed Corporation, knew she had a crackerjack team. But when her department moved last October to the new North American headquarters of CertainTeed’s parent company, Saint-Gobain, she was in for a shock.  The move, from the company’s former headquarters in Valley Forge, Pa., to nearby Malvern, turned out to...

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