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In Community 06.8.2015

Breaking ground on the 2015 Greenbuild Legacy Project

The Capital Area Food Bank (CAFB), the largest hunger relief non-profit serving the Washington area, is a conduit of sustainability. Not only are they a LEED Silver facility featuring solar panels and rain barrels for irrigation, they pay sustainability forward to their community. They pass along food that has been collected for those in need, and they also teach people how to grow and prepare their own food in one of the most urban gardens you could ever encounter, with a metro train barreling...

In Community 06.4.2015

Urban Green Council announces 2015 EBie Awards finalists

And the EBie goes to…. you’ll have to wait and see! The Urban Green Council, a USGBC chapter, recently announced finalists for the coveted EBie Awards, now in their fourth year of rounding up a who’s who in the sustainable existing building space. Check them out: The All-Rounder: Performance Excellence in Multiple Categories Kenner Kingston, Architectural Nexus, Salt Lake City, UT Stephen Monez, Mount Sinai Health System, Corporate Engineering, Brooklyn, NY Molly...

In Community 06.1.2015

USGBC welcomes seven chapters as integrated regions

Today, we are excited to welcome seven USGBC chapters as integrated regions of USGBC National. Welcome to Georgia, Montana, Idaho, New Mexico, South Carolina, Central Pennsylvania and Oklahoma! (Last month we welcomed the USGBC National Capital Region). This transition comes as part of our exciting chapter network evolution, which is piloting a new model for USGBC chapters and local market engagement. This will provide an exciting opportunity for our local...

In Advocacy and policy 05.28.2015

Closing out Building Safety Month

We are passionate about a lot of things here at USGBC, and saving energy is certainly one of them. Building Safety Month 2015 comes to an end with a final focus on energy in week four, $ave Energy, Build to Code.  Energy efficiency is the first step in building green and is the backbone of LEED—and the pioneering system rewards energy savings through a myriad of credits, across several credit categories. LEED-certified buildings cost less to operate, reducing energy and water bills...

In Community 06.8.2015

USGBC community to converge in San Diego and experience ADVANCE

A few weeks ago, we published we announced the launch of ADVANCE—a framework to help communities and organizations move along a path of sustainability leadership to more efficient, healthy and vibrant places. As we approach USGBC’s annual community meeting, Convergence, we’re excited to engage volunteer leaders and partners to experience ADVANCE firsthand in San Diego. At Convergence, volunteers will be mobilized in support of eight Community Sustainability Projects....

In Industry 06.3.2015

USGBC headquarters: Let there be light

USGBC's headquarters recently underwent a major lighting upgrade. "When we moved into our new office space in 2009, we had a vision of how the lighting system would perform to benefit our staff and our mission," said Dave Witek, USGBC's senior vice president of finance, operations and administration. "Now six years later, we’ve completed our first significant upgrade in the office space and have even higher expectations. The new DLM system will allow us to further reduce our energy consumption...

In LEED 05.29.2015

When it comes to homes, there's green and then there's LEED

LEED for Homes is a rating system and certification that promotes the design and construction of high performance green homes. Administered by USGBC, LEED certification offers a holistic approach to sustainability and emphasizes strategies for better environmental and health performance. Some of the world’s most important buildings use LEED such as: the Empire State Building, the Dell Children’s Hospital in Austin, the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco...

In Industry 05.28.2015

USGBC member WSP examines the hidden interplay of water and energy

Sustainability metrics typically focus on energy and water independently. This is reflected in standardized metrics like energy use intensity (EUI) and the lesser used water use intensity (WUI). But, in practice, water and energy use are interlinked in intricate and often overlooked ways, particularly when we consider source energy and source water rather than just consumption measured at a building site. Upon investigation, it quickly becomes apparent that it takes energy to collect, treat and...

In Media 06.5.2015

Capital Area Food Bank Selected as 2015 Greenbuild Legacy Project

Washington, D.C. (June 5, 2015) – The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), and Capital Area Food Bank (CAFB), broke ground this week on the 2015 Greenbuild Legacy project, a new urban food studio designed to help underserved members of the Greater Washington D.C. area. The CAFB project was chosen by the Greenbuild Host Committee, led by the USGBC National Capitol Region (USGBC-NCR), as a finalist for this year’s Legacy Project. The legacy project is an annual permanent gift of...

In LEED 06.2.2015

LEED Multifamily for existing public comment extended to June 10

In April, we opened a public comment period asking all stakeholders to review and provide feedback on a new set of LEED credits proposed to address existing multifamily projects—LEED v4 O+M: Multifamily. After each public comment period, we review and respond to all comments and if they indicate that the proposed adaptation needs substantial changes, we release a new version for public comment. Based on the feedback that we have received so far, the proposed LEED v4 O+M: Multifamily...

In Media 05.28.2015

USGBC Joins Home Energy Information Accelerator and Commits to Expand Energy Efficiency...

Washington, D.C. (May 28, 2015)— Today the U.S. Department of Energy announced two new Better Buildings Accelerators, which will convene leading organizations in the building industry to focus on key solutions for expanding energy efficiency in the residential sector. The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has joined the Home Energy Information Accelerator and committed to support consumer education and environmental sustainability in the U.S. residential building market. “USGBC...

In Industry 05.28.2015

Path to Green [USGBC+ May/June 2015]

This article was originally published in the May/June 2015 issue of USGBC+. Read the original version. The journey toward sustainable building and environmental stewardship is not just an individual one, but a collective one. And each company has its own unique story about the path to green building and environmental consciousness: when it started and why, how far the company has come, and how long the journey may end up being. Here’s a glimpse of the “path to green” taken by...

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