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In LEED 08.5.2015

Top 10 countries for LEED national profile: China

USGBC’s announcement of 2015’s Top 10 Countries for LEED comes during a pivotal time for China, home to the world’s largest construction industry and now the number two market for LEED outside the U.S. From a historic joint plan with the U.S. to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to an increasing number of Chinese people anxious to bring an end to the pollution that continues to cloud major urban areas, China is going through a green renaissance as the country...

In Community 08.4.2015

Commitment to Quality [USGBC+ July/August 2015]

This article was originally published in the July/August 2015 issue of USGBC+. Read the original version. Mexico City’s Instituto Thomas Jefferson looks for ways to make its sustainability efforts as impactful as possible. For 37 years, the Instituto Thomas Jefferson (ITJ) has been a forerunner for social emotional learning, project-based education, and student-powered innovation. Today, its mission is campus-wide sustainability on all fronts—from LEED-certified buildings to...

In Industry 08.3.2015

The four-word business case for green buildings

Read the original version of this article on Huffington Post. I’m proud to be president of the organization that’s leading the world’s green building movement, the U.S. Green Building Council. Part of my responsibility is to distill our business case for green buildings into an easily understandable phrase. Luckily, I’ve had the benefit of advice from seasoned industry experts including our CEO and founding chair Rick Fedrizzi. As it turns out, the real estate market has...

In Industry 07.31.2015

Three tips for increasing tenant engagement around energy

Building occupants directly and indirectly control a significant portion of a facility’s energy use. Positive engagement with building tenants is smart energy management, to be sure—but it’s also a sound business strategy. Here are three of the biggest reasons to hop on the tenant engagement bandwagon relative to your building’s energy use, along with three ways to get started today. 1. Tenants consume a lot of energy—give them the visibility they need to reduce...

In Advocacy and policy 08.4.2015

Senate Energy Committee approves comprehensive energy legislation

Last week, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee advanced a comprehensive energy package by a wide bipartisan margin. The Energy Policy Modernization Act, which includes provisions on efficiency, infrastructure, supply and accountability, was approved on an 18-4 vote in the committee. The bill reflects input from multiple hearings this year and picks up on a number of energy proposals advanced in previous congresses. It also contains provisions that are important to the efficiency...

In LEED 08.4.2015

Hot off the press: Dynamic LEED for Homes market briefs

We have a powerful new resource that further highlights the amazing work taking place in the the LEED for Homes market—the LEED for Homes dynamic market briefs.* We know the residential market is a vital component to greening the built environment. It is helpful, if not necessary, to have numbers to frame our understanding of where we are to better understand where we can go. Much like the State and Country market briefs, these living visualizations provide a regularly updated dose of...

In LEED 08.3.2015

LEED calculation tool: Ventilation rate procedure compliance

Looking for a simplified solution for demonstrating compliance with Minimum Indoor Air Quality Performance in LEED v4/LEED 2009? USGBC has developed a Minimum Indoor Air Quality Performance calculator that can be used to demonstrate compliance with ASHRAE 62.1 in LEED BD+C, ID+C and O+M. The calculator works with the following prerequisites and credits: EQ Prerequisite Minimum Indoor Air Quality Performance (LEED v4) EQ Credit Enhanced Indoor Air Quality Strategies, Option 2, Strategy B:...

In LEED 07.31.2015

Nixon Peabody: Raising the green bar among the D.C. bar

Located in a LEED EBOM Gold building, Nixon Peabody’s new Washington, D.C. office is at the forefront of green building technology. To celebrate the opening, the firm recently hosted a panel discussion, “How building green builds neighborhoods.” Kicking off the event, panelists Emily Stiever with DC Sun and Jay Wilson with the D.C. Department of the Environment (DDOE) discussed their initiatives to make solar energy affordable and accessible for all residents in the...

In Media 08.4.2015

USGBC Releases Statement on White House Clean Power Plan

The U.S. Green Building Council applauds President Obama and EPA Administrator McCarthy for their leadership this week in adopting the Clean Power Plan - a measure critical to the nation’s efforts to address climate change and all the human risks and impacts it entails. Importantly, EPA’s final rule aims to take advantage of market forces to realize significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions along with co-benefits to public health, such as fewer heart attacks and asthma...

In Center for Green Schools 08.3.2015

Community Green: Building valuable skills for high-impact careers

Community Green was launched by USGBC in 2012 to engage community colleges and help prepare students for careers in the sustainability field. The program connects two-year institutions with industry-leading green building education materials, equipping students to become qualified candidates for jobs in the green economy. The program has thrived over the past three years, thanks to generous support from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, which underwrites access to learning resources...

In Community 08.1.2015

USGBC welcomes four chapters as integrated regions

Today, we are excited to welcome four USGBC chapters as integrated regions of USGBC National. Welcome to Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky and Nevada!  (In July we welcomed Wisconsin and Iowa, in June we welcomed Georgia, Montana, Idaho, New Mexico, South Carolina, Central Pennsylvania and Oklahoma, and in April we welcomed the USGBC National Capital Region). This transition comes as part of our exciting chapter network evolution, which...

In Community 07.31.2015

Freebie Friday: USGBC wallpaper July 2015

Download our latest USGBC-branded wallpaper for your desktop, laptop, tablet, smartphone. Did we mention that it's free?   (Click the links below to download.) 1680x1050 / 2560x1440 / Mobile / Tablet And while you're at it, view previous freebies from January and April, as well as wallpaper downloads from last year: March and July. What wallpaper is on your wishlist? Leave us a note in the comments.

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