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In Community 05.9.2016

Idaho Green Schools Challenge winners announced (USGBC Idaho)

Since 2013, USGBC Idaho has challenged schools across the state to form a student green team and undertake a project to make their school more sustainable. Each year, more K–12 schools rise to the challenge. The motto of the challenge, "Where We Learn Matters," is embraced by the student teams in a way that influences the entire school and the broader community. With the help of the classroom teacher and a local mentor, the student-driven projects save resources and dollars, improve the...

In International 05.9.2016

Songdo IBD visit highlights leadership in sustainable city development

Songdo International Business District, located in Incheon, South Korea, is widely recognized as the world’s first greenfield, sustainable “smart” city. Since construction began just over 10 years ago, it has become home to nearly 50,000 residents, more than 1,300 retail and hospitality businesses and numerous international corporations and NGOs, such as the Green Climate Fund, World Bank Korea and various United Nations agencies.  Now nearly 70 percent built out, it is...

In Community 05.6.2016

Where USGBC will be this month: The 2016 SPLC Summit

USGBC will be attending and presenting at the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council’s 2016 Summit here in Washington, D.C. The summit runs from May 24–26, but there are also pre-summit short courses on May 23. What is the 2016 Summit? Following up on the SPLC’s well-reviewed 2015 Summit, the 2016 Summit will bring together 300 leading sustainable purchasing experts and practitioners from a wide variety of sectors and regions for two days of best...

In Community 05.5.2016

KSU and USGBC Georgia celebrate Earth Day with farm-to-table tour

On Earth Day, USGBC Georgia and Kennesaw State University teamed up to host a farm-to-table tour at KSU’s The Commons, the nation’s largest LEED Gold collegiate dining facility. To call this a cafeteria, or even a dining hall, does not do justice to this spectacular culinary delight. The foodies who attended were treated to a tour by Joshua Wendling, the Marketing Manager of KSU Culinary and Hospitality Services, which includes The Commons dining hall. First, we...

In Community 05.9.2016

2016 Sustainable Business Awards (USGBC North Carolina)

Do you have a project that represents sustainability excellence, leadership and innovation? Do you know someone who is a fearless leader in the field of sustainability? We are now accepting nominations for the 2016 Annual Sustainable Business Awards. Nominations are due Friday, June 17, 2016. Winners will be announced at the 2016 Annual Green Gala Event on Thursday, Sept. 15 at the Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte., N.C. Finalists will be notified on July 15 and will be required...

In Community 05.6.2016

Year of advancement: Find your believers

Critical to the success of any sustainable equity-driven project is a diverse cast of volunteers with unique skills, experiences and perspectives. Too often we try and achieve things on our own, but in the long run, it is simply not sustainable. We have limits on our knowledge, resources and energy, and especially our time—the ultimate nonrenewable resource.  This is a realization that struck USGBC Local Ambassador Siassia Likibi early in her volunteer experience, as she...

In Community 05.6.2016

Convergence 2016: Welcome to Jacksonville

Jacksonville, Fla., is known as the River City, but it is so much more than the beautiful St. John’s River you see outside the Convergence hotel. Jacksonville is beautiful beaches, a growing downtown, peaceful suburbs, the Northside and Historic Springfield, southern hospitality, wonderful weather, great shopping, food, entertainment, museums, sports and so much more. I moved to Jacksonville 14 years ago and fell in love with the city; I can’t imagine living...

In Community 05.5.2016

Join our Green Apple Day of Service heroes in Northern Kentucky (USGBC Kentucky)

May 14 marks the first Green Apple Day of Service project in Kentucky this year, at Boone County High School, where the environmental science class, led by teacher Lenny Beck, spent the fall and winter semesters studying native plant and tree species. Volunteers are invited to help as heroes! The students, hopeful that an overgrown stormwater detention area at the edge of a vast school parking lot could be converted to an outdoor classroom, made recommendations directly to the...

In Education 05.9.2016

Ask Brendan series pilot mixes sustainability know-how and fun

USGBC is launching "Ask Brendan," a light yet informative on-screen Q&A series between Senior Vice President of Knowledge Rachel Gutter and Chief of Engineering Brendan Owens. As USGBC colleagues and friends for nearly a decade, Rachel and Brendan share a passion for sustainability and exceptional cocktails. We have a full season to share with you—six episodes in all, with new episodes debuting each month. Each installment combines Brendan’s insights into the most talked-...

In Center for Green Schools 05.6.2016

Teacher Appreciation Week: Shout-outs from USGBC staff

Encouraging. Resourceful. Compassionate. Committed. These are just a few of the words that came up when I asked some of my USGBC colleagues about their favorite teachers. Whether teaching us about systems thinking or climate change, honing our leadership skills or celebrating our successes, the impacts that teachers have on their students is profound. Did a teacher make an impact on you that led you to where you are today in your “green career”? Maybe it was a science...

In Community 05.6.2016

Studio replay: Creating social media content

Our USGBC Studio blog offers some terrific resources for the marketing and design aspects of green building business. Staff experts speak to the challenges and solutions that can help your website, social media campaigns and marketing be as effective and up-to-date as possible. This blog was originally posted on Aug. 18, 2015 as "Creating Social Media Content."  Social media needs no introduction. At this point we know the basics, but this ever-changing, lightning-pace field is...

In Community 05.5.2016

Virginia Beach City Public Schools recognized as Green Ribbon Schools (USGBC Hampton...

U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King, Jr., announced on Earth Day that the Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) is one of the 2016 Green Ribbon Schools Award) winners. The school system was recognized for demonstrating excellence in the three pillars of the Green Ribbon Schools Program: reducing environmental impact and costs, improving health and wellness and providing environmental education options, such as STEM and green career pathways. The VBCPS was one...

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