Industry articles http://www.usgbc.org/articles/industry en Rebuilding for resilience: Q&A with Make It Right's Tom Darden http://www.usgbc.org/articles/rebuilding-resilience-qa-make-it-rights-tom-darden <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">14 Jul 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/make-it-right-new-orleans_0.png?1405359498" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>USGBC's new free report,&nbsp;<a href="http://go.usgbc.org/homes" target="_blank"><em>LEED in Motion: Residential</em></a>,&nbsp;highlights the numbers, knowledge and resources you need to keep pace with the rapidly growing green residential market.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><a href="http://go.usgbc.org/homes" target="_blank">Download the full report</a>&nbsp;for more interviews and project highlights from best and brightest minds in the industry.&nbsp;</strong></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/rebuilding-resilience-qa-make-it-rights-tom-darden" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/rebuilding-resilience-qa-make-it-rights-tom-darden#comments LEED Mon, 14 Jul 2014 17:38:18 +0000 Jennifer Easton 4802638 at http://www.usgbc.org You’re invited to VERGE Salon: Data Solutions in Cities and Real Estate http://www.usgbc.org/articles/you%E2%80%99re-invited-verge-salon-data-solutions-cities-and-real-estate <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">10 Jul 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/vergesalon14_siteheader_2400x850_0_0.png?1405014773" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><span>Big data is transforming real estate and cities around the world. The growth of smart buildings and smart cities is enabling new services, revenue opportunities, and models for stakeholder engagement.</span></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/you%E2%80%99re-invited-verge-salon-data-solutions-cities-and-real-estate" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/you%E2%80%99re-invited-verge-salon-data-solutions-cities-and-real-estate#comments Industry Thu, 10 Jul 2014 17:52:52 +0000 Lizzie Needham 4799020 at http://www.usgbc.org LEED project certification update: June 2014 http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-project-certification-update-june-2014 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="The LEED Silver Maracanã stadium in Rio de Janeiro. Credit: Wikimedia Commons " alt="The LEED Silver Maracanã stadium in Rio de Janeiro. Credit: Wikimedia Commons " src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Maracana.jpg?1404843529" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>In our new recurring monthly feature, we'll be taking a look at LEED certification activity each month, broken out by LEED rating system and location. Be sure to check out the <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/projects" target="_blank">LEED project directory</a> for a closer look at LEED projects in your area and around the world.</p> <p><strong>Total projects certified in June</strong>: 351</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-project-certification-update-june-2014" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-project-certification-update-june-2014#comments Industry Tue, 08 Jul 2014 18:21:08 +0000 Jacob Kriss 4796518 at http://www.usgbc.org ‘What If?’ Toward a More Equitable World: Out now in EDC's July issue http://www.usgbc.org/articles/%E2%80%98what-if%E2%80%99-toward-more-equitable-world-out-now-edcs-july-issue <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/social-justice-2-v2-01.png?1404333928" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Editor's note: Browse the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.edcmag.com/publications/3/editions/1245" target="_blank">July issue of&nbsp;</a></em><a href="http://www.edcmag.com/publications/3/editions/1245" target="_blank">EDC</a><span>,&nbsp;</span><em>the official magazine for the LEED Professional, and preview the piece "&lsquo;What If?&rsquo; Toward a More Equitable World"&nbsp;by Susan Kaplan below.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.edcmag.com/LEED" target="_blank">Sign up today</a>&nbsp;to get your free digital edition of EDC.</em></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/%E2%80%98what-if%E2%80%99-toward-more-equitable-world-out-now-edcs-july-issue" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/%E2%80%98what-if%E2%80%99-toward-more-equitable-world-out-now-edcs-july-issue#comments Industry Wed, 02 Jul 2014 20:47:19 +0000 Susan Kaplan 4790910 at http://www.usgbc.org New report: Building professionals are prioritizing human health http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-report-building-professionals-are-prioritizing-human-health <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">27 Jun 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/HealthierBuildingsSMR.png?1403877703" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Building industry professionals and owners are placing increasing attention on health in design and construction plans&nbsp;according to a new SmartMarket report by&nbsp;<a href="http://www.construction.com" target="_blank">McGraw Hill Construction</a>.&nbsp;USGBC was a contributing partner to the report.&nbsp;</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-report-building-professionals-are-prioritizing-human-health" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-report-building-professionals-are-prioritizing-human-health#comments Industry Fri, 27 Jun 2014 14:05:13 +0000 Jennifer Easton 4785052 at http://www.usgbc.org Designing for Disaster with USGBC Platinum level member company ASSA ABLOY http://www.usgbc.org/articles/designing-disaster-usgbc-platinum-level-member-company-assa-abloy <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">27 Jun 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Hurricane-Katrina-2.png?1403876540" /> </div> </div> </div> <p style="text-align: left;"><em>Designing for Disaster</em>, a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nbm.org/exhibitions-collections/exhibitions/designing-for-disaster.html" target="_blank">new exhibit at the National Building Museum</a>&nbsp;in Washington, D.C., showcases the critical role of building design and construction in protecting against hurricanes, tornadoes, fires, earthquakes and other dangers.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/advocacy/priorities/resiliency" target="_blank">Resilience</a>&nbsp;is a key tenet of the green building movement and USGBC&rsquo;s work.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/designing-disaster-usgbc-platinum-level-member-company-assa-abloy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/designing-disaster-usgbc-platinum-level-member-company-assa-abloy#comments Industry Fri, 27 Jun 2014 13:42:05 +0000 Jennifer Easton 4785034 at http://www.usgbc.org How green is overtaking the commercial property market http://www.usgbc.org/articles/how-green-overtaking-commercial-property-market <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/downtown.jpg?1403711728" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>In 2010, <a href="http://nilskok.typepad.com/nils-kok/2010/12/the-diffusion-of-energy-efficiency-in-building.html">I analyzed the uptake of &ldquo;green&rdquo; certification in the U.S. commercial property market</a>, explaining the differences in diffusion across markets and over time. But during the past four years, much has happened. The economy started to recover (in most places), and construction has picked up again.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/how-green-overtaking-commercial-property-market" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/how-green-overtaking-commercial-property-market#comments Industry Wed, 25 Jun 2014 15:56:28 +0000 Nils Kok 4781551 at http://www.usgbc.org Video: Make It Right rebuilds to LEED Platinum in New Orleans http://www.usgbc.org/articles/video-make-it-right-rebuilds-leed-platinum-new-orleans <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_makeitright.jpg?1403532646" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-slideshow-image"> <div class="field-label">Slideshow images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1000" height="667" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/family_at_home_Make_It_Right_New_Orleans_credit_MAX_COLLINS.jpg?1403532816" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1000" height="666" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/children_outside_bikes_and_houses_Make_It_Right_New_Orleans.jpg?1403532829" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="667" height="1000" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/children_on_eco_playground_Make_It_Right_New_Orleans_credit_GREG_RHOADES.jpeg?1403532836" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1000" height="667" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/child_in_front_of_home_Make_It_Right_New_Orleans.jpg?1403532844" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1000" height="667" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Make_It_Right_homes_at_night_credit_Alexei_Levedev.jpg?1403532860" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="770" height="1000" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Frank_Gehry_Home_Exterior_credit_Chad_Chenier.jpg?1403532874" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="667" height="1000" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/interior_shot_Make_It_Right_New_Orleans_credit_JAMES_EWING.jpg?1403532886" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="667" height="1000" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Executive_Director_Tom_Darden_headshot.jpg?1403532903" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>We visited New Orleans with&nbsp;<a href="http://makeitright.org/" target="_blank">Make It Right</a>, an organization that builds healthy, high-efficient and safe homes for people and communities in need.</p> <p>Forty percent of LEED for Homes units fall into the affordable housing sector, and you can see 100 of them, brought to fruition by Make It Right, on display in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans, one of the areas hit hardest by Hurricane Katrina.&nbsp;</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/video-make-it-right-rebuilds-leed-platinum-new-orleans" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/video-make-it-right-rebuilds-leed-platinum-new-orleans#comments Industry Mon, 23 Jun 2014 14:15:07 +0000 Jennifer Easton 4777449 at http://www.usgbc.org Women, Sports and the Environment Symposium in July http://www.usgbc.org/articles/women-sports-and-environment-symposium-july <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">12 Jun 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/women_sports.png?1402585985" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>At the heart of the Green Sports Alliance is the goal to leverage the power of the sports industry to create broad cultural change as it pertains to environmental stewardship, community health and sustainability. A key part of this vision is to ensure all members of the sports community are actively engaged and using their unique skills to advance the green sports movement, and the Women, Sports and the Environment (WSE) Symposium provides an opportunity to convene and support women from all sectors of the industry in this effort.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/women-sports-and-environment-symposium-july" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/women-sports-and-environment-symposium-july#comments Industry Thu, 12 Jun 2014 15:13:43 +0000 4761377 at http://www.usgbc.org Improving materials selection through chemical hazard assessment [DC Event June 16] http://www.usgbc.org/articles/improving-materials-selection-through-chemical-hazard-assessment-dc-event-june-16 <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">9 Jun 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/LMH_feature.jpg?1402322723" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>&ldquo;Increasing transparency and scientific understanding around the health impacts of building materials is unquestionably a timely and complex topic.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/improving-materials-selection-through-chemical-hazard-assessment-dc-event-june-16" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/improving-materials-selection-through-chemical-hazard-assessment-dc-event-june-16#comments LEED Mon, 09 Jun 2014 14:03:40 +0000 David Marcus 4755309 at http://www.usgbc.org Education at Dwell on Design in Los Angeles http://www.usgbc.org/articles/education-dwell-design-los-angeles <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">6 Jun 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/ideas-modern-living-2.jpg?1402068618" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The USGBC community is invited to America&rsquo;s largest design event, Dwell on Design, returning to the Los Angeles Convention Center, June 20-22.</p> <p>Curated by the editors of <em>Dwell</em> magazine, this exciting three-day celebration of modern design invites you to explore the latest sustainable design trends, attend thought-provoking conversations, network face-to-face with industry leaders, tour some of the area&rsquo;s greenest homes, and more!</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/education-dwell-design-los-angeles" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/education-dwell-design-los-angeles#comments Industry Fri, 06 Jun 2014 15:29:17 +0000 4751887 at http://www.usgbc.org By nature's design: Forest stewardship in action http://www.usgbc.org/articles/natures-design-forest-stewardship-action <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">6 Jun 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Images courtesy of Terry Peck" alt="Images courtesy of Terry Peck" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/forestry.jpg?1402063351" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-slideshow-image"> <div class="field-label">Slideshow images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="800" height="1200" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/MendoRdwd_TLPeck-010.jpg?1402063374" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1199" height="800" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/MendoRdwd_TLPeck-018.jpg?1402063383" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="800" height="1205" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/MendoRdwd_TLPeck-022.jpg?1402063393" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1202" height="800" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/MendoRdwd_TLPeck-024.jpg?1402063404" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1199" height="800" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/MendoRdwd_TLPeck-033.jpg?1402063427" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1202" height="800" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/MendoRdwd_TLPeck-035.jpg?1402063436" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="800" height="1202" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/MendoRdwd_TLPeck-043.jpg?1402063446" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1204" height="800" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/MendoRdwd_TLPeck-057.jpg?1402063455" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1200" height="800" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/MendoRdwd_TLPeck-076.jpg?1402063471" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1204" height="800" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/MendoRdwd_TLPeck-079.jpg?1402063494" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="800" height="1201" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/MendoRdwd_TLPeck-085.jpg?1402063503" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1200" height="800" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/MendoRdwd_TLPeck-087.jpg?1402063512" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="800" height="1200" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/MendoRdwd_TLPeck-088.jpg?1402063520" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>This article was originally featured in the December 2013 issue of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.northbaybiz.com/" target="_blank">North Bay Biz magazine</a>.</em></p> <p><strong>Throughout the world, ancient cultures have demonstrated a reverence for trees as part of their core belief. Have we lost our way in the midst of progress and growth?</strong></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/natures-design-forest-stewardship-action" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/natures-design-forest-stewardship-action#comments Industry Fri, 06 Jun 2014 13:59:58 +0000 Lorraine Alexander 4751710 at http://www.usgbc.org USGBC Announces Expanded Support for LEED Green Building Program in India http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-announces-expanded-support-leed-green-building-program-india <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/press_release_2014g.png?1401974654" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>India Third on List of Countries in the World with Most LEED-Certified Space</em></p> <p><strong>New Delhi</strong> &mdash; (5 June 2014) &mdash; The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the creator and administrator of LEED, announced today it was expanding its support of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), the popular global green building program, in India.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-announces-expanded-support-leed-green-building-program-india" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-announces-expanded-support-leed-green-building-program-india#comments Media Thu, 05 Jun 2014 13:24:33 +0000 Jacob Kriss 4750069 at http://www.usgbc.org Going green with Kimberly-Clark http://www.usgbc.org/articles/going-green-kimberly-clark <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">4 Jun 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/going-green.png?1401888339" /> </div> </div> </div> <h3>When it comes to buildings, new and old alike, sustainability is no longer simply about design. it&rsquo;s also about ensuring high-level, ongoing, and environmentally sound operations.</h3> <p>When MGM Resorts International began work on CityCenter&mdash;an 18-million-square-foot complex of resorts, residential towers, stores, and conference space in Las Vegas&mdash;there was no question that the company would be building green.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/going-green-kimberly-clark" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/going-green-kimberly-clark#comments Industry Wed, 04 Jun 2014 13:26:09 +0000 4747003 at http://www.usgbc.org Rick Fedrizzi on President Obama's proposal to reduce carbon dioxide pollution http://www.usgbc.org/articles/rick-fedrizzi-president-obamas-proposal-reduce-carbon-dioxide-pollution <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">2 Jun 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/RICK_DESK.jpg?1401741018" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Combating climate change is one of the world&rsquo;s most pressing challenges. We will be defined by how we respond to this challenge and the actions we take today to ensure a better future for our children and our children&rsquo;s children.&nbsp; And there is no more powerful action than leading by example.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/rick-fedrizzi-president-obamas-proposal-reduce-carbon-dioxide-pollution" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/rick-fedrizzi-president-obamas-proposal-reduce-carbon-dioxide-pollution#comments Industry Mon, 02 Jun 2014 20:33:15 +0000 Rick Fedrizzi 4743615 at http://www.usgbc.org Webinar: Building and maintaining partnerships in China http://www.usgbc.org/articles/webinar-building-and-maintaining-partnerships-china <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/china-building.png?1401485402" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>This webinar has been cancelled.</em></p> <p>In this webinar experts will discuss how to execute a successful strategy in China by building and maintaing partnerships.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/webinar-building-and-maintaining-partnerships-china" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/webinar-building-and-maintaining-partnerships-china#comments Industry Fri, 30 May 2014 21:30:03 +0000 Nora Knox 4740182 at http://www.usgbc.org Become a USGBC Pro Reviewer & get free green building education http://www.usgbc.org/articles/become-usgbc-pro-reviewer-get-free-green-building-education <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">27 May 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/pro-reviewer.png?1401198204" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><span thread="1400796438449" class="thread">Are you an active</span><span class="s2">&nbsp;LEED </span>AP or LEED Green Associate&nbsp;with strong general&nbsp;knowledge, or&nbsp;deep subject matter expertise, in LEED or green building<span class="s2">? &nbsp;</span></p> <p>If so, we want you to become a Pro Reviewer!</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/become-usgbc-pro-reviewer-get-free-green-building-education" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/become-usgbc-pro-reviewer-get-free-green-building-education#comments LEED Tue, 27 May 2014 13:45:40 +0000 Nora Knox 4733504 at http://www.usgbc.org LEED 2009 Study Guides on sale http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-2009-study-guides-now-sale <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/LEEDPubSale_0.jpg?1400858855" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The clock is ticking, and you have less than a month to take a <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/study-tips-leed-v4-professional-exam" target="_blank">LEED 2009 professional exam</a>.</p> <p><strong>Save 30% on LEED 2009 Study Bundles and Study Guides (hard copy only).</strong></p> <p>Click the images below to view the publications, or <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/store/resource/study-guides" target="_blank">visit the store</a>.&nbsp;</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-2009-study-guides-now-sale" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-2009-study-guides-now-sale#comments LEED Fri, 23 May 2014 15:25:04 +0000 Nora Knox 4730585 at http://www.usgbc.org You're invited: Leadership @USGBC http://www.usgbc.org/articles/youre-invited-leadership-usgbc <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Leadership-at-usgbc-01.jpg?1400855110" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><span>USGBC is honoring the industry leaders and corporate citizens whose dedication to green building is setting the new standard in smart business and sustainability. As a transformative leader, we invite you to celebrate your own accomplishments alongside the best and brightest of the sustainability world, from Fortune 500 companies to the heads of sustainable brands.</span></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/youre-invited-leadership-usgbc" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/youre-invited-leadership-usgbc#comments Industry Fri, 23 May 2014 14:23:14 +0000 4730496 at http://www.usgbc.org Why high performance green buildings are the best http://www.usgbc.org/articles/why-high-performance-green-buildings-are-best <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">22 May 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/701-bishop.png?1400765326" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>By greening our&nbsp;built environment the green building industry can deliver on large-scale economic priorities such as climate change mitigation, energy security, resource conservation and job creation, long-term resilience and quality of life.</p> <p>Today, green buildings can be delivered at a price comparable to conventional buildings, investments can be recouped through operational cost savings, and workplaces can become more productive with the right design features.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/why-high-performance-green-buildings-are-best" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/why-high-performance-green-buildings-are-best#comments LEED Thu, 22 May 2014 13:24:26 +0000 Nora Knox 4727696 at http://www.usgbc.org Top 3 courses you need to take this month (May 2014) http://www.usgbc.org/articles/top-3-courses-you-need-take-month-may-2014 <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">21 May 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Edu-usgbc.png?1400699096" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Looking to grow your green building knowledge?</p> <p>Check out this month's top three courses.</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><strong>1.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/node/4604854?share=no&amp;uid=738334" target="_blank">How to calculate and apply for LEED Heat Island Effect Roof credit</a></strong><br />Gain helpful information and guidance on how to submit for the LEED Heat Island Effect Roof credit.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/top-3-courses-you-need-take-month-may-2014" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/top-3-courses-you-need-take-month-may-2014#comments LEED Wed, 21 May 2014 19:03:52 +0000 Nora Knox 4726601 at http://www.usgbc.org You’re Invited to Dwell on Design in Los Angeles http://www.usgbc.org/articles/you%E2%80%99re-invited-dwell-design-los-angeles <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">21 May 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/dwellondesign.jpg?1400684852" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>We invite the USGBC community to America&rsquo;s largest design event, Dwell on Design, returning to the Los Angeles Convention Center, June 20-22.</p> <p>Curated by the editors of&nbsp;<em>Dwell</em>&nbsp;magazine, this exciting three-day celebration of modern design invites you to explore the latest sustainable design trends, attend thought-provoking conversations, network face-to-face with industry leaders, tour some of the area&rsquo;s greenest homes, and more!</p> <p><strong>Keynote Speaker:</strong>&nbsp;Stephen Burks, Readymade Projects</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/you%E2%80%99re-invited-dwell-design-los-angeles" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/you%E2%80%99re-invited-dwell-design-los-angeles#comments Industry Wed, 21 May 2014 15:02:38 +0000 4726117 at http://www.usgbc.org USGBC and Bank of America Announce Call for Applications for 2014 Affordable Green Neighborhoods Grant Program http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-and-bank-america-announce-call-applications-2014-affordable-green-neighborhoods-grant <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/press_release_2014c_0.png?1400168461" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em><span>Fourteen LEED for Neighborhood Development Projects to Receive Funding and Resources</span></em></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-and-bank-america-announce-call-applications-2014-affordable-green-neighborhoods-grant" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-and-bank-america-announce-call-applications-2014-affordable-green-neighborhoods-grant#comments Media Thu, 15 May 2014 15:42:06 +0000 Jacob Kriss 4717659 at http://www.usgbc.org Get involved: LEED, Materials and Health Event Series http://www.usgbc.org/articles/get-involved-leed-materials-and-health-event-series <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">12 May 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/arleneblum_kaiser.jpg?1399911512" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>As part of the <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/initiatives/grants/materials-health">LEED, Materials, and Health Initiative</a>, USGBC is convening a series of events to drive the industry conversation towards more informed decisions impacting human and environmental health. The events, which include lunch lectures and more in-depth meetings and workshops, address critical issues such as ingredient transparency, materials selection and assessment, innovation, professional training, and materials data infrastructure.&nbsp;</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/get-involved-leed-materials-and-health-event-series" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/get-involved-leed-materials-and-health-event-series#comments LEED Mon, 12 May 2014 16:15:12 +0000 Ashley White 4710899 at http://www.usgbc.org The net-zero energy building challenge: Who will be next? http://www.usgbc.org/articles/net-zero-energy-building-challenge-who-will-be-next <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="DPR Construction&#039;s LEED Platinum, net-zero office in Phoenix" alt="DPR Construction&#039;s LEED Platinum, net-zero office in Phoenix" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Phoenix3cropped.jpg?1399658366" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-slideshow-image"> <div class="field-label">Slideshow images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="4876" height="3024" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Phoenix1.jpg?1399658458" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1050" height="695" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Phoenix2.jpg?1399658478" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Phoenix3.jpg?1399658495" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="960" height="360" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Phoenix4.jpg?1399658505" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="4992" height="3328" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/DPR%20San%20Diego%20Office-Exterior%20Night.jpg?1399658549" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="4942" height="3819" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/DPR%20San%20Diego%20Office%20Cafe.jpg?1399658565" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="4866" height="3760" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/DPR%20San%20Diego%20Office%20Photo-Winebar.jpg?1399658597" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="4992" height="3328" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/DPR%20San%20Diego-Open%20Office.jpg?1399658621" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>This blog post was co-authored by&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/ted-van-der-linden/0000051420" target="_blank">Ted van der Linden</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/whitney-dorn/0000054967" target="_blank">Whitney Dorn</a>&nbsp;of USGBC Platinum-level member <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/organizations/dpr-construction">DPR Construction</a>.<br /></em></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/net-zero-energy-building-challenge-who-will-be-next" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/net-zero-energy-building-challenge-who-will-be-next#comments Industry Fri, 09 May 2014 18:11:48 +0000 Whitney Dorn 4708467 at http://www.usgbc.org President Obama doubles down on better buildings http://www.usgbc.org/articles/president-obama-doubles-down-better-buildings <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/usgbc_12046933.jpg?1399649089" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>What a difference leadership makes. Today, President Obama has taken significant action once again to maximize the environmental and economic benefits of better buildings. If there&rsquo;s one sector where it makes sense to do more and do it faster, it&rsquo;s in our buildings, and I applaud the President for seeing the same opportunity in buildings that we see.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/president-obama-doubles-down-better-buildings" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/president-obama-doubles-down-better-buildings#comments Industry Fri, 09 May 2014 15:19:54 +0000 Rick Fedrizzi 4708174 at http://www.usgbc.org Join us at the 7th EE Global Forum in Washington, DC http://www.usgbc.org/articles/join-us-7th-ee-global-forum-washington-dc <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">7 May 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/ee_feature.jpg?1399486368" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Registrations are still available to attend the energy efficiency forum of the year: EE Global 2014. With the 7th EE Global Forum quickly approaching, now is the time to confirm your plans to join USGBC and other leaders in Washington, D.C., May 20-21.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/join-us-7th-ee-global-forum-washington-dc" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/join-us-7th-ee-global-forum-washington-dc#comments Industry Wed, 07 May 2014 18:11:47 +0000 4705162 at http://www.usgbc.org Now available: Free translated study guides http://www.usgbc.org/articles/now-available-free-translated-study-guides <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">7 May 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/translation-2.png?1399478540" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Updated June 15, 2014: These resources are no longer available.</em></p> <p>Taking the LEED Green Associate or LEED AP with specialty exam?</p> <p>Translated study guides (LEED 2009) are now available for <em><strong>free</strong></em>.&nbsp;Study with our comprehensive LEED Green Associate and LEED AP study guides.</p> <p>Get your LEED education direct from the source, and prepare for your LEED professional exam in Arabic, Chinese, Portuguese and Spanish.</p> <p><strong>Arabic</strong></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/now-available-free-translated-study-guides" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/now-available-free-translated-study-guides#comments LEED Wed, 07 May 2014 16:01:00 +0000 Nora Knox 4704895 at http://www.usgbc.org Webinar: Health, wellbeing and productivity in office buildings http://www.usgbc.org/articles/webinar-health-wellbeing-and-productivity-office-buildings <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">6 May 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/bizcas.jpg?1399403155" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><span><strong>Green, healthy and productive office buildings: measuring the benefits and sharing best practice</strong></span></p> <p>This major WorldGBC project is underway, and we want to hear from GBCs and their members, all around the world. Join us for an interactive&nbsp;webinar led by people&nbsp;directly involved in its development.&nbsp;</p> <p>You'll hear about the preliminary findings from our research into best practice in designing and operating healthy buildings globally, and have a chance to share your views on this important topic.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/webinar-health-wellbeing-and-productivity-office-buildings" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/webinar-health-wellbeing-and-productivity-office-buildings#comments Industry Tue, 06 May 2014 19:06:01 +0000 4703609 at http://www.usgbc.org Outstanding projects around the world http://www.usgbc.org/articles/outstanding-projects-around-world <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">5 May 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/LEED_Intl_Header_2.jpeg?1399320284" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><span>LEED projects can be found in over 140 countries and territories around the world and on six out of seven continents &mdash; there are no LEED projects in Antarctica, but you never know what the future holds.</span>&nbsp;</p> <h4><strong><span>East Asia</span></strong></h4> <p><img src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Haworth_Showrrom.jpg" width="670" /></p> <p><span>Haworth Showroom in the Parkview Green (Beijing, China), the first project in the world to certify under LEED v4, the latest version of LEED</span></p> <p><span>&nbsp;</span></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/outstanding-projects-around-world" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/outstanding-projects-around-world#comments LEED Mon, 05 May 2014 20:01:05 +0000 Selina Holmes 4701737 at http://www.usgbc.org Top 10 countries for LEED http://www.usgbc.org/articles/top-10-countries-leed <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">5 May 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/LEED_Intl_Header-06%5B2%5D.jpeg?1399319475" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><span>LEED projects can be found in over 140 countries and territories around the world and on six out of seven continents &mdash; there are no LEED projects in Antarctica, but you never know what the future holds.</span></p> <p><span>To provide a better view of LEED&rsquo;s impact globally, we&rsquo;ve ranked the top 10 countries for LEED outside of the U.S.. Looking at the gross square meters of certified space around the globe, we came up with the list below.</span></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/top-10-countries-leed" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/top-10-countries-leed#comments LEED Mon, 05 May 2014 19:45:43 +0000 Selina Holmes 4701706 at http://www.usgbc.org Mexico's green building boom in photos http://www.usgbc.org/articles/mexicos-green-building-boom-photos <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Photo credit: Flickr user Paul Stein (https://www.flickr.com/photos/kapkap/)" alt="Photo credit: Flickr user Paul Stein (https://www.flickr.com/photos/kapkap/)" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/7157411648_12fb8ab788_b.jpg?1399298434" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Happy Cinco de Mayo! It may not be the real <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mexican_Independence_Day">Mexican Independence Day</a> (that&rsquo;s Sept. 16), but it&rsquo;s still a great opportunity to take a look at the LEED green building activity taking place in our neighbor to the south.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/mexicos-green-building-boom-photos" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/mexicos-green-building-boom-photos#comments Industry Mon, 05 May 2014 14:02:07 +0000 Jacob Kriss 4700578 at http://www.usgbc.org Transforming trash into treasure in Tel Aviv http://www.usgbc.org/articles/transforming-trash-treasure-tel-aviv <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">1 May 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_israel.jpg?1398977083" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-slideshow-image"> <div class="field-label">Slideshow images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1540" height="1540" title="Photo credit: Ashley Katz" alt="Photo credit: Ashley Katz" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Photo_Apr_17__4_27_02_PM_3.jpg?1399643299" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="3264" height="2448" title="Photo credit: Ashley Katz" alt="Photo credit: Ashley Katz" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Photo_Apr_17__4_17_11_PM_2.jpg?1399643312" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="3264" height="2448" title="Photo credit: Ashley Katz" alt="Photo credit: Ashley Katz" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Photo_Apr_17__4_06_37_PM.jpg?1399643318" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Landfills aren&rsquo;t generally high on my list of must see spots to visit while on vacation, but after touching down at Israel's Ben Gurion Airport earlier this month, I made a beeline towards the country's newest attraction. Formerly dubbed Trash Mountain, this recovering landfill sits 20 minutes outside of bustling Tel Aviv, and was once considered not only an eyesore but a <a href="http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9B03EEDA1E31F937A15753C1A9619C8B63&amp;smid=pl-share" target="_blank">toxic wasteland</a>.&nbsp;</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/transforming-trash-treasure-tel-aviv" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/transforming-trash-treasure-tel-aviv#comments Industry Thu, 01 May 2014 20:43:55 +0000 Ashley Katz 4697336 at http://www.usgbc.org Free course: Introduction to LEED v4 http://www.usgbc.org/articles/free-course-introduction-leed-v4 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/free-course.png?1398976402" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The next version of LEED is here.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s important for us that you feel prepared to succeed &mdash; so we&rsquo;re offering a free course, which explores key concepts and strategies of LEED v4.</p> <p><a href="http://go.usgbc.org/free-course.html" target="_blank" class="button">Watch the course</a></p> <p>In this course experts will share background on the development of LEED v4, what it means for project teams, the structure of rating system, and how its flexibility lends itself to wider use.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/free-course-introduction-leed-v4" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/free-course-introduction-leed-v4#comments LEED Thu, 01 May 2014 20:31:25 +0000 Nora Knox 4697308 at http://www.usgbc.org A tree grows in Helsinki http://www.usgbc.org/articles/tree-grows-helsinki <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/rick_helsinki.jpg?1398697996" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>To millions of Americans, a U.S. embassy building is a little like one of our national parks or maybe the public library. Even though these places are rarely top-of-mind, nor do we use them on a regular basis, there is comfort in knowing they exist.</p> <p>What&rsquo;s more, to many Americans the presence of such things on the public landscape says something far greater about how they view themselves and the society in which they find themselves privileged to live. </p> <p>I know. I&rsquo;m one such guy.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/tree-grows-helsinki" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/tree-grows-helsinki#comments LEED Mon, 28 Apr 2014 15:10:21 +0000 Rick Fedrizzi 4691963 at http://www.usgbc.org Knowledge is Power: The 3 things you need to know this week http://www.usgbc.org/articles/knowledge-power-3-things-you-need-know-week <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Maggie_and_Joe_2014_04_28.jpg?1398697814" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>I&rsquo;m going to let you in on a little secret. I am voracious news reader; however, I will sheepishly admit that I was not always as on top of my assigned reading at university. I am a very big fan of <a href="http://www.cliffsnotes.com/">CliffNotes</a>, <a href="http://www.sparknotes.com/">SparkNotes</a> and other resources that enable one to digest more information in less time. Now it&rsquo;s time for me to &ldquo;pay it forward.&rdquo; Allow me to be your &ldquo;CliffNotes&rdquo; version of the global green building news. Here are the top line things you should know this week.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/knowledge-power-3-things-you-need-know-week" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/knowledge-power-3-things-you-need-know-week#comments Industry Mon, 28 Apr 2014 15:05:25 +0000 Maggie Comstock 4691951 at http://www.usgbc.org Join USGBC at ACCO's Climate Strategies Forum http://www.usgbc.org/articles/join-usgbc-accos-climate-strategies-forum <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">24 Apr 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/ACCO.jpg?1398362011" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Climate Strategies Forum on May 12-14 in Washington, D.C. provides education and training aligned with the&nbsp;<a href="http://competencies.accoonline.org/"><span class="s1">Core Competences for Climate Change Professionals</span></a>, which will serve as the foundation for the&nbsp;CCO Certification<span class="s2"><sup>TM</sup></span>&nbsp;to be launched in 2014-2015.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/join-usgbc-accos-climate-strategies-forum" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/join-usgbc-accos-climate-strategies-forum#comments Industry Thu, 24 Apr 2014 17:53:33 +0000 4687343 at http://www.usgbc.org Earth Day 2014 http://www.usgbc.org/articles/earth-day-2014 <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">21 Apr 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/earthday2014.png?1398095059" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>I admit to having mixed feelings about Earth Day for the obvious reason that &ldquo;saving the planet&rdquo; is a 365-day, 24/7 job. But if we can get people to focus on the central idea it represents even for a few minutes, it&rsquo;s worth it, right?</p> <p>But what&rsquo;s begun to bother me big time is that we still frame this idea as if it&rsquo;s humans vs. the planet, rather than focusing on the intricate interdependencies between humans and the Earth.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/earth-day-2014" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/earth-day-2014#comments Industry Mon, 21 Apr 2014 15:44:42 +0000 Rick Fedrizzi 4681932 at http://www.usgbc.org Friday Roundup: IPCC says time for climate action, new Guide to Green Colleges http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-ipcc-says-time-climate-action-new-guide-green-colleges <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Smog in Singapore, via Flickr" alt="Smog in Singapore, via Flickr" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Singapore.jpg?1397857246" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Here&rsquo;s our weekly collection of green building clips:</p> <p>USGBC Vice President of Research Chris Pyke spoke to multiple outlets about his <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/ipcc-report-building-sector-emissions-growing-green-buildings-can-be-solution">contribution to the new report</a> from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change:</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-ipcc-says-time-climate-action-new-guide-green-colleges" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-ipcc-says-time-climate-action-new-guide-green-colleges#comments Industry Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:42:08 +0000 Jacob Kriss 4679751 at http://www.usgbc.org IPCC report: Building sector emissions growing, green buildings can be solution http://www.usgbc.org/articles/ipcc-report-building-sector-emissions-growing-green-buildings-can-be-solution <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/climate.jpg?1397483552" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Chris Pyke, vice president of research at the U.S. Green Building Council, is a lead author for Chapter 9: Residential and Commercial Buildings in the third installment of a new report from the </em><em>United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.</em></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/ipcc-report-building-sector-emissions-growing-green-buildings-can-be-solution" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/ipcc-report-building-sector-emissions-growing-green-buildings-can-be-solution#comments Industry Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:53:44 +0000 Chris Pyke 4668810 at http://www.usgbc.org Friday Roundup: Building a greener New Orleans, first Platinum airport terminal http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-building-greener-new-orleans-first-platinum-airport-terminal <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="New Orleans" alt="New Orleans" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/NewOrleans.jpg?1397252287" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Here&rsquo;s our weekly collection of green building clips:</p> <p><a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/columnist/abrams/2014/04/11/small-business-new-orleans-incubators/7540765/">New Orleans' entrepreneurs see niches, fill them</a>, <em>USA Today</em>. Check out this profile of the BioInnovation Center, a LEED Gold space at the forefront of a city that is rebuilding itself stronger, greener and more resilient. See for yourself at <a href="http://www.greenbuildexpo.com/" target="_blank">Greenbuild this October</a>.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-building-greener-new-orleans-first-platinum-airport-terminal" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-building-greener-new-orleans-first-platinum-airport-terminal#comments Industry Fri, 11 Apr 2014 21:39:14 +0000 Jacob Kriss 4666890 at http://www.usgbc.org Senior Materials Research Fellows share their Insights http://www.usgbc.org/articles/senior-materials-research-fellows-share-their-insights <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">8 Apr 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Mats_health-01.jpg?1396979138" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>As part of the <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/initiatives/grants/materials-health">LEED, Materials and Health Initiative</a>, six Senior Materials <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/meet-usgbc%E2%80%99s-senior-materials-research-fellows">Research Fellows</a> have joined the team to help deepen the&nbsp;understanding around the effect of materials ingredients on the health&nbsp;of those who interact with the built environment.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/senior-materials-research-fellows-share-their-insights" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/senior-materials-research-fellows-share-their-insights#comments LEED Tue, 08 Apr 2014 17:44:23 +0000 Ashley White 4659343 at http://www.usgbc.org Share your opinion on the impact of building design on health http://www.usgbc.org/articles/share-your-opinion-impact-building-design-health <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">8 Apr 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="669" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/health_survey.jpg?1396972578" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><span>USGBC and&nbsp;<span>McGraw Hill Construction</span>&nbsp;are working together on a&nbsp;<span>new study looking at the impact of buildings on the health of their occupants, and we encourage you to participate.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/share-your-opinion-impact-building-design-health" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/share-your-opinion-impact-building-design-health#comments Industry Tue, 08 Apr 2014 15:54:56 +0000 4659146 at http://www.usgbc.org National Zero Waste Business Conference: Discount for USGBC community http://www.usgbc.org/articles/national-zero-waste-business-conference-discount-usgbc-community <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">4 Apr 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_netzero.jpg?1396640391" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Learn practical and impactful approaches to &ldquo;Creating Value Through Zero Waste,&rdquo; the focus of the 3rd Annual National Zero Waste Business Conference May 7-8, 2014 and Training Course May 6, 2014 in Atlanta, GA. The USGBC community is invited to use discount code&nbsp;<strong>nzwbc14greenbuilding&nbsp;</strong>to receive&nbsp;20% off conference registration until&nbsp;<strong>April 11th</strong>.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/national-zero-waste-business-conference-discount-usgbc-community" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/national-zero-waste-business-conference-discount-usgbc-community#comments Industry Fri, 04 Apr 2014 19:38:14 +0000 4655023 at http://www.usgbc.org Now available: LEED v4 candidate handbooks http://www.usgbc.org/articles/now-available-leed-v4-candidate-handbooks <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">1 Apr 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/handbooks.jpg?1396370546" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Starting on June 30, 2014, the LEED Green Associate and LEED AP exams will evolve for the LEED v4 rating system&nbsp;&mdash; and the candidate handbooks are now available to help you prepare.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/now-available-leed-v4-candidate-handbooks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/now-available-leed-v4-candidate-handbooks#comments LEED Tue, 01 Apr 2014 16:40:40 +0000 Nora Knox 4650065 at http://www.usgbc.org Sneak peak: Sample questions for the LEED v4 credential exams http://www.usgbc.org/articles/sneak-peak-sample-questions-leed-v4-credential-exams <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">31 Mar 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/credential-article-4.png?1396272034" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>With the launch of LEED v4, new LEED v4 professional credential exams will be released on June 30, 2014. <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-v4-credential-exams-coming-june-2014" target="_blank">Learn more</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>In the v4 exams, each item will have two test specification attributes: knowledge and task attributes.</p> <h3>Want to know more?</h3> <p>Check out the sample questions below to get a sense for the type of content that will be tested. (Answers are followed by an asterisk).</p> <p><strong>Sample questions from the v4 Green Associate exam</strong></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/sneak-peak-sample-questions-leed-v4-credential-exams" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/sneak-peak-sample-questions-leed-v4-credential-exams#comments LEED Mon, 31 Mar 2014 13:19:24 +0000 Nora Knox 4647923 at http://www.usgbc.org Healthy buildings and healthy people: The next generation of green building http://www.usgbc.org/articles/healthy-buildings-and-healthy-people-next-generation-green-building <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="The 2nd Ring Road in Beijing. Credit: Pedronet via Flickr" alt="The 2nd Ring Road in Beijing. Credit: Pedronet via Flickr" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Beijing.jpg?1396013556" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Remarks delivered by USGBC COO Mahesh Ramanujam at the Tenth International Conference on Green and Energy-Efficient Building &amp; New Technologies and Products Expo in Beijing on March 28. </em></p> <p>Good afternoon. My name is Mahesh Ramanujam, and I am president of the Green Building Certification Institute and Chief Operating Officer of the U.S. Green Building Council. It is an honor to be standing here with you at the Tenth International Conference on Green and Energy-Efficient Building &amp; New Technologies and Products Expo.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/healthy-buildings-and-healthy-people-next-generation-green-building" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/healthy-buildings-and-healthy-people-next-generation-green-building#comments Industry Fri, 28 Mar 2014 13:35:41 +0000 Mahesh Ramanujam 4645259 at http://www.usgbc.org Friday Roundup: Educating for sustainability, Illinois demonstrates leadership http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-educating-sustainability-illinois-demonstrates-leadership <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="U.S. Department of Education via Flickr" alt="U.S. Department of Education via Flickr" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/education.jpg?1396267616" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Here&rsquo;s our weekly collection of green building clips:</p> <p><a href="http://www.greenbiz.com/blog/2014/03/27/usgbc-students-educated-sustainability">USGBC wants all students schooled on sustainability by 2040</a>, GreenBiz. The <em><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/education-business-and-environmental-leaders-call-action-ensure-universal-sustainability-li">National Action Plan for Education for Sustainability</a></em> calls for all 50 states to adopt a comprehensive green schools policy that includes a graduation requirement around sustainability literacy.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-educating-sustainability-illinois-demonstrates-leadership" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-educating-sustainability-illinois-demonstrates-leadership#comments Industry Fri, 28 Mar 2014 04:00:00 +0000 Jacob Kriss 4647870 at http://www.usgbc.org Partnering with FORTUNE Magazine to showcase green building leadership http://www.usgbc.org/articles/partnering-fortune-magazine-showcase-green-building-leadership <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">26 Mar 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/usgbc_25663522_copy.jpg?1395867056" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>We're working with <em>FORTUNE Magazine</em> on a special feature to showcase leaders in green building-like you! <em>FORTUNE</em>&nbsp;<em>Magazine</em>, which&nbsp;reaches 3.9+ million business decision makers, is offering USGBC members a&nbsp;rare sponsorship and advertising opportunity. By becoming a part of this special section, your company will receive national visibility and a chance to tell your story in an editorial context.&nbsp;</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/partnering-fortune-magazine-showcase-green-building-leadership" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/partnering-fortune-magazine-showcase-green-building-leadership#comments Industry Wed, 26 Mar 2014 20:49:23 +0000 4642992 at http://www.usgbc.org Why the White House supports faith and community leaders in addressing the environment http://www.usgbc.org/articles/why-white-house-supports-faith-and-community-leaders-addressing-environment <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">26 Mar 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Photo credit: Eric Vance" alt="Photo credit: Eric Vance" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/ClimateFaith_023.jpg?1395866055" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Faith-based organizations own and operate over 400,000 buildings in the United States and are pillars in the communities they serve. Great potential exists to advance building health and performance while integrating sustainability into people&rsquo;s lives through this sector, and&nbsp;<a href="https://usgbc.wufoo.com/forms/s1dk6uz70tkf4ya/">you can get involved now</a>.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/why-white-house-supports-faith-and-community-leaders-addressing-environment" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/why-white-house-supports-faith-and-community-leaders-addressing-environment#comments Community Wed, 26 Mar 2014 20:28:12 +0000 Ryan P. Snow 4642952 at http://www.usgbc.org LEED Fellow 2014: Application Period Guide http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-fellow-2014-application-period-guide <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">25 Mar 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/article_leedfellow_0.png?1395756089" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-slideshow-image"> <div class="field-label">Slideshow images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="600" height="265" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Fellow-Diagram.png?1395771288" /> </div> </div> </div> <h3>The LEED Fellow designates the most exceptional professionals in the green building industry, and it is the most prestigious designation awarded by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI). </h3> <h3><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/learn-how-become-leed-fellow" target="_blank">Learn more</a>.</h3> <h2><strong>Who should be involved?</strong></h2> <p>During the application phase, the nominee, the nominator, the LEED project admin (or other project team member), and the four endorsers should all upload their own documents.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-fellow-2014-application-period-guide" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-fellow-2014-application-period-guide#comments LEED Tue, 25 Mar 2014 13:59:39 +0000 4640370 at http://www.usgbc.org The down and dirty of the LEED Professional exam http://www.usgbc.org/articles/down-and-dirty-leed-professional-exam <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">24 Mar 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/credential-article.png?1395668209" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><span style="font-size: 13px;">The <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/credentials" target="_blank">LEED Professional</a> exams, for both the <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/credentials/leed-ga/overview" target="_blank">LEED Green Associate</a> and the <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/leedap" target="_blank">LEED AP with specialty</a>, accurately assess your ability to carry out the responsibilities of </span><span style="font-size: 13px;">an individual supporting LEED certification.&nbsp;</span></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/down-and-dirty-leed-professional-exam" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/down-and-dirty-leed-professional-exam#comments LEED Mon, 24 Mar 2014 13:23:36 +0000 Nora Knox 4638437 at http://www.usgbc.org Friday Roundup: Platinum for Oregon Convention Center, wooden skyscrapers? http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-platinum-oregon-convention-center-wooden-skyscrapers <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="The LEED Platinum Oregon Convention Center in Portland. Credit: Wikimedia Commons" alt="The LEED Platinum Oregon Convention Center in Portland. Credit: Wikimedia Common" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/800px-Oregon_Convention_Center_Dusk_1_%28edit%29.jpg?1395435574" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Here&rsquo;s our weekly collection of green building clips:</p> <p><a href="http://www.bizjournals.com/portland/blog/real-estate-daily/2014/03/green-building-oregon-convention-center-raises-its.html?utm_source=rss&amp;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=green-building-oregon-convention-center-raises-its-profile-portland-business-journal-blog">Green building: Oregon Convention Center raises its profile</a>, <em>Portland Business Journal</em>. It&rsquo;s the third certification for the LEED Platinum Oregon Convention Center, which also earned LEED Silver in 2008 and LEED Certified in 2004.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-platinum-oregon-convention-center-wooden-skyscrapers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-platinum-oregon-convention-center-wooden-skyscrapers#comments Industry Fri, 21 Mar 2014 21:17:17 +0000 Jacob Kriss 4636679 at http://www.usgbc.org Webinar: "Strategies for success" in China http://www.usgbc.org/articles/webinar-strategies-success-china <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">20 Mar 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/chinese-market_0.jpg?1395336530" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Selling American Energy Efficiency Products &amp; Services in China</em></p> <p>In this webinar series experts will provide a step-by-step introduction to China&rsquo;s energy efficiency (EE) market segments and appropriate business development strategies for American firms.</p> <p>Learn from the on-the-ground, expert perspectives in this integrated and targeted series designed to prepare you for China&rsquo;s market.</p> <p><strong>Webinar sessions</strong></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/webinar-strategies-success-china" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/webinar-strategies-success-china#comments Industry Thu, 20 Mar 2014 17:27:22 +0000 Arnold Kee 4634446 at http://www.usgbc.org Certification matters, same-cost LEED buildings, city market briefs http://www.usgbc.org/articles/certification-matters-same-cost-leed-buildings-city-market-briefs <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">19 Mar 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Maggie_and_Joe_Pic-2.jpg?1395257140" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>To build upon Joe&rsquo;s &ldquo;known unknowns&rdquo; and &ldquo;unknown unknowns&rdquo; from&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/know-maggie-joe">last week</a>, one &ldquo;known known&rdquo; is that third-party verification and certification matters:</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/certification-matters-same-cost-leed-buildings-city-market-briefs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/certification-matters-same-cost-leed-buildings-city-market-briefs#comments Industry Wed, 19 Mar 2014 19:24:34 +0000 Maggie Comstock 4632000 at http://www.usgbc.org LEED, materials and health: Discussions at Berkeley http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-materials-and-health-discussions-berkeley <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">19 Mar 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="668" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/GRB13_HealthSummit-1.jpg?1395254417" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-emvideo field-field-art-videos"> <div class="field-label">Videos:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="emvideo emvideo-video emvideo-vimeo"><div id="media-vimeo-1" class="media-vimeo"> <iframe src="https://player.vimeo.com/video/89105548?fullscreen=1&show_title=1&show_byline=1&show_portrait=1&autoplay=0" width="853" height="505"></iframe> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <div class="emvideo emvideo-video emvideo-vimeo"><div id="media-vimeo-2" class="media-vimeo"> <iframe src="https://player.vimeo.com/video/89105549?fullscreen=1&show_title=1&show_byline=1&show_portrait=1&autoplay=0" width="853" height="505"></iframe> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="emvideo emvideo-video emvideo-vimeo"><div id="media-vimeo-3" class="media-vimeo"> <iframe src="https://player.vimeo.com/video/89105550?fullscreen=1&show_title=1&show_byline=1&show_portrait=1&autoplay=0" width="853" height="505"></iframe> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <div class="emvideo emvideo-video emvideo-vimeo"><div id="media-vimeo-4" class="media-vimeo"> <iframe src="https://player.vimeo.com/video/89105547?fullscreen=1&show_title=1&show_byline=1&show_portrait=1&autoplay=0" width="853" height="505"></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p><span>What happens when you gather 76 passionate and informed professionals in a room to discuss challenges and opportunities at the intersection of </span><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/initiatives/grants/materials-health"><span>health, materials, and the built environment</span></a><span>? <strong>Progress.</strong></span></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-materials-and-health-discussions-berkeley" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-materials-and-health-discussions-berkeley#comments LEED Wed, 19 Mar 2014 18:38:52 +0000 David Marcus 4631889 at http://www.usgbc.org Your LEED Professional exam is this month. Are you ready? http://www.usgbc.org/articles/your-leed-professional-exam-month-are-you-ready <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">19 Mar 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/credential-article3.png?1395236663" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>You've spent the last few months preparing for your LEED Green Associate or LEED AP with specialty exam. Here's what you should know to make sure your exam day goes as planned.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/your-leed-professional-exam-month-are-you-ready" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/your-leed-professional-exam-month-are-you-ready#comments LEED Wed, 19 Mar 2014 13:43:14 +0000 Nora Knox 4631420 at http://www.usgbc.org Upcoming webinar: Can Cellular Based Metrics Improve Commute Assessments? http://www.usgbc.org/articles/upcoming-webinar-can-cellular-based-metrics-improve-commute-assessments <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">18 Mar 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/webinar-metrics.png?1395169175" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Join USGBC and StreetLight Data for a webinar to learn more about whether cellular based metrics can improve commute assessments.</p> <p>2:00&ndash;3:00 pm EDT<br />Thursday, March 27, 2014<br /><br><a href="http://www.streetlightdata.com/march27-webinar-usgbc-streetlightdata/" class="button" margin="left-auto" width="20px">RSVP</a></p> <p>Travel behavior associated with commercial office buildings has far-reaching environmental, health and business impacts.&nbsp;</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/upcoming-webinar-can-cellular-based-metrics-improve-commute-assessments" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/upcoming-webinar-can-cellular-based-metrics-improve-commute-assessments#comments Industry Tue, 18 Mar 2014 18:58:26 +0000 Sean McMahon 4630267 at http://www.usgbc.org Celebrating green buildings on the Emerald Isle http://www.usgbc.org/articles/celebrating-green-buildings-emerald-isle <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Ireland.jpg?1395079265" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>To celebrate St. Patrick&rsquo;s Day, we&rsquo;re taking a look at some of the LEED green buildings in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Collectively, the two states have seven LEED-certified projects representing 1.1 million square feet, with another 32 projects representing 2.8 million square feet in the pipeline for certification.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/celebrating-green-buildings-emerald-isle" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/celebrating-green-buildings-emerald-isle#comments Industry Mon, 17 Mar 2014 18:13:19 +0000 Jacob Kriss 4626966 at http://www.usgbc.org USGBC and Harvard present "Executive Education for Sustainability Leadership" http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-and-harvard-present-executive-education-sustainability-leadership <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">17 Mar 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/sustainability-article.png?1395071424" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><span>At the U.S. Green Building Council, we are leading a global effort to create more sustainable world, and our impact extends well beyond buildings. We&rsquo;re about protecting the environment and working to build better and stronger communities. </span></p> <p>Which is why I&rsquo;m thrilled to introduce a new partnership between USGBC and the Harvard School of Public Health: The Executive Education for Sustainability Leadership program.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-and-harvard-present-executive-education-sustainability-leadership" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-and-harvard-present-executive-education-sustainability-leadership#comments Industry Mon, 17 Mar 2014 15:48:16 +0000 Rick Fedrizzi 4626692 at http://www.usgbc.org Friday Roundup: South America's 1st LEED auto plant http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-south-americas-1st-leed-auto-plant <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Joinville, Brazil, home to GM&#039;s new LEED Gold plant. Credit: Wikimedia Commons" alt="Joinville, Brazil, home to GM&#039;s new LEED Gold plant. Credit: Wikimedia Commons" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Joinville.jpg?1394833175" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Here's our weekly collection of green building clips:</p> <p><a href="http://www.hybridcars.com/gm-has-first-leed-certified-plant-in-south-america/?utm_source=rss&amp;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=gm-has-first-leed-certified-plant-in-south-america-hybrid-cars-news">GM Has First LEED Certified Plant In South America</a>, Hybrid Cars News. The Joinville, Brazil, plant is General Motors&rsquo; sixth LEED-certified facility.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-south-americas-1st-leed-auto-plant" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-south-americas-1st-leed-auto-plant#comments Industry Fri, 14 Mar 2014 21:43:47 +0000 Jacob Kriss 4624368 at http://www.usgbc.org In the Know with Maggie & Joe http://www.usgbc.org/articles/know-maggie-joe <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">12 Mar 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Maggie_and_Joe_Pic-1.jpg?1394630998" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><span>Time to know some of the green building and LEED <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GiPe1OiKQuk">“known knowns!”</a></span></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/know-maggie-joe" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/know-maggie-joe#comments Industry Wed, 12 Mar 2014 13:26:36 +0000 Joseph Crea 4620854 at http://www.usgbc.org Interested in becoming a LEED Green Associate or LEED AP? What you need to know http://www.usgbc.org/articles/interested-becoming-leed-green-associate-or-leed-ap-what-you-need-know <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">10 Mar 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/credetial-article2.png?1394464858" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>You've made up your mind. You're ready to step up your game and become a <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/credentials" target="_blank">LEED professional</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Here's what you need to know about the application:</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/interested-becoming-leed-green-associate-or-leed-ap-what-you-need-know" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/interested-becoming-leed-green-associate-or-leed-ap-what-you-need-know#comments LEED Mon, 10 Mar 2014 15:25:10 +0000 Nora Knox 4617738 at http://www.usgbc.org Friday Roundup: Recertification is critical component, CaGBC pushing progress http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-recertification-critical-component-cagbc-pushing-progress <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="The National Geographic Society Headquarters in Washington, D.C., the first LEED-certified existing building" alt="The National Geographic Society Headquarters in Washington, D.C." src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/NGS.jpg?1394234540" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Here&rsquo;s our weekly collection of green building clips, but also be sure to check out our <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-news-exposing-%E2%80%98environmental-policy-alliance%E2%80%99">other green building news post</a> from today that reveals the truth behind the &ldquo;Environmental Policy Alliance,&rdquo; an astroturf front group that&rsquo;s been attacking LEED.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-recertification-critical-component-cagbc-pushing-progress" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-recertification-critical-component-cagbc-pushing-progress#comments Industry Fri, 07 Mar 2014 23:23:53 +0000 Jacob Kriss 4615391 at http://www.usgbc.org USGBC in the news: Exposing the ‘Environmental Policy Alliance’ http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-news-exposing-%E2%80%98environmental-policy-alliance%E2%80%99 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/usgbc_34142717.jpg?1394219744" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Don&rsquo;t be fooled, the Environmental Policy Alliance isn&rsquo;t the &ldquo;EPA&rdquo; you might think. The group behind recent attacks on LEED is run by the notorious Washington, D.C., lobbyist Richard Berman, who works on behalf of special interests under the guise of policy and research institutes.</p> <p>Check out what <em>Architect</em>, <em>The Huffington Post</em> and TreeHugger have to say about the Environmental Policy Alliance:</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-news-exposing-%E2%80%98environmental-policy-alliance%E2%80%99" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-news-exposing-%E2%80%98environmental-policy-alliance%E2%80%99#comments Industry Fri, 07 Mar 2014 19:18:02 +0000 4614989 at http://www.usgbc.org Coming soon: Translation aids for LEED credential exams http://www.usgbc.org/articles/coming-soon-translation-aids-leed-credential-exams <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">7 Mar 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/translation.png?1394212992" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>LEED&rsquo;s impact resonates on a global stage, and its adopters, advocates and practitioners are growing more diverse every day. </p> <p><span style="font-size: 13px;">There are LEED projects and LEED professionals in nearly 200 countries. To serve this demand, GBCI has translated several study resources and exams for the LEED professional credentials into Chinese, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic and French. </span></p> <p><strong>Exam translation aid availability</strong></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/coming-soon-translation-aids-leed-credential-exams" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/coming-soon-translation-aids-leed-credential-exams#comments LEED Fri, 07 Mar 2014 17:19:09 +0000 Nora Knox 4614751 at http://www.usgbc.org GBIG Fundamentals: Project Transparency, Market Context, and Timelines http://www.usgbc.org/articles/gbig-fundamentals-project-transparency-market-context-and-timelines <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">7 Mar 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/gbig_insights_2_0.png?1394201451" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>This is the first in a series of blog posts detailing features of the Green Building Information Gateway. Subsequent blog posts will dive deeper into specific applications to help users get the most out of their experience with GBIG.org.</em></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/gbig-fundamentals-project-transparency-market-context-and-timelines" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/gbig-fundamentals-project-transparency-market-context-and-timelines#comments LEED Fri, 07 Mar 2014 14:11:18 +0000 Mira Panek 4614466 at http://www.usgbc.org Become a LEED Fellow in 2014 http://www.usgbc.org/articles/become-leed-fellow-2014 <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">5 Mar 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/LEED_Fellows_article.png?1394029981" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Are you interested in becoming a LEED Fellow? Your time is now.</p> <p>The U.S. Green Building Council call for nominations of qualified applicants is now open for the 2014 class of LEED Fellows.</p> <p>What does it take to be a <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/credentials/leed-fellow" target="_blank">LEED Fellow</a>?&nbsp;</p> <p>Nominees must have:</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/become-leed-fellow-2014" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/become-leed-fellow-2014#comments LEED Wed, 05 Mar 2014 14:33:49 +0000 Nicholas Firmand 4609152 at http://www.usgbc.org Join us at the 2014 Building Energy Summit http://www.usgbc.org/articles/join-us-2014-building-energy-summit <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">4 Mar 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature-01.jpg?1393971107" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>USGBC is proud to be an education partner with the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.buildingenergysummit.com" target="_blank">2014 Building Energy Summit</a>. This year's event will&nbsp;be held <strong>April 1, 2014</strong> in Washington, DC. The Summit brings together building owners, energy experts, and technology pioneers to address the challenges and opportunities surrounding the need for more energy efficient buildings.</p> <p>Join us for the 2014 Building Energy Summit and be a part of the revolution that is permanently changing the way we manage and operate buildings.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/join-us-2014-building-energy-summit" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/join-us-2014-building-energy-summit#comments Industry Tue, 04 Mar 2014 22:10:33 +0000 4608484 at http://www.usgbc.org In the Know with Maggie and Joe http://www.usgbc.org/articles/know-maggie-and-joe <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">3 Mar 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Maggie_and_Joe_Pic_0.jpg?1393874448" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Joe and I will be bringing you the top global green building highlights from each week. Sign up to ensure you&rsquo;re &ldquo;in the know!&rdquo;</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/know-maggie-and-joe" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/know-maggie-and-joe#comments Industry Mon, 03 Mar 2014 19:17:11 +0000 Maggie Comstock 4606660 at http://www.usgbc.org Meet USGBC’s Senior Materials Research Fellows http://www.usgbc.org/articles/meet-usgbc%E2%80%99s-senior-materials-research-fellows <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">3 Mar 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/HiRes.jpg?1393873655" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>As part of the LEED, Materials, and Health Initiative, the U.S. Green Building Council has engaged a team of scientific experts to conduct synthetic research and advise USGBC staff on the health-related aspects of building materials. These six Senior Materials Research Fellows are advancing the technical dialog on issues related to materials science, toxicology, green chemistry, risk assessment, and information technology through publishing and convening events.&nbsp;</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/meet-usgbc%E2%80%99s-senior-materials-research-fellows" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/meet-usgbc%E2%80%99s-senior-materials-research-fellows#comments LEED Mon, 03 Mar 2014 19:04:10 +0000 Ashley White 4606629 at http://www.usgbc.org 5 things to know about Education @USGBC http://www.usgbc.org/articles/5-things-know-about-education-usgbc <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">3 Mar 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Q_A.png?1393864745" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you're looking to grow your green building knowledge Education @USGBC is how to do it.</p> <p>Want to know more? Here are our top five FAQs.&nbsp;</p> <h3>&nbsp;</h3> <h3>What is Education @USGBC?</h3> <p><strong>ANSWER:</strong></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/5-things-know-about-education-usgbc" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/5-things-know-about-education-usgbc#comments LEED Mon, 03 Mar 2014 16:35:39 +0000 Melanie Share 4606325 at http://www.usgbc.org Friday Roundup: Top 10 States for LEED makes major headlines http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-top-10-states-leed-makes-major-headlines <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Chicago, which helped Illinois reach No. 1 on the list of the Top 10 States for LEED. Credit: Jamie in Bytown via Flickr" alt="Chicago, which helped Illinois reach No. 1 on the list of the Top 10 States for " src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Chicago.jpg?1393024532" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The announcement of our <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/infographic-top-10-states-leed-2013">Top 10 States for LEED</a> drew media attention far and wide this week, including:</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-top-10-states-leed-makes-major-headlines" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-top-10-states-leed-makes-major-headlines#comments Industry Fri, 21 Feb 2014 23:17:00 +0000 Jacob Kriss 4589715 at http://www.usgbc.org Friday Roundup: Saving water in Sacramento, LEED pays off in Portland http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-saving-water-sacramento-leed-pays-portland <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Sacramento, Calif. Credit: Ben Sheriff Photography" alt="Sacramento, Calif. Credit: Ben Sheriff Photography" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/sacramento.jpg?1391813485" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.sacbee.com/2014/02/06/6135945/state-government-wringing-water.html">State government wringing water from operations</a>, <em>The Sacramento Bee</em>. LEED certification for public buildings is one way legislators in California's capitol are dealing with a water crisis.</p> <p><a href="http://fox40.com/2014/02/04/no-ordinary-arena-architect-of-new-kings-arena-on-buildings-design/#ixzz2sfnaDF9W">No Ordinary Arena: Architect of New Kings Arena on Building&rsquo;s Design</a>, Fox 40 (Sacramento). Plans for the Kings' new NBA arena include LEED certification.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-saving-water-sacramento-leed-pays-portland" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-saving-water-sacramento-leed-pays-portland#comments Industry Fri, 07 Feb 2014 22:52:49 +0000 Jacob Kriss 4563475 at http://www.usgbc.org LEED v4 credential exams coming June 2014 http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-v4-credential-exams-coming-june-2014 <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">7 Feb 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/leed-exam_0.jpg?1391798357" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em><strong>Updated May 15: Exams for the LEED Green Associate, BD+C, ID+C and O+M will feature v4 content in June. Exams for Homes and ND will feature v4 content in 2015.</strong></em></p> <p><em>LEED Professional Credential Exams to feature v4 content and project experience assessment on June 30</em></p> <p>The LEED Green Associate and LEED AP exams will evolve for the LEED v4 rating system this June.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-v4-credential-exams-coming-june-2014" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-v4-credential-exams-coming-june-2014#comments LEED Fri, 07 Feb 2014 18:30:03 +0000 Erin Emery 4563026 at http://www.usgbc.org The 2014 EBie Awards are here http://www.usgbc.org/articles/2014-ebie-awards-are-here <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">7 Feb 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_ebie.jpg?1391789393" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Now in its third year, <strong>The EBie Awards</strong>&trade; are a national juried competition created by Urban Green Council, USGBC New York, to celebrate measurable performance improvements in Existing Buildings (thus the EB-bies) and the people who make them happen. We expect 2014 to be our best effort yet, with the support of USGBC and chapters across the country.</p> <p style="text-align: center;">Submissions are due <strong>March 20</strong>.</p> <p style="text-align: center;">Find out more by watching the<strong> EBie video!</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/2014-ebie-awards-are-here" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/2014-ebie-awards-are-here#comments Industry Fri, 07 Feb 2014 16:00:08 +0000 4562738 at http://www.usgbc.org Global green building event calendar 2014 http://www.usgbc.org/articles/global-green-building-event-calendar-2014 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Maggie_and_Joe_Pic.jpg?1391464653" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The global green building professional&rsquo;s attention is perpetually divided. With relevant and compelling events taking place all over the world, it is impossible to be everywhere at once. Joe and I have prepared a cheat sheet for the &ldquo;who,&rdquo; &ldquo;what&rdquo; and &ldquo;where&rdquo; you should be in 2014. Of course, the calendar is far from comprehensive but we hope that you find this resource valuable as you navigate the global green building landscape.&nbsp;</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/global-green-building-event-calendar-2014" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/global-green-building-event-calendar-2014#comments Advocacy and policy Mon, 03 Feb 2014 21:54:33 +0000 Maggie Comstock 4555396 at http://www.usgbc.org Friday Roundup: Battling big chemical in Ohio, Dynamic Plaque pushes performance http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-battling-big-chemical-ohio-dynamic-plaque-pushes-performance <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="The Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio. Credit: Sam Howzit via Flickr" alt="The Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio. Credit: Sam Howzit via Flickr" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Columbus.jpg?1391211293" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Here&rsquo;s our weekly collection of green building clips:</p> <p><a href="http://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2014/01/30/resolution-that-would-halt-leed.html?utm_source=rss&amp;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=resolution-that-would-halt-leed-standards-in-public-construction-gets-first-business-first-of-columbus">Resolution that would halt LEED standards in public construction gets first hearing</a>, <em>Columbus Business First</em>. Advocates for healthier, high-performing buildings are going to the mat against the big chemical lobby in Ohio.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-battling-big-chemical-ohio-dynamic-plaque-pushes-performance" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-battling-big-chemical-ohio-dynamic-plaque-pushes-performance#comments Industry Fri, 31 Jan 2014 23:36:32 +0000 Jacob Kriss 4553031 at http://www.usgbc.org LEED: Value of a Market Signal http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-value-market-signal <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/gbig_insights_0.png?1391194705" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The final day of Greenbuild 2013 closed with a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.greenbuildexpo.org/live.aspx" target="_blank">talk</a>&nbsp;from&nbsp;<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nate_Silver" target="_blank">Nate Silver</a>, an American statistician and #1 best selling author of &ldquo;<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/04/books/review/the-signal-and-the-noise-by-nate-silver.html?pagewanted=all"><em>The Signal and the Noise</em></a>&rdquo;.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-value-market-signal" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-value-market-signal#comments LEED Fri, 31 Jan 2014 18:58:25 +0000 Dan Winters 4552520 at http://www.usgbc.org Dear Mr. President: Support better buildings through executive action http://www.usgbc.org/articles/dear-mr-president-support-better-buildings-through-executive-action <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_sotu_2014.jpg?1391012968" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Last night, I was inspired watching President Obama outline a plan to "make this a year of action" and calling on us all to do everything we can to invest in a stronger America. The president himself also wasn't shy about reaffirming his commitment to take action: "Wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation to expand opportunity for more American families, that's what I'm going to do."</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/dear-mr-president-support-better-buildings-through-executive-action" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/dear-mr-president-support-better-buildings-through-executive-action#comments Advocacy and policy Wed, 29 Jan 2014 16:21:22 +0000 Rick Fedrizzi 4549276 at http://www.usgbc.org Friday Roundup: LEED pushing greener growth, MD county eyeing sustainability law http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-leed-pushing-greener-growth-md-county-eyeing-sustainability-law <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="The LEED Gold Gish Apartments in San Jose, Calif." alt="The LEED Gold Gish Apartments in San Jose, Calif." src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/usgbc_13766799_Small.jpg?1390833702" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Here&rsquo;s our weekly collection of green building clips:</p> <p><a href="http://cen.acs.org/articles/92/web/2014/01/Green-Building-Labels-Trigger-Race.html">Green-Building Labels Trigger A Race To The Top</a>, <em>Chemical &amp; Engineering News</em>. New research demonstrates that LEED inspires firms to reach to build greener.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-leed-pushing-greener-growth-md-county-eyeing-sustainability-law" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-leed-pushing-greener-growth-md-county-eyeing-sustainability-law#comments Industry Fri, 24 Jan 2014 05:00:00 +0000 Jacob Kriss 4544362 at http://www.usgbc.org Friday Roundup: AIA's best buildings, Michigan chapter's challenge http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-aias-best-buildings-michigan-chapters-challenge <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="The LEED Gold Brooklyn Botanic Garden Visitor Center. Credit: Reading Tom via Flickr" alt="The LEED Gold Brooklyn Botanic Garden Visitor Center." src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/BBGvisitorcenter.jpg?1389998506" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Here&rsquo;s our weekly collection of green building clips:</p> <p><a href="http://gizmodo.com/the-11-best-american-designed-buildings-of-the-year-1501453676">The 11 Best American-Designed Buildings of The Year</a>, GizModo. The LEED Gold Brooklyn Botanic Garden Visitor Center was a recipient of the 2014 American Institute of Architects Honor Award for Architecture.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-aias-best-buildings-michigan-chapters-challenge" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-aias-best-buildings-michigan-chapters-challenge#comments Industry Fri, 17 Jan 2014 22:44:51 +0000 Jacob Kriss 4530959 at http://www.usgbc.org Shanghai Green Building Incubator: Your entryway into China's robust green building market http://www.usgbc.org/articles/shanghai-green-building-incubator-your-entryway-chinas-robust-green-building-market <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_incubator_1.png?1389996163" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The U.S. Green Building Council has teamed up with Shanghai Industrial Finance Investment Co. Ltd (SHIF)to offer USGBC members services through a green building technology incubator in Shanghai, China. If your company has ever considered expanding its business into China, this could be an important next step. The environmental imperatives, business trends, and governmental mandates in China signal great opportunity and China is in fact, the world&rsquo;s third largest market outside of the U.S. for LEED projects.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/shanghai-green-building-incubator-your-entryway-chinas-robust-green-building-market" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/shanghai-green-building-incubator-your-entryway-chinas-robust-green-building-market#comments Industry Fri, 17 Jan 2014 22:02:43 +0000 4530870 at http://www.usgbc.org What’s in it? Business customers care more than you might think. http://www.usgbc.org/articles/what%E2%80%99s-it-business-customers-care-more-you-might-think <div class="field field-type-text field-field-all-authorized-by"> <div class="field-label">Authored by:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Lee Ann Head </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_shelton_insights_1.png?1389991507" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>By&nbsp;<a href="http://sheltoninsights.com/author/lhead">Lee Ann Head</a>&nbsp;(originally found on <a href="http://sheltoninsights.com/sustainability-communications/b2b-marketing/whats" target="_blank">SheltonInsights</a>)</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/what%E2%80%99s-it-business-customers-care-more-you-might-think" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/what%E2%80%99s-it-business-customers-care-more-you-might-think#comments Industry Fri, 17 Jan 2014 20:45:06 +0000 4530752 at http://www.usgbc.org Half of US energy-neutral buildings also show leadership with LEED http://www.usgbc.org/articles/half-us-energy-neutral-buildings-also-show-leadership-leed <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">15 Jan 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Photo credit: DPR Construction" alt="Photo credit: DPR Construction" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/sd-dpr.jpg?1389823373" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Yesterday, the New Buildings Institute (NBI) redefined the landscape of top performers in building energy efficiency in North America. NBI&rsquo;s new report, &ldquo;<a href="http://newbuildings.org/sites/default/files/2014_Getting_to_Zero_Update.pdf">2014 Getting to Zero Status Update</a>,&rdquo; reveals 213 commercial buildings that are doing the unthinkable: building a legacy of an annual footprint of <em>zero</em> operational energy.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/half-us-energy-neutral-buildings-also-show-leadership-leed" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/half-us-energy-neutral-buildings-also-show-leadership-leed#comments Industry Wed, 15 Jan 2014 22:03:44 +0000 Jeremy Sigmon 4526074 at http://www.usgbc.org 13th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth Conference http://www.usgbc.org/articles/13th-annual-new-partners-smart-growth-conference <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/smart_growth.jpg?1391459272" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Interested in building safe, healthy, equitable and prosperous communities?&nbsp;</p> <p>The registration deadline for the New Partners for Smart Growth conference in Denver from Feb. 13-15 is Tuesday, Jan. 21. After the Jan. 21, a $50 late fee will apply to all registrations. &nbsp;<a href="http://newpartners.org/" target="_blank">Register today</a></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/13th-annual-new-partners-smart-growth-conference" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/13th-annual-new-partners-smart-growth-conference#comments Industry Tue, 14 Jan 2014 20:26:34 +0000 4555228 at http://www.usgbc.org Friday Roundup: Green factories in Asia, NY's road map for renewables http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-green-factories-asia-nys-road-map-renewables <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="The solar installation on Intel&#039;s Vietnam Assembly and Test Factory in Ho Chi Minh City. Credit: Intel Free Press via Flickr" alt="The solar installation on Intel&#039;s Vietnam Assembly and Test Factory" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/solar.jpg?1389394054" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/08/business/international/asian-factories-see-sense-and-savings-in-environmental-certification.html">Slowly, Asia&rsquo;s Factories Begin to Turn Green</a>, <em>The New York Times</em>. USGBC platinum member Intel is pursuing environmental measures at its LEED-registered plant in Ho Chi Minh City that go far beyond what&rsquo;s required by local law.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-green-factories-asia-nys-road-map-renewables" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-green-factories-asia-nys-road-map-renewables#comments Industry Fri, 10 Jan 2014 22:50:25 +0000 Jacob Kriss 4514519 at http://www.usgbc.org Friday Roundup: Greener grocery stores, pushing sustainable policies http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-greener-grocery-stores-pushing-sustainable-policies <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Nicholas Eckhart via Flickr" alt="Nicholas Eckhart via Flickr" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/grocerystore.jpg?1388789480" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Here&rsquo;s our weekly collection of green building clips:</p> <p><a href="http://www.groceryheadquarters.com/2014/01/achieving-sustainability/">Achieving sustainability</a>, <em>Grocery Headquarters</em>. USGBC Vice President of Product Management Lisa Stanley discussed how grocery stores are finding value using LEED, but more work needs to be done.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-greener-grocery-stores-pushing-sustainable-policies" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-greener-grocery-stores-pushing-sustainable-policies#comments Industry Fri, 03 Jan 2014 22:53:19 +0000 Jacob Kriss 4493457 at http://www.usgbc.org The green building community is rooting for the Eagles this NFL post-season http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-building-community-rooting-eagles-nfl-post-season <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-art-category"> <div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Story </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">3 Jan 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="462" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/The_Linc_LEED_2.JPG_.jpeg?1388785296" /> </div> </div> </div> <h2>Greenbuild 2013 meets Greenbuild 2014 when the Philadelphia Eagles meet the New Orleans Saints in the first round of the NFL playoffs this weekend, and much of the green building community will be cheering for the team in green.</h2> <p>We&rsquo;re not partial to the disruptive offense of rookie coach Chip Kelly. And we certainly have no gripes with the Saints, who had a strong presence at this year&rsquo;s <a href="http://greensportsalliance.org/tag/press-news/page/2/" target="_blank">Green Sports Alliance Summit</a>.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-building-community-rooting-eagles-nfl-post-season" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-building-community-rooting-eagles-nfl-post-season#comments Industry Fri, 03 Jan 2014 21:42:11 +0000 William Nutt 4493320 at http://www.usgbc.org USGBC and human health http://www.usgbc.org/health <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-art-category"> <div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Current News </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">3 Jan 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/health_option.jpg?1388778916" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>USGBC has started exploring how to clearly link the market transformation that the green building movement has inspired to its opportunity to create an equally&nbsp;transformational&nbsp;impact on human health. In&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/resources/health-human-right-green-building-can-help">Health is a Human Right. Green Building Can Help</a>, a report from USGBC&rsquo;s Green Building &amp; Human Health Summit in early 2013, we examine ways to promote and protect human health in relation to the built environment. &nbsp;</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/health" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/health#comments Industry Fri, 03 Jan 2014 19:56:08 +0000 4492896 at http://www.usgbc.org Education @USGBC is here http://www.usgbc.org/articles/education-usgbc-here <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_eduatusgbc_1.jpg?1387497189" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The next evolution in green building education has begun. Education @USGBC is a new platform featuring world-class courses and educational content related to sustainability and LEED. <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/education">It is available for purchase now</a>, with access beginning January 1.</p> <p>Advance your knowledge of green building, and connect and collaborate with leading practitioners around the world – online, anytime. Education @USGBC is the launch pad for our collective growth, innovation and leadership, giving us the momentum we need to continue our transformative work.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/education-usgbc-here" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/education-usgbc-here#comments Industry Thu, 19 Dec 2013 23:53:09 +0000 Erin Emery 4466047 at http://www.usgbc.org 2013 Leadership in the Private Sector Award: Mike McNally, Skanska USA http://www.usgbc.org/articles/2013-leadership-private-sector-award-mike-mcnally-skanska-usa <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_mike_1.jpg?1387309271" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/bi2-3iBoFw8?wmode=Opaque" width="425" height="350"></iframe></p> <p>At the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Philadelphia in November, USGBC recognized those who've shown outstanding dedication to the movement to green our built environment through the annual Leadership Awards.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/2013-leadership-private-sector-award-mike-mcnally-skanska-usa" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/2013-leadership-private-sector-award-mike-mcnally-skanska-usa#comments Community Tue, 17 Dec 2013 19:46:32 +0000 4458943 at http://www.usgbc.org Friday Roundup: 100 LEED schools in Ohio, HPDs push smart material selection http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-100-leed-schools-ohio-hpds-push-smart-material-selection <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="The LEED Gold Edison PK-8 School in Dayton, Ohio." alt="The LEED Gold Edison PK-8 School in Dayton, Ohio." src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Edison-1.JPG?1386976215" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Here&rsquo;s our weekly collection of green building clips:</p> <p><a href="http://www.earthtechling.biz/2013/12/us-leading-ohio-hits-leed-school-100/">US-Leading Ohio Hits LEED School 100</a>, Earth Techling. Thanks to the leadership of the Ohio School Facilities Commission, the state has more LEED-certified schools than any other.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-100-leed-schools-ohio-hpds-push-smart-material-selection" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-100-leed-schools-ohio-hpds-push-smart-material-selection#comments Industry Fri, 13 Dec 2013 23:11:43 +0000 Jacob Kriss 4453566 at http://www.usgbc.org LEED v4 material ingredients market opportunities http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-v4-material-ingredients-market-opportunities <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-art-category"> <div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Research </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">13 Dec 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_cradle.jpg?1386963186" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>We're investigating the best ways to increase the production and demand of products with publicly disclosed ingredient profiles and demonstrated track records of product improvement to insure our project teams are prepared for LEED v4. Our goal is to make&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/node/2616399?return=/credits/new-construction/v4/material-%26-resources">MR Credit Building Product Disclosure and Optimization &ndash; Material Ingredients</a>&nbsp;a &ldquo;gimme&rdquo; by the end of 2014.&nbsp;</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-v4-material-ingredients-market-opportunities" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-v4-material-ingredients-market-opportunities#comments LEED Fri, 13 Dec 2013 19:33:43 +0000 Sara Cederberg 4453106 at http://www.usgbc.org The building that started a movement http://www.usgbc.org/articles/building-started-movement <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/zappos.jpg?1386866046" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Much has been said about Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh&rsquo;s terrific plan to <a href="http://downtownproject.com/" target="_blank">revitalize Downtown Las Vegas</a>, but some may not know it all began with one building &ndash; namely, the major renovation of an old city hall that&rsquo;s on target for LEED Gold certification. I spoke to Brad Tomm, Sr. Manager of Campus Operations and Sustainability at Zappos about this very special LEED project.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/building-started-movement" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/building-started-movement#comments Industry Thu, 12 Dec 2013 16:34:32 +0000 Rukesh Samarasekera 4450561 at http://www.usgbc.org Watch Live! The Atlantic Energy and Infrastructure Super Summit 2013 http://www.usgbc.org/articles/watch-live-atlantic-energy-and-infrastructure-super-summit-2013 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_atl_eiss_1.jpg?1386860754" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Today, our very own Scot Horst and Mahesh Ramanujam will be speaking at The Atlantic Energy and Infrastructure Super Summit. <em>The Atlantic</em> has gathered a select group of senior leaders for conversations on innovative water conservation efforts, evolving green building standards, and the future of energy policy and infrastructure investment through one-on-one interviews and panel discussions.</p><br/><br/> <p>Watch the program as it unfolds, and join the conversation via <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23ATLEnergy&amp;src=typd">#ATLEnergy</a>. </p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/watch-live-atlantic-energy-and-infrastructure-super-summit-2013" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/watch-live-atlantic-energy-and-infrastructure-super-summit-2013#comments Industry Thu, 12 Dec 2013 15:05:53 +0000 4450406 at http://www.usgbc.org Research Preview: Review of Health Language in LEED http://www.usgbc.org/articles/research-preview-review-health-language-leed <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">11 Dec 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="669" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/usgbc_80553792-lime-01.jpg?1386780189" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>USGBC has promoted building industry transformation as the path to improved global and human health since our organization's infancy.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/resources/research-preview-review-health-language-leed-0" target="_blank">Research Preview: Review of Health Language in LEED</a>&nbsp;comes at an important time in the history of the green building movement as the large building industry is now focusing on issues related to human health in the built environment.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/research-preview-review-health-language-leed" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/research-preview-review-health-language-leed#comments Industry Wed, 11 Dec 2013 16:43:33 +0000 Anthony Bernheim 4444664 at http://www.usgbc.org Brazil, sustainably speaking http://www.usgbc.org/articles/brazil-sustainably-speaking <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">11 Dec 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Arena_Castel_o_feature.jpg?1386778611" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-slideshow-image"> <div class="field-label">Slideshow images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Arena_Castel_o-1.jpg?1386778943" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="670" height="410" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Arena_Castel_o-2.jpg?1386778943" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Today, in the midst of significant economic growth and social change, Brazil is preparing to host the 2014 FIFA World Cup, arguably the world&rsquo;s premier sporting event. From June 12 to July 13, the games will put Brazil front and center in the global spotlight.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/brazil-sustainably-speaking" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/brazil-sustainably-speaking#comments Industry Wed, 11 Dec 2013 16:06:04 +0000 Joseph Crea 4444562 at http://www.usgbc.org Friday Roundup: Building green in the Kingdom, Philadelphia's Platinum neighborhood http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-building-green-kingdom-philadelphias-platinum-neighborhood <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Pedronet via Flickr" alt="Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Pedronet via Flickr" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Riyadh.jpg?1386371776" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Here&rsquo;s our weekly collection of green building clips:</p> <p><a href="http://www.arabnews.com/news/488051">&lsquo;Green buildings&rsquo; concept takes root in Kingdom</a>, <em>Arab News</em>. USGBC CEO Rick Fedrizzi visited Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, to laud progress made and encourage further action.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-building-green-kingdom-philadelphias-platinum-neighborhood" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-building-green-kingdom-philadelphias-platinum-neighborhood#comments Industry Fri, 06 Dec 2013 23:17:08 +0000 Jacob Kriss 4438224 at http://www.usgbc.org Local sustainability tradeshows keep growing http://www.usgbc.org/articles/local-sustainability-tradeshows-keep-growing <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-art-category"> <div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Event </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">5 Dec 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/design_columbus.png?1386272039" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Greenbuild continues to be one of the industry&rsquo;s most successful trade shows&hellip; but how are local sustainability shows faring? Read one city&rsquo;s story &ndash; and share your own.</em></p> <p>Last month, many of us had the pleasure of going to Philadelphia for Greenbuild 2013. And going to Greenbuild is a bit like going on vacation&hellip; when it&rsquo;s over, you can&rsquo;t wait to go back. But instead of waiting a whole year to attend your next sustainability trade show, see what your local USGBC chapter (or any other organization in your area) may be hosting.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/local-sustainability-tradeshows-keep-growing" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/local-sustainability-tradeshows-keep-growing#comments Industry Thu, 05 Dec 2013 19:34:43 +0000 Kristin Dispenza 4435876 at http://www.usgbc.org Friday Roundup: Going to Greenbuild, LEED at risk in Ohio http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-going-greenbuild-leed-risk-ohio <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Philadelphia, via Flickr" alt="Philadelphia, via Flickr" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Philly.jpg?1384741129" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Here&rsquo;s our weekly collection of green building clips:</p> <p><a href="http://dcnonl.com/article/id57797/--greenbuild-expo-slated-for-philadelphia">Greenbuild expo slated for Philadelphia</a>, <em>Daily Commercial News</em>. Join us next week in the City of Brotherly Love for the world&rsquo;s biggest gathering dedicated to the green building movement.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-going-greenbuild-leed-risk-ohio" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-going-greenbuild-leed-risk-ohio#comments Industry Fri, 15 Nov 2013 05:00:00 +0000 Jacob Kriss 4385816 at http://www.usgbc.org What it means to be a restorative business http://www.usgbc.org/articles/what-it-means-be-restorative-business <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Whitesville%20Rd%20media%20center.JPG?1384453083" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>With our recent participation in the <a href="http://mygreenapple.org/">Green Apple Day of Service</a> and an inspiring <a href="http://greenbuildexpo.com/home.aspx">Greenbuild</a> show in Philadelphia before us, we&rsquo;ve been reflecting on emergent trends in the world of sustainability. Of the many conversations out there&mdash;the role of partnerships and collaboration, materials transparency, social impact, design and health and resiliency&mdash;it&rsquo;s the social impact, the concept of becoming a restorative enterprise that resonates most with us.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/what-it-means-be-restorative-business" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/what-it-means-be-restorative-business#comments Center for Green Schools Thu, 14 Nov 2013 18:20:47 +0000 Melissa Vernon 4376038 at http://www.usgbc.org Friday Roundup: Stop LEED ban in Ohio, sustainability top concern in healthcare http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-stop-leed-ban-ohio-sustainability-top-concern-healthcare <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="666" height="308" title="puroticorico via Flickr" alt="puroticorico via Flickr" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Ohio.jpg?1383951257" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Here&rsquo;s our weekly collection of green building clips:</p> <p><a href="http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/editorials/2013/11/07/senators-try-to-ban-green-standards.html">Senators try to ban &lsquo;green&rsquo; standards</a>, <em>Columbus Dispatch</em>. The chemical industry lobby is trying to prohibit LEED for all public buildings in Ohio &mdash;&nbsp;<a href="https://www.change.org/petitions/act-now-against-toxic-schools" target="_blank">don&rsquo;t let them!</a></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-stop-leed-ban-ohio-sustainability-top-concern-healthcare" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-stop-leed-ban-ohio-sustainability-top-concern-healthcare#comments Industry Fri, 08 Nov 2013 22:55:05 +0000 Jacob Kriss 4339224 at http://www.usgbc.org New Credentials account now available http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-credentials-account-now-available <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/NewCredentialAccount.jpg?1383755470" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>We&rsquo;re excited to announce the latest enhancements to your credential experience.</p> <p>Now you can manage your LEED credentials, view or report credential maintenance activities, and register for an exam on usgbc.org.</p> <p>Check out these highlights:</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-credentials-account-now-available" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-credentials-account-now-available#comments Industry Wed, 06 Nov 2013 16:34:13 +0000 Erin Emery 4323473 at http://www.usgbc.org Friday Roundup: California chapter highlights health, gearing up for Greenbuild http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-california-chapter-highlights-health-gearing-greenbuild <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">1 Nov 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="San Francisco, via Flickr" alt="San Francisco, via Flickr" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/SF_0.jpg?1383599878" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Here&rsquo;s our weekly collection of green building clips:</p> <p><a href="http://www.siliconbeat.com/2013/10/29/elevating-green-building-as-a-health-issue/">Elevating green building as a health issue</a>, <em>San Jose Mercury News</em>. The <a href="http://www.usgbc-ncc.org/">USGBC Northern California Chapter</a> has launched the Building Health Initiative, partnering with companies such as Google, Adobe, Genentech and Kaiser Permanente.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-california-chapter-highlights-health-gearing-greenbuild" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-california-chapter-highlights-health-gearing-greenbuild#comments Industry Fri, 01 Nov 2013 21:31:18 +0000 Jacob Kriss 3156550 at http://www.usgbc.org Certification showing it’s worth the investment http://www.usgbc.org/articles/certification-showing-it%E2%80%99s-worth-investment <div class="field field-type-text field-field-all-authorized-by"> <div class="field-label">Authored by:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Lara Koritzke </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_cert_worth_1.jpg?1383245918" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em><span>At a time when businesses, governments and consumers are looking for ways to deliver the most sustainability 'bang for their buck', credible standards are starting to show that they're worth the investment.&nbsp;</span></em>&nbsp;</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/certification-showing-it%E2%80%99s-worth-investment" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/certification-showing-it%E2%80%99s-worth-investment#comments Industry Thu, 31 Oct 2013 18:58:37 +0000 2775834 at http://www.usgbc.org USGBC Talent Force Exchange: Where innovation meets opportunity http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-talent-force-exchange-where-innovation-meets-opportunity <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Opportunity.jpg?1383147855" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>A new initiative is launching at Greenbuild in Philadelphia &mdash; <a href="http://www.greenbuildexpo.org/events/talent-force-exchange.aspx" target="_blank">USGBC Talent Force Exchange</a>, designed to help you define and realize your dream job or bring your career to the next level.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-talent-force-exchange-where-innovation-meets-opportunity" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-talent-force-exchange-where-innovation-meets-opportunity#comments Greenbuild Wed, 30 Oct 2013 15:44:54 +0000 Hannah Debelius 2773749 at http://www.usgbc.org Friday Roundup: LEED stays out front, first v4 certification http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-leed-stays-out-front-first-v4-certification <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="The skyline of Portland, Ore., home to 202 LEED-certified projects. Credit: razvan.orendovici via Flickr" alt="The skyline of Portland, Ore., home to 202 LEED-certified projects." src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Portland.jpg?1382737230" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Here&rsquo;s our weekly collection of green building clips:</p> <p><a href="http://portlandtribune.com/pt/9-news/198549-clash-of-the-green-giants">Clash of the green giants</a>, <em>Portland Tribune</em>. This feature takes an in-depth look at why LEED is the world&rsquo;s premier system for guiding the design, construction and operation of green buildings.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-leed-stays-out-front-first-v4-certification" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-leed-stays-out-front-first-v4-certification#comments Industry Fri, 25 Oct 2013 21:41:44 +0000 Jacob Kriss 2772832 at http://www.usgbc.org VERGE SF: Envisioning the future of big data and green building http://www.usgbc.org/articles/verge-sf-envisioning-future-big-data-and-green-building <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_gbig_insight_1_0.jpg?1382648117" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><strong>Why "Big Data" will transform the design, construction, and operation of the built environment.</strong></p> <p>So, an engineer, scientist, designer, and an entrepreneur walk into a bar&hellip; It could be the beginning of a bad joke, but in San Francisco last week these professionals all agreed on at least one thing: Big Data will transform the design, construction, and operation of the built environment.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/verge-sf-envisioning-future-big-data-and-green-building" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/verge-sf-envisioning-future-big-data-and-green-building#comments Industry Thu, 24 Oct 2013 20:55:17 +0000 Chris Pyke 2772536 at http://www.usgbc.org Study: Extra costs minimal for LEED-certified hospitals http://www.usgbc.org/articles/study-extra-costs-minimal-leed-certified-hospitals <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="666" height="308" title="The LEED Gold Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, one of the subjects of the hospital study. Credit: Wikimedia Commons " alt="The LEED Gold Rush University Medical Center in Chicago." src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/RUMC-Tower-01042012.jpg?1382465703" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Gail Vittori co-authored this article with Robin Guenther, FAIA, LEED AP, Perkins+Will, and Breeze Glazer, LEED AP, Perkins+Will.</em></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/study-extra-costs-minimal-leed-certified-hospitals" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/study-extra-costs-minimal-leed-certified-hospitals#comments LEED Tue, 22 Oct 2013 18:20:04 +0000 Gail Vittori 2771819 at http://www.usgbc.org Notice: My Credentials account downtime http://www.usgbc.org/articles/notice-my-credentials-account-downtime <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/usgbc-gbci-announcement.jpg?1382560808" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Article updated Nov. 4</em></p> <h2><strong>If you're a LEED professional, please note that your My Credentials account will be unavailable from Monday, Oct. 28 to Tuesday, Nov. 5 while we make exciting new updates.</strong></h2> <p>During this time you won't be able to record any CE hours.</p> <p>If you need assistance please contact us at&nbsp;<span>1-800-795-1747.</span></p> <p>We apologize for the inconvenience, and thank you for your patience during this time.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/notice-my-credentials-account-downtime" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/notice-my-credentials-account-downtime#comments Industry Mon, 21 Oct 2013 13:24:08 +0000 Erin Emery 2771358 at http://www.usgbc.org Last chance to earn a specialty credential http://www.usgbc.org/articles/last-chance-earn-specialty-credential <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/pol-article_0.jpg?1382361582" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>This is your last chance to earn a specialty credential for free without taking the exam.</p> <p>LEED APs without a specialty can upgrade to a BD+C, ID+C or O+M specialty, with <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/credentials/leed-ap/upgrade" target="_blank">USGBC&rsquo;s Principles of LEED</a> webinar series&nbsp;<span>(only available through Oct. 27, 2013)</span>.&nbsp;</p> <p><span>This free six-hour webinar series satisfies the upgrade requirements for your LEED AP with specialty credential.</span><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/credentials/leed-ap/upgrade" target="_blank"><br /></a></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/last-chance-earn-specialty-credential" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/last-chance-earn-specialty-credential#comments Industry Mon, 21 Oct 2013 13:19:42 +0000 Erin Emery 2771357 at http://www.usgbc.org Friday Roundup: v4 means business, green growth in Philly http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-v4-means-business-green-growth-philly <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Phillie Casablanca via Flickr" alt="Phillie Casablanca via Flickr" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/business.jpg?1382132523" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.greenbiz.com/blog/2013/10/18/4-ways-leed-v4-will-change-business?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+greenbuzz+%28GreenBiz%29">4 ways LEED v4 will change business</a>, GreenBiz. LEED v4&rsquo;s focus on transparency, life-cycle assessment, responsible sourcing and hazard ingredient reporting are critical elements as v4 becomes the new normal in the building sector.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-v4-means-business-green-growth-philly" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-v4-means-business-green-growth-philly#comments Industry Fri, 18 Oct 2013 21:42:41 +0000 Jacob Kriss 2771145 at http://www.usgbc.org Insights wanted: Building Information Modeling (BIM) survey now open http://www.usgbc.org/articles/insights-wanted-building-information-modeling-bim-survey-now-open <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/usgbc-research-opportunity_0.jpg?1381890926" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Have 15 minutes?</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/insights-wanted-building-information-modeling-bim-survey-now-open" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/insights-wanted-building-information-modeling-bim-survey-now-open#comments Industry Wed, 16 Oct 2013 02:34:03 +0000 Ashley Katz 2769566 at http://www.usgbc.org Elect the 2014 USGBC Board of Directors: Your vote counts http://www.usgbc.org/articles/elect-2014-usgbc-board-directors-your-vote-counts <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/bod-election_0.jpg?1381755600" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Have you cast your vote?</p> <p>The Board of Directors election period opened on Oct. 1 and runs for 30 days.</p> <p>A minimum of 10% of USGBC member organizations must vote. That's why it's especially important for you to take a moment and&nbsp;vote now!</p> <p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/account/ballots" class="button">VOTE</a></p> <p>Each year, USGBC members have a unique opportunity to shape USGBC's future by electing its national Board members. Your vote is critical and it influences key decisions about how USGBC serves you, educates the industry, and advances the mission.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/elect-2014-usgbc-board-directors-your-vote-counts" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/elect-2014-usgbc-board-directors-your-vote-counts#comments Community Mon, 14 Oct 2013 13:00:13 +0000 Walter Cuculic 2769037 at http://www.usgbc.org Week two: high density, low-flow http://www.usgbc.org/articles/week-two-high-density-low-flow <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/waterless-urinal.jpg?1381415910" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>This article was originally published in EcoBuilding Pulse on October 5, 2013.</em></p> <p><strong>We learn about Sustainable Sites and Water Efficiency in this week&rsquo;s installment of two editors&rsquo;s journey toward becoming LEED Green Associates.</strong></p> <p>By Deane Madsen<br />&nbsp;</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/week-two-high-density-low-flow" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/week-two-high-density-low-flow#comments Industry Thu, 10 Oct 2013 14:39:00 +0000 2768183 at http://www.usgbc.org Come and take it: Green & booming in the South http://www.usgbc.org/articles/come-and-take-it-green-booming-south <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-art-category"> <div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Research </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">8 Oct 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_atlanta.jpg?1381258781" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The South is booming&ndash;and it isn&rsquo;t going to stop. Data from the U.S. Census show that &ldquo;<a href="http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/population/cb13-46.html">when looking at the areas with the largest numeric gains, those high on the list are mainly in the South and West</a>.&rdquo; Energy is driving this massive flow of people<span>&mdash;</span><a href="http://www.dallasnews.com/business/headlines/20130820-texas-gains-people--and-their-income.ece">and money<span>&mdash;</span></a>to these states, and that presents a great opportunity for the U.S.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/come-and-take-it-green-booming-south" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/come-and-take-it-green-booming-south#comments Industry Tue, 08 Oct 2013 19:00:15 +0000 John Stevenson 2767668 at http://www.usgbc.org SXSW Eco highlights placemaking through Place by Design http://www.usgbc.org/articles/sxsw-eco-highlights-placemaking-through-place-design <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-art-category"> <div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Event </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">7 Oct 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="600" height="300" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_sxsw.jpg?1381178358" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>South by Southwest, the behemoth music, film and interactive event that consumes Austin each March, is in itself a giant exercise in tactical&nbsp;urbanism. The influx of people stretches downtown Austin to its limits and transforms every underutilized space into something else: parking lots become music venues, lounges, eateries and almost anything else imaginable.&nbsp;</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/sxsw-eco-highlights-placemaking-through-place-design" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/sxsw-eco-highlights-placemaking-through-place-design#comments Industry Mon, 07 Oct 2013 20:40:52 +0000 2767397 at http://www.usgbc.org Friday Roundup: Volunteers green schools at Day of Service, investors finding value in LEED http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-volunteers-green-schools-day-service-investors-finding-value-leed <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Green Apple Day of Service volunteers at Payne Elementary in Washington, D.C. Credit: Ana Ka&#039;ahanui" alt="Green Apple Day of Service volunteers at Payne Elementary in Washington, D.C." src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/GADOS.jpg?1380913263" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Here&rsquo;s our weekly collection of green building clips:</p> <p><a href="http://santamariatimes.com/news/local/education/oceano-elementary-school-marks-green-apple-day-of-service/article_a9d0a718-28cc-11e3-bcff-001a4bcf887a.html">Oceano Elementary School marks Green Apple Day of Service</a>, <em>Santa Maria Times</em>. Oceano was one of nearly 2,100 projects around the world that participated in the Center for Green Schools&rsquo; second annual Green Apple Day of Service on Sept. 28.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-volunteers-green-schools-day-service-investors-finding-value-leed" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-volunteers-green-schools-day-service-investors-finding-value-leed#comments Industry Fri, 04 Oct 2013 19:03:27 +0000 Jacob Kriss 2766858 at http://www.usgbc.org Much ado about organizational overviews http://www.usgbc.org/articles/much-ado-about-organizational-overviews <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/green-associate-publications.jpg?1380902524" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>This article was originally published in EcoBuilding Pulse on September 25, 2013.</em></p> <p><strong>After the first week of studying, we&rsquo;re fairly certain we know what this exam is really about.</strong></p> <p>By&nbsp;Hallie Busta<br />&nbsp;<br /><span>For all of their boldface text and colorful highlighting, the study materials that the USGBC recommends to those preparing for its Green Associate exam don&rsquo;t hesitate to plunge into the nitty-gritty of LEED and the USGBC. So far, that level of detail is proving to be both cumbersome and reassuring.</span></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/much-ado-about-organizational-overviews" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/much-ado-about-organizational-overviews#comments Industry Fri, 04 Oct 2013 16:02:42 +0000 2766811 at http://www.usgbc.org USGBC’s Webinar Subscription — now 75% off http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc%E2%80%99s-webinar-subscription-%E2%80%94-now-75 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Webinar_Sale_75.jpg?1380646436" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Get your LEED education in online, on demand, and direct from the makers of LEED &mdash; with&nbsp;USGBC's Webinar Subscription.</p> <p>Did you know, the USGBC Webinar Subscription is the best place to access the most comprehensive coverage about LEED v4? Courses now available include:</p> <p><a href="http://usgbc.peachnewmedia.com/store/seminar/seminar.php?seminar=21420" target="_blank">A USGBC Webinar Series: LEED 252: Introduction to LEED v4</a></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc%E2%80%99s-webinar-subscription-%E2%80%94-now-75" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc%E2%80%99s-webinar-subscription-%E2%80%94-now-75#comments Industry Tue, 01 Oct 2013 16:55:12 +0000 Nora Knox 2765924 at http://www.usgbc.org Friday Roundup: Boston upping efficiency, Platinum Bush Center wins Senate award http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-boston-upping-efficiency-platinum-bush-center-wins-senate-award-0 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Boston. Bert Kauffman via Flickr" alt="Boston. Bert Kauffman via Flickr" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Boston.jpg?1380318040" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Here&rsquo;s our weekly collection of green building clips:</p> <p><a href="http://nerej.com/66159">Boston named "Most Energy Efficient City" in U.S. by American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy</a>, <em>New England Real Estate Journal</em>. <a href="http://www.usgbcma.org/" target="_blank">USGBC Massachusetts Chapter</a> Executive Director Grey Lee commends Boston for making strides in enhancing efficiency and greening its built infrastructure.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-boston-upping-efficiency-platinum-bush-center-wins-senate-award-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-boston-upping-efficiency-platinum-bush-center-wins-senate-award-0#comments Industry Fri, 27 Sep 2013 21:44:41 +0000 Jacob Kriss 2765328 at http://www.usgbc.org LEED Professional Credential exams to feature LEED v4 material http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-professional-credential-exams-feature-leed-v4-material <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/leed-exam.jpg?1380311006" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em><strong>Updated May 15: Exams for the LEED Green Associate, BD+C, ID+C and O+M will feature v4 content in June. Exams for Homes and ND will feature v4 content in 2015.</strong></em></p> <p>The LEED Professional Credential exams for the LEED Green Associate and LEED AP with specialty designations will feature LEED v4 material beginning on June 30, 2014.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-professional-credential-exams-feature-leed-v4-material" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-professional-credential-exams-feature-leed-v4-material#comments LEED Fri, 27 Sep 2013 19:43:31 +0000 Erin Emery 2765310 at http://www.usgbc.org The no-excuses guide: Earn your LEED Credential in 3 easy steps http://www.usgbc.org/articles/no-excuses-guide-earn-your-leed-credential-3-easy-steps <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/earn-credential.jpg?1380208859" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>So you want to earn a LEED professional credential but don&rsquo;t know where to begin?</p> <p>It doesn&rsquo;t get any easier than this step-by-step guide to the LEED Green Associate and LEED AP with specialty.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/no-excuses-guide-earn-your-leed-credential-3-easy-steps" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/no-excuses-guide-earn-your-leed-credential-3-easy-steps#comments LEED Thu, 26 Sep 2013 15:20:59 +0000 Erin Emery 2764974 at http://www.usgbc.org Announcing candidates for the 2014 Board of Directors election http://www.usgbc.org/articles/announcing-candidates-2014-board-directors-election <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/bod-election.jpg?1380036581" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Updated Oct. 17, 2013</em></p> <p>Each year, USGBC&rsquo;s growing member community influences the future of our movement by volunteering to serve on our Board of Directors and participating in a dynamic election.</p> <p>On behalf of the <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/committees/board">Nominating Working Group</a>, I am truly excited to announce the following 17-candidate election slate for the six open seats on the 2014 Board of Directors.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/announcing-candidates-2014-board-directors-election" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/announcing-candidates-2014-board-directors-election#comments Community Tue, 24 Sep 2013 15:29:48 +0000 Walter Cuculic 2764164 at http://www.usgbc.org LEED Professionals at a Glance: September 2013 http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-professionals-glance-september-2013 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="LEED Professionals at a Glance" alt="LEED Professionals at a Glance" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Article_ProfessionalsGlance.png?1363294191" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>[Part of an ongoing series capturing statistics on LEED Professionals]</em></p> <p>LEED Professionals distinguish themselves in the green building marketplace by earning one of seven LEED Professional Credentials. Credential holders are recognized as leaders in the field and contribute their expertise to various industries and projects. Are you one of them?</p> <p>Don't have a credential yet? <a href="/leed/credentials">Learn more about how to get accredited &raquo;</a></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-professionals-glance-september-2013" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-professionals-glance-september-2013#comments LEED Mon, 23 Sep 2013 13:33:39 +0000 Robb Tufts 2758174 at http://www.usgbc.org Why I’m taking the LEED Green Associate exam http://www.usgbc.org/articles/why-i%E2%80%99m-taking-leed-green-associate-exam <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_ga1.jpg?1379688861" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>This article was originally published in EcoBuilding Pulse on September 18, 2013.</em></p> <p><strong>Two editors take an eight-week journey down the path to LEED accreditation.</strong></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/why-i%E2%80%99m-taking-leed-green-associate-exam" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/why-i%E2%80%99m-taking-leed-green-associate-exam#comments Industry Fri, 20 Sep 2013 14:54:22 +0000 2757867 at http://www.usgbc.org USGBC Joins Climate Strategies Forum as a Supporting Partner http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-joins-climate-strategies-forum-supporting-partner <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-art-category"> <div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Event; Announcement </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">19 Sep 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_climateforum.jpg?1379601907" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Join our own Anisa Baldwin Metzger, School District Sustainability Manager, and Ryan Snow, Community Developer, in DC on October 17 as they lead a "LEED Core Concepts" bootcamp.</p> <p><a href="http://www.ClimateStrategiesForum.org/CSF-2013-Agenda.pdf" target="_blank">The preliminary plenary session and overall program agenda are now posted</a>!&nbsp;</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-joins-climate-strategies-forum-supporting-partner" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-joins-climate-strategies-forum-supporting-partner#comments Industry Thu, 19 Sep 2013 14:45:43 +0000 2757647 at http://www.usgbc.org Fanimation initiates first annual National Ceiling Fan Day http://www.usgbc.org/articles/fanimation-initiates-first-annual-national-ceiling-fan-day <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-art-category"> <div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Event </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">18 Sep 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="307" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/National_Ceiling_Fan_Day_Flyer_w_ENE_1_.JPG?1379511879" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>September 18 is <a href="http://www.fanimation.com/" target="_blank">Fanimation</a>&rsquo;s first annual <a href="http://blog.fanimation.com/2013/09/national-ceiling-fan-day-is-one-week-away/" target="_blank">National Ceiling Fan Day</a>!</p> <p>As a society, we&rsquo;ve grown reliant on air conditioners.&nbsp;That&rsquo;s not to say air conditioners should never be used. But it&rsquo;s important to be educated on the energy and cost saving benefits of using fans in conjunction with central air.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/fanimation-initiates-first-annual-national-ceiling-fan-day" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/fanimation-initiates-first-annual-national-ceiling-fan-day#comments Industry Wed, 18 Sep 2013 13:45:10 +0000 Alexander Ostrovsky 2757426 at http://www.usgbc.org Friday Roundup: Florida chapter gauging green activity, Target lands 44 LEED locations http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-florida-chapter-gauging-green-activity-target-lands-44-leed-locations <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Tampa, Fla. Cal Dellinger via Flickr" alt="Tampa, Fla. Cal Dellinger via Flickr" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/TampaBay.jpg?1379107097" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Here&rsquo;s our weekly collection of green building clips:</p> <p><a href="http://www.bizjournals.com/tampabay/blog/2013/09/green-building-council-new-data-will.html?page=all">Green Building Council: New data will lead to healthier Bay area buildings</a>, <em>Tampa Bay Business Journal</em>. The <a href="http://www.sustainabletampabay.org/">USGBC Florida Gulf Coast Chapter</a> is surveying local property owners to identify energy efficiency and sustainability initiatives, helping to make a stronger business case for green building.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-florida-chapter-gauging-green-activity-target-lands-44-leed-locations" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-florida-chapter-gauging-green-activity-target-lands-44-leed-locations#comments Industry Fri, 13 Sep 2013 21:20:25 +0000 Jacob Kriss 2756550 at http://www.usgbc.org Getting to Zero National Forum (September 17-18) http://www.usgbc.org/articles/getting-zero-national-forum-september-17-18 <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-art-category"> <div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Event </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">11 Sep 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_gettingtozero.jpg?1378918479" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><strong><span>Join USGBC this September 17-18 in Denver, CO at the Getting to Zero National Forum.&nbsp;<a href="http://annualmeeting.naseo.org/registration" target="_blank">Register now&nbsp;&raquo;</a><br /></span></strong></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/getting-zero-national-forum-september-17-18" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/getting-zero-national-forum-september-17-18#comments Industry Wed, 11 Sep 2013 16:55:04 +0000 2755898 at http://www.usgbc.org Friday Roundup: Israel needs green buildings, study says energy retrofits critical http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-israel-needs-green-buildings-study-says-energy-retrofits-critical <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Tel Aviv, host city of the Second Annual Israel Green Building Conference. Claire Gribbin via Flickr" alt="Tel Aviv, host city of the Second Annual Israel Green Building Conference." src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/telaviv.jpg?1378497688" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Here&rsquo;s our weekly collection of green building clips:</p> <p><a href="http://www.jpost.com/Enviro-Tech/Green-building-is-an-economic-necessity-325068">&lsquo;Green building is an economic necessity&rsquo;</a>, <em>Jerusalem Post</em>. At the Second Annual Israel Green Building Conference in Tel Aviv, USGBC and World Green Building Council founder David Gottfried made the economic case for a sustainably built environment.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-israel-needs-green-buildings-study-says-energy-retrofits-critical" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-israel-needs-green-buildings-study-says-energy-retrofits-critical#comments Industry Fri, 06 Sep 2013 20:08:28 +0000 Jacob Kriss 2755037 at http://www.usgbc.org Friday Roundup: University of Dayton makes a green promise, Volkswagen embraces LEED http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-university-dayton-makes-green-promise-volkswagen-embraces-leed <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/VWChattanooga_thumb.jpg?1378405383" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><span style="font-size: 13px;">Here&rsquo;s our weekly collection of green building clips:</span></p> <p><a href="http://www.theatlanticcities.com/design/2013/08/why-are-some-states-trying-ban-leed-green-building-standards/6691/">Why Are Some States Trying to Ban LEED Green Building Standards?</a> The Atlantic Cities. USGBC&rsquo;s Lane Burt interviewed in article that calls out the chemical and timber industries by name and addresses recent disputes over lumber standards that are leading some states to pass anti-LEED legislation.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-university-dayton-makes-green-promise-volkswagen-embraces-leed" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-university-dayton-makes-green-promise-volkswagen-embraces-leed#comments Industry Fri, 30 Aug 2013 21:26:49 +0000 Marisa Long 2753748 at http://www.usgbc.org LEED in Motion, now in Spanish http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-motion-now-spanish <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-art-category"> <div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Announcement </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">10 Oct 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_leedaccion.png?1377803112" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Our newly released report, LEED in Motion: People and Progress, or <em>LEED en Acci&oacute;n: Personas y Progreso, </em> is now available in Spanish. <br /><br /><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-en-accion-personas-y-progreso"><strong>Download the report &raquo;</strong></a></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-motion-spanish-press-release" target="new">Read the Spanish release »</a></strong></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-motion-now-spanish" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-motion-now-spanish#comments LEED Media Thu, 29 Aug 2013 19:06:42 +0000 2753527 at http://www.usgbc.org Friday Roundup: Making the world's game greener, Broadway likes LEED http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-making-worlds-game-greener-broadway-likes-leed <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_soccer.jpg?1377291504" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Here's our weekly collection of green building clips:<br /><br /><a href="http://ens-newswire.com/2013/08/19/green-goals-set-for-brazils-world-cup-stadiums/">Green Goals Set for Brazil&rsquo;s World Cup Stadiums</a>, Environment News Service. FIFA is hosting several workshops in Brazil as it works to make sustainability a focal point of the upcoming World Cup.<br /><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-making-worlds-game-greener-broadway-likes-leed" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-making-worlds-game-greener-broadway-likes-leed#comments Industry Fri, 23 Aug 2013 21:02:48 +0000 Jacob Kriss 2752137 at http://www.usgbc.org Monday Roundup: FSC vs. SFI, Illinois pushing green agenda, Platinum Perdue http://www.usgbc.org/articles/monday-roundup-fsc-vs-sfi-illinois-pushing-green-agenda-platinum-perdue <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="307" title="Prophetic_Blogger via Flickr" alt="Prophetic_Blogger via Flickr" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/7194377506_bc2f607c88_c.jpg?1376930264" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>As our site was down for maintenance last week, here&rsquo;s our (slightly belated) weekly collection of green building clips:</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/monday-roundup-fsc-vs-sfi-illinois-pushing-green-agenda-platinum-perdue" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/monday-roundup-fsc-vs-sfi-illinois-pushing-green-agenda-platinum-perdue#comments Industry Mon, 19 Aug 2013 16:43:41 +0000 Jacob Kriss 2750816 at http://www.usgbc.org USGBC’s LEED in Motion Report Reveals More Than 4.3 Million People Live and Work in LEED-Certified Buildings http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc%E2%80%99s-leed-motion-report-reveals-more-43-million-people-live-and-work-leed-certified-buil <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/press_release_img_0.jpeg?1376494092" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>New report series demonstrates breadth, momentum of green building movement </em></p> <p>Washington, D.C. &mdash; (Aug. 14, 2013) &mdash; The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has released its inaugural <em>LEED in Motion</em> report, a holistic statistical snapshot of the green building movement aimed at equipping its members with the insight to make a strong case for sustainable building activity.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc%E2%80%99s-leed-motion-report-reveals-more-43-million-people-live-and-work-leed-certified-buil" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc%E2%80%99s-leed-motion-report-reveals-more-43-million-people-live-and-work-leed-certified-buil#comments Media Wed, 14 Aug 2013 15:30:42 +0000 Jacob Kriss 2749992 at http://www.usgbc.org Friday Roundup: Cities turn tragedy to opportunity, preserve pivotal energy law http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-cities-turn-tragedy-opportunity-preserve-pivotal-energy-law <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Greensburg, Kan., after the May 2007 tornado that leveled the town. Credit: Wikimedia Commons" alt="Greensburg, Kan., after the May 2007 tornado that leveled the town." src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Greensburg%2C_Kansas_2007May09_-_after_tornado.jpg?1376080274" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.governing.com/topics/transportation-infrastructure/gov-cities-that-used-disasters-to-revitalize-their-futures.html">3 Cities That Used Natural Disasters to Revitalize Their Futures</a>, <em>Governing</em>. Cities like Greensburg, Kan., hit with cataclysmic events, have seized the opportunity to rebuild smarter, greener and more resilient.<br /><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-cities-turn-tragedy-opportunity-preserve-pivotal-energy-law" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-cities-turn-tragedy-opportunity-preserve-pivotal-energy-law#comments Industry Fri, 09 Aug 2013 20:33:29 +0000 Jacob Kriss 2749247 at http://www.usgbc.org Green Sports Alliance & USGBC team up to advance sports greening http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-sports-alliance-usgbc-team-advance-sports-greening <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Unknown.jpeg?1375898644" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>In the early summer of this year, the Green Sports Alliance officially <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-joins-forces-green-sports-alliance-promote-healthy-sustainable-sporting-venues-and-pr" target="new">teamed up with the U.S. Green Building Council</a>&nbsp;in an effort to advance the development and promotion of green building initiatives in professional and collegiate sports.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-sports-alliance-usgbc-team-advance-sports-greening" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-sports-alliance-usgbc-team-advance-sports-greening#comments Industry Wed, 07 Aug 2013 18:08:53 +0000 Sara Hoversten 2748666 at http://www.usgbc.org Everything you need to know to pass your Green Associate http://www.usgbc.org/articles/everything-you-need-know-pass-your-green-associate <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-art-category"> <div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Q&amp;A </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">6 Aug 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/TwitterTranscriptHeaderImage.png?1375795838" /> </div> </div> </div> We had a great turnout for our <a href="https://twitter.com/search/realtime?q=%23LEEDGA&amp;src=typd">#LEEDGA twitter chat</a> last week. Four LEED Green Associate panelists gave their insider study and test tips, and answered our followers' questions. Here's the full scoop in case you missed it:<br /><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/everything-you-need-know-pass-your-green-associate" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/everything-you-need-know-pass-your-green-associate#comments Community Tue, 06 Aug 2013 13:30:50 +0000 Tess Wiggins 2748348 at http://www.usgbc.org Friday Roundup: LEED buoying business, Tenant Star to tackle energy issues http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-leed-buoying-business-tenant-star-tackle-energy-issues <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Vornado Realty Trust&#039;s LEED Silver 1101 17th St. in Washington, D.C. Credit: Vornado" alt="Vornado Realty Trust&#039;s LEED Silver 1101 17th St. in Washington, D.C." src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/110117thcopy%5B5%5D_0.jpg?1375979032" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Here&rsquo;s our weekly collection of green building clips:</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-leed-buoying-business-tenant-star-tackle-energy-issues" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-leed-buoying-business-tenant-star-tackle-energy-issues#comments Industry Fri, 02 Aug 2013 20:44:56 +0000 Jacob Kriss 2747927 at http://www.usgbc.org Healthy, high-performance healing environment earns 2nd 'world first' rating http://www.usgbc.org/articles/healthy-high-performance-healing-environment-earns-2nd-world-first-rating <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="The LEED Platinum South Tower at Dell Children&#039;s Medical Center in Austin, Texas. Credit: Marc Swendner, Seton Healthcare Family" alt="The LEED Platinum South Tower at Dell Children&#039;s Medical Center in Austin, Texas" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/DellChildrensMedicalCenterExpansion%5B1%5D.jpg?1375979171" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>It takes an extraordinary effort to become the world&rsquo;s first LEED Platinum certified hospital. But it takes an extraordinarily dedicated team with an unwavering commitment to sustainability to do it twice. Our team is proud to announce that Dell Children&rsquo;s Medical Center of Central Texas, a member of the Seton Healthcare Family, is now first in the world &mdash; twice &mdash; for LEED certification achievements. Its <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/projects/dell-childrens-mcct-bt-3">Third Bed Tower addition</a>, now named the W.H.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/healthy-high-performance-healing-environment-earns-2nd-world-first-rating" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/healthy-high-performance-healing-environment-earns-2nd-world-first-rating#comments LEED Wed, 31 Jul 2013 17:59:43 +0000 Michele Van Hyfte 2746994 at http://www.usgbc.org A week in the life... http://www.usgbc.org/articles/week-life <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt=" Source: tuppus, via Flickr.com" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/worldgbc_0.jpg?1374885436" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Well, not a week &ndash; actually just a Thursday, and yet again, I'm still&mdash;as always&mdash;amazed at the breadth and depth of the people that are part of our community and the work they do.<br /><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/week-life" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/week-life#comments Community Sat, 27 Jul 2013 00:39:11 +0000 Rick Fedrizzi 2746128 at http://www.usgbc.org Friday Roundup: Milwaukee upgrading for efficiency, LEED matters in Oregon http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-milwaukee-upgrading-efficiency-leed-matters-oregon <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Downtown Milwaukee. Credit: compujeramey via Flickr" alt="Downtown Milwaukee. Credit: compujeramey via Flickr" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Milwaukee.jpg?1374873445" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Here&rsquo;s our weekly collection of green building clips:<br /><br /><a href="http://www.jsonline.com/business/energysave24-b9960174z1-216610771.html">Energy-saving program launched with $100 million commitment</a>, <em>Journal Sentinel</em>. Milwaukee has pledged that buildings in the city totaling 5 million square feet will cut their energy intensity by 20 percent by 2020.<br /><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-milwaukee-upgrading-efficiency-leed-matters-oregon" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-milwaukee-upgrading-efficiency-leed-matters-oregon#comments Industry Fri, 26 Jul 2013 21:18:58 +0000 Jacob Kriss 2746111 at http://www.usgbc.org Save 10% on GreenBiz VERGE SF http://www.usgbc.org/articles/save-10-greenbiz-verge-sf <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="USGBC President and CEO, Rick Fedrizzi, speaking at VERGE" alt="USGBC President and CEO, Rick Fedrizzi, speaking at VERGE" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_vergeRick.jpg?1374768194" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>VERGE SF (Oct 14-17) will connect the brightest business innovators, innovative entrepreneurs, and leading public officials to illuminate the business opportunities created by radical efficiencies in energy, building, water and transportation technologies. <br /><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/save-10-greenbiz-verge-sf" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/save-10-greenbiz-verge-sf#comments Industry Thu, 25 Jul 2013 16:03:57 +0000 2745847 at http://www.usgbc.org From Norway to the world http://www.usgbc.org/articles/norway-world <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/janehenley.jpg?1374689473" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>I always enjoy my visit to the States. As the CEO of the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.worldgbc.org/">World Green Building Council</a>, I continue to be amazed at the passion and enthusiasm in the U.S. for greening the built environment.&nbsp; This energy was very much present during my travels to Washington, D.C. this week.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/norway-world" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/norway-world#comments Industry Wed, 24 Jul 2013 18:19:41 +0000 Jane Henley 2745597 at http://www.usgbc.org Survey: Are you interested in entering the Chinese market? http://www.usgbc.org/articles/survey-are-you-interested-entering-chinese-market <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="607" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/chinese-market.jpg?1374513600" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>By 2025, China intends on moving 250 million of its residents from rural areas to cities. Since many of&nbsp;the&nbsp;living spaces&nbsp;required to meet this goal&nbsp;do not yet exist, this policy is fueling a surge in building throughout the country.&nbsp;<br /><br />USGBC is interested in understanding how we can&nbsp;better support the efforts of our members to expand your business to China and&nbsp;offer sustainable options in the midst of China&rsquo;s surge.&nbsp;</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/survey-are-you-interested-entering-chinese-market" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/survey-are-you-interested-entering-chinese-market#comments Industry Mon, 22 Jul 2013 17:22:05 +0000 Arnold Kee 2745061 at http://www.usgbc.org Friday Roundup: Barclays Center, Greenbuild both seeing Silver http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-barclays-center-greenbuild-both-seeing-silver <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="The LEED Silver Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Credit: Reading Tom via Flickr" alt="The LEED Silver Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Credit: Reading Tom via Flickr" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/BarclaysCenter.jpg?1374266078" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Here's our weekly collection of green building clips:</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-barclays-center-greenbuild-both-seeing-silver" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-barclays-center-greenbuild-both-seeing-silver#comments Industry Fri, 19 Jul 2013 20:37:59 +0000 Jacob Kriss 2744759 at http://www.usgbc.org LEED Professionals at a Glance: July 2013 http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-professionals-glance-july-2013 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="LEED Professionals at a Glance" alt="LEED Professionals at a Glance" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Article_ProfessionalsGlance.png?1363294191" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>[Part of an ongoing series capturing statistics on LEED Professionals]</em></p> <p>LEED Professionals distinguish themselves in the green building marketplace by earning one of six LEED professional credentials. Credential holders are recognized as leaders in the field and contribute their expertise to various industries and projects. Are you one of them?</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-professionals-glance-july-2013" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-professionals-glance-july-2013#comments LEED Tue, 16 Jul 2013 18:09:29 +0000 Robb Tufts 2743959 at http://www.usgbc.org IFC and World Green Building Council Announce Global Partnership to Accelerate Green Building Growth http://www.usgbc.org/articles/ifc-and-world-green-building-council-announce-global-partnership-accelerate-green-building- <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/press_release_img_0_0_3.jpeg?1373992310" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><strong>Washington, D.C., July 16, 2013</strong>&mdash;IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, and the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) today announced that they will collaborate to rapidly scale up the construction of green buildings in emerging markets. The new partnership demonstrates a shared commitment to playing a leadership role in transforming the built environment and mitigating climate change.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/ifc-and-world-green-building-council-announce-global-partnership-accelerate-green-building-" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/ifc-and-world-green-building-council-announce-global-partnership-accelerate-green-building-#comments Media Tue, 16 Jul 2013 16:32:32 +0000 Joseph Crea 2743925 at http://www.usgbc.org LEED goes on vacation http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-goes-vacation <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-art-category"> <div class="field-label">Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Survey </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">15 Jul 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/LEED_passport.jpg?1373918521" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>School is out and summer is in full swing, and we want to know&mdash;what are your vacation plans?&nbsp;</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-goes-vacation" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-goes-vacation#comments LEED Mon, 15 Jul 2013 20:02:08 +0000 Ashley Katz 2743715 at http://www.usgbc.org Friday Roundup: Skanska sends message, LEED's global growth http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-skanska-sends-message-leeds-global-growth <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Credit: Impicard via Flickr" alt="Credit: Impicard via Flickr" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/5814279184_07318273be_b.jpg?1373661471" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324867904578594152247691008.html">Skanska Unit Exits U.S. Chamber of Commerce</a>, <em>The Wall Street Journal</em>. In a bold move that sent a powerful message to the construction industry, Skanska USA has pulled out of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce over the chamber&rsquo;s membership in a group intent on attacking LEED.<br /><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-skanska-sends-message-leeds-global-growth" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-skanska-sends-message-leeds-global-growth#comments Industry Fri, 12 Jul 2013 20:40:30 +0000 Jacob Kriss 2743346 at http://www.usgbc.org USGBC's ongoing compact with China http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbcs-ongoing-compact-china <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/MRandFangming-1.jpg?1373566109" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>As pioneers in the green building movement, the U.S. and China continue to seek common ground on developing sustainable solutions for the built environment. Indeed, China's leadership has demonstrated a strong commitment to promoting green buildings in China, and USGBC is committed to learning from the region and supporting local leaders so that green buildings will flourish and benefit China.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbcs-ongoing-compact-china" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbcs-ongoing-compact-china#comments LEED Thu, 11 Jul 2013 18:12:01 +0000 Joseph Crea 2743113 at http://www.usgbc.org ASSA ABLOY Door Security Solutions team learns the value of LEED credentials http://www.usgbc.org/articles/assa-abloy-door-security-solutions-team-learns-value-leed-credentials <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/ASSA-ABLOY-Blog-Header_FINAL.png?1373301066" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Working as an account manager with USGBC member companies, ambitious goals for sustainability in the built environment never come as a surprise, nor do they ever cease to impress me. <a href="http://www.assaabloy.com/en/com/">ASSA ABLOY Door Security Solutions</a> (ASSA ABLOY DSS) is no exception. ASSA ABLOY DSS has been engaged with USGBC for many years, but I've only recently been working with them since they renewed as a Platinum Member under our new membership structure.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/assa-abloy-door-security-solutions-team-learns-value-leed-credentials" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/assa-abloy-door-security-solutions-team-learns-value-leed-credentials#comments Industry Mon, 08 Jul 2013 16:31:21 +0000 Emily Neagle 2742044 at http://www.usgbc.org Friday Roundup: Blazing a green trail, LEED v4 passes, Skanska CEO stands up http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-blazing-green-trail-leed-v4-passes-skanska-ceo-stands <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="The LEED Gold-certified Rose Garden in Portland, home of the Trail Blazers. Credit: Cord Rodefeld via Flickr" alt="The LEED Gold-certified Rose Garden in Portland, home of the Trail Blazers. Cred" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/RoseGarden.jpg?1373051963" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Here's our weekly collection of green building clips:<br><br><a href="http://www.sustainablebusinessoregon.com/articles/2013/07/blazers-want-to-step-into-sustainability.html?ana=RSS&amp;s=article_search">Blazers look for commanding sustainability lead</a>, Sustainable Business Oregon. Operating from a LEED Gold-certified arena, the Portland Trail Blazers organization is looking to be a leader in the sports industry’s movement to greener operations.<br><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-blazing-green-trail-leed-v4-passes-skanska-ceo-stands" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-blazing-green-trail-leed-v4-passes-skanska-ceo-stands#comments Industry Fri, 05 Jul 2013 19:22:13 +0000 Jacob Kriss 2741831 at http://www.usgbc.org Friday Roundup: Energy efficient Empire State Building, existing buildings, EBie Awards http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-energy-efficient-empire-state-building-existing-buildings-ebie-awards <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="The Empire State Building. Credit: Ami&#039;s via Flickr" alt="The Empire State Building. Credit: Ami&#039;s via Flickr" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/ESB3.jpg?1372453310" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Here’s our weekly collection of green building clips:<br><br><a href="http://www.crainsnewyork.com/article/20130624/REAL_ESTATE/130629951">Empire State Bldg's energy savings beat forecast</a>, <em>Crain’s New York Business</em>. The LEED Gold-certified New York City landmark saved $2.3 million on its energy costs in 2012 and $2.4 million in 2011, topping anticipated savings by 4% and 5%, respectively.<br><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-energy-efficient-empire-state-building-existing-buildings-ebie-awards" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-energy-efficient-empire-state-building-existing-buildings-ebie-awards#comments Industry Fri, 28 Jun 2013 21:03:17 +0000 Jacob Kriss 2740675 at http://www.usgbc.org Women in (green) architecture now http://www.usgbc.org/articles/women-green-architecture-now <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Snapshot of &quot;Women in Green: Voices of Sustainable Design&quot; by Kira Gould &amp; Lance Hosey" alt="Snapshot of &quot;Women in Green: Voices of Sustainable Design&quot; by Kira Gould &amp; Lance" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_womengreen.jpg?1372279397" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>This article was originally posted on <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lance-hosey/women-in-green-architecture-now_b_3472117.html"> Huffington Post</a>.</em></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/women-green-architecture-now" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/women-green-architecture-now#comments Industry Wed, 26 Jun 2013 20:44:29 +0000 Lance Hosey 2739912 at http://www.usgbc.org The oldest LEED-certified building in the world http://www.usgbc.org/articles/oldest-leed-certified-building-world <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Sede Centrale, LEED-EBOM. Photo by: Università Ca&#039; Foscari Venezia (http://www.unive.it/) " alt="Sede Centrale, LEED-EBOM. Photo by: Università Ca&#039; Foscari Venezia (http://www.u" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_Ca_Foscari.jpg?1372180533" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Earning LEED certification is a major achievement. Earning LEED certification for a Venetian Gothic palazzo built in 1453 and overlooking the Grand Canal is... wow.</p> <p>Cities like Venice are a window to the past. You know this if you've ever cracked a history textbook or travel guide, caught Rick Steves or Anthony Bourdain gallivanting the canals on cable, or been lucky enough to visit and see its magnificence for yourself.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/oldest-leed-certified-building-world" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/oldest-leed-certified-building-world#comments LEED Tue, 25 Jun 2013 17:16:05 +0000 Rick Fedrizzi 2739635 at http://www.usgbc.org Friday Roundup: Victory in North Carolina, resilient cities, Rachel Gutter interview http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-victory-north-carolina-resilient-cities-rachel-gutter-interview-0 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="The North Carolina Senate Chamber. Credit: Government &amp; Heritage Library, State Library of NC via Flickr" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/NCsenatechamber.jpg?1372098646" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Here’s our weekly collection of green building clips:</p> <p><a href="http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2013/06/20/4118872/house-passes-green-building-bill.html">House passes green-building bill</a>, <em>Charlotte Observer</em>. The timber lobby in North Carolina has failed in its effort to ban LEED green building for public projects in the state.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-victory-north-carolina-resilient-cities-rachel-gutter-interview-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-victory-north-carolina-resilient-cities-rachel-gutter-interview-0#comments Industry Fri, 21 Jun 2013 21:32:00 +0000 Jacob Kriss 2739139 at http://www.usgbc.org Greener options for the manufacturing sector http://www.usgbc.org/articles/greener-options-manufacturing-sector <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_LMUG.jpg?1371502226" /> </div> </div> </div> <style> .views-field-field-res-hosted-audio-fid embed{ width:200px; } </style> <div class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-field-all-html-code-value"> <div class="field-content"></div> </div> <div class="views-field-field-all-url-website-url"> <span class="field-content"></span> </div> <div class="views-field-field-res-embed-audio-embed"> <span class="field-content"></span> </div> <div class="views-field-field-res-hosted-audio-fid"> <span class="field-content"></span> </div> </div> <style> .views-field-field-res-hosted-audio-fid embed{ width:200px; } </style> <div class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first views-row-last"> <div class="section"> <img class="left shadowed" src="/sites/all/themes/usgbc/lib/img/resource-icons/placeholder-books.gif" alt=""> <h4 class="sub-compact"><a href="/resources/leed-user-group-industrial-facilities-charter-document">LEED User Group: Industrial Facilities Charter Document</a></h4> <p class="small" style="clear: both;"></p> </div> </div> <p>Behind every achievement or milestone, there&rsquo;s a leader. In this case, it&rsquo;s a group of them. USGBC is excited to announce that we&rsquo;ve been working with a dedicated group of industry professionals from the manufacturing sector to create more opportunities for greener, healthier, more efficient manufacturing facilities.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/greener-options-manufacturing-sector" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/greener-options-manufacturing-sector#comments LEED Mon, 17 Jun 2013 20:53:06 +0000 Rhiannon Jacobsen 2738148 at http://www.usgbc.org Friday Roundup: Targeting sustainability, LEED neighborhoods see drop in driving http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-targeting-sustainability-leed-neighborhoods-see-drop-driving <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Credit: Kevin Dooley via Flickr" alt="Credit: Kevin Dooley via Flickr" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/target.jpg?1371244706" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.chainstoreage.com/article/target%E2%80%99s-first-round-stores-canada-receives-leed-certification">Target&rsquo;s first round of stores in Canada receives LEED certification</a>, Chain Store Age. Congratulations to Target, which certified its first 24 stores in Ontario through the <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/leed/certification/programs/volume">LEED Volume Program</a>. Target is aiming for certification for all 124 stores it will open in Canada this year.<br /><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-targeting-sustainability-leed-neighborhoods-see-drop-driving" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-targeting-sustainability-leed-neighborhoods-see-drop-driving#comments Industry Fri, 14 Jun 2013 21:22:49 +0000 Jacob Kriss 2737793 at http://www.usgbc.org Friday Roundup: Keep Las Vegas code, chemical industry attacks, Walgreens' green goals http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-keep-las-vegas-code-chemical-industry-attacks-walgreens-green-goals <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Las Vegas. Credit: Prayitno via Flickr" alt="Las Vegas. Credit: Prayitno via Flickr" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/8425449293_94dd9b0025_c.jpg?1370638475" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2013/jun/04/las-vegas-should-stick-its-energy-code/#axzz2VYgXu6Qq">Las Vegas should stick with its energy&nbsp;code</a>, <em>Las Vegas Sun</em>. The president of the <a href="http://www.usgbcnv.org/">USGBC Nevada Chapter</a> and the executive director of the <a href="http://www.aianevada.org/">American Institute of Architects Nevada</a> explain why rolling back the city&rsquo;s energy codes for buildings constructed before 2009 is a bad idea.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-keep-las-vegas-code-chemical-industry-attacks-walgreens-green-goals" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-keep-las-vegas-code-chemical-industry-attacks-walgreens-green-goals#comments Industry Fri, 07 Jun 2013 21:03:32 +0000 Jacob Kriss 2736305 at http://www.usgbc.org First Look: LEED v4 online learning component http://www.usgbc.org/articles/first-look-leed-v4-online-learning-component <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_firstlook2.png?1370375911" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-emvideo field-field-art-videos"> <div class="field-label">Videos:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="emvideo emvideo-video emvideo-vimeo"><div id="media-vimeo-5" class="media-vimeo"> <iframe src="https://player.vimeo.com/video/64582040?fullscreen=1&show_title=1&show_byline=1&show_portrait=1&autoplay=0" width="853" height="505"></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>This article is part of a series that USGBC is using to give the LEED community a first look at the tools and resources we’ve developed to support those using LEED.</em></p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/first-look-leed-v4-online-learning-component" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/first-look-leed-v4-online-learning-component#comments LEED Tue, 04 Jun 2013 20:02:33 +0000 Dara Zycherman 2735475 at http://www.usgbc.org Friday Roundup: Portland's federal building reborn, Hillary at Greenbuild, straight talk on forestry http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-portlands-federal-building-reborn-hillary-greenbuild-straight-talk-forestry <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="The Edith Green-Wendell Wyatt Federal Building in Portland. Credit: dog97209 via Flickr" alt="The Edith Green-Wendell Wyatt Federal Building in Portland. Credit: dog97209 via" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Edith_Green.jpg?1370961153" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Here&rsquo;s our weekly collection of green building clips:</p> <p><a href="http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2013/05/after_year_of_construction_edi.html">After years of construction, Edith Green-Wendell Wyatt Federal Building open and efficient</a>, <em>The Oregonian</em>. The federal building in downtown Portland has undergone a jaw-dropping transformation and is working toward LEED Platinum.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-portlands-federal-building-reborn-hillary-greenbuild-straight-talk-forestry" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-portlands-federal-building-reborn-hillary-greenbuild-straight-talk-forestry#comments Industry Fri, 31 May 2013 20:34:55 +0000 Jacob Kriss 2734861 at http://www.usgbc.org Cradle to Cradle Institute is betting $250K that you can innovate healthier products for the home http://www.usgbc.org/articles/cradle-cradle-institute-betting-250k-you-can-innovate-healthier-products-home <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="303" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Make_it_Right_home.jpeg?1370013650" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>More people worry about chemicals of concern in our environment than ever before, and it&rsquo;s starting to change how manufacturers are thinking about building materials and products that enter our homes.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/cradle-cradle-institute-betting-250k-you-can-innovate-healthier-products-home" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/cradle-cradle-institute-betting-250k-you-can-innovate-healthier-products-home#comments Industry Fri, 31 May 2013 15:24:40 +0000 Stacy Glass 2734808 at http://www.usgbc.org Health care, LEED and healing the planet http://www.usgbc.org/articles/health-care-leed-and-healing-planet <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="The LEED Gold-certified Kaiser Westside Medical Center in Hillsboro, Ore. Credit: Kaiser Permanente " alt="The LEED Gold-certified Kaiser Westside Medical Center in Hillsboro, Ore. Credit" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/WMC2%5B1%5D.jpg?1369845378" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-slideshow-image"> <div class="field-label">Slideshow images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="631" height="640" title="Left to right: Andrew McCulloch, president, Kaiser Permanente Northwest Region; Elaine Aye, principal, Green Building Services: Willy Paul, executive director of capital projects, Kaiser Permanente Northwest Region; Don Orndoff, SVP National Facilities Services, Kaiser Permanente; Janet O&#039;Hollaren, assistant administrator, chief quality and safety officer, Kaiser Permanente Northwest Region" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Westside%20LEED.jpg?1369845598" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Last week, the U.S. Green Building Council joined <a href="https://healthy.kaiserpermanente.org/html/kaiser/index.shtml">Kaiser Permanente</a> in Hillsboro, Ore., to put a LEED Gold plaque on our Westside Medical Center. &nbsp;</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/health-care-leed-and-healing-planet" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/health-care-leed-and-healing-planet#comments LEED Wed, 29 May 2013 16:44:25 +0000 Donald Orndoff 2734085 at http://www.usgbc.org Message from Rick Fedrizzi: Greenbuild goes global http://www.usgbc.org/articles/message-rick-fedrizzi-greenbuild-goes-global <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/DSC_7331.JPG?1369439358" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Market transformation.&nbsp; We use that term a lot around USGBC but I don&rsquo;t think I completely grasped its full power to change lives and change the world until yesterday, when we made our <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/hanley-wood-and-usgbc-establish-strategic-partnership-greenbuild-and-plan-go-global">announcement </a>about the new partnership with <a href="http://www.hanleywood.com/‎">Hanley Wood</a> and <a href="http://greenbuildexpo.org/home.aspx">Greenbuild.</a></p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/message-rick-fedrizzi-greenbuild-goes-global" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/message-rick-fedrizzi-greenbuild-goes-global#comments Greenbuild Fri, 24 May 2013 23:07:45 +0000 Rick Fedrizzi 2733285 at http://www.usgbc.org Friday Roundup: Big Greenbuild News, Taking on Chemical Lobby, Kaiser's LEED Gold Hospital http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-big-greenbuild-news-taking-chemical-lobby-kaisers-leed-gold-hospital <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Credit: Oscar Einzig" alt="Credit: Oscar Einzig" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/DSC_8719.JPG?1369429577" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Here&rsquo;s our weekly collection of green building clips: </p> <p><a href="http://www.tsnn.com/news-blogs/hanley-wood-acquires-greenbuild-conference-expo">Hanley Wood Acquires Greenbuild Conference &amp; Expo</a>, Trade Show News Network. USGBC&rsquo;s new partnership with Hanley Wood for Greenbuild will help the world&rsquo;s largest event dedicated to green building gain even more momentum.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-big-greenbuild-news-taking-chemical-lobby-kaisers-leed-gold-hospital" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-big-greenbuild-news-taking-chemical-lobby-kaisers-leed-gold-hospital#comments Industry Fri, 24 May 2013 21:09:45 +0000 Jacob Kriss 2733266 at http://www.usgbc.org The LEED Certification Work Zone is coming to AIA http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-certification-work-zone-coming-aia <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Image by AIA" alt="Image by AIA" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_aia13conf.png?1369418892" /> </div> </div> </div> <div>Have questions about your LEED project? Come see us at the&nbsp;<a href="http://convention.aia.org/event/convention-home.aspx">2013 AIA Conference</a>&nbsp;in Denver. For the third consecutive year, the&nbsp;<a href="https://usgbc.wufoo.com/forms/certification-work-zone-scheduler-aia-2013/">LEED Certification Work Zone</a>&nbsp;will be at AIA. The Work Zone is where green building practitioners can meet in person with LEED Reviewers. Here you'll be able to discuss your projects, have your questions about the certification process answered and learn more about LEED v4.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-certification-work-zone-coming-aia" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-certification-work-zone-coming-aia#comments LEED Fri, 24 May 2013 18:11:03 +0000 Sarah Alexander 2733227 at http://www.usgbc.org USGBC Lauds New Platinum Members http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-lauds-new-platinum-members <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_press_.png?1369408850" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 23, 2013) &ndash; The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is pleased to announce that more than 30 of the world&rsquo;s most respected companies, ranging from banks and retail corporations to architecture firms and technology companies, are showing their strong commitment to green building and have joined USGBC as platinum level members.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-lauds-new-platinum-members" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-lauds-new-platinum-members#comments Media Thu, 23 May 2013 17:13:16 +0000 Marisa Long 2732913 at http://www.usgbc.org How to travel greener with TripAdvisor http://www.usgbc.org/articles/how-travel-greener-tripadvisor <div class="field field-type-text field-field-all-authorized-by"> <div class="field-label">Authored by:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jenny Rushmore </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_tripadvisor.jpg?1369065314" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Many people are becoming more conscious about staying green while they travel.</p> <p>TripAdvisor, the world&rsquo;s largest travel site, offers a few easy tips for travelers who want to curb their carbon footprint, without sacrificing comfort, relaxation or fun!</p> <p><strong>Book a nonstop flight.</strong>&nbsp; The fewer planes you need to reach your destination, the lower your carbon footprint. Also, choose an airline that participates in a recycling program.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/how-travel-greener-tripadvisor" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/how-travel-greener-tripadvisor#comments Industry Mon, 20 May 2013 15:55:22 +0000 2731984 at http://www.usgbc.org Friday Roundup: New Vikings Stadium, Green Building Trends, Hospital to Save Big on Bills http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-new-vikings-stadium-green-building-trends-hospital-save-big-bills <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="664" height="308" title="Minneapolis. Credit: philipshannon via Flickr" alt="Minneapolis. Credit: philipshannon via Flickr" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/2498609281_598d4587cc_b.jpg?1368816389" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Here&rsquo;s our weekly collection of green building clips:</p> <p><a href="http://www.startribune.com/sports/vikings/207302851.html">New Vikings stadium unveiled</a>, <em>Star Tribune</em>. Check out this slideshow of renderings for the striking LEED stadium planned for Minneapolis.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-new-vikings-stadium-green-building-trends-hospital-save-big-bills" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-new-vikings-stadium-green-building-trends-hospital-save-big-bills#comments Industry Fri, 17 May 2013 18:54:05 +0000 Jacob Kriss 2731521 at http://www.usgbc.org Friday Roundup: Dubai Pushing Green Projects, Look Inside VW's Platinum Plant, LEED Neighborhoods Gaining Ground http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-dubai-pushing-green-projects-look-inside-vws-platinum-plant-leed-neighborhoo <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="The Dubai skyline. Credit: Jay Tamboli via Flickr" alt="The Dubai skyline. Credit: Jay Tamboli via Flickr" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/3040719389_610ab5fa1f_b_0.jpg?1368218607" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Here's our weekly collection of green building clips:<br /><br /><a href="http://www.sustainablebusiness.com/index.cfm/go/news.display/id/24866">Green Building is Mandatory in Dubai</a>, Sustainable Business. Dubai is targeting a 30% reduction in carbon emissions by 2030, and a new law on green building will help it on its way.<br /><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-dubai-pushing-green-projects-look-inside-vws-platinum-plant-leed-neighborhoo" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-dubai-pushing-green-projects-look-inside-vws-platinum-plant-leed-neighborhoo#comments Industry Fri, 10 May 2013 20:45:40 +0000 Jacob Kriss 2729874 at http://www.usgbc.org Leveraging the Cultural Influence of Sports to Advance Green Building http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leveraging-cultural-influence-sports-advance-green-building <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_ga_sports.jpeg?1368213838" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-slideshow-image"> <div class="field-label">Slideshow images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1000" height="628" title="American Airlines Arena, Miami, FL | LEED Certified | Credit: Wikipedia Commons" alt="American Airlines Arena, Miami, FL | LEED Certified | Credit: Wikipedia Commons" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/American_Airlines_Arena__Miami__FL__jjron_29.03.jpg?1368213973" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1000" height="667" title="Amway Center, Orlando, FL | LEED Gold | Credit: Wikipedia Commons" alt="Amway Center, Orlando, FL | LEED Gold | Credit: Wikipedia Commons" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Amway_Center.jpg?1368213980" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1000" height="433" title="AT&amp;T Park, San Francisco, CA | LEED Silver | Credit: Wikipedia Commons" alt="AT&amp;T Park, San Francisco, CA | LEED Silver | Credit: Wikipedia Commons" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/ATT_Sunset_Panorama.jpg?1368213987" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1000" height="664" title="Marlins Park, Miami, FL | LEED Gold | Credit: Wikipedia Commons" alt="Marlins Park, Miami, FL | LEED Gold | Credit: Wikipedia Commons" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Marlins_First_Pitch_at_Marlins_Park__April_4__2012_.jpg?1368213996" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1000" height="666" title="Miller Park, Milwaukee, WI | LEED Certified | Credit: Wikipedia Commons" alt="Miller Park, Milwaukee, WI | LEED Certified | Credit: Wikipedia Commons" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Miller_Park0001.jpg?1368214007" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1000" height="750" title="Nationals Park, Washington D.C. | LEED Silver | Credit: Wikipedia Commons" alt="Nationals Park, Washington D.C. | LEED Silver | Credit: Wikipedia Commons" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Nationals_Park_181.jpg?1368214043" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="749" height="341" title="Philips Arena, Atlanta, GA | LEED Certified | Credit: Wikipedia Commons" alt="Philips Arena, Atlanta, GA | LEED Certified | Credit: Wikipedia Commons" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Philips_Arena.jpg?1368214050" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1000" height="561" title="Rose Garden Arena, Portland, OR | LEED Gold | Credit: Wikipedia Commons" alt="Rose Garden Arena, Portland, OR | LEED Gold | Credit: Wikipedia Commons" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/RoseGardenArenaS.jpg?1368214056" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1000" height="712" title="Soldier Field, Chicago, IL | LEED Certified | Credit: Wikipedia Commons" alt="Soldier Field, Chicago, IL | LEED Certified | Credit: Wikipedia Commons" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Soldier_Field__Chicago.jpg?1368214063" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1000" height="750" title="Target Field, Minneapolis, MN | LEED Silver | Credit: Wikipedia Commons" alt="Target Field, Minneapolis, MN | LEED Silver | Credit: Wikipedia Commons" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Target_Field_April_2010.jpg?1368214073" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1000" height="534" title="Toyota Center, Houston, TX | LEED Silver | Credit: Wikipedia Commons" alt="Toyota Center, Houston, TX | LEED Silver | Credit: Wikipedia Commons" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Toyota_Center_entr.jpg?1368214079" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Culture has been influenced by the sporting world for decades. Throughout the 20th century, fans mobilized around athletes to oppose war, support civil rights and promote disease awareness. The sports industry today is as influential as ever, with 58 percent of Americans self-identifying as sports fans, offering a robust platform for green building education and advocacy.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leveraging-cultural-influence-sports-advance-green-building" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leveraging-cultural-influence-sports-advance-green-building#comments LEED Fri, 10 May 2013 19:32:24 +0000 William Nutt 2729855 at http://www.usgbc.org Get your LEED publications up to 50% off http://www.usgbc.org/articles/get-your-leed-publications-50 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/LEEDPubSale.jpg?1366828031" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Working on a LEED project? Or preparing for the LEED Green Associate or LEED AP with specialty exam? As the developer of LEED, USGBC is your source for LEED and green building education.</p> <p>Get your hard copy LEED Reference Guides and other publications up to 50% off! <strong><a href="/store" class="more-link" >Shop the sale</a></strong><div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/get-your-leed-publications-50#comments Industry Wed, 24 Apr 2013 18:31:50 +0000 Nora Knox 2722701 at http://www.usgbc.org What would you re-do if you won the $25,000 Save Money, Save Energy Home Makeover Sweepstakes? http://www.usgbc.org/articles/what-would-you-re-do-if-you-won-25000-save-money-save-energy-home-makeover-sweepstakes <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="In celebration of green energy saving techniques and in support of green living, we&#039;re giving away a home makeover! " alt="In celebration of green energy saving techniques and in support of green living," src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/bhg%20sweepstakes%20blog_v3.jpg?1366812924" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><strong>Would you makeover a kitchen or bathroom using low flow fixtures? What about more energy efficient replacement windows or lighting? Maybe even low maintenance fiber-cement siding or a Cool roof with a lifetime warranty?</strong></p> <p>Whichever option you choose, one thing is for sure, as home renovations go, $25,000 makes a big difference!</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/what-would-you-re-do-if-you-won-25000-save-money-save-energy-home-makeover-sweepstakes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/what-would-you-re-do-if-you-won-25000-save-money-save-energy-home-makeover-sweepstakes#comments LEED Wed, 24 Apr 2013 14:18:19 +0000 Ashley Katz 2722499 at http://www.usgbc.org Green Building Councils of the Americas Video http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-building-councils-americas-video <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Screen%20Shot%202013-04-22%20at%201.58.24%20PM.png?1366653737" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) Americas Regional Network is celebrating Earth Day with the release of a <a href="http://www.worldgbc.org/activities/news/global/americas-regional-network-celebrates-earth-day/" target="new">new educational video</a> highlighting the work the Green Building Councils (GBCs) of the Americas are doing, and who is involved. </p> <p>The video notes how the GBCs are connected through North America, Central America, and South America and how all work together towards facilitating the transformation of the building industry towards sustainability.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-building-councils-americas-video" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-building-councils-americas-video#comments Industry Mon, 22 Apr 2013 18:21:54 +0000 Joseph Crea 2719332 at http://www.usgbc.org Energy Efficiency Experts 2013 Registration http://www.usgbc.org/articles/energy-efficiency-experts-2013-registration <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/EE%20Global%20Facebook%5B2%5D.png?1366652591" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The U.S. Green Building Council is pleased to announce that space has been added to allow for an additional 100 attendees at the premier gathering of energy efficiency experts: <a href="http://eeglobalforum.org/" target="new">EE Global 2013</a>! Registrations are available on a first-come, first-served basis so be sure to <a href="http://j.mp/YEXrDk" target="new">purchase your seat</a> today and join us May 20-21 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/energy-efficiency-experts-2013-registration" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/energy-efficiency-experts-2013-registration#comments Industry Mon, 22 Apr 2013 17:46:13 +0000 2719275 at http://www.usgbc.org EPA Honors Winners of First-Ever Campus RainWorks Challenge http://www.usgbc.org/articles/epa-honors-winners-first-ever-campus-rainworks-challenge <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/gi_crw_raingarden.jpg?1366648281" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>University of Florida and Illinois Institute of Technology lead in design of green infrastructure on campus</em></p> <p><strong>WASHINGTON</strong> – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced the four winners of the Campus RainWorks Challenge, a new design challenge created to inspire the next generation of landscape architects, planners and engineers to develop innovative green infrastructure systems that reduce stormwater pollution and support sustainable communities.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/epa-honors-winners-first-ever-campus-rainworks-challenge" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/epa-honors-winners-first-ever-campus-rainworks-challenge#comments Industry Mon, 22 Apr 2013 16:36:54 +0000 Jason Berner 2719002 at http://www.usgbc.org Accelerating our Green Building Efforts http://www.usgbc.org/articles/accelerating-our-green-building-efforts <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="302" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/ofcc%20group%20award%5B1%5D.JPG?1366401507" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>It was a big day in Ohio this week when professionals from across the region were convened by USGBC's <a href="http://www.usgbc-coh.org/" target="new">Central Ohio Chapter</a> for <a href="http://usgbccentralohio.org/design-columbus-2013/" target="new">Design Columbus</a>. Set in the Center of Science and Industry (COSI) Center, the conference featured examples of ambitious green practices and efforts to improve project design and delivery.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/accelerating-our-green-building-efforts" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/accelerating-our-green-building-efforts#comments Center for Green Schools Fri, 19 Apr 2013 19:28:02 +0000 Chris Pyke 2717915 at http://www.usgbc.org ENR Global Construction Summit http://www.usgbc.org/articles/enr-global-construction-summit <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="306" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Auditorium2.JPG?1366383461" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Join ENR at the <a href="http://www.construction.com/events/2013/GlobalSummit/default.asp" target="new">Global Construction Summit</a> in NYC June 6 – 7, 2013. This essential conference brings together industry professionals from major construction markets around the world to explore growth opportunities and investigate solutions to the most pressing challenges on the international playing field.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/enr-global-construction-summit" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/enr-global-construction-summit#comments Industry Fri, 19 Apr 2013 14:58:23 +0000 2717844 at http://www.usgbc.org It Was 20 Years Ago Today. http://www.usgbc.org/articles/it-was-20-years-ago-today <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/HBD_USGBC.jpg?1365277433" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>In a few minutes I'll board a plane for Rome, where I'll attend the board meeting of the World Green Building Council. WGBC is 94 councils strong today, each one modeled on USGBC, which was the first council. And it was birthed 20 years ago today.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/it-was-20-years-ago-today" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/it-was-20-years-ago-today#comments Industry Sat, 06 Apr 2013 19:48:46 +0000 Rick Fedrizzi 2712050 at http://www.usgbc.org World Water Day: Five simple water saving strategies http://www.usgbc.org/articles/world-water-day-five-simple-water-saving-strategies <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/article_water.jpg?1363960189" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Water is the most essential need of living beings, yet the value we place on it is so low. </p> <p>Water is cheap and easily accessible in the developed world, but it’s being wasted and contaminated at an alarming rate. In honor of World Water Day, here are some simple water saving strategies that make a difference.</p> <div class="padded"> <p><strong>Take a look at your habits.</strong> <br>Imagine your water was turned off and you only had one gallon to use for the day. What would you cut out of your routine? </p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/world-water-day-five-simple-water-saving-strategies" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/world-water-day-five-simple-water-saving-strategies#comments Industry Fri, 22 Mar 2013 14:13:21 +0000 Batya Metalitz 2703640 at http://www.usgbc.org Good News for Owners of Energy Star and LEED Homes: Efficient Homes Less Likely to Default http://www.usgbc.org/articles/good-news-owners-energy-star-and-leed-homes-efficient-homes-less-likely-default <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="607" height="308" title="The Kantor Residence, LEED Platinum. Photo by Nate Kantor." alt="The Kantor Residence, LEED Platinum. Photo by Nate Kantor." src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/DSC00491_0_0.jpg?1363880766" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Yesterday a <a href="http://imt.org/resources/detail/home-energy-efficiency-and-mortgage-risks" target="new">“Home Energy Efficiency and Mortgage Risks”</a> report released by the <a href="http://www.ccc.unc.edu/" target="new">University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Center for Community Capital</a> and the <a href="http://www.imt.org/" target="new">Institute for Market Transformation</a> (IMT) provided investors a solid data-driven insight – <strong>those who build and own efficient homes are good credit risks.</strong></p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/good-news-owners-energy-star-and-leed-homes-efficient-homes-less-likely-default" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/good-news-owners-energy-star-and-leed-homes-efficient-homes-less-likely-default#comments Industry Thu, 21 Mar 2013 15:48:07 +0000 Bryan Howard 2702538 at http://www.usgbc.org The ‘Naked’ Facts of LEED http://www.usgbc.org/articles/%E2%80%98naked%E2%80%99-facts-leed <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="607" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/IMG01999-20130319-0656%5B2%5D_0.jpg?1363727603" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-slideshow-image"> <div class="field-label">Slideshow images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="2048" height="1536" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/IMG02000-20130319-0656%5B2%5D_0.jpg?1363727418" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="2048" height="1536" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/IMG01998-20130319-0655%5B2%5D_0.jpg?1363727622" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1936" height="2592" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/view.jpg?1363785008" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="2592" height="1936" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/conference.jpg?1363785207" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1936" height="2592" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/activity.jpg?1363785242" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="2592" height="1936" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/The%20Top%20Tree%20Villa.jpg?1363785411" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>With LEED projects in 135 countries around the world, it is safe to say, LEED is everywhere. Even on 60 acres of bamboo forest and white tea plantations in China.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/%E2%80%98naked%E2%80%99-facts-leed" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/%E2%80%98naked%E2%80%99-facts-leed#comments Industry Tue, 19 Mar 2013 21:14:45 +0000 Jennivine Kwan 2701797 at http://www.usgbc.org Summit on Green Building and Human Health http://www.usgbc.org/articles/summit-green-building-and-human-health <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="USGBC Summit on Green Building and Human Health" alt="USGBC Summit on Green Building and Human Health" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/article_summitgbhh.jpg?1363358436" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Tackling the many challenges of making the construction and occupation of commercial and residential buildings in the United States green and sustainable is not an easy one, but the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is to be congratulated for working aggressively to address them. Championing commitments to environmental sustainability, energy reduction, social equity, and human health demonstrate the commitment of the USGBC to take steps that will benefit both the environment and the businesses that construct, as well as occupy, these structures.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/summit-green-building-and-human-health" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/summit-green-building-and-human-health#comments Industry Fri, 15 Mar 2013 14:43:56 +0000 Christine Branche 2700443 at http://www.usgbc.org LEED Professionals at a Glance: March 2013 http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-professionals-glance-march-2013 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="LEED Professionals at a Glance" alt="LEED Professionals at a Glance" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Article_ProfessionalsGlance.png?1363294191" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>[Part of an ongoing series capturing statistics on LEED Professionals]</em></p> <p>LEED Professionals distinguish themselves in the green building marketplace by earning one of seven LEED Professional Credentials. Credential holders are recognized as leaders in the field and contribute their expertise to various industries and projects. Are you one of them?</p> <p>Don't have a credential yet? <a href="/leed/credentials">Learn more about how to get accredited &raquo;</a></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-professionals-glance-march-2013" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-professionals-glance-march-2013#comments Industry Fri, 15 Mar 2013 13:11:45 +0000 Robb Tufts 2700044 at http://www.usgbc.org Green Your Hormones http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-your-hormones <div class="field field-type-text field-field-all-authorized-by"> <div class="field-label">Authored by:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Dr. Sara Gottfried, MD </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/article_greenhormones.jpg?1363188790" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Authored by: Dr. Sara Gottfried, MD</em></p> <p>In my practice, thousands of patients have come to me with the same complaint: </p> <p> “I exercise. I eat lots of fruits and vegetables. I drink water all day. Why do I feel so terrible?” </p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-your-hormones" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-your-hormones#comments Industry Tue, 12 Mar 2013 21:01:30 +0000 2698847 at http://www.usgbc.org Friday Roundup: Green Property Indexes, a LEED Hospital, Net-Zero Retail Space http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-green-property-indexes-leed-hospital-net-zero-retail-space <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-all-authored-by"> <div class="field-label">Authored by:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/people/jacob-kriss/0010813925">Jacob Kriss</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="LEED Platinum Dell Children&#039;s Medical Center in Austin, Texas. Credit: rutlo via Flickr" alt="LEED Platinum Dell Children&#039;s Medical Center. Credit: rutlo via Flickr" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/3626305365_7c5179bd2a_b.jpg?1363016087" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Here’s our weekly collection of green building clips:</p> <p><a href="http://www.greenbiz.com/news/2013/03/07/sustainability-ratings-real-estate-investments?mkt_tok=3RkMMJWWfF9wsRonvaTLZKXonjHpfsX56+wuXKa1lMI/0ER3fOvrPUfGjI4ASsNgI+SLDwEYGJlv6SgFSLHEMa5qw7gMXRQ=">Coming soon: Sustainability ratings for real estate investments</a>, <em>GreenBiz</em>. This article highlights the collaborative effort among USGBC, the FTSE Group and NAREIT to create a new family of green property indexes for institutional and retail investors, due to launch at the end of March.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-green-property-indexes-leed-hospital-net-zero-retail-space" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-green-property-indexes-leed-hospital-net-zero-retail-space#comments Industry Fri, 08 Mar 2013 05:00:00 +0000 Jacob Kriss 2698369 at http://www.usgbc.org New Opportunities at USGBC: Thought Leadership and Research on Building Materials http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-opportunities-usgbc-thought-leadership-and-research-building-materials <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/usgbc-research-opportunity.jpg?1362522560" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Understanding, communicating and analyzing building materials is a critical frontier for the green building industry. Google has recently provided a <a href="http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2012/11/a-healthy-grant-to-support-healthy.html">generous grant to USGBC</a> to, in part, advance thought leadership and applied research in this area. </p> <p>As part of this project, USGBC is inviting applications for two new opportunities.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-opportunities-usgbc-thought-leadership-and-research-building-materials" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-opportunities-usgbc-thought-leadership-and-research-building-materials#comments Industry Tue, 05 Mar 2013 22:29:40 +0000 Chris Pyke 2696694 at http://www.usgbc.org Healthy Homes for Everyone: Design Challenge offers $250,000 and Recognition at Greenbuild to Spur Product Innovation http://www.usgbc.org/articles/healthy-homes-everyone-design-challenge-offers-250000-and-recognition-greenbuild-spur-produ <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-all-authored-by"> <div class="field-label">Authored by:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/people/stacy-glass/0010726445">Stacy Glass</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/C2CII_Challenge_GRAPHIC_F%5B1%5D.png?1362514450" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>We’re looking to the manufacturing and design community to help make high-quality, healthy homes available for everyone.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/healthy-homes-everyone-design-challenge-offers-250000-and-recognition-greenbuild-spur-produ" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/healthy-homes-everyone-design-challenge-offers-250000-and-recognition-greenbuild-spur-produ#comments Industry Tue, 05 Mar 2013 20:33:49 +0000 Stacy Glass 2696593 at http://www.usgbc.org Follow the Green Building Code- How Living Architecture fits into California's New Green Code http://www.usgbc.org/articles/follow-green-building-code-how-living-architecture-fits-californias-new-green-code <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="299" title="Photo credit: Rana Creek" alt="Photo credit: Rana Creek" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Follow%20the%20Green%20Building%20Code.JPG?1362419961" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>This article was co-authored by Jeremy Sigmon and Wes Sullens. It was first printed in the spring 2013 issue of <a href="http://www.livingarchitecturemonitor.com/" target="new">Living Architecture Monitor Magazine</a> (Volume 15, Issue 1)</em></p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/follow-green-building-code-how-living-architecture-fits-californias-new-green-code" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/follow-green-building-code-how-living-architecture-fits-californias-new-green-code#comments Media Mon, 04 Mar 2013 18:01:43 +0000 Jeremy Sigmon 2695868 at http://www.usgbc.org Green Building Accelerating Around the World http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-building-accelerating-around-world <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Jones Lang LaSalle LEED Platinum building, Hong Kong." alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/GJP.120109.9495%20copy.jpg?1362073721" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>The following is a guest post by Harvey M. Bernstein, Vice President of Industry Insights &amp; Alliances, McGraw-Hill Construction and John Mandyck, Chief Sustainability Officer for United Technologies Climate, Controls &amp; Security</em></p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-building-accelerating-around-world" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-building-accelerating-around-world#comments Industry Thu, 28 Feb 2013 17:57:05 +0000 2694942 at http://www.usgbc.org Armed Forces Green Building Leaders to Convene in Virginia Beach http://www.usgbc.org/articles/armed-forces-green-building-leaders-convene-virginia-beach <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Photo credit: H&amp;A Architect &amp; Engineers, a USGBC member company" alt="Photo credit: H&amp;A Architect &amp; Engineers, a USGBC member company" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Central-Campus.jpg?1361291140" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Hampton Roads Virginia – Feb. 18, 2013 – Facilities in the United States Armed Forces lead the way in implementing sustainable design and construction practices. <a href="http://www.hrgbc.org">Hampton Roads Green Building Council (HRGBC)</a>, a chapter of the <a href="/home">U.S. Green Building Council</a>, will showcase these practices at <a href="http://www.greeninthemilitary.org/">GREEN IN THE MILITARY 4 (GIM4)</a>, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/armed-forces-green-building-leaders-convene-virginia-beach" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/armed-forces-green-building-leaders-convene-virginia-beach#comments Industry Tue, 19 Feb 2013 16:28:14 +0000 J.C. Douglass 2669674 at http://www.usgbc.org GSA On the Right Track with Green Buildings and LEED: Now’s Your Chance to Help Them Stay There http://www.usgbc.org/articles/gsa-right-track-green-buildings-and-leed-now%E2%80%99s-your-chance-help-them-stay-there <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Credit: Texasgopvote.com via flickr" alt="Credit: Texasgopvote.com via flickr" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/5486339201_5385d1767b_z.jpg?1360158510" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Earlier today, GSA released a <a href="https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2013/02/05/2013-02408/sequence-24-findings-of-the-eisa-436h-ad-hoc-review-group-on-green-building-certification-systems"> request for information </a> (RFI), publicly lauding the value of green building rating systems like LEED and asking for additional input into important issues that could help GSA accelerate and improve its green building work. With the direction laid out in today’s RFI, it looks like GSA is on the right track to continue its success.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/gsa-right-track-green-buildings-and-leed-now%E2%80%99s-your-chance-help-them-stay-there" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/gsa-right-track-green-buildings-and-leed-now%E2%80%99s-your-chance-help-them-stay-there#comments Advocacy and policy Tue, 05 Feb 2013 22:07:03 +0000 Jason Hartke 2648811 at http://www.usgbc.org New Partnership Set to Accelerate Study of Green Building, Human Health http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-partnership-set-accelerate-study-green-building-human-health <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-all-authored-by"> <div class="field-label">Authored by:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/people/chris-pyke/0010017407">Chris Pyke</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Photo credit: iStockphoto" alt="Photo credit: iStockphoto" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/iStock_000009679738Small.jpg?1359990716" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Our buildings usually keep us safe and comfortable, but sometimes their design and operation can also contribute to significant public health challenges, including obesity, asthma, physical inactivity and chronic disease. Dr. Matt Trowbridge thinks that thoughtful, evidence-based design can help make our built environment part of the solution, contributing to better public health outcomes. He calls this idea "green health."</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-partnership-set-accelerate-study-green-building-human-health" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-partnership-set-accelerate-study-green-building-human-health#comments Industry Mon, 04 Feb 2013 15:18:33 +0000 Chris Pyke 2648314 at http://www.usgbc.org Public Health Gets a Place at the Design Table http://www.usgbc.org/articles/public-health-gets-place-design-table <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_healthsummit.jpg?1359987632" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Imagine a world in which buildings and communities clearly and definitively help to prevent some of our most widespread illnesses, improve our mental health, and strengthen our overall wellbeing. We are now one step closer to this place after this week’s Summit on Green Buildings &amp; Human Health, hosted by the US Green Building Council. If there’s one thing that I took away, it’s the enormous potential of public health professionals joining forces with the green building community to significantly improve human health and wellbeing.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/public-health-gets-place-design-table" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/public-health-gets-place-design-table#comments Industry Mon, 04 Feb 2013 14:22:19 +0000 Mara Baum 2648296 at http://www.usgbc.org Healthy Places are a Human Right http://www.usgbc.org/articles/healthy-places-are-human-right <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/jrwvxsDUZGVpIJ7w-6WRYM3Ps81g9KgwY1e0NW2gtUM.png?1359733229" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-slideshow-image"> <div class="field-label">Slideshow images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1024" height="682" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/YxQEuMZdtk3uHNf7bSJuyI7-jubbWiDoIjs2tsSGSaY%2CdRskx-EmIKA0atqxUbalmg27HA83wqgZaHYuY0Fgm10.jpeg?1359733705" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1024" height="682" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/XUjRXbdQxIbOHwtUvWVX-CnWev-ULVg3RuVHffJ4SmA%2CZXZ59LCTFdb8EydLyXKbS5S32hmMfcGam-F1LU-m1Q8.jpeg?1359733713" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="512" height="768" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/fniRYn9LquLc4d5c5SfHkrbPTXLwX3R3XhX-7khQ5zI%2CGjk-VT_d3AMoPMruKlO6bDTBAW3CAq13DkbA4I2r5tM.jpeg?1359733727" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1024" height="682" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/fnSOvjY1aMotSAVDbjLvxOPrhZN6eb8PqAqW1RK5n-0.jpeg?1359733871" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1024" height="682" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/YC3OwtieFnZcP0wQ7doc-uLAq3-YBVOXkQcf_zIflkU.jpeg?1359733883" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1024" height="682" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/lH9NmcaZFL9o3zSe8xlwktmFksyyGDpZsLXUVp2t0WA.jpeg?1359733894" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>On Wednesday, I walked into our boardroom at USGBC for our Green Building &amp; Human Health Summit and I got goose bumps. Of the hundred or so folks in the room, many have been with us forever, long-time leaders in the green building movement and I’m always humbled when I’m in their company.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/healthy-places-are-human-right" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/healthy-places-are-human-right#comments Industry Fri, 01 Feb 2013 15:49:42 +0000 Rick Fedrizzi 2641523 at http://www.usgbc.org Chris Pyke's Green Building Information Gateway Offers Free Online Sustainability Research http://www.usgbc.org/articles/chris-pykes-green-building-information-gateway-offers-free-online-sustainability-research <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/ENR-25-newsmakers.jpg?1359646461" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>This article was originally published on <a href="http://enr.construction.com/people/awards/2013/0128-pyke8217s-brainchild-the-green-building-information-gateway-opens-digital-doors-to-free-sustainabili.asp">ENR.com</a> on January 23, 2013. As part of <a href="https://enr.construction.com/people/awards/2013/0128-The-Top-25-Newsmakers.asp">ENR's Top 25 Newsmakers</a>.</p> <p>By Nadine M. Post</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/chris-pykes-green-building-information-gateway-offers-free-online-sustainability-research" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/chris-pykes-green-building-information-gateway-offers-free-online-sustainability-research#comments Industry Thu, 31 Jan 2013 15:42:43 +0000 2641331 at http://www.usgbc.org LEED for Neighborhood Development and the 2013 CNU Charter Awards http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-neighborhood-development-and-2013-cnu-charter-awards <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Article_CNU.png?1359474386" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-slideshow-image"> <div class="field-label">Slideshow images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="958" height="639" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/MAP_MC%20Aerial%20View%20After.jpg?1359474452" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1000" height="686" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/MAP_MC%20rendering.jpg?1359474461" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1000" height="1447" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/MAP_Orion.jpg?1359474468" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Each year the <a href="http://www.cnu.org" target="_blank">Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU)</a> recognizes excellence in urban design through its <a href="http://cnuawards2013.tumblr.com/" target="_blank">Charter Awards</a>. The program recognizes “outstanding architectural, landscape, and urban designs built in harmony with their physical and social contexts.” Winning projects embody the characteristics walkable, sustainable, and vibrant places at all scales – from vast, interconnected urban regions to well-designed buildings and city blocks.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-neighborhood-development-and-2013-cnu-charter-awards" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-neighborhood-development-and-2013-cnu-charter-awards#comments LEED Tue, 29 Jan 2013 15:53:52 +0000 2640875 at http://www.usgbc.org HVACR Manufacturers Predict An Improving Economy http://www.usgbc.org/articles/hvacr-manufacturers-predict-improving-economy <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/economy.jpg?1359131126" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Westport, Connecticut... November 15, 2012 — According to a recent AHR Expo survey sent to more than 1,000 HVACR manufacturers worldwide, 70% of the respondents expect the economy to be better in 2013 than in 2012. In fact, 15% of these manufacturers expect a “much better year” while 28% percent of respondents expect the economy to remain the same. Just 3% expect it to be worse than 2012.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/hvacr-manufacturers-predict-improving-economy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/hvacr-manufacturers-predict-improving-economy#comments Industry Fri, 25 Jan 2013 16:27:25 +0000 Kimberly Pires 2640255 at http://www.usgbc.org Energy Efficient and Green Solutions to Take Center Stage at AHR Expo http://www.usgbc.org/articles/energy-efficient-and-green-solutions-take-center-stage-ahr-expo <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/003_h.jpg?1358961313" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>One of the most important events for anyone concerned with green building-related issues will take place next week when the AHR Expo opens its doors at the Dallas Convention Center, January 28-30. More than 45,000 HVACR professionals from around the world will come together to experience all the latest products, technologies and green solutions from nearly 2,000 exhibiting companies.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/energy-efficient-and-green-solutions-take-center-stage-ahr-expo" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/energy-efficient-and-green-solutions-take-center-stage-ahr-expo#comments Industry Tue, 22 Jan 2013 20:48:21 +0000 Kimberly Pires 2639651 at http://www.usgbc.org Rachel Carson’s Legacy Lives on through “Silent Snow” at Greenbuild Film Festival http://www.usgbc.org/articles/rachel-carson%E2%80%99s-legacy-lives-through-%E2%80%9Csilent-snow%E2%80%9D-greenbuild-film-festival <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-all-authored-by"> <div class="field-label">Authored by:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/people/jan-van-den-berg/0010807797">Jan van den Berg</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Leading%20dog%20Greenland.jpg?1352563796" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Join us at the <a href="http://greenbuildexpo.org/events/film-festival.aspx">Greenbuild Film Festival</a> to view “Silent Snow.”</em></p> <p>Last month marked 50 years since marine biologist and conservationist Rachel Carson released “Silent Spring” an unsettling insight in to how our environment has become increasingly polluted by the use of pesticides like DDT.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/rachel-carson%E2%80%99s-legacy-lives-through-%E2%80%9Csilent-snow%E2%80%9D-greenbuild-film-festival" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/rachel-carson%E2%80%99s-legacy-lives-through-%E2%80%9Csilent-snow%E2%80%9D-greenbuild-film-festival#comments Greenbuild Sat, 10 Nov 2012 16:10:31 +0000 Jan van den Berg 2625347 at http://www.usgbc.org Moscone Goes Gold in Time for Greenbuild http://www.usgbc.org/articles/moscone-goes-gold-time-greenbuild <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-all-authored-by"> <div class="field-label">Authored by:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/people/mara-baum/0000034675">Mara Baum</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/2-South-Upper-Lobby.png?1352424165" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>San Francisco’s <a href="http://www.moscone.com/site/do/index">Moscone Convention Center</a> has been a hallmark of San Francisco's tourist infrastructure since the first of its three buildings opened in 1981, but a recent renovation and <a href="https://new.usgbc.org/leed/rating-systems/existing-buildings">LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance</a> (LEED EB: O&amp;M) Gold certification show off the Center’s new vision and approach to sustainability – just in time to host the estimated 35,000+ attendees of <A href="https://new.usgbc.org/leed/rating-systems/existing-buildings">G</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/moscone-goes-gold-time-greenbuild" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/moscone-goes-gold-time-greenbuild#comments Greenbuild Thu, 08 Nov 2012 17:32:37 +0000 Mara Baum 2625026 at http://www.usgbc.org In Good (and Green) Company http://www.usgbc.org/articles/good-and-green-company <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-all-authored-by"> <div class="field-label">Authored by:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/people/mahesh-ramanujam/0010539283">Mahesh Ramanujam</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/greenbusiness.png?1351704100" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>It’s no secret that business as usual is changing: A <a href="http://www.deloitte.com/view/en_US/us/Insights/centers/centers-center-for-energy-solutions/8e3262fa8b1ae210VgnVCM1000001a56f00aRCRD.htm">Deloitte study</a> found that 90 percent of companies have set goals for their electricity and energy management practices. <a href="http://www.deloitte.com/view/en_GX/global/press/1088b5cdcb4d9310VgnVCM1000003156f70aRCRD.htm">Two-thirds of CFOs</a> are involved in their company’s sustainability strategies.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/good-and-green-company" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/good-and-green-company#comments Industry Wed, 31 Oct 2012 17:30:01 +0000 Mahesh Ramanujam 2623776 at http://www.usgbc.org Making Green Schools Less Extraordinary http://www.usgbc.org/articles/making-green-schools-less-extraordinary <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/USGBC%20SC%20homepage.jpg?1351778485" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>One of our customers recently wrote us to share a fresh perspective on sustainability—from her son. From his perspective, the solar panels on their roof are the norm, and he seems genuinely puzzled if his friends’ homes don’t have them as well. To him, solar panels are as much a part of modern life as TVs and refrigerators.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/making-green-schools-less-extraordinary" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/making-green-schools-less-extraordinary#comments Center for Green Schools Wed, 31 Oct 2012 04:00:00 +0000 2623917 at http://www.usgbc.org Friday Roundup: Fellows, Efficiency, and the Future of Agriculture http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-fellows-efficiency-and-future-agriculture <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/roundupoct_0.png?1350916660" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Our weekly collection of green building clips. Share your good reads of the week in the comments below. Have a great weekend!</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-fellows-efficiency-and-future-agriculture" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-fellows-efficiency-and-future-agriculture#comments Industry Fri, 19 Oct 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Jennifer Easton 2622271 at http://www.usgbc.org Like a Bolt Out of the Blue http://www.usgbc.org/articles/bolt-out-blue <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/mayorbecker.png?1350323993" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-slideshow-image"> <div class="field-label">Slideshow images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1000" height="665" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/leadershipspeakers.png?1350324320" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-emvideo field-field-art-videos"> <div class="field-label">Videos:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="emvideo emvideo-video emvideo-vimeo"><div id="media-vimeo-6" class="media-vimeo"> <iframe src="https://player.vimeo.com/video/51243794?fullscreen=1&show_title=1&show_byline=1&show_portrait=1&autoplay=0" width="853" height="505"></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>How Local Leaders are Charting the Road to Resilience </em></p> <p>A perfect storm…</p> <p>It’s not just a good book title. </p> <p>We’ve got a doozy brewing right before our eyes. </p> <p>We have major, I mean major, infrastructure deficiencies that are only getting worse.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/bolt-out-blue" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/bolt-out-blue#comments Advocacy and policy Mon, 15 Oct 2012 18:19:35 +0000 Jason Hartke 2619705 at http://www.usgbc.org Session Spotlight: The Role of Green Buildings in Economic Recovery http://www.usgbc.org/articles/session-spotlight-role-green-buildings-economic-recovery <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/construction.png?1350075833" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>661,000: That's how many architects, engineers and contractors reported having green jobs last fall in a <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/ShowFile.aspx?DocumentID=10387">McGraw-Hill Construction study</a>. </p> <p>Beyond the positive environmental and health benefits of green buildings, we also know they’re an economic driver in a down economy. In an economy where construction activity is at an all time low, green building construction has remained strong and even grown in several sectors.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/session-spotlight-role-green-buildings-economic-recovery" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/session-spotlight-role-green-buildings-economic-recovery#comments Greenbuild Fri, 12 Oct 2012 21:05:40 +0000 Jennifer Easton 2619447 at http://www.usgbc.org Session Spotlight: Extreme Building Envelope Design in Saudi Arabia http://www.usgbc.org/articles/session-spotlight-extreme-building-envelope-design-saudi-arabia <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/KAFD.png?1349730472" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Picture this: It’s 115°F outside. There’s a dust storm sweeping through the city and it hasn’t rained in weeks. </p> <p>Now: Design an optimally performing building.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/session-spotlight-extreme-building-envelope-design-saudi-arabia" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/session-spotlight-extreme-building-envelope-design-saudi-arabia#comments Greenbuild Mon, 08 Oct 2012 21:19:38 +0000 Jennifer Easton 2618424 at http://www.usgbc.org Friday Roundup: Public Comment, Portability and Parking Lots http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-public-comment-portability-and-parking-lots <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/starbucks.png?1349474123" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Our weekly collection of green building clips. Share your good reads of the week in the comments below.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-public-comment-portability-and-parking-lots" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-public-comment-portability-and-parking-lots#comments Industry Fri, 05 Oct 2012 21:56:29 +0000 Jennifer Easton 2618174 at http://www.usgbc.org Translating Ideas in to Action: Fifth Public Comment for LEED v4 Launches http://www.usgbc.org/articles/translating-ideas-action-fifth-public-comment-leed-v4-launches <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-all-authored-by"> <div class="field-label">Authored by:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/people/scot-horst/0000020400">Scot Horst</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/leedv4-background-1_0.jpg?1349207618" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Friends,</p> <p>A colleague recently remarked, “In the last ten years, who has changed the most? Look at textiles, automobiles – none has changed as much as the building industry! You can see the influence of <a href="/leed">LEED</a> in every major market in the world.” I couldn’t agree with her more. </p> <p>Documents that reflect a shared vision have sometimes changed the course of history. Usually the document with the greatest impact was influenced by many individuals, from drafters of initial texts to translators and interpreters of national constitutions.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/translating-ideas-action-fifth-public-comment-leed-v4-launches" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/translating-ideas-action-fifth-public-comment-leed-v4-launches#comments LEED Tue, 02 Oct 2012 19:52:41 +0000 Scot Horst 2616590 at http://www.usgbc.org Friday Roundup: Stadiums, Service and Sustainability http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-stadiums-service-and-sustainability <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/greenappleblog.jpg?1348867803" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Our weekly collection of green building clips. Share your good reads of the week in the comments below.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-stadiums-service-and-sustainability" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-stadiums-service-and-sustainability#comments Industry Fri, 28 Sep 2012 22:06:52 +0000 Jennifer Easton 2615986 at http://www.usgbc.org Session Spotlight: Drink, Wash, Water - Policy, Action & Greywater Irrigation http://www.usgbc.org/articles/session-spotlight-drink-wash-water-policy-action-greywater-irrigation <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/greywater.jpg?1348867557" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Think fast: Do you need a permit to implement greywater irrigation? How about filters? What <em>is</em> greywater, anyway?</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/session-spotlight-drink-wash-water-policy-action-greywater-irrigation" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/session-spotlight-drink-wash-water-policy-action-greywater-irrigation#comments Greenbuild Fri, 28 Sep 2012 21:26:44 +0000 Jennifer Easton 2615981 at http://www.usgbc.org New Senate Bill Would Spur Job Creation in Hard-Hit Construction Industry via Under-Used Building Energy Efficiency Tax Deduction http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-senate-bill-would-spur-job-creation-hard-hit-construction-industry-under-used-building- <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/SOLARPANELS.jpg?1349099608" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>"Commercial Building Modernization Act” Endorsed by Diverse Coalition of Real Estate Industry, Energy and Environmental Advocates </em></p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-senate-bill-would-spur-job-creation-hard-hit-construction-industry-under-used-building-" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-senate-bill-would-spur-job-creation-hard-hit-construction-industry-under-used-building-#comments Media Thu, 27 Sep 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Ashley Katz 2616138 at http://www.usgbc.org Participate now: International Green Survey http://www.usgbc.org/articles/participate-now-international-green-survey <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/construction.jpg?1348605555" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) is partnering with McGraw-Hill on a new international green survey, and we encourage members of green building councils around the world to participate. The survey will examine important trends affecting and transforming the construction industry on a global, regional and national level. Most critically, the survey will provide information on the benefits experienced in green construction globally and the variation of green practices and standards by region.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/participate-now-international-green-survey" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/participate-now-international-green-survey#comments Industry Tue, 25 Sep 2012 20:40:00 +0000 2615051 at http://www.usgbc.org Greenbuild Legacy Projects Focus on Urban Gardening in San Francisco http://www.usgbc.org/articles/greenbuild-legacy-projects-focus-urban-gardening-san-francisco <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Tenderloin Community Garden, one of the Greenbuild 2012 Legacy Projects" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Tenderloin%20Community%20Garden.jpg?1348594972" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>San Francisco is a city of folks who love to grow and eat food. How do you do that in an urban setting with few open land spaces for gardens? <a href="http://greenbuildexpo.org/travel/legacy-project.aspx">Greenbuild’s Legacy Projects</a> demonstrate two variations of urban gardens working with the little space they have available to show exactly how this can be accomplished and meet the goal of providing produce to local area families with no access to fresh fruits and vegetables. These areas are known as “food deserts.”</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/greenbuild-legacy-projects-focus-urban-gardening-san-francisco" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/greenbuild-legacy-projects-focus-urban-gardening-san-francisco#comments Greenbuild Tue, 25 Sep 2012 17:43:35 +0000 2615001 at http://www.usgbc.org Session Spotlight: Not So Risky Business http://www.usgbc.org/articles/session-spotlight-not-so-risky-business <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-all-authored-by"> <div class="field-label">Authored by:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/people/jessie-andrews/0010788010">Jessie Andrews</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/scalesofjustice.jpg?1348261868" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Lawyers are bringing a different kind of green to <a href="http://greenbuildexpo.org">Greenbuild</a>: we’re talking green <em>law</em>, and it’s coming to the <a href="http://greenbuildexpo.org/education/greenbuild-summits/legal-summit.aspx">2012 Legal Summit</a> being held at this year’s event. The summit is a catalyst for the emerging field of green building law and will add attorneys working in the sustainable real estate, construction and manufacturing fields to the Greenbuild mix.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/session-spotlight-not-so-risky-business" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/session-spotlight-not-so-risky-business#comments Greenbuild Fri, 21 Sep 2012 21:12:29 +0000 Jessie Andrews 2614380 at http://www.usgbc.org Friday Roundup: World Green Building Week Wraps http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-world-green-building-week-wraps <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/pixelbuilding.jpg?1348259115" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Happy Friday: Check out our favorite clips and announcements from this week (World Green Building Week, at that!) - and share your own in the comments.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-world-green-building-week-wraps" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-world-green-building-week-wraps#comments Industry Fri, 21 Sep 2012 20:27:20 +0000 Jennifer Easton 2614342 at http://www.usgbc.org Market Forces and Sustainability in the Real Estate Sector http://www.usgbc.org/articles/market-forces-and-sustainability-real-estate-sector <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-all-authored-by"> <div class="field-label">Authored by:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/node/2327797">Nils Kok</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/GRESBsurvey.jpg?1347910812" /> </div> </div> </div> <h4>$3.5 Trillion of Global Capital Fueling Green Buildings</h4> <p>Legislation is an important driver of green building adoption in the real estate sector. But while the pace and strength of legislation is affected by the volatility of policy making, there is a another force in green building investment quietly happening everyday, driven by the capital market.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/market-forces-and-sustainability-real-estate-sector" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/market-forces-and-sustainability-real-estate-sector#comments Industry Mon, 17 Sep 2012 19:42:23 +0000 Nils Kok 2613067 at http://www.usgbc.org Friday Roundup: Calling All Sports Fans, Scholars, Animal Lovers, and Speed-Walkers http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-calling-all-sports-fans-scholars-animal-lovers-and-speed-walkers <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/FriRoundUp1.jpg?1347637894" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>We've got your weekly dose of green goodness below, and this week's lineup shows that pro athletes, scholars – even sea otters – are going green! Sit back, relax, and enjoy the roundup.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-calling-all-sports-fans-scholars-animal-lovers-and-speed-walkers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-calling-all-sports-fans-scholars-animal-lovers-and-speed-walkers#comments Industry Fri, 14 Sep 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Jessie Andrews 2612365 at http://www.usgbc.org Friday Roundup: LEED at National Zoo, Sustainable Building and Soufflés http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-leed-national-zoo-sustainable-building-and-souffl%C3%A9s <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Photo credit: Smithsonian National Zoological Park" alt="Photo credit: Smithsonian National Zoological Park" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/SEAL.jpg?1347040409" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-emvideo field-field-art-videos"> <div class="field-label">Videos:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="emvideo emvideo-video emvideo-vimeo"><div id="media-vimeo-7" class="media-vimeo"> <iframe src="https://player.vimeo.com/video/47414011?fullscreen=1&show_title=1&show_byline=1&show_portrait=1&autoplay=0" width="853" height="505"></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p>This week’s green building articles went far beyond bricks and mortar: The sea lion in our header image should be ample indication. Check out our sampling of sustainability reads, videos and photos below. </p> <p>Did we miss anything? Share your favorite links from the week in the comments.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-leed-national-zoo-sustainable-building-and-souffl%C3%A9s" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-leed-national-zoo-sustainable-building-and-souffl%C3%A9s#comments Industry Fri, 07 Sep 2012 18:45:23 +0000 Jennifer Easton 2611142 at http://www.usgbc.org Session Spotlight: Sowing a New Crop of Sustainable Leader http://www.usgbc.org/articles/session-spotlight-sowing-new-crop-sustainable-leader <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Eden Hall campus at Chatham University " alt="Eden Hall campus at Chatham University " src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Chatham_Sustainable_Diagram_Branded_NoText.jpg?1346880551" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>What would Rachel Carson do? </p> <p>That’s the mantra behind the <a href="http://www.chatham.edu/academics/colleges/sse/">School of Sustainability and Environment at Chatham University</a>, the alma mater of <em>Silent Spring</em> author and environmental activist (and our superhero) Rachel Carson.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/session-spotlight-sowing-new-crop-sustainable-leader" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/session-spotlight-sowing-new-crop-sustainable-leader#comments Greenbuild Wed, 05 Sep 2012 21:30:39 +0000 Jennifer Easton 2610818 at http://www.usgbc.org Let the Sustainability Games Begin http://www.usgbc.org/articles/let-sustainability-games-begin <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-all-authored-by"> <div class="field-label">Authored by:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/people/scot-horst/0000020400">Scot Horst</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="Photo credit: bisonlux via Flickr" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Rioblog.jpg?1346793075" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Even though the London Olympics just ended, preparation for the <a href="http://rio2016.com/en">2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro</a> has begun. For most people, the Olympics stand for astonishing displays of athleticism, outstanding sportsmanship and national pride. Most people might not think past the events and the medal counts. But for host cities, the Olympics are a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to reinvent themselves, to boost their local and regional economies and to set a forward-thinking example of sustainability for the rest of the globe.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/let-sustainability-games-begin" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/let-sustainability-games-begin#comments Industry Tue, 04 Sep 2012 21:33:21 +0000 Scot Horst 2610638 at http://www.usgbc.org Friday Roundup: World Water Week, Green Products and Sustainable Schools http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-world-water-week-green-products-and-sustainable-schools <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="World Water Week wraps today, Aug. 26-31" alt="World Water Week wraps today, Aug. 26-31" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/running-water.jpg?1346432790" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-slideshow-image"> <div class="field-label">Slideshow images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="610" height="610" title="GreenCupboards.com shared a snap of their LEED-certified office space on Instagram. Source: GreenCupboards.com" alt="GreenCupboards.com shared a snap of their LEED-certified office space on Instagr" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/greencupboards.jpg?1346435406" /> </div> </div> </div> <h2>Each week, we curate our favorite green building clips and news from around the Web and social media. Dig in: </h2> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.greenbiz.com/news/2012/08/27/china-invests-billions-cut-pollution">China invests $155 billion in energy efficiency projects</a>, GreenBiz</li> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-world-water-week-green-products-and-sustainable-schools" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/friday-roundup-world-water-week-green-products-and-sustainable-schools#comments Industry Fri, 31 Aug 2012 22:45:12 +0000 Jennifer Easton 2610244 at http://www.usgbc.org The Building Happiness Metric: My Light Bulb Moment at Greenbuild http://www.usgbc.org/articles/building-happiness-metric-my-light-bulb-moment-greenbuild <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-all-authored-by"> <div class="field-label">Authored by:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/people/jeremy-benkin/0010068998">Jeremy Benkin</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Happy buildings, happy people. (Credit: waferboard via Flickr)" alt="Happy buildings, happy people. (Credit: waferboard via Flickr)" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/happinessmetric.jpg?1346353299" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Each year, <a href="http://greenbuildexpo.org/Home.aspx">Greenbuild</a> offers attendees more than <a href="http://greenbuildexpo.org/education/education-sessions.aspx">150 educational opportunities</a>. </p> <p>Beyond the practical learning and CEU credits, however, it’s the exchange of ideas, casual dialogue and new <a href="http://greenbuildexpo.org/expo/for-attendees">expo products</a> that spark excitement and inspiration among attendees.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/building-happiness-metric-my-light-bulb-moment-greenbuild" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/building-happiness-metric-my-light-bulb-moment-greenbuild#comments Industry Thu, 30 Aug 2012 19:03:15 +0000 Jeremy Benkin 2610036 at http://www.usgbc.org Bass Fishing: My Six Degrees to Greenbuild http://www.usgbc.org/articles/bass-fishing-my-six-degrees-greenbuild <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Photo credit: Daniel Allen Photography" alt="Photo credit: Daniel Allen Photography" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/bassfishing.jpg?1346088781" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-slideshow-image"> <div class="field-label">Slideshow images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1498" height="999" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/exhibithallopening.jpeg?1346089707" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1498" height="999" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/exhibithallfloor.jpeg?1346089683" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>My first conference was the Bass Fishing Conference (probably not the formal name). I was in college and was supporting the Conferences division of Continuing Education. My boss told me a coworker met her husband at one of our conferences. At 18, I wasn’t interested in a husband just yet but I did end up falling in love...with events.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/bass-fishing-my-six-degrees-greenbuild" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/bass-fishing-my-six-degrees-greenbuild#comments Greenbuild Mon, 27 Aug 2012 17:39:30 +0000 Erin Sargent Knight 2609411 at http://www.usgbc.org The EBies: Honoring Great Work in Buildings Gone Green http://www.usgbc.org/articles/ebies-honoring-great-work-buildings-gone-green <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Urban Green Council&#039;s EBie Awards recognize excellence in existing buildings. Photo credit: Urban Green Council" alt="Urban Green Council&#039;s EBie Awards recognize excellence in existing buildings. Ph" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Ebies.jpg?1345487884" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-slideshow-image"> <div class="field-label">Slideshow images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="800" height="534" alt="Photo credit: Urban Green Council" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/EBIES1.jpeg?1345488208" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="800" height="534" alt="Photo credit: Urban Green Council" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/EBies2.jpeg?1345488324" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="800" height="534" alt="Photo credit: Urban Green Council" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/EBies3.jpeg?1345488388" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.urbangreencouncil.org/Home">Urban Green Council</a>, the New York City chapter of USGBC, held the first-ever <a href="http://www.flickr.com//photos/urbangreencouncil/sets/72157630404852332/show/">EBie Awards</a> on June 28th at the Hard Rock Café Theater. Though this marks the first public showcase for the EBies, the project reflects concepts and ideas that have been discussed for years by NYC leaders in sustainability. The basic idea is this: We need to recognize and encourage the people who are making amazing improvements to existing buildings (hence “EB”ies).</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/ebies-honoring-great-work-buildings-gone-green" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/ebies-honoring-great-work-buildings-gone-green#comments Community Fri, 17 Aug 2012 04:00:00 +0000 William Nutt 2608330 at http://www.usgbc.org The Value of Green Labels in the California Housing Market http://www.usgbc.org/articles/value-green-labels-california-housing-market <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Photo credit: Zeck Butler Architects" alt="Photo credit: Zeck Butler Architects" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/greenhomes_0.jpg?1344372000" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-slideshow-image"> <div class="field-label">Slideshow images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="878" height="687" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/image002_0.jpg?1344372616" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>When shopping for a new car, one of the most prominent features on display is the miles-per-gallon (MPG) usage of the vehicle. There is an <a href="http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/homes/rea14.shtm">EnergyGuide label</a> for dishwashers, clothes washers and other appliances, and an Energy Star label for the most efficient appliances. But when buying a home, there is usually no information on its energy efficiency — which is strange, considering the substantial impact that monthly expenditures on electricity, gas and water have on disposable income.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/value-green-labels-california-housing-market" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/value-green-labels-california-housing-market#comments LEED Tue, 07 Aug 2012 20:47:31 +0000 Nils Kok 2606660 at http://www.usgbc.org A Renewed Commitment to Buildings and their Social Benefits http://www.usgbc.org/articles/renewed-commitment-buildings-and-their-social-benefits <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/rio.jpg?1344267474" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>As the dust settles from Rio+20, I finally have a moment to reflect upon the outcomes of the historic Earth Summit Conference. The non-committal nature of the Rio text was a surprise to no one, yet the identification of buildings as an important strategy for the development of sustainable cities and urban infrastructure was still a “win” for the green building movement. Energy efficiency was also recognized as a strategy for combating climate change within both the developed and developing world.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/renewed-commitment-buildings-and-their-social-benefits" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/renewed-commitment-buildings-and-their-social-benefits#comments Advocacy and policy Tue, 31 Jul 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Maggie Comstock 2606150 at http://www.usgbc.org Green Buildings: A Bridge to a More Resilient Future http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-buildings-bridge-more-resilient-future <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Jeremy Sigmon, USGBC, discusses green buildings and resiliency with Mayor Dixson of Greensburg, Kan." alt="Jeremy Sigmon, USGBC, discusses green buildings and resiliency with Mayor Dixson" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/jeremyfinal.jpg?1343331481" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>I overheard a lot of scary things in the workshops and in the halls during last week’s <a href="http://www.colorado.edu/hazards/workshop/2012/current12.html">37th Annual Natural Hazards Research and Applications Workshop</a>.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-buildings-bridge-more-resilient-future" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-buildings-bridge-more-resilient-future#comments Advocacy and policy Thu, 26 Jul 2012 19:29:29 +0000 Jeremy Sigmon 2604343 at http://www.usgbc.org Speak Up for LEED: Spurring Job Growth & Innovation for Over a Decade http://www.usgbc.org/articles/speak-leed-spurring-job-growth-innovation-over-decade <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Photo credit: Bob Mical " alt="Photo credit: Bob Mical" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/colors.jpg?1342803127" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>If 10 years ago, someone had told you that a consumer desire to buy paints that don’t emit harmful fumes (also known as VOCs) would jeopardize the jobs of decent, hard working Americans, would you have believed them? If they had predicted that 10 years in the future, low-emitting paint, carpets and adhesives, would not only be widely available but also considered by many industry practitioners as standard rather than specialty products, would you have believed them? For me, it’s honestly tough to say.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/speak-leed-spurring-job-growth-innovation-over-decade" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/speak-leed-spurring-job-growth-innovation-over-decade#comments LEED Fri, 20 Jul 2012 15:19:02 +0000 Brendan Owens 2603372 at http://www.usgbc.org Plano Environmental Education Center: A City's Symbol for Sustainability http://www.usgbc.org/articles/plano-environmental-education-center-citys-symbol-sustainability <div class="field field-type-text field-field-all-authorized-by"> <div class="field-label">Authored by:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Gary Olp </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Plano Environmental Education Center. Photo Credit: Mark Olsen" alt="Plano Environmental Education Center. Photo Credit: Mark Olsen" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/plano.jpg?1342708598" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>It's curious how times change. During the ‘80s, I heard about how the city of Plano was a rapidly growing example of Dallas sprawl. It was looked upon as a scourge of urban revitalization. But by the millennium, Plano had evolved to become simply the northern edge of a growing greater Dallas metropolitan area.</p> <p>And just as the city’s reputation changed in this context, so did its commitment to environmentally-friendly practices. This is the story of how a green building in Plano, TX has become a symbol for the city’s ever-increasing commitment to sustainability.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/plano-environmental-education-center-citys-symbol-sustainability" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/plano-environmental-education-center-citys-symbol-sustainability#comments Industry Thu, 19 Jul 2012 14:37:03 +0000 Gary Olp 2603138 at http://www.usgbc.org The Scoundrel's Handbook http://www.usgbc.org/articles/scoundrels-handbook <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="The Scoundrel&#039;s Handbook on Huff Post Green" alt="The Scoundrel&#039;s Handbook on Huff Post Green" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/scoundrels_tjc%5B1%5D.jpg?1342624102" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>It was Samuel Johnson who said that patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel. He talked a lot about false patriots, those who "appeal to the rabble, circulate pointless petitions, and who allow their passions to confound the distinctions between right and wrong." He never said if he had anyone particular in mind, but I sure do. A lot of people in Washington, D.C. have become quite adept in using the Scoundrel's Handbook to advance their narrow view of the world.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/scoundrels-handbook" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/scoundrels-handbook#comments Community Thu, 12 Jul 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Rick Fedrizzi 2602413 at http://www.usgbc.org Healthy, Sustainable Interior Design: A Conversation with ASID http://www.usgbc.org/articles/healthy-sustainable-interior-design-conversation-asid <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="USGBC&#039;s green office digs in Washington, DC" alt="USGBC&#039;s green office digs in Washington, DC" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/ASIDblog.jpg?1342016614" /> </div> </div> </div> <h2>We're surrounded by interior design.</h2> <p>Take a look around you: For those of you reading this blog from your office, coffee shop down the street, or living room at home, everything from your overhead lighting to flooring represents a design decision. Given that we spend upwards of 90 percent of our time indoors, these decisions matter - and can have profound effects on our health and the environment.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/healthy-sustainable-interior-design-conversation-asid" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/healthy-sustainable-interior-design-conversation-asid#comments Industry Wed, 11 Jul 2012 14:23:51 +0000 Jennifer Easton 2601429 at http://www.usgbc.org Hospitality Development Update: Moving Towards LEED http://www.usgbc.org/articles/hospitality-development-update-moving-towards-leed <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Courtyard Marriott in Portland, Ore." alt="Courtyard Marriott in Portland, Ore." src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/hotel_0.jpg?1346180409" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Green construction starts have increased by 50% in the past two years, and now represent 25% of all new construction today, according to a study by McGraw Hill. Green and sustainable construction initially had a slow start for the hospitality industry, but now seem to be gaining momentum. Today, there are 141 LEED-certified hotels and nearly 1,200 more that are registered with the intent to certify upon completion. </p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/hospitality-development-update-moving-towards-leed" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/hospitality-development-update-moving-towards-leed#comments Industry Thu, 28 Jun 2012 04:00:00 +0000 2609605 at http://www.usgbc.org USGBC Members and Stakeholders Speak at the GSA Listening Session http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-members-and-stakeholders-speak-gsa-listening-session <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/gsalistening_0.jpg?1347035646" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>You know from grade school, college, and maybe even your Ph.D program that an A+ is no easy feat.</p> <p>Federal agencies know that, too: GSA recently received an <a href="http://www.govexec.com/management/2012/06/epa-gsa-perfect-students-sustainability/56303/">A+ on the OMB scorecard</a>.&nbsp;The <a href="http://www.gsa.gov/graphics/admin/GSA.pdf">statistics speak for themselves</a>.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-members-and-stakeholders-speak-gsa-listening-session" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-members-and-stakeholders-speak-gsa-listening-session#comments Industry Tue, 26 Jun 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Melissa Gallagher-Rogers 2609604 at http://www.usgbc.org Existing Buildings = The 99% http://www.usgbc.org/articles/existing-buildings-99 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="National Geographic Headquarters in Washingington, D.C." alt="National Geographic Headquarters in Washingington, D.C." src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/EBs99.jpg?1346182251" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>It's hard to overstate the potential (and necessity) of greening our existing building stock. Buildings account for 73% of electricity consumption in the U.S. and 38% of CO2 emissions. Can you imagine the dent we can make with added efficiency in this sector - environmentally and economically? Plus, existing buildings are all around us. Chances are, you're inside of a building (an existing one) as you read this blog entry - talk about an accessible opportunity.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/existing-buildings-99" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/existing-buildings-99#comments Industry Mon, 25 Jun 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Jennifer Easton 2609597 at http://www.usgbc.org Green Homes Continue to Grow Across the U.S http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-homes-continue-grow-across-us-0 <p><em>LEED for Homes surpasses 20,000 certified home milestone</em></p> <p>Washington, DC – (June 13, 2012) – The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) today announced that more than 20,000 homes across the U.S. have earned certification through the LEED for Homes program. LEED for Homes is a national voluntary certification system that provides guidance and verification that homes are designed and built to be energy- and resource-efficient and healthy for occupants.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-homes-continue-grow-across-us-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-homes-continue-grow-across-us-0#comments Media Wed, 13 Jun 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Ashley Katz 2605737 at http://www.usgbc.org Transforming Buildings, Even the Little Ones: 20,000 LEED-certified Homes http://www.usgbc.org/articles/transforming-buildings-even-little-ones-20000-leed-certified-homes <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="KAPSARC Villa B-19 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabi by SK Engineering &amp; Construction" alt="KAPSARC Villa B-19 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabi by SK Engineering &amp; Construction" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/homes.jpg?1340242823" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>20,000: No, I’m not talking leagues under the sea. I’m talking LEED-certified homes.</p> <p>That’s right: I’m particularly proud to announce that <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/Docs/News/LEED%20for%20Homes%2020k.pdf">we’ve certified over 20,000 LEED for Homes units</a>. </p> <p>It’s interesting to look at a sampling of the projects we’ve certified in just the past couple of weeks to see the reach and versatility of LEED in the residential space:</p> <ul> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/transforming-buildings-even-little-ones-20000-leed-certified-homes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/transforming-buildings-even-little-ones-20000-leed-certified-homes#comments LEED Wed, 13 Jun 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Nate Kredich 1735138 at http://www.usgbc.org U.S. Green Building Council, United Nations Environment Programme and World Business Council for Sustainable Development Release Report on the Role of Cities in the Green Economy http://www.usgbc.org/articles/us-green-building-council-united-nations-environment-programme-and-world-business-council-s <p><em>Report Highlights Key Messages to Leaders at Rio+20 Conference</em></p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/us-green-building-council-united-nations-environment-programme-and-world-business-council-s" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/us-green-building-council-united-nations-environment-programme-and-world-business-council-s#comments Media Tue, 05 Jun 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Marisa Long 2606595 at http://www.usgbc.org Demand for Green Buildings Exceeds Workforce Supply http://www.usgbc.org/articles/demand-green-buildings-exceeds-workforce-supply <p>This morning, McGraw-Hill Construction (MHC) released its latest SmartMarket Report, “<a href="https://www.usgbc.org/ShowFile.aspx?DocumentID=18984">Construction Industry Workforce Shortages: Role of Certification, Training and Green Jobs in Filling the Gaps.</a>” The report, sponsored by the U.S. Green Building Council and the American Institute of Architects with support from other contributing partners, finds that 69 percent of architect, engineer and contractor professionals expect there to be a shortage of skilled labor in the next three years.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/demand-green-buildings-exceeds-workforce-supply" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/demand-green-buildings-exceeds-workforce-supply#comments Advocacy and policy Thu, 17 May 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Maggie Comstock 1735146 at http://www.usgbc.org If Betty White Were a Green Building... http://www.usgbc.org/articles/if-betty-white-were-green-building <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Photo by Alan Light" alt="Photo by Alan Light" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/bettywhite.jpg?1340244129" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Perhaps you've heard the idea that "the greenest building is the one already built." Our friends in the historic preservation movement use this phrase to argue that tearing down an existing building and starting from scratch wastes a lot of materials and energy.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/if-betty-white-were-green-building" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/if-betty-white-were-green-building#comments LEED Tue, 15 May 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Christopher Davis 1735253 at http://www.usgbc.org A Toast to LEED: Volume Program Brings Industry Leaders Together http://www.usgbc.org/articles/toast-leed-volume-program-brings-industry-leaders-together <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="USGBC&#039;s Rick Fedrizzi and Scot Horst raise a toast to LEED Volume participants" alt="USGBC&#039;s Rick Fedrizzi and Scot Horst raise a toast to LEED Volume participants" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/volume.jpg?1340245270" /> </div> </div> </div> What happens when Kohl’s Department Stores, Wells Fargo, and Subway Restaurants walk in to a room? At the USGBC offices, it means a great conversation on green building is about to ensue – among some of the foremost business leaders in sustainability. Last month, we were thrilled to welcome participants in our LEED Volume Program to USGBC’s Washington, DC headquarters for full-day orientation seminars to kick-off their journey in scaling up with LEED.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/toast-leed-volume-program-brings-industry-leaders-together" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/toast-leed-volume-program-brings-industry-leaders-together#comments LEED Fri, 11 May 2012 04:00:00 +0000 1735255 at http://www.usgbc.org "Inexhaustible" Inspiration: Thomas Knittel Talks Biomimicry http://www.usgbc.org/articles/inexhaustible-inspiration-thomas-knittel-talks-biomimicry <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Biomimicry expert, Thomas Knittel" alt="Biomimicry expert, Thomas Knittel" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/thomask.jpg?1340245623" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>A building shaped like a butterfly. A skyscraper modeled after self-cooling termite mounds. A <a class="keyword" href="/glossary/term/5597">structure</a> in arid climate inspired by a desert snail. Biomimicry, the application of nature’s principles to solve problems, is an emerging influence in modern day green building and other design and technology.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/inexhaustible-inspiration-thomas-knittel-talks-biomimicry" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/inexhaustible-inspiration-thomas-knittel-talks-biomimicry#comments Community Wed, 09 May 2012 04:00:00 +0000 1735256 at http://www.usgbc.org Harvard Achieves a Record 75 LEED Certifications http://www.usgbc.org/articles/harvard-achieves-record-75-leed-certifications <p>Harvard University recently achieved an important green building milestone: our 75th LEED certification, representing over 2.4 million square feet of our campus in LEED New Construction, Commercial Interiors, Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance and Homes systems.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/harvard-achieves-record-75-leed-certifications" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/harvard-achieves-record-75-leed-certifications#comments LEED Mon, 07 May 2012 04:00:00 +0000 1735258 at http://www.usgbc.org #EarthDay: What You Did http://www.usgbc.org/articles/earthday-what-you-did <p>Every day should be Earth Day. But having a holiday to serve as an important reminder and a rallying point for all makes celebrating that much sweeter...and significant.</p> <p>We asked you about your #EarthDay plans on Twitter: Read on for some of our favorite tweets and submissions.</p> <p>Happy Earth Day! I'm celebrating by reducing my carbon footprint &amp; telecommuting to work each day instead of driving 50+ miles.<br /> - <a href="http://twitter.com/spacesays">@SpaceSays</a>, Andrea Henderson, LEED AP ID+C</p> <p>Walk in the woods and planting seedlings with the kids. :)</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/earthday-what-you-did" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/earthday-what-you-did#comments Industry Mon, 23 Apr 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Jennifer Easton 1735270 at http://www.usgbc.org The Most Sustainable Show Yet: Greenbuild Sustinability Report Released http://www.usgbc.org/articles/most-sustainable-show-yet-greenbuild-sustinability-report-released <p>It’s no surprise that after 10 years of green meeting experience, the 2011 <a href="http://www.greenbuildexpo.org/" target="_blank">Greenbuild International Conference and Expo</a> held in Toronto has proved to be the most sustainable to date. </p> <p>Today, we are excited to share our 10th Anniversary <a href="http://greenbuildexpo.org/Files/2011_Greenbuild_Greening_Report.pdf" target="_blank">Greenbuild Event Sustainability Report</a>, the culmination of a decade of tremendous growth, learning and success.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/most-sustainable-show-yet-greenbuild-sustinability-report-released" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/most-sustainable-show-yet-greenbuild-sustinability-report-released#comments Greenbuild Fri, 06 Apr 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Kimberly Lewis 2609576 at http://www.usgbc.org LEED and Life in the City of Lights: Paris http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-and-life-city-lights-paris <p>My job fascinates me. Obviously because I get to visit interesting places, but more importantly, because of that delicious curl of anticipation that comes with facing large groups of strangers (yes, I actually enjoy this) and the thrill of discovery that comes with getting to know people. Who among them will be that passionate local advocate I'm looking for to unite the LEED community in that country? Is that lady by the window in the green skirt a technical expert with a rare specialization? How has LEED transformed the lives of those I meet? Hmmm, where did she buy those shoes!</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-and-life-city-lights-paris" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-and-life-city-lights-paris#comments LEED Fri, 06 Apr 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Jennivine Kwan 2609581 at http://www.usgbc.org Happy Birthday, LEED! http://www.usgbc.org/articles/happy-birthday-leed <p>12 years, 12,000 commercial projects. Don’t forget to raise a pint or stick a candle in that cupcake to celebrate the market force that is green building - and of course, to celebrate all of the amazing, thoughtful, ground-breaking projects that have brought us here. We'd love if you share your favorite LEED project in celebration of this milestone in the comments.</p> <p>Happy birthday LEED!</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/happy-birthday-leed#comments LEED Fri, 30 Mar 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Brendan Owens 2609568 at http://www.usgbc.org Introducing 12,000: A Milestone for LEED http://www.usgbc.org/articles/introducing-12000-milestone-leed <div class="field field-type-text field-field-all-authorized-by"> <div class="field-label">Authored by:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Ashley Katz </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-all-published-on"> <div class="field-label">Published on:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">28 Mar 2012</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Source: Bernard Freeman, Division of Engineering Chief for the SW Region USFWS" alt="Source: Bernard Freeman, Division of Engineering Chief for the SW Region USFWS" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/anahuacblog.jpg?1332952075" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Twelve years after the first LEED certifications in 2000, today we announced the <a href="https://www.usgbc.org/ShowFile.aspx?DocumentID=18681">12,000th commercial project</a> has been certified (!). Without a doubt, this calls for celebration: If you've worked on one of these 12,000 LEED-certified projects, we invite you to join the conga line forming around our headquarters in Washington, DC (please call ahead, though). Thank you for tipping the green building scales to 12,000 - and thank you for your commitment to building better, healthier, greener buildings.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/introducing-12000-milestone-leed" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/introducing-12000-milestone-leed#comments LEED Wed, 28 Mar 2012 17:20:18 +0000 Jennifer Easton 1732001 at http://www.usgbc.org Hungry for Data: LEED Targets Data Centers http://www.usgbc.org/articles/hungry-data-leed-targets-data-centers-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-all-authorized-by"> <div class="field-label">Authored by:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Corey Enck </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-art-article"> <div class="field-label">Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Quick: How did you get to our blog? Did you click on a link via Twitter, or see the article pop up in your RSS reader? However you arrived here, you probably used around 180 KB of data to load this webpage.</p> <p>Though somewhat intangible, and certainly not of upmost concern to most of us and our rapid-fire browsing, data requires huge amounts of energy to process. Data centers power our appetite for data at all hours of the day. They are the physical embodiments of our everyday data usage – using Google or Yahoo! to search the most recent March Madness upset, posting photos of a recent vacation to Facebook, loading an app on the new iPad 3 - and like every other <a class="keyword" href="/glossary/term/5597">structure</a>, they can (and should) be built green. </p> <p>For that reason, we’ve adapted <a href="https://www.usgbc.org/ShowFile.aspx?DocumentID=18577">LEED for New Construction</a> and <a href="https://www.usgbc.org/ShowFile.aspx?DocumentID=18579">LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations &amp; Maintenance</a> to the particular needs of data centers to ensure that new construction and facility retrofits can successfully pursue and apply LEED.</p> <p>What makes data centers such a unique project type? Data centers have very few occupants, and they are huge energy users: a data center can use as much energy as a small town (really). Whereas a typical building is designed to meet heating and cooling needs for occupant comfort, a data center must provide massive cooling power for its servers. Water use is also a key target area for data centers, if the facility utilizes water for cooling. These specific building needs are built in to the data center adaption for LEED. </p> <p>Recently, there’s been a surge of LEED-certified data centers: Among them, Facebook, Yahoo!, Internap and QTS. <a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10150385588936731">Facebook’s first energy efficient, LEED Gold data center</a> in Prineville, Ore. uses 70 percent less water for cooling purposes than an average data center. <a href="http://www.apple.com/environment/progress/">Apple’s LEED Platinum data center</a> in Maiden, NC, utilizes outside air cooling so that facility chillers can be turned off 75 percent of the time. All of these projects are leading the way in how we think about this project sector.</p> <p>By bringing data centers into the suite of LEED rating systems, we’re removing barriers so that even more data facilities can participate in LEED and build sustainably. Read more about the <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/DisplayPage.aspx?CMSPageID=2601">adaptations for data centers</a> and other market tracks, and be sure to weigh in on these changes to LEED in <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/DisplayPage.aspx?CMSPageID=2360">public comment</a>, now open until Mar. 27.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-slideshow-image"> <div class="field-label">Slideshow images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="475" height="264" title="Facebook&#039;s LEED-certified data center in Prineville, Ore. " alt="Facebook&#039;s LEED-certified data center in Prineville, Ore. " src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Facebookdatacenter_0.jpg?1332356386" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Quick: How did you get to our blog? Did you click on a link via Twitter, or see the article pop up in your RSS reader? However you arrived here, you probably used around 180 KB of data to load this webpage.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/hungry-data-leed-targets-data-centers-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/hungry-data-leed-targets-data-centers-0#comments LEED Wed, 21 Mar 2012 19:02:01 +0000 Corey Enck 1731749 at http://www.usgbc.org May I Borrow Your Jumper Cables? http://www.usgbc.org/articles/may-i-borrow-your-jumper-cables <div class="field field-type-text field-field-all-authorized-by"> <div class="field-label">Authored by:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Lauren Riggs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-slideshow-image"> <div class="field-label">Slideshow images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="500" height="375" title="Jumpstarting energy efficiency in older buildings" alt="Jumpstarting energy efficiency in older buildings" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/jumpercables.jpg?1332356882" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>“May I borrow some jumper cables?” The brick building asked the building next door. The brick building’s energy use was out of control; It needed to kick-start its efficiency. The building next door answered with <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/ShowFile.aspx?DocumentID=18563">Energy Jumpstart</a>, the new pilot prerequisite in USGBC’s <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/DisplayPage.aspx?CMSPageID=2104">Pilot Credit Library</a>. USGBC hopes that this pilot can act as a set of jumper cables to stir up a segment of the buildings market that has the potential to make huge energy efficiency gains.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/may-i-borrow-your-jumper-cables" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/may-i-borrow-your-jumper-cables#comments LEED Fri, 16 Mar 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Lauren Riggs 1731750 at http://www.usgbc.org Bringing Green Building Outcomes to Affordable Homes http://www.usgbc.org/articles/bringing-green-building-outcomes-affordable-homes <p>The benefits of green building – quality, healthy and safe environments that are cost effective – should be available to all. These outcomes are especially critical in affordable housing where studies show that income level segments that rely on affordable housing often <a href="http://www.nliec.org/facts.pdf">pay more in utility and water costs</a> then people of with higher incomes. It’s a problem that needs a solution.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/bringing-green-building-outcomes-affordable-homes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/bringing-green-building-outcomes-affordable-homes#comments Industry Thu, 15 Mar 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Matt Pearce 2609295 at http://www.usgbc.org USGBC and AIA Accomplish Shared Goals for 2011 http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-and-aia-accomplish-shared-goals-2011 <p>Last week, hundreds of architects stormed Washington as part of the American Institute of Architects’ annual <a href="http://www.aia.org/components/AIAB087176" target="_blank">Grassroots Leadership and Legislative Conference</a>. Grassroots serves as a forum to convene AIA’s extensive local chapter network, with which USGBC’s local chapters often collaborate. Partnerships are the primary tools in any advocacy organization’s tool belt; however, the ongoing collaboration between the U.S.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-and-aia-accomplish-shared-goals-2011" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-and-aia-accomplish-shared-goals-2011#comments Industry Mon, 12 Mar 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Maggie Comstock 2609289 at http://www.usgbc.org A Green Building Opportunity: Three Million Strong http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-building-opportunity-three-million-strong <div class="field field-type-text field-field-all-authorized-by"> <div class="field-label">Authored by:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Doug Gatlin </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Empire State Building, LEED Gold" alt="Empire State Building, LEED Gold" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/empirestate.jpg?1332357186" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>It’s a great time to be an existing building.</p> <p>First: President Obama released last year’s <a href="http://usgbcblog.blogspot.com/2011/03/lane-burt-director-technical-policy-u.html">Better Buildings Initiative</a>, focusing financing opportunities on commercial retrofits. </p> <p>Then: USGBC reported that LEED for Existing Buildings project square footage <a href="http://usgbcblog.blogspot.com/2011/12/green-retrofits-on-rise-leed-for.html">surpassed new construction</a> projects.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-building-opportunity-three-million-strong" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-building-opportunity-three-million-strong#comments Industry Mon, 12 Mar 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Doug Gatlin 1731752 at http://www.usgbc.org The Home Depot and U.S. Green Building Council Launch New Database of Green Building Products http://www.usgbc.org/articles/home-depot-and-us-green-building-council-launch-new-database-green-building-products <p><em>leedhomedepot.com offers information on products that may contribute to the requirements of the LEED® for Homes program</em></p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/home-depot-and-us-green-building-council-launch-new-database-green-building-products" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/home-depot-and-us-green-building-council-launch-new-database-green-building-products#comments Media Wed, 07 Mar 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Ashley Katz 2605856 at http://www.usgbc.org Highlighting Green Homes by Greening the MLS http://www.usgbc.org/articles/highlighting-green-homes-greening-mls <p>In recent years, there has been a boom in the construction industry and demand for green homes even while the real estate market continues to struggle. This is a clear sign that prospective buyers find value in green homes.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/highlighting-green-homes-greening-mls" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/highlighting-green-homes-greening-mls#comments Industry Fri, 24 Feb 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Matt Pearce 2609283 at http://www.usgbc.org Top 10 States for LEED Green Buildings http://www.usgbc.org/articles/top-10-states-leed-green-buildings <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="Top 10 States Square Footage LEED-Certified Per Capita in 2011" alt="Top 10 States Square Footage LEED-Certified Per Capita in 2011" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/per-capita.jpg?1327253677" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-slideshow-image"> <div class="field-label">Slideshow images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1024" height="683" title="LEED Silver National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC" alt="LEED Silver National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/DC_AmericanIndian.jpg?1327253836" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1024" height="768" title="LEED Gold Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver, CA" alt="LEED Gold Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver, CA" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/CO_ContemporaryArt.jpg?1327253941" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1024" height="768" title="LEED Platinum Hyatt Center in Chicago, IL" alt="LEED Platinum Hyatt Center in Chicago, IL" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/IL_HyattCenter.jpg?1327253994" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1024" height="608" title="LEED Gold Charlottesville Transit Station in Charlottesville, VA" alt="LEED Gold Charlottesville Transit Station in Charlottesville, VA" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/VA_TransitCenter.jpg?1327254045" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1024" height="576" title="LEED Silver Columbia Center in Seattle, WA" alt="LEED Silver Columbia Center in Seattle, WA" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/WA_ColumbiaCenter.jpg?1327254087" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1024" height="768" title="LEED Certified Inn &amp; Conference Center at University of Maryland in Adelphi, MD" alt="LEED Certified Inn &amp; Conference Center at University of Maryland in Adelphi, MD" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/MD_InnConfCenter.jpg?1327254225" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1024" height="683" title="LEED Gold Federal Reserve Bank in Boston, MA" alt="LEED Gold Federal Reserve Bank in Boston, MA" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/MA_BostonChildrensMuseum.jpg?1327254273" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1024" height="682" title="LEED Gold Williams Tower in Houston, TX" alt="LEED Gold Williams Tower in Houston, TX" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/TX_WilliamsCenter.jpg?1327254314" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="600" height="900" title="LEED Platinum TransAmerica Pyramid in San Francisco, CA" alt="LEED Platinum TransAmerica Pyramid in San Francisco, CA" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/CA_Pyramid.jpg?1327254353" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="681" height="1024" title="LEED Gold Empire State Building in New York, NY" alt="LEED Gold Empire State Building in New York, NY" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/NY_EmpireState.jpg?1327254400" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="768" height="1024" title="LEED Gold Capella Tower in Minneapolis, MN" alt="LEED Gold Capella Tower in Minneapolis, MN" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/MN_CappellaTower.jpg?1327254495" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Today, USGBC released its <a title=" List of Top 10 States for LEED Green Buildings" href="/articles/list-top-10-states-leed-green-buildings-released">top 10 list of states</a> with the most LEED-certified building square footage per capita. The District of Columbia leads the nation, with more than 31 square feet of LEED-certified space per person in 2011, and Colorado is the leading state, with 2.74 square feet per person in 2011. Other top states include Illinois, Virginia and Washington, with 2.69, 2.42 and 2.18 square feet of LEED-certified space per person, respectively.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/top-10-states-leed-green-buildings" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/top-10-states-leed-green-buildings#comments Industry Thu, 19 Jan 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Ashley Katz 1729620 at http://www.usgbc.org The Promise of the Green Economy: Strengthening the Economy While Protecting the Environment http://www.usgbc.org/articles/promise-green-economy-strengthening-economy-while-protecting-environment <p>The author of an <a href="http://money.cnn.com/2012/01/09/news/economy/jobs_environment/index.htm?source=cnn_bin">article</a> posted yesterday on CNN couldn’t be further embedded in the spin zone he arguably says he’s trying to debunk. In his opening line, the author, Steve Hargreaves, wrote, “The tactic du jour for environmentalists trying to sell a skeptical public on tighter regulations is this: spin the thing as a job creator.”</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/promise-green-economy-strengthening-economy-while-protecting-environment" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/promise-green-economy-strengthening-economy-while-protecting-environment#comments Advocacy and policy Industry Tue, 10 Jan 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Maggie Comstock 2608535 at http://www.usgbc.org The Changing Face of Green Buildings: Iconic Treasury Building Earns LEED Gold http://www.usgbc.org/articles/changing-face-green-buildings-iconic-treasury-building-earns-leed-gold-0 <p>One of America's most iconic buildings earned LEED for Existing Buildings yesterday. By improving their operations, the Department of Treasury's headquarters next to the White house has slashed energy, steam and water consumption to save taxpayers $3.5 million per year. The oldest LEED building ever certified also increased their office density by 164 units, which equals big savings in avoided new office space.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/changing-face-green-buildings-iconic-treasury-building-earns-leed-gold-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/changing-face-green-buildings-iconic-treasury-building-earns-leed-gold-0#comments LEED Thu, 22 Dec 2011 05:00:00 +0000 Lane Burt 2607608 at http://www.usgbc.org The Changing Face of Green Buildings: Iconic Treasury Building Earns LEED Gold http://www.usgbc.org/articles/changing-face-green-buildings-iconic-treasury-building-earns-leed-gold <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="670" height="308" title="U.S. Treasury Building" alt="The iconic U.S. Treasury Building earns LEED Gold certification" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/US_Treasury_Building.jpg?1326836078" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>This is a moment to step back and applaud what has been done. Because the project certified under Existing Buildings, the certification was based on actual energy, water and steam consumption (bills) and not a projection.</p> <p>This $3.5 million dollars is real money that the Treasury is keeping in the treasury.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/changing-face-green-buildings-iconic-treasury-building-earns-leed-gold" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/changing-face-green-buildings-iconic-treasury-building-earns-leed-gold#comments Industry Thu, 22 Dec 2011 05:00:00 +0000 Lane Burt 1728664 at http://www.usgbc.org Tapping the Zoning Code to Enable Greener Buildings and Communities http://www.usgbc.org/articles/tapping-zoning-code-enable-greener-buildings-and-communities-1 <p>Many communities are opening up their zoning codes to <a href="http://www.epa.gov/region4/recycle/green-building-toolkit.pdf">identify and remove barriers</a>, and adopting language that will encourage greener building and greener living outcomes. You wouldn't be surprised to hear that Portland, Oregon has been greening its zoning code for several years including a handful of <a href="http://www.renewingwillcounty.com/">updates</a> this year.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/tapping-zoning-code-enable-greener-buildings-and-communities-1" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/tapping-zoning-code-enable-greener-buildings-and-communities-1#comments Advocacy and policy Industry Tue, 20 Dec 2011 05:00:00 +0000 Jeremy Sigmon 2607931 at http://www.usgbc.org USGBC Explains Who’s Who at COP17 for Green Building and Climate Change http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-explains-who%E2%80%99s-who-cop17-green-building-and-climate-change <p>When our delegation of green building council representatives arrived in Durban for the COP 17 climate conference, we hoped we had what it took to help change the world. The diverse group seemed to possess that peculiar mixture of naiveté, enthusiasm and focused passion that can distinguish successful from merely aspiring troublemakers. Through participation and attendance at a variety of different events I was, as usual, impressed with the astounding effort on the part of various individuals and organizations to bring to scale energy efficiency and green building solutions.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-explains-who%E2%80%99s-who-cop17-green-building-and-climate-change" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-explains-who%E2%80%99s-who-cop17-green-building-and-climate-change#comments Advocacy and policy Industry Fri, 16 Dec 2011 05:00:00 +0000 Roger Platt 2607942 at http://www.usgbc.org Seattle 2030 District: The NEXT Big Thing in Green Building http://www.usgbc.org/articles/seattle-2030-district-next-big-thing-green-building <p>The green building movement has made great strides in recent years, but it's not enough. In order to put up a good fight against ever-increasing environmental and economic pressures, we need a united front of the public and private sector, and to approach issues at the city — or district — scale. </p> <p>District sustainability currently experiences the same limited level of awareness that individual green buildings did a decade ago, when the U.S. Green Building Council announced its first 12 LEED Certified projects, of which there are now over 11,000.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/seattle-2030-district-next-big-thing-green-building" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/seattle-2030-district-next-big-thing-green-building#comments Advocacy and policy Industry Community Fri, 16 Dec 2011 05:00:00 +0000 2608009 at http://www.usgbc.org Scaling up Energy Efficiency Financing http://www.usgbc.org/articles/scaling-energy-efficiency-financing <p>Here at COP17, some experts have said that the single most important outcome that can emerge from Durban is an agreement on the design of the Green Climate Fund – the new long-term mechanism for dispersing billions of dollars of climate finance for clean technology, adaptation, and capacity-building.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/scaling-energy-efficiency-financing" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/scaling-energy-efficiency-financing#comments Community Thu, 08 Dec 2011 05:00:00 +0000 Hope Lobkowicz 2608299 at http://www.usgbc.org Leadership Abounds: President Obama, President Clinton and Green Building Leaders Join Forces to Commit to Energy Efficiency http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leadership-abounds-president-obama-president-clinton-and-green-building-leaders-join-forces <p><em>This entry is cross-posted from Rick Fedrizzi's blog on <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rick-fedrizzi/obama-green-building_b_1129598.html">Huff Post Green</a>. </em></p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leadership-abounds-president-obama-president-clinton-and-green-building-leaders-join-forces" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leadership-abounds-president-obama-president-clinton-and-green-building-leaders-join-forces#comments Community Mon, 05 Dec 2011 05:00:00 +0000 Rick Fedrizzi 2608313 at http://www.usgbc.org USGBC Launches App Lab http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-launches-app-lab <p><em>New applications to support the LEED certification process through the LEED Automation Program</em></p> <p>Washington, DC – (Nov. 22, 2011) –The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has launched its online App Lab as part of its LEED Automation Program. The lab launched with eight applications, developed by LEED Automation Partners, and is designed for use with Internet browsers, tablets, smartphones and other devices.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-launches-app-lab" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-launches-app-lab#comments Media Tue, 22 Nov 2011 05:00:00 +0000 Ashley Katz 2606083 at http://www.usgbc.org Campaign Spotlight: Home Grown Initiatives Make Green Building a Win–Win http://www.usgbc.org/articles/campaign-spotlight-home-grown-initiatives-make-green-building-win%E2%80%93win <p>USGBC's 79 volunteer-based chapters are consistently finding new and exciting ways to elevate green building practices and programs. Today, I'll spotlight two chapters, whose creative and proactive advocacy initiatives advance the green building conversation and serve as great examples of how USGBC chapters are advocating for more responsible building practices in their communities.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/campaign-spotlight-home-grown-initiatives-make-green-building-win%E2%80%93win" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/campaign-spotlight-home-grown-initiatives-make-green-building-win%E2%80%93win#comments Advocacy and policy Fri, 18 Nov 2011 05:00:00 +0000 Matt Pearce 2608327 at http://www.usgbc.org “IN A TOUGH ECONOMY, IT’S A REALLY BAD IDEA TO SET FIRE TO MONEY. THAT’S PRETTY MUCH WHAT WE DO WHEN WE WASTE ENERGY.” http://www.usgbc.org/articles/%E2%80%9C-tough-economy-it%E2%80%99s-really-bad-idea-set-fire-money-that%E2%80%99s-pretty-much-what-we-do-when-we-w <p><strong>The Role of Energy Efficiency</strong></p> <p>Now that I have your attention, I will admit that this metaphor is not an original of my own, but rather a provocative and common sense remark made by Peter Molinaro, Vice President of U.S. Government Affairs at the Dow Chemical Company, during a Capitol Hill briefing yesterday on energy efficiency jobs.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/%E2%80%9C-tough-economy-it%E2%80%99s-really-bad-idea-set-fire-money-that%E2%80%99s-pretty-much-what-we-do-when-we-w" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/%E2%80%9C-tough-economy-it%E2%80%99s-really-bad-idea-set-fire-money-that%E2%80%99s-pretty-much-what-we-do-when-we-w#comments Advocacy and policy Tue, 15 Nov 2011 05:00:00 +0000 Maggie Comstock 2608340 at http://www.usgbc.org Greener, More Cohesive, More Vibrant Neighborhoods: Apply Now For Sustainable Communities Grant http://www.usgbc.org/articles/greener-more-cohesive-more-vibrant-neighborhoods-apply-now-sustainable-communities-grant <p>Do you know of a community planning a development project with an eye toward sustainability? Spread the word: A new program providing no-cost technical assistance to select communities could help to turn that vision into action, and the <a href="http://globalgreen.org/leedndtechassist">application</a> is only open until Nov. 23, 6 p.m. PT.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/greener-more-cohesive-more-vibrant-neighborhoods-apply-now-sustainable-communities-grant" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/greener-more-cohesive-more-vibrant-neighborhoods-apply-now-sustainable-communities-grant#comments LEED Tue, 08 Nov 2011 05:00:00 +0000 Meghan Bogaerts 2608343 at http://www.usgbc.org USGBC and GBC Brasil Urge Governments to “Build the Green Economy from the Ground Up” with Submission to Rio +20 Conference http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-and-gbc-brasil-urge-governments-%E2%80%9Cbuild-green-economy-ground-up%E2%80%9D-submission-rio-20-con <p>On Oct. 31, the U.S. Green Building Council and the <a href="http://gbcbrasil.org.br/">Green Building Council Brasil</a> submitted a joint position paper on sustainability in the built environment for consideration of governments around the world and the U.N. governing body heading up next year's UN Conference on Sustainable Development, <a href="http://www.uncsd2012.org/rio20/">Rio+20</a>.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-and-gbc-brasil-urge-governments-%E2%80%9Cbuild-green-economy-ground-up%E2%80%9D-submission-rio-20-con" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-and-gbc-brasil-urge-governments-%E2%80%9Cbuild-green-economy-ground-up%E2%80%9D-submission-rio-20-con#comments Advocacy and policy Tue, 08 Nov 2011 05:00:00 +0000 Maggie Comstock 2608346 at http://www.usgbc.org “Green Jobs” Versus “Jobs”? – It’s Not a Competition; They’re One in the Same http://www.usgbc.org/articles/%E2%80%9Cgreen-jobs%E2%80%9D-versus-%E2%80%9Cjobs%E2%80%9D-%E2%80%93-it%E2%80%99s-not-competition-they%E2%80%99re-one-same <p>On Oct. 26, USGBC participated in a salon on green jobs and economic growth, hosted by <a href="http://planetforward.org/">Planet Forward</a>. The high-level discussion included U.S. government representatives from several agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Energy, Department of Defense, Department of Labor, and more. Private sector interests, local government representatives and non-profit organizations were also present. The overarching themes of the roundtable were: <ul> <li>Where are the jobs in the clean energy economy?</li> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/%E2%80%9Cgreen-jobs%E2%80%9D-versus-%E2%80%9Cjobs%E2%80%9D-%E2%80%93-it%E2%80%99s-not-competition-they%E2%80%99re-one-same" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/%E2%80%9Cgreen-jobs%E2%80%9D-versus-%E2%80%9Cjobs%E2%80%9D-%E2%80%93-it%E2%80%99s-not-competition-they%E2%80%99re-one-same#comments Advocacy and policy Mon, 31 Oct 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Maggie Comstock 2608476 at http://www.usgbc.org Senators Urge Deficit Commission to Increase Federal Building Efficiency http://www.usgbc.org/articles/senators-urge-deficit-commission-increase-federal-building-efficiency <p>As the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction (JSCDR) continues deliberation on how to provide long term reduction to the national debt, nine Senators, led by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (RI), urged the select committee to adopt a litany of cost saving measures that would make the federal government more effective and reduce federal tax payers' obligation to ineffective building operations.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/senators-urge-deficit-commission-increase-federal-building-efficiency" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/senators-urge-deficit-commission-increase-federal-building-efficiency#comments Advocacy and policy Wed, 26 Oct 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Bryan Howard 2608495 at http://www.usgbc.org Energy efficiency financing has potential to soar from $20 to $150 billion annually, creating over one million American jobs, according to new report http://www.usgbc.org/articles/energy-efficiency-financing-has-potential-soar-20-150-billion-annually-creating-over-one-mi <p><em>Mobilizing large-scale financing by public sector is key to reducing emissions and saving businesses, households money</em></p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/energy-efficiency-financing-has-potential-soar-20-150-billion-annually-creating-over-one-mi" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/energy-efficiency-financing-has-potential-soar-20-150-billion-annually-creating-over-one-mi#comments Media Wed, 26 Oct 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Ashley Katz 2606109 at http://www.usgbc.org Good News Coming from Charlotte with Declaration of Sustainability Week http://www.usgbc.org/articles/good-news-coming-charlotte-declaration-sustainability-week <p>In a continued demonstration of leadership by the City of Charlotte, Mayor Anthony Foxx has signed a proclamation declaring this week as Environmental Sustainability Week in Charlotte. This recent act joins the extensive list of accomplishments by the City and Mecklenburg County to promote sustainability. The <a href="http://www.usgbccrc.org/news/75659/">resolution</a> highlights a number of important environmental strategies, including the role of green buildings in conserving natural resources and reducing operating utility cost for consumers and businesses.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/good-news-coming-charlotte-declaration-sustainability-week" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/good-news-coming-charlotte-declaration-sustainability-week#comments Advocacy and policy Community Tue, 25 Oct 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Bryan Howard 2608498 at http://www.usgbc.org USGBC President Rick Fedrizzi Elected Chair of World Green Building Council http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-president-rick-fedrizzi-elected-chair-world-green-building-council <p><em>Fedrizzi steps up in organization's tenth year, with plans to strengthen and grow local councils, raise voice and visibility of global coalition</em></p> <p>Washington, DC – (Oct. 24, 2011) – Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has been elected chair of the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC). The WorldGBC is a coalition of green building councils from 89 countries around the world.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-president-rick-fedrizzi-elected-chair-world-green-building-council" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-president-rick-fedrizzi-elected-chair-world-green-building-council#comments Media Mon, 24 Oct 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Ashley Katz 2606113 at http://www.usgbc.org New Leader at the Helm of WorldGBC http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-leader-helm-worldgbc <p><strong>Toronto, Canada, Monday 3 October 2011:</strong> The World Green Building Council(WorldGBC) has appointed Rick Fedrizzi to the position of chairman, following the annual general meeting today.</p> <p>President, CEO and Founding Chair of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), Fedrizzi leads the world's largest national green building council. Under his direction, USGBC has undertaken a far-reaching agenda that has more than tripled its membership and broadened its influence.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-leader-helm-worldgbc" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-leader-helm-worldgbc#comments Media Mon, 03 Oct 2011 04:00:00 +0000 2606193 at http://www.usgbc.org Code Guidance for Greener Homes: One Last Shot for the 2012-IGCC http://www.usgbc.org/articles/code-guidance-greener-homes-one-last-shot-2012-igcc <p>If you've followed the development of the International Green Construction Code, you'd know that the code's coverage of low-rise residential buildings has been knocked around like a punching bag. First it was in. But since it was incorporated by reference and the development committee couldn't touch it, the residential content meshed neither with the new code's intent nor with its technical elements. Then it was pulled out. Then, most recently, it was not voted back in… and with this current, last round of opportunity, there's one final chance to put it back in, and do it right.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/code-guidance-greener-homes-one-last-shot-2012-igcc" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/code-guidance-greener-homes-one-last-shot-2012-igcc#comments Advocacy and policy Industry Mon, 26 Sep 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Jeremy Sigmon 2608541 at http://www.usgbc.org Changing the World One Commitment at a Time http://www.usgbc.org/articles/changing-world-one-commitment-time <p><em>No power on Earth can stop an idea whose time has come. </em><br /> – Victor Hugo</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/changing-world-one-commitment-time" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/changing-world-one-commitment-time#comments Community Fri, 23 Sep 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Rick Fedrizzi 2608550 at http://www.usgbc.org Empire State Building and Tony Malkin Recognized as Leaders in Energy Efficiency http://www.usgbc.org/articles/empire-state-building-and-tony-malkin-recognized-leaders-energy-efficiency <p><a href="http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/plehner/empire_state_building_and_tony.html" target="new">Reposted from switchboard.nrdc.org »</a><br /> By: <strong>Peter Lehner</strong>, Executive Director, NRDC</p> <p> Last week the Empire State Building received the LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The award confirms what so many of us already know: This iconic skyscraper has become a model of energy efficiency and sustainability, and it is thanks to the dedication of its owner, Tony Malkin.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/empire-state-building-and-tony-malkin-recognized-leaders-energy-efficiency" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/empire-state-building-and-tony-malkin-recognized-leaders-energy-efficiency#comments LEED Fri, 23 Sep 2011 04:00:00 +0000 2608557 at http://www.usgbc.org World Green Building Week Kicks off Across the Globe http://www.usgbc.org/articles/world-green-building-week-kicks-across-globe <p><em>USGBC joins countries celebrating green building &amp; communities</em></p> <p>Washington, DC – (September 20, 2011) – Countries around the world are kicking off World Green Building Week, and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is doing its part by helping move the green economy debate forward, locally and globally, through its participation in a series of events this fall. As a whole, the events support USGBC's efforts to make green cities and buildings pillars of sustainable economic development in all regions of the world.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/world-green-building-week-kicks-across-globe" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/world-green-building-week-kicks-across-globe#comments Media Tue, 20 Sep 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Taryn Holowka 2606227 at http://www.usgbc.org The President, the Packers, and Winning One for the American People http://www.usgbc.org/articles/president-packers-and-winning-one-american-people <p>I found myself sitting at the kitchen table last night, long after the President and the Packers were done.</p> <p>The Packers won. What was keeping me up was the thought that the country might actually be able to <a href="https://www.usgbc.org/ShowFile.aspx?DocumentID=10243" target="new">pull our own victory</a> out of what has been increasingly feeling like an end-of-the-fourth-quarter goal-line stand</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/president-packers-and-winning-one-american-people" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/president-packers-and-winning-one-american-people#comments Community Fri, 09 Sep 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Rick Fedrizzi 2608596 at http://www.usgbc.org Clean Energy and Conservation the Silver Bullet the American Economy Needs http://www.usgbc.org/articles/clean-energy-and-conservation-silver-bullet-american-economy-needs <p>One day the history books could say that the Obama Administration's stimulus package of 2009 saved the nation from deep and irreparable financial collapse. But one thing we know right now is that the historic $90 billion investment in clean energy was a significant policy decision for unleashing critical market forces and helping ignite a nascent clean energy economy—a decision that continues to pay clear dividends.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/clean-energy-and-conservation-silver-bullet-american-economy-needs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/clean-energy-and-conservation-silver-bullet-american-economy-needs#comments Advocacy and policy Fri, 02 Sep 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Maggie Comstock 2608601 at http://www.usgbc.org A New Generation of Leadership: USGBC Emerging Professionals http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-generation-leadership-usgbc-emerging-professionals <p><strong>Mariah Howard-Porath</strong>, USGBC Emerging Professional, Social Media Coordinator, Earth Day New York </p> <p>Imagine having the ability to gather a village of engineers, architects, designers, lawyers, teachers and advocates of green building practices in one place for a week.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-generation-leadership-usgbc-emerging-professionals" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-generation-leadership-usgbc-emerging-professionals#comments Community Thu, 18 Aug 2011 04:00:00 +0000 2608612 at http://www.usgbc.org States Powering New, Innovative Green Building Policy: A Review of This Year's State Activity http://www.usgbc.org/articles/states-powering-new-innovative-green-building-policy-review-years-state-activity <p>Despite a struggling economy that's putting tough budget constraints on states across the nation, the green building marketplace is driving innovation and competition, creating opportunity for savings and new jobs, and – bold though it may sound – our states are working overtime to help <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rick-fedrizzi/green-building-wins-the-f_b_819583.html" target="new">win the future</a>.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/states-powering-new-innovative-green-building-policy-review-years-state-activity" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/states-powering-new-innovative-green-building-policy-review-years-state-activity#comments Advocacy and policy Wed, 17 Aug 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Jeremy Sigmon 2608961 at http://www.usgbc.org Encouraging Energy Efficiency: A Tax Fix Everyone Can Get Behind http://www.usgbc.org/articles/encouraging-energy-efficiency-tax-fix-everyone-can-get-behind <p>Pretend you are a small business owner. You happen to own the building where your business is housed, which has helped you weather the recession. Things seem to be getting better, and you have the opportunity to make some investments in your company that could really pay off in the long run.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/encouraging-energy-efficiency-tax-fix-everyone-can-get-behind" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/encouraging-energy-efficiency-tax-fix-everyone-can-get-behind#comments Advocacy and policy Mon, 15 Aug 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Lane Burt 2608970 at http://www.usgbc.org Ray Anderson: Great leader of our time passes http://www.usgbc.org/articles/ray-anderson-great-leader-our-time-passes <p>If there was a Dictionary of Green Building, Ray Anderson is whose picture you'd probably see alongside the word "leader." And I'm saddened to hear that he <a href="http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/interface-founder-and-chairman-ray-anderson-visionary-entrepreneur-and-champion-for-the-environment-has-died-at-age-77-127266058.html" target="new">passed away yesterday</a>, losing a heroic 20 month battle with cancer.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/ray-anderson-great-leader-our-time-passes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/ray-anderson-great-leader-our-time-passes#comments Greenbuild Tue, 09 Aug 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Rick Fedrizzi 2608973 at http://www.usgbc.org New Fact Sheet: Principles for reforming the tax deduction for efficient commercial buildings to create 77,000 new jobs and slash energy bills http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-fact-sheet-principles-reforming-tax-deduction-efficient-commercial-buildings-create-770 <p>Today USGBC released a <a href="https://www.usgbc.org/ShowFile.aspx?DocumentID=9726" target="new">fact sheet</a> on the principles for reforming the existing tax deduction for energy efficient commercial buildings, Section 179D, which have united the commercial building industry and environmental advocates in their push to create jobs and slash commercial building energy consumption. These reforms could create 77,000 jobs across the US economy.</p> <p>You can view the fact sheet <a href="https://www.usgbc.org/ShowFile.aspx?DocumentID=9726" target="new">here</a>.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-fact-sheet-principles-reforming-tax-deduction-efficient-commercial-buildings-create-770" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-fact-sheet-principles-reforming-tax-deduction-efficient-commercial-buildings-create-770#comments Advocacy and policy Industry Thu, 21 Jul 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Lane Burt 2609011 at http://www.usgbc.org Code Cracking 101: Yes, You Can Help Update Standard 189.1 http://www.usgbc.org/articles/code-cracking-101-yes-you-can-help-update-standard-1891 <p>As I mentioned in my last post, <a href="http://usgbcblog.blogspot.com/2011/07/its-green-building-code-standard-and.html" target="new">it's public review season</a> for green building codes, standards and rating systems! Released in early 2010 as a fully-published <a href="http://www.ansi.org/about_ansi/introduction/introduction.aspx?menuid=1" target="new">ANSI standard</a>, Standard 189.1* has been something of a constant amidst the past year's public review process for the International Green Construction Code (IGCC).</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/code-cracking-101-yes-you-can-help-update-standard-1891" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/code-cracking-101-yes-you-can-help-update-standard-1891#comments Advocacy and policy Tue, 19 Jul 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Jeremy Sigmon 2609012 at http://www.usgbc.org Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Advances USGBC-Supported Building Efficiency Measure http://www.usgbc.org/articles/senate-energy-and-natural-resources-committee-advances-usgbc-supported-building-efficiency- <p>On Thursday, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee took the next step in advancing key building efficiency legislation by reporting favorably S. 1000, the "Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act," introduced by Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) to the Senate.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/senate-energy-and-natural-resources-committee-advances-usgbc-supported-building-efficiency-" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/senate-energy-and-natural-resources-committee-advances-usgbc-supported-building-efficiency-#comments Advocacy and policy Industry Sun, 17 Jul 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Bryan Howard 2609013 at http://www.usgbc.org Congressmen Bass and Tonko Seek to Restore Funds to Key Department of Energy Programs http://www.usgbc.org/articles/congressmen-bass-and-tonko-seek-restore-funds-key-department-energy-programs <p><strong>UPDATE:</strong> The amendment <a href="http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2011/roll548.xm" target="new">failed</a>. </p> <p>As Congressional leaders and the Obama Administration continue to negotiate over long term deficit reduction and the raising of the federal deficit ceiling, the U.S. House of Representatives this week is considering the funding for the Energy and Water Appropriations.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/congressmen-bass-and-tonko-seek-restore-funds-key-department-energy-programs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/congressmen-bass-and-tonko-seek-restore-funds-key-department-energy-programs#comments Advocacy and policy Tue, 12 Jul 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Bryan Howard 2609022 at http://www.usgbc.org The House of Representatives Vote on Lighting Efficiency http://www.usgbc.org/articles/house-representatives-vote-lighting-efficiency <p><strong>UPDATE:</strong> The bill, which needed 2/3 to pass, <a href="http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2011/roll563.xml" target="new">failed</a>.</p> <p><strong>UPDATE:</strong> Office of Management and Budget (OMB) <a href="https://www.usgbc.org/ShowFile.aspx?DocumentID=9636" target="new">issues statement</a>, opposes H. R. 2417.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/house-representatives-vote-lighting-efficiency" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/house-representatives-vote-lighting-efficiency#comments Advocacy and policy Mon, 11 Jul 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Bryan Howard 2609024 at http://www.usgbc.org USGBC President, CEO and Founding Chair Rick Fedrizzi Commends President Obama for Launching the Better Buildings Challenge http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-president-ceo-and-founding-chair-rick-fedrizzi-commends-president-obama-launching-bet <p>I want to commend and congratulate President Obama today for launching the <a href="http://www1.eere.energy.gov/buildings/betterbuildings/">Better Buildings Challenge,</a> a White House driven program that will ramp up significant commitments to green building. Once again, the President is taking action and inspiring action in the building industry so we can seize the tremendous opportunity in green buildings.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-president-ceo-and-founding-chair-rick-fedrizzi-commends-president-obama-launching-bet" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-president-ceo-and-founding-chair-rick-fedrizzi-commends-president-obama-launching-bet#comments Industry LEED Community Thu, 30 Jun 2011 04:00:00 +0000 2609025 at http://www.usgbc.org How President Clinton Lifted Green Building onto the National Agenda http://www.usgbc.org/articles/how-president-clinton-lifted-green-building-national-agenda <p><em>Forging green building market solutions and partnerships that save energy, save money and create jobs</em></p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/how-president-clinton-lifted-green-building-national-agenda" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/how-president-clinton-lifted-green-building-national-agenda#comments Advocacy and policy Industry Wed, 29 Jun 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Jason Hartke 2609026 at http://www.usgbc.org Green Building Codes: New Regulatory Approaches Set Sights on Compliance for the Future http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-building-codes-new-regulatory-approaches-set-sights-compliance-future <p><em>First printed in the spring 2011 issue of <a href="http://www.nxtbook.com/dawson/greenroofs/lam_2011spring/" target="new">Living Architecture Monitor</a></em><br /> (Volume 13, No. 2)</p> <p>Now that summer is in full swing, we are all hoping for a bit of calm and relaxation. But kicking off your shoes now may put you behind in the fast-paced green building policy race that has – month after month – continued to increase in speed and momentum since last year's exciting launch of a new set of regulatory tools.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-building-codes-new-regulatory-approaches-set-sights-compliance-future" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-building-codes-new-regulatory-approaches-set-sights-compliance-future#comments Advocacy and policy Industry Tue, 28 Jun 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Jeremy Sigmon 2609027 at http://www.usgbc.org A Building Worthy of the Green Revolution http://www.usgbc.org/articles/building-worthy-green-revolution <p>Before the green building movement that USGBC helped launch roughly 20 years ago, the seeds of another profound international green movement had been planted to fundamentally transform our ability to feed the world.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/building-worthy-green-revolution" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/building-worthy-green-revolution#comments LEED Community Wed, 22 Jun 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Jason Hartke 2609030 at http://www.usgbc.org An Integrated Approach to Solving Interconnected Challenges http://www.usgbc.org/articles/integrated-approach-solving-interconnected-challenges <p>The Institute of Medicine's recently released <a href="http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=13115" target="new">report</a> highlights the critical interrelationships that exist as our society struggles with the global and local impacts of climate change. While the report focuses specifically on the potentially negative human health impacts associated with efforts to lower carbon emissions from the built environment, we are confident that the report authors understand that interconnected problems cannot be solved in isolation of one and other.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/integrated-approach-solving-interconnected-challenges" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/integrated-approach-solving-interconnected-challenges#comments LEED Tue, 14 Jun 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Brendan Owens 2609032 at http://www.usgbc.org New Report: Better Buildings = 114,000 New Jobs http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-report-better-buildings-114000-new-jobs <p>Today USGBC, with our partners at the Real Estate Roundtable and the Natural Resources Defense Council, <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/ShowFile.aspx?DocumentID=9531" target="new">released an analysis</a> conducted by the <a href="http://www.peri.umass.edu/" target="new">Political Economy Research Institute</a> that concludes that President Obama's Better Buildings Initiative (BBI) will create over 114,000 jobs.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-report-better-buildings-114000-new-jobs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-report-better-buildings-114000-new-jobs#comments Advocacy and policy Mon, 13 Jun 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Lane Burt 2609034 at http://www.usgbc.org USGBC Supported Legislation Highlighted in Senate Energy Hearing http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-supported-legislation-highlighted-senate-energy-hearing <p>Today the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee continued its efforts to craft energy legislation that can gain bipartisan support in the Senate by hearing testimony on key green building and efficiency legislation.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-supported-legislation-highlighted-senate-energy-hearing" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-supported-legislation-highlighted-senate-energy-hearing#comments Advocacy and policy Fri, 10 Jun 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Bryan Howard 2609160 at http://www.usgbc.org Learning to Speak Green: Urban Green Council Conference Highlights Successful Green Messaging http://www.usgbc.org/articles/learning-speak-green-urban-green-council-conference-highlights-successful-green-messaging <p>Ever feel tongue tied when you are out there advocating for green buildings? </p> <p>How do you explain the environmental, health and financial benefits of green buildings to the media? To your mom? What about to a local union rep, or a school teacher? <em>What kind of story do you tell? </em></p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/learning-speak-green-urban-green-council-conference-highlights-successful-green-messaging" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/learning-speak-green-urban-green-council-conference-highlights-successful-green-messaging#comments Industry Mon, 06 Jun 2011 04:00:00 +0000 2609166 at http://www.usgbc.org Building Industry and Environmentalists to Congress: This is How to Encourage Better Buildings http://www.usgbc.org/articles/building-industry-and-environmentalists-congress-how-encourage-better-buildings <p>A few weeks ago USGBC, along with the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Real Estate Roundtable, spearheaded the development of a <a href="https://www.usgbc.org/ShowFile.aspx?DocumentID=9477" target="new">letter sent to several key Senators</a> on proposed changes to the tax deduction for energy-efficient commercial facilities, as put forth by President Obama as a component of the Better Buildings Initiative.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/building-industry-and-environmentalists-congress-how-encourage-better-buildings" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/building-industry-and-environmentalists-congress-how-encourage-better-buildings#comments Advocacy and policy Mon, 06 Jun 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Lane Burt 2609167 at http://www.usgbc.org How Stringent Should a First-Ever Model Green Construction Code Be? http://www.usgbc.org/articles/how-stringent-should-first-ever-model-green-construction-code-be <p>You can probably guess that the question of "how far to go?" with this first-of-its-kind national model green construction code attracts a lot of varied answers. In fact, this may be the biggest and most unanswered question surrounding green building code development.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/how-stringent-should-first-ever-model-green-construction-code-be" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/how-stringent-should-first-ever-model-green-construction-code-be#comments Advocacy and policy Thu, 26 May 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Jeremy Sigmon 2609169 at http://www.usgbc.org IGCC Undergoes Second Round of Public Hearings http://www.usgbc.org/articles/igcc-undergoes-second-round-public-hearings <p>I spent a little more than two days in Dallas this week at the public hearings for the International Green Construction Code. You, too, can tune in and <a href="http://www.iccsafe.org/cs/codes/webcast/Pages/default.aspx?r=webcast">watch them online</a>. You may want to have the <a href="http://www.iccsafe.org/cs/codes/webcast/Pages/default.aspx?r=webcast" target="new">reference material</a> handy and – unless you find this stuff as interesting as I do – some toothpicks for your eyelids and a big cup of coffee.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/igcc-undergoes-second-round-public-hearings" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/igcc-undergoes-second-round-public-hearings#comments Advocacy and policy Thu, 19 May 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Jeremy Sigmon 2609176 at http://www.usgbc.org A Step Toward Utopia: Green Building in Australia and New Zealand http://www.usgbc.org/articles/step-toward-utopia-green-building-australia-and-new-zealand <p>I am doubly blessed and privileged to have both a green job and a globally focused role at USGBC. The increasingly world-wide green building community is making the planet feel a lot smaller and more hospitable these days to those committed to the mission of USGBC and like-minded groups. A trip I took to New Zealand and Australia last month highlighted that reality in a very vivid way.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/step-toward-utopia-green-building-australia-and-new-zealand" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/step-toward-utopia-green-building-australia-and-new-zealand#comments Advocacy and policy Industry Mon, 09 May 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Roger Platt 2609185 at http://www.usgbc.org Members of Congress Weigh In On Green Schools http://www.usgbc.org/articles/members-congress-weigh-green-schools <p>Earlier this week, Representatives Jim Matheson (UT-2) and Ben Chandler (KY-6), Co-Chairs of the <a href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/caucus" target="new">Congressional Green Schools Caucus</a>, shared a letter with their colleagues in support of green schools. Representative Matheson noted, "As we debate the budget and seek fiscal reform at the local, state, and federal levels, we want to highlight one area where taxpayers are seeing a significant return on their investment: green building, particularly green schools." </p> <p>Read the full letter below.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/members-congress-weigh-green-schools" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/members-congress-weigh-green-schools#comments Advocacy and policy Center for Green Schools Tue, 19 Apr 2011 04:00:00 +0000 2609190 at http://www.usgbc.org Federal Shutdown Looming: Government Efficiency Continues to be Whipping Boy in House Budget Debate http://www.usgbc.org/articles/federal-shutdown-looming-government-efficiency-continues-be-whipping-boy-house-budget-debat <p>With negotiations between the House and Senate failing to reach a breakthrough over a six-month spending bill for the rest of fiscal year 2011 (FY11), Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) and House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY) have released a bill that includes a one-week measure that includes $12 billion in cuts.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/federal-shutdown-looming-government-efficiency-continues-be-whipping-boy-house-budget-debat" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/federal-shutdown-looming-government-efficiency-continues-be-whipping-boy-house-budget-debat#comments Advocacy and policy Sat, 16 Apr 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Bryan Howard 2609395 at http://www.usgbc.org Final Budget Deal is Still Thin on Important Funding for Green Building http://www.usgbc.org/articles/final-budget-deal-still-thin-important-funding-green-building <p>Late last week, in an effort to avoid the first shutdown of the federal government in 16 years, the Obama administration and Congress agreed on a framework to fund the government for the rest of the fiscal year 2011 (FY11). The broader details of the legislation (scheduled for a vote later this week) have only recently been released.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/final-budget-deal-still-thin-important-funding-green-building" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/final-budget-deal-still-thin-important-funding-green-building#comments Advocacy and policy Fri, 15 Apr 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Bryan Howard 2609192 at http://www.usgbc.org Gridlock on Government Spending as the House and Senate Duel Over Funding Cuts http://www.usgbc.org/articles/gridlock-government-spending-house-and-senate-duel-over-funding-cuts <p>On Wednesday, the United States Senate failed to break a stalemate on dueling proposals to fund operations of the federal government through the rest of the fiscal year.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/gridlock-government-spending-house-and-senate-duel-over-funding-cuts" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/gridlock-government-spending-house-and-senate-duel-over-funding-cuts#comments Advocacy and policy Fri, 11 Mar 2011 05:00:00 +0000 Bryan Howard 2609436 at http://www.usgbc.org Green Building on the Chopping Block in House Spending Measure http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-building-chopping-block-house-spending-measure <p>Representing one of the first significant acts of the new Republican majority, the House of Representatives is poised to pass a bill that would cut federal government programs by over $61 billion. There is no question that with the spiraling federal deficit, Congress <em>does</em> need to cut wasteful, duplicative and outdated programs - but let's take a look at some of the good federal programs that the House is considering to devastate or eliminate.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-building-chopping-block-house-spending-measure" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-building-chopping-block-house-spending-measure#comments Advocacy and policy Tue, 22 Feb 2011 05:00:00 +0000 Bryan Howard 2609459 at http://www.usgbc.org Congressional Outlook Uncertain, but Executive Branch Opportunity Abounds http://www.usgbc.org/articles/congressional-outlook-uncertain-executive-branch-opportunity-abounds <p>There has been a whole lot of negative talk about the prospects for energy, climate or other significant legislation coming out of our newly divided Congress, and that is not the best news for the green building industry. However, this does not imply that green building advocates should pack up and go home – in fact, it means quite the contrary.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/congressional-outlook-uncertain-executive-branch-opportunity-abounds" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/congressional-outlook-uncertain-executive-branch-opportunity-abounds#comments Advocacy and policy Tue, 15 Feb 2011 05:00:00 +0000 Lane Burt 2609463 at http://www.usgbc.org Rick Fedrizzi on Winning the Future http://www.usgbc.org/articles/rick-fedrizzi-winning-future <p>Read USGBC Founding Chairman Rick Fedrizzi's piece on President Obama's Better Buildings Initiative<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rick-fedrizzi/green-building-wins-the-f_b_819583.html" target="new"> in the The Huffington Post</a>:</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/rick-fedrizzi-winning-future" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/rick-fedrizzi-winning-future#comments Advocacy and policy Community Fri, 11 Feb 2011 20:03:45 +0000 2609465 at http://www.usgbc.org Keeping Ahead of Tenant Demand with LEED http://www.usgbc.org/articles/keeping-ahead-tenant-demand-leed <p><a href="https://www.usgbc.org/ShowFile.aspx?DocumentID=8913" target="new"><strong>Jack Beuttell</strong></a>, LEEP® AP<br /> Global Sustainability Manager<br /> <a href="http://www.hines.com/about/sustainability/" target="new">Hines</a></p> <p>One month ago Hines recertified 717 Texas, a Class A office building in downtown Houston. It had originally been certified to the Silver level in 2009, but after two years, we ratcheted its performance up to Platinum, even as the LEED rating system grew more stringent.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/keeping-ahead-tenant-demand-leed" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/keeping-ahead-tenant-demand-leed#comments Industry Fri, 11 Feb 2011 05:00:00 +0000 2609466 at http://www.usgbc.org