Initiatives articles http://www.usgbc.org/articles/initiatives en Thank you, Holland sisters! http://www.usgbc.org/articles/thank-you-holland-sisters <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 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/holland_sisters.jpg?1402435871" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><span>Big thanks to the Holland sisters, who met their goal and raised $25,000 for&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/projecthaiti" target="_blank">Project Haiti</a>.&nbsp;Over the last six months,&nbsp;Kylie (14), Devon (13) and Piper (11) Holland worked tirelessly to promote&nbsp;</span><em>Invitation to Dream--</em>a collection of cool bedtime ballads sung by sister Devon<em>.&nbsp;</em><strong>100% of the profits&nbsp;</strong>from CD sales went directly towards Project Haiti, and have helped us get closer to our goal of breaking ground on&nbsp;what will be the first&nbsp;LEED-certified<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/thank-you-holland-sisters" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/thank-you-holland-sisters#comments Initiatives Tue, 10 Jun 2014 21:32:09 +0000 Ashley Katz 4757935 at http://www.usgbc.org Meet the Cool Congregations Challenge winners http://www.usgbc.org/articles/meet-cool-congregations-challenge-winners <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 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/AndrewsEnvStewards.jpg?1398192749" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The spring season is upon us and themes of regeneration and restoring the Earth are fresh in our minds. What better time to celebrate the winners of Interfaith Power &amp; Light&rsquo;s (IPL)&nbsp;<a href="http://www.coolcongregations.org/cool-congregations-challenge-winners/">Cool Congregations Challenge</a>? Earlier this year, USGBC's partner organization invited people of faith across the country to share what they&rsquo;re doing in response to climate change by entering the Cool Congregations Challenge. There were so many great entries that the decision was tough!&nbsp;</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/meet-cool-congregations-challenge-winners" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/meet-cool-congregations-challenge-winners#comments Initiatives Tue, 22 Apr 2014 17:10:24 +0000 Ryan P. Snow 4683949 at http://www.usgbc.org An invitation to dream http://www.usgbc.org/articles/invitation-dream-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" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_promo_1.jpg?1387227625" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>During a season when most kids are carefully crafting their wish lists for the holidays, Kylie (14), Devon (13) and Piper (11) Holland are asking for one BIG gift from us all&mdash;to help them raise $250,000 to put towards USGBC's <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/projecthaiti" target="_blank">Project Haiti</a>, what will be the first&nbsp;LEED-certified orphanage in the world.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/invitation-dream-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/invitation-dream-0#comments Initiatives Mon, 16 Dec 2013 21:00:24 +0000 Marisa Long 4456846 at http://www.usgbc.org Scholarship recipients in their own words http://www.usgbc.org/articles/scholarship-recipients-their-own-words <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">6 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/cityscape.jpg?1386366540" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Week before last, over 200 individuals came together to inspire each other with their efforts and dedication to bringing sustainability to low-income and underserved communities. They joined us from across the country, and even some from other parts of the world, to learn about the way that the community leaders in Philadelphia deliver equitable access to healthy homes and neighborhoods, and how high-impact projects can solve complex urban environmental problems that put low-income communities first.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/scholarship-recipients-their-own-words" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/scholarship-recipients-their-own-words#comments Greenbuild Initiatives Fri, 06 Dec 2013 21:49:20 +0000 Clare Rosenberger 4438048 at http://www.usgbc.org An Invitation to Dream http://www.usgbc.org/articles/invitation-dream <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 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="Photo Credit: Marisa Long" alt="Photo Credit: Marisa Long" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/HOK%20Haiti%20blog%20sized%20picture.jpg?1384890808" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Dear Dreamers: &nbsp;</p> <p>We are the Holland sisters, Kylie (14), Devon (13) and Piper (11).&nbsp; We believe kids can make a difference in the world and age doesn&rsquo;t limit a person&rsquo;s ability to have ideas, make plans, take action and help others.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/invitation-dream" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/invitation-dream#comments Initiatives Tue, 19 Nov 2013 19:53:28 +0000 4393089 at http://www.usgbc.org Habitat Connect and Learn at Greenbuild http://www.usgbc.org/articles/habitat-connect-and-learn-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" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/sspc83_0.png?1384352886" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>USGBC is proud to support habitat and open space protection.<span>USGBC has teamed up with&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.nfwf.org/">The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation</a><span>&nbsp;(NFWF) to&nbsp;</span>release a new pilot credit, SSpc83: Pilot ACP for Site Development &ndash; Protect or Restore Habitat.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/credits/sspc83">SSpc83</a>, allows a new pathway for projects to achieve offsite land use mitigation.&nbsp;</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/habitat-connect-and-learn-greenbuild" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/habitat-connect-and-learn-greenbuild#comments LEED Wed, 13 Nov 2013 14:28:06 +0000 Sam Glass 4371424 at http://www.usgbc.org NFWF & USGBC: Working together to protect the great outdoors http://www.usgbc.org/articles/nfwf-usgbc-working-together-protect-great-outdoors <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_nfwf_1.jpg?1383246336" /> </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/whoopingcranes1_0.jpg?1383246292" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="374" height="250" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Florida-Panther-6531.jpg?1383246297" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>To solve the problems that threaten the survival of America&rsquo;s wildlife and their habitats, we need to explore creative partnerships that bring new resources to the challenge. That&rsquo;s why the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) is pleased to welcome the U.S. Green Building Council as a vital new partner in the conservation effort. USGBC has built an international reputation for promoting voluntary programs that catalyze green building around the world.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/nfwf-usgbc-working-together-protect-great-outdoors" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/nfwf-usgbc-working-together-protect-great-outdoors#comments Initiatives LEED Thu, 31 Oct 2013 19:05:35 +0000 David ONeill 2775835 at http://www.usgbc.org Moving on Up: The Growth of Green Affordable Housing http://www.usgbc.org/articles/moving-growth-green-affordable-housing <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">28 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" title="Photo credit: USGBC " alt="Photo credit: USGBC " src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/OakSt_1_cover_0_0.jpg?1382994292" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>There has been a lot of talk recently on both the national and local levels about the value, applicability, and overall effectiveness of third-party green rating systems. To frame our understanding, we can start by looking at the impact that third-party rating systems, like LEED, are having in the transformation of the housing development landscape, especially in affordable housing.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/moving-growth-green-affordable-housing" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/moving-growth-green-affordable-housing#comments Greenbuild Mon, 28 Oct 2013 21:05:34 +0000 Tommy Linstroth 2773273 at http://www.usgbc.org The case for habitat protection - benefits to the economy and human health http://www.usgbc.org/articles/case-habitat-protection-benefits-economy-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" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/feature_conservation_0.jpg?1382648937" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Building green is one of the most important tenets in creating a sustainable future. In less than fifteen years, LEED has grown from a vision among a small group of committed environmentalist to a global force that certifies thousands of green buildings per year. Perhaps one reason for LEED&rsquo;s rapid growth is that green building is embraced by individuals of all walks of life, and across the political spectrum.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/case-habitat-protection-benefits-economy-and-human-health" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/case-habitat-protection-benefits-economy-and-human-health#comments Initiatives Thu, 24 Oct 2013 21:08:57 +0000 Sam Glass 2772548 at http://www.usgbc.org Innovative affordable housing in the City of Brotherly Love http://www.usgbc.org/articles/innovative-affordable-housing-city-brotherly-love <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">16 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/connelly_0.jpg?1381928337" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The country&rsquo;s first LEED ND Platinum project will be featured on a <a href="http://www.greenbuildexpo.org/education/green-building-tours.aspx" target="_blank">tour during Greenbuild 2013</a> in Philadelphia, along with several other innovative projects that are making green housing accessible and affordable.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/innovative-affordable-housing-city-brotherly-love" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/innovative-affordable-housing-city-brotherly-love#comments Greenbuild Wed, 16 Oct 2013 13:00:16 +0000 Heather Blakeslee 2769657 at http://www.usgbc.org Philadelphia champions kick off of the Affordable Housing Summit http://www.usgbc.org/articles/philadelphia-champions-kick-affordable-housing-summit <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">11 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/Philadelphia_skyline.jpg?1381507316" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Next month we&rsquo;re excited to welcome visitors from around the world to Philadelphia for the <a href="http://www.greenbuildexpo.org/home.aspx" target="_blank">2013 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo</a>.&nbsp;</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/philadelphia-champions-kick-affordable-housing-summit" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/philadelphia-champions-kick-affordable-housing-summit#comments Greenbuild Fri, 11 Oct 2013 16:02:18 +0000 Alex Dews 2768468 at http://www.usgbc.org Protecting America the Beautiful: How LEED helps save nature and habitat http://www.usgbc.org/articles/protecting-america-beautiful-how-leed-helps-save-nature-and-habitat <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"> Case Study </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">4 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_yellowstonesunrise.jpg?1380893293" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Written by Jason Hartke and Sam Glass</em></p> <p>In part, the environmental movement grew out of the great ideas of naturalists who were committed to the goals of nature conservation and habitat protection. Famous documentarian Ken Burns produced an amazing PBS series on the history of our national parks, calling them &ldquo;America&rsquo;s Best Idea.&rdquo; Today, many land conservation groups carry on this mission of protecting <em>America the Beautiful</em> and all of our stunning natural areas and the precious fauna and flora that call it home.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/protecting-america-beautiful-how-leed-helps-save-nature-and-habitat" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/protecting-america-beautiful-how-leed-helps-save-nature-and-habitat#comments LEED Fri, 04 Oct 2013 13:28:43 +0000 Jason Hartke 2766766 at http://www.usgbc.org U.S. Green Building Council to Name Haiti Orphanage in Honor of President Clinton http://www.usgbc.org/articles/us-green-building-council-name-haiti-orphanage-honor-president-clinton <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_4.jpeg?1380121654" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><strong> <em>USGBC Project Haiti to be Called William Jefferson Clinton Children's Center, Aiming for LEED Platinum</em> </strong></p> <p>New York City <span>&mdash;</span> (Sept. 25, 2013) <span>&mdash; Today, U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) President, CEO and Founding Chair Rick Fedrizzi announced that their Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Commitment to Action, a LEED-registered orphanage and children&rsquo;s facility that USGBC will construct in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, will be officially named the </span>William Jefferson Clinton Children's Center<span>. </span></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/us-green-building-council-name-haiti-orphanage-honor-president-clinton" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/us-green-building-council-name-haiti-orphanage-honor-president-clinton#comments Media Wed, 25 Sep 2013 15:11:03 +0000 2764431 at http://www.usgbc.org CNU Charter Award latest accolade for LEED-ND project http://www.usgbc.org/articles/cnu-charter-award-latest-accolade-leed-nd-project <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">5 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_mariposa.jpg?1378397887" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Praise continues to pour in for the Mariposa LEED for Neighborhood Development project as the construction process reaches the halfway point. The Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) awarded an honorable mention to the Denver, Colorado development during this year&rsquo;s Charter Awards selection process.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/cnu-charter-award-latest-accolade-leed-nd-project" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/cnu-charter-award-latest-accolade-leed-nd-project#comments Initiatives Thu, 05 Sep 2013 16:18:44 +0000 Katherine Jones 2754750 at http://www.usgbc.org An Indianapolis neighborhood plans its future http://www.usgbc.org/articles/indianapolis-neighborhood-plans-its-future <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">25 Jun 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_indianapolis.jpg?1372166752" /> </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="563" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/IndianapolisSlideshow_1.jpg?1372166777" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1000" height="750" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/IndianapolisSlideshow_2.jpg?1372166791" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Real estate projects may have slowed over the past few years, but there is a great example in Indianapolis of one development corporation's use of <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/leed/rating-systems/neighborhoods">LEED for Neighborhood Development</a> (LEED-ND), coupled with patience and persistence, to realize their goals. In mid-June a group of USGBC Board members had the chance to tour the community and witness key features of the rating system in action. We were very impressed!</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/indianapolis-neighborhood-plans-its-future" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/indianapolis-neighborhood-plans-its-future#comments Initiatives Tue, 25 Jun 2013 13:28:05 +0000 Ken Potts 2739589 at http://www.usgbc.org USGBC Joins Institute for Professional and Executive Development and Enterprise Community Partners to Co-Host Affordable Housing Summit at Greenbuild http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-joins-institute-professional-and-executive-development-and-enterprise-community-partn <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/Featured_GRB12_0.png?1371066468" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Washington, D.C. &ndash; (June 12, 2013) &ndash; Today, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced it will once again join Enterprise Community Partners (Enterprise) and the Institute for Professional and Executive Development (IPED), an affiliate of Nixon Peabody LLP, to co-host the Affordable Housing Summit at Greenbuild.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-joins-institute-professional-and-executive-development-and-enterprise-community-partn" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-joins-institute-professional-and-executive-development-and-enterprise-community-partn#comments Greenbuild Wed, 12 Jun 2013 19:50:05 +0000 Jacob Kriss 2737337 at http://www.usgbc.org USGBC Chapters Talk Green Schools with Teachers, Parents and Facility Managers http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-chapters-talk-green-schools-teachers-parents-and-facility-managers <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/stephanie-wither/0010748466">Stephanie Wither</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/Photo_6.jpg?1366126200" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>With territories ranked in the top-10 nationally for LEED-certified buildings, USGBC's <a href="http://www.usgbcncr.org/">National Capital Region</a> and <a href="http://www.usgbcmd.org/">Maryland</a> Chapters recently sought to accelerate their impact in schools, where nationally $542 billion will be required over the next 10 years to modernize pre-K through 12th grade infrastructure. 

</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-chapters-talk-green-schools-teachers-parents-and-facility-managers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-chapters-talk-green-schools-teachers-parents-and-facility-managers#comments Community Tue, 16 Apr 2013 15:22:31 +0000 Stephanie Wither 2715918 at http://www.usgbc.org USGBC Missouri Gateway Chapter Uses Technology to Tackle Local Advocacy Challenge

 http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-missouri-gateway-chapter-uses-technology-tackle-local-advocacy-challenge%E2%80%A8%E2%80%A8 <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/cindy-zork/0010736975">Cindy Zork</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/2012septeajeancraigdonmarsh_2-resized.jpg?1364926257" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The St. Louis region provides a unique local advocacy challenge as it is divided into 193 local governments – the largest in the nation (2010 US Census Data) . Taking on this challenge, the <a href="http://new.usgbc.org/chapters/missouri-gateway-chapter">USGBC Missouri Gateway Chapter</a> set out to increase collaboration among organizations that provide sustainability resources to local governments, and assist local governments with their sustainability efforts.

</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-missouri-gateway-chapter-uses-technology-tackle-local-advocacy-challenge%E2%80%A8%E2%80%A8" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-missouri-gateway-chapter-uses-technology-tackle-local-advocacy-challenge%E2%80%A8%E2%80%A8#comments Community Tue, 02 Apr 2013 18:04:24 +0000 Cindy Zork 2709269 at http://www.usgbc.org Calling Passionate, Innovative Emerging Professional Leaders http://www.usgbc.org/articles/calling-passionate-innovative-emerging-professional-leaders <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/ariane-laxo/0010089098">Ariane Laxo</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/dsc_0024-resized.jpg?1363977100" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Are you passionate about a sustainable future? Do you want to make a difference and impact real change in the built environment?</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/calling-passionate-innovative-emerging-professional-leaders" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/calling-passionate-innovative-emerging-professional-leaders#comments Community Fri, 22 Mar 2013 18:29:00 +0000 Ariane Laxo 2705029 at http://www.usgbc.org Mining Electrons: Learning from the Complexities of Capturing Energy Efficiency in Existing Buildings http://www.usgbc.org/articles/mining-electrons-learning-complexities-capturing-energy-efficiency-existing-buildings <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/mick-dalrymple/0010365835">Mick Dalrymple</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/DSC_7524%20resize-wn.jpg?1363885663" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>After more than a dozen years as an active, passionate member of the green building community and USGBC, I’d like to tell you that energy efficiency is easy. The ‘Nega-Watt’ is a beautiful fuel source, but unlocking its full potential has kept me up many sleepless nights. Scaling its potential is a critical pathway to a regenerative future. If financial markets are to be convinced to invest in large energy efficiency loan portfolios, they need to know if the electrons really can be mined predictably.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/mining-electrons-learning-complexities-capturing-energy-efficiency-existing-buildings" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/mining-electrons-learning-complexities-capturing-energy-efficiency-existing-buildings#comments Community Thu, 21 Mar 2013 16:59:59 +0000 Mick Dalrymple 2702550 at http://www.usgbc.org Pittsburgh’s 2030 District Gets Big Business (and Small Business) on Board with Healthy and High Performing Buildings http://www.usgbc.org/articles/pittsburgh%E2%80%99s-2030-district-gets-big-business-and-small-business-board-healthy-and-high-perf <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/leslie-montgomery/0010807324">Leslie Montgomery</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/3845403469_ca84a35fac_b.jpg?1363382824" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Pittsburgh has long worked to overcome its reputation as a steel town. The city has made great progress over the years; it now ranks #14 nationally for the number of LEED-certified buildings, places at the top of many “Most Livable Cities” lists, and boasts an impressive collection of universities with leading sustainability initiatives. The recently launched Pittsburgh 2030 District seeks to continue that momentum and ensure that the city remains a competitive place to live, work, learn, and play for years to come.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/pittsburgh%E2%80%99s-2030-district-gets-big-business-and-small-business-board-healthy-and-high-perf" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/pittsburgh%E2%80%99s-2030-district-gets-big-business-and-small-business-board-healthy-and-high-perf#comments Community Fri, 15 Mar 2013 21:16:04 +0000 Leslie Montgomery 2700605 at http://www.usgbc.org Greening Detroit Public Schools to Reduce Costs and Strengthen Communities http://www.usgbc.org/articles/greening-detroit-public-schools-reduce-costs-and-strengthen-communities <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/alessandra-carreon/0010258235">Alessandra Carreon</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/article_dps.jpg?1363354696" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://detroitk12.org/admin/operations/aux_services/energy_management/">Detroit Public Schools (DPS)</a> is developing a comprehensive Sustainability Management Plan (SMP) to reduce costs, benefit communities, boost student achievement and prepare students for jobs. The SMP has six focus areas: Energy Management, Waste Management and Recycling, Indoor Environment, Outdoor Environment, Transportation, and Student Nutrition. DPS has also recently completed the construction of seven new schools pending LEED certification.

</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/greening-detroit-public-schools-reduce-costs-and-strengthen-communities" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/greening-detroit-public-schools-reduce-costs-and-strengthen-communities#comments Community Wed, 13 Mar 2013 19:36:02 +0000 Alessandra Carreon 2699589 at http://www.usgbc.org Touring the NIST Net-Zero Energy Residential Test Facility with USGBC Maryland http://www.usgbc.org/articles/touring-nist-net-zero-energy-residential-test-facility-usgbc-maryland <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/janice-edwards/0010287111">Janice Edwards</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/NIST%20in%20MD.jpg?1362694238" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The <a href="http://usgbcmd.org/">USGBC Maryland Chapter</a>, under the leadership of Mary Pulcinella, Executive Director, and Nate Robb, Chair, Board of Directors, recently hosted a group of 25 green building enthusiasts for a tour of the <a href="http://www.nist.gov/el/nzertf/net_zero_91212.cfm">Net-Zero Energy Residential Test Facility</a> at the National Institute of Standards &amp; Technology in Gaithersburg, Maryland. In January, the facility received the chapter’s <a href="https://wifi.secure.usgbc.org/logout.html">Wintergreen Award</a>.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/touring-nist-net-zero-energy-residential-test-facility-usgbc-maryland" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/touring-nist-net-zero-energy-residential-test-facility-usgbc-maryland#comments Community Thu, 07 Mar 2013 22:07:28 +0000 Janice Edwards 2697548 at http://www.usgbc.org An Above and Beyond Volunteer Brings a Garden to Life in Hawaii http://www.usgbc.org/articles/above-and-beyond-volunteer-brings-garden-life-hawaii <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/Hawaii.jpg?1362667552" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>This month, Raymond Higa was recognized as one of USGBC’s <a href="http://new.usgbc.org/community/volunteers">Above and Beyond Volunteers</a>, volunteer leaders whose contributions have lead to outstanding achievements.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/above-and-beyond-volunteer-brings-garden-life-hawaii" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/above-and-beyond-volunteer-brings-garden-life-hawaii#comments Community Thu, 07 Mar 2013 14:42:46 +0000 Colin White 2697238 at http://www.usgbc.org This is What Leadership Looks Like: Keshav, Age 8, and Arjun, Age 11 http://www.usgbc.org/articles/what-leadership-looks-keshav-age-8-and-arjun-age-11 <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/afterglow%5B1%5D%5B1%5D.png?1362431310" /> </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="2304" height="3072" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/IMG_1807_1.jpg?1362432554" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="3072" height="2304" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/IMG_1031_0.JPG?1362432591" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Sometimes, inspiration comes from unexpected places. That recently happened to me in the form of two letters. </p> <p>The clever, kind-hearted notes came from brothers Keshav and Arjun, ages 8 and 11. These young men became interested in USGBC’s <a href="http://new.usgbc.org/initiatives/projects/haiti">Project Haiti</a> initiative, dedicating their own money and talents toward the cause.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/what-leadership-looks-keshav-age-8-and-arjun-age-11" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/what-leadership-looks-keshav-age-8-and-arjun-age-11#comments Initiatives Mon, 04 Mar 2013 21:47:43 +0000 Rick Fedrizzi 2696049 at http://www.usgbc.org HOK Team’s $50,000 Donation Brings U.S. Green Building Council’s Project Haiti Closer to Reality http://www.usgbc.org/articles/hok-team%E2%80%99s-50000-donation-brings-us-green-building-council%E2%80%99s-project-haiti-closer-reality <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%20release%20img_2.jpeg?1360176454" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><strong><em>Firm’s Total Donation to Port-au-Prince Orphanage Project Tops $300,000</em></strong></p> <p><strong>Contact:</strong><br /> Corinne Drobot, HOK<br /> 212.981.3754<br /> corinne.drobot@hok.com</p> <p><strong>NEW YORK</strong> – The HOK team that designed the LEED-NC Platinum <strong>King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)</strong> campus in Thuwal, Saudi Arabia, earned a $50,000 internal award. Instead of dividing this money among the team, HOK Science + Technology Director Bill Odell, FAIA, and other project leaders set out to donate the $50,000 to a needy cause.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/hok-team%E2%80%99s-50000-donation-brings-us-green-building-council%E2%80%99s-project-haiti-closer-reality" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/hok-team%E2%80%99s-50000-donation-brings-us-green-building-council%E2%80%99s-project-haiti-closer-reality#comments Initiatives Wed, 06 Feb 2013 19:01:58 +0000 2649046 at http://www.usgbc.org Project Haiti's Seeds of Hope http://www.usgbc.org/articles/project-haitis-seeds-hope <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/bill-hellmuth">Bill Hellmuth, AIA</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="668" height="308" title="Photo credit: Marisa Long" alt="Photo credit: Marisa Long" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/HOK%20Haiti%20blog%20sized%20picture.jpeg?1360166555" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>What do a 5.5 million-square-foot research university in Saudi Arabia and a 6,000-square-foot orphanage in Haiti have in common? Inspired by sustainable architecture on two vastly different scales, their bond will soon help hundreds of children begin their journeys home.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/project-haitis-seeds-hope" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/project-haitis-seeds-hope#comments Initiatives Wed, 06 Feb 2013 16:10:21 +0000 Bill Hellmuth 2648944 at http://www.usgbc.org Green Gives Back in Georgia http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-gives-back-georgia <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/cindy-zork/0010736975">Cindy Zork</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/flavors_of_haiti.jpg?1360771405" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>USGBC Emerging Professionals from the Georgia Chapter galvanized around the idea of “Green Gives Back” this year with a fundraiser to support the Project Haiti Orphanage and Children’s Center.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-gives-back-georgia" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/green-gives-back-georgia#comments Community Fri, 01 Feb 2013 17:47:03 +0000 Cindy Zork 2641562 at http://www.usgbc.org Project Haiti: Best Bike Challenge & Holiday Giving http://www.usgbc.org/articles/project-haiti-best-bike-challenge-holiday-giving <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/kim-kuettel/0010800164">Kim Kuettel</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/projecthaiti.png?1354727020" /> </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="4000" height="3000" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/IMG_0676_3.JPG?1354727283" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Editor's note: We're endlessly grateful to EBS - and all of our donors thus far - for making <a href="/initiatives/projects/haiti">Project Haiti</a> a possibility. We ask you to please consider Project Haiti, USGBC's effort to build a LEED Platinum orphanage and children's center in Port-au-Prince, for your holiday donations. You can text 50555 to give $10 to the initiative (<a href="http://mGive.org/T">full terms</a>) or visit our <a href="/initiatives/projects/haiti">donation page</a> for more information. Happy holidays & sincerest thanks!</em></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/project-haiti-best-bike-challenge-holiday-giving" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/project-haiti-best-bike-challenge-holiday-giving#comments Initiatives Wed, 05 Dec 2012 17:20:45 +0000 Kim Kuettel 2629917 at http://www.usgbc.org Show Your Support for Project Haiti @Greenbuild 2012 http://www.usgbc.org/articles/show-your-support-project-haiti-greenbuild-2012 There are easy ways for Greenbuild attendees to show their support for USGBC’s Project Haiti Orphanage & Children’s Center at this year’s conference. <strong>Text-to-Give</strong> USGBC is excited to offer attendees a convenient way to show their individual support through texting. Simply text <strong>REBUILD</strong> to <strong>50555</strong> to give <strong>$10</strong> to the U.S. Green Building Council. <em>Fine Print: Charges will appear on your wireless bill, or be deducted from your prepaid balance. All purchases must be authorized by account holder.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/show-your-support-project-haiti-greenbuild-2012" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/show-your-support-project-haiti-greenbuild-2012#comments Initiatives Tue, 13 Nov 2012 18:51:46 +0000 Marisa Long 2625958 at http://www.usgbc.org USGBC and Bank of America Announce Winners of 2012 Affordable Green Neighborhoods Grant Program http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-and-bank-america-announce-winners-2012-affordable-green-neighborhoods-grant-program <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%20release%20img_0.jpeg?1352561235" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Washington, DC – (Nov. 9, 2012) – The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and Bank of America Charitable Foundation today announced the 10 projects selected for the 2012 Affordable Green Neighborhoods grant program.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-and-bank-america-announce-winners-2012-affordable-green-neighborhoods-grant-program" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-and-bank-america-announce-winners-2012-affordable-green-neighborhoods-grant-program#comments Initiatives Media Sat, 10 Nov 2012 15:45:17 +0000 Ashley Katz 2625346 at http://www.usgbc.org Emerging Professionals Lead the Charge for Project Haiti http://www.usgbc.org/articles/emerging-professionals-lead-charge-project-haiti <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/cindy-zork/0010736975">Cindy Zork</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/Urban%20Green%20EP%20Project%20Haiti%20Fundraiser.jpg?1350051282" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Following the devastating Haitian earthquake in 2010, USGBC committed to building a LEED Platinum orphanage in Port-au-Prince, providing a safe, healthy and positive future for the children of Haiti. To date, nearly $734,000 has been raised towards the building of the orphanage. Recently, USGBC Emerging Professionals took on the cause, leading fundraising initiatives across the US to help meet the million-dollar fundraising goal.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/emerging-professionals-lead-charge-project-haiti" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/emerging-professionals-lead-charge-project-haiti#comments Community Fri, 12 Oct 2012 15:04:25 +0000 Cindy Zork 2619310 at http://www.usgbc.org 14 Tips for Climbing (and Moving) Mountains http://www.usgbc.org/articles/14-tips-climbing-and-moving-mountains <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/mark-maccracken/0000037209">Mark MacCracken</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="A snapshot of Mark&#039;s Matterhorn expedition" alt="A snapshot of Mark&#039;s Matterhorn expedition" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/matterhornfeature.jpg?1346191792" /> </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="3648" height="2736" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/matterhorn1.jpg?1346191829" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="4176" height="2784" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/matterhorn3_0.jpg?1346191883" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1646" height="1028" title="Another breathtaking view snapped by Mark&#039;s son, Josh" alt="Another breathtaking view snapped by Mark&#039;s son, Josh" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/MacCracken%20Matterhorn%20Climb%208-19-2012%5B1%5D.jpg?1346355982" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Last week, I did something I had only previously dreamed of doing: I climbed the notorious <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matterhorn">Matterhorn</a> and parts of <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mont_Blanc">Mont Blanc</a>. The experience was life-changing and was made even more meaningful by the more than $22,000 I was able to raise for <a href="http://usgbc.org/haiti">USGBC’s Project Haiti</a>.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/14-tips-climbing-and-moving-mountains" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/14-tips-climbing-and-moving-mountains#comments Initiatives Tue, 28 Aug 2012 22:12:05 +0000 Mark MacCracken 2609682 at http://www.usgbc.org Taking Project Haiti Fundraising to New Heights http://www.usgbc.org/articles/taking-project-haiti-fundraising-new-heights <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="Mark with his son, Josh, on a recent climbing expedition" alt="Mark with his son, Josh, on a recent climbing expedition" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/matterhorn.jpg?1346174092" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Mark MacCracken, Immediate Past Chair of <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/DisplayPage.aspx?CMSPageID=2382">USGBC's Board of Directors</a> and CEO of <a href="http://www.calmac.com/">CALMAC Manufacturing Corporation</a>, is embarking on an adventure that’s taken him and his 25-year-old son, Josh, to the Swiss Alps; where they are climbing the Matterhorn, one of the highest peaks in the region, and clearly the most recognizable.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/taking-project-haiti-fundraising-new-heights" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/taking-project-haiti-fundraising-new-heights#comments Initiatives Tue, 21 Aug 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Marisa Long 2609612 at http://www.usgbc.org Q & A with Gina Duncan, Executive Director of Fondation Enfant Jesus http://www.usgbc.org/articles/q-gina-duncan-executive-director-fondation-enfant-jesus <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="FEJ school children being taught how to properly brush their teeth and learning why it&#039;s important." alt="FEJ school children being taught how to properly brush their teeth and learning" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/haiti.jpg?1340243469" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Fondation Enfant Jesus </a> (FEJ) is the non-profit organization that will own and run USGBC’s <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/haiti">Project Haiti</a> Orphanage &amp; Children’s Center. Project Haiti is being rebuilt in the earthquake-stricken Port-au-Prince’s Delmas 41 neighborhood and its impact will go far beyond the walls of the building. The LEED Platinum facility will educate the Haitian people on how to rebuild back better and will provide a safe place for those who need it most.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/q-gina-duncan-executive-director-fondation-enfant-jesus" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/q-gina-duncan-executive-director-fondation-enfant-jesus#comments Initiatives Wed, 06 Jun 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Marisa Long 1735141 at http://www.usgbc.org Creating Green, Affordable Neighborhoods: Get Funded, Get Educated, Get Started http://www.usgbc.org/articles/creating-green-affordable-neighborhoods-get-funded-get-educated-get-started The benefits of green building and smarter neighborhood planning and design should be available to everyone, regardless of household income level. We know that green communities foster good health through walkable streets, transit connectivity and proximity to resources. Green building and infrastructure reduce carbon emissions and conserve energy and resources. Collectively, these green neighborhood features drive community costs down and create cohesive, active settings. Shouldn’t everyone have access to green neighborhoods? Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/creating-green-affordable-neighborhoods-get-funded-get-educated-get-started" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/creating-green-affordable-neighborhoods-get-funded-get-educated-get-started#comments Initiatives Fri, 01 Jun 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Casey Studhalter 1735143 at http://www.usgbc.org USGBC and Bank of America Announce Call for Applications for 2012 Affordable Green Neighborhoods Grant Program http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-and-bank-america-announce-call-applications-2012-affordable-green-neighborhoods-grant <p><em>Program provides funding and resources to ten LEED for Neighborhood Development projects</em></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-and-bank-america-announce-call-applications-2012-affordable-green-neighborhoods-grant" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-and-bank-america-announce-call-applications-2012-affordable-green-neighborhoods-grant#comments Initiatives Media Thu, 24 May 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Barry Sheehan 2605795 at http://www.usgbc.org Who’s Benefitting from Project Haiti? http://www.usgbc.org/articles/who%E2%80%99s-benefitting-project-haiti <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 Marisa Long in Haiti" alt="USGBC&#039;s Marisa Long in Haiti" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/mlong.jpg?1329946217" /> </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="1200" height="1600" title="USGBC&#039;s Marisa Long and Roger Limoges" alt="USGBC&#039;s Marisa Long and Roger Limoges" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/mlong2.jpg?1329946267" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1600" height="1200" title="Lucien Duncan and Manmie" alt="Lucien Duncan and Manmie" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/mlong3.jpg?1329946296" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="1600" height="1200" alt="" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/mlong4.jpg?1329946789" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>As part of the USGBC community, you’ve been introduced to <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/haiti/haiti.html">Project Haiti</a> over the past year. You’ve heard us talk about rebuilding this orphanage and children’s center in Port-au-Prince that was destroyed in the earthquake that devastated the region just over two years ago.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/who%E2%80%99s-benefitting-project-haiti" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/who%E2%80%99s-benefitting-project-haiti#comments Initiatives Wed, 15 Feb 2012 21:28:17 +0000 Marisa Long 1730931 at http://www.usgbc.org From Devastation to Development: How Cincinnati is Working to Change the Haiti Conversation http://www.usgbc.org/articles/devastation-development-how-cincinnati-working-change-haiti-conversation <p>There are certain times and events throughout history that can be described with one word or phrase and require no further explanation. These words instantly evoke a deep sense of meaning, knowledge and even emotion. Words and phrases like: Challenger space shuttle, 9/11 and Columbine all bring to mind catastrophic events that have unfolded right before our eyes. Another word that stirs the emotions of many is Haiti.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/devastation-development-how-cincinnati-working-change-haiti-conversation" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/devastation-development-how-cincinnati-working-change-haiti-conversation#comments Initiatives Fri, 27 Jan 2012 05:00:00 +0000 2608555 at http://www.usgbc.org Where Were You? Haiti After the Earthquake http://www.usgbc.org/articles/where-were-you-haiti-after-earthquake <p>I’ll always remember where I was when I found out about the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti on Jan. 12, 2010. That evening, I was attending an event at the Newseum in Washington, DC, where Brian Williams of NBC News was the guest of honor. As the event was beginning, Mr. Williams stepped on stage and announced to the crowd that a magnitude 7.0 earthquake had just shaken Port au Prince. The reports were just starting to come in, but fatalities were expected to be in the thousands.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/where-were-you-haiti-after-earthquake" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/where-were-you-haiti-after-earthquake#comments Initiatives Thu, 12 Jan 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Sean Fish 2608545 at http://www.usgbc.org Two Years Later: Rebuilding a Resilient Future for Haiti http://www.usgbc.org/articles/two-years-later-rebuilding-resilient-future-haiti-0 <p>Two years ago this week, Haiti was hit by the catastrophic earthquake that killed more than 315,000 people. Today, the work to rebuild this poorest country in the Western Hemisphere has barely gotten started.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/two-years-later-rebuilding-resilient-future-haiti-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/two-years-later-rebuilding-resilient-future-haiti-0#comments Initiatives Wed, 11 Jan 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Rick Fedrizzi 2608542 at http://www.usgbc.org Two Years Later: Rebuilding a Resilient Future for Haiti http://www.usgbc.org/articles/two-years-later-rebuilding-resilient-future-haiti <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="Architectural rendering by HOK, the pro-bono design partner for Project Haiti" alt="Architectural rendering by HOK, the pro-bono design partner for Project Haiti" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/articles-feature.jpg?1327256037" /> </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="4000" height="2472" title="Project Haiti Orphanage and Children&#039;s Center in Port au Prince" alt="Architectural rendering #1 by HOK, the pro-bono design partner for Project Haiti" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Project%20Haiti%20Aerial%20-%20Credit%20-%20HOK.jpg?1327256477" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_slideshow_image" width="4000" height="2472" title="Project Haiti Orphanage and Children&#039;s Center in Port au Prince" alt="Architectural rendering #2 by HOK, the pro-bono design partner for Project Haiti" src="http://www.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Project%20Haiti%20Courtyard%20-%20Credit%20-%20HOK.jpg?1327256635" /> </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/30418720?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-youtube"><div id="media-youtube-1" class="media-youtube"> <div id="media-youtube-default-external-1"> <object type="application/x-shockwave-flash" height="505" width="853" data="https://www.youtube.com/v/C24ttDxtA7U&amp;amp;rel=0&amp;amp;enablejsapi=1&amp;amp;playerapiid=ytplayer&amp;amp;fs=1" id="media-youtube-default-external-object-1"> <param name="movie" value="https://www.youtube.com/v/C24ttDxtA7U&amp;amp;rel=0&amp;amp;enablejsapi=1&amp;amp;playerapiid=ytplayer&amp;amp;fs=1" /> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="sameDomain"/> <param name="quality" value="best"/> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"/> <param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF"/> <param name="scale" value="noScale"/> <param name="salign" value="TL"/> <param name="FlashVars" value="playerMode=embedded" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /> <!-- Fallback content --> <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C24ttDxtA7U"><img src="http://img.youtube.com/vi/C24ttDxtA7U/0.jpg" alt="Rick Fedrizzi on Project Haiti" title="Rick Fedrizzi on Project Haiti" width="853" height="505" /></a> </object> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p>Two years ago this week, Haiti was hit by the catastrophic earthquake that killed more than 315,000 people. Today, the work to rebuild this poorest country in the Western Hemisphere has barely gotten started.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/two-years-later-rebuilding-resilient-future-haiti" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/two-years-later-rebuilding-resilient-future-haiti#comments Initiatives Wed, 11 Jan 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Rick Fedrizzi 1729621 at http://www.usgbc.org HOK Partners With U.S. Green Building Council on Design of New Orphanage and Children's Center in Haiti http://www.usgbc.org/articles/hok-partners-us-green-building-council-design-new-orphanage-and-childrens-center-haiti <p><em>Passive design principles and biomimicry give form to a sustainable, restorative environment for the children of Haiti</em></p> <p>NEW YORK – (Jan. 11, 2012) – HOK is the U.S. Green Building Council's official design partner for Project Haiti, a facility targeting LEED® Platinum certification that will replace a Port-au-Prince orphanage and children's center devastated by the magnitude 7.0 earthquake that rocked Haiti and killed 316,000 people two years ago, on Jan. 12, 2010.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/hok-partners-us-green-building-council-design-new-orphanage-and-childrens-center-haiti" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/hok-partners-us-green-building-council-design-new-orphanage-and-childrens-center-haiti#comments Media Wed, 11 Jan 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Marisa Long 2605924 at http://www.usgbc.org The Best Way to Celebrate a Wedding http://www.usgbc.org/articles/best-way-celebrate-wedding <p>I am incredibly blessed. Among other things, I met my soul mate and I’m about to get married. My mom says it is about time. My fiancée Bethany also feels very lucky… she gets to marry me, after all.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/best-way-celebrate-wedding" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/best-way-celebrate-wedding#comments Initiatives Mon, 09 Jan 2012 05:00:00 +0000 2608533 at http://www.usgbc.org An Affordable Green Neighborhoods Grant Program Recipient is Reimagined in San Francisco http://www.usgbc.org/articles/affordable-green-neighborhoods-grant-program-recipient-reimagined-san-francisco <p>San Francisco's largest public housing site, <a href="http://hope-sf.org/">Sunnydale</a>, is on its way to becoming a thriving, green and vibrant mixed-income community. Recently, its <a href="http://www.vmwp.com/projects/sunnydale-hope-sf-master-plan.php">master plan</a> received conditional approval at the LEED Gold level, one of three major checkpoints on the path to certification as a <a href="http://www.blogger.com/www.usgbc.org/nd">LEED for Neighborhood Development</a> project.<div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/affordable-green-neighborhoods-grant-program-recipient-reimagined-san-francisco" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/affordable-green-neighborhoods-grant-program-recipient-reimagined-san-francisco#comments Initiatives Wed, 30 Nov 2011 05:00:00 +0000 Sophie Lambert 2608314 at http://www.usgbc.org HOK & USGBC Working Together to Build LEED Children's Center in Haiti http://www.usgbc.org/articles/hok-usgbc-working-together-build-leed-childrens-center-haiti <p>USGBC's close collaborators in <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/haiti">Project Haiti</a>, global architectural firm HOK, have published a series of blog entries on their efforts to design the first LEED Platinum orphanage and children's center in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Their pro-bono design efforts have been met with great enthusiasm, but also unique challenges. Read more about the design process for Project Haiti on <a href="http://www.hoklife.com">HOKlife.com</a>.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/hok-usgbc-working-together-build-leed-childrens-center-haiti" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/hok-usgbc-working-together-build-leed-childrens-center-haiti#comments Initiatives LEED Mon, 31 Oct 2011 04:00:00 +0000 2608483 at http://www.usgbc.org Project Haiti Takes Center Stage at Greenbuild 2011 http://www.usgbc.org/articles/project-haiti-takes-center-stage-greenbuild-2011 <p><strong>This is a cross-posted entry from the blog at hoklife.com.<br /> <a href="http://hoklife.com/2011/10/10/project-haiti-takes-center-stage-at-greenbuild-2011/">Access the original entry »</a></strong></p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/project-haiti-takes-center-stage-greenbuild-2011" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/project-haiti-takes-center-stage-greenbuild-2011#comments Greenbuild Initiatives Tue, 18 Oct 2011 04:00:00 +0000 2608518 at http://www.usgbc.org HOK Volunteers Helping USGBC Rebuild Orphanage in Haiti http://www.usgbc.org/articles/hok-volunteers-helping-usgbc-rebuild-orphanage-haiti <p><a href="http://hoklife.com/2011/09/20/hok-volunteers-usgbc-partnering-to-design-childrens-center-in-haiti/">Reposted from HOK Life »</a><br /> <strong>HOK is USGBC's official design partner for Project Haiti</strong></p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/hok-volunteers-helping-usgbc-rebuild-orphanage-haiti" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/hok-volunteers-helping-usgbc-rebuild-orphanage-haiti#comments Initiatives LEED Wed, 21 Sep 2011 04:00:00 +0000 2608561 at http://www.usgbc.org U.S. Green Building Council Makes Commitment at Clinton Global Initiative to Build a New Orphanage and Children’s Center in Haiti http://www.usgbc.org/articles/us-green-building-council-makes-commitment-clinton-global-initiative-build-new-orphanage-an <p><em>Project Haiti to be LEED certified; HOK providing pro bono design services</em></p> <p>New York (Sept. 20, 2011) – The U.S. Green Building Council's Project Haiti announced today at the 2011 Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting that it will build a brand new orphanage and children's center in Haiti as its Commitment to Action.</p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/us-green-building-council-makes-commitment-clinton-global-initiative-build-new-orphanage-an" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.usgbc.org/articles/us-green-building-council-makes-commitment-clinton-global-initiative-build-new-orphanage-an#comments Media Tue, 20 Sep 2011 04:00:00 +0000 Marisa Long 2606253 at http://www.usgbc.org