In the Know with Maggie and Joe: Top 5
Much has been happening with LEED on the international front so let's begin with the the top five things you must know, courtesy of Maggie and Joe.
1. LEED and India
- USGBC executives have returned home from a multi-city tour of India where they met with LEED professionals and customers in New Delhi, Bangalore and Mumbai.
- We also inked a new partnership with The Energy and Resource Institute (TERI) to promote high performing buildings in India. As the Director-General of TERI, Dr. R K Pachauri noted: "TERI and USGBC share common goals in promoting green buildings round the world.” Additional coverage can be found here, here, and here.
- Also, we published the first part of a two-part Q&A series featuring LEED Fellow, Deepa Sathiaram, about the early days of LEED in India and where green building is headed in her home country.
- Finally, LEED India projects may register with LEED Online.
2. Let us be brief
- USGBC launched a real-time data-platform documenting all LEED activity in countries around the world. Our new international market briefs, spearheaded by the lovely and capable Cecilia Shutters, is a fantastic tool to remain informed about the latest on LEED in your country.
3. The latest LEED certifications
4. 'Best Place to Work' in Venezuela?
- That would be the new, LEED-certified VEPICA Sede in Caracas, the first building in Venezuela to achieve LEED certification and a winner of our LEED Earth campaign.
5. Low-volume showers for Elephants?
- A lovely piece by Hannah Wilbur on the new, LEED-certified elephant habitat at the Smithsonian National Zoological Park here in the U.S. The 1930's era building got a significant overhaul, bringing in plenty of natural ventilation and light for the zoo's four Asian elephants and their admirers. A U.S. story, certainly, but one with plenty of global implications when we all consider the profound effects the built environment has on all of us.
Co-pilot Maggie is back next week. Until then!