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We know. "In The Know" took a several week long — unannounced — hiatus. Maggie and I apologize, but we have been working on a number of international efforts that have kept us occupied!

In short, we’re back, so is Mad Men, and we have a tremendous amount to share in the coming weeks.

I was in China (my distraction) with some of USGBC's leadership at the end of March for a series of meetings, a plaque presentation and, most importantly, seeing LEED in motion abroad.

Yes, the smog is China is every bit as bad as reported, if not worse. We spent a fair amount of time meeting with leaders in the region, talking about LEED and our latest version, LEED v4, and the deep emphasis it places on human health. In short, we have a lot of points to address on the connection between our built environment and human health.

‘Green Building: The Exercise of Our Time’ — check out the speech USGBC COO Mahesh Ramanujam delivered in Beijing: “Healthy Buildings and Healthy People: The Next Generation of Green Building.”

A Healthy Hand — USGBC and McGraw Hill Construction are working together on a new study examining the impact of buildings on the health of their occupants. We welcome feedback on this research, so please take a few moments and complete this important survey.

WELL, Isn’t That Special? — The International WELL Building Institute and GBCI announced a formal collaboration to streamline how LEED and WELL work together, demonstrating how green building, health and wellness go hand in hand. GBCI will provide third-party certification for the WELL Building Standard.

Living In a Material World — The materials in our buildings matter and LEED v4 stresses this. As part of the LEED, Materials and Health Initiative, six Senior Materials Research Fellows have joined the team to help deepen the understanding around the effect of materials ingredients on the health of those who interact with the built environment. These fellows have been sharing their perspectives and highlighting the science and policy behind material ingredient transparency and assessment on GBIG’s Insight blog.

What’s It All About, LEED? — My colleague Nora Knox has the goods on next steps for folks who recently became LEED professionals, as well as a nice snapshot of the changing LEED landscape here.

More Relevant! More Regional! More Local! — Sean Fish has the details on LEED’s continued local applicability across the globe. Members of the LEED International Roundtable have been hard at work identifying LEED Regional and Priority Credits that address many of the most pressing issues in their respective countries.

Yes, That's "Billion" with a "B." — Three billion square feet of green construction space has earned LEED certification around the globe. “This is the big one.” And speaking of Anchorman quotes...

"Discovered By The Germans in 1904, They Named It..."San Diego International Airport is the first airport in the world to achieve LEED Platinum certification for one of its commercial airline terminals!  

Maggie is back next week. In the interim, be sure to follow us on Twitter: Joe (@cacciatorecrea) and Maggie (@maggiecomstock). A presto.

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