Media articles http://education.usgbc.org/articles/media en USGBC’s World-Renowned Greenbuild Conference Coming to Mumbai http://education.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc%E2%80%99s-worldrenowned-greenbuild-conference-coming-mumbai <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-all-appl-country"> <div class="field-label">Applicable country:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> India </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="948" height="375" alt="" src="http://education.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/press-release-d_4_0.png?1487883990" /> </div> </div> </div> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Greenbuild is the world's largest conference and expo dedicated to green building; Conference will be held in partnership with the ABEC Exhibitions and Conferences Ltd. (ABEC)</em></p> <p>Mumbai, India&mdash;(Feb. 23, 2017)&mdash;USGBC, the creators of the <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/leed" target="_blank">LEED</a> green building rating system, has announced that&nbsp;<a href="http://greenbuild.usgbc.org/india" target="_blank">Greenbuild</a>,&nbsp;the world&rsquo;s largest green building conference and expo, will be held in Mumbai, India, from Nov. 2&ndash;4, 2017.</p> <p>USGBC also announced that the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo will be held in partnership with the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.abec.asia/" target="_blank">ABEC Exhibitions and Conferences Ltd. (ABEC)</a>&nbsp;and will bring together Indian and global industry leaders, experts and frontline professionals dedicated to sustainable building, making Greenbuild the ideal space to learn about groundbreaking green building products, services and technologies in the region.</p> <p><a href="http://newsroom.usgbc.org/usgbcs-world-renowned-greenbuild-conference-coming-to-mumbai/" target="_blank" class="button">Read the full press release</a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "58af441b7ad02600ad000519", "58af4ec9ba0edc00670000a4"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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The report showcases some of the most impressive green venues around the world.</p> <p>&ldquo;The scope and scale of the venues industry is enormous, and the leaders creating these spaces have an important role to play in reducing environmental impact,&rdquo; said <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/mahesh-ramanujam/0010539283" target="_blank">Mahesh Ramanujam</a>, president and CEO of USGBC. &ldquo;By incorporating green practices, venues around the world are positively impacting their triple bottom line&mdash;people, planet, profit&mdash;while inspiring and educating others to be proactive in the areas of social responsibility and sustainability.&rdquo;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: left;"><a href="http://newsroom.usgbc.org/new-report-reveals-venues-across-the-globe-are-embracing-leed-green-building/" target="_blank" class="button">Read the entire release</a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "58a4d3eafc28c5009900006b", "58a5c1f508f2d10021000858"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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Developed with invaluable input from DMRC, LEED v4 O+M: Transit will allow operational transit facilities to benchmark efficiencies and demonstrate continual improvement. Transit owners can reduce their environmental footprint, while also engaging riders on the importance of sustainability and the opportunity the public transportation sector has in minimizing greenhouse gas emissions.</p> <p><a href="http://newsroom.usgbc.org/first-leed-certification-for-transit-worldwide-launched/" target="_blank" class="button">Read the entire release</a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "58a4b3b01cd8780067000280", "58a4c12dbf921d00670003d7"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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Greenbuild is the ideal space to learn about groundbreaking green building products, services and technologies in the region.</p> <p><a href="http://newsroom.usgbc.org/world-renowned-greenbuild-conference-coming-to-shanghai/" target="_blank" class="button">Read the entire release</a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "58a46105086b4000490006bb", "58a48e19ca56580017000230"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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Illinois and Colorado are the only two states to have made the list every year since 2010, and New York has returned to the rankings after a one-year hiatus.</p> <p>A continued presence on the list from Maryland and Virginia has reaffirmed the mid-Atlantic region, which includes Washington, D.C., as the center of green building. While Washington, D.C., is not included in the list of top states, due to its status as a federal territory, it is notable for its 29.04 square feet of LEED space per resident, more than any individual state.</p> <p>This year&rsquo;s list has the highest average (2.55 square feet) per capita of LEED-certified space among the top 10 states since 2010. Four of the nine states included in the 2015 list increased the square feet of space they certified per resident in 2016 (Massachusetts, Colorado, California and Virginia).</p> <p>The full ranking is as follows:&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>2016 Top 10 States for LEED</strong></p> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td><strong>Rank</strong></td> <td><strong>State</strong></td> <td><strong>Certified Gross Square Footage (GSF)</strong></td> <td><strong>Per-capita Certified GSF</strong></td> <td><strong>Total No. Projects</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td>1</td> <td>MA*</td> <td>24,398,765</td> <td>3.73</td> <td>136</td> </tr> <tr> <td>2</td> <td>CO*</td> <td>15,921,457</td> <td>3.17</td> <td>92</td> </tr> <tr> <td>3</td> <td>IL*</td> <td>36,188,485</td> <td>2.82</td> <td>151</td> </tr> <tr> <td>4</td> <td>NY</td> <td>48,405,204</td> <td>2.5</td> <td>211</td> </tr> <tr> <td>5</td> <td>CA*</td> <td>88,891,641</td> <td>2.39</td> <td>632</td> </tr> <tr> <td>6</td> <td>NV*</td> <td>6,397,602</td> <td>2.37</td> <td>22</td> </tr> <tr> <td>7</td> <td>MD*</td> <td>13,426,623</td> <td>2.33</td> <td>104</td> </tr> <tr> <td>8</td> <td>VA*</td> <td>18,444,309</td> <td>2.31</td> <td>155</td> </tr> <tr> <td>9</td> <td>WA*</td> <td>15,103,478</td> <td>2.25</td> <td>105</td> </tr> <tr> <td>10</td> <td>TX*</td> <td>41,942,393</td> <td>1.67</td> <td>211</td> </tr> <tr> <td>**</td> <td>DC</td> <td>17,476,447</td> <td>29.04</td> <td>120</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><em>*Included in 2015 Top 10 States for LEED list</em></p> <p><em>**Washington, D.C., is not ranked because it is a federal district, not a state.</em></p> <p>Notable projects certified in 2016&rsquo;s Top 10 States for LEED include:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Massachusetts:</strong> Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, the location of Greenbuild 2017; LEED Silver</li> <li><strong>Colorado: </strong>Riverside Library and Cultural Center; LEED Gold</li> <li><strong>Illinois:</strong> Chiaravalle Montessori School, North Wing; LEED Platinum</li> <li><strong>New York: </strong>World Trade Center Tower One; LEED Gold</li> <li><strong>California: </strong>Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center; LEED Platinum</li> <li><strong>Nevada: </strong>Las Vegas Corporate Center Building 20 LVCC; LEED Gold</li> <li><strong>Maryland: </strong>Parks and People at Auchentoroly Terrace; LEED Platinum</li> <li><strong>Virginia: </strong>Woodrow Wilson Library; LEED Gold</li> <li><strong>Washington: </strong>Bainbridge Island Museum of Art; LEED Gold</li> <li><strong>Texas: </strong>Baylor Medical Waxahachie; LEED Silver</li> </ul> <p>Collectively, 1,819 commercial and institutional projects achieved LEED certification in the 10 states within the Top 10 LEED list in 2016, representing 309.12 million gross square feet of real estate. And across the U.S., 3,366 projects were LEED-certified in 2016, representing 470.39 million square feet.</p> <p>In 2016, LEED for Building Operations and Maintenance was once again the most popular rating system within the Top 10 States, representing 53 percent of the total square footage certified; LEED for Building Design and Construction was the second most popular rating system, representing 42 percent of the square footage certified; and LEED for Interior Design and Construction was the third most popular rating system, representing 5 percent of total square footage certified.</p> <p>The LEED green building certification system is the foremost program for the design, construction, maintenance and operations of green buildings. More than 59,000 commercial, neighborhood and residential projects are currently LEED-certified, comprising more than six billion square feet of construction space in all 50 states in the U.S. and in more than 164 countries and territories globally.&nbsp;</p> <p>Green construction is also a large economic driver. According to USGBC&rsquo;s 2015 <a href="http://go.usgbc.org/2015-Green-Building-Economic-Impact-Study.html" target="_blank">Green Building Economic Impact Study</a>, green construction will account for more than 3.3 million U.S. jobs&mdash;more than one-third of the entire U.S. construction sector&mdash;and generate $190.3 billion in labor earnings by 2018. The industry&rsquo;s direct contribution to U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) is also expected to reach $303.5 billion from 2015&ndash;2018.</p> <p>View our SlideShare presentation of the Top 10 States:</p> <p><iframe src="http://www.slideshare.net/slideshow/embed_code/71381711?rel=0" width="425" height="355" frameborder="0" marginwidth="0" marginheight="0" scrolling="no"></iframe></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "587e700aa57221a70400042a", "5888bde93c1d9c000d000020"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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These countries represent the ever-growing international demand for <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/leed" target="_blank">LEED</a>-certified green buildings. This year, China moved from second to first on the list as the largest user of LEED, with 34.62 million gross square meters (GSM) of certified LEED space. Canada, India, Brazil and the Republic of Korea rounded out the top five countries on the list, respectively.</p> <p>&ldquo;By recognizing these leading countries, we are showcasing the exponential growth of LEED in the global marketplace and an international commitment to the creation of a sustainable built environment,&rdquo; said <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/mahesh-ramanujam/0010539283" target="_blank">Mahesh Ramanujam</a>, president and CEO, USGBC. &ldquo;As we pursue a worldwide effort to mitigate climate change, LEED and the green building industry have created a path forward for market transformation while changing the way we think about how buildings, communities and cities are planned, constructed, maintained and operated.&rdquo;</p> <p>Global green building is expected to double every three years, according to a <span>Dodge Data &amp; Analytics</span> <span><a href="http://analyticsstore.construction.com/smartmarket-reports/2016WorldGreen.html?sourcekey=PRESREL" target="_blank">World Green Building Trends 2016 SmartMarket Report</a>,</span>&nbsp;to which USGBC was a contributing partner. Conducted in 70 countries, the report found that emerging economies like China, India and Brazil will be engines of green growth, with development varying from twofold to sixfold over current green building levels. Increased consumer demand has also pushed the world&rsquo;s green building market to a trillion-dollar industry, a surge that has led to a corresponding increase in the scope and size of the green building materials market, which is expected to reach <a href="http://www.transparencymarketresearch.com/green-building-materials.html" target="_blank">$234 billion by 2019</a>.</p> <p>LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the world&rsquo;s most widely used green building rating system. The analysis used to develop the list ranks countries in terms of cumulative LEED-certified GSM space as of December 2016. LEED-certified spaces use fewer energy and water resources; save money for families, businesses and taxpayers; reduce carbon emissions; and prioritize environmental and human health.</p> <p>The full ranking is as follows:&nbsp;</p> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td><strong>Rank</strong></td> <td><strong>Country Name</strong></td> <td><strong>Gross Square Meters*</strong></td> <td><strong>Number of Projects</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td>1</td> <td>China</td> <td>34.62</td> <td>931</td> </tr> <tr> <td>2</td> <td>Canada</td> <td>34.39</td> <td>2,586</td> </tr> <tr> <td>3</td> <td>India</td> <td>15.90</td> <td>644</td> </tr> <tr> <td>4</td> <td>Brazil</td> <td>7.43</td> <td>380</td> </tr> <tr> <td>5</td> <td>Republic of Korea</td> <td>5.95</td> <td>97</td> </tr> <tr> <td>6</td> <td>Taiwan</td> <td>5.66</td> <td>99</td> </tr> <tr> <td>7</td> <td>Germany</td> <td>5.03</td> <td>215</td> </tr> <tr> <td>8</td> <td>Turkey</td> <td>4.78</td> <td>191</td> </tr> <tr> <td>9</td> <td>Sweden</td> <td>3.88</td> <td>210</td> </tr> <tr> <td>10</td> <td>United Arab Emirates</td> <td>3.64</td> <td>180</td> </tr> <tr> <td>&nbsp;</p> <td>United States**</td> <td>336.84</td> <td>27,699</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>*<em>Gross square meters are reported in millions. Data reported as of December 2016.</em></p> <p><em>**The United States, where LEED originated, is not included in this list, but remains the world&rsquo;s largest market for LEED.</em></p> <p>Currently, there are more than 82,000 commercial projects participating in LEED, totaling more than 1.4 billion GSM of space worldwide. An additional 112,000 residential units have been certified under LEED Homes. An estimated 170,000 GSM of space achieves LEED certification every day in more than 162 countries and territories across the globe.</p> <p>As buildings currently account for an estimated one-third of global emissions, green buildings are one of the most cost-effective solutions to climate change because they generate significant environmental, economic and societal benefits. Last year, USGBC joined 25 other green building councils from around the world to commit to scaling the use of LEED over the next five years to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and ensure that the building and construction industry plays its part in limiting global warming. USGBC is working toward a net zero carbon designation to recognize leaders in&nbsp;the building sector, and to drive reductions in the carbon footprint across the buildings sector as is necessary for&nbsp;successful implementation of the <a href="http://unfccc.int/paris_agreement/items/9485.php" target="_blank">Paris Agreement</a>. All of the countries on this list, with the exception of Taiwan, have signed the historical Paris Agreement.&nbsp;</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "585070bd559a2def11001cf8", "58516a6f01ca055070000472"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? "https" : "http") + "://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName("script")[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://education.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-announces-international-ranking-top-10-countries-leed#comments Media Wed, 14 Dec 2016 15:51:29 +0000 Leticia McCadden 10607476 at http://education.usgbc.org New Report Finds Washington, D.C. Could Enhance Livability While Saving Billions of Dollars with Smart Surface Technologies http://education.usgbc.org/articles/new-report-finds-washington-dc-could-enhance-livability-while-saving-billions-dollars-smart <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="948" height="375" alt="" src="http://education.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/press-release-f_1_0.png?1481123208" /> </div> </div> </div> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Achieving Urban Resilience</em><em> report demonstrates citywide technology solutions to enhance public health, strengthen urban equity and resilience and slow climate change while saving D.C. $5 billion dollars over 40 years</em><strong><em>&nbsp;</em></strong></p> <p><strong>Washington, D.C.&mdash;(Dec. 7, 2016)&mdash;</strong>Today, Achieving Urban Resilience: Washington, D.C., a new report authored by Capital E, documents and quantifies the large-scale environmental, health and economic benefits that Washington, D.C. could gain from citywide adoption of smart surface technologies.</p> <p>The report documents how the District could save $5 billion with smart surface strategies, such as cool roofs, green roofs, solar PV and porous pavements while enhancing health and livability and cutting summer peak temperature. Partners in this work include the American Institute of Architects, the National League of Cities, DowntownDC BID, USGBC, the National Housing Trust, the Global Cool City Aliance and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.</p> <p>&ldquo;This report represents a major step in understanding and quantifying the benefits of adopting cost-effective strategies to manage sun and rainfall at a city level,&rdquo; said Greg Kats, lead author of the report. &ldquo;Increasing summer heat and smog threaten city livability and summer tourists. This report provides a powerful framework to combat climate change while improving public health and saving money.&rdquo;</p> <p>Rainfall and the effects of sunlight are undermanaged by cities and city planners, in turn costing cities billions of dollars from avoidable health-, energy- and stormwater-related costs while undermining livability and resilience and contributing to climate change. The 61 square miles of surface in Washington, D.C. include 16 percent roofs and over 24 percent paved area. As a result, the District, like most cities, suffers from higher summer temperatures and lower air quality than surrounding suburban and rural areas.</p> <p>&ldquo;What this report convincingly demonstrates is that there are cost-effective technologies and strategies for managing sun and water that will deliver billions of dollars in financial benefits to the city and its residents,&rdquo; said Dan Tangherlini, former Washington, D.C., city administrator and former administrator of the U.S. General Service Administration. &ldquo;Delaying this transition would impose large financial and social costs, particularly on places of lower economic opportunity [and on] the elderly and children. We now have the roadmap&mdash;now we must follow it.&rdquo;</p> <p>Implementing these smart surface solutions city-wide would cost-effectively achieve a range of sustainability, livability and competitiveness objectives, including:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Energy</strong>: Reduce electricity purchases from the grid by 8.5 percent, relative to 2013 consumption levels.</li> <li><strong>Water</strong>: Reduce stormwater runoff to protect local water bodies while reducing potable water use.</li> <li><strong>Climate and Environment</strong>: By full implementation, reduce greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 5.5 percent of 2013 emissions while enhancing resilience to climate change by reducing city temperatures</li><li><strong>Built Environment</strong>: Improve sustainability performance of new and existing buildings.</li> <li><strong>Nature</strong>: Expand tree canopy and other green landscape to enhance city-wide ecosystem.</li> <li><strong>Jobs and Economy</strong>: Create more than 2,400 well-paying green jobs in the District over 40 years.</li> <li><strong>Equity and Diversity</strong>: Improve livability, particularly in low-income areas that tend to have less green cover and fewer efficient buildings.</li> <li><strong>Health and Wellness</strong>: Improve air quality and the public health of District residents and visitors.</li> </ul> <p>Broad deployment of these smart surfaces solutions would cost-effectively reduce health and energy costs citywide while increasing employment, resilience and livability for its citizens, institutions and companies.</p> <p>"Capital E helped make the business case for green building with its research in the early 2000s, and this new research is equally important in showcasing the sustainable built environment&rsquo;s financial benefits at the city scale,&rdquo; said <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/mahesh-ramanujam/0010539283" target="_blank">Mahesh Ramanujam</a>, president and CEO, USGBC. "The Achieving Urban Resilience report provides U.S. cities with an actionable framework to engage private sector partners on solutions to advance public health, equity and climate resilience."</p> <p><a href="https://cap-e.com/washington-dc-smart-surfaces/" target="_blank">Learn more about smart surface solutions and download the report</a>.</p> <p>For more information on the report findings, please <a href="mailto:gkats@cap-e.com" target="_blank">contact Greg Kats</a>.</p> <p>This report was created in partnership with USGBC, the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.aia.org/">American Institute of Architects</a>, <a href="http://www.catholicclimatecovenant.org/">the Catholic Climate Conference,</a> <a href="http://caseytrees.org">Casey Trees</a>, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, the&nbsp;<a href="http://doee.dc.gov/">Department of Energy and Environment</a>, the&nbsp;<a href="http://dgs.dc.gov/">Department of General Services</a>, <a href="http://www.downtowndc.org">DowntownDC BID</a>, <a href="https://ecodistricts.org/">EcoDistricts</a>, <a href="http://www.enterprisecommunity.com/">Enterprise Community Partners</a>, <a href="http://www.globalcoolcities.org/">Global Cool Cities Alliance</a>, <a href="http://www.nhtinc.org/">National Housing Trust</a>, <a href="http://www.nlc.org/">National League of Cities</a>, and <a href="http://www.rockcreekconservancy.org/">Rock Creek Conservancy</a>,</p> <p>The report was funded by the District of Columbia Department of General Services (DGS) and the Department of Energy and Environment.<strong>&nbsp;</strong></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "58482098daee3b5a3d000578", "5848257a90dc4070f0000278"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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(GBCI)</a>. This new venture will be the official host for Arc, a state-of-the-art digital platform available at <a href="http://arcskoru.com/" target="_blank">arcskoru.com</a>. Arc allows any project &mdash; whether a single building, a community or an entire city &mdash; to measure improvements and benchmark against itself and projects around it.</p> <p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/scot-horst/0000020400" target="_blank">Scot Horst</a>, who has overseen and led the development of LEED since 2005, has been appointed as the CEO of Arc.</p> <p>&ldquo;GBCI developed Arc as a way to provide new and more transparent ways to share information,&rdquo; said <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/mahesh-ramanujam/0010539283" target="_blank">Mahesh Ramanujam</a>, president and CEO, U.S. Green Building Council and GBCI. &ldquo;Scot Horst brings many years of leadership and expertise to Arc, and we celebrate him in his new role as the CEO. For the past 11 years, Scot has led the evolution of LEED through LEED 2009 and LEED v4. He was also the chief inventor of the LEED Dynamic Plaque, a system designed to tie ongoing building performance to initial certification.&rdquo;</p> <p>The goal of Arc is to support the missions of USGBC and GBCI. LEED-certified buildings can use Arc to improve and benchmark against other certified buildings around them. Existing buildings that have not certified can use Arc to make incremental sustainability improvements to eventually achieve LEED certification.</p> <p>&ldquo;Arc allows buildings, communities and cities to compare their performance against their peers and also connect to vetted green building strategies,&rdquo; said Scot Horst, CEO, Arc. &ldquo;Over the last two decades LEED certification has become a symbol of leadership, signifying that a project is saving energy, resources and water, and is healthier for occupants and the community. A LEED building has become the mark of a high quality building. Now through the Arc platform, all buildings can improve and work toward LEED certification.&rdquo;</p> <p>Today more than ever before, the green building movement relies on technology and data, and the future of green buildings is focused on performance. Arc represents a new era for green building; the platform takes LEED to the next level through the shared use of technology, feedback and recognition of excellence.</p> <p>About the Arc platform:</p> <ul> <li>Arc is a simple digital platform for all projects pursuing LEED certification and will eventually include other green building rating systems, standards protocols and guidelines.</li> <li>Arc is inclusive of all projects, even those not pursuing certification, so that all buildings can measure performance and make incremental improvements.</li> <li>Arc facilitates connections to people and projects globally. It encourages innovation, enabling informed decisions on building design, operations and maintenance.</li> </ul> <p>Features of the current Arc platform include:</p> <ul> <li>Existing buildings can use Arc to earn LEED Operations + Maintenance certification and precertification using the O+M performance path.</li> <li>Projects that are currently pursuing and planning to register for the LEED for Existing Buildings standard path can also use Arc for performance data reporting.</li> <li>Cities, communities and districts can use Arc to start tracking data and earn LEED pre-certification.</li> <li>All registered and previously certified LEED projects have access to Arc to keep their LEED certification up to date. Project leads can also use Arc for performance data tracking and reporting as per the initial requirements in LEED for data sharing.</li> <li>Projects previously using the LEED Dynamic Plaque will be included in Arc.</li> </ul> <p>The O+M performance path was approved by the LEED Steering Committee in January 2016 and the LEED for Cities Pilot was approved by the LEED steering committee in October 2016. LEED for Cities will be submitted for USGBC member approval following input from pilot users.</p> <p>Over time, Arc will continue to add rating systems into the platform. The platform provides an entry point for all buildings with the goal of eventually certifying them to LEED or to other GBCI rating systems such as GRESB, WELL, PEER, SITES, Parksmart, etc. As GBCI adds new rating systems, the introduction of Arc makes the certification process as streamlined as possible for the end user. Projects pursuing certification under more than one rating system will realize efficiencies in places where the rating systems share the same or similar requirements.</p> <p><strong>About Arc</strong></p> <p>Arc Skoru Inc. was created by GBCI to make USGBC, GBCI and their partners&rsquo; visions a reality by connecting people all over the world to actions and inspiring them to make the most informed decisions. This empowers people to connect and collaborate toward a collective higher quality of life. Arc Skoru is the go-to place to track all of the inspirations, connections and actions related to the sustainability of our built environment.</p> <p>Arc Skoru uses its Arc platform to allow users to measure performance, make improvements and benchmark against other projects. Arc is a complement to LEED and other green building rating systems, standards, protocols and guidelines and allows buildings and spaces to compare performance metrics and connect those metrics to green building strategies. Arc enables incremental improvements and can put a project on track for LEED or other rating system certification. <a href="http://arcskoru.com/">arcskoru.com</a></p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://education.usgbc.org/articles/arc-new-technology-venture-launched-facilitate-leed-certification-measure-performance-and-b#comments Media Thu, 01 Dec 2016 16:50:46 +0000 Marisa Long 10585584 at http://education.usgbc.org Microsoft First Technology Company Awarded Zero Waste Facility Certification http://education.usgbc.org/articles/microsoft-first-technology-company-awarded-zero-waste-facility-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="948" height="375" alt="" src="http://education.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/press-release-i_1_0.png?1480347228" /> </div> </div> </div> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Microsoft diverts 90 percent waste from its global headquarters, home to more than 44,000 employees</em></p> <p>Washington, D.C.&mdash;(Nov. 28, 2016)&mdash;<a href="http://www.gbci.org/" target="_blank">GBCI</a> announced today that <a href="https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/about/" target="_blank">Microsoft</a> has achieved <a href="http://www.gbci.org/gbci-administer-zero-waste-certification-and-credential" target="_blank">Zero Waste Facility Certification</a> at the Gold level at its global headquarters in Redmond, Washington, where more than 44,000 employees work in 125 buildings. Through the certification, Microsoft is helping to protect the environment by diverting 90 percent of its waste from its headquarters from landfills and incineration.</p> <p>GBCI audited the zero waste diversion processes at Microsoft and found the facility is successfully reducing, reusing, recycling and composting at an unprecedented rate.</p> <p>&ldquo;Companies pursuing Zero Waste Facility Certification must meet very stringent standards in order to achieve Gold certification,&rdquo; said Stephanie Barger, director of market development at GBCI. &ldquo;Microsoft has demonstrated not only tremendous leadership in successfully implementing zero waste strategies, but also an inspiring commitment to achieve still higher levels of performance.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p>The goal of businesses participating in the Zero Waste Facility Certification program is to divert all end-use material from landfill, incineration and the environment, while achieving a minimum of 90 percent diversion.</p> <p>&ldquo;Protecting the environment is something that Microsoft and our employees believe in strongly. We are grateful for this recognition by GBCI and look forward to building on our work to reduce waste at our Redmond headquarters," stated Susan Wagner, senior director of Microsoft Real Estate and Facilities.</p> <p>Though the Microsoft Redmond campus has successfully achieved a high level of certification, there is still more to be accomplished by increasing diversion, implementing upstream policies and achieving total participation from all employees, vendors and customers. By working toward these high-level zero waste objectives, the business manages its resources more efficiently and economically.</p> <p>To date, Microsoft&rsquo;s Redmond facility has excelled in the following areas:</p> <ul> <li>Sorting of waste to maximize recycling and composting of materials, which equates to about 87 percent of waste on campus that is diverted from landfills.</li> <li>Cultivating sustainable, urban farming methods, such as hydroponic grow towers in cafes that grow lettuce and microgreens used by campus chefs. While the grow towers are visually stunning, they are also efficient&mdash;hydroponics use up to 90 percent less water than conventional farming.</li> <li>Achieving impressive sustainability goals across 33 caf&eacute;s, 32 espresso caf&eacute;s and more than 500 kitchenettes on campus. Of all the food, packaging and other dining-related waste generated, 99.5 percent is being diverted from landfills.</li> <li>Implementing reuse programs to extend the life of office supplies, furnishings and computer equipment. Items such as surplus binders, power cords, laptops and whiteboards are made available to others around campus via an onsite/online store. In addition, furniture is repaired, reused whenever possible and often donated to nonprofits through a global furniture reuse program.</li> </ul> <p style="text-align: left;"><strong>About Zero Waste Certification</strong></p> <p>Zero Waste Facility Certification is based on the peer-reviewed, internationally accepted definition of zero waste developed by the <a href="http://zwia.org/" target="_blank">Zero Waste International Alliance</a> (ZWIA), and has been aligned with credit requirements of <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/leed" target="_blank">LEED</a> for Buildings Operations and Maintenance (LEED O+M). Zero Waste Business Associates help implement best practices and measure progress toward achieving zero waste goals and certification. Businesses, organizations and communities that divert more than 90 percent of waste from landfills, incinerators and the environment are considered to be successful in achieving zero waste.</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "583c47eace3aabf2ba000667", "583c4e4875ce9727a60000bc"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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The events will take place the week of Nov. 6&ndash;10 and both will be held at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (BCEC), creating one of the largest events for the building community in North America.</p> <p>&ldquo;Greenbuild and ABX co-located back in 2008 in Boston, both shows happening at different venues but the same week, created significant, lasting synergies between the two events, as well as holding the record for the largest attended Greenbuild to date,&rdquo; said Lindsay Roberts, group director, Informa Exhibitions. &ldquo;This is an incredibly positive opportunity for us to bring two very significant events together again, this time in the same facility, and allowing us to better serve the building community by offering more educational, networking and exhibition opportunities throughout the week.&rdquo;</p> <p>Greenbuild annually attracts more than 18,000 attendees and approximately 500 exhibiting companies, with a broad audience that spans the sustainable building community. ABX draws more than 8,000 attendees and more than 400 exhibiting companies.</p> <p>"ABX is the largest annual building industry event in the Northeast, and it thrives because of our robust cross-industry partnerships,&rdquo; said Josiah Stevenson FAIA, 2017 BSA president. "By co-locating with Greenbuild, we can ensure an even greater depth and diversity of ideas and topics presented to the full spectrum of building industry professionals."</p> <p>Specific details are currently in development and will be released as they become available. Each show will contact its exhibitors in the coming weeks to begin discussions for formal plans for the 2017 exhibit hall, which will be one comprehensive space accessible to attendees of both events.</p> <p>"Greenbuild 2017 will be aptly themed 'All In,' to encompass the breadth and diversity of the sustainability and green building movement. When we come together, we are one community of professionals, advocates and practitioners, students and teachers, designers and builders and everything in between,&rdquo; said Kate Hurst, vice president, Community Advancement, Conferences and Events, USGBC. &ldquo;Partnering with a respected regional event like ABX will provide our audience with more dynamic opportunities to engage, learn and interact with other professionals and leaders in the industry.&rdquo;</p> <p>More information on Greenbuild can be found at <a href="http://pardot.informacre.com/e/15182/2016-11-15/8rpsx7/598221218">greenbuildexpo.com</a>. The <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/submit-your-proposals-greenbuild-boston-and-greenbuilding-brasil-2017" target="_blank">call for proposals and reviewers</a> for Greenbuild 2017 is open through Jan. 13, 2017 for those interested in speaking or participating in the conference program at Greenbuild.</p> <p>ABX 2016 runs Nov. 15&ndash;17 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. More information about ABX can be found at <a href="http://abexpo.com/" target="_blank">abexpo.com</a>. The 2017 call for proposals opens in December 2017.</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "582e07d4fe07701457000022", "582e1915199387606f0002c5"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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He will also serve as president and CEO of USGBC&rsquo;s sister organization, <a href="http://www.gbci.org/" target="_blank">GBCI</a>. Formerly USGBC&rsquo;s COO, Ramanujam takes the reins from <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/rick-fedrizzi/0000043478" target="_blank">Rick Fedrizzi</a>, USGBC&rsquo;s founding chair, who had previously announced plans to leave the organization toward the end of 2016.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;It is an incredible honor for me to lead and serve this impressive and dynamic organization,&rdquo; said Ramanujam. &ldquo;I am grateful for the opportunity to continually develop and enhance USGBC&rsquo;s capabilities and performance to ensure we deliver the future that our founders envisioned&mdash;transforming the way our buildings and communities are designed, built and operated so they enable a healthy and prosperous environment that improves the quality of life for people everywhere.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;We look forward to Mahesh's leadership of USGBC and GBCI,&rdquo; said <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/fiona-cousins/0000016925" target="_blank">Fiona Cousins</a>, USGBC Board Chair. &ldquo;Mahesh has already contributed a great deal to the organization and brings a strong mixture of vision and pragmatism to the organization that will be crucial as the organization, and the world, continues to change.&rdquo;</p> <p>Mahesh brings a strong focus on serving the underserved and a drive to broaden and deepen USGBC's market transformation efforts.</p> <p>&ldquo;Mahesh is a remarkable leader,&rdquo; said Fedrizzi, who is now chairman and CEO of the <a href="http://www.wellcertified.com/" target="_blank">International WELL Building Institute</a>. &ldquo;His strong business background, his demonstrated track record and his amazing gift for inspiring the best in those around him make him the perfect CEO for USGBC at this time in its history. His global vision and his strategic approach give all of us great confidence that he will guide the organization to much success in the coming years.&rdquo;</p> <p>Ramanujam joined USGBC in 2009 as senior vice president of technology, and was named COO in September 2011. In December 2012, he was also named president of GBCI. In 2015, when Fedrizzi announced his plans to leave USGBC toward the end of 2016, the USGBC Board of Directors named Ramanujam as incoming CEO.</p> <p>&ldquo;Since joining the USGBC team more than seven years ago, I have felt enormously appreciative to be in a position that allows me to give back and serve the critical mission of our organization,&rdquo; added Ramanujam. &ldquo;Our work has had a tremendous impact on millions of people as we strive to improve and enhance our world.&nbsp; USGBC is not just about buildings. It is about bold leadership to create business and community transformation while driving sustainability for all.&rdquo;</p> <p>Prior to joining USGBC, Ramanujam was COO for Emergys, a business transformation consulting firm in North Carolina. Before that, he was a consultant to IBM, serving as part of the team that led various business transformation initiatives, including the sale of IBM PC systems to Lenovo and its printer divisions to Ricoh. Ramanujam is a native of Chennai, India, and holds a bachelor&rsquo;s of engineering degree in computer sciences from Annamalai University, where he began his career in software and systems analysis and product development.</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "581ce391f96747a641000087", "582c737578702718600004d1"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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(GBCI)</a>, the certifying body for all projects participating in the LEED green building rating system, released its <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-motion-europe" target="_blank">2016 LEED in Motion: Europe</a> report, which shows that one of the world&rsquo;s greenest markets is poised for greater adoption of <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/leed" target="_blank">LEED v4</a>&mdash;the newest version of the rating system.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;Europe plays an important role for the future of the entire green building movement, particularly when it comes to the existing buildings market,&rdquo; said <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/mahesh-ramanujam/0010539283" target="_blank"></a><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/mahesh-ramanujam/0010539283" target="_blank">Mahesh Ramanujam</a>, COO, U.S. Green Building Council and president, GBCI. &ldquo;GBCI is increasing its local capacity in Europe and providing new tools for the European building community to integrate LEED into all project types, not only for new construction, but also for renovations and retrofits."</p> <p>The report, which was also featured as part of the USGBC-sponsored <a href="http://www.greenbuildingexpo.rs/en/" target="_blank">Green Building Expo International Exhibition and Conference</a> being held in Belgrade this week, notes a cross-section of sectors, from retail to hospitality, participating in LEED v4. The report also details the many technical pathways, developed by green building leaders in Europe, for projects to demonstrate compliance with LEED&rsquo;s credits.&nbsp;</p> <p>This timely report also examines recent and significant gains in the application of green building techniques throughout Europe, and even stronger year-over-year growth in the use of LEED. LEED in Motion: Europe notes strong growth in the number of LEED projects, containing more than 4,300 projects participating in LEED, encompassing more than 95 million gross square feet of LEED space and with more than 2,400 LEED professionals.</p> <p>&ldquo;I love LEED v4 for its increased rigor, transparency and its strong emphasis on performance,&rdquo; said <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/marija-golubovic/0010194120" target="_blank">Marija Golubovic</a>, president of ENERGO Group and chairwoman of the Green Building Expo International Exhibition and Conference. &ldquo;Europe is definitely ready for LEED v4. We see a very positive effort in the market through product manufacturers and service providers around v4, which will facilitate ease and even greater adoption of LEED across Europe.&rdquo;</p> <p>LEED is a simple and effective program for navigating complex, sometimes competing, building and environmental issues affecting humans worldwide. Every day, more than 170,000 gross square meters of space is LEED-certified in more than 160 countries and territories. More than 79,600 commercial projects are currently participating in LEED, comprising more than 1.4 billion square meters of construction space. With specific achievement paths built in, LEED is designed for use in various building types in a variety of climates and localities, often syncing with local laws and requirements.</p> <p>LEED in Motion: Europe is the latest in a series of reports from GBCI designed to provide a holistic snapshot of the green building movement in international markets. The report equips green building advocates with the insight and perspective to understand the use of the globally recognized LEED rating system and to make a strong case for sustainable building activity. As of Oct. 31, 2016, LEED v4 is the only version of LEED in which to register your new project.&nbsp;</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "5818ededabc5a4cd68000044", "5819ebc4aaf58da4cf000732"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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The weeklong event included an overall attendance of 18,079 and 531 exhibiting companies participating in 138,960 square feet of exhibit and display space on the trade show floor.</p> <p>Greenbuild featured more than 200 sessions, tours, summits and workshops in the robust education program and throughout the week, with many sold-out sessions. An impressive 33,517 hours of continuing education credits were also earned at Greenbuild.</p> <p>&ldquo;Sustainability, health and wellness and water conservation were just a few of the over-arching themes that dominated this year&rsquo;s event,&rdquo; said Lindsay Roberts, Greenbuild group director, Informa Exhibitions. &ldquo;We had an incredibly successful week and continue to be grateful to our community of attendees, exhibitors, sponsors and partners who bring substantial energy, buzz and momentum to the week, as well as the green building movement.&rdquo;</p> <p>Greenbuild 2016 featured several key events:</p> <ul> <li>The Greenbuild Plenary featured journalist and award-winning author Sebastian Junger on the importance of living in community and among our "tribe."</li> <li>The Greenbuild Celebration was held outside at L.A. Live immediately following the Plenary and included special concert performances by Aloe Blacc and X Ambassadors.</li> <li>The Closing Plenary concluded the week with an energetic discussion with architect and cultural innovator Bjarke Ingels.</li> <li>The Combined Summit Closing Plenary featured a panel of urban innovators who shared stories of entrepreneurship, innovation and re-connection for the city of tomorrow.</li> <li>Master speakers Antwi Akom, co-founder and CEO of Streetwyze, and Dr. Lucy Jones, former seismologist with the U.S. Geological Survey.</li> <li>The USGBC Leadership Awards Luncheon annually recognizes outstanding efforts to advance green building design and construction</li> <li>The Happy Hour in the Hall provided a lively atmosphere for networking.</li> <li>The Communities and Affordable Homes Summit, WaterBuild Summit and International Summit.</li> <li>The Women in Green Power Breakfast celebrated the roles women play across society and the power of women voters.</li> <li>The Greenbuild Legacy Project provided a hands-on educational space in the community of Gardenia, California.</li> <li>The Solar Job Fair, held in conjunction with GRID Alternatives, a national solar nonprofit and the Solar Energy Industries Association, featured 300 job seekers and 15 employers.</li> </ul> <p>Attendees also spent significant time discovering and enjoying the eclectic city of Los Angeles. USGBC Los Angeles led the official host committee of Greenbuild 2016 with 23 tours throughout the week, exploring sustainable transportation sites, commercial buildings, neighboring suburbs and public outdoor sites of interest.</p> <p>USGBC celebrated an iconic year as outgoing CEO <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/rick-fedrizzi/0000043478" target="_blank">Rick Fedrizzi</a> gave his final address at the Greenbuild Plenary and incoming CEO <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/mahesh-ramanujam/0010539283" target="_blank">Mahesh Ramanujam</a> ended the week at the Closing Plenary. The formation of a new technology organization,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/gbci-announces-new-technology-organization-arc" target="_blank"><em>arc</em></a>, was announced and will be led by&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/scot-horst/0000020400" target="_blank">Scot Horst</a>, incoming CEO of&nbsp;<em>arc&nbsp;</em>and current chief product officer of&nbsp;USGBC.&nbsp;<em>Arc</em>&nbsp;is a state-of-the-art platform that will allow any building to participate and immediately start measuring performance, making improvements and benchmarking against itself.</p> <p>&ldquo;In order to achieve our vision of a sustainable built environment, we must continue to improve and build upon our best work, and make sure that we bring as many people as possible into the process,&rdquo; said Kate Hurst, vice president of community, conferences and events, USGBC. &ldquo;Every year, Greenbuild brings world-class education and programming to the green building community to ensure that industry professionals are equipped with the necessary tools to continue to move the green building movement forward and ensure that&nbsp;generations to come live,&nbsp;learn, work and play in a green building<em>.&rdquo;</em></p> <p>The expo hall again showcased the leading products and services available to professionals within the sustainable building industry and had several notable areas:</p> <ul> <li>The Greenbuild KB Home Projekt, a 1,790-square-foot custom demonstration home, boasted vignettes that featured assemblies and systems, home tours, interactive educational features and a digital wall display.</li> <li>The world&rsquo;s only Net Zero Zone, a 4,500-square-foot pavilion powered by alternative power, collected on-site at the Los Angeles Convention Center.</li> <li>The Expo Stage hosted relevant and engaging sessions complimentary to all attendees, including the Passport to Prizes drawing, where Greenbuild attendee Dan Young Dixon won $10,000.</li> <li>Eight sponsored Education Labs with CE accredited education on the show floor.</li> <li>235 exhibitors scored a 75 or higher on the Greenbuild Mandatory Exhibitor Greening Guidelines Survey, including overall winners Roll-A-Shade (Most Innovative), Skanska (Smallest Environmental Impact) and Quanex Building Products (Best in Show).</li> </ul> <p>Video footage from the Opening Plenary, Closing Plenary, Master Series and Special Sets will be posted on the Greenbuild website in the next couple of weeks.</p> <p>Greenbuild 2017 "All In" is scheduled for Nov. 8&ndash;10 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center in Boston, Massachusetts. More information can be found at <a href="http://www.greenbuildexpo.com">greenbuildexpo.com</a>. The Call for Proposals and Reviewers for Greenbuild 2017 will open Nov. 7, and the deadline to submit is Jan. 13, 2017.</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "580a403d278c72431b0001e6", "580e371b319a71d8f000006b"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement("script"); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src = (document.location.protocol == "https:" ? 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It is one of Europe&rsquo;s biggest green building industry gatherings of international companies engaged in the promotion of sustainability in the built environment. Today there are more than 1,500 LEED-certified green buildings across Europe, a number that is predicted to increase by as much as 10 percent in 2017. <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/leed" target="_blank">LEED</a> is the most widely used green building rating program in the world.</p> <p>&ldquo;Europe plays an important role for the future of LEED and the green building movement, particularly when it comes to the existing buildings market,&rdquo; said <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/mahesh-ramanujam/0010539283" target="_blank">Mahesh Ramanujam</a>, COO, USGBC and president, <a href="http://www.gbci.org/" target="_blank">Green Business Certification Inc.</a> (GBCI). &ldquo;USGBC and GBCI are increasing local capacity around the globe and providing new digital tools to take LEED and building performance goals to a new level, which we look forward to showcasing at this year&rsquo;s Expo.&rdquo;</p> <p>Killmann leads Europe&rsquo;s LEED technical collaboration, represents Germany on the LEED International Roundtable and works extensively with his regional counterparts to ensure LEED&rsquo;s successful integration into European code and building practices.</p> <p>&ldquo;Kay Killmann joins the roster of impressive participants for 2016 Green Building Expo, and his sustainability expertise will undoubtedly resonate with our attendees,&rdquo; said&nbsp;Marija Golubovic, principal and owner of Energo Group.&nbsp;&ldquo;The event will bring together industry professionals from the architecture, construction, real estate and building sectors to connect and hear leaders deliver insight, technical knowledge and timely remarks on how to grow and accelerate LEED and green buildings across Europe.&rdquo;</p> <p>Spread across two days, the 2016 Green Building Expo will also provide participants with a variety of events and workshops, specifically:</p> <ul> <li>A presentation on measuring building performance and a LEED v4 workshop with <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/corey-enck/0000007659" target="_blank">Corey Enck</a>, vice president, LEED Technical Development at USGBC&nbsp;</li> <li>The economic impact of green buildings with USGBC LEED Fellow <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/marni-evans/0010704666" target="_blank">Marni Evans</a>&nbsp;</li> <li>A session about <a href="http://www.gresb.com" target="_blank">GRESB</a>, an organization that assesses the ESG performance or real estate portfolios and infrastructure assets, with&nbsp;Rumyana Hristova, GBCI&rsquo;s strategic communications director</li> <li>A workshop on the <a href="http://www.wellcertified.com/" target="_blank">WELL Building Standard</a></li> <li>A green journalism workshop with <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/joseph-crea/0010829227" target="_blank">Joe Crea</a>, USGBC&rsquo;s director of international marketing and communications</li> </ul> <p>More information on the conference is available now at <a href="http://www.greenbuildingexpo.rs/en/">greenbuildingexpo.rs/en/</a><a href="http://www.greenbuildingexpo.rs/en/registration-page/conference-registration">Register today</a>. You can also&nbsp;follow the Expo on social media with the hashtag #EuroGreenBuilding.</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "57fd8a8ab3287e19630004a2", "57fe4a19ee9bdafe91000151"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://education.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-partners-2016-green-building-expo-serbia#comments Media Wed, 12 Oct 2016 14:31:52 +0000 Marisa Long 10491113 at http://education.usgbc.org Rick Fedrizzi on the White House announcement of National Green Sports Day http://education.usgbc.org/articles/rick-fedrizzi-white-house-announcement-national-green-sports-day <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="948" height="375" alt="" src="http://education.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/rick-fedrizzi-on-the-white-house-announcement-of-national-green-sports-day_0.png?1475792945" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Eight years ago, in the nation&rsquo;s capital, the <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/projects/nationals-stadium" target="_blank">Washington Nationals Park</a> baseball stadium became the first major professional sports stadium in the country to be recognized for its leadership in sustainable building, achieving <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/leed" target="_blank">LEED</a>&reg; certification and making it a shining example of how sports and sustainability are coming together to make a positive impact on our communities and our planet.</p> <p>Today, I am excited to see that President Obama has taken note of this&nbsp;special&nbsp;connection between sports and sustainability by issuing a <a href="https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/10/06/fact-sheet-tackling-climate-through-sports" target="_blank">presidential message</a> to inaugurate the first-ever National Green Sports Day.</p> <p>Athletes inspire us with their leadership&mdash;not only on the field or court, but also in our communities and society, where they are speaking up and engaging with their teammates and fans on the impact climate change is having on sports. The stadiums and venues that captivate us in the thrill of the game are increasingly beacons for excellence in energy sustainability through new technologies and innovative strategies to cut carbon pollution, saving millions of dollars each year in the process. I&rsquo;m encouraged that through these efforts and the voices of our athletes, the fan experience for our children will be a greener one.</p> <p>We commend the president and the work his administration is doing to support and advance sustainability leaders in sport.</p> <p>I&rsquo;m also proud to say that USGBC&reg; has worked with the sports community for more than a decade, establishing a long record of collaboration in helping sports leaders take action to save energy, conserve water, reduce waste and even help transform neighborhoods.</p> <p>Clearly, these professional sports stadiums and venues are a big part of the story of sustainability leadership in sports. I remember in 2012 when <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/projects/chicago-park-district-soldier-field" target="_blank">Soldier Field</a>, home of the Chicago Bears, became the first National Football League stadium to&nbsp;achieve&nbsp;LEED certification.</p> <p>To demonstrate its environmental stewardship, <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/projects/lincoln-financial-field" target="_blank">Lincoln Financial Field</a>, home of the Philadelphia Eagles, supported clean energy by employing 11,000 solar panels and 14 wind turbines. In 2014, the 49ers&rsquo; <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/projects/levis-stadium" target="_blank">Levi&rsquo;s Stadium</a> achieved LEED Gold, and just this week, it has recertified to LEED Gold for Existing Buildings, demonstrating its commitment to ongoing performance improvement.</p> <p>Today, more than&nbsp;30 professional sport stadiums, arenas and other venues are LEED-certified.</p> <p>I&rsquo;m also happy to see the U.S. Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency teaming up now to gather key energy performance data in sport venues that will help create an Energy Star score for this sector, serving as a national benchmark on energy and water use for sport venues.</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "57f6b35093520ed52800035f", "57f6cfc00661ef385b000055"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://education.usgbc.org/articles/rick-fedrizzi-white-house-announcement-national-green-sports-day#comments Advocacy and policy Thu, 06 Oct 2016 22:29:05 +0000 Rick Fedrizzi 10480891 at http://education.usgbc.org Affordable Green Neighborhoods 2016 Grant Recipients Announced http://education.usgbc.org/articles/affordable-green-neighborhoods-2016-grant-recipients-announced <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="948" height="375" alt="" src="http://education.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/press-release-e_1_0.png?1475787532" /> </div> </div> </div> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>The U.S. Green Building Council, with the support of Bank of America Charitable Foundation grant program, awards funding and provides educational resources to developers of affordable housing</em></p> <p>Washington, D.C.&mdash;(Oct. 6, 2016)&mdash;Today, the <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/" target="_blank">U.S. Green Building Council</a> (USGBC) and <a href="http://about.bankofamerica.com/en-us/global-impact/find-grants-sponsorships.html" target="_blank">Bank of America Charitable Foundation</a> announced the five projects selected for the 2016 Affordable Green Neighborhoods (AGN) grant program. The AGN grant program provides funding and educational resources to developers of affordable housing who are pursuing <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/leed" target="_blank">LEED</a> for Neighborhood Development certification. The projects selected are committed to creating affordable and sustainable communities.</p> <p>&ldquo;Our homes, and the neighborhoods in which they reside, are the anchors for our families and communities&mdash;making them a critical component of the green building movement,&rdquo; said <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/rick-fedrizzi/0000043478" target="_blank">Rick Fedrizzi</a>, CEO and founding chair, USGBC. &ldquo;We are excited to partner with Bank of America to foster relationships with developers who are committed to creating homes that will help families save energy, water and money as well as enjoy the health and well-being benefits that go with living in green homes. We applaud this year&rsquo;s grant recipients for ensuring that the most important places in which we spend our time are sustainable.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>The 2016 AGN grant recipients are:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Beecher Terrace Choice Neighborhood&mdash;Louisville, Kentucky</li> <li>Edison-Eastlake Choice Neighborhoods Community&mdash;Phoenix, Arizona</li> <li>Indigo Block&mdash;Dorchester, Massachusetts</li> <li>Lathrop Homes&mdash;Chicago, Illinois</li> <li>Sun Valley EcoDistrict&mdash;Denver, Colorado</li> </ul> <p>Launched in 2010, the AGN grant program has helped create affordable, sustainable neighborhoods across the country.&nbsp;This year&rsquo;s recipients will receive an award package valued at nearly $45,000, including three one-year subscriptions to the <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/education-at-usgbc" target="_blank">Education @USGBC</a> platform; access to the <a href="http://leedon.io/" target="_blank">LEED Dynamic Plaque</a> platform for three years; and a two-day, in-person technical assistance session with USGBC staff.</p> <p>&ldquo;Affordable Green Neighborhood projects demonstrate that well-built, energy-efficient housing is cost-effective while also helping to accelerate the transition to a lower-carbon future,&rdquo; said Alex Liftman, Global Environmental executive at Bank of America. &ldquo;Partnering with the U.S. Green Building Council is one way we work to address community development needs in support of thriving economies.&rdquo;</p> <p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/guide/nd" target="_blank">LEED for Neighborhood Development</a> (LEED ND) integrates the principles of smart growth, new urbanism and green building, while benefiting communities by reducing urban sprawl, increasing transportation choices and decreasing automobile dependence, encouraging healthy living and protecting threatened species.</p> <p>The six members of the AGN review committee, who were selected for their industry leadership, represent the perspectives of architecture and design, New Urbanism, smart growth, affordable housing, community development and tax credit financing. In their deliberations, the review committee members evaluated potential projects on several criteria relating to the strength of the project, the financial needs of the project team and the potential value to the community.</p> <p>Of the 31 projects previously awarded grants, 11 have achieved LEED ND certification to date. These seven projects represent more than 400 acres, 539 dwelling units and 1.17 million gross square feet of planned or built space, all designed to the highest standards of sustainability and inclusion. The remaining AGN grant recipients are LEED-registered projects working toward completion.</p> <p>LEED&nbsp;(Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) has become the world&rsquo;s most widely used green building rating system. LEED projects undergo a technically rigorous process to become certified, including multiple onsite inspections and diagnostic tests. Quality control and quality assurance are built into the process so that builders, architects and homeowners can rest assured they get what they paid for and specified.</p> <p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/getting-know-leed-neighborhood-development" target="_blank">Learn more about LEED for Neighborhood Development</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Bank of America</strong></p> <p>At Bank of America, our focus on Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) factors is critical to fulfilling our purpose of helping make people&rsquo;s financial lives better. Our commitment to growing our business responsibly is embedded in every aspect of our company. It is demonstrated in the inclusive and supportive workplace we create for our employees, the responsible products and services we offer our customers, and the impact we make around the world in helping local economies thrive. An important part of this work is forming strong partnerships with nonprofits and advocate groups, such as community and environmental organizations, in order to bring together our collective networks and expertise to achieve greater impact. Learn more at bankofamerica.com/about, and connect with us on Twitter at @BofA_News.</p> <p><a href="http://about.bankofamerica.com/assets/pdf/Bank-of-America-2015-ESG-Report.pdf" target="_blank">2015 Bank of America Business Standards Report</a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "57f6a6910826823bf0000063", "57f6bafb18c4fc30cd0002c5"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://education.usgbc.org/articles/affordable-green-neighborhoods-2016-grant-recipients-announced#comments Media Thu, 06 Oct 2016 20:58:52 +0000 Leticia McCadden 10479641 at http://education.usgbc.org GBCI and Environmental Defense Fund Establish Investor Confidence Project as Global Standard for Energy Efficiency Projects http://education.usgbc.org/articles/gbci-and-environmental-defense-fund-establish-investor-confidence-project-global-standard-e <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="948" height="375" alt="" src="http://education.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/press-release-f_0_0_0.png?1475695587" /> </div> </div> </div> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>GBCI integrates ICP Certification for Energy Performance into global platform</em></p> <p>Washington, D.C.&mdash;(Oct. 5, 2016)&mdash;<a href="http://www.gbci.org/" target="_blank">Green Business Certification Inc.</a> (GBCI) and the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.edf.org/" target="_blank">Environmental Defense Fund</a> (EDF) announced today a strategic vision to work together to develop, deliver and promote the<a href="http://www.eeperformance.org/" target="_blank"> Investor Confidence Project</a> (ICP) as the premier global underwriting standard for energy efficiency projects. ICP will join GBCI&rsquo;s portfolio of credentials and certifications, and the organizations will work together to accelerate investment in energy efficiency.</p> <p>The announcement follows the rapid rise in the adoption of the ICP system, including its <a href="http://www.eeperformance.org/project-certification.html" target="_blank">certification</a> for Investor-Ready Energy Efficiency&trade; (IREE) projects in the buildings sector, with successful programs and pilots in the United States and Europe.</p> <p>&ldquo;Investment in energy efficiency is one of the most powerful levers for transforming the built environment. GBCI and EDF are ensuring that these investments yield positive results for the environment and the bottom line,&rdquo; said <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/mahesh-ramanujam/0010539283" target="_blank">Mahesh Ramanujam</a>, president, GBCI, and COO, U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). &ldquo;GBCI continues to expand its portfolio to work toward a greener future, and the Investor Confidence Project is another big step in engaging the financial community in driving smart, energy-saving decisions that will deliver higher performance in existing buildings worldwide.&rdquo;</p> <p>ICP works to transform the energy efficiency market by increasing confidence in the financial and environmental performance of building retrofits. It offers investors and developers a standardized roadmap to assess risk and deliver on project results by optimizing performance and monitoring the outcome of energy efficiency investments to generate financial savings. By streamlining transactions and increasing the reliability of projected energy savings through its IREE certification, ICP reduces overhead costs to bring energy efficiency projects to market.</p> <p>&ldquo;The world&rsquo;s buildings account for about 40 percent of all energy use, and, in major cities like New York and London, that figure as much as doubles. What&rsquo;s more, up to half of this energy is wasted,&rdquo; said <a href="https://www.edf.org/people/andrew-h-darrell" target="_blank"> Andy Darrell</a>, chief of strategy, Global Energy and Finance at Environmental Defense Fund. &ldquo;ICP offers a system for investors and developers to access the trillion-dollar energy efficiency market, which remains largely untapped and is key to curbing climate change. Our partnership with GBCI builds on ICP&rsquo;s momentum, mobilizing capital to finance efficiency and cutting harmful pollution around the world.&rdquo;</p> <p>GBCI will work to scale ICP from a project conceived, incubated and developed at EDF in the U.S. and Europe to a market-based standard, housed at GBCI and capable of global growth and alignment with other GBCI programs.</p> <p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;ve known for decades there&rsquo;s a lot of potential for financial returns locked up in the way buildings use energy. ICP provides a standard platform for project developers and underwriters to use to ensure building retrofits capture as much of this potential as possible,&rdquo; said <a href="http://www.eeperformance.org/project-team.html" target="_blank">Matt Golden</a>, ICP&rsquo;s director. &ldquo;The partnership with GBCI will help ICP usher a new era of market-driven performance and achieve global scale.&rdquo;</p> <p>The ICP system includes more than 70 credentialed <a href="http://www.eeperformance.org/project-developers.html" target="_blank">project developers,</a> and its projects are deemed ICP-compliant and IREE-certified by independent <a href="http://www.eeperformance.org/quality-assurance-providers.html">quality assurance providers</a>. These include leading energy efficiency firms in the <a href="http://www.eeperformance.org/quality-assurance-providers.html" target="_blank">U.S.</a> and <a href="http://europe.eeperformance.org/quality-assurance-providers.html" target="_blank">Europe</a>, as well as other firms that directly interact with energy efficiency customers.</p> <p>ICP is running a pilot through the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, and is working with Pacific Gas and Electric in California to provide interest-free loans to contractors who develop ICP investor-ready projects.</p> <p>Backed by the European Commission&rsquo;s Horizon 2020 program, and with philanthropic support, ICP has developed Europe-wide protocols and a certification based on national and international standards. It is also working with more than 200 leaders in finance, engineering and real estate in the continent through its <a href="http://www.eeperformance.org/investors.html" target="_blank">Investor Network</a>, <a href="http://www.eeperformance.org/allies.html" target="_blank">Ally Network</a>&nbsp;and Technical Working Group, including a portfolio of hospital renovations led by the Carbon and Energy Fund.</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "57f44390cb6d3d6aa5000319", "57f553ce0aaf2da42f0007a9"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://education.usgbc.org/articles/gbci-and-environmental-defense-fund-establish-investor-confidence-project-global-standard-e#comments Media Wed, 05 Oct 2016 19:26:27 +0000 Marisa Long 10473904 at http://education.usgbc.org GBCI to Administer Zero Waste Certification and Credential http://education.usgbc.org/articles/gbci-administer-zero-waste-certification-and-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="948" height="375" alt="" src="http://education.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/press-release-j_1_0.png?1475695236" /> </div> </div> </div> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Green Business Certification Inc. and U.S. Zero Waste Business Council align efforts to promote zero waste business</em>&nbsp;</p> <p>Washington, D.C.&mdash;(Oct. 5, 2016)&mdash;<a href="http://www.gbci.org/" target="_blank">Green Business Certification Inc.</a> (GBCI) and the <a href="https://uszwbc.org/" target="_blank">U. S. Zero Waste Business Council</a> (USZWBC) announced today that they are formally joining forces to advance zero waste business practices. USZWBC will be integrated into the global GBCI community that drives sustainability across all sectors. GBCI will assume responsibility for the ongoing management and evolution of the Zero Waste Facility Certification and Zero Waste Business Associate programs created by USZWBC, and the zero waste principles will be aligned with GBCI&rsquo;s offerings.</p> <p>&ldquo;GBCI is taking another important step toward creating a holistic strategy for green business that began when the <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/" target="_blank">U.S. Green Business Council</a> (USGBC) launched the <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/leed" target="_blank">LEED</a> green building rating system 16 years ago,&rdquo; said <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/mahesh-ramanujam/0010539283" target="_blank">Mahesh Ramanujam</a>, president, GBCI, and COO, USGBC. &ldquo;By reducing and eliminating the volume and toxicity of waste and materials and aligning green rating systems, we are one step further in transforming the market to be more sustainable.&rdquo;</p> <p>GBCI is the exclusive provider of third-party certification and professional credentials for LEED, the world&rsquo;s most widely used green building rating program, and other respected sustainability programs including <a href="https://www.wellcertified.com/" target="_blank">WELL</a>, <a href="http://peer.gbci.org/" target="_blank">PEER</a>, <a href="http://www.sustainablesites.org/" target="_blank">SITES</a>, <a href="https://www.gresb.com/" target="_blank">GRESB</a> and <a href="http://parksmart.gbci.org/" target="_blank">Parksmart</a>. As the premier credentialing body for green business, GBCI is uniquely positioned to engage market leaders in accelerating the adoption of zero waste strategies by building upon the work and mission of USZWBC.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;USZWBC is so excited to join the GBCI family. By spearheading a comprehensive certification and training program, we have already made huge strides in shifting attitudes and behaviors of large and small companies to focus upstream with managing waste,&rdquo; said Stephanie Barger, founder and executive director, USZWBC. &ldquo;With GBCI&rsquo;s influence, we will be able to further the integrity and credibility of zero waste and create a zero waste economy for all!&rdquo;</p> <p>Zero Waste Facility Certification is based on the peer-reviewed, internationally accepted definition of zero waste&nbsp;developed by the Zero Waste International Alliance (ZWIA), and has been aligned with credit requirements of LEED for Buildings Operations and Maintenance (LEED O+M). Zero Waste Business Associates help implement best practices and measure progress toward achieving zero waste&nbsp;goals and certification. Businesses, organizations and communities that divert more than 90 percent of waste from landfills, incinerators and the environment are considered to be successful in achieving zero waste.</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "57f50936731c14febf0000fa", "51e8289308859376910000d4"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://education.usgbc.org/articles/gbci-administer-zero-waste-certification-and-credential#comments Media Wed, 05 Oct 2016 19:20:36 +0000 Marisa Long 10473865 at http://education.usgbc.org GBCI Announces New Technology Organization: arc http://education.usgbc.org/articles/gbci-announces-new-technology-organization-arc <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="948" height="375" alt="" src="http://education.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/press-release-c_1_0.png?1475615779" /> </div> </div> </div> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Platform will&nbsp;drive building performance within the green industry</em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>USGBC&rsquo;s Scot Horst named CEO of new GBCI venture</em></p> <p>Washington, D.C.&mdash;(Oct. 4, 2016)&mdash;Today, during the <a href="http://www.usgbc.org" target="_blank">U.S. Green Building Council</a> (USGBC) International Summit held at the 2016 <a href="http://greenbuildexpo.com/" target="_blank">Greenbuild International Conference and Expo</a>, <a href="http://www.gbci.org/" target="_blank">Green Business Certification Inc.</a> (GBCI) announced a new technology organization called <em>arc</em>.</p> <p>Officially launching later in 2016, <em>arc</em> will further the performance of the green building industry and the built environment as a whole.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/scot-horst/0000020400" target="_blank">Scot Horst</a>, USGBC&rsquo;s chief product officer, has been named <em>arc&rsquo;s</em> incoming CEO. He will transition from his role with USGBC and <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/leed" target="_blank">LEED</a> at the end of 2016.</p> <p>&ldquo;As the leaders of the green building movement over the last two decades, USGBC and GBCI have gathered more green building data and its related business intelligence than any other organization in the world,&rdquo; said <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/rick-fedrizzi/0000043478" target="_blank">Rick Fedrizzi</a>, CEO and founding chair, USGBC. &ldquo;Through this data, we have begun to measure, monitor and score building performance in real time. We developed <em>arc</em> as a way to provide new and more transparent ways to share this information."</p> <p>&ldquo;Scot&rsquo;s leadership of this new venture is a testament to his expertise and vision. He&rsquo;s led LEED&rsquo;s continued evolution through LEED 2009 and LEED v4, its globalization and its shift from a design tool to a performance metric. We welcome him to his new role,&rdquo; continued Fedrizzi.</p> <p><em>Arc</em> is a state of the art platform that will allow any building to participate and immediately start measuring performance, make improvements and benchmark against itself. The goal of <em>arc</em> is to support the missions of USGBC and GBCI.</p> <p>LEED-certified buildings can use <em>arc </em>to improve and benchmark against other certified buildings around them. Buildings that have not certified yet will be able to use <em>arc</em> to make incremental sustainability improvements and eventually achieve LEED certification.</p> <p>&ldquo;The LEED rating system revolutionized the design, construction and operations of green buildings more than 16 years ago,&rdquo; said Scot Horst, incoming CEO, <em>arc</em>. &ldquo;<em>Arc&rsquo;</em>s goal is to transform green performance technology and bring data, mobility and the most disruptive technologies available today to support a holistic approach to building our future. It will connect actions through a single platform that delivers a higher quality of life.</p> <p>The <em>arc</em> platform is a complement to LEED and other green building rating systems, standards, protocols and guidelines and allows buildings and spaces to connect to the built environment in a new way by comparing performance metrics and connecting them to green building strategies. <em>Arc</em> eliminates complexities and barriers to behavioral change.</p> <p><em>Arc </em>was developed by GBCI, which is the only certification and credentialing body within the green business and sustainability industry to exclusively administer project certifications and professional credentials and certificates for various rating systems. <em>Arc </em>is an open platform built to integrate the current and future standards, guidelines, protocols and systems that enable a higher quality of life.</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "57f3d8a0c809fb6e5700004b", "57f41c1440a09da7ce000386"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --><div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://education.usgbc.org/articles/gbci-announces-new-technology-organization-arc#comments Media Tue, 04 Oct 2016 21:16:19 +0000 Marisa Long 10470838 at http://education.usgbc.org 2016 USGBC Leadership Awards Announced http://education.usgbc.org/articles/2016-usgbc-leadership-awards-announced <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-all-appl-country"> <div class="field-label">Applicable country:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> India </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="948" height="375" alt="" src="http://education.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/press-release-d_1_0.png?1475160819" /> </div> </div> </div> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Award winners to be honored at Greenbuild International Conference and Expo</em></p> <p>(Washington, D.C.)&mdash;Sept. 29, 2016&mdash;Today, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced the recipients of its 2016 Leadership Awards, an annual recognition of the outstanding individuals and organizations at the forefront of the green building movement. The recipients will be honored at the <a href="http://www.greenbuildexpo.com/Attendee/Home/Events/LeadershipAwardsLuncheon" target="_blank">USGBC Leadership Awards Luncheon</a> at the <a href="http://www.greenbuildexpo.com/Attendee/Home" target="_blank">Greenbuild International Conference and Expo</a> on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.</p> <p>&ldquo;USGBC&rsquo;s annual Leadership Awards recognize some of the most dedicated and exceptional leaders in sustainability,&rdquo; said <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/rick-fedrizzi/0000043478" target="_blank">Rick Fedrizzi</a>, CEO and founding chair, USGBC. &ldquo;I am personally awed and inspired by each of this year&rsquo;s recipients and their contributions to our movement. These are the people whose contributions to USGBC and the green building industry are shaping the future of our world.&rdquo;&nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <p>This year&rsquo;s 2016 USGBC Leadership Award recipients include:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Lucien and Gina Duncan</strong>, founders, Fondation Enfant Jesus (FEJ), are providers of hope, resilience and opportunity for the children in Haiti. They founded FEJ to offer expanded humanitarian services for abandoned children and families and have established an impressive record of placing children in homes that provide loving care and support. FEJ will run USGBC&rsquo;s William Jefferson Clinton Children&rsquo;s Center in Port-au-Prince.</li> <li><strong>Jason Dunlop</strong>, vice president, Big-D Signature Construction Management, currently works to promote the growth of sustainable design and construction in the residential and resort market. Formerly the chair of USGBC Wyoming and a longtime member of the USGBC Chapter Steering Committee, Dunlop is being recognized for his leadership and countless hours of service and dedication toward the growth and evolution of the USGBC Community organization.</li> <li><strong>Tony Gale</strong>, corporate architect, Starbucks, is being honored for his long-time collaboration with USGBC and his dedication to expanding Starbuck&rsquo;s sustainability model. With more than 1,000 LEED-certified stores in 20 countries, Gale has uncovered new ways to achieve greater energy and water savings at each store, seeking to source ingredients and materials locally and addressing issues of transportation and location along the way.</li> <li><strong>David Gottfried</strong>, CEO of Regenerative Ventures, is best known as the co-founder of USGBC and founder of the World Green Building Council. He was instrumental in the creation of LEED, which now certifies 1.85 million square feet of space every day in more than 160 countries. David continues to be one of the foremost leaders in the green building movement and serves as <span>catalyst for transformational start-ups, collaboration and inspiration. </span>His personal and professional journey to bring about greater realization of how each of us impacts our environment, and how our environment impacts us, has touched the lives of millions of people around the world.</li> <li><strong>Bill McDonough,</strong> chief executive, McDonough Innovation, views design and the development of buildings as an opportunity to embrace and emulate the principles of nature. He strives to create physical spaces that give back, enhancing the human experience but also eliminating our impact on the environment. A world-renowned architect and thought leader on sustainable development, he is the co-creator of the Cradle-to-Cradle Certified products program, a global standard for safe, healthy and sustainable products and a global leader in the green building movement.</li> <li><strong>Michelle Moore</strong>, CEO, Groundswell, is a longtime leader in the green building movement, previously working as a senior executive at USGBC in its early days, responsible for shaping the USGBC voice, the LEED brand and green building policies. Moore served as the Federal Chief Sustainability Officer within the Obama administration, where she developed and launched the Better Buildings Challenge, which is now the premier green building program of the Department of Energy.</li> <li><strong>John Picard, </strong>founder and CEO, John Picard &amp; Associates, has helped to define the path of sustainable American business over the past several decades, charting a course toward environmentally responsible practices through his work with such business giants as Ray Anderson and Don Fisher. A key consultant in the Greening of the White House under President Clinton, he is a founding member of USGBC and remains a steadfast supporter of green building the world over.</li> </ul> <p>Two additional Leadership Awards will be given at the USGBC Executive Luncheon taking place on Wednesday, Oct. 5.</p> <ul> <li><strong>David Wade</strong>, president and chief operating office, EPB, will receive the second annual Galvin award, given to honor the legacy of former Motorola CEO Bob Galvin. Under Wade&rsquo;s leadership, EPB utilized its community-wide fiber optic network to deploy the most advanced smart grid power management system in the country and is the first major power distributor to earn PEER (Performance Excellence in Energy Renewal) certification.</li> <li><strong>Diageo</strong>, a global leader in the alcoholic beverage industry, will receive the Ray Anderson Radical Industrialism Award, given to a leader in the manufacturing sector whose commitment to and achievements in sustainability exemplify Anderson&rsquo;s vision. For Diageo, putting the principles of sustainability and responsibility into practice means accounting for social and environmental impacts in every aspect of its business&mdash;from sourcing raw materials to running manufacturing safely and efficiently to influencing how its brands are sold and consumed.</li> </ul> <p>USGBC&rsquo;s more than 12,000 member organizations, 201,300 LEED professional credential holders and network of local leaders across the United States and throughout the world are at the heart of USGBC's mission of market transformation through its <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/leed/rating-systems" target="_blank">LEED green building program</a>.</p> <p>Currently, there are nearly 79,600 LEED commercial projects comprising more than 15 billion square feet of construction space in 50 states and more than 161 countries and territories. The green building industry also serves as an economic driver in the United States, according to the <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/new-study-finds-green-construction-major-us-economic-driver">USGBC 2015 Green Building Economic Impact Study</a>. Between 2015 and 2018, LEED construction will contribute $29.8 billion to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), and by 2018, 386,000 jobs to the U.S. economy.&nbsp;</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "57ec245d2f98e316050000ba", "57ed2ae5e2f23c427c00018c"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://education.usgbc.org/articles/2016-usgbc-leadership-awards-announced#comments Media Thu, 29 Sep 2016 14:53:39 +0000 Marisa Long 10463443 at http://education.usgbc.org USGBC Partners with Department of Energy on Better Communities Alliance http://education.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-partners-department-energy-better-communities-alliance <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="948" height="375" alt="" src="http://education.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/press-release-b_1_0.png?1474985480" /> </div> </div> </div> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>As a key strategic partner, USGBC will ignite clean energy action in cities and counties across the U.S.</em></p> <p>WASHINGTON, D.C.&mdash;(Sept. 27, 2016)&mdash;The <a href="http://www.usgbc.org" target="_blank">U.S. Green Building Council</a> (USGBC) has been named a key strategic partner in the new Better Communities Alliance, which was announced by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the White House this week. The Better Communities Alliance (BCA) is designed to ignite clean energy action in cities and counties across the U.S. USGBC, through its sister organization, Green Business Certification Inc. (<a href="http://www.gbci.org/" target="_blank">GBCI)</a>, is utilizing <a href="http://peer.gbci.org/" target="_blank">PEER</a> (Performance Excellence in Electricity Renewal) and <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/leed" target="_blank">LEED</a> (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) to advance the goals of the BCA.</p> <p>&ldquo;This is an important initiative for the Department of Energy, &rdquo;said <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/mahesh-ramanujam/0010539283" target="_blank">Mahesh</a><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/mahesh-ramanujam/0010539283" target="_blank"> Ramanujam</a>, COO, USGBC, and president, GBCI. &ldquo;USGBC is uniquely positioned to help facilitate productive conversations between cities and the private sector on clean energy, which will identify common objectives to advance mutual progress and economic gains. As part of our contribution, we are offering participating cities additional tools to meet these objectives.</p> <p>Programs like LEED, the world&rsquo;s most widely used green building rating system, are helping cities become greener, healthier and more efficient while supporting a highly skilled workforce, creating value in the real estate market, increasing productivity, reducing resource use and saving money, all while generating positive attention for the city. Through collaboration with DOE and other partners on the BCA, USGBC is also expanding its support of city initiatives by including tools such as PEER to help cities track and demonstrate measurable progress toward their objectives for sustainability, livability and prosperity.</p> <p>As a partner, USGBC is committing to work with DOE in a strategic collaboration that supports the goals of the BCA and that builds the capacity of local governments to achieve clean energy solutions.</p> <p>USGBC and GBCI will help develop tools for cities to measure clean energy performance across energy, climate and economic metrics. USGBC will collaborate with DOE and other partners to support deployment of clean energy solutions in cities, including city resilience efforts. This collaboration will enable continuous improvement in performance, such as in municipal and cooperative electric grids, with the PEER rating system and related tools.</p> <p><a href="http://energy.gov/eere/articles/energy-department-launches-better-communities-alliance-ignite-clean-energy-action" target="_blank">Learn more about the Better Communities Alliance</a>.</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "57ea6d88524626d285000983", "57ea7d871ceef7b67100014b"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://education.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-partners-department-energy-better-communities-alliance#comments Media Tue, 27 Sep 2016 14:11:20 +0000 Marisa Long 10459701 at http://education.usgbc.org Green Business Certification, Inc. Announces 2016 LEED Fellows http://education.usgbc.org/articles/green-business-certification-inc-announces-2016-leed-fellows <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="948" height="375" alt="" src="http://education.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/press-release-c_0.png?1474912001" /> </div> </div> </div> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>LEED Fellows are best-in-class for green building design, engineering and development</em></p> <p><strong>Washington, D.C.</strong>&mdash;(Sept. 26, 2016)&mdash;<a href="http://www.gbci.org/" target="_blank">Green Business Certification Inc</a>. (GBCI) today announced its 2016 class of LEED Fellows, an annual recognition of outstanding LEED professionals. This year&rsquo;s 24 LEED Fellows exemplify a diverse array of achievements and contributions to the green building community.</p> <p>&ldquo;LEED would not have grown from an idea to a movement that spans more than 160 countries without the leadership and innovative thinking of professionals like our 2016 LEED Fellows,&rdquo; said <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/mahesh-ramanujam/0010539283" target="_blank">Mahesh Ramanujam</a>, president, GBCI, and COO, U.S. Green Building Council. &ldquo;This group&rsquo;s work is a clear reminder of the significant progress we&rsquo;ve made to create a sustainable built environment, and it is the ideas and contributions that these individuals make that will continue to advance our mission of a green building for all within this generation.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>2016 LEED Fellows:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Jim Chidester, senior mechanical engineer, Batson Inc.</li> <li>Lance Davis, sustainability architect, U.S. General Services Administration</li> <li>Aalok A. Deshmukh, general manager and head&mdash;energy efficiency, Schneider Electric India</li> <li>Rebecca Dunn Bryant, principal, Watershed</li> <li>Steven Guttmann, principal, Guttmann &amp; Blaevoet</li> <li>Anne Hicks Harney, sustainability director, Ayers Saint Gross</li> <li>Elizabeth Heider, chief sustainability officer, Skanska USA Inc.</li> <li>Susan Heinking, director of high performance, Pepper Construction Company</li> <li>Julie Hendricks, vice president and director of EcoServices, Kirksey Architecture</li> <li>R. Kirk Johnson, director of sustainable design, Corgan</li> <li>Michael Kawecki, certification reviewer, GBCI</li> <li>Juzer S. Kothari, managing director, Conserve Consultants Private Limited</li> <li>Brian Lomel, principal, TLC Engineering for Architecture</li> <li>Jorge Lopez de Obeso, chairman of the board, EA Energ&iacute;a y Arquitectura</li> <li>Jos&eacute;e Lupien, president, Vertima&mdash;Green Building and Materials Experts</li> <li>Tom Marseille, senior vice president and director of Sustainability, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff</li> <li>John Mlade, senior sustainability manager, YR&amp;G</li> <li>Diana Paez, green building &amp; sustainable materials specialist, THREE Consultoria Medioambiental</li> <li>Dana Robbins Schneider, managing director, JLL</li> <li>David Rodriguez, firm principal, BCE</li> <li>Megan Ritchie Saffitz, director of LEED support, GBCI</li> <li>Susie Spivey-Tilson, senior program manager, CBRE</li> <li>Wes Sullens, green building program manager, StopWaste</li> <li>Shigeru Urashima, regional senior staff architect, Intel</li> </ul> <p>The LEED Fellow program was established in 2011 to honor LEED professionals who have demonstrated exceptional achievement in key mastery elements of LEED certification and significant contributions in teaching, mentoring or research with other industry professionals. LEED Fellows also have a strong history of highly impactful commitment, service and advocacy for green building and sustainability.</p> <p>LEED Fellows are nominated by their peers and must have at least 10 years experience in the green building industry and hold a LEED AP with specialty credential, among other requirements. The evaluation process includes extensive portfolio review and is carried out by the LEED Fellow Evaluation Committee and supported by GBCI.</p> <p>The recipients will be honored at the <a href="http://www.greenbuildexpo.com/Attendee/Home/Events/LeadershipAwardsLuncheon" target="_blank">2016 USGBC Leadership Awards Luncheon</a> at the <a href="http://www.greenbuildexpo.com/Attendee/Home" target="_blank">Greenbuild International Conference and Expo</a> on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.&nbsp;The nomination period for the 2017 LEED Fellows class will open in January 2017. For more information about the LEED Fellow program, visit <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/leed/credentials/leed-fellow" target="_blank">usgbc.org/leed/credentials/leed-fellow</a>.</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "57e2ecfec219f9c0e8000264", "57e95e88caa1f920b0000421"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://education.usgbc.org/articles/green-business-certification-inc-announces-2016-leed-fellows#comments Media Mon, 26 Sep 2016 17:46:41 +0000 Rachel Gilbert 10458421 at http://education.usgbc.org USGBC North Carolina Announces Sustainable Business Awards http://education.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-north-carolina-announces-sustainable-business-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="948" height="375" alt="" src="http://education.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/press-release-d_0.png?1474037258" /> </div> </div> </div> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Nominated by their peers, the award winners represent excellence in sustainability, leadership and innovation</em></p> <p>Washington, D.C.&mdash;(Sept. 16, 2016)&mdash;Today, <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/usgbc-north-carolina" target="_blank">USGBC North Carolina</a> announced the winners of the <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/2016-sustainable-business-awards-usgbc-north-carolina" target="_blank">2016 Sustainable Business Awards</a>, an annual recognition of companies, individuals and nonprofits that demonstrate exemplary commitment and achievements in creating a more sustainable future for North Carolina. The winners were recognized at the 2016 USGBC North Carolina Green Gala.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;USGBC North Carolina is proud to honor our award recipients for their dedication and leadership to sustainability in the state,&rdquo; said <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/meet-usgbc-north-carolinas-new-director-qa-sarah-beth-harkless" target="_blank">Sarah Beth Harkless</a>, director of community, USGBC North Carolina. &ldquo;With their collective commitment to a sustainable built environment, we are continuing to successfully promote green buildings as a transformative tool for the global environment and human health in our communities, cities and state.&rdquo;</p> <h3>The 2016 Sustainable Business Award winners<em>&nbsp;</em></h3> <ul> <li><strong>A Green Apple a Day </strong>is awarded to schools that exemplify leadership by integrating sustainability principles: <strong>Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools, Chapel Hill, N.C.</strong> The Chapel Hill-Carrboro City School&rsquo;s commitment to sustainability has resulted not only in energy savings and reduced carbon emissions, but a generation of students educated about waste reduction, regenerative processes and landfill alternatives.&nbsp;<strong>&nbsp;</strong></li> </ul> <ul> <li><strong>Fearless Leader </strong>was established to honor early-career professionals who provide outstanding leadership: <strong>Brian Baewon Koh, </strong>AIA, LEED AP BD+C<strong>, </strong>principal, director of design, Innovative Design.Koh has led a numerous award-winning sustainability projects and been an active USGBC North Carolina volunteer for more than 12 years.</li> </ul> <ul> <li><strong>The Thomas Edison</strong> award is given to companies demonstrating innovative performance/transferable solutions: <strong>Bank of America, Charlotte, North Carolina.&nbsp;</strong>Bank of America received the award for its dedication to environmentally sustainable operations and industry-wide leadership.</li> </ul> <p><strong>The Talking Walls</strong> award recognize projects for successful systematic integration of sustainability standards:</p> <ul> <li><em>Residential</em>: <strong>Horseshoe Farm</strong> is the last in a series of new structures interspersed with existing outbuildings on farmland in Raleigh.</li> <li><em>Small Commercial New Construction</em>: <strong>The </strong><strong>Kent Corner&nbsp;</strong>development transformed an environmentally contaminated site within a historic low-income community on the edge of downtown Durham.</li> <li><em>Large Commercial New Construction</em>: <strong>Duke Medicine Cancer Center</strong>, a LEED Gold research/training facility on a transformed grayfield site in Durham.</li> <li><em>Small Commercial Existing Building</em>: <strong>Piedmont Natural Gas Rockingham Resource Center, </strong>a modified warehouse certified as LEED Silver in Rockingham.</li> <li><em>Large Commercial Existing Building</em>: <strong>Wexford Science + Technologies, Building 60</strong>, a highly renovated core and shell building designed to minimize its use of precious resources and contribute to its civic environment in Winston-Salem, N.C.</li> </ul> <p>&ldquo;Thanks to our leaders and committed volunteers in North Carolina, we are advancing our mission and, together, transforming the built environment,&rdquo; said <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/mahesh-ramanujam/0010539283" target="_blank">Mahesh Ramanujam</a>, chief operating officer, USGBC. &ldquo;The sustainable business award winners represent some of our great partners in the state of North Carolina&mdash;partners who are working to design and construct better buildings, reduce overall environmental impact and create a healthier and more sustainable built environment where we live, learn, work and play.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p><span>There are currently more than 797 LEED-certified buildings in North Carolina, equivalent to nearly 87 million square feet. In 2014, North Carolina ranked seventh in the nation for LEED buildings in square feet of LEED space per state resident. The green building industry also serves as an economic driver in the state. Between 2015 and 2018, green building construction in North Carolina expected to support nearly 460,000 jobs and more than $26 billion in labor earnings, according to USGBC&rsquo;s&nbsp;<a href="http://go.usgbc.org/2015-Green-Building-Economic-Impact-Study.html" target="_blank">2015 Green Building Economic Impact Study</a>.</span></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "57d970fa2f46be30bf000489", "57dc0596e6937b2be5000196"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://education.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-north-carolina-announces-sustainable-business-awards#comments Media Fri, 16 Sep 2016 14:47:38 +0000 Jessica L. Wilson 10444631 at http://education.usgbc.org U.S. Building Owners Show Strong Support for Better Designed, Healthier Buildings to Improve Employee Wellness http://education.usgbc.org/articles/us-building-owners-show-strong-support-better-designed-healthier-buildings-improve-employee <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="948" height="375" alt="" src="http://education.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/press-release-g_0.png?1473971439" /> </div> </div> </div> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>U.S. Green Building Council partners with Dodge Data &amp; Analytics to release Drive Toward Healthier Buildings Report 2016</em></p> <p>Washington, D.C.&mdash;(Sept. 15, 2016)&mdash;The design and construction of healthier buildings is a key business benefit for building owners, developers, managers and investors, according to the results of a new <a href="http://analyticsstore.construction.com/smartmarket-reports/2016WorldGreen.html?sourcekey=PRESREL" target="_blank">SmartMarket Report</a> released today by <a href="http://www.construction.com/about-us/" target="_blank">Dodge Data &amp; Analytics</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;to which the <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/" target="_blank">U.S. Green Building Council</a> (USGBC) is a contributing partner.</p> <p>&ldquo;Our world is confronting massive challenges that affect our physical, mental and social well-being,&rdquo; said <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/mahesh-ramanujam/0010539283" target="_blank">Mahesh Ramanujam</a>, chief operating officer, USGBC. &ldquo;We know that programs like USGBC&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/leed" target="_blank">LEED</a> green building rating system and IWBI&rsquo;s <a href="https://www.wellcertified.com/" target="_blank">WELL Building Standard </a>provide key solutions to business leaders who are looking for the best way to create healthier, more sustainable buildings. We will continue to educate and push the market to prioritize human health in the built environment, which has benefits that extend beyond the building itself to the cities, communities and neighborhoods where we live.&rdquo;</p> <p>The report, &ldquo;The Drive Toward Healthier Buildings 2016,&rdquo; shows that the design and construction industry in the U.S. is poised for wider adoption of building practices that prioritize the physical, mental and social well-being of tenants and occupants. The construction of healthier buildings for occupants is of interest for about two-thirds of U.S. building owners, according to the report, which also found that 79 percent believe such buildings will lead to improved employee satisfaction and engagement as evidenced by owners&rsquo; ability to increase leasing rates (73 percent) and realize higher asset values (62 percent).</p> <p>&ldquo;The increased attention to building health impacts is just beginning,&rdquo; says Stephen A. Jones, senior director of Industry Insights, Dodge Data &amp; Analytics. &ldquo;In a similar way several years ago, companies engaged in green construction because of the demonstrable business and financial benefits they were able to achieve. The findings of this report demonstrate that the focus on buildings that enhance the health and well-being of their occupants is likely to follow a similar trajectory, boosted by those who have committed to sustainability in their organizations.&rdquo;</p> <p>The report surveyed U.S. owners, architects, interior designers and contractors, and found that 67 percent of U.S. building owners are interested in creating healthier buildings for people. Additionally, 64 percent of all respondents believe enhanced air quality will be the leading healthy feature deployed in buildings during the next five years. Interior designers and architects are currently leading the industry toward healthier building strategies. As the building industry continues to gather data on the business and financial benefits of healthier buildings, this focus and engagement is likely to increase.</p> <p>The top five healthy building features in use are better lighting/daylighting exposure, products that enhance thermal comfort, spaces that enhance social interaction, enhanced air quality and products that enhance acoustical comfort. Use of these features is expected to grow considerably, along with further pioneering approaches such as the use of biophilic design and the creation of spaces that enhance tenant mood and provide opportunities for physical activity. Although the U.S. is a leader in the development of healthy buildings, the move to buildings with enhanced air quality is likely to expand globally, with the <a href="http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/d4d76428-7569-11e6-bf48-b372cdb1043a.html#axzz4JlmakceV" target="_blank">World Bank reporting that premature deaths</a> due to air pollution cost the global economy $5 trillion annually.</p> <p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/leed">LEED</a>, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the world&rsquo;s most widely used green building rating program. Since LEED&nbsp;launched&nbsp;in 2000, it has grown to certify more than 5 billion&nbsp;square feet of space in more than 160 countries. Approximately 1.85 million square feet of space are certified every day.</p> <p><a href="https://analyticsstore.construction.com/smartmarket-reports/HealthierBuildings16SMR.html" target="_blank">Download the full study</a> <em>The Drive Toward Healthier Buildings 2016: Tactical Intelligence to Transform Building Design and Construction SmartMarket Report</em>.</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "57d9af1a2ad66d12b3000262", "57db04e362db3a699c00057b"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://education.usgbc.org/articles/us-building-owners-show-strong-support-better-designed-healthier-buildings-improve-employee#comments Media Thu, 15 Sep 2016 20:30:39 +0000 Marisa Long 10443773 at http://education.usgbc.org USGBC and Second Nature Announce 2016 Winners of Higher Education Climate Leaders Competition http://education.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-and-second-nature-announce-2016-winners-higher-education-climate-leaders-competition <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="948" height="375" alt="" src="http://education.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/press-release-j_0.png?1473259714" /> </div> </div> </div> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Arizona State University and Johnson County Community College demonstrate ongoing commitment to climate leadership</em></p> <p>WASHINGTON, DC&mdash;(Sept. 7, 2016)&mdash; Today, the <a href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/">Center for Green Schools</a> at the <a href="http://usgbc.org">U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)</a>, in partnership with <a href="http://secondnature.org/">Second Nature</a>, announced that Arizona State University and Johnson County Community College have been selected to receive the seventh annual <a href="http://secondnature.org/climate-leadership-awards">Climate Leadership Awards</a>.</p> <p>&ldquo;We are thrilled to recognize these institutions for their dedication to creating a sustainable higher education environment and incorporating green practices into their campuses&rsquo; and educational discourse,&rdquo; said Jaime Van Mourik, director of higher education, USGBC. &ldquo;By prioritizing sustainability, Arizona State University and Johnson County Community College are not only reducing their environmental impact but using green building practices as a teachable moment for students and faculty that will inform and benefit generations to come, as well as launch the next generation of global sustainability citizens.&rdquo;</p> <p>Second Nature is a national nonprofit that works to build a sustainable and positive global future through collaboration with leadership networks in higher education, and the Climate Leadership Awards recognize innovative and advanced leadership in sustainability, climate change mitigation and resilience at college and university campuses that participate in Second Nature&rsquo;s <a href="http://secondnature.org/what-we-do/climate-leadership/">climate commitments</a>. This year&rsquo;s recipients show leadership through practices, partnerships and initiatives designed to tackle some of the greatest modern challenges. Examples of commitments made by these institutions include the ongoing pursuit of green building practices; the development of a campus culture that embraces local sourcing; alternative transportation methods; innovative partnerships with their surrounding communities; and cultivation of a sense of individual responsibility among students, faculty, and staff.</p> <p>&ldquo;After 10 years of commitment, the Climate Leadership Network continues to impress us by showing us what the leading edge looks like,&rdquo; said Tim Carter, president of Second Nature. "It&rsquo;s never easy for our judges to choose winners, but it&rsquo;s inspiring to see so much great work being done on our college and university campuses across the nation.&rdquo;</p> <p>This year saw close to 40 institutions vying for the two awards: one for a two-year and one for a four-year institution. The winners were chosen from a pool of 19 finalists. In an effort to further recognize outstanding institutions at different stages of their trajectory, Second Nature and the Center for Green Schools at USGBC introduced an Honorable Mentions category this year.</p> <p>The 2016 Climate Leadership Award Winners are:</p> <p><strong>Two-Year Institution</strong></p> <ul class="styledlist"> <li>Winner: Johnson County Community College</li> </ul> <p>Honorable Mentions:</p> <ul class="styledlist"> <li> <p>Milwaukee Area Technical College</p> </li> <li> <p>Santa Fe Community College</p> </li> </ul> <p><strong>Four-Year Institution</strong></p> <ul class="styledlist"> <li>Winner: Arizona State University</li> </ul> <p>Honorable Mentions:</p> <ul class="styledlist"> <li> <p>Huston-Tillotson University</p> </li> <li> <p>Southern Oregon University</p> </li> </ul> <p>Award winners will be recognized as part of the <a href="http://www.greenbuildexpo.com/Attendee/Home/Events/LeadershipAwardsLuncheon">2016 USGBC Leadership Awards Luncheon</a> at the <a href="http://www.greenbuildexpo.com/Attendee/Home">Greenbuild International Conference &amp; Expo</a> on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016, in Los Angeles, Calif. Visit <a href="http://secondnature.org/our-impact/climate-leadership-awards/">Second Nature</a> to learn more about the Climate Leadership Awards.</p> <p>###</p> <p><strong>About the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council</strong></p> <p>The Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council&rsquo;s mission is to make sure every student has the opportunity to attend a green school within this generation. The Center sits at the intersection of buildings, curriculum and community and works directly with teachers, students, administrators, elected officials and communities to create programs, resources and partnerships that transform all schools into healthy learning environments. High-performing schools result in high-performing students, and green schools go far beyond bricks and mortar. The Center advances opportunities to educate a new generation of leaders, including sustainability natives, capable of driving global market transformation. To learn more please visit <a href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/">centerforgreenschools.org</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Second Nature</strong></p> <p>Second Nature works to proactively build a sustainable and positive global future through initiating bold commitments, scaling successful actions, and accelerating innovative solutions among leadership networks in higher education. The Climate Leadership Commitments, a signature program of Second Nature, is based on the premise that bold commitments to climate action and resilience by higher education leaders yield positive changes at their institutions, and beyond. For more information, visit <a href="http://secondnature.org">secondnature.org</a> and follow us on <a href="https://twitter.com/LeadOnClimate">Twitter</a> and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/LeadOnClimate">Facebook</a>.</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "57c84519a23d6c0a6e00003f", "57d028bc95d992744b000775"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://education.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-and-second-nature-announce-2016-winners-higher-education-climate-leaders-competition#comments Media Wed, 07 Sep 2016 14:48:34 +0000 Rachel Gilbert 10431414 at http://education.usgbc.org New Data Shows 90 Percent of Property Companies and Funds Actively Manage Carbon Emissions http://education.usgbc.org/articles/new-data-shows-90-percent-property-companies-and-funds-actively-manage-carbon-emissions <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="948" height="375" alt="" src="http://education.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/press-release-e_0.png?1473251214" /> </div> </div> </div> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Real estate sector reducing energy consumption, carbon emissions, water use</em></p> <p>Amsterdam &ndash; (Sept. 7, 2016) &ndash; GRESB, the leading data provider for environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance of real assets, today released the results of the 2016 GRESB Real Estate, Developer and Debt assessments. The new data shows that real estate companies and funds are improving across all aspects of ESG performance, including a 1.2 percent reduction in energy consumption, 2 percent reduction in GHG emissions and close to 1 percent reduction in water use and are putting greater focus on occupant health and well-being.</p> <p>&ldquo;The 2016 GRESB data demonstrates that the global real estate sector is working to manage its carbon footprint, build resilience in the face of climate change and respond to more stringent environmental regulations,&rdquo; said Nils Kok, CEO of GRESB. &ldquo;In 2016, 90 percent of property companies and funds reporting to GRESB are integrating carbon management strategies into their investments. These actions have contributed to a 2 percent annual decrease in carbon emissions, the equivalent of taking 704,464 passenger cars off the road.&rdquo;</p> <p>A record 759 real estate companies and funds participated in the assessment, representing more than 66,000 assets across 63 countries, with a value of $2.8 trillion. Entities reporting to GRESB for seven consecutive years outperform their peers by an average of 12 points across all aspects of ESG.As a result, the overall GRESB Score increased by 11 percent to 60. In 2016, 18 debt funds participated in the GRESB Debt Assessment, an increase of 80 percent. The average GRESB Debt Score increased by 6 percent to 48.</p> <p>&ldquo;GRESB ESG performance data and trends matter because they show that, on average, property companies and fund managers are acting to improve sustainability performance. Leading companies and funds are being rewarded with more efficient and more desirable properties &mdash; which may ultimately translate into better financial performance,&rdquo; says Jennifer Young, principal, the Townsend Group.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>2016 Highlights:<br /></strong></p> <ul> <li><strong>Entities reporting to GRESB for seven consecutive years</strong> outperform their peers in ESG aspects by an average of 12 points.</li> <li><strong>Australian entities</strong> <strong>outperform</strong> all other regions with an average score of 74, which is 14 points above the global average.</li> <li><strong>Office companies and funds outperform</strong> other property types with an average score of 66.</li> <li><strong>Listed property companies outperform</strong> private equity entities by six points.</li> <li><strong>Participating companies and funds </strong>provided operational data for <strong>more than 22,000 individual buildings</strong>, including energy, water and waste performance.</li> </ul> <p>Now in its seventh year, the GRESB Real Estate Assessment has established itself as a roadmap to high sustainability performance and low carbon emissions for the real estate sector, assessing more than 1,100 real estate portfolios since its inception. GRESB provides comprehensive data about energy performance, carbon management, water conservation, waste management and health and wellbeing. In 2016, 174 companies and funds participated in a new supplemental GRESB Health &amp; Well-being Module, which provides unique insights into practices intended to promote the health and well-being in internal operations. New data from the module identified 43 leading companies acting to implement such practices for employees and customers.</p> <p>To read more about the 2016 GRESB data, visit <a href="https://gresb.com/" target="_blank">gresb.com</a> and for more details on the global results check the <a href="http://gresb-public.s3.amazonaws.com/2016/content/2016_Global_Snapshot.pdf">2016 GRESB Global Snapshot</a>.</p> <p><strong>About GRESB</strong></p> <p>GRESB is an investor-driven organization that is transforming the way we assess the environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance of real assets globally, including real estate portfolios and infrastructure assets. More than 250 members, of which about 60 are pension funds and their fiduciaries, use the GRESB data in their investment management and engagement process, with a clear goal to optimize the risk/return profile of their investments. GRESB has assessed nearly 1,100 property companies and funds, jointly representing more than USD 7.5 trillion in assets under management, on behalf of close to 60 institutional investors.</p> <p>The global property and infrastructure sectors are at the heart of the most important and far-reaching issues of our time, including urbanization, demographic change, resource constraints, environmental impacts and emerging technologies. The design, construction and operation of assets reflects, drives and potentially mitigates the impact of all of these issues on occupants, owners, communities and society at large. We can create better places for people and communities &ndash; places that reduce environmental impacts, improve social practices, are healthier for occupants and set high standards for corporate governance. Crucially, this can be done in a profitable way that makes good business sense, rewarding innovation. For more information, visit gresb.com. Follow @GRESB on Twitter.</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "57bb46c5226a0e0c3d0002e7", "57d00770c9e03ce2db000238"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://education.usgbc.org/articles/new-data-shows-90-percent-property-companies-and-funds-actively-manage-carbon-emissions#comments Media Wed, 07 Sep 2016 12:26:54 +0000 Marisa Long 10431035 at http://education.usgbc.org Exciting Entertainment Announced for Greenbuild International Conference & Expo http://education.usgbc.org/articles/exciting-entertainment-announced-greenbuild-international-conference-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="948" height="375" alt="" src="http://education.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/press-release-f_0.png?1472479154" /> </div> </div> </div> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Aloe Blacc and X Ambassadors to perform at annual conference celebration</em></p> <p>Washington, D.C.&mdash;(Aug. 29, 2016)&mdash;Informa Exhibitions U.S., Construction &amp; Real Estate and USGBC are excited to announce singer/songwriter <a href="http://www.aloeblacc.com/" target="_blank">Aloe Blacc</a> and alternative rock band <a href="https://www.xambassadors.com/" target="_blank">X Ambassadors</a> will perform an outdoor concert at the <a href="http://greenbuildexpo.com/" target="_blank">2016 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo</a> Celebration, held in conjunction with the <a href="https://greenbuildexpo.com/greenbuildplenaryandcelebration" target="_blank">Plenary</a>, scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016, from 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.</p> <p>&ldquo;The Greenbuild Celebration is a longstanding tradition that brings the green building community together to celebrate our successes while kicking back to enjoy great entertainment in a high-energy atmosphere,&rdquo; said <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/rick-fedrizzi/0000043478" target="_blank">Rick Fedrizzi</a>, CEO and founding chair, USGBC. &ldquo;As Los Angeles marks my last official Greenbuild, I want to make sure this is a very special event, so we have two of the most amazing musical talents today, X Ambassadors, and L.A.&rsquo;s own Aloe Blacc, joining us for an outdoor concert that is sure to make this year&rsquo;s Greenbuild truly &lsquo;Iconic Green.'&rdquo;</p> <p>Blacc is a Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter, producer and actor, and his best known singles include &ldquo;I Need a Dollar&rdquo; and &ldquo;The Man.&rdquo; He also co-wrote and sang vocals on Swedish DJ Avicii&rsquo;s &ldquo;Wake Me Up,&rdquo; which has sold more than 2.8 million copies in the U.S. alone, and climbed to #1 in 102 countries across the globe.</p> <p>Ithaca, New York-based&nbsp;X Ambassadors&nbsp;make passionate, dark, electronic-based pop centered around the throaty, soulful vocals of Sam Harris. Formed in 2009, their most notable songs include "Unsteady," &ldquo;Low Life,&rdquo; "Jungle" and "Renegades." The band's debut full-length album, "VHS," was released on June 30, 2015 to critical acclaim.</p> <p>&ldquo;We try to be as environmentally conscious as we can while we're on tour, so we're so thrilled to be a part of spreading the word about sustainability at the Greenbuild Conference this year,&rdquo; said X Ambassadors. &ldquo;It's a cause we sincerely believe in and we're honored to be a part of this event.&rdquo;</p> <p>Tickets to the Greenbuild Plenary and Celebration are included in the purchase price of a four-day conference pass, three-day conference pass or Thursday day pass. They can also be purchased separately by members of the sustainable building community for $150 to $200 each, depending on when they are purchased.</p> <p>The Plenary will take place from 6:30 p.m. &ndash; 8 p.m. at the Microsoft Theater, and the Celebration will begin immediately following its conclusion, from 8 p.m. &ndash; 11 p.m. outdoors at L.A. Live. The Microsoft Theater and L.A. Live are located approximately one block from the Los Angeles Convention Center.&nbsp;The Plenary is sponsored by the International Well Building Institute and the Celebration is sponsored by Kohler.</p> <p>Greenbuild registration options include Expo Hall Passes and educational one-day, three-day or four-day passes.&nbsp;Additional offerings include summits, LEED workshops, tours and special events. Online attendee registration is now open and available on the Greenbuild website. Visit <a href="http://www.greenbuildexpo.com" target="_blank">greenbuildexpo.com</a> for additional details. Follow&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/Greenbuild" target="_blank">@Greenbuild</a>&nbsp;on Twitter and tweet hashtag #Greenbuild to join the conversation.</p> <p>Owned and operated by Informa Exhibitions U.S., Construction &amp; Real Estate and presented by the U.S. Green Building Council, Greenbuild is the world's largest conference and expo dedicated to green building. The three-day conference attracts 20,000+ attendees and 600 exhibitors annually from across the green building sector, spanning commercial and residential professionals, architects, building owners and operators, students, advocates and educators. This year&rsquo;s conference takes place at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles from Oct. 5 to 7.</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "57c09046ec13bd622100004c", "57c43fa344d14f91c0000213"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://education.usgbc.org/articles/exciting-entertainment-announced-greenbuild-international-conference-expo#comments Media Mon, 29 Aug 2016 13:59:14 +0000 Marisa Long 10418546 at http://education.usgbc.org GBCI Announces LEED Performance Challenge for Cities http://education.usgbc.org/articles/gbci-announces-leed-performance-challenge-cities <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-all-appl-country"> <div class="field-label">Applicable country:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> India </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="948" height="375" alt="" src="http://education.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/press-release-h_0_0_0.png?1471898848" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>DELHI, INDIA&mdash;<a href="http://www.gbci.org/" target="_blank">Green Business Certification Inc.</a>&nbsp;(GBCI), the exclusive global certification body for <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/leed" target="_blank">LEED</a>&nbsp;projects and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), announced The LEED Performance Challenge today, which enables Indian cities to competitively share their latest performance data and benchmark it against other cities locally, nationally and globally. The LEED Performance Challenge aims to develop more sustainable, healthy buildings, communities and cities and to benchmark how they are planned, developed and measured against global standards.</p> <p>The LEED Performance Challenge uses the LEED rating system&mdash;the world&rsquo;s most widely recognized and used green building program&mdash;to evaluate a city&rsquo;s ability to implement energy efficiency, water preservation, waste management, health and wellness, sustainable sites and other important infrastructure elements. This new platform for cities is being hosted by the Smartnet portal, a path-breaking initiative by the Ministry of Urban Development in collaboration with the National Institute of Urban Affairs and other GOI initiatives instituted to support the development of smart cities across India, and to create a resource-rich ecosystem of learning, sharing and disseminating knowledge among city managers, practitioners, citizens and other stakeholders in the urban transformation of India.</p> <p>&ldquo;Every story about LEED is a story of leadership and the many leaders committed to creating a greener, more sustainable and smart future for all,&rdquo; said <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/mahesh-ramanujam/0010539283" target="_blank">Mahesh Ramanujam</a>, chief operating officer, USGBC and president of GBCI. &ldquo;We are grateful to be aligned with the Government of India on the LEED Performance Challenge, and we believe this is yet another opportunity to accelerate the development of sustainable cities on a global scale and to pass on the legacy of sustainability to our children and for the generations to come.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p>City authorities have until Aug. 31, 2016 to collate and submit their information. A representative of the winning city will attend USGBC&rsquo;s annual <a href="http://greenbuildexpo.com/" target="_blank">Greenbuild</a> conference in Los Angeles, Calif., Oct. 5&ndash;7, 2016. Greenbuild is one of the world&rsquo;s largest sustainability conferences, well attended by a global audience in excess of 20,000 people.</p> <p>&ldquo;GBCI is committed to India and extremely proud to present the LEED Performance Challenge,&rdquo; said <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/mili-majumdar/0011065810" target="_blank">Mili Majumdar</a>, managing director of GBCI India. &ldquo;For more than two decades, LEED has enabled building professionals to think and build sustainably. As LEED gradually established itself in more than 160 cities worldwide, it evolved from a strategic-based model to one that is performance-based. Today, it is a powerful and effective catalyst for sustainable market transformation on all levels, from individual buildings to neighborhoods and cities. We are proud to present this timely, data-based LEED Performance Challenge hosted on the Smartnet portal.&rdquo;</p> <p>To learn more about the LEED performance challenge,&nbsp;visit the <a href="http://smartnet.niua.org/content/cba68fd3-5057-40c6-9050-82ec4d28921f" target="_blank">Smartnet portal</a> or contact GBCI <a href="mailto:info-india@gbci.org" target="_blank">by email</a> or phone at 0124-4363065.</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "57b768342b3f1e552800025c", "57bb653ba7034757180008af"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://education.usgbc.org/articles/gbci-announces-leed-performance-challenge-cities#comments Media Mon, 22 Aug 2016 20:47:28 +0000 Joseph Crea 10410180 at http://education.usgbc.org USGBC Announces New Director in North Carolina http://education.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-announces-new-director-north-carolina <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="948" height="375" alt="" src="http://education.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/press_release_bright_blue_3_0_0_0.png?1471448482" /> </div> </div> </div> <p style="text-align: center;"><em><span>Sarah Beth Harkless will help advance the state toward greener buildings and a more sustainable future </span></em></p> <p><strong><em><span>&nbsp;</span></em></strong>WASHINGTON, D.C. &ndash; (August 17, 2016) &ndash; Today, the <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/">U.S. Green Building Council</a> (USGBC) announced the appointment of Sarah Beth Harkless as the director of <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/usgbc-north-carolina" target="_blank">USGBC North Carolina</a>. In this role, Harkless will work to advance USGBC&rsquo;s mission to transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated through localized engagement and outreach throughout North Carolina.</p> <p><span>As director of USGBC North Carolina, </span><span>Harkless will collaborate on sustainability initiatives with local stakeholders and communities. Along with her fellow Southern leaders, Harkless plans to advocate for better buildings, including the expansion of </span><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/leed"><span>LEED</span></a><span><span>,</span></span><span> or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, the world&rsquo;s most widely used green building rating system. </span></p> <p>&ldquo;Sarah Beth&rsquo;s years of expertise in sustainability and project development will enhance the adoption of green building practices and further USGBC&rsquo;s mission in North Carolina,&rdquo; said&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/kimberly-lewis/0000029816">Kimberly Lewis</a>, senior vice president of community advancement, USGBC. &ldquo;We are excited to draw on Sarah Beth&rsquo;s years of experience working for Habitat for Humanity to advance the use of LEED in the residential market and continue to elevate North Carolina as a national trailblazer in the green building movement. Under her leadership, Sarah Beth will create a more sustainable built environment and promote environmental stewardship within local communities."</p> <p><span>Harkless has spent more than five years in the</span><span> environment and sustainability field, most recently serving as director of sustainability at Habitat for Humanity of Charlotte, a USGBC partner. During her tenure, </span><span>Harkless managed green building standards and certifications, as well as corporate sustainability programs. She also created strategic partnerships between Habitat Charlotte and leaders in the green building, energy, and environmental industry. As a founding board member of the Amazon Mission Fellowship, Harkless helped develop a potable water project that promotes the installation of water filtration devices in the homes of families in the Peruvian Amazon. &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> <p>Harkless has served on several councils and committees for organizations such as: Central Piedmont Community College, USGBC North Carolina, University of North Carolina at Charlotte and University of South Carolina School of Law Pro Bono Board. Harkless holds a law degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law and a bachelor&rsquo;s degree in Biology and Spanish from Queens University of Charlotte. &nbsp;</p> <p><span>&nbsp;</span>&ldquo;USGBC North Carolina is known for transforming the way buildings and communities are constructed while improving the quality of life through a socially responsible, healthy and prosperous environment,&rdquo; said Harkless. &ldquo;I am grateful for this opportunity to extend the USGBC mission and its volunteer network.&rdquo;</p> <p>Currently, North Carolina has 776 LEED-certified commercial projects, equivalent to more than 118 million square feet. In addition, between 2015 and 2018, green building in the state of North Carolina is expected to support nearly 460,000 green construction jobs and more than $26 billion in labor earnings, according to USGBC&rsquo;s&nbsp;<a href="http://go.usgbc.org/2015-Green-Building-Economic-Impact-Study.html">2015 Green Building Economic Impact Study</a>.</p> <p>USGBC&rsquo;s integrated community gives regional and state green building leaders and volunteers the opportunity to focus on driving local growth with the support of its global green building network. By creating a network of building local leaders, USGBC communities are transforming the way we think about how buildings and communities are designed, constructed, maintained and operated to achieve a sustainable built environment for generations to come.</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "57b3775247469fe056000497", "57b4859598dde7dc9f000249"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://education.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-announces-new-director-north-carolina#comments Media Wed, 17 Aug 2016 15:41:22 +0000 Rachel Gilbert 10403375 at http://education.usgbc.org Internationally Acclaimed Author, Journalist Sebastian Junger to Headline Greenbuild Plenary http://education.usgbc.org/articles/internationally-acclaimed-author-journalist-sebastian-junger-headline-greenbuild-plenary <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="948" height="375" alt="" src="http://education.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/press-release-b_0.png?1470937867" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Dallas, TX&mdash;(August 11, 2016)&mdash;Informa Exhibitions U.S., Construction &amp; Real Estate and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced today that Sebastian Junger will speak at the <a href="http://greenbuildexpo.com/" target="_blank">Greenbuild</a>&nbsp;2016 Plenary and Celebration, scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 6 from 6:30 p.m. &ndash;11:00 p.m. at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California.</p> <p>Perhaps best known as the author of <em>The Perfect Storm</em>, and later<em>, War, </em>which chronicles the conflict in Afghanistan, Junger engages audiences with powerful, emotionally compelling and vivid portraits of the impact of the tremendous forces of nature and conflict, and the lessons we can learn from how we deal with them.</p> <p><em>&ldquo;</em>Junger&rsquo;s latest book, <em>Tribe:&nbsp; On Homecoming and Belonging</em>, is a stunning wake-up call for America that transcends its intriguing premise with unexpected lessons for all of us in the trenches of modern-day life,&rdquo; said <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/rick-fedrizzi/0000043478" target="_blank">Rick Fedrizzi</a>, CEO and co-founder of USGBC. &ldquo;Drawing on the experience of &lsquo;<span>soldiers who all but ignore differences of race, religion and politics within their platoon,&rsquo; it shows how when we face adversity, humans usually come together, and in that coming together, thrive.&rdquo;</span></p> <p>&ldquo;Though Junger&rsquo;s experiences and the situations he has witnessed are often extreme, they are also relevant to our own lives because he conveys them in a way that highlights how our natural human instincts of selflessness, loyalty and the need for meaning kick in when we are faced with difficult circumstances. We are sincerely looking forward to welcoming Sebastian to the Greenbuild stage in October,&rdquo; Fedrizzi said.</p> <p>This year, the Greenbuild Plenary will be held on Thursday evening, Oct. 6, instead of its traditional Wednesday slot, and is combined with the Celebration, which will take place immediately following the conclusion of the plenary at L.A. Live in Los Angeles, adjacent to the Microsoft Theater. The Plenary is sponsored by the International Well Building Institute, and the celebration is sponsored by Kohler.</p> <p>Tickets to the Greenbuild Plenary and Celebration are included in the purchase price of a four-day conference pass, three-day conference pass, or a Thursday day pass. They can be purchased separately by members of the sustainable building community for $150&ndash;200 each, depending on when they are purchased.</p> <p>Greenbuild registration options include Expo Hall Passes and educational one-day, three-day or four-day passes. Additional offerings include summits, <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/leed" target="_blank">LEED</a>&reg; workshops, tours and special events. Online attendee registration is now open and available on the <a href="http://www.greenbuildexpo.com" target="_blank">Greenbuild website.</a> Follow&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/Greenbuild" target="_blank">@Greenbuild</a> on Twitter and tweet hashtag #Greenbuild2016 to join the conversation.</p> <p>Greenbuild, owned and operated by Informa Exhibitions U.S. and Construction &amp; Real Estate and presented by the U.S. Green Building Council, is the world's largest conference and expo dedicated to green building. The three-day conference attracts 20,000+ attendees and 600 exhibitors annually from across the green building sector, spanning commercial and residential professionals, architects, building owners and operators, students, advocates and educators. This year&rsquo;s conference takes place at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles from Oct. 5&ndash;7, with several pre-conference summits on Tuesday, Oct. 4.</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "57a8c006b80d4692ab000095", "57acbb98fa33467f15000084"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://education.usgbc.org/articles/internationally-acclaimed-author-journalist-sebastian-junger-headline-greenbuild-plenary#comments Media Thu, 11 Aug 2016 17:51:06 +0000 Marisa Long 10394999 at http://education.usgbc.org 2016 LEED Report Shows Green Building Growth for Brazilian Economy http://education.usgbc.org/articles/2016-leed-report-shows-green-building-growth-brazilian-economy <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-all-appl-country"> <div class="field-label">Applicable country:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Brazil </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="948" height="375" alt="" src="http://education.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/press-release-h_0.png?1470929210" /> </div> </div> </div> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>The number of LEED projects in Brazil has increased by 30 percent since 2015</em></p> <p><strong>S&atilde;o Paulo, Brazil</strong>&mdash;(Aug. 11, 2016)&mdash;Today, the U.S. Green Building Council&reg; (USGBC) released its 2016&nbsp;<a href="https://readymag.com/usgbc/brazil2016/" target="_blank">LEED in Motion: Brazil</a> report, which showcases tremendous industry growth in Brazil&rsquo;s green building sector, including a 30 percent increase in the use of the LEED green building rating system over last year. The report was released at the annual <a href="http://expogbcbrasil.org.br/2016/en/" target="_blank"><span>GreenBuilding Brasil International Conference and Expo</span></a> taking place this week in S&atilde;o Paulo, Brazil.</p> <p>&ldquo;The many projects pursuing LEED certification have dramatically helped Brazil grow its green economy. We&rsquo;re proud of our contribution to Brazil&rsquo;s green building surge and the corresponding ripple effect across the entire region,&rdquo; said <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/mahesh-ramanujam/0010539283" target="_blank">Mahesh Ramanujam</a>, COO, USGBC, and president, <a href="http://www.gbci.org/" target="_blank">Green Business Certification Inc.</a>&reg; (GBCI). &ldquo;As the world&rsquo;s leading standard for sustainable building design, construction and operations, <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/leed" target="_blank">LEED</a>&reg; helps innovative Brazilian business and political leaders attract new foreign investment, increase the competitiveness of real estate portfolios and position the nation as a world leader in the burgeoning green building economy.&rdquo;</p> <p>This timely report examines recent and significant gains in the application of green building techniques throughout Brazil, and even stronger year-over-year growth in the nation&rsquo;s use of USGBC&rsquo;s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system, the world's most widely used green building rating program. The report notes that, despite turbulent times in Brazil&rsquo;s economic history, growth in the number of LEED registrations is the strongest it has been in nearly a decade. Today, there are currently 1,114 projects participating in LEED in Brazil, encompassing more than 32 million gross square meters of LEED space.</p> <p>The report also offers timely insights and perspectives from prominent industry professionals and&nbsp;highlights impressive LEED projects such as the Nike Factory Store in Novo Hamburgo, Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, the CYK building and the Quem Disse Berenice store, both in S&atilde;o Paulo.</p> <p>&ldquo;We are very optimistic for the future of LEED in Brazil, especially because of the diversity of project types that are now certifying across the country,&rdquo; said <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/greenbuild-brasil-2016-qa-felipe-faria" target="_blank">Felipe Faria</a>, executive director, <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/organizations/green-building-council-brasil" target="_blank">Green Building Council Brasil</a>. &ldquo;LEED certification has become popular for all types of projects, from commercial buildings, industrial plants and shopping centers to retail stores, schools, public buildings, homes and sporting venues. These projects represent a diverse collection of private and public stakeholders, associations and NGOs that are engaged in a collaborative effort aimed at promoting green building practices, and we believe that this positive atmosphere will accelerate the transformation that must take place.&rdquo;</p> <p>LEED is a simple and effective program for navigating complex, sometimes competing, building and environmental issues affecting humans worldwide. Every day, more than 170,000 gross square meters of space is LEED-certified in more than 160 countries and territories. More than 79,600 commercial projects are currently participating in LEED, comprising more than 1.4 billion square meters of construction space. With specific achievement paths built in, LEED is designed for use in various building types in a variety of climates and localities, often synching with local laws and requirements.</p> <p>LEED in Motion: Brazil is the latest in a series of reports from USGBC designed to provide a holistic snapshot of the green building movement in international markets. The report equips green building advocates with the insight and perspective to understand the use of the globally recognized LEED rating system and to make a strong case for sustainable building activity. To view the full report, visit&nbsp;<a href="https://readymag.com/usgbc/brazil2016/" target="_blank">readymag.com/usgbc/brazil2016</a>.</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "57a88f5bb8967bf1ab000075", "57ac98ca48ecc66cc90000e5"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://education.usgbc.org/articles/2016-leed-report-shows-green-building-growth-brazilian-economy#comments Media Thu, 11 Aug 2016 15:26:50 +0000 Joseph Crea 10394807 at http://education.usgbc.org USGBC Announces New Director in Central Pennsylvania http://education.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-announces-new-director-central-pennsylvania <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="948" height="375" alt="" src="http://education.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/press-release-i_0.png?1470670277" /> </div> </div> </div> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Heidi Kunka will further green building initiatives for a more sustainable future.</em><strong><em>&nbsp;</em></strong></p> <p>WASHINGTON, D.C.&mdash;(August 8, 2016)&mdash;Today, the <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/">U.S. Green Building Council&reg;</a> (USGBC) announced the appointment of <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/heidi-kunschkunka/0000020115" target="_blank">Heidi</a><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/heidi-kunschkunka/0000020115" target="_blank"> Kunka</a> as the director of <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/usgbc-central-pennsylvania" target="_blank">USGBC Central Pennsylvania</a>. In this role, Kunka will work to advance USGBC&rsquo;s mission to transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated through localized engagement and outreach throughout the state.</p> <p>As director of USGBC Central Pennsylvania, Kunka will advocate for better buildings, including the expansion of <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/leed">LEED&reg;</a>, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, the world&rsquo;s most widely used green building rating system, collaborate with local stakeholders to create a more sustainable built environment in the state and region.</p> <p>&ldquo;Heidi&rsquo;s years of expertise in the sustainability sector and in-depth knowledge of Pennsylvania&rsquo;s green building initiatives will enhance the mission of USGBC Central Pennsylvania to expand LEED education, advocacy and outreach throughout the state,&rdquo; said&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/kimberly-lewis/0000029816" target="_blank">Kimberly Lewis</a>, senior vice president of community advancement, USGBC. &ldquo;We are thrilled to have Heidi lead our efforts to inspire sustainable transformation and advance Pennsylvania as a national and international leader in the green building movement.</p> <p>Kunka has spent more than a decade in the environment and sustainability field, most recently serving as energy program specialist for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection&rsquo;s Office of Pollution Prevention and Energy Assistance. During her tenure, Kunka served as the primary tour guide of the LEED Gold Southeast Regional Office. She developed the educational content and secured the majority of building material donations for an award-winning green home exhibit, which toured throughout Pennsylvania. Kunka also managed various contacts with external partners such as energy-efficient building training experts for government and K&ndash;12 school facility managers. She led the redesign of the Pennsylvania application for U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools, which is now referred to as a national model, and organized the first statewide recognition ceremony for the program.</p> <p>Kunka held several other positions in various departments in the Pennsylvania Department of Energy, including compliance specialist and water quality specialist for the Storage Tanks Section and energy specialist for the Office of Energy &amp; Technology Deployment. She also served as an environmental scientist for the URS Corporation.</p> <p>Kunka is an active community member and has participated in many events, including USGBC Central Pennsylvania&rsquo;s Forever Green awards, and was the primary organizer for the Delaware Valley Green Building Council Educational Programs Committee. Kunka was the recipient of the Greenest Apple award from USGBC Central Pennsylvania for her countless hours of volunteering. She holds a master&rsquo;s degree in Environmental Pollution Control from Penn State and a bachelor&rsquo;s degree in Environmental Science from Muhlenberg College. Kunka also holds a LEED Accredited Professional certification and a Building Operator certification.</p> <p>&rdquo;As a former board member and now director for USGBC Pennsylvania, I am thrilled to continue my work on behalf of USGBC and LEED,&rdquo; said Kunka. &ldquo;Pennsylvania has played a strong role in the green building movement. I look forward to being a part of the continued growth to ensure that generations to come will live, work and play in green buildings.&rdquo;</p> <p>Currently, Pennsylvania has 999 LEED-certified commercial projects, equivalent to more than 115 million square feet. In addition, between 2015 and 2018, green building in the state of Pennsylvania is expected to support nearly 345,000 green construction jobs and more than $19 billion in labor earnings, according to USGBC&rsquo;s&nbsp;<a href="http://go.usgbc.org/2015-Green-Building-Economic-Impact-Study.html" target="_blank">2015 Green Building Economic Impact Study</a>.</p> <p>USGBC&rsquo;s integrated community gives regional and state green building leaders and volunteers the opportunity to focus on driving local growth with the support of its global green building network. By creating a network of building local leaders, USGBC communities are transforming the way we think about how buildings and communities are designed, constructed, maintained and operated to achieve a sustainable built environment for generations to come.</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "57a35b6cb9e0d2943d00056f", "57a8a5b74aaf5401e700026b"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://education.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-announces-new-director-central-pennsylvania#comments Media Mon, 08 Aug 2016 15:31:17 +0000 Rachel Gilbert 10389960 at http://education.usgbc.org USGBC Launches LEED Lab in India http://education.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-launches-leed-lab-india <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-all-appl-country"> <div class="field-label">Applicable country:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> India </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://education.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/press_release_bright_blue_3_0.png?1469116527" /> </div> </div> </div> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>New course integrates sustainability and LEED for existing buildings into higher education to shape future leaders of the green building industry</em><strong><em>&nbsp;</em></strong></p> <p><strong>India&mdash;(June 29, 2016)&mdash;</strong>USGBC announced today the launch of <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-lab-sustainability-higher-education-goes-global" target="_blank">LEED Lab</a> in India. An interactive multidisciplinary immersion course, LEED Lab utilizes the built environment to educate and prepare students to become green building leaders and sustainability-focused citizens. In the LEED Lab course, students learn the principles of LEED and assess the performance of existing facilities on campus, choosing one building where they will facilitate the LEED Building Operations and Maintenance (LEED O+M) process. Students drive the complete process of LEED O+M on a campus facility, with the goal of certifying the building.</p> <p>The LEED Lab effort originated with a pilot course created and taught by Assistant Professor <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/patricia-andrasik/0010052550" target="_blank">Patricia Andrasik</a> at the Catholic University of America (CUA). From 2011&ndash;2014, CUA partnered with the <a href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/" target="_blank">Center for Green Schools</a> at USGBC and <a href="http://www.gbci.org/" target="_blank">GBCI</a> to test the course concept. LEED Lab officially launched in January 2014, and since then, it has gone global with LEED Labs in 19 different institutions of higher education across the globe, including North America, Latin America, the Middle East, East Asia and South Asia.</p> <p>Now, we are excited to announce that LEED Lab has been adopted in India by <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/building-future-capacity-green-building-industry" target="_blank">The Knowledge Institute of Technology</a> (KIOT), which will begin its first LEED Lab session this month. Located in Salem, Tamid Nadu, KIOT is a pioneer in the Indian education space. KIOT strongly believes the concept of LEED Lab will allow students to jump-start their careers upon graduation and participation in the course will serve as inspiration to other Indian colleges for adoption.</p> <p>&ldquo;LEED Lab is a key educational tool to prepare students for competitive 21st century careers in sustainability,&rdquo; said <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/mahesh-ramanujam/0010539283" target="_blank">Mahesh Ramanujam</a>, COO, USGBC, and president, Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI). &ldquo;By educating the next generation of sustainability advocates in India, KIOT is committed to transforming existing campus facilities across India into more sustainable environments, while also providing students with the hands-on-experiences required to enter the workforce. I want to thank KIOT&rsquo;s principal, Dr. P.S.S. Srinivasan, and the rest of the leadership at KIOT, for partnering with us to nurture and train a workforce that will be essential to addressing India&rsquo;s future sustainability needs.&rdquo;</p> <p>The campus environment serves as the perfect learning laboratory to engage students in projects that are experiential, providing these individuals with the knowledge, expertise and skills needed to solve 21st century challenges. Through participating in LEED Lab, students are also equipped with career-ready skills, knowledge and expertise that can be quickly deployed upon completion of the course. LEED Lab also meets the demands of the market, by providing students with actual LEED project experience and an opportunity to experiment on ways to certify existing campus facilities through direct collaboration with faculty and a third-party green organization.</p> <p>Higher education institutions all over the globe are committing to sustainability and climate neutrality on a daily basis and have shown tremendous leadership in the green building movement. But there is still work to be done, especially in the realm of existing buildings. Since it can take up to 80 years to make up for the environmental impact of demolishing an old building and constructing a new one, LEED for Building Operations and Maintenance holds incredible promise for existing campus facilities. LEED O+M promotes the ongoing implementation of best practices in building operations with the goal of sustaining high levels of performance throughout the life of a building.</p> <p>LEED Lab employs these strategies&mdash;and by participating in the course, and eventually certifying a building to LEED O+M, campuses across the globe can ensure their buildings maintain and improve current performance over time. The implementation of LEED O+M reduces the environmental impact of buildings and grounds, has a positive effect on student, faculty and staff health, and prepares students to be global sustainability citizens.</p> <p>To learn more, visit&nbsp;<a href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/impact#leed-lab" target="_blank">LEED Lab</a> or watch the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2aA_lyj8F24&amp;feature=youtu.be" target="_blank">KIOT Lab Video</a>.</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "578d1e62c1a9ff1353000053", "5790f063b05b52fb0c00057b"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://education.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-launches-leed-lab-india#comments Media Thu, 21 Jul 2016 15:55:27 +0000 Joseph Crea 10364362 at http://education.usgbc.org USGBC Announces New Director in Georgia http://education.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-announces-new-director-georgia-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://education.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/press_release_yellow_0_5_0.png?1468940589" /> </div> </div> </div> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Shelby Bus&oacute; will help advance the state toward greener buildings and a more sustainable future</em></p> <p>WASHINGTON, D.C.&mdash;(July 19, 2016)&mdash;Today, USGBC&nbsp;announced the appointment of Shelby Bus&oacute; as the director of <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/usgbc-georgia" target="_blank">USGBC Georgia</a>. In this role, Bus&oacute; will work to advance USGBC&rsquo;s mission to transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated through localized engagement and outreach throughout the state.</p> <p>As director of USGBC Georgia, Bus&oacute; will collaborate on sustainability initiatives with local engagement. Along with her fellow Southern leaders, Bus&oacute; plans to advocate for better buildings, including the expansion of <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/leed" target="_blank">LEED</a>, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, the world&rsquo;s most widely used green building rating system.</p> <p>&ldquo;Shelby&rsquo;s years of expertise in the sustainability sector and in-depth knowledge of Georgia will enhance the growth of LEED, adoption of green practices and further USGBC&rsquo;s mission at the state level,&rdquo; said&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/kimberly-lewis/0000029816" target="_blank">Kimberly Lewis</a>, senior vice president of community advancement, USGBC. &ldquo;We are thrilled to have Shelby lead our efforts to propel Georgia forward as a national and international leader in the green building movement. She will focus on creating meaningful dialogue around the state to encourage leaders, organizations and communities to create spaces that are better, healthier and more sustainable places to live, work, play and worship.&rdquo;</p> <p>Bus&oacute; has spent nearly a decade in the environment and sustainability field, most recently serving as director of sustainability for the Central Atlanta Progress/Atlanta Downtown Improvement District. During her tenure Bus&oacute; managed the Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge in collaboration with the Mayor's Office of Sustainability, and under her leadership the program saw an increase of more than 100 million square feet of space commit to a 20 percent reduction in energy and water use by the year 2020. The 20 percent water savings goal was achieved in 2015, and the program received national recognition from the U.S. Department of Energy. Additionally, she raised and leveraged more than $150,000 in sponsorships to support the Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge.</p> <p>Previously, Bus&oacute; was the assistant director of transportation and sustainability for the Midtown Alliance, a non-profit membership organization and coalition of leading business and community leaders committed to sustaining Midtown. She also served as a program manager for Atlanta&rsquo;s Clean Air Campaign.</p> <p>She is an active community member and has served on several boards, councils and committees for organizations such as Wylde Center, Green Meetings Industry Council, Building Energy Summit, Atlanta Recycles Committee, Building Owners and Managers Association of Georgia, North GA Water Planning District, Commercial Building Efficiency Ordinance Working Group and City Climate Action Plan. Bus&oacute; was the recipient of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce E3 Award for development of the Midtown EcoDistrict plan, Greenprint. She holds a law and master&rsquo;s joint degree in Environmental Law and Policy from Vermont Law School and a bachelor&rsquo;s degree in Anthropology, Environmental Studies and Spanish from Wake Forest University.</p> <p>&ldquo;I am thrilled to be picking up the torch for USGBC Georgia to enhance LEED and green building practices in our local communities,&rdquo; said Bus&oacute;. &ldquo;Georgia has played a strong role in the sustainability movement and I look forward to working with our stakeholders on a community, local and state level continue to advance our mission of a green building for all within a generation.&rdquo;</p> <p>Currently, <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/advocacy/state-market-brief" target="_blank">Georgia</a> has 722 LEED-certified commercial projects, equivalent to more than 118 million square feet. In addition, between 2015 and 2018, green building in the state of Georgia is expected to support nearly 400,000 green construction jobs and more than $22 billion in labor earnings, according to USGBC&rsquo;s&nbsp;<a href="http://go.usgbc.org/2015-Green-Building-Economic-Impact-Study.html" target="_blank">2015 Green Building Economic Impact Study</a>.</p> <p>USGBC&rsquo;s integrated community gives regional and state green building leaders and volunteers the opportunity to focus on driving local growth with the support of its global green building network. By creating a network of local building leaders, USGBC communities are transforming the way we think about how buildings and communities are designed, constructed, maintained and operated to achieve a sustainable built environment for generations to come.</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "5788f4ccf5fc37bc8d000589", "578e40bb760d401d5000009f"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://education.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-announces-new-director-georgia-0#comments Media Tue, 19 Jul 2016 15:03:09 +0000 Leticia McCadden 10361172 at http://education.usgbc.org Famed Architect and Innovator Bjarke Ingels and USGBC COO Mahesh Ramanujam to Close Greenbuild 2016 http://education.usgbc.org/articles/famed-architect-and-innovator-bjarke-ingels-and-usgbc-coo-mahesh-ramanujam-close-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://education.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/press_release_green_5_0.png?1468439544" /> </div> </div> </div> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>The world&rsquo;s largest green building conference and expo will take place Oct. 5&ndash;7, 2016 in Los Angeles</em></p> <p>Dallas, Texas&mdash;(July 13, 2016)&mdash;Informa Exhibitions and <a href="http://www.usgbc.org" target="_blank">USGBC</a> announce famed architect Bjarke Ingels, founding partner of the <a href="http://www.big.dk/" target="_blank">Bjarke Ingels Group</a> (BIG), and USGBC COO <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/mahesh-ramanujam/0010539283" target="_blank">Mahesh Ramanujam</a> as <a href="https://greenbuildexpo.com/attendee/showinfo" target="_blank">Greenbuild International Conference and Expo</a> closing plenary speakers. The closing is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 7 from 11:00 a.m.&ndash;12:30 p.m. PST at the Los Angeles Convention Center.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;The Greenbuild closing plenary has always focused on &lsquo;what&rsquo;s next?&rsquo; and this year that question holds special resonance to me and the entire green building movement,&rdquo; said <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/rick-fedrizzi/0000043478" target="_blank">Rick Fedrizzi</a>, CEO and founding chair, USGBC. &ldquo;Greenbuild 2016&rsquo;s theme is&nbsp;'Iconic Green.' When we think of icons, we conjure up images of people, places and things that withstand the test of time, symbolizing our beliefs, culture and community. Bjarke Ingels&rsquo; diverse world view lens, combined with our dynamic and growing movement, is sure to create an iconic Greenbuild this year.&rdquo;</p> <p>A cultural innovator in the field of architecture, Ingels and his partners lead a diverse team of multi-cultural, multi-talented architects, designers, builders and thinkers. He founded BIG in 2005 and has gained a reputation worldwide for his award-winning design projects and buildings that are as programmatically and technically innovative as they are cost- and resource-conscious.</p> <p>Ingels will share how we need to change our world view to create a world more responsive to our contemporary lives. He will be joined on stage by Ramanujam, who will share his vision for the future of USGBC and market transformation of the sustainability movement that transcends the built environment and extends to communities and cities across the globe.</p> <p>Registration for Greenbuild is available online at <a href="http://www.greenbuildexpo.com" target="_blank">greenbuildexpo.com</a>,<span>&nbsp;and the closing plenary is included in the four-day conference pass, three-day conference pass and Friday day pass.</span></p> <p>Greenbuild, owned and operated by Informa and presented by USGBC, is the world's largest conference and expo dedicated to green building. The three-day conference attracts 20,000+ attendees and 500 exhibitors annually from across the green building sector, spanning commercial and residential professionals, architects, building owners and operators, students, advocates and educators. Greenbuild 2016 is scheduled for Oct. 5&ndash;7 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California.</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "578690c2afa550b23f000080", "57869be1afa550bc4f0000ed"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://education.usgbc.org/articles/famed-architect-and-innovator-bjarke-ingels-and-usgbc-coo-mahesh-ramanujam-close-greenbuild#comments Media Wed, 13 Jul 2016 19:52:24 +0000 Marisa Long 10353255 at http://education.usgbc.org About Green Homes http://education.usgbc.org/articles/benefits-green-homebuilding <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 Feb 2016</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="948" height="375" alt="" src="http://education.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/benefits-green-homebuilding.png?1473170246" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>This article was updated in January 2017.</em></p> <p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/leed" target="_blank">LEED</a> (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) homes are green homes, and they are transforming the residential market and people’s lives around the world. LEED homes are built to be healthier and safer by providing cleaner indoor air. They use less energy and water, leading to monthly savings on utilities, and maintain their value over time. More than 112,000 residential units have earned LEED certification, and both certified single-family homes and multi-family projects are selling faster and for more money than comparable, conventional homes.</p> <p>“Since 2005, the green share of new single family residential construction has grown dramatically—increasing from 2 percent in 2005 to 23 percent in 2013. This 23 percent market share equates to a $36 billion market opportunity,” according to a <a href="https://issuu.com/nilskok/docs/kk_green_homes_071912/1" target="_blank">study on green labels in the California housing market</a>.</p> <p><h3>Green homes create value</h3></p> <ul> <li>Nationwide, the typical household spends about $2,150 on residential energy bills each year, but <strong><a href="http://leed.usgbc.org/homes.html" target="_blank">LEED-certified homes</a> are designed to use about 30 to 60 percent less energy.</strong> Over the seven or eight years the typical family lives in a home, this adds up to thousands of dollars in savings. Levels of indoor air pollutants can often be four to five times higher than outdoor levels, and with people spending an average of 90 percent of their time indoors, the average American suffers from significant exposure to unhealthy indoor environments. LEED residential units provide significant value to consumers through dramatically improving upon these environmental health factors. </li> <li><strong>Green homes are built to be energy-efficient</strong>, ensuring that they can be comfortably heated and cooled with minimal energy usage. They are individually tested to minimize envelope and ductwork leakage and designed to minimize indoor and outdoor water usage.</li> <li><strong>Green homes are increasingly desirable.</strong> More than half of consumers rank green and energy-efficiency as top requirements for their next homes, and <a href="http://leed.usgbc.org/leed.html" target="_blank">LEED</a> certification is a top individual attribute of apartment rentals, second only to location near a central business district. </li> <li><strong>Green homes can be built for the same cost as—and sometimes less than—conventional homes.</strong> Average upfront costs of 2.4 percent are quickly recouped, as a homeowner will save money for the duration of his or her green home’s lifespan. </li> <li><strong>Green homes sell at higher prices and faster than comparable, conventional homes.</strong> According to a 2016 report, “What Is Green Worth? Unveiling High-Performance Home Premiums in Washington, D.C.," by real estate appraiser and author Sandra K. Adomatis and the Institute for Market Transformation, high-performing single family and multi-family homes with green features in Washington, D.C. will sell for 3.5 percent more than those without green features. </li> </ul> <p><h3>Green homes are growing</h3></p> <ul> <li>It is estimated that by 2018, the <a href="https://www.wm.com/documents/Smart%20Market%20Report%20-%20Green%20Multifamily%20and%20Single%20Family%20Homes.pdf" target="_blank">green, single-family housing market will represent about 40 percent of the market</a>, and 84 percent of all residential construction will have sustainable features.</li> <li><strong>More than 121,400 residential units have earned LEED certification to date around the world</strong>, and this number continues to rise in countries like the United States., Canada, Saudi Arabia and China. Within the United States, states with the most LEED-certified homes include California, Texas, New York, New Jersey and Georgia. </li> <li><a href="http://go.usgbc.org/2015-Green-Building-Economic-Impact-Study.html" target="_blank">The 2015 Green Building Economic Impact Study</a>, released by USGBC and prepared by Booz Allen Hamilton, found that the <strong>residential green construction market is expected to grow</strong> from $55 million in 2015 to $100.4 million in 2018, representing a year-over-year growth of 24.5 percent. </li> </ul> <p><h3>Green homes are healthier and safer</h3></p> <ul> <li>The <a href="https://www.epa.gov/indoor-air-quality-iaq/indoor-air-pollution-introduction-health-professionals#intro" target="_blank">Environmental Protection Agency estimates that <strong>indoor air is two to ten times more polluted than outdoor air</strong></a>. LEED-certified homes are designed to maximize the quality of indoor air and minimize exposure to airborne toxins and pollutants. They require proper ventilation, high-efficiency air filters and measures to reduce mold and mildew.</li> <li><strong>Each LEED-certified home undergoes onsite inspections, detailed documentation review and performance testing</strong> to ensure the health and safety of home dwellers.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Related videos</strong></p> <iframe width="200" height="112" style="padding:2px;" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Oy5eEZfELLk?list=PL9WycnSNJ7sTXyWJU2U-GS7Q1j3aIhbce" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>&nbsp; &nbsp; <iframe width="200" height="112" style="padding:2px;" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/qhh3MM4_1N0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>&nbsp; &nbsp; <p>&nbsp; &nbsp</p> <hr/><div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://education.usgbc.org/articles/benefits-green-homebuilding#comments Media Fri, 01 Jul 2016 18:31:01 +0000 2604930 at http://education.usgbc.org About LEED http://education.usgbc.org/articles/about-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">1 Aug 2015</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="948" height="375" alt="" src="http://education.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/about-leed.png?1470671509" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>This article was updated in January 2017.</em></p> <p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/leed" target="_blank">LEED</a>, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is a globally recognized symbol of excellence in green building.</p> <p>LEED certification ensures electricity cost savings, lower carbon emissions and healthier environments for the places we live, work, learn, play and worship. LEED’s global sustainability agenda is designed to achieve high performance in key areas of human and environmental health, acting on the triple bottom line - putting people, planet and profit first.</p> <p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/credits" target="_blank">LEED credits</a> are awarded by third-party technical reviewers; are applicable to all building types throughout a building’s lifecycle; and are developed through several rounds of public comments and in collaboration with the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) board, broader membership and staff.</p> <p><h3>What is LEED certification?</h3></p> <ul> <li><strong>LEED projects earn points by adhering to prerequisites and credits across nine measurements for building excellence from integrative process to indoor environmental quality.</strong> Prerequisites are required elements, or green-building strategies that must be included in any LEED certified project. Credits are optional elements, or strategies that projects pursue to gain points toward LEED certification.</li> <li><strong>Credits are developed through several rounds of public comments and in collaboration with the USGBC board, broader membership and staff.</strong> As market readiness increases and new technologies become widely available, credits adapt to improve the value and environmental integrity of building projects.</li> <li><strong>Based on the number of credits achieved, a project earns one of four <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/leed#rating" target="_blank">LEED rating levels</a>: LEED Certified, LEED Silver, LEED Gold or LEED Platinum.</strong> The LEED rating systems work for all buildings at all phases of development and are meant to challenge project teams and inspire outside-the-box solutions.</li> <li>The <a href="http://www.gbci.org/" target="_blank">Green Business Certification Inc.</a>, or GBCI, provides third-party technicians the training and expertise necessary to review and verify building quality and integrity.</li> <li>LEED is driving international green building practices with <strong>more than 89,600 projects participating in LEED across 164 countries and territories worldwide</strong> and <strong>2.2 million square feet of construction space certifying everyday</strong>. USGBC estimates that nearly five million people experience a LEED building on a daily basis. </li> </ul> <p><h3>The benefits of LEED are clear</h3></p> <ul> <li>LEED certification is designed to achieve high performance in key areas of human and environmental health for new and existing green buildings. </li> <li><strong>LEED buildings consistently set the market rate for commercial real estate</strong> in highly competitive markets, demonstrating that sustainability now rates as a key factor in market valuations of real estate portfolios.</li> <li><strong>LEED projects save energy and resources and are responsible for diverting over 80 million tons of waste from landfills.</strong> Compared to the average commercial building in the General Services Administration’s portfolio, LEED Gold buildings consume a quarter less energy and generate 34 percent lower greenhouse gas emissions.<sup>1</sup></li> <li>By letting in clean air and access to daylight, <strong>LEED creates healthy spaces that increase recruitment, retention and productivity rates amongst employees</strong>.</li> <li><strong>LEED buildings attract tenants</strong> with LEED building lease-up rates ranging from average to 20 percent above average.</li> <li>And <strong>between 2008 and 2012, firms increased green building from 17 percent to 30 percent</strong> with the primary purpose of achieving lower operating costs.</li> <li><strong>LEED buildings can be compared across the globe</strong> — a LEED certified building in India is the same level and high quality structure as a LEED certified building in the U.S., in China or anywhere else.</li> <li>A recent economic impact study, <a href="http://go.usgbc.org/2015-Green-Building-Economic-Impact-Study.html" target="_blank">2015 Green Building Economic Impact Study</a>, released by USGBC and prepared by Booz Allen Hamilton found that by 2018, the <strong>total impact of green construction will reach more than 3.3 million U.S. jobs and $190.3 billion in labor earnings</strong>, with LEED projects responsible for contributing to 1.1 million green construction jobs. <sup>2</sup></li> </ul> <p><h3>LEED is flexible</h3></p> <ul> <li><strong>LEED provides building owners and operators with a framework</strong> for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building strategies for all building types from commercial buildings to entire neighborhood communities.</li> <li><strong>There are five primary LEED Rating Systems</strong>: LEED Building Design and Construction (<a href="http://leed.usgbc.org/bd-c.html" target="_blank">BD+C</a>); LEED for Interior Design and Construction (<a href="http://leed.usgbc.org/id-c.html" target="_blank">ID+C</a>); LEED for Building Operations and Maintenance (<a href="http://leed.usgbc.org/o-m.html" target="_blank">O+M</a>), LEED for Neighborhood Development (<a href="http://leed.usgbc.org/nd.html" target="_blank">LEED ND</a>) and <a href="http://leed.usgbc.org/homes.html" target="_blank">LEED Homes</a>. Each of the five primary LEED rating systems are broken down into subsections based on the type of building project.</li> </ul> <p><h3>LEED v4</h3></p> <ul> <li><strong>The LEED green building rating system has gone through several evolutions since it was originally introduced in 2000.</strong> With its initial launch, LEED opened a new chapter in building design, construction, management and operation that led to the advent of new energy efficiency and environmental sustainability technologies and gave rise to a full blown industry dedicated to supporting green buildings.</li> <li><strong>LEED was developed with a philosophy that recognizes buildings function more like living, breathing organisms.</strong> Modern buildings are a collection of systems working together in order to help the building perform. Just as is the case with the human body, if any of these systems are not working well together, the building as a whole suffers. LEED v4 represents the most innovative approach to integrating these systems in order to ensure optimal standards in human health and environmental sustainability.</li> <li><strong>LEED v4 is the newest version of the world's premier benchmark for high-performance green buildings.</strong> With contiguous improvement as an integral part of its DNA, LEED is a market driven green building rating system. <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/leed-v4" target="_blank">LEED v4</a> has ushered in substantial changes to make LEED more accessible to a wider range of building and space types so they can achieve higher levels of environmental sustainability, while also making more flexible for projects outside of the United States to adopt LEED and achieve LEED certification. LEED v4 includes: <ul> <li>Flexibility with strategies to fit the unique aspects of all projects</li> <li>Performance based approach to design, operations and maintenance that calls for measurable results at every stage of a project's life</li> <li>Smart grid thinking to the forefront that rewards projects for participating in demand response programs</li> <li>A more comprehensive approach to water efficiency by evaluating total building water use</li> <li>Expanded focus on materials — in addition to considering usage of materials in buildings, LEED v4 integrates a comprehensive approach to evaluate the impact of materials on human health and the environment</li> <li>Streamlined documentation and even greater alignment between rating systems for a better customer experience.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Related videos</strong></p> <iframe width="200" height="112" style="padding:2px;" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/MyIOtsx3wDs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>&nbsp; &nbsp; <iframe width="200" height="112" style="padding:2px;" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/sBN_LfLejcA?list=PL9WycnSNJ7sTXyWJU2U-GS7Q1j3aIhbce" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>&nbsp; &nbsp; <iframe width="200" height="112" style="padding:2px;" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/o2ja88p4F6A?list=PL9WycnSNJ7sTXyWJU2U-GS7Q1j3aIhbce" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>&nbsp; &nbsp; <iframe width="200" height="112" style="padding:2px;" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/tlVseOWToL4?list=PL9WycnSNJ7sTXyWJU2U-GS7Q1j3aIhbce" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>&nbsp; &nbsp; <iframe width="200" height="112" style="padding:2px;" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/UJzdnykumTU?list=PL9WycnSNJ7sTXyWJU2U-GS7Q1j3aIhbce" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>&nbsp; &nbsp; <iframe width="200" height="112" style="padding:2px;" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/RAhONqXNn4Y?list=PL9WycnSNJ7sTXyWJU2U-GS7Q1j3aIhbce" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>&nbsp; &nbsp; <p>&nbsp;</p> <hr/> <p><em><small><sup>1</sup>U.S. Department of Energy (2011). Re-Assessing Green Building Performance: A Post Occupancy Evaluation of 22 Buildings.</small></em></p> <p><em><small><sup>2</sup>Booz Allen Hamilton and the U.S. Green Building Council (2015). 2015 Green Building Economic Impact Study.</small></em></p> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://education.usgbc.org/articles/about-leed#comments Media Fri, 01 Jul 2016 17:25:13 +0000 2604113 at http://education.usgbc.org About USGBC http://education.usgbc.org/articles/about-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://education.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/PressKit_USGBC.jpg?1345150401" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>This article was updated January 2017.</em></p> <p>The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is committed to a prosperous, healthy and sustainable future through its LEED green building certification program, robust educational offerings, nationwide network of local members, the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, and advocacy in support of public policy that support cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings and communities. USGBC serves a diverse marketplace and its LEED green building program is the foremost program for green building in the world – saving money for families, businesses and taxpayers, reducing carbon emissions, and contributing to a healthier environment.</p> <h3>USGBC mission and reach</h3> <ul> <li>USGBC serves a diverse global marketplace including building owners and end-users, real estate developers, facility managers, architects, designers, engineers, general contractors, subcontractors, product and building system manufacturers, government agencies, and nonprofits through the LEED green building certification. </li> <li>USGBC’s more than 12,000 member organizations, global network of more than 201,500 LEED professional credential holders and network of local leaders across the United States and throughout the world are the heart of USGBC's grassroots efforts. Members join as individuals at one of the local communities to realize USGBC's mission of transforming the built environment within a generation through education, outreach and advocacy. </li> <li>USGBC's advocacy team works to accelerate the uptake of state, local and national policies that advance energy conservation, green building and livable communities. From the more than 400 municipalities, 32 states and 14 federal agencies that reference LEED as a best-practice for achieving sustainability goals to the Coalition for Better Buildings, the partnership between political advocacy and the green building movement is reflected in accomplishments across the United States. </li></ul> <h3>LEED green building program</h3> <ul> <li>USGBC's <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/leed">LEED</a> green building program is the foremost program for the design, construction, maintenance and operations of green buildings, homes and communities. By using less energy, LEED-certified spaces save money for families, businesses and taxpayers; reduce carbon emissions; and contribute to a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community.</li> <li>There are more than 89,600 commercial projects participating in the LEED green building certification system, comprising more than 17.2 billion square feet of construction space in 50 states and 164 countries and territories. </li> <li>LEED professional credentialing is provided by Green Business Certification, Inc. (GBCI) and offers a pathway to success for those seeking to demonstrate their technical knowledge, experience and credibility in the exploding green building marketplace. </li> <li><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/credentials">A LEED professional credential</a> signifies leadership in the field and active participation in the green building movement by contributing expertise in the design, construction, operations and maintenance of buildings and neighborhoods that save energy, use fewer resources, reduce pollution, and contribute to healthier environments for their occupants and the community. </li> <li>The 2015 Green Building Economic Impact Study, released by USGBC and prepared by Booz Allen Hamilton, found that LEED will contribute $29.8 billion to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and 386,00 jobs to the U.S. economy by 2018. </li></ul> <h3>Leading on green schools, energy, wellness & investment</h3> <p>USGBC’s globally recognized programs include:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/">Center for Green Schools</a>: The Center for Green Schools at USGBC is making sure every student has the opportunity to attend a green school within this generation, because high-performing schools result in high-performing students. The Center works directly with staff, teachers, faculty, students, administrators, elected officials and communities to drive the transformation of all schools into sustainable places to live and learn, work and play.</li> <li><a href="http://peer.gbci.org/">PEER</a>: Performance Excellence in Energy Renewal (PEER) is a comprehensive, consumer-centric, data-driven system for evaluating power system performance. Through PEER certification, power grids have an opportunity to gain competitive advantage by differentiating their performances, documenting the value produced, and demonstrating meaningful outcomes. In the process, the metrics serve as a tool to accelerate transformation of the electricity sector in the marketplace. Modeled after LEED, PEER is the driving force behind USGBC's vision to transform the way power systems are regulated, designed and operated.</li> <li><a href="https://www.wellcertified.com/">WELL</a>: The WELL Building Standard, administered by GBCI, is a performance-based system for measuring, certifying, and monitoring features of the built environment that impact human health and wellbeing, through air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort, and mind. </li> <li><a href="https://www.gresb.com/">GRESB</a>: GRESB is an investor-driven organization committed to assessing the environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance of real assets globally. More than 250 members, of which about 60 are pension funds and their fiduciaries, use GRESB data in their investment management and engagement process, with the clear goal to optimize the risk/return profile of their real asset investments. Founded in 2009, the dynamic benchmark provides real assets investors with actionable information and tools needed to proactively monitor and manage the ESG performance of their investments and prepare for increasingly rigorous sustainability issues at the forefront of business decision-making. <li><a href="https://edge.gbci.org/">EDGE</a>: An innovation of International Finance Corporation, EDGE is a green building certification system focused on making new residential and commercial buildings more resource-efficient. EDGE is comprised of a web-based software application, a universal standard and a certification system.</li> <li><a href="http://www.sustainablesites.org/">SITES</a>: The Sustainable SITES Initiative (SITES®) is the most comprehensive program for developing sustainable landscapes. SITES offers a systematic, comprehensive rating system designed to define sustainable sites, measure their performance and elevate the value of landscapes.</li> <li><a href="http://parksmart.gbci.org/">Parksmart</a>: Parksmart (formerly known as Green Garage Certification) is the world’s only rating system that defines, measures and recognizes high-performing, sustainable garages. Certified green garages save money in operational costs, along with offering many other benefits for building and property owners, drivers, tenants and local communities.</li> <li>Zero Waste: The Zero Waste credential, which was formally available from the U.S. Zero Waste Business Council, is designed for businesses to define, pursue and achieve their zero waste goals, thereby reducing their impact on the natural environment and our collective health. Zero Waste certification promotes positive forces for environmental and economic sustainability in the built environment.</li> </ul> <h3>Greenbuild</h3> <ul> <li>USGBC’s <a href="https://greenbuildexpo.com/">Greenbuild International Conference & Expo</a> is the world’s largest event dedicated to green building. Greenbuild brings together leaders from industry, government and nonprofits to learn about the newest, most groundbreaking green building products, services and technologies. Greenbuild 2017 will take place Nov. 8-10, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts at the LEED Silver Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. </li></ul> <p><strong>Related videos</strong></p> <iframe width="200" height="112" style="padding:2px;" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/kjyWI10xpHw?list=PL9WycnSNJ7sTXyWJU2U-GS7Q1j3aIhbce" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>&nbsp; &nbsp; <iframe width="200" height="112" style="padding:2px;" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Zhc7X4njaRE?list=PL9WycnSNJ7sTXyWJU2U-GS7Q1j3aIhbce" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>&nbsp; &nbsp; <iframe width="200" height="112" style="padding:2px;" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/5VV0fmTuGds?list=PL9WycnSNJ7sTXyWJU2U-GS7Q1j3aIhbce" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>&nbsp; &nbsp; <iframe width="200" height="112" style="padding:2px;" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/sLQ1KkRrsb0?list=PL9WycnSNJ7sTXyWJU2U-GS7Q1j3aIhbce" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> <p>&nbsp;</p> <hr/><div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://education.usgbc.org/articles/about-usgbc#comments Media Fri, 01 Jul 2016 15:24:48 +0000 2601445 at http://education.usgbc.org About Center for Green Schools http://education.usgbc.org/articles/center-green-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" alt="" src="http://education.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Center-for-Green-Schools-press-kit.png?1464791067" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>This article was updated January 2017.</em></p> <p>The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) established the Center for Green Schools in 2010 to help focus its green school efforts and affect change for this critical building type – no other buildings speak more to the power of green building than the places where our children learn. </p> <p><a href="http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/" target="_blank">The Center for Green Schools</a> at the U.S. Green Building Council believes that everyone, from the kindergartener entering the classroom to the Ph.D. student researching in a lab, should have the opportunity to attend schools that sustain the world they live in, enhance their health and well-being, and prepare them for 21st century careers. The Center works with school decision makers, community volunteers, and thought leaders in the public and private sectors to drive progress at the intersection of sustainability, education, public health, and the built environment.</p> <p><h3>Center for Green Schools Fellowship Program</h3></p> <ul class="styledlist"> <li>The Center’s Fellowship Program has its roots in the Katrina-stricken Recovery School District in New Orleans. In 2008, USGBC saw the profound impact and value of having a sustainability champion providing on-the-ground support and expertise needed to rebuild the community’s devastated school infrastructure. The district has since fully embraced environmentally sound practices: Dozens of LEED-certified or registered schools are now open or under construction and tremendous improvements have been made to facility operations and maintenance practices. </li> <li>Today, the Fellowship program provides partner school districts throughout the country with a dedicated, on-site expert who collaborates with leadership and staff to bring sustainable and environmentally responsible practices into schools. The Fellows provide clear direction, comprehensive training and valuable resources for students, staff and faculty. For more information on the Fellowship program contact Anisa Baldwin Metzger, <a href="mailto:ametzger@usgbc.org">ametzger@usgbc.org</a>.</li> </ul> <p><h3>Green Apple Day of Service</h3></p> <ul class="styledlist"> <li>Green Apple Day of Service gives parents, teachers, students, companies and local organizations the opportunity to transform all schools into healthy, safe and productive learning environments through local service events. </li> <li>Since 2012, more than 750,000 volunteers in 73 countries have had an impact on the learning environments of 7 million students and teachers around the world. <li>To learn more about the Green Apple Day of Service, visit <a href="http://greenapple.org/" target="_blank">mygreenapple.org</a>. </li> </ul> <p><h3>Green Schools Conference and Expo</h3></p> <ul class="styledlist"> <li>Annually, the Green Schools Conference & Expo (GSCE) connects green school champions nationwide for two days of learning and collaboration in support of equitable, healthy and high-performing schools.</li> <li>The largest gathering of K-12 green schools advocates in the country, the Green Schools Conference & Expo brings together teachers, school and district administrators, facility directors, sustainability and energy managers, government officials, non-profit leaders, students, design professionals, and more.</li> <li>The 2017 GSCE will take place March 21-22 in Atlanta, Georgia. For more information, visit <a href="http://greenschoolsconference.org/" target="_blank">greenschoolsconference.org</a>.</li> </ul> <p><h3>Guiding Policy and Investment</h3></p> <ul class="styledlist"> <li>The Center puts forth international, U.S. federal, state, and local policy priorities annually, focused on increasing financial support for school facilities & operations and on furthering sustainability literacy in schools.</li> <li>At the U.S. federal level, our current aim is to lay the groundwork for school building improvement through better facilities data, enabling future advocacy for investment and policy change. At the state level, we strengthen our wide network of state legislators, each of whom introduces and advocates for transformative green schools policies in his or her state.</li> </ul> <p><h3>Learning Lab</h3></p> <ul class="styledlist"> <li>Learning Lab is an online platform which provides K-12 teachers and school leaders with comprehensive, project and STEM-based curriculum that encourages student leadership, environmental literacy, and real-world action.</li> <li>To learn more and access Learning Lab, visit <a href="https://learninglab.usgbc.org/" target="_blank">learninglab.usgbc.org</a></li> </ul> <p><h3>LEED Lab</h3></p> <ul class="styledlist"> <li>LEED Lab is a multidisciplinary immersion course in which higher education students assess the performance of existing facilities on campus, select one building, and facilitate the LEED for Building Operations and Maintenance (LEED O+M) process with the goal of certifying the facility</li> <li>For more information, visit <a href="http://centerforgreenschools.org/what-we-do" target="_blank">centerforgreenschools.org/impact</a></li> </ul> <p><strong>Related videos</strong></p> <iframe width="200" height="112" style="padding:2px;" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Y7TOUMH3YvQ?list=PL9WycnSNJ7sT9EjXtwppZKLxFCNMYnj5p" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>&nbsp; &nbsp; <iframe width="200" height="112" style="padding:2px;" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/geEgeQOJ7LM?list=PL9WycnSNJ7sT9EjXtwppZKLxFCNMYnj5p" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>&nbsp; &nbsp; <iframe width="200" height="112" style="padding:2px;" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/k1yQIDhqO3I?list=PL9WycnSNJ7sT9EjXtwppZKLxFCNMYnj5p" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>&nbsp; &nbsp; <iframe width="200" height="112" style="padding:2px;" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/YY2FBCbBmPw?list=PL9WycnSNJ7sT9EjXtwppZKLxFCNMYnj5p" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>&nbsp; &nbsp; <p>&nbsp;</p> <hr/> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://education.usgbc.org/articles/center-green-schools#comments Media Fri, 01 Jul 2016 15:24:48 +0000 10260887 at http://education.usgbc.org USGBC Statistics http://education.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-statistics <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature 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://education.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/PressKit_USGBC.jpg?1345150401" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><h2>Up-to-date, official statistics about USGBC programs</h2></p> <p>*Please note: These numbers are current as of January 2017.</p> <h3><strong>USGBC overview</strong></h3> <ul class="styledlist"> <li>More than <big>12,000</big> national members</li> <li>More than <big>18,000</big> Greenbuild attendees (Los Angeles)</li> <li>More than <big>164</big> countries and territories with LEED projects</li></ul> <h3><strong>LEED projects</strong></h3> <ul class="styledlist"> <li><big>2.2 million</big> certified square feet per day</li> <li>More than <big>206,300</big> certified gross square meters per day</li> <li>More than <big>90,100</big> total commercial + LEED ND projects</li> <li>More than <big>89,600</big> total commercial projects</li> <li>More than <big>17.1 billion</big> total commercial square feet (excludes ND)</li> <li>More than <big>1.6 billion</big> total commercial square meters (excludes ND)</li> <li>More than <big>36,400</big> certified commercial projects</li> <li>Nearly <big>5.5 billion</big> certified commercial square feet</li> <li>More than <big>510 million</big> certified commercial square meters</li> <li>Nearly <big>402,800</big> Total LEED for Homes residential units</li> <li>More than <big>121,400</big> certified LEED for Homes residential units</li> <li>More than <big>1,850</big> K-12 projects certified</li> <li>Nearly <big>2,200</big> K-12 projects registered</li> <li>More than <big>3,900</big> higher education projects certified</li> <li>More than <big>4,000</big> higher education projects registered</li> <li>Nearly <big>800</big> state government projects certified</li> <li>More than <big>2,600</big> local government projects certified</li></ul></p> <br> <h3><strong>LEED credentials</strong></h3> <ul class="styledlist"> <li>More than <big>201,500</big> total LEED credentials held</li> <li>More than <big>200,000</big> total LEED professionals</li></ul><div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://education.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-statistics#comments Media Fri, 01 Jul 2016 15:10:10 +0000 5104568 at http://education.usgbc.org U.S. Green Building Council Announces 2015 LEED Homes Award Winners http://education.usgbc.org/articles/us-green-building-council-announces-2015-leed-homes-award-winners <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature 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://education.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/press_release_yellow_0_4.png?1467128324" /> </div> </div> </div> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Annual recognition highlights projects, developers and builders leading the residential market in sustainable development.</em></p> <p><strong>Washington, D.C.</strong>&mdash;(June 28, 2016)&mdash;Today, USGBC announced the recipients of its annual LEED Homes Awards, which recognizes projects, architects, developers and homebuilders who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and innovation in the residential green building marketplace.</p> <p>&ldquo;Homes represent a critical piece of the buildings industry and our daily life,&rdquo; said <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/rick-fedrizzi/0000043478" target="_blank">Rick Fedrizzi</a>, CEO and founding chair, USGBC. &ldquo;We applaud these amazing honorees for their significant contribution to greening the residential sector by implementing strategies that positively impact the environment and enhance the health and well-being of their occupants.&rdquo;</p> <p>The LEED Homes Award winners include multi-family, single-family and affordable housing projects and companies that are trailblazers in the residential sector and have prioritized incorporating sustainability within their projects in 2015. This year, for the first time, the awards also recognize the &ldquo;LEED Homes Power Builders,&rdquo; which USGBC developed to honor an elite group of developers and builders who have exhibited an outstanding commitment to LEED and the green building movement within the residential sector. In order to be considered as a Power Builder, developers and builders must have LEED-certified 90 percent of their homes/unit count built in 2015. Homes at any LEED certification level&mdash;certified, Silver, Gold or Platinum&mdash;were eligible for consideration.</p> <p><strong>LEED Homes Award Winners:</strong></p> <p><strong>Project of the Year: </strong><em>The Woodlawn, Portland, Ore. </em></p> <p>Developed by SolTerra and designed by Abbasi Design Works, <a href="http://www.thewoodlawn.com/" target="_blank">The Woodlawn</a> is a LEED Platinum, 18-unit mixed-use apartment building featuring some of the most innovative design and construction strategies that are shaped to reconnect occupants with nature. Constructed with primarily reclaimed and highly renewable materials, and featuring 4,500 square feet of ecoroof, an outdoor roof terrace, and 1,100 square feet of living wall siding.</p> <p><strong>Outstanding Single-Family Project: </strong><em>The Taft School Faculty Residence, Watertown, Conn.</em></p> <p>Winning team: The Taft School, Trillium Architects, BPC Green Builders, Steven Winter Associates</p> <p><a href="http://www.taftschool.org/" target="_blank">The Taft School</a> faculty home serves as a high-performance residence and learning lab for students. It is Connecticut&rsquo;s first building to achieve LEED Platinum certification under the Building Design and Construction rating system for Homes using the new and more stringent LEED v4. The design and construction process is used as a teaching tool for science classes. The students monitor the energy use and there is also a vegetable garden, chickens and a rain garden on site as part of a comprehensive sustainability site.</p> <p><strong>Outstanding Single-Family Builder: </strong><em>Frankel Building Group, Houston, Texas&nbsp;</em></p> <p>At the forefront of sustainable residential building, <a href="http://www.frankelbuildinggroup.com/" target="_blank">Frankel Building Group</a> continues to show its commitment through the design and construction of LEED-certified homes.&nbsp;Frankel Building Group puts an emphasis on homeowner education and continues to promote the LEED program in its market. In 2015, they completed 28 custom homes, all built to LEED for Homes standards, 26 of which have or will be designated as LEED-certified.</p> <p><strong>Outstanding Affordable Builder: </strong><em>National Church Residence, Columbus, Ohio</em></p> <p><a href="https://www.nationalchurchresidences.org/" target="_blank">National Church Residences</a> (NCR) is the innovative leader in integrating home and supportive services for seniors and vulnerable individuals, enabling them to live healthier and more satisfying lives. Their vision is to continually improve communities by transforming the way seniors and vulnerable populations live and thrive.&nbsp;NCR is committed to pursuing LEED as a sustainability standard. Since achieving LEED Platinum for Buckingham Place in 2009, NCR has pursued LEED as their choice of green building certification on more than 15 projects.</p> <p><strong>Outstanding Affordable Project: </strong><em>Brookside Village Housing, Farmington, Maine</em></p> <p>Winning team: Brookside Partners LP; Amec Foster Wheeler Environment &amp; Infrastructure&mdash;Herbert Semple; AIA Architect/Project Manager; Pinkham &amp; Greer Consulting Engineers&mdash;Tom Greer, PE; H. E. Callahan Construction Co.&mdash;Jeff Ohler</p> <p><a href="http://www.riverbendmaine.com/rental/property/112-willow-springs-drive" target="_blank">Brookside Village</a> comprises 32 one-bedroom units of affordable elderly housing. This LEED Platinum project has net-zero energy usage and is a low-income, federally subsidized housing project. All materials selected and systems designed in the building are highly sustainable and extremely energy-efficient, enabling developers to meet the prime project goal&mdash;to provide the comfortable living environment necessary for the elderly residents.</p> <p><strong>Outstanding Multifamily Project: </strong><em><a href="http://www.tilleylofts.com/" target="_blank">Tilley Lofts</a>, Watervliet, NY</em></p> <p>Winning team: Redburn Development<em>; </em>Kirchhoff-Consigli Construction<em>; </em>Harris A. Sanders, Architects, P.C.</p> <p>The 80,000-square-foot Tilley Ladder Warehouse&mdash;once the oldest ladder manufacturing facility in the country&mdash;sat mostly vacant over the past 10 years. In spite of its neglected condition, the structure, conveniently located in Watervliet&rsquo;s Port Schuyler neighborhood, in close proximity to a park and bike trail and easily accessible to the interstate, presented an ideal site for energy-efficient apartments. Through collaboration with Sustainable Comfort, Inc., the warehouse was converted into 62 luxury loft-style apartments, achieved LEED Platinum and is now considered one of the nation&rsquo;s most energy-efficient residential developments.</p> <p><strong>Outstanding Multifamily Developer: </strong><em>Forest City Realty Trust, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio&nbsp;</em></p> <p><a href="http://www.forestcity.net/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">Forest City Realty Trust</a> has achieved LEED certification for many property types, including office, retail, multifamily and entire neighborhoods. They certified their first of 25 total LEED projects in 2006, and since 2008, have certified eight multifamily projects containing more than 2,600 units. Half of those certifications were achieved in 2015. Currently, Forest City has 11 multifamily projects containing more than 4,000 apartment units pursuing LEED certification.</p> <p><strong>LEED Homes Power Builders<em> (</em></strong>*<em>Represents a company that also won a LEED Homes Award)</em><strong><em>:</em></strong></p> <ul> <li>AMLI Residential</li> <li>Bijou Properties</li> <li>Bronx Pro Real Estate Management</li> <li>Buckingham Companies</li> <li>Cottage Home</li> <li>Fore Property Company</li> <li>Forest City*</li> <li>Frankel Building Group*</li> <li>Gerding Edlen</li> <li>Habitat for Humanity (Charlotte)</li> <li>Habitat for Humanity (Dallas)</li> <li>Habitat for Humanity (Kent County)</li> <li>Habitat for Humanity (Matthews)</li> <li>Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services</li> <li>JCB Homes</li> <li>John Marshall Custom Homes</li> <li>McGuyer Homebuilders, Inc. (MHI)&ndash;Austin</li> <li>McGuyer Homebuilders, Inc. (MHI)&ndash;Dallas Fort Worth</li> <li>McGuyer Homebuilders, Inc. (MHI)&ndash;San Antonio</li> <li>National Church Residences*</li> <li>Sullivan Brother Builders</li> <li>The Dinerstein Companies</li> <li>The Hudson Companies, Inc.</li> <li>Uptown Rentals</li> <li>RPM Development Group</li> </ul> <p><a href="http://www.usgbc.org/leed" target="_blank">LEED</a> (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) has become the world&rsquo;s most recognized rating system for green buildings. The LEED for Homes rating system was created in 2008 as a way for single-family homes and multi-family buildings to achieve LEED certification. LEED for Homes projects undergo a technically rigorous process to become certified, including multiple on-site inspections and diagnostic tests. Quality control and quality assurance are built into the process so that builders, architects and homeowners can rest assured they get what they paid for and specified. More than 1.2 million residential units are currently participating in LEED. USGBC&rsquo;s recent <a href="http://go.usgbc.org/2015-Green-Building-Economic-Impact-Study.html" target="_blank">Green Building Economic Impact Study</a> found that the residential green construction market is expected to grow from $55 million in 2015 to $100.4 million in 2018, representing a year-over-year growth of 24.5 percent. &nbsp;</p> <p>To learn more about LEED for Homes, visit&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/leed/homes">usgbc.org/homes.</a>&nbsp;</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "576a9810962140764600001b", "5772a612389d97f11b00021f"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://education.usgbc.org/articles/us-green-building-council-announces-2015-leed-homes-award-winners#comments Media Tue, 28 Jun 2016 15:32:10 +0000 Leticia McCadden 10329800 at http://education.usgbc.org USGBC’s Peter Templeton Joins World Green Building Council Board http://education.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc%E2%80%99s-peter-templeton-joins-world-green-building-council-board <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature 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://education.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/press_release_aqua_0_0.png?1466627235" /> </div> </div> </div> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>As a member of the Board of Directors, Templeton will help guide </em><em>the strategy of the WorldGBC </em></p> <p><strong>Washington, D.C.</strong>&mdash;(June 22, 2016)&mdash;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/peter-templeton/0000042100" target="_blank">Peter Templeton</a>, senior vice president of global market development at USGBC, has been selected as an incoming director to the <a href="http://www.worldgbc.org/" target="_blank">World Green Building Council </a>Board of Directors. Templeton was appointed to the Board for his leadership in the green building movement and dedication to improving the sustainability of buildings, both in the U.S. and around the world. &nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;Peter has been a true champion of sustainability, and has worked tirelessly to transform the industry and position green building as a one of the most effective solutions to climate change,&rdquo; said Terri Wills, CEO of the World Green Building Council. &ldquo;It is this commitment, expertise and strong leadership that has earned his place on our Board of Directors. Together with our fellow directors, I look forward to working with Peter further as we to seek to create a world in which greener buildings lead to a better quality of life for everyone, everywhere.&rdquo;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Templeton joins an influential group in the building and construction industry. The WorldGBC Board of Directors comprises senior leaders from 15 Green Building Councils around the world, including Australia, Brazil, Colombia, India, Jordan, Singapore, and the U.K. The Board guides the strategy of the WorldGBC and ensures that it successfully delivers on its mission to champion green building leadership at the country level and foster a network of knowledge, inspiration and practical support for member countries.</p> <p>&ldquo;The WorldGBC is a unifying force behind our movement and I am both honored and excited by the opportunity to help build upon its legacy,&rdquo; said Templeton. &ldquo;The benefits from green building can be realized through the collaborative efforts of Green Building Councils around the globe. I am looking forward to working with the councils to help amplify their efforts to push social and environmental change in markets worldwide.&rdquo;</p> <p>In his current role at USGBC, Templeton works to expand the reach and effectiveness of market transformation efforts in communities worldwide. Previously, he served as the first president of <a href="http://www.gbci.org/" target="_blank">GBCI</a>, which administers third-party project certification and professional credentialing for <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/leed" target="_blank">LEED</a>. During his tenure, GBCI certified over 200 million square meters of new and existing buildings, and awarded more than 200,000 credentials to green building professionals in more than 135 countries.</p> <p>Previously, Templeton served as USGBC&rsquo;s senior vice president of education and research. He joined USGBC as one of its first employees immediately following the launch of LEED and served as the director for LEED and international programs until July 2005. Prior to joining USGBC, Peter worked as a program manager and environmental planner on international development projects promoting sustainable land use and resource management best practices.</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "576aedcdbe713b05e6000020", "576af431be713bae1300005a"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://education.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc%E2%80%99s-peter-templeton-joins-world-green-building-council-board#comments Media Wed, 22 Jun 2016 20:27:15 +0000 Marisa Long 10318588 at http://education.usgbc.org New Green Building Report Shows Industrial Sector Prioritizes Sustainability in Design and Operations http://education.usgbc.org/articles/new-green-building-report-shows-industrial-sector-prioritizes-sustainability-design-and-ope <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature 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://education.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/press_release_purple_11_0.png?1465913082" /> </div> </div> </div> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>LEED in Motion: Industrial Facilities report from U.S. Green Building Council highlights&nbsp;</em><em>facilities incorporating LEED and green practices</em></p> <p><strong>Washington, D.C.</strong>&mdash;(June 14, 2016)&mdash;Today, USGBC released its <a href="https://readymag.com/usgbc/industrial/">LEED in Motion: Industrial Facilities report</a>, which highlights the collaborative efforts across the manufacturing sector to design and implement LEED and prioritize environmental stewardship for industrial facilities. Currently, there are more than 1,755 LEED-certified industrial facilities worldwide, totaling more than 496 million square feet, and an additional 2,710 projects registered that total nearly&nbsp;737 million square feet. The report also showcases the most impressive LEED-certified industrial facilities in the world.</p> <p>&ldquo;The world&rsquo;s manufacturing plants, industrial facilities and product factories have become an important cornerstone for the global green building industry," said <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/rick-fedrizzi/0000043478" target="_blank">Rick Fedrizzi</a>, CEO and founding chair, USGBC. &ldquo;The growing adoption of LEED in this sector gives corporations another tool to achieve high-performing business operations and positively impact worker health, reduce water and energy use and increase cost-savings, all at the same time. The companies who are using LEED for these facilities are raising the bar for the kind of leadership that will deliver the world we want for our children and our communities."</p> <p>Industrial facilities, which include manufacturing buildings, warehouses, distribution centers and industrial campuses, operate on a vastly larger scale than homes, office buildings or even a university campus. The manufacturing sector alone is responsible for 30 percent of the nation&rsquo;s total energy consumption and uses an estimated 15,900 million gallons of water per day, which is roughly 4 percent of total daily water use. Through <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/leed">LEED certification,</a> the world's most widely used green building rating program, industrial facilities are more resource-efficient and high-performing, which translates to increased asset value and millions of dollars in savings for owners and operators.</p> <p>The manufacturing sector, which impacts every aspect of daily life, is essential to the global marketplace and a significant economic driver worldwide. In the U.S. alone, the manufacturing industry contributed $2.1 trillion in gross domestic product (GDP) in 2014 and, according to the National Association of Manufacturers, for every $1 spent in manufacturing, an additional $1.40 is added to the economy. The sector also provides 12.33 million jobs and indirectly supports an additional 18.5 million jobs. USGBC's recent <a href="http://go.usgbc.org/2015-Green-Building-Economic-Impact-Study.html" target="_blank">Green Building Economic Impact Study</a> found that across industries, green construction jobs are poised to create more than 3.3 million U.S. jobs and $190.3 billion in labor earnings by 2018.</p> <p>The LEED in Motion: Industrial Facilities report underscores how LEED is a transformative tool that positively impacts the quality of built space and can be applied to all building types. Because environmental, climate conditions, worker health and safety codes, standards and laws vary, LEED provides a mechanism for recognizing those differences while still achieving the same credit intent and requirements. In developing the newest version of the rating system, <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/leed#v4" target="_blank">LEED v4</a>, the LEED Warehouse and Distribution Center adaption was designed to meet the specific needs of the global manufacturing sector and to ensure high performance in human and environmental health, sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, supply chain and indoor environmental quality.</p> <p>The report also features LEED-certified projects from international brands, including:</p> <ul> <li>Colgate&ndash;Palmolive Facility Expansion, Swidnica, Poland: LEED Gold</li> <li>Diageo/Guinness Brewery at St. James&rsquo; Gate, Dublin, Ireland: LEED Platinum</li> <li>FCA US LLC Trenton South Engine Plant, Trenton, Mich.: LEED Gold</li> <li>Intel Israel IDPJ Certification, Jerusalem, Israel: LEED Platinum</li> <li>Liberty Property Trust: Tasty Baking Co., Philadelphia, Pa.: LEED Silver</li> <li>L&rsquo;Oreal Florence North Project, Florence, Ky.: LEED Certified</li> <li>Method Southside Soapbox, Chicago, Ill.: LEED Platinum</li> <li>Prologis Park Tres Rios, Cuautitlan Izcalli, Estado de Mexico: LEED Silver</li> </ul> <p>Every day, more than 1.85 million square feet of space is LEED-certified in more than 160 countries and territories. More than 78,600 commercial projects are currently participating in LEED, comprising more than 15 billion square feet of construction space. With specific achievement paths built in, LEED is designed for use in various building types in a variety of climates and localities, often synching with local laws and requirements.</p> <p>LEED in Motion: Industrial Facilities is the latest in a series of reports from USGBC designed to provide a holistic snapshot of the green building movement in international markets. The report equips green building advocates with the insight and perspective to understand the use of the globally recognized LEED rating system and to make a strong case for sustainable building activity.</p> <p><a href="https://readymag.com/usgbc/industrial/" target="_blank" class="button">Read the full report</a></p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "575ebfff8af4f466ed00028a", "57600eed58321244b8000026"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://education.usgbc.org/articles/new-green-building-report-shows-industrial-sector-prioritizes-sustainability-design-and-ope#comments Media Tue, 14 Jun 2016 14:04:42 +0000 Rachel Gilbert 10306225 at http://education.usgbc.org USGBC Partners with Tata Housing to bring 20 Million Square Feet of LEED and WELL Certified Green Homes to India http://education.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-partners-tata-housing-bring-20-million-square-feet-leed-and-well-certified-green-home <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-all-appl-country"> <div class="field-label">Applicable country:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> India </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://education.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/press_release_dark_blue_3_0.png?1465522649" /> </div> </div> </div> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>New strategic partnership focuses on jumpstarting the availability of green, healthy homes across the country</em></p> <p>9 June 2016 (Mumbai, India) &ndash; The <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/" target="_blank">U.S. Green Building Council</a> (USGBC) and its certification body <a href="http://www.gbci.org/" target="_blank">Green Business Certification Inc.</a> (GBCI), announced a strategic partnership agreement with Tata Housing, one of India&rsquo;s fastest growing real estate development companies. The partnership is designed to jumpstart the availability of LEED and WELL certified homes throughout the country and commits to certifying 20 million square feet of residential space to the LEED green building program and the <a href="http://www.wellcertified.com/well" target="_blank">WELL</a> building standard.</p> <p>The concept of housing will be unveiled at Tata Housing&rsquo;s project Serein in Thane, Maharashtra.</p> <p>LEED is the most widely used green building program in the world. It is a certification program for homes and buildings of all types that focuses on reducing energy, water and resource use. LEED buildings are healthier for occupants, save money through reduced utility bills and reduce CO2 emissions.</p> <p>The building sector accounts for at least a third of all energy related CO2 emissions worldwide and nearly 60% of the world's electricity is consumed in residential and commercial building. India is the world&rsquo;s largest carbon emitter among nations, after China &amp; the U.S.</p> <p>&ldquo;The residential sector in India has a major role to play in enhancing resource efficiency in the coming years,&rdquo; said <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/mahesh-ramanujam/0010539283" target="_blank">Mahesh Ramanujam</a>, COO, USGBC and President, GBCI. &ldquo;The USGBC-GBCI-Tata partnership will directly impact this sector by focusing on implementing LEED in houses slated for construction. Performance management platforms, such as the <a href="https://www.leedon.io/" target="_blank">LEED Dynamic Plaque</a>, are also part of the agreement and will enable USGBC and GBCI to leverage Tata Housing project performance data to inform benchmarks for global green construction best practices.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;Tata Housing is aiming to implement LEED and the WELL Building Standard,&rdquo; added Ramanujam. &ldquo;WELL builds upon LEED certification and focuses attention on the health and wellness of building occupants.&rdquo;</p> <p>The WELL Building Standard builds on LEED and allows for a greater focus on occupant health and wellbeing. WELL addresses aspects such as nourishment, fitness, light and air quality.</p> <p>The agreement was announced at a press event today, which was held at Tata Housing Headquarters in Mumbai. Speaking earlier at the event, Mr. Brotin Banerjee, MD &amp; CEO &ndash; Tata Housing Development Company, said, &ldquo;We are excited to introduce the WELL Building Standard to Indian real estate, a landmark concept and an imperative in the present scenario. We have always kept sustainable practices at the core of all our offerings and have been pioneers in adopting latest eco-friendly technologies in construction and implementing energy efficient amenities at all of its projects.&rdquo;</p> <p>With the profound changes in the lifestyle and income levels of people, the wellness industry in India has become a sunrise sector, and is set to grow by 20-30 per cent year on year. In a survey conducted by Tata Housing across metros in 2014, the company indicated that consumers, especially millennials, prefer wellness featured homes which assure only the highest standards of quality, pure air &amp; water, and a healthy atmosphere in which they can thrive. In a world where climate change is deteriorating quality of human lifestyle, residential projects with a low carbon footprint and wellness features are attractive to buyers. Features that a globally aware buyer wants, are rarely provided in residential projects, however results from the survey implied a latent demand for these features.</p><div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://education.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-partners-tata-housing-bring-20-million-square-feet-leed-and-well-certified-green-home#comments Media Fri, 10 Jun 2016 03:37:29 +0000 Joseph Crea 10298111 at http://education.usgbc.org Department of Energy and CoStar partner to expand visibility of benchmark data http://education.usgbc.org/articles/department-energy-and-costar-partner-expand-visibility-benchmark-data <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature 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://education.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/department-of-energy-and-costar-partner-to-expand-visibility-of-benchmark-data_0.png?1464377221" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>This week, the <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/organizations/us-department-energy?view=overview" target="_blank">U.S. Department of Energy</a> (DOE) and <a href="http://www.costargroup.com/" target="_blank">CoStar Group</a> announced a new partnership to bring building energy data to the most widely used commercial real estate databases in the United States. The announcement underscores the value of data to drive market transformation.</p> <p>This important milestone complements and supports ongoing efforts, such as the <a href="http://www.gbig.org" target="_blank">Green Building Information Gateway</a> and the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (<a href="http://gresb.com" target="_blank">GRESB</a>), to empower stakeholders to understand the performance of projects, buildings and entire companies.&nbsp;</p> <p>Under the Memorandum of Understanding, both organizations will support the visibility of energy-efficient commercial buildings through the initiative to display building energy efficiency information in CoStar Group&rsquo;s online property databases and marketplaces. CoStar Group will display certain energy-related information that is already being made publicly accessible by state and local governments that have adopted building energy transparency laws. Currently, <a href="http://www.imt.org/uploads/resources/files/IMT_USbenchmarking_11012015.jpg" target="_blank">16 cities and a growing number of states</a> require reporting of energy use by covered public or private and public buildings. This information will include, where available, Energy Star score, whole building source energy usage intensity and annual greenhouse gas emissions.</p> <p>The planned expansion into benchmarking data builds on the original, groundbreaking efforts in 2006 by USGBC and CoStar to elevate the visibility of energy and sustainability distinctions by tagging commercial properties with <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/leed" target="_blank">LEED</a> certifications. This move enabled definitive research, with key CoStar studies finding, for example, that sustainable green buildings <a href="http://www.costar.com/News/Article/GREEN-LEDE-Green-Building-News-from-CoStar/104981" target="_blank">outperform</a> their nongreen peer assets in key areas such as occupancy, sale price and rental rates, sometimes by wide margins.</p> <p>As the databases incorporate benchmarking data over time, DOE and CoStar Group will support new research to evaluate the impact of energy efficiency and sustainability on real estate valuation; building operating income and expenses; tenant health, comfort, and productivity; and other topics. USGBC looks forward to collaborating with DOE and CoStar on this critical work, and forging new insights and <a href="http://insight.gbig.org/beyond-eui-linking-energy-and-economy-in-buildings/" target="_blank">understanding from the metrics</a>.</p> <p>DOE and CoStar also agreed to promote Better Buildings and the solutions of market-leading Better Buildings partners. USGBC is a Better Buildings Affiliate Partner.</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "5744c0d36fcbf6bd53000034", "57489f78a3ad9796d3000092"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://education.usgbc.org/articles/department-energy-and-costar-partner-expand-visibility-benchmark-data#comments Advocacy and policy Fri, 27 May 2016 19:27:01 +0000 Elizabeth Beardsley 10265602 at http://education.usgbc.org U.S. Green Building Council Announces LEED Pilot Credit: Building Material Human Hazard and Exposure Assessment http://education.usgbc.org/articles/us-green-building-council-announces-leed-pilot-credit-building-material-human-hazard-and-ex <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_art_feature_image" width="2792" height="1283" alt="" src="http://education.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/press_release_v2-04_7_0.png?1464123795" /> </div> </div> </div> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>New credit continues push for better understanding and decision making around building materials &amp; products</em></p> <p>Washington, D.C.&mdash;(May 24, 2016)&mdash;Today, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced a new LEED pilot credit&mdash;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/node/10257615" target="_blank">Building Material Human Hazard &amp; Exposure Assessment</a>, which encourages project teams and manufacturers to assess human health related exposure scenarios for products during their installation and use phases.</p> <p>&ldquo;LEED v4, the latest version of the LEED green building system, has begun a shift in how we think about health and building materials,&rdquo; said <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/scot-horst/0000020400" target="_blank">Scot Horst</a>, chief product officer, USGBC. &ldquo;We have a focus on transparency and optimization so specifiers can know what they are using and can reward innovation. But understanding how a material impacts human health requires a full understanding of hazard and exposure. The new pilot credit is a first step toward evaluating exposure by encouraging product inventories in order to prioritize decision making.&rdquo; &nbsp;</p> <p>The pilot credit seeks to reward manufacturers who perform hazard and exposure assessments that can serve as a basis for developing products designed to minimize human health impacts during installation and use of the products. These assessments can, in turn, be an important consideration for alternative assessment of building materials. By requiring exposure to be considered during product development, this pilot begins to make linkages between the product&rsquo;s ingredient inventory and hazard assessment required by the existing Materials Ingredients credit and performance testing required by LEED&rsquo;s Low Emitting Materials credits.</p> <p>The Hazard &amp; Exposure pilot credit continues USGBC&rsquo;s work to advance LEED users&rsquo; knowledge and understanding of the materials used to build and operate buildings. USGBC&rsquo;s ultimate aim is that project teams have a full and complete picture of building materials and products&mdash;all in one place&mdash;which will help enable transparent, informed decisions around important attributes of materials and products used in our offices, homes, schools and other structures.</p> <p>This pilot credit was developed by USGBC in conjunction with the American Chemistry Council (ACC) and its members, as part of the partnership announced in 2014. The partnership was established to expand collaboration between suppliers and specifiers, leverage scientific expertise and make LEED a more effective tool to deliver positive economic, environmental and social outcomes. This initiative acknowledges USGBC&rsquo;s success in leading the transformation of the built environment and sets up a pathway to take advantage of the materials science expertise of ACC and its members.</p> <p>&ldquo;ACC welcomes the new pilot credit, which rewards products that have undergone rigorous and scientific hazard and exposure assessments,&rdquo; says Debra M. Phillips, vice president, ACC. &ldquo;Through Responsible Care, ACC members support scientific and systematic approaches to managing and continuously improving the safety of their products. ACC members also undertake third-party verification of their systems and approaches. This new credit brings such a scientific, systematic and third-party validated approach to the important issue of health.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p>All USGBC members are eligible to submit pilot credits for consideration; pilot credits are evaluated based on applicability to the goals of LEED, relative impact compared to other LEED credits or pilot credits, technical rigor and achievability.</p> <p>&ldquo;Today, exposure information and the assumptions that go into it aren&rsquo;t required to be shared by manufacturers,&rdquo; added Horst. &ldquo;This new pilot credit will facilitate information sharing that will help us guide future credit writing.&rdquo;</p> <p>To fulfill the credit requirements, LEED projects must submit product documentation from manufacturers, including calculations and assumptions, to <a href="http://www.gbci.org/" target="_blank">GBCI</a>, the third-party verification body for LEED. This information will be combined with data from other ongoing pilots and credits and synthesized by USGBC and GBCI to inform technical development of this pilot and other materials-related LEED credits.</p> <p>The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) green building certification system is the world&rsquo;s most widely used program for the design, construction, maintenance and operations of green buildings. Today, there are nearly 75,000 commercial projects participating in LEED across the globe, with 1.85 million square feet of building space becoming LEED-certified every day.&nbsp;</p> <p>Green construction is a large economic driver. According to the&nbsp;<a href="http://go.usgbc.org/2015-Green-Building-Economic-Impact-Study.html" target="_blank">2015 USGBC&nbsp;<span>Green Building Economic Impact Study</span></a>, green construction will account for more than 3.3 million U.S. jobs&mdash;more than one-third of the entire U.S. construction sector&mdash;and generate $190.3 billion in labor earnings. The industry&rsquo;s direct contribution to the U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) is also expected to reach $303.5 billion from 2015&ndash;2018. For more information about the LEED credits, visit&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/LEED" target="_blank">usgbc.org/LEED</a>.</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "573cbec068f6100f0d000151", "5744c216e99a02f961000054"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://education.usgbc.org/articles/us-green-building-council-announces-leed-pilot-credit-building-material-human-hazard-and-ex#comments Media Tue, 24 May 2016 21:03:15 +0000 Marisa Long 10258701 at http://education.usgbc.org USGBC Joins National Leaders at the White House During Building Safety Month, Commits to Continue Focus on Resilience http://education.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-joins-national-leaders-white-house-during-building-safety-month-commits-continue-focu <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature 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://education.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/press_release_purple_10_0.png?1462994691" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Washington, DC&mdash;(May 11, 2016)&mdash;USGBC and an array of national building industry leaders gathered this week at the White House&rsquo;s national conference on resilient building codes to discuss the economic and community benefits of resilient design and to consider actions that the federal government and the private sector can take to advance resilience in the built environment.</p> <p>&ldquo;While we can do our best to slow the increase in climate volatility, we also have to focus on the fact that our homes, buildings, campuses and communities must ultimately withstand the forces of nature,&rdquo; said <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/rick-fedrizzi/0000043478" target="_blank">Rick Fedrizzi</a>, CEO and founding chair, USGBC. &ldquo;A focus on resiliency is a necessary companion to sustainable thinking and strategies in real estate and urban development.&rdquo;</p> <p>Senior administration officials from the White House, the U.S. Army, the Department of State and the Department of Housing and Urban Development joined mayors, scientists and industry leaders on panels highlighting opportunities for, and challenges to, institutionalizing resilience more comprehensively in buildings and infrastructure across the country.</p> <p>On the heels of the White House&rsquo;s 2016 Climate Action Summit, where the President invited key climate actors from across the country and around the globe to make tangible progress on the implementation of the recent <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/global-climate-action-and-buildings-whats-next" target="_blank">Paris Agreement at COP21</a>, this week&rsquo;s summit also called on participating organizations to pledge to continue and expand their work on resilience in the context of a changing climate.</p> <p>One of the speakers, Kenneth Kunkel, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration&rsquo;s research professor at North Carolina State University, spoke clearly about the usefulness of historical climate data for evaluating future risk exposure of buildings in a world with a changing climate. &ldquo;We can say with virtual certainty that current design values based solely on historical data are underestimates of the actual future risk,&rdquo; stated Kunkel. A 2011 <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/resources/green-building-and-climate-resilience-understanding-impacts-and-preparing-changing-conditi" target="_blank">research paper</a> co-published by USGBC and the University of Michigan&rsquo;s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning highlighted similar conclusions, pointing to LEED as a useful framework for addressing climate mitigation and adaptation in the built environment.</p> <p>&ldquo;The impacts of climate change&mdash;including extreme weather, flood and drought&mdash;pose significant challenges for buildings, many of which were not built to withstand the future impacts of climate change,&rdquo; the White House announced. &ldquo;To address these challenges, architects, engineers and developers in both the public and private sectors are taking steps to design buildings that go beyond minimum life-safety requirements and incorporate the principles of resilient design.&rdquo;</p> <p>Since USGBC&rsquo;s early work to respond to building and community design issues posed by hurricanes Katrina and Rita, which devastated the Gulf Coast in 2005, USGBC has steadily increased its focus on resilience. Recently, USGBC co-hosted a <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/resilient-cities-summit-challenges-government-and-industry-plan-collaboratively-future" target="_blank">Resilient Cities Summit</a>, launched a set of resilience-focused pilot credits into USGBC&rsquo;s LEED green building program, and worked with its partner organization GBCI, to further a suite of new rating systems that offer actionable assessment tools that can help a broad set of players in buildings, landscapes and infrastructure address enhanced resilience.</p> <p>The <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-pilot-credits-resilient-design-adopted" target="_blank">resilience pilot credits in LEED</a> are designed to ensure that a design team is aware of vulnerabilities and addresses the most significant risks in the project design, including functionality of the building in the event of long-term interruptions in power or heating fuel.</p> <p>At the conference, USGBC issued the following commitment:</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) commits to actively engaging through its partnership in Resilient Communities for America (RC4A) and additional efforts to promote resilient building codes in communities across the country. Through dialogues among industry and public sector leaders, release of groundbreaking research and hosting public events, RC4A will shed light on opportunities to advance resilience and long-term performance in codes, standards and other policies, and publicize community leadership in these areas.</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">USGBC also commits to develop and promote the International Green Construction Code, powered by Standard 189.1, a continually evolving and improving code overlay for jurisdictions seeking to adopt deeper sustainability and climate resilience measures into their building codes. USGBC commits to co-hosting a convening of leading mayors around resilience strategies, including codes, to be held in 2016 or early 2017. We also commit to highlighting best practice for codes and standards to support deployment of demand response strategies facilitating resilience at the micro-grid scale.</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">We will engage in an expansion of the conversation around resilience and codes to water and landscape elements, to consider how codes in drought areas can support appropriate vegetation strategies that have net ecosystem benefits. Lastly, USGBC commits to posting and promoting resources relating to climate resilient design and policy on usgbc.org and its various communications channels.</p> <p>A report released yesterday by the American Institute of Architects (AIA), titled &ldquo;<a href="http://www.aia.org/aiaucmp/groups/aia/documents/pdf/aiab108838.pdf" target="_blank">Preparing to Thrive</a>,&rdquo; also highlights USGBC&rsquo;s recent adoption of new pilot credits into LEED that focus on resilient building design and planning.</p> <p>The National Institute of Building Sciences coordinated the event on behalf of the White House National Security Council Staff, the National Economic Council, the Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Council on Environmental Quality and the Office of Management and Budget.</p> <p>For more information, view the White House fact sheet &ldquo;<a href="https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/05/10/fact-sheet-obama-administration-announces-public-and-private-sector" target="_blank">Obama Administration Announces Public and Private Sector Efforts to Increase Community Resilience through Building Codes and Standards.</a>&rdquo;</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "57336f46d7a77e6bce0000a9", "573386f6d7a77e319c00015c"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://education.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-joins-national-leaders-white-house-during-building-safety-month-commits-continue-focu#comments Media Wed, 11 May 2016 19:24:51 +0000 Marisa Long 10231753 at http://education.usgbc.org USGBC Announces 23 New Countries in its LEED Earth Campaign http://education.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-announces-23-new-countries-its-leed-earth-campaign <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature 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://education.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/Press_Release_bright_blue_1.png?1462907300" /> </div> </div> </div> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>LEED Earth designed to spur growth of green building in countries around the world</em></p> <p>Washington, D.C.&mdash;(May 10, 2016)&mdash;USGBC announced today that 23 countries have certified their first <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/leed" target="_blank">LEED</a> project or their first LEED v4 Platinum building, as represented in USGBC&rsquo;s ongoing <a href="http://go.usgbc.org/leed-earth" target="_blank">LEED Earth</a> campaign, which is designed to accelerate the uptake of green building and LEED throughout the world.</p> <p>&ldquo;Every story about LEED is a story of leadership,&rdquo; said <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/mahesh-ramanujam/0010539283" target="_blank">Mahesh Ramanujam</a>, chief operating officer of USGBC and president of <a href="http://www.gbci.org/" target="_blank">GBCI</a>. &ldquo;LEED is the premier global rating system for making sure that buildings are designed, constructed and operated so that they save energy, water and precious resources, reduce waste and carbon emissions and provide healthier environments for the people who use these buildings every day.&rdquo;</p> <p>LEED Earth is a campaign that offers certification at no cost to the first project to earn LEED in the countries where the rating system is still emerging. The campaign also offers free certification for the first LEED Platinum project in any country to certify using the newest version of LEED.</p> <p>Countries with their first LEED certifications as part of the LEED Earth program include Burundi, Croatia, Ecuador, Honduras, Kuwait, Latvia, Luxembourg, Pakistan, Serbia, South Sudan, Ukraine, Tanzania, Bolivia, Lithuania, Dominican Republic, Kenya, Ghana, Myanmar and Venezuela. India, China, Mexico and Canada achieved their first LEED v4 Platinum buildings as part of the program.</p> <p>&ldquo;There are 160 countries and territories currently using LEED,&rdquo; added Ramanujam. &ldquo;LEED Earth has become a catalyst for other countries where green building is not as prevalent and is an important first step in changing the course of building practice to one that is more sustainable and for markets that are more advanced in this space. We congratulate each country on its leadership. LEED on!&rdquo;</p> <p>Further details of the campaign may be found at&nbsp;<a href="http://go.usgbc.org/leed-earth.html" target="_blank">go.usgbc.org/leed-earth.html</a>.</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "5727b48165e01542650000de", "5732316c5ffdee0a450000ed"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://education.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-announces-23-new-countries-its-leed-earth-campaign#comments Media Tue, 10 May 2016 19:02:17 +0000 Joseph Crea 10229320 at http://education.usgbc.org U.S. General Services Administration Adopts SITES, GBCI’s Land Development and Management Rating System, for its Capital Construction Program http://education.usgbc.org/articles/us-general-services-administration-adopts-sites-gbci%E2%80%99s-land-development-and-management-rati <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature 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://education.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/press_release_purple_9_0.png?1460569713" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Washington, D.C.&mdash;(April 13, 2016)&mdash;The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) announced it has adopted the SITES rating system for its capital construction program. Owned and managed by <a href="http://www.gbci.org/" target="_blank">Green Business Certification, Inc.</a> (GBCI), <a href="http://www.sustainablesites.org/" target="_blank">SITES</a> is the most comprehensive program for sustainable land development and management and is used by landscape architects, engineers, architects, developers and policymakers to align land development with innovative sustainable design.</p> <p>&ldquo;Land is a crucial component of the built environment and can be planned, designed, developed and maintained to protect and enhance the benefits we derive from healthy functioning landscapes. The U.S. General Services Administration adopting SITES for its use is an important demonstration of environmental leadership,&rdquo; said <a href="http://www.usgbc.org/people/mahesh-ramanujam/0010539283" target="_blank">Mahesh Ramanujam</a>, president, GBCI, and COO, <a href="http://" target="_blank">USGBC</a>. &ldquo;GSA is a longstanding member of USGBC and an active contributor to the development of USGBC&rsquo;s LEED green building certification system, and they are an important partner in achieving our mission of a more sustainable built environment.&rdquo;</p> <p>SITES benefits the environment, property owners and local and regional communities and economies. SITES certification is for development projects located on sites with or without buildings&mdash;ranging from national parks to corporate campuses, streetscapes to homes.</p> <p>GSA&rsquo;s public buildings service is one of the largest and most diversified public real estate organizations in the world, with a portfolio of 376.9 million rentable square feet in 8,721 active assets, and more than 144,000 acres of land, including ports of entry and historical properties. The GSA determined that incorporating SITES into the program offers a highly effective and efficient way to ensure environmental performance to meet federal goals on various capital project types.</p> <p>&ldquo;The SITES program offers GSA an effective and efficient way to compel site-related performance on our various project types. Our incorporation of the SITES certification program provides an added focus on the quality of our site development, clear performance standards, and third party verification; all of which will help GSA meet its sustainability goals and ensure accountability in the actual performance of delivered projects,&rdquo; said Christian Gabriel, RLA, ASLA, National Design Director-Landscape Architecture, GSA.&nbsp;</p> <p>SITES is designed to define what a sustainable site is and, ultimately, elevate the value of landscapes in the built environment. The rating system provides a metrics-based approach to important concepts like ecosystem services and green infrastructure so that developers and owners can make informed decisions about their land use.</p> <p>The framework of SITES is based on the concept of ecosystem services, the benefits provided by the natural ecological processes working all around us that support our daily lives. Traditional land development and land use decisions often underestimate or ignore healthy ecosystems.&nbsp;</p> <p>Sustainable landscapes create ecologically resilient communities, help reduce water demand and energy consumption, conserve or restore natural resources, ensure wildlife habitat and offset development impacts, improve air quality and promote human health and well-being by connecting people to nature, to their communities and to each other.&nbsp;</p> <p>The GSA&rsquo;s decision has been memorialized in the <a href="http://www.gsa.gov/portal/content/104821">2016 version of Facilities Standards for the Public Buildings Service (P-100</a>), which establishes design standards and criteria for new buildings, infrastructural projects, major and minor alternations and work in historic structures for the Public Buildings Service (PBS) of the GSA. This document contains both policy and technical criteria used in the programming, design and documentation of GSA buildings and facilities.</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "570e6be8c1b32f0a4000013a", "570e86623bc2c3d4c000004f"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --><div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://education.usgbc.org/articles/us-general-services-administration-adopts-sites-gbci%E2%80%99s-land-development-and-management-rati#comments Media Wed, 13 Apr 2016 17:48:33 +0000 Marisa Long 10176206 at http://education.usgbc.org Greenbuild Releases 2015 Sustainability Report http://education.usgbc.org/articles/greenbuild-releases-2015-sustainability-report <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-art-feature-image"> <div class="field-label">Feature 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://education.usgbc.org/sites/default/files/press_release_yellow_0_2_0.png?1460127205" /> </div> </div> </div> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Overall waste diversion rate of 84 percent and 70 percent regional food sourcing among highlights for hometown event in Washington, D.C., at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center</em></p> <p>Washington, D.C.&mdash;April 8, 2016&mdash;<a href="http://www.usgbc.org/" target="_blank">USGBC</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;Informa Exhibitions U.S., Construction and Real Estate have released the 2015 Greenbuild Sustainability Report, highlighting valuable metrics and key benchmarks regarding the impact on energy use and waste management at the 2015 <a href="https://greenbuildexpo.com/" target="_blank">Greenbuild International Conference and Expo</a>, held last fall at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.</p> <p>The comprehensive report details the sustainability programs implemented in 2015 through a review of all objectives, goals and best practices. Case studies provide detailed overviews of sustainability strategies and initiatives including attendee and stakeholder engagement, attendee wellness, waste diversion calculation and more. The <a href="https://greenbuildexpo.com/Attendee/ShowInfo/SustainabilityatGreenbuild" target="_blank">report can be accessed onlin</a>e at <a href="https://greenbuildexpo.com/" target="_blank">greenbuildexpo.com</a>.</p> <p>&ldquo;Sustainability is the heart and soul of Greenbuild, and we are committed to leading the industry in environmentally responsible management in the planning, operations and execution of Greenbuild,&rdquo; stated Lindsay Roberts, Greenbuild show director, Informa. &ldquo;With the release of this report, we celebrate our victories and look forward to opportunities to make an even greater impact at Greenbuild 2016.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;The Greenbuild Sustainability Report showcases the hard work and dedication we bring to our efforts to reduce waste and energy use, address our carbon footprint and engage our many stakeholders leading up to and during Greenbuild,&rdquo; said Kate Hurst, vice president, community advancement, conferences and events for USGBC. "As we hosted Greenbuild for the first time ever in our hometown, Washington, D.C., we were proud to leave a legacy of collective accomplishment behind. Greenbuild is a time for our entire community and industry to come together around our ideals, to demonstrate our commitment to the cause of green building for all within this generation, and to inspire others to acknowledge that even small changes in behavior can have a significant and meaningful impact when undertaken collaboratively.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;It was such an honor to host Greenbuild 2015 in USGBC's hometown at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center and to partner with them on taking their robust sustainability efforts even higher,&rdquo; said Gregory A. O&rsquo;Dell, president and chief executive officer of Events DC, which owns and operates the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. &ldquo;Events DC sustains a strong commitment to sustainability efforts, and the Walter E. Washington Convention Center remains at the forefront of implementing environmentally friendly initiatives to help reduce our carbon footprint. We applaud Greenbuild on their continued steps in making a greater impact on the health and wellbeing of our environment for years to come.&rdquo;</p> <p>The report shares the progress of seven sustainability objectives at Greenbuild, including the following highlights:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Waste management</strong>: Informa Exhibitions, USGBC, Aramark, Centerplate/NBSE, Freeman and local haulers worked together to optimize waste management strategies, resulting in an overall 84 percent diversion rate. This was a 52 percent increase over the convention center&rsquo;s baseline diversion rate. These efforts included recycling and composting in kitchen areas, adding additional waste streams and upgrading recycling/compost stations with improved signage in public areas,</li> <li><strong>Stakeholder engagement</strong>: New in 2015 was an interactive greening wall that allowed attendees to learn more about specific sustainability initiatives. The display was an LCD, Energy Star-certified touchscreen located next to a miniature green wall. The Greenbuild team engages its vendors in a three-phase sustainability planning process in the year leading up to the show to set and meet conference sustainability goals.</li> <li><strong>Sustainable sourcing</strong>: Thanks to the efforts of the Centerplate Team at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 33 percent of the food served at the convention center was sourced locally (within 100 miles) and 70 percent of the food was sourced regionally (within 500 miles).</li> <li><strong>Performance tracking</strong>: USGBC and Informa collected post-show sustainability reports from vendors and partners and improved information collection in attendee registration to more accurately calculate our carbon footprint.</li> <li><strong>Greenhouse gas emissions</strong>: For the second year, Greenbuild showcased the &ldquo;Net Zero Zone&rdquo;&mdash;a 3,200-square-foot pavilion powered by solar panels, installed on-site at the Washington Convention Center. In partnership with TerraPass, the following projects were supported by Greenbuild&rsquo;s carbon offset purchase: New Beulah Landfill (Dorchester County, Md.) and The Big Smile Wind Farm at Dempsey Ridge (Roger Mills and Beckham Counties, Okla..</li> <li><strong>Community impact</strong>: The 2015 Greenbuild Legacy Project, led by <a href="http://usgbc.org/usgbc-national-capital-region" target="_blank">USGBC National Capital Region</a> and the Greenbuild Host Committee, was an Urban Food Studio at the Capital Area Food Bank (CAFB). The CAFB provides food assistance to one out of every 12 individuals living in Virginia, Maryland and D.C., distributing 42 million pounds of food per year. The multi-purpose studio will provide an all-season space for cooking, gardening and workshops. The structure uses recycled materials and features a water collection system and solar harvesting.</li> <li><strong>Hospitality industry</strong>: This year, Greenbuild hosted a &ldquo;Greenbuild Behind the Scenes: Sustainable Event Tour&rdquo; to showcase the show&rsquo;s sustainability efforts to hospitality professionals. The 34 attendees included representatives from hotels, national associations, and international conference organizers. Attendees toured a variety of show areas, including the back dock sorting area and convention center control rooms. Additionally, 68 percent of the hotels in the Greenbuild room block were GreenLeader-certified by TripAdvisor.</li> </ul> <p>Greenbuild, owned and operated by Informa and presented by USGBC, is the world's largest conference and expo dedicated to green building. The three-day conference attracts 20,000+ attendees and 600 exhibitors annually from across the green building sector, spanning commercial and residential professionals, architects, building owners and operators, students, advocates and educators. This year&rsquo;s conference takes place at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, Calif., from Oct. 5&ndash;7, 2016.</p><!-- BEGIN KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <script type="text/javascript"> <!-- var _kaq = _kaq || []; _kaq.push([2, "57068f4953facb81510001aa", "5707c5d5d1b3399f6b0000c4"]); (function(){ var ka = document.createElement('script'); ka.async=true; ka.id="ka_tracker"; ka.src="http://analytics.kapost.com/ka.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ka, s); })(); //--> </script> <!-- END KAPOST ANALYTICS CODE --> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://education.usgbc.org/articles/greenbuild-releases-2015-sustainability-report#comments Media Fri, 08 Apr 2016 14:53:25 +0000 Leticia McCadden 10165798 at http://education.usgbc.org