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In Advocacy and policy 10.16.2014

DOE affirms federal leadership in sustainability and continued use of LEED

For over a decade, federal agencies have successfully used third-party green building rating systems, like LEED, to deliver exceptional building projects that address the myriad federal requirements, reduce energy and other resources and save taxpayer money. It’s a testament to the green building leadership we see in the federal sector. Consistent with that record of leadership, last week the Department of Energy (DOE) issued its final rule on federal agencies’ use of...

In Media 10.15.2014

GBCI Joins Forces with GRESB

Move creates asset-to-portfolio toolkit for measuring sustainability of world’s largest asset class Washington, D.C. (Oct. 15, 2014) – The Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI), the certification body for the global LEED® green building rating system, the WELL Building Standard®, the PEER™ program and other sustainability initiatives, announced today that it has acquired GRESB (the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark), an industry-driven organization...

In LEED 10.14.2014

Greenbuild 2014 session spotlight: Transforming Markets through Data Collaboration

Imagine being able to readily access and interpret human health and environmental attributes of any building product—ingredient lists, health and ecosystem hazards, life cycle data, assessments, and more. Making specification and purchasing decisions that prioritize health and benefit the environment would be a lot easier. Join us at Greenbuild 2014 for C15: Transforming Markets through Data Collaboration, a special USGBC Master Series session that will showcase innovative tools and...

In LEED 10.13.2014

Q&A: How I utilize the LEED Dynamic Plaque

You’ve got the visually pleasing LEED Dynamic Plaque, USGBC’s groundbreaking building performance platform, mounted on the wall of your LEED-certified building. Now what? USGBC’s Vice President of Finance and Administration Dave Witek has worked intimately with the LEED Dynamic Plaque since its release in 2013, working to maintain a competitive performance score at USGBC’s HQ on a daily basis. Below, Dave discusses how he utilizes this powerful platform to optimize...

In LEED 10.15.2014

New LEED BD+C 2009 ACPs released for Europe

In February 2014, USGBC contacted Sweden Green Building Council (SGBC) and other European members of the LEED International Roundtable to introduce a work project to create Europe-specific Alternative Compliance Paths (ACPs) for LEED BD+C 2009. This was something that SGBC could really get behind: At that time, we had over 50 ongoing projects using LEED BD+C 2009. This presented a significant opportunity to define guidance that could smooth the path to certification over the coming years....

In Education 10.15.2014

Introducing USGBC Education Partner Everblue Training

USGBC Education Partners are leaders, trusted voices and reputable providers of green building and sustainability education. You can access their courses on Education @USGBC.  Meet our USGBC Education Partner Everblue Training, LLC  If someone could only take one of your courses, what should they take? I would recommend enrolling in our LEED Green Associate v4 Exam Prep. This is our most popular course, and it lays the foundation for a successful career in sustainability....

In Media 10.14.2014

2014 Leadership Award recipients announced

Awards will be presented at the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in New Orleans on Oct. 23, 2014 Washington, D.C. — (Oct. 14, 2014) — USGBC today announced the recipients of the 2014 Leadership Awards, which celebrate the individuals and groups at the forefront of sustainability in the built environment. “As the green building movement continues to grow throughout the world, it is even more important to recognize the leaders who set the bar for others and who...

In Industry 10.13.2014

The ROI on biophilic design patterns

Chances are, you enjoy a sunny spot at the windowsill, a crackling fire, a lush pocket garden, a richly patterned rug or a cascading water fountain. These might seem like indulgences; elements you desire but find no justification for purchasing for your office, demanding in your child’s school or expecting in your hospital room. However, growing evidence from psychology and neuroscience would challenge your quick dismissal. The practice of incorporating nature and natural elements into...

In Community 10.15.2014

Celebrating the impact of our LEED Fellows and one another

Every year, Greenbuild brings our community together and it provides a unique opportunity to reflect on each of the ways we all have an impact on the future of green building.  I have recently been privileged to witness this tremendous impact as I have reviewed the 2014 LEED Fellow nominee application packages—and the evidence of this influence is overwhelming. This year, two GBCI staff members, Theresa Hogerheide and Gail Hampsmire, were named LEED Fellows, joining fellow staff...

In LEED 10.14.2014

Discounts on LEED publications at Greenbuild 2014

Looking for study materials for the updated LEED Green Associate exam? Or perhaps you need a LEED 2009 or v4 reference guide? You'll find these and more at Greenbuild 2014 in the Merchandise Booth. Publication discounts at Greenbuild 2014 40% off LEED 2009 reference guides (hard copy purchased on-site) 10% off LEED v4 reference guides and study publications (hard copy purchased on-site) Free shipping on all online orders placed on-site Register for Greenbuild What's new: LEED Green...

In Greenbuild 10.14.2014

Kimberly-Clark Professional composting pilot grows from Greenbuild Expo tour

One of the highlights of Greenbuild is that it brings so many green building stakeholders together in one place. But the magnitude of opportunity can also be overwhelming when you look at the sheer size of the exhibition space with more than 700 companies represented in the expo hall. As I’m sure most Greenbuild veterans will tell you, the best approach is to enter the expo with a set of clearly defined goals and to target booths to visit where you might learn something new to help you...

In LEED 10.13.2014

Test drive the new LEED Online platform at Greenbuild 2014

The newest version of LEED Online was built to provide project teams with a faster, more streamlined experience. Join us at Greenbuild 2014 for a free interactive session where we’ll take a tour of the new system, show attendees how to register and work within a project, and also provide an opportunity for you to create their own test projects. To infinity and beyond: A tour of LEED Online and other project team support toolsFree interactive session at Greenbuild...

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Better buildings are our legacy. USGBC is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings, and works toward its mission of market transformation through its LEED green building program, robust educational offerings, a nationwide network of chapters and affiliates, the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities.