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In Media 02.10.2016

GBCI and IDEA Commit to Enhanced Collaboration on Microgrids, District Energy and CHP

World’s leading green credentialing body and industry association collaborate to increase deployment of cleaner, resilient energy grids for more sustainable cities, communities and campuses Austin, TX—(Feb. 10, 2016)—Today, GBCI and the International District Energy Association (IDEA) announced a collaboration to work together and promote more sustainable, efficient and resilient electricity and thermal grids through the PEER program. The announcement was made at the...

In LEED 02.10.2016

LEED Lab: Sustainability in higher education goes global

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. Existing buildings hold incredible promise for higher education institutions, offering tremendous opportunities to connect academics with operations. The implementation of LEED for Building Operations and Maintenance on...

In Community 02.9.2016

A waste diversion rap from our 2015 Greenbuild volunteers [video]

USGBC is so thankful for our volunteers! As we prepare for Greenbuild: Iconic Green in Los Angeles in 2016, we’d like to highlight a couple of volunteers—and amateur rappers—from Greenbuild 2015 in Washington, D.C. Taylor Ghost and Emily-Kate Hannapel are students at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, studying interior architecture. They both are interested in the impact of buildings on our environment and were excited about the opportunity to attend Greenbuild...

In International 02.8.2016

USGBC to join India at smart cities events

The government of India’s highly ambitious urban development scheme, the 100 Smart Cities Mission, is officially under way, with excitement building following the January 28 announcement of the first 20 cities selected. To spread awareness of this groundbreaking initiative, and to help key stakeholders better understand the challenges and opportunities it offers, several conferences and events are being planned throughout the year. This month, USGBC will share the stage at four of those...

In Education 02.10.2016

Course preview: Social equity credits and LEED [video]

With Education @USGBC, you can grow your green building knowledge online, anytime. Ready to take your knowledge to the next level? Check out the preview below of this month's featured course, Social Equity Credits and LEED, created by USGBC Massachusetts. In this course, you will learn about “fostering social equity,” a driving principle in USGBC's strategic plan. In 2014, three new Social Equity credits were launched as part of the LEED v4 Pilot Credit library. The...

In Advocacy and policy 02.10.2016

Advocacy and Policy at USGBC: Working for green

The Advocacy and Policy team at USGBC is always working to advance green building and the environment. We'll be sharing highlights of our activities a few times a year, so you can keep up with what we're doing for our membership! Greenbuild 2015 As it is every year, Greenbuild was a major focus of USGBC’s advocacy and policy efforts in the last quarter of 2015. Hosting the conference in Washington, D.C., presented many unique opportunities to engage with government officials....

In Industry 02.9.2016

Survey: Share your insights on the design and construction of healthier buildings

We invite you share your insights on the design and construction of healthier buildings in a new survey examining the impact of building design and construction on the health and well-being of building occupants. The survey is in partnership with Dodge Data & Analytics, and your input will ensure that the study provides an accurate understanding of the ways architects and other players contribute to the goal of creating healthier buildings. The survey will close on March 4,...

In Media 02.8.2016

USGBC CEO Rick Fedrizzi to Keynote the 2016 Green Schools Conference and Expo

More than 1,200 expected to convene in Pittsburgh for annual conference that brings together school thought leaders and champions Washington, D.C.—(Feb. 8, 2016)—The Green Schools Conference and Expo (GSCE), presented by the Center for Green Schools at USGBC, and produced in partnership with the Green Schools National Network, is coming to Pittsburgh, Pa., March 31–April 1, 2016, at the LEED Platinum David Lawrence Convention Center. The conference will bring together green...

In Industry 02.10.2016

What a PEER-certified grid looks like in Chattanooga

Last week, Chattanooga’s smart grid, operated by EPB, became the first major utility to earn PEER certification. Amid the excitements and events, PEER was on hand celebrating performance, efficiency and customer value in the energy market. Owned and administered by GBCI, PEER is modeled after LEED as a comprehensive framework for defining, assessing and verifying the overall sustainable performance of electricity delivery system design and operations. Who is EPB? EPB is one of the...

In Community 02.9.2016

In fashion, green is the new black [USGBC+ Jan/Feb 2016]

This article was originally published as "Green Is the New Black" in the January/February issue of USGBC+. Read the original version. Take a poll of sustainable fashion gurus, and you’re likely to hear the same thing in multiple ways: They’re currently a small group, but they’re poised to set a trend. Lewis Perkins, interim president of the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, a nonprofit that certifies sustainable materials in several industries, including...

In Community 02.8.2016

Apply by Feb. 12 for Convergence 2016 scholarships

Warm your winter day by marking your calendar for this summer’s Convergence, scheduled for June 21–23 in sunny Jacksonville, Florida. Convergence is USGBC’s annual family reunion, bringing together our global network of highly engaged leaders focused on advancing the green building mission. The theme is “Building Leaders. Building Markets. Measuring Mission Impact.” Highlights of Convergence include market updates, volunteer training, the USGBC Volunteer...

In Industry 02.8.2016

Become a LEED Fellow in 2016

Interested in becoming a LEED Fellow? Know someone else who would be a great candidate? The time is now. USGBC's call for nominations of qualified applicants is now open for the 2016 class of LEED Fellows. For an overview of the mastery elements and general program policies, review the LEED Fellow Handbook. To review the 2016 dates and specific guidance on the application, including page limits, review the 2016 LEED Fellow Application Guide. Requirements Nominees must be/...