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In LEED 04.17.2015

Top 10 Project Profile: The Golisano Institute for Sustainability at RIT

2014’s Top 10 States have shown tremendous leadership in the green building movement by certifying 1,662 commercial and institutional projects representing 251.7 million square feet of real estate. These buildings will have a tremendous social impact over the coming years by providing healthy and environmentally sustainable spaces to produce new breakthroughs in many different fields of science, medicine, education, business, the fine arts and environmental and social justice. This...

In Community 04.16.2015

Apply today to join ADVANCE and make an impact

Ready to make an impact in your community? We're assembling an all-star team of change makers (a.k.a. emerging professionals) to lead on the launch of ADVANCE, USGBC's new skill-based volunteer program, which was created to help all communities and organizations move along a path to more efficient and healthy places. Over 20 spots are open across three position types, which are designed to accommodate most commitment levels, skills sets, and professional ambitions! National Community...

In Center for Green Schools 04.16.2015

LEED Lab in action: Ball State University

Ball State currently has nine LEED certified buildings, with three more anticipating certification. All are (or hopefully, will be) certified under LEED-NC or LEED-CI, with the first certifications awarded in 2010. How have they been performing? Are we really seeing the reductions in energy consumption and water usage that we anticipated? It is time to find out. LEED® Lab™, a program developed by USGBC to certify buildings under LEED-EB: O+M, was offered for the first time in the...

In LEED 04.15.2015

Five myths about using LEED for manufacturing and industrial facilities

The latest issue of USGBC+ showcases two examples of the groundbreaking work happening as companies take on the challenge of applying LEED to manufacturing and industrial facilities. But Intel and Procter & Gamble are just two members from a core of industry leaders who are challenging the myths and misconceptions around what it means to produce in a green factory.    Members of the LEED User Group: Industrial Facilities represent companies...

In Center for Green Schools 04.17.2015

Jump in to the future of K-12 education

Imagine the possibilities: millions of teachers equipped and empowered to engage their students in learning that fosters individual happiness and global sustainability. It’s not pie-in-the-sky, and with your participation, we can make it a reality. Today, the Center for Green Schools kicks off its latest initiative: an online education platform to provide K12 schools one-stop access to the best education resources for sustainability. Encourage your favorite educator to apply here to take...

In Community 04.16.2015

USGBC celebrates Volunteer Appreciation Week with a big thank you

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “If you want to touch immortality, then associate yourself with causes that are larger than yourself and undertake commitments that reach beyond your time.” Today, USGBC is realizing a bold vision of green buildings for all within a generation. Today more than 1.8 million square feet are certified every day. There are more than 27,400 certified commercial projects, 76,000 certified residential units, 2,370 certified state and federal projects, and 4...

In LEED 04.16.2015

LEED ND credits and points

In our previous article we listed the prerequisites, credits, and points in the LEED v4 Homes rating system. This time around, we’re going to focus on LEED v4 for Neighborhood Development. How walkable is your neighborhood? Does it allow people from a wide range of socio-economic levels and age groups to live in the same community? Are there certified green buildings? LEED for Neighborhood Development looks beyond individual buildings to consider entire communities. It is a rating...

In Community 04.15.2015

Dhruti Patel: Greenbuild scholarship profile

For the past seven years USGBC has made Greenbuild accessible to people who would otherwise not be able to attend through a scholarship program. At last year’s Greenbuild in New Orleans, 156 individuals received some type of scholarship to Greenbuild. Scholarship recipients represent a diversity of people from around the world. Each has a story to tell. Each brings their own passion to their work. Each has a role to play in making green buildings and communities a reality for all. As we...

In Education 04.17.2015

Get to know USGBC Faculty Dana Kose

USGBC Faculty are experienced educators with a strong background in professional education, training, and facilitation. The Faculty designation recognizes professionals who are highly experienced and knowledgeable on the topics of LEED, green building and sustainability. USGBC Faculty are committed to maintaining their knowledge and skills, while staying up-to-date in innovation in the field. You can access courses taught by USGBC Faculty on Education @USGBC.  Meet our...

In Media 04.16.2015

GBCI Renamed Green Business Certification Inc.

Name change reflects organization’s growing portfolio of certification and credentialing services Washington, D.C. – (April 16, 2015) – The GBCI Board of Directors announced today that GBCI, formerly known as the Green Building Certification Institute, has changed its name to Green Business Certification Inc. It will continue to be referred to as GBCI. “GBCI is a dynamic brand that has been synonymous with LEED and green building since it was founded in 2008,” said...

In Education 04.15.2015

WELL webinar series: Hosting the client conversation about the WELL Building Standard®

By placing people at the heart of design, construction, operations and development decisions, we have the ability to add meaningful value to real estate assets, generate meaningful savings in personnel costs, and enhance human health and wellbeing. Join this webinar to learn strategies for speaking to clients about the WELL Building Standard and its potential to add measurable value in these key areas. This is the first in a series of four webinars available through USGBC on the WELL Building...

In LEED 04.15.2015

Financial sector embraces LEED and transforms the market

Of the sectors that have adopted LEED, the financial sector has proven to be a leader in green building. Since LEED’s inception, financial institutions have achieved LEED certification on over 1,464 facilities with 117 certified in 2014 alone. The sector is continuing to experience significant growth with LEED project registrations for financial institutions increasing 101% between 2013 and 2014. Additionally, an impressive 141,068,519 square feet of space occupied by financial...

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is transforming the way we design, build, maintain and operate our buildings, homes and communities.

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.