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In Advocacy and policy 12.11.2014

Reflections on the global imperative of green building

If targets for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction are to be met, decision-makers must unlock the potential of the building sector with much greater seriousness and vigor than they have to date and make mitigation of building-related emissions a cornerstone of every national climate change strategy. — Achim Steiner, Executive Director, UNEP (from a 2010 report) It was almost five years ago when I traveled to Copenhagen for the international climate conference, affectionately...

In LEED 12.10.2014

LEED reviewer experts are available to help you

Green building thrives on collaboration between team members. After all, buildings are complex systems and it may not always be clear how the LEED requirements apply to your project. GBCI recognizes the valuable role that collaborative communication can play in helping your team work effectively—not just within your team, but also with your LEED reviewer. There are a number of ways you can reach out to your reviewer before, during and after the review: If you need clarification on...

In Education 12.9.2014

Introducing USGBC Education Partner AEC Daily

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 AEC Daily If someone could only take one of your courses, what should they take? Within the subscription, we have a series covering LEED for the contractor that we love, and that one reviewer called “an excellent step by step how to guide.” The final course...

In Community 12.8.2014

Georgia is leading the way with LEED: A recap after the tweets

I recently had the chance to be part of the first #LUNCHnLEED Twitter chat hosted by the USGBC Georgia Chapter and my company, GreenShortz, and driven by our marketing firm, Moxie Media & Marketing.  Just before we started, it struck me that Twitter is the LEED of social media: it's all about efficiency of thought and expression, but it runs on innovation. This is exactly what we experienced throughout the following hour. Jeremy Sigmon...

In Media 12.11.2014

833 Million Square Feet of Building Space in India using LEED

Report - LEED in Motion: India, emphasizes the rapid expansion of green building New Delhi, India  – (11 Dec 2014) – USGBC announced today that 833 million square feet of building space in India is using LEED. The new study, LEED in Motion: India, was released today and details the impact LEED and green building have had on the Indian economy and its buildings, homes and communities. The LEED in Motion: India report provides a far-reaching account of the factors that have...

In LEED 12.9.2014

LEED AP ND exam to feature LEED v4 content in February 2015

On Feb. 25, 2015, the LEED AP Neighborhood Development (ND) exam will begin featuring LEED v4 content and project experience assessment. (The LEED Green Associate and other LEED AP exams were already updated to reflect the v4 rating system in June 2014; here's more on that change.) If you're prepping to take the LEED AP ND exam be sure to keep these dates in mind: The last day to take the LEED AP ND exam with LEED 2009 content will be Feb. 10, 2015. The first day to take the...

In Industry 12.8.2014

Great Expectations: Live from COP20 in Peru

I am here this week in Peru, a country poised to be a leader in green building and sustainability for all of South America, and the host of this week’s COP20 meeting. This conference—part of the United Nations Environment Programme's Framework Convention on Climate Change—feels decidedly different from previous sessions in Warsaw, Dohah and Durban. The past few weeks have seen a global reaction to the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report, as well as discussions around 2° C...

In LEED 12.5.2014

USGBC accelerates social equity with new LEED credits

This article is co-authored by Joel Ann Todd, chair of the LEED Steering Committee from 2009 through 2013, and Susan Kaplan, President and Founder of BuildingWrx. USGBC’s recent move to release new social equity LEED credits marks an important step toward fulfilling its organizational goal of using green buildings to enhance the lives of all people in all buildings. The credits have been designed to address social equity from the perspective of everyone who is touched or...

In Center for Green Schools 12.10.2014

Kill the Cup: coffee, selfies, and environmental impact

Did you know that 50 billion paper cups get discarded in America each year? It’s unbelievable! I started researching the ‘cup problem’ when I was a grad student at UC San Diego; here's what I've found: In 2008, Starbucks established a goal to serve 25% of all drinks in reusable cups. Customers received discounts for bringing personal tumblers, and environmental messaging helped raise awareness about waste reduction. Three years later, however, the reusable rate...

In Industry 12.9.2014

Greening the global supply chain part 1: Building a consumer movement

This holiday season, as we all gather to celebrate the things that truly matter—friends, family, and many other blessings—let us also remember an equally important responsibility that we all share: the continued health of our planet. The holiday season may seem like the perfect time to take a break from worrying about things like climate change, biodiversity loss, the destruction of our oceans etc., but in all reality, we are entering a time period that amounts to our movement...

In LEED 12.8.2014

Peru's first LEED-certified existing building project

Water is one of the world’s most valuable and essential natural resources. In Peru, water is a scarce resource and on average Peruvians have to spend a staggering S/.10.00 Soles per cubic liter (USD$4.00). Compounding the problem is a lack of wastewater standards and regulations. Peru’s future depends on smart water management and Edificio Real Diez, the first LEED for Existing Buildings certified project in Peru, offers a fine example of how water management is changing for the...

In Media 12.5.2014

USGBC and BCSE Join Global Effort to Further Energy Efficiency

The two sustainability leaders become partners of the United Nations’ Sustainable Energy for All Initiative’s Energy Efficiency Accelerator Platform LIMA - (Dec. 5, 2014) – The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced today that it has joined the Global Energy Efficiency Accelerator Platform, along with the Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE). The Global Energy Efficiency Accelerator Platform is a program of U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki Moon’s...

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