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In Industry 09.5.2014

The past, the present, and the future of sustainability reporting in the global real...

With increased societal focus on resource scarcity, the need for de-carbonization, and the effects of climate change, investors have become increasingly aware of the implications of these, generally longer term, megatrends. More than any other investment class, real estate assets are exposed to the direct, local consequences posed by these global risks: more stringent regulatory requirements, changing societal preferences for places to work, live, and play, and exposure to climate-related...

In LEED 09.3.2014

ENERGY STAR adds multifamily buildings to constellation

This article was co-written by Bryan Howard and Dan Winters. In mid-September, multifamily buildings will now have the opportunity to submit via Portfolio Manager for a score, through the 1 – 100 ENERGY STAR score for multifamily buildings. All properties scoring above a 75 may be eligible to earn ENERGY STAR certification. Multifamily buildings can start as early as right now to input their data into Portfolio Manager to receive a score. To receive an accurate score you’...

In LEED 09.2.2014

Certify multiple buildings with LEED

Did you know that #LEEDworks in bulk? In addition to individual building certification, LEED also includes certification paths structured for organizations seeking certification for multiple buildings. You have two options for certifying multiple buildings: LEED volume certification LEED campus and multiple building certification 1. LEED volume certification LEED volume certification meets the needs of companies and organizations that are ready to apply LEED across a portfolio of similar...

In LEED 08.29.2014

LEED helps Singapore leverage new government investments of $100 million in energy...

In Singapore today, a number of companies are building and acquiring data centers to support their business activity. As a result, the Singapore government recently announced an investment of $100 million towards technologies that will increase the energy efficiency of data centers. Considering that this building type is one of the biggest consumers of energy on the planet, this is welcome news. Data centers often run 24 hours a day and require sizable systems to not only power the systems, but...

In Center for Green Schools 09.4.2014

Moving sustainability forward in the Green Ribbon Schools of West Virginia

Note: U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) recognizes schools, districts and postsecondary institutions that are 1) reducing environmental impact and costs, 2) improving health and wellness, and 3) teaching environmental education. To share innovative practices and widely-available resources in these three ‘Pillars,’ the Department conducts an annual Green Strides Best Practices Tour of honorees. Two non-profit organization school sustainability leaders write...

In Community 09.3.2014

Submit your nomination for the 2014 Malcolm Lewis IMPACT! Award

Thanks in large part to dedicated volunteers who contribute to the green building movement, USGBC continues to advance a healthier, more sustainable and prosperous built environment in communities across the globe. Each year the USGBC Malcolm Lewis Volunteer IMPACT! Award recognizes a high-impact, volunteer-driven project or initiative. Malcolm Lewis was an agent of change who spent 30 years driving the green building movement, and motivating others to do the same. Brendan Owens has...

In Advocacy and policy 08.29.2014

“Four More Years!” State policymakers rack up wins for green building

Last week, the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators (NCEL) gathered for their largest ever policy summit. The issues discussed varied from clean power plan implementation to clean water and indoor air, to healthy, high-performing schools. As a framework for addressing these and many other economic and ecology issues, green building was a central focus, too. For years, state lawmakers and agencies have used the power of the pen and the purse to prioritize energy efficiency, healthy...

In Community 08.28.2014

A message from Rick Fedrizzi: USGBC and ACC to advance LEED

For those of you who attended the Greenbuild opening plenary last year, you’ll remember I asked everyone – green building enthusiasts, newcomers, and others – to “join us” in our critical work. Green building is an inclusive movement. From people, to planet, to profit, it is a revolution that benefits us all, collectively. That's why I am pleased to report that USGBC and the American Chemistry Council (ACC) announced an important initiative this week. As...

In Education 09.3.2014

USGBC and Harvard offer a leadership program for disruptive sustainability

USGBC and the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard’s School of Public Health are founding conveners in a growing cross-sector network working to provide a critical mass of senior leaders with best-in-class Core Business Integration of Sustainability (CBIS) executive education. 2014 Executive Education for Sustainability Leadership In June 2014, the CBIS framework was successfully launched at Harvard University in a three day Executive Education for Sustainability...

In Advocacy and policy 09.2.2014

Three building code questions you should be asking

The phrase “don’t judge a book by its cover” is often applied to judgments of people — and to buildings, too.   A building’s façade can be beautiful, but it doesn’t necessarily indicate the quality of its indoor environment. A building’s “Walk Score” doesn’t tell you much about how well it manages rainwater. A building’s energy use alone doesn’t tell you much about the productivity of the people inside. A...

In LEED 08.29.2014

Meet the LEED Dynamic Plaque

I’ve had the good fortune of meeting with a lot of our member companies this summer at a series of leadership receptions around the country. At these events, I’ve had the opportunity to give everyone a quick update on all the work we have going on; actually quick is probably the wrong word – it takes quite a few minutes to simply touch on all the amazing things happening at USGBC. The LEED Dynamic Plaque At these events, we get a lot of questions for more information about the...

In Advocacy and policy 08.28.2014

10 super rad LEED public projects

Have you ever pulled into a train station and felt like you had really arrived somewhere else, because the station felt like part of this new town’s identity? Did you ever tour your local fire station as a kid, and if you were very lucky, slide down that shiny silver pole? Did you ever go to the local jail, and… well, actually that’s none of my business. Public structures really help define the personality of a town, and they’re where the actions that define history...

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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.