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In International 07.29.2015

Top 10 countries for LEED national profile: Canada

USGBC’s announcement of 2015’s Top 10 Countries for LEED comes during a historic time for the international green movement. In the time since USGBC announced the Top 10 Countries for LEED in 2014, the People’s Climate March in New York City drew hundreds of thousands of people from around the world to demand climate action, theU.S. and China came to a monumental agreement to work together to mitigate catastrophic levels of global warming and Pope Francis has issued a historic...

In LEED 07.28.2015

Who in Mexico is using LEED?

LEED professionals are key leaders of the green building industry. Earning a LEED professional credential—including the LEED Green Associate; LEED AP (Accredited Professional); LEED Fellow and various certificate designations—denotes qualified expertise in green building. LEED professional credentials mean much more than just a professional accolade; those who earn them form a network of committed green building practitioners across an array of industries.  As Mexico's...

In LEED 07.24.2015

Energy efficiency in buildings: Are we doing enough?

This article was originally published on iesve.com. Read the original version. A holistic approach to integrated project delivery is something that has been discussed for many years now, but why does the industry still struggle to put this concept into practice? Everyone can see the benefits, however turning theory into practice is not always as easy as it sounds. Governments around the world have introduced legislation and rating systems to try and address this. Rating systems such...

In Advocacy and policy 07.23.2015

Barriers to industrial energy efficiency: LEED can help!

As the industrial sector’s relative significance in U.S. energy use grows, tapping into the sector’s efficiency potential becomes more critical as well. In 2012, the industrial sector accounted for 32% of all energy consumption, and by 2025 its share is expected to exceed 36%. Manufacturing operations accounted for 74% of the industrial sector, representing 24% of all energy consumed in the U.S. in 2012 (EIA).  Barriers to Industrial Energy Efficiency, a Report to Congress...

In Community 07.28.2015

Holistic Approach [USGBC+ July/August 2015]

This article was originally published in the July/August 2015 issue of USGBC+. Read the original version. 100 Resilient Cities program helps urban areas around the globe meet 21st-century challenges. Travel just about as far west as you can along Interstate 10 in Texas and you’ll find El Paso, a city of 675,000 hugging the U.S.-Mexico border. Like other urban areas around the world, El Paso strives to provide its citizens with access to healthcare and social services among its most...

In Industry 07.27.2015

Women in Green Power Breakfast: The challenge with mentorship

The Women in Green Power Breakfast will be held for a fourth year at Greenbuild 2015 taking place in Washington, DC. This year’s Greenbuild International Conference and Expo (Nov. 18-20) will bring our movement together around the theme of “Monumental Green.” Greenbuild is the premier sustainable building conference and expo in the world, with more than 25,000 attendees every year, offering three exhilarating days of uplifting speakers, unmatched networking opportunities,...

In LEED 07.23.2015

China's Wanda Group looks to their global future with LEED

To hear Vice President Lai Jianyan of Dalian Wanda Group Co., Ltd.—the world’s largest commercial property owner and operator—put it, the most his company derives from LEED is not the financial benefits, it’s the demonstration of social responsibility for a global company. “It conveys a message to the society through the LEED platform that Wanda commits to sustainable development, environment protection and social responsibility... The social value is followed by...

In Industry 07.22.2015

Greenbuild Film Festival: Submit your film today

USGBC is pleased to announce our call to filmmakers for the Ninth Annual Greenbuild International Film Festival. In keeping with this year’s conference theme, Monumental Green, Greenbuild is seeking submissions including documentaries, films, and informational videos that promote innovative green building practices and address social, environmental, and health topics related to the built environment. This is a great opportunity for filmmakers passionate about the environment to join...

In LEED 07.28.2015

LEED in Motion: Canada just released

In Canada, LEED certifications are becoming increasingly commonplace. There are over 30 million gross square meters of LEED space and there are more than 2,200 LEED-certified projects. Canada is the number one market for LEED outside of the U.S. Today we are pleased to present a new report, LEED in Motion: Canada.  Created in 2013, our LEED in Motion reports are designed to equip readers with the insight and perspective they need to understand LEED as a global green...

In Education 07.24.2015

Building for health: USGBC and Harvard prepare leaders for the next frontier of the green...

Over the last two decades, the green building movement has shown how thoughtful design, construction, and operation can create buildings and even entire communities that benefit people and the environment. Today, the focus of the movement is shifting toward the opportunity to create buildings and communities that intentionally promote health and wellness. These trends raise important questions:  Who will lead this generational change in the real estate industry?  What kind of skills...

In Media 07.23.2015

Future Greenbuild Dates Announced Through 2019

Internationally renowned, the world's largest conference and expo dedicated to green building to rotate cities Washington, D.C. — (July 23, 2015) — Dates were announced today for future Greenbuild International Conference & Expo events through the year 2019 by Informa Exhibitions and the U.S. Green Building Council. “We are committed to rotating Greenbuild to very accessible locations to maximize attendee participation and exhibitor confidence. We ensure Greenbuild...

In Advocacy and policy 07.22.2015

U.S. Senate Finance Committee votes to advance green building policies

In the run up to the 2015 August Congressional work period the U.S. Senate Finance Committee made an important move to renew and extend a $95 billion tax incentives package that expired at the end of last year. The “Final Passage of an Original Bill to Extend Certain Expiring Tax Provisions” passed on a 23-3 vote. The legislation includes a number of important elements that will continue to support the efficiency of the building industry. In particular, the bill extends and...