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In Greenbuild 08.14.2014

Discover Greenbuild 2014 Summits

This year, Greenbuild will feature three unique summits. Greenbuild summits bring together sectors of the green building industry for a day of focused networking, education and inspiration. Affordable Homes and Sustainable Communities SummitTuesday, Oct. 21, 9 am-5:30 pmThe Summit will educate, advance, challenge and inspire those who already are involved in providing green affordable housing and community development, as well as engage those who are just being introduced to this exciting and...

In Greenbuild 08.12.2014

Top 5 reasons to attend the Affordable Homes & Sustainable Communities Summit

What The Affordable Homes & Sustainable Communities Summit convenes a broad spectrum of people working to advance sustainability through community development and affordable housing. Through networking, knowledge sharing and problem solving, we will focus on the singular goal of expediting the economic, social, and ecological health of underserved communities.  Who You + people from diverse sectors and perspectives, such as community and affordable housing developers, government...

In Community 08.8.2014

Remembering Peter Wege, a sustainability pioneer: 1920-2014

Peter Melvin Wege, a philanthropist, an activist, and an executive, passed away at the age of 94 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. His memorial was July 11, 2014. His impact as a pioneer in sustainability, an advocate for environmentalism and green building, and the Steelcase Inc. heir and founder of the Wege Foundation, will continue to bring joy, meaning and enlightenment for generations to come. Wege was studying architecture at the University of Michigan when Pearl Harbor was attacked in 1941....

In Community 08.7.2014

Time to roll up our sleeves: Read the July/August issue of USGBC+ magazine

This piece by Gina McCarthy, administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, appears in the just-released July/August issue of USGBC+, the new membership magazine of USGBC. Read the full article and browse the entire issue at    I recently visited Salt Lake City’s Public Safety Building, one of the largest net-zero buildings in our nation. That tour reinforced for me that the buildings where we live, work, and play have a profound impact...

In Education 08.13.2014

Course preview: Speech Privacy & Sound Masking in Modern Architecture [video]

Education @USGBC is your go-to place for sustainability and green building education. Ready to take your knowledge to the next level? Check out the preview below of this month's featured course: Speech Privacy & Sound Masking in Modern Architecture. In this course you will identify interior design factors that will signal the need for sound masking and approaches to address the issues.

In Education 08.11.2014

Get to know USGBC Pro Reviewer Prasad Vaidya

USGBC Pro Reviewers are experts in green building and sustainability who review courses on Education @USGBC. They provide detailed feedback to the course creators, as well as reviews on the course page. This feedback helps the course creators improve their education and helps other users decide whether or not the course is a good fit for them. Meet our USGBC Pro Reviewer Prasad Vaidya What's your name? Prasad Vaida Who's your employer? zenerG What's your position? Director What's your...

In Industry 08.8.2014

Register today for WELL 2014

Register today for WELL 2014, the first annual conference of the International WELL Building Institute. WELL 2014 is the perfect event for design, construction, and real estate professionals who want to lead the market and build a movement for wellness real estate. This is a pioneering concept that marries design and construction with evidence-based technologies to support personal well being and health. Speakers will include thought leaders on health and wellness, leading medical scientists,...

In LEED 08.6.2014

What is green building?

What is green building? It's a simple question that we get a lot here at USGBC, but not one where it's always easy to find a simple answer.  The definition of green building Green building is a holistic concept that starts with the understanding that the built environment can have profound effects, both positive and negative, on the natural environment, as well as the people who inhabit buildings every day. Green building is an effort to amplify the positive and mitigate the negative of...

In Community 08.12.2014

Bioclimatic Design

This article appears in the just-released July/August issue of USGBC+, the new membership magazine of USGBC. Read the full article and browse the entire issue at  Architects around the world look to the past to introduce bioclimate strategies in designing greener buildings. Some of the best new green buildings are those that challenge our ideas of conventional architecture—but don’t challenge the environment. Building designs that...

In LEED 08.11.2014

How to create a composting station

This article is part 3 of a 4 part series on "Greening your college life." Read part 1 and part 2. As a college student, I know first-hand that it can seem difficult to lead a sustainable life in college. Dorm buildings are often less energy efficient, recycling options might be limited, and students don't have extra money to splurge on eco-friendly products. However, even if you live in an older building — and even if you're not in college — it's still possible to make a...

In LEED 08.7.2014

Who's talking about the LEED Dynamic Plaque?

The LEED Dynamic Plaque, our building performance monitoring and scoring platform, is making waves in the news. Read on to find out what the media have to say about this game-changing tool — and visit to learn more and get your own!  EDC: LEED: From predicted to measured performance The LEED Dynamic Plaque is a striking visual display that answers a complex question: “How is my building performing today?” Since “building performance”...

In LEED 08.6.2014

LEED project certification update: July 2014

In this recurring monthly feature, we take a look at LEED certification activity in July 2014, broken out by rating system and location, as well as newly certified LEED projects in the news. Be sure to check out the LEED project directory for a closer look at LEED projects in your area and around the world. Rating System Projects Certified Square Footage Certified New Construction 173 16.5 million Commercial Interiors 68 2.8 million Core and Shell 36 10.3 million Existing Buildings...

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