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In LEED 09.11.2014

Federal Guiding Principles for existing buildings

There are two sets of Federal Guiding Principles for High Performance and Sustainable Buildings, one set for existing buildings, and    one set for new construction. With over 500,000 facilities representing more than 3 billion square feet of space, the Federal Government is the largest landlord and energy consumer in the U.S.  As part of Executive Order 13514, at least 15% of each agency’s existing facilities and building leases (above 5,000 gross square feet)...

In Industry 09.9.2014

GBCI to administer PEER certification

The Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) announced today that it will administer certification for the Performance Excellence in Electricity Renewal™ (PEER) program. PEER is the nation’s first comprehensive, consumer-centric, data-driven system for evaluating power system performance and is modeled after LEED. “The PEER program provides a much more complete picture of the efficiency, quality, safety, resilience and reliability of energy generation, transmission and...

In Center for Green Schools 09.5.2014

Back to school with Green Apple Day of Service

The first day of school pictures have been taken, the back to school jitters have subsided and momentum is building for the third annual Green Apple Day of Service (GADOS). As we prepare for another successful GADOS season full of meaningful service projects and events, I’d like to highlight some of the great projects from last year that went above and beyond to develop creative ways to engage their communities. Last year at the Green Apple Day of Service… ...the students at...

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 09.11.2014

LEED Dynamic Plaque: Finalist in Fast Company's 2014 Innovation By Design Awards

We're excited to announce that the LEED Dynamic Plaque is a finalist in Fast Company's 2014 Innovation By Design Awards, among 53 honorees that include Disney, Google, Nike and The New York Times.  What are the Innovation By Design Awards? Now in their third year, they honor the most innovative and disruptive design solutions to today’s business problems.  This year’s judging panel selected the finalists from among 1,587 international submissions across ten categories. The...

In Community 09.9.2014

The USGBC 2013 Annual Report is now live!

Take a peek inside the doors of 2101 L Street. In our 2013 annual report, we turn the spotlight onto our talented USGBC employees—200 (and growing!) men and women who are as interesting as the built environment they work to transform. Read the report today

In Industry 09.5.2014

Healthcare Facilities Symposium to feature a Technology Pavilion

Technology is increasingly intertwined with the built environment, so it is critical for the builders and designers of healthcare environments to understand the big picture and what’s in the future.  Because of this, the upcoming Healthcare Facilities Symposium & Expo will feature a Technology Pavilion at this year’s event. The project is led by Sensory Technologies, Blue Cottage, Power Construction, PFB Architects, KaziaLi Design Collaborative, Koroseal Interior Products,...

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 Greenbuild 09.10.2014

Get motivated by Greenbuild 2014 Master Series speakers

Each year the Greenbuild Master Series brings together leaders of diverse industries who share the common trait of championing sustainability and green building, and providing inspiration and motivation for our everyday lives. Meet the Greenbuild 2014 Master Series speakers Bryan Anderson is the national spokesman for Quantum Rehab, a division of Pride Mobility Corporation, and travels the country making numerous personal appearances while delivering his message of...

In Industry 09.8.2014

Register today for EcoDistricts Summit 2014

At the end of September city makers will gather in Washington, D.C., for the sixth annual EcoDistrict Summit, a three day event dedicated to cultivating just, sustainable and resilient cities from the neighborhood up. This event will be held about one month before Greenbuild 2014’s Affordable Homes & Sustainable Communities Summit, and our two events share a commitment to reframing the green building & sustainable development movements around a deep understanding of how...

In LEED 09.5.2014

Ready for a faster, more streamlined LEED certification process? Start here.

Getting to certification more quickly No one likes delays or surprises in a LEED review. We've made great strides at improving the timeliness and accuracy of our reviews, and we're working toward even quicker turnaround and more predictable results. We know that strong, organized submittals = faster certification process. We’ve been listening to you, and we’re proud to introduce LEED Proven Provider, a new way for project teams to submit those perfect (or nearly perfect) submissions...

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...

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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.