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In Industry 07.7.2015

Passing the torch

This article was originally published on Huffington Post. Read the original version. Over the past few months, as I sat contemplating one of the biggest decisions of my life—whether to announce that my time as head of USGBC was sunsetting, and that in a year- and-a-half I would enter an exciting new chapter of life during which I would start tackling any number of the projects on my still-robust wish list—I remained torn right up to the very end.  But then one morning out of...

In LEED 07.7.2015

LEED for Homes: International project data update

A home is more than just shelter: homes are the most important buildings in our lives. We think that every building should be a green building—but especially homes. Why? LEED homes are built to be healthy, providing clean indoor air and incorporating safe building materials to ensure a comfortable home. Using less energy and water means lower utility bills each month.  LEED for Homes is available for building design and construction projects for single family homes and...

In LEED 07.6.2015

Get to know the LEED Dynamic Plaque [video]

Your building is alive. Everyday, its energy and resource consumption changes, along with the people it hosts. So, how do you know how your building is performing, right now? The LEED Dynamic Plaque is a global building performance monitoring and scoring platform. It generates a current building performance score out of 100, helps you achieve LEED certification or recertification and enables you to benchmark your performance. The performance score reflects the most recent...

In Education 07.2.2015

Green beach read recommendations from USGBC

Summer is in full swing and for many of us that means vacation time is in order. No matter where you choose to unwind, there is no better time to catch up on some reading. The typical “beach read” is a bestseller, light hearted with a touch of intrigue or a twist. The books that top the annual lists are typically commodities as hot as the sunbaked sand. You just can’t put them down; you devour them and feel sad when the final page has been turned. At USGBC we dare to think...

In Industry 07.7.2015

Pioneers of PEER: City of Chattanooga (feat. David Wade & John Kelly) [podcast]

Pioneers of PEER podcast is a series dedicated to professionals spearheading sustainable energy delivery initiatives within the electricity sector, hosted by John Kelly. Pioneers of PEER gives an overview to Performance Excellence in Electricity Renewal, a new sustainable design and rating system at USGBC. Each episode hopes to provide the listener with insight into the electricity sector through the perspective of thought-leaders in the industry. This week, we present a true pioneer of PEER,...

In LEED 07.7.2015

LEED Certification Update: June 2015

In this recurring monthly feature, we take a look at LEED certification activity in June 2015, broken out by rating system and location, as well as newly certified LEED projects in the news.  Be sure to check out USGBC's LEED project directory for a closer look at LEED projects in your area. You can also visit the Green Building Information Gateway to analyze LEED trends around the world. Certification Level Projects Certified Square Footage Certified...

In Community 07.2.2015

USGBC welcomes two chapters as integrated regions

Today, we are excited to welcome two USGBC chapters as integrated regions of USGBC National. Welcome to Wisconsin and Iowa! (In June we welcomed Georgia, Montana, Idaho, New Mexico, South Carolina, Central Pennsylvania and Oklahoma, and in April we welcomed the USGBC National Capital Region). This transition comes as part of our exciting chapter network evolution, which is piloting a new model for USGBC chapters and local market engagement. This will...

In Education 07.2.2015

The Westminster Schools wins international award for facilities management and...

The Westminster Schools of Atlanta, Ga., recently won the Gold Award of Excellence in FM from Global FM, the worldwide alliance of facilities management organizations. The award, given on behalf of the International Facilities Management Association (IFMA), was bestowed as part of the 2015 World FM Day, an international celebration of facilities management, which was held on June 10, 2015, in London, England. The Global FM awards focus on promoting the strategic value and progression of...

In Advocacy and policy 07.7.2015

State of California buildings focus on water, energy, environment, performance

This article originally appeared on GBIG Insight. Read the original article. Green building has long been part of California’s approach to a wide array of energy, water, environment, and development priorities. There are more than 3,500 LEED-certified green buildings in the state totaling more than 500 million square feet of real estate (see stats). At the direction of California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., the California Department of General Services (DGS) leads the state green...

In LEED 07.6.2015

EU financial capital, Italy's Lombardy Region, expands and embraces LEED

Nestled in the northwest part of Italy, Lombardy is one of 20 administrative regions in Italy, and more than 10 million people call it home. In the aftermath of World War II, the region, Milan in particular, rose to prosperity when its industrial base was reconstructed. Since then, its economy has remained very strong, suffering one economic downturn in the 1970s and another during the 2008 global financial crisis. Today, Lombardy is thriving. A patchwork of industries, ranging from...

In Center for Green Schools 07.2.2015

A nod to the nominees: Learn more about the 2015 Greenest School on Earth candidates

In April we announced that the 2015 Greenest School on Earth is in Pickering, Canada, just outside of Toronto. Dunbarton High School features a dynamic and engaging waste management program, pollinator protection in the form of bee condominiums, and numerous educational opportunities led and embraced by students and teachers alike. What’s more, the surrounding community has taken up the cause, offering up their compost bins for students to dispose of the school’s food waste,...

In Community 07.1.2015

Congratulations to the 2015 Convergence Volunteer Awards honorees

Convergence 2015 is wrapping up in San Diego after three days of collaboration, education and motivation. Before we close out this annual mid-year meeting, we want to be sure to highlight those who were recognized at Monday evening’s Volunteer Awards Reception and Dinner. Six awards were given out to a total of nine individual and groups for their incredible work and leadership over the past year. We congratulate all of the awardees and thank them for their tremendous contributions....