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In LEED 07.16.2014

Video: What is LEED?

LEED is a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices across the globe.Watch our video to learn more about how LEED promotes better buildings and places that complement our environment and enhance our communities. 

In LEED 07.15.2014

In the Know with Maggie and Joe: Top 5

Much has been happening with LEED on the international front so let's begin with the the top five things you must know, courtesy of Maggie and Joe. 1. LEED and India USGBC executives have returned home from a multi-city tour of India where they met with LEED professionals and customers in New Delhi, Bangalore and Mumbai. We also inked a new partnership with The Energy and Resource Institute (TERI) to promote high performing buildings in India. As the Director-General of TERI, Dr. R K Pachauri...

In Community 07.11.2014

Freebie Friday: USGBC wallpaper July 2014

Click the links below to download our latest USGBC-branded wallpaper for your desktop, laptop, tablet, smartphone. Did we mention that it's free?   1680x1050 / 2560x1440 / Mobile / Tablet View previous freebies, and let us know in the comments: what wallpaper designs would you like to see?    //  

In LEED 07.9.2014

International market briefs: Get your green building data from around the world

As USGBC looks overseas to foster further momentum in our mission to transform the built environment, we are excited to announce our latest real-time data platform: international market briefs. To complement the U.S. state market briefs released in the spring, these new data visualizations give a snapshot of what LEED looks like in countries across the globe. You can now find a direct link to both the state and country market briefs on the right side of the advocacy campaigns page. So...

In Community 07.15.2014

Make your nomination for the Best of Building Awards

Recognize the best of the best in the green building industry by nominating USGBC members in the following categories: Non-profit Professionals Services Energy Service Provider/Utility Greenbuild Exhibitor Products LEED Certified Projects Individuals Real Estate/Provider Building Portfolio You can also nominate yourself! The Best of Building Awards celebrates the year's best green products, projects, organizations and individuals making impact in green building. Make your nomination...

In LEED 07.15.2014

LEED Green Associate exam: What to expect at Prometric

The LEED Green Associate demonstrates a solid understanding of green building principles and practices. Here's what you can expect at the testing center, Prometric. Arrival We recommended that you arrive at the Prometric at least 30 minutes prior to your exam appointment. If you arrive at the test site after your scheduled exam time you will lose your seat. Name and address When you arrive at Prometric, you will have to present identification. Your name must match the name in your usgbc...

In Industry 07.10.2014

You’re invited to VERGE Salon: Data Solutions in Cities and Real Estate

Big data is transforming real estate and cities around the world. The growth of smart buildings and smart cities is enabling new services, revenue opportunities, and models for stakeholder engagement. Join USGBC’s Scot Horst and Chris Pyke, as well as speakers from the White House, Rockefeller foundation, NYC Mayor’s office and more to discuss the most pressing trends in cities and real estate.  VERGE Salon NYSept. 16, 2014William & Anita Newman Conference Center, Baruch...

In LEED 07.8.2014

Recycling around the office at USGBC

For most of us, recycling is second nature, and when given the opportunity, we choose to put our paper products, cans or bottles, in the recycling bin. But recycling can occasionally become a burden, when we have items that we're not sure about or when there's not a recycling stream available. One reason that recycling can be a challenge is the lack of a uniform process across private and public spaces, cities, states and even countries. The process is different depending on where you live or...

In LEED 07.15.2014

Introducing The LEED O+M Starter Kit

You’ve just completed a spectacular new LEED building, with its fine-tuned design and cutting-edge technologies. The team worked together perfectly (even the subcontractors), all of your synergistic strategies came together seamlessly, and the plaque ceremony was even attended by the governor! But then, once all the pomp and circumstance has subsided, do you know how your building is performing? How much energy is it using? How much waste is it generating? Is it being cleaned in an...

In LEED 07.14.2014

Rebuilding for resilience: Q&A with Make It Right's Tom Darden

USGBC's new free report, LEED in Motion: Residential, highlights the numbers, knowledge and resources you need to keep pace with the rapidly growing green residential market.  Download the full report for more interviews and project highlights from best and brightest minds in the industry.  Make it Right believes everyone has the right to live in a high-quality, healthy home that enhances the natural environment. Tom Darden leads efforts to rebuild safe,...

In LEED 07.10.2014

LEED in India Q&A with LEED Fellow Deepa Sathiaram

Deepa Sathiaram, LEED Fellow and executive director of En3 Sustainability Solutions Pvt. Ltd., has worked on over 450 LEED projects in India and over 50 LEED projects globally. What's Deepa's key takeaway from all of this experience? "LEED sets a benchmark of excellence in performance which you do not get, nor will you get, with other standards. That puts you on a completely different level." With USGBC executives on a multi-city visit to India this week, hear what Deepa has to say...

In Industry 07.8.2014
The LEED Silver Maracanã stadium in Rio de Janeiro. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

LEED project certification update: June 2014

In our new recurring monthly feature, we'll be taking a look at LEED certification activity each month, broken out by LEED rating system and location. Be sure to check out the LEED project directory for a closer look at LEED projects in your area and around the world. Total projects certified in June: 351 New Construction: 165 Commercial Interiors: 67 Existing Buildings: 42 Core and Shell: 34 Retail CI: 28 Schools: 9 Retail NC: 3 LEED Italia: 2 LEED for Healthcare: 1 Square footage certified...

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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.