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In Industry 10.2.2015

Green bonds webinar: Financing a sustainable future

GRESB and the Green Building Council of Australia will co-host a webinar on the different perspectives and insights of key players in the green bond market. The number of green bonds issued globally tripled to $36.6 billion in 2014, with growth expected to reach $100 billion by the end of 2015. This new source of financing allows issuers to diversify their investor base and direct proceeds to projects with improved environmental outcomes.  The webinar will feature: A market overview from...

In Advocacy and policy 10.2.2015

How Arlington County is incentivizing LEED

Just across the Potomac from the USGBC headquarters in Washington, D.C., Arlington County, Virginia is updating its Green Building Incentive Program and adopting the latest version of the LEED green building rating system, v4, as the program’s standard—more than a year before the "sunset date" for project registration under LEED 2009.  Beginning Oct. 1, developers applying for a density bonus under the program, using LEED, must seek certification under LEED...

In LEED 10.1.2015

Vote today on LEED v4 O+M: Multifamily

The LEED v4 O+M: Multifamily ballot is now open! The ballot period is when we at USGBC ask our membership to lend its voice one last time in the development process and determine if a change or update to LEED should be made official. In this case, we’re asking for your vote on making LEED v4 O+M: Multifamily an approved rating system available to all project teams. This suite of new and updated credits provides solutions for existing multifamily projects with 20 or more...

In Industry 10.1.2015

President Obama's Clean Power Plan and PEER

President Obama and the EPA recently announced the final version of the Clean Power Plan, the centerpiece of the Obama administration’s plan to alter the dangerous impact human activity has had relative to climate change. It’s a historic beginning. The Clean Power Plan is designed to be innovative in its treatment of energy efficiency as an important compliance element in avoiding carbon emissions from power plants. EPA projects the plan will have significant economic and human...

In LEED 10.2.2015

Clouds in their coffee: Lavazza's future LEED headquarters

It’s late morning, and the man with the thin, wire-framed glasses, fitted suit and warm smile glides into a building undergoing a retrofit with his hands spread wide, as if announcing to the space, “I’m home!” Indeed, Paolo Corradini, Lavazza’s Director of Public Affairs and the man behind the new Lavazza headquarters in Torino, Italy, is in fact building a new sustainable home (with LEED in mind) for Lavazza employees and the people of Torino. The new headquarters...

In Community 10.2.2015

Freebie Friday: USGBC wallpaper October 2015

Download our latest USGBC-branded wallpaper for your desktop, laptop, tablet or smartphone. Did we mention that it's free?   (Click the links below to download.) 1680x1050 / 2560x1440 / Mobile / Tablet And while you're at it, view freebies from January, April and July, and tell us what wallpaper you'd like for your device by leaving us a note in the comments.

In Education 10.1.2015

Get to know USGBC Faculty Emmanuel Pauwels

USGBC Faculty are experienced educators with a strong background in professional education, training, and facilitation. The Faculty designation recognizes professionals who are highly experienced and knowledgeable on the topics of LEED, green building and sustainability. USGBC Faculty are committed to maintaining their knowledge and skills, while staying up-to-date in innovation in the field. You can access courses taught by USGBC Faculty on Education @USGBC.  Meet our USGBC...

In Community 10.1.2015

USGBC welcomes five chapters as integrated regions

Today, we are excited to welcome five USGBC chapters as integrated regions of USGBC national. Please join us in welcoming Arizona, Hampton Roads, Minnesota, Redwood Empire and West Virginia. Over the past few months, we've welcomed 17 chapters as part of our exciting chapter network evolution. The transition is piloting a new model for USGBC chapters and local market engagement. This will provide an exciting opportunity for our local USGBC regions to enhance their operations...

In LEED 10.2.2015

LEED addenda update: October 2015

The October 2015 quarterly LEED rating system and reference guide addenda are now available. To view the changes: Visit the addenda database and search for 10/1/2015 Visit the credit library and select the "Interpretations” tab within each credit Download the Reference Guide Tables Interpretations Three new LEED Interpretations were published (10422-10424). LEED Interpretation 10422 provides an optional scoring path using Title 24 2013 for LEED v4 Homes projects in California. Two LEED...

In LEED 10.2.2015

LEED Certification Update: September 2015

In this recurring monthly feature, we take a look at LEED certification activity in August 2015, 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. You can also visit the Green Building Information Gateway to analyze LEED trends around the world. Certification Level Projects Certified Square Footage Certified...

In Industry 10.1.2015

Register today for a webinar on sustainable land development and design

The Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES®) is the most comprehensive program for developing sustainable landscapes, based on the understanding that land is a crucial component of the built environment and can be planned, designed, developed and maintained to protect and enhance the benefits we derive from healthy functioning landscapes. SITES is currently used by landscape architects, designers, engineers, architects, developers, policymakers and others. Administered by GBCI,...

In LEED 10.1.2015

LEED in Italy: Daniele Guglielmino

As Greenbuild Europe & the Mediterranean) approaches, USGBC has conducted several interviews with LEED professionals in Italy. Please meet Daniele Guglielmino, a sustainability specialist and LEED AP at Manens-Tifs s.p.a., a consulting firm that specializes in sustainability and energy issues for buildings. Guglielmino, who is also a USGBC faculty member, is currently working as a LEED consultant on four projects in Italy. Register for the conference. Q:  Why do you use LEED...