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In Center for Green Schools 04.24.2015

The Greenest School on Earth: How do you choose?

Out of the most impressive and inspiring school buildings in the entire world, how do you choose just one to name the Greenest School on Earth? The task is a daunting one, but also an incredibly rewarding one. This year, our Greenest School on Earth program received over 300 percent more applications than last year from schools that are making tremendous progress in providing better education to our world’s future leaders. As the program’s application numbers have grown, so has its...

In Education 04.23.2015

Celebrate Earth Week with USGBC member Autodesk

Earth Week is upon us; it’s the perfect time to reconsider your relationship with the natural world and to learn how you can play a larger role in the design-led revolution. You can provide more for people while demanding less from the planet through smart design and a broad-based understanding of the factors affecting the siting, construction and operation of your buildings.  Earth Week is about recognizing where we stand in relation to the earth, evaluating our choices and our...

In LEED 04.23.2015

Webinar: What will you gain when you improve your building’s performance?

Tracking your building’s performance enables you to save money and resources, assess your sustainability strategies, and even make your tenants or occupants more comfortable. The LEED Dynamic Plaque is the powerful, innovative platform to help you get it done. The LEED Dynamic Plaque is a building performance monitoring and scoring platform that gives you a current snapshot on how your building is performing across five categories. It’s designed to enable building owners,...

In Community 04.22.2015

Happy Earth Day, Take a Bow!

This article appeared in The Huffington Post on April 22, 2015. As I was sitting over coffee watching the sun peek its nose over the horizon on this 22nd day of April—the 45th anniversary of Earth Day—I suddenly realized I wanted to say something to my fellow members of the “Aging Boomers Club:" Thank you. Thank you for Earth Day. Thank you for all it has done for our remarkable planet, for our children and our children’s children, and for—and I don’t know that I have the...

In LEED 04.24.2015

Celebrating the wins for sustainability

In my first environmental management class, the instructor posed a very simple question: “Do you wake up in the morning overwhelmed with all that is wrong with the world, or are you optimistic about where things are heading?” There was a very long pause and then the teacher replied, “I agree.  It depends on the day.” This week, Kum & Go is celebrating their 100th LEED certified convenience store. This accomplishment puts them among the ranks of Kohl’s and...

In Community 04.23.2015

An Above and Beyond Volunteer teaches students how to design and build a community garden...

This month, Mayda Colon was recognized as one of USGBC's Above and Beyond Volunteers—a volunteer leader whose contributions have led to outstanding achievements in the green building movement.     Mayda currently serves as the Chair of the USGBC Wyoming’s Green Schools Committee. She leads a partnership in Casper, Wyoming, engaging with elementary school students to design and build a community garden, where families can grow their own food as part of their healthy...

In LEED 04.22.2015

The nature of LEED: How natural laws inspire and inform green building

In the late 1990s, a revolutionary idea arrived on the scene, shepherded by an innovative thinker and nurtured by scores of curious and passionate individuals. In the book Biomimicry, Janine Benyus introduced the notion that we could be better off by simply mimicking the ways problems are solved in nature; this idea has proven transformative. In the book, Benyus lists nine principles that govern and define how nature operates. Not surprisingly, elements of each of these principles are readily...

In LEED 04.22.2015

Myth #2: Factories can’t be green

Smoke stacks, visible pollution, dust, grime and dire working conditions—this is what many people think of when you ask them to picture a factory. But today’s factories look nothing like what you picture when you think of the Industrial Revolution. Today factories are often automated, encapsulated, with state of the art controls to minimize and manage hazards, staffed by an expert workforce and—they are LEED certified. Green factories do exist. Intel alone has approximately 7...

In LEED 04.24.2015

We heard you #loveLEED: round 2

On Valentine's Day this year, we asked if you love LEED. The responses we received were inspiring. Whether it was celebrating your first LEED Platinum certification—or sharing a sustainability story, we heard that people across the country love LEED! We shared some of the submissions here. The responses continue to roll in. Check out some of our favorite images and messages below! Join in on the fun by posting a photo of a building you love, sharing why green building is important to...

In LEED 04.23.2015

New LEED Documentation Path for California Projects

Starting in July of 2015, projects in California subject to the mandatory 2013 CALGreen requirements will be able to use an alternative documentation path for LEED. Approved by the LEED Steering Committee, this streamlined path will be available for use on select credits for projects registered under the 2009 or v4 versions of LEED BD+C or LEED ID+C. An alternative documentation path outlines a set of documents that projects may provide in lieu of standard LEED documentation in...

In Advocacy and policy 04.22.2015

USGBC supported legislation heads to President Obama

This week the House of Representatives advanced a modest but important bill that improves building efficiency in commercial buildings. S. 535, the Energy Efficiency Improvement Act passed the House by a voice vote and will now head to President Obama for his signature. The bill aims to catalyze important opportunities available for efficiency gains in tenant spaces in commercial and retail properties, while providing more information on the operation of some federal leased space....

In LEED 04.22.2015

Wells Fargo ranked top financial services company in LEED certified square footage

To quote an old adage, you can’t manage what you can’t measure. Wells Fargo tries to be “green” in everything we do. One important goal we have set for the company is to have 35 percent of our properties LEED certified by 2020. We have been working very hard at this goal, and Wells Fargo is proud to be ranked first among financial in LEED certified space in 2014, and we congratulate all of the ranked institutions for their commitment to “green” building. Wells Fargo now has more than 17...