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In LEED 04.7.2014

LEED committee self-nominations close on April 10

A reminder for those interested in working with volunteer experts in the development and maintenance of the LEED rating system: The current LEED Committee Call for Volunteers is scheduled to close on Thursday, April 10th at 5:00 pm PST. This call seeks professionals with specific expertise related to the Pilot Credit Library Working Group, Implementation Advisory Committee, six Technical Advisory Groups (TAGs) and one residential seat on the Technical Committee. More information is...

In Industry 04.4.2014

National Zero Waste Business Conference: Discount for USGBC community

Learn practical and impactful approaches to “Creating Value Through Zero Waste,” the focus of the 3rd Annual National Zero Waste Business Conference May 7-8, 2014 and Training Course May 6, 2014 in Atlanta, GA. The USGBC community is invited to use discount code nzwbc14greenbuilding to receive 20% off conference registration until April 11th. The conference is hosted by the U.S. Zero Waste Business Council (www.uszwbc.org) in partnership with Sustainable...

In Media 04.3.2014

2016 Greenbuild Annual Conference & Expo to Take Place in Los Angeles

2016 Greenbuild Annual Conference & Expo to Take Place in Los Angeles Washington, D.C. — (Apr. 3, 2014) — The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and Hanley Wood announced today that the 2016 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo will move from San Diego, Calif. to Los Angeles, Calif. The announcement came during the Clinton Global Initiative’s 21st Century Infrastructure and Innovation for a Resilient Economy event, where Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti...

In LEED 04.2.2014

New credit substitutions and pilots

In January, we published an article on credit substitutions. Based on interest, we now have additional substitutions available for LEED for Homes and Multifamily Midrise, as well as a new pilot alternative compliance path for the Materials and Resources credit category: Materials and Resources Pilot Alternative Compliance Path: Pilot ACP 84 (new) LEED v2009 project teams can now use the LEED v4 Materials and Resources credits, which have changed significantly to incentivize environmental...

In Community 04.7.2014

A call to action: advance sustainability in your community (and get CE hours, too)

You’re a green building professional. But what other hats do you wear? Are you active in your church? Are you on the board of the local food bank? Do you volunteer with your local PTA? We all have lives outside of green building, but that doesn’t mean we have to take off our LEED professional badge when we’re wearing another hat. Our expertise is valuable and can help advance sustainability within social service, cultural, faith, educational and many other community-based...

In Advocacy and policy 04.4.2014

Tax vote brings good news for green building

On Thursday, the Senate Finance Committee took an important move in advancing draft legislation that would renew a series of tax breaks that expired at the end of last year. The “Expiring Provisions Improvement Reform and Efficiency (EXPIRE) Act;” passed the committee on a voice vote. The EXPIRE Act includes a number of important elements that will continue to enhance the efficiency of the building industry, particularly to the existing Energy Efficiency Commercial Building Tax...

In LEED 04.3.2014

LEED addenda update: April 2014

April 1st quarterly addenda to the LEED rating systems and reference guides are now available.  There are two ways to view the changes: visit the database and search by 4/2/2014 visit the credit library and select the "Interpretations” tab within each credit INTERPRETATIONS: Twenty new LEED Interpretations (10368—10382), including 15 for Homes and Multifamily Midrise were published. Some highlights: Demonstrating compliance for residential Interior Design...

In Community 04.2.2014

We're here to help

There have been a lot of changes around here lately. LEED v4 has launched, and it’s bolder, more specialized, and designed for a better user experience. We introduced a new and improved LEED Online, which allows you to streamline your LEED project management experience, organize your work, and engage with your whole team. LEED professional credential exams are coming, which will feature LEED v4 content. Our new online learning platform, Education @USGBC, makes it easy to grow your...

In LEED 04.7.2014

You’re a LEED Professional: Now what?

You did it! Congratulations! You decided to become a LEED professional, you took the exam, and passed! Now what? Earn CE hours to fulfill your credential maintenance Under the Credential Maintenance Program (CMP), you are required to maintain your credential by fulfilling continuing education requirements every two years. The process is designed to facilitate continued professional development within the field of green building, to grow your knowledge and experience, and to improve your job...

In Media 04.3.2014

International Well Building Institute and Green Building Certification Institute Announce...

Global certification provider for the LEED Green Building Rating System to deliver third-party certification for the WELL Building Standard New York, NY (April 3, 2014) – The International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) and the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) today announced a formal collaboration that will streamline how LEED and WELL work together and demonstrate that green building and health and wellness go hand in hand. As a fundamental...

In Center for Green Schools 04.2.2014

The Whole-School Sustainability Framework

This past Saturday, in her address at the National Green Schools Conference in Sacramento, our fearless leader Rachel Gutter inspired the crowd of green schools supporters to leave the conference as ONE VOICE, ONE MOVEMENT. As she pointed out, this imperative to speak with unity is why we think the Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools program is so important. And it is also why, at the conference, we released The Whole-School Sustainability Framework, a complement to the...

In LEED 04.1.2014

Now available: LEED v4 candidate handbooks

Starting on June 30, 2014, the LEED Green Associate and LEED AP exams will evolve for the LEED v4 rating system — and the candidate handbooks are now available to help you prepare. The last day to take the credential exams with LEED v2009 content will be June 15, 2014. The first day to take the exams with the new LEED v4 content will be June 30, 2014. No tests will be administered in between these dates. LEED v4 candidate handbooks Click the images below to access each...

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USGBC 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.