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In LEED 08.28.2015

LEED for Homes Awards Spotlight: Paseo Verde

Last week, USGBC honored seven outstanding home builders, developers and projects that have demonstrated outstanding leadership and innovation in residential green building by awarding them with prestigious LEED for Homes awards. This week, we would love to tell you more about one of those shining examples of green building mastery and environmental stewardship. Award Category: Project of the Year Winner: Paseo Verde, Jonathan Rose Companies / APM This year’s project of the year is truly...

In International 08.27.2015

Accelerating building efficiency improvements in Latin America

Energy efficiency improvements in the building sector can yield significant financial and environmental benefits included reduced energy costs, decreased greenhouse gas emissions, improved occupant health and increased local employment. However, long standing market and policy barriers stand in the way of achieving these potential benefits at scale. Latin America, facing increasing populations in urban cities, could reduce global energy demand by one-third if available energy efficiency best...

In LEED 08.26.2015

Where in Canada is LEED being used?

Today, Canada's architects, construction firms, energy companies, city planners, enterprises and politicians are working together to create the sustainable cities of tomorrow.   Canada is the home to over 2,200 LEED-certified projects, totaling over 30 million gross square meters of space. From hospitality to retail, whether single projects or those using LEED volume certification, the projects in Canada represent the diversity and breadth inherent in LEED. Check out a few of Canada's...

In Center for Green Schools 08.25.2015

The Climate Leadership Awards: Recognizing excellence in higher education leadership

Institutions of higher education represent many things to many different people. They are temples of learning, understanding and growth, centers for research and discovery, homes away from home during some of the most formative years of young adulthood and, often, beacons of leadership on challenging and controversial issues. When it comes to the mitigation of climate change, it seems only natural that the higher education sector play a leadership role. Second Nature is a nonprofit committed to...

In Media 08.28.2015

2015 Legendary Leader Award: Lois Vitt Sale [video]

The USGBC volunteer awards, which were given out at USGBC’s annual mid-year meeting, Convergence, recognize individuals for their incredible work and leadership over the course of the year. In 2015, six awards were given out to a total of nine individuals and groups whose dedication and commitment to assisting in USGBC's mission of creating a more sustainable built environment is demonstrated by their passion and hard work through volunteerism. For this installment, we highlight Lois Vitt...

In Industry 08.27.2015

Rewriting History [USGBC+ July/August 2015]

This article was originally published in the July/August 2015 issue of USGBC+. Read the original version. How the ancient Egyptians built the pyramids matters to climate change. Spoiler alert: We may be wrong about how the ancient Egyptians built the Great Pyramids. Decades of schoolchildren are taught the prevailing theory: The pyramids were constructed from enormous blocks of solid stone, cut by hand from far away quarries, and hauled across the searing desert sands. We imagine—...

In Advocacy and policy 08.26.2015

Reinventing America's post-industrial cities through green building

Over the course of two decades, Catherine Tumber has had a distinguished career as a researcher, journalist and university lecturer. She has a Ph.D. in U.S. social and cultural history, and has been a research associate for the MIT School of Architecture and Planning’s Community Innovator’s Lab prior to assuming her current role as a senior research associate for Northeastern University’s Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy. Along the way she has also served as an...

In Industry 08.25.2015

Resilience: Surviving and thriving in the face of change

Thinking about disasters is a hard sell. But whether we think about them or not, we pay for them. According to the 2015 UNISDR Global Assessment Report, expected annual global losses are estimated to reach $314 billion in the built environment alone.  All indicators suggest that the frequency and intensity of disasters will increase, meaning that this cost will go up. Disruptions—natural, human-caused, or a combination of the two—are inevitable. In this new reality,...

In LEED 08.28.2015

Who in Canada is using LEED?

LEED professionals are key leaders of the green building industry. Earning a LEED professional credential—including the LEED Green Associate; LEED AP (Accredited Professional); LEED Fellow and various certificate designations—denotes qualified expertise in green building. LEED professional credentials mean much more than just a professional accolade; those who earn them form a network of committed green building practitioners across an array of industries.  As Canada's...

In Education 08.26.2015

Pioneers of PEER: S&C Electric (feat. John Estey & 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 (PEER), a new sustainable design and rating system. 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 features John Estey, CEO of S&C...

In Community 08.26.2015

Greenbuilding Brasil focuses on 'Doing'

The spirit and excitement of USGBC’s global community collaborative flowed through the City of Sao Paulo earlier this month as we gathered with Green Building Council Brasil (GBC Brasil) for its annual Greenbuilding Brasil International Conference & Expo. This is the second year that USGBC has joined forces with GBC Brasil and Informa Exhibitions to produce a show for the South American market that offers the same level of education and community engagement that Greenbuild has brought...

In Community 08.25.2015

2015 Greenest Apple Volunteer Award: Chris Tyler [video]

The USGBC volunteer awards, which were given out at USGBC’s annual mid-year meeting, Convergence, recognize individuals for their incredible work and leadership over the course of the year. In 2015, six awards were given out to a total of nine individuals and groups whose dedication and commitment to assisting in USGBC's mission of creating a more sustainable built environment is demonstrated by their passion and hard work through volunteerism. In this article, we highlight the 2015...