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In Center for Green Schools 05.4.2016

Paving the way for sustainable education design

The 2016 Best of Green Schools Awards, presented at the Green Schools Conference and Expo earlier this month, recognizes the people, schools, campuses and organizations that create healthy, sustainable and efficient learning environments and inspiring educational experiences. Pauline Souza is a partner and director of sustainability at WRNS Studio, a LEED Fellow, and this year’s honoree in the Business Leadership category.  Over the course of my career, I have seen the...

In Advocacy and policy 05.3.2016

Electric vehicle industry leaders meet with White House

White House and federal agency officials recently convened key stakeholders, including USGBC, to identify challenges and opportunities to support and promote electric vehicles (EV). Government officials at the meeting included high-ranking staff within the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), the Council on Environmental Quality, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the General Services...

In Center for Green Schools 05.2.2016

Class is now in session: It’s a new day for students at USGBC

As of May 1, you can be a USGBC Student just by signing up and telling us! Any student, from anywhere around the globe, can become a USGBC Student. What does that mean? It means you get to showcase the knowledge, skills and credentials that will jump-start your careers. It means you get a personalized experience and can find activities and resources suited for your interests as a student. We are committed to providing an unparalleled opportunity for students preparing for 21st century...

In Industry 05.2.2016

Participate in a May 24 webinar on sustainable parking

The U.S. Department of Energy is offering a Better Buildings webinar on Tuesday, May 24: “All-Star LEEPers: Success Stories From the Parking Lot.” Hear stories from two organizations that experienced significant energy savings through lighting retrofits: Rachel Healy of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) will discuss upgrades to Metro’s 25 parking garages that serve the transit system of the nation’s capital, and Frank Inoa of Arby’s...

In Community 05.4.2016

Learning, living and loving at the Convergence Community Advancement Summit

USGBC is proud of its global community of leaders. From local volunteers to national members to LEED Fellows (and sometimes all three at once), we are grateful for the movers and shakers that make our bold mission possible.  The Community Advancement Summit at Convergence is USGBC’s annual opportunity to celebrate and educate our most engaged stakeholders. This year, representatives from USGBC’s local communities, emerging professionals, community partners,...

In Center for Green Schools 05.3.2016

Measuring our impact: CFGS project update

Over the past several months, the Center for Green Schools (Center) has been working with dozens of green schools organizations on a project we’re calling “Measuring Our Impact.” The Measuring Our Impact project aims to define a clear and comprehensive set of measures, shared by the whole green schools community, which all schools can use to track their progress toward sustainability. We think about these measures in harmony with the three pillars of the U.S....

In Community 05.2.2016

Join us at Convergence 2016

Archimedes said, “Give me a lever long enough...and I will move the world.” I often think of that quote when I think of the width, breadth and depth of the USGBC community. Because we have changemakers in every town, city, state and almost every country, individually and collectively we’ve become a powerful lever that is moving the world to a place that is healthier and more sustainable across so many dimensions. Convergence is where we gather to get reenergized for that work...

In International 04.29.2016

Leadership stories from China launch on social media

Every story about a green building is a story about people. And every story about LEED is a story about leadership. Nowhere is this more evident than in China. With green development serving as a major agenda item for President Xi Jinping, leaders across China are making sustainability happen on a global scale. At last year’s COP21 agreement in Paris, President Xi made a strong commitment, promising that China will contribute to climate change by focusing on green building and...

In Community 05.3.2016

Register for the 2016 ACEEE Energy Efficiency Finance Forum

The 2016 ACEEE Energy Efficiency Finance Forum will be held May 22–24, 2016 at the Newport Marriott in Newport, R.I. Energy efficiency has taken on a new level of importance both domestically and internationally. Efficiency has long been a key element in utility resource planning, business competitiveness and household energy budgets. Now efficiency is slated to play a central role in meeting domestic targets under the Clean Power Plan and international agreements to reduce carbon...

In Industry 05.2.2016

Transform your building into an extraordinary asset with EDGE

We’ve heard the statistics and warnings of rapid population growth, and we know that more people mean more buildings. In the next few decades, rapid urbanization will change the lifestyles of people living in emerging markets all over the world. Green buildings can be part of the solution.  All of the issues associated with urbanization can be addressed by building better, higher-performing buildings and communities. International Finance Corporation (IFC) created EDGE...

In Industry 05.2.2016

Clean, efficient power helps Legrand, North America deliver on DOE commitments

Susan Rochford is the vice president of energy efficiency, sustainability and public policy for Legrand, North America, a worldwide manufacturer of building electrical and digital infrastructure solutions for residential, commercial and industrial markets. At Legrand, North America our commitment to operational sustainability runs deep and we are always looking for ways to reduce our energy consumption and carbon footprint. As a Challenge Partner in the U.S. Department...

In LEED 04.29.2016

LEED v4 Education: Sustainable Sites

In May, the LEED v4 education focus will be on sustainable sites. A building’s impact is not restricted to what's inside it. Between 1982 and 2001, in the United States alone, about 34 million acres (13,759 hectares) of open space—an area the size of Illinois—were lost to development at a rate of approximately four acres per minute, or 6,000 acres a day. Along with open space, habitat is diminishing and becoming fragmented, separated by pavement, buildings and infrastructure....