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In Community 02.9.2016

In fashion, green is the new black [USGBC+ Jan/Feb 2016]

This article was originally published as "Green Is the New Black" in the January/February issue of USGBC+. Read the original version. Take a poll of sustainable fashion gurus, and you’re likely to hear the same thing in multiple ways: They’re currently a small group, but they’re poised to set a trend. Lewis Perkins, interim president of the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, a nonprofit that certifies sustainable materials in several industries, including...

In Community 02.8.2016

Apply by Feb. 12 for Convergence 2016 scholarships

Warm your winter day by marking your calendar for this summer’s Convergence, scheduled for June 21–23 in sunny Jacksonville, Florida. Convergence is USGBC’s annual family reunion, bringing together our global network of highly engaged leaders focused on advancing the green building mission. The theme is “Building Leaders. Building Markets. Measuring Mission Impact.” Highlights of Convergence include market updates, volunteer training, the USGBC Volunteer...

In Industry 02.8.2016

Become a LEED Fellow in 2016

Interested in becoming a LEED Fellow? Know someone else who would be a great candidate? The time is now. USGBC's call for nominations of qualified applicants is now open for the 2016 class of LEED Fellows. For an overview of the mastery elements and general program policies, review the LEED Fellow Handbook. To review the 2016 dates and specific guidance on the application, including page limits, review the 2016 LEED Fellow Application Guide. Requirements Nominees must be/...

In Advocacy and policy 02.5.2016

Green homes yield major resale premiums in Washington, D.C.

High-performing homes (HPHs) with green features—both single- and multi-family—in the District sell for nearly 3.5 percent more than those without green features, according to a recently released report, "What Is Green Worth? Unveiling High-Performance Home Premiums in Washington, D.C.," by real estate appraiser and author Sandra K. Adomatis and the Institute for Market Transformation. The market is taking notice. Building on the growing trend of green...

In Community 02.9.2016

A waste diversion rap from our 2015 Greenbuild volunteers [video]

USGBC is so thankful for our volunteers! As we prepare for Greenbuild: Iconic Green in Los Angeles in 2016, we’d like to highlight a couple of volunteers—and amateur rappers—from Greenbuild 2015 in Washington, D.C. Taylor Ghost and Emily-Kate Hannapel are students at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, studying interior architecture. They both are interested in the impact of buildings on our environment and were excited about the opportunity to attend Greenbuild...

In International 02.8.2016

USGBC to join India at smart cities events

The government of India’s highly ambitious urban development scheme, the 100 Smart Cities Mission, is officially under way, with excitement building following the January 28 announcement of the first 20 cities selected. To spread awareness of this groundbreaking initiative, and to help key stakeholders better understand the challenges and opportunities it offers, several conferences and events are being planned throughout the year. This month, USGBC will share the stage at four of those...

In Education 02.8.2016

View our quick LEED v4 credit tutorials for BD+C and ID+C

Are you working on a LEED project or hoping to learn more about specific LEED v4 credit requirements? Check out our new series of brief tutorials on Education @USGBC to get started on the path to success: LEED v4 Credit Tutorials: BD+C/ID+C. Each individual session covers a specific credit in LEED, sharing one or more quick videos explaining key concepts. Ranging from case studies to calculator walk-throughs, these sessions focus on the specifics that you need to know as a LEED...

In Industry 02.5.2016

LEED Fellow 2016 application guide

"LEED Fellow" designates the most exceptional professionals in the green building industry, and it is the most prestigious designation awarded by GBCI. Here are the answers to some of the questions you may have about applying for the LEED Fellow program: Who should be involved? The nominee will submit all the documents comprising the application packet, but they are encouraged to work closely with their application team, which includes their nominator, LEED Project Experience...

In Industry 02.9.2016

Survey: Share your insights on the design and construction of healthier buildings

We invite you share your insights on the design and construction of healthier buildings in a new survey examining the impact of building design and construction on the health and well-being of building occupants. The survey is in partnership with Dodge Data & Analytics, and your input will ensure that the study provides an accurate understanding of the ways architects and other players contribute to the goal of creating healthier buildings. The survey will close on March 4,...

In Media 02.8.2016

USGBC CEO Rick Fedrizzi to Keynote the 2016 Green Schools Conference and Expo

More than 1,200 expected to convene in Pittsburgh for annual conference that brings together school thought leaders and champions Washington, D.C.—(Feb. 8, 2016)—The Green Schools Conference and Expo (GSCE), presented by the Center for Green Schools at USGBC, and produced in partnership with the Green Schools National Network, is coming to Pittsburgh, Pa., March 31–April 1, 2016, at the LEED Platinum David Lawrence Convention Center. The conference will bring together green...

In Community 02.8.2016

Climate Leaders: Hamid Moghadam on ESG and the economics of sustainable design [podcast]

In this episode of our Climate Leaders podcast series, we talk with Hamid Moghadam, chairman of the board of directors and chief executive officer of Prologis. Prologis is a global leader in industrial logistics real estate, whose strategic focus on global and regional markets has them managing, owning or developing approximately 671 million square feet (62 million square meters), valued around $57.3 billion in total assets. In addition to his current role with Prologis,...

In LEED 02.5.2016

Super Bowl 50 demonstrates sustainability in the LEED-certified Levi’s Stadium

This coming Sunday, Super Bowl 50 will bring together the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos for a final showdown of the 2015 season of the National Football League.  The Super Bowl 50 Host Committee is dedicated to demonstrating sustainability throughout the event, which involves a focus on reducing the game’s impact on climate change, as well as using resources and materials responsibly. In addition to an awareness of net positive opportunities, the game will also be held in...