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In LEED 11.12.2014

Lighting your way to a more energy-efficient home

This article is the third installment in a series of tips and best practices for making your home more sustainable. Read the first article and the second article. Lighting your home accounts for roughly 5% of its total energy usage—for the average U.S. family, that equates to around $110 each year. Luckily, switching to energy-efficient lighting is one of the fastest and easiest ways to reduce your energy consumption and keep more of that money in your pocket.  Efficient lighting is...

In LEED 11.11.2014

LEED professionals at a glance: November 2014

LEED professionals distinguish themselves in the green building marketplace by earning one of six LEED professional credentials. Credential holders are recognized as leaders in the field and they contribute expertise to various industries and projects. Are you one of them? Don't have a credential yet? Learn more about how to become a LEED professional » Hover over the charts below for a dynamic experience.  

In LEED 11.10.2014

Selecting a LEED rating system but need help choosing? Discover LEED

Looking to pursue LEED certification but don’t know where to begin? Check out our new interactive Discover LEED experience to get started. Discover LEED is a fun new way to interact with LEED. Answer a few simple questions—like, “Is this a new or existing building?”—and Discover LEED does the rest. Don’t have a project but looking to learn about all of our rating systems? Click view all rating systems to review all of the offerings. There...

In Community 11.10.2014

It's time to reconsider how we talk about climate change

I can't remember the last time I went an entire day without hearing the words "climate change," "sustainability," or "going green." This goes back to well before I entered the world of USGBC—for years now, these terms have been sprinkled throughout newspapers, on the lips of nightly news anchors, and almost entirely integrated into mainstream conversation more generally.  Yet, despite over two decades of scientists, activists, economists, policy makers and now even the U.S. military...

In LEED 11.12.2014

LEED in Motion: Retail — Kohl's spotlight

430+ LEED-certified stores Kohl’s is committed to being a leading environmentally responsible retailer. LEED is one way they put this commitment into practice. An active member of the U.S. Green Building Council since 2007, Kohl’s utilizes USGBC’s LEED rating systems to guide best practices in the design, construction and operations of more than 1,100 stores and corporate facilities. To date, Kohl’s has more than 430 LEED-certified locations, which amounts to 35,616,240...

In LEED 11.11.2014

Understanding USGBC's Trademark Policy and Branding Guidelines to tell your LEED...

We created our Trademark Policy and Branding Guidelines to help you use our brand assets consistently and correctly. The guidelines include common uses and misuses of USGBC’s brand assets, including trademarks and logos. We're counting on you to help reinforce our brand by applying these guidelines carefully. Have questions? Contact USGBC’s Marketing Department at [email protected] Using the LEED logo The LEED logo must always appear in its standard colors: 60% and 50%...

In Center for Green Schools 11.10.2014

San Diego community teams up for third annual Green Apple moment

The San Diego Green Building Council (SDGBC) and Balfour Beatty Construction recently partnered with John J. Montgomery Elementary School in Chula Vista, CA, to host the 3rd annual Green Apple Day of Service.  On Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, the school was abuzz as more than 75 volunteers, including students, came out to green the campus by performing service work and commencing a year-long Green Schools Challenge. Brian Cahill, Balfour Beatty's Southwest Division President said his team felt...

In Industry 11.7.2014

Residential demand response: Be green by saving green

“Do you want to have more food on your table? Get a programmable thermostat.” The students in the mentoring program laughed, thinking my comment must have been entirely facetious. To an extent, it was: some new techno-gadget is not going to make a meal appear at dinner. It might, however, help pay for some of it. Saving energy is a key tenet to sustainability. Despite this, there are over $130 billion in energy-conservation opportunities available to Americans each year. ...

In Center for Green Schools 11.12.2014

Learn how to make your school green at the Green Schools National Conference

Do you want to learn about creative strategies for success and to take home real-life tools that can transform schools? Attend the Green Schools National Conference to be a part of the largest gathering of K-12 green schools advocates in the nation. When: March4-7, 2015Where: Virginia Beach, VA Register As one of the largest green school gatherings in the nation, the annual Green Schools National Conference brings together up to 1,200 teachers, administrators and others committed to the...

In Advocacy and policy 11.11.2014

ASBC and USGBC: Catalyzing green buildings and a sustainable economy together

This is a guest post by the American Sustainable Business Council Over the past year, the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) and USGBC have worked together to advance the understanding and value of green buildings as well as the opportunity to build a more sustainable economy. Here are some of the highlights:  Louisiana Together, with our respective partners, ASBC’s member the Greater New Orleans Independent Business Alliance and USGBC’s Louisiana chapter,...

In Education 11.10.2014

Top 3 courses you need to take this month (November 2014)

Looking to grow your green building knowledge? Check out this month's top three courses. 1. EarthCraft Sustainable PreservationAn introduction to the EarthCraft Sustainable Preservation regional green building certification program for historic buildings. 2. Pursuit of Net Zero Energy: The Walgreens ExperienceJoin a team of experts who can get you up-to-speed on how to approach a net zero building project. 3. America’s oldest net positive home remodel – How did they do it?Imagine an...

In Media 11.6.2014

USGBC Announces the Addition of Six New Members to the LEED International Roundtable

Washington, D.C. – (Nov. 6, 2014) – USGBC announced today the addition of six new member organizations to its LEED International Roundtable, a team of practitioners, green building experts and organizations from around the world working toward increasing the global application and adoption of LEED.  The newest members include The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) in India, the Costa Rica Green Building Council, the Trinidad and Tobago Green Building Council, the Kazakhstan...

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