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In LEED 10.8.2014

Green tools for LEED users: Support options

We know that no two companies are the same, and each has its own unique culture, needs, goals and processes. With that in mind, we want to make LEED work for you. Whether you're connected to the project from the building owner/manger side or you're a green building service provider offering expertise that helps the project towards sustainability, we have an offering meant to help you enhance your business and help apply LEED efficiently. Support If you're looking for support with your LEED...

In LEED 10.8.2014

India and the first LEED EB Platinum K-12 school: Pathways School Gurgaon

Pathways School Gurgaon is the first school serving all grades K-12 in the world to achieve LEED-EB Platinum certification from USGBC. Among all educational facilities worldwide who have achieved this top distinction, which includes only one high school and a small number of university projects, Pathways is the highest rated.  Hear from Prashant Jain, director of Sarla Holdings Private Limited which owns Pathways.  "Not only is this a proud moment for us at Pathways,...

In Community 10.7.2014

Vote today for the 2014 Malcolm Lewis IMPACT! Award

Thanks in part to its dedicated volunteers who contribute to the green building movement each year, USGBC continues to advance a healthier, more sustainable and prosperous built environment in communities across the globe. The USGBC Malcolm Lewis Volunteer IMPACT! Award recognizes a high-impact, volunteer-driven project or initiative. 2014 Nominees This year we had six impactful nominations.   View the nominations on Facebook My Green School Art Contest, the USGBC Detroit...

In LEED 10.6.2014

LEED certification update: September 2014

In this recurring monthly feature, we take a look at LEED certification activity in September 2014, broken out by rating system and location, as well as newly certified LEED projects in the news. Be sure to check out the LEED project directory for a closer look at LEED projects in your area and around the world. Rating System Projects Certified Square Footage Certified New Construction 147 19 million Commercial Interiors 68 3.2 million Core and Shell 51 20.8 million...

In LEED 10.8.2014

LEED professionals at a glance: October 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 Greenbuild 10.8.2014

Become a volunteer at Greenbuild 2014 (and attend for free)

At Greenbuild 2014 the ideals and passion of the green building community are sure to come alive. If you're a full time student or a young adult (18-25 years old), you can volunteer at Greenbuild and receive free admission. (A fall 2014 schedule or a photo ID is required to confirm eligibility.) Learn more.  Details Who: Full time students or a young adults (18-25 years old)When: Opportunities available from Oct. 17-25, 2014Where: Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, LARequirements...

In Community 10.7.2014

Elect the 2015 USGBC Board of Directors: Your vote counts

The Board of Directors election period is now open. Have you cast your vote? VOTE Each year, USGBC members have a unique opportunity to shape USGBC's future by electing its national Board members. Your vote is critical and it influences key decisions about how USGBC serves you, educates the industry, and advances the mission. A minimum of 10% of USGBC member organizations must vote. That's why it's especially important for you to take a moment to vote. USGBC elections follow...

In Greenbuild 10.3.2014

Attend TalentFX at Greenbuild to build a career that matters

You're invited to TalentFX at Greenbuild 2014, coming to New Orleans, LA, this month. At TalentFX, you'll have the opportunity to join a gathering of rabble rousers, difference makers and agents of change — and hear from incredible speakers about how you can build a career that matters. Here's the agenda: Wednesday, Oct. 22 10:00-10:20 am: Building a Movement: USGBC Students 10:30-10:50 am: Sustainability Native 11:00-11:50 am: Industrial Facilities Career Mentoring, LEED...

In LEED 10.8.2014

Onondaga Community College buildings earn LEED Gold certification

Onondaga County is a place known for perfect fall days, but October 7th was an exceptional day when Onondaga Community College (OCC) welcomed Rick Fedrizzi to our campus for a presentation of two LEED Gold plaques for our new SRC Arena and Events Center and the other for the Academic II building. OCC students are the driving force behind so much of the great work happening on our campus. From the work of our architecture and interior design students, to the team that recently won the grand...

In Community 10.7.2014

5 behavioral changes you can make to live greener at home

For me and my fellow USGBC employees this is a no brainer: everyone deserves a healthy, sustainable home. But for those of us not currently in the market for a new residence or in the process of renovating our current one, that point can sometimes feel a little moot. After all, what could we do on our own to make our space greener when all the design and construction is already said and done? Well, a lot, actually. But you might be surprised to learn that the biggest difference you can make in...

In Advocacy and policy 10.7.2014

Half the planet’s animals are gone, and how buildings can (and must) help

I was shocked to read in the Washington Post last week that roughly half of the world's vertebrate (and non-human) animals have vanished since 1970.  Goodness knows how many had been lost before we started counting.  “The main culprits?” the article reads, are “exploitation (i.e. overfishing and overhunting), and habitat degradation. It may be compelling enough for some to act just knowing that we are on this sorry path—a path towards a world where we may...

In Industry 10.3.2014

India, LEED & GRIHA: Owning the longer picture

“Recently, USGBC and The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) formed a strategic partnership to accelerate the development of green buildings in India. LEED and Green Buildings Rating System India (GRIHA) are key solutions in this effort. I would like to introduce everyone to the extraordinary Mili Majumdar, director of sustainable habitat at TERI. Her organization, headed by the remarkable Dr. R K Pachauri, were in town last week for the 5th U.S.-India Energy Partnership put on by...

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