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In Education 11.6.2014

Get to know USGBC Pro Reviewer Heather Marquard

USGBC Pro Reviewers are experts in green building and sustainability who review courses on Education @USGBC. They provide detailed feedback to the course creators, as well as reviews on the course page. This feedback helps the course creators improve their education and helps other users decide whether or not the course is a good fit for them. Meet our USGBC Pro Reviewer Heather Marquard Who's your employer? Greenscape LLC and Paul Davis Partnership LLP What's your position? Architect...

In Industry 11.5.2014

LEED User Groups: Connecting with attendees at Greenbuild 2014

This year I spent much of my time at Greenbuild working with our LEED User Groups—and it was fantastic! In case you’re not familiar with the User Groups, they are collaborative peer networks with the common goal of working together and with USGBC to share best known practices for green buildings in their sector, to collaborate on how LEED can be more applicable to their use type, and lead the way for greater adoption and efficiency. The inaugural Group, the LEED User Group:...

In LEED 11.5.2014

Making history at the AT&T Park, home to the San Francisco Giants

Last Wednesday (Oct. 29), the San Francisco Giants were named Major League Baseball's 2014 World Series Champions, clinching their third Series in five years by defeating the Kansas City Royals 3-2 in a thrilling Game 7 win. Led by the record-breaking performance of Series MVP Madison Bumgarner, the Giants became just the second National League team to win three World Series in five years, and the first since the 1940s. Their historic performance makes the case that a new dynasty has been...

In Community 11.4.2014

Take control of your home's energy use with programmable thermostats

This article is the second installment in a series of tips and best practices for making your home more sustainable. Read the first article. So, you've officially mastered the art of sustainable behavior at home (way to go!), and now you're looking for ways to take the greenness of your residence to the next level. Enter the programmable thermostat, a staple in sustainable spaces everywhere. What is a programmable thermostat, exactly? Simply put, it's a device that regulates your home's...

In Industry 11.6.2014

USGBC Research: The Drive to Make Healthy Places Investable [Video]

The premiere health policy journal, Health Affairs, released a special issue this week focused on the intersection between community development and public health that was accompanied by a briefing at the National Press Club today. The issue compiles a range of articles focused on building healthy communities, measuring community health and collaborating for community health. USGBC Senior Research Fellow Matt Trowbridge* spearheaded an article that describes the need for the...

In Community 11.5.2014

2014 USGBC Leadership Awards round-up [Video]

At Greenbuild 2014, USGBC celebrated the recipients of the 2014 Leadership Awards, which are awarded to the individuals and groups at the forefront of sustainability in the built environment. Check out the videos of this year's leaders. 2014 USGBC Leadership Award: Tom Paladino  2014 USGBC Leadership Award recipient Tom Paladino, founder and CEO of Paladino and Company, is a nationally recognized leader in sustainability and an ardent advocate of proving the business case for green...

In LEED 11.4.2014

Green tools for federal compliance assessment

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 reach your goals efficiently. Federal compliance assessment Working on a project for a federal agency? Odds...

In LEED 11.4.2014

LEED certification update: October 2014

In this recurring monthly feature, we take a look at LEED certification activity in October 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 172 20.6 million Commercial Interiors 62 2.3 million Core and Shell 33 8.9 million Existing...

In Industry 11.6.2014

Making the green choice when creating collateral

It’s a nasty habit we’re all trying to break. The paper habit, that is. We’re all looking to trim our consumption, both at home, and on the job. But in the marketing and communications world, sometimes it’s not that easy. We build websites and e-books, but sometimes the takeaway that makes the biggest impression is the one that comes printed on paper. USGBC has worked diligently to curb its use of paper, moving to digital distribution (like our web-based reference guide...

In LEED 11.5.2014

LEED in Motion: Retail — Target spotlight

143 LEED-certified stores For Target, sustainability is a principle that drives the decisions made across the company, and LEED has been a key component of Target’s corporate sustainability initiatives. As the most widely-recognized sustainability rating system, LEED has provided an ideal platform through which Target has been able to quantify and validate specific sustainability commitments, and share those successes with guests, team members, and the community. While Target has...

In Greenbuild 11.4.2014

Greenbuild 2014 photo booth fun

At Greenbuild 2014 in New Orleans we were jazzin' it up. Were you there? Find your photo. Here are some of the jazziest photos.                        Check out all of the photos from our photo booth

In Center for Green Schools 11.3.2014

Submit an entry for the Best of Green Schools 2014

The end of the year is almost here, and the Center for Green Schools is excited to recognize the “Best of Green Schools” 2014 leaders: people, schools, campuses and organizations making a big difference in their communities. We have a lot to celebrate this year, and if not for the outstanding efforts of thousands of leaders and volunteers across the world, we wouldn’t be where we are today. Through extensive planning, experimentation, careful investments in...

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