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In Industry 05.28.2015

Path to Green [USGBC+ May/June 2015]

This article was originally published in the May/June 2015 issue of USGBC+. Read the original version. The journey toward sustainable building and environmental stewardship is not just an individual one, but a collective one. And each company has its own unique story about the path to green building and environmental consciousness: when it started and why, how far the company has come, and how long the journey may end up being. Here’s a glimpse of the “path to green” taken by...

In Center for Green Schools 05.27.2015

Register for the 2015 Green Apple Day of Service

The Green Apple Day of Service brings together thousands of students, teachers, parents and community leaders from around the globe to improve our school environments through service projects, education, community events and more.  This year's Green Apple Day of Service will take place on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015. Register your 2015 project today Be sure to check out project ideas, pick up helpful event resources, read about last year's impact and ...

In LEED 05.26.2015

LEED for Retail—Ready for a boom in Serbia

“How many of you are familiar with LEED? And how many of your are using LEED today?” At a LEED for Retail roundtable discussion in Serbia last month, this attendee poll resulted in 60 percent and 10 percent, respectively. While I was surprised by these numbers, I also saw firsthand the incredible excitement and potential for LEED to take hold here. Last month, I had the pleasure of traveling to Belgrade, Serbia to keynote this roundtable event, which was being hosted by our friends...

In Industry 05.22.2015

USGBC National Capital Region to host Greenbuild 2015 in DC

As this year’s Greenbuild fast approaches (coming November 18-20, 2015), I sat down with Emily English, Director of the National Capital Region, to discuss some of the many exciting activities underway. There’s a tremendous amount of preparation leading up to the conference, themed Monumental Green. How many people are serving on the Greenbuild Host Committee and how were they selected?There was an incredible amount of interest. We received 200 applications, which were scored on...

In Industry 05.28.2015

Bureau Veritas and GBCI Sign Global Agreement for LEED Certification

May 28, 2015 (Washington, DC) – In a recent signing ceremony, Bureau Veritas and Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), the certification body for the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED green building program, finalized the terms of their exclusive global agreement to facilitate LEED certification internationally. LEED is the world’s foremost program for the certification of design, construction, maintenance and operations of green buildings, with more than 1.85 million...

In Center for Green Schools 05.26.2015

Be part of the conversation about sustainable schools at EDspaces

The best place to find out about sustainable design and purchasing trends that are shaping today’s cutting-edge learning environments is EDspaces, which is an international tradeshow and conference that brings together professionals who design, equip and manage innovative learning environments and the manufacturers, service providers and dealers who offer the essential solutions. This year’s event, taking place October 28-30, will tap into the city’s commitment to...

In LEED 05.26.2015

Two free webinar dates left: Get to know the LEED Dynamic Plaque and earn CE hours

Join us for a free webinar on the future of building performance during one of our two remaining dates.    The LEED Dynamic Plaque is a building performance monitoring and scoring platform that gives you a current snapshot on how your building is performing across five categories.   It’s designed to enable building owners, facilities managers, consultants and other team members to observe trends and make meaningful improvements to building operations that benefit the triple...

In Education 05.21.2015

Mindfulness at USGBC

The benefits of being more mindful in your everyday life are well documented. Studies have shown that regular mindfulness exercises strengthen immune systems; improve moods, memory, and attention spans; and reduce stress. Due to competing deadlines and ever-pressing social, economic, and environmental issues, work is consistently listed as one of the leading causes of stress. With impressive advantages such as stress reduction, employees are increasingly encouraged to bring mindfulness...

In Community 05.27.2015

Magdiel Aguilar: Greenbuild scholarship profile

For the past seven years USGBC has made Greenbuild accessible to people who would otherwise not be able to attend through a scholarship program. At last year’s Greenbuild, 156 individuals received some type of scholarship to Greenbuild. Scholarship recipients represent a diversity of people from around the world. Each has a story to tell. Each brings their own passion to their work. Each has a role to play in making green buildings and communities a reality for all. As we lead up to...

In LEED 05.26.2015

Collaborating for green and healthy development

Strong evidence indicates that where we live, work, learn, and play affects our health and well-being. Green building professionals are in a unique position to ensure that their projects minimize health risks and capitalize on opportunities to improve health. With funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, USGBC has formed a partnership with the Health Impact Project, a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts, and Enterprise Green Communities to...

In LEED 05.22.2015

TAIPEI 101: The people behind the recertification

Standing in the Xinyi District of Taipei, an area known for its Grade A office buildings and vibrant shopping malls, TAIPEI 101 stands, representing a worldwide precedent for sustainable skyscraper development. Not only did the tower hold the title of world’s tallest building from its completion in 2004 to 2010 (508m height), it achieved LEED Platinum certification for Operations and Maintenance in 2011, an impressive feat for a tower of its size and complexity. Now, TAIPEI 101 is ready...

In Community 05.21.2015

Building a Legacy [USGBC+ May/June 2015]

This article was originally published in the May/June 2015 issue of USGBC+. Read the original version. Sitting amidst the volumes in the reading room at the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock, Arkansas, James “Skip” Rutherford and Debbie Shock take turns passing the credit back and forth for the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) plaque hanging on the front of this building and the one inside the Clinton Presidential Library and Museum not 100...