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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 10.2.2014

Green tools for LEED users: Project certification 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 reach your goals. Check out the options below that will help you enhance your business and apply LEED...

In LEED 10.1.2014

LEED addenda release: October 2014

The October 1st quarterly addenda to the LEED rating systems and reference guides are now available. This release includes addenda for both LEED v4 and LEED 2009. To view the changes: Visit the addenda database and search by 10/1/2014 Visit the credit library and select the "Interpretations” tab within each credit Download the Reference Guide Tables and redlined rating system Interpretations Six new LEED 2009 (10398-10405) and one LEED v4 (10406)...

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...

In Center for Green Schools 10.2.2014

Registration now open for fifth year of Campus Conservation Nationals

It takes three weeks to form a habit, and this spring, were asking college students and staff to do just that—form a habit of conservation! From February through April 2015, colleges and universities participating in Campus Conservation Nationals (CCN) will have the opportunity to compete to reduce electricity and water consumption in the largest conservation competition for colleges and universities in the world. Program registration is open now through Nov. 7, 2014, and is open to both...

In LEED 10.1.2014

New modules for the LEED web-based reference guide

With the launch of LEED v4, USGBC introduced a new format for the LEED reference guides: web-based. Integrated into the LEED credit library, this resource combines all of the information in the hard copy/pdf versions of the guides with additional videos, tutorials and templates. It was built so that we could continuously add to it, making it a resource that continues to grow. With this quarter’s addenda release, we’ve added three new modules for Homes and Multifamily Midrise...

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 Media 10.2.2014

Executive Bench Expanded at USGBC

USGBC CEO and Founding Chair Rick Fedrizzi announces expansion of USGBC’s top executive team (Washington, D.C.) Oct. 2, 2014 - U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) CEO and Founding Chair Rick Fedrizzi today announced an expansion of USGBC’s top executive team. Roger Platt, USGBC’s Senior Vice President of Global Policy and Law, will assume the title of President, U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Scot Horst, Senior Vice President of LEED, will now serve as USGBC’s...

In Center for Green Schools 10.2.2014

Get to know our newest Green Schools Fellow: Kristen Trovillion

The Center for Green Schools launched the Green Schools Fellowship program in 2011 to place sustainability officers in school districts around the country. More and more school systems are realizing that they need to put more focused attention on resource efficiency, health and wellness, and environmental literacy; and these important topics get the dedication they need when sustainability is someone’s job. Our fourth Green Schools Fellow, Kristen Trovillion, is taking that job and...

In Education 10.1.2014

Pre-order: LEED professional exam prep (LEED v4)

Looking for LEED exam prep? Study materials for the LEED professional exam, featuring LEED v4 content, are now available for pre-order. LEED Green Associate exam prep Course: LEED Green Associate v4 Exam Prep (created by USGBC Education Partner Everblue) Publication: LEED Green Associate Exam Preparation Guide (created by USGBC Education Partner American Technical Publishers) LEED BD+C exam prep Course: LEED AP BD+C v4 Exam Prep (created by USGBC Education...

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