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In Industry 11.25.2014

Sustainability at McDonald's through LEED volume

This article was originally published in the Cary Citizen on Nov. 14, 2014. Read the original article. Ric Richards, owner-operator of 11 McDonald’s restaurants in Cary, NC, (three of which are LEED certified) has made it his business to make his stores as green and sustainable as possible. After all, doing so simply makes good business sense. LEED certification The McDonald’s Corporation is involved in an ongoing LEED volume initiative that pushes the company to build 25 green...

In Community 11.24.2014

What will California’s water resources look like at the end of the century? [USGBC+]

This article was originally published in 2014 September-October issue of USGBC+. Read the original version. A great deal of research on climate change over the last decade has focused on changes to the hydrologic cycle—the continuous process by which water is circulated throughout the earth and the atmosphere—which naturally impacts water supply. These changes—earlier spring snowmelt, increased evaporation from higher temperatures, and more frequent and intense droughts...

In International 11.21.2014

Top three things to know about Italy, green building and LEED (Nov. 2014)

Green building is on the rise in Italy and LEED is playing a critical role as USGBC CEO and Founder, Rick Fedrizzi, noted in September.  Trying to keep up? Here are the three things you need to know right now about the role Italy is playing in the green building movement. Greenbuild to Italy in 2015: In addition to Brazil and Washington, D.C., Greenbuild is coming to Europe for the first time. Greenbuild for Europe and the Mediterranean will take place next year...

In Education 11.20.2014

Get to know USGBC Pro Reviewer Terrell Hoagland

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 Terrell Hoagland Who's your employer? Flintco What's your position? Director of Sustainable Projects What's your...

In Media 11.25.2014

USGBC Announces 2015 Board of Directors

Board of Directors supports the mission, vision and values of USGBC, advances green building movement and sustainable future Washington, D.C. -- (Nov. 25, 2014) -- USGBC announced today the newly elected and appointed officers and directors to its 2015 Board of Directors. “USGBC’s Board of Directors provides invaluable direction and perspective, collectively bringing decades of experience to the table and using their individual expertise to shape the future of the organization, the...

In Community 11.24.2014

2015 Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence seeks entries for transformative placemaking...

The Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence (RBA) is a national design award that celebrates transformative placemaking in the U.S. and advances conversation about making our cities better. The biennial award, founded in 1987 by architect and developer Simeon Bruner, recognizes places distinguished by innovative design and their social, economic, and environmental contributions to the urban environment. To date, the RBA has recognized 73 projects and awarded over $1 million...

In International 11.20.2014

USGBC acknowledges World Green Building Council at UNEP Champions of the Earth event

Last night, USGBC was honored as a winner of the United Nation’s top environmental accolade, the Champions of the Earth award. In accepting the award in the category of entrepreneurial vision, USGBC CEO Rick Fedrizzi acknowledged the role of the World Green Building Council (WGBC) and its 100+ member councils in driving the global green building movement that the award recognized.  The award, which usually honors a single individual, was won by USGBC for its outstanding contribution...

In LEED 11.20.2014

How a hotel chain led green buildings in India

This article first appeared on Cisco's Technology News Site, The Network.  When Hillary Clinton landed in New Delhi in 2009, she drove from the airport to ITC Green Center, a building in the satellite town of Gurgaon. That building, which she called “a monument to the future,” is the headquarters of the hotels division of Kolkata-based conglomerate ITC. In 2005, ITC Green Center became the world’s largest office building to be certified LEED Platinum. The building reuses...

In Industry 11.24.2014

The 2015 Greenbuild Global Call for Proposals is open. Now what?

The 2015 Greenbuild Global Call for Proposals is live! Now’s the time to start thinking about what Greenbuild attendees need to hear from you, and where you want them to hear it—Washington, D.C.? Verona, Italy? Or maybe São Paulo, Brazil? Here are the deadlines for each conference: Greenbuild (Washington, D.C.): Friday, Jan. 16 at 5:00 pm EST Greenbuild Europe & the Mediterranean: Friday, Feb. 13 at 5:00 pm EST Greenbuilding Brazil: Friday, Feb. 20 at 6:...

In Industry 11.24.2014

The future of green travel

After inventing the wheel, humans were on a roll. Modes of transportation increasingly became a priority as we navigated slowly around the globe. Exploration was made possible through advanced iterations of early horse-carriages, which eventually turned into the first automobile. As we continued to grow, so did our carbon footprint. Helping reduce the waste we leave behind when we travel forth, this article explores the ever-increasing trend of traveling green, from the obvious choice of bike-...

In Greenbuild 11.20.2014

Greenbuild 2014 Delivers Strong Event in New Orleans

Education, LivingHome, Net Zero Zone, Opening Plenary & Celebration & Community Engagement Highlights of the Week Washington, D.C. - (Nov. 20, 2014) – Hanley Wood and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) have announced the results of the 2014 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, held October 22-24, at the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. Attendance at the event totaled 17,507, with 552 exhibiting companies participating in 142,000 sf of exhibit and display...

In Industry 11.20.2014

Leveraging letters to the editor to tell your LEED story

Taking stock of all of the strategies and outlets in your green marketing tool belt? Don’t forget about letters to the editor, a time-honored practice that has provided grassroots campaigns, issue leaders and projects access to an invaluable audience and platform of exposure. Penning a letter to the editor of a local, regional or national publication is a method of engaging both the media and readers in a conversation, a conversation launched with your perspective. A letter is as much a...

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