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In International 04.29.2016

Leadership stories from China launch on social media

Every story about a green building is a story about people. And every story about LEED is a story about leadership. Nowhere is this more evident than in China. With green development serving as a major agenda item for President Xi Jinping, leaders across China are making sustainability happen on a global scale. At last year’s COP21 agreement in Paris, President Xi made a strong commitment, promising that China will contribute to climate change by focusing on green building and...

In Center for Green Schools 04.28.2016

Rooted values: Appalachian State University’s sustainable leadership is ingrained in its...

The Climate Leadership Awards are presented by USGBC’s Center for Green Schools and Second Nature. The awards recognize innovative and advanced leadership in sustainability, climate mitigation and resilience at signatory campuses in the climate leadership network. USGBC caught up with last year’s honoree in the Four-Year Institution category, Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C., to check on their progress and accomplishments to date.  Sustainability...

In Industry 04.28.2016

Why you should register your SITES project today

As GBCI continues to bring SITES to new markets and potential users around the world, we are overwhelmed by the excitement about the program. All across the country and in far corners of the globe, leaders in sustainability and landscape design are weighing how to include SITES in new and future projects. Already, projects in New York, Los Angeles, Vancouver, Hong Kong and various other locations have registered for SITES. We know that SITES is poised to have dramatic impacts on our...

In Industry 04.27.2016

Red Hook, Brooklyn reimagined as resilient, urban hub in new BASF interactive whitepaper

Amy Patel is a Commercial Key Account Manager at BASF Corporation, a USGBC Platinum member. In 2015, USGBC participated in two events hosted by BASF’s Creator Space™ to examine paths to resilience in urban, coastal neighborhoods. Findings from those discussions were recently published in the whitepaper “Co-creating solutions for urban neighborhoods in coastal cities." Coastal cities are on the front lines of climate change impacts. Cities such as New York are increasingly...

In LEED 04.29.2016

LEED v4 Education: Sustainable Sites

In May, the LEED v4 education focus will be on sustainable sites. A building’s impact is not restricted to what's inside it. Between 1982 and 2001, in the United States alone, about 34 million acres (13,759 hectares) of open space—an area the size of Illinois—were lost to development at a rate of approximately four acres per minute, or 6,000 acres a day. Along with open space, habitat is diminishing and becoming fragmented, separated by pavement, buildings and infrastructure....

In International 04.28.2016

Sustainability will reshape real estate development and investment in Mexico

This article was previously published in Mexico by Inmobiliare as "Predicting the Future: How Sustainability will Reshape Real Estate Development and Investment in Mexico by 2020." Read the original article in Spanish.  With increasing market penetration over the last four years, sustainability has been a strong and growing trend in real estate investment in Mexico. This rate of change and adoption of sustainability means that even bigger changes are ahead for commercial real estate...

In LEED 04.28.2016

Building future capacity for the green building industry

This article was originally published in the February 2016 issue of IA&B magazine, as "Building Future Capacity for the Green Building Industry: Sustainability and LEED in Higher Education."  At USGBC, we believe that everyone entering a classroom should have the opportunity to learn in a green school and take that knowledge of sustainable practices with them into their future. We are actively connecting with campuses all over the world to change the way their buildings are...

In Industry 04.27.2016

Last chance to register for our EDGE workshop in New Delhi

Don't miss out on our next EDGE Technical Workshop, scheduled for May 6 in New Delhi. Register today to reserve your seat. Workshop attendees will learn about EDGE, a new green building rating system focused on making new residential and commercial buildings more resource-efficient. EDGE is composed of a new web-based software application, a universal standard and a certification system. Poised to jump-start green building in a fast, simple and affordable way, the EDGE...

In Advocacy and policy 04.29.2016

Private sector opportunities at the U.S.–China summit in June

China and the U.S. are poised to drive global sustainability coming off the Paris Agreement’s entry into force on Earth Day. Indeed, at COP21 in Paris, President Xi Jinping made a strong commitment, promising that China will contribute to climate change by focusing on green building and transportation.  The dialogue will continue on June 7–8 when the U.S. State Department and its China counterpart convene the U.S.–China Climate-Smart/Low-Carbon Cities...

In Industry 04.28.2016

Product transparency and informed decision-making at ASSA ABLOY

Amy Vigneux is the manager of sustainable building solutions for ASSA ABLOY Door Security Solutions, a USGBC Platinum member. Recently, I had the opportunity to hear Arlene Blum speak about her work as an environmental health scientist, mountaineer and writer. Arlene discussed her research around Tris, the flame retardant that, until recently, was commonly used in children’s sleepwear and also in household furniture. Tris is a potent carcinogen. As we listened to Arlene speak,...

In Advocacy and policy 04.28.2016

DOT metrics rule could help reduce carbon pollution

This week, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) published a notice seeking public comment on a proposed rulemaking concerning performance metrics for states and regional organizations that receive federal funding. As our friends at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) capably explained, the proposed rule is one of several aimed at improving the performance of our nation’s transportation infrastructure. USGBC appreciates that DOT has raised the possibility...

In Center for Green Schools 04.27.2016

Illumination and inspiration: Energy Focus reflects on GSCE 2016

Earlier this month, the Energy Focus team had the unique opportunity to participate in the Green Schools Conference and Expo (GSCE). We were proud to be a Leader Sponsor of the event, but we were even more proud to have the chance to connect with the teachers, school administrators and nonprofit leaders who are so dedicated to providing healthy, safe, and efficient schools for our children.  Eric Hilliard, Energy Focus’ President and COO, provided greetings to attendees at the...