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In Community 05.6.2016

Year of advancement: Find your believers

Critical to the success of any sustainable equity-driven project is a diverse cast of volunteers with unique skills, experiences and perspectives. Too often we try and achieve things on our own, but in the long run, it is simply not sustainable. We have limits on our knowledge, resources and energy, and especially our time—the ultimate nonrenewable resource.  This is a realization that struck USGBC Local Ambassador Siassia Likibi early in her volunteer experience, as she...

In Community 05.6.2016

Convergence 2016: Welcome to Jacksonville

Jacksonville, Fla., is known as the River City, but it is so much more than the beautiful St. John’s River you see outside the Convergence hotel. Jacksonville is beautiful beaches, a growing downtown, peaceful suburbs, the Northside and Historic Springfield, southern hospitality, wonderful weather, great shopping, food, entertainment, museums, sports and so much more. I moved to Jacksonville 14 years ago and fell in love with the city; I can’t imagine living...

In Industry 05.5.2016

First CLT hotel in the U.S. signals greater use of engineered wood in the buildings market

Lendlease recently celebrated the opening of the new Candlewood Suites at Redstone Arsenal, the first hotel in the United States to be completely constructed using cross laminated timber (CLT). The hotel’s completion, made possible through a partnership between the U.S. Army, Lendlease and IHG Army Hotels, highlighted the many benefits and potential uses for CLT in both private and public developments. Murray Woolcock, executive general manager at Lendlease, shared insight...

In Center for Green Schools 05.4.2016

Paving the way for sustainable education design

The 2016 Best of Green Schools Awards, presented at the Green Schools Conference and Expo earlier this month, recognizes the people, schools, campuses and organizations that create healthy, sustainable and efficient learning environments and inspiring educational experiences. Pauline Souza is a partner and director of sustainability at WRNS Studio, a LEED Fellow, and this year’s honoree in the Business Leadership category.  Over the course of my career, I have seen the...

In Center for Green Schools 05.6.2016

Teacher Appreciation Week: Shout-outs from USGBC staff

Encouraging. Resourceful. Compassionate. Committed. These are just a few of the words that came up when I asked some of my USGBC colleagues about their favorite teachers. Whether teaching us about systems thinking or climate change, honing our leadership skills or celebrating our successes, the impacts that teachers have on their students is profound. Did a teacher make an impact on you that led you to where you are today in your “green career”? Maybe it was a science...

In Community 05.6.2016

Studio replay: Creating social media content

Our USGBC Studio blog offers some terrific resources for the marketing and design aspects of green building business. Staff experts speak to the challenges and solutions that can help your website, social media campaigns and marketing be as effective and up-to-date as possible. This blog was originally posted on Aug. 18, 2015 as "Creating Social Media Content."  Social media needs no introduction. At this point we know the basics, but this ever-changing, lightning-pace field is...

In Advocacy and policy 05.4.2016

Nations to leverage building efficiency to meet Paris commitments

Last December, 195 nations from around the world came together in Paris and forged a historic agreement to act collectively to reduce human impact on the climate. Leading into the U.N. Framework on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of the Parties (COP21), countries developed Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) outlining what actions each will take to reduce national greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.  World Resources Institute (WRI) evaluated the 167 INDCs...

In Community 05.4.2016

Learning, living and loving at the Convergence Community Advancement Summit

USGBC is proud of its global community of leaders. From local volunteers to national members to LEED Fellows (and sometimes all three at once), we are grateful for the movers and shakers that make our bold mission possible.  The Community Advancement Summit at Convergence is USGBC’s annual opportunity to celebrate and educate our most engaged stakeholders. This year, representatives from USGBC’s local communities, emerging professionals, community partners,...

In Community 05.6.2016

Where USGBC will be this month: The 2016 SPLC Summit

USGBC will be attending and presenting at the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council’s 2016 Summit here in Washington, D.C. The summit runs from May 24–26, but there are also pre-summit short courses on May 23. What is the 2016 Summit? Following up on the SPLC’s well-reviewed 2015 Summit, the 2016 Summit will bring together 300 leading sustainable purchasing experts and practitioners from a wide variety of sectors and regions for two days of best...

In Industry 05.5.2016

Sustainable building in India: Leading with LEED

This article was originally published in the March 2016 issue of IA&B magazine as "Sustainable Building in India: Leading with LEED."  A candid conversation with Shabbir Kanchwala, Senior Vice President at the K. Raheja Corp.: What role does green building certification play in K. Raheja Corp.’s development projects? K. Raheja Corp. ranks among the leading real estate developers in India. From its humble beginnings in 1956, the company has grown and diversified into...

In Community 05.4.2016

Greenbuild scholarship recipients from around the globe: Part IV

For the past eight years, USGBC has offered scholarships to make Greenbuild accessible to people who would otherwise not be able to attend. For Greenbuild 2015, 94 individuals received a scholarship. Recipients represent a diverse group of people from around the world. Each one has a story to tell and brings their own passion to their work. Each one has a role to play in making green buildings and communities a reality for all.  As we lead up to Greenbuild 2016 in Los...

In Community 05.3.2016

Register for the 2016 ACEEE Energy Efficiency Finance Forum

The 2016 ACEEE Energy Efficiency Finance Forum will be held May 22–24, 2016 at the Newport Marriott in Newport, R.I. Energy efficiency has taken on a new level of importance both domestically and internationally. Efficiency has long been a key element in utility resource planning, business competitiveness and household energy budgets. Now efficiency is slated to play a central role in meeting domestic targets under the Clean Power Plan and international agreements to reduce carbon...