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In Greenbuild 06.25.2014

New Greenbuild 2013 Sustainability Report celebrates green achievements

At Greenbuild 2013 the green building community came together to participate in 200 educational sessions, build a city of 700 booths in the expo hall, and dance to the likes of Bon Jovi. All of this networking, learning, and celebrating resulted in 115,875 pounds of trash, 3,559 gallons of fuel used for shuttles, and 26,655 square feet of signage. But, it also led to 4,592 pounds of food donated locally, engagement with 25 hotels on sustainability practices and one new adventure playground...

In Community 06.24.2014

Nominate a member for USGBC's inaugural Best of Building Awards

We're excited to announce our inaugural USGBC Best of Building Awards. The Best of Building Awards celebrates the year's best green products, projects, organizations and individuals making impact in green building. Nominees and winners are selected exclusively by USGBC members, a vibrant and diverse community of the world's leading organizations invested in sustainability.  We invite you to join us in recognizing the best of the best in the green building industry by nominating USGBC...

In LEED 06.23.2014

Talking eligibility. What does it take to be a LEED professional?

Are you interested in becoming a LEED professional but you're not sure if you're eligible? Here's the good news — you are eligible! Wondering how that's possible?  USGBC offers two categories of LEED professionals:  LEED Green Associate LEED AP with specialty The LEED Green Associate credential is your gateway to green. We created it for everyone, and there are no prerequisites to take the exam. So if you want to be a LEED professional, but don't have any green building...

In Community 06.19.2014

Join the USGBC Board of Directors in 2015

Take part in shaping USGBC’s strategic direction and nominate yourself for the 2015 Board of Directors. The five open seats for the 2015 Board are: Product Manufacturer: pdf / online form Environmental Nonprofit Advocate: pdf / online form Sustainable Practice Leader Engineer: pdf / online form Insurance: pdf / online form Urban/Regional Planner: pdf / online form Online forms will be available for submission on July 1....

In Industry 06.25.2014

How green is overtaking the commercial property market

In 2010, I analyzed the uptake of “green” certification in the U.S. commercial property market, explaining the differences in diffusion across markets and over time. But during the past four years, much has happened. The economy started to recover (in most places), and construction has picked up again. Also, the appetite for energy efficiency and sustainability in the real estate sector hasn’t abated — Google now gives 344,000,000 hits for a simple search on “green...

In Industry 06.23.2014

Video: Make It Right rebuilds to LEED Platinum in New Orleans

We visited New Orleans with Make It Right, an organization that builds healthy, high-efficient and safe homes for people and communities in need. Forty percent of LEED for Homes units fall into the affordable housing sector, and you can see 100 of them, brought to fruition by Make It Right, on display in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans, one of the areas hit hardest by Hurricane Katrina.  No one knows the impact of Make It Right’s work better than the families living in these...

In Community 06.20.2014

Partnering to advance youth-led community sustainability and green jobs

With roughly 38 million U.S. households eligible for weatherization, 19 million abandoned properties, rising energy costs and environmental impacts that disproportionately threaten poor communities, it is time to unleash the power of every communities’ most untapped resource—its youth.  There are about 3.5 million 16- to 24-year olds living in poverty that are neither in school nor employed. Let’s work together to train and employ them to breathe life back into their...

In LEED 06.19.2014

Free download: New USGBC report plots the growth of green homes

LEED in Motion: Residential highlights the numbers, knowledge and resources you need to keep pace with the rapidly growing green homes market. In it, you'll find key statistics on the size and growth of the green residential market, a deep dive in to LEED for Homes numbers, a close look at the human health aspects of homebuilding, and much more. With an introduction by Nest CEO and Founder Tony Fadell, the report features interviews with the best and brightest residential...

In Media 06.24.2014

USGBC Conference and Events Team Earns New Certification for Sustainable Event Management

Washington, D.C. — (June 24, 2014) — Today, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced that its Conference and Events team has earned certification under ISO 20121: 2012, a new standard signifying excellence in sustainable event planning and management. “As the leading voice in the movement toward a sustainable built environment, USGBC has a responsibility to set a strong example for the meetings and events industry in planning and running the most sustainable events...

In LEED 06.23.2014

Collaborators, not competitors - the case for dual certification in China

Hello from China. I have spent the last couple of weeks traveling all across Asia with my USGBC colleagues, finding inspiration at every stop. Throughout the trip, I've had time to reflect on where green building is today and where it is headed in the future.   As the green building movement has matured we have witnessed a shift in both market trends and the language we use to talk about our physical environment. In its earliest years, green building was synonymous with resource efficiency...

In Community 06.20.2014

An “Above and Beyond Volunteer” paves the way for change in Texas

We're excited to introduce one of our most recent Above and Beyond Volunteers, Jeffrey Florey. Above and Beyond Volunteers are volunteer leaders whose contributions have led to outstanding achievements in the green building movement.  Jeffrey is a tireless advocate for sustainability and constantly uses his platforms to defend the USGBC brand from an increasing number of attacks. Jeffrey also wears more than one hat at USGBC North Texas. He is a leader in the chapter’s advocacy...

In Media 06.19.2014

New USGBC Report Shows Growth in Demand for Green Homes: 150,000 Now LEED Certified

Report Ranks the Top States for LEED Certified Homes: California, New York and Texas Top the List Washington, D.C. — (June 19, 2014) —The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) now estimates that there are as many as 150,000 LEED-certified green housing units worldwide, a number that more than doubled between 2011 and 2013 and continues to grow steadily, according to the organization’s LEED in Motion: Residential report released today. The report is the latest in USGBC’s...

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The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is transforming the way we design, build, maintain and operate our buildings, homes and communities.

USGBC is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings, and works toward its mission of market transformation through its LEED green building program, robust educational offerings, a nationwide network of chapters and affiliates, the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities.