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In LEED 07.28.2014

How to be a power saver

This article is part 1 of a 4 part series on "Greening your college life." As a college student, I know first-hand that it can seem difficult to lead a sustainable life in college. Dorm buildings are often less energy efficient, recycling options might be limited, and students don't have extra money to splurge on eco-friendly products. However, even if you live in an older building — and even if you're not in college — it's still possible to make a difference and have a...

In Education 07.23.2014

3 courses to grow your LEED expertise (July 2014)

Insightful courses are the best.  Check out this month's top three courses to gain insight and grow your LEED expertise. 1. Building as an Organism: Understanding the Integrative Process Credit in LEED v4LEED Fellow John Boecker describes what the IP credit means, how to take advantage of its opportunities, and engage in a process yielding better building performance than conventional means. 2. Construction IAQ Management in LEEDThis course is for anyone working on a LEED project...

In Greenbuild 07.22.2014

Last chance to apply for a Greenbuild scholarship

Are you a student, emerging professional, faith leader, community developer or non-traditional professional? If so, we invite you to apply for a Greenbuild scholarship to attend Greenbuild 2014 from Oct. 22-24 in New Orleans, LA.  Apply by Aug. 4, 2014, at 9 am ET.  Apply today Scholarships are competitive, and preference is given to those with a demonstrated need who represent under-served people and communities. They also allow us to invest in individuals who...

In LEED 07.18.2014

Confessions of a USGBC tour guide

As an 11-year USGBC veteran and headquarters tour guide, you could say I've developed an affinity for our space. Check out my Q&A to get the inside scoop on the USGBC headquarters tour program. Q. Why does USGBC have a tour program? A. As the creators of LEED, we knew we had to use our office space to broaden the public's knowledge and awareness of green building strategies from a lessons-learned perspective. By inviting people to tour our space, we are able to share...

In LEED 07.24.2014

China: Three companies, three tales of leadership

With each visit I make to China I continue to stand in awe of the presence of LEED and the leaders behind it. After my second trip to China this year, I can assure you that LEED is alive and well. This is because true market leaders have continued to raise the bar when it comes to quality, sustainable buildings. To me, these are the foundational elements not only for great, high-performing buildings but also for great, high-performing companies such as BlueScope Buildings, Tishman Speyer...

In Center for Green Schools 07.23.2014

Green Sports Alliance kicks off 2014's Green Apple Day of Service

We are 10 weeks out from the official Green Apple Day of Service, but that didn't stop anyone at Aptitud Community Academy in San Jose, Calif., from getting his or her hands dirty this weekend. On Sunday, July 20, I spent the day with volunteers from 360 Architecture, the USGBC Northern California Chapter, the San Jose Earthquakes and the Green Sports Alliance (whom you may remember from the first ever Green Apple Day of Service event), working in an...

In LEED 07.21.2014

What you need to know if you want to achieve LEED certification in 2014

Looking for a LEED review to be completed this year, or before Greenbuild? If so, be sure to submit for review on time! See below for application deadlines based on typical review timelines. Deadlines to submit for review and achieve certification in 2014 The following deadlines apply to all commercial rating systems (not including LEED Volume), and assume that no appeal review is necessary. Appeal reviews typically take 20-25 business days, expedited appeal reviews are on a 10-business day...

In LEED 07.18.2014

USGBC's guide to your vacation [Maps]

Vacation season is in full swing! Take a look at our city maps on Pinterest to plan a visit to some of the best LEED certified spots in a few of America’s favorite cities. (Click the maps below to view on Pinterest). San Francisco SF is a top city for green building, so take a look at these unique attractions! New York City Notable LEED attractions in NYC, next time you're there check them out! Chicago Visit these awesome LEED attractions in the Windy City. Las Vegas Did you know...

In LEED 07.24.2014

The essential LEED Green Associate cheat sheet

You've decided to pursue the LEED Green Associate professional credential, but you aren't sure how to start preparing for the exam. Review this cheat sheet for a description of exam content areas, which include task domains and knowledge domains. Task Domains reflect the tasks necessary to perform LEED safely and effectively.  Knowledge Domains reflect the rating systems’ credit categories and what one needs to know.  Task Domains Communicate broad and basic green building...

In LEED 07.22.2014

GreenBiz: What makes the LEED Dynamic Plaque a game-changer?

This article originally appeared on GreenBiz.com on July 22, 2014. When the U.S. Green Building Council makes big changes to its systems or standards, the real estate industry takes notice - and with good reason. Its main initiative, LEED, has an outsize impact on the real estate industry, from building materials to investment criteria — and any major changes to the system have the potential to greatly affect green building for years to come. Although...

In Media 07.18.2014
Bangalore, India. Ming-yen Hsu via Flickr

Out now in The Hindu: USGBC's commitment to India, partnership with TERI

Ranjani Govind of The Hindu reports on a recent trip by USGBC executives to India and a major announcement of a new partnership with The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI). LEED with a regional perspective Parameters will be applicable to India's climate, geography, and land-use laws The U.S. Green Building Council was in Bangalore last week to tie up an extra local stamping to its international LEED rating, making it more relevant to India. “Our multi-city trip to India will...

In LEED 07.17.2014

Why should you care if your home is green?

Want to play a little word association? Come on, indulge me, it will only take a few seconds. Ready? Here's your word: home. Close your eyes and think about the words and imagery that come to mind as you toss this word around in your brain. So, what did you think up? My results are almost always the same—I see my brother and I eating cereal at the kitchen table before school; I see my dog lying belly up on the entryway carpet, all four legs sticking straight out at bizarre angles; I think...

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