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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 Industry 11.19.2014

New guidelines and workbook to raise awareness of green in your workplace

Looking to introduce environmentally friendly policies into your workplace? The USGBC Maine Chapter recently created a Green Office Guidelines and Workbook, which offers strategies related to sustainable practices in the areas of purchasing, electricity, water, heating, transportation/commuting, waste management, and social responsibility.  The guidelines in the workbook emphasize a holistic approach to sustainable office operations. Using a tree and leaf analogy, the guidelines...

In LEED 11.18.2014

New offerings for LEED v4 projects

Can’t decide between LEED v4 and LEED 2009? USGBC recently announced that it was moving the registration deadline of LEED 2009, allowing users to register projects under the LEED 2009 rating system until Oct. 31, 2016. The original date for LEED 2009 registration to close was June 27, 2015. Extending to October 2016 gives LEED users and members of the green building industry additional time to prepare for LEED v4, the latest version of LEED, which features increased rigor and multiple...

In LEED 11.17.2014

LEED reviewer compass: Understanding the logic behind a review decision

Have you ever wondered what goes into a LEED certification review decision?  All reviewers work from the same set of principles, when applying the LEED requirements to a wide diversity of project types. Below are some things to keep in mind when preparing to submit your LEED project for review. Trust but verify: Reviewers trust that you are being honest about your achievements, but must also verify that the technical requirements have been understood and applied properly to your...

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 LEED 11.19.2014

LEED project spotlight: Ušće Shopping Mall

It’s an easy decision to pursue LEED when you’re the building owner and it’s your building. But what happens when your building is a shopping mall? Suddenly, it’s not just your decision, and you need to convince your tenants to pursue LEED. In the case of the Ušće Shopping Mall, a structure that straddles old and new Belgrade, there were 100+ tenants—all paying for their own square feet of space—that needed to be convinced that this was a good...

In Industry 11.18.2014

Meet the first apartment and condo buildings to earn ENERGY STAR certification

Energy costs in multifamily properties have risen by 20 percent over the past decade. These rising costs are squeezing operating income for building owners and managers, and they’re making apartments and condos less affordable for residents. Here’s another staggering statistic: Current industry estimates show that multifamily properties can become 30 percent more efficient by 2020—and cost-effectively at that. Those reductions will not only save a lot of money (how’s $9...

In Community 11.14.2014

Seeing green: Creating captivating digital content to reduce your environmental impact

Just as architects and builders are moving toward more sustainable materials to create environmentally-friendly living and work spaces, graphic designers are progressively finding ways to make their work more impactful by hitting the triple bottom line. Printing with low-VOC or soy inks and choosing production vendors who use renewable energy are just a few of the many small changes that make a huge difference. Finding new ways to make compelling, purposeful and environmentally-conscious...

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...

In Media 11.19.2014

USGBC Awarded Top Global Environmental Prize for Entrepreneurial Vision from UNEP

USGBC honored for service to the planet with Champions of the Earth award Washington, D.C. (Nov. 19, 2014)—USGBC was honored today as a winner of the United Nations’ top environmental accolade, the Champions of the Earth award. The award, which is usually received by an individual, was won by USGBC for its outstanding contribution to sustainable building through its LEED green building rating system, currently the most widely used green building program worldwide. “To...

In Education 11.18.2014

Course preview: Designing a Net Zero Energy Laboratory: J. Craig Venter Institute [video]

Education @USGBC is your go-to place for sustainability and green building education. Ready to take your knowledge to the next level? Check out the preview below of this month's featured course, courtesy of the San Diego chapter,   Designing a Net Zero Energy Laboratory: J. Craig Venter Institute. In this course you will take an in-depth look at the planning, design, engineering, and construction of the J. Craig Venter Institute, the first net zero energy laboratory in the United...

In Education 11.13.2014

Introducing USGBC Education Partner American Technical Publishers

USGBC Education Partners are leaders, trusted voices and reputable providers of green building and sustainability education. You can access their courses on Education @USGBC.  Meet our USGBC Education Partner American Technical Publishers If someone could only take one of your courses, what should they take? Our Pervious Concrete and Green Building course is an excellent example of presenting a real-world sustainable application with high-quality training material. The course was...

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