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In LEED 11.4.2014

LEED certification update: October 2014

In this recurring monthly feature, we take a look at LEED certification activity in October 2014, broken out by rating system and location, as well as newly certified LEED projects in the news. Be sure to check out the LEED project directory for a closer look at LEED projects in your area and around the world. Rating System Projects Certified Square Footage Certified New Construction 172 20.6 million Commercial Interiors 62 2.3 million Core and Shell 33 8.9 million Existing...

In Industry 10.30.2014

New sustainability report released: How California cities are changing the world

California could be the first major economy in the world to abandon fossil fuels as its primary energy source. California’s strategic energy policies foster an economic climate which generates funding for renewable energy, energy efficiency and innovative technology. In particular, proceeds from the state’s cap and trade auctions, mandates on utilities and the attraction of venture capital are funding renewable energy generation, energy efficiencymeasures in our buildings, and the...

In LEED 10.29.2014

LEED in Motion: Retail — Nike spotlight

Nike Store: Buenos Aires, Argentina LEED for Commercial Interiors: Gold Certified January 2013 LEED certification is the way Nike is able to verify and track its sustainability efforts and confirm that overall goals are being met. Nike states: “LEED is both rigorous and the most globally recognized green building certification platform available. Its global presence and application allow us to compare each store equally no matter the geography that it lives in. It is also recognized by...

In Center for Green Schools 10.28.2014

Center for Green Schools selfie: 2014 Midyear Report Card

Are you interested in a snapshot of the work that the Center for Green Schools has accomplished in the first half of 2014? We’ve just published our 2014 Midyear Report Card, our semi-annual check-in on progress we’ve catalyzed to advance the green schools movement.   As you’ll see below, we’ve grouped the channels through which we pursue our mission into three sections: The number of individuals equipped and empowered by the resources we create, the assistance...

In Center for Green Schools 11.3.2014

Submit an entry for the Best of Green Schools 2014

The end of the year is almost here, and the Center for Green Schools is excited to recognize the “Best of Green Schools” 2014 leaders: people, schools, campuses and organizations making a big difference in their communities. We have a lot to celebrate this year, and if not for the outstanding efforts of thousands of leaders and volunteers across the world, we wouldn’t be where we are today. Through extensive planning, experimentation, careful investments in...

In Media 10.30.2014

USGBC Announces 2014 School District Scholarship Recipients

School Districts to Receive Hands-on Sustainability Support Washington, D.C. – (Oct. 30, 2014) – The Center for Green Schools at USGBC announced today the 2014 recipients of its school district scholarship program. The six selected school districts across the nation will receive year-round support from the Center for Green Schools and a broad network of school sustainability leaders. “The School District Scholarship program provides real, on the ground opportunities for entire...

In Education 10.29.2014

A new vision for USGBC Faculty

USGBC Faculty are experienced educators with a strong background in both LEED and professional education. The Faculty designation recognizes professionals who are highly experienced and knowledgeable on the topics of LEED, green building and/or sustainability. USGBC Faculty also maintain well-honed presentation and facilitation skills. USGBC Faculty benefits include: A listing in the online USGBC Faculty directory Use of USGBC Faculty designation on business cards, letterhead, etc....

In Industry 10.28.2014

Five ways to follow the chain: How to know if a business is green

We all have our favorite places to browse, to hangout, to eat and to splurge. We have our favorite products that we reach for day after day. But how are we, as consumers, to know what our favorite brands are up to behind the scenes, and if they’re walking the walk, rather than just talking the talk about sustainability? With the release of the new LEED in Motion: Retail report, we’ve gained a valuable resource, a glimpse into the ways that retailers are engaging with the green...

In Community 10.31.2014

Trick or treat! LEED is all dressed up for Halloween

For Halloween this year, our LEED plaque got all dressed up. Check out the costumes below. Wishing you a Halloween with more treats than tricks! Pumpkin LEED plaque This LEED plaque has a little joke for you: what did one Jack-o-lantern say to the other? "Cut it out!" Happy Halloween! Vampire LEED plaque An important reminder from Count LEED-ula: there's nothing spookier than a building that sucks up too much energy! Scarecrow LEED plaque It's a real no-brainer: LEED buildings...

In Industry 10.30.2014

Sustaining Michelangelo’s frescoes with sustainable technology

The artistic brilliance of Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel frescoes are often said to take one's breath away. An instinctive act of reverence for time-tested talent—but, in reality, the simple act of breathing, exhaling carbon dioxide, by the Chapel’s six million annual visitors has been contaminating, and deteriorating, the frescoes. The problem became so severe that the Vatican considered closing the chapel to the public. Enter technology. Faced with the challenge of preserving a...

In Media 10.29.2014

USGBC Announces Extension of LEED 2009

Updated November 18, 2014 Extension offers the green building industry additional time to prepare for the newest version of LEED WASHINGTON, DC (Oct. 29, 2014) – The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced today that it will allow LEED 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...

In Greenbuild 10.28.2014

Rick's 2014 Greenbuild Journal: Wrap-up—Sustainability in World War II

If you were lucky enough to have snuck away either before, during or after Greenbuild to the New Orleans World War II museum, located just a short hop from the convention center down Magazine Street, I hope you saw what I saw. It wasn’t a big exhibit, but it was an important one, and one who’s spirit was evident almost everywhere else you looked. It was the story of this country’s resource management and salvage effort during those four agonizing years. And it was an...

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