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In Community 09.9.2014

The USGBC 2013 Annual Report is now live!

Take a peek inside the doors of 2101 L Street. In our 2013 annual report, we turn the spotlight onto our talented USGBC employees—200 (and growing!) men and women who are as interesting as the built environment they work to transform. Read the report today

In Industry 09.5.2014

Healthcare Facilities Symposium to feature a Technology Pavilion

Technology is increasingly intertwined with the built environment, so it is critical for the builders and designers of healthcare environments to understand the big picture and what’s in the future.  Because of this, the upcoming Healthcare Facilities Symposium & Expo will feature a Technology Pavilion at this year’s event. The project is led by Sensory Technologies, Blue Cottage, Power Construction, PFB Architects, KaziaLi Design Collaborative, Koroseal Interior Products,...

In Center for Green Schools 09.4.2014

Moving sustainability forward in the Green Ribbon Schools of West Virginia

Note: U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) recognizes schools, districts and postsecondary institutions that are 1) reducing environmental impact and costs, 2) improving health and wellness, and 3) teaching environmental education. To share innovative practices and widely-available resources in these three ‘Pillars,’ the Department conducts an annual Green Strides Best Practices Tour of honorees. Two non-profit organization school sustainability leaders write...

In Community 09.3.2014

Submit your nomination for the 2014 Malcolm Lewis IMPACT! Award

Thanks in large part to dedicated volunteers who contribute to the green building movement, USGBC continues to advance a healthier, more sustainable and prosperous built environment in communities across the globe. Each year the USGBC Malcolm Lewis Volunteer IMPACT! Award recognizes a high-impact, volunteer-driven project or initiative. Malcolm Lewis was an agent of change who spent 30 years driving the green building movement, and motivating others to do the same. Brendan Owens has...

In Industry 09.8.2014

Register today for EcoDistricts Summit 2014

At the end of September city makers will gather in Washington, D.C., for the sixth annual EcoDistrict Summit, a three day event dedicated to cultivating just, sustainable and resilient cities from the neighborhood up. This event will be held about one month before Greenbuild 2014’s Affordable Homes & Sustainable Communities Summit, and our two events share a commitment to reframing the green building & sustainable development movements around a deep understanding of how...

In LEED 09.5.2014

Ready for a faster, more streamlined LEED certification process? Start here.

Getting to certification more quickly No one likes delays or surprises in a LEED review. We've made great strides at improving the timeliness and accuracy of our reviews, and we're working toward even quicker turnaround and more predictable results. We know that strong, organized submittals = faster certification process. We’ve been listening to you, and we’re proud to introduce LEED Proven Provider, a new way for project teams to submit those perfect (or nearly perfect) submissions...

In Education 09.3.2014

USGBC and Harvard offer a leadership program for disruptive sustainability

USGBC and the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard’s School of Public Health are founding conveners in a growing cross-sector network working to provide a critical mass of senior leaders with best-in-class Core Business Integration of Sustainability (CBIS) executive education. 2014 Executive Education for Sustainability Leadership In June 2014, the CBIS framework was successfully launched at Harvard University in a three day Executive Education for Sustainability...

In Advocacy and policy 09.2.2014

Three building code questions you should be asking

The phrase “don’t judge a book by its cover” is often applied to judgments of people — and to buildings, too.   A building’s façade can be beautiful, but it doesn’t necessarily indicate the quality of its indoor environment. A building’s “Walk Score” doesn’t tell you much about how well it manages rainwater. A building’s energy use alone doesn’t tell you much about the productivity of the people inside. A...

In Center for Green Schools 09.5.2014

Back to school with Green Apple Day of Service

The first day of school pictures have been taken, the back to school jitters have subsided and momentum is building for the third annual Green Apple Day of Service (GADOS). As we prepare for another successful GADOS season full of meaningful service projects and events, I’d like to highlight some of the great projects from last year that went above and beyond to develop creative ways to engage their communities. Last year at the Green Apple Day of Service… ...the students at...

In Industry 09.5.2014

The past, the present, and the future of sustainability reporting in the global real...

With increased societal focus on resource scarcity, the need for de-carbonization, and the effects of climate change, investors have become increasingly aware of the implications of these, generally longer term, megatrends. More than any other investment class, real estate assets are exposed to the direct, local consequences posed by these global risks: more stringent regulatory requirements, changing societal preferences for places to work, live, and play, and exposure to climate-related...

In LEED 09.3.2014

ENERGY STAR adds multifamily buildings to constellation

This article was co-written by Bryan Howard and Dan Winters. In mid-September, multifamily buildings will now have the opportunity to submit via Portfolio Manager for a score, through the 1 – 100 ENERGY STAR score for multifamily buildings. All properties scoring above a 75 may be eligible to earn ENERGY STAR certification. Multifamily buildings can start as early as right now to input their data into Portfolio Manager to receive a score. To receive an accurate score you’...

In LEED 09.2.2014

Certify multiple buildings with LEED

Did you know that #LEEDworks in bulk? In addition to individual building certification, LEED also includes certification paths structured for organizations seeking certification for multiple buildings. You have two options for certifying multiple buildings: LEED volume certification LEED campus and multiple building certification 1. LEED volume certification LEED volume certification meets the needs of companies and organizations that are ready to apply LEED across a portfolio of similar...

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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.

Better buildings are our legacy. 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.