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In LEED 11.5.2014

LEED in Motion: Retail — Target spotlight

143 LEED-certified stores For Target, sustainability is a principle that drives the decisions made across the company, and LEED has been a key component of Target’s corporate sustainability initiatives. As the most widely-recognized sustainability rating system, LEED has provided an ideal platform through which Target has been able to quantify and validate specific sustainability commitments, and share those successes with guests, team members, and the community. While Target has...

In Greenbuild 11.4.2014

Greenbuild 2014 photo booth fun

At Greenbuild 2014 in New Orleans we were jazzin' it up. Were you there? Find your photo. Here are some of the jazziest photos.                        Check out all of the photos from our photo booth

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 LEED 11.5.2014

Making history at the AT&T Park, home to the San Francisco Giants

Last Wednesday (Oct. 29), the San Francisco Giants were named Major League Baseball's 2014 World Series Champions, clinching their third Series in five years by defeating the Kansas City Royals 3-2 in a thrilling Game 7 win. Led by the record-breaking performance of Series MVP Madison Bumgarner, the Giants became just the second National League team to win three World Series in five years, and the first since the 1940s. Their historic performance makes the case that a new dynasty has been...

In Community 11.4.2014

Take control of your home's energy use with programmable thermostats

This article is the second installment in a series of tips and best practices for making your home more sustainable. Read the first article. So, you've officially mastered the art of sustainable behavior at home (way to go!), and now you're looking for ways to take the greenness of your residence to the next level. Enter the programmable thermostat, a staple in sustainable spaces everywhere. What is a programmable thermostat, exactly? Simply put, it's a device that regulates your home's...

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 LEED 11.4.2014

Green tools for federal compliance assessment

We know that no two companies are the same, and each has its own unique culture, needs, goals and processes. With that in mind, we want to make LEED work for you. Whether you're connected to the project from the building owner/manger side or you're a green building service provider offering expertise that helps the project towards sustainability, we have an offering meant to help you reach your goals efficiently. Federal compliance assessment Working on a project for a federal agency? Odds...

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...

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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.