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In Greenbuild 08.12.2014

Top 5 reasons to attend the Affordable Homes & Sustainable Communities Summit

What The Affordable Homes & Sustainable Communities Summit convenes a broad spectrum of people working to advance sustainability through community development and affordable housing. Through networking, knowledge sharing and problem solving, we will focus on the singular goal of expediting the economic, social, and ecological health of underserved communities.  Who You + people from diverse sectors and perspectives, such as community and affordable housing developers, government...

In Community 08.8.2014

Remembering Peter Wege, a sustainability pioneer: 1920-2014

Peter Melvin Wege, a philanthropist, an activist, and an executive, passed away at the age of 94 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. His memorial was July 11, 2014. His impact as a pioneer in sustainability, an advocate for environmentalism and green building, and the Steelcase Inc. heir and founder of the Wege Foundation, will continue to bring joy, meaning and enlightenment for generations to come. Wege was studying architecture at the University of Michigan when Pearl Harbor was attacked in 1941....

In Community 08.7.2014

Time to roll up our sleeves: Read the July/August issue of USGBC+ magazine

This piece by Gina McCarthy, administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, appears in the just-released July/August issue of USGBC+, the new membership magazine of USGBC. Read the full article and browse the entire issue at    I recently visited Salt Lake City’s Public Safety Building, one of the largest net-zero buildings in our nation. That tour reinforced for me that the buildings where we live, work, and play have a profound impact...

In Community 08.5.2014

Want to win $10,000?

Save money and increase the value of your home with improvements that make a difference. If you had $10,000 to invest in your home, would you install an energy-saving cool roof with a lifetime warranty? Or maybe you’d benefit more from low maintenance fiber-cement siding? As all homeowners know, there are many ways to invest. For the fourth consecutive year, we're teaming up with Better Homes and Gardens and Family Circle to present the $10,000 Save Money, Save...

In Education 08.11.2014

Get to know USGBC Pro Reviewer Prasad Vaidya

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 Prasad Vaidya What's your name? Prasad Vaida Who's your employer? zenerG What's your position? Director What's your...

In Industry 08.8.2014

Register today for WELL 2014

Register today for WELL 2014, the first annual conference of the International WELL Building Institute. WELL 2014 is the perfect event for design, construction, and real estate professionals who want to lead the market and build a movement for wellness real estate. This is a pioneering concept that marries design and construction with evidence-based technologies to support personal well being and health. Speakers will include thought leaders on health and wellness, leading medical scientists,...

In LEED 08.6.2014

What is green building?

What is green building? It's a simple question that we get a lot here at USGBC, but not one where it's always easy to find a simple answer.  The definition of green building Green building is a holistic concept that starts with the understanding that the built environment can have profound effects, both positive and negative, on the natural environment, as well as the people who inhabit buildings every day. Green building is an effort to amplify the positive and mitigate the negative of...

In LEED 08.5.2014

Brazil on the rise: LEED's growth in Latin America

Today we have released another report in our popular LEED in Motion series. LEED in Motion: Brazil details green building activity and momentum in the nation that is the fifth largest market for LEED-certified projects outside of the U.S. Released in conjunction with the Greenbuilding Brasil 2014 conference in Sao Paulo, LEED in Motion: Brazil notes that the nation is home to 871 LEED-registered and -certified projects, representing 24 million gross square meters. The report provides...

In LEED 08.11.2014

How to create a composting station

This article is part 3 of a 4 part series on "Greening your college life." Read part 1 and part 2. 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...

In LEED 08.7.2014

Who's talking about the LEED Dynamic Plaque?

The LEED Dynamic Plaque, our building performance monitoring and scoring platform, is making waves in the news. Read on to find out what the media have to say about this game-changing tool — and visit to learn more and get your own!  EDC: LEED: From predicted to measured performance The LEED Dynamic Plaque is a striking visual display that answers a complex question: “How is my building performing today?” Since “building performance”...

In LEED 08.6.2014

LEED project certification update: July 2014

In this recurring monthly feature, we take a look at LEED certification activity in July 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 173 16.5 million Commercial Interiors 68 2.8 million Core and Shell 36 10.3 million Existing Buildings...

In LEED 08.5.2014

Project spotlight: Sterling Alvarado Student Housing at San Diego

USGBC's new, free report, LEED in Motion: Residential, highlights the numbers, knowledge and resources you need to keep pace with the rapidly growing green residential market.  Download the full report for more interviews and project highlights from best and brightest minds in the industry.  The Dinerstein Companies, the developers behind the Sterling Alvarado project, strived to create a new, modern student housing project for nursing students at San Diego State...

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