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In LEED 03.7.2014

GBIG Fundamentals: Project Transparency, Market Context, and Timelines

This is the first in a series of blog posts detailing features of the Green Building Information Gateway. Subsequent blog posts will dive deeper into specific applications to help users get the most out of their experience with GBIG is a global information platform for the real estate industry designed to further accelerate market transformation. It empowers users with relevant market intelligence that highlights companies, products, services and strategies connected to the world...

In Advocacy and policy 03.5.2014

Picking up the PACE in Iowa

How do you stay warm in the cold Iowa winter? Pick up the PACE — Property Assessed Clean Energy that is! That is just what the USGBC Iowa Chapter is doing, leading the charge on PACE as its main advocacy effort. Cecilia Shutters and I certainly stayed warm keeping up with the USGBC Iowa chapter this month. We joined them for Design Day at the State Capitol (one of the most beautiful capitol buildings in America), meetings with legislators and an evening PACE education event with...

In Industry 03.3.2014

In the Know with Maggie and Joe

Joe and I will be bringing you the top global green building highlights from each week. Sign up to ensure you’re “in the know!” San Diego Gas & Electric’s Energy Innovation Center Achieves Double-Platinum LEED Status: This facility takes sustainability seriously! SDG&E recognizes that designing and constructing a green building isn’t the finish line. Sustainability is about continued performance through green operations and maintenance. Congratulations,...

In Advocacy and policy 03.3.2014

Coordinated Resiliency

A lot of firsthand accounts have already been written about the snowstorm that brought Atlanta to a standstill at the end of January. So I won’t go into detail about the amount of time we spent in our hotel lobby commiserating with other stranded travelers. Our experience was a mild inconvenience compared to the horror stories that have come out (although the banner image is an actual photo of the line that we stood in at the grocery store — the only open food option). The reason...

In LEED 03.6.2014

A new mantra: LEED ON

Beginning this month, you’ll notice leaders from across the building industry peering out from magazine pages, newspapers, and around the web in our new ad series. Their message? LEED ON. What does it mean? Well, pardon our redundancy, but it’s about leadership! LEED ON is a call to action for the entire industry – including us. As we continue to make the newest update to LEED, LEED v4, more understandable, easy to use and accessible than ever, we’re taking up...

In LEED 03.5.2014

Become a LEED Fellow in 2014

Are you interested in becoming a LEED Fellow? Your time is now. The U.S. Green Building Council call for nominations of qualified applicants is now open for the 2014 class of LEED Fellows. What does it take to be a LEED Fellow?  Nominees must have: Ten years of professional green building experience Held a LEED Professional credential for eight or more years Can demonstrate your significant contributions to advancing the movement Nominators must have: A LEED AP with Specialty credential...

In LEED 03.3.2014

Meet USGBC’s Senior Materials Research Fellows

As part of the LEED, Materials, and Health Initiative, the U.S. Green Building Council has engaged a team of scientific experts to conduct synthetic research and advise USGBC staff on the health-related aspects of building materials. These six Senior Materials Research Fellows are advancing the technical dialog on issues related to materials science, toxicology, green chemistry, risk assessment, and information technology through publishing and convening events.  Ashley White is USGBC...

In Center for Green Schools 02.27.2014

Vertical gardens growing tall in crowded, urban schools

As volunteers and teachers around the world gear up for Green Apple Day of Service 2014 next September, Riyaz Gayasaddin and Mike Rennard are working with students in Baltimore City Public Schools to research, plan, plant, harvest and—of course—eat vegetables in indoor vertical gardens in their classrooms. Our friends at Teach for America first told us about Gayasaddin, who is one of their teacher trainers, and Rennard, who is a teacher at Green Street Academy. Gayasaddin was...

In Advocacy and policy 03.5.2014

Looking back: National Leadership Speaker Series on resiliency in 21st century

USGBC is working with policymakers to advance sound resiliency programs and policies so communities can better implement strategies to prevent and mitigate disasters to the extent possible, implement plans for the inevitable events to come, and provide the appropriate tools and resources to rebound smarter, greener and better. Climate and economic resilience are two essential elements that will define the 21st century, as our world is more interconnected, urbanized, complex, and yet more...

In Industry 03.4.2014

Join us at the 2014 Building Energy Summit

USGBC is proud to be an education partner with the 2014 Building Energy Summit. This year's event will be held April 1, 2014 in Washington, DC. The Summit brings together building owners, energy experts, and technology pioneers to address the challenges and opportunities surrounding the need for more energy efficient buildings. Join us for the 2014 Building Energy Summit and be a part of the revolution that is permanently changing the way we manage and operate buildings. The Summit...

In LEED 03.3.2014

5 things to know about Education @USGBC

If you're looking to grow your green building knowledge Education @USGBC is how to do it. Want to know more? Here are our top five FAQs.    What is Education @USGBC? ANSWER: Education @USGBC is a simple-to-use platform with courses designed by the world’s learning educators, providing the best education in the market today. Education @USGBC includes courses created by USGBC and well as courses created by USGBC Education Partners. Access Education @USGBC at

In LEED 02.27.2014

Part 2: A green building explosion (2003-2009)

To celebrate the release of our list of the Top 10 States For LEED, we’re posting our narrative of the history of LEED’s development, originally released at the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in November 2013, in three parts on Click here to read Part 1: From a Simple Idea to a Several-Hundred-Billion-Dollar Industry. Part 2: A Green Building Explosion (2003-2009)LEED saw a number of significant developments in 2003. USGBC had grown and matured from its...

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USGBC 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.