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In Community 06.13.2014

Video: Platinum membership means leadership

Green buildings offer the single greatest opportunity to reduce environmental impact while benefiting your bottom line. We’re not the only ones who think so — 88 of the Fortune 100 companies use the LEED rating system. Our platinum level members are leading USGBC’s global network, continuously raising the bar and driving progress in sustainability. Learn more about membership.

In LEED 06.12.2014

New tools for LEED v4 O+M projects

LEED is more than a set of requirements, it’s a comprehensive program supported by a suite of tools and resources. With LEED v4, in addition to working on the rating systems, USGBC also focused a great deal of attention on the customer experience. And the development process did not end with LEED v4 being launched. We are still looking for new ways to add support for project teams. Plan and policy templates  We’ve created templates for the plans and policies required in the...

In Initiatives 06.10.2014

Thank you, Holland sisters!

Big thanks to the Holland sisters, who met their goal and raised $25,000 for Project Haiti. Over the last six months, Kylie (14), Devon (13) and Piper (11) Holland worked tirelessly to promote Invitation to Dream--a collection of cool bedtime ballads sung by sister Devon. 100% of the profits from CD sales went directly towards Project Haiti, and have helped us get closer to our goal of breaking ground on what will be the first LEED-certified orphanage in...

In LEED 06.9.2014

Greater China becomes the second largest market for LEED outside the U.S.

With 1,961 LEED-registered and -certified projects over 2,000 LEED professionals and the first LEED v4 certified project, Greater China is leading the green building market as the second largest region for LEED in the world outside the U.S. according to our new report, LEED in Motion: Greater China. LEED in Motion: Greater China provide a full showcase of all LEED activity in mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau. The report also highlights how the global rating system works in Greater...

In LEED 06.12.2014

Video: Get started with Education @USGBC

Education @USGBC is the one-stop shop for managing your staff's professional development and continuing education needs. In this video you can learn how to allocate and distribute access to education hours for multiple employees on the Education @USGBC platform. Also, did you know that USGBC members at the Silver, Gold, or Platinum level, already have access to Education @USGBC? Purchase a subscription, or contact us at [email protected] if you're looking for a...

In LEED 06.11.2014

EMSI: 100 LEED Certified Projects and Counting

The other day I had the honor of presenting EMSI—a long-time partner of USGBC’s—with a LEED plaque for their 100th LEED-certified building in mainland China and Singapore.  EMSI’s 100th project, China Development Bank and Beijing Financial Street Holding, is equipped with the most advanced and innovative technologies—a breathing curtain wall, ice storage system and a low temperature air supply system, so as to achieve significant energy savings of more than 20...

In Community 06.10.2014

Tools for bringing green schools to communities everywhere

Green schools initiatives provide a clear avenue to reach new audiences outside of the green building profession, generating both interest and tangible results. USGBC’s chapter network works creatively through Green School s programs, including Green Schools Challenges, to raise awareness about high-performing buildings , expanding the reach of USGBC’s mission and vision. Check out some Green Schools Challenge resources developed by the chapter network with support of the 2013...

In Media 06.9.2014

USGBC Releases New Report LEED in Motion: Greater China, Underscoring Regional Expansion...

Announcement Part of Multi-City and Multi-Country Council Visit Within Asia China Second Largest Market in the World for LEED Green Building Activity Beijing — (June 9, 2014) — Today, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced that 29 of China’s 34 provinces are home to LEED-certified projects, according to its new report LEED in Motion: Greater China, a full showcaseof all LEED activity in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau. To date, Greater China is home to 1,961 LEED...

In Industry 06.12.2014

Women, Sports and the Environment Symposium in July

At the heart of the Green Sports Alliance is the goal to leverage the power of the sports industry to create broad cultural change as it pertains to environmental stewardship, community health and sustainability. A key part of this vision is to ensure all members of the sports community are actively engaged and using their unique skills to advance the green sports movement, and the Women, Sports and the Environment (WSE) Symposium provides an opportunity to convene and support women from all...

In LEED 06.11.2014

Green Building 101: What is indoor environmental quality?

Need a quick refresher on green building basics? This is our "Green Building 101" series that we'll publish throughout the month. We'll visit topics that form the foundation of our understanding of green building today. What is indoor environmental quality? Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) encompasses the conditions inside a building—air quality, lighting, thermal conditions, ergonomics—and their effects on occupants or residents. Strategies for addressing IEQ include those that...

In Community 06.9.2014

Detroit offers builders, developers and dreamers a unique opportunity

First: a quick history lesson.  A century ago, as a revolution was taking root that would transform America from a largely agrarian country into a muscular, industrial one, one city in particular found itself playing catch-up with all that progress.  Detroit, which seemingly overnight had emerged as the epicenter of the auto manufacturing industry, found itself a city faced with a deepening housing crisis as tens of thousands of workers, many of them from the rural South, started...

In LEED 06.9.2014

Improving materials selection through chemical hazard assessment [DC Event June 16]

“Increasing transparency and scientific understanding around the health impacts of building materials is unquestionably a timely and complex topic. The growing number of chemicals and products in the marketplace brings a deluge of new information and opportunities, but with it even more questions – what are the ingredients in these products and how do they affect human and environmental health?” Read the full article on the Green Building Information Gateway. Join us...

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