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U.S. GREEN BUILDING COUNCIL: Residential Markets Update

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Registration is Live for Greenbuild Chicago!

The full session schedule for the Greenbuild 2010 Residential Summit – in Chicago on Nov. 18 – is now Henry Cisneros  live on the Greenbuild website. We are delighted to be joined in Chicago by the most passionate and knowledgeable voices in the green residential movement, including Henry Cisneros, former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), who will keynote the Summit's General Session this year.

USGBC's annual Residential Summit features targeted education sessions addressing all facets the industry – everything from remodeling and energy-efficient retrofits to affordable housing, appraisals and multifamily development.

Learn more about the Residential Summit and register today!

Also at Greenbuild, you can register for full-day, pre-conference workshops focusing on the LEED for Homes rating system, the REGREEN guidelines, and the LEED for Homes Green Rater training.

USGBC Affordable Housing Summit 2010

This year’s Affordable Housing Summit will take place in Chicago on Nov. 16-17, in conjunction with Greenbuild 2010. The Affordable Housing Summit brings together leaders in the affordable housing industry for educational sessions, networking opportunities, and interactive project charrettes. This year’s event will focus on innovative policy efforts as well as proven design and construction techniques aimed at ensuring long term affordability and improving living conditions for low income families across the country.

Scholarships for nonprofit staff and public-sector employees to attend the Affordable Housing Summit are available through the generous support of The Home Depot Foundation. To apply for a scholarship, please fill out the application survey.

USGBC Partners with Harvard University for "The State of our Nation's Housing 2010"

USGBC co-sponsored a report from the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University entitled The State of the Nation’s Housing 2010, which studied the affordability, energy and location efficiency within the existing U.S. housing stock. For the first time, the report also looked at the utility and transportation costs associated with current trends in the residential real estate market, finding that housing can be made more affordable through efficiency upgrades.


According to Casius Pealer, USGBC's Director of Affordable Housing Policy, “there is a great opportunity, as sales of existing homes continue to rise, to bring the energy and water efficiency aspects of these homes up modern standards.”

» Read Key Findings from the Report

Third Annual Congressional Advocacy Day

The Advocacy Team is pleased to announce the 3rd annual Congressional Advocacy Day, coming up on September 28-29 in Washington, DC. All chapters with active advocacy programs are encouraged to submit an application. Applicantions will be reviewed based on chapter advocacy involvement, geographic diversity, and a commitment to working in a coordinated fashion with USGBC and members of Congress in your state.

» Apply today!

LEED for Neighborhood Development Online Training Series

LEED-NDJoin USGBC for this important online training on LEED for Neighborhood Development, the first national rating system for sustainable neighborhood design. This six-part series will explore the rating system’s three credit categories: Smart Location & Linkage, Neighborhood Pattern & Design, and Green Infrastructure & Buildings. USGBC staff, LEED Faculty and experts in the field will highlight and explain how to identify appropriate LEED for Neighborhood Development projects, steps to register and certify a project, and rating system prerequisites and credits.

Continuing Education Hours: Each session in this series has been registered for 1.5 CE hours with GBCI, AIA/CES, and AICP.

» Register today!

USGBC Announces Launch of Affordable Green Neighborhoods Grant Program

With generous support from the Bank of America Foundation, USGBC is pleased to offer a grant program that recognizes affordable housing developers who are committed to building sustainable communities. The Affordable Green Neighborhoods Grant Program will award grants and provide educational resources to affordable housing developers and related public agencies who choose to pursue LEED 2009 for Neighborhood Development certification. Preference will be given to qualifying projects that meet additional goals, including the redevelopment of infill and previously developed sites, effort to strengthen the surrounding neighborhoods, commitment to engage stakeholders in the development process, and the provision of green housing for a range of income levels.

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