State market briefs: Green building data that’s quick, easy and in REAL TIME!

April 23, 2014 in Policy and Advocacy

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Nothing speaks more clearly than good data. The Green Building Information Gateway (GBIG) platform proves this every day. USGBC is excited to announce the release of a supplement to GBIG’s already robust data offerings with an update to the state market briefs. The enhanced state market briefs are dashboards that provide a quick look at state-specific LEED and USGBC data.

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Congratulations to the 2014 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools!

April 22, 2014 in Green Schools

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Milton-Union Exempted Village School in West Milton, Ohio

Earlier this afternoon, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and White House Council on Environmental Quality Acting Chair Mike Boots announced the 2014 class of Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) honorees, highlighting a total of 57 schools and school districts from around the country. 

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This Earth Day start with STEM

April 22, 2014 in Green Schools

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My favorite part of my job by far is getting to watch and hear about STEM teachers who are making science and math come alive for their students; teachers who are using issues that are both interesting and applicable to their students to demonstrate how STEM truly is all around us. 

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Earth Day 2014

April 21, 2014 in Industry

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I admit to having mixed feelings about Earth Day for the obvious reason that “saving the planet” is a 365-day, 24/7 job. But if we can get people to focus on the central idea it represents even for a few minutes, it’s worth it, right?

But what’s begun to bother me big time is that we still frame this idea as if it’s humans vs. the planet, rather than focusing on the intricate interdependencies between humans and the Earth.

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Friday Roundup: IPCC says time for climate action, new Guide to Green Colleges

April 18, 2014 in Industry

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Smog in Singapore, via Flickr

Here’s our weekly collection of green building clips:

USGBC Vice President of Research Chris Pyke spoke to multiple outlets about his contribution to the new report from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change:

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10 schools leading the way in Princeton Review Guide to Green Colleges (photos)

April 17, 2014 in Green Schools

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Now in its fifth year, The Princeton Review’s Guide to 332 Green Colleges, 2014 Edition, released today, profiles higher education institutions in the United States and Canada that demonstrate notable commitments to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation.

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10 schools leading the way in Princeton Review Guide to Green Colleges (photos)

April 17, 2014 in Green Schools

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Now in its fifth year, The Princeton Review’s Guide to 332 Green Colleges, 2014 Edition, released today, profiles higher education institutions in the United States and Canada that demonstrate notable commitments to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation.

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The Little LEED Building That Could: South Sudan’s First LEED Certified Building

April 16, 2014 in LEED

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16 Apr 2014
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External facade of new World Bank Country Office in Juba, South Sudan
Courtyard of new World Bank Country Office in Juba, South Sudan
Covered walkway within the World Bank Country Office compound in Juba, South Sud

The World Bank building in South Sudan had its challenges. The site was located in an area with no electricity supply, access to local building materials were few and far between, not to mention that during the design and entire construction period the client for the building was based in Washington D.C., the architect in Kenya, the sustainability consultant in India, and the water consultant in Ethiopia.

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GRESB: Bringing sustainability to the capital market

April 16, 2014 in LEED

Last week the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB), launched its 2014 Survey. The release marks the fifth consecutive year that GRESB has been working to provide institutional investors with timely and actionable information about property companies and private equity funds.  

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Our 21st year

April 14, 2014 in LEED

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Turning 21 years old marks an important right of passage, at least here in the U.S. You’re now officially old enough to do a few things you were probably already doing anyway. Hopefully, now that you can do them legally, you’ve also figured out how to do them more responsibly. That’s the idea, anyway.

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