Affordable Green Neighborhood Grant Recipients Announced

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30 Sep 2014
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Washington, D.C. – (Sept. 30, 2014) – The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and Bank of America Charitable Foundation announced today the 11 projects selected for the 2014 Affordable Green Neighborhoods (AGN) grant program.

Each of these neighborhood redevelopment projects are pursuing certification under USGBC’s LEED for Neighborhood Development rating system and are notable for their planned affordable housing, compact design, commitment to green building and sites located near transit or other existing amenities.

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D.C. joins exclusive ‘LEED 100 Million Club’

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30 Sep 2014
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We have reached a new era in the history of green building with Mayor Vincent Gray’s recent announcement that Washington, D.C., has surpassed 100 million square feet of LEED-certified space.

While the District of Columbia is not the first city to reach this milestone—predecessors include Chicago, New York and Houston—with a population of approximately 650,000, D.C. is the smallest city in the world to pass this mark.

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Update: LEED for Homes v2008 energy requirements

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26 Sep 2014
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Beginning on Oct. 1, 2014, newly registering LEED Homes projects are required to meet new energy requirements.

Earlier this year, USGBC members voted in favor of an update to the LEED for Homes v2008 energy requirements, addressing changes made to energy codes over the last three years in the residential construction market sector. This update does not impact LEED Midrise projects.

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Rick around the world: LEED highlights from Italy

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26 Sep 2014
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With a last name like Fedrizzi, it’s hard to claim that I’m not just a little biased when it comes my admiration for LEED buildings in Italy.  

Today I am honored to deliver the closing keynote speech for REbuild, a meeting and conference dedicated to furthering the important work of sustainable building, and the perfect way to end World Green Building Week

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People’s Climate March in New York reflects new environmentalism

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26 Sep 2014
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This time it was personal. Marching down Central Park West with my daughter and 300,000 other people passionate about the health of our planet, I felt at home, and in a way I was. 

Having been born in New York Hospital and raised in a neighborhood just across Central Park from where the march began, I had a sense of deja vu. Back in the late 60s and early 70s I had joined my Mom—and fellow members of her New York teachers union—in marches against the Vietnam War in Washington, D.C., and in New York.  

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