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USGBC North Carolina's Traci Rider receives grant to improve multifamily health

March 24, 2017
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USGBC North Carolina would like to congratulate member Traci Rider, PhD, on a recent grant award. 

On Februrary 13, 2017, Designlife at North Carolina State University ran an article by Monique Delage, "Rider Proposal for Community Health Research Receives Substantial Grant," about a proposal by Rider to assess and improve health in multifamily housing developments. The proposal has received a $250,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. 

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Get involved with USGBC New York Upstate in 2017

March 23, 2017
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Welcome to the USGBC New York Upstate community. After successfully integrating New York Upstate into the national organization, in 2016 the community delivered a number of programs, activities and initiatives in support of our mission: To transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated, enabling an environmentally and socially responsible, healthy and prosperous environment that improves the quality of life.

In 2017, we will focus on the three basic tenets of USGBC:

  • Advocacy: Advance green policies and practices to positively impact all New Yorkers. 
  • Education: Provide knowledge and expertise on cutting-edge, sustainability-based strategies.
  • Community: Be a leader in social equity initiatives to bring “green” benefits to all New Yorkers.

Our priorities this year include

  • Meeting with policymakers across the state.
  • Implementing the “ADVANCE” program to engage new, underserved and underrepresented segments of our community audiences with stewardship of land and resources, increased health and prosperity, and the need for justice and equality.
  • Increasing the number of active volunteers assisting in community programs and activities.
  • Increasing effective communication among our members.
  • Establishing partnerships with like-minded organizations for the benefit of all.
  • Facilitating 30 or more green schools events.
  • Providing 40 or more educational programs throughout the USGBC New York Upstate community.

There’s never been a better time to engage with USGBC, and if you are not already, I encourage you to get involved! 

To learn more or find out how you can get involved, contact Charlie Bertuch, co-chair of the community.

Learn more about USGBC New York Upstate

Market transformation through sustainable design [USGBC+ March/April 2017]

March 23, 2017
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The March/April 2017 issue of USGBC+ covers a range of current green building topics, from the new, sustainable parking garages to innovative urban design.

Take a look at three of our top stories from the issue:

  • Elevating EducationEducation @USGBC is giving green building professionals greater access to courses that expand their knowledge and maintain their LEED credentials.
  • Healthy Partnership: Green Health Partnership applies the market transformation principles of the green building movement to make health promotion standard.
  • Smart Park: Learn how parking garages are becoming the newest city parks.
  • Seamless Integration: Touting 27 acres of transit-oriented space, the Blairs Master Plan in downtown Silver Spring may be the future of sustainable urban design. Watch their video:

To receive 1 hour of GBCI CE credit, read the magazine online and then take the quiz in Education @USGBC. Learn more.

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3 courses on sustainability trends

March 23, 2017
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You want the best courses, and we've got them. Check out this month's selection of three courses to grow your LEED, green building and sustainability knowledge. 

In March, increase your knowledge of trends and frameworks emerging in the world of sustainability and the built environment through these education resources. These courses are ideal for anyone looking for credential maintenance hours, particularly LEED Green Associates who don’t work in a technical capacity.

Each course is available for individual purchase at $45. You can also access the courses through the Education @USGBC subscription.

Explore Education @USGBC

China Hits Milestone with More Than 1,000 LEED-Certified Projects

March 22, 2017
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China has reached an impressive level of LEED-certified buildings

Beijing, China—(March 22, 2017)—Today, USGBC announced that China has hit a major milestone and surpassed more than 1,000 LEED-certified projects.

“The exponential growth of LEED in the global marketplace and in China drastically helps mitigate climate change and positively affect the health and well-being of millions of people through our built environment,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO, USGBC and GBCI. “LEED and other green building programs such as 3-Star have created a path forward for market transformation while changing the way we think about how buildings, communities and cities are planned, constructed, maintained and operated.”

Click here to read the full press release

Best of Green Schools honorees cultivate environmental literacy through action

March 22, 2017
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The Green Schools Conference and Expo, which convened this week in Atlanta, Georgia, highlighted the intersection of sustainability, curriculum and programming, building design, facilities management, health and wellness and community service. During the conference, the Center for Green Schools at USGBC and the Green Schools National Network (GSNN) announced the recipients of the 2017 Best of Green Schools awards, which recognize individuals, institutions, projects and events that embody the most impactful efforts in school sustainability. 

As with learning habits, environmental and sustainability literacy should start young. Although many adults (an estimated 65 million in the U.S.) are actively engaged in environmental issues and practice environmentally friendly behaviors, one of the ideal places for learning how environmental systems work in and around daily life is the classroom. 

The past 10 years have seen an explosion of interest in connecting youth to nature, which has invigorated environmental education in preschools and other early learning centers and spurred a more organized push for legislative support for environmental education in K–12 programming, according to the National Environmental Education Foundation.

More and more K–12 educational institutions are increasing the momentum of the green schools movement through their curriculum, while at the same time reducing the environmental impacts of their facilities and improving the comfort and quality of the classroom through sustainable design and LEED certification. Currently, 9,434 education projects in the U.S. for grades K–12 and higher have either certified to LEED standards or are seeking certification.

We asked this year’s honorees to share what they believe is the optimal path to environmental and sustainability literacy:

  • "Fostering commitment to stewardship from an early age is achieved through education. As youth learn of the environmental challenges confronting our planet, they will be inspired to take responsible actions and become creative problem solvers for sustainability.” —Dr. Karla Utting, Former Executive Director, Dream in Green 

 

  • “The key is understanding and collaboration. With YouthCAN, we have the opportunity to work hands on with students and complete projects together, allowing them to both learn about climate change as an issue and see how they can make a difference, inspiring them to continue their work and expand their influence.” —Hannah Reed, Student, Boston Latin School YouthCAN Class of 2017

 

 

 

  • “If we want our students to understand how to work toward a sustainable future, they need to see sustainability in action, in the building where they spend the majority of their waking hours. This means teaching sustainability not just in the classroom, but in and with the school itself.” —Nik Kaestner, Director of Sustainability, San Francisco Unified School District

 

 

  • “In California, we have a supportive State Board of Education and State Superintendent of Public Instruction, legislation that calls for environmental principles and concepts to be part of standards-based instruction, adoption of new science standards where environmental content is prominent, a robust community of program providers, and a thriving Green Ribbon Schools program. This coherence across the entire system makes this ‘moment for the movement’ possible.” —Karen Cowe, CEO, Ten Strands and Project Director, California Environmental Literacy Steering Committee 

Read the press release to learn more about the winners

USGBC and the Green Schools National Network Announce the 2017 Best of Green Schools Honorees

March 22, 2017
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Recipients represent impressive environmental efforts in schools across the United States

Atlanta, GA—(March 22, 2017)—Today, the Center for Green Schools at USGBC, in collaboration with the Green Schools National Network (GSNN), announced the 2017 Best of Green Schools award recipients. The awards recognize 11 individuals, institutions, projects and events representing the best environmental efforts in schools across the country and highlight the national leaders and innovators in school sustainability for the year. The award honorees were announced at the Green Schools Conference and Expo taking place in Atlanta, Georgia, this week.

Click here to read the entire release

Take action to save Energy Star, WaterSense and Safer Choice

March 21, 2017
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After weeks of media reports and conjecture about the direction and funding for federal agencies, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released its plan for the proposed 2018 budget, which seeks to significantly alter the scope and direction of federal investments.

The administration’s proposed budget includes elimination of or deep cuts to vital programs that increase the U.S.’s global competitiveness, improve the efficiency of our businesses and protect public health. This includes cutting programs such as

USGBC is working with Congress to preserve vital funding for these and other programs, but we need your help in demonstrating broad and diverse support, starting with these key programs at EPA. Please add your company or organization’s name to our our letter to help ensure that the Energy Star, WaterSense and Safer Choice programs at EPA continue. In addition, you can contact your representative by phone to make your opposition known.

With your support, we can preserve funding for programs that help to transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated, enabling an environmentally and socially responsible, healthy and prosperous environment that improves quality of life.

Sign on to the letter

LEED Link: LEED in Motion reports

March 21, 2017
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USGBC's LEED in Motion reports share data on LEED certification in various industry sectors, as well as geographical locations. This series provides a holistic snapshot of the green building movement, equipping readers with the numbers and insight they need to build a strong case for sustainability.

LEED in Motion by industry

LEED in Motion by region

Browse the LEED in Motion reports on usgbc.org

Green Schools Catalyst Journal launches March 20

March 20, 2017
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On March 20, the Green Schools Catalyst Quarterly Journal launches. The new education journal is a publication of the Green Schools National Network (GSNN), with the support of several partner organizations.

Do you know where the green schools movement began? How far back should we look, and how deep are the roots? That’s where GSNN's journal, the Green Schools Catalyst Quarterly (GSCQ), starts the story in their very first issue. Authors from schools, school districts, nonprofits and academia give different perspectives on the origin of the effort to improve the environmental impact, health and wellness and student sustainability literacy in our nation’s schools.

The journal is the first peer-reviewed digital magazine dedicated to the advancement of green, healthy, sustainable K–12 schools. GSCQ highlights evidence-based practices; explores topics in depth, including qualitative and quantitative research; and presents columns that report on emergent issues.

Green Schools Conference and Expo attendees will be celebrating the journal’s launch at a party hosted by GSNN on the evening before the conference kicks off. The party features an auction to benefit both the journal and scholarships to next year’s conference, and a specialty “catalyst” cocktail is being served. The auction features mountain-themed excursions and equipment, getting ready for next year’s conference—location to be announced!

Visit the Green Schools National Network to learn more and download your free copy of the journal. GSCQ is also available to download from iTunes, Google Play and Amazon.

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