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School Security and our Built Environment

February 6, 2013
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Since the horrible and ghastly tragedy in Newtown, CT, schools across the nation are engaged in one of our country’s most important conversations – school safety and security. For the sake of our children (and I have two in school), it’s paramount that we get it right.

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HOK Team’s $50,000 Donation Brings U.S. Green Building Council’s Project Haiti Closer to Reality

February 6, 2013
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Firm’s Total Donation to Port-au-Prince Orphanage Project Tops $300,000

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Corinne Drobot, HOK
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corinne.drobot@hok.com

NEW YORK – The HOK team that designed the LEED-NC Platinum King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) campus in Thuwal, Saudi Arabia, earned a $50,000 internal award. Instead of dividing this money among the team, HOK Science + Technology Director Bill Odell, FAIA, and other project leaders set out to donate the $50,000 to a needy cause.

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A Summit to Explore the Building Blocks of Energy Performance: Data, Data, Data

February 6, 2013
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Finding ways to better share monthly aggregated energy data from utilities to building owners and operators is critical to understanding and improving building performance across our country. But it’s easier said than done, requiring cooperation among local industry stakeholders including building owners, utilities, governments and advocacy groups. On Jan. 24, a group of these stakeholders from across Minnesota gathered in Minneapolis to discuss ways to improve the flow of building data in the state.

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Project Haiti's Seeds of Hope

February 6, 2013
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What do a 5.5 million-square-foot research university in Saudi Arabia and a 6,000-square-foot orphanage in Haiti have in common? Inspired by sustainable architecture on two vastly different scales, their bond will soon help hundreds of children begin their journeys home.

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GSA On the Right Track with Green Buildings and LEED: Now’s Your Chance to Help Them Stay There

February 5, 2013
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Earlier today, GSA released a request for information (RFI), publicly lauding the value of green building rating systems like LEED and asking for additional input into important issues that could help GSA accelerate and improve its green building work. With the direction laid out in today’s RFI, it looks like GSA is on the right track to continue its success.

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New Partnership Set to Accelerate Study of Green Building, Human Health

February 4, 2013
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Our buildings usually keep us safe and comfortable, but sometimes their design and operation can also contribute to significant public health challenges, including obesity, asthma, physical inactivity and chronic disease. Dr. Matt Trowbridge thinks that thoughtful, evidence-based design can help make our built environment part of the solution, contributing to better public health outcomes. He calls this idea "green health."

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Public Health Gets a Place at the Design Table

February 4, 2013
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Imagine a world in which buildings and communities clearly and definitively help to prevent some of our most widespread illnesses, improve our mental health, and strengthen our overall wellbeing. We are now one step closer to this place after this week’s Summit on Green Buildings & Human Health, hosted by the US Green Building Council. If there’s one thing that I took away, it’s the enormous potential of public health professionals joining forces with the green building community to significantly improve human health and wellbeing.

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Green Gives Back in Georgia

February 1, 2013
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USGBC Emerging Professionals from the Georgia Chapter galvanized around the idea of “Green Gives Back” this year with a fundraiser to support the Project Haiti Orphanage and Children’s Center.

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Healthy Places are a Human Right

February 1, 2013
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On Wednesday, I walked into our boardroom at USGBC for our Green Building & Human Health Summit and I got goose bumps. Of the hundred or so folks in the room, many have been with us forever, long-time leaders in the green building movement and I’m always humbled when I’m in their company.

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