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Green Homes Continue to Grow Across the U.S

June 13, 2012

LEED for Homes surpasses 20,000 certified home milestone

Washington, DC – (June 13, 2012) – The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) today announced that more than 20,000 homes across the U.S. have earned certification through the LEED for Homes program. LEED for Homes is a national voluntary certification system that provides guidance and verification that homes are designed and built to be energy- and resource-efficient and healthy for occupants.

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Is a Sustainable City a Just City?

June 12, 2012
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Rocinha Favela, the largest favela in Rio de Janiero. Photo credit: David Berkow

In order to accommodate the expected increase in urban population of two billion people by 2030, we would need 200 new cities with populations of 10 million people—think 200 cities larger than Paris! Obviously the sustainable planning and construction of these cities is crucial to avoiding exponential increases in future emissions; however, accommodating two billion additional people will have wider implications than just on the environment. We need to address the livelihoods of the urban migrants themselves.

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Rachel Gutter Named World Green Building Council Chairman’s Award Winner

June 12, 2012

Rachel Gutter, the director of the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council, received the World Green Building Council Chairman’s Award this week at the WorldGBC Congress in Stuttgart, Germany. Rachel was honored for her leadership at the forefront of the green schools movement, and working to make healthy, energy-efficient schools accessible to everyone across the globe. 

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President Clinton Announces the Launch of California’s Best Buildings Challenge at 2012 Clinton Global Initiative America

June 9, 2012
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President Clinton announced the Challenge at yesterday's CGI America conference

Add six companies…five million square feet of collective real estate…and one challenge. Stir.

What do you get?

A recipe for something remarkable – not just better buildings, but best buildings. In other words, California’s Best Buildings Challenge.

Yesterday, six major leading companies – Adobe, Genentech, Google, Prudential Real Estate Investors, SAP and Zynga – stepped up to the Challenge, a commitment to achieve not just a 20 percent reduction in energy but also in water and waste.

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Fostering a Generation of Sustainability Natives

June 7, 2012

At the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council, we are fostering a generation of “sustainability natives” - children and adults who act to benefit the earth without needing to be asked - who will help us reach our vision of healthy, high-performing schools and campuses for all students within this generation.

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Q & A with Gina Duncan, Executive Director of Fondation Enfant Jesus

June 6, 2012
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FEJ school children being taught how to properly  brush their teeth and learning

Fondation Enfant Jesus (FEJ) is the non-profit organization that will own and run USGBC’s Project Haiti Orphanage & Children’s Center. Project Haiti is being rebuilt in the earthquake-stricken Port-au-Prince’s Delmas 41 neighborhood and its impact will go far beyond the walls of the building. The LEED Platinum facility will educate the Haitian people on how to rebuild back better and will provide a safe place for those who need it most.

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Announcing the 2012-2013 Community Green Chairs

June 5, 2012

Congratulations to the five selected leaders who will work with USGBC National and the Center for Green Schools to launch and grow its newest program, Community Green. Community Green is USGBC’s commitment to supporting community colleges in educating the next generation of green building professionals who can lead and drive strong local sustainable economies. These five Chairs will work regionally to engage community colleges in the USGBC network, and support them in bringing green building education and activities to their campuses and communities.

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