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New on USGBC.org: Using the LEED Language Glossary

October 5, 2012
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When it comes to language in technical material like the LEED rating system, users from novice to expert may find themselves asking the question, “What exactly are they talking about?” Words you use in everyday conversation may appear in places where their contextual meaning isn’t exactly clear.

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Are electric cars bad for the environment?

October 5, 2012

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The Guardian
The Nissan Leaf electric car. Photograph: Simon Stuart-Miller for the Guardian

9.40am: A study by engineers based at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology has questioned some common assumptions about the environmental credentials of electric cars.

Published this week in the Journal of Industrial Ecology, the "comparative environmental life cycle assessment of conventional and electric vehicles" begins by stating that "it is important to address concerns of problem-shifting". By this, the authors mean that by solving one problem, do electric cars create another? And, if so, does this environmental harm then outweigh any advantages?

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Can a Number Spark a Retrofit Revolution?

October 4, 2012
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"If numbers are purely objects of human thought, then why do they correspond so strikingly to the physical universe?"

  • Calvin Clawson in The Beauty and Magic of Numbers

Right now 3591 is my favorite number. I know, I know - it’s not even a prime number. It doesn’t spell anything turned upside down or backwards. And, well, we all know it’s not pi. It’s not even some special number from that show Numb3rs.

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About LEED v4

October 3, 2012
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We use LEED as our instrument of collective expression in the world for people who are doing something to improve the planet through the built environment. LEED is an instrument of common expression; that’s a beautiful thing.”
Scot Horst, Senior Vice President, LEED, U.S. Green Building Council

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New on USGBC.org: LEED Credit Library

October 3, 2012
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You know the problem – you want to know about a LEED credit, so you search through the USGBC website and dig up a PDF of the rating system. After scrolling through you find the credit you’re looking for and go to work. But wait – does this credit have addenda changes? What version is this? Where’s the LEED Online form? Isn’t there a guidance document? What do the reviewer tips say? And where’s that reference guide I bought? More digging, more searching, and who knows if you got it all?

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Community Support Leads to Green Apple Week in India

October 3, 2012
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CHF International, a humanitarian relief and development organization, has been working with slum communities in India since 2003. With support from the Caterpillar Foundation and in partnership with the Centre for Social Action (CSA) of Christ University, CHF is improving waste collection and management in the slums of Bangalore and raising the dignity of the waste recyclers, who had been working informally and were often targeted by police as thieves.

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White House Energy Datapalooza Inspiring, Successful

October 3, 2012
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On Monday, Oct. 1, the Obama Administration convened a successful data “nerd-fest” they described as an Energy Datapalooza.

Entrepreneurs, thought leaders, policy makers, and other stakeholders gathered in the Old Executive Office Building to talk about building energy information and opportunities to create value and drive market transformation at scale.

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Translating Ideas in to Action: Fifth Public Comment for LEED v4 Launches

October 2, 2012
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Friends,

A colleague recently remarked, “In the last ten years, who has changed the most? Look at textiles, automobiles – none has changed as much as the building industry! You can see the influence of LEED in every major market in the world.” I couldn’t agree with her more.

Documents that reflect a shared vision have sometimes changed the course of history. Usually the document with the greatest impact was influenced by many individuals, from drafters of initial texts to translators and interpreters of national constitutions.

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