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The Scoundrel's Handbook

July 12, 2012
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The Scoundrel's Handbook on Huff Post Green

It was Samuel Johnson who said that patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel. He talked a lot about false patriots, those who "appeal to the rabble, circulate pointless petitions, and who allow their passions to confound the distinctions between right and wrong." He never said if he had anyone particular in mind, but I sure do. A lot of people in Washington, D.C. have become quite adept in using the Scoundrel's Handbook to advance their narrow view of the world.

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About USGBC

July 11, 2012
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The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is committed to a prosperous, healthy and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. USGBC works toward its mission of market transformation through its LEED green building certification program, robust educational offerings, a nationwide network of chapters and affiliates, the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities.

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Healthy, Sustainable Interior Design: A Conversation with ASID

July 11, 2012
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USGBC's green office digs in Washington, DC

We're surrounded by interior design.

Take a look around you: For those of you reading this blog from your office, coffee shop down the street, or living room at home, everything from your overhead lighting to flooring represents a design decision. Given that we spend upwards of 90 percent of our time indoors, these decisions matter - and can have profound effects on our health and the environment.

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School Sustainability Leaders Summit: Days Two & Three

July 3, 2012
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Note: This blog was originally posted on the Verdis Group blog.

I’m on the plane headed home from D.C. after a torrid and invigorating few days at the USGBC’s School Sustainability Leaders Summit. My mind is simultaneously racing and completely at ease. Yes, I know that sounds a little impossible. Let me explain.

Mind Status: Racing
Why: Opportunity Overload?

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All I Ever Needed to Know About Bike Safety I Learned in Germany

July 2, 2012
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Guttentag!

Five years ago, in preparation to lead USGBC’s green school efforts, I spent three months working alongside a wonderful born and educated German, Anja Caldwell, who at the time was the green building program manager for Montgomery County Public Schools. In this field, Anja was a pioneer and visionary, and she never missed an opportunity to remind me that all she really needed to know she learned in Germany.

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Green Building Facts

July 1, 2012
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Ashley Katz
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MARKET IMPACT

By 2015, an estimated 40-48% of new nonresidential construction by value will be green, equating to a $120-145 billion opportunity1

U.S. respondents to a 2012 international survey projected that 58% of their building activities in 2015 would be green2

More than 2.8 billion square feet of building space are LEED-certified (as of January 1, 2014)

41% of all nonresidential building starts in 2012 were green, as compared to 2% of all nonresidential building starts in 2005.3

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A Story of Stone Soup

June 29, 2012

Let me tell you a story of stone soup. You know, the fable where a drifter shows up with a stone and a pot, fills it with water just outside of town, then sighs and remarks that the soup would be so much better with carrots. A townsperson is gleeful that they have carrots and they go get them and add them to the soup. “Sigh, this would be so much better with some meat”…enter another townsperson, eager to contribute. My husband thinks this is a scam – the guy shows up with nothing and cons meat and veggies out of the townspeople.

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Occupant Empowerment: Creating a Culture of Sustainability with LEED

June 29, 2012
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Less power, more occupant empowerment. Photo credit: Public Domain Photos

I hear people say it all the time: “Buildings don’t use energy, people do.” So then I ask myself: Why has the idea of engaging with building occupants fallen by the wayside?...Despite the fact that it’s one of the most cost-effective ways to minimize energy consumption and save money? I wish I could provide a simple answer to that question, but the reality is that influencing occupants to modify their behavior to meet the sustainability goals of a building and/or an organization is far from straightforward.

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What Will You Do @ Greenbuild 2012?

June 28, 2012
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In 2004 I joined the U.S. Green Building Council and attended my first Greenbuild in Portland. Nine years later, I’m excited to return to the West Coast for Greenbuild 2012, being held in San Francisco from November 14-16.

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