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Greenbuild and Friends: Our Bioregional Partners

September 14, 2012
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The forward-thinking attitudes that thrive here in the Bay Area are alive and well in the non-profit sector, and we boast some of the most active green building organizations in the world. A few dozen of them are actively partnering with Greenbuild this year to create a richer and more exciting event. Each year, these "bioregional partners" mirror the green building and sustainability culture of Greenbuild's host cities, and San Francisco's partner group is no different.

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Session Spotlight: Connecting the Cloud, Data Centers and Your Footprint

September 12, 2012
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How green are clouds?

The answer to that question has been as difficult to pin down as the origin of cyberspace itself. That is, until now! As reliance on cloud computing services continues to grow, the once intangible concept has manifested as data centers - physical storage facilities for our virtual information. Today, we know that a cloud is only as "green" as its data center, but efforts to quantify the physical impact of our virtual actions has revealed that our understanding of the operations and efficiency of these centers is cloudy at best (pun intended).

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Federal Buildings Leading By Example

September 11, 2012
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Source: Serge Melki, via Flickr

I’m thinking of a Federal building. It is the third oldest federal building in our Nation’s capital. It houses the Federal department in charge of promoting economic growth. And, thanks to a green retrofit, it saves American taxpayers $3.5 million every year.

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A Long-Overdue Conversation on Green Building and the Codes

September 10, 2012
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Source: Highways Agency via Flickr

The 2011 Green Building Market Activity Report begins with this statement: “Green building is here to stay.”

It’s certainly been a busy year – or should I say three, or even five? Following the growth trends of a green building economy that has far outpaced an otherwise down economy, the building community has been hard at work to develop draft regulations – or model codes – that can help to translate green building ideas into tomorrow’s minimum expectations.

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USGBC Chapters Lead Sustainability Initiatives in Convention Cities

September 7, 2012
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USGBC's Charlotte Region Chapter worked with partners to build "Legacy House"
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USGBC's Florida Gulf Coast chapter at Tampa's events
USGBC's Florida Gulf Coast chapter at Tampa's events, with Senator Latvala

As host cities for the Republican and Democratic National Conventions, Tampa, Fla. and Charlotte, N.C. were gathering spots for the nation’s political elite – both being a mecca for U.S. policy-makers. For USGBC chapters in these areas, this was a prime opportunity to educate and engage policy-makers on sustainability initiatives.

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Friday Roundup: LEED at National Zoo, Sustainable Building and Soufflés

September 7, 2012
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Photo credit: Smithsonian National Zoological Park
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This week’s green building articles went far beyond bricks and mortar: The sea lion in our header image should be ample indication. Check out our sampling of sustainability reads, videos and photos below.

Did we miss anything? Share your favorite links from the week in the comments.

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