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USGBC Staff Ramp Up for Green Apple Day of Service

May 17, 2012

Every month, USGBC hosts an “internal showcase” at the DC headquarters – a chance for staff to learn more about a project, idea or initiative that crosses all departments. Posters and other visuals are created to illustrate the showcase theme and applicable staff are on hand to discuss the concepts with their colleagues. Occasionally, trivia and other games are played to get staff more engaged with the event.

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Demand for Green Buildings Exceeds Workforce Supply

May 17, 2012

This morning, McGraw-Hill Construction (MHC) released its latest SmartMarket Report, “Construction Industry Workforce Shortages: Role of Certification, Training and Green Jobs in Filling the Gaps.” The report, sponsored by the U.S. Green Building Council and the American Institute of Architects with support from other contributing partners, finds that 69 percent of architect, engineer and contractor professionals expect there to be a shortage of skilled labor in the next three years.

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Parenting’s 2012 Mom Congress Provides Green School Inspiration

May 16, 2012

Even though by my assessment I was the only non-parent to take the stage at Parenting Magazine’s 2012 Mom Congress Conference, mom delegates from every state in the country welcomed me into their fold with open arms. It was incredibly energizing to meet so many moms who are singularly focused on helping their children succeed at any cost. I met one mother who has to fill out 19 applications a year to be able to send her children to higher performing schools on the other side of the city.

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If Betty White Were a Green Building...

May 15, 2012
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Photo by Alan Light

Perhaps you've heard the idea that "the greenest building is the one already built." Our friends in the historic preservation movement use this phrase to argue that tearing down an existing building and starting from scratch wastes a lot of materials and energy.

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Common Ground on Green Schools

May 15, 2012

Earlier this year, USGBC launched seven new advocacy campaigns designed to highlight our organization’s public policy priorities. And local advocates sure have responded. Most recently, USGBC South Carolina hosted a day-long summit inspired by USGBC’s Common Ground on Green Schools Campaign which brought together Palmetto state educators, government officials and legislators to discuss ways to put every South Carolinian child in a green school within a generation.

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A Toast to LEED: Volume Program Brings Industry Leaders Together

May 11, 2012
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USGBC's Rick Fedrizzi and Scot Horst raise a toast to LEED Volume participants
What happens when Kohl’s Department Stores, Wells Fargo, and Subway Restaurants walk in to a room? At the USGBC offices, it means a great conversation on green building is about to ensue – among some of the foremost business leaders in sustainability. Last month, we were thrilled to welcome participants in our LEED Volume Program to USGBC’s Washington, DC headquarters for full-day orientation seminars to kick-off their journey in scaling up with LEED.

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