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Free Spanish-language webinar on green building policies and funding in Latin America

October 24, 2017
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USGBC will be hosting a Spanish-language webinar on Thurs., October 26 from 12–1 p.m. highlighting existing policies and funding opportunities for green building throughout Latin America.

Participants will learn about existing policies across Latin America that encourage green building and building energy efficiency, as well as funding opportunities from banks and multinational organizations. The webinar will also cover the steps government and the private sector can take to help accelerate their ambitious climate commitments with green, efficient construction.

Before the presentation on policies and funding opportunities, a snapshot of the green building market in Latin America will be provided. Afterward, you can take part in a question-and-answer session.

This webinar is being hosted as part of USGBC’s commitment as a partner to the Building Efficiency Accelerator, a public-private collaboration that turns global expertise into action to accelerate local government implementation of building efficiency policies and programs.

Register for the webinar

Congratulations to the 2017–2018 School District Scholars

October 24, 2017
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USGBC is excited to announce the recipients of the 2017–18 Green Schools Scholarship, a program run by the Center for Green Schools, which recognizes and supports school districts who are making measurable progress toward their sustainability goals.

The 2017–18 scholarship cohort includes five diverse school districts, representing over 230,000 students from across the country:

These districts have demonstrated their commitment to sustainability in many areas of their school systems. Some have developed district-level sustainability plans promoting green operations and environmental curriculum, and others are focused more on student education and engagement through district-wide, sustainability-themed learning initiatives. One common theme among all of this year’s scholars is their focus on reducing resource usage, particularly for energy and waste.

The School District Scholarship is valued at $20,000 and includes fully paid professional development opportunities at the Greenbuild Conference and Expo, the Green Schools Conference and Expo, and the School Sustainability Leaders' Summit. Scholars also benefit from ongoing coaching from experts in the field as well as their peers. Throughout the year, they can take advantage of their complimentary access to curriculum and training resources such as Learning Lab, the Green Classroom Professional Certificate, and a LEED coach.

Each school system we work with is dedicated to positively impacting the health and performance of the thousands of students, teachers and staff that it serves and blazing a trail for other districts to follow.

View resources from the Center for Green Schools

Hear from leaders in sustainability at the Greenbuild Master Series

October 24, 2017
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Greenbuild Boston will bring together an array of diverse industry leaders in the plenary sessions and in education programs on all aspects of green building and sustainability.

One of the special features of Greenbuild every year is the Master Series, in which you hear from many of these leaders—all of whom champion sustainability and green building in our world and inspire others to do the same.

In 2017, Greenbuild will feature three Master Series sessions:

Scot Horst

CEO of Arc Skoru Inc.
Wed., November 8 from 2–3 p.m.

In "Powering Performance: How Connecting Actions Is Accelerating Global Market Transformation," attendees will learn the role data is playing in market transformation and how Arc measures, monitors and benchmarks performance. In today’s world, data and technology help teams make informed decisions to drive continuous improvement in buildings, cities and communities. One year after the launch of Arc, CEO Scot Horst brings together market leaders from across commercial real estate, hospitality, health care, retail, schools and other sectors to tell their stories of how Arc is helping them use innovative strategies that improve performance and accelerate global market transformation.

Dr. John Warner

President, Chief Technology Officer, Board of Directors, Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry
Thurs., November 9 from 3–4 p.m.

In "Green Chemistry: Inventing Biomimicry Technologies in a Circular Economy," Warner introduces the principles of green chemistry and how it relates to our interdependent, cyclical natural systems. While there have been some examples of the circular economy deployed in industrial settings, the majority of industrial products and processes are disconnected and unsustainable. Creating most of these technological ecosystems will require applying green chemistry. Learn how organizations seeking a circular strategy benefit from integrating these principles with product design, manufacturing and supply chain management, and hear real-world commercialized examples from WBI that use them.

Stephanie Meeks

CEO, National Trust for Historic Preservation
Fri., November 10 from 9:30–10:30 a.m.

In "The Past and Future City: How Historic Preservation is Reviving America's Communities," Meeks provides a detailed look at the ways historic preservation can create thriving communities. Explore the impact of historic preservation in creating affordable housing and mitigating the displacement of existing communities. Learn about the inherent sustainability of older and historic buildings and the impact of preservation at scale on reducing carbon costs and addressing climate change. Meeks explains the critical importance of preservation for all our cities, the ways the field has evolved to embrace the challenges of the 21st century, and the innovative work being done in the preservation space now.

Explore the Master Series sessions

Changemaker Jackie Henke: A commitment to innovation

October 23, 2017
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In this episode of Changemakers, USGBC talks with Jackie Henke, Sustainability and Innovations Director of TD Bank and a LEED Fellow. A veteran volunteer, Henke has contributed her time and talents to USGBC for 12 consecutive years. In addition to being a LEED Fellow, she serves on the USGBC Program Working Group.

In her career, Henke has amassed extensive experience in sustainability, innovation, real estate and business. Prior to joining TD Bank, she was a senior project manager for Harvard University’s Allston Development Group, where she was charged with making “the greenest campus ever.” Henke was also a Vice President at Colliers International and Project Engineer at Turner Construction.

In the interview, Henke shares her journey as a changemaker, what it took to become a LEED Fellow, how TD Bank has has grown its real estate portfolio while shrinking overall emissions, the importance of collaboration and social media in the green building movement and much more.

Listen to the podcast.

Takeaways for changemakers

Learning something new is great, but it’s even better when you can do something concrete with it. We have introduced a new segment into our Changemakers podcast, called “The Takeaway,” that distills key points and provides ways to take action.

Things you can do right now:

  • Just getting started in your sustainability career? Take it to the next level with a LEED credential. If you’re a seasoned pro, find out what it takes to become a LEED Fellow.
  • Want to help build a better future? Check out all the different ways to get involved with USGBC at a local, regional, national, and international level.
  • Join us in Boston for the world's largest conference and expo dedicated to green building. Renowned speakers such as President Bill Clinton and astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson will take the stage, and you’ll have access to engaging sessions and invaluable networking opportunities.

Now we want to hear from you. What was your favorite part of today’s episode? What were your takeaways? Use #ChangemakersUSGBC to share your thoughts on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn. We’d love to know what you think.

Listen to the podcast

Green places to see in Boston during Greenbuild

October 23, 2017
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While you’re attending this year’s Greenbuild Boston, check out some of its many green attractions with USGBC's Green Going Out Guide:

Start your day with a coffee to go from the LEED-certified Starbucks at Rowes Wharf and enjoy a stroll along the marina.

Rowes Whart

Rowes Wharf

Afterward, take in some local history at one of Boston’s LEED-certified museums, such as the Children’s Museum or the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

Boston Children's Museum

Children's Museum

If you’re looking to enjoy some rural fall festivities, Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary is only a 30-minute drive west of the city and is home to a state-of-the-art building that showcases principles of green design. Tour the Farm Life Center and then hop on a hayride to enjoy some autumnal scenery.

Not interested in getting your shoes dirty? Head up to Assembly Square for some shopping in LEED-certified storefronts such as Nike and Converse.

For dinner, try Eataly Boston or EVOO, both LEED-certified and centrally located restaurants that accommodate a range of budgets.

For more Boston sites, check out the Greenbuild toursoffered on November 6, 10 and 11. From schools to seaports, these hands-on sessions cover an array of Boston’s most sustainable projects.

Check out our list of LEED-certified going out spots in Massachusetts from the guide:


Boston Convention Center
415 Summer Street

525 Washington Street

Boston Children’s Museum
308 Congress Street

Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary
208 S Great Road

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
25 Evans Way


NIKE Factory Store:Assembly Row
300 Artisan Way

Converse Factory Store: Assembly Row
390 Artisan Way

L.L. Bean
340 Legacy Place


EVOO Restaurant
350 Third Street

Eataly Boston
800 Boylston Street

Starbucks Rowes Wharf
30 Rowes Wharf

Boston Public Market
100 Hanover Street

Explore the Green Going Out Guide

Be part of the action at the Communities and Affordable Homes Summit

October 20, 2017
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The past two months have been marked by a series of devastating natural disasters across North America, from earthquakes in Mexico to wildfires in the Pacific Northwest to the four major hurricanes. As communities from the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico to the Gulf Coast and beyond look to rebuild, now is the time for meaningful and immediate actions from the USGBC community to ensure resilient, healthy, equitable green buildings for all.

At Greenbuild Boston, the Communities and Affordable Homes Summit is our call to action. The summit, which takes place on Tues., November 7, convenes multi-disciplinary leaders to tackle major issues facing communities in today's world. This year, we are turning up the heat on the summit with the launch of interactive, problem-solving training and even more evocative speakers.

Attendees will work in small groups to define USGBC's equity agenda focused on resilience, health, equitable development and new technologies and paradigms. The summit is a launch pad for a series of events hosted in local communities around the country to transform our five-year performance goals for 20 percent growth in service to vulnerable and front-line communities.

Two speakers will set the stage for the day's dialogue with the opening plenary: Boston's Chief Resilience Officer, Dr. S. Atiya Martin, CEM, and John Valverde, CEO of YouthBuild USA.

Dr. S. Atiya Martin and John Valverde at the Communities and Affordable Homes Summit

Dr. S. Atiya Martin and John Valverde

Following the plenary, the Communities and Affordable Homes Summit offers two session tracks: The educational track and the “User’s Conference.” The sessions in the educational track highlight successful case studies, discuss practical tools and illuminate best practices:

The User's Conference track brings participants together to create an action plan for the coming year in each of USGBC's regional communities. Participants will work with subject matter experts and USGBC community staff on a plan focused on one of four topics:

  1. Resilience: led by Alex Wilson, Founder of BuildingGreen and President of the Resilient Design Institute.
  2. Equitable Development: led by Carlton Eley, Senior Environmental Protection Specialist at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
  3. New Technologies and Paradigms: led by Trenton Allen, Managing Director and CEO at Sustainable Capital Advisors.
  4. Health: led by Vedette Gavin, Director of Research at the Conservative Law Foundation.

Outcomes for this track include a draft work plan for each region encompassing a regional issue summary, high-level goals, an action statement, identified partners, players and stakeholders and outcome and metric definitions. Select partners will convene for a final session to identify next steps and the outcomes and metrics relevant to showing success. Barriers to collecting performance data will be identified and prioritized to make high-performance practices more accessible and effective.

Be part of the action, and join USGBC members, partners, leaders and practitioners for this opportunity to connect and solve problems together. We also thank the American Chemical Council for their generous support of this event.

Register for Greenbuild to attend the Communities and Affordable Homes Summit

USGBC Releases LEED in Motion: Transportation Report

October 19, 2017
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New report, LEED in Motion: Transportation, highlights facilities that incorporate LEED and other sustainability practices

Washington, D.C.—(Oct. 19, 2017)—Today, USGBC released its LEED in Motion: Transportation report, which focuses on industry growth in the green building sector for transportation facilities such as airport terminal buildings, train stations, bus centers, seaports, light rail stations and control towers. The report also highlights some of the most impressive LEED-certified transportation facilities throughout the world.

Read the full press release

Green building milestones in India

October 19, 2017
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USGBC and GBCI are delighted that LEED has played such a significant role in helping India’s leaders realize important benchmarks in green building. With the backing and support of visionary companies, Indian business leadership is also committing to greening every aspect of its ongoing developments—from commercial offices and industrial centers to high-rise residential communities to the retail, recreation and transportation structures that support them.

Through hard work, sound investment and dedication to the sustainability of our planet, India has realized some tremendous milestones using LEED.

Now, as we move closer to the November 2 opening of the inaugural Greenbuild India, we spotlight 10 of those breakthrough events for you:

  1. May 2014: India is named the third largest market for LEED outside the U.S.
  2. October 2014: Pathways School Gurgaon becomes first LEED Platinum K–12 Existing Buildings school in the world.
  3. December 2014: 833 million square feet of building space in India is LEED.
  4. November 2015: Vana becomes the first LEED Platinum retreat in India.
  5. April 2016: GBCI Incorporates in India.
  6. May 2016: ITC Sankya Data Center becomes India's first LEED v4 Platinum building.
  7. June 2016: Tata Housing commits to bringing 20 million square feet of LEED- and WELL-certified green homes to India.
  8. July 2016: USGBC launches LEED Lab in India.
  9. October 2016: Surat, India, rated best In LEED Smart City Challenge.
  10. February 2017: First LEED certification for transit worldwide launched and DMRC the first metro system to pursue.

Though these are just 10 of India’s many milestones, they represent important green building events for an ascendant country that is moving rapidly to address critical social and environmental challenges. If you would like to learn more about the people and projects that are helping India to sustainably meet its present and future development needs, please join us in Mumbai for Greenbuild India. From November 2 to 5, see how India's green building industry and the LEED rating system are aligning to build a more sustainable future for all.

Register for Greenbuild India

2018 Greenbuild Education Committees call for expressions of interest

October 19, 2017
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USGBC is currently seeking professionals who are passionate, inventive and knowledgeable in the design, construction and operations of sustainable buildings and communities to serve on the Greenbuild 2018 Education Events Committee, Program Working Group and Special Programs Working Group. Greenbuild 2018 will take place in Chicago from November 14–16, 2018.

Applications are due by Mon., November 20 at 5 p.m. EST.

Interested in being a part of Greenbuild? There are numerous committees and working groups that you can join:

There's never been a better time to get involved—submit your self-nomination and expand upon your professional background. All committee terms begin in January 2018. Please email us with any questions.

Apply for a Greenbuild Education Committee or Working Group

A guide to advocacy and policy at Greenbuild

October 19, 2017
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All year, the advocacy and policy staff at USGBC work hard to advance the legislation that can make a greener, more resilient world a reality. From local initiatives to federal policies to international accords, USGBC's national advocacy team and local leaders make their voices heard and get things done.

In 2017, Boston hosts Greenbuild. The state of Massachusetts leads by example, certifying more than 24 million square feet to LEED standards in 2016 alone. At the event, you can find out more about the advocacy work in Massachusetts that helped the state become number one.

It's not just Massachusetts; all around the country, USGBC communities have been achieving victories in sustainability. Here are just a few of their recent achievements around the U.S.:

Education and events at Greenbuild

The advocacy team has curated a list of sessions and events at Greenbuild: the Advocates' Guide to Greenbuild. Learn more about strategies for effective advocacy and policymaking in green building, resiliency and equity. Here is a sampling of the sessions you can attend:

  • Advocacy in Massachusetts: Why, How, What: Wed., November 8, 2–3 p.m. This panel discussion explores why advocating for sustainability and resiliency is important, how you can get involved and what past and current advocacy efforts have been like in Massachusetts.
  • WaterBuild Opening Session: Tues., Nov 7, 9–10 a.m. Learn how various communities are using resilient water management to adapting to a changing climate and how to weave together investment, policy and funding in water infrastructure.
  • Green Codes Breakfast Summit: Wed., Nov 8, 7–9 a.m. Join representatives from the organizations working to scale up green codes, hear updates on upcoming connections in LEED to the IgCC and learn about new tools that help simplify the search for green products.
  • How You Can Be an Effective Advocate: Wed., November 8, 4–6 p.m. This panel discussion focuses on real opportunities to create change, including specific positive measures that support local communities and how to build or augment existing local action groups.
  • Government Connect and Learn: Sustaining Leadership: Thurs., November 9, 11:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m. The session will feature a look at progress in federal, state and local public buildings' energy and sustainability achievements.

Download the Advocates' Guide to Greenbuild


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