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Assist with GBCI test development as a subject matter expert

April 26, 2017
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GBCI is recruiting volunteer subject matter experts to assist with the annual exam update activities of the following credentials: 

  • LEED Green Associate
  • LEED AP BD+C
  • LEED AP Homes
  • LEED AP ID+C
  • LEED AP ND
  • LEED AP O+M
  • WELL AP

Examples of subject matter expert test development activities include

  • Problem item notification: reviewing flagged questions based on performance statistics.
  • Writing new test questions.
  • Reviewing accuracy and validity of test questions.
  • Form review: reviewing a collection of questions slated to appear on the exam to ensure there is no overlap between questions.

Time commitment

Meetings are held remotely via WebEx and last approximately one to three hours, depending on the type of test development activity. Question writing will require spending additional personal hours to draft new test questions, using a secure online system.

Qualifications

Subject matter experts must

  • Be a credential holder in the specific credentialing program in which they are volunteering to assist.
  • Be able and willing to follow guidelines and be trained in exam development techniques.
  • Be knowledgeable on the appropriate rating system or standard content, including, but not limited to, the exam references.
  • Be unassociated with any test preparatory development and/or delivery.
  • Sign the GBCI Volunteer Code of Professional Conduct.

As a subject matter expert, you will gain beneficial experience exercising your knowledge of the LEED rating system or WELL Building Standard while earning rating system-specific continuing education (CE) credits. You will also have the opportunity to network with your peers around the world.

Interested? Please fill out the application. The deadline for submissions is June 2, 2017.

Fill out the application form

USGBC Nevada announces the winners of the GREENFest Awards

April 25, 2017
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Winners of the 2017 GREENFest Awards represent the best and brightest of Nevada’s green building and sustainability movement. 

USGBC Nevada and Green Alliance are rolling out the green carpet for the GREENFest Awards Gala on April 28, 2017. In celebration of Earth Day, we are pleased to honor local leaders who are inspiring immense progress for Nevada, illuminating the best in green building, community engagement and service.

Project teams, buildings, companies, organizations and individuals who have demonstrated leadership for a greener Nevada are being recognized in the following categories:

2017 GREENFest Award Winners

GREENFest's Rob Dorinson Environmental Hero Award

Ciara Byrne and Kim MacQuarrie, co-founders of Green Our Planet. These environmental heroes demonstrate dedication, cunning and an unflinching love of the environment. By providing fundraising and programmatic support for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), as well as nutrition and conservation education, Ciara and Kim’s work is bringing a new level of awareness and change to Nevada’s schools and to communities across the state. 

Community Green Building Legacy Award

Cashman Equipment Headquarters. The Community Green Building Legacy Award is for any building constructed, renovated or operated within the past 10 years that was innovative in sustainable practices and pushed the envelope of sustainability in design and development.

Cashman Equipment achieved LEED Gold certification through a whole-building approach to sustainability. Due to these efforts, the company saw a 32 percent overall reduction in energy use, a 43 percent reduction in water use and 97 percent of construction waste diverted from landfills. More than just a green building, Cashman Equipment Co. has been a longtime supporter of sustainable development across Nevada. 

Community Leader in Green Schools

Las Vegas Academy for the Arts. The Community Leader in Green Schools award is for a K–12 school that demonstrates sustainable leadership in facility operations, student well-being and community involvement. The growing garden at Las Vegas Academy for the Arts has become a robust teaching tool for environmental education, and a gathering point for neighbors, partners and old downtown Las Vegas.

Photo: Las Vegas Academy for the Arts, courtesy of Greg Klund.

Community Volunteer Leadership

Vinny Spotleson. This award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding commitments through their personal time and energy, community connections or other support. Vinny Spotleson is a longtime champion of green building in Nevada and an early member of both USGBC Nevada and Green Alliance.

Transformers Award

Zion Community Garden, Conservation District of Southern Nevada. This award honors those who have committed to being a changemaker for sustainability in their community. Through tireless work, Zion Community Garden team has seen measurable results by bringing together partners from across southern Nevada, supporting local foods, civic engagement and community sustainability.

Lifetime Achievement Award

Pat Mulroy. Pat Mulroy served as the general manager of the Southern Nevada Water Authority from 1993 until her retirement in February 2014, and as the general manager of the Las Vegas Valley Water District from 1989 until her retirement. 

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LEED Link: Top 10 States and Countries of 2016

April 25, 2017
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Every year, USGBC does a rundown of the top 10 countries (besides the United States) and the top 10 U.S. states leading the way in LEED-certified buildings. It's our way of highlighting the progress these places are making in sustainable building design, construction and transformation.

The infographics that accompany these updates illustrate the the gross square footage (GSF) of LEED-certified space in each locality and the total number of projects certified.

In addition, the states version includes the total population for each state, since we calculate the states' rankings based on GSF of certified space per capita. The Top 10 States rankings include only the calendar year of 2016, whereas the Top 10 Countries are cumulative.

If you missed our articles the first time, now's your chance to check them out:

These states and nations are demonstrating the exponential growth of LEED and affirm our shared commitment to a healthy and sustainable built environment for all.

View the Top 10 States infographic

How to manage your LEED credential on usgbc.org [video]

April 24, 2017
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Not sure how many continuing education hours you've earned? Can't remember your GBCI number? Don't panic! You can manage your LEED professional credential on usgbc.org.

It's easy: Just visit the account section of usgbc.org to log in to your credentials account. Here, you can track continuing education hours, view your exam history and even register for an exam. You can also find courses to help you maintain that credential you worked hard to earn. Visit the credentials section of your usgbc.org account today. 

View the credentials section

LEED helps schools achieve better health and learning for students

April 24, 2017
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Where we learn matters. Globally, one in eight individuals sets foot in a school every day. School buildings have an enormous impact on people and the environment. School facilities also directly affect student learning, student and staff health and school finances. Well-designed facilities are proven to have dramatic effects on measurable academic outcomes, as well as health indicators among faculty and students alike.

LEED is the world’s premier green building certification system and is applicable to all buildings at all phases of development (design, construction, operations and maintenance). The LEED certification process is designed to inspire project teams to seek innovative solutions that are better for our environment and our communities.

The Center for Green Schools at USGBC believes that everyone, from the kindergartener entering the classroom to the PhD student researching in a lab, should have the opportunity to attend schools that sustain the world they live in, enhance their health and well-being and prepare them for 21st century careers. The Center assists schools and school districts who want to help students succeed while supporting student health and the health of the planet.

Download our schools info sheet to learn more about LEED certification for schools.

Download the info sheet

LEED professionals at a glance: April 2017

April 24, 2017
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LEED professionals distinguish themselves in the green building marketplace by earning one of six LEED professional credentials. Credential holders are recognized as leaders in the field, and they contribute expertise to various industries and projects. Are you one of them?

Don't have a credential yet? Learn more about how to become a LEED professional.

Hover over the charts below for a dynamic experience.

Become a sponsor of the 30x30 Nature Challenge (USGBC Wisconsin)

April 21, 2017
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Looking for a sponsorship opportunity supporting a fun, unique program that reaches a diverse audience? Become a sponsor of the 2017 30x30 Nature Challenge with USGBC Wisconsin.

What is the 30x30 Nature Challenge?

The goal of the challenge is to create greater understanding of human interaction with nature and the built environment. Traditionally, people have pushed nature aside, covered it up and dominated it, rather than enhancing the connection to the valuable ecosystem services nature provides. We are now learning that an increased disconnection from nature has been negatively affecting the health, economic stability and well-being of our communities.

Our solution is simple. For the second year, we are targeting all Iowa residents and beyond by issuing a challenge to put their well-being first. As participants in the 2017 30x30 Nature Challenge, all they have to do is pledge to make time to disconnect from everyday stressors and ignite their connection to nature by starting small—only 30 minutes in nature each day for 30 days in June.

After the 30 days, we hope, each participant will have personally discovered that nature can relieve stress, increase memory performance and creativity and improve attention span. It can even be beneficial for workplace relations and collaboration efforts.

Why become a sponsor?

Sponsoring the 30x30 Nature Challenge in Iowa provides you with the unique opportunity to connect with a wide audience throughout the state, build brand awareness and show your company’s support of an important cause: improved human health and wellness through sustainable and resilient building practices.

There are multiple ways people and organizations can engage with 30x30, and we provide a robust set of tools, guides and tips to help them succeed. USGBC Iowa hosts events to both kick off and close out the challenge, and we invite event partners to host programs throughout June.

To do this, we need support from organizations like yours. Take the opportunity to show your commitment to a healthy, vibrant built environment, and gain exposure to the USGBC Iowa audience and the wider USGBC community through strategic brand placement. Sponsorship provides your organization a feature spot as part of a high-visibility initiative, as well as a new way to engage clients and employees. 

View the sponsorship package

Meet the volunteers of USGBC National Capital Region

April 21, 2017
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Volunteers are the heart of USGBC National Capital Region. They play a central role in advancing the mission of USGBC in the Washington, D.C., metro area. Our volunteer committees and task forces plan our educational and fundraising events, help us reach new audiences and new members and do the heavy lifting on community service days.

For National Volunteer Week, we’d like to take a moment to acknowledge and thank the volunteers who are currently serving on USGBC National Capital Region committees and task forces. Thanks to them, we recently hosted a successful Green Tie Affair fundraiser and our fourth annual Montgomery County Energy Summit.

In the coming months, we will be hosting:

  • An educational series on greening existing buildings
  • Our annual Women in Green Power Breakfast
  • An educational series focusing on commercial interiors
  • A tour of a net-zero school
  • A series of professional development and social events for Emerging Professionals
  • Our annual Midsummer Night’s Green fundraiser and Awards of Excellence reception
  • A volunteer day to help green the facility of a local shelter and nonprofit for women who are homeless

You can get more information on these initiatives, and on upcoming volunteer opportunities, by signing up for our e-newsletter.

Thank you to the volunteers below for dedicating their time and talents to our local community. Their hard work and commitment makes the D.C. metro area a greener, healthier and more equitable place in which we can live, learn, work and play.

USGBC National Capital Region Market Leadership Advisory Board

  • Lida Lewis, HKS Architects (co-chair)
  • Marissa Mitzner, Healthy Buildings (vice chair)
  • Adam Sledd, IMT
  • Angi Rivera, Greenshape LLC
  • Beth Giltner, rand* construction
  • Christopher Davis, CBRE
  • Derek Gallardo, GHT Limited
  • Jim Landau, MetLife
  • Kenley Farmer, D.C. Department of Energy and the Environment
  • Lindsey Shaw, Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection
  • Tom Mitchell, Ernest Maier Block & Brick

Commercial Interiors Education Task Force

  • Emily Macht, HKS (co-chair)
  • Eric West, West Lane Schager (co-chair)
  • Derek Gallardo, GHT Limited (board liaison)
  • Brynn Kurtzman, Gensler
  • David Kay, Perkins + Will
  • Nan Schramm, RSG Architects
  • Emily Low, Gensler

Emerging Professionals Professional Development Task Force

  • Eric Tilden, NAHB (co-chair)
  • Sarah Saxon, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger (co-chair)
  • Adam Sledd, IMT (board liaison)
  • Laura Swartz, USGBC
  • Pia Engel, Paladino and Company
  • Sisay Filate, PEG
  • Sithara Rasheed, USGBC

Emerging Professionals Social Event Host Committee

  • Grace Zammitti, Whiting-Turner Construction Company (co-chair)
  • Liz Resenic, Gensler (co-chair)
  • Adam Sledd, IMT (board liaison)
  • Eric Tilden, NAHB
  • Jake Rose, USGBC
  • Spencer Schecht, DCSEU
  • Ursula Fox-Koor, USGBC
  • William Chin, GBCI

Existing Buildings Education Task Force

  • Julia Craighill, Ensight Consulting (co-chair)
  • Smita Chandra Thomas, Energy Shrink, LLC (co-chair)
  • Christopher Davis, CBRE (board liaison)
  • Anne Crawley, RSN Consulting
  • David Ellis, Green MEP Engineering PLLC
  • Nick Firmand, GBCI
  • Russell Cramer, Cramer Energy Analysis
  • Siddarth Jeripotula, Loring Consulting Engineers
  • Srinivasa Reddi Vanga, Michael Baker International
  • Stephen Meador, CDR/NOAA (ret)

A Midsummer Night’s Green Host Committee

  • Guiliana Kunkel, The Tower Companies (co-chair)
  • Susan Dawson, GHT Limited (co-chair)
  • Lida Lewis, HKS Architects (board co-liaison)
  • Marissa Mitzner, Healthy Buildings (board co-liaison)
  • Amelia Hawke
  • Diana Dakik
  • Jason O’Neil, Johnson Controls
  • Spencer Schecht, DCSEU

Montgomery County Branch Committee 

  • Dan Coffey, Therrien Waddell (chair) 
  • Lindsey Shaw, Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection (board liaison) 
  • Alok Kumar, NIKA 
  • Angi Rivera, Greenshape LLC 
  • Bala Srini, DVA Architects 
  • Cindy Quiroz, IMPACT 
  • Erica Shingara, City of Rockville 
  • Jessica Long, The JBG Companies 
  • Karen Anderson 
  • Larissa Johnson, Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection 
  • Michelle Vigen, Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection 
  • Molly Medlin 
  • Priya Rao, DVA Architects 
  • Srinivasa Reddi Vanga, Michael Baker 
  • Steve Beatrice, Boland Trane

Women in Green Breakfast Host Committee

  • Anica Landreneau, HOK (co-chair)
  • Laura Morder, GHT Limited (co-chair)
  • Beth Giltner, rand* construction (board liaison) 
  • Alex Holcomb, Whiting-Turner
  • Gretchen Maia, 1200 Architectural Engineers
  • Kelly Hector, DPR Construction
  • Nicole Hoch
  • Randy Davis, Streetsense
  • Sarah Aarons, Arup

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Become a sponsor of the 30x30 Nature Challenge (USGBC Iowa)

April 21, 2017
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Looking for a sponsorship opportunity supporting a fun, unique program that reaches a diverse audience? Become a sponsor of the 2017 30x30 Nature Challenge with USGBC Iowa.

What is the 30x30 Nature Challenge?

The goal of the challenge is to create greater understanding of human interaction with nature and the built environment. Traditionally, people have pushed nature aside, covered it up and dominated it, rather than enhancing the connection to the valuable ecosystem services nature provides. We are now learning that an increased disconnection from nature has been negatively affecting the health, economic stability and well-being of our communities.

Our solution is simple. For the second year, we are targeting all Iowa residents and beyond by issuing a challenge to put their well-being first. As participants in the 2017 30x30 Nature Challenge, all they have to do is pledge to make time to disconnect from everyday stressors and ignite their connection to nature by starting small—only 30 minutes in nature each day for 30 days in June.

After the 30 days, we hope, each participant will have personally discovered that nature can relieve stress, increase memory performance and creativity and improve attention span. It can even be beneficial for workplace relations and collaboration efforts.

Why become a sponsor?

Sponsoring the 30x30 Nature Challenge in Iowa provides you with the unique opportunity to connect with a wide audience throughout the state, build brand awareness and show your company’s support of an important cause: improved human health and wellness through sustainable and resilient building practices.

There are multiple ways people and organizations can engage with 30x30, and we provide a robust set of tools, guides and tips to help them succeed. USGBC Iowa hosts events to both kick off and close out the challenge, and we invite event partners to host programs throughout June.

To do this, we need support from organizations like yours. Take the opportunity to show your commitment to a healthy, vibrant built environment, and gain exposure to the USGBC Iowa audience and the wider USGBC community through strategic brand placement. Sponsorship provides your organization a feature spot as part of a high-visibility initiative, as well as a new way to engage clients and employees.  

Learn more about becoming a sponsor

Become an event partner in USGBC Wisconsin's 30x30 Nature Challenge

April 20, 2017
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Are you looking for a new and unique way to engage your employees, clients and community? Become a 2017 30x30 Nature Challenge Event Partner to show your support of USGBC and showcase your organization’s leadership, knowledge and expertise.

Finding enticing ways to connect with target audiences can be difficult. People are overwhelmed by the “noise” of the world and often will avoid groups they perceive as selling them something. USGBC Wisconsin offers a unique opportunity to draw their attention and avoid the “salesman” stereotype.

What is the 30x30 Nature Challenge?

It is becoming apparent that humans are increasingly suffering from what Richard Louv describes as "nature-deficit disorder." We are spending less time outdoors, resulting in a wide range of behavior and health issues. Despite being highly evolved animals, our well-being is still tied to the natural world, and restricting access is literally hurting us. How do we help people rediscover the ecosystem services and associated benefits that nature offers, while also advocating for built environments that enhance the ability to connect to them?

This is where our solution comes in. For the fourth year, we are issuing a challenge to Wisconsinites to put their well-being first. All they have to do is make time to disconnect from everyday stressors and ignite their connection to nature by starting small—only 30 minutes in nature each day for 30 days in June.

What is the role of Event Partners?

It's a simple idea, and people are looking for opportunities to join others outdoors. Your organization can take advantage of this and be leaders in this initiative by becoming an event partner.

Event Partners are organizations supporting the 30x30 Nature Challenge by hosting events in June that highlight their organizational expertise or dedication to a better built environment—one that enhances, rather that disrupts, the ecosystem services we need. An event can be already planned, but marketed as part of the challenge, or it can be a newly planned event inspired by the challenge. Here are a few examples of how you can engage:

  • Highlight great work that your firm does to ensure a sustainable built environment by hosting a tour of a project.
  • Tie activities to your organization’s wellness program by throwing a picnic for your employees and watch their morale improve, potentially leading to an increase in productivity.
  • Build your connection to people and places by simply interacting with one another outdoors. Invite a group of clients to join you for a walk at a local nature center.

Sign up to be an Event Partner

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