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Center Spotlight: Tiffany Coyle, Marketing Account Associate

April 2, 2012

Tiffany is responsible for coordinating marketing pieces for the Center for Green Schools, as well as other initiatives at USGBC. She concentrates on ways to get the Center's message out to folks and give them the tools they need to empower their local movement for sustainability. This comes in all forms and can be a simple sheet of paper with a web address to a complex guidebook to a really fun interactive digital element.

Position: Marketing Account Associate

Current location: Washington, DC

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Where in the World is Rachel Gutter?

March 30, 2012

This week, Center for Green Schools Director Rachel Gutter traveled to Beijing, China for the 8th International Conference on Green & Energy Efficient Building. Rachel spoke to the audience about the importance of green schools, a topic that is gaining a lot of momentum in China. Check out the video below of Rachel giving her presentation, and also take a look at our Facebook page for lots of great photos from her trip!

Happy Birthday, LEED!

March 30, 2012

12 years, 12,000 commercial projects. Don’t forget to raise a pint or stick a candle in that cupcake to celebrate the market force that is green building - and of course, to celebrate all of the amazing, thoughtful, ground-breaking projects that have brought us here. We'd love if you share your favorite LEED project in celebration of this milestone in the comments.

Happy birthday LEED!

Introducing 12,000: A Milestone for LEED

March 28, 2012
Authored by: 
Ashley Katz
Published on: 
28 Mar 2012
Feature image: 
Source: Bernard Freeman, Division of Engineering Chief for the SW Region USFWS

Twelve years after the first LEED certifications in 2000, today we announced the 12,000th commercial project has been certified (!). Without a doubt, this calls for celebration: If you've worked on one of these 12,000 LEED-certified projects, we invite you to join the conga line forming around our headquarters in Washington, DC (please call ahead, though). Thank you for tipping the green building scales to 12,000 - and thank you for your commitment to building better, healthier, greener buildings.

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NCEF Releases New School Building Design Report

March 28, 2012

The National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities (NCEF) recently published a new study looking back on the designs of school buildings, identifying trends in energy consumption, ventilation, heating, air quality, lighting and acoustics. The study,"A History of School Design and its Indoor Environmental Standards, 1900 to Today" was written by Lindsay Baker, a doctoral candidate in the Building Sciences program of the Architecture department at the University of California, Berkeley.

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The Road to Rio+20 Reminds Us to Think Globally and Act Locally

March 28, 2012

On Monday, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) convened the fourth installment of the Road to Rio+20 series. The series was born out of the need for stakeholder awareness and input in the rapidly approaching Rio+20 conference in June. The main goal of the Summit—the growth of the green economy in the context of poverty alleviation and sustainable development—have implications for each of us.

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Empowering Kids to Design the Schools of the Future

March 27, 2012

Integrating visual arts learning throughout all disciplines significantly engages students. The School of the Future Design Competition (SOTF) offers an opportunity to illustrate the kind of creativity that students bring to the design process. The competition challenges middle school students to conceptualize or redesign their schools to enhance learning, conserve resources, be environmentally responsive and engage the surrounding community.

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