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Demonstrating the Benefits of Green, Inclusive Housing at the UN Climate Talks

December 6, 2011

COP-17 has made me proud to be South African for several reasons. First, hosting of the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP) here in Durban, South Africa, has helped to remind the world that the impacts of climate change are already disproportionately impacting the poorest and most vulnerable populations of the world. Perhaps nowhere is this trend best illustrated than here on the continent of Africa.

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Can the Private Sector Play a Bigger Part at COP17?

December 6, 2011

Cross-posted from

UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres summed up this weekend the hope and frustration that the climate change negotiations -- also known as COP 17 -- uniquely embody.

Speaking this weekend to jet-lagged executives from clean energy companies, she recounted hearing an agitated delegate barking into his cell phone: "I can't talk now. I'm at COP 71!"

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Greenbuild CE hours have been reported to GBCI

December 5, 2011

Continuing Education (CE) hours from Greenbuild 2011 sessions have been reported to GBCI and uploaded to Credential Maintenance Program accounts. All LEED Professionals who attended Greenbuild should log onto their My Credentials account to see if their courses have been successfully reported. Check in the ‘Pending CMP Activity’ section.

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Currently December Update: Center for Green Schools Fellowship Program

December 2, 2011

The most effective way to positively transform our learning environment is to ensure that school districts have the tools and resources to not only implement improvements to facilities and operations, but to maintain and scale them over the years. This sustained transformation simply cannot occur without a dedicated, internal champion who can change the culture of a school district from the inside.

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Center Spotlight: Pat Lane, USGBC Students Program Lead

December 1, 2011

Pat oversees USGBC Students, which recruits, connects and equips the next generation of green building leaders by empowering them to transform their campuses, communities and careers. In his role, Pat leads the effort and growth of the USGBC Students program and works directly with students to assist them in integrating sustainability themes into their coursework, advocating for sustainable university practices and policies and working toward becoming LEED accredited professionals.

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