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Fresh Approach to Education @ Greenbuild 2012

July 20, 2012
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Nils Kok presents at Greenbuild 2011 in Toronto

Heading into the 11th Greenbuild, our education program continues to evolve with a fresh approach to entertaining and motivating you inside the session room.

Check out some of the changes I’m most excited about:

  • Shorter education sessions = 60 minutes. In an effort to help you make the most of your experience, education sessions are now hour-long presentations. View the program »
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Plano Environmental Education Center: A City's Symbol for Sustainability

July 19, 2012
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Gary Olp
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Plano Environmental Education Center. Photo Credit: Mark Olsen

It's curious how times change. During the ‘80s, I heard about how the city of Plano was a rapidly growing example of Dallas sprawl. It was looked upon as a scourge of urban revitalization. But by the millennium, Plano had evolved to become simply the northern edge of a growing greater Dallas metropolitan area.

And just as the city’s reputation changed in this context, so did its commitment to environmentally-friendly practices. This is the story of how a green building in Plano, TX has become a symbol for the city’s ever-increasing commitment to sustainability.

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LEED Is Private, Voluntary, Transparent and Democratic

July 18, 2012
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Washington, DC – (July 18, 2012) – The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) today applauded the creation of the American High-Performance Buildings Coalition by the American Chemistry Council and others, noting that, after 20 years, it was significant that the representative groups were finally engaging in conversation about the critical importance of green, high performance buildings for America. In response to the announcement of the new coalition, Roger Platt, Senior Vice President of Global Policy and Law at USGBC released the following statement:

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Registration Now Open for Greenbuild 2012

July 17, 2012
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Award-winning green building conference and expo headed to San Francisco for biggest show in 11-year history

Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough, co-hosts of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” and Biz Stone, co-founder of Twitter, Inc. to headline

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Who's Coming to Greenbuild 2012?

July 17, 2012
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Greenbuild 2012 speakers: Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough of “Morning Joe”;

Four IMEX Green Meetings Awards. Tens of thousands of attendees. Greenbuild is not just an event, but the award-winning tent revival for the most passionate and innovative leaders of the green building movement. Can you believe it's just a few months away? This year, at the 2012 Greenbuild Conference and Expo, we’re expecting over 35,000 attendees from every facet of the green building sphere to join us at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, Calif. for the largest Greenbuild event to date.

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Think and Be Greener: A Visit to Woodland Hill Montessori School

July 16, 2012
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The students had ideas for greening your computer - included revamping with stic

What would you do if you found yourself in front of an audience of 20 kids, all convinced they know it all, yet totally open to new thoughts and ideas? If you were bold and a bit naïve, you might try to teach them about the triple bottom line, only to be blown away by their reception of the concept.

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The Scoundrel's Handbook

July 12, 2012
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The Scoundrel's Handbook on Huff Post Green

It was Samuel Johnson who said that patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel. He talked a lot about false patriots, those who "appeal to the rabble, circulate pointless petitions, and who allow their passions to confound the distinctions between right and wrong." He never said if he had anyone particular in mind, but I sure do. A lot of people in Washington, D.C. have become quite adept in using the Scoundrel's Handbook to advance their narrow view of the world.

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About USGBC

July 11, 2012
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The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is committed to a prosperous, healthy and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. USGBC works toward its mission of market transformation through its LEED green building certification program, robust educational offerings, a nationwide network of chapters and affiliates, the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities.

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Healthy, Sustainable Interior Design: A Conversation with ASID

July 11, 2012
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USGBC's green office digs in Washington, DC

We're surrounded by interior design.

Take a look around you: For those of you reading this blog from your office, coffee shop down the street, or living room at home, everything from your overhead lighting to flooring represents a design decision. Given that we spend upwards of 90 percent of our time indoors, these decisions matter - and can have profound effects on our health and the environment.

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School Sustainability Leaders Summit: Days Two & Three

July 3, 2012
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Note: This blog was originally posted on the Verdis Group blog.

I’m on the plane headed home from D.C. after a torrid and invigorating few days at the USGBC’s School Sustainability Leaders Summit. My mind is simultaneously racing and completely at ease. Yes, I know that sounds a little impossible. Let me explain.

Mind Status: Racing
Why: Opportunity Overload?

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