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14 Years Later, The Codes Begin to Follow Eisenberg’s Lead

November 7, 2011
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Eisenberg advocates for a light straw clay construction appendix

Just yesterday, the International Code Council's membership of code officials put the final touches on the 2012 version of the International Green Construction Code (IGCC). For David Eisenberg – Executive Director of the Development Center for Appropriate Technology (DCAT), former USGBC Board member, and long time chair of USGBC's Codes Committee – it was a very clear culmination of a chapter in his life story, and the product of nearly two decades of work.

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Tools for Tracking Building Performance on College Campuses

November 3, 2011

Increasing utility costs and tightening budgets have led many colleges and universities across the country to rethink the way they manage their energy consumption. Take Western Michigan University for example: Their facilities team has installed 718 sub-meters across 151 campus buildings, allowing the team to closely measure, track and analyze their energy and water consumption on a building-by-building basis.

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Green Buildings and Healthy Kids

November 2, 2011

What do health and green building have in common? Perhaps more than you would think. Public health researchers and green building professionals around the country are forging new relationships and working together to better understand the relationship between design and health. Currently, much of the work in this arena is centered on obesity prevention, where frameworks such as Active Design are rapidly connecting research to practice.

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Campus Conservation Nationals Deadline Extended

November 2, 2011

The recent excitement around Campus Conservation Nationals has compelled us to extend the registration deadline for the spring 2012 competition to Nov. 15. Already, over 85 schools have committed, and 908 buildings and 90,800 students will compete! This competition is sure to be unlike any other, so don't forget to sign up if you haven't already.

CCN is the first nationwide electricity and water reduction competition on college and university campuses. Now in its second year, participating schools compete to achieve the greatest possible energy reductions in residence halls.

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“Green Jobs” Versus “Jobs”? – It’s Not a Competition; They’re One in the Same

October 31, 2011

On Oct. 26, USGBC participated in a salon on green jobs and economic growth, hosted by Planet Forward. The high-level discussion included U.S. government representatives from several agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Energy, Department of Defense, Department of Labor, and more. Private sector interests, local government representatives and non-profit organizations were also present. The overarching themes of the roundtable were:

  • Where are the jobs in the clean energy economy?
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