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"Inexhaustible" Inspiration: Thomas Knittel Talks Biomimicry

May 9, 2012
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Biomimicry expert, Thomas Knittel

A building shaped like a butterfly. A skyscraper modeled after self-cooling termite mounds. A structure in arid climate inspired by a desert snail. Biomimicry, the application of nature’s principles to solve problems, is an emerging influence in modern day green building and other design and technology.

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What Happened to Walking to School?

May 9, 2012

As we celebrate National Bike or Walk to School Day today, it is important to recognize how our culture has changed transportation behaviors. In 1969, riding your bike or walking to school was commonplace, and nearly 50 percent of kids chose that mode of transportation. By 2009, that number dropped to just 13 percent. What is causing kids and their families to opt for a four-wheeled ride rather than a walkable route? How can we help reverse this pattern to protect our environment and promote healthy behaviors?

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Community Green: USGBC’s Commitment to Community Colleges

May 8, 2012

Community colleges serve as the centers of educational opportunity, collectively providing millions of individuals – regardless of their wealth, cultural background or experience – an accessible place where they can gain the skills and knowledge necessary to become successful professionals.

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USGBC Loves Teachers

May 8, 2012

In honor of National Teacher Day, we asked some of our staff members to tell us who their favorite teachers are. What did we learn? That a lot of our staff members have moms who are teachers! Read below to see who some of our best teachers are, and what they did to inspire us. 

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Harvard Achieves a Record 75 LEED Certifications

May 7, 2012

Harvard University recently achieved an important green building milestone: our 75th LEED certification, representing over 2.4 million square feet of our campus in LEED New Construction, Commercial Interiors, Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance and Homes systems.

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My New Appreciation for Polar Bears

May 4, 2012

Those of you who have seen me speak recently know that I have had some pretty disparaging things to say about polar bears. Not because I have anything against polar bears (though I did visit a school in Alaska once where they had to put up a big fence to keep the bears from eating students), but because I don’t believe that polar bears are deserving of being the icon for sustainability, or even climate change.

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Quick! Use Duke Energy, USGBC and Sustainability in a Sentence

May 4, 2012

On Monday, April 23, 2012, the Carolina blue sky contained just a few pure white clouds and the sun was shining at the perfect angle through a slanted wall of glass to make the most picturesque back drop for an executive sustainability conversation between USGBC President, CEO and Founding Chair Rick Fedrizzi and Duke Energy Chairman, President and CEO Jim Rogers.

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College Students Across the Country Conserve 1.74 Gigawatt-Hours Through Campus Conservation Nationals 2012

May 3, 2012

151 homes off the grid, 1,554,814 gallons of water saved, 2,642,287 lbs of CO2 diverted from the atmosphere, $157,925 saved.

This is what 250,000 students across the country can do when they take the environment and their energy usage into their own hands for just three weeks. During Campus Conservation Nationals (CCN) 2012, these students educated, organized and mobilized to show themselves and their peers that small behavioral changes can drastically effect energy consumption on a large scale.

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