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Updating a City’s DNA

March 7, 2012
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An effort led by USGBC-New York garners dozens of building code changes that promise long-lasting environmental results.

On July 8, 2008, Urban Green Council — the New York Chapter of USGBC — received a letter from Mayor Michael Bloomberg and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn asking for its help.

Would Urban Green be willing to convene a group of experts from the building industry to take a look at the city’s building codes and recommend how they could be changed to promote sustainable practices?

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New and Updated Credits Introduced into LEED Pilot Credit Library

March 2, 2012

Library provides a proving ground for LEED users to guide the improvement of LEED rating system

Washington, DC – (Mar. 2, 2012) – The U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) next update to the LEED green building program, LEED 2012, will include various updates to credits within the LEED Pilot Credit Library. As a flexible, interactive mechanism for testing proposed credits in the marketplace, the Pilot Credit Library gathers real-time feedback on credit usability and ability to meet a credit's intent.

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FEMA Administrator Fugate Applauds Green Building as a Cornerstone of the Resiliency Agenda

March 1, 2012
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Maggie Comstock
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FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate

Yesterday, Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Craig Fugate delivered a rousing speech on the role green building can play to ensure resilient communities for a changing planet. Fugate served as the keynote speaker of the second installment of the National Leadership Speaker Series on Resiliency and Security in the 21st Century at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.

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Center for Green Schools and McGraw Hill Foundation Release Green Schools White Paper

March 1, 2012

If you pay attention to the news and chatter about education policy and schools, you’ve undoubtedly heard the heated debates over the best way to hire and compensate teachers and the most appropriate way to institute rigorous curriculum. The who and the what of education often get front stage in the conversation over how to make our schools more effective at preparing students for being active, engaged citizens.

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Blue is the New Green: Organized Labor and Environmental Sector Rally for Good, Green Jobs

February 29, 2012

Last week marked the kick-off of the BlueGreen Alliance’s annual Good Jobs, Green Jobs (GJGJ) Conference. The founding premise of the BlueGreen Alliance was to marry the aims of organized labor and environmentalists in common support of good, green jobs. This eclectic, yet compatible, mix of attendees makes GJGJ different from your typical green jobs affair. For the conference’s fifth anniversary, GJGJ left Washington, DC and hit the road with a series of four regional conferences.

First Stop: Atlanta.

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On Leadership: An Ode to Maverick, Goose and You

February 27, 2012

Even 25 years later, who can forget Maverick and Goose’s memorable exchange? “I feel the need…the need for speed.”

While the green building movement continues to move forward at an incredibly rapid pace, that’s not why I bring up this seemingly non-sequitur reference to Top Gun. The quote, oddly, reminds me of something deep and soulful to the green building movement – the need to lead.

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