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Dispatches from Durban: Climate Talks Can Impact Green Building Worldwide

November 28, 2011

This is the first in a series of blog entries covering the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP-17) taking place Nov. 28-Dec. 9, 2011, in Durban, South Africa.

Yes…domestic politics do have consequences and we all need to understand the implications of our own important national policy challenges. But no…it is not possible to ignore the larger global issues that are not discussed rationally in the narrow context of our domestic political debates.

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November 2011 Green Schools Committee Digest

November 23, 2011

While many of us are turning the focus of our free time towards holiday preparation, sale-scouting and travel planning, USGBC’s volunteers continue to be hard at work on behalf of green schools. To learn more about the recent happenings of Green Schools Committees from coast-to-coast, be sure to check out this video from this summer’s Green Schools Committee Symposium.

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Q&A with Co-chair of the House High-Performance Building Caucus, Rep. Carnahan

November 22, 2011

Congressman Russ Carnahan of Missouri is a long-time supporter of green building initiatives, and the co-chair of the House High-Performance Building Caucus. Rep. Carnahan recently introduced a new bill, the High-Performance Federal Buildings Act. We sat down with Rep. Carnahan to discuss the work he has done on behalf of green building over the past years.

You founded and serve as a co-chair of the House High-Performance Building Caucus. Can you discuss the role of the caucus and why you have taken a leadership role on building efficiency issues?

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USGBC Launches App Lab

November 22, 2011

New applications to support the LEED certification process through the LEED Automation Program

Washington, DC – (Nov. 22, 2011) –The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has launched its online App Lab as part of its LEED Automation Program. The lab launched with eight applications, developed by LEED Automation Partners, and is designed for use with Internet browsers, tablets, smartphones and other devices.

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Campaign Spotlight: Home Grown Initiatives Make Green Building a Win–Win

November 18, 2011

USGBC's 79 volunteer-based chapters are consistently finding new and exciting ways to elevate green building practices and programs. Today, I'll spotlight two chapters, whose creative and proactive advocacy initiatives advance the green building conversation and serve as great examples of how USGBC chapters are advocating for more responsible building practices in their communities.

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