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National Defense Authorization Act Makes the Mission Harder For Military But Not Impossible

Congress recently passed the 2012 authorization bill for the Department of Defense (DoD) and included a provision that bans LEED certification at the Platinum and Gold level for DoD buildings. To be clear, this provision is irrational and misguided at best, and deliberately problematic for the leaders in the defense agencies at worst. But before reacting as if the sky is falling, it's worth taking a deeper look at the "provision" and noticing that it isn't really all that iron clad.

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Cross-Country Travel for the Center for Green Schools Fellows

Last week, I had the opportunity to travel to Boston, Mass. and Sacramento, Ca. to visit our two Center for Green Schools fellows at their respective school districts.

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Tapping the Zoning Code to Enable Greener Buildings and Communities

Many communities are opening up their zoning codes to identify and remove barriers, and adopting language that will encourage greener building and greener living outcomes. You wouldn't be surprised to hear that Portland, Oregon has been greening its zoning code for several years including a handful of updates this year.

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Green Schools Around the World - AASA Trip Recap from the Dominican Republic

On Nov. 29, 2011, I began a week-long trip to Constanza, La Vega in the Dominican Republic. I am the project director of the Healthy School Environments project at the American Association of School Administrators (AASA) and was invited to participate in a Lifetouch Memory Mission Trip.

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USGBC Explains Who’s Who at COP17 for Green Building and Climate Change

When our delegation of green building council representatives arrived in Durban for the COP 17 climate conference, we hoped we had what it took to help change the world. The diverse group seemed to possess that peculiar mixture of naiveté, enthusiasm and focused passion that can distinguish successful from merely aspiring troublemakers. Through participation and attendance at a variety of different events I was, as usual, impressed with the astounding effort on the part of various individuals and organizations to bring to scale energy efficiency and green building solutions.

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Seattle 2030 District: The NEXT Big Thing in Green Building

The green building movement has made great strides in recent years, but it's not enough. In order to put up a good fight against ever-increasing environmental and economic pressures, we need a united front of the public and private sector, and to approach issues at the city — or district — scale.

District sustainability currently experiences the same limited level of awareness that individual green buildings did a decade ago, when the U.S. Green Building Council announced its first 12 LEED Certified projects, of which there are now over 11,000.

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Happy Holidays from USGBC

Dear Friends of USGBC,

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LEED Professionals: Don't let your credential expire; remember to renew every two years

You know the hard work and dedication of time it took to earn your LEED Professional credential. It's important to remember that there is also a renewal process every two years. Renewing your LEED credential renews your sense of personal accomplishment as well as your commitment to green building and continued contribution to the sustainability movement.

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Life as a Green School Fellow at Sacramento City Unified School District

Over the last six months, my life has changed dramatically. Not only did I relocate from Colorado to California, but I was given a position in an organization that I respect, in a school district that I admire, doing a job that I love. In July of 2011, Sacramento City Unified School District (SCUSD) was one of two school districts in the country to receive a Center for Green Schools UTC Fellow.

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A Year of Chapter Advocacy Efforts: Green Schools

As we at USGBC wind down 2011 – and gear up for a promising 2012 I am pleased to have the opportunity to reflect on what an incredible year it’s been for green schools. With the help of our seemingly tireless volunteer and chapter network, the Center for Green Schools at USGBC has had a first year that has exceeded many expectations. Even heading into a time of year when things typically seem to slow down, USGBC’s volunteers continue to be hard at work on behalf of green schools.

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