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USGBC wants YOU to attend Green Business Boot Camp

September 19, 2017
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It is an exciting time in the green industry. USGBC’s Green Building Economic Impact Study found that the green construction growth rate is rapidly outpacing that of conventional construction. Total state earnings related to LEED building construction projects are estimated to total $8.4 million by 2018.

In addition, the portfolio of tools and resources to advance the green market place continues to grow with LEED v4, SITES, PEER, Parksmart and other systems supported by GBCI.

Green business leaders are invited to join USGBC for a series of Green Business Boot Camps. This highly specialized, intensive, interactive, four-hour training will provide LEED practitioners, project teams, service providers and developers an opportunity to learn ways to grow their business through the expanding suite of tools offered by GBCI.

Attendees will receive a crash course on each of the new offerings that builds upon their knowledge of LEED. Led by USGBC’s regional team for the southern U.S., you will discover how to advance green buildings, communities and cities as part of your green business strategy.

Stay afterward for the Boot Camp Unwind reception to relax and connect with colleagues. For credential holders, four hours of GBCI general CEU credit will be provided.

Join us for one of the upcoming Green Business Boot Camps in your town:

  1. Wed., September 20: Charlotte, North Carolina, in conjunction with the Green Gala and Sustainable Business Awards
  2. Wed., October 4: Austin, Texas
  3. Thurs., October 5: Dallas, Texas
  4. Wed., October 11: Miami, Florida, in conjunction with Gala Verde LEEDership Awards
  5. Thurs., November 30: Washington, D.C.
  6. Tues., December 5: Atlanta, Georgia, in conjunction with 2017 Red and Green Scene

USGBC is all in and ready to help

September 19, 2017
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In so many parts of our country and the world, people are facing devastations from catastrophic weather and geological phenomena of a scope and scale that I cannot even begin to imagine. USGBC is a global community, and watching those suffering from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, wildfires in Oregon, the earthquake in Mexico and the new storms and hurricanes making their way through the Caribbean at this very moment has been heart-wrenching and a painful reminder that we are all vulnerable to natural disasters. My prayers are with those who are suffering, have lost loved ones and must truly rebuild their lives and communities.

USGBC stands with these communities as they begin the long, hard work of recovering from the effects of these natural disasters. It will take many years for our coastal cities and those inland to return to a sense of peace and prosperity. USGBC, as an organization and as a community, will remain attentive to the needs of residents, students, city leaders and state officials for the duration of the recovery and renewal effort. We are all in and stand ready to help.

Using Education @USGBC to develop a leading workforce

September 18, 2017
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More than 13 years ago, Turner Construction Company made a commitment to promote sustainable building methods and to develop the skills necessary to build green. It makes good business sense for our company, one of the leading green builders in the United States. But we’ve also made this commitment because we know it’s good for both our customers and the environment.

Maintaining this leadership position requires a dedication to lifelong learning for all our employees. With more than 1,300 LEED APs and Green Associates on staff, Turner is continuously looking for ways to efficiently grow our team’s knowledge. Staying abreast of changes and developments in our industry makes us a stronger partner to our clients, and one of the most important ways we do this is through robust staff training.

As the top user of the Education @USGBC online learning platform, Turner keeps current on best practices. This includes courses such as Construction Waste Management in LEED, which underscores a longstanding company commitment. In 2004, Turner established a goal to divert 50 percent of job site waste from landfills. Since then, we’ve worked with our subcontractors and clients to exceed that commitment from year one and are achieving above 80 percent diversions rates across the company.

We want every project at Turner to employ green concepts, and our people want to work in and contribute to building healthy spaces. There is always so much more to understand and implement that continuous learning and improvement is imperative.

Companies with a drive to grow their staff knowledge base will find that Education @USGBC training helps make them better builders and ensures they meet and exceed clients’ expectations.

On Education @USGBC, you’ll find over 600 hours of best-in-class content, including curated playlists such as Key Concepts for Contractors and Builders. Interested in unlimited subscription access for your team? Contact Education @USGBC to learn more about available packages.

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Become a zero waste certification expert through TRUE Advisor training

September 18, 2017
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Attend our upcoming training at Greenbuild Boston to be recognized as a verified expert on all things zero waste and earn your TRUE Advisor professional certificate. TRUE Advisor certificate holders help projects participating in GBCI’s TRUE Zero Waste program.

The TRUE Zero Waste certification system enables facilities to define, pursue and achieve their zero waste goals, cutting their carbon footprint and supporting public health. Facilities achieve certification by meeting program requirements, including achieving an average of 90 percent or greater overall diversion from landfill, incineration (waste-to-energy) and the environment. Learn more about TRUE.

TRUE Advisor Zero Waste Certificate Program
Tues., November 7 from 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
Available for 7 GBCI CE hours

TRUE Advisors are the go-to people for zero waste policies and programs. They understand zero waste business principles and are committed to growing and advancing zero waste values, policies and programs. TRUE Advisor certificate holders have a practical understanding of the most current TRUE business principles and they demonstrate a clear commitment to professional growth in advancing TRUE values.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the concept of zero waste and related tools, strategies and methodologies.
  • Describe the TRUE Zero Waste certification process, including the minimum requirements and the categories and credits in the TRUE Zero Waste Rating System.
  • Identify the role that a TRUE Advisor plays in the TRUE Zero Waste certification process.
  • Identify best practices, tools for tracking and reporting and available resources to help the TRUE Advisor get started. 

Questions? Contact us at TRUE.

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Taking action together on climate change at Climate Week NYC

September 18, 2017
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Today marks the start of Climate Week NYC, the annual convening of business and government leaders to share strategies for fighting climate change. USGBC will be there, sharing our expertise and learning from our sister organizations.

An urgent need for action

Taking collective action is more critical than ever, with the deadline of the Paris Agreement goal to limit global warming to below 2 degrees approaching fast. The building sector, which is responsible for about one-third of global energy consumption and about 30 percent of global energy-related CO2 emissions, must do its share.

In fact, building energy intensity—the amount of energy used to operate a square meter of space—has been improving, but the amount of building space is increasing with the population. This means that energy demand in buildings could increase by 50 percent by 2050.

Given this reality, to align with Paris Agreement goals, it is imperative to decrease the average energy intensity of the global building stock by 80 percent by 2050, through low- and zero-carbon strategies.

Sharing solutions

We need all of our tools to reach these goals, among them commitment, partnership and sharing strategies for achieving change. At or around the time of Climate Week, USGBC will be engaged on a variety of topics:

  • Brendan Owens will facilitate a discussion of the building industry’s transition to net zero carbon buildings, sponsored by the Climate Group, World GBC and We Mean Business.
  • GRESB will launch the North American results of its annual real estate survey at an event on Tuesday, hosted by JP Morgan Chase.
  • The Investor Confidence Project will participate in a round table, sponsored by the Climate Group and PWC, on how cities can make progress on their carbon goals by leveraging LED lighting, using innovative finance models for large-scale retrofits.

Join us at Climate Week

President Bill Clinton Announced as Special Keynote for Greenbuild 2017 Conference

September 18, 2017
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Washington, D.C.—(Sept. 18, 2017)—Today, USGBC and Informa Exhibitions announced that President Bill Clinton will give a special keynote address at the 2017 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo. The keynote will take place on Thurs., November 9, from 6–7:30 p.m. at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.

“President Clinton is a longtime friend and advocate of the green building movement, and our community continues to be encouraged and inspired by his years of philanthropic work to help those less fortunate and create resilient communities,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO, USGBC. “We know that his message of inclusion and environmental responsibility will challenge us to not only be better environmental stewards, but to be better citizens of the world.”

Read the full press release

Engage with relevant topics at Greenbuild China

September 15, 2017
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In its inaugural year, Greenbuild China offers a forum for the green building community to unite, change lives and revolutionize business by addressing pressing issues such as air quality, human health, energy use and global climate change.

Held in Shanghai from October 17 to 18, this year’s program includes sessions that will focus on material efficiency, strategies for creating Smart Cities and the 2017 GRESB Real Estate Results. Workshops will also offer an in-depth look at the LEED v4 green building rating system and the Sustainable SITES Initiative (SITES) for the design and development of sustainable land.

Audiences will gain insights and solutions for addressing today’s most relevant sustainability challenges in China.

Materials

The session "An Environmental Building" will focus on environmental management in green construction and how high material efficiency can reduce waste, both in the construction phase and the operation phase. The presenters, Jianming Yang from UL, Gloria Niu from Interface, Alex Pryzbyla from Haworth and Chris Messer from Kimberley-Clark, will cover LEED-related material requirements, including material transparency, green materials and green material certifications, such as Greenguard and Environmental Product Declarations, in the Chinese market.

Smart Cities

"Opportunities and Challenges of Smart Cities Development in China" will showcase how intelligent design can be harnessed to create smart, sustainable cities with high-quality living. The presenters, Clay Nesler from Johnson Controls and Weiding Long from the Tongji University, will touch on how the government supports this agenda and how the local market can take advantage of these smart technologies. Attendees will also learn about successful Smart City studies in the China market.

GRESB

The "2017 GRESB Real Estate Results" session will give an overview of the 2017 assessment results and cover key topics from case studies presented by Raymond Yau, Ruben Langbroek and Calvin Kwan. GRESB seeks to offer institutional investors with clear, actionable information about the ESG aspects of their real estate investments; provide tools to understand the positive and negative impacts of their investments; and share how to engage effectively with real estate companies, fund managers and operating partners.

Workshops

  • "Exploring the SITES v2 Rating System for Sustainable Land Design and Development" will walk attendees through the SITES rating system and demonstrate how, by fostering the resiliency of land, projects can elevate their economic, environmental and social benefits. Jamie Statter, Vice President of Strategic Relationships at USGBC, will share real-world project applications. Attendees will earn four hours of CE credit. For more details on why to attend this SITES workshop read this related article.
  • "LEED v4: A deep dive into the rating system, performance and the new Arc platform" will discuss the goals, credit intents, requirements and synergies of LEED v4. Learn how LEED v4 creates a rigorous framework for achieving high levels of performance and a premium on human health in the built environment. USGBC representatives Corey Enck, Larissa Oaks and Gautami Palanki will present on how using Arc, the new state-of-the-art digital platform, can help buildings, communities and cities benchmark, measure and improve green performance. Attendees will receive eight hours of CE credit.

Please note: Workshops are not included in the conference registration fee. An additional fee is required to attend each workshop.

Take advantage of discounted early registration pricing until September 22.

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USGBC Hawaii learns about bicycling in the city [video]

September 14, 2017
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In July, USGBC Hawaii took part in a convergence of bikes, healthy local food and insightful speakers at the SALT district in Kaka’ako. BikeShare Hawaii provided 20 Biki Bikes and Honolulu Bicycling League (HBL) led a group down the new protected bike lane on South Street.

Bicycling makes you feel like a kid again, and we were jubilant on the bike path together, then enjoyed Motown music and local grindz donated by Down To Earth back at SALT headquarters. After some good talk, we settled in for the informative part of the day.

  • Lori McCarney from BikeShare walked us through the new Biki Bike locations, how many people are riding around on any given day and the process of transforming mobility options for Honolulu with the help of many partners, including HBL.
  • Daniel Alexander from HBL gave us a rundown of how they encourage the folks in the Capitol to put in a minimum number of bike lanes. If you want to know more about biking in traffic, or biking in general, check out HBL's free monthly community events.
  • Mike Packard, from the city and county of Honolulu, laid out how the city has been engaging local communities. He talked about efforts to increase both pedestrian and bike mobility within the city, including the recently installed South Street protected bike lane and McCully Street bike lane. Packard emphasized that change is community-driven, and if we really want to see change, we need to talk with our local representatives. 
  • Caterine Picardo Diaz, from the city and county’s Transit Oriented Development (TOD), explained how the city is working to use rail to encourage walkable, healthy neighborhoods that connect people with jobs, homes, services and parks. Projects like the Ala Moana neighborhood or Keeaumoku and the Pearl Harbor Historic Trail will connect us as a community, while also providing a healthy transportation alternative.
  • USGBC Hawaii board member Ian Tierney walked us through how to take advantage of the LEED credit for biking-related improvements, and our treasurer, Dr. Amanda Cording, gave us food for thought on how to integrate green stormwater infrastructure (bioretention, porous materials, etc) into City road improvement projects.

USGBC Hawaii would like to extend a big "Mahalo" to the event sponsors, Ignite Solutions Group, HBL, BikeShare, HHF, Down to Earth and KYA for their support. Like they say, it takes a village.

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Center for Green Schools releases white paper on state K–12 funding

September 14, 2017
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According to the EPA, $2 billion could be saved every year if K–12 schools implemented energy-efficient technologies and strategies. Knowing how tight district budgets are, and how much schools could use these savings for classroom programming, the Center for Green Schools at USGBC has published a white paper comparing state legislation that incentivizes energy efficiency.

The Center wanted to better understand the benefits and drawbacks of various state-based EEP funding models and to document best practices. State-level Legislation to Support Energy Efficiency: Dedicated Funding for Existing K–12 Schools is the culmination of months of research analyzing legislation, collecting data and interviewing stakeholders across six states.

Several states have created funding for energy efficiency projects (EEPs) in K–12 schools. Tennessee, for instance, has implemented EEPs in 93 percent of the state’s school districts, an investment totaling $90 million. California’s Proposition 39, Washington’s Energy Operational Savings Project grants, and Maine’s Schools Revolving Renovation Fund have invested over $900 million in upgrading schools.

Key takeaways

  • Successful programs establish clear criteria for project selection, but are also willing to make adjustments. Common considerations included the financial need of the district applying and the potential cost savings, as documented from an energy audit.

  • Programs should take into account the overall financial health of school districts in a state and address the particular mechanisms that will work best. State legislation we studied used combinations of several funding models successfully: grants, loans, revolving loans and reimbursements.

  • Designing programs that are easily navigated from application to implementation and that present little financial risk to a school district will result in larger uptake and greater impact.

The report offers a side-by-side comparison of of each state’s legislation and program features, including dollars invested, type of allocation, purpose and intent of each, and percentage of schools impacted. To read a short summary of the key considerations, view our executive summary.

Finding the capital to finance energy efficiency upgrades at our nation’s schools can be a significant challenge. These investments, however, have the potential to reduce district utility bills year after year, improve the indoor environment of buildings and create refreshed and inspiring spaces in schools that are often outdated.

Share this report with your legislators to urge new or revised policies to fund energy efficiency projects in K–12 schools.

Read the white paper

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