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Education Week Features New Report on Green Schools from USGBC and AIA

In the latest issue of Education Week , American education’s newspaper of record, Katie Ash reports on the benefits of green schools to budgets and students. "Local Leaders in Sustainability: Special Report from Sundance," which came out this month and highlights green schools benefits and a five-point plan of action for local leaders to green schools in their communities, is featured along with co-authors Vice President of National Policy at USGBC Jason Hartke and Director of Local Relations at the American Institute of Architects Brooks Rainwater.

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How Stringent Should a First-Ever Model Green Construction Code Be?

You can probably guess that the question of "how far to go?" with this first-of-its-kind national model green construction code attracts a lot of varied answers. In fact, this may be the biggest and most unanswered question surrounding green building code development.

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Green building boom at Turner Construction

Marc Gunther
Re-posted from

If you doubt that green buildings are a very big deal, talk to Michael Deane.

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Existing Buildings Seeing New Tenant Interest and Increased Savings with LEED

Is there a bright spot in this recession? Related to buildings, particularly, one would be hard-pressed to find one as most new construction markets have either slowed considerably or stalled completely. Given the downturn, more building owners and managers are seeking ways to improve their existing properties both to attract and retain tenants and to realize savings from energy and other retrofits. A bright spot? Perhaps.

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USGBC Urges Restored Funding for Critical Data Program

Today USBGC along with more than 70 organizations, companies and advocacy organizations sent a letter to the Senate and House Appropriations Committees urging that Congress restore funding for the Commercial Building Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS), a national survey that gathers statistical information on U.S. commercial buildings, at the Energy Information Administration (EIA).

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Project Spotlight: Erie High Charter School Celebrates LEED Gold As Students Use the School as an Environmental Learning Lab

This month, Erie High Charter students, educators and the building and design team celebrated the school’s designation as the first LEED Gold certified high school in the state of Kansas.

Thanks to close collaboration between the local design/construction team and the students of the school, the students were instrumental in doing much of the work to obtain LEED Gold. PBA Architects, Crossland Construction and high-performance building system designers Henderson Engineers worked directly with the students who continue to use the school itself as an environmental learning lab.

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Announcing the 2011 Center for Green Schools UTC Fellows

The Center for Green Schools and United Technologies Corporation are pleased to announce that the 2011 Green Schools Fellows have been selected for placement at Boston Public Schools (BPS) and Sacramento City Unified School District (SCUSD). Phoebe Beierle, an experienced Massachusetts green schools advocate, will be joining the staff of BPS this July.

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IGCC Undergoes Second Round of Public Hearings

I spent a little more than two days in Dallas this week at the public hearings for the International Green Construction Code. You, too, can tune in and watch them online. You may want to have the reference material handy and – unless you find this stuff as interesting as I do – some toothpicks for your eyelids and a big cup of coffee.

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Green Education Foundation and the Center for Green Schools Announce the Sustainability Education Clearinghouse

Clearinghouse offers K-12 educators a tool to share and access free green education resources

Washington, D.C. (May 18, 2011) — Green Education Foundation (GEF), along with the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council, announce the launch of its Sustainability Education Clearinghouse, a free online tool that provides K-12 teachers with the ability to upload and share sustainability focused lessons with one another.

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Government Summit Highlights Accountable, Results-Based Government

At USGBC's 9th annual Government Summit last week it was as clear to all in attendance that governments at every level are leading by example in building sustainability. Among the signs of progress was Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announcing an increased commitment by the U.S. Navy and Marines to build to LEED Gold, up from their previous LEED Silver commitment. We also saw USGBC award the 2011 Federal Green Building Leadership Awards to both Kathleen Hogan and the ENERGY STAR program for their foundational work.

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