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Green Building to be a Priority at Rio+20

Climate policy wonks are used to reading leaked draft text in advance of international negotiations. However, the 19 page draft text for the upcoming United Nations Convention on Sustainable Development Rio+20 Conference is unique for being leaked so far in advance of the June meeting. Climate policy nerds like me are pretty excited over this fortuitous accident.

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City-wide Clean Development Mechanism: A Framework for Empowering Cities

As the dust settles after the COP17 Climate Talks in Durban, a sigh of relief is released. The mechanisms under the Kyoto Protocol have survived to see a second commitment period.

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Where Were You? Haiti After the Earthquake

I’ll always remember where I was when I found out about the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti on Jan. 12, 2010. That evening, I was attending an event at the Newseum in Washington, DC, where Brian Williams of NBC News was the guest of honor. As the event was beginning, Mr. Williams stepped on stage and announced to the crowd that a magnitude 7.0 earthquake had just shaken Port au Prince. The reports were just starting to come in, but fatalities were expected to be in the thousands.

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USGBC and AIA Announce second Architecture for Humanity Sustainability Design Fellow

Burtland Granvil, AIA, LEED AP, Selected to Head Haiti Sustainable Rebuilding Efforts

Washington, DC – (Jan. 12, 2012) – Two years after the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti, the process of rebuilding has taken another step forward with the selection of Burtland Granvil, AIA, LEED AP, as the new Architecture for Humanity Sustainability Design Fellow.

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Project Haiti: Rebuilding Better for Haiti's Children

The Center for Green Schools operates within a non-profit called the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). While the Center has a mission that is focused on schools and the students who attend them, USGBC’s broader mission is to create green buildings and communities for all, believing that everyone is entitled to live, breathe, learn and work in a healthy, sustainable environment.

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Two Years Later: Rebuilding a Resilient Future for Haiti

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Architectural rendering by HOK, the pro-bono design partner for Project Haiti
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Architectural rendering #1 by HOK, the pro-bono design partner for Project Haiti
Architectural rendering #2 by HOK, the pro-bono design partner for Project Haiti
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Rick Fedrizzi on Project Haiti

Two years ago this week, Haiti was hit by the catastrophic earthquake that killed more than 315,000 people. Today, the work to rebuild this poorest country in the Western Hemisphere has barely gotten started.

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HOK Partners With U.S. Green Building Council on Design of New Orphanage and Children's Center in Haiti

Passive design principles and biomimicry give form to a sustainable, restorative environment for the children of Haiti

NEW YORK – (Jan. 11, 2012) – HOK is the U.S. Green Building Council's official design partner for Project Haiti, a facility targeting LEED® Platinum certification that will replace a Port-au-Prince orphanage and children's center devastated by the magnitude 7.0 earthquake that rocked Haiti and killed 316,000 people two years ago, on Jan. 12, 2010.

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The Promise of the Green Economy: Strengthening the Economy While Protecting the Environment

The author of an article posted yesterday on CNN couldn’t be further embedded in the spin zone he arguably says he’s trying to debunk. In his opening line, the author, Steve Hargreaves, wrote, “The tactic du jour for environmentalists trying to sell a skeptical public on tighter regulations is this: spin the thing as a job creator.”

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Hot Off the Presses! The Center for Green Schools 2011 Report Card

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The Center for Green Schools just finished its first infographic, which depicts our work since being founded in September 2010, highlighting our reach, resources and really inspiring events.

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The Best Way to Celebrate a Wedding

I am incredibly blessed. Among other things, I met my soul mate and I’m about to get married. My mom says it is about time. My fiancée Bethany also feels very lucky… she gets to marry me, after all.

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