Camellia Park Community Garden Opening
There is no better way to start the Halloween weekend than to celebrate the opening of a community garden. Saturday, Oct. 29 was a beautiful crisp fall morning at Camellia Basic Elementary School, where I had the honor of participating in the ribbon cutting event for the new community garden.
Colorado Schools Awarded for Green Building Efforts
Tools for Tracking Building Performance on College Campuses
Increasing utility costs and tightening budgets have led many colleges and universities across the country to rethink the way they manage their energy consumption. Take Western Michigan University for example: Their facilities team has installed 718 sub-meters across 151 campus buildings, allowing the team to closely measure, track and analyze their energy and water consumption on a building-by-building basis.
Green Buildings and Healthy Kids
What do health and green building have in common? Perhaps more than you would think. Public health researchers and green building professionals around the country are forging new relationships and working together to better understand the relationship between design and health. Currently, much of the work in this arena is centered on obesity prevention, where frameworks such as Active Design are rapidly connecting research to practice.
Campus Conservation Nationals Deadline Extended
The recent excitement around Campus Conservation Nationals has compelled us to extend the registration deadline for the spring 2012 competition to Nov. 15. Already, over 85 schools have committed, and 908 buildings and 90,800 students will compete! This competition is sure to be unlike any other, so don't forget to sign up if you haven't already.
CCN is the first nationwide electricity and water reduction competition on college and university campuses. Now in its second year, participating schools compete to achieve the greatest possible energy reductions in residence halls.
HOK & USGBC Working Together to Build LEED Children's Center in Haiti
USGBC's close collaborators in Project Haiti, global architectural firm HOK, have published a series of blog entries on their efforts to design the first LEED Platinum orphanage and children's center in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Their pro-bono design efforts have been met with great enthusiasm, but also unique challenges. Read more about the design process for Project Haiti on HOKlife.com.
“Green Jobs” Versus “Jobs”? – It’s Not a Competition; They’re One in the Same
On Oct. 26, USGBC participated in a salon on green jobs and economic growth, hosted by Planet Forward. The high-level discussion included U.S. government representatives from several agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Energy, Department of Defense, Department of Labor, and more. Private sector interests, local government representatives and non-profit organizations were also present. The overarching themes of the roundtable were:
- Where are the jobs in the clean energy economy?
Don't Miss the Center for Green Schools at Greenbuild!
Stop by the Center for Green Schools display at Greenbuild and you just might learn something!
Rachel Gutter to be featured on VoiceAmerica's "Visionary Leader, Extraordinary Life"
On Monday, Oct. 31, Center for Green Schools Director Rachel Gutter will be a guest on Visionary Leader, Extraordinary Life on VoiceAmerica Business, the number one Internet radio show. Rachel will be featured as a trailblazing leader with her mission to bring green schools to everyone within this generation.
Senators Urge Deficit Commission to Increase Federal Building Efficiency
As the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction (JSCDR) continues deliberation on how to provide long term reduction to the national debt, nine Senators, led by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (RI), urged the select committee to adopt a litany of cost saving measures that would make the federal government more effective and reduce federal tax payers' obligation to ineffective building operations.