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Seed Money Grows Green Schools through USGBC Chapters

These days, everyone seems to be trying to do more with less. More than a dozen USGBC Chapters did just that by making a little money go a long way toward greening their local schools with the 2010 Green Schools Committee Innovation Grants.

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The Five Ways Harvard Reached Its Green Building Milestone

Heather Henriksen
Director, Harvard Office for Sustainability

Earlier today the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced that Harvard University had reached a first for any higher education institution in the world – 50 LEED certified projects. It's an exciting green building milestone for us and one that entire Harvard community can celebrate.

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The Center for Green Schools Brings Together Experts from Across the Country to Kick Start Fellowship Program

Last month, more than 30 school district staff, consultants and volunteers from across the country came together at USGBC's National Headquarters for a training session with the newly appointed Center for Green Schools UTC Fellows.

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Second Public Comment Period Now Open for Update to USGBC’s LEED Green Building Program

Draft of LEED 2012 features updated language, scorecards; Reflects 6,000 public comments and recommendations collected

Washington, DC – (August 1, 2011) – Today, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) opened the second public comment period for the proposed 2012 update to its LEED green building rating system. The comment period, which will close on September 14, 2011, is the next step in the continuous improvement process and on-going development of the LEED program.

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Impact Our Movement: Self-Nomination Period Open for USGBC Board of Directors

Each year the USGBC member community has a special opportunity to influence USGBC's future leadership, governance and strategic direction by electing its national Board members. The Nominations and Election Process for the 2012 Board of Directors - culminating in electing five national Board members to serve three-year terms beginning Jan. 1, 2012 - is officially underway. On behalf of the Nominating Working Group, I encourage you to participate in some important ways.

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Grab Your Camera and Tell Us: What’s NEXT?

When I envision the future, I see a world in which the benefits of green building are experienced everywhere: From Houston to Haiti, from rural villages to bustling metropolises, from homes to high-rises.

That's my idea for what's next in green building and global success. What is yours?

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Breaking News: New York Times Columnist Thomas Friedman and ABC News Political Commentator Cokie Roberts to Tackle Building Resiliency at Greenbuild

The Greenbuild speaker roster is shaping up to be an incredible one! We just received confirmation that Thomas Friedman and Cokie Roberts will join the diverse roster of thought leaders and innovators at the Greenbuild International Conference & Expo in Toronto.

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House Appropriators Signal Support for Commercial Building Energy Survey

Last week brought good news in the efforts to restart 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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New Fact Sheet: Principles for reforming the tax deduction for efficient commercial buildings to create 77,000 new jobs and slash energy bills

Today USGBC released a fact sheet on the principles for reforming the existing tax deduction for energy efficient commercial buildings, Section 179D, which have united the commercial building industry and environmental advocates in their push to create jobs and slash commercial building energy consumption. These reforms could create 77,000 jobs across the US economy.

You can view the fact sheet here.

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Code Cracking 101: Yes, You Can Help Update Standard 189.1

As I mentioned in my last post, it's public review season for green building codes, standards and rating systems! Released in early 2010 as a fully-published ANSI standard, Standard 189.1* has been something of a constant amidst the past year's public review process for the International Green Construction Code (IGCC).

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