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.
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.
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.
Q&A with Congressional Green Schools Caucus Co-Chair Robert J. Dold: Adlai E. Stevenson High School’s Energy Reduction Efforts
Last week, Congressman Robert J. Dold (IL-10) visited Adlai E. Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, IL to recognize the school's LEED Gold for Existing Buildings certification and energy-reduction efforts. The 833,000 square foot campus was able to achieve a 7 percent reduction in energy usage and an increase in indoor environmental quality.
Energy efficiency financing has potential to soar from $20 to $150 billion annually, creating over one million American jobs, according to new report
Mobilizing large-scale financing by public sector is key to reducing emissions and saving businesses, households money
Green Jobs Summit at Greenbuild 2011 Calls for Mobilization around this Common Sense Economic Solution
The hustle and bustle of Greenbuild 2011 is now behind us, and we've all returned to our respective homes and jobs to continue "troublemaking."
And one area where we need to continue to stir the pot is green jobs. On the Tuesday of Greenbuild, we convened a Green Jobs Summit of more than 40 prominent experts throughout the clean energy economy to brainstorm the successes and challenges experienced in the promotion of the green jobs agenda.