USGBC Testifies on Strategies to Increase Efficiency in the Federal Government and Promote the Better Buildings Initiative
Doug Gatlin, U.S. Green Building Council's Vice President of LEED, testified before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on the how the General Services Administration (GSA) can eliminate waste, cut costs and improve environmental performance through improved building management and purchasing.
A Plan to Green Every School in Illinois: LEED Task Force Report
The U.S. Green Building Council-Illinois Chapter held a reception this past week in Springfield, Ill. to mark the release of a comprehensive report identifying opportunities to green all schools in Illinois. The report was the result of more than two years of collaboration between the USGBC-Illinois Chapter, civic and corporate partners, and was commissioned as a result of the October 2009 adoption of House Joint Resolution 45 by the Illinois General Assembly.
EPA To Recognize Well-Planned Communities
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced the opening of the nomination period for its 10th Annual National Award for Smart Growth Achievement. This award allows EPA to recognize and support communities that use innovative policies and strategies to strengthen their economies, provide housing and transportation choices, develop in ways that bring benefits to a wide range of residents, and protect the environment.
New Fact Sheet Released: Energy Performance in the LEED Rating System
Every building professional knows that green building is a process, not an event. As a tool for encouraging green building, LEED reflects that reality, providing recognition of leadership in each part of that process, from design and construction to operations and maintenance.
An American in Istanbul....
Or: How The Turks are Poised to Help Win the Future of Green Building in Europe, Asia and the Middle East
Congressman Quigley Visits LEED-Certified, Net-Zero Home in Chicago
Last Monday, Congressman Mike Quigley of Illinois 5th Congressional District paid a visit to the home of Jacek Helenowski to get a firsthand look at one of the highest scoring residential LEED for Homes projects to date - and one of the first net-zero energy homes in Chicago. His goal was to see in-person the technology on display in his north Chicago Congressional District.
What's a Green Building? California's 2011 Building Codes & LEED
You Can’t Manage What You Can’t Measure: Building-Level Metering
As the Manager of USGBC's Building Performance Partnership and Recertification programs here at USGBC, I spend my time thinking over and over again about which aspects of building operations should be regularly monitored and which make the maximum contribution to the continuous high-performance of each building. We have to figure out how to encourage building operators to look at the holistic performance of their buildings and act based on the full story – So, how do we do that? What do we ask them to monitor?
Real Progress: Solving the Green Building Policy Puzzle
Welcome to another extremely busy season for state legislative activity. If you haven't started paying attention, the action in most states is in high gear, as most state legislatures meet in the first quarter of the year. Some states are even finishing their 2011 sessions and are already closing their doors until next time around.