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Revealed: the Top 10 Countries for LEED Green Building Certification in 2015 [infographic]

by U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) There are LEED projects in more than 150 countries and territories, representing every continent except for Antarctica. LEED is being used in highly industrialized nations and newly developing ones, and LEED is helping to demonstrate the enormous power and potential of the emerging green economy. …

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Leaders Turn to LEED in the Sichuan Province of China

By Morgan Bulman, Communications & Media Relations Intern. In late June, a delegation from the Sichuan Province of China took time out of their busy schedules while touring the U.S. to visit the USGBC Headquarters in Washington, D.C., and discuss sustainable development in their region. Sichuan Province, home to 80 million people …

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Where to Learn Sustainable Construction Techniques Suitable For the Middle East Region

Meet USGBC Education Partner the Qatar Green Building Council Interviewed by Melanie Share, Project Manager, Education Platforms, U.S. Green Building Council. The Qatar GBC’s aim is to promote planned and feasible sustainable development by collaborating with industry leaders and experts to define a set of environmental and green building best practice guidelines based …

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California: Leading the Way on Green and Well-Performing Buildings

by U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) By Dan Burgoyne, Sustainability Manager, California Department of General Services / LEED Fellow / Board member, U.S. Green Building Council / Member, LEED Materials & Resources Technical Advisory Group. Green building has long been part of California’s approach to a wide array of energy, water, environment, and …

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How EU Financial Capital, Italy’s Lombardy Region, Is Embracing the LEED Building Efficiency Standard

By Joseph Crea, Director, International Marketing and Communications Nestled in the northwest part of Italy, Lombardy is one of 20 administrative regions in Italy, and more than 10 million people call it home. In the aftermath of World War II, the region, Milan in particular, rose to prosperity when its …

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How to Create A Sustainable Community with Public Works [infographic]

by Kiva Bottero Communities both big and small are having a sustainable makeover in order to reduce energy demand, utilize renewable power, and lessen their environmental impact. This infographic provides an in-depth look at sustainable communities, highlighting their environmental necessity, as well as their financial practicality. Source: http://publicadmin.norwich.edu/the-importance-of-creating-sustainable-communities-the-role-of-public-works/ Screen reader version: Sustainability is …

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Designing The Sustainable Supermarket Of The Future

by Glenn Meyers The Austrians take a different approach to higher education. Instead of sending all of their young people off to a cloistered institution to emerge 4 years later with mountains of debt and a Bachelor’s degree, they encourage them to learn skills that will help them earn a living …

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2030 Districts: Communities Collaborating to Reach Inspirational Goals with Measured Performance

by GBIG Insight If buildings are a major contributor to climate change, then what’s the solution? Reductions in energy use, water use, and transportation emissions, of course. But, how do we know how far we have to go, how fast – and how will we know when we as an industry …

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How Climate Change Affects Building Design

by Glenn Meyers The United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) Sustainable Buildings and Climate Initiative estimates the construction trades contribute as much as 30% of all global greenhouse gas emissions and consume up to 40% of all energy used worldwide. Today, climate change is having a powerful effect on how buildings are …

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How Greening Our Streets Can Also Make Them More Resilient to Extreme Weather

by Kaid Benfield In the circles I travel, there is a lot of discussion about the importance of streets and their design to our communities. In short, for many decades there has been too little attention paid to the effect of streets on pedestrians, bicyclists, transit users, merchants and their customers, …