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USGBC Launches Global Economic Recovery Strategy (Ind. Report)
US Green Building Council
Date: 2020-05-15
The US Green Building Council (USGBC) has announced a new strategy intended to leverage LEED -- and the communities implementing the rating system -- to support buildings and neighborhoods in a post-pandemic world.

The Healthy People in Healthy Places Equals a Healthy Economy strategy promotes the idea that prioritizing the health of people, communities, and the planet is the fastest way to rebuild a healthier, more sustainable economy. USGBC is launching emergency guidance and upgrades to the LEED green building program to ensure that it reflects the realities that buildings, and more importantly, the people inside them, will face in the near future.

Under the new initiative, USGBC will update current LEED strategies in LEED v4.1 that support indoor environmental quality, cleaning, occupant comfort, operations, better materials, and risk management, while finding opportunities to introduce new approaches given the current public health crisis.

  • Introduce new LEED strategies and launch new pilot credits to support social distancing, nontoxic surface cleaning, air quality, and infection monitoring.

  • Form CEO Advisory Councils to advise and support USGBC's CEO on how the organization, its programs, and the building and construction industries can prioritize sustainability in a post-pandemic world.

  • Accelerate the implementation of its USGBC Equity program to better address the social, health, and economic disparities within communities.

  • Call for ideas and perspectives from the broader market on how LEED and healthy spaces can evolve given the current public health crisis.

  • Adapt a review process for LEED and other green business certification programs, and amend its LEED process to incorporate the lessons learned.

  • Publish a series of best practice guidance reports to help project teams assist their occupants as they re-enter their spaces.

    According to USGBC, refining LEED strategies and providing guidance that clearly communicates the economic, health, and environmental benefits of sustainable buildings, communities and cities to people -- especially during this time of uncertainty -- will be a priority. (Source: USGBC, Env..Energy Leader, 13 May, 2020) Contact: US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US Green Building Council,  


  • UC Berkeley Claims "Greenest Academic Building" (Ind. Report)
    UC Berkeley,USGBC
    Date: 2019-01-18
    The University of California, Berkeley reports it's Haas School of Business Chou Hall has received both US Green Building Council LEED Platinum certification and TRUE Zero Waste certification from Green Business Certification Inc., making it the "greenest academic building in the nation."

    The TRUE Platinum Zero Waste certification is a result of efforts to divert more 90 pct of Chou's landfill waste. TRUE Zero Waste certification levels include Certified, Silver, Gold, and Platinum. To achieve TRUE Platinum, the team earned 69 out of the 70 credits ranging from: composting food scraps, tracking the purchase of environmentally preferred products, providing employees with access to zero-waste training, and reducing the use of hazardous waste chemicals. (Source: University of California Berkeley, American School & University, Jan., 2019) Contact: TRUE Zero Waste, www.true.gbci.org; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News UC Berkeley,  LEED Certification,  USGBC,  WELL Certification,  


    Cox Phoenix Facility Wins Green Business Certification (Ind. Report)
    Green Business Certification,USGBC
    Date: 2018-12-17
    Atlanta-headquartered Cox Communications reports that its area fulfillment center (AFC) in Phoenix has scored Gold level under the Total Resource Use and Efficiency (TRUE) certification system for waste reduction efforts.

    Administered by Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), TRUE helps facilities define, pursue and achieve zero waste goals while becoming more resource and energy efficient. The program aims to change the way materials flow through society so that all products are reused and diverted from landfill, incineration (waste-to-energy) and the environment. TRUE provides best practices and training that helps businesses, property managers, schools, government agencies and nonprofits rethink how resources are used.

    Cox Conserves is Cox Enterprises' national sustainability program focused on reducing waste and energy consumption, as well as conserving water. The program engages each of the company's major subsidiaries -- Cox Communications, Cox Automotive and Cox Media Group -- and encourages eco-friendly practices. The company's sustainability goals are to send zero waste to landfill by 2024 and become carbon and water neutral by 2044.

    GBCI is the premier organization independently recognizing excellence in green business industry performance and practice globally. Established in 2008, GBCI exclusively administers project certifications and professional credentials and certificates within the framework of the U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) LEED green building rating systems, as well as the Sustainable SITES Initiative (SITES), TRUE Zero Waste Certification, Parksmart, the PEER standard for power systems, the WELL building standard, EDGE (Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiencies), Investor Confidence Project (ICP) for energy efficiency retrofits and the GRESB benchmark, which is used by institutional investors to improve the sustainability performance of the global property sector. www.gbci.org. (Source: Cox Enterprises, PR, 17 Dec., 2018) Contact: Cox Enterprises, Cox Conserves, Meredith Lindvall, Recycling Waste Diversion Program Manager, www.coxenterprises.com; GBCI, www.gbci.org; : USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Energy Conservation,  Cox Enterprises,  Green Business Certification ,  USGBC,  


    DEWA, GBCI Ink Dubai Green Building, Energy Efficiency MoU (Int'l)
    Green Business Certification Inc
    Date: 2018-05-14
    In the UAE, the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) reports it has inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Washington, DC-headquartered Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), an independent organization that recognizes excellence in green business industry performance and practice in 160 countries.

    Under the MoU, the two organizations will collaborate on building energy efficiency and related issues using the US Green Building Council's LEED Platinum certification standards and programs.

    The MoU supports DEWA's efforts to achieve the Demand Side Management Strategy to reduce electricity and water use by 30 pct by 2030, and the Carbon Abatement Strategy to cut carbon emissions by 16 pct by 2021. (Source: DEWA, Dubai Government Media Office, 13 May, 2018) Contact: Green Business Certification Inc., www.gbci.org; Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, Saeed Al Tayer, CEO, +971 4 601 9999, www.dewa.gov.ae; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC,  Green Business Certification Inc.,  DEWA,  USGBC,  LEED Certification,  


    CnGBC, GBCI Announce GBCI Canada Launch (Ind. Report)
    Canada Green Building Council,Green Business Certification Inc
    Date: 2018-02-28
    Further to our August 30, 2017 coverage, Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) and the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) confirm they have joined forces and launched GBCI Canada to accelerate the green building market in Canada -- the second largest market for LEED in the world. GBCI Canada enables the Canadian "green" building and energy efficiency industry to leverage new opportunities to validate enhanced building performance and increase operational savings.

    GBCI Canada exclusively administers project certifications within the LEED green building rating systems, as well as the WELL Building Standard, the Sustainable SITES Initiative (SITES) for land use, Parksmart for parking structures, TRUE Zero Waste, Investor Confidence Project (ICP) for energy efficiency retrofits, and the GRESB benchmark, which is used by institutional investors to improve the sustainability performance of the global property sector.

    The new venture is expected to result in additional GBCI programs that will help the Canadian market realize the economic and environmental benefits associated with green building, according to CaGBC. (Source: REMI Network, CaGBC, PR 27 Feb., 2018) Contact: Canada Green Building Council, Thomas Mueller, Pres., CEO, (613) 241-1184, www.cagbc.org; Green Business Certification Inc., www.gbta.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Canada Green Building Council,  Green Business Certification Inc,  


    IWBI Releases WELL Building Guide (Ind. Report)
    International WELL Building Institute
    Date: 2017-11-15
    In the Big Apple, the International WELL Building Institute™ (IWBI), a public benefit corporation, is reporting the release of its Manufacturer's Guide to WELL™ guide. The guide aims to help manufacturers who produce sustainable building products and materials navigate the WELL Building Standard (WELL) focused on setting design and policy protocols and performance thresholds that buildings and communities should strive to achieve to improve the health of the occupants of those spaces.

    Since its 2014 launch, more than 125 million square feet in 31 countries are WELL Registered or Certified, across various building types, including both new construction and existing buildings. The work is being led by more than 2,000 independent WELL APs worldwide.

    The WELL Building Standard and the WELL Community Standard are administered by the International WELL Building Institute and third-party certified by Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI). (Source: IWBI, PR, Nov., 2017) Contact: International WELL Building Institute, Rick Fedrizzi, Chairman and CEO, Callie Stanton, (646) 654-3438, (202) 650-0369, cstanton@nikecomm.com, www.wellcertified.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News International WELL Building Institute,  


    CaGBC Launching Green Building Standards Organization (Ind. Report)
    Canada Green Building Council,Green Business Certification
    Date: 2017-08-30
    The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) reports it has created a joint venture with Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) to create Green Business Certification Inc. Canada, a new organization that will focus solely on project certification and professional credentialing of green buildings and businesses. New standards and certifications that GBCI Canada will oversee include a zero-carbon building standard which will be introduced in September.

    The new program will be in charge of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) building rating system for improving the efficiency of water and energy use in buildings. LEED certification was previously offered through CaGBC. (Source: Canada Green Building Council, Business Vancouver, 31 Aug., 2017) Contact: Canada Green Building Council Thomas Mueller, Pres., CEO, (613) 241-1184, www.cagbc.org; Green Business Certification Inc., www.gbta.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Business Certification Inc.,  Canada Green Building Council,  Energy Efficiency,  Green Building,  

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