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    [summary] => Roadmap will lay the foundation for a future of LEED that is regenerative.
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    [body] => The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced LEED Positive – a vision statement and LEED development roadmap that will lay the foundation for a future of LEED that is regenerative.

“We must do all we can to leverage our tools and resources to scale up reductions in carbon emissions associated with buildings, communities and cities,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO, USGBC. “LEED must evolve qualitatively and quantitatively. Qualitatively, it must transition from strategies that reduce the harm done by buildings to strategies that cause no harm and are regenerative by design, ensuring our buildings are actually giving back more than they take. And quantitatively it will need to accelerate and increase its impact ten to a hundred-fold by leveraging our Arc performance platform. The future of LEED is LEED positive.”

In the 20 years since its launch, LEED has transformed global building practices and communities all over the world. With more than 100,000 projects now engaged, the rating system has catalyzed changes in the building industry related to energy, water, waste, indoor environmental quality and more. From mainstreaming cool roofs, low-VOC paints, building efficiency and commissioning, to providing the proof of concept enabling dramatic increases in the stringency of energy codes, LEED has defined green building standards.

The world faces staggering challenges through 2050 in terms of water scarcity, air quality, resiliency and climate change. To help address these issues, the LEED Positive vision will guide USGBC in transitioning LEED from strategies that reduce the harm done by buildings to strategies that cause no harm and begin the process of healing and repair.

LEED Positive will encourage development that allows buildings to become a vehicle for environmental restoration and repair. The vision is composed of several parts that will work together to guide the development of the LEED rating system, including:
Proposed LEED Positive targets for energy and carbon reduction that will require new construction to go further and push existing buildings with high energy usage to substantially increase their efficiency efforts;
Define LEED Positive targets for other LEED credit categories that make up the holistic LEED rating system;
Continue investment in LEED v4.1 to accelerate the implementation and adoption of LEED for both new and existing buildings;
Support category level performance certificates through the Arc platform to provide existing buildings with a pathway to LEED certification. 

“Thanks to LEED v4.1, we are seeing increased interest from existing buildings in LEED certification. This is crucial because existing buildings represent our largest market segment, providing category-level performance certificates is an important catalyst in further accelerating the transformation of our existing buildings,” said Melissa Baker, senior VP of LEED Technical Core at USGBC.

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The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), creators of the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) green building program, announced a new $500,000 grant from Bank of America. 
 
The funding supports the LEED certification of 15 U.S. cities and communities. The grant provides financial assistance, educational resources and technical support throughout the certification process. USGBC and Bank of America launched the LEED for Cities and Communities grant program with six U.S. cities in 2018.
 
“To realize a sustainable future for all, today’s cities and communities must strive to be green, resilient, inclusive and smart,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO, USGBC. “The LEED for Cities and Communities certification programs give leaders a framework for planning, designing, measuring and managing the social, economic and environmental performance of the places where they live, work, learn and play. With support from Bank of America, we will empower these grant recipients to deliver a higher living standard for their residents.”
 
Earlier this year, USGBC released the newest version of the program, LEED v4.1. The U.S. cities and communities that will benefit from the 2019 grants are the first to pursue LEED v4.1 certification and include:
Bank of America is a longtime member of USGBC and has pursued LEED certification for its own operations. Presently, the company has 19 million square feet of LEED-certified workspace, including more than 200 LEED-certified financial centers.
 
“USGBC is a leader in creating more environmentally sustainable buildings, cities and communities,” said Alex Liftman, Global Environmental executive at Bank of America. “Our deployment of capital is helping to create thriving communities for the future that are resilient and more sustainable places to work and live.”
 
The bank previously supported USGBC’s Affordable Green Neighborhoods Program, which provided assistance to eligible nonprofit and public-sector developers of affordable housing to ensure that every new unit of affordable housing meets the highest standards of sustainability and offers residents the healthiest communities possible. In total, Bank of America has provided $2.5 million in grants to USGBC since 2011.
 
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The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) green building program rating system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is the preeminent program for the design, construction, maintenance and operation of high-performance green buildings.

“We are very proud to receive this designation,” said Seth Epstein, senior manager for Corporate Sustainability. “Achieving LEED certification is one of the ways NSF International demonstrates its commitment to corporate sustainability and helping other organizations do the same. Pursuit of LEED certification is in perfect alignment with NSF’s own mission to protect and improve human health and the environment.”

Completed in July 2017, the 30,000 square foot state-of-the-art lab and office expansion was NSF International’s second LEED certification project. The first project, completed in December 2007, achieved Silver certification for implementing practical and measurable strategies and solutions to improve energy performance to emphasize human health.

Some of the features that helped NSF International earn its certification include: “LEED is a transformative tool that ensures a building is designed and operating to achieve high performance in key areas of human and environmental health while enhancing the triple bottom line - people, planet and profit,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO, USGBC. “By prioritizing sustainability, NSF International is leading the way in its industry and helping USGBC continue toward our vision of a sustainably built environment within a generation.” [views] => 0 [published] => 1 [status] => 3 [priority] => 0 [publish_date] => 2019-06-07 10:03:00 [updated_at] => 2019-06-06 10:09:58 [last_updated_author] => 228513 [uploaded_by] => 142069 [user_role_id] => 0 [custom_fields] => [] [custom_fields_old] => [splitcontent] => 1 [content_url] => [related_content_ids] => ["315433","315219","309738","310546","306237","307804","314734","307608","309351","308965","311232","304904","311610","307427"] [is_show_company_name] => [created_at] => 2019-06-06 09:57:11 ) [2] => Content Object ( [className] => Content [contentLinks] => Array ( ) [belongsTo] => [contentIssue] => [id] => 316189 [pageNumber] => [offset] => [totalPages] => [last_query] => [last_sql] => [show_errors] => 1 [databaseServer] => Array ( [key] => master [host] => 172.24.16.232 [user] => rodpub_beta [pass] => MvQQzhse92k58yA [db] => rodpub_beta ) [tableName] => contents [content_type_id] => 2487 [resource_id] => 0 [author_id] => 0 [primary_issue_slug] => [author_name] => {"name":"","title":""} [magazine_id] => 5 [layout_id] => 0 [primary_image] => 190284 [primary_image_old] => [slider_image_id] => 190284 [banner_image] => 0 [title] => Paul Hawken Announced as Keynote Speaker for GreenerBuilder [short_title] => [summary] => Annual conference focuses on green building issues in the Pacific Region of the U.S. [slug] => paul-hawken-announced-as-keynote-speaker-for-greenerbuilder [body] =>
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced that author, sustainability entrepreneur and activist Paul Hawken will provide the opening keynote at its annual GreenerBuilder conference taking place at the Marriot Marquis in downtown San Francisco on July 25, 2019. 
 
GreenerBuilder is the largest conference dedicated to the green building industry in the Pacific region and brings together hundreds of building professionals, sustainability leaders and change-makers to discuss today’s most pressing sustainability and green building issues. Registration is currently open.
 
“GreenerBuilder is an opportunity for the green building community in the region to come together and discuss innovations and sustainability opportunities for the built environment,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO, USGBC. “Paul’s extensive knowledge of sustainable business, green building and the impacts of environmental degradation on the Pacific region is instrumental for bringing all of our partners to the table and uniting us under one common goal – creating a universal living standard.”
 
Hawken is the founder of Project Drawdown, which works with more than 200 scholars, students, scientists, researchers and activists to map, measure and model the 100 most substantive solutions that can reverse global warming through reduction and sequestration of greenhouse gases. 
 
Hawken has founded several successful, ecologically conscious businesses, written about the impacts of commerce on living systems, and consulted with heads of state and CEOs on economic development, industrial ecology and environmental policy. His eight books have been featured on national and The New York Times bestseller lists.
 
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The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced a call for proposals to solicit feedback and concepts for the next version of LEED. USGBC created the LEED green building program 20 years ago to measure and define green building and to provide a roadmap for developing sustainable buildings. LEED is updated through a continuous improvement process and with each new version USGBC is evolving LEED’s approach and challenging the building sector to be more resource-efficient and sustainable.
 
In April 2019, USGBC officially released the complete suite of LEED v4.1 rating systems. LEED v4.1 emphasizes the human experience and pushes project teams to create spaces that not only reduce carbon emissions, energy, water use and waste but also improve the health and well-being of the people who live, work, learn and play in these buildings, cities and communities every day.
 
“With LEED v4.1 we have fundamentally transformed our rating system development process,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, president & CEO, USGBC. “It has allowed us to become more agile and adaptable to incorporate real-time feedback so that we can realistically raise the bar on the marketplace. We received an overwhelming response to our LEED v4.1 call for proposals, which has helped us to deliver on the market needs making LEED v4.1 successful and a market leader. Building on this success, we are excited to engage the market again to solicit ideas, proposals and feedback for improving LEED v4.1 and future versions of LEED. Together, we can continue the work we started with LEED v4.1 to ensure that LEED is not only the de facto leadership standard but also creating a better living standard.”
 
Cities around the world are mitigating climate risks by pledging to raise the bar to reduce carbon emissions. Investors are weighing their opportunities, consciously screening for projects that align with their values and prove winning ESG strategies. Building owners are pivoting focus to the occupants to reduce inequality, combat health concerns and deliver value to support the day-to-day needs of everyone and raise their living standard. The trajectory of LEED is to support these market changes by continuing to improve the performance throughout the lifecycle of buildings, advance net zero and net positive practices, and reward leaders based on their performance to enable building owners and city leaders to track progress toward environmental, social and governance (ESG) goals.
 
“Imagine a rating system adaptive and responsive to the ever-changing world around us. This is what we are working toward with LEED,” said Melissa Baker, SVP, LEED. “Now that LEED v4.1 is out and has been positively received by the community, we are exploring how we can strengthen LEED v4.1 and also plan what’s next for the rating system. We are working to ensure that LEED remains a global leadership standard, and we know that as we evolve LEED, industry feedback and support are critical.”
 
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The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced that the third annual Greenbuild Europe conference will be held in Dublin, Ireland on March 24-25, 2020 at Croke Park. The conference brings together green building leaders from throughout Europe and celebrates the industry’s accomplishments in creating a more sustainable built environment and a better quality of life for all. The call for proposals to submit new and compelling sessions for the conference is now open.
 
“Europe is at the forefront of green building,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, president & CEO, USGBC and Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), the global certifying body for LEED. “With Europe’s remarkable leadership, Dublin, Ireland, is the perfect location for Greenbuild Europe as we work toward our vision of green buildings for everyone.”
 
Greenbuild Europe will feature sessions covering all aspects of sustainable design, construction and operations practices for buildings and communities, including their impact on people, the environment and the economy. Greenbuild attendees will learn about LEED v4 and v4.1, building performance, energy efficiency, codes, market trends, health and wellbeing, the business case for green building and more.
 
Other educational topics at Greenbuild Europe will include:
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The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), creators of the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) green building program, announced a new $500,000 grant from Bank of America. 
 
The funding supports the LEED certification of 15 U.S. cities and communities. The grant provides financial assistance, educational resources and technical support throughout the certification process. USGBC and Bank of America launched the LEED for Cities and Communities grant program with six U.S. cities in 2018.
 
“To realize a sustainable future for all, today’s cities and communities must strive to be green, resilient, inclusive and smart,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO, USGBC. “The LEED for Cities and Communities certification programs give leaders a framework for planning, designing, measuring and managing the social, economic and environmental performance of the places where they live, work, learn and play. With support from Bank of America, we will empower these grant recipients to deliver a higher living standard for their residents.”
 
Earlier this year, USGBC released the newest version of the program, LEED v4.1. The U.S. cities and communities that will benefit from the 2019 grants are the first to pursue LEED v4.1 certification and include:
Bank of America is a longtime member of USGBC and has pursued LEED certification for its own operations. Presently, the company has 19 million square feet of LEED-certified workspace, including more than 200 LEED-certified financial centers.
 
“USGBC is a leader in creating more environmentally sustainable buildings, cities and communities,” said Alex Liftman, Global Environmental executive at Bank of America. “Our deployment of capital is helping to create thriving communities for the future that are resilient and more sustainable places to work and live.”
 
The bank previously supported USGBC’s Affordable Green Neighborhoods Program, which provided assistance to eligible nonprofit and public-sector developers of affordable housing to ensure that every new unit of affordable housing meets the highest standards of sustainability and offers residents the healthiest communities possible. In total, Bank of America has provided $2.5 million in grants to USGBC since 2011.
 
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The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) green building program rating system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is the preeminent program for the design, construction, maintenance and operation of high-performance green buildings.

“We are very proud to receive this designation,” said Seth Epstein, senior manager for Corporate Sustainability. “Achieving LEED certification is one of the ways NSF International demonstrates its commitment to corporate sustainability and helping other organizations do the same. Pursuit of LEED certification is in perfect alignment with NSF’s own mission to protect and improve human health and the environment.”

Completed in July 2017, the 30,000 square foot state-of-the-art lab and office expansion was NSF International’s second LEED certification project. The first project, completed in December 2007, achieved Silver certification for implementing practical and measurable strategies and solutions to improve energy performance to emphasize human health.

Some of the features that helped NSF International earn its certification include: “LEED is a transformative tool that ensures a building is designed and operating to achieve high performance in key areas of human and environmental health while enhancing the triple bottom line - people, planet and profit,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO, USGBC. “By prioritizing sustainability, NSF International is leading the way in its industry and helping USGBC continue toward our vision of a sustainably built environment within a generation.” [views] => 0 [published] => 1 [status] => 3 [priority] => 0 [publish_date] => 2019-06-07 10:03:00 [updated_at] => 2019-06-06 10:09:58 [last_updated_author] => 228513 [uploaded_by] => 142069 [user_role_id] => 0 [custom_fields] => [] [custom_fields_old] => [splitcontent] => 1 [content_url] => [related_content_ids] => ["315433","315219","309738","310546","306237","307804","314734","307608","309351","308965","311232","304904","311610","307427"] [is_show_company_name] => [created_at] => 2019-06-06 09:57:11 ) [2] => Content Object ( [className] => Content [contentLinks] => Array ( ) [belongsTo] => [contentIssue] => [id] => 316189 [pageNumber] => [offset] => [totalPages] => [last_query] => [last_sql] => [show_errors] => 1 [databaseServer] => Array ( [key] => master [host] => 172.24.16.232 [user] => rodpub_beta [pass] => MvQQzhse92k58yA [db] => rodpub_beta ) [tableName] => contents [content_type_id] => 2487 [resource_id] => 0 [author_id] => 0 [primary_issue_slug] => [author_name] => {"name":"","title":""} [magazine_id] => 5 [layout_id] => 0 [primary_image] => 190284 [primary_image_old] => [slider_image_id] => 190284 [banner_image] => 0 [title] => Paul Hawken Announced as Keynote Speaker for GreenerBuilder [short_title] => [summary] => Annual conference focuses on green building issues in the Pacific Region of the U.S. [slug] => paul-hawken-announced-as-keynote-speaker-for-greenerbuilder [body] =>
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced that author, sustainability entrepreneur and activist Paul Hawken will provide the opening keynote at its annual GreenerBuilder conference taking place at the Marriot Marquis in downtown San Francisco on July 25, 2019. 
 
GreenerBuilder is the largest conference dedicated to the green building industry in the Pacific region and brings together hundreds of building professionals, sustainability leaders and change-makers to discuss today’s most pressing sustainability and green building issues. Registration is currently open.
 
“GreenerBuilder is an opportunity for the green building community in the region to come together and discuss innovations and sustainability opportunities for the built environment,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO, USGBC. “Paul’s extensive knowledge of sustainable business, green building and the impacts of environmental degradation on the Pacific region is instrumental for bringing all of our partners to the table and uniting us under one common goal – creating a universal living standard.”
 
Hawken is the founder of Project Drawdown, which works with more than 200 scholars, students, scientists, researchers and activists to map, measure and model the 100 most substantive solutions that can reverse global warming through reduction and sequestration of greenhouse gases. 
 
Hawken has founded several successful, ecologically conscious businesses, written about the impacts of commerce on living systems, and consulted with heads of state and CEOs on economic development, industrial ecology and environmental policy. His eight books have been featured on national and The New York Times bestseller lists.
 
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The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced a call for proposals to solicit feedback and concepts for the next version of LEED. USGBC created the LEED green building program 20 years ago to measure and define green building and to provide a roadmap for developing sustainable buildings. LEED is updated through a continuous improvement process and with each new version USGBC is evolving LEED’s approach and challenging the building sector to be more resource-efficient and sustainable.
 
In April 2019, USGBC officially released the complete suite of LEED v4.1 rating systems. LEED v4.1 emphasizes the human experience and pushes project teams to create spaces that not only reduce carbon emissions, energy, water use and waste but also improve the health and well-being of the people who live, work, learn and play in these buildings, cities and communities every day.
 
“With LEED v4.1 we have fundamentally transformed our rating system development process,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, president & CEO, USGBC. “It has allowed us to become more agile and adaptable to incorporate real-time feedback so that we can realistically raise the bar on the marketplace. We received an overwhelming response to our LEED v4.1 call for proposals, which has helped us to deliver on the market needs making LEED v4.1 successful and a market leader. Building on this success, we are excited to engage the market again to solicit ideas, proposals and feedback for improving LEED v4.1 and future versions of LEED. Together, we can continue the work we started with LEED v4.1 to ensure that LEED is not only the de facto leadership standard but also creating a better living standard.”
 
Cities around the world are mitigating climate risks by pledging to raise the bar to reduce carbon emissions. Investors are weighing their opportunities, consciously screening for projects that align with their values and prove winning ESG strategies. Building owners are pivoting focus to the occupants to reduce inequality, combat health concerns and deliver value to support the day-to-day needs of everyone and raise their living standard. The trajectory of LEED is to support these market changes by continuing to improve the performance throughout the lifecycle of buildings, advance net zero and net positive practices, and reward leaders based on their performance to enable building owners and city leaders to track progress toward environmental, social and governance (ESG) goals.
 
“Imagine a rating system adaptive and responsive to the ever-changing world around us. This is what we are working toward with LEED,” said Melissa Baker, SVP, LEED. “Now that LEED v4.1 is out and has been positively received by the community, we are exploring how we can strengthen LEED v4.1 and also plan what’s next for the rating system. We are working to ensure that LEED remains a global leadership standard, and we know that as we evolve LEED, industry feedback and support are critical.”
 
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The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced that the third annual Greenbuild Europe conference will be held in Dublin, Ireland on March 24-25, 2020 at Croke Park. The conference brings together green building leaders from throughout Europe and celebrates the industry’s accomplishments in creating a more sustainable built environment and a better quality of life for all. The call for proposals to submit new and compelling sessions for the conference is now open.
 
“Europe is at the forefront of green building,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, president & CEO, USGBC and Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), the global certifying body for LEED. “With Europe’s remarkable leadership, Dublin, Ireland, is the perfect location for Greenbuild Europe as we work toward our vision of green buildings for everyone.”
 
Greenbuild Europe will feature sessions covering all aspects of sustainable design, construction and operations practices for buildings and communities, including their impact on people, the environment and the economy. Greenbuild attendees will learn about LEED v4 and v4.1, building performance, energy efficiency, codes, market trends, health and wellbeing, the business case for green building and more.
 
Other educational topics at Greenbuild Europe will include:
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