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World's Biggest Carbon Emitters Convene in LA to Ramp Up Efforts Around Climate Change

Rick Fedrizzi | Posted 09.15.2015 | Green
Rick Fedrizzi

At the upcoming U.S.-China Climate-Smart/Low-Carbon Cities Summit in Los Angeles, both nations are expected to announce actions to combat ongoing climate change. A leader in energy efficiency, Los Angeles is an ideal city to host the summit.

The River Rose All Day... and Yet We Prevailed

Rick Fedrizzi | Posted 08.27.2015 | Green
Rick Fedrizzi

Ten years ago, all we could do was blindly believe in our best selves. Ten years into a recovery that will likely take several generations, it's clear New Orleans didn't wash away after all.

The Four-word Business Case for Green Building

Roger Platt | Posted 08.04.2015 | Business
Roger Platt

The idea that multiple institutional and other major investors are consciously assembling global portfolios of green, high-performance buildings was a foreign concept. Sophisticated developers have been looking for a "product differentiator" in some markets.

Three Things You Need to Know About Carbon

Maria Rodale | Posted 08.03.2015 | Green
Maria Rodale

Part II of a three-part sustainability series by guest blogger Larry Eighmy, managing principal of The Stone House Group You may recall learning ab...

How Schools Can Reduce Energy Costs and Promote a Sustainable Future

Maria Rodale | Posted 08.10.2015 | Green
Maria Rodale

Part III of a three-part sustainability series by guest blogger Larry Eighmy, Managing Principal of The Stone House Group When you think back o...

Passing the Torch

Rick Fedrizzi | Posted 07.07.2015 | Green
Rick Fedrizzi

Over the past few months, as I sat contemplating one of the biggest decisions of my life - whether to announce that my time as head of USGBC was sunsetting, and that in a year- and-a-half I would enter an exciting new chapter of life during which I would start tackling any number of the projects on my still-robust wish list - I remained torn right up to the very end.

The Mouse That Roared

Rick Fedrizzi | Posted 05.19.2015 | Green
Rick Fedrizzi

These Dutch men and women (under the auspices of an activist environmental organization that calls itself Urgenda -- as in "urgent agenda") have sued their government over its ongoing role in the emission of carbon gases and the resulting climate change.

Energy Efficiency in Bloom

Cliff Majersik | Posted 06.27.2015 | Green
Cliff Majersik

Building energy use policies begin to address this critical knowledge gap. Atlanta's new ordinance, for example, combines several powerful tools that together can provide unparalleled insight into these valuable assets.

Happy Earth Day, Take a Bow!

Rick Fedrizzi | Posted 06.22.2015 | Green
Rick Fedrizzi

Oh, don't get me wrong, we wide-eyed, bomb-fearing, TV-addicted, Beatles-worshipping, suburb-loving, post-war Baby Boomers did not invent environmental activism. We only learned it at the knees of rugged, daring, free-thinking individualists like Teddy Roosevelt.

The Eiffel Tower Just Became A Little More Green. Here Are 8 Other Landmarks That Did It First

The Huffington Post | James Gerken | Posted 03.02.2015 | Green

Two wind turbines have been successfully installed on the Eiffel Tower to offset some of the structure's energy use, renewable energy company UGE and ...

Green Real Estate Trends

Tara Campbell | Posted 02.03.2015 | Green
Tara Campbell

There are the obvious daily habits such as diet, exercise, and social activities that ensure good health, but what about the things we don't always think about? The less obvious areas of impact on our health include our homes, offices, and the built environment around us.

Even Thanksgiving Is Connected to Climate Change

Rick Fedrizzi | Posted 01.23.2015 | Green
Rick Fedrizzi

Because I spend all my time focusing on buildings and their impact on climate change, I hadn't considered that this Thanksgiving is one more area where we can all make a big contribution to climate change mitigation.

Living, Breathing History and Morality Through Design at Greenbuild 2014

Rick Fedrizzi | Posted 01.03.2015 | Green
Rick Fedrizzi

The U.S. Green Building Council recently concluded the 2014 Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, which took place Oct. 22-24 in New Orleans. Th...

An Investment Perspective on Green Building Market Transformation

Rick Fedrizzi | Posted 12.17.2014 | Green
Rick Fedrizzi

This week the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) - the independent certification organization for LEED, WELL, PEER and other sustainability...

Better Neighbors Wanted

Rick Fedrizzi | Posted 06.30.2014 | Green
Rick Fedrizzi

Every once in a while, I find myself between a rock and a hard place. It's pretty exciting when big, really high profile projects decide to use LEE...

A Tree Grows in Helsinki

Rick Fedrizzi | Posted 06.28.2014 | Green
Rick Fedrizzi

What's more, to many Americans the presence of such things on the public landscape says something far greater about how they view themselves and the society in which they find themselves privileged to live. I know. I'm one such guy.

James Gerken

Shadowy PR Company Sets Sights On Green Buildings And Enviro Groups | James Gerken | Posted 03.12.2014 | Green

NEW YORK -- A front group for Washington, D.C.-based public relations firm Berman & Company is back with new targets: green buildings, green groups an...

'Super' Bowls, Fields, Stadiums, Arenas: Where We Play Has a Huge Opportunity to Be Green

Rick Fedrizzi | Posted 04.06.2014 | Green
Rick Fedrizzi

Why should sports venues be green? Their very size and scale make it a no-brainer. By the very nature of their mission, they are going to use a LOT of energy, especially if some of it is needed to keep people warm.

Dear Mr. President: Support Better Buildings Through Executive Action

Rick Fedrizzi | Posted 04.01.2014 | Green
Rick Fedrizzi

Doing more to advance better buildings would help millions of Americans save energy and save money --- and should be part of the President's agenda to help make 2014 "a breakthrough year for America."

Green Is the New Black: Greenbuild 2014

Amanda Schneider | Posted 02.04.2014 | Green
Amanda Schneider

Many manufacturers are continuing to struggle with the availability of green ingredients in order to make their products both green and resilient.

City of Brotherly Love to Become a City of Hope at Greenbuild 2013

Rick Fedrizzi | Posted 01.25.2014 | Green
Rick Fedrizzi

It's been almost a year since I've seen it and yet I still find my mind regularly drifting back to Silver Linings Playbook, the 2012 Oscar-winning mov...

LEED Is Looking Forward

Rick Fedrizzi | Posted 08.13.2013 | Green
Rick Fedrizzi

I'd be hard put to call this latest skirmish about LEED's effectiveness a raging battle; it strikes me as being typical of the passionate dialogue tha...

Existing Buildings "to Live" for

Rick Fedrizzi | Posted 08.27.2013 | Green
Rick Fedrizzi

It just goes to prove again that even historic, commercial buildings can become energy-efficient and economically sustainable.

This Building Has As Much Impact On The Environment As A Flower

Posted 04.08.2013 | Green

HuffPost Live's Mike Sacks spoke recently with Richard V. Piacentini, Executive Director of the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. They exp...

NBA's Green Week Is Unique

Allen Hershkowitz | Posted 06.04.2013 | Green
Allen Hershkowitz

The National Basketball Association's Green Week is globally unique in all of professional sports: No other league or team dedicates an entire week every year to educating tens of millions of fans about the importance of protecting our planet.