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My America is Already Great

Rick Fedrizzi | Posted 08.02.2016 | Business
Rick Fedrizzi

This controversy that's been injected into the country's discourse about "Making America Great Again" drives me nuts. Does that mean that America is...

Is Your Landscape Lighting Polluting the Environment?

Paul F.P. Pogue | Posted 06.16.2016 | Green
Paul F.P. Pogue

(Photo by Brandon Smith) Avoid nuisance lighting and glare that bothers neighbors and interferes with the night sky view. Many homeowners turn to pr...

O'Malley's Green Legacy and Lessons for Those Who Will Follow

Rick Fedrizzi | Posted 02.09.2016 | Green
Rick Fedrizzi

By the time we get to the next Democratic presidential debate in Flint, Michigan, on March 6, we'll have a lot better feel as to who will go forward as the party's nominee. But now, there are only two Democratic candidates, because Martin O'Malley has ended his campaign.

Great Ideas Are Our Best Currency

Rick Fedrizzi | Posted 01.14.2016 | Green
Rick Fedrizzi

I wrote a note to myself recently to the effect that there are "few things more sustainable than a great idea." Think about it. A great idea can become a life force of its own. It can stimulate. It can inspire and motivate.

Rethinking Recycling: A Call to Action

Rick Fedrizzi | Posted 11.16.2015 | Green
Rick Fedrizzi

We split the atom. We invented the light bulb. Heck, we not only sent a man to the moon, we brought him back again. Why, then, can we not get recycling right?

The Business Case for Green Building: Four More Words

Roger Platt | Posted 09.23.2016 | Green
Roger Platt

I recently observed that a "refreshing free-market breeze" is blowing in the direction of green buildings and green communities. I summarized part of ...

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

Rick Fedrizzi | Posted 09.15.2016 | 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 08.27.2016 | 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 08.03.2016 | 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.

Passing the Torch

Rick Fedrizzi | Posted 07.06.2016 | 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.

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.

Six Myths of Sustainable Design

Lance Hosey | Posted 05.08.2015 | Green
Lance Hosey

Recently, my team and I surveyed hundreds of architects and designers to understand the obstacles to going green. What emerged were six misperceptions about sustainable design.

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...

Detroit Offers Builders, Developers and Dreamers a Unique Opportunity

Rick Fedrizzi | Posted 08.09.2014 | Detroit
Rick Fedrizzi

It is in many ways an urban planner's utopia: a city craving retribution and redefinition, and one armed with thousands of hungry, skilled workers, available space and as many natural resources as any city in the country.

Making Things Right Is in Tom Darden's Blood

Rick Fedrizzi | Posted 07.20.2014 | Impact
Rick Fedrizzi

What can I say? Watching Tom Darden work in his adoptive hometown of New Orleans seems to be like watching a man who is to his field what Paul McCartney is to music. In other words, when it comes to sustainable building, the man is a natural.

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."

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...

The Price of Education

Rick Fedrizzi | Posted 05.25.2013 | Politics
Rick Fedrizzi

Do we want to simply talk a good game? Or do we want to put our money where our mouth is and give to our children and theirs what our parents and grandparents once sacrificed to give us?

Dear President Obama...Green Building Can Lead America's Economic Comeback!!

Rick Fedrizzi | Posted 01.12.2013 | Green
Rick Fedrizzi

This week, 40,000 people will gather at Greenbuild 2012 in San Francisco to celebrate the green building movement. And we've got a lot to cheer about.

Reflections on Rio+20: Who Are These New Environmentalists Undaunted by Political Gridlock?

Roger Platt | Posted 08.28.2012 | Green
Roger Platt

I firmly believe a new generation of pragmatic and committed leaders was hard at work at the conference in Rio. Our job now is to identify who these leaders are and how to work with them to ensure they succeed.

Fine Gardening Lessons for All of Us

Rick Fedrizzi | Posted 06.16.2012 | Green
Rick Fedrizzi

Gardens are far more than a backdrop. They truly are symbols of life's resilience, of hope and possibility, of well-being and connection to something larger, and infinitely more important, than our simple selves.

Self-Reliance Becomes a Movement

Rick Fedrizzi | Posted 04.10.2012 | Green
Rick Fedrizzi

The things we are fighting for and believe in are not fueled by politics, nor are they vulnerable to political rhetoric. They are the things that will make this country stronger.