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2016 LEED Report Shows Green Building Growth for Brazilian Economy

Published on 11 Aug 2016 Written by Joseph Crea Posted in Media

 Aug. 11, 2016)—The U.S. Green Building Council® (USGBC) released its 2016 LEED in Motion: Brazil report, which showcases tremendous industry growth in Brazil’s green building sector, including a 30 percent increase in the use of the LEED green building rating system over last year. The report was released at the annual GreenBuilding Brasil International Conference and Expo taking place in São Paulo, Brazil.

“The many projects pursuing LEED certification have dramatically helped Brazil grow its green economy. We’re proud of our contribution to Brazil’s green building surge and the corresponding ripple effect across the entire region,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, COO, USGBC, and president, Green Business Certification Inc.® (GBCI). “As the world’s leading standard for sustainable building design, construction and operations, LEED® helps innovative Brazilian business and political leaders attract new foreign investment, increase the competitiveness of real estate portfolios and position the nation as a world leader in the burgeoning green building economy.”

This timely report examines recent and significant gains in the application of green building techniques throughout Brazil, and even stronger year-over-year growth in the nation’s use of USGBC’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system, the world’s most widely used green building rating program. The report notes that, despite turbulent times in Brazil’s economic history, growth in the number of LEED registrations is the strongest it has been in nearly a decade. Today, there are currently 1,114 projects participating in LEED in Brazil, encompassing more than 32 million gross square meters of LEED space.

The report also offers timely insights and perspectives from prominent industry professionals and highlights impressive LEED projects such as the Nike Factory Store in Novo Hamburgo, Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, the CYK building and the Quem Disse Berenice store, both in São Paulo.

LEED in Motion: Brazil is the latest in a series of reports from USGBC designed to provide a holistic snapshot of the green building movement in international markets. The report equips green building advocates with the insight and perspective to understand the use of the globally recognized LEED rating system and to make a strong case for sustainable building activity.



How to travel greener with TripAdvisor

Published on 20 May 2013Written by Jenny Rushmore Posted in Industry

Many people are becoming more conscious about staying green while they travel.

TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site, offers a few easy tips for travelers who want to curb their carbon footprint, without sacrificing comfort, relaxation or fun!

Book a nonstop flight.  The fewer planes you need to reach your destination, the lower your carbon footprint. Also, choose an airline that participates in a recycling program.

Choose greener transportation.  Once you get to your destination, you’ll want to experience it. If you need a car, rent a hybrid or fuel-efficient vehicle.  Better yet, rent a bike or take advantage of public transportation, so you’ll never have to waste valuable time (and fuel) idling in traffic. Of course, the greenest way to get around is by walking. Sometimes walking is the only way to discover the true culture and see the sights of a destination. Plus, it’s a great way to save money.

Eat local.  Why travel to a place only to get food that has been flown in from thousands of miles away? Experience and support the community you are visiting and eat at restaurants that serve locally sourced, in-season foods.

Look for green hotels. TripAdvisor recently launched its new TripAdvisor Green Leaders Program. Created in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council and other green industry experts, the program recognizes hotels and B&Bs that engage in environmentally friendly practices, such as energy efficiency, recycling and solar panels.

All participating Green Leaders hotels on TripAdvisor are marked by a green leaf badge. Just visit and click on the badge to see the hotel’s green practices.

Reuse hotel towels. Every day, millions of gallons of water are used to wash hotel linens that have only been used once. TripAdvisor identifies hotels that participate in towel reuse programs. Just look for the Green Leaders properties on TripAdvisor.



USGBC Indiana promotes tree planting on Earth Day

Published on 14 Jul 2016Written by Hannah Fleck , Anna Waggoner Posted in Community

The public got a chance to hug a tree with USGBC Indiana on Earth Day.

The national Earth Day Network movement challenged citizens to do really big stuff for our planet this year and moving forward.  Earth Day Network is coming up on 50 years of the modern environmental movement that continues to inspire and motivate people to take action.

In anticipation of the momentous occasion, Earth Day Network launched a bold initiative that will encourage people to take action in their local communities and carry the message forward. The 2016 theme was “Trees for the Earth.” As a first step, National Earth Day has set a goal to plant 7.8 billion trees by 2020.

USGBC Indiana Central Branch decided to embrace this challenge with a local Earth Day 2016 slogan, “Hug A Tree with Me.”  The Central Branch sponsored a booth at Earth Day Indiana, and in an effort to encourage booth traffic, the branch undertook creating a “Tree Mascot” for the event.

Our Tree Mascot was a very popular attraction at Earth Day Indiana, and we received over 600 tree hugs and handed out over 700 stickers with the “Hug a Tree” logo, as well as posing for photos with good deal of visitors in the park. Participants were asked to hug a tree and post their photos on Facebook, as well to expand our message into the community.

Central Branch also had 250 tree saplings with planting instructions, and by the end of the day, had distributed all of them for free to tree huggers around Indianapolis. All in all, the event was a smashing success, and we recruited more than a few environmentalists to the cause of Earth Day.

Anna Waggoner

Anna M. Waggoner Architect, Owner

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Virginia will improve energy efficiency to cut carbon emissions

Published on 30 Jun 2016Written by Nick Brousse Posted in Advocacy and policy

Virginia’s Executive Order 57 aims to reduce carbon pollution from state power plants.

On June 28, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe signed Executive Order 57, a major step forward in combating climate change by reducing carbon pollution from the state’s power plants. The order directs Secretary of Natural Resources Molly Ward to convene a workgroup that will recommend steps to build upon existing efforts to improve energy efficiency and expand the state’s clean energy portfolio.

In a nod to the power of energy efficiency to reduce carbon emissions and utility bills, Gov. McAuliffe said, “We all understand that the cheapest kilowatt of energy is the one we do not consume.” The state has more than 1,000 LEED-certified projects encompassing nearly 135 million square feet of commercial, residential, manufacturing, educational, health care and other facility space. Virginia residents recognize the benefits of LEED and the positive impact green construction has on the triple bottom line—people, planet and profit. 

“Energy efficiency creates jobs, saves families and businesses money, and helps reduce pollution and carbon emissions—all benefits that the Commonwealth deserves from economic, energy and environmental initiatives like Executive Order 57,” the Governor continued.

The 2015 Green Building Economic Impact Study found that the green building sector in the U.S. is outpacing conventional construction growth and will account for more than 2.3 million American jobs this year. According to the report, LEED-certified construction in the Commonwealth alone is projected to account for 107,000 jobs and to contribute $9.39 billion in gross domestic product between 2015 and 2018.

Nick Brousse

Advocacy & Policy Project Manager


Green Apple Day of Service 2016

Published on 11 Jul 2016Written by Amanda Sawit Posted in Center for Green Schools

This year’s Green Apple Day is Sept. 24. Help us make an impact on schools worldwide!

Join us on Sept. 24 for the 2016 Green Apple Day of Service, and help make an impact on schools worldwide.

All over the world, communities are coming together to improve local schools, making an impact on the environment, supporting health and wellness and advancing environmental and sustainability literacy. School may have just gotten out for the summer, but the time is right to start a Green Apple Day event near you.

Getting involved is easy.

Visit for ideas and resources, and sign up to host an event in your community. 

We make a difference together.

Since 2012, an astounding 12,660 projects have taken place under the Green Apple Day of Service banner. More than 750,000 volunteers have affected the learning environments of 7 million students in all 50 U.S. states, as well as 73 countries.

Have a story about your involvement? We want to hear it!

This year, we’re keeping the momentum going strong and spotlighting the amazing commitments made between now and Sept. 24. Follow the Center for Green Schools on FacebookTwitter and Instagramto share your stories, or email the Center. We’ll be sharing stories and photos in the weeks to come.

We know that the school environment has a direct impact on students, teachers and staff, but unfortunately, many schools today face obstacles to promoting health and wellness in their facilities. According to the recent State of Our Schools: America’s K–12 Facilities report, the U.S. faces a projected annual shortfall of $46 billion in school funding to adequately maintain or build new schools that are healthy and efficient. The Green Apple Day of Service is your opportunity to directly address these challenges.

Together, we can transform our schools into healthy, vibrant places to learn, work and play while teaching valuable lessons about the environment and cultivating the world’s next generation of sustainability leaders.

Amanda Sawit

Content Specialist U.S. Green Building Council

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LEED Certification

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is a non profit organization that certifies sustainable businesses, homes, hospitals, schools, and neighborhoods. USGBC is dedicated to expanding green building practices and education, and its LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System™.

Chemline, Inc. is a member of The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and has the potential to provide LEED points.