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Sustainability Within a Generation

Starting this Wednesday, the USGBC’s Greenbuild International Conference and Expo will convene and I’m geeked to take some time to fly out and participate.  The USGBC and LEED, I believe, should take a lot of credit for creating new opportunities in this exciting green building movement in which we all participate.  At the same time, though, I try not to forget that many of our neighbors, friends, or family may not have an idea as to what’s growing into a watershed moment in building, design, and construction.  To get an idea of how far this movement has evolved, the USGBC just released eight, short videos in a series called 15 Years, 15 Stories.  The video highlights various leaders and their collective perspective over fifteen years of working with the USGBC. 

Along with these video vignettes, the USGBC has issued its first Annual Report, which report contains details of the Strategic Plan for the USGBC 2009 to 2013.  Might be some good reading material in preparation for the conference this week.  See you there!


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  • Gab

    interesting to see how the green agenda will drive the next 5 years of USGBC work….Lots of lessons learned during these years hopefully marketing vs. substance

  • elaine hsieh

    we are seeking many emerging areas, somewhat reflected in the latest USGBC strategic plan – one of which is a large interwoven theme of “social equity” which has been grossly neglected in the green building industry in the past. you will see a lot of this topic this week at greenbuild.

    • http://www.jetsongreen.com Preston

      I noticed that … I’m interested to hear more about this theme, but still unsure as to what social equity precisely means. Does it refer to fair wages, construction practices, affordable housing, healthy structures for all, and/or green communities and neighborhoods, etc.?

  • Adrian P

    Fascinating videos; let’s hope the new building momentum continues, and innovative buildings such as the Visionaire (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJs1BKV518I) continue make use of these new lessons.

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