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  • 16 Oct 2014 10:42 AM | Anonymous
    The Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI), the certification body for the global LEED® green building rating system, the WELL Building Standard®, the PEER™ program and other sustainability initiatives, announced today that it has acquired GRESB (the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark), an industry-driven organization committed to assessing the sustainability performance of real estate portfolios around the globe. “GRESB delivers the missing link by providing a framework for this measurement within and across portfolios,” added Fedrizzi. “The merging of our two organizations will provide an unprecedented view of global real estate that can help protect and enhance the value of its investments and contribute to a more sustainable built environment at the same time. This is a huge step.”

    The merger will provide the global real estate industry with a powerful set of integrated sustainability solutions, linking real time performance, asset certification and portfolio-level reporting to provide investment-grade data. These solutions will leverage GBCI’s established expertise providing rigorous third-party review, verification and training, which will be extended to the GRESB Survey in combination with GRESB’s unique capabilities to assess and benchmark critical aspects of environmental performance, social responsibility and corporate governance.  Together, GBCI and GRESB will provide investors with reliable information to inform global real estate investment decisions. 


    To learn more about this merger and these two organizations:

    Visit GBCI & GRESB





  • 08 Jul 2014 9:32 AM | Anonymous

    Paul Poirier + Associates Architects is a nationally recognized firm with a focus on sustainable design and a diverse project mix, including commercial retail, restaurants, civic and custom residential. We are seeking a full-time self-motivated Architectural Drafter with a minimum of 3 years AutoCAD architectural drafting experience to join our firm located in Santa Barbara. Candidates mist be client focused and have experience working as part of a team in a professional environment. This position requires the ability to work under the guidance of Architects/Project Managers while also coordinating with other team members. We are looking for a positive, dependable, responsible and conscientious individual who works well both independently and as par of a dynamic team.


    Candidate must have the following skills:

    - Proficiency in AutoCAD & Microsoft Office

    - Proficiency in Revit, SketchUp & Photoshop a plus

    - Ability to complete a full set of construction documents in AutoCAD and Revit

    - Ability to understand plans, sections, elevations, and working sketches, change orders, submittals, request for information, etc.

    - Excellent written and verbal skills

    - Strong organizational skills and the ability to multi-task and prioritize

    - Architectural degree a plus


    Compensation dependent on experience, Poirier + Associates offers health insurance, paid holidays, vacation and sick time to full-time employees


    Please send your cover letter, resume and work samples via email, PDF format files, 5MB maximum to Rose@sbarchitect.com No phone calls or drop-ins, please.


  • 07 Jul 2014 11:52 AM | Anonymous


    USGBC-C4 proudly presents the 2012-2013 Green Awards Book. This bi-annual publication features the best green projects from around the California Central Coast that participated in our Annual Green Awards Program. The 2012 & 2013 Green Awards had so many outstanding projects and we're excited to share them with you. Congratulations to all of the winners and thank you for participating and helping us in our journey to make sustainable communities available to everyone within this generation. Order Your Copy Today!

  • 07 Jul 2014 10:16 AM | Anonymous


    Congratulations to Georgia Brown Elementary School in Paso Robles, CA for completing the Gateway to Green Schools Program! To celebrate this achievement, they held a school carnival filled with fun carnival games, face painting, and cotton candy as well as interactive lessons in recycling, composting, and gardening. During the celebration, Georgia Brown was presented with their $500 grant check for completing Gateway to Green Schools. Georgia Brown is looking to use the grant to invest in on-site rainwater catchment in hopes of reducing their impact on the growing water shortage in Paso Robles. Together, we can make sustainable communities available to everyone within this generation.


  • 19 Feb 2014 11:42 AM | Anonymous
    Zero Energy, Zero Water, Zero Waste, Zero Carbon...Building Beyond Zero
    USGBC-C4 has some exciting plans for 2014! Check out our 2014 Action Plan to see how we plan to engage and inspire the Central Coast Community. We look forward to building a healthier community and continuing our mission to make sustainable communities available to everyone within this generation. Contact us today if you want to get involved and help your community.
  • 11 Feb 2014 11:51 AM | Anonymous

    PRC Leadership Summit- Westmont College, Montecito, CA
    The Pacific Region Council's Leadership Summit is an exclusive event held for chapter leaders in the Pacific Region. The Summit will be held on the campus of Westmont College, at the beautiful LEED Gold certified Winter Hall, located on over 100 acres of rolling woodland in Montecito, just outside of Santa Barbara, CA.
    Chapter Leaders from ten Pacific Region Chapters are invited, joined by USGBC National staff, for a day infused with education, leadership development, strategic partnering, membership, emerging professionals and chapter imaging.
    The summit launches on Friday evening at the Christian Fellowship Center and continues for the full day Saturday at Winter Hall. Sunday is an optional day but will be filled with fun events planned to explore and enjoy Santa Barbara and Montecito.

    To learn more about Hotel Reservations & Summit Registration:

    Contact: paul@sbarchitect.com
  • 11 Feb 2014 10:45 AM | Anonymous

    LEED Professional Credential Exams Evolving for LEED v4
    In June, LEED Green Associate and LEED AP exams will evolve for the LEED v4 rating sytem. The last day to take the credential exams with LEED v2009 content will be June 15, 2014 and the first day to take the exams with the new LEED v4 content will be June 30, 2014.
    LEED project experience competency will be assessed, for the first time, in the LEED AP Exam. The requirement to submit proof of project experience at the time of application is no longer required as of June 30. Since it is so critical to success in the AP Exam, GBCI strongly urges candidates to gain meaningful project experience prior to taking the test.
  • 11 Feb 2014 9:44 AM | Anonymous

    2014 EBie Awards- Urban Green Council
    The Urban Green Council (USGBC New York) is hosting its' national program, the annual EBie Awards, which recognizes outstanding performance in existing buildings, dovetails with USGBC's LEED for Existing Buildings efforts, and provides an exciting way to promote sustainability in buildings across the country. In addition to encouraging excellence in the industry, the EBies are a great way to ensure that the amazing work being done in our region is recognized by a national audience. Submissions are due March 20th, so submit your outstanding retrofit project today! Winners are announced April 16th and the EBie awards ceremony will be held in New York City at the Hard Rock Cafe Theater in Times Square on June 9, 2014.

  • 07 Jan 2014 9:41 AM | Anonymous
    Net Positive Energy + Water Conference
    February 4-5 @ Hyatt Regency- San Francisco, CA

    Net Zero Energy and Net Zero Water buildings have captured our minds and imaginations and begun to change our expectations for the pace of change in the future built environment. Though the technologies are still emerging, we are on the brink of a more productive, thriving and healthy community and future. Join the Internatonal Living Future Institute for their Net Positive Energy + Water Conference, where you will learn about net zero building, the latest in zero energy and water ideas, as well as new technologies and applications. Maude Barlow, political activist, policy critic, author and the leading voice in Canada for social justice, will be joining Denis Hayes and Jason F. McLennan as a keynote speakers at the conference. See you in San Francisco!
     
    To find out more about the conference and register, visit Living Future

  

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