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Where Is The US Green Building Council LEEDing Us? Trade Associations Draw The Map

Bill Walsh | January 10, 2005 | Policies

[1] Don't miss the USGBC's response to this newsletter found below.

Over the past two decades, industry and conservative think tanks have invested millions of dollars to corrupt science. They distort the truth about tobacco, pesticides, ozone depletion, dioxin, acid rain and global warming. In their attempt to undermine the credible basis...


GREENBUILD 2004 FROM A to Z: Perspectives from Tabletop 14

Bill Walsh | November 19, 2004 | Policies

Last week, the Healthy Building Network (HBN) attended GreenBuild, the US Green Building Council's (USGBC) annual conference and exhibition in Portland, Oregon. GreenBuild gives over 5000 registered attendees access to 450 exhibitors, and over 100 workshops, seminars and speeches. This year HBN staffer Tom Lent made an award-winning poster pres...


The Healthy and High Performing School

Bill Walsh | October 15, 2004 | Policies

The Healthy Schools Network, Inc. is a national not-for-profit organization centered on children's environmental health, and dedicated to assuring every child and school employee an environmentally safe and healthy school. The Healthy Building News asked its leaders to discuss the impact of an important new report on how school buildings affect...


Life Cycle Analysis & Green Building: Credibility at The Crossroads

Tom Lent | September 16, 2004 | Policies

The Sustainable Products Purchasing Coalition (SPPC)[1] hopes to catalyze the market for sustainable products by getting consistent environmental performance data from manufacturers. They've chosen to do this through an Eco-Profile - a standardized form through which manufacturers can provide Life Cycle data for their product compatible with th...


The Philosophy of Sustainable Design: A New Book Predicts An End To PVC Use

Bill Walsh | July 26, 2004 | Policies

A new book entitled The Philosophy of Sustainable Design has earned widespread praise by green building leaders.[1] Author Jason McLennan,[2] the Director of Elements, the green consulting division of BNIM Architects, and founder of Ecotone Design, discussed his new book with Bill Walsh of HBN. The book can be purchased at www.ecotonedesign.com.[3]...


Trade Associations: The Good News & The Same Old Story

Bill Walsh | June 01, 2004 | Policies

The Environmental Building News reports that the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) board of directors voted "not to create a new membership category for trade associations" while at the same time voting "to increase the dialog with trade associations to better understand issues of concern to them and demonstrate that the Council is...


The Unbearable Lightness Of Being Green: Earth Day & Green Building 2004

Bill Walsh | April 19, 2004 | Policies

For inspiration this Earth Day, April 22, look to the green building movement. In word and deed, green building professionals have shown us the unbearable lightness of being green. Start by reading the comments to the US Green Building Council concerning Council governance (trade association membership) and LEED standards (a disputed PVC credit).[1...