15 Things I learned at Greenbuild 2013, In No Particular Order
#1 Gangster gardener Ron Finley is super inspiring—watch his TED TALK!
#2 For the most up-to-date green building market information, download the 2013 reports from McGraw-Hill
#3 The newly launched 2030 Palette is a free online platform that enables design professionals to access and add to the principles and actions behind low-carbon and resilient built environments
#4 The Envision Sustainable Infrastructure Rating System is a complement to LEED that provides a tool to evaluate and rate the community, environmental, and economic benefits of all types and sizes of infrastructure projects
#5 LEED v4 is LAUNCHED! Go HERE for an overview of the new version, reference guides, forms, calculators and the credit library
#6 The Well Building Standard complements LEED with a simple, comprehensive performance-based standard for protecting human health
#7 The Federal Trade Commission publishes the Green Guides to help marketers avoid making false environmental claims about their products
#9 The Appraisal Practices Board published its first Exposure Draft on the Valuation of Green Buildings in July
#10 Rocky Mountain Institute is working toward achieving a building stock that is 50% more efficient by 2050
#11 Office Depot is a founding member of the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council and has a great new tool that enables businesses to track and change their purchasing habits.
#12 During her keynote, Hillary Rodham Clinton urged green building professionals to make their voices heard at every level of government. Do so by joining USGBC’s Team Troublemaker
#13 Nate Silver makes statistics cool! For some interesting reading about probability and uncertainty, buy his book, “The Signal and the Noise”
#14 USGBC has teamed up with Underwriters Laboratory (UL), the world’s leading safety and certification group, to improve building product transparency and occupant health and safety. Learn more HERE
#15 The Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Rebuild By Design Competition has selected the finalists in this effort to improve the resiliency of coastal communities affected by Hurricane Sandy