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USGBC Idaho announces creating healthy spaces, a summer education series for building professionals

Friday, June 26th, 2015

During the summer months, it’s a treat to let the heat, vacation and family time get your head out of the daily grind. But don’t let the dog days of summer keep you from staying on top of your professional development education.

Join USGBC Idaho and our industry partners for a free education series from July through August to earn CEUs and stay current on the latest trends in human health in the built environment.

Join us for one or all of the education events. See the schedule below and RSVP online for the courses that interest youSit Fit Ergonomics registration should be directed to Roxanne.averill@allseating.com Cell (208) 996-4577. Please RSVP for this event by July 31, 2015.

Topic Date Time Location CEUs Available*
Improving Healthcare Outcomes Through Interior Prefab Construction: The Business Case July 9, 2015 4:30 – 6 PM HB/DIRTT Green Learning Center 401 West Idaho Street, Boise AIA – DIRTTE6 – LU/HSW – good for 1.0 credit IDCEC – CEU – 103318 – good for 0.1 credit
Authentically Green Interiors – Optimizing Nature’s Design** July 16, 2015 5:30 – 7 PM CSHQA Conference Room. 200 Broad Street Boise. AIA – PAW1 – LU/HSW – 1 Credit. IDCEC – CEU – 101052 CEU Good for one CEU Value. ASID 0.1 CEU. LACES 1.0 PDH. GBCI – 009000196
Institutionalizing Healthy Buildings – An Introduction to the WELL Building Standard July 30, 2015 11:45 – 1 PM Integrated Design Lab. 306 S. 6th Street, Boise 1 AIA CEU for HSW. Course number pending.
Sit Fit Ergonomics August 4, 2015 Noon – BYBB (Bring Your own Brown Bag) Integrated Design Lab. 306 S. 6th Street, Boise AIA – CC-103329-1005 – HSW – good for 1.0 Credit. IDCEC – CEU-103329 – 1005 –  Good for 1.0 CEU Value. Credit will also be accepted by ASID, IIDA & IDC
Green Roofs August 13, 2015 Noon – BYBB (Bring Your own Brown Bag) USGBC Idaho Office. 523 West Front Street, Boise

* Refer to the USGBC Credential Maintenance Program Guide for guidelines on self reporting LEED professional accreditation CE hours.

** Green Plants for Green Buildings is a Registered Provider with the U.S. Green Building Council continuing education program for credentialing maintenance. Certificates of Completion for LEED APs and other participants are available on request. GBCI Course number 009000196

Detailed course descriptions are listed below:

  • Improving Healthcare Outcomes Through Interior Prefab Construction: The Business Case. Learn how prefab, modular construction supports a more sustainable approach to building and improves patient and staff outcomes. Prefabricated interior assemblies improve outcomes in healthcare facilities, contributing to cost-effective solutions for technical challenges such as the spread of infection and high noise levels. Prefabrication moves construction off site, minimizing disruption and downtime during renovations, and delivering clean construction in shorter timeframes. Cost overruns are eliminated and quality is guaranteed. Smart software design tools make complexity in design essentially free and facilitate client participation. Learn how prefab, modular construction supports a more sustainable approach to building and improves Patient and staff outcomes. Tasty treats, lots of wine, and lively discussions included.
  • Authentically Green Interiors – Optimizing Nature’s Design. Plant based designs and living walls are attracting the attention of building and design professionals everywhere. The benefits of plants indoors include increased employee productivity, hospital healing rates, tenant and employee retention, and retail sales. Add that to fewer sick days and decreased patient pain medication requirements, and the case for plants indoors is easy to make. Through compelling research citations and beautiful interiorscape photographs, you will understand the science behind these benefits and become an advocate for promoting plants indoors, and the healthy environments they create – naturally. Snacks and drinks will be provided.
  • Institutionalizing Healthy Buildings – An Introduction to the WELL Building Standard. The WELL Building Standard® is an evidence-based system for measuring, certifying, and monitoring the performance of building features that impact health and wellbeing. Learn how the WELL standard has created a universal language to define and quantify healthy building attributes.
  • Sit Fit Ergonomics. All of us sit too much during the day and not all of us are sitting correctly. Work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSD’s) are the most widespread occupational health hazard. Knowledge and application of workplace efficiency and injury prevention makes you a value-added resource. This class is an introduction of proper Ergonomics and use of work tools while in the seated position. You will learn how to avoid fatigue and pain that can affect your body in and out of the workplace.
  • Green Roofs. This educational opportunity is a live webinar hosted by the USGBC Colorado Chapter. USGBC Idaho will host a group viewing at our office in Boise. Participants will learn how green roofs can reduce stormwater runoff, cooling costs and urban heat island effects while improving building aesthetics.

We hope to see you at this new educational series! Register today.

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USGBC Idaho Challenges Schools to Go Green

Friday, May 1st, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

USGBC Idaho Challenges Schools

Cash prizes and trophies awarded to winners of the 2015 Idaho Green Schools Challenge

The buildings in which we educate our children have a lasting impact on our youth’s scholastic performance, career potential, health and environmental ethic. School districts across Idaho can also save tax payer money through measures on energy efficiency, water efficiency, and by reducing waste.

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Idaho chapter is using the Idaho Gives platform on May 7th to make #GreenFutures a reality for Idaho school children by creating healthy, productive, and efficient school environments through the Idaho Green Schools Challenge.

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USGBC Idaho recently announced the winners of the 3rd Annual Idaho Green Schools Challenge to a crowd of hundreds assembled in celebration of environmental awareness at Idaho Green Fest in downtown Boise.

GSChallengeUSGBC Idaho and Wells Fargo launched the first ever Idaho Green Schools Challenge in September 2012 with the goal of empowering students and communities to be good stewards of their own environments.

For the last three years, the competition designed for Idaho K-12 public or private schools encourages classrooms, clubs, and student groups to form a team to green their school. The goal of projects developed is to save energy and other resources, lower operating costs, and positively impact their school community.  One entry is allowed per school. Green Teams are encouraged to create a low-cost or no-cost project to begin in September and conclude by April 1 with the support of a sustainability professional mentor provided by USGBC Idaho. Cash awards and trophies are presented to the top elementary, middle/junior and senior high schools.

“When you realize high-performance ‘green’ school buildings typically use 33% less energy and 32% less water than conventionally constructed schools, it’s a wake-up call for those with tight operational budgets,” says Jennifer Ellis, the USGBC Idaho Green Schools Advocate. “Often substantial operational and cost improvements start with a small change, such as a ‘computer shutdown at night campaign’ or a change to more efficient light bulbs. It really is a joy to see the kids learning, making their school better and having fun at the same time.”

South Awards

The 2015 Idaho Green Schools Challenge winners are Longfellow Elementary and South Junior High School both located in Boise and Sandpoint High School. Longfellow Elementary reduced their lunch waste by 88% by replacing Styrofoam lunch trays and conducting a communication campaign to the whole school through an event called No Waste Wednesday.  South Junior High made ornaments from recycled materials for a winning Christmas tree at the Festival of Trees, enforced power shutdown days that saved $3,400 in energy costs, and saved additional funds by sorting and recycling their cafeteria waste and composting their food waste. Sandpoint High School planted a mixture of hardy, large-canopy deciduous trees in the once barren medians of their parking lot.   The direct impact of these trees will include shading, carbon sequestration, improved wildlife habitat while increasing the beauty of their school and the ‘happiness factor’ of its students.

IMG_0232“Supporting the Idaho Green Schools Challenge is very much in line with Wells Fargo’s commitment to education and the environment,” said Don Melendez, Idaho Regional president.  “We believe this is a thoughtful investment of our resources in the future of our communities where our team members and customers live and work. We’re proud to encourage environmental stewardship in our schools.”

“Supporting the Idaho Green Schools Challenge is very much in line with Wells Fargo’s commitment to education and the environment,” said Don Melendez, Idaho Regional president.  “We believe this is a thoughtful investment of our resources in the future of our communities where our team members and customers live and work. We’re proud to encourage environmental stewardship in our schools.”

The Idaho Green Schools Challenge is a program to help create high performance buildings, healthy learning environments, and inspire students to embrace environmental systems thinking. For more information visit  http://www.usgbcidaho.org/green-schools-challenge/

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If you would like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with Jennifer Ellis, please contact Jennifer at greenschools@usgbcidaho.org or 208-867-4918.

The U.S. Green Building Council Idaho Chapter works to accelerate the implementation of sustainable building concepts, technologies and practices through education and advocacy. USGBC Idaho envisions a healthy future through the promotion and application of sustainable strategies to the built environment that will help strengthen Idaho’s economy and communities. For more information about the USGBC Idaho Chapter please contact Executive Director Charlie Woodruff at 208-871-4601 or email him at charlie@usgbcidaho.org.

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LEED in Motion – People And Progress

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

USGBC recently released LEED in Motion – People and Progress, the first report in an inaugural LEED in Motion series. People And Progress quantifies recent growth in LEED certification and accreditation for buildings and people and provides infographics that capture the current state of professional LEED usage.

Highlights of the report indicate that as much as 55% of all commercial and institutional construction in the US may be green by 2016, up from 44% in 2012, and that more than 4.3 million people currently live and work in LEED certified buildings. Additionally, more than 6.2 million people experience a LEED certified project every day. These numbers exemplify the strength and momentum of the green building movement across the country.

Much of the aforementioned growth is attributable to USGBC’s 13,000 member organizations, ranging from Fortune 100 corporations to small neighborhood businesses, representing 13 million employees and $1.8 trillion in combined revenue.

People and Progress is the first of three reports in the LEED in Motion series; Places and Policies and Impacts and Innovation are scheduled to be released later in the year.

The full report can be downloaded here.

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