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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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Greening Your CC&Rs: Strategies for Improving the Sustainability of your Neighborhood

Friday, October 14th, 2011

Kelsey Nunez, Boise attorney and Chair of the Advocacy and Public Policy Committee, will present the newly released document, “Greening Your CC&Rs: Strategies for Improving the Sustainability of your Neighborhood” at the Idaho Chapter of the American Planning Association Conference this week in Moscow.

Home gardens provide fresh food at low impact to the environment

This year’s conference is focused on local food and planning, and the “Greening Your CC&Rs” document has helpful analysis on individual and community scale food production, the impact neighborhood associations can have, and how to make needed changes.

With special thanks to the Bullitt Foundation for their supportive grant, the USGBC-Idaho Chapter is looking forward to working with our members to enhance sustainability at all levels of our community.  Contact Kelsey for more information or to get involved at

To download the report click HERE.


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Banner Bank Building Wins National Award

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

BOISE –  The Banner Bank Building picked up another honor when it received a Phoenix Award for brownfield redevelopment at the national EPA Brownfields 2009 conference held recently in New Orleans. Real estate developers, environmentalists and other public and private sector professionals honored 22 revitalization projects at The Phoenix Awards Ceremony during the conference held November 16 -18.  The Banner Bank Building was the recipient of the 2008 Phoenix Award for the Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 10.

Created in 1997, the Phoenix Awards honor individuals and groups working to solve critical environmental or social challenges, transforming blighted and contaminated areas into productive new uses and developing sustainable green building projects. The Phoenix is widely recognized as the outstanding award for achievement of excellence in brownfield redevelopment, and is known as “the brownfields equivalent of Hollywood’s Oscar.” The EPA defines a brownfield as a property where redevelopment is hampered by the presence or the perception of environmental contamination.

The Banner Bank Building is a 195,000-square-foot office building developed by the Christensen Corporation in 2006 that earned the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum certification, its highest level. When it was completed the Banner Bank Building was the fourth building in Idaho to be LEED certified at any level, and only the 16th in the country to reach platinum. Because the site previously housed an aging parking garage and former auto-related business, it was classified as a potential brownfield; by cleaning up and redeveloping the site the Christensen Corporation earned the LEED credit for brownfield remediation.

Gary Christensen, the building’s developer and owner, was on hand in New Orleans to receive the award. Also attending the conference were staff from the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (IDEQ), the City of Boise economic development office and Capital City Development Corporation (CCDC). Both IDEQ and CCDC operate brownfield redevelopment programs with grant funding from the EPA, and the city recently applied for similar funding. IDEQ and CCDC also participated in the Banner Bank Building development project.

CCDC is an independent public redevelopment agency serving as a catalyst for quality private development through urban design, economic development and infrastructure investment with a goal of “building vitality in Boise’s downtown.”

For Immediate Release: Banner Bank Building Wins National Award

Date: 12-2-09


Scot Oliver, CCDC,, (208)384-4264

Denise Chamberlain, Phoenix Awards,, (717) 761-0554


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