The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has produced this brief report to highlight how states and communities are responding to the risks they face in both the short and long-term. The report features the voices of experts from the public and private sector who participated in the November 2017 Greenbuild roundtable in Boston, entitled “Building Back Better after the Storm.” Each article aims to connect resilience needs with smarter, stronger, and greener solutions that can be implemented at the state level. The series details how states can prepare for, respond to, and learn from disasters, and how they can support greater resilience at both the state and local levels. According to FEMA, 33 states issued declarations of disaster in 2017.
The effects of climate change ensure storms will grow more frequent and intense in the decades to come. In response, many communities, like those featured in this report, have implemented resilience strategies like rapid response and recovery, long-term resilience planning, government collaboration, and financing mechanisms for resilient infrastructure. USGBC and the Center for Green Schools promoted these policies at Greenbuild 2017 during a roundtable with state lawmakers, government program administrators, and industry experts, and continue to engage in similar conversations with policymakers around the nation. By illuminating the successful actions taken by communities during disaster recovery, this report strives to encourage states around the country to take similar proactive steps to improve their communities’ sustainability and resilience.
Rapid global urbanization and the increase of the Urban Heat Island (UHI) effect make urban cooling a necessity as well as an opportunity to increase the liveability and amenity of cities. This review is a scoping study of the relevant worldwide UHI mitigation/adaptation...Read more
Industry misconceptions around high cost and poor market interest in energy efficient homes continue to obstruct the mass adoption of low carbon housing. Josh’s House demonstrates that low carbon housing is accessible and cost effective. The Star Performers series showcases how...Read more
A rapid review on green-rated office buildings, and their operational energy use, found that the conclusions of six studies ranged from the certified buildings performing worse, similarly or much better than the non-certified buildings in terms of energy usage intensity. Two...Read more
Cities and states are always looking for ways to more efficiently and effectively deliver public services, such as flood management, resource conservation, pollution prevention, social equity and human health. Green infrastructure is an integrated set of strategies that help realize these outcomes in the built environment through the deployment of design, materials and methods that uses or replicates natural systems.
The powerpoint presentation gives an overview of how resilience could align with USGBC's mission. Outline of the resilience-enhancing strategies within LEED and each of GBCI's rating systems, links to USGBC resilience collateral, etc. LEED, PEER, SITES, RELi, GRESB and LEED for Cities (including STAR).
Community Development Block Grants – Disaster Relief, or CDBG-DR, are allocated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to affected states and local governments to aid long-term recovery of community infrastructure following major disasters. This injection of funding is an opportunity for communities to rebuild stronger, smarter, and more resilient – and LEED offers trusted third-party verification to help validate these efforts.
This paper quantifies the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions co-benefits associated with water, waste and transportation usage in certified green commercial office buildings in California. The study compares the measured values of water, waste and transportation usage self-reported by office buildings certified under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design rating system for Existing Building Operations and Maintenance (LEED EBOM) to baseline values of conventional California office buildings.