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If concrete were a country, it would be the third highest in climate emissions globally — that’s how pervasive concrete is as a source of carbon emissions. Large amounts of carbon are emitted in the breaking up of limestone to make cement (a process known as calcination) and the heating up of cement kilns to […]
Link to Architect’s Newspaper (May 10, 2024) | In April, California’s six regional chapters of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) formed an independent nonprofit that united the separate entities into a singular unit, now referred to as USGBC California. It’s serendipitous that this unification came just weeks ahead of USGBC California’s 23rd annual California Green Building Conference, […]
Event features Keynoters energy policy expert (DOE, OPR) Kate Gordon, author Obi Kaufmann; 16 Sessions, 30 Table Talks, Collective Impact Case Studies, and 90+ Exhibitors and Community Partners Los Angeles, CA (May 9, 2024) The U.S. Green Building Council California (USGBC California or USGBC-CA) is excited to announce its 23rd annual California Green Building Conference, […]
Link to The Planning Report (May 3, 2024) | TPR spoke with Ben Stapleton, Executive Director of the new USGBC California (USGBC-CA), about the organization’s 50 Liter Home Coalition pilot project centered on how California residents can drastically reduce their water use. Ben walks readers through how a whole-home approach to water management can change […]
Over the last decade, Environmental, Social and Governance or “ESG” has become a key area of focus for many firms’ business priorities, with a particular emphasis on the “E.” While the environmental piece of ESG is critical, the “S” is sometimes overlooked. Los Angeles-based CIM Group, a community-focused real estate and infrastructure owner, operator, lender […]
A Hands-On Experience Showcasing Usable Innovations for Residents in Energy Efficiency, Water Conservation, and Sustainable Materials Los Angeles, CA (April 30, 2024) The U.S. Green Building Council California (USGBC-CA) has partnered with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) to launch the BuildSMART Trailer Tour, bringing experiential education and innovative technologies directly to residents in the City […]
I was born here. Raised by rocky beaches, winter deserts, and towering trees. I’ve swam in fields of golden poppies, danced in streams with golden trout, looked down from the top of our tallest mountain to the depths of our driest desert, and choked on the smoke of fires and the exhaust of trucks. I’ve […]
Link to Ten Across Conversations (April 19, 2024) | Listen in as Ten Across founder Duke Reiter and USGBC-California Executive Director Ben Stapleton discuss solutions for decarbonizing the built environment, ideals for the future of city health and design, and how California is currently leading the way in many U.S. climate efforts. (Listen to full […]
In Hollywood’s films and TV shows, the images presented are often superior to the realities they depict. However in the case of Los Angeles and EVs, the image actually lags behind reality. Despite its international reputation as a sprawling metropolis long associated with automobiles, traffic jams, and endless freeways, Los Angeles has been a standard […]
New Statewide Entity to Focus on Community Engagement, Workforce Development, Education & Stronger Statewide Advocacy Recognized Sustainability Leaders Across California Support USGBC Communities Unifying into Statewide Organization LOS ANGELES (April 10, 2024) – USGBC California launches this month as an independent nonprofit unifying six regional communities across the state that were originally founded in collaboration […]
Link to Bisnow (March 25, 2024) | New California climate legislation is set to go into effect soon, and commercial real estate professionals are watching for potential impacts on businesses and what implementation will actually look like.  …With the Securities and Exchange Commission’s finalized rules that require large companies to report some of their carbon emissions — but not Scope […]
Link to Zero Energy Project (March 19, 2024) | The United Nations estimates that the world will add about 2.6 trillion sqft of new floor area to the global building stock. This equates to adding an entire New York City, every month, for 40 years. A large proportion will be housing. Specifically, housing is needed in already […]

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