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Some days it’s a bit tough to remain the ’stubborn optimists’ that we all are in our green building world, seeing and feeling the very present impacts of climate change.  That is part of why we appreciated this piece from our partner Chargepoint, pointing out four solid reasons why we should be more excited about what the […]
The US Green Building Council – with the USGBC-LA as the local chapter that runs from the beach to the Arizona border – is the premier industry advocacy and organizing association for those dedicated to developing environmentally-sound built environments for obvious reasons. The synergy it creates between architects, builders, developers, interior designers and urban planners […]
Community. This word is bantered about these days without much of the meaning that really should be associated with it. We as a people are social animals and connection to each other is an incredibly important part of what makes us who we are. In these modern times, we form these communities in very different […]
Across the world, the push to mandate net zero buildings – buildings that produce as much energy and/or water as they consume annually – is growing. Perhaps the biggest move has been made by the state of California, home to the U.S. Green Building Council Los Angeles (USGBC-LA), which is requiring 100% of new residential […]
  As we are about to announce the first cohort of our Net Zero Accelerator, and have a new LEED Zero Program webinar and the Net Zero Conference coming up, the net zero topic is front of mind.  To that end, we are re-posting here a thorough piece on relevant design strategies written by Gensler’s […]
You’ve got talent and we believe in you. We believe in you so much we want to find new and better ways to tell the world about you. We also know you want to get better, you want to learn more, and have new experiences that open your eyes to what is possible. Help us […]
USGBC-LA Members. Yes, it’s true…we surveyed you. This shouldn’t come as much of a surprise as we told you about it first and it was a voluntary survey. Thank you to the ten percent or so that filled it out as that not only makes it statistically significant, but we greatly appreciate you putting in […]
We’re excited to open applications today to join the first cohort of the Net Zero Accelerator (see press release). This is important. We’re leveraging the substantial power of built environment leaders in Los Angeles (that’s you) to speed adoption of innovation into buildings, now — solutions that help get us to zero carbon, zero energy, […]
Phew. That whole Municipal Green Building Conference & Expo (MGBCE) is a real thing and a ton of work for the team here at USGBC-LA. The good news is that this year’s MGBCE (the 18th year believe it or not!) has come together really well with keynote speakers covering the data behind climate change, one […]
The past month has been a busy one for the team over at USGBC-LA HQ. We’re challenging ourselves to rethink through how our organization operates, what our members need to help empower them, and where we can lead to make a positive impact on the built environment around us. We’re getting creative, we’re being scrappy, […]
USGBC-LA members, partners, and fellow green building enthusiasts, I hope this note finds you well and I’m grateful to be here as your new Executive Director. I have dedicated my career to being a local leader in the green building movement and the opportunity for our organization at this moment fills me with potential like […]
This is third in the series hearing from USGBC-LA interns about their impressions of green buildings. Amalia Solis, Jesse Vasquez, Ignacio Galeana and Walter R. Giron share their reflections after vising the Ace Hotel and Theater: _________ Amalia on historical context: When you look at a structure, it’s like looking at a time capsule. You […]

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