Written by Michelle McEuen Category CHAPTER NEWS

The Center for Green Schools at USGBC Scheduled to Help

NBC’s TODAY Show Celebrate Earth Day on April 22

NYC students to build green living walls on Rockefeller Plaza as part of Center’s Green Apple Initiative

NBC’s TODAY Show is scheduled to celebrate Earth Day, Monday, April 22, by building six green living walls on Rockefeller Plaza with local students from Bronx public schools. The segment will highlight the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council and the Center's flagship event, the Green Apple Day of Service.

Rachel Gutter, the director of the Center for Green Schools at USGBC, along with Green Apple ambassador and Bronx educator Stephen Ritz and students from his dynamic community program, the Green Bronx Machine, will join TODAY Show hosts Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker and Natalie Morales, along with celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis and others, to build the walls and participate in Earth Day activities throughout the morning.

Written by Jonathan Kraatz Category CHAPTER NEWS

On Thursday, March 28, the North Texas Chapter of the US Green Building Council announced the winners of their 2013 Green Ribbon Awards. The Green Ribbon Awards recognize the outstanding efforts to develop and promote extraordinary sustainable programs and creative sustainable solutions for this region by North Texas Chapter members, their customers and clients, and area communities.

Each of the nominees in the project and business categories submitted applications highlighting the practices and project elements that set each project apart. Leaders from adjacent USGBC Chapters in Texas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma evaluated the application based on criteria outlined by awards committee. The Chapter’s staff, in conjunction with the Board of Directors and other Chapter leaders, nominated and selected recipients for each of the individual awards.

Written by Randall Daniel Category CHAPTER NEWS

Keeping PACE in Texas is pleased to report that the Texas Senate unanimously adopted PACE legislation yesterday.  Thanks to Senator Carona for the swift pace in the Senate.  The House Committee on Energy Resources held a hearing on March 20, and we anticipate PACE will be voted out of committee next Wednesday, April 3.  The list of key companies and organizations that filed testimony and registered support for the bill in both the House and Senate hearings is impressive (and attached to this e-mail).  Also check out the pro-PACE article by Jim Cardle in Texas Insider:

We need your help to bring PACE through the House process and to Governor Perry’s desk for his signature.  Join Keeping PACE in Texas and help us with the resources necessary to accomplish our goal of commercial and industrial PACE in Texas!

Written by Michelle McEuen Category CHAPTER NEWS

Over this past year I have been actively involved with the U.S. Green Building Council  North Texas Chapter. I was seeking a way to connect with the local community to help improve the quality of life for residents by addressing all of the areas of the buildings we live and work in, as well as addressing overall lifestyle changes that can be made.

The events have included the Sustainable Showcase, Alliance Small Business Fair, CATEE Clean Air Conference, and METROCON.  At each one of the chapter events I proudly represented the North Texas Chapter and helped promote the mission of the group. I know that I was successful because the chapter gained several new members as a result of my passion and promoting the many benefits of becoming a chapter member.

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