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Highlights more than 50 sustainable initiatives


If you’re looking for some green inspiration or want to get involved with some cool sustainability projects, the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) is the place for you. Arizona’s USGBC chapter hosts events throughout the year to fulfill their sustainable building education and advocacy mission. Last month, the Arizona chapter’s annual conference, dubbed “50 Shades of Green,” shed light on more than 50 statewide sustainability initiatives and offered a bright green vision of the future for our Arizona cities, schools, and communities.


The USGBC is dedicated to creating a sustainable and prosperous future through implementing environmental and energy-efficient designs into the construction of new buildings and renovations of older buildings. The USGBC’s main program, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design or LEED, allows the organization to rank a building according to certain criteria. Only LEED accredited professionals can designate a project as LEED certified. The accreditation process for professionals involves taking sustainable-building classes, passing a test and working on a LEED project.
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