LEED 2009, USGBC’s new strategic plan
The strategic plan is available online, carrying members into 2013.
While “being green” is an idea that has clearly entered the mainstream, seeing real results on a large scale is still an ambitious goal. Only 3% of new commercial buildings in 2007 are estimated to have met minimum certification levels, and only 0.2% of new residential construction is built green. It’s clear that the U.S. Green Building Council community must step up its work to increase sustainable practices in new construction, existing building conversions, neighborhood developments, children’s schools, public buildings, and every aspect of the built environment.
To that end, USGBC has completed its next strategic plan , which will carry us through 2013. It has been developed with an emphasis on extending the benefits of green building beyond the building footprint and into our cities and communities, and on the reduction and eventual elimination of the building industry’s contributions to climate change and natural resource depletion.
At the center of the strategic plan is our strategic imperative of accelerating green building demand, delivery, and accessibility. It is built on the guiding principles and introduces one more: the need to elevate social equity as a value and outcome integral to sustainable built environments. The plan lays out a set of clearly defined strategic initiatives defining how we will focus our talent and resources. It will function as our roadmap for delivering immediate and measurable results across the wide scope of work that is necessary for true market transformation.
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Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
Read more: 2015 Salary Survey