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What Must Be Done to Combat Human Trafficking - Survivors Speak Out In a U.S. Advisory Council Report

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Just last week, the U.S Advisory Council on Human Trafficking released its first annual report detailing policy recommendations for various aspects of the human trafficking supply chain, the first of its kind written by survivors.

Real Builders Respect Building Codes

In his first column for the newly launched CodeWatcher magazine, Green Builder Media founder Ron Jones talks about builders’ reactions to regulation.
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If one were to listen only to the endless railings of the building industry voices against every form of regulation–but most especially any proposed increases in energy performance requirements and the attendant adoption of codes and standards that are developed to implement and enforce those enhancements–it might be easy to assume that the loud and stubborn opposition on the part of industry practitioners is universal.  My experience tells me that nothing could be further from the truth.

Workers in Green Buildings are Happier and Healthier - The Minute

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Here’s some good news. Workers in buildings that are certified green by the US Green Building Council are happier and healthier than those who work in buildings that are not green certified. This finding, reported in Green Building Elements, comes from researchers at Harvard’s School of Public Health and New York’s Upstate Medical University.

Bank of America Merrill Lynch Awarded First LEED CI Platinum Certification in France

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In a collaborative effort by CBRE’s French and Spanish offices, Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s Paris HQ has been awarded Platinum, the highest possible grade under the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) for the Commercial Interiors (CI) scheme by the US Green Building Council, It is the first time an office  has achieved this accolade in France!

Green Efficiency Now a De Facto Requirement for Big Office Buildings in Metro Atlanta

by David Pendered
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When CBRE examined the demand for green certified office space in metro Atlanta, the example it highlighted in a new report was the decision by health data giant Kaiser Permanent to locate in a LEED certified building in Midtown.

Pershing Point Plaza is a prime example of an owner’s response to tenants who value energy efficient buildings. It’s older, built in 1960. And owners of the 410,357-square-foot building chose to keep up with the times to remain competitive in the Midtown market – earning a LEED Silver certification in 2013, according to the Green Building Council.

Green Builder® Media, Mayor Dyer, and City of Orlando Join Forces to Host Groundbreaking Thought Leadership Summit Focused on Intelligent Solutions for a Resilient World

Green Builder Media and Mayor Dyer hosting can’t miss thought leadership event on Jan 9 in Orlando to determine actions and policies for sustainable future. Register today!
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LAKE CITY, Colo., October 21, 2016 /3BL Media/ — Green Builder Media is partnering with Mayor Dyer (Vice-Chairman of the Council of Mayors’ Energy Committee) and the City of Orlando to host the Sustainability Symposium 2017: Ready for Anything on January 9, 2017 at the Dr. Phillips Center for Performing Arts in downtown Orlando.

This first-of-its-kind thought leadership event is focused on intelligent solutions for a resilient world

Transformational Thought II Book Release

More Radical Ideas to Remake the Built Environment
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Transformational Thought II: More Radical Ideas to Remake the Built Environment
Author: Jason F. McLennan
Foreword: Bill Reed 
Publisher: Ecotone Publishing – An Imprint of the International Living Future Institute
ISBN9780997236804
List: $34.95 US
Pages: 237
Softcover, Perfect bound

Press Release

Transformational Thought II: More Radical Ideas to Remake the Built Environment
Author: Jason F. McLennan
Foreword: Bill Reed 
Publisher: Ecotone Publishing – An Imprint of the International Living Future Institute
ISBN9780997236804
List: $34.95 US
Pages: 237
Softcover, Perfect bound

World Focus on Ethical Sourcing Turns to California as Leaders Gather

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The World focus on ethical sourcing of materials will shift to California next month when the Conflict-Free Smelter Initiative (CFSI) holds its annual meeting in Santa Clara. Thousands of supply chain executives and sustainability officers from top-tier companies, legal experts, NGOs and others will converge for what promises to be intense discussions about one crucial issue: Can companies do better at ensuring they have responsible and ethical sourcing practices in their product streams.

3S Awards 2016 Call for Applications

Apply to win the 2016 GSC 3S Awards and be recognized at the United Nations as trailblazers in the field of sustainable and socially responsible sourcing
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Awards that Empower:

The 2016 GSC 3S Awards is the global benchmark for excellence in sustainable and socially responsible practices in global sourcing and supply. The 3S Awards is an international awards program intended to:

Seattle: First City in the U.S to Incentivize Living Buildings with Pilot Program

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On October 7, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray signed legislation to continue the Living Building Pilot Program until 2025. The updated Living Building program legislation expands on a pilot program started in 2009 and increases the number of buildings that can participate to twenty. There are new provisions and adjustments in the legislation that align better with city and state laws, as well as streamline building codes to incentivize developers on adopting regenerative building practices.

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