To support its work to address climate change, USGBC is broadeningits educational programs and accelerating the adoption of green building throughout our communities.
Education is an integral component of USGBC's work to transform the built environment and reduce its contributions to climate change. In 2007, USGBC is partnering with several industry-leading organizations to increase green building education, foster best practices, and share resources across the industry. One of those partners is Autodesk, makers of the widely used AutoCAD software. USGBC and Autodesk are collaborating to make green building design easier and more efficientthrough the use of technology such as the Autodesk Revit platform for building information modeling (BIM). Autodesk and the Council are also developing a new educational curriculum for architecture and engineering students.
USGBC has also signed a memorandum with the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) to promote environmentally responsible building operations and maintenance practices. Among other initiatives, USGBC and BOMA will deliver shared educational sessions at the 2007 BOMA Congress in New York and Green-build 2007 in Los Angeles. The programs will focus on the financial value of green buildings, tools for greening the existing building market, and how some buildings owners and operators are using LEED as a tool for greening their entire portfolios.
The green building movement has historically focused on individualbuildings, but 2007 will see an emphasis on sustainability at the community and neighborhood levels. "Accelerating Green Communities" is the theme of Greenbuild 2007, and later this year USGBC will also pilot the new LEED rating system for neighborhood development. To make the benefits of green Communities--which include a higher quality of life, a stronger economy, and a healthier environment--equitably available, USGBC is working with Enterprise Community Partners to accelerate the adoption of green building and sustainable practices by affordable housing developers.
Each of these partnerships and initiatives supports USGBC's mission to transform the built environment to sustainability. In the nearerterm, they will support USGBC's commitment to addressing global climate change, a commitment that is shared by our members and peers throughout the building industry. USGBC's eight step climate change agenda includes a carbon dioxide offset program; a portfolio performance program for companies that own and operate multiples buildings; and a goal to reduce CO2 emissions in all LEED certified buildings by 50 percent.
To meet these goals, USGBC is challenging building professionals throughout the industry to learn how they can contribute to global efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In the first quarter of 2007, USGBC will be launching a new educational program specifically designed to provide industry professionals at every level of green building and LEED experience with the knowledge they need to employ energy-efficient, CO2-conscious design and construction practices. This professional curriculum will help to dramatically enhance the expertise of every building professional, helping us all to dramatically reduce our industry's contribution to climate change.
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