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    • Wednesday, January 26, 2022
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Online meeting
    Register

    WEBINAR: District Cooling & Heating
    January 26th, 2022

    Free Webinar 

    12:00 - 1:00 PM

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    About this Event

    District Cooling & Heating (DCH) systems (also known as District Energy Systems and community microgrids) normally distribute thermal energy in the form of chilled or heated water from a central source to residential, commercial, and industrial locations for use in space cooling or heating and/or dehumidification. The conditioning medium comes from a centralized distribution rather than being generated on site at each facility resulting in efficiencies due to serving multiple buildings.

    Sergio Grado of CenTrio will discuss the system serving Downtown Houston and how it benefits the City. Gavin Dillingham of HARC will discuss his work with this project and others, and his research into this subject.

    Speakers:

    Gavin Dillingham Vice President  of Research & Clean Energy at HARC, a research institute focusing on climate change adaptation with a specific focus on investment in resilient electric power infrastructure and the adoption of clean energy policies at the local, state, and federal level.


    Sergio Grado is Director of Business Development with CenTrio, a global source of reliable, efficient, and sustainable energy to cities, campuses, and communities.  He keeps a focus on collaboration through his years of owning a construction company as well as his experience with global manufactures. 


    Steve Stelzer currently serves as the Program Director for the City of Houston Code Enforcement Green Building Resource Center. Steve offers green building strategies to plans brought in by the public, develops and maintains green strategy displays and education programs, and coordinates the green building web portal for the City of Houston website.

    To RSVP, register on www.USGBCTexas.org or email steve.stelzer@houstontx.gov or call 832-394-9050

    • Tuesday, February 01, 2022
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Virtual
    Register

    WEBINAR: Choosing (and installing) Healthier Building Materials

    Tuesday, February 1st, 2022

    Virtual Session
    12:00 - 1:00 PM 





    According to the EPA, prior to the current health crisis, Americans spend more than 90% of our time indoors.  Our working, healing, commercial, and living spaces are filled with toxic chemicals found in the building materials that make up our environments. These chemicals may be released into our interior spaces where they can be inhaled, absorbed and ingested.  Scientific studies show that exposures to these chemicals can adversely impact human health and have dangerous health effects on our families. In this presentation, we look more closely at this problem and share design strategies we have developed, to change practice and ensure that healthier materials are installed on your projects.

    About the Presentation:

    Learn about how to engage all stakeholders, set health criteria and create frameworks that can be implemented so that the process of specification and design innovation produces the best and healthiest built work. 

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Understand the relationship between human health, building materials, chemical toxicity, and environmental exposures
    2. Identify the health and environmental impacts that building products can have throughout their life cycle
    3. Identify products that are likely to be healthier options and evaluate them against your own criteria.
    4. Understand materials in a wider environmental and human health context, compare products, assess variables and constraints, and make more informed decisions.

    About the Speakers:

    Catherine Murphy, Senior Researcher, Parsons Healthy Materials Lab

    Trained as an artist and designer, Catherine is dedicated to making physical spaces healthier, in every way, for everyone. Catherine has led educational programming at the Lab for five years. She also teaches at Columbia GSAPP and The New School. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Interior Design from Parsons School of Design. Her undergraduate degree - Fine Craft Design (UU, Belfast) - specialized in Embroidery.



    Leila Behjat, Senior Researcher, Parsons Healthy Materials Lab

    Leila holds a Dipl. Ing. (Master) in Architecture from the University of Fine Arts in Hamburg, Germany. She has worked on projects including interior design and light design in the EU, Africa and in the U.S. Working for a Build - Design & Retail Company in Texas has allowed her to gain rich experience in remodeling with healthy materials, a true merge of dear to heart disciplines.


    Presenting Organization: Parsons Healthy Materials Lab

    Healthy Materials Lab at Parsons School of Design is dedicated to a world in which people’s health is placed at the center of all design decisions. We are committed to raising awareness about toxics in building products and creating resources for the next generation of designers and architects to make healthier places for all people to live.

    We are an interdisciplinary, international, and professionally diverse collective of graduate students, alumni, and faculty with backgrounds in media, architecture, design, community development, education, and business.


    • Saturday, February 12, 2022
    • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Virtual Training

    LEED GREEN ASSOCIATE EXAM PREP COURSE

    Saturday, February 12th, 2022
    Gensler Houston
    Virtual Training
    8:00 AM - 12:00 PM 
    Free Class
    Class Flyer Coming Soon

    About this Event

    For more than 15 years, Gensler has welcomed in thousands of clients, college students, community leaders, building owners and designers to take its free LEED Green Associate Exam Prep Course.

    Conveniently scheduled on a Saturday morning, the four hour class is administered by Gensler employees who are passionate about sustainability in practice and have previously achieved their LEED GA credentials. The course is open to anyone in the community who is planning to take the LEED Green Associate Version 4 exam and is interested in attaining basic knowledge of green design, construction and operations.

    From this course, you will learn how to address fundamental principles of green building, attain a basic knowledge of LEED rating systems and will receive recommended study material to aid in passing the exam. Feel free to also bring any general or specific questions regarding the exam you may have.

    Gensler’s LEED GA prep course is offered five times annually, with an additional BD+C and ID+C course option offered during the year also. There is no class attendance limit and anyone 18 or older is able to register for the course. Four AIA Continuing Education Credits are available for session attendees.

    In the event of below average registration, Gensler reserves the right to cancel the prep course up to 48 hours in advance. Please RSVP or email any questions to Gensler using the link below. 
    RSVP
    • Wednesday, March 23, 2022
    • 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Virtually

    LEED GREEN ASSOCIATE
    VIRTUAL PREP COURSE
    Kirksey Architecture
    Virtual Class
    Thursday, March 23, 2022
    3:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Free Class

    About this event:

    Demonstrating our commitment to sustainability through LEED Green Associate training.

    In order to achieve truly green projects, everyone on a project team – contractor, engineer, developer, owner, and others – need to understand green building principles. Kirksey Sustainability has developed a rigorous preparatory class focused on the LEED Green Associate exam and has graduated over 2,200 industry partners. Classes are typically taught twice per year.

    LEED Green Associate Prep Class Information

    With the growing influence of environmentally responsible design and construction practices, a knowledge of green building strategies is a valuable asset for anyone associated with the building industry. Kirksey's LEED Green Associate Prep Class is a resource for those who are interested in gaining the LEED Green Associate credential. Kirksey does not offer a LEED AP prep class.

    Register Now

    Location: Virtual Class - please register for details

    At this point, all 2022 classes are assumed to be virtual.  Additional info will be distributed upon registration​.

    There is a limit of two class attendances per person. Attendees must be 21 years or older. Kirksey reserves the right to cancel classes up to 48 hours in advance in the event of low registration. Attendees who require special accommodations must notify Kirksey at least two weeks prior to the class.

    Class participants are responsible for scheduling their exam date. For more information, visit
     www.gbci.org.

    Link to registration: https://www.kirksey.com/sustainability/leed-classes-signup 

    • Saturday, April 30, 2022
    • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Virtual Training

    LEED GREEN ASSOCIATE EXAM PREP COURSE

    Saturday, April 30th, 2022
    Gensler Houston
    Virtual Training
    8:00 AM - 12:00 PM 
    Free Class
    Class Flyer Coming Soon

    About this Event

    For more than 15 years, Gensler has welcomed in thousands of clients, college students, community leaders, building owners and designers to take its free LEED Green Associate Exam Prep Course.

    Conveniently scheduled on a Saturday morning, the four hour class is administered by Gensler employees who are passionate about sustainability in practice and have previously achieved their LEED GA credentials. The course is open to anyone in the community who is planning to take the LEED Green Associate Version 4 exam and is interested in attaining basic knowledge of green design, construction and operations.

    From this course, you will learn how to address fundamental principles of green building, attain a basic knowledge of LEED rating systems and will receive recommended study material to aid in passing the exam. Feel free to also bring any general or specific questions regarding the exam you may have.

    Gensler’s LEED GA prep course is offered five times annually, with an additional BD+C and ID+C course option offered during the year also. There is no class attendance limit and anyone 18 or older is able to register for the course. Four AIA Continuing Education Credits are available for session attendees.

    In the event of below average registration, Gensler reserves the right to cancel the prep course up to 48 hours in advance. Please RSVP or email any questions to Gensler using the link below. 
    RSVP
    • Saturday, June 11, 2022
    • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Virtual Training

    LEED GREEN ASSOCIATE EXAM PREP COURSE

    Saturday, June  11th, 2022
    Gensler Houston
    Virtual Training
    8:00 AM - 12:00 PM 
    Free Class
    Class Flyer Coming Soon

    About this Event

    For more than 15 years, Gensler has welcomed in thousands of clients, college students, community leaders, building owners and designers to take its free LEED Green Associate Exam Prep Course.

    Conveniently scheduled on a Saturday morning, the four hour class is administered by Gensler employees who are passionate about sustainability in practice and have previously achieved their LEED GA credentials. The course is open to anyone in the community who is planning to take the LEED Green Associate Version 4 exam and is interested in attaining basic knowledge of green design, construction and operations.

    From this course, you will learn how to address fundamental principles of green building, attain a basic knowledge of LEED rating systems and will receive recommended study material to aid in passing the exam. Feel free to also bring any general or specific questions regarding the exam you may have.

    Gensler’s LEED GA prep course is offered five times annually, with an additional BD+C and ID+C course option offered during the year also. There is no class attendance limit and anyone 18 or older is able to register for the course. Four AIA Continuing Education Credits are available for session attendees.

    In the event of below average registration, Gensler reserves the right to cancel the prep course up to 48 hours in advance. Please RSVP or email any questions to Gensler using the link below. 
    RSVP
    • Saturday, August 13, 2022
    • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Virtual Training

    LEED GREEN ASSOCIATE EXAM PREP COURSE

    Saturday, August 13th, 2022
    Gensler Houston
    Virtual Training
    8:00 AM - 12:00 PM 
    Free Class
    Class Flyer Coming Soon

    About this Event

    For more than 15 years, Gensler has welcomed in thousands of clients, college students, community leaders, building owners and designers to take its free LEED Green Associate Exam Prep Course.

    Conveniently scheduled on a Saturday morning, the four hour class is administered by Gensler employees who are passionate about sustainability in practice and have previously achieved their LEED GA credentials. The course is open to anyone in the community who is planning to take the LEED Green Associate Version 4 exam and is interested in attaining basic knowledge of green design, construction and operations.

    From this course, you will learn how to address fundamental principles of green building, attain a basic knowledge of LEED rating systems and will receive recommended study material to aid in passing the exam. Feel free to also bring any general or specific questions regarding the exam you may have.

    Gensler’s LEED GA prep course is offered five times annually, with an additional BD+C and ID+C course option offered during the year also. There is no class attendance limit and anyone 18 or older is able to register for the course. Four AIA Continuing Education Credits are available for session attendees.

    In the event of below average registration, Gensler reserves the right to cancel the prep course up to 48 hours in advance. Please RSVP or email any questions to Gensler using the link below. 
    RSVP
    • Wednesday, September 21, 2022
    • 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Virtually

    LEED GREEN ASSOCIATE
    VIRTUAL PREP COURSE
    Kirksey Architecture
    Virtual Class
    Thursday, September 21, 2022
    3:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Free Class

    About this event:

    Demonstrating our commitment to sustainability through LEED Green Associate training.

    In order to achieve truly green projects, everyone on a project team – contractor, engineer, developer, owner, and others – need to understand green building principles. Kirksey Sustainability has developed a rigorous preparatory class focused on the LEED Green Associate exam and has graduated over 2,200 industry partners. Classes are typically taught twice per year.

    LEED Green Associate Prep Class Information

    With the growing influence of environmentally responsible design and construction practices, a knowledge of green building strategies is a valuable asset for anyone associated with the building industry. Kirksey's LEED Green Associate Prep Class is a resource for those who are interested in gaining the LEED Green Associate credential. Kirksey does not offer a LEED AP prep class.

    Register Now

    Location: Virtual Class - please register for details

    At this point, all 2022 classes are assumed to be virtual.  Additional info will be distributed upon registration​.

    There is a limit of two class attendances per person. Attendees must be 21 years or older. Kirksey reserves the right to cancel classes up to 48 hours in advance in the event of low registration. Attendees who require special accommodations must notify Kirksey at least two weeks prior to the class.

    Class participants are responsible for scheduling their exam date. For more information, visit
     www.gbci.org.

    Link to registration: https://www.kirksey.com/sustainability/leed-classes-signup 

    • Saturday, October 29, 2022
    • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Virtual Training

    LEED GREEN ASSOCIATE EXAM PREP COURSE

    Saturday, October 29th, 2022
    Gensler Houston
    Virtual Training
    8:00 AM - 12:00 PM 
    Free Class
    Class Flyer Coming Soon

    About this Event

    For more than 15 years, Gensler has welcomed in thousands of clients, college students, community leaders, building owners and designers to take its free LEED Green Associate Exam Prep Course.

    Conveniently scheduled on a Saturday morning, the four hour class is administered by Gensler employees who are passionate about sustainability in practice and have previously achieved their LEED GA credentials. The course is open to anyone in the community who is planning to take the LEED Green Associate Version 4 exam and is interested in attaining basic knowledge of green design, construction and operations.

    From this course, you will learn how to address fundamental principles of green building, attain a basic knowledge of LEED rating systems and will receive recommended study material to aid in passing the exam. Feel free to also bring any general or specific questions regarding the exam you may have.

    Gensler’s LEED GA prep course is offered five times annually, with an additional BD+C and ID+C course option offered during the year also. There is no class attendance limit and anyone 18 or older is able to register for the course. Four AIA Continuing Education Credits are available for session attendees.

    In the event of below average registration, Gensler reserves the right to cancel the prep course up to 48 hours in advance. Please RSVP or email any questions to Gensler using the link below. 
    RSVP
    • Saturday, December 10, 2022
    • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Virtual Training

    LEED GREEN ASSOCIATE EXAM PREP COURSE

    Saturday, December 10th, 2022
    Gensler Houston
    Virtual Training
    8:00 AM - 12:00 PM 
    Free Class
    Class Flyer Coming Soon

    About this Event

    For more than 15 years, Gensler has welcomed in thousands of clients, college students, community leaders, building owners and designers to take its free LEED Green Associate Exam Prep Course.

    Conveniently scheduled on a Saturday morning, the four hour class is administered by Gensler employees who are passionate about sustainability in practice and have previously achieved their LEED GA credentials. The course is open to anyone in the community who is planning to take the LEED Green Associate Version 4 exam and is interested in attaining basic knowledge of green design, construction and operations.

    From this course, you will learn how to address fundamental principles of green building, attain a basic knowledge of LEED rating systems and will receive recommended study material to aid in passing the exam. Feel free to also bring any general or specific questions regarding the exam you may have.

    Gensler’s LEED GA prep course is offered five times annually, with an additional BD+C and ID+C course option offered during the year also. There is no class attendance limit and anyone 18 or older is able to register for the course. Four AIA Continuing Education Credits are available for session attendees.

    In the event of below average registration, Gensler reserves the right to cancel the prep course up to 48 hours in advance. Please RSVP or email any questions to Gensler using the link below. 
    RSVP

Past events

Thursday, December 16, 2021 Partner Forum: USGBC Texas Best Practices App
Saturday, December 11, 2021 Virtual: LEED Green Associate Exam Study Session
Thursday, December 09, 2021 Live & Virtual: Holiday Networking and Strategic Outlook
Thursday, December 02, 2021 Central Texas Lunch & Tour: Kingsbury Commons
Tuesday, November 30, 2021 Webinar: Beyond Fossil - Using Biogas & Biomass with CHP
Tuesday, November 16, 2021 North: Tour at Sinclair Hotel
Thursday, November 11, 2021 Gulf Coast: USGBC Texas Happy Hour
Wednesday, November 10, 2021 South: Green Happy Hour
Tuesday, November 09, 2021 Virtual Green Building Trivia Night
Thursday, October 28, 2021 North: USGBC Texas Happy Hour
Wednesday, October 27, 2021 Central Texas Tour: Waterloo Park
Wednesday, October 27, 2021 Webinar: Prefab Housing
Saturday, October 23, 2021 Living Future Collaborative of NTX - Josey Pavilion Tour
Saturday, October 23, 2021 Virtual: LEED Green Associate Exam Study Session
Tuesday, October 12, 2021 West: Climate Action Town Hall & Happy Hour
Saturday, October 09, 2021 South: Green Development Bike Ride - Mid-Town/Downtown San Antonio
Thursday, October 07, 2021 Statewide: USGBC Texas Energy Summit Registration
Tuesday, October 05, 2021 Webinar: Texas Solar Market 2021
Saturday, October 02, 2021 Gulf Coast: Exploration Green Planting Day
Thursday, September 30, 2021 Gulf Coast: USGBC Texas Happy Hour
Saturday, September 25, 2021 National Public Lands Day
Thursday, September 23, 2021 Kirksey's Green Associate Class
Thursday, September 16, 2021 Gulf Coast: Post Houston Tour
Thursday, September 09, 2021 Living Future Collaborative of NTX - Kendeda Case Study Webinar
Wednesday, August 25, 2021 Webinar: Lighting Advocacy
Tuesday, August 24, 2021 Austin Energy Green Building: Webinar: Green by Design Session 3
Tuesday, August 17, 2021 Austin Energy Green Building: Webinar: Green by Design Session 2
Saturday, August 14, 2021 Virtual: LEED Green Associate Exam Study Session
Thursday, August 12, 2021 Daylighting in Schools: Re-examining Design Intuition
Tuesday, August 10, 2021 Austin Energy Green Building: Webinar: Green by Design Session 1
Wednesday, July 28, 2021 Webinar: Net-Zero Energy Initiatives
Friday, July 16, 2021 State Board of Directors meeting: July
Thursday, July 15, 2021 Central Texas: Post-Tour Happy Hour
Thursday, July 15, 2021 Austin FC Q2 Stadium Tour
Friday, July 09, 2021 Central Texas: Regional Council Meeting
Wednesday, June 30, 2021 WEBINAR: Using Alternative Wastewater Treatments to Cut Pollution and Save Water
Monday, June 28, 2021 Green Schools Conference
Thursday, June 24, 2021 All Regions: Pizza & Posting
Friday, June 18, 2021 Gulf Coast: Regional Council Meeting
Tuesday, June 15, 2021 Central Texas: Happy Hour at Radio Coffee & Beer
Saturday, June 12, 2021 Virtual: LEED Green Associate Exam Study Session
Friday, June 11, 2021 Central Texas: Regional Council Meeting
Tuesday, June 08, 2021 USGBC Live
Saturday, June 05, 2021 South: King William/South Town Infrastructure Walking Tour
Saturday, June 05, 2021 Gulf Coast: Green Building Bike Ride - EaDo and 2nd Ward
Thursday, June 03, 2021 Emerging Professionals: Book Club Series
Wednesday, May 26, 2021 Emerging Professionals: If I Knew Then What I Know Now
Tuesday, May 25, 2021 Webinar: Picking up the Texas PACE
Friday, May 14, 2021 Central Texas: Regional Council Meeting
Friday, May 07, 2021 Gulf Coast: Regional Council Meeting
Friday, May 07, 2021 Building Sciences Expo
Thursday, April 29, 2021 Webinar: Improving City Resilience with LEED and CHP
Wednesday, April 28, 2021 Gulf Coast: Living Building Challenge - Monarch School
Tuesday, April 27, 2021 Webinar: COVID Re-Entry Plans
Saturday, April 24, 2021 Virtual: LEED Green Associate Exam Study Session
Saturday, April 24, 2021 Virtual: Walk & Talk with USGBC Texas
Thursday, April 22, 2021 Virtual: Earth Day/Birthday Happy Hour
Thursday, April 22, 2021 Best Practices Champions
Thursday, April 15, 2021 North Texas: Regional Council Meeting
Tuesday, April 13, 2021 Advocacy: Resilient Texas & Climate Action
Tuesday, April 13, 2021 Austin Energy Green Building(AEGB): Ventilation & Health
Friday, April 09, 2021 Central Texas: Regional Council Meeting
Friday, April 09, 2021 Gulf Coast: Regional Council Meeting
Friday, April 09, 2021 South Texas: Regional Council Meeting
Thursday, April 01, 2021 CxEnergy Virtual: April 2021
Wednesday, March 31, 2021 Virtual Tour and Case Study: Gensler Houston
Saturday, March 27, 2021 Gulf Coast: Green Building Bike Ride
Thursday, March 25, 2021 Living Future Collaborative of NTX - Ambassador Talk - Just 2.0
Tuesday, March 23, 2021 Advocacy: Green Schools-- A Healthy & Productive Environment for all Students
Friday, March 12, 2021 Central Texas: Regional Council Meeting
Friday, March 12, 2021 Gulf Coast: Regional Council Meeting
Friday, March 12, 2021 South Texas: Regional Council Meeting
Wednesday, March 10, 2021 Virtual Class: Kirksey's Green Associate Class
Tuesday, March 09, 2021 Advocacy: The Quality of Our Buildings and Indoor Spaces Matter
Saturday, March 06, 2021 Houston Wilderness Volunteer Day - Hidalgo park
Thursday, March 04, 2021 Greenbuild Virtual: Corporate Social Responsibility Connect & Learn
Thursday, February 25, 2021 Webinar: LEEDing With CHP
Wednesday, February 24, 2021 Gulf Coast: TRUE Zero Waste
Saturday, February 13, 2021 Virtual: LEED Green Associate Exam Study Session
Friday, February 12, 2021 Central Texas: Regional Council Meeting
Friday, February 12, 2021 Gulf Coast: Regional Council Meeting
Thursday, February 04, 2021 Partner Forum: PACE in Tarrant County
Friday, January 29, 2021 Wild & Scenic Film Festival on Tour
Friday, December 18, 2020 Gulf Coast: USGBC/AIA COTE Zoo Sustainability Tour
Thursday, December 10, 2020 DIY Eco-Holiday Gift Ideas
Saturday, December 05, 2020 Gulf Coast: LEED Green Associate Exam Study Session
Friday, December 04, 2020 Partner Event: SA Climate Ready Forum
Thursday, December 03, 2020 Webinar: Introduction to PCRA/ICRA Risk Assessment
Wednesday, December 02, 2020 Austin Green Awards Virtual Event: Fulfilling the Promise of Sustainability
Thursday, November 19, 2020 Webinar: Equity in Climate Action
Wednesday, November 18, 2020 Partner Forum: PACE in Texas
Tuesday, November 17, 2020 Partner Workshop: Low Impact Development
Tuesday, November 10, 2020 Gulf Coast: USGBC Texas & IFMA Houston Game Night
Monday, November 09, 2020 South: What's the Deal with Benchmarking?
Wednesday, October 28, 2020 Gulf Coast: Green By Design
Wednesday, October 28, 2020 North: Dallas Build Expo
Thursday, October 15, 2020 A Conversation with Leaders in Green
Saturday, October 10, 2020 LEED Green Associate Exam Study Session
Thursday, October 08, 2020