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[vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="30"][vc_single_image image="24595" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="30"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"][vc_single_image image="24593" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="30"][vc_column_text] Taryn Holowka Senior Vice President, Marketing, Communications & Advocacy USGBC [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] [dropcaps type='normal' color='' background_color='' border_color='']W[/dropcaps]hen we set out to develop this issue of USGBC+ we chose the theme: leadership platforms. Each of us has a unique leadership platform—a set of values and beliefs for which we stand. Our platform may be known to others, or it may just be a quiet presence that guides our daily lives. In thinking about leadership, one of the things I’ve always thought of as the definition of a leader is someone who inspires purpose and progress but more importantly, someone who uses their leadership platform to make things better. By that definition, every single member of the USGBC community is a leader. USGBC and its 12,000 member companies, the more than 20 billion sq-ft of LEED projects, the hundreds of committee and community members, the volunteers, the 201,000 LEED Accredited Professionals (APs) and the 25,000 Greenbuild attendees are all inspiring purpose and progress and making things better. Whether it’s creating a new and innovative fixture that saves water, developing alternative materials that are healthier for people, identifying a new strategy...

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="30"][vc_single_image image="24153" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="30"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"][vc_single_image image="24157" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="30"][vc_column_text] Dave St. Peter President and CEO, Minnesota Twins [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] [dropcaps type='normal' color='' background_color='' border_color='']A[/dropcaps]ustainability doesn’t always come to mind when you think of professional baseball. But with bright lights, open skies, and thousands of fans filling the seats at any given game, the Minnesota Twins recognize the role energy and water efficiency, reduced waste, and sustainability education play in creating the best possible experience for our fans, players, and community. Professional sports franchises have the ability to create local change that can set an example and have a truly global impact when it comes to sustainability initiatives. We don’t take this responsibility lightly. When Target Field opened in 2010, the facility was quickly dubbed “the Greenest Ballpark in America.” Target Field earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver thanks to many sustainability features integrated into the design and construction of our facility. Never resting on our laurels, the Twins organization then pursued LEED for Existing Buildings to ensure our operations and maintenance practices remained cutting edge and continued to improve. And just a few weeks ago, we were honored when Target Field became the first...

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="30"][vc_single_image image="23824" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="30"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"][vc_single_image image="23822" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="30"][vc_column_text] Mayor Kasim Reed Mayor of Atlanta, Georgia [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] [dropcaps type='normal' color='' background_color='' border_color='']A[/dropcaps]tlanta is the most vibrant, culturally significant and international city in the Southeast, the anchor of the ninth-largest metropolitan area in the United States with a population of 5.5 million, centered in the eighth biggest state in the union. We are an emerging global force with a GDP of more than $305 billion. We are also a city committed to innovation and progress, as well as an exporter of culture and change. As a result, Atlanta is emerging as a national and international leader in sustainability and resilience. We recently implemented a special-purpose local option sales tax for transportation to generate approximately $300 million over a five-year period to fund significant and expansive transportation projects citywide. We have conducted several infrastructure improvements under the $250 million Renew Atlanta bond program; hired the first-ever urban agriculture director, who works to bring local, healthy food within a half-mile of 75 percent of all Atlanta residents by year 2020; and adopted an affordable-housing ordinance that reserves a percentage of housing throughout the City for working families. In...

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="30"][vc_single_image image="23482" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="30"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"][vc_single_image image="23488" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="30"][vc_column_text] Mahesh Ramanujam President and CEO USGBC & GBCI [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] [dropcaps type='normal' color='' background_color='' border_color='']E[/dropcaps]very single day, I wake up invigorated by the spirit and strength of the work being done by every member of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and the larger green building community around the world that believes in and supports our mission. In my new role as president and CEO of USGBC and Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), I’ve pledged to all of you to further enhance our organizational capabilities; bring more people into our global movement; widen our sphere of influence; and to innovate beyond our wildest dreams. USGBC is committed to investing in the future by developing the full potential of the diverse, committed, and passionate people who power our movement. Only by aspiring to organizational excellence and optimum efficiency across our movement will we be able to solve the challenges of tomorrow, writing a new story about people and their stewardship of the built and natural environment. One of the best ways to achieve our lofty goals is to partner with other like-minded individuals, organizations, governments, and businesses to...

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="30"][vc_single_image image="23132" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="30"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"][vc_single_image image="23134" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="30"][vc_column_text] Fulton (Tony) Gale III, FAIA Starbucks Corporate Architect Tony Gale, FAIA, is Starbucks Corporate Architect. He was on the USGBC’s Board of Directors from 2006 to 2009, was Seattle City Architect under mayors Paul Schell and Greg Nickels, and has practiced internationally since 1973 as a principal owner of two award-winning architectural firms. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] [dropcaps type='normal' color='' background_color='' border_color='']A[/dropcaps]t Starbucks, we’re proud to have been a leader for more than a decade in the development and implementation of a scalable green building program for companies—both retail and beyond. Today we have 1,200 LEED–certified stores in nearly 20 countries and sustainable building has become our standard. I’m proud to have been a founding member of this program and even more proud of the progress we’ve made as an organization. Prior to joining Starbucks, I was Seattle’s city architect from 1999 to 2004 where I led a 20-person team managing the city’s green building policy. I joined Starbucks 11 years ago as corporate architect and found an organization that was passionate about contributing to the communities it serves. Green building and environmental stewardship provide a natural foundation...