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Eco Minute: January 22, 2015

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Jem Sullivan
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The U.S. Green Building Council is bringing the message of more environmentally-friendly towns and buildings to the world and to Northwest Florida. This is the EcoMinute and I’m Christian Wagley.  The U.S. Green Building Council, or USGBC for short, is the largest and best-known national green building program.

Across the nation, thousands of homes, buildings, and even neighborhoods have been built and certified to USGBC’s rating system called LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.

LEED-certified projects demonstrate better environmental and health performance through more sustainable building and development practices.  Our local Northern Gulf Coast Chapter of USGBC features a green building program or field trip at its monthly meetings in Pensacola, and its branch meetings in Santa Rosa Beach. Chapter members come from many different professions and areas of interest, including architects, planners, builders, energy-efficiency experts, and environmentally-minded citizens.