U.S. Green Building Council Gets $3M Google Grant

By Rich Christianson | Posted: 11/19/2012 3:26PM


SAN FRANCISCO - Google is ponying up a $3 million grant to help advance the U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) indoor air quality programs.

Announcement of the grant was made last week at the annual Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in San Francisco.

USGBC said the grant monies will help it create healthier indoor environments and encourage market transformation in the building materials industry. Three new initiatives will be developed over the next two years, including:

* Supporting research on building materials and health;

* Developing new transparency tools; and

* Engaging stakeholders from across the industry.

"Healthy, non-toxic building materials are a critical component in green building," said Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair of the USGBC.. "Fostering awareness of the materials we put into our buildings is of paramount importance, since many materials can link to a host of environmental and health issues. Working with Google enables us to broaden our efforts in the materials industry as we prepare for the next version of the LEED green building program, LEED v4. This updated rating system will paint a more complete picture of materials and products, enabling project teams to make more informed decisions."

Anthony Ravitz, Google's Green Team lead, said, "The idea for this project emerged from our own work at Google, where we're committed to creating the healthiest work environments possible that help employees perform at their best." 

The 11th annual Greenbuild opened last Wednesday, Nov. 14 at the Moscone Center, a LEED Gold-rated facility. Some 35,000 members of the green building industry were expected to attend the event.


About the Author

Rich Christianson

Rich Christianson is Associate Publisher and Editor at Large of Woodworking Network. During his 25+ years covering the wood products industry, Rich has toured hundreds of manufacturing plants throughout North America, Europe and Asia. His reporting has covered everything from the state of the industry and impact of wood imports to technology and environmental issues. In his current capacity he is responsible for editing the daily Woodworking Network Update newsletter and coordinating events including the annual Cabinets & Closets Conference & Expo and Canada’s biennial Woodworking Machinery & Supply Expo. He can be contacted at rchristianson@woodworkingnetwork.com or follow him on Google+.

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