U.S. Green Building Council announces grant from Google

HomeNewsU.S. Green Building Council announces grant from Google

San Francisco – The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced today, on the main stage at its annual Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, a $3 million grant from Google that will catalyze the transformation of the building materials industry and accelerate the creation of healthier indoor environments.

“Healthy, non-toxic building materials are a critical component in green building,” said Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO & founding chair, 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.”

“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,” said Anthony Ravitz, Google’s Green Team lead. “USGBC has a deep background in spearheading research, developing a rating system spanning the globe and engaging with the many stakeholders in the building industry, making them the perfect partner to help spur real change on the healthy materials front.”

The grant will focus on three areas that will spur the creation of healthier indoor environments and encourage market transformation in the building materials industry: supporting research on building materials and health, developing new transparency tools and engaging stakeholders from across the industry.

“Improving the indoor environment, increasing materials’ transparency and advancing the understanding of materials’ impact on health are critical targets for the LEED program as it continues to evolve,” said Scot Horst, senior vice president, LEED, USGBC. “Ultimately, we are looking to create overall benefit for the environment and for human health.”

The new initiatives will be developed over the next two years.

For more information about USGBC, visit usgbc.org. Follow on Twitter @USGBC  and Facebook at facebook.com/USGBC.

Learn more about LEED at usgbc.org/leed.

For more information on Greenbuild, visit greenbuildexpo.org. Follow on Twitter @Greenbuild and Facebook at facebook.com/Greenbuild.

Must Read

Mohawk Edge Summit early pricing sells out

Denver—Mohawk opened registration yesterday, May 22, for Edge Summit 2025 with an overwhelming response from retail partners. Early bird special pricing, which was set...

Golesworthy Flooring appoints new managing director

Bristol, U.K.—Golesworthy Flooring, a premier flooring contractor catered toward housebuilders in the southwest of England, has appointed Louise Golesworthy as managing director. With over...

Mannington Mills supports art in local schools

Salem, N.J.—For 22 years, Mannington Mills has hosted the “Art is Cool” program, recognizing and rewarding the talent of Salem County high school students...

Registration opens for Mohawk’s Edge Summit 2025

Denver, Colo.—Mohawk’s Edge Summit is returning this year with a newly-imagined customer experience at the Gaylord Rockies Resort and Convention Center here from December...

Florida Tile unveils Bellanova

Lawrenceburg, Ky.—Florida Tile is set to introduce Bellanova, a new line of color-body porcelain tiles that captures the timeless elements of European oak, also...

University of Ceramic Tile and Stone launches tile specialist course

San Diego, Calif.—The University of Ceramic Tile and Stone (UofCTS) has provided training to thousands of people in the tile and stone industry over...
Some text some message..
X