Next City Vanguard Conference is coming to Houston

The Vanguard is an annual experiential urban leadership gathering of the best and brightest young urban leaders working to improve cities across sectors, including urban planning, community development, entrepreneurship, government, transportation, sustainability, design, art and media. Each year, Next City selects 40 applicants whose smart ideas for cities, experience in the field and ambition for the future all show great promise. The conference is free to attend.

The conference welcomes entrepreneurs, community developers, activists, artists, designers, urban planners and sustainability experts — anyone committed to improving cities.

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Learning Lab Launch

USGBC is thrilled to announce the launch of Learning Lab, an online education platform for K-12 teachers to find a robust selection of sustainability curriculum.

Learning Lab provides teachers and school leaders with comprehensive, project- and STEM-based curriculum (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics), encouraging student leadership, sustainability literacy, and real-world action. Using high-quality content provided by Education Partners, students can engage with their local and global environment and be better prepared for 21st century careers.

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State of Our Schools Report

The Center for Green Schools, along with the 21st Century School Fund and the National Council on School Facilities released the State of Our Schools: America’s K-12 Facilities report last week.  The report confirms that the current model for school infrastructure funding is broken and that we need to completely reform how we fund K-12 school facilities in the United States.  The report projects a $46 billion annual shortfall in the funding needed to keep our nation’s school buildings healthy, safe and conducive to learning.  Additionally, the report includes an in-depth state-by-state analysis of data on investment in school infrastructure, which suggests that the way school facilities are currently funded is inherently and persistently inequitable.

The report and the corresponding infographic are live on  The site is also home to all 50 state profiles and a district look up app so you can see how current facilities spending in  Texas compares to modern standards.

CLIMATE CHANGE: PAST, PRESENT, FUTURE: How it will affect building design & resiliency

Author: Kapil Upadhyaya

On March 23rd, Jud Partin, Phd, gave an exhilarating talk on Climate Change. He presented an overview of his research backed by data from various sources, at the City of Houston's Green Building Resource Center. This was be a joint event between the USGBC Houston Chapter, the Green Building Resource Center & the International Building Performance Simulation Association (IBPSA - Houston). 

Jud Partin, PhD is a Paleoclimatologist and Research Associate of the Institute for Geophysics at UT Austin. Jud seeks to understand how externally-forced and internally-driven changes affect the earth’s climate. He uses paleoclimate archives to help evaluate both current climate trends and climate models, which are used to project future changes. Jud focuses on producing long records of hydroclimate using speleothems, corals, and forams from the tropics as well as quantifying the uncertainty of climate reconstructions and then comparing the paleoclimate data to climate model output.