4th Annual Green Apple Day of Service

September 26 marked the 4th annual Green Apple Day of Service, a day celebrated around the world as a day to provide environmental service towards schools.  Three schools within HISD, Briargrove Elementary School, Garden Oaks Montessori School and Gabriela Mistral Early Childhood Center and one school within Clear Creek ISD, Stewart Elementary, participated.  Students across all the schools joined in to help pick up trash around the school grounds, clean up and plant garden habitats, make Recycling posters to put in the cafeterias and put reminders on light switches to turn off the lights.  Both HISD and CCISD are committed to reducing energy use and teaching students about sustainable living.  This year, HISD will be kicking off its 2nd annual HISD Green Schools Challenge, and CCISD is participating in its 2nd year-long "Green Apple Day Energy Challenge," coordinated by Automated Logic and the USGBC Green Schools Committee.  For more information on green schools in the area or to volunteer to help out, contact

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USGBC Releases Economic Impact of Green Buildings Study

USGBC Releases Economic Impact of Green Buildings Study

On September 16, USGBC released a groundbreaking study on the economic impact of green buildings.  This study provides a wealth of data on green building’s existing and projected impact on jobs and the broader economy, both nationally and by state.  It will be a valuable resource as you work to further green building in your market.  With that we have created a variety of resources to assist you in making the most of the report.
Full report: Here is the link to the full report.

TPS Final Green Building Economic Impact Study Report
USGBC Press Release Texas

2015 Cohort of LEED Fellows

Maria Perez of Gensler has been designated as a member of the 2015 cohort of LEED Fellows. She is the first LEED Fellow located in the greater Houston metropolitan area. Maria serves as secretary of the Texas Gulf Coast Regional Council. Join us this November at Greenbuild to congratulate Maria on her accomplishment.

USGBC Press Release 
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October 08, 2015 – The Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM), Houston Chapter is prepping for its second annual IREM Food Fest. This year, the networking event’s cooking competition is themed around “Great Tailgate” and requires amateur cooks to create food items inspired by tailgating culture. This unique event serves as a fundraiser for the not-for-profit organization and will be held on October 15th from 4:00 P.M. to 8 P.M. on the lawn at 1700 Post Oak Blvd.

The social event, which is styled like a food festival, features IREM members from different commercial real estate firms alongside service providers to the industry as the event’s chefs. 

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