Innovative Rating System for Sustainable Development to be Unveiled at 2008 Greenbuild Expo in Boston

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For those in the green building industry, the annual pilgrimage to the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Greenbuild Expo starts this year on November 19th in Boston with keynote speaker Desmond Tutu.

Connecting the DOTs: Moving People and Promise across Greater Yellowstone

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For those in the green building industry, the annual pilgrimage to the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Greenbuild Expo starts this year on November 19th in Boston with keynote speaker Desmond Tutu. Last year over 20,000 participants from 66 countries went to network and learn about the latest innovations and best practices for sustainable building. This year a unique voluntary rating system that incorporates LEED principles but goes beyond the application of LEED to address the nationally significant natural and cultural values of the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem will be unveiled.

The Yellowstone Business Partnership (YBP) has been invited to present an educational program on their Greater Yellowstone Framework for Sustainable Development (GY-Framework). YBP’s GY-Framework was designed to help the largest, intact ecosystem in America survive demands of rapid development. Taking lessons from LEED, over 80 volunteers from the YBP membership worked for nine months to develop a tool that defines sustainable development for the region. There are currently seven prerequisites and 57 credits that cover categories such as Land Use and Conservation, Biodiversity, Recreation Resources, and Public Service and Infrastructure.

The honor of being selected to present at Greenbuild is even more significant according to Mary Ann Lazarus, chair of the Greenbuild 2008 Program Committee: “This year's selection process was the most competitive in Greenbuild history with over 1,400 proposals submitted and fewer than 100 accepted into the final program. This level of selectivity enabled the Program Committee to assemble the strongest and most robust educational program to date.”

YBP’s presence at Greenbuild 2008 will give them international exposure to their innovative rating system, showing the building industry around the world that by looking beyond the built environment, developers can help preserve the cultural and natural heritage of a region.

The YBP Greenbuild educational program will begin with Jan Brown presenting the GY-Framework, its history and a description of the eleven registered pilot projects that will test the new rating system. These pilot projects include two high schools, local and state parks, a ski resort, and several mixed use and neighborhood developments.

Kath Williams, consultant for the GY-Framework, will then conduct an interactive Q & A with three of the eleven GY-Framework developers: Teton Meadows Ranch in Jackson, WY, Story Mill Neighborhood in Bozeman, MT, and Mountainside Village, in Victor, ID. These developers were chosen to participate because they represented all three states that YBP covers and they were comparable mixed use or neighborhood projects.

For more information on the Greenbuild Expo visit http://www.greenbuildexpo.org. For information on the USGBC and LEED visit http://www.usgbc.org. For information on the Yellowstone Business Partnership visit http://www.yellowstonebusiness.org or call (406) 522-7809.

The Yellowstone Business Partnership is committed to applying collaborative approaches to resolving multi-state challenges. YBP works with willing businesses to help them operate more sustainably, develop responsibly, enhance regional mobility and improve cross-boundary communications. The 5th Annual Conference at Jackson Lake Lodge entitled “Connecting the DOTs: Moving People and Promise across Greater Yellowstone” began the conversation on how to develop a concept of operations for a regional transportation network.

The US Green Building Council is a non profit organization that certifies sustainable businesses, homes, hospitals, schools, and neighborhoods. USGBC is dedicated to expanding green building practices and education, and its LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System™.

YBP Registered Pilot Projects for the GY-Framework

  • Beartooth Nature Center (Red Lodge, Montana)
  • Dornix Park (Big Timber, Montana)
  • Grand Targhee Resort (Alta, Wyoming)
  • Harriman State Park (Island Park, Idaho)
  • Livingston High School (Livingston, Montana)
  • Mountain Legends Ranch (Driggs, Idaho)
  • Mountainside Village (Victor, Idaho)
  • Pine Glades Homes (Jackson, Wyoming)
  • Red Lodge High School (Red Lodge, Montana)
  • Story Mill Neighborhood (Bozeman, Montana)
  • Teton Meadows Ranch (Jackson Hole, Wyoming)

Contact:
Heather Burdette
Sustainability Programs Manager
Yellowstone Business Partnership
(406) 838-2321
(406) 600-6617
jbrown @ yellowstonebusiness.org

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