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After operating for 18 years in Vancouver, Washington, White Salmon, Washington and Hood River, New Buildings Institute has relocated to the Rose City. Portland Business Journal caught up with Ralph DiNola, CEO, to find out more about the move and upcoming agenda. (8/6/2015) Read article

From an environmental perspective, cities are already responsible for the majority of the planet’s energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. To meaningfully battle climate change and stay within our carbon budget, getting things right at the urban scale is critical. This article from Line/Shape/Space reports about the needs, actions and future of our buildings and urban areas. It references NBI's report, "2014 Getting to Zero Status Update." NBI tracked a growing pack of projects—with the majority of square footage in the education sector—reaching for net-zero energy. (7/15/2015) Read article

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A Pause to Remember Jeff Johnson

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This year marks the 10-year anniversary of the passing of Jeff Johnson, New Buildings Institute’s (NBI) former executive director from 2000 to 2005. He died doing what he loved, mountain biking in the Columbia Gorge. Jeff was a person who lived his life on his terms. An avid outdoorsman and adventure seeker, he loved nature and worked to protect it through better energy efficiency in the built environment for the benefit of people and the planet. Read more »


NBI kicks off another webinar series on September 16 with "Why Net Zero Means Business for Owners". Learn more

The latest Progress Report from NBI is now available here. Read report