AEG, the entertainment giant, plans to build a $1 billion, 72,000-seat football stadium in downtown Los Angeles to LEED standards, the first in the National Football League, Smart Planet reported. The company said it began working with the U.S. Green Building Council and the Natural Resources Defense Council after the State Legislature passed a bill requiring that the new stadium to be 100% carbon neutral — including the emissions from vehicle trips to the stadium in car-friendly California.
In California, Paramount Pictures plans to file paperwork with Los Angeles to expand and upgrade its studio lot over the next 25 years, including building a new LEED-certified headquarters, Reuters reported.
The EPA announced that 25% of all single-family homes built in 2010 earned its Energy Star certification of efficiency, a 4% increase from 2009. The agency said that since 1995, some 1.2 million new homes have earned the Energy Star mark, representing savings of nearly $350 million on utility bills.
Waterlogic POU (Point of Use) water dispensers have been awarded the EPA’s Energy Star certification, the company announced. The company said its water coolers will result in 45% savings over typical products.
Liberty Tire Recycling, a provider of tire recycling services, said that it has become the first company to achieve Greenguard Synthetic Turf Components Certification from the Greenguard Environmental Institute, a third-party auditing organization. The company said its products are certified to ensure they meet chemical emissions standards.
Cree, Inc., a manufacturer of LED lighting, announced that its family of LED-based troffer replacements, including the Cree CR series of troffers, have been qualified by the DesignLights Consortium as meeting energy efficiency standards. The DesignLights Consortium is a collaboration of utility companies and regional energy efficiency organizations that certifies lighting fixtures not covered by existing Energy Star standards.
SolarTech, a non-profit industry consortium with a mission to streamline the process of increasing solar production, has been selected by the Energy Department to deploy its platform, Solar3.0, a national platform for process innovation to deliver PV, the company announced. Solar3.0 will deliver “process innovation through standardization of local land use, zoning code ordinances, permitting processes and interconnection rules for distributed PV,” the company said.
The EPA announced that it has recognized 52 organizations, including the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center, Marathon Oil and Nucor Steel, for their environmental stewardship at the Sustainable Materials Management recognition ceremony in Garland, Texas. The ceremony acknowledged organizations that the EPA said had pledged to exceed regulatory compliance requirements for public health under the agency’s National Partnership for Environmental Priorities, WasteWise, School Chemical Cleanout Campaign or Pollution Prevention programs.
UL has warned that Apollo light dimmers, manufactured for Neptun Light, Inc., bear an unauthorized UL Mark for the United States and Canada. UL said it has not evaluated the dimmers under its standard for safety. The product is Neptun “Apollo” Dimmer Models 80005 & 80005-3P.
CareFusion, a large medical technology company, announced that it has earned ISO:14001:2004 certification for 16 of its locations worldwide.