The Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) released the first draft of its International Water Stewardship Standard at the World Water Forum in Marseille, France. The AWS Standard, which is now open for public comment, focuses around four principles: water governance, water balance, water quality, and important water areas.
The White House Council on Environmental Quality is taking comments until April 11 on its revised draft guidance for federal agencies’ measurement of and reporting on greenhouse gas emissions. The draft includes revisions to October 2010 guidelines for calculating greenhouse gas emissions, including agency supply chains, and purchasing RECs, Bloomberg BNA said.
Daintree Networks said that its Wireless Area Controller (WAC) has become the first lighting controls product to be certified using the ZigBee Building Automation wireless standard. This certification confirms that the product meets all ZigBee requirements and can interoperate with other ZigBee products, Daintree Networks said.
TÜV SÜD America is now accredited to certify companies to the ISO 50001 management standard, the company said.
Condominium project Killingsworth Station in Portland, Ore., has earned LEED Platinum certification. The 57-unit building’s sustainability elements include solar-thermal hot water, a green roof, stormwater management features and bamboo hardwood floors, writes Sustainable Business Oregon.
The U.S. Forest Service’s new district office in Truckee, Calif., has been certified LEED Gold, to become the first LEED certified building for the Forest Service in the Pacific Southwest region. The building’s use of natural light, high performance windows and automatic lighting controls is expected to cut electricity use in half, the Forest Service said.
Delta Dental’s Michigan headquarters has earned LEED Gold certification for its new 90,000 square-foot office building, renovation of the original headquarters, and new 22,500 square-foot data center. The sustainability features include use of recycled building materials, a green roof, and sustainable landscaping, the company said.
Hostelling International USA’s new 480-bed Boston hostel is on track to become the first LEED-certified accommodation in the city, and the first LEED Gold hostel in the country, HI says. The project involves the renovation of a 55,500-square-foot six-story building using recycled building materials, green elevators, and Energy Star appliances and equipment, and a proposed $90,000 solar thermal panels project, Boston/SF writes.
The Portneuf Medical Center-East Campus in Pocatello, Idaho, has earned LEED certification. Features of the building include a cool roof, windows that respond to the weather, and occupancy sensors for lighting, KPVI News said.
The Meador Kansas Ellis Trail Project in Bellingham, Wash., has become the first Greenroads certified project, verified to Silver standards. The six-block extension of Whatcom Creek recreational trail uses recycled porcelain aggregates made from crushed toilets, asphalt with recycled content of 30 percent, and LED street lighting, the Greenroads Foundation said.