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Standards & Compliance Briefing: ICLEI Community Protocol, Climate Action Reserve, New Technology Rating

The ICLEI seeks feedback from local government staff and technical experts for its development of the US national standard – Community-Scale GHG Emissions Accounting and Reporting Protocol – for measurement and reporting of communities’ greenhouse gas emissions. The group seeks comments by July 30 in a range of areas, including, but not limited to, transportation, built environment, wastewater, solid waste, agriculture, urban planning, and sustainability. The final Community Protocol will be released in September 2012.

Scientific Certification Systems said that it is now accredited to verify landfill gas offsets under the Climate Action Reserve protocol and the Verified Carbon Standard and is pursuing accreditation related to the verification of projects that destroy ozone-depleting substances and livestock methane. The company expanded its verification services in response to escalating demand created by the launch of California’s Cap and Trade program.

The Telecommunications Industry Association is developing standards for a new green rating of technology systems – the Sustainable Technology Environments Program (STEP). This standard, developed in cooperation with BICSI, CompTIA, InfoComm, and the Communications Cable & Connectivity Association, will bring sustainability to the process of planning, designing, integrating and operating technology systems, TIA said.

The Adhesive and Sealant Council has questioned the USGBC commitment to a consensus-based approach in development of the LEED rating system, and has issued a statement urging the US General Services Administration to not recommend the system as a green certification standard for the federal government. This follows news last month that 20 trade groups are campaigning against GSA adoption of the proposed LEED v4 standards.

Focus on Energy, Wisconsin utilities’ statewide program for energy efficiency and renewable energy, has achieved NSF certification to ISO 14001 for managing environmental impacts and corporate social responsibility. The program said that it will commit to sustainability initiatives including waste minimization, recycling and green procurement practices.

Aakorn Management has launched its ISO 14001 compliance tool, Environmental Management System, through EnviroSystemsOnline.com. The program produces auditable evidence for verification of operations at the ISO standard.

The Bulfinch Cos. has earned LEED Gold certification for its new 201,000-square-foot office building in Cambridge, Mass. The six-story property is the world headquarters of Forrester Research and part of Cambridge Discovery Park, a 820,000-square-foot master-planned lab and office campus outside of Boston. The facility includes high-efficiency heating and cooling systems and superior indoor air quality systems, and 96 percent of construction waste was recycled, CoStar Realty said.

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