ASTM International approved ASTM E2893, Guide for Greener Cleanups, which sets forth a process to reduce the environmental footprint of activities during all phases of site cleanup, from investigation to long-term monitoring. It is designed for use by environmental professionals in the site assessment and remediation fields, as well real estate developers, regulatory agencies and corporate managers. ASTM says that eventually, the standard may be integrated into cleanup regulations on a state level.
The Sustainable Agriculture Initiative has published what it says is the first product category rule for calculating greenhouse gas emissions from green coffee production. SAI Platform’s Coffee Working group members developed the Green Coffee CFP-PCR rule in collaboration with the Sustainable Trade Initiative. Companies involved in rule development included illycaffé, Nestle, Tchibo, Mondelez, and Lavazza, with support from standard-setting bodies 4C, Fairtrade International, Rainforest Alliance and UTZ Certified.
California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment has proposed adding trichloroethylene to the list of reproductive toxicants regulated under Proposition 65. The chemical is already on California’s list of carcinogens, but the agency is proposing the additional listing based on EPA findings that trichloroethylene caused male reproductive toxicity and developmental toxicity in lab animals. TCE is an industrial solvent that can also be found in consumer products such as adhesives and paint removers, Bloomberg BNA reports.
LG Electronics’s LG G2 smartphone has been Ecologo Certified under UL Environment’s UL 110 (Sustainability for Mobile Phones) standard, the foundation of the new mobile phone category planned for the global EPEAT Registry, the phone manufacturer says. The device also earned the CarbonFree label, denoting a carbon-neutral product.
First Potomac Realty Trust announced that 440 First Street, NW, a 140,000 sq ft, Class A redeveloped building in Washington, DC, has achieved LEED Platinum Core & Shell certification. The company says the building is the first in the city to use a dedicated outdoor air system for HVAC.
Compass Datacenters has secured LEED Gold certification for a 22,000 sq ft data center in the Raleigh-Durham area. Compass completed the building earlier this year.