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Green Mountain Power

First Utility Receives B Corp Certification

Green Mountain Power, a Vermont-based energy company, has become the first utility in the world to become a certified B Corp. B Corps are certified by the nonprofit B Lab to meet standards of social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency. There are 1165 B Corporations in 37 countries, including … Read more »

Whole Foods

Grocery Stores Adopt Green Globes Certification

Whole Foods, Aldi’s and Publix are among the grocery stores across the US adopting Green Globes for green building certification, according to the Green Building Initiative (GBI), which administers the program. The properties also include New Seasons Markets in Oregon, and Price Chopper, Harris Teeter and Wegmans stores across the … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: Climate Data, B Corp, Green Printing

ASHRAE has updated Standard 169, Climatic Data for Building Design Standards, which it says serves as a comprehensive source of climate data for those involved in building design. Standard 169 now includes climate zone maps for the entire world, and an additional “Extremely Hot” Climate Zone 0 with humid (0A) and dry (0B) zones. … Read more »

B Corp

Why B Corp Certification Matters

Companies can attract younger workers by seeking — or touting — B Corp status, the Wall Street Journal reports. Since 2007, B Lab, the nonprofit that awards companies with a B Corp logo based on their environmental and social business practices, says 859 companies — including Patagonia, Ben & Jerry’s, … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: PG&E, Barclays Center, Smart Grid Guidelines

Pacific Gas and Electric has achieved LEED Platinum certification for the remodelling of its 145,000 sq ft San Francisco Service Center Garage, which was built in 1929. The retrofit includes seismic reinforcements that required 65 percent less material than in a traditional design, the company says. The building also includes solar panels … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: Oak Ridge, EPB, Biodiesel, B Corps

The 18,000 sq ft Maximum Building Energy Efficiency Research Laboratory at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee has received LEED Gold certification, World Interior Design Network reports. Researchers will use Maxlab to test building wall efficiency and durability, as well as research heating and cooling systems, according to WATE. Features contributing to the building’s own … Read more »

Benefit Corporations ‘Need More Oversight’

Benefit corporations, for-profit companies that also have social or environmental missions, need more oversight by state regulators in California, legal experts said at a National Association of State Charity Officials conference. About 75 companies have registered as “benefit” or “flexible purpose” corporations since Gov. Jerry Brown signed two bills into … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: B Corp, Earth Advantage, Verified Carbon Standard, PEFC

Ben & Jerry’s has met the B Lab standards for socially responsible businesses to become a Certified B Corp member. The ice cream maker is the first wholly-owned subsidiary to gain B Corp certification. As a subsidiary of Unilever, Ben & Jerry’s has met additional transparency requirements to earn its … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: B Corporation, ISO 50001, LEED, IEC 61701

Media company Good Worldwide has become a Certified B Corporation, joining a group of more than 600 companies from 60 different industries that have committed to high standards of social and environmental performance, the company said. Korean steelmaker Posco has earned ISO 50001 certification to become the first company in … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: EPA GreenChill, ASTM Sustainable Manufacturing, B Corp

The EPA GreenChill partnership recognized ACME, Weis Markets and Whole Foods supermarkets in New Jersey and New York for their efforts in reducing use of harmful chemicals used in refrigeration. The stores were all recognized for reducing the use of refrigerants which can harm the ozone layer and transitioning to less damaging refrigerants, … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: B Corp, Marine Waste Heat, Carbon Trust, ISO 50001, LEED

The Cabot Creamery Cooperative based in Cabot, Vt., is the first dairy cooperative to achieve B Corporation Certification, giving the company third-party validation of its social and environmental business practices. The certification comes with the updated release of its Reward Volunteers app, which tracks a user’s time spent on volunteer activities. … Read more »