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Former Brownfield Transformed to Low-Carbon Footprint Ballpark

Former Brownfield Transformed to Low-Carbon Footprint Ballpark

Builder and real estate manager Ryan Companies has transformed what used to be one of the top 10 most contaminated brownfield sites in the Twin Cities into a public ballpark that features a host of environmentally sustainable features including recycled water and materials. CHS Field in St. Paul, Minnesota, home … Read more »

Hyatt Sustainability Report: Waste Intensity Cut 3%

Hyatt Sustainability Report: Waste Intensity Cut 3%

Hotel chain Hyatt has decreased its waste intensity by 3 percent year-on-year, according to the company’s 2011 corporate sustainability report. In 2010, the year Hyatt began recording its waste intensity, the company produced 2.1 kg of waste per guest night. By 2011 this figure had dropped to 2 kg of … Read more »

Aveda Sustainability Report: Company Halves Municipal Waste

Aveda Sustainability Report: Company Halves Municipal Waste

Cosmetics brand Aveda says it cut municipal waste at its main manufacturing plant nearly in half in the last two years, but its industrial waste rose in that time and recycling fell. Between 2008 and 2010, municipal waste output from Aveda’s Blaine, Minn. headquarters fell 48 percent, to 250,900 lb, … Read more »

Greenbuild Roundup: Day 3 Showcases Energy, Water Efficient Products

It wouldn’t be the GreenBuild Conference without a host of new energy-efficient and water-saving products showcased at many of the building supplier booths. As an example, ThinkEco has started to accept orders from business clients for its flagship product, the modlet, short for modern outlet. This device is touted as … Read more »

Enterprise Sets Goal to Reduce Energy Use, Costs 20% by 2015

Enterprise Sets Goal to Reduce Energy Use, Costs 20% by 2015

Enterprise Holdings, which operates Alamo Rent A Car, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, and National Car Rental brands, has made a commitment to reduce both energy use and energy costs by 20 percent over the next five years through a new 20/20 Vision sustainability initiative. The company expects to cut costs by $50 … Read more »

SSCSS Reduces Energy Use by 50% with Lighting Retrofit

Sony Supply Chain Solutions Singapore (SSCSS) has cut energy use in its warehouse by more than 50 percent by installing energy-efficient and dimmable lighting. It also reduced the number of fixtures required in the warehouse and significantly improved lighting levels. The high bay lighting system consists of Echelon’s LonWorks control … Read more »

Lightfair 2010: Philips, Cree, Toshiba, and Sharp Unveil Energy-Efficient LED Lighting

Some of the industry’s leading lighting manufacturers including Philips, Cree, Toshiba and Sharp are showcasing their latest and greatest products at Lightfair International 2010 tradeshow in Las Vegas, aimed at energy savings for both new construction and retrofit projects. Bridgelux and Molex earned the Most Innovative Product of the Year … Read more »

Energy-Efficient Lighting Saves Canadian Tire $6M in 2009

Canadian Tire, a retailer of tire and automotive parts, gas stations and general merchandise and apparel, says it will be among the first Canadian companies to include their sustainability metrics in its quarterly and year-end financial reporting, according to its first Community and Business Sustainability Report. Starting in 2010, the … Read more »

Storage Center Cuts Emissions 11.5% Via Renewables, Efficiency

A UK self-storage center has adopted energy efficient lighting and renewable energy to cut its emissions 11.5 percent in 2008. Big Yellow Self Storage saved $165,000 as a result of the changes, reports InsideSelfStorage.com. Big Yellow locations in Balham, Barking, Fulham and Merton, England, generated about 57,000 kWh in renewable energy, … Read more »

Lighting Retrofits Help Hotels and Data Centers Cut Energy Costs

Lighting and compact fluorescent lighting (CFL) retrofits are some of the easiest ways businesses including luxury hotels and data centers can cut their energy costs. Hotel lighting, for example, can account for up to 35 percent of a hotel’s energy bill, reports Hotel Interactive. Energy-efficient lighting by itself can reduce … Read more »

JohnsonDiversey Reduces Energy Use 23% in 2008

JohnsonDiversey Reduces Energy Use 23% in 2008

JohnsonDiversey Inc., a cleaning and hygiene solutions provider for business, reported environmental performance improvements in 2008 for five key areas — effluent chemical oxygen demand (COD), waste disposal, total water usage, net water efficiency and total energy usage– including a 23 percent per metric ton reduction in energy use, according … Read more »

Cities Spend Stimulus Funds to Retrofit Lighting

Several U.S. cities are planning to use federal stimulus funds to retrofit streetlights with energy-efficient technology. Seattle plans to use the federal stimulus funds to replace all 40,000 residential streetlights with energy- and cost-efficient light-emitting diode (LED) technology, reports the West Seattle Herald. The city estimates that it will take … Read more »

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