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California Nonresidential Building Owners Must Disclose Energy Usage

On Sept. 1, owners of non-residential buildings 50,000 square feet or greater will be required to disclose energy usage when they sell their properties. California Assembly Bill 1103 has now been codified into regulations, which will require disclosure of the building’s most recent 12 months of energy usage prior to … Read more »

Mandatory Benchmarking Not Worth the Cost, Study Says

Boston’s Mayor Thomas Menino wants large commercial buildings in the city to benchmark their energy usage, but a report studying the effects of benchmarking finds that the costs outweigh the benefits. The report, commissioned by the Greater Boston Real Estate Board and authored by Robert Stavins, an environmental economist at … Read more »

San Francisco Publishes Energy Consumption Data for 305 City Buildings

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) has released a report that details the energy performance of 305 of San Francisco’s municipal facilities during calendar year 2011, including more than 37 million square feet of building area. More at Energy Manager Today.

Intel, KT Test Energy-Efficient Data Center Technology

Intel has partnered with South Korean telecom company KT Corporation to develop energy-efficient technology to reduce power consumption at data centers, according to news reports. The new system, if applied to every KT-owned center, would save 8.6 billion won ($7.6 million) annually, Korea Times reported. Implementing the new system in … Read more »

Osram Sylvania Cuts GHGs 20% Over Five Years

Lighting company Osram Sylvania has reduced its corporate absolute greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent over the past five years, the company said. This is double the commitment it made in 2007 — to reduce corporate-wide GHG emissions by 10 percent compared to 2006 levels — when it joined the … Read more »

Legrand Cuts Energy Use by 20 Percent, Beating DOE Goal by 8 Years

Legrand has reduced its energy use by more than 20 percent, in its first year participating in the Department of Energy’s Building Buildings initiative. The electrical and data networking manufacturer joined the DOE’s Better Buildings, Better Plant Challenge in January 2011. Legrand’s first goal, North America president and CEO John … Read more »

Kraft Cuts 45 Million Lbs of Packaging, 12.5m Travel Miles

Kraft Cuts 45 Million Lbs of Packaging, 12.5m Travel Miles

Since 2010 Kraft Foods has cut 45 million pounds of weight from the packaging of its products, according to an update on the company’s progress towards its sustainability goals. Last year company also increased its amount of “sustainable” agricultural commodities – those with third-party certification or verification – by 36 … Read more »

Colgate Sustainability Report: Goals Met for GHGs, Water Use, Energy, COD

Colgate Sustainability Report: Goals Met for GHGs, Water Use, Energy, COD

Colgate-Palmolive beat goals of cutting greenhouse gas emissions and water use by five and 25 percent from 2002 to 2010, achieving reductions of 7.8 percent and 34.6 percent respectively, according to its 2011 sustainability report. In that time the company also beat a five percent energy reduction goal, cutting energy … Read more »

CertainTeed Cuts Energy, Water Use, Landfill Waste

Building products manufacturer CertainTeed has reduced energy consumption by 15 percent and water usage by 24 percent over the past four years. The Valley Forge, Penn., company has also decreased the amount of waste going to landfills from its facilities by 33 percent. During 2010 and 2011, approximately 6,000 CertainTeed … Read more »

DOE Cuts Scope 1 and 2 GHGs 13% in Two Years

DOE Cuts Scope 1 and 2 GHGs 13% in Two Years

The Department of Energy reduced its scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions by 13 percent from its FY 2008 baseline of 4.6 million mTCO2e, to 4 mT in FY 2010, putting it on course to beat its target of a 28 percent reduction by 2020, according to the DOE’s … Read more »

Verizon Cuts Data Center Energy Use with Vigilent IT

Verizon has significantly reduced energy consumption and carbon emissions at 24 of its U.S. data centers through its installation of an energy management system from Vigilent, the telecoms company has announced. The software targets cooling efficiency and instantly cut energy use by turning off about 40 percent of the computer … Read more »

IBM Launches Building IT; Cuts Energy Use ‘Up to 40%’

IBM today launched its Intelligent Building Management software, which the IT company estimates can reduce maintenance costs by 10 to 30 percent, and cut energy usage by up to 40 percent. The company has also announced that the platform, which it beta-released earlier this year, is already in use at … Read more »