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Walgreens Builds Net Zero Energy Store

Walgreens plans to build what it believes will be the nation’s first net zero energy retail store, producing energy equal to or greater than it consumes. Walgreens plans to achieve that by utilizing solar panels, wind turbines, geothermal technology, energy-efficient building materials, LED lighting and ultra-high-efficiency refrigeration. Read more at … Read more »

Minneapolis Commercial Buildings to Report Energy, Water Use in 2014

Minneapolis, Minn. officials have approved a city ordinance that requires large commercial buildings to report energy and water use annually, beginning in 2014. This makes Minneapolis the first Midwest city to adopt an energy benchmarking and disclosure rule for commercial buildings. Read more at Energy Manager Today.

NREL ‘Bites’ Into Energy Scenarios

The DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has created an energy analysis tool to help individuals and educators experiment with energy use scenarios. The interactive Buildings, Industry, Transportation, Electricity, and Transportation Scenarios (BITES) allows users to explore how changes in energy supply and demand can impact carbon dioxide emissions and … Read more »

UN, Accenture ID Business Opportunity in Sustainable Energy

UN, Accenture ID Business Opportunity in Sustainable Energy

Better enterprise energy management can reduce annual energy costs between 10 and 35 percent, according to a series of new reports by the UN Global Compact and Accenture. The reports say the mining industry could cut costs by up to 15 percent, retail by up to 20 percent, utilities by … Read more »

Carbon Positive Launches Energy Management for Ports

Carbon Positive has launched what it calls the first program specifically to help ports adopt long-term strategies for energy and carbon management. The maritime consultancy launched the Carbon Positive Programme for Ports, which it says will help ports manage their energy and natural resource requirements and reduce their carbon footprint, … Read more »

Green Building Brief: Seattle Benchmarking, Kone Elevators, Retrofit Rules

Seattle is moving into the next stage of its Building Energy Benchmarking and Reporting Program, launched in May. The city has sent letters to 8,000 owners of nonresidential buildings over 10,000 sq. ft. and multifamily buildings with five or more units, notifying them that they will need to benchmark and … Read more »

Enterprise Cuts Energy Use 6.7%, on Average

Enterprise Cuts Energy Use 6.7%, on Average

Enterprise Holdings achieved an average 6.7 percent same-store energy reduction in 2011, putting it ahead of a target of a 20 percent reduction by 2015, from 2010 levels, according to the car rental company’s first Sustainability Report. In FY2011 (August 2010 – July 2011) the company’s direct and indirect energy … Read more »

Heinz Cuts Solid Waste 46% Since 2005

Heinz Cuts Solid Waste 46% Since 2005

Heinz has cut its production of solid waste per unit of production by 45.6 percent since 2005, according to the company’s 2011 Corporate Social Responsibility Report. Waste generation in FY11 was 59,544 metric tons, down from 106,006 metric tons in FY05. The company reported that it has also cut solid … Read more »

Merck Cuts GHGs, Outlines Post-Merger Goals

Merck’s sales and acquisition-adjusted GHG emissions fell by six percent between 2009 and 2010, from 2.21 and 2.08, according to the company’s 2010 global corporate responsibility report, its first in accordance with GRI principles since its 2009 merger with Schering-Plough. The pharmaceutical firm reported that its total energy consumption fell … Read more »

Viridity Incorporates Intel Data Center Manager

Viridity Software has announced that it will incorporate Intel Data Center Manager SDK into its EnergyCenter software. Viridity said the integration will help IT and facilities managers to monitor and manage data center assets at a much more granular level, obtaining detailed information such as temperature directly from specific server … Read more »

AmeriPride Chooses JouleX for IT Efficiency

AmeriPride Services, one of the five largest uniform rental and linen supply companies in North America, is implementing a JouleX platform to improve IT energy efficiency and reduce power consumption. The workwear company will use JouleX Energy Manager across the company, starting with solutions for the distributed office and the … Read more »

Gap Aims to Cut GHGs 20% by 2015

Gap Aims to Cut GHGs 20% by 2015

Gap has pledged to cut its greenhouse gas emissions 20 percent by 2015, from a 2008 baseline, in the company’s fifth Social and Environmental Responsibility report. The greenhouse gas goal follows an earlier 20 percent decrease in GHG emissions from 2003 to 2008, exceeding a goal of 11 percent set … Read more »