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Illinois Retains Top Position in LEED Top 10 List; Utah Makes 1st Appearance

Illinois has retained its top national position in the list of Top 10 States for LEED; a newcomer to the Top 10 list is Utah, while Texas, Washington and Nevada are back on the list after a three-year hiatus. The USGBC’s Top 10 States for LEED is in its sixth … Read more »

New Technologies Are Making It Easier for Businesses to Reduce Their Carbon Footprints

It’s a concrete jungle out there — literally. Humans today consume more concrete than any substance aside from water. That presents a huge problem for the environment. Concrete comes from cement, and each ton of cement generates a matching ton of carbon emissions. Many builders and designers are recycling water or … Read more »

Embedding Sustainability within Your Organization: 7 Steps

This article is sponsored by VF Corporation. The road to incorporating sustainability management into a company’s daily processes can seem slow, incremental and difficult, but at scale, incremental changes can be truly transformational. In fact, a small change in a large company can create a ripple effect throughout an entire … Read more »

Starwood Debuts Eco-Conscious Hotel in China

Starwood Hotels and Resorts has debuted its eco-conscious Element brand of hotels with the opening of Element Suzhou Science and Technology Town in Suzhou, China. The hotel, owned by Suzhou Science and Technology Town Kexin Cultural Tourism Development, features 188 guestrooms and suites. Each Element guestroom includes water-efficient faucets, Energy … Read more »

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GBCI Launches Rating System for Sustainable Landscapes

Green Business Certification Inc. has launched its newly acquired SITES rating system for developing sustainable landscapes. Developed through a collaborative effort of the American Society of Landscape Architects, The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at The University of Texas at Austin and the United States Botanic Garden, SITES can be applied to development … Read more »

‘Greenest’ and ‘Meanest’ Cars of 2015 Ranked

‘Greenest’ and ‘Meanest’ Cars of 2015 Ranked

For the second year in a row, Mercedes-Benz’s Smart ForTwo Electric Drive convertible coupe is the “greenest” car of the year while the Ram 2500 truck is the “meanest,” or least environmentally friendly, according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy’s annual vehicle environmental ratings. ACEEE’s 18th annual ratings … Read more »

LEED v4 Spec Program Launched for Building Product Manufacturers

GreenCE, Inc., provider of sustainable continuing education for design professionals, has launched a comprehensive LEED v4 specification program for building product manufacturers. The program was designed to educate building product manufacturers about the new green building rating system and features video modules, animation, and case-studies. Recently, the US Green Building Council (USGBC) released its new … Read more »

LCA Software Lets Manufacturers Upload EPDs for Comparison

Product manufacturers have a new tool to get their Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) in front of construction project design teams with a new functionality of life cycle assessment tool eToolLCD. The eToolLCD now allows users to enter their own EPDs listed in the software, allowing users and designers to compare … Read more »

Improved Fuel Efficient Package Developed by International Truck

International Truck has released a fuel efficiency package for its International ProStar trucks, the International ProStar ES (pictured). The ES – which stands for “efficiency specification” – offers improved aerodynamics, a drivetrain with advanced down-speeding and “the most efficient rear axles in the industry,” the company says. In addition, the … Read more »

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Green Facility Given Building Code Flexibility

A facility in Seattle, built to meet the city’s green building certification program, was allowed to bend the local building codes to get its sustainable initiatives to work and be viable, reports Sourceable. The Bullitt Center (pictured) features solar panels that generates all of its on-site electricity, a green roof … Read more »

Stimulating Innovation to Create More Sustainable Cities

It won’t be long before the world’s population reaches nine billion and by 2050, 70 percent of the world’s population will live in cities. All around the globe, population explosions are putting city infrastructure under severe strain. And at the same time climate change is posing serious challenges. How will … Read more »

LEED Retail Participants on the Rise

LEED Retail Participants on the Rise

Between 2012 and 2013, green building investment jumped by $1 billion in the retail sector, and the percentage of retail owners involved in green building more than doubled, from 18 percent in 2011 to 38 percent in 2013, according to the Leed in Motion: Retail report by the US Green … Read more »