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Owners of Older Concrete Buildings in LA Must Start Planning Seismic Retrofits

Owners of Older Concrete Buildings in LA Must Start Planning Seismic Retrofits

In Los Angeles, the owners of older non-ductile concrete buildings have known about a law requiring seismic retrofits for two years. Now, the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety is sending them compliance notifications, Engineering News-Record reported. Owners must get the compliance ball rolling with engineers within three years. … Read more »

LA Approves Franchise Zones to Drive Zero Waste Plan

As part of its zero waste plan, the city of Los Angeles has approved a $3.5 billion waste hauling contract that will divide the California city into 11 commercial waste franchise zones served by seven haulers.

Cleaner Streets, Lower Collection Costs with Bigbelly Smart Waste, Recycling System

Los Angeles’s Downtown Center Business Improvement District (DCBID) has expanded its use of the Bigbelly smart waste and recycling system for broader waste management coverage across the district. Thirty-six new Bigbelly waste and recycling units will replace traditional trash bins on the southern California streets. According to the smart waste … Read more »

Paddle Dryer Reduces Biosolids Volume Up to 80%

International technology Group Andritz has received an order from Kore Infrastructure to supply a paddle dryer for a biosolids recovery plant currently under construction in Rialto, California. In the plant, biosolids from wastewater facilities in Los Angeles that have normally gone to landfill will be converted into biodiesel and biochar. … Read more »

Xylem Provides Water Reuse AOP Technology for Indirect Potable Reuse

Water technology company Xylem has been commissioned to deliver a water reuse system to help increase the supply of purified, recycled water in Los Angeles. Xylem’s Wedeco MiPRO photo Advanced Oxidation Process (AOP) will ensure that the City of Los Angeles Terminal Island Water Reclamation Plant complies with California’s groundwater … Read more »

glass bottle recycling

$1.8 Million Settlement in Recycling Fraud Case

A Los Angeles-area recycling business will pay $1.8 million in restitution to California’s beverage container recycling program as part of a settlement agreement resulting from illegal claims for refunds on out-of-state bottles and cans. As part of the agreement with the CalRecycle, Action Sales and Metal and owner Bruce Falk … Read more »

99 Cents Only

99 Cents Only Pays $2M to Settle Hazardous Waste Disposal Violations

Los Angeles-based 99 Cents Only Stores will pay more than $2 million to settle retail hazardous waste disposal violations in California. Under the settlement, approved Jan. 6 by a San Joaquin County Superior Court judge, the company must pay $1.8 million in civil penalties, $312,500 in costs and $250,000 in … Read more »

Coca-Cola, NRG eVgo Partner to Cut Emissions

The Coca-Cola Company has partnered with NRG eVgo, a subsidiary of NRG Energy, to assist in the effort to have 1.5 million zero-emission vehicles on California’s roads by 2025, an initiative championed by Gov. Jerry Brown. Coca-Cola will provide electric vehicle charging at seven of its facilities across California, and … Read more »

Arrowhead trucks

Nestlé Waters Cuts Emissions with Alt Fuel Delivery Trucks

Nestlé Waters North America has bought five propane autogas beverage trucks for its Los Angeles location. The trucks will deliver Arrowhead Mountain Spring Water to area businesses and residents. The beverage company purchased the propane autogas trucks for several reasons including wanting an alternative fuel system that maintains full factory … Read more »

Green Buildings Market Grows to $260 Billion

Green Buildings Market Grows to $260 Billion

Construction of green buildings rose to 325 million square meters of new floor space in 2013, representing a $260 billion market, according to a report by Lux Research. In addition, green buildings are delivering predictable internal rates of return of 5 percent or more. Lux analysts studied utility savings, rental rates, resale … Read more »

WELL certified

WELL Building Standard Launched

The International WELL Building Institute has launched the WELL Building Standard Version 1.0, which focuses on enhancing people’s health and well-being through the built environment, at the inaugural WELL Building Symposium in New Orleans. Following a two-year pilot program and a formal Peer Review process, the standard is now publicly … Read more »

PwC: Stockholm, Sydney Top Sustainable City Ranking

PwC: Stockholm, Sydney Top Sustainable City Ranking

Stockholm and Sydney are the most sustainable cities in the world, a ranking driven by air quality, recycled waste efforts and public park space, according to a PriceWaterhouseCoopers report. The firm’s sixth edition of the Cities of Opportunity report, which ranks the top 30 cities from across the globe, measures 10 key indicators including … Read more »