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Seattle Mariners Win 2017 Green Glove Award for Recycling

Seattle Mariners Win 2017 Green Glove Award for Recycling

For the first time in nine years, the San Francisco Giants aren’t getting all the “green” glory. Major League Baseball decided to award its Green Glove Award to the Seattle Mariners this year for the team’s recycling efforts at Safeco Field. The Mariners put 96% of the ballpark’s waste materials … 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 »

E-Stewards Launches Online E-Waste Trading Platform

The Basel Action Network has launched an online trading platform that will allow businesses to recycle used electronics with e-waste recyclers certified to the e-Stewards Standard. The launch of the e-Stewards Marketplace, developed in cooperation with industry leaders and Retrace, a Seattle-based technology company, coincides with E-scrap 2014, the largest electronics … Read more »

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Cambridge Joins Chicago, NYC With Energy Benchmarking Requirement

Commercial, multifamily and municipal building owners in Cambridge, Mass., will be required to annually benchmark and report their properties’ energy performance in an effort to cut energy waste, lower utility bills and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The Building Energy Usage and Disclosure Ordinance was passed unanimously by the City Council of Cambridge … Read more »

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Bakery Achieves Landfill-Free Status

A Washington state bakery has achieved zero-waste status by recycling, reusing and repurposing all of its waste. Franz Bakery, a 108-year-old family-owned company, eliminated waste at its Spokane bakery through a recycling program that encompasses all aspects of its operations, including product and packaging waste, scrap metals, used equipment lubricant … Read more »

Port Launches Clean Truck Program

The Port of Seattle and the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency have launched a truck scrapping and replacement program. Called ScRAPS 2 (Seaport Truck Scrappage and Replacements for Air in Puget Sound), the program’s goal is to help truckers calling on Port of Seattle terminals to have model-year 2007 or … Read more »

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EV Project to Save Sea-Tac Airport $2.8 Million in Fuel Costs

An electrification project at Seattle’s Sea-Tac Airport to switch ground support equipment from fossil fuels to electric power is projected to save $2.8 million in airline fuel costs and 10,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions each year. By September, 576 electric charging stations will be provided throughout the airport for ground … Read more »

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REI Saves 93% on Data Center Energy with Evaporative Cooling

Outdoor retailer REI retrofitted its Seattle data center, resulting in a 93 percent reduction in the cooling energy used to operate the facility. The retrofit uses “free cooling” via a rooftop evaporative cooling tower to keep servers at optimal temperatures. The system reduces the need for mechanical cooling nearly year-round, … Read more »

Seattle Businesses May Face Increased Mandatory Recycling

The city of Seattle is considering making it compulsory for businesses to recycle glass, plastic, tin and aluminum. The legislation, which would be effective from July 2014, was introduced Sept. 12 by councilmember Jean Godden. It is currently mandatory for businesses to recycle paper and cardboard. Six months of educational outreach to businesses would … Read more »

Blue Marble Biomaterials

Blue Marble Biomaterials Expands Renewable Chemicals Production

Blue Marble Biomaterials has completed the purchase of a former GTC Oats in Missoula, Mont., which the company says will become its first large commercial bio-refinery. The acquisition of this facility fulfills the next stage of the sustainable biochemical manufacturer’s scaling plan to begin offering an expanded portfolio of products … Read more »

Water District Dumps Fossil Fuel Investments

Water District Dumps Fossil Fuel Investments

A California water district unanimously voted earlier this week to divest in fossil fuel companies and ban future investments in any of the biggest 200 coal, oil and gas companies including Alcoa, BP, Exxon and Royal Dutch Shell. The San Jose-based Santa Clara Valley Water District provides drinking water and … Read more »

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Microsoft Touts Accenture Smart Building Software

Microsoft has been working with Seattle and its utility Seattle City Light as part of the Seattle 2030 District’s goal to help downtown property owners reduce their energy use 50 percent by 2030. As part of the 2030 District collaboration, Microsoft is conducting a pilot using Accenture’s Smart Building & … Read more »