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Chemical Management Tool Launched

Target, Staples, Kaiser Permanente and the US Green Building Council are among the organizations that joined together today to launch the Chemical Footprint Project, a metric for publicly benchmarking corporate chemicals management and profiling leadership companies. The CFP will enable purchasers to preferentially select suppliers and investors to integrate chemical risk … Read more »

More Buildings Reaching Carbon Reduction Targets

There has been a 200 percent increase over 2012 in the number of building design projects that meet the American Institute of Architects’ 60 percent carbon reduction target, according to a report released by AIA earlier this month. The AIA’s 2030 Commitment Program, introduced in 2009, is a voluntary initiative … Read more »

US Leader In Green Commercial Space Announced

The US city with the highest percentage of green commercial space is Minneapolis, with 77 percent of its commercial real estate space certified as green, according to a study by CBRE Group and Maastricht University. The city with the second-highest percentage of green space was San Francisco, at 67.2 percent, … Read more »

Canadian Green Building to Increase by Half

Canadian companies expect their green practices will grow from one third to one half by 2017, according to a report prepared by McGraw Hill Construction. The report, titled Canada Green Building Trends: Benefits Driving the New and Retrofit Market, was commissioned by the Canada Green Building Council and shows that … Read more »

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Working in LEED Buildings Doesn’t Lead to Happier Workers, Study Says

The indoor environmental quality of workspaces in LEED-certified buildings does not make workers happier, according to research that counters the findings of several earlier studies. The green building findings by the University of California and the University of Notingham in the UK were published in the April issue of the journal … Read more »

Top 10 LEED States Ranked

The US Green Building Council (USGBC) released its ranking of the Top 10 States for LEED-certified construction for last year. The per-capita list is based on 2010 US Census data and includes commercial and institutional green building projects that were certified throughout 2013. USGBC calculates the list using per-capita figures … Read more »

Greengrade Supports LEED v4

Greengrade, Textura’s LEED management software, now supports projects that are seeking LEED certification under LEED v4, the newest version of the green building program to be released by the US Green Building Council (USGBC). USGBC says this version of its green building program ramps up global adoption of sustainable building … Read more »

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Western Companies, Suppliers Greening Asia Factories

In the last five years, Western companies and occasionally their Asian suppliers have begun to build green-certified or environmentally friendly factories in developing countries. The burgeoning certification trend could lead to significant water and energy savings down the line because so many consumer and industrial goods are made in Asia, … Read more »

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Consumer Electronics Show Roundup: Intel, Toyota, BMW, Bosch

Here’s a roundup of green tech news from the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas: Intel CEO Brian Krzanich announced during his keynote address that for the first time the minerals used in its microprocessor silicon and packages have not been sourced from conflict zones as concluded by either a … Read more »

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Environmental Executive Moves: Steven Chu, Skanska USA, Seven Seas Water

Here’s the latest news on hirings, promotions and departures among environmental leaders. Inventys Thermal Technologies: The carbon capturing company has named Steven Chu to its board of directors. Chu was previously energy secretary in President Barack Obama’s first administration. Prior to that post, Chu was director of the Lawrence Berkeley National … Read more »

Sustainability Professionals ‘Needed Across All Industries’

Sustainability Professionals ‘Needed Across All Industries’

More companies are hiring sustainability professionals, with the green goods and services field increasing 5 percent from 2010 to 2011 to reach 3.4 million workers, but there’s still considerable room to grow, according to a report published by the McGraw Hill Financial Global Institute. The report, Managing Organizational Sustainability: Demonstrating the … Read more »

LEED v4 Launches, 122 Beta Projects Use the Green Building Rating

LEED v4 launched today at the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Philadelphia. The US Green Building Council (USGBC) says the newest version of its green building program ramps up global adoption of sustainable building and development practices by creating universally understood and accepted tools and performance criteria. Already, 122 … Read more »