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University of California to Keep Fossil Fuel Investments

The University of California announced a set of climate change initiatives this week to make the system more sustainable, but stopped short of divesting fossil fuel investments from its $91 billion portfolio. The recommendation not to divest was one of the findings of the president’s Task Force on Sustainable Investing. … 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 »

Climate Leadership Awards Given

Fifteen organizations and two individuals were recognized as the 2014 winners of Climate Leadership Awards. The awards are given by the EPA’s Center for Corporate Climate Leadership, in collaboration with the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES), the Association of Climate Change Officers and The Climate Registry. Awardees came … Read more »

Princeton Review Green Ratings

Princeton Review Announces Green Honor Roll

Stanford University, Cornell University, Columbia University and the University of California, Los Angeles are among 22 colleges nationwide listed on Princeton Review’s 2014 Green Rating Honor Roll, which measures the environmentally friendliness of the schools. Princeton Review, known for its college test-prep and education services, tallied the scores for 832 … Read more »

Vapur, Elkay Install Water-Bottle Refilling Stations on Campuses

Reusable water pouch maker Vapur and stainless steel sink company Elkay have partnered to install water-bottle refilling stations on campuses across the US. The companies say billions of bottles of water are consumed globally every year, and less than 20 percent are recycled. The Vapur Refill Stations encourage students and … Read more »

UC Davis Ranked No. 1 in Green Colleges List

UC Davis Ranked No. 1 in Green Colleges List

The University of California, Davis tops Sierra Club’s annual “green” colleges list, jumping from No. 8 to the No. 1 spot by diverting about 70 percent of its trash, opening the country’s largest planned zero-net-energy residential community and encouraging bike use on campus. While none of this year’s colleges earned … Read more »

Green Manufacturing and Resiliency

This week the discussion is on resiliency and how it relates to manufacturing and, in particular, green and sustainable manufacturing. But first, a final comment on leveraging (the subject of the last three posts). In a discussion about leveraging with some of my researchers last week it was suggested that, … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: Green Squared, Chain of Custody, Supplier’s Declaration of Conformity, WEEE

Scientific Certification Systems (SCS) has certified its first tile manufacturers to the flooring industry’s new Green Squared certification standard. Certifications were awarded to tile manufactured by Crossville Inc., Interceramic Inc., and Metropolitan Ceramics by Ironrock. SCS said it is among the first third-party certifiers accredited by the Tile Council of … Read more »

Considering the Energy of Labor – Part III

Or, man vs machine. In the last posting I described three methods for estimating energy use per worker-hour (EPWH) and the preference was amortizing non-industrial energy supply since, in our opinion, it yields the most accurate estimate of energy use per industrial worker-hour for use in process-based or hybrid economic … Read more »

Lighting roundup: eBay, Hazardous Metals, GE

Here’s a roundup of the latest news in energy-efficient lighting. Ebay has replaced nearly 19,000 lamps  and 7,000 ballasts at its San Jose, Calif., campuses, in a move that it says will reduce lighting-related electricity consumption by 40 percent. The company said it only installed two lamps for every three … Read more »

LEED Roundup: Conagra, ezStorage, Marine Bio Lab, UCSB

Here’s the latest roundup of businesses that have earned the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. ConAgra Foods has won the LEED Platinum certification for its Lamb Weston processing facility in Delhi, La. ConAgra says this is the first frozen food manufacturing plant in … Read more »