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Levi's LEED Platinum

Levi’s Facility Is World’s Largest LEED Platinum Warehouse

A Levi Strauss & Co.’s distribution center has achieved the highest level of LEED green building certification, making it the world’s largest warehouse/distribution center to achieve LEED Platinum, the company says in a blog post. Levi’s says green building features used at the Sky Harbor distribution center in Henderson, Nevada, … Read more »

Finding Water-Energy Savings from Efficient Landscape Design

The California Sustainability Alliance has released Water-Energy Savings from Efficient Landscape Design in California, a report documenting the key concepts for water-efficient landscaping. The report also estimates water, energy, and cost savings, as well as carbon sequestered, for a case study site in Southern California. The Alliance investigated landscape irrigation … Read more »

$50M for Water Conservation, Reuse Projects

Water meter system upgrades and rebate programs for commercial buildings that install water-wise landscaping are among the water efficiency projects that will receive nearly $50 million from the US Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation. The funding for the projects — in California and 11 other western states — aims to help resource … Read more »

Xeriscaping Cuts Properties’ Water Use, Maintenance

Commercial properties can reduce water use, maintenance and costs while also improving stormwater management by xeriscaping — a low-water-use landscaping method that uses native plants — according to Buildings magazine. Xeriscaping selects plants that are drought tolerant and hardy against climate change. This can help buildings conserve water and it … Read more »

SDG&E Landscaping to Slash Water Use 40%

San Diego Gas & Electric expects its new water-wise landscaping project at Century Park, its Kearny Mesa headquarters, to save the utility more than 4 million gallons of water a year, a 40 percent campus reduction. Previously, SDG&E’s landscaping at Century Park was 71 percent turf that required irrigation and … Read more »

BofA before and after

Landscaping to Save 5M Gallons of Water Annually

Bank of America’s drought-tolerant landscaping is expected to save 2 million additional gallons of water over original estimates. In August, Bank of America announced water conservation efforts to transition traditional landscaping at six of its banking centers in Southern California to fully drought-tolerant landscaping known as xeriscaping. The pilot builds … Read more »