Retiring Dow chairman's donation to fund center for sustainable future

Retiring Dow chairman's donation to fund center for sustainable future

One of Australia's most senior international business leaders has donated $13.5 million to help build a Brisbane university research facility to develop budding leaders of a global sustainable future. Andrew Liveris will retire as chairman of DowDuPont in July and...

Washington utility creates solar program for commercial, industrial customers

Washington utility creates solar program for commercial, industrial customers

Large commercial and industrial electric customers in Washington State soon will be able to tap into a renewable, cost-effective energy source. Avista Utilities has unveiled the Solar Select program, which will be powered by 28 megawatts of renewable solar energy,...

China, WGBC team to reduce carbon emissions

China, WGBC team to reduce carbon emissions

China's Green Building Council has partnered with the World Green Building Council in a move to boost international efforts to reduce the environmental impact of the building and construction sectors, the two organizations announced. The partnership was hailed as "hugely...

World Economic Forum unveils new energy-efficient offices

The World Economic Forum, tasked with resolving international conflicts and improving the world, is focusing on sustainable development. When designing its new New York offices, it worked with CodeGreen Solutions — a sustainable building consultant — to make its location...

Dining hall becomes DePauw's third gold-rated building

Dining hall becomes DePauw's third gold-rated building

DePauw University’s new Hoover Dining Hall has received LEED gold certification, making it the campus’ third facility to earn the designation. Dedicated in October 2016, Hoover Hall is a 48,600-square-foot dining hall. The $32 million project, which took 29 months...

Bobcat engineering center an environmental LEED-er

Bobcat engineering center an environmental LEED-er

Doosan Bobcat North America's Acceleration Center — a key engineering facility for all Bobcat compact equipment — is now Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified. The Bismarck, N.D., facility is currently one of only a few test lab...

New N.C. solar-storage farm among nation's largest

New N.C. solar-storage farm among nation's largest

One of the largest solar-plus-storage installations in the continental United States is now in operation in North Carolina. The 8.5-megawatt utility-scale project has a storage capacity of 12 megawatt hours, according to a release. All told, 21,900 high-performance LG solar...

Fact or fiction? Examining 10 IAQ myths

Fact or fiction? Examining 10 IAQ myths

Despite the fact that poor indoor air quality (IAQ) can affect the health of the occupants in any kind of enclosed space, there seem to be a lot of misconceptions about it. With individuals spending a significant amount of time...

Plan for world's largest greenhouse blossoming

Plan for world's largest greenhouse blossoming

The world’s largest tropical greenhouse under one roof soon will take shape, featuring waterfalls and an array of plants. The French design firm Coldefy & Associates has unveiled plans to construct the $62 million single-domed structure in the Pas-de-Calais area....

Japan opens nation's largest floating solar farm

Japan opens nation's largest floating solar farm

Touted as Japan’s largest floating solar plant, a new 13.7 megawatt (MW) site has begun operation. Sitting on the surface of the Yamakura Dam reservoir in Ichihara, the 44-acre plant is managed by the waterworks bureau of Chiba Prefecture for...

ENERGY STAR for commercial buildings launches in Canada

ENERGY STAR for commercial buildings launches in Canada

ENERGY STAR certification is now available in Canada for commercial and institutional buildings for the first time. Government officials challenged building owners and managers to take advantage of the new tool to demonstrate their commitment to green growth and to...

USGBC builds on LEED with version 4.1

USGBC builds on LEED with version 4.1

The U.S. Green Building Council has unveiled the next step for the LEED rating systems: LEED v4.1. This incremental step in the evolution of the world’s green building rating system is key in achieving the goal of green buildings and...

Starbucks brewing up sustainability at Yosemite

Starbucks brewing up sustainability at Yosemite

Coffee giant Starbucks has opened its first coffee shop inside a U.S. national park in the nation’s most popular park. The sign-less shop is inside the recently remodeled Yosemite Valley Lodge (now known as Base Camp Eatery) within Yosemite National...

Infographic: How LEED rating systems develop

Infographic: How LEED rating systems develop

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a certification program that provides independent verification of a building’s green features. The program encourages the design, construction, operation and maintenance of resource-efficient, high-performing, healthy, cost-effective buildings.

Schneider Electric launches renewable energy services to help Australian companies

Schneider Electric, a leader in the digital transformation of energy management and sustainability, has launched new services to assist Australian businesses in the adoption of low-cost renewable energy, through power purchase agreements (PPAs) and other projects. The rapid closure of...

Sustainable 'Smart City' grows in Thailand

Sustainable 'Smart City' grows in Thailand

When it launched in July 2015, WHIZDOM 101 in Bangkok, Thailand, was dubbed “The Great Good Place.” The project, officials said, represented a step into the future and was designed to be a one-stop world for a person’s every need,...

Atlanta airport first to earn LEED for Communities pre-certification

Atlanta airport first to earn LEED for Communities pre-certification

The nation's busiest airport, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International, has become the world’s first airport to be awarded precertification under the LEED for Communities program. As part of a larger effort at the airport, the Department of Aviation’s Planning and Development (P&D)...

Electrochromic glass market an emerging green-building initiative

Electrochromic glass market an emerging green-building initiative

The global electrochromic glass market is expected to grow at an annual rate of 16.8 percent over the next several years, according to a new report. The overall market value is projected to jump to $6.22 billion by 2024, up...

Belize eco-resort to offer 100% carbon-neutral villas

Belize eco-resort to offer 100% carbon-neutral villas

A new eco-resort in Belize will feature an inventory of carbon-neutral luxury residences – a first for the Caribbean. The Itz’ana Resort & Residences complex will offer four- and five-bedroom villas that are carbon neutral, built with locally-sourced materials and...

Canadian community earns platinum certification

Canadian community earns platinum certification

A mixed-use residential and commercial real estate development in Victoria, British Columbia, recently earned a major environmental recognition.

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