First national park achieves another landmark

First national park achieves another landmark

Yellowstone National Park was the United States' first national park, and now it is one of the only parks to have a LEED gold-certified building, according to the website Inhabitat. The Visitor Education Center at Old Faithful was designed to...

Toyota donates $1 million to build Yellowstone ultra-green youth campus

Toyota donates $1 million to build Yellowstone ultra-green youth campus

In 2014, Toyota announced plans to use Camry Hybrid battery packs to help provide sustainable electricity at the national park, and now it has given the Yellowstone Park Foundation a $1 million donation to support development of a new sustainable...

Utah law school awarded platinum certification

Utah law school awarded platinum certification

The University of Utah is marking the one-year anniversary of the opening of its state-of-the art law school by announcing the facility has been awarded a prestigious LEED platinum designation by the by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), according to a press release. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.

Bridgewater Academy Building directs its energy to environment

The exterior walls of the Bridgewater (Mass.) Academy Building are white, and that’s about the only thing in the recently renovated town hall that isn’t green. Bridgewater was already deemed a “green community” by the state’s Executive Office of Energy...

Warehouse stands are 'golden' facility

Regional warehouse developer e-Shang Redwood (ESR) has received LEED gold certification for its Redwood Kunshan Distribution Centre 1 in China’s Kunshan, Jiangsu province, a burgeoning logistics hub just west of Shanghai. The 61,851-square-meter, two-story facility received the certification for sustainability...

Delta facility earns top LEED rating

The renovation of its existing headquarters building has earned Delta Electronics in Taiwan LEED’s top rating. The company’s facility recently was recognized with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design platinum certification in the category of operation and maintenance of existing...

Infographic: Keeping water bills out of hot water

Water heating accounts for about 18 percent of a building’s energy use. Reducing hot water use, employing energy-saving strategies and choosing energy efficient water heaters can help reduce monthly water heating bills. This infographic from the U.S.

Ariz. distribution center a model of sustainability

Given its stated commitment to environmental stewardship and green practices, retail co-op Recreational Equipment Inc. went all out in designing its new distribution center. Rather than just throwing in extra insulation and adding a bike rack, the co-op, better known...

N.Y. parks department a model for multi-system green roofs

N.Y. parks department a model for multi-system green roofs

By Roya Shariat 100 Resilient Cities In 2007, the Five Borough Technical Services Division of the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation installed its first green roof system atop its headquarters on Randall’s Island. Nine years later, the...

Amazon capturing water atop new buildings

Amazon capturing water atop new buildings

Amazon wants its new downtown Seattle campus to be green and sustainable, and one part of that is capturing and retaining one of the more abundant resources in the Pacific Northwest – rain. On the first block of the campus,...

Hollywood office buildings take LEED spotlight

The office component of the Columbia Square mixed-use development project in Hollywood, Calif., have earned LEED gold certifications under the Core & Shell rating system created by the U.S. Green Building Council, according to a press release. The 469,000-square-foot office...

School of communication achieves Ohio University first

School of communication achieves Ohio University first

The recently completed Phase II construction and renovation work at Ohio University’s Schoonover Center for Communication, which houses the five schools of the Scripps College of Communication, has been awarded LEED gold certification. The project is Ohio University’s first to...

Top energy rating awarded to Melbourne high-rise office building

Top energy rating awarded to Melbourne high-rise office building

A high-rise commercial office building in Victoria, Australia, has become the first in the state – and just the second in the country – to achieve a 6-star National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS) energy rating. The joint project...

Marshall complex engineers gold certification

Marshall complex engineers gold certification

Marshall University’s Arthur Weisberg Family Applied Engineering Complex has been awarded LEED gold level of certification, reports Huntingtonnews.net. The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is the foremost program...

Laundry system helps hotels reduce water, energy usage

Laundry system helps hotels reduce water, energy usage

On-premise laundry operations account for 16 percent of a hotel’s water usage, second only to guest rooms, and require significant energy resources, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). With the drought ongoing in many U.S. states, reducing the amount...

Green infrastructure proves beneficial to helping solve city challenges

Green infrastructure proves beneficial to helping solve city challenges

Natural ecosystems not only can provide climate benefits, but they also make cities healthier and more livable. An example is the Emerald Necklace in Massachusetts, designed by landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted. The Emerald Necklace is a linear network of parks and open spaces connecting Boston to Brookline.

Tenn. aquarium focuses on water conservation

Tenn. aquarium focuses on water conservation

Anna George wore a hard hat and reflective vest while she maneuvered around construction supplies and roamed the unfinished halls of the Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute's new facility in Chattanooga. This 14,000-square-foot building is a work in progress, but the...

Infographic: Where does wasted water go?

Infographic: Where does wasted water go?

More than 2 trillion gallons of water are lost every year, according to the American Water Works Association. So where does all the water go? The graphic below by water conservation technology company WaterSignal spotlights the problem, outlining numerous ways...

Cornell building LEED-ing campus sustainability

Cornell building LEED-ing campus sustainability

Klarman Hall – Cornell University’s College of Arts and Sciences’ light-filled humanities building that opened last semester – has been certified LEED platinum. The U.S. Green Building Council, which certifies LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) structures, awarded the...

Philly commercial building to feature innovative glass technology

Philly commercial building to feature innovative glass technology

Architects have long loved glass office buildings. Airy, yet structurally strong, their floor-to-ceiling glass walls provide plenty of light and make people feel almost like they're outside. But on sunny days, the windows can create glare or make glass buildings...

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