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In 2010, AU pledged to achieve carbon neutrality by 2020. The school reached its goal two years early, making it the first carbon neutral university in the nation.


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In 2010, AU pledged to achieve carbon neutrality by 2020. The school reached its goal two years early, making it the first carbon neutral university in the nation.

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American University First In U.S. To Become Carbon Neutral

In 2010, AU pledged to achieve carbon neutrality by 2020. The school reached its goal two years early, making it the first carbon neutral university in the nation.

New WorldGBC Report Urges Companies To Make Green Improvements

The World Green Building Council report highlights the economic benefits of green building and showcases improved occupant satisfaction when health, wellbeing, and productivity features are implemented in existing green structures.

LEED Platinum Children’s Hospital Is First On West Coast

Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford is the West Coast's first LEED Platinum children's hospital and only the second children's hospital in the world to earn that status.

Friday Funny: Happy 4/20, Bud!

This year’s 4/20, the high holiday of marijuana culture, comes at a time of robust growth for the cannabis industry. A look at a budding opportunity for energy efficiency, courtesy of ACEEE.

2018 Top 10 Worst Cities For Weeds, Lawn Disease

In honor of National Lawn Care Month, the National Association of Landscape Professionals has forecast the cities that will be most affected by lawn threats this spring and summer.

School District To Save $15.3M With New Energy Efficiency Program

California’s Escalon Unified School District recently completed a 1.2 MW solar photovoltaic and integrated energy efficiency and STEM education initiative.

Question Of The Week: Zeroing In On Waste Reduction

Achieving a zero waste operation does not come without challenges, but the benefits are many: cost savings, energy savings, reduced air and water pollution, and more.

Question Of The Week: Ways To Prevent Cigarette Litter?

Although cigarette smoking in America has decreased 28% in the past decade, cigarette butts remain the most littered item in the U.S. and across the globe.

Ten Principles For Building Resilient Communities

A new report from the Urban Land Institute's Center for Sustainability and Economic Performance outlines ten fundamental principles for building resilient communities that successfully...

Northwestern University Makes Buildings Bird-Friendly

Working with the local community and experts from American Bird Conservancy, Northwestern University is using state-of-the-art solutions to keep birds from dying in collisions with glass walls and windows.

World Water Day 2018: Four Promising Technologies Inspired By Nature

On World Water Day 2018, Frost & Sullivan explores this year's theme, "Nature for Water," by acknowledging the influence and inspiration natural filtration and treatment processes lend to water technologies.

New Compostable Takeout Containers From Eco-Products

Made with sugarcane, WorldView™ Naturals offer a nice green vibe for environmentally friendly restaurants and facilities.

U.S., Canada Home To Nearly 500 Zero Energy Buildings

The New Buildings Institute has measured more than 700% growth in ZE buildings since it began tracking projects in 2012.

Call To Reduce Waste Is Renewed

As China suspends its acceptance of foreign waste, how might waste management at facilities be impacted?

Roofing For The Ages, And The Elements

Sun, water, wind, hail... weather takes a toll on roof assemblies.

Philadelphia, Baltimore Schools Replace Polystyrene In Cafeterias

The cities’ public schools are now using compostable round plates designed by the Urban School Food Alliance in their lunchrooms, diverting 19 million polystyrene food service items from landfills.

Leaf Living Wall From Nevins

Leaf Living Wall is a vertical garden of living plants that infuses interior spaces with greenery and promotes a healthy mental and physical environment.

Mainland China Leads Top 10 Countries, Regions For LEED

Green building space in China is expected to reach two billion square meters by 2020, up from current estimates of 600 million square meters spread across more than 300 cities.

11 Office Recycling Resolutions For A Sustainable 2018

Instead of setting resolutions for yourself in 2018, try setting them as a team for your office or business and work together to meet your recycling program goals.

Question Of The Week: Are Companies Prepared For The New Energy Economy?

A new study by Schneider Electric shows that organizations feel ready to compete in the evolving energy landscape, but many aren’t taking the necessary steps. 

New Guidance On Achieving Joint Certification Of BREEAM, WELL

A new briefing paper from BRE And IWBI outlines how projects can achieve joint certification of BREEAM and the WELL Building Standard.

Deb Group’s Solopol GFX Hand Cleaner Receives Green Seal Certification

Solopol® GFX™ is now the first and only heavy duty hand cleaner with Green Seal®, UL ECOLOGO®, and USDA BioPreferred® accreditations.

Is Your Community In Dire States?

CASE has announced a Call for Entries for its third annual Dire States Equipment Grant, which provides $25,000 in free equipment use to one community to repair or build local infrastructure.

National Aquarium Turning Guests’ Trash Into Soil

Compostable cups, plates, containers, and lids will be turned into nutrient-rich soil and mulch for area farms, gardens, and Waterfront Park surrounding the Baltimore Aquarium.

EPA Food Recovery Challenge Names 16 National Award Winners

In 2016, over 950 organizations participated in the program, diverting 740,000 tons of food from landfills or incinerators, and saving businesses up to $37 million in avoided waste disposal fees.

Four Winter Safety Tips For Your Workers And Facility

These winter safety steps will help you maintain a safe work environment this season, regardless of the size or type of workplace you manage.

IWBI Releases Manufacturer’s Guide To WELL

This new guide helps manufacturers who produce sustainable building products and materials navigate the WELL Building Standard.

Pfizer Builds World’s First LEED Platinum Pharmaceutical Factory

With help from Johnson Controls, Pfizer built the world’s first LEED-NC Platinum certified pharmaceutical factory in Dalian, China.

Global Study Asks: How Do Green Buildings Impact Thinking, Health, Sleep?

A Harvard study is recruiting buildings around the world to discover the impact of green buildings on health and productivity.

AASHE Releases 2017 Sustainable Campus Index

Annual publication recognizes top-performing colleges and universities as measured by the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS).
greywater Waterless Co. Inc.

Six Rules For Using Grey Water Properly

Many commercial facilities are reducing their water consumption by using greywater. Here are some rules and guidelines for using it safely and properly.
Sustainability Award

AASHE Honors 2017 Sustainability Award Winners

The annual awards honor the institutions and individuals that are leading higher education to a sustainable future.

FM Alert: New Guide For Trash Management Available

NACS and Keep America Beautiful have teamed up to publish a guide to help retailers end littering in America.

Investment In Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy On The Rise

Cost reduction is the most important driver for investments globally, finds Johnson Controls’ new Energy Efficiency Indicator survey.

Friday Funny: Helping Hands

Thanks to Hurricane Harvey, it was tough to find a reason to laugh this week. But this collection of photos proves that even in the most challenging of times, we can almost always find a reason to smile.

J+J Flooring Certified As Zero Waste To Landfill Manufacturer

For the third consecutive year, the commercial specified flooring manufacturer has been certified as a Zero Waste to Landfill manufacturer by GreenCircle. 
Whirlpool

Whirlpool Earns Gold, Silver LEED Green Building Certifications

Whirlpool Corporation was recently awarded LEED® Certification for two of its recent building projects, both in Benton Harbor, MI.
recycling

Keep America Beautiful Launches 2017 Recycle-Bowl

The K-12 school-based competition helps communities improve their recycling efforts by educating students and community members on how and what to recycle, while providing an array of resources.
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IFF Is Fragrance Industry’s First Zero-Waste-To-Landfill Facility

New Jersey operation is the first of its kind to earn GreenCircle Certified LLC, Zero Waste to Landfill facility status.

Cleaning Products And Sustainability

ACI Sustainability Report highlights progress made by cleaning product companies to decrease the industry’s environmental footprint over the last two years.

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