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In preparation for Earth Day, businesses can cut costs and consume energy in more green ways by making a few smart changes with their HVAC systems.

Sustainability

Commercial building and facilities management resources for corporate facility executives, building operators and facility managers in all industry and service sectors. Sustainability articles below.


Five Ways To Get Your Building Green For Earth Day

In preparation for Earth Day, businesses can cut costs and consume energy in more green ways by making a few smart changes with their HVAC systems.

AHRI, Others Petition EPA On HFC Phase Down Rule

Proposed standards will result in an additional half billion tons of CO2 reduction above what already is projected to be achieved by the American Innovation and Manufacturing (AIM) Act.

$91M GSA Project Will Improve Landmark Buildings’ Energy Efficiency

Part of the National Deep Energy Retrofit program, the U.S. General Services Administration has awarded Johnson Controls the contract to upgrade the buildings' HVAC, lighting, water conservation, and energy management systems.

EPA Honors 206 2021 ENERGY STAR Award Winners

This year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is recognizing Samsung Electronics with a rare ENERGY STAR Corporate Commitment Award.

In 2020, New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center Focused On Green Efforts

With COVID-19 cancelling events, the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center (NOENMCC) took advantage of the downtime.

How Federal R&D Should Expand To Transform Our Buildings

ACEEE’s Dr. Esram testifies that we need federal research and development to quickly retrofit a large share of buildings to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

Iron Mountain Data Centers Lauded For Energy Efficiency Leadership

In a virtual tour, the Department of Energy recognized Iron Mountain Data Centers for its commitment to energy efficiency through the Better Buildings Challenge.

Water Conservation Tips for World Water Day

SSC Services for Education (SCC) is sharing water conservation tips and strategies for communities for World Water Day on March 22, 2021.

EPA Announces 2020 ENERGY STAR Certified Manufacturing Plants

These 95 ENERGY STAR certified plants saved nearly $400 million on energy bills — equal to the payroll value of over 8,000 U.S. manufacturing jobs.

Healthy Buildings: Disease-Fighting, Productivity-Boosting Super Structures

Healthy buildings are inherently sustainable, but their green benefits go beyond the power grid to offer wellness to those who live and work within their walls.

Climate And Human Health-focused Office Building Moves Ahead

State-of-the-art ventilation, touchless features, rooftop green space highlight The Net, an Urban Visions development in downtown Seattle.

USGBC Expands LEED Earth to Homes, Communities, Cities

LEED Earth is designed to bring LEED to countries where green building is still emerging and offers certification at no cost to the first project to certify.

Streamline Cleaning Chemicals: How Dilution Control Systems Can Help

Coastwide Professional dilution control systems take the guesswork out of proper chemical dilution ratios, are more cost effective, safer, and more efficient to use.

Three Sustainable Groundskeeping Ideas

With these simple sustainable groundskeeping ideas, grounds and facilities departments can show they care about practices that are economically and environmentally viable.

20 Companies Around The World Join The Climate Pledge

A total of 53 companies, representing almost every sector of the economy, have now signed The Climate Pledge, committing to net-zero carbon emissions by 2040.

Luminescent Windows Generate Energy From Inside And Out

Rice engineers have developed polymer cores that redirect light from any source to solar cells.

How Hospitality Partners Adapt, Save Energy During Pandemic

Hotels were among the first businesses hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, but travelers still need a safe place to stay. The Better Buildings team checks in.

Healthcare, Schools, Offices Make Up Most Green Building Certifications

Massachusetts is top state for LEED followed by Washington, Illinois; California ranks #1 for LEED green building professionals, according to USGBC.

Building Electrification Technology Roadmap: The Path To Zero Carbon   

A first-of-its-kind study from the New Buildings Institute provides a comprehensive analysis of electric technologies that can displace fossil fuels in buildings.

Survey Shows Bipartisan Support For Stronger Energy-Saving Standards

As President Biden unveils new efforts to tackle the climate crisis, ACEEE’s Wendy Koch reviews a survey that shows broad bipartisan support for energy efficiency measures.

Building Transparency Offers Tools To Address Climate Change

Led by tech and building leaders, the nonprofit provides open access data and tools that aim to reduce CO2 emitted in producing materials for the building industry.

Top 10 Sustainability Topics For Real Estate in 2021

The real estate industry will take an increasingly focused view of environmental, social, and governance strategies this year, according to a new Urban Land Institute report.

Decision Makers Increasing Investments In Healthy Building Initiatives

Facility executives are prioritizing three mission critical focus areas of a healthy building — people, places, and planet — finds Johnson Controls survey.

DaVinci AE1932 Scissor Lift From JLG

The new 19-foot scissor lift is purpose-built for applications where stringent environmental regulations must be met.

LightView Achieves Boston’s First Private Student Housing LEED Platinum Certification

LightView, a sustainable student housing community at Boston's Northeastern University, has been awarded USGBC's highest level of green building certification: LEED Platinum.

Vicinity Secures 20-Year Steam Contract

Vicinity Energy has secured a 20-year steam contract with Philadelphia’s Walnut Street Theatre, a key element of its $39 million theater expansion.

AI Gains Traction In Commercial Buildings

Facility management increasingly sees the benefits of artificial intelligence implementation throughout building operations.

Avison Young Office In Dallas Is WELL-Certified

Design firm Perkins&Will announced that the Avison Young Dallas office is WELL-certified, a designation for advancing health and well-being in buildings.

California Tops 2020 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard

States are still adopting new energy-saving rules, but the COVID-19 pandemic is slowing overall progress, according to the annual ACEEE report.

Blue Shield Of California Achieves Carbon Neutrality

The nonprofit health plan has integrated environmental sustainability as part of its public health strategy; latest milestone equates to taking 6,300 cars off the road each year.

Academy Museum Receives LEED Gold Certification

The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures has been awarded LEED Gold Certification by the USGBC for Building Design and Construction.

Housing Retrofit Project Earns Canada’s First IREE Certification

Efficiency Capital's energy efficiency retrofit project is first in Canada to achieve the internationally recognized Investor Ready Energy Efficiency (IREE) certification.

Higher Education Sustainability Recognized With 2020 AASHE Awards

The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education announced 11 winners and an honorable mention for this year’s annual Sustainability Awards.

Organizations Plan To Increase Energy Efficiency Investments In 2021

Health and safety concerns are driving building improvements, and despite decreased occupancy, energy use in buildings dropped surprisingly little in 2020, Johnson Controls 2020 Energy Efficiency Indicator survey reveals.

DOE Recognizes State of Maryland For Energy Efficiency Leadership

Through the Better Buildings Challenge, the U.S. Department of Energy has recognized Maryland for reducing its energy intensity by 20% over its 9 million-square-foot buildings portfolio.

Georgia-Pacific Facility Earns EPA’s ENERGY STAR Top Project 

A water use reduction project has earned Georgia-Pacific’s consumer products mill in Palatka, FL the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) ENERGY STAR Top Project for 2020.

Upcycle Office Furniture, And Spare The Landfill

Workplace strategy firm Dyer Brown works with its corporate and other clients to help them sustainably dispose of and procure office furniture and related assets.

How To Create COVID-Safe And Sustainable Learning Environments

ACEEE shares how schools and policymakers can take steps now to create safe, sustainable learning environments that could deliver long-term energy savings.

USGBC Readies Green Building Industry For LEED Positive Future

Throughout this year’s virtual Greenbuld event, USGBC delivered key updates intended to help push the industry closer to a regenerative future as outlined through LEED Positive

Bezos Earth Fund Awards Rocky Mountain Institute $10M

Funding will allow the Rocky Mountain Institute to further catalyze significant reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from U.S. buildings and heavy industry.

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