Environmental Protection

Green Building


U.S. Cities with Most Energy Star Buildings

A list of U.S. metropolitan areas with the most Energy Star certified buildings in 2012 has been released by the EPA. Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, and Washington, D.C. ranked in the top five.

New Harmony Going for Bigger Green Rating

Staff at Mutual Housing California is expecting its most recent development in Davis, Calif., to get a high rating when its Build It Green (BIG) certification from the Oakland-based nonprofit comes through.

Register to Attend the Green Energy Symposium

The 2013 World Green Energy Symposium will take place in New York City on March 26 with Hunter College, City University of New York (CUNY) 68th & Lexington Avenue serving as the venue.

Water Company Receives Business Excellence Award for Green Technology

Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies has jointly received a prestigious Business Excellence Award from Yorkshire Water for their work on a new Thermal Hydrolysis plant at Esholt Sewage Treatment Works in Bradford.

Schindler Elevator Corporation Receives Annual Merit Award

Schindler Elevator Corporation has received a Merit Award for Excellence in Architecture from AIA New Jersey.

Shell Relaunches Houston Tech Center

The LEED-certified facility will produce 30 percent fewer CO2 emissions and significantly lower chlorofluorocarbons from its operations. Its energy consumption has been reduced by approximately $2 million annually, according to Shell's announcement.

Texas Ranks 10th on USGBC’s List of 2012 Top States for LEED

Today, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) released its annual list of the top states for new LEED certifications in 2012. According to the results, Texas ranks No. 10.

Office Park in Atlanta Receives LEED Gold Certification

Shorenstein Properties LLC obtains LEED Gold certification for its office park in Atlanta, Ga.



Green Steam Project in Pennsylvania Completed

The completion of the new, clean rapid-response boilers and pipeline expansion will contribute to Philadelphia’s environmental and economic goals.

DEP to Reveal Interactive Exhibit at 2013 Farm Show

Pennsylvania’s DEP will be introducing a new “DEP at Home” exhibit at the 97th Pennsylvania Farm Show in the Main Hall of the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg from Jan. 5 to 12.

Examining the Sustainability Journey of Walmart

Business researchers from the University of Arkansas and the University of South Carolina will be examining Walmart’s 7-year sustainability effort as a way to create a teaching tool for other businesses that hope to become more environmentally friendly.

ASHRAE Seeks Abstracts for IAQ 2013

The Environmental Health in Low-Energy Buildings conference will take place in October 2013 in Vancouver, Canada.

GSA Testing Sustainable Building Techniques

Energy savings from one of them, occupant responsive lighting systems, ranged from approximately 27 percent to 63 percent.

Recycling Facility Focuses on "Single Stream" Technology in Delaware

Delaware hopes to create roughly 80 new green jobs in early 2013 by investing in a state-of-the-art recycling facility.

Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge Wins Civil Engineering Award

The 2012 Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award was presented March 22 by the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Green Jail to Demonstrate Power of Microgrids

If all goes according to plan, this “mega-jail,” housing about 4,000 inmates, will seamlessly disconnect itself from the electric grid and switch over to its own microgrid, powering itself.

Dallas-area Habitat for Humanity is First to Install Solar Array

The solar array is the first-ever installed on the office building and ReStore location for any Habitat for Humanity affiliate in the United States.

MIT Studies User-controlled Efficient Lighting Systems

MIT study finds potential for significant energy savings through user-controlled efficient lighting systems.

Researchers Develop Solar-powered Runway Anti-icing System

Engineering researchers at the University of Arkansas are developing an anti-icing system that could make airport runways safer and less expensive to maintain during winter months.

Experts Recommend Rainwater Collection Sytems for Cities

Plain, sloping roofs can collect up to 50 percent more rainwater than flat roofs with gravel.

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