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Sacramento, Calif., Multifamily Developer Going for First Green Certification

Mutual Housing has been known for its green focus since 2003 when the nonprofit became the first multifamily development to install solar electricity in the Sacramento Municipal Utility District.

NASA's Ames Sustainability Base Wins Two Awards for Sustainability, Innovation

The NASA Ames Sustainability Base in Moffett Field, Calif., has won two awards for sustainability and innovation.

Hybrid System Uses Solar Heat to Make Rooftop Hydrogen

While roofs across the world sport photovoltaic solar panels to convert sunlight into electricity, a Duke University engineer believes a novel hybrid system can wring even more useful energy out of the sun's rays.

Berkeley Labs' User Test Bed Facility to Advance Research, Development of Energy-efficient Buildings

The facility will allow researchers and manufacturers to test buildings systems and components under real-world conditions by swapping out systems and changing configurations and then allow rigorous monitoring of performance of every key building element that impacts energy consumption.

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Sprint Takes a Rain Check

Sprint's headquarters irrigates its campus via a a rainwater collection system, which has proven to be a boon for both the company's bank account and the environment.

How Did Your City Rank in the 2011 Green Building Opportunity Index?

The Green Building Opportunity Index remains the first office market assessment tool to provide weighted comparisons of top U.S. office markets on the basis of both real estate fundamentals and green development considerations.

Largest Solar Energy Site of its Kind in the Western Hemisphere to be Built in NJ

The 14.1-megawatt solar system will significantly offset the need for other energy sources to run McGraw-Hill's offices in East Windsor, including the corporation's growing data center.

Sharp Corp.'s Zero-CO2-Emissions Eco House

Sharp’s dual goals for the Eco House are to minimize power consumption and contribute to a comfortable living environment.



EPA's GreenChill Program Works to Revolutionize Supermarket Refrigeration

Supermarkets are among the most energy-intensive buildings around, and refrigeration uses more than half of that energy. That doesn't even include the harm that leaking refrigerants cause to the ozone layer. EPA's GreenChill program works with companies and their refrigeration engineers across the country to help program participants lower their refrigeration emissions of all kinds.

First Fuel Cell to Power Residential Building in New York Installed in Roosevelt Island

The Octagon, a LEED Silver 500-unit apartment community on Roosevelt Island, made green history by becoming the first residential building in the State of New York to be powered and heated by a 400 kW fuel cell from UTC Power.

World's Most Environmentally Friendly Skyscraper to be Built in Pittsburgh (With Video)

The PNC Financial Services Group Inc. plans to construct the world’s most environmentally friendly skyscraper in Pittsburgh.

World Bank to Loan Ukraine $200M for Energy-Efficiency Project

The World Bank’s board of directors has approved a $200 million loan to finance investments in energy-saving programs in industrial companies, municipalities and municipal-owned companies, as well as energy service companies in Ukraine, reports the World Bank on its website.

First Net-Zero Energy Bank in the U.S. Opens in Florida (With Video)

TD Bank opened the first net-zero energy bank location in the United States in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

In the Middle of Hot Texas City, a Glimpse of Green

Despite the dry climate, the Omni hotel in Fort Worth, Texas, has installed a rooftop herb garden on one of its terraces shaded from the hot summer sun.

American Society of Landscape Architects Debuts 'Sustainable Design 101' Resource

Plants that digest toxic waste, parks built from old building materials, trees that lower utility bills and many other sustainable concepts are part of a free educational resource from the American Society of Landscape Architects.

Students Build Living Village for Math Credit

Students learn math behind environmental engineering as they build a living village and design an efficient transportation system for food delivery.

Villanova Launches Sustainable Engineering Research Center

Villanova's center will house multi-disciplinary research and teaching in a number of emerging areas and seeks to protect and restore the environment through the systems-based integration of sustainability principles into engineering solutions.

Boeing Site to Operate as 100-Percent Renewable Energy Site

Boeing and South Carolina Electric & Gas have announced an energy partnership that will enable Boeing South Carolina to operate as a 100-percent renewable energy site.

LEED for Healthcare Debuts at CleanMed Conference

The new rating system distinguishes construction of high-performance healthcare facilities, according to the U.S. Green Building Council.

UMD's Solar Decathlon Team Unveiled a High-tech Structure Called WaterShed (With Video)

The University of Maryland Solar Decathlon Team has unveiled its entry in the U.S. Department of Energy competition: a high-tech structure they call WaterShed, because it integrates a unique array of sustainable features designed to protect and make the most of the Chesapeake Bay.

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