Environmental Protection

Green Building


Greenopia Updates Airline Ratings; Virgin America Earns Highest Marks

Using annual reports and other public information, the group measured fleet age, fuel consumption practices, carbon offsets, green building design, recycling programs and food items.

Recycling Center Contracts for 397-kW Solar Project

BLT Enterprises' Fremont, Calif., operation adds new layer of sustainability with the help of Solar Power Inc.

Allegheny County Will Verify Green Roof Effectiveness

Officials hope that an ARRA-funded green roof will help manage stormwater and they plan to monitor the solution using Web-based weather stations.

Mississippi Breaks Ground on Solar-powered Affordable Housing

Jackson Housing Authority, with Duvall Decker Architects, P.A., combines sustainability, energy-efficiency, durability, and livable housing with infrastructure improvements while remaining economical.

Wolf Street Block Wins 'Cool Roof'; Philadelphia Aims to Be Greenest City

Mayor Nutter signs bill requiring energy efficient reflective roofs or green roofs on all new no- and low-slope roofs in the city.

Report: No New Laws Needed to Make U.S. Buildings Green

A U.S. Green Building Council legal analysis points to existing programs that the Obama administration could use to enhance efficiency in buildings and homes.

Massachusetts Class Video Wins Green School Title

South Shore Charter Public School won a hybrid school bus, a green audit, and money for scholarship and class supplies.



11 Small Companies Get Phase 2 Funding for Technologies

EPA awards nearly $2.5 million for the commercialization of ingenious technologies through the Small Business Innovation Research program.

Bord Na Mona Hosts Water Reuse Panel at NAHB Meeting

The company calls on residential and commercial builders to incorporate practical and affordable water reuse solutions into every new development.

Cobham Opens 'Green' Weapon Systems Factory

Company's manufacturing facility was built to LEED standards

States, Utilities Tap into Building Performance with Energy Star

The program will help organizations increase energy savings by pursuing whole building improvements with their business customers.

German Ministry Calls Scientists for Sustainability Exchange

The Ministry of Education and Research has opened its Green Talents competition; deadline for application is June 20.

Solutions Labs to Try Open Format for Big Ideas

Participants can create their own agenda using a wiki page.

Haworth Achieves LEED-NC Gold Status Using Carbon Credits

The U.S. Green Building Council recognizes that there's more than one way to win the gold.

Fannie Mae Data Center Saves $1.7 M in Energy Costs

Five years after achieving LEED certification, the Fannie Mae facility preserves nearly 13,000 gallons of water per day from consumption and waste.

Free Guidebook Profiles 286 Green Colleges

The Princeton Review and the U.S. Green Building Council surveyed hundreds of colleges to find those with commitments to sustainability.

Hayes Comments on Certified Wood Standards

Both the Forest Stewardship Council and Sustainable Forest Initiative want their standards accepted by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program.

Agency Provides $2 M for Brownfields Job Training

Twelve entities in 10 states are receiving up to $200,000 each to train people in the cleanup of brownfields while also providing training in green building design, energy efficiency, weatherization, solar installation, green construction, and native plant revegetation.

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