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Marking a major boost to Apple's commitment to expand clean energy use in its operations and taking … Marking a major boost to Apple's commitment to expand clean energy use in its operations and taking the clean energy campaign to suppliers, the iPhone maker's operations in Japan will be turning 100 percent renewable energy thanks to its Japanese supplier Ibiden. Announcing this, Apple said Ibiden will be using 100 percent renewable energy to manufacture Apple components and has the honor of being the first partner to do so in Japan. Apple called the move a big step forward in helping manufacturing partners toward the use of clean power. Apple added that it will continue to help partners across the world to reduce energy use and establish high-quality renewable energy projects like the floating solar photovoltaic facility outside Nagoya. Unique Solar Island: Ibiden will have 20 new renewable energy facilities that are significant for managing the urban space crunch innovatively. Most innovative is a floating island of solar photovoltaic system constructed in a converted lumberyard to address the space problem. The mountainous terrain of the island constrains the availability of vast urban space in Japan for manufacturing operations. The Apple supplier is targeting 12 MW of solar power production which will cover the company's manufacturing operations in Japan and may offer the surplus power to the national grid. Apple's Clean Energy Targets: Apple claims that its current operations in 23 countries and 93 percent operations worldwide are covered by renewable energy sources. In 2015, Apple persuaded suppliers in China to make the transition to renewable energy pledge through building up solar farms and remove more than 20 million metric tons of greenhouse gasses from the air. Apple said it would assist the Chinese government in reducing air pollution in the next five years. Apple's ambitious target involves generating over 2.5 billion kilowatt hours per year in clean energy for use in manufacturing facilities. That will be like taking away 400,000 cars off the road. Huge Growth In U.S Solar Market: Meanwhile, the U.S. solar market grew massively and doubled its annual record by installing 14,626 megawatts of solar PV in 2016. It marked a 95 percent increase over the previous record of 7,493 megawatts in 2015. This is the first time the U.S. solar became the no. 1 source of new power generating capacity additions: solar represented 39 percent of all new capacity additions annually among all fuel sources in 2016. The solar energy's strong growth in many market segments has so far employed more than 260,000 Americans. For the complete article, please visit: http://www.techtimes.com/articles/200824/20170310/apple-s-solar-island-in-japan-to-boost-clean-energy-promise.htm
Did you know that LEED doesn't just work for buildings, but it works for cities and communities too?… Did you know that LEED doesn't just work for buildings, but it works for cities and communities too? In addition to building certification, LEED also includes a certification pilot structured for cities to measure and improve performance, focusing on outcomes from ongoing sustainability efforts. This pilot leverages a globally consistent method of performance measurement for a streamlined and data-based pathway to LEED certification for cities. In order to pursue LEED for Cities certification under the pilot rating system, city project teams must: Register their city in Arc, Complete all prerequisites, Provide data to receive a Performance Score in Arc. In order to generate a Performance Score, participants input data across five categories: Energy, Water, Waste, Transportation and Human Experience. Cities must earn all prerequisites and may provide additional information to achieve points to increase the Base Score, which contributes to the total Performance Score. For more information on ARC, please visit: http://arcskoru.com/ To learn more about LEED for Cities and to watch the project registration video, please visit: http://www.usgbc.org/articles/certify-cities-and-communities-leed?kui=eYyD_8F1Gx3TNnqhwIsOQA
Apple has announced that its new $5 billion (£4 billion) campus will be open to employees starting … Apple has announced that its new $5 billion (£4 billion) campus will be open to employees starting in April. The Silicon Valley tech giant said it would take over six months to move more than 12,000 workers to the new campus, which is set on a 175-acre site. The ring-shaped facility, which Apple is now calling "Apple Park," is several months behind schedule. Construction on the main building and the surrounding parkland will continue over the summer, Apple said. Apple said the Apple Park would also feature: a visitor's center with an Apple Store and a café that are open to the public, a 100,000-square-foot fitness center secure research-and-development facilities 2 miles of walking and running tracks and an orchard, a meadow, and a pond. Apple started work on the Apple Park in 2013. Tim Cook, Apple's CEO, told employees last year that Apple planned to move the first groups into the new "Spaceship" campus in January 2017. Apple also revealed on Wednesday that the new 1,000-seat auditorium would be named the Steve Jobs Theatre, after the company's late co-founder. The auditorium, which is "opening later this year," sits on a hill overlooking the rest of the campus and comes with a metallic carbon-fiber roof. “Steve’s vision for Apple stretched far beyond his time with us. He intended Apple Park to be the home of innovation for generations to come,” said Cook, Apple’s CEO. “The workspaces and parklands are designed to inspire our team as well as benefit the environment. We’ve achieved one of the most energy-efficient buildings in the world and the campus will run entirely on renewable energy.” Jony Ive, Apple's chief design officer, added in a statement: "Steve invested so much of his energy creating and supporting vital, creative environments. We have approached the design, engineering, and making of our new campus with the same enthusiasm and design principles that characterize our products. "Connecting extraordinarily advanced buildings with rolling parkland creates a wonderfully open environment for people to create, collaborate and work together. We have been extremely fortunate to be able to work closely, over many years, with the remarkable architectural practice Foster + Partners." For more information and to watch Apple Park's construction video, please visit: http://www.businessinsider.com/apple-park-campus-to-open-in-april-2017-2
China will invest 2.5 trillion yuan ($361 billion) into renewable power generation by 2020, as the w… China will invest 2.5 trillion yuan ($361 billion) into renewable power generation by 2020, as the world's largest energy market continues to shift away from dirty coal power towards cleaner fuels. The investment will create over 13 million jobs in the sector, the National Energy Administration (NEA) said in a blueprint document that lays out its plan to develop the nation's energy sector during the five-year 2016 to 2020 period. The NEA said, installed renewable power capacity including the wind, hydro, solar and nuclear power will contribute to about half of new electricity generation by 2020. The investment reflects Beijing's continued focus on curbing the use of fossil fuels, which have fostered the country's economic growth over the past decade, as it ramps up its war on pollution. Last month, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), the country's economic planner, said in its own five-year plan, that solar power will receive 1 trillion yuan of spending, as the country seeks to boost capacity by five times. That's equivalent to about 1,000 major solar power plants, according to experts' estimates. The spending comes as the cost of building large-scale solar plants has dropped by as much as 40 percent since 2010. China became the world's top solar generator last year. Some 700 billion yuan will go towards wind farms, 500 billion to hydropower with tidal and geothermal getting the rest, the NDRC said. Concerns about the social and economic costs of China's air pollution have increased as the northern parts of the country, including the capital Beijing, have battled a weeks-long bout of hazardous smog. Illustrating the enormity of the challenge, the NEA repeated that renewables will still only account for just 15 percent of overall energy consumption by 2020, equivalent to 580 million tons of coal. More than half of the nation's installed power capacity will still be fueled by coal over the same period. For the complete article, please visit: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-energy-renewables-idUSKBN14P06P
A low-cost, nonflammable battery with a high energy density and the capability of thousands of more … A low-cost, nonflammable battery with a high energy density and the capability of thousands of more recycling cycles than any comparable battery to come out of a laboratory has been developed by researchers at The City University of New York’s Energy Institute. In research published in the journal Nature Communications, the Energy Institute said the battery is in the same class as the familiar AA, but its energy density is potentially high enough to equal that of lithium ion batteries, without the danger. Scaled up, it would allow electric utilities, commercial and residential buildings and homeowners to store electricity generated by solar and wind systems to provide power at night and when the wind isn’t blowing. Scaled down, it offers a safe alternative to widely used lithium-ion batteries, which have caused fires in cell phones, airplanes, and electric cars. “Batteries for [power] grid applications such as integration of renewable power must be low cost, of high cycle life and energy density, safe, reliable and composed of easily acquired materials requiring relatively simple manufacturing processes,” the paper says. Previous technologies “are often unsuitable for wide [grid] deployment because of cost, durability and potential safety hazards.” Senior research associate Gautam G. Yadav, the paper’s lead author and principal inventor, worked with senior research associates Joshua W. Gallaway, Damon E. Turney and Michael Nyce, doctoral students Jinchao Huang and Xia Wei, and Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering Sanjoy Banerjee, who directs the CUNY Energy Institute. Their research culminates a prestigious $5 million grant from the federal Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, which supports the development of advanced energy technologies. Some of the research was conducted at Brookhaven National Laboratory. CUNY has already licensed the new, higher-density battery to Urban Electric Power, a startup based in Pearl River, N.Y., which has begun manufacturing a lower-density version of this battery. Last year the state Regional Economic Development Council awarded the company $1 million to equip its factory, expand its production staff and ramp up to an initial goal of manufacturing 30,000 batteries a year. The company says its next target will be expanding to a more automated plant with 10 times that capacity. For the complete article, please visit: http://www1.cuny.edu/mu/forum/2017/03/01/battery-breakthrough-by-cuny-energy-institute-low-cost-long-life-non-toxic-and-safe/
Danish toy maker, seeking to decrease its carbon footprint, considers corn and wheat as an alternati… Danish toy maker, seeking to decrease its carbon footprint, considers corn and wheat as an alternative to petroleum-based plastic. Lego makes billions of bricks a year out of petroleum-based plastic, but it is experimenting with more wholesome ingredients: wheat and corn. The Danish toy maker, reported a 6% rise in 2016 sales, has been working for two years to reduce its carbon footprint with an alternative to the plastic that has made up its bricks since 1963. Lego expects the process of finding a better brick to continue for years, possibly up to 2030. The company is focused on finding a new material that comes from plants, recycled material or perhaps a mix of both. Among the many prototypes, it has developed are ones made from wheat and corn proteins, from which Lego extracts sugars to make a brick. Sugars can be extracted from a range of crops and other materials, including trees and household waste. The prototypes still need work, says Lego’s vice president of sustainability, Tim Brooks, given their tendency to marble on the sides and fit together poorly. "We are looking for consistent color, shininess, and even that distinctive Lego sound when you mix them together," he said. The new bricks also need to be safe, high-quality and durable, said Mr. Brooks, who plans to hand down to his 3-year-old son a Lego train set that he played with as a child. "A key part of the Lego experience is that it lasts so long," he said. "If your bricks decomposed in 15 years, you wouldn’t get that magic." Another challenge is finding materials that allow Lego to get the precise tolerances among bricks that it needs, which at two to three microns amount to less than the thickness of a human hair. Plant-based materials aside, Lego is also considering turning to substances made from chemical recycling—by which a material is broken all the way down to its component chemicals and then built back up again—to eliminate problems with color and quality that occur in ordinary recycling. While Lego briefly looked at using a material made from unconventional carbon sources such as air and algae, that industry is still in its infancy and therefore a less likely solution. "Perhaps the biggest challenge for Lego is getting hold of enough plant-based material. Biomaterials companies are reluctant to plow money into plants and machinery without enough guaranteed orders in place, meaning Lego would need to build demand by joining with companies like IKEA, Unilever PLC, Nike Inc. and Danone SA that share its interest in moving to sustainable materials." While Lego develops its new brick, the company is improving sustainability in other ways. It recently moved its products into smaller boxes, cutting packaging down by 18% and taking about 4,000 trucks off the road each year globally.
London’s Heathrow airport launched a sustainability strategy that includes using 100 percent renew… London’s Heathrow airport launched a sustainability strategy that includes using 100 percent renewable energy by April and operating a zero-carbon, zero-waste airport by 2050. Dubbed Heathrow 2.0, the plans include building an R&D incubator, a new carbon-neutral runway and establishing an ultra-low emission zone by 2025. The airport has invested an initial £500,000 ($620,630) in the R&D incubator to minimize aviation’s impacts like noise and carbon emissions. By the end of the year, airport officials say they will identify additional funding sources so that the incubator opens its doors in 2019. The sustainability plan also calls for the airport to invest in new technology to improve water efficiency and reduce total water consumption by 10 percent by 2020, compared to a 2010 baseline. The new runway, which Heathrow now says will be carbon neutral, remains a very controversial piece of the airport’s planned expansion. Critics say the runway will destroy the UK’s chances to meet its climate targets and will exacerbate local air pollution problems. About 95 percent of Heathrow’s carbon emissions come from aircraft, the Guardian reports. It is tough to cut aviation emissions because unlike cars, airplanes can’t simply switch to emission-free batteries. For this reason, aviation biofuels are expected to play a key role in helping the industry achieve its emissions targets. A Lux Research report says bio-jet fuel innovations, led globally by Honeywell UOP and Boeing, will account for 56 percent of the targeted CO2 emissions reductions, while a third of the cuts will come from new aircraft technology and optimization of operations and infrastructure. The global aviation industry has pledged to offset about 80 percent of emissions above 2020 levels by 2035. In the US, airports and commercial airlines are already taking steps to reduce their emissions and minimize their environmental footprint. For example, the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, working with Boeing, Alaska Airlines, and other companies, has set a goal to power every flight at Sea-Tac with sustainable aviation biofuel, which reduces carbon dioxide emissions by 50 to 80 percent compared to fossil fuel. It is working with industry partners to develop a commercial-scale biofuel infrastructure program to achieve this target. United Technologies Corporation chief sustainability officer John Mandyck says carbon neutral airports will also improve the industry’s emissions performance: "At San Diego International Airport’s Terminal 2, for example, performance enhancements included high-performance glazing, on-site solar power, low-flow fixtures for water conservation, and the diversion of more than 90 percent of construction waste from landfills. The terminal is the world’s first to be certified LEED Platinum." Last summer, Dallas Fort Worth International Airport became the first carbon neutral airport in North America by switching to renewable energy sources and converting its bus fleet to compressed natural gas vehicles, among other low-carbon initiatives. For the complete article, please visit: https://www.environmentalleader.com/2017/02/heathrow-airport-targets-zero-carbon-zero-waste-2050/
Product Highlight/News: The Zero Tool by Architecture 2030 Product Name: The Zero Tool Company: … Product Highlight/News: The Zero Tool by Architecture 2030 Product Name: The Zero Tool Company: Architecture 2030 & Maalka News/Highlights: “The Zero Tool by Architecture 2030 offers an intuitive and powerful way to establish energy consumption baselines and energy use reduction targets, and to see how an existing building or building design’s energy consumption compares to other buildings and baselines.” Edward Mazria, CEO, Architecture 2030. Description: The Zero Tool was co-developed in 2016 by Architecture 2030 and Maalka for building sector professionals. The Zero Tool is a free innovative online application that calculates building’s fossil fuel energy use intensity (EUI). The Zero Tool normalizes building performance by climate, space type, building size, occupancy, and schedule, allowing users to compare a new or existing building’s fossil fuel energy consumption with other buildings. Zero Tool provides simple graphical results to compare design baselines and to demonstrate that completed projects meet the targets. The Zero Tool provides a Zero Score, a value calculated for an existing building or building design, which indicates a building's energy performance and progress towards achieving Zero Net Carbon. The Zero Score calculation methodology is similar to the Zero Energy Performance Index (zEPI) and the Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index. What makes this product “Green”? Until recently, the EPA’s ENERGY STAR Target Finder has been the primary application for determining a building’s energy use intensity (EUI) baseline and design target. But with the use of The Zero Tool, building professionals can better understand the requirements of a fossil fuel, achieve energy reduction targets, and visualize their relative progress towards achieving Zero Net Carbon. Market Focus: Commercial & Residential Product Availability: USA Manufacturing Country: USA Address: Architecture 2030, 607 Cerrillos Road Santa Fe, NM 87505, USA firstname.lastname@example.org Ph: 505.988.5309 For more information: https://zerotool.org/ Full version of the Zero Tool will be soon available for download.
A new building in Copenhagen is covered by 12,000 colorful solar tiles, making it one of the largest… A new building in Copenhagen is covered by 12,000 colorful solar tiles, making it one of the largest building-integrated solar power plants in Denmark. The tiles completely cover the building and will provide it with 300 MWh of electricity per year, meeting over half of the new campus of Copenhagen International School’s energy needs. But aside from being the largest installation of its kind in the world according to the developers, the tiles are also architectural features in their own right. Based on a new technology developed in Switzerland, the tiles are a distinctive “sea green” – not unlike Copenhagen’s iconic Little Mermaid statue. The unusual color is the result of a complicated process of light interference developed over more than a decade in the labs of the Ecole Polytechnique Federale in Lausanne (EPFL). Special Filters: It took the researchers 12 years to figure out how they could define the color of their solar tiles without adding any pigments to the materials. By ensuring that only certain wavelengths are reflected, they can now make the tiles appear in colors such as brick red, royal blue, golden yellow or sea green as used in Copenhagen. The researchers developed special filters, which they applied to the glass panels in nanometric layers. The filter design determines which wavelengths of light will be reflected as visible color. You may have seen a similar effect in a soap bubble or in a layer of oil on the surface of the water. “The iris effect creates a colorful rainbow on a very thin layer. We used the same principle and adapted for glass,” said Jean-Louis Scartezzini, the head of the Solar Energy and Building Physics lab at EPFL. The rest of the sunlight is absorbed by the solar panel and converted into energy. Adaptive Facade: About half of all energy used in Europe is for cooling and heating, but so far renewables only contribute 18 percent to that. At a different university in Switzerland, ETH Zurich, researchers have developed an adaptive solar façade in another effort to help counter that. The system can be installed on existing buildings to generate electricity while allowing daylight to pass through into the building. The panels can be shifted to provide shading when needed. Energy Efficiency: But it is not just renewable energy that is powering Europe’s buildings. Energy efficiency should be seen as an energy source in its own right according to the European Commission, which says energy efficiency will play a key role in speeding up the transition to clean energy while boosting growth and jobs. The buildings sector accounts for some 40 percent of Europe’s energy consumption. Renovating existing buildings, households and businesses could greatly reduce their energy use – and drastically cut bills for consumers and businesses. Because two-thirds of Europe’s buildings were built when energy efficiency requirements were limited or non-existent, there is a huge opportunity to upgrade existing buildings to drive down costs and emissions. Better insulation is one of the first places to start to keep heating and cooling bills down. Keeping buildings warm accounts for more than 80 percent of heating and cooling consumption in colder climates. In warmer countries, space cooling is the most important use – and it is growing because of climate change. A Building’s Second Skin: The Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands is testing out a new innovation that acts like a building’s second skin. Existing buildings can be upgraded with the pre-fabricated material and the occupants can continue to use the space during construction. Researchers in Gothenburg, Sweden, are also working on lighter, thinner and more durable materials that will meet stricter building regulations. One of the projects at Chalmers University of Technology focuses on ultra-thin concrete wall panels. The researchers use a waste product from the iron industry as an eco-friendly alternative material. It fully replaces traditional cement, rendering one of the most CO2 intensive industrial processes obsolete. The use of textile reinforcement instead of steel additionally reduces the amount of cement in concrete walls. Renovating Buildings: On average, the renovation rate of buildings in the European Union is only around 1 per cent per year, this means that renovating all of Europe’s buildings would take roughly 100 years. Although in Germany and France, around 1.75 and 1.5 percent of buildings are already being renovated annually, the European Commission says it is introducing new measures to further speed up the decarbonisation of existing buildings as part of its Clean Energy for All Europeans plan. The European Union’s climate innovation initiative, Climate-KIC, already connects universities and businesses in its Building Technologies Accelerator to speed up the decarbonisation of the buildings sector. To figure out how this could work best in practice, Climate-KIC is also testing out new energy efficiency innovations and building materials in real-life settings in homes and offices around Europe. Check out the complete article here: https://dailyplanet.climate-kic.org/this-danish-school-has-installed-the-worlds-largest-solar-facade/
Footwear manufacturer Timberland is walking a mile in the shoes of people whose lives are affected b… Footwear manufacturer Timberland is walking a mile in the shoes of people whose lives are affected by trash pollution — at least, the "first mile" — through its partnership with B Corporation, Thread International. Thread transforms trash that has been collected and sorted by local workers in Haiti — where mounds of plastic bottles clogging waterways are a common sight — into fabric sourced by brands such as Timberland, which is developing a line of sneakers ($80) and boots ($160) made with Thread’s "Ground to Good" fabric. The line will launch in the spring. According to Thread’s 2016 impact report, Timberland’s inaugural materials order has saved 30.5 million gallons of water (compared to all-cotton canvas), averted the use of more than 15,000 pounds of pesticides and helped recycle more than 765,000 bottles. Ian Rosenberger, Thread’s founder, discussed his "One Great Idea" at the GreenBiz 17 conference in Phoenix, Arizona. He explained that companies usually focus on the "last mile" of the manufacturing process, in which items are shipped and sold to the customer. But the "first mile" — where materials for clothing are grown, collected and sourced — is a supply chain that encompasses millions of people whose wellbeing is largely ignored. "Recycled materials do not equal good 100 percent of the time," said Rosenberger in a conversation with Timberland’s Manager of Environmental Stewardship, Zachary Angelini. "If it’s untraceable, it’s risky. Thread offers transparency in the recycled supply chain from the very bottom — including the names of people touching it, their stories and why their lives are different." An unregulated source of recyclable material can encourage unethical practices in poor communities where income is scarce, Rosenberger said, so Thread "entered the market deliberately, knowing that there were no programs that tackled child labor in recycling. Timberland [understood] that right away, so they were a great first brand for us." A steel-toed business case: Around the same time five-year-old Thread was starting to scale up from working with smaller labels, Timberland was having a "brand identity crisis," according to Angelini. Timberland built its brand with an eye towards environmental stewardship. For example, its iconic leather Earthkeeper boot, made from sustainably sourced materials, is so successful that production represents 80 percent of the company’s footwear product line. And its stated environmental goals for 2020 include incorporating recycled, organic and renewable material into 100 percent of its footwear, including completely PVC-free components. "Shouldn’t all of our products stand for something, rather than just one product line?" said Angelini. "We have been turning from minimizing negative impacts to strategically providing positive impacts and thousands of economic opportunities in the developing world." Storytelling, he said, was an important way to engage customers. "In our consumer insight studies, we saw that people want human stories, and that you have to do ESG [environmental, social and governance issues] through that lens." "The value of companies that connect radically (with the world around them) effectively outperform their competitors by 20 percent over a 10-year period,” he said. Time has tested customers’ hard-wired drive to do better; even in 2015, the "worst year in apparel since the recession," half of consumers said they would pay more for products with positive social impact. The poorest country in the Americas needs a happy environmental narrative. Haiti has less than 1.5 percent tree cover, although it shares an island with the Dominican Republic, which enjoys 48 percent tree cover. Deforestation in Haiti ripples down to soil erosion, biodiversity, poor crop yields and stunted economic development. And Thread is committed to telling the stories of its more than 200 Haitian employees. From fashion statement to financial statement: Making the sustainability sell to formally enact the partnership with Timberland, however, was a different story — even though its parent company, VF Corporation, is known for its own progress (VFC managed to reduce its energy footprint while growing revenue by 75 percent). "Production is a problem when you want to drive up cost by 8 cents a yard," said Rosenberger. "We are 10 to 15 percent more expensive [than other fabrics]. To create value on the back end, we need people in marketing. If we can drive a 3 percent higher sell-through, more dollars per yard will increase cost, but you will make more money. Timberland could zoom out and look across [that]." "When you’re 20 people, you can make a decision in an afternoon and change the entire company," he said. "But if you’re 7,000 people, it’s important to have a strategic person who can cross silos." Angelini credited Margaret Morey-Reuner, Timberland’s director of strategic partnerships and business development, as being that champion. Morey-Reuner said that when making the business case for a sustainability partnership, "We first look at the potential ROI and carefully consider whether or not a partnership aligns with our strategies; can help us meet our CSR goals; and creates brand heat and height by enhancing our leadership position in the market. "We first answer the question, 'What will success look like?' We work hard to get all potential internal stakeholders on board in advance in order to have input from the appropriate thought leaders. Including and empowering these folks early in the process establishes a strong sense of collaborative ownership." Production pattern: Any sustainability startup that approaches a brand such as Timberland for strategic partnerships needs to prove that it adds value to the company. "I deal with greenwashing daily," said Angelini. "Many suppliers have cool stories, but very few come to us presenting life cycle assessment models. We don’t want to have an incident or process that affects us negatively. Our legal department is conservative and will ask to see environmental claims forms. Thread being a certified B Corporation gave us a vote of confidence." Thread is venture-backed by $4 million and is seeking up to $9 million while crafting an advisory team of fashion-industry veterans. Earning the right credentials, filing financial statements and tracking data has been a labor of love, according to Rosenberger, but is necessary if the company is to help clean up recycled materials sourcing. "No one wants to shine a light on this part of the supply chain, but you’re owning the conversation if you expose your own flaws first, instead of other sources or investigative journalists exposing them for you". "The instinct to run to the blind spot is what sustainability is about." Source: https://www.greenbiz.com/article/timberland-walks-extra-mile-end-plastic-waste
Welcome to the Wisconsin Green Building Group! We encourage everyone in the WI area who's interested… Welcome to the Wisconsin Green Building Group! We encourage everyone in the WI area who's interested in anything environmental to green building related to join us. Whether you are a college student, homeowner or construction industry professional, this group is intended to be a strong resource for sharing experience, information and contacts/ resources related to sustainability. Feel free to post any questions, comments, news or event info here, to help grow this group as a place of collaborative learning.
A resource for everyone interested in sustainability, the built environment and environmental stewar… A resource for everyone interested in sustainability, the built environment and environmental stewardship. Whether you are a college student, homeowner or construction industry professional, this group is intended to be a strong resource for sharing experience, information and contacts/ resources related to sustainability. Feel free to post any questions, comments or event info here, to help foster this group as a place of collaborative learning.
Come here to interact with others from New York State! Discuss local green building issues and event… Come here to interact with others from New York State! Discuss local green building issues and events with your colleagues from New York. Feel free to post your news, events, questions, and comments below.
New Jersey is an up and coming Green building state. Let us use this place to discuss local green bu… New Jersey is an up and coming Green building state. Let us use this place to discuss local green building issues, developments and events with our colleagues from New Jersey. Feel free to post your news, events, questions, and comments.
A place to discuss local green building issues and events with your colleagues from Massachusetts. … A place to discuss local green building issues and events with your colleagues from Massachusetts. Feel free to post your news, events, questions, and comments.
Here's a community space to share the latest and greatest in all things green building for India! Fe… Here's a community space to share the latest and greatest in all things green building for India! Feel free to show images, events, and developments from all parts of one of the largest green building centers on Earth. Much of the information and events are supplied from the Confederation of Indian Industry Sohrabji Godrej Green Business Center (CIISGGBC), under which sits the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC). This council was established in 2000 and has since introduced a green building rating system, and has trained thousands of professionals in green building concepts.
There is so much green building going on in Florida, we needed a group to cover it all! This group i… There is so much green building going on in Florida, we needed a group to cover it all! This group is a place to discuss local green building issues, news, and events from Florida! Feel free to post your news, events, questions, and comments.
This is a group for students and professionals who are new to green building. Use this space to conn… This is a group for students and professionals who are new to green building. Use this space to connect with others who likely have a lot of the same thoughts and challenges on their minds.
We are on the edge of incredible technologies. Quantum physics will soon allow molecular surgery t… We are on the edge of incredible technologies. Quantum physics will soon allow molecular surgery that will purify water and in some instances produce electricity and hydrogen. Storage, battery chemistries, lithium ion, lead oxide, super capacitors, graphene, biomimicry, all are changing the world. 1, What are the roadblocks to bringing technologies to commercialization? 2. How do you pick and choose between promising technologies? 3. Do strategic partnerships help more than venture capital? 4. How do you develop these fairly? I look forward to learning more from everyone.
Colorado is the perfect environment to build high performance building that are cost effective and c… Colorado is the perfect environment to build high performance building that are cost effective and comfortable. Going well beyond code has many benefits with Passive House now a viable choice for many new projects. There is also a strong community of health materials builders and designers producing low embedded energy and natural structures.
This is a place to discuss California green building issues and events. Please post your news, event… This is a place to discuss California green building issues and events. Please post your news, events, questions, and comments. Also, this is just a start to get the ball rolling - Let me know if you’d like to manage this group! Also, let me know if you want to see groups for specific parts of California. Feedback is great. Images are great too - send your idea for a group image, and maybe I’ll use it! (This image: California Academy of Sciences)
Brooklyn is known the world over for things small-batch and local, like designer clogs, craft bourbo… Brooklyn is known the world over for things small-batch and local, like designer clogs, craft bourbon, and artisanal sauerkraut. Now, it is trying to add electricity to the list. In a promising experiment in an affluent swath of the borough, dozens of solar-panel arrays spread across rowhouse rooftops are wired into a growing network. Called the Brooklyn Microgrid, the project is signing up residents and businesses to a virtual trading platform that will allow solar energy producers to sell excess electricity credits from their systems to buyers in the group, who may live as close as next door. The project is still in its early stages, it has just 50 participants thus far but its implications could be far reaching. The idea is to create a kind of virtual, peer-to-peer energy trading system built on the blockchain, the database technology that underlies cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin. The ability to complete secure transactions and create a business based on energy sharing would allow participants to bypass the electric company energy supply and ultimately build a microgrid with energy generation and storage components that could function on their own, even during broad power failures. "Community members can work both individually and collectively to help meet demand in an efficient way. It takes a central procurer like the utility out of the mix, and really sets the market where they’re not buying and selling to the utility but they’re identifying each other’s need and willingness to buy and sell." The Brooklyn microgrid is conceived to work with the conventional grid, which is in the midst of a reboot under Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s directives to make it more flexible, resilient and economically efficient while reducing greenhouse-gas emissions. That effort, known as Reforming the Energy Vision, or REV, includes encouraging the development of microgrids and more active community participation. On a block of President Street last year, the company carried out two sales of green electricity credits generated by one homeowner’s solar system to a neighbor across the street, tiny transactions, but important in proving the concept’s viability. Those sales involved test versions of renewable-energy credits numbered certificates that are used to track electricity exported from a renewable system to the grid. Utilities, corporations, and other customers can buy the credits to claim green energy use. The long-term goal is to be at least partially independent of the grid in emergencies. The project includes plans to create a roughly five-square-block area either around a collection of public housing projects or near a hospital, that could disconnect from the grid and operate independently in case of a power failure. For the complete article, please visit: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/13/business/energy-environment/brooklyn-solar-grid-energy-trading.html?ref=energy-environment&_r=0&mc_cid=799604d19f&mc_eid=5c5f821044#whats-next
Nestled within 25 acres of prime land in the diplomatic enclave of New Delhi, India, The Ashok hotel… Nestled within 25 acres of prime land in the diplomatic enclave of New Delhi, India, The Ashok hotel epitomizes heritage and grandeur, with sustainability embedded as its core value. This 550-room, five-star hotel built in the 1950s has both historical and national significance. Recently certified LEED Gold under LEED O+M for Existing Buildings, the hotel has implemented several efficiency measures to meet the certification requirements and has charted a roadmap to move from Gold to the LEED Platinum level. Built in an era when sustainability was an inherent construction practice, the property continues its legacy of conservation, sensitivity to the environment and respect for heritage and nature. By design, the hotel followed the lay of the land and avoided cut-and-fill. The design hugged the natural site contours. With most of the existing trees protected, the site offers an example of a landscape that is natural, protected and visually pleasing. This significantly reduces heat island impact and offers a cooler microclimate. Organic vegetables are grown on site, and a plant nursery fulfills horticultural needs. Natural and native plantings need less water for upkeep, drastically reducing outdoor water needs. On-site sewage management and reuse of treated waste water for cooling towers and landscaping have enabled the hotel to achieve a zero discharge status. Rainwater is recharged back to the ground with the help of recharge pits. Water consumption has come down by 15 percent in 2016, in comparison to 2012 levels. Scoring in the Energy and Atmosphere credit category was greatly facilitated by the existing building envelope and design. Using principles of bioclimatic architecture, cavity walls, deep shading in facades, proper orientation and massing are inherent design features. This was further complemented with retrofits in energy systems to reduce energy consumption. Chiller upgrades and lighting upgrades have been carried out, and controls have been installed in guest rooms to bring down annual energy costs by a third of a million U.S. dollars. Further retrofits and installation of solar PV systems are being planned to effect overall energy savings of 35 percent by 2018. Waste management and treatment is also in place, and all the kitchen waste is treated through on-site composting. Although sustainability was embedded in the design and operating principles of The Ashok, performance tracking and documentation was initiated with the LEED certification process. LEED offered a platform to showcase the hotel’s existing and ongoing efficient operations and management. LEED Gold certification is a prominent feather in The Ashok's cap, providing credibility and global benchmarking to one of the oldest hotel properties in Asia. For the complete article, please visit: http://www.gbci.org/ashok-hotel-beyond-green-leed-gold?kui=M1xiD-al0XUPOXjdV9B4Vg
Denver’s status as one of the nation’s most intense urban heat islands has spurred a group of ac… Denver’s status as one of the nation’s most intense urban heat islands has spurred a group of activists to propose a “green roofs” ballot initiative — a measure that could animate environmentalists while mobilizing developers to fight it. How green roofs can help: In large cities, heat-radiating roofs and pavement often elevate temperatures several degrees in the summer heat. A 2014 analysis by Climate Central, a scientific advocacy group, found that semi-arid Denver’s average daily summertime temperature during the previous 10 years was 4.9 degrees higher than in nearby rural areas; it recorded the third-largest “heat island” effect among U.S. cities, behind Las Vegas and Albuquerque. Advocates of green roofs — also called “living roofs” — say the increased vegetation reduces that heat effect, results in less storm-water runoff and also helps fight air pollution. What the initiative says: The proposal sizes up a new building based on gross floor area (excluding parking) and sets an increasing percentage of available roof space that must be covered by “green roof” components. The required coverage proportion ranges from 20 percent for buildings between 25,000 and 50,000 square feet to 60 percent for buildings of more than 200,000 square feet. Industrial buildings would face different requirements, while multifamily residential buildings of four stories or less would be exempt entirely. Building owners also could opt to incorporate solar panels to fulfill part of the requirement. City officials would be able to make other exceptions or allow smaller roof gardens in certain cases. The green roof requirements also would be triggered for existing large buildings by roof replacements and additions that increase the size to 25,000 square feet or larger. Other American cities, including Chicago, Seattle, and Portland, have tended to offer density bonuses or other incentives to encourage the incorporation of green roofs, rather than blanket requirements. Denver offers no building incentives for green roofs. Denver updated its building code last year. The Department of Community Planning and Development was hesitant to pursue a green roof mandate. Spokeswoman Andrea Burns said the department would prefer to give architects and engineers “the flexibility to design a roofing system that works best for their needs and their budgets” — while leaving it to builders to decide whether to incorporate green or solar components. For the complete article, please visit: http://www.denverpost.com/2017/03/05/denver-rooftop-garden-heat-island-effect/
The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC), a ratepayer-funded research organization that works… The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC), a ratepayer-funded research organization that works to accelerate the success of clean energy technologies, companies and projects in the state, last week announced plans to conduct a study of potential offshore wind construction facilities in Massachusetts. The Offshore Wind Ports & Infrastructure Assessment will review underdeveloped waterfront sites in Massachusetts that could potentially be acquired and developed through private investment to support both near-term and long-term offshore wind activities. According to Bill White, Director of Offshore Wind Development for MassCEC, the study will serve the needs of the various developers who have committed to building offshore wind in federal waters off the coast of Massachusetts. DONG Energy, Deepwater Wind, and Vineyard Wind currently hold leases that could be developed into offshore wind farms. "A number of the developers in the supply chain for offshore wind have indicated that they are going to need additional locations to do various activities. Those activities include foundation staging, locations for operations and maintenance activities and even potential manufacturing sites down the road." The study will evaluate 20 locations in Massachusetts for their viability and will then provide a detailed engineering assessment – based on lessons learned from the EU – about the opportunity these sites hold and risks involved in developing them. While the study is looking at specific sites in Massachusetts, the information obtained in the study could easily be transferred to another state. “Our purpose and our intent here is that this would be a roadmap for the industry.” To learn more, please visit: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/articles/2017/03/massachusetts-preps-for-us-offshore-wind-construction-boom.html
How low can you go? Imagine reducing the energy use in your home by 70-90%. It is possible– and ca… How low can you go? Imagine reducing the energy use in your home by 70-90%. It is possible– and can be economically feasible– without using renewable energy. Super-insulation and Passive House principles can be applied to existing housing. In fact, homes that need a lot of rehab work are a great opportunity for cost-effective deep energy reductions. The Affordable Green Housing Center (AGHC) at Environmental Health Watch is challenging Cleveland area green builders and homeowners to see how low they can go in reducing utility bills and developing deep energy retrofit examples locally. We have the expertise and experience to help you achieve your goals. AGHC has partnered with the national Thousand Home Challenge to promote deep energy reduction case studies. Your home could be our next case study! Why deep energy reductions? Housing is responsible for 24% of carbon emissions in Northeast Ohio. In order to meet long-term carbon reduction goals to reduce climate change, we need to go beyond standard weatherization in many homes and achieve greater energy reductions. It’s more sustainable, more efficient and more cost effective to rehab an existing house than to build a new one. Deep energy reductions add about 30-40K to the cost of a substantial rehabilitation. Existing homes can be converted to net zero energy homes for less than the cost of building a new net zero energy home. You can put your home on the path to deep energy reductions. Even if it’s not possible to do a complete deep energy reduction on your home all at once, there are unique opportunities over the life of a home to put and keep it on the path toward deep energy reductions. Energy efficiency pays for itself and then some. Utilize the immediate payback test: every month, your savings should be greater than your cost to finance the improvements. Seal it tight and ventilate it right. Provide controlled mechanical ventilation for optimal durability and health and then you can seal as tight as possible for maximum energy efficiency. When replacing appliances, windows, and heating and cooling systems, go Energy Star or beyond. To learn more about Deep Energy Retrofit ideas, please visit: http://www.ehw.org/healthy-green-housing/deep-energy-reductions/greater-cleveland-thousand-home-challenge/opportunity-points-for-deep-energy-reduction/ http://www.ehw.org/healthy-green-housing/deep-energy-reductions/greater-cleveland-thousand-home-challenge/ To learn more about Cleveland Green Initiatives, please visit: http://www.ehw.org/healthy-green-housing/cleveland-initiatives/
Various non-profits, government agencies, and community development organizations have partnerships … Various non-profits, government agencies, and community development organizations have partnerships and alliances devoted to promoting healthy green housing in Cleveland. The Affordable Green Housing Center (AGHC) is one such initiative established to help address the multiple environmental, health and economic problems related to housing in Northeast Ohio, particularly for low and middle-income families and communities. The AGHC provides educational resources, offers technical assistance to affordable green housing developers, fosters partnerships and demonstration projects, and advocates for appropriate public policies. Healthy Housing Strategic Alliance: The Healthy Housing Strategic Alliance is sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Affordable Green Housing Center. It seeks to: Foster and strengthen alliances for green and healthy housing in the region Create and implement an opportunity-based regional strategic plan Make best practice common practice Position Northeast Ohio as a national leader in achieving high performing, green and healthy housing. Technical services provided by: Mandy Metcalf is the Director of the Affordable Green Housing Center. Matt Berges is the Green Housing Manager for the Center. Mandy and Matt provide technical assistance to affordable green housing developers. For more information, please visit: http://www.ehw.org/healthy-green-housing/cleveland-initiatives/affordable-green-housing-center-services/
Blower Door Testing Workshop Passive House California Saturday, March 25, 2:00 PM - 5:30 PM Jane… Blower Door Testing Workshop Passive House California Saturday, March 25, 2:00 PM - 5:30 PM Jane & Pierre's WIP Home Kensington, CA Join Passive House California (PHCA) for a hands-on blower door training workshop. Learn how to use a blower door to assess the air-tightness of your structure, a necessary step for achieving the Passive House standard. The training will be led by experienced professionals and leaders in the field, Terry Nordbye and Andy Wahl. The workshop will be housed within an in-progress Passive House and will also include insights and historical data from the homeowners themselves, Jane and Pierre. This event is $10 for PHCA members and $20 for non-members. For tickets, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/blower-door-testing-workshop-tickets-31830922145?aff=efbneb
“Garbage Warrior” - Film Screening Friday, March 31, 6:30 PM, Solar 1, 23rd St. at the East Ri… “Garbage Warrior” - Film Screening Friday, March 31, 6:30 PM, Solar 1, 23rd St. at the East River, Manhattan Ticket: $10 “Garbage Warrior (2007) tells the inspiring story of New Mexico eco-architect Michael Reynolds, who builds passive solar houses known as "Earthships" out of found and reclaimed materials. The second in Solar One's 2017 Final Fridays Micro Film Series, the screening's $10 entry fee includes popcorn and a drink. For renting/downloading the movie, please visit: http://www.garbagewarrior.com/
Webinar: Risks and Rewards in the Zero Net Energy Marketplace Thursday, March 30, 1:00 PM to 2:00 … Webinar: Risks and Rewards in the Zero Net Energy Marketplace Thursday, March 30, 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM What value is derived to owners and developers from a zero net energy building? This session will explore and understand the developer and owner perspectives on investor value of zero and take a close look at income, cost, and risk. Panelists will present and discuss specific projects from a financial and business perspective, including design/construction targets and actual outcomes. This is the third and final of several webinar events featuring highlights from 2016 Getting to Zero National Forum held last October in Denver. These sessions are intended to share the critical perspectives and inquiries of leading designers, real estate professionals, owners, policy makers, operators and others on the policies, programs, design practices, cost considerations and operational aspects that are driving successful ZNE projects across the United States. 1 AIA LU/HSW CEUs available. For registration, please visit: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3290909050914496513 To view archived webinars, visit: http://newbuildings.org/webinar/
The Square Roots Urban Farming Community Farm Tour Tuesday, March 28, 5:30 pm, 630 Flushing Ave, … The Square Roots Urban Farming Community Farm Tour Tuesday, March 28, 5:30 pm, 630 Flushing Ave, Brooklyn, NY, 11206 Come to the Square Roots farm - meet the farmers, taste the food, talk with others about the local food in urban areas. To RSVP, please click: https://www.meetup.com/Square-Roots-Urban-Farming-Community-NYC/events/237934984/