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Sep
24

The Global Climate Strike is On - September 20 - 27! UN Climate Action Summit September 23

Image: https://globalclimatestrike.net The Gobal Climate Strike kicked off on Friday, September 20, with strikes and protests around the globe, estimated by 350.org and The New York Times at an impressive 4 million people on day 1.  Events as part of this global climate pro...

Sep
18

The Numbers Are Out: Energy Efficiency Jobs in America Grow to More than 2.3 Million

The third annual installment of Energy Efficiency Jobs in America brings expected good news in reporting continued growth in energy efficiency jobs to more than 2.3 million in 2019, with a current growth rate of 3.4% and an expected growth rate in the next year of 7.8%.  T...

Sep
06

AIA Approves Resolution to Take Greater Action Against Climate Change

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Board approved an official resolution to engage the architectural profession to take action in the fight against climate change.  According to 2019 AIA President William Bates, FAIA, “We are making this our top priority in order to addres...

Aug
15

President Barack Obama to GIve Keynote Address for Greenbuild 2019

The US Green Building Council (USGBC) announced that Former President Barack Obama will be giving this year's keynote address at Greenbuild in Atlanta, Georgia, November 19-22,   According to USGBC President and CEO Mahesh Ramanujam, “President Obama is a global leader...

Aug
13

Johnson Controls Wins BIG's 2019 Sustainability Product Award

Conratulations to Johnson Controls for winning the Business Intelligence Group's (BIG) 2019 Sustainability Poduct Award for the company's YORK® Mission Critical Direct Evaporative Cooling Air Handling Units.  Acording to Maria Jimenez, Chief Nominations Officer, Business...

Aug
13

The Living Future Institute's Framework for Affordable Housing - 2019 Update Released

The Living Future Institute has released an update of the organization’s Framework for Affordable Housing, first published in 2014.  The Framework offers guidance and resources for providing multi-family sustainable affordable housing that is safe and healthy.  The Living...

Aug
08

South Carolina’s Energy Freedom Act - Passed with Bipartisan Support (Unanimous in the Legislature)

The number of solar installations in South Carolina may more than double in the next five years with the recent passing of the Solar Energy Freedom Act, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).  The new law is exciting for a number of reasons, but perhaps most no...

Jul
23

LEED® and USGBC Recognize Global GreenTag Product Health Declaration™ (the GreenTag PhD™)

Congratulations to Rate It Green Member, Global GreenTag LLC, Americas! The certifier’s Global GreenTag PhD, Materials Transparency Certification Program (reviewed and assessed by the LEED Committee and MR Technical Advisory Group (TAG) has been formally recognized within the LEED ...

Jul
23

New York Passes Landmark Climate & Community Protection Act - 100% Carbon-Free Electricity by 2040, Net-Zero Carbon Emissions by 2050

With Andrew Cuomo's signature, New York joins California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Washington, in committing to generate 100% of the states electricity from carbon-free sources including solar, wind, hydropower, (and nuclear power for some, but that's a discussi...

Jul
21

Hunter Douglas Continues Working with Habitat for Humanity, Partnering with Local Dealers

Rate It Green Member Hunter Douglas has been a longtime supporter of Habitat for Humanity, and the company is continuing this work this summer while partnering with local dealers around the country.   A first project this summer involved North County Blind Co. and ...

Jul
17

Wolfworks Inc. Wins the Connecticut Zero Energy Challenge

Rate It Green Member Wolfworks has won the Connecticut Zero Energy Challenge sponsored by energizeCT  - for the 4th time! The CT Zero Energy Challenge spotlights Connecticut homes that produce as much energy as they use.  The 2018 Grand Prize award winning home&nbs...

Jun
18

Whole Forest, awarded Best in Show for Flooring by the IFDA at ICFF 2019

Congratulations to Whole Forest, awarded Best in Show for Flooring by the IFDA (International Furnishing and Design Association) at ICFF (International Contemporary Furniture Fair) 2019! Whole Forest, a hardwoods manufacturer specializing in sustainable forestry, offers a range of&nbs...

Jun
18

Kari Klaus of RealtySage, Selected to Represent US at Global Entrepreneurship Summit

Kari Klaus, founder of RealtySage.com was selected by the State Department to represent the US at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit at the Hague in June.   Realty Sage (formerly Viva Green Homes) uses big data and AI to implement, verify, and analyze&nbs...

Jun
18

Kirei Turns 107 Million Plastic Bottles (and Counting!) into Acoustic Panels

Rate It Green Member Kirei reported this June that the company has helped save 107 million bottles from the landfill, with plans to keep that number growing.  The company's PET EchoPanels are 100% environmentally sustainable, while Coco Panels and Kirei Boards (pictured bellow) are m...

Jun
17

Chicago Commits to 100% Renewable Energy By 2040

Chicago has become the largest US City to date to commit to 100% Renewable Energy by 2035, and additionally the City Council voted to electrify the city's bus fleet by 2040.   Sierra Club documents similar 100% commitments by additional cities, counties and states: https...

Jun
03

LA County - Summer Dates for Hazardous Household and Electronic Waste Collection

LA County's Household Hazardous and Electronic Waste Collection Program (HHW) gives county residents a legal and cost-free way to dispose of unwanted household chemicals that cannot be disposed of in the regular trash. For dates and accepted items: https://www.rateitgreen.com/green-bu...

May
22

Amherst’s Hitchcock Center Becomes the 23rd Living Building Worldwide

Amherst's Hitchcock Center for the Environment is the 23rd building globally and the 4th in Massachusetts to earn the prestigious Living Building certification from the Living Future Institute. The net zero energy building harvests and recycles its own water, contains composting toil...

May
22

Washington Becomes the 5th State to aim for 100% Clean Energy

This past week, Washington joined California, Hawaii, Nevada, and New Mexico to become the fifth state in the United States to aim for 100 percent clean energy. Senate Bill, 5116, was signed by Governor Jay Inslee in Seattle, Washington. The bill declares coal power will be cut out by 2025, along...

May
22

Submit an Abstract for Greenroofs.com Virtual Summit, September 1-30, 2019!

Submit an abstract for Greenroofs.com #VirtualSumit2019, Septeber 1-30! The Mission of the Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summits is to inform, share, and create a global social media experience online for learning and networking via the power of the Internet.  ...

Apr
28

New York City to Require Green Roofs as Part of Climate Mobilization Act

The New York Citty Council passed the Climate Mobilization Act just prior to Earth Day which includes a requirement for all new buildings and buildings scheduled for major renovations to plan for vegetation, solar panels and/or small wind turbines in roof designs.  Accordin...

Apr
25

First US Offshore Wind to Start Operations in 2022 off Martha's Vineyard

Offshore wind is finally coming to the US.  The Vineyard Wind Team projects that their 84 turbines just south of Martha’s Vineyard will generate 800 megawatts of electricity when they start producing energy in 2022.  This is more energy than is currently produced by the near...

Apr
24

EFI Releases Significant Decarbonization Report: “Optionality, Flexibility & Innovation: Pathways for Deep Decarbonization in California"

At major green building regional and national events, decarbonization is growing as popular topic, and across all sectors.  But how can we achieve drastic decarbonization goals?  California often leads the way and shows by example how the rest of the country and world can operate ...

Apr
22

AIA Announces the 2019 COTE Top 10 (with Great Timing on Earth Day)

The Americal Institue of Architects (AIA) has made its annual Committee on the Environment (COTE) Top 10 List of global projects exemplifying excellence in design and environmental performance, including considerations of social and economic criteria.  Eight of the projects are loca...

Mar
26

Fred Davis of the Fred Davis Corporation Honored with a NESEA Distinguished Service Award

At the recent BuildingEnergy19 show, Northeast Sustainable Energy Association leaders honored Fred Davis with the 2019 Distinguished Service Award. Fred has been an energy and lighting leader since before these fields became cool again.  Back in high school, Fred started the Ecology Clu...

Mar
26

Rubio Monocoat Featured in 2 Episodes of "Heart of Oak"

Rubio Monocoat was recently featured in a popular builder-oriented TV show on the East coast called Heart of Oak. Heart of Oak is based on the South Shore of Massachusetts and follows PJ Antonik and his team from Oak Development & Design as they turn tear downs into beautiful, custo...