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GBCI to Administer Green Garage Certification Program
01/15/16 - Leticia McCadden
Washington, D.C. (Jan. 15, 2016)—Today, GBCI, the certification body for USGBC’s global LEED green building rating system, announced it will now administer the Green Garage Certification Program through its acquisition of the Green Parking Council.

“Parking and sustainability are not mutually exclusive concepts. Every story about a green building is a story about people—and every story about parking is a story about connections between people and their community,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, COO of USGBC and president of GBCI. “Through collaborative, integrated and innovative green parking practices, we can advance sustainable mobility. This will enable our parking structures to achieve increased energy efficiency, reduced environmental impact, improved parking space management, integrated mobility solutions and technologies, enhanced performance and stronger community relationships.”  Full article available at

APS plans new solar plant near Red Rock
01/28/16 – Rose Law Group Reporter
Arizona Public Service Co. plans to build and operate a new solar plant in southern Pinal County.

The Pinal County Planning and Zoning Commission has voted to recommend approval of a request by APS for an industrial use permit to construct and operate the solar photovoltaic power plant on a 623-acre parcel east of Interstate 10, 2 miles south of the Red Rock interchange. Full article available online at

Lambeau Field Expansion Delivers Water Savings and Efficiency to Green Bay Packers' Home
1/1/2016 – Facilitiesnet
Mention Lambeau Field, and football fans immediately conjure up images of the Green Bay Packers championship football, Vince Lombardi, and frozen tundra. While the 59-year-old stadium certainly has played a role in creating long-lasting memories for generations of fans, Ted Eisenreich is the first to tell you they are not all Lambeau Field has to offer.

“We’re more than just football,” says Eisenreich, director of facility operations for the Packers. The stadium has evolved since its opening in 1957, when 32,500 fans sat on aluminum benches but had only a few concession as amenities. Today, Lambeau Field contains 2 million square feet of space and features a restaurant, banquets and trade show space, a team hall of fame, a large atrium, and numerous fan suites, in addition to the team’s administrative offices, locker rooms and training facilities. Full article available online at

Water loss may force Arizona economy to adapt or fail
12/17/15 –
Arizona's economy, along with that of much of the West, will have to adjust to shrinking water supplies along the Colorado River or risk an economic implosion.

State officials have long said they are in good shape due to water conservation efforts decades ago, but with more people flooding the West the demand will grow. Full article available online at

Ducey puts 29 on Water Augmentation Council
12/23/15 –
Planning for Arizona’s water sustainability moved into the Governor’s office today with the appointment of 29 business, scientific and government leaders to the Water Augmentation Council.

The council has been charged by Gov. Doug Ducey — as part of the administration’s water initiative — to find ways to ensure certainty for the Arizona water supply today and into the future. The council is to make recommendations related to long-term augmentation strategies, water conservation, funding and infrastructure.  Full article available online at

Waterless: New Obama Executive Order Puts Focus on Water Consumption
12/01/15 - Facilitiesnet
Vista, Calif. — Nov. 16, 2015 — In March 2015, President Obama issued Executive Order 13693, which is tightly focused on what is termed "energy and water security" and applies specifically to federally owned and operated facilities around the world.

However, as with President Clinton's Executive Order 13101 dealing with green and sustainable issues, it is expected to have considerable impact on all types of facilities, private as well as government-owned. Full article available on

Sustainability: The New Norm in Real Estate Development and Investing
11/04/15 – National Real Estate Investor
Time was when the idea of sustainability in real estate development and investing was a pretty soft notion. Sure, everyone liked the “idea” of reducing carbon emissions, protecting the environment and exploring alternative energy sources, but few were willing to spend money on it. Today, things are vastly different, and it’s the bottom line that’s talking.

A number of factors have driven real estate sustainability into the mainstream, but the greatest influence, whether in the initial design phase or via retrofit, are tenant expectations. Full article available online at

There are states that defend carbon emissions rules
11/04/15 – The Wall Street Journal
A group of 18 states is expected to ask a federal court on Wednesday to intervene in support of Obama administration greenhouse-gas regulations that require significant emissions cuts from hundreds of U.S. power plants.

The move will mean most states in the nation are taking sides in a legal battle over a top Environmental Protection Agency initiative on reducing carbon-dioxide emissions. Full article available online at

Despite bright spots, Arizona slips to 17th in energy-efficiency rank
10/22/15 – Cronkite News
Arizona slipped two spots to 17th place in the 2015 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard released Wednesday, even though experts say the state still does very well in some areas.

The ninth annual report by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy ranks states for public policy that improves “energy efficiency in our homes, businesses, industries and transportation systems,” measuring everything from building codes to mass transit to energy savings programs. Full article available online at

2.8 million Arizonans live within vulnerable zones from toxic chemical leaks
10/19/15 – Rose Law Group Reporter
More than 2.8 million Arizona residents — or 44 percent of the state’s population — live within areas that are most vulnerable to a catastrophic accidental release of gaseous, and sometimes explosive hazardous chemicals.

The toxic agents, which the Environmental Protection Agency deems extremely hazardous, include chemicals such as anhydrous ammonia, chlorine and hydrofluoric acid. They are stored in more than 100 facilities that dot the Arizona landscape and, when released, can cause temporary blindness, searing pain, suffocation, and even death. Full article available online at

Large water companies drinking up weaker ones
10/11/15 - Phoenix Business Journal
It’s survival of the fittest in Arizona’s water business, even though it’s technically an industry with no competition.

The state has 321 water companies, but only a few have the financial ability to invest millions in infrastructure and keep up with regulatory changes. As a result, many smaller companies are being gobbled up by the larger ones, such as Epcor Water USA Inc. and Global Water Resources Inc. Full article available online at

The Smartest Building in the World
09/23/15 – Bloomberg Business
It knows where you live. It knows what car you drive. It knows who you’re meeting with today and how much sugar you take in your coffee. (At least it will, after the next software update.) This is the Edge, and it’s quite possibly the smartest office space ever constructed.

A day at the Edge in Amsterdam starts with a smartphone app developed with the building’s main tenant, consulting firm Deloitte. From the minute you wake up, you’re connected. The app checks your schedule, and the building recognizes your car when you arrive and directs you to a parking spot. Full article available online at

State says lower ozone standard a ‘major challenge’ for Arizona
10/03/15 – Rose Law Group Reporter
The Environmental Protection Agency’s reduction of its limit for ground-level ozone will put an additional seven Arizona counties out of compliance and pose a significant challenge, an official said Friday.

Eric Massey, director of the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality’s Air Quality Division, pointed to what he calls the state’s proximity to California, its summer sunshine and heat, and the number of older cars on its roads. Full article available online at

OP-ED] We’re halfway to avoiding a water shortage
10/06/15 – Rose Law Group Reporter
Central Arizona Project has stored enough water undergound to fill Yankee Stadium more than 500 times.

Anticipating a shortage, CAP and the Arizona Department of Water Resources is now working with others to store an additional 740,000 acre-feet of new water in Lake Mead. Full article is available online at

Scottsdale among luxury housing markets with best air quality
10/02/15 – Rose Law Group Reporter
It may be fair in San Diego, but air quality? Au contraire.

Relative to other parts of the country, California’s luxury real-estate markets have the worst air quality, according to an analysis of data from the Environmental Protection Agency. Luxury markets in Hawaii have some of the best.  Available online at

Florence continues to attract solar power
09/22/15 - Rose Law Group Reporter
With one major solar ranch operating in the northern town limits and another under construction south of Anthem, the Town Council is laying the groundwork for a third.

The council held a public hearing and heard the first reading of an ordinance to rezone 282 acres from “R1-R” single-residential ranchette to “PUD” planned unit development at the council’s Sept. 8 meeting. Full article available online at

Wind power stagnates in Arizona
09/13/05 - Rose Law Group Reporter
Dozens of wind turbines, their blades swooping rhythmically through the air, punctuate thousands of acres of rolling ranchland north of Williams. For three years, the spinning blades at Perrin Ranch Wind Energy Center have caught northern Arizona’s wind, turning it into power that gets shot across massive power lines onto the region’s electric grid.

Across much of the West and middle America, turbines like these are sprouting up in massive numbers. In a March report, the U.S. Energy Information Administration estimated that wind will account for 9.8 gigawatts of the more than 20 gigawatts of utility-scale generating capacity expected to be added to the power grid this year. That’s more than natural gas and solar combined. Available online at

Arizona’s water supply coming from Colorado River safe for next 2 years –
8/19/15 – Rose Law Group Reporter

Here is some great news for the millions who live in the Southwest: the Bureau of Reclamation confirmed that there will be no water shortage declared on the Colorado River next year.

The bureau expected that 2017 would also be a normal water use year. There’s only a 15 percent probability of a shortage being declared in 2017. The bureau’s report showed the anticipated level in Lake Mead on Jan. 1, 2016 will be 1,082 feet above sea level.  Full article available online at

Water-efficiency upgrades urged for Southwest
07/27/15 – The Republic
Arizona and the Southwest are dumping too much water down the drain, but the waste could be reduced by efficiency upgrades that pay for themselves, a conservation group contends.

Governments and utilities already save energy nationwide through the use of performance contracts — deals that pay contractors only for proven cost savings. Now it's time to apply the same method to water savings in the drought-stricken Colorado River basin, which includes Arizona, according to Western Resource Advocates.  Full article available online at

Findings conflict on green buildings ranking
07/07/15 – Rose Law Group Reporter
Real Estate Daily News reports that with 31.4 percent of its office space considered “green,” Phoenix ranked 18 out of 30 markets on the National Green Building Adoption Index 2015, a joint project of CBRE Group, Inc. and Maastricht University.

Despite scoring in the bottom half of most green building categories, metropolitan Phoenix showed improvement in several areas and moved up three positions to 18th overall.  Full article available online at

Better Buildings Challenge has saved $1B in energy costs
06/15/15 – Greentech Media
The White House Better Buildings Challenge has saved participants more than $1 billion in just two years, according to a recent review of the program.

More than 250 partners have signed on to the challenge, which calls for a 20 percent energy reduction over 10 years. Full article available online at

Water Policy
06/12/15 – The Republic
Companies that require large amounts of water to run their business will have to do more than just pay for the city’s supply if they want to locate in Chandler.

They will have to go out and find some of the water themselves. Full article available online at

Green Roofs Grow on Multifamily Buildings in Major U.S. Cities
06/02/15 – National Real Estate Investor
The condominiums at the Visionaire in New York City start at $690,000. The amenities include a 2,075-sq.-ft. rooftop garden with more than 160 species of ornamental plants, including vertical screens for climbing vegetables and a fruit orchard with dwarf trees.

“There are lots of benefits to having a green roof—the short-term benefit is having a usable amenity space,” says Steven Peck, president of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities. Full article available online at

Wind power could be coming to all states, report says
05/28/15 – The Huffington Post
The United States might just be on the verge of a wind power revolution.

Or, at least, the newest generation of wind turbines, featuring taller towers and longer blades, have the potential to push the country in that direction. Because of their design, these turbines can generate more power — and do so more efficiently — even in parts of the country, such as the Southeast, where wind is generally inconsistent and rather slow, according to a report released this month by the U.S. Department of Energy.  Full article available online at

Obama announces new rule limiting water pollution
05/28/15 – The New York Times
President Obama on Wednesday announced a sweeping new clean water regulation meant to restore the federal government’s authority to limit pollution in the nation’s rivers, lakes, streams and wetlands.

The rule, which would apply to about 60 percent of the nation’s bodies of water, comes as part of a broader effort by Mr. Obama to use his executive authority to build a major environmental legacy, without requiring new legislation from the Republican-controlled Congress.  Full article available online at

New ‘Tenant Star’ Label to Provide Energy Savings Perks for Occupiers
05/06/15 – CoStar
After being embroiled in Washington gridlock for several years, "Tenant Star"-- the first government-sponsored branding label issued to landlord and tenant teams who design, build-out and operate energy efficient, leased spaces -- has become law.

President Obama signed S. 535 into law April 30 at an Oval Office ceremony. The Real Estate Roundtable commercial real estate lobbying group and environmental advocates applauded the bipartisan legislation, the Energy Efficiency Improvement Act of 2015 sponsored by Sen. Rob Portman, R-OH, which specifies various federal actions to increase energy and water efficiency in commercial and government buildings.  Full article available online at

Western drought steals clean energy along with fresh water at power
04/27/15 – The Washington Post
INSIDE HOOVER DAM — The floor rumbled under Mark Cook. His legs vibrated as he stood in a tunnel tucked into the thick base of Hoover Dam, 430 feet below the tourists looking out over Lake Mead. Beneath him, water roared through steel pipes 13 feet tall. Nearby, heavy turbines hummed with mechanical intensity.

“We’re moving some good water today,” Cook, the dam manager, said proudly. Full article available online at


Japan has just opened one of the world’s largest floating solar power plants, signaling increasing adoption of the efficient and innovative technology in the country, which is due partly to lack of space on land.

Colorado River shortage unlikely to affect cities, industries in near term, officials say
4/23/15 – Cronkite News
Arizona’s communities, industries, mines and Native American tribes aren’t likely to be affected during the next five years if federal officials declare a shortage on the Colorado River, officials said Wednesday.

While Central Arizona Project rates may rise, deliveries for groundwater replenishment would be eliminated and central Arizona agriculture would take a hit, leaders of a workshop held at the Arizona Department of Water Resources said the state is ready for a shortage on the Colorado. Full article available online at

Magnificent solar plane due here in May, to stay 3 days
04/11/15 – The Arizona Republic
The Solar Impulse 2, a plane that is circumnavigating the globe without a drop of fuel, is making Phoenix one of its 12 stops around the world.

The aircraft’s pilots say they are trying to change the world by flying around it in a plane powered by the sun’s energy.  Full article available online at

State bill would stop cities from requiring energy use disclosures from building owners
03/17/15 – Phoenix Business Journal
A bill at the Arizona Legislature would block Phoenix — and other cities — from requiring building owners to disclose their energy use.

Senate Bill 1241 was previously a bill related to the state’s Medicaid system but it has been changed completely via a so-called striker amendment to specifically prohibit cities from requiring energy use disclosures from commercial and apartment landlords. Full article available online at

03/12/15 –
In a report released by New York’s Department of Buildings (DOB), it was brought to attention that nine out of every 10 office or residential buildings fail to meet the New York City Energy Conservation Code. Federal funding to the tune of $123 million called for 90% of new buildings plans to comply by the code by 2017. As a result, Mayor de Blasio and the corresponding NYC officials have been cracking down on noncompliant properties. This compliance issue brings light to a bigger conversation on energy efficiency of commercial real estate buildings around the world, and what the future holds for both existing buildings and future developments.

The US is slowly making progress in the realm of energy efficiency in commercial real estate. New York State recently reported a savings of $4M in the first half of 2014 after implementing efficiency programs. Boston, Portland, San Francisco and Seattle rank among the most energy efficient cities in the country, with a wealth of others putting programs into place that will save millions of dollars over the next few years. There are also initiatives by private companies such as Honeywell, who is working with the Hillsborough, New Jersey school district on an energy efficiency program. The district expects to cut energy use and costs by almost 50%, and save over $1 million per year. Europe is also turning towards more sustainable options, spending on energy efficient buildings by countries within the European Union is expected to reach over $800M in the next decade. So, with all these initiatives currently in progress, why aren’t we seeing more results?  Full article available online at

Tucson Realtors lead by example on efficiency, sustainability
02/20/15 – Arizona Daily Star
With a look to the future, the Tucson Association of Realtors (TAR) has taken several progressive steps forward to inject “sustainability” into the housing and real estate industry. Through technology and common sense, TAR wants to raise awareness, help educate and change the way our community thinks about development.
Along those lines, we have launched an ambitious program for 2015: “Sustainability: The Next Step in Real Estate.”  Full article available online at

Real estate industry seeing red over Phoenix green building plan
02/12/15 – Phoenix Business Journal
The real estate industry is upset with a plan from the city of Phoenix that would require commercial building owners report their energy consumption and use of renewable to a public database.

The city is considering energy reporting requirements for buildings of 50,000 square feet or more. It would be a kin to ones in New York, San Francisco and other big cities. Full article available online at

 Top of the Phoenix lists: LEED-Certified Buildings
01/16/15 – Phoenix Business Journal
Intel's Ocotillo Campus, the 14-building collection of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver-level advancements in water saving and waste recycling, captured the No. 1 ranking in the Phoenix Business Journal's LEED-Certified Buildings list, published today.

The list was ranked by square footage. At 3.9 million square feet, the Intel facility was easily the largest on the list. Full article available online at

 Taylor Morrison Named Green Home Builder’s 2014 Green Builder of the Year
01//14/15 – In Business Magazine
Taylor Morrison Home Corporation, a leading homebuilder and developer in North America, has received the 2014 Builder of the Year honor from Green Home Builder magazine, a national trade publication focused on certified housing and energy-efficient and environmentally responsible building practices.

“We are honored by this recognition from Green Home Builder. As a company that has always maintained a strong commitment to the sustainability of the communities we build and service, our responsibility for the environment continues to be a priority for Taylor Morrison,” said Sheryl Palmer, chief executive officer of Taylor Morrison. “Increasingly, homebuyers share this priority, and we are constantly looking for ways to distinguish ourselves and our products through a continued commitment to improving our environmental footprint while maintaining our competitive value proposition.”  Full article available online at

 States Work To Meet New Renewable Energy Standards
1/1/15 - Huffington Post
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — More than five dozen giant turbines erected on a remote mesa in western New Mexico began churning out power for the state's largest electric provider on New Year's Day.

Tapping into the multimillion-dollar Red Mesa Wind Energy Center marks the latest effort by utility PNM to add more renewable energy resources to its portfolio.  Full article available online at

 Arizona farmers sacrifice to head off water crisis
12/13/14 - Azcentral
All it takes is 10 feet of water to go from caution to crisis on the Colorado River.

That's why Arizona farmers like Dan Thelander support a new agreement that will help conserve the amount of water in Lake Mead even though it could mean short-term sacrifices for them. Full article available online at

Energy efficiency programs that could be cut have helped thousands of consumers
11/15/14 – Rose Law Group Reporter  
Solar power might be the popular kid on the block in Arizona, but far more utility customers participate in energy-efficiency programs than put solar on their roofs, and far more will be affected if those programs are cut, as regulators propose.
Arizona Public Service Co., for example, has about 29,000 customers with rooftop solar, among the most of any U.S. utility.
But that pales in comparison with the hundreds of thousands of customers who have energy-efficient appliances, well-built homes and use low-watt light bulbs, all funded in part by the company’s efficiency program.  Full article available online at

Cairo's ultra-green mixed-use development will be topped with flowing solar canopy
11/03/14 - Building Construction & Design
Paris-based Vincent Callebaut Architecture has come up with a plan for a mixed-use complex located in Cairo that combines vegetation and structure to communicate Egypt's inclination toward progressive architecture, designboom reports. The proposal's main purpose is to raise awareness of sustainable architecture designed to combat global warming. 


The roof is solar, and shades green rooftop terraces and sky villas. This conserves energy otherwise needed for cooling, as do the solar panels and heating tubes on the roof.  The full article is available online at

$350M ‘green’ condominium project moves into Scottsdale
10/23/14 - AZRE
The Sterling Collection at Silverleaf, a “green” luxury condominium development, is set to launch sales in early November. The $350M development is one of the largest luxury residential projects in the Southwest.

Developed by Scottsdale-based Cypress Development Group, The Sterling Collection at Silverleaf will be the most luxurious condominium community to ever be developed and sold in Arizona as defined by its exclusive location, proposed LEED-certified building techniques, effortless ownership services, world-class amenities and distinctive finishes. The project is adjacent to Cypress’ Sterling at Silverleaf community of luxury, LEED-certified villas.  Full article available online at

 ASU’s Zero Waste by 2015 initiative is incomplete
10/22/14 - The State Press
ASU’s Zero Waste by 2015 initiative was launched on April 1 of this year, though it has been in the works for several years. One of many efforts centered around sustainability on campus, the Zero Waste program has been publicized fairly well and many of its programs have already been implemented. For instance, there are recycling bins on every corner; composting bins have been installed at Hassayampa and Barrett, the Honors College’s dining halls; cardboard collecting services have been implemented in Tempe and Polytechnic; hand dryers have been installed in most restrooms at all four campuses; and even more obscure efforts, such as athletic shoe collection, have been enacted in order to reduce solid waste diversion by 90 percent.

ASU’s effort to become a more sustainable institution should not be a surprise given the presence of the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability and the School of Sustainability, one of the best sustainability programs in the world — and similar enterprises should be setting comparable goals. However, while reducing ASU’s waste is an extremely important and noble goal given its immense ecological footprint (17.72 million gross square feet), the Zero Waste by 2015 initiative is ultimately incomplete. Full article online at

 SkySong 3 Building Awarded LEED Silver Certification

10/03/814 - Commercial Executive Magazine

SkySong3 The four-story, 145,000-square-foot office and research building at the intersection of SkySong Boulevard and Innovation Place has achieved Silver LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for its sustainable design and construction.

LEED—Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design—is a certification program that sets the standard for environmentally responsible construction in the U.S. Buildings are measured based on the number of points they earn across the categories of green building, such as energy, water, indoor environment, location and materials.  Full article available online at


Net-Zero Energy townhomes coming to downtown Scottsdale  
09/30/14 -
MODUS Icon is launching Arizona’s first Net-Zero Energy townhomes, “MZ” in downtown Scottsdale on Friday, Oct. 17. 

With a proximity to downtown restaurants, art galleries, nightclubs, spas, and shopping districts, MODUS Icon officials contend the multifamily housing development is a cut-above other options available in Scottsdale. Full article available online at

Sustainability’s strategic worth: McKinsey Global Survey results
07/01/14 -
Executives at all levels see an important business role for sustainability. But when it comes to mastering the reputation, execution, and accountability of their sustainability programs, many companies have far to go.
Company leaders are rallying behind sustainability, and executives overall believe the issue is increasingly important to their companies’ strategy. But as it continues to grow into a core business issue, challenges to capturing its full value lie ahead. These are among the key findings from our most recent McKinsey survey on the topic,1 which asked respondents about the actions their companies are taking to address environmental, social, or governance issues, the practices they use to manage sustainability, and the value at stake.

One such challenge is reputation management. Year over year, large shares of executives cite reputation as a top reason their companies address sustainability; of the 13 core activities we asked about, they say reputation has the most value potential for their industries. However, many of this year’s respondents say their companies are not pursuing the reputation-building activities that would maximize that financial value.  Full article available online at

The World's Greenest Office Building Opens in Munich
07/02/13 - 
Munich, Germany now boasts the greenest office building in the world. NuOffice is off the charts in all sustainability metrics, easily achieving LEED platinum status. European research project DIRECTION and scientists from Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics banded together to help design the über-green building, hoping it will serve as a model for future new construction across the globe.
In order to raise the bar on the building’s energy efficiency, the science and research team sought to maximize the building’s passive energy use, driving down energy consumption and introducing renewable energy sources as main suppliers to the building. NuOffice’s roof alternates between lush, insulating greenery and a powerful photovoltaic array that adds to the building’s power needs.  Full article available online at

New Chinese City Goes Green For The Health Benefits
06/27/13 - Earth Techling Newsletter
Where you live can have a big impact on your health. Bad air quality, a lack of green space, or too much soul-crushing traffic, and your physical and emotional health can take a nosedive. The terrible thing is, we’re so used to these problems, that we consider them normal, and completely ignore the way they make us feel.

A new project by Peter Ruge Architekten aims to find out if changing the very layout and construction of a city can alleviate those problems instead of making them worse. The firm is planning a city in China’s Hainan Province. It will be called ‘Green Health City‘ and could eventually serve as a sustainable urban prototype.  Full article available online at

Energy Star Portfolio Tool Upgrade Delayed
07/03/13 - EnergyStar
We regret to inform you that release of the upgraded Portfolio Manager tool, which was originally scheduled for July 10, is being postponed to allow EPA to conduct additional checks to verify correct and complete data migration. The new tool will now be released on Wednesday, July 17.
We are excited to let you know that the new Portfolio Manager tool is fully functional and all data and account records have been migrated over from the old tool. However, our first priority continues to be ensuring that the tens of millions of data points contained within Portfolio Manager's 70,000 active accounts have been migrated correctly and completely by the time of launch. To that end, EPA has decided to postpone the release for one week.
We appreciate your understanding and sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.  More information at

LEED v4 Passes Ballot, Will Launch This Fall
07/02/13 - EDC Magazine
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced that its membership has voted to adopt LEED v4, the next update to the world’s premier green building rating system. The final overall vote was 86 percent in favor of adopting LEED v4. This includes 90 percent approval from the user category of the voting body, 77 percent approval from the general interest category and 89 percent approval from the producer category. The minimum overall percentage of votes needed for a passing vote was 66.7 percent.

“There are 46 countries and territories around the world and all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia represented in the voting pool for LEED v4, which includes an extraordinarily diverse group of industry professionals, manufacturers, educators and other green building leaders,” said Joel Ann Todd, chair of the LEED Steering Committee. “USGBC sets a very high bar for a rating system to be approved. The rating system must earn a significant percentage of the overall vote as well as a majority approval from each of the various LEED stakeholder groups. This ensures that rating system approval represents the full diversity of USGBC’s membership.”  Full article available online at

New Pilot Unlocks Deep Energy Efficiency in Buildings
06/20/13 - EC&
For the first time, an electric utility is testing a 20-year model to purchase metered energy-efficiency savings. The agreement between Seattle City Light and the Bullitt Foundation is designed to make deep energy efficiency in new and existing commercial buildings economically feasible.

“This is a great partnership between the City and the private sector to encourage energy efficiency,” said Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn. “I hope this project can serve as a model for others to save money, reduce energy usage, and cut our carbon emissions.”  Full article available online at

Industrial Still Fights for Full Seat at LEED Table
06/24/13  - National Real Estate Investor
The industrial sector, as a whole, with massive expanses of indoor space, has been the last property type to jump fully on to the sustainability bandwagon, in part because professional green certification processes haven’t caught up to the sector’s unique needs.

However, due to tenant and customer demand, more new construction and retrofit industrial projects are gaining professional green certification. According to the U.S. Green Building Council, 117 manufacturing properties have earned LEED certification, totaling 41 million sq. ft. This number should see strong growth, however, as 703 more projects have registered for certification, totaling 221 million sq. ft.  Full article available online at

How to Manage “Green Fatigue”
06/20/13 - NAIOP
Businesses and consumers are inundated with “green,” whether watching TV or going to the car wash. It’s enough to force many to simply tune-out, ignoring calls for lower carbon footprints, recycling, and driving less.

So what does this mean for commercial building owners? Unfortunately, it means building occupants and visitors are often those very same green-fatigued consumers who are tuning out the benefits of their state-of-the-art, environmentally friendly and energy efficient surroundings. In addition, many of the building management teams have reached their limits relative to green courses and certifications, filling out extensive new forms and working with consultants — all tasks carried out in addition to their already heavy workloads.  Full article available online at

Grocers Reduce, Recycle and Re-Educate Customers on Green Buying
06/10/03 - National Real Estate Investor
Grocers have gradually bought into green initiatives, launching sustainability programs that focus on conservation of water and energy, reduction of truck traffic and zero-waste technology.

Whole Foods, for example, recently partnered with agribusiness Gotham Greens to build a 20,000-sq.-ft. greenhouse on top of a planned store in Brooklyn. The store will open in the Gowanus neighborhood in the fall.  Full article available online at

Free LEED Certification For Groundbreaking Projects Abroad
06/10/13 - Environmental Leader
With the aim of broadening the reach of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and accelerating the growth of sustainable development in new markets, the US Green Building Council will offer free LEED certification to the first projects to certify in 112 countries abroad.

The LEED Earth initiative will promote the introduction of  better performing buildings in countries like Afghanistan, Algeria, Bhutan, Belarus, Central African Republic, Haiti, Honduras, Myanmar, Pakistan, Rwanda, Serbia, Swaziland, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Yemen, Zambia and Zimbabwe.  Full article available online at

World's First Carbon Negative Building Block Unveiled in the UK
06/05/13 -
The Carbon Buster is the world’s first building block to capture more carbon dioxide than is emitted during its manufacturing (14kg pe

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