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Cupertino Companies Save Energy and Resources With the Green Business Challenge

At the July 7, 2015 Cupertino City Council meeting, Mayor Sinks presented a proclamation to the participating businesses of the City’s Green Business Challenge. by Celina Plaza On a cool Bay Area evening on January 29th, 2015, I took a Cal Train trip to Cupertino, CA, to formally launch Cupertino’s Green …

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How Retailers are Improving Operational Efficiencies by Implementing Enterprise Wide Energy Management Programs

by Jon Rabinowitz Superior retailers operate within extremely tight budgets. Any deviation from the budget results in a hit on the bottom line profit. However, tightening up on critical line items leads to a profitable and sustainable retail chain. Energy is one of the largest line item expenditures for retail companies …

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Leaders Turn to LEED in the Sichuan Province of China

By Morgan Bulman, Communications & Media Relations Intern. In late June, a delegation from the Sichuan Province of China took time out of their busy schedules while touring the U.S. to visit the USGBC Headquarters in Washington, D.C., and discuss sustainable development in their region. Sichuan Province, home to 80 million people …

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2030 Districts: Communities Collaborating to Reach Inspirational Goals with Measured Performance

by GBIG Insight If buildings are a major contributor to climate change, then what’s the solution? Reductions in energy use, water use, and transportation emissions, of course. But, how do we know how far we have to go, how fast – and how will we know when we as an industry …

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What Yahoo’s energy efficiency strategy borrows from farms

Courtesy of Yahoo Chris Page, Yahoo’s energy and sustainability director. by Heather Clancy Silicon Valley tech giant Yahoo has been relatively low-key about its sustainable operations strategy since CEO Marissa Mayer took over in July 2012. But a lack of noise shouldn’t be conflated with a lack of progress. Early this month, …

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ADVANCE: A Framework to Expand Access to Green Building for All

If you’re reading this article on our website it’s probably because you’re a fan of green buildings. The environmental, health and economic value of green spaces and places is clear to you. But when you look outside your window, how many ‘green buildings’ do you really see? For us “Greenies” …

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A cleaner shipping deal could save your company some green

Alan Jamieson2015 Some companies that rely heavily on shipping, such as ag giant Cargill, pick vessel based on efficiency ratings. by Heather Clancy Over the past five years, the energy efficiency of cargo and container ships has become the subject of far closer scrutiny. Some big companies that charter them for …


Why Embodied Energy Is the New Frontier for Developers, Surveyors and Planning Authorities

by David Thorpe No building or development project can be deemed to be environmentally sustainable without an assessment of its life cycle environmental performance. This so often fails to be done, or even thought about. But this is changing. A new report lists resources to help developers, quantity surveyors and planners take …

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European Countries Lack Harmony on What Makes A Near Zero Energy Building

by David Thorpe Four near zero energy buildings. The Buildings Performance Institute Europe (BPIE), a membership organisation dedicated to improving the energy performance of buildings across Europe, has produced a new fact sheet on definitions of ‘nearly zero energy buildings’ (nZEB) across Europe. The factsheet is most welcome, forming a …

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67 Examples of Cities Showcasing Energy Efficient Building Policies

Austin, Texas: Dell Children’s Medical Center: the first hospital in the world to earn Platinum certification under the LEED for New Construction rating system in January 2009. Photo courtsey of McConnell Photography by David Thorpe Approximately 74% of 67 cities examined in a report published last week are implementing incentives for …