Energy Department launches $30 million effort to improve solar module materials

The U.S. Department of Energy plans a new Energy Materials Network (EMN) consortium, the Durable Module Materials (DuraMat) National Lab Consortium led by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), according to a press release. DuraMat is designed to accelerate the...

Ky. celebrates eco-friendly hospitality

Ky. celebrates eco-friendly hospitality

USGBC Kentucky recently celebrated certification of the first newly constructed LEED hotel in the state, according to a release. Hampton Inn & Suites Owensboro–Waterfront owner Malcolm Bryant was commended for recognizing the changing trend in consumer behavior, seizing upon it,...

Pebble-shaped office building adds icon of sustainability to Taipei

Pebble-shaped office building adds icon of sustainability to Taipei

Taipei’s skyline is best known for Taipei 101 — the world’s tallest green building — but another sculptural building will soon hold its own as the city’s latest icon of sustainability. International architecture firm Aedas is nearing completion on Lè...

First green school opens in Palestinian town

The $1.3 million Aqqaba Secondary Girls School, funded by United States Agency for International Development (USAID), is the first eco-friendly school in the West Bank and Gaza. USAID and the Palestinian Education Ministry initiated the idea, closely working together until...

Toyota donates $1 million to build Yellowstone ultra-green youth campus

Toyota donates $1 million to build Yellowstone ultra-green youth campus

In 2014, Toyota announced plans to use Camry Hybrid battery packs to help provide sustainable electricity at the national park, and now it has given the Yellowstone Park Foundation a $1 million donation to support development of a new sustainable...

Warehouse stands are 'golden' facility

Regional warehouse developer e-Shang Redwood (ESR) has received LEED gold certification for its Redwood Kunshan Distribution Centre 1 in China’s Kunshan, Jiangsu province, a burgeoning logistics hub just west of Shanghai. The 61,851-square-meter, two-story facility received the certification for sustainability...

Ariz. distribution center a model of sustainability

Given its stated commitment to environmental stewardship and green practices, retail co-op Recreational Equipment Inc. went all out in designing its new distribution center. Rather than just throwing in extra insulation and adding a bike rack, the co-op, better known...

Wisconsin elementary school achieves LEED first

Wisconsin elementary school achieves LEED first

Lake Mills Elementary School in Lake Mills, Wis., has received LEED platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council in recognition of its environmentally friendly design and construction, reports the website American School & University. The $18.7 million facility opened...

Singapore opens first rotatable lab

The world’s first rotatable laboratory for the Singapore region opened this month, capable of testing at any orientation relative to the sun or wind. The $4.5 million BCA SkyLab, which is rotatable 360 degrees, eliminates the need for multiple stationary...

Developer experiments with eco-friendly net zero units in large rental complex

Developer experiments with eco-friendly net zero units in large rental complex

Houston-based developer Hanover Co. opened its third in a series of seven-story downtown Los Angeles apartment buildings in April.

Solar captures attention of military insignia manufacturer

Solar captures attention of military insignia manufacturer

Vanguard Industries West, a maker of military insignia, is saluting its latest environmental project that’s expected to produce most of its plant’s energy and save thousands annually in energy expenses, according to a release. Baker Electric Solar designed and installed...

Duke Energy building Indiana's second-largest power plant

More clean, renewable solar energy soon will ­flow to Duke Energy Indiana customers with the construction of a new 17-megawatt solar PV plant at Naval Support Activity Crane (“Crane naval station”), about 40 miles southwest of Bloomington, Ind. The Indiana...

New guide offers solar education

New guide offers solar education

To increase consumer understanding when choosing a community solar program, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and the Coalition for Community Solar Access (CCSA) have released the Residential Consumer Guide to Community Solar. The new guide provides an overview of...

Children's museum plans to use solar panels as teaching tools

With its giant inflatable mascots -- a duck and a dragon -- perched atop its roof, the Children's Discovery Museum can easily be spotted from afar by visitors to downtown San Jose, Calif. Now, that rooftop's become even more distinctive...

Guam college building receives LEED gold

A renovated building at Guam Community College has received LEED Gold certification for its environmentally friendly design and construction. The Guam Daily Post reports that college, situated on a 22-acre site in the village of Mangilao on the Pacific Island,...

School setting sustainability example for Israel

School setting sustainability example for Israel

Green architecture still may be somewhat of a niche in Israel, but the country is making a push toward weaving more eco-conscious building techniques into its urban fabric. Tel Aviv is home to one of less than 30 LEED platinum-certified...

Brewery earns historic sustainability designation

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.'s Mills River plant in North Carolina has become the only U.S. production brewery to earn a platinum designation for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), reports the website Hendersonville Lightning. The recognition is considered validation...

Infographic: Inside some of America's greenest buildings

The green building movement continues to blossom, becoming more and more a vital component in commercial building strategies. Many once considered the goal of building more energy-efficient buildings as too lofty. But as the clamor for a concerted change continues...

Milwaukee apartment building showcases green features throughout

To understand the new Sage on Prospect apartment building's sustainability, climb to the roof. It's a "blue roof," where rainwater pools and then slowly drains, long after the storm passes, to reduce the impact on the sewage system. Also, the...

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