Canadian college's green buildings recognized

Canadian college's green buildings recognized

Green technology took top nods at the 25th Tommie Awards, with two Okanagan College projects recognized for their environmental innovation. Held by the Canadian Home Builders Association, the Tommie Awards celebrate the achievements of the Okanagan's building industry’s finest. One...

Fla. credit unions adds 2 green buildings

Suncoast Credit Union has opened two green buildings in Fort Myers, Fla., reports Florida Weekly. The Riverdale Service Center and the Southern Training Center neighbor each other on Palm Beach Blvd. “Both our training center and the new Fort Myers...

Solar employs more people in U.S. electricity sector

Solar employs more people in U.S. electricity sector

In the United States, more people were employed in solar power last year than in generating electricity through coal, gas and oil energy combined, research shows. According to a new report from the U.S. Department of Energy, solar power employed...

Alcatraz one of largest microgrids in U.S.

Alcatraz one of largest microgrids in U.S.

Watch towers, prison cells and … solar panels? Welcome to The Rock. Each year, more than 1.5 million people tour Alcatraz Island to visit its iconic prison. But, most people don’t realize that the 22-acre site, in the middle of the San Francisco Bay, is also home to one of the nation’s largest microgrids, according to the U.S.

Calif. university building achieves platinum status

A university building in the Golden State has received a platinum designation. The Student and Faculty Support Center building at California State University-East Bay achieved the certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), according to a press release. The...

Students build solar devices for rural hospital in Africa

Students build solar devices for rural hospital in Africa

A group of graduate students at Grand Valley State University recently created devices that provide solar power when electricity fails at a rural hospital in Malawi. They then made the 22-hour trip to southeastern Africa to deliver and install the...

Removing rooftop roadblocks: Solar accessibility soars under DOE program

Removing rooftop roadblocks: Solar accessibility soars under DOE program

Thanks to investments from the Energy Department’s SunShot Initiative, solar energy is more affordable for Americans than ever before, the department reports. But now, going solar no longer even requires a suitable roof. Business-model innovations have led to the development...

Building green good for self-storage businesses

Building green good for self-storage businesses

If a self-storage company is committed to developing its holdings in a way that benefits the corporation, community and environment, green building must be an inherent practice. How facilities are constructed and maintained makes a huge difference in the health...

Empire State Strikes Back: Solar to help NYC rebound after national disasters

Empire State Strikes Back: Solar to help NYC rebound after national disasters

On Oct. 29, 2012, Hurricane Sandy hit the country’s largest city with a ferocity reminiscent of Hurricane Katrina.

Milwaukee apartments nab national honor

Milwaukee apartments nab national honor

A new apartment building on Milwaukee's east side has received a rare award for its high level of environmental sustainability. Sage on Prospect, a 34-unit development, has received platinum LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, reports the Milwaukee...

Wilde Lake Middle becomes Maryland's first net-zero energy school

Wilde Lake Middle becomes Maryland's first net-zero energy school

Wilde Lake Middle School in Columbia has made its debut as Maryland's first "net-zero energy" school, meaning the $33 million building's extensive solar panel array will help it generate as much energy as it uses. The new school is significantly...

Let it snow: How solar panels can thrive in winter weather

Let it snow: How solar panels can thrive in winter weather

Those living outside sunny Southwest, the weather can bring sudden changes this time of year. Many parts of the country have already seen snow, and the polar vortex has extended far enough south that even the nation’s capital has experienced...

URI residence hall, fitness center earn LEED gold certifications

URI residence hall, fitness center earn LEED gold certifications

The University of Rhode Island’s Hillside Hall and Anna Fascitelli Fitness and Wellness Center have earned LEED gold certifications from the U.S. Green Building Council, according to the school. Hillside Hall, URI’s newest residential facility, which opened in 2012, is...

New solar array to produce 10% of Ithaca College's energy

New solar array to produce 10% of Ithaca College's energy

A new solar farm will provide nearly 10 percent of Ithaca College’s energy needs, according to a press release. Financier Greenwood Energy and installer Borrego Solar Systems today announce the completion of the 2.9-megawatt (MW) remote-net-metered solar array. The solar...

Indiana group hopes to make building one of world's most green

Indiana group hopes to make building one of world's most green

Wayne County, Indiana, is unofficially home to one of the greenest buildings on Earth. Cope Environmental Center staff members are getting settled into their new Sustainable Education Center in Centerville, while final construction is completed, reports the Richmond (Ind.) Palladium-Item....

Party like it's 1985: Nintendo Classic and the story of a clean energy revolution

Party like it's 1985: Nintendo Classic and the story of a clean energy revolution

The mini Nintendo Classic has everyone partying like it’s1985 again. The vintage video game console is the one of the hottest gifts this holiday season, as thousands of consumers are scrambling to get their hands back on this bit of...

A look inside 8 of 2016's coolest LEED projects

A look inside 8 of 2016's coolest LEED projects

As the leading green building rating system, LEED has always been in the forefront of the movement to create healthy places in which to live, learn, work and play. Worldwide, about 170,000 gross square meters of space is LEED-certified every day, according to the U.S.

REI sets new standard as first U.S. LEED platinum, net zero distribution center

REI sets new standard as first U.S. LEED platinum, net zero distribution center

REI’s new distribution center in Goodyear, Ariz., has achieved LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) platinum certification — the highest level in the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) green building rating system — making it the first distribution center in the U.S.

Solar-powered SkyVille boasts deep-green public skypark

Solar-powered SkyVille boasts deep-green public skypark

Singapore just took a green leap forward with the SkyVille housing complex, uniting communities with an eco-friendly, un-gated design. Architecture firm WOHA included a public plaza and garden in the heart of the high-rise structure, demonstrating that “high density can...

Solar-powered Smart Green Tower to mimic technology of electric cars

Solar-powered Smart Green Tower to mimic technology of electric cars

If a car can run on a lithium-ion battery, why can’t the same technology be applied to a city block? This is the conceptual basis of the Smart Green Tower planned for Freiburg im Breisgau in Germany. Frey Architekten teamed...

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