• Only a few US cities meet their climate goals according to ACEEE

      Although US cities took on more than 265 initiatives between 2017 and April 201, the majority of them are not on track to meet their climate goals, according to the latest scorecard from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).  The scorecard ranks cities on more than 50 metrics, and the results show […]

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  • The next generation of green residential buildings is here

      Optima, an award-winning full service real estate development firm keeps improving the environmental performance of the buildings of its luxury multi-tower enclave in Scottsdale (AZ). The newest features at 7180 Optima Kierland include: Next-Generation Vertical Landscape System Modular Façade & Efficient Shading System: A dynamic, undulating façade with perforated panels and sun screening louvers creates shade […]

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  • The 10 most sustainable hospitals in the world

      Blue & Green Tomorrow, a company helping businesses balance the needs of the planet, recently put together its list of the top ten sustainable hospitals in the world. Included on the list is the Cleveland Clinic, which recently announced plans to become carbon-neutral by 2027. In 2017, the facility created a four-acre park and […]

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  • Cities are switching to smart streetlight infrastructure

      Cities all over the world are trading metal-halide and high-pressure sodium streetlights for LED lights. The bright lights of LEDs offer increased security and safety, in addition to energy and cost savings. But, there’s more. Making streetlight infrastructure smart offers a host of advantages. Lights can be lowered when there aren’t cars or citizens […]

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  • Reducing the carbon in concrete

      A Canadian startup is tackling the large amount of carbon emitted during the production of cement. CarbonCure’s technology reduces the embodied carbon of concrete. The company’s strategy is to install its equipment into concrete plants, while at the same time developing its technology to reduce carbon emissions even more aggressively in the future. CarbonCure’s […]

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  • Viking-style seagrass thatch is the latest sustainable building material

      A student of the Material Design Lab at the Copenhagen School of Business and Design (KEA), has secured funding to continue her research into the use of eelgrass to produce prefabricated panels for roofs and facades. Kathryn Larsen got the idea while studying ancient building techniques. She found that “Eelgrass is a fantastic material that is […]

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  • International LEED Zero certification awarded to US company’s headquarters

      Located in Little Rock (AR), the headquarters of Entegrity Energy is the second building in the world to get LEED Zero certification and the first in the United States. The original building designed in 1958 was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2017 and awarded LEED Platinum certification, the previous top […]

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  • US Green Building Council looks for proposals to update LEED

    The US Green Building Council (USGBC) announced a call for proposals to solicit feedback and concepts for the next version of LEED. LEED is updated through a continuous improvement process and with each new version the USGBC is evolving LEED’s approach and challenging the building sector to be more resource efficient and sustainable. The call for proposals is […]

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  • Utrecht introduces green roofs on bus shelters to promote air quality and biodiversity

      The Dutch city of Utrecht has covered 316 bus shelters with greenery, mainly made up of sedum plants. The shelters foster urban biodiversity by supporting honeybees, bumblebees and other forms of life, and they also help capture fine dust and store rainwater. But the efforts towards sustainability at the bus stop don’t end there: […]

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  • Walkability on the rise in US metro areas

      According to the 2019 Foot Traffic Ahead report, by the George Washington School of Business the trend towards increasing walkable urban spaces is affecting all the major American metro areas, including smaller ones like Phoenix and Tampa. The report examines the walkable urbanism in 30 of the largest metropolitan areas, as well as their projected […]

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