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Binghamton U building earns a platinum green building rating

October 1st, 2013

Campuses continue to show it can be done. The latest to take home a top LEED rating? Binghamton University’s Science and Engineering building.

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Guess who’s building the nation’s first net-zero retail store?

March 27th, 2013

A retailer who’ve come to rely on for cough syrup, toothpaste and greeting cards has decided to push the envelope on green energy with a model net-zero store that hopes to turn a loss — of energy costs.

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Baylor University: Going for a deeper shade of green

February 19th, 2013

Baylor University, the world’s largest Baptist-affiliated college, is known for its schools of business and law; classic, steepled campus and commitment to education with a Christian flavor. Built in 1845, the university cherishes tradition, but it is also embracing the latest technologies to save energy and preserve nature for future generations.

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American University plans to be carbon neutral by 2020

May 18th, 2010

A worker installs solar panels at American University's School of International Service. Photo: Jeff Watts

American University plans to become a carbon-neutral campus, and the Washington D.C.-based institution is even willing to set an ambitious deadline: 2020.

“We have used the geographical limitations of our urban 84-acre campus in the nation’s capital to our advantage to more aggressively pursue renewable energy and carbon offsets,” said Chris O’Brien, director of sustainability. “Of the few plans that call for earlier carbon neutral dates, American University’s size, location, and academic focus make our active pursuit of sustainability distinctive.”

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Pennsylvania approves ‘green’ insurance discounts for homeowners

April 30th, 2010

The Pennsylvania Insurance Department has approved Travelers Insurance’s proposal to offer discounts on “green” homeowners’ policies, Insurance Commissioner Joel Ario announced today. The policy discount is based on having the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, building certification.

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Changes help Timberland reduce greenhouse gas emissions

April 12th, 2010

From Green Right Now Reports Outdoor footwear and apparel company Timberland says it reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 36 percent in 2009 over 2006 levels, citing improvements at its own facilities and a reduction in employee air travel. The company has set a goal of reducing emissions by 50 percent by the end of this [...]

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Adobe takes plunge into renewable energy with wind power installation

March 18th, 2010

From Green Right Now Reports

Adobe Systems, Incorporated has taken a significant plunge into renewable energy, completing installation of 20 Windspire wind turbines at its San Jose, Calif., headquarters.

“With the installation of the Windspires, we’re adding renewable energy to a long list of green measures Adobe has taken to lessen our environmental impact,” said Randall H. Knox, III, senior director, Global Workplace Solutions, Adobe. “We’ll continue to seek innovative green technology solutions to reduce our energy dependence and inspire others to go green.”

The new towers are located on Adobe’s sixth–floor patio, which doubles as a rooftop garden and recreational area above an office parking garage. Adobe’s three office towers create a wind tunnel effect from sustained winds off the Pacific Ocean.

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Empire State Building lauded for energy-saving retrofit

March 1st, 2010

From Green Right Now Reports

Retrofitting doesn’t always get the attention that new green building generates, with its “net zero” and passive solar designs.

Empire State Building (Photo: Empire State Building Co.)

Empire State Building (Photo: Empire State Building Co.)

But the impact of retrofitting can be great, and it comes with the bonus of preserving historic and treasured structures — like the Empire State Building.

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Green Business Bureau helps small businesses show their green side

February 9th, 2010

From Green Right Now Reports

Plenty of small to mid-size businesses are environmentally friendly, but organizing those efforts and conveying that commitment to a skeptical public can be another matter. One possible solution: Green Business Certification from the Green Business Bureau.

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Twins’ new stadium will feature water recycling system

January 13th, 2010

From Green Right Now Reports

With more and more sports venues thinking green these days, Major League Baseball’s Minnesota Twins have opted to make a bit of environmental history when they open their new home park, Target Field, this year.

Minnesota_Twins_LogoWorking in conjunction with sports sponsorship agency GreenMark, Minneapolis-based Pentair will donate and install a custom-designed Rain Water Recycle System (RWRS) to capture, conserve and reuse rain water in the new facility. The system is expected to reduce the need for municipal water by over 50 percent, helping the stadium qualify for LEED certification while saving more than two million gallons of water annually.

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Walgreens store expected to be first LEED drugstore

June 26th, 2009

By Ashley Phillips Green Right Now Walgreens, the largest drugstore chain in the nation, is going green in Southern California. The retail chain celebrated the grand opening on Wednesday of a new store in Mira Mesa outside of San Diego, that is expected to be the first drugstore in the US to meet Leadership in [...]

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Portland’s Heathman Hotel: A landmark goes green with a waste-not renovation

March 19th, 2009

By Barbara Kessler
Green Right Now

It can be a challenge to update an historic building, let alone transform it into a model of green modernity. Rattling pipes crowd walls that need new duct work; old fixtures adhere stubbornly to aging walls and facades retain character, but heating and cooling – not so much.

Still, the historic Heathman Hotel in downtown Portland has recently undergone two green upgrades, and is determined to become a model of sustainability, while sacrificing none of its landmark historic elegance.

The 81-year-old Heathman, like most vintage urban hotels, has been through many nips and tucks over the decades. It got its first green redo about three years ago with the renovation of the guest bedrooms and living areas and the addition of a new heating and cooling system. The project, which won financial incentives from the Energy Trust of Oregon, and included switching to CFL light bulbs, proved enlightening: The changes trimmed energy usage by 20 to 30 percent at the 150-room hotel.

“My return on investment, we realized that in less than two years; a year and half for the HVAC investment,” said hotel general manager Chris Erickson. “It was a wise idea and now as we move into the future, it’s all straight to the bottom line.”

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