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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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US Green Building Council says American Jobs Act would put thousands to work in energy efficiency

September 9th, 2011

U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) CEO Rick Fedrizzi praised the job-creating infrastructure improvements proposed in the American Jobs Act, outlined by the president in a public address on Thursday.

“It is clear that we must rebuild and modernize our increasingly brittle built environment,” said Fedrizzi, the founding chair of the USGBC, in a statement. The USGBC promotes more efficient buildings and construction methods.

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Greensburg, Kansas to Tuscaloosa (and now Joplin): Rebuild green!

June 10th, 2011

As a monster tornado bore down on Tuscaloosa last week, residents of Greensburg, Kansas were preparing for a weekend of festivities commemorating their recovery from a 2007 tornado.
The May 4 twister that nearly blasted Greensburg off the map was rated an EF5. It turned 95 percent of the town’s buildings to tinder and claimed 11 lives as it skidded across the western Kansas town.

Rebuilding the community of 800 has become a testament to how people can plunge in to a new way of living. While some residents left after the storm, many more have worked diligently to turn that dark event into an opportunity, constructing a new village made of sturdy, energy-efficient, sustainable homes that employ the latest technology.

Greensburg GreenTown's demonstration silo home

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UC Davis building biggest Net Zero student village

May 19th, 2011

Developers in California previewed today what they say will be the largest “Zero Net Energy development of its kind in the U.S.,” showing off the first phase of a 130-acre community at the University of California at Davis.

The project will be home to apartments for more than 2,000 students, an education center, recreation and study facilities, as well as 343 homes to be sold to faculty and staff, and a scenic village square. A complex solar energy system created by SunPower, Inc., will supply all of the community’s electricity, allowing West Village to meet its zero-impact goal.

“This is a demonstration of California’s excellence in sustainability, and should set an example for the rest of the nation,” said Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, who toured the complex, called West Village. He was accompanied by UC Davis Chancellor Linda P. B. Katehi, Jim Pape, president of SunPower, and Nolan Zail, vice president of lead developer Carmel Partners.

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Green building hits milestone of 10,000 LEED-certified homes

April 5th, 2011

Green-built homes are at risk of becoming less of a novelty. Today, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced that more than 10,000 homes in the U.S. have earned a LEED-for-Homes certification.

These homes, built to the green standards developed by the USGBC, range from multi-family to single family houses and appear in all price ranges, according to the USGBC.

“Reaching this milestone signifies the continued transformation of the home building industry towards high-performing, healthy homes that save home owners money,” said Nate Kredich, vice president of Residential Market Development, U.S. Green Building Council.

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7 top green residential buildings in the U.S.

January 12th, 2011

Forgotten about green building during the economic swoon of the last two years? Rising energy costs and static incomes make it more important than ever as consumers look for added value and long-term energy savings.

Check out these top green residential projects from across the U.S., which demonstrate that green living is no longer just for the wealthy few.


1 – Postgreen’s 100K House in South Philly sets the mark for in-city affordability

Postgreen, a sustainable building and design company, wanted to address a demographic that was not being served in Philadelphia: Urban dwellers who want to live in a green property, but do not want to move to the suburbs or spend the money, typically $500,000 and up, for most builder’s green creations.

So the team set out to build its inaugural projects, the $100K and $120K infill homes in the sleekest, greenest, low-waste designs they could muster, while resisting the “bells and whistles” that drive prices up. They wanted the 100K home to come in at a building cost under $100 per square foot, so they had to work extra hard at efficiencies in all aspects of construction. The result: Two two-story loft homes with two bedrooms each priced at between $200,000 and $250,000, both on commute-free city lots, walking distance to subway and bus stops.

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Empire State Building to join nation’s top green energy buyers

January 6th, 2011


New York City’s hallmark Empire State Building, which is undergoing a major green remodeling, will now become the city’s biggest commercial buyer of renewable energy. The skyscraper’s owners have signed a two-year contract with Green Mountain Energy, which will supply the facility with 100 percent green power by buying Renewable Energy Certificates.

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U.S. Green Building Council adds certification for neighborhoods

April 29th, 2010

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced a new “LEED for Neighborhood Development” rating system today that aims to reward communities that try to reduce urban sprawl, increase walkability and transportation options, and decrease automobile dependence.

The new certification, developed with the Congress for the New Urbanism and the Natural Resources Defense Council, hopes to encourage development within or near existing communities and public infrastructure to reduce the impact of sprawl. It is the seventh rating system for the USGBC, which certifies residential, commercial and other properties based on their environmental footprint.

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North Carolina could gain jobs and lower energy costs with a green growth plan

March 22nd, 2010

From Green Right Now Reports

North Carolina could benefit economically and add nearly 40,000 new jobs over the next 15 years if it follows a greener development path, according to a new study by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.

The ACEEE’s study looked at how North Carolina, one of the fastest growing states in the nation, could benefit from enacting policies that promote energy and water efficiency and that “lock in” energy savings by building energy-smart buildings and creating eco-friendly communities.

The analysis by the non-profit ACEEE found that:

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A North Carolina McDonald’s goes McGreen

March 9th, 2010

By Barbara Kessler
Green Right Now

When Ric Richards recently acquired an aging McDonalds in Cary, N.C., he knew the place needed an overhaul. The 25-year-old store was fraying at the edges.

LED lighting at Cary McDonalds

LED lighting at Cary McDonalds

Richards decided to give these particular golden arches a green touch.

Once he’d decided that the building needed replacing, the decision to go eco-friendly was not difficult. Richards knew it made sense from a business standpoint – it would cut energy costs dramatically – and he figured it would resonate with the educated customers living in the Research Triangle region, especially those interested in lower-carbon living.

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TD Bank investing in green

February 18th, 2010

TD Bank

TD Bank is going carbon neutral and building LEED-qualified banking centers

From Green Right Now Reports

TD Bank, which touts itself as America’s Most Convenient Bank, has decided to build its next branches to green building standards, the corporation announced today at its first green branch in Farmington, N.Y..

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Beyond green buildings: Sustainable communities

February 15th, 2010

By Barbara Kessler
Green Right Now

If you had the money and connections, you could build a snappy green house these days. Sink a geothermal heat pump to tap Mother Earth’s energy, slap up some solar panels, finish it out with non-toxic drywall, cork floors, denim insulation, recycled glass countertops and floors made from sunken ship decking.

Green house (Image: Axepin/dreamstime.com)

Green house (Image: Axepin/dreamstime.com)

But does a green house a green home make? The answer to that is….of course not. Green builders, and those who live in green houses, soon bump up against what some land planners have known all along: It takes a village to bring green to its fullest expression.

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