First Tennessee Park Achieves LEED Silver Certification

By Jenny Ivy Byrne
(04/21/2015)
First Tennessee Park in downtown Nashville has been awarded LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, joined by members of the Metro Sports Authority, confirmed the certification for the park, home of the Nashville Sounds, a minor league baseball team. The park opened on April 17 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, followed by a sold-out game.

Frick Environmental Center to Offer Sustainable Education

By Jenny Ivy Byrne
(04/21/2015)
In a lush 644-acre Pittsburgh park, one of the most environmentally friendly buildings in the world is being constructed. Set in Frick Park, the new 15,500-square-foot Frick Environmental Center, which began its first phase of construction last month, has been designed to meet strict standards for both LEED Platinum certification and the Living Building Challenge.

FBI Opens Eco-Friendly Building in South Florida

By Jenny Ivy Byrne
(04/15/2015)
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Miami Field Office and the General Services Administration (GSA) officially named and dedicated a new federal office building in Miramar during a ceremony on April 10. The building is new high-performing hub for South Florida FBI operations.

Bullitt Center First Living Building Certified Office

By Jenny Ivy Byrne
(04/15/2015)
The Bullitt Center in Seattle has become the first office building in the world to earn the Living Building Certification, a strict benchmark of sustainability in the built environment. The Bullitt Center confirmed the certification on April 1.

Pérez Art Museum Miami Earns LEED Gold

By Jenny Ivy Byrne
(04/08/2015)
The Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) announced in March that it has received a LEED Gold rating for its sustainable design, use of local and recycled materials and location with access to public transportation.

Tennessee City To Convert Waste to Energy

By Jenny Ivy Byrne
(04/08/2015)
The city of Lebanon, Tenn., is using a new technology that will provide an environmentally sustainable method of waste disposal and produce green power in the process.

California Named Leader in Solar Energy

By Jenny Ivy Byrne
(03/19/2015)
California is the nation’s leader in solar energy, according to a new report from the Washington, D.C.-based Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). On March 10, the association released its U.S. Solar Market Insight 2014 Year in Review, a study that sheds light on trends in the U.S. solar energy industry. The study showed that California is poised to become the first state in the nation to have 10 gigawatts (GW) of installed solar capacity, which is enough to power nearly 2.5 million homes.

Denver Office Building Earns LEED Platinum

By Jenny Ivy Byrne
(03/18/2015)
1800 Larimer, the Denver Central Business District's first high-rise office in more than 25 years, has been awarded LEED Platinum certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The certification makes 1800 Larimer one of the first high-rise office buildings in the United States — and the largest west of the Mississippi River — to receive LEED Platinum status.

Oak Park Unified School District Wins Green Award

By Jenny Ivy Byrne
(03/18/2015)
A net-zero energy modular classroom project in the Oak Park Unified School District in San Diego has been honored with the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) California Central Coast Chapter’s Green School Award. The USGBC California’s Central Coast Chapter annual Green Awards celebrates outstanding green projects throughout the region.

San Diego Library Designed for LEED Gold

By Jenny Ivy Byrne
(03/13/2015)
A groundbreaking celebration was held on March 6 for a $9.4 million design-build library project in San Diego County. The Alpine Library marks the third design-build project, as well as the third library for which C.W. Driver of Pasadena, Calif., has been selected as the design-builder by San Diego County.