Marine Camp Houses Military’s First LEED Mess Hall

By Jenny Ivy Byrne
(10/29/2014)
The French Creek Mess Hall at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune is the military’s first LEED Platinum-certified dining facility. The mess hall opened on May 20 and serves up to 22,000 meals per day. The base and surrounding community is home to a population of about 170,000 people, including active duty, dependent, retiree and civilian employees.

World’s Largest Rooftop Farm Being Built in Chicago

By Jenny Ivy Byrne
(10/29/2014)
Planning is under way for the world’s largest rooftop farm that is being built in a south Chicago neighborhood. San Francisco-based Method Products PBC, an eco-friendly cleaning products manufacturer, and New York-based Gotham Greens, a builder and operator of greenhouse facilities in urban areas, are partnering to build the rooftop farm at Method’s new manufacturing plant in Chicago’s Pullman neighborhood.

Aquarium of the Pacific Promotes Energy Efficiency

By Jenny Ivy Byrne
(10/22/2014)
At the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, sustainability is part of workplace culture. That’s why it was recently voted Best Green Company to Work For by the Los Angeles Daily News.

Rocky Mountain Institute Breaks Ground on Innovation Center

By Jenny Ivy Byrne
(10/22/2014)
The Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) broke ground Oct. 15 on its new Innovation Center based in Basalt. RMI is a nonprofit research and educational foundation that collaborates with businesses, communities and institutions to provide solutions for switching to efficient and renewable energy. Together with ZGF Architects in Portland, Ore., and Kansas City, Mo.-based JE Dunn Construction, RMI aims to make its Innovation Center an example of integrative design and energy and resource efficiency.

Q&A: Insulation Trends That Save on Energy

By Jenny Ivy Byrne
(10/08/2014)
In commercial buildings, energy efficiency is the simplest and most cost-effective way to reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions, according to the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association. The association notes that insulation currently in place in U.S. buildings reduces the amount of carbon dioxide by 780 million tons each year.

Lexus Training Center Awarded LEED Platinum

By Jenny Ivy Byrne
(10/01/2014)
At Lexus’ eastern training facility in Parsippany, an old warehouse has been transformed into a state-of-the-art sustainable space. The U.S. Green Building Council awarded LEED Platinum certification to the office and warehouse facility in late August. Leading the project was interior architect and designer Ware Malcomb, based in Woodbridge, N.J., construction manager JLL, based in Chicago, and general contractor Hollister Construction Services, based in Hasbrouck Heights, N.J.

Plant-based Materials Boost Energy Savings

By Jenny Ivy Byrne
(10/01/2014)
After three years of research, experts at the University of North Texas (UNT) believe they have found a plant-based material that is cost-efficient to manufacture and capable of significantly reducing energy consumption.

EPDM Roofing Systems Deliver Environmental Benefits

By Richard Stever
(09/17/2014)
In this era of sustainable building practices and environmental conservation, the selection of roofing system for low-slope commercial buildings is often overlooked and undervalued.

Inside DirecTV’s LEED Platinum Renovation

By Jenny Ivy Byrne
(09/17/2014)
When DirecTV launched a massive renovation project in 2011 for its headquarters in El Segundo, the satellite television provider aimed high to give employees a more sustainable and functional workplace.

Data Center First to Achieve New LEED Standards


(09/17/2014)
An advanced cooling system has helped Grainger’s new data center achieve LEED v4 Gold certification, a first for this type of facility. Grainger is a worldwide, Fortune 500 industrial supply company.