Sustainability Begins in the Classroom


(04/16/2014)
The ninth annual Green California Summit wrapped up last week with a special emphasis on promoting sustainability in schools and the potential benefits of Proposition 39 for educational facilities. A day of pre-summit workshops kicked off activities April 7, which included a daylong seminar dedicated to providing education and resources on Prop 39. The proposition promises to bring more than $2.5 billion to California schools for energy-efficiency projects, has the potential to enable every local

Whittier Elementary Students Come Alive Outside

By Jessie Fetterling
(04/16/2014)
Earlier this month, local contractor and community supporter Bruss Landscaping broke ground on a new outdoor classroom project at Whittier Elementary School in Wheaton. The project is affiliated with Come Alive Outside, an organization that focuses on helping people reconnect with nature and the outdoors in ways that improve health and wellness.

Thermal Energy Storage Saves Energy, Costs for Schools

By Audrey Arthur
(04/09/2014)
Using innovative sustainable strategies, the thermal energy storage solutions of Calmac Manufacturing have proven to create big cost savings for school districts. The company recently released its case study of St. Lucie County School District, which previously had one of the highest energy costs per square foot of school districts in the state of Florida.

St. Paul’s Union Depot Earns LEED Gold

By Audrey Arthur
(04/09/2014)
Through detailed teamwork and a focus on sustainability, the $243 million renovation of the historic Union Depot has achieved LEED Gold certification. The renovation project was designed by HGA Architects, with offices in Minneapolis, and constructed by Minneapolis-headquartered Mortensen Construction.

Green Builders Respond to White House Sustainable Wood Support


(03/27/2014)
The Obama Administration highlighted their support of sustainable, wood-building materials as a way to create jobs, support rural communities and conserve the environment at the White House Rural Council workshop “Building with Wood: Jobs and the Environment.”

Green California Summit and Exposition Coming to Sacramento


(03/27/2014)
Green builders and stakeholders are gearing up to attend the Green California Summit and Exposition at the Sacramento Convention Center April 8 to April 9 to share best practices and survey the latest technologies in sustainable building. A wide array of green building topics will be covered at the two-day conference. The summit will provide forward-thinking education programs through various education tracks. Each education track will present three distinctive educational sessions.

Hines to Open Sustainable Skyscraper in Houston

By Audrey Arthur
(03/13/2014)
A new landmark of sustainability is coming to the Houston skyline. Hines, an international real estate firm, recently began construction on a 48-story skyscraper on 609 Main St. Pickard Chilton, headquartered in New Haven, Conn., is the architect on the project and D.E. Harvey, with offices in Houston, was selected as general contractor.

PacMutual Campus Mixes Antique Architecture with Sustainable Design

By Audrey Arthur
(03/13/2014)
The PacMutual Campus in downtown Los Angeles has revitalized the ornate, historic architectural details of its buildings and partnered them with state-of-the-art sustainable features to create a singular LEED Platinum campus.

Vepica Achieves First LEED Building in Venezuela

By Audrey Arthur
(03/12/2014)
Venezuela — Paving the way for a movement of high-performing, sustainable buildings, the headquarters of energy engineering firm Vepica has achieved the first LEED certification in Venezuela. The five-story, 82,000-square-foot building was recently awarded LEED Silver certification and boasts the nation’s largest solar panel installation.

Cleaning Products Company to Pioneer Green Factory Design


(03/12/2014)
Method, an environmentally friendly cleaning products company headquartered in San Francisco, recently unveiled renderings for the company’s upcoming LEED Platinum manufacturing facility. William McDonough + Partners, headquartered in Charlottesville, Va., designed the new facility, and construction will be headed by Chicago-based Summit Design + Build. This will be the first U.S.-based manufacturing plant for the company.