University of Colorado Earns Eighteenth LEED Certification on Campus


(09/02/2015)
The University of Colorado announced August 24 that newly renovated residence hall, Baker Hall, has received LEED Platinum certification, making it one of 18 buildings on the University of Colorado campus that have been LEED-certified. The 15-month renovation was finished in August 2014.

One North Development Raises Sustainability Bar

By Jessie Fetterling
(08/20/2015)
The One North development in Portland is raising the bar for green build-ing by creating its own sustainability template that exceeds industry standards. Construction on the uber-green commercial building started in June 2014 and is on target to be completed by this November.

Minnesota Energy Star Challenge Aims for Efficiency, Savings


(08/20/2015)
The Minnesota Energy Star Challenge, announced Aug. 4, sets a lofty yet attainable goal for the state’s building owners: Certify 1,000 buildings through the Energy Star program over the next decade while also achieving 20 perfect energy savings over pre-program levels.

CSU System Secures $171 Million in Bonds for Many LEED Buildings


(08/19/2015)
The Colorado State University (CSU) System secured more than $171 million in bond financing to support six construction projects that will transform the Fort Collins campus over the next few years. The bond package sold in less than four hours on Aug. 6.

Massachusetts Ski Resort Expands Sustainability Efforts


(08/19/2015)
Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort, the largest ski and snowboard resort in southern New England, will soon add a 2.3-megawatt, 7,502-panel community solar facility to its 12-acre property. The project, which will likely come online this fall, significantly expands Jiminy Peak’s renewable energy program, while extending the environmental and cost-saving benefits of solar to up to 200 neighboring homes and small businesses.

Partnership Helps California Businesses Achieve Solar Savings


(08/11/2015)
Renew Financial, based in Oakland and SolarCity, based in San Mateo, Calif., have recently announced a partnership that creates financing options for small and medium-sized businesses. The partnership combines low-cost SolarCity-structured financing with Renew’s Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) programs through the CaliforniaFIRST program, according to an article by Green Building Elements.

Ohio Schools Closer to Completion on Solar Energy Project

By Jenny Ivy Byrne
(08/05/2015)
Adams County Ohio Valley School District will soon harvest much of its electricity from the sun as part of an energy conservation project it has undertaken with Energy Optimizers, USA. Energy Optimizers, USA is a Tipp City-based company that works with K-12 school districts and local government agencies to reduce energy usage and costs.

Salt Lake City Leaders Honor Green Building Owners

By Jenny Ivy Byrne
(08/05/2015)
Salt Lake City lawmakers and city leaders honored in mid-July the winners of the Project Skyline Mayor’s Challenge 2015 Awards. Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker, Kathleen Hogan, deputy Assistant secretary for energy efficiency for the U.S. Department of Energy and Matthew Dalbey, director of the Office of Sustainable Communities for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, joined together to honor the winners.

TELUS Garden Issues $225 Million in Green Bonds

By Jenny Ivy Byrne
(07/29/2015)
TELUS Garden, a mixed-use, partnership office building in Vancouver, has issued $225 million in green mortgage bonds. It’s the first time in North America that green mortgage bonds have been used to support real estate financing.

Falcons Stadium Showcases Sustainable Construction

By Jenny Ivy Byrne
(07/29/2015)
Atlanta’s new Falcons Stadium is two years away from completion, but already it’s becoming known for its sustainable efforts. The new stadium is seeking LEED Platinum certification when construction is expected to be complete in March 2017. Atlanta’s stadium is boasting that it will incorporate the latest in sustainable advancements related to design, construction and operations.