USGBC’s Fedrizzi to Resign at end of 2016

By Jenny Ivy Byrne
(07/02/2015)
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced June 29 that Rick Fedrizzi, the founder of USGBC and CEO since 2003, will not seek renewal of his contract as USGBC's CEO at the end of 2016, paving the way for an organizational leadership transition in 2017.

Toyota Unveils Eco-Friendly Headquarters


(07/02/2015)
Toyota Motor North America has unveiled architectural renderings of its future North American headquarters, providing new details of the site layout and exterior design of its environmentally sensitive corporate campus.

Using Data Analytics to Improve Building Resources

By Tara Canfield
(06/18/2015)
Higher education institutions spend almost $14 billion annually on energy, and those costs are expected to climb. Coupled with constrained budgets and new regulations requiring schools to improve efficiency, energy management within the higher education market has proved to be a conundrum.

How Recycled Energy Improves Indoor Air Quality

By Randall Steele
(06/18/2015)
The quality of the air we breathe — both indoors and outdoors — is vital to our overall health. Indoor air pollutants in particular can have a major impact on occupant health if not properly controlled.

Florida Office Building Showcases Green Practices

By Jenny Ivy Byrne
(06/17/2015)
A Coral Gables office building — 355 Alhambra — has received LEED Silver Recertification, according to a June 11 announcement. Taylor & Mathis of Florida, headquartered in Tampa, Fla., and AEW Capital Management (AEW), headquartered in Boston, made the announcement. The 16-story, 224,000-square-foot Class A office building offers almost 24,000-square-feet of rentable space.

Little Rock Police Station Earns LEED Silver

By Jenny Ivy Byrne
(06/17/2015)
Little Rock’s 12th Street Station, a 46,000-square-foot police station, recently achieved LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

Wyndham to Offer Green Hotel Prototypes

By Jenny Ivy Byrne
(06/03/2015)
Wyndham Hotel Group, headquartered in Parsippany-Troy Hills, announced June 2 that it will offer LEED-certifiable, new construction prototypes for its two largest brands, Days Inn and Super 8.

Feds Approve Projects for New Solar Energy Plan

By Jenny Ivy Byrne
(06/03/2015)
As part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan to cut carbon pollution and create clean energy jobs, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced on June 1 the approval of three solar energy projects stemming from the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Western Solar Plan.

San Francisco City Hall Oldest Building to Earn LEED Platinum

By Jenny Ivy Byrne
(05/26/2015)
San Francisco’s 100-year-old City Hall is now the oldest building in the U.S. to receive LEED Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy and city officials celebrated the new certification with a ceremony at City Hall on May 14

Yellowstone Project Uses Batteries for Solar Power

By Jenny Ivy Byrne
(05/26/2015)
At the Lamar Buffalo Ranch field campus in Wyoming’s Yellowstone National Park, a distributed energy system that combines solar power generation with re-used car battery packs is now online.