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.

GE Lighting Honors Lighting Design Achievement

By Jenny Ivy Byrne
(05/20/2015)
GE Lighting, headquartered in Cleveland, recently honored a team of architects for their lighting design at Square Inc., a mobile payments startup company that is based in San Francisco.

Acoustics: The Sounds of Sustainable Design

By Allison McKenzie, AIA, LEED AP, USGBC Faculty
(05/20/2015)
As the field of sustainable design grows and matures, more practitioners are turning away from a field that is based only on clear-cut metrics and realizing that the fuzzier areas of human comfort and productivity are very important as well.

Potawatomi Hotel & Casino Attains LEED Gold

By Jenny Ivy Byrne
(05/14/2015)
Potawatomi Hotel & Casino in Milwaukee earned LEED Gold certification, making it the first hotel in Wisconsin to attain the green building achievement, according to an announcement made May 6.

Hitchcock Center Designed for Sustainable Standards

By Jenny Ivy Byrne
(05/14/2015)
The Hitchcock Center for the Environment, located in Amherst, broke ground May 1 on an environmental center designed and constructed to the world’s toughest sustainable development standards.

L’Oreal Makes Progress on Sustainability Commitment

By Jenny Ivy Byrne
(05/05/2015)
L’Oreal USA revealed last week the first measured results of its global sustainability program, which was first launched in 2013. The French cosmetics and beauty company houses its American operations in New York City. Globally, the company initiated “Sharing Beauty with All,” which tracks L’Oreal’s effort to sustainably produce and develop products.

LAX Unveils Sustainable Utility Plant

By Jenny Ivy Byrne
(05/05/2015)
A replacement central utility plant (CUP) at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) completed last month is considered the first sustainable utility plant at a U.S. airport.

Houghton College Builds Solar Energy Array

By Jenny Ivy Byrne
(04/30/2015)
Houghton College completed a 2.5-megawatt on-site solar energy installation, the largest on a college campus in the state of New York. The array will provide enough energy to meet more than half of the school’s electricity needs, significantly reduce its energy costs and have a positive environmental impact.

AIA Names Top 10 Sustainable Projects

By Jenny Ivy Byrne
(04/30/2015)
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and its Committee on the Environment (COTE) have chosen the top 10 examples of sustainable architecture and ecological design projects that protect and enhance the environment.