Pittsburgh Welcomes New Green Skyscraper

After beginning construction in 2012, PNC Financial Services Group is set to open its LEED Platinum certified building as its headquarters in downtown Pittsburgh. The tenants have started moving into the building as of the last week of September but the move will not be complete until January 2016.

ASU’s College Avenue Commons Earns LEED Gold

Arizona State University’s College Avenue Commons (CAVC) building, completed in summer 2014, recently achieved LEED Gold certification. The project was a joint collaboration between locally based Gensler and Architekton designers and architects and was built by locally based Okland Construction.

Green Roofs for Healthy Cities Honors Top Projects

By Lindsey Coulter
Toronto-based, not-for-profit organization Green Roofs for Healthy Cities recently honored eight forward-thinking sustainability projects with a 2015 Award of Excellence. The award, broken down into eight categories, acknowledges excellence in innovative and integrative green roofs and wall design, while also raising awareness of the many benefits green infrastructure can provide both to clients and the general public, according to a statement by the organization.

Massive Green Roof Park Planned for Cupertino

In 2014, Sand Hill Property Company acquired the Vallco Shopping Mall in Silicon Valley. The shopping mall has been in trouble for years and has had its lower level shut down for over a decade. Sand Hill Property Company hopes to re-develop the shopping mall into something innovative, sustainable, and green in Cupertino.

University of Colorado Earns Eighteenth LEED Certification on Campus

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.

Minnesota Energy Star Challenge Aims for Efficiency, Savings

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

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

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

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
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.