Aquarium of the Pacific Promotes Energy Efficiency

By Jenny Ivy Byrne
(10/22/2014)
At the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, sustainability is part of workplace culture. That’s why it was recently voted Best Green Company to Work For by the Los Angeles Daily News.

Rocky Mountain Institute Breaks Ground on Innovation Center

By Jenny Ivy Byrne
(10/22/2014)
The Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) broke ground Oct. 15 on its new Innovation Center based in Basalt. RMI is a nonprofit research and educational foundation that collaborates with businesses, communities and institutions to provide solutions for switching to efficient and renewable energy. Together with ZGF Architects in Portland, Ore., and Kansas City, Mo.-based JE Dunn Construction, RMI aims to make its Innovation Center an example of integrative design and energy and resource efficiency.

Q&A: Insulation Trends That Save on Energy

By Jenny Ivy Byrne
(10/08/2014)
In commercial buildings, energy efficiency is the simplest and most cost-effective way to reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions, according to the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association. The association notes that insulation currently in place in U.S. buildings reduces the amount of carbon dioxide by 780 million tons each year.

Lexus Training Center Awarded LEED Platinum

By Jenny Ivy Byrne
(10/01/2014)
At Lexus’ eastern training facility in Parsippany, an old warehouse has been transformed into a state-of-the-art sustainable space. The U.S. Green Building Council awarded LEED Platinum certification to the office and warehouse facility in late August. Leading the project was interior architect and designer Ware Malcomb, based in Woodbridge, N.J., construction manager JLL, based in Chicago, and general contractor Hollister Construction Services, based in Hasbrouck Heights, N.J.

Plant-based Materials Boost Energy Savings

By Jenny Ivy Byrne
(10/01/2014)
After three years of research, experts at the University of North Texas (UNT) believe they have found a plant-based material that is cost-efficient to manufacture and capable of significantly reducing energy consumption.

EPDM Roofing Systems Deliver Environmental Benefits

By Richard Stever
(09/17/2014)
In this era of sustainable building practices and environmental conservation, the selection of roofing system for low-slope commercial buildings is often overlooked and undervalued.

Inside DirecTV’s LEED Platinum Renovation

By Jenny Ivy Byrne
(09/17/2014)
When DirecTV launched a massive renovation project in 2011 for its headquarters in El Segundo, the satellite television provider aimed high to give employees a more sustainable and functional workplace.

Data Center First to Achieve New LEED Standards


(09/17/2014)
An advanced cooling system has helped Grainger’s new data center achieve LEED v4 Gold certification, a first for this type of facility. Grainger is a worldwide, Fortune 500 industrial supply company.

UGE Harnesses Urban Wind Energy

By Jenny Ivy Byrne
(09/17/2014)
For enterprises that prefer to have full control of every aspect of their operational investments, onsite energy is a very appealing option. New York-based Urban Green Energy (UGE), a leader in the distributed renewable energy (DRE) solutions market, has been rapidly expanding its business, offering wind- and solar-power resources to developers looking to tap directly into the energy-saving potential.

Oregon Brewery Installs Green Roof System

By Jenny Ivy Byrne
(09/03/2014)
Clean water is essential to beer making. That’s why it was important to Ninkasi Brewing Company in Eugene to install a hybrid green roof system that would improve the quality of water in the areas surrounding the brewery.