California Named Leader in Solar Energy

By Jenny Ivy Byrne
(03/19/2015)
California is the nation’s leader in solar energy, according to a new report from the Washington, D.C.-based Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). On March 10, the association released its U.S. Solar Market Insight 2014 Year in Review, a study that sheds light on trends in the U.S. solar energy industry. The study showed that California is poised to become the first state in the nation to have 10 gigawatts (GW) of installed solar capacity, which is enough to power nearly 2.5 million homes.

Denver Office Building Earns LEED Platinum

By Jenny Ivy Byrne
(03/18/2015)
1800 Larimer, the Denver Central Business District's first high-rise office in more than 25 years, has been awarded LEED Platinum certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The certification makes 1800 Larimer one of the first high-rise office buildings in the United States — and the largest west of the Mississippi River — to receive LEED Platinum status.

Oak Park Unified School District Wins Green Award

By Jenny Ivy Byrne
(03/18/2015)
A net-zero energy modular classroom project in the Oak Park Unified School District in San Diego has been honored with the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) California Central Coast Chapter’s Green School Award. The USGBC California’s Central Coast Chapter annual Green Awards celebrates outstanding green projects throughout the region.

San Diego Library Designed for LEED Gold

By Jenny Ivy Byrne
(03/13/2015)
A groundbreaking celebration was held on March 6 for a $9.4 million design-build library project in San Diego County. The Alpine Library marks the third design-build project, as well as the third library for which C.W. Driver of Pasadena, Calif., has been selected as the design-builder by San Diego County.

Citi Commits Billions to Finance Sustainable Efforts

By Jenny Ivy Byrne
(03/04/2015)
Citi made a big promise last month to reduce the impact of climate change when it announced it would lend, invest and facilitate a total of $100 billion within the next 10 years to finance activities that will help the environment.

Armstrong Headquarters Earns LEED Platinum

By Jenny Ivy Byrne
(03/04/2015)
Armstrong World Industries’ corporate headquarters building is the first building in Pennsylvania to achieve recertification at the highest level possible under the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED-EBOM (Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance) program, the company recently confirmed.

Firms Around the World Commit to Going Green

By Jenny Ivy Byrne
(02/25/2015)
Firms are finding business value and opportunities from green building, including the opportunity to develop new environmentally responsible products, according to McGraw-Hill Construction’s latest SmartMarket Report in partnership with the World Green Building Council (WGBC).

Big Four Bridge Installs LED System

By Jenny Ivy Byrne
(02/25/2015)
A new LED lighting system for The Big Four Bridge in Louisville will help power the structure in an energy-efficient way. Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer flipped the switch on the new lighting system in a recent ceremony.

Science Center at North Park University Earns LEED Gold

By Jenny Ivy Byrne
(02/11/2015)
The $45 million Johnson Center for Science and Community Life at North Park University in Chicago was recently awarded LEED Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

USGBC Reveals Top 10 States for LEED


(02/11/2015)
Illinois ranks first in this year’s list of the Top 10 States for LEED, which was determined by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The USGBC ranked states in terms of square feet of LEED space per state resident. The per-capita list highlights states throughout the country that are making strides in sustainable building design, construction and transformation.