Energy Department Sets Green Certification Standards

The Energy Department issued a final rule on Oct. 10 that requires new and retrofitted federal buildings to verify energy and water performance through green building certification systems in the private sector.

JLL Releases Sustainability Report

LL, a Chicago-based real estate investment management firm, has released its 2013 Sustainability Report, which provides a summary of the company’s performance against its sustainability areas.

D.C. Hits LEED Milestone

The District of Columbia has surpassed 100 million square feet of space certified as meeting LEED standards, Mayor Vincent Gray announced on Sept. 11.

ARCOM Partners with GreenWizard

ARCOM, a provider of building specification tools, and GreenWizard, a company that helps track green-building progress, are combining their resources to help architects identify products and materials that will fulfill green-building goals.

Inside DirecTV’s LEED Platinum Renovation

By Jenny Ivy Byrne
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.

Oregon School Sells Carbon Credits to Chevy

By Jenny Ivy Byrne
Southern Oregon University (SOU) is taking part in Chevrolet’s carbon-reduction initiative. The school is selling carbon credits for the new LEED certified Raider Village residence halls to the car manufacturer for one year.

Green Hotels Earn More, Study Finds

A Cornell University School of Hotel Administration study found hotels that are LEED certified not only help the environment, but also earn more revenue.

California Adds Solar Power to State Facilities

The California Department of General Services (DGS) announced last week that it has completed two solar power installation projects at a state-run prison and state hospital in Coalinga, Calif.

Lean Planning and Sustainable Design in Health Care

By Stan Chiu, AIA, LEED AP, HGA Architects and Engineers
There is a common saying in the construction industry that the most sustainable space is the space never built. For health care organizations planning to expand or renovate their facilities, the idea of eliminating unneeded space holds real cost benefits, as the most cost-effective space is the space never built.

Princeton Review Names Top Green Schools

The Princeton Review has revealed its annual list of the most environmentally friendly colleges and universities.