Green Building Update -- May 2, 2012

USGBC: Top 10 Green Building Policies in California

USGBC - Apr 26

USGBC issued the Top 10 California Green Building Policies. Policies categories included (1) Most Visionary; (2) Most Market Transforming; and (3) Best Leadership by Example. The top policies included (1) The Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 and (2) Sacramento's Greenwise Regional Action Plan.

AltBuild Expo coming to Santa Monica

USGBC-Los Angeles - Apr 16

The 9th annual Alternative Building Materials & Design Expo (AltBuild) is considered the largest and most-respected green design and building expo in Southern California. Presented by Santa Monica and USGBC-Los Angeles with programming added by AIA|LA COTE, BIA Ventura/LA County Chapter and Build It Green, AltBuild features over 40 speakers and 150 exhibitors. Free CEUs available for the majority of the programming.

California Gov. orders greening of state buildings

California Newswire - Apr 25

Gov. Brown issued Executive Order B-18-12 which orders 10,000+ sq. ft. state buildings to earn LEED Silver certification, utilize clean energy, and orders 50% of existing state buildings and all new or renovated state buildings to achieve net zero energy consumption by 2025. The Order cites the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (“AB 32”) which requires California to reduce emissions to 1990 levels by 2020 and focuses on greening structures since buildings are the second largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions.

Wells to loan $30B to green economy

Wells Fargo - Apr 23

Wells Fargo will offer $30 billion in green loans through 2020 to promote wind energy, solar energy, clean tech, efficient buildings, and $100 million in community grants for green initiatives. Wells is greening its operations by increasing energy-efficiency by 40%, reducing waste by 65% by 2020, reducing GHG emissions by 35% below 2008 levels and earning LEED certification for 35% of its buildings.

Green School Project completes first phase

OC METRO - Apr 25

USGBC Orange County completed its first green classroom at Davis Magnet School in Costa Mesa which features (1) efficient HVAC system; (2) day-lighting; and (3) improved acoustics.

Pike Research -- green data centers

Pike Research - Apr 24

Data centers consume between 2% and 2.5% of the world's energy. Pike Research’s report explores global green data center trends with regional forecasts through 2016 and examines advances in power, cooling, servers, storage, and data center management software.

LEED Platinum luxury condos

Ecohome - Apr 24

With an efficient building envelope and high-performance products, luxury LEED Platinum condos in West LA aim to keeping utility costs low.

Green housing for farm workers

Sacramento Bee - Apr 28

A new affordable 101-unit apartment complex in Yolo County will provide green living for agricultural workers.

Platinum remodel of Public Market Emeryville

Silicon Valley Mercury News - Apr 23

Public Market Emeryville is undergoing an extensive green remodeling effort as part of the first phase of a $209-million green building project envisioned for a 14-acre mixed-use site that will include electric-vehicle charging stations, a solar carport, water-saving landscaping and an herb garden. The entire project is the first of its kind in the country to achieve LEED Platinum community designation for Neighborhood Development.

SCE joins Demand Response Partnership Program

USGBC - Apr 23

Southern California Edison (SCE) joined the Demand Response Partnership Program (DRPP) as the first utility host sponsor. DRPP works with the commercial building and energy industries to educate, promote and drive participation in existing demand response programs, while undertaking a research agenda focused on market adoption, grid reliability and environmental impact through improved energy-efficiency.

USDE honors Green Ribbon Schools

U.S. Department of Education - Apr 23

U.S. Secretary of Education announced the first-ever U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools. The award honors schools that exercise a comprehensive approach to creating green environments. Among the list of winners are 66 public schools, including 8 charters, and 12 private schools.

Center for Green Schools first Green Apple Day of Service

USGBC - Apr 24

Saturday, September 29, 2012, will be the first ever Green Apple Day of Service. This event will engage students, teachers, parents, business leaders, elected officials and others in volunteer activities at schools and campuses in their communities to empower communities to take real, measurable steps to improve learning environments.

USGBC opens public comment for LEED 2012

USGBC - Apr 16

The public comment period for LEED 2012 (the next version of the LEED green building program) will run from May 1 until May 15, and then LEED 2012 will be voted on from June 1 until June 30. In order to vote, USGBC members have until May 1 to opt into the LEED 2012 consensus body.

State DOTs reduce emissions, saving taxpayers millions

American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials - Apr 18

States are utilizing a comprehensive approach to minimize their carbon footprint, save resources and protect and preserve sensitive ecosystems. The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials highlights examples of creative approaches from California, Louisiana, Oklahoma, North Carolina, Michigan, Florida, Arizona, Nevada, Idaho and Kentucky.

Project to map every U.S. rooftop for solar potential

Environmental Leader - Apr 20

Satellite imagery company GeoEye has teamed up with Geostellar to map and catalog the photovoltaic solar potential of every commercial and residential property in the U.S. This information can be used by solar installers to help target potential customers, as well as by clean energy developers to determine whether a potential site makes economic sense.

U.S. Green Technology partners with The Green Job Bank

PR Web / U.S. Green Technology - Apr 18

U.S. Green Technology is partnering with The Green Job Bank (a search engine for employment in the green economy), to provide a Green Jobs Board featuring more than 10,000 job opportunities for green employment.

McDonald's releases 2012 Global Best of Green report

McDonald's - Apr 18

McDonald's released its 2012 Global Best of Green report, a collection of best green practices. The collection includes more than 20 energy-efficiency initiatives, including carbon-reduction practices and green building advancements in more than a dozen markets worldwide.

Honda green dealer program targets 10% energy cuts

Environmental Leader - Apr 19

American Honda Motor Co. has launched a "green dealer" program to encourage energy-use reductions at independently-owned Honda and Acura dealers in the U.S.

SCS gets Tile Industry's new Green Squared certification

PR Newswire / SCS - Apr 17

California-based Scientific Certification Systems (SCS) announced the first three certifications awarded under the tile industry's new Green Squared certification standard, which is the industry’s first sustainability standard for tile and tile installation materials.

USGBC-NCC to host 2012 Super Heroes Awards Gala

USGBC-NCC - Apr 19

On May 23, USGBC Northern California Chapter will host the Super Heroes Awards Gala in San Francisco, to honor innovators that are pushing green building towards a sustainable future. This event will set the stage for Greenbuild 2012, also to be held in San Francisco in November.

The Princeton Review releases "Guide to 322 Green Colleges"

PR Newswire / The Princeton Review - Apr 17

The Princeton Review released "The Princeton Review's Guide to 322 Green Colleges: 2012 Edition" which profiles 322 higher-education institutions in the U.S. and Canada that demonstrate sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation.

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S.F.'s accelerated Sustainable Building Advisor Program

Sustainable Building Advisor Program - Apr 17

The Certified Sustainable Building Advisor credential can now be earned in just four months. The Sustainable Building Advisor (SBA) Program in San Francisco will be taught by a network of over 25 subject experts and include site visits to exemplary projects throughout the Bay Area.

Green Building Projects

UCSD student housing earns LEED Platinum

PR Newswire / KieranTimberlake - Apr 23

The Charles David Keeling Apartments at UC San Diego have been awarded LEED Platinum for New Construction, making it the first student housing in the University of California system to achieve that designation.

UC Merced campus building earns LEED Gold

Bilingual Weekly - Apr 25

The University of California, Merced’s Long Range Development Plan (LRDP) was recently included in the Top Ten Green Projects list compiled by the American Institute of Architects’ Committee on the Environment. In addition, the campus had its seventh building LEED Gold-certified.

COD's student center earns LEED Gold

World Interior Design Network - May 3

The Cravens Student Services Center at College of the Desert (COD) in California has secured LEED Gold certification.

Sacramento's new terminal earns LEED Silver

Airport World - Apr 26

Sacramento International Airport's new $1-billion terminal and concourse have been awarded LEED Silver, making it the second LEED Silver-certified airport in California after Mineta San Jose International Airport.

CU student building earns LEED Platinum

Boulder County Business Report - Apr 27

The University of Colorado's Center for Community has been certified as LEED Platinum, making it CU-Boulder's second Platinum-rated building. The building is about 30% more energy- and water-efficient than other modern buildings of the same size and function. Eight structures on the campus are LEED Gold-rated and another has a Silver designation.

NASA's Sustainability Base earns LEED Platinum

Contra Costa Times - Apr 20

NASA's newest building known as "Sustainability Base" at the Ames Research Center at Moffett Field in California, has been awarded LEED Platinum certification, making it the nation's "greenest" federal building.

UC San Diego building earns LEED Gold

UC San Diego Health System - Apr 16

The UC San Diego Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center is the first hospital-based project in the region to receive LEED Gold certification.

UCR's School of Medicine building earns LEED Gold

World Interior Design Network - Apr 20

The School of Medicine Research Building at the University of California, Riverside (UCR) has secured LEED Gold, making it the first building on the UCR campus to earn the certification.

LPA's Wonder Bread building earns LEED Gold

PR Web / LPA - Apr 17

San Diego design firm LPA earned LEED Gold certification for its East Village office in the historic Wonder Bread building, which was recently retrofitted to incorporate many sustainable design features.

Gilroy Verizon store earns LEED certification

PR Newswire / Verizon Wireless - Apr 18

The Verizon Wireless Communications Store in Gilroy, Calif., is among 75 Verizon Wireless retail stores in the U.S. to have received LEED certification.

Related News:
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Verizon Wireless store in Corte Madera, Calif., earns LEED certification

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