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How a workplace can truly be WELL

So… what is WELL? The WELL Building Standard is managed and administered by the International WELL Building Institute, whose main focus is to improve human well-being and health through the built environment. USGBC describes WELL as a “performance-based system for measuring, certifying, and monitoring features of the built environment that impact human health and well-being, […]

2017 update on the Florida recycling initiative

  Nine years ago, the Florida Legislature resolved to scale back the mountains of waste materials that are piled up or burned each year by cities, companies, and individuals. The legislature enacted an ambitious goal that by 2020, 75% of waste would be recycled or used in producing renewable energy. The table on the right, […]

What is corporate America doing to be more sustainable?

What is corporate America doing to be more sustainable? Alexa highlights the efforts of a few large corporations that are making a difference:  
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Where sustainability meets profitability

The work of Green Teams A corporate green team is a group of employees, formed to take on shared environmental interests. These teams can benefit the employee participants and organization alike by the change they accomplish and the participation they enjoy. International corporations like Frito-Lay, McDonald’s, Adobe, and Google have established internal green teams that identify […]

Mumbai Airport recognized for environmental achievement

The Airports Council International (ACI) has certified Mumbai Airport with the highest level of environmental achievement, Level 3+ Carbon Neutrality. Airports receive accreditation in recognition for contributions to greenhouse gas management by offsetting and reducing carbon emissions. How accreditation was earned The airport has measured and improved sustainability through several initiatives. Green buildings Indian Green […]
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Previewing the City of Tomorrow

The flying cars, long-lived humans and their and robotic helpers will live in communities that are being planned today. Among those planners, smart technologies experts from leading companies worldwide now advise and participate in the Smart Cities Council. The council exists to grow smart cities worldwide. It advises on technology, provides policy frameworks and financial […]

A look down the road ahead… and overhead

The futuristic transportation we have only known in science fiction movies is now in development. Concepts that stirred our imagination as we read about them and saw them on film are now being assembled in labs and test facilities. Over the next decade, we’ll hear them whoosh along rails, buzz overhead, and glide past us as […]
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USGBC tallys building certifications for 2016

The US Green Building Council (USGBC) recently reported its tally of sustainable building certifications for 2016. In the U.S., 3,366 projects received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. That totaled over 470 million Gross Square Feet (GSF). With that information, the USGBC also shared an infographic of the top 10 LEED certification states. […]
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Sustainability means wellness

Building owners, managers, and tenants hear a lot about the savings and energy efficiency that results from sustainability. They may know that the U.S. Green Building Council has reported that substantially lower maintenance costs are associated with LEED-certified buildings, as compared to typical commercial buildings. Retrofit projects for green building typically trim first-year operating costs […]