December 23, 2008


Thermal-Energy Transfer for Commercial Buildings

By John Vestryman
Rising energy costs, the growing influence of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System reviving interest in water-loop technology...MORE


Archbishop Desmond Tutu's Greenbuild Address

The U.S. Green Building Council welcomed Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Laureate and revered advocate against poverty and human rights abuses, as the keynote speaker during Greenbuild 2008. Click here to watch a video of Tutu's keynote address...MORE

BOMA Presents Green Survey Findings
The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) released "2008 Green Survey: Existing Buildings." The survey, conducted in collaboration with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and Incisive Media, found that 80 percent of respondents have allocated funds to green initiatives...MORE

"Wanted" List Aims to Track Down Environmental Fugitives
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a Website to enlist the public and other law-enforcement agencies in tracking down fugitives accused of violating environmental laws and evading arrest. The Website includes photos of the accused, summaries of their alleged environmental violations, and information on each fugitive's last-known whereabouts. The alleged violations include smuggling ozone-depleting substances, illegally disposing hazardous waste, discharging pollutants into the air and water, laundering money, and making criminally false statements...MORE


President-Elect Obama Reveals Stimulus Package
President-Elect Barack Obama revealed the first details of a $1 trillion stimulus package, which he hopes to sign into law shortly after he takes office on Jan. 20. Part of the package will be provisions helping to make public buildings more energy efficient by replacing old heating systems and installing efficient light bulbs...MORE

EPA Kicks off Green Building Design Challenge
The Environmental Protection Agency and partners are hosting the third-annual Lifecycle Building Challenge competition. U.S. architects, product developers, educators, environmental leaders, and students are invited to submit innovative designs that minimize waste, reuse materials, and cut greenhouse-gas emissions...MORE

Johnson Controls Reinforcing Efficiency as the Solution to Energy Crisis
Johnson Controls, in conjunction with the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC), released Greenprint, a new online tool that will help consumers and businesses assess how to improve levels of personal sustainability at home, at work, and on the road. The objective of the survey is to identify how readers can help the environment...MORE