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GM, Herman Miller and Green Standards RePurpose Program Sizzles

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GM is redesigning its work environment at several locations, resulting in tens of thousands of pieces of excess furniture, equipment, and supplies.

GM, Herman Miller and Green Standards Commit to RePurpose: Register Here

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General Motors is in the midst of transforming itself from a traditional automotive company to a business that will redefine personal mobility. Enabling more collaboration among employees is a cornerstone of the transformation, so GM has set out to redesign their work environment at several GM locations, resulting in tens of thousands of pieces of excess furniture, equipment, and supplies.

General Motors, Herman Miller and Green Standards Partner for Landfill-Free Solution to Office Transformation

GM strengthens communities by repurposing office assets into $1 million of in-kind donations
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  • Pilot program benefits about 100 Michigan-based community organizations, with a focus on Detroit.
  • Detroit’s Cody High School among first to participate with furniture and three-room makeover.

Trane Continues to Innovate Chiller Portfolio to Address Customer Demand for Climate-Friendly Systems

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DAVIDSON, N.C., Nov. 21, 2016 /3BL Media/  Trane®, a leading global provider of indoor comfort solutions and services and a brand of Ingersoll Rand, is announcing that its Series R® RTWD water-cooled chiller for commercial and industrial buildings is now available for customers in North America and the Middle East who are ready to transition to systems with lower global warming potential (GWP).

Green Building in a Trump Administration

As with every President-Elect, the verdict is out about whether President Trump’s campaign rhetoric will translate into action and result in policy.
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Over the past decade, green building has transformed from fringe to mainstream, and it is now an intelligent and cost-effective building strategy.  Innovations in building science practices, advanced products and technologies, and business models (for example, in the solar financing space) have revolutionized the built environment. 

Five Innovative Ways to Build Healthier Homes

Home trends indicate growing emphasis on healthy indoor living environments.
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As any builder knows, it is extremely important to stay ahead of trends that are impacting the buying decisions made by potential homebuyers. These trends are always evolving and are impacted by many factors.

5 Essential Factors for Creating a Framework for Municipal Resiliency

Resiliency is a concept that should be top of mind for city planners, city councils, residents and businesses alike.
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There are so many factors affecting how cities function that methods of development, emergency preparedness, and maintaining status quo are no longer acceptable options for keeping cities functioning. At the Green Building Festival in Toronto in September, Antonio Gomez-Palacio spoke about developing a framework for city resiliency.  I spoke with him after the conference to find out more.

U.S. Chamber Foundation Launches New Project: “Beyond 34: Recycling and Recovery for A New Economy”

Aims to Foster Circular Economy Practices in Businesses and Communities
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WASHINGTON, November 16, 2016 /3BL Media/ - The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation today launched a new project, “Beyond 34: Recycling and Recovery for A New Economy.” Focused on breaking through the current 34 percent recycling barrier in the United States, the project will provide a scalable model for improving recycling and recovery rates in order to help communities, cities, and businesses achieve their circular economy and sustainability goals. 

A Visit to a Treehouse in the Carpet Capital

by Pete May
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Dalton [Georgia], the "Carpet Capital of the World," sits in the center of Whitfield County, home to more than 150 carpet factories employing more than 30,000 people — roughly equal to the population of Dalton itself — including companies such as Mohawk and Shaw. More than 90 percent of the carpet produced in the world today is made within a 65-mile radius of the city.

The Future of Sustainable Design

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The next step in sustainable production is the circular economy, says Eco-Chick.com founder and editor Starre Vartan. That means leaving behind today’s make, use, dispose model to create products transparently and with less impact. Such products will be built to last, but can be transformed, recovered or even used to improve the environment at the end of their life.

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