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Delos™ and HKS Announce a Strategic Partnership to Study the Impact of the Built Environment on Health and Well-Being

HKS and Delos to test effectiveness of targeted design features on measurable health and well-being outcomes
Press Release

New York, January 18, 2017 /3BL Media/ – Delos™, a wellness real estate and technology firm, today announced a partnership with HKS, an international design firm, to study and measure the impact of interventions in the built environment on human health and well-being. The new HKS and Delos partnership will focus on applied research and will build on the strengths of each company to target peer-reviewed open sourced publications, and advance Delos’ mission to transform buildings into healthier spaces.

Connecticut Honda Dealer Achieves Grid Neutral Status

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January 16, 2017 /3BL Media/ - American Honda launched a ‘Green Dealer’ program in 2012 to help independently owned and operated Honda and Acura automobile dealers in the U.S. reduce their environmental impact. In 2014, the program was extended to motorcycle and power equipment dealers. The program recognizes dealers who implement recommended sustainable practices with three award levels – Silver, Gold and Platinum.

GREEN SPA Certificate Awarded to AIDAprima

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AIDA Cruises is the first cruise company to be certified for its commitment to sustainability by the Deutscher Wellness Verband e.V. (German Wellness Association). AIDAprima’s Organic Body & Soul Spa has been awarded the GREEN SPA certificate, achieving the top quality grade of Level 3. It has only been a couple of months since AIDAprima was recognized at the Cruise Guide Awards 2016 in the categories of Family-Friendliness and Sport & Wellness.

Wells Fargo Adds 10 Clean-Tech Startups to Innovation Incubator

Program helps advance energy efficiency for commercial buildings by providing startups with cash grants and in-kind resources to accelerate innovative clean technologies
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SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., January 11, 2017 /3BL Media/ – Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) today announced it has selected the third round of clean technology startup companies to join the Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator (IN2), a five-year, $10 million program which helps advance energy efficiency by accelerating sustainable commercial-building technologies.

EPA Honors LG Electronics at CES With Top-Level Gold Award in Electronics Recycling Challenge

Company Also Earns CES ‘Eco-Design/Sustainable Technologies’ Award, Showcases Solar Technology and Renewable Energy Leadership
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Underscoring its leadership in responsible electronics recycling, LG Electronics USA was recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with the 2016 Gold Tier Award, the top-level recognition in the EPA’s Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) Electronics Challenge. 

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Underscoring its leadership in responsible electronics recycling, LG Electronics USA was recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with the 2016 Gold Tier Award, the top-level recognition in the EPA’s Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) Electronics Challenge. 

Well Living Lab | Powering Pioneering Health Research with IBM Cloud and IBM Watson Technologies

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To provide Well Living Lab researchers with advanced analytics and cognitive tools, Delos and Mayo Clinic sought cloud-based technology and guidance from an IT leader. Tapping in to IBM® Bluemix® and IBM Watson™ services, the Lab will analyze vast amounts of structured and unstructured data to deliver invaluable insight into the effects of indoor environments on human health.

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Food Waste + Tech = Reducing Emissions + Renewable Energy

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Forty percent of the food produced in the U.S. ends up in landfills.* We know it means wasted food, but it also leads to excessive production of methane gas – a major contributor to the shrinking ozone layer.

Apply technology to the mix, and we can help solve challenges like methane emissions and have a positive impact on the environment.

That’s what Emerson has done with its Grind2Energy product.

Building Codes: The Right Tool for Achieving our Climate Goals?

In a recent webinar, Building Codes Assistant Project (BCAP) President Maureen Guttman questioned whether building codes are effective when it comes to successfully reaching our energy efficiency and climate goals.
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Building codes are a unique and complex animal, and their development is driven by a diverse spectrum of vested interests.  The recent 2018 code hearings exemplified how motley agendas could at least temporarily align to craft a middle-ground solution for a tough issue (namely, building envelope performance tradeoffs for onsite power production), setting an important precedent for cooperation, but certainly not realizing the gains that many sustainability professionals were hoping for.

Jonathan Lash Appointed to International Living Future Institute Board of Directors

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SEATTLE, December 21, 2016, /3BL Media/ --The International Living Future Institute (ILFI) announced today that Jonathan Lash, president of Hampshire College and an internationally recognized sustainability leader, will join the ILFI’s Board of Directors.  Under Lash’s leadership, Hampshire’s newly constructed 17,000 square foot R.W. Kern Center is pursuing certification as a Living Building, a major part of the college’s broad initiative to transform its campus into a living laboratory for sustainability systems and performance. 

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