Green Building CSR News

A New Front Opens in the Code Battles

The confrontation over resilient construction practices is just a continuation of the age-old battle between those who search for ways to maximize short term profits versus those who choose to deliver lasting value.

Another battlefront is taking shape on the already crowded fields of conflict that define the relationship between the regulatory sector and the homebuilding industry.  This is in no way intended to suggest that the ongoing battles around energy codes, proposed fire sprinkler mandates, storm water management, wetlands designations, silica rules, endangered species, updated overtime compensation requirements, and a host of others have been resolved, or that they have even been quieted significantly.  We simply have another brewing fight to add to the list…the call for more resilient building

What Do the Conflict Minerals 2015 SEC Filings Show Us? Know the Insights


Approximately 1,200 publicly traded companies filed Conflict Minerals Reports with the SEC this year, in accordance with Dodd-Frank Section 1502 (Conflict Minerals Rule).

Source Intelligence has analyzed data collected from the 2015 filings, and mined meaningful insights for companies to utilize for the 2016 reporting year. Key findings demonstrate differences and similarities between industries, trends from past reporting years, and new findings from 2015.

Nev Hyman: Shelter From The Storm

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Many people living in Pacific nations, like Vanuatu, Indonesia, and the Philippines, struggle to find adequate shelter, a challenge compounded by the elevated risk of structure-destroying cyclones. Meanwhile, miles off their coasts, plastic waste floats in the ocean, contaminating the marine food chain and threatening the world's largest ecosystem.

The State of Our Climate: What We Need to Do

CEO Remarks While Accepting Sustainability Award
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Stanley P. Rhodes, SCS Global Services Founder and CEO, delivered a short, impassioned speech on the importance of confronting our climate challenge now while accepting the prestigious Acterra Award for Sustainability at the awards ceremony in May 2016.

New Palm Oil Risk Tool Released by World Resources Institute


Global Forest Watch, an initiative of the World Resources Institute (WRI), has recently released a palm oil risk tool that maps deforestation risk for palm oil mills worldwide. The PALM Risk Tool (Prioritizing Areas, Landscapes and Mills) assigns a risk rating to approximately 800 palm oil mills. Satellite data is used to identify deforested and fire treated areas.

Cox Enterprises Celebrates Summer Solstice with Solar Projects in Nevada

Cox Communications and Manheim solar arrays annually reduce more than 1,700 tons of carbon
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Las Vegas, June 20, 2016 /3BL Media/ – At a dedication event held today, Cox Enterprises announced the completion of solar projects at its Cox Communications facility in Las Vegas and its Manheim Nevada facility in North Las Vegas. Combined, the solar installations annually prevent more than 1,700 tons of carbon from entering the environment. The installations produce 1,523 kW of clean energy, equivalent to the amount needed to power 238 homes.

Leonardo Academy President to Present at the International Sustainable Asset Management Conference

Using LEED Campus to Multiply Sustainability Achievements for New and Existing Buildings
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Madison, WI., June 20, 2016 /3BL Media/ — Leonardo Academy announced today that President Michael Arny is scheduled to present at the International Sustainable Asset Management (ISAM) Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. His presentation titled “Using LEED Campus to Multiply Sustainability Achievements for New and Existing Buildings” will take place on June 23rd at 9:45 a.m. The education session will cover the following topics:

1. An overview of LEED Campus and how it fosters increased sustainability on campuses

Engage Employees in Being Green


Many of us in the hospitality industry manage a passionate team of people who make it a top priority to put your hotel, resort, or conference centre at the forefront of quality, and customer service. At the same time, there are several properties who have a green program of some sort, with one person responsible for ensuring that it is running smoothly.

But is your team engaged in the process?

Insights From IPC Conference on Regulatory Compliance


With many environmental regulations undergoing landmark change and new ones being introduced, the regulatory landscape is becoming increasingly complex. China RoHS 2 is still a hot topic, and TSCA Reform is one step from being signed into law.  Companies have a need to understand not only existing regulations, but how changes will impact their businesses and operations.

European Union Agree On Conflict Minerals Legislation


On Wednesday, June 15th, The European Union (EU) agreed to outline a deal to facilitate a focus on transparency in the supply chain. This legislation concerns the sourcing of conflict minerals, not just in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, but from high-risk regions, worldwide.

"We need to step up to our responsibilities and finally break the vicious cycle of the trade in minerals and the financing of conflict," - EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom


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