Green Building CSR News

Passive Capture of Solar Energy is a Design Priority

The passive capture of the solar energy for home heat should be the central organizing principle when designing a new home.

ONE OF THE KEY POINTS I drive home to students in my passive solar design classes at the Evergreen Institute is to design new homes and businesses around the Sun. Put another way, the passive capture of the solar energy for home heat should be the central organizing principle when designing a new home.

Suppliers Enhancing Their Government Credentials


Suppliers engaged in government contracts or seeking to be a vendor of choice for a company seeking government contracts know the value of being certified under the complex procurement regulations issued by the U.S. government. The Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) is perhaps the most important – and complex – federal contracting regulation.  OEMs bidding on government contracts often scan their databases for suppliers who already meet FAR or similar federal contracting laws.

KFC Australia’s Commitment to Sustainable Building


KFC Australia has adopted a forward-thinking and progressive approach to rolling out its sustainable building program across their company-owned and franchise development network.  Their ambition is to design and build all new, company owned, restaurants to be Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certifiable, and to reduce energy consumption by 15%.  LEED is a voluntary, consensus-based, market-driven program that provides global third-party verification of green buildings.

Biological Graywater System Pre-Treats with Plants and Clay Balls

The innovative system purifies household water to the point where mechanical filters don't have to work as hard.

Research underway at Hunt Utilities Group (HUG) in Pine River, MN, is demonstrating the benefits of natural treatment of graywater. The system, installed in the home of Paul Hunt, founder of HUG and its headquarters, The Resilient Living Campus in Pine River, MN,—shows what's possible if a passive solar space is dedicated completely to graywater management.

Green Key Eco-Rating Program Version 3.0 is Now Available!


The Green Key Eco-Rating Program, the lodging industry’s certification program of choice, has been renovated, and we are pleased to announce that version 3.0 (V3) is now available!

The move to V3 is all part of Green Key Global’s continuing goal of remaining the leading environmental certification body in the industry and to align ourselves with GSTC Recognition status

What is GSTC?

FSC® Honors Responsible Forestry Champions During Greenbuild

Five of the Award Winners Certified by SCS Global Services
Press Release

LOS ANGELES, October 7, 2016 /3BL Media/ — SCS Global Services (SCS) congratulates recipients of the 2016 Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) Leadership Awards, which “recognize excellence in the use of FSC certified products and commitment to responsible forest management.” Five of this year’s award recipients were certified to FSC standards by SCS.  FSC honored:

Investment, Policy and Holistic Planning Integral to Drive Hydrogen Fueling Infrastructure

White paper explores the state of U.S. hydrogen fueling infrastructure, recommendations for further adoption
Press Release

OVERLAND PARK, Kan., September 14, 2016 /3BL Media/ – A new white paper from Black & Veatch’s Smart Integrated Infrastructure (SII) business examines the current hydrogen fueling infrastructure in the U.S. and challenges that complicate development.

CBRE Group, Inc. Earns Place on Dow Jones Sustainability Index for Third Consecutive Year

Press Release

Los Angeles, September 12, 2016 /3BL Media/ -- CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG) today announced that it has been included on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) North America for the third year in a row. This prestigious index recognizes corporations demonstrating leadership in environmental, social and governance performance.

The 600 largest North American companies of the S&P Global Broad Market Index were invited to participate in the RobecoSAM Corporate Sustainability Assessment. Of these, less than 25 percent were included on the DJSI.


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