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Designers Agree: Biophilic Design is Transforming the Built Environment

Amanda Sturgeon to sign copies of Creating Biophilic Buildings at NeoCon 2018
Press Release

CHICAGO, June 11, 2018 /3BL Media/ - Biophilic design is gaining traction as workplace wellness becomes a central focus in design studios, according to a recent survey by the International Living Future Institute (ILFI). Earlier this year, the ILFI polled a global audience of architects, designers and other stakeholders in the deep green building movement to assess current thinking on biophilic design as a tool and solution for projects where occupant health and wellbeing is a key component of the design process. 709 respondents replied to the email survey, with results as follows:

Mars Bars to Go Carbon Neutral in Australia After Renewable Energy Deal

By Ben Chapman
Article

Mars bars are taking a step towards being carbon neutral after the company that makes them signed a 20-year deal in Australia to generate 100 per cent of its electricity from renewable energy by 2020.

Mars, which also makes Pedigree dog food and M&Ms, said its Australian subsidiary will sign a deal with energy company Total Eren to build a solar plant in Victoria by mid-2019.

#AskTt Twitter Chat: Building Resilience Through Integrated Programming

Join @TetraTechIntDev and @Climatelinks on June 13, 2018, at 3:00 PM ET/12:00 PM PT for an #AskTt Twitter Chat on Building Resilience through Integrated Programming
Article

Join @TetraTechIntDev and @Climatelinks on June 13, 2018, at 3:00 PM ET/12:00 PM PT for an #AskTt Twitter Chat on Building Resilience through Integrated Programming, hosted by Tetra Tech International Development Services and Climatelinks

FCA US Mopar Parts Distribution Center Honored With Prestigious LEED Gold Environmental Award

Summary: 
  • Romulus, Michigan, facility recently recognized for excellence in green building standards
  • Romulus PDC is just fourth FCA US facility to receive Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold status
  • 500,000-square-foot PDC achieved LEED Gold certification after meeting strict standards in five key areas: site planning, water management, energy, material use and indoor environmental quality
  • Energy savings in electricity and natural gas at PDC equivalent to combined energy used to power nearly 500 residential homes per year
  • Water usage reduced by 72 percent compared to similar PDCs, resulting in savings of more than a million gallons of water — equivalent to usage of nearly 100 residential homes per year
  • Award highlights FCA US commitment to building green, environmentally-friendly facilities
Press Release
  • Romulus, Michigan, facility recently recognized for excellence in green building standards
  • Romulus PDC is just fourth FCA US facility to receive Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold status
  • 500,000-square-foot PDC achieved LEED Gold certification after meeting strict standards in five key areas: site planning, water management, energy, material use and indoor environmental quality
  • Energy savings in electricity and natural gas at PDC equivalent to combined energy used to power nearly 500 residential homes per year
  • Water usage reduced by 72 percent compared to similar PDCs, resulting in savings of more than a million gallons of water — equivalent to usage of nearly 100 residential homes per year
  • Award highlights FCA US commitment to building green, environmentally-friendly facilities

World’s Longest Undersea Tunnel Stays Cool and Reduces Environmental Impact

Eurotunnel’s sustainability efforts boosted with completion of new cooling system in landmark Channel Tunnel that delivers energy savings of at least 33 percent or 4.8GWh per year
Press Release

SANGATTE, France, June 8, 2018 /3BL Media/ – Eurotunnel today released official data demonstrating energy savings of 33 percent after the first season of operating a new cooling system for maintaining requisite temperatures in the landmark Channel Tunnel. The operator saved 4.8 GWh and approximately €500,000 in 2017 courtesy of the new cooling system – equivalent to saving enough electricity to run 1,000 households.

Shire Facility in Georgia Wins Green Building Award

Article

Shire's Georgia manufacturing facility near Covington has been nationally recognized as a green building for its energy and water efficiency and the healthy building practices that were incorporated into its design.

FCA Windsor Assembly Plant Receives Energy Conservation Leadership Award

Press Release

WINDSOR, Ontario, June 20, 2018 /3BL Media/ - FCA’s Windsor Assembly Plant (WAP) has won a Canadian Industry Partnership for Energy Conservation (CIPEC) Leadership Award. The recognition comes for key Process and Technology Improvements from a plant initiative that resulted in an approximate 30 per cent annual energy savings of existing chilled water system and reduced Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions equivalent to almost 21 homes’ energy use per annum.

Electrify America to Energize U.S. Highways, Selects Black & Veatch for Ultra-fast EV Charging Station Program

National network expands access, addresses ‘range anxiety’ through hundreds of high-powered DC charging stations
Press Release

OVERLAND PARK, Kan., June 7, 2018 /3BL Media/ - Black & Veatch announced today it will design and construct hundreds of sites for Electrify America’s high-powered DC Fast Chargers, part of a nationwide network of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations that will dramatically reduce charging times and raise convenience for EV consumers.

IWBI Launches WELL v2™

New version of the WELL Building Standard™ customizable, accessible and more affordable to drive healthier future for all
Press Release

NEW YORK, June 7, 2018 /3BL Media/ -- Launched worldwide and celebrated with fanfare in New York, Beijing, London and Sydney, the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) unveiled the WELL v2 pilot, the next version of its pioneering WELL Building Standard, the first rating system to focus exclusively on the impacts of buildings on human health and wellness.

CMS Energy Becomes First U.S. Company to Enter Sustainability-Linked Loan

Press Release

JACKSON, Mich., June 7, 2018 /3BL Media/ – CMS Energy and its primary subsidiary, Consumers Energy (collectively “CMS”), announced they have entered the first syndicated sustainability-linked revolving credit facilities for a U.S. borrower.

The aggregate $1.4 billion of new credit facilities allow CMS to reduce its interest rate by meeting targets related to environmental sustainability, specifically renewable energy generation.   

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