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Lord Aeck Sargent Marks a Decade of Action on Carbon Emissions
Lord Aeck Sargent Marks a Decade of Action on Carbon Emissions

WALKING THE TALK - Published during the first industrial revolution, Adam Smith’s The Wealth of Nations used the metaphor of “the invisible hand of the market” to describe how the decisions of self-interested individuals in a free market economy could promote the general betterment of the society as a whole. To this day, free market proponents use Smith’s metaphor to argue for elimination of regulations for a more efficient economy. But the “invisible hand” only makes societally beneficial decisions to the extent that it has good information.

Kingfisher Continues on Path to Net Positive, Puts Customers at Heart of 2025 Goals
Kingfisher Continues on Path to Net Positive, Puts Customers at Heart of 2025 Goals

LEADERSHIP - European home improvement company Kingfisher has set out ambitious sustainability targets for the next seven years – the latest stage of its journey to become a net positive business by 2050.

DOE’s Better Buildings Partners Have Saved $3.1B, 380T BTUs
DOE’s Better Buildings Partners Have Saved $3.1B, 380T BTUs

BUSINESS CASE - The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Better Buildings Initiative has grown to include more than 900 organizations, which represent 30 of the country’s Fortune 100 companies, 12 of the top 25 U.S. employers, 12 percent of the U.S. manufacturing footprint and 13 percent of total commercial building space, as well as 28 states and close to 100 cities and counties across the nation. Even more impressive is the progress they have made through the program.

Shaw Industries Achieves Carbon Neutrality In Its Commercial Carpet Manufacturing Operations
Shaw Industries Achieves Carbon Neutrality In Its Commercial Carpet Manufacturing Operations

PRESS RELEASE - Shaw Industries Group, Inc. (Shaw) has achieved carbon neutrality in its commercial carpet manufacturing operations. The achievement encompasses all commercial carpet manufacturing facilities that Shaw owns and operates globally, including those for Patcraft, Philadelphia Commercial, Shaw Contract and STS.

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SEKISUI: Building an Organization with Integrated Thinking to Balance Management, Environment
SEKISUI: Building an Organization with Integrated Thinking to Balance Management, Environment

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - This post has been translated from Japanese — read the original interview here.

Novacolor launches new decorative effect paints produced with biomass balanced BASF binders
Novacolor launches new decorative effect paints produced with biomass balanced BASF binders

PRESS RELEASE - As of now Novacolor offers new decorative effect paints under the “Africa”, “Puro” and “Patina Minerale” brand names. The textured plasters meet the challenge of combining design and sustainability: Puro is an opaque mineral water-based innovation based on potassium polysilicate, which is odorless and neither contains volatile organic compounds (VOC) nor Formaldehyde. For indoor and outdoor glazing, Novacolor offers the new “Patina Minerale” product, a mineral color wash based on silicates, that recalls the ancient patinas with its chromatic effect. And “Africa”, the finish for interior decoration, which creates a changeable and pleasant play of light and reflected colors based on gentle metallic effects, complements the product range.

Cisco to Provide Destination: Home with $50 Million Over Five Years to Help End Homelessness in Santa Clara County
Cisco to Provide Destination: Home with $50 Million Over Five Years to Help End Homelessness in Santa Clara County

PRESS RELEASE - Desintaion: Home today announced that Cisco has committed $50 million over the next five years to help end homelessness in Santa Clara County. Destination: Home will utilize this significant partnership with Cisco to leverage existing public resources to build more housing for the most vulnerable residents, improve technology capacity across the homeless services sector, and invest in promising and evidence-based practices to most effectively help individuals and families in need of support and stability.

Trending: Climate-Smart Street Furniture, Infrastructure Helping Future-Fit Cities of Tomorrow
Trending: Climate-Smart Street Furniture, Infrastructure Helping Future-Fit Cities of Tomorrow

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - To usher cities towards a carbon-neutral future, local governments around the globe are hedging their bets on diesel and petrol vehicles bans. But eliminating fossil fueled mobility isn’t the only way to reduce emissions. Smart street furniture and innovative urban infrastructure are fast emerging as viable — and impactful — solutions to the CO2 problem.

Trending: Entrepreneurs, Glass Recycling, Prefab Taking Eco-Homes to the Next Level
Trending: Entrepreneurs, Glass Recycling, Prefab Taking Eco-Homes to the Next Level

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - The construction industry is the world’s largest consumer of raw materials, and after they’re built, buildings can use a substantial amount of energy to keep us comfortable. Reducing the environmental impacts of buildings – particularly through their materials and energy intensity – has become a priority for startups and large companies alike.

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Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group: Country Inn & Suites Opens Environmentally Friendly Hotel Following A Multimillion Dollar Renovation
Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group: Country Inn & Suites Opens Environmentally Friendly Hotel Following A Multimillion Dollar Renovation

PRESS RELEASE - Country Inn & Suites® by Radisson, a leading upper midscale hotel brand, today announced the opening of Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Bakersfield, CA located at 2310 Wible Road. The hotel recently completed a $2 million renovation which includes upgrades throughout the hotel, along with the installation of new technology to reduce the hotel’s carbon footprint. These additions include solar panels, LED lights, a temperature control system to reduce energy consumption and charging stations for hybrid cars.

Dow and the U.S. Green Building Council Work Together to Support Sustainable Cities and Promote Energy Efficiency
Dow and the U.S. Green Building Council Work Together to Support Sustainable Cities and Promote Energy Efficiency

PRESS RELEASE - Dow Building Solutions, a global business unit of DowDuPont Specialty Products division, today introduced a collaboration with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) to deliver solutions that contribute to building more sustainable communities and cities. Dow, a Worldwide Partner and Official Chemistry Company of the Olympic Movement and the Official Carbon Partner of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), is seeking to develop carbon mitigation projects in built environments. The goal of the collaboration is to measurably reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through improved energy efficiency in buildings.

The ‘Smartest’ Cities Will Be Future-Proofed
The ‘Smartest’ Cities Will Be Future-Proofed

CLEANTECH - In the wake of natural disasters, it can be easy to feel like there’s nothing we can do to prevent or minimize the damage they cause. However, often this is not the case. Some cities are already making changes to offset future crises, and it’s time we learn from their efforts. Similarly, we can look at urban planning mistakes in cities such as Houston, Texas, which exacerbated the effects of Hurricane Harvey, in order to identify potential weak points in other cities.

Braskem signs partnership with Haldor Topsoe to develop biobased MEG
Braskem signs partnership with Haldor Topsoe to develop biobased MEG

PRESS RELEASE - The companies will invest in the construction of a demonstration plant in Denmark.    

USGBC Adopts Resilient Design Standard to Adapt Buildings, Neighborhoods to Changing Climate
USGBC Adopts Resilient Design Standard to Adapt Buildings, Neighborhoods to Changing Climate

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - While the LEED rating system has faced criticism for its narrow scope, hefty price tag and preference for context-ignorant cleantech, a new resilient construction standard developed by global architecture and design firm Perkins+Will in collaboration with Deloitte Consulting and Eaton Corporation could prove to be a critical tool in helping city planners, architects, developers, governments and businesses design buildings, neighborhoods and buildings better equipped

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JPMorgan Chase Sinks $900K Into Sustainable Infrastructure for Detroit
JPMorgan Chase Sinks $900K Into Sustainable Infrastructure for Detroit

FINANCE & INVESTMENT - JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPMorgan Chase) is doing its part to get Detroit back on its feet, announcing a $900,000 investment to support sustainable infrastructure projects in the former Motor City. The firm has also revealed plans to retrofit over 70 percent of Chase branches in the city with LED lights and new building management systems.

First-Ever Environmental Impact Factor Label Opens New Doors for Life Science Industry
First-Ever Environmental Impact Factor Label Opens New Doors for Life Science Industry

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - The environmental impact of laboratories is enormous. But with the launch of ACT, the first-ever environmental impact factor label for laboratory products, nonprofit My Green Lab is working to change that. “The ACT label makes it possible for scientists and procurement specialists to choose safe, sustainable products by focusing on the impact of making, using and disposing of a product and its packaging,” said Allison Paradise, Executive Director of My Green Lab.

EU Launches Tool to Embed Circularity, Sustainability into Built Environment
EU Launches Tool to Embed Circularity, Sustainability into Built Environment

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - The European Commission has launched the pilot of a new framework for sustainable buildings in partnership the World Green Building Council.

Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group Supports First Ever Industry-Wide Global Commitment to Sustainability
Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group Supports First Ever Industry-Wide Global Commitment to Sustainability

PRESS RELEASE - Ahead of World Tourism Day, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, along with other leading global hotel groups in the International Tourism Partnership (ITP), reached a consensus on the goals for a sustainable hotel industry. The ITP today announced these four goals, which are in support of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and focused on carbon, water, youth employment, and human rights.

William McDonough + Partners Bring C2C Design to Colombia's Universidad EAN
William McDonough + Partners Bring C2C Design to Colombia's Universidad EAN

CLEANTECH - William McDonough + Partners are bringing the Cradle to Cradle revolution to Latin America with the launch of ‘Project Legacy’ at Colombia’s Universidad EAN in the El Nogal district of Bogotá. The project will see the construction of a 20,000 square meter building that will illustrate the possibilities of design for the circular economy and the integration of a Cradle to Cradle-focused curriculum into the university’s business and engineering programs.

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Building Energy Efficiency Has Stalled — Here’s How to Spark Progress
Building Energy Efficiency Has Stalled — Here’s How to Spark Progress

CLEANTECH - U.S. commercial buildings could cut energy use by 29 percent on average by taking full advantage of controls technology and implementing a few other base energy-efficiency measures, according to a new study from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Commercial buildings account for 20 percent of U.S. energy use and produce 50 percent or more of a city’s greenhouse gas emissions (75 percent in New York). If we want “smart cities” to be more than just an catchy phrase, this is an opportunity we must seize.

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