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All of Interface’s Flooring Is Now Carbon Neutral – At No Extra Cost to Customers
All of Interface’s Flooring Is Now Carbon Neutral – At No Extra Cost to Customers

WALKING THE TALK - Interface has become the first global flooring manufacturer to declare that all of its products — including all carpet tile and luxury vinyl tile (LVT) – are carbon neutral across the entire product lifecycle. The company is now offering its Carbon Neutral Floors™ program as standard to every customer, at no extra cost, to help them meet their own sustainability goals while also allowing them to reduce the emissions impact of their projects or spaces.

Kohler Expands Environmental, Health Disclosures for Kitchen & Bath Products
Kohler Expands Environmental, Health Disclosures for Kitchen & Bath Products

PRESS RELEASE - Today, in recognition of World Environmental Day, Kohler Co. announces expansion of its environmental and human health product disclosures for its kitchen and bath products.

Vancouver Economic Commission: “If We’re an Island of Green, We’re F***ed”
Vancouver Economic Commission: “If We’re an Island of Green, We’re F***ed”

CLEANTECH - Striving to be the world’s greenest city by 2020, Vancouver has adopted several ambitious action plans and goals. The Vancouver Economic Commission (VEC) set to work in 2010 to define what a “green job” was at the city level in order to meet the City’s economic goals to double the number of green jobs and the number of businesses engaged in greening their operations within a decade. Since then, VEC has been building relationships with investors, helping local cleantech firms increase their exports, and using city infrastructure projects to lead by example.

Lowe’s to Phase Out 2 Toxic Chemicals Following Deaths, Petitions, EPA Inaction
Lowe’s to Phase Out 2 Toxic Chemicals Following Deaths, Petitions, EPA Inaction

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Lowe’s has become the first major U.S. retailer to commit to ending the sale of two toxic chemicals in its paint removal products sold globally by the end of this year. The chemicals, methylene chloride and N-methylpyrrolidone (NMP), have been linked to more than 60 deaths in the U.S. since 1980, prompting the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to propose a ban in January 2017 that has yet to be finalized.

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Q&A: Continuous Improvement the Engine of Innovation at Shaw
Q&A: Continuous Improvement the Engine of Innovation at Shaw

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Shaw Industries, the world’s largest carpet manufacturer and a leading floorcovering provider, has also become a leader in sustainability — in August, Shaw announced that 85 percent of its products are now Cradle to Cradle Certified™; and earlier this month, it achieved carbon neutrality in its commercial carpet manufacturing operations. We spoke with Troy Virgo, Director of Sustainability and Product Stewardship, to learn more about what drives the company’s efforts.

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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Why Sustainable Concrete Will Be the Bedrock for Future Megacities
Why Sustainable Concrete Will Be the Bedrock for Future Megacities

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - The US’s infrastructure is falling apart beneath our feet. In 2017, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) gave our infrastructure a “D-” on its infrastructure report card. There are so many considerations for infrastructure repair, it’s mind-boggling. From aviation to wastewater systems to public parks, it all needs work. There are two common threads throughout: energy and concrete.

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.

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.

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