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Feathered Friend Helps Launch Green Career
Feathered Friend Helps Launch Green Career

PRESS RELEASE - It was 1983 when an engineer from Michigan met a Yellow-Naped parrot from Honduras. Little did Joe Azzarello know that “Otis” would be a part of the family for 33 years (and counting) and would affect not only his personal life but his career as well. “I’ll admit I had very little environmental sensitivity before I adopted Otis,” said Joe, shaking his head. Kohler’s resident green-building guru is well-known in the industry, but his career started out on a very different path. Joe was working as a mechanical engineer for a power company when Otis came into his life. It was while researching parrots at his local library that Joe became aware of the plight of the bird’s natural habitat.

Shaw Products to Be in Greenbuild KB Home ProjeKt Demo Home
Shaw Products to Be in Greenbuild KB Home ProjeKt Demo Home

PRESS RELEASE - Shaw Floors announces its Life Happens with LifeGuard carpet, Floorté enhanced vinyl plank, and Tuftex area rugs along with turf tile from Shaw Contract’s The Park collection will be showcased in the Greenbuild KB Home ProjeKt demonstration home at the 2016 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Los Angeles, and will be available for in-person discovery tours for conference attendees on October 5 and October 6. The home will also be available nationwide via the online virtual tour beginning October 5.

REI's New Distribution Center Designed to be Net Zero Energy and LEED Platinum
REI's New Distribution Center Designed to be Net Zero Energy and LEED Platinum

PRESS RELEASE - REI, the specialty outdoor co-op, has designed its new distribution center to be Net Zero Energy and is pursuing LEED Platinum—the highest level in the U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) rating system. Situated in the Arizona desert, the facility is intended to be one of the world's most sustainable distribution centers. To encourage further innovation, REI is taking an unusual approach and will make the design information of this facility available to the public, so that others can advance the parameters of sustainable design. REI is driving sustainability and efficiency at its new distribution center in several new ways:

Philips Lighting Launches New Sustainability Program 2016-2020 ‘Brighter Lives, Better World’
Philips Lighting Launches New Sustainability Program 2016-2020 ‘Brighter Lives, Better World’

PRESS RELEASE - Philips Lighting (Euronext Amsterdam ticker: LIGHT), a global leader in lighting, today announced the launch of its new five-year sustainability program ‘Brighter Lives, Better World’ during the Climate Week NYC. This is the first time Philips Lighting has set sustainability goals as a standalone, listed company, building on the long legacy of Philips’ world class performance in sustainability and its EcoVision programs.

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Timberland Unveils Restoration Project in First City of its Five-Year Urban Greening Commitment
Timberland Unveils Restoration Project in First City of its Five-Year Urban Greening Commitment

PRESS RELEASE - Stratham, NH based outdoor lifestyle brand, Timberland, opens its first completed project in its five-year commitment to create and restore urban green spaces starting with New York City. In partnership with local nonprofit GrowNYC, Timberland and volunteers transformed a vacant lot in the Mott Haven Neighborhood of South Bronx, New York into a vibrant community garden. The restoration project came full circle with a service event that kicks off Timberland’s busy fall season of service, and also commemorates 9/11; something Timberland has done each year since September 11, 2001 when employees volunteered at a Bronx elementary school as tragedy struck.

Nat Geo, United Technologies Launch 'Urban Expeditions' Exploring Sustainability in Cities
Nat Geo, United Technologies Launch 'Urban Expeditions' Exploring Sustainability in Cities

THE NEXT ECONOMY - Every day, 180,000 people move to urban areas. Urbanization is creating an urgent need for sustainable actions and solutions. At this critical time, National Geographic and United Technologies Corp. are collaborating to raise awareness of sustainable urbanization through the Urban Expeditions initiative. Urban Expeditions will identify cutting-edge research and exploration projects that are leading the way in sustainable urbanization in three key areas:

William McDonough + Partners, GXN Unveil Vision for 'Silicon Valley' of Agriculture in Denmark
William McDonough + Partners, GXN Unveil Vision for 'Silicon Valley' of Agriculture in Denmark

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - William McDonough + Partners and GXN — an internal division of Danish architectural practice 3XN that works with applied architectural research in green materials and building technologies — have partnered to develop a master plan for the Agro Food Park (AFP) near Aarhus, Denmark. The project aims to create a geographic hub for agricultural innovation; AFP will incorporate the benefits of urban density with the proximity of agricultural test fields in an open campus where academic and commercial businesses can collaborate, grow and prosper.

The Nature of It All
The Nature of It All

PRESS RELEASE - Toyota Donates $1 Million to Help Fund New Yellowstone Youth CampusCampus Will Be First Regenerative Campus of Living Buildings in a National Park  YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK (Aug.

Caesar's Entertainment Pursues "CodeGreen" Environmental Targets
Caesar's Entertainment Pursues "CodeGreen" Environmental Targets

PRESS RELEASE - The famed central strip of Las Vegas has often been called the ‘brightest spot on earth’ because of its powerful neon lights. However, the city has been working to reduce its environmental footprint, with many of the neon lights being replaced by LED screens, and its hotels and casinos increasingly adopting sustainable solutions to improve their energy and water use efficiency. Caesars Entertainment, one of the city’s largest gaming businesses, has revamped its commitment to sustainability, and aligned its targets to eight of the 17 U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The company has highlighted its “CodeGreen” environmental performance in its latest corporate sustainability report.

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From Roof to Floor, New Cradle to Cradle Certified Building Materials Have Houses Covered
From Roof to Floor, New Cradle to Cradle Certified Building Materials Have Houses Covered

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Two products have earned unprecedented recognition from the Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Products Program, raising the bar for building materials. This week, the program awarded its first-ever Platinum-level certification and named the first homogenous flooring product to earn Gold-level certification.

We’re One Step Closer to Transparent Windows That Can Generate Solar Power
We’re One Step Closer to Transparent Windows That Can Generate Solar Power

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - This week, SolarWindow Technologies, Inc. announced an ‘invisible’ system for transporting electricity within the company’s transparent organic coatings, which are applied in thin layers onto glass surfaces. The SolarWindow™ Intra-Connection System moves electricity generated in the coating to ‘invisible wires,’ which in turn transport electricity to the edge of the glass and connect to building electrical systems.

d.light Continues to Drive Increased Energy Options to Billions Without Reliable Access
d.light Continues to Drive Increased Energy Options to Billions Without Reliable Access

CLEANTECH - In an effort to expand quality solar home system solutions to the 2.3 billion people worldwide without reliable access to power, d.light - a manufacturer and distributor of solar lighting and power products providing access to reliable, affordable, renewable energy for people in the developing world - is licensing its pay-as-you-go financing technology to partners and distributors around the world. d.light is the market leader in solar lighting and home system solutions in the developing world, as well as one of the early pioneers of the PayGo model.

Raising the Bar: Interface Unveils Radical 'Climate Take Back' Program
Raising the Bar: Interface Unveils Radical 'Climate Take Back' Program

PRESS RELEASE - Twenty two years ago, Ray Anderson - founder of Interface, one of the world's largest manufacturers of carpet tiles - had something of an epiphany. A customer had for the first time asked the firm what it was doing for the environment - and he realised he didn't have an answer. "No one had ever asked us that before, and we were not doing anything, in fact we were doing everything the wrong way," Erin Meezan, Interface's global vice-president of sustainability, tells BusinessGreen.

Blue Oak Energy Installs Net-Zero Solar Project at REI's Center in Goodyear
Blue Oak Energy Installs Net-Zero Solar Project at REI's Center in Goodyear

PRESS RELEASE - Specialty outdoor retailer REI has completed a 2.2 megawatt rooftop solar installation at its new distribution center in Goodyear which is expected to offset 100 percent of the facility’s annual electricity consumption. The project was completed in conjunction with Blue Oak Energy, which has worked on numerous other solar installations for REI facilities. “REI’s ambitious net-zero energy distribution center is a landmark project and houses one of the largest rooftop solar arrays in Arizona,” Kirk Meyers, sustainability manager at REI said. “We are thrilled to continue our relationship with the Blue Oak Energy team. Their ongoing partnership is representative of what it takes to complete complex energy projects like this.”

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POWER PLAY
POWER PLAY

PRESS RELEASE - POWER PLAY Toyota’s New Plano Campus Drafts Impressive Energy & Environmental Line Up  

Janine Benyus: What Businesses Can Learn from the 'Optimization Engine of Evolution'
Janine Benyus: What Businesses Can Learn from the 'Optimization Engine of Evolution'

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - In 1997, biologist Janine Benyus popularized the term “biomimicry,” with her groundbreaking book of the same name, and spearheaded the growth of the discipline dedicated to applying Nature’s designs and processes to create a healthier, more sustainable world. I recently spoke with Janine about some of her favorite biomimetic innovations, about asking more from our design interventions, and some of the yet untapped areas in which Nature’s genius could help solve our most intractable problems.

Uber Partners with SF Real Estate Developer to Incentivize Residents to Try Car-Free Living
Uber Partners with SF Real Estate Developer to Incentivize Residents to Try Car-Free Living

COLLABORATION - Between gridlock on bridges, freeways and surface streets and a frustrating dearth of adequate (or affordable) parketing options, anyone who’s ever lived in or around San Francisco can vouch for the fact that having a car is often more of a pain than a plus.

WEF Report Outlines 30 Steps to a Circular Construction Industry
WEF Report Outlines 30 Steps to a Circular Construction Industry

THE NEXT ECONOMY - The construction industry has been slower than most to adopt technological innovations, which has stagnated the sector’s labor productivity in the United States and elsewhere in the last 40 years. At the same time, the construction industry is the world’s largest consumer of raw materials, yet only a fraction of its waste gets recycled. According to a new report from the World Economic Forum (WEF), these factors coupled with the industry’s size and weight make construction ripe for disruptive transformation that could have profound benefits for the world.

4 Challenges Shaping Tomorrow’s Cities — and How Brands Can Help
4 Challenges Shaping Tomorrow’s Cities — and How Brands Can Help

COLLABORATION - More than half of the world’s population currently lives in cities and this is expected to reach 66 percent by 2050, according to the United Nations, when 2.5 billion people will be added to urban populations — with close to 90 percent of the increase concentrated in Asia and Africa. In the fight against climate change, cities represent the greatest challenge and opportunity — while they generate a vast majority (70 percent) of global greenhouse gas emissions, those who live in them actually have smaller carbon footprints than the national averages.

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Green Transition Scoreboard® Global Total Reaches $7.13T, Prioritizes 'Ending Externalities'
Green Transition Scoreboard® Global Total Reaches $7.13T, Prioritizes 'Ending Externalities'

THE NEXT ECONOMY - Ethical Markets Media has revealed a stunning new total for its Green Transition Scoreboard® (GTS), a metric that tracks private investments and commitments in creating more sustainable economies globally, showing the weight investors place on clean technologies driving the future of business and finance. The GTS’ goal is to see $10 trillion privately invested in the clean economy by 2020 to effectively scale innovations and reduce costs in sustainable technologies.

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