Archive for the ‘Environment’ Category

DOE Report Compares the Life-Cycle Environmental Impacts of an LED Lamp with Incumbent Technologies

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a report that looks at the direct and indirect material and process inputs to fabricate, ship, operate, and dispose of LED lamps, compared with incandescent lamps and compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs). LED Manufacturing and Performance is the second part of a larger DOE project to assess the […]

Top 10 States for LEED

Sq. ft. of space to earn LEED-certification in 2011 Per capita District of Columbia 18,954,022 31.50 Colorado 13,803,113 2.74 Illinois 34,567,585 2.69 Virginia 19,358,193 2.42 Washington 14,667,558 2.18 Maryland 11,970,869 2.07 Massachusetts 13,087,625 2.00 Texas 50,001,476 1.99 California 71,551,296 1.92 New York 36,538,981 1.89 Minnesota 9,591,445 1.81

ICC Announces Availability of New Green Code

A new model code for constructing and remodeling buildings is expected to make buildings more efficient, reduce waste, and have a positive impact on health, safety and community welfare. The 2012 International Green Construction Code (IgCC) will increase the energy-efficiency of structures, while providing direction and oversight of green design and construction, according to the […]

LEED Volume Program for Operations & Maintenance

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)’s LEED Volume Program for Operations & Maintenance is available for existing green building projects. The LEED Volume Program streamlines the certification process for high-volume property owners and managers of existing buildings and new construction projects. Utilizing a prototype-based approach, the program enables large-scale builders, owners, and managers to achieve […]

WAC LIGHTING Receives ISO–14001 Certification for Effective Environmental Management

WAC Lighting has received an ISO–14001 Certification for its effective environmental management system of designing and producing luminaires and components. The company operates a clean, wholly owned manufacturing campus with zero landfill status, recycling capabilities and in-house UL authorized labs. The ISO–14001 environmental management standards help organizations minimize their operations and manufacturing impact on the […]

EPA Reports 3.9 Percent Increase In U.S. Energy-Related CO2 Emissions in 2010

U.S. carbon dioxide emissions from the consumption of fossil fuels were 5,638 million metric tons carbon dioxide (MMTCO2) in 2010, an increase of 3.9% from the 2009 level, according to Energy-Related Carbon Dioxide Emissions 2010, an online analysis released today by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). This is the largest percentage increase in U.S. […]

OSRAM SYLVANIA And Veolia Environmental Services Expand Recycling Partnership to Canada

Veolia ES Technical Solutions, LLLC, the hazardous waste division of Veolia Environmental Services North America Corp. (VESNA), and OSRAM SYLVANIA recently announced the expansion of their joint online program to offer RecyclePak recycling kits into Canada. This collaboration began in 2006 when OSRAM SYLVANIA sought a lamp recycling solution for customers’ small quantities of mercury-containing […]

10,000th LEED Building Certified

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) recently announced that the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) has certified the 10,000th LEED commercial project. Created in 2000, the LEED green building program has become a global symbol of sustainable building certifying more than 1.4 million square feet of new and existing buildings every day. The Live Oak […]

Court Dismisses Lawsuit Against U.S. Green Building Council

The United States District Court in New York City has dismissed in its entirety the lawsuit brought against the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) by Henry Gifford and others, holding that none of the plaintiffs in the action had alleged or could allege any legal interest to be protected by their lawsuit, according to an […]

Meet The Chevy Volt

Not lighting related, but very cool! Meet the Chevy Volt. The engine design relies on electric power from its battery until it reaches its maximum range, at which point it seamlessly transitions to gasoline combustion. Why is this important for a green car? The experience of driving it meshes with the way we think about […]