Archive for the ‘Environment’ Category

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 […]

Point-Counterpoint on Fossil Fuels

In this SALON article by Michael Lind, “Everything You’ve Heard About Fossil Fuels May Be Wrong,” he argues that humans still enjoy access to abundant fossil fuel-based energy resources, particularly with discovery of new natural gas reserves, and advancing energy recovery technology. Andrew Leonard quickly penned a response published in SALON the next day, titled […]

Rare Earth Elements Equal Green Energy

Reprinted from NEMA’s eiXtra newsletter (February 7, 2011 issue), original source: Chris Rhodes, Forbes/Energy Source blog: The January issue of Chemistry World includes a warning on impending shortages of certain elements. Among them are the rare earth elements, in particular neodymium, production of which, it is reckoned, will have to increase five times to build […]