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This current awareness service is prepared by the WSU Energy Program Library with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy State Energy Program. This information is provided for energy professionals and interested members of the public to highlight recent energy-related news, articles, and reports that discuss energy efficiency, energy conservation, and renewable sources of energy in engineering and policy circles.

 

Category: Sustainability

Sustainability


Green Building Report

Building Operating Management, Jan. 2016, by B. Alan Whitson.
http://www.facilitiesnet.com/green/article/14-Tips-for-Success-in-Green-Building---16409?source=part

A 4-part article from the U.S. Green Building Council:

Part 1: 14 Tips for Success in Green Building
Part 2: Green Strategies Include Early Use of Safety Experts, Installation Troubleshooting
Part 3: Other Green Strategies Include Inventory Management, Good Roof Maintenance 
Part 4: U.S. Green Building Council Perspective: High-Performance Green Buildings as a Keystone of a Low-Carbon Economy

Ground-breaking Research Finds that Green Office Buildings Deliver Higher Income and Value

Bentall Kennedy, Press Release, Oct. 2015.
http://www.bentallkennedy.com/news-2015-10-06.php

"Improved property performance is strongly correlated to green building certification, according to a ground-breaking study of Bentall Kennedy's North American office portfolio conducted by an internationally recognized academic research team."

An Inside Look at Cradle to Cradle Certification

Buildings, Oct. 2015, by Jennie Morton.
http://www.buildings.com/article-details/articleid/19417/title/an-inside-look-at-cradle-to-cradle-certification/viewall/true.aspx

"Have you found that trying to purchase sustainable products could be a job in and of itself? When you really need to focus on energy and water conservation, it’s hard to find the motivation to assess a manufacturer’s green claims. After all, you’re not a toxicologist, chemist, or lab technician. What you really need is verification that a product was sourced and manufactured in a responsible way, has no exposure risks for occupants while in use, and has reclamation options that will save it from the landfill."

Bioenergy & Sustainability: Bridging the Gaps

Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment (SCOPE), April 2015.
http://bioenfapesp.org/scopebioenergy/index.php

"Led by researchers from the Sao Paulo Research Foundation, the SCOPE report is the collective effort of 137 experts from 82 institutions and 24 countries to document and analyze impacts, benefits, and constraints related to the global expansion of bioenergy. Contributors include several BETO-funded scientists from Argonne National Laboratory, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory."

Passive Solar Design From a Passive House Perspective

Home Power, Mar.-Apr. 2015, by Katrin Klingenberg and others.
http://www.homepower.com/articles/home-efficiency/project-profiles/passive-solar-design-passive-house-perspective?v=print

"The Passive House approach to passive solar home design optimizes a home’s energy and economic performance with the three tenets of passive design—insulation, windows, and mass."

White House Announces New Executive Order To Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions in the Federal Government

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), EERE, FEMP Press Release, Mar. 19, 2015.
http://energy.gov/eere/femp/articles/white-house-announces-new-executive-order-reduce-greenhouse-gas-emissions-federal

"The White House today announced that President Obama issued a new executive order that will cut the federal government's greenhouse gas emissions 40% over the next decade (from 2008 levels) and increase the share of electricity the federal government consumes from renewable sources to 30%. According to the White House, the President’s executive order will build on the federal government’s progress in reducing emissions to promote more sustainability actions over the next 10 years."

This Vertical Farm Will Provide Wyoming Residents with 100,000 lbs of Fresh Produce Each Year

Inhabit, Mar. 9, 2015, by Charley Cameron.
http://inhabitat.com/this-vertical-farm-will-provide-wyoming-residents-with-100000lbs-of-fresh-produce-each-year/

"A 30 foot by 150 foot sliver of land located next to a parking lot in Jackson, Wyoming is set to be transformed into a vertical farm that will produce up to 100,000 lbs of produce each year. Using 90 percent less water than conventional farming, and absolutely no pesticides, the three-story Vertical Harvest greenhouse will enable the cold, land-locked city to provide locally-grown produce for its residents all year round."

Six Factors to Assess Green Roofs

Buildings Magazine, Feb. 2015, by Jim Kirby.
http://www.buildings.com/article-details/articleid/18496/title/6-factors-to-assess-green-roofs.aspx

"Through its lifecycle, a roof has a variety of environmental impacts. However, many impacts can be controlled by building owners and facility managers, resulting in lower energy costs and longer service life. Take control of these factors to curtail environmental impacts and reduce energy and lifecycle costs on all roofs."

UTEP Engineering Center Can Boost Business Efficiency, Profits

UTEP (University of Texas-El Paso) News, Feb. 23, 2015, by Nadia M. Whitehead.
http://news.utep.edu/?p=29171

"Local manufacturers who are looking to boost efficiency and increase profitability don’t have to go at it alone. The Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center (TMAC), an engineering program based at The University of Texas at El Paso, is here to help."

Growth in Employees and Demand for Green Construction

EcoBuilding Pulse, Dec. 29, 2014, by Katie Gloede.
http://www.ecobuildingpulse.com/construction/growth-in-employees-and-demand-for-green-construction_o.aspx

"Between 2010 and 2011, the percent of construction employees working in green construction and services jumped from 7.0 to 8.9 percent, according to data recently released by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics."
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