Category: Green Building

The Top U.S. Cities for ENERGY STAR Certified Buildings

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced its annual “Top Cities” list, spotlighting the cities with the greatest number of ENERGY STAR certified commercial and multifamily buildings in 2021. Los Angeles leads with nearly 650 ENERGY STAR certified buildings. Close behind is Washington, D.C., with nearly 500 buildings, followed by Atlanta in third place. […]

Better Buildings Initiative Surpasses $15B in Energy Savings

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced a total $15.3 billion in energy savings through the Better Buildings Initiative, a public-private partnership with more than 900 businesses, state and local governments, utilities, housing authorities, and other organizations across the United States pursuing ambitious energy, waste, water, and/or greenhouse gas reduction goals and sharing their solutions. […]

ENERGY STAR Awards Honor Sustainability Efforts of Over 200 Organizations

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Energy (DOE) have announced the winners of the 2022 ENERGY STAR Awards. These 210 organizations, which represent the top ENERGY STAR partners, are making important contributions in support of America’s clean energy transition. They come from 37 states and span nearly every sector of the economy, including Fortune 500 […]

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Report Examines How U.S. Schools Tackled Air Quality During COVID

The Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council has released a new report detailing how K-12 school districts around the country have continued to manage indoor air quality (IAQ) within their schools during the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic. The report, which was co-authored with researchers from Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and developed […]

Energy-Efficient Lighting Upgrade Planned for One World Trade Center

The New York Power Authority (NYPA) and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey have announced that energy-efficient LED lights will be installed throughout One World Trade Center, the tallest building in the United States. “NYPA and Port Authority are partnering to upgrade and modernize the lighting at One World Trade Center, which […]

FAA Partners with U.S. Airports to Meet 2050 Net-Zero Climate Challenge

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and U.S. airports have launched an Airport Climate Challenge to help achieve the Biden-Harris administration’s goal of net-zero emissions by 2050. Airports can take advantage of several FAA funding programs to meet this goal, including grants for low- or zero-emissions vehicles, renewable energy production, energy assessments […]

Back to Basics: How Businesses Can Participate in the ENERGY STAR Program

Back to Basics is an article series that highlights important, but possibly overlooked, information facilities management professionals should know.  Facility professionals looking to have the most energy-efficient facilities should consider purchasing ENERGY STAR products and getting certified through the ENERGY STAR program. Sites eligible to participate in the program include manufacturing, industrial, commercial, and leased […]

How the University of Pittsburgh Plans to Become Carbon Neutral

In February 2020, the University of Pittsburgh announced its goal to go carbon neutral by 2037—13 years sooner than the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s call for global carbon neutrality. A new report, the Pitt Climate Action Plan, spells out how the university will achieve that goal through investments in clean energy, transportation, efficiency, and other areas. […]

That’s a Wrap on FM Healthy Buildings Week

As FM Healthy Buildings Week comes to a close, we want to take a look back at all the offerings and events that transpired throughout this exciting event. Plus, you can now watch the free educational sessions on-demand!

Solar Powers Target’s First Net Zero Energy Store

Major retailer Target Corp. announced its most sustainable store to date, as the site will generate more renewable energy than it needs annually to operate and will test multiple innovations to reduce the building’s emissions. The Vista, Calif., store’s retrofit and new features will inform Target’s investments in new stores and remodel programs that support its […]