Day: June 13, 2006

ShoreBank grows by 'greening'

Read the full story in the Chicago Sun-Times.

Loans for green roofs and energy-efficient heating helped boost ShoreBank Corp.’s conservation loan portfolio by 16 percent from a year earlier.

A Field Guide: Ecofriendly, Efficient, and Effective Print

Published in June 2006, this handbook for graphic arts professionals discusses alternatives for design decisions that support sustainability without sacrificing style and impact. The guide presents information from choosing a paper source to binding the finished piece, including paper types, contents and chemical labeling; sizing to reduce paper waste; inks, finishing techniques, and coatings; binding; printing processes; and the use of environmental logos. [Source: GreenBiz.com]

IKEA Helps British Shoppers Kick Plastic Bag Habit

Read the full story in GreenBiz.com.

LONDON, June 13, 2006 – Swedish furniture giant IKEA has launched a three-pronged program to cut the number of plastic bags wasted by an estimated 20 million a year.

Responsible Care Recognizes U.S. Chemical Industry's Performance Leaders

Read the full story at GreenBiz.com.

ARLINGTON, Va., June 13, 2006 – The American Chemistry Council has recognized Milliken Chemical, NOVA Chemicals, and Rohm and Haas for outstanding leadership under the chemistry industry’s environmental, health, safety, and security performance initiative.

Home building goes green to save energy, provide comfort

Read the full story in the San Antonio Express.

Hundreds of homebuilders, architects and industry experts gathered recently in Albuquerque to share their ideas as part of the National Association of Home Builders’ Green Building Conference.

National Green Schools Conference to Promote Leadership in Green Building and Education

The U.S. Green Building Council, Turner Construction Company, the nation’s leading general builder, and Global Green USA, today announced the program for “Investing in the Future: A Green Schools Symposium.”

The conference is part of a series resulting from a commitment made at the Clinton Global Initiative Inaugural Meeting in 2005 by the USGBC and Turner Construction. This conference is also part of Global Green USA’s School Initiative, funded by the Annenberg Foundation. The daylong symposium will be held at The California Science Center in Los Angeles, Calif., on June 27.

The conference will focus on sustainable design and construction in both the K-12 and higher education sectors, and provide valuable insight on the significant economic, health and productivity benefits of building green schools.

“By giving people the information, resources, and tools they need to build green schools and universities, the Green Schools conference series is having a direct impact on our children’s future,” said Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO & founding chairman, USGBC. “Our children deserve every opportunity for success, and we owe it to them to provide healthy, safe, productive learning environments.”

The various panel discussions will include national, regional and local experts that will address the latest in research, policy and practice in the field of sustainable building and design.

“Investing in healthy green schools for our kids provides an opportunity to dramatically improve test scores, reduce sick days and create healthier learning environments,” said Global Green USA President, Matt Petersen. “Green Schools also save School Districts 20-40 percent on operating costs and allow more money to be spent on books and teacher salaries. With all the benefits, there’s no reason why every new school in the country shouldn’t be built green.”

Speakers include:

  • Keynoter Sim Van der Ryn, principal of Van der Ryn Architects and former state architect of California. Van der Ryn is an award-winning architect and consultant renowned for his ecologically sensitive, energy efficient, and sustainable design portfolio.
  • Darroch Young, chancellor, Los Angeles Community College District
  • Guy Mehula, deputy chief facilities executive, Los Angeles Unified
    School District

“Clearly green building is fast becoming a standard in both the private and public sectors, with proven performance and productivity benefits. The need and opportunity for greening our education system is tremendous,” said Thomas C. Leppert, chairman and CEO of The Turner Corporation. “By cosponsoring this conference series, we are providing more and more decision makers with the facts they need to move forward, including the crucial economic rationale.”

Following the conference, there will be a tour of Cahuenga New Elementary School No. 1, a showcase of Los Angeles Unified School District’s high performance schools program.

There is no charge for attendance, but registration is mandatory. For a complete program, please visit: http://communicate.usgbc.org/greenschools .

Architect sheds daylighting on high school design

Read the full story in the Green Bay Press-Gazette.

The new Green Bay School District high school will seek to maximize the use of natural light through building design and other efforts, according to one of its architects.

New from Environmental Health Perspectives in Press

Biomarkers of Exposure: A Case Study with Inorganic Arsenic. Hughes MF. 2006. Environ Health Perspect: doi:10.1289/ehp.9058. [Online 12 June 2006]

Integrating Biomonitoring Exposure Data into the Risk Assessment Process: Phthalates (Diethyl Phthalate and Di[2-Ethylhexyl] Phthalate) as a Case Study. Calafat AM and McKee RH. 2006. Environ Health Perspect: doi:10.1289/ehp.9059. [Online 12 June 2006]

The Green Energy Stock Challenge

Via Treehugger:

Do you scrupulously follow the news of new and emerging companies in the “green energy” sector? Do you know a thing or two about the stock market? If you’ve got the skills to pay the bills, you may want to enter the Green Energy Stock Challenge.

The contest, which begins on June 19th, involves creating a virtual portfolio of renewable energy and green technology companies, and then trading these faux equities to increase your portfolio’s value.

While you won’t make any actual money from your green financial acumen, the Challenge, along with its partners RenewableEnergyStocks.com, EnvironmentStocks.com and GreenTechInvestor.com are offering some pretty cool prizes for the traders that create the largest paper profits: the first place prize is a Zap Electric Car, while ten runners-up will win MicrocapTrade MicrocapFeed Individual Accounts, and the trader just below them wins a Zap Electric Scooter.

The list of companies in which you can invest looks pretty thorough, and contestants can suggest others that meet the Challenge’s criteria. The contest runs for two months, and is free to enter. :: Green Energy Stock Challenge via Cleantech Blog

Cyberpunk pioneer has designs on a better world

Read the full story in The Guardian (via Hugg).

The author of seminal science-fiction works is taking a very pragmatic approach to the world’s environmental challenges.

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