U.S. DOE Building Technologies Office Launches the Better Buildings Residential Network

On April 30, 2013, U.S. Department of Energy's Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency, Kathleen Hogan, announced the launch of the Better Buildings Residential Network at the ACI National Home Performance Conference and Leadership Summit in Denver, Colorado. The Better Buildings Residential Network connects energy efficiency programs and partners to share best practices and learn …

Employee Engagement Drives Sustainability Strategy

Read the full story at Environmental Leader. Have you considered how employee engagement can drive your sustainability strategy and how you can also leverage sustainability initiatives to engage your employees and create a values-driven culture of collaboration and creativity? While the majority of employees fall under the umbrella of not engaged (emotionally detached) and actively …

Wastewater Market Within Pulp, Paper Industry to Hit $1.56bn

Read the full story in Environmental Leader. The global market for water and wastewater treatment and equipment within the pulp and paper industry will grow from $983.9 million in 2012 to $1.569 billion in 2020, according to analysis from Frost & Sullivan. The market is expected to experience a 6 percent compound annual growth rate …

Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators Given to 11 US Teachers

The White House Council on Environmental Quality, in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), has announced the winners of the 2013 Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators. Eleven teachers from around the country are being recognized for their exceptional work as leaders in the field of environmental education in formal school settings. Award …

Can Sustainable Hospitals Help Bend the Health Care Cost Curve?

Download the document. Abstract: As policymakers seek to rein in the nation’s escalating health care costs, one area deserving attention is the health system’s costly environmental footprint. This study examines data from selected hospitals that have implemented programs to reduce energy use and waste and achieve operating room supply efficiencies. After standardizing metrics across the …

First Building in the World Covered in Algae

Read the full story at SustainableBusiness.com. We've written about the future of buildings - that they are moving toward those that can adapt and breathe - and now we're seeing the beginnings of that. An apartment building in Hamburg, Germany is giving us a peek into the future - it is covered with algae. Not that algae …

Starbucks, SABMiller take holistic approach to sustainability

Read the full story at GreenBiz. Food and beverage companies don’t have it easy. Climate change, rapid population growth and competition for dwindling natural resources all pose huge threats. Yet the industry is making the least progress in tackling these issues and reducing its environmental impact, according to advisory firm KPMG. At the same time, the …