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Empire State Sets New Energy Efficiency Targets (Ind. Report)
New York State Public Service Commission
Date: 2020-01-20
In the Big Apple, the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) reports approval of new energy efficiency and electric heat pump targets aimed at dramatically reducing energy consumption in the state.

The new targets for investor-owned utilities are expected to attract roughly $2 billion in market-enabling investments to help transform the way New York residents and businesses heat and cool their homes and offices and move towards cleaner and healthier buildings and communities statewide.

Combined with other State initiatives, the new targets are expected to deliver a 3 pct reduction in annual electric usage and a 1.3 pct cut in annual natural gas usage by 2025.

Together with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the New York Power Authority (NYPA), the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) and a previous PSC order on efficiency, New York State in energy efficiency and clean heat investments from 2020 through 2025 will total $6.8 billion. (Source: New York State Public Service Commission, BigNews Network, 17 Jan., 2020) Contact: New York State Public Service Commission, 518-474-7080,; NYPA, Gil C. Quiniones, Pres., CEO,; LIPA, Tom Falcone, CEO, (631) 755-6900,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  NYSERDA,  LIPA,  NYPA,  

NYC Mandates All Bldg. "Green" Roof, Solar Systems (Ind Report)
New York City
Date: 2020-01-13
In the Big Apple, under recently enacted Climate Mobilization Act legislation, any roof undergoing major construction must now host either solar photovoltaic (PV) panels or a vegetation covered "green" roof system. Construction projects affected include new construction, vertical and horizontal extensions, and major modifications to any roof requiring a permit.

Buildings are responsible for more than 70 pct of greenhouse gas emissions in NYC, according to the Climate Mobilization Act. (Source: silive, 12 Jan., 2020) Contact: NYC Climate Mobilization Act,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Roof,  Solar,  Rooftop Solar,  NYC Solar,  

Goldman Sachs Sacks Fossil Fuel Financing (Ind. Report)
Goldman Sachs
Date: 2020-01-03
In the Big Apple, international banking firm Goldman Sachs reports it is the first major U.S.-based bank to publicly declare it will not finance new oil fossil fuel projects in the Arctic and other projects that "significantly convert or degrade a natural habitat". The banking giant also acknowledged the scientific consensus on climate change as "one of the most significant environmental challenges of the 21st century", according to its website.

Goldman Sachs also noted its commitment to invest $750 billion over the next 10 years in areas that focus on climate transition. As of the end of 2018, Goldman Sachs had financed $80 billion in clean-energy projects toward its goal of financing or investing $150 billion in clean energy by 2025, according to its 2019 annual report and website. (Source: Goldman Sachs, Petroleum Planet, Alaska Journal of Commerce, 31 Dec., 2019) Contact: Goldman Sachs , John Goldstein, Sustainable Finance Group, 212-902-1000,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Fissil Fuel,  Goldman Sachs,  Climate Change,  Fossil Fuel,  

US Gain Snares Wisc. Dairy Anaerobic Digesters (M&A, Ind Report)
U.S. Gain
Date: 2019-12-04
Appleton, Wisconsin-headquartered U.S. Gain, a leader in development, procurement and distribution of renewable natural gas (RNG) is reporting the purchase of anaerobic digesters at two Wisconsin dairy farms -- S&S Jerseyland Dairy LLC and Dallmann East River Dairy LLC -- to expedite RNG development for the transportation and energy markets.

The company is currently coordinating installation of biogas clean-up equipment at both dairy farms to strip the impurities from the biogas, in preparation for injected into the natural gas pipeline system. It will then seek RNG certification through the U.S. EPA and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to allow RNG distribution through private natural gas fueling stations, the GAIN Clean Fuel network and other non-transportation outlets. (Source: US Gain, PR, Dec., 2019) Contact: US Gain, Bryan Nudelbacher, Bus. Dev., Stephanie Lowney, Marketing Manager, (920) 381-2190,

More Low-Carbon Energy News U.S. Gain,  anaerobic digester,  RNG,  Renewable Natural Gas,  

NYC Bldgs Soon to Display Energy Efficiency Grades (Ind. Report)
Energy Efficiency
Date: 2019-11-25
In the Big Apple, under Local Law 33, which was passed in 2018 for implementation in 2020, all New York City buildings of 25,000 square-feet or more will be graded from A through D for energy efficiency and required to publicly display that grade along with the date of compliance.

To be graded by the city, buildings must submit their latest energy reports -- their Energy Star Portfolio Manager report -- by May 2020 to get their energy efficiency grade. The grade is based on Energy Star score, with buildings over 85 getting an A. An Energy Star score of 70-84 gets you a B, 55-69 is a C, and anything less than 55 is a D and subject to possible financial penalties. The program is in keeping with New York City's long-term energy efficiency and climate goals.(Source: FacilitiesNet, Nov., 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News NYC Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency,  

Teknion NY Double Platinum Certified (Ind. Report)
Date: 2019-10-18
In the Big Apple, furniture design firm Teknion Corp. is reporting its 15,514 square foot New York City showroom located at 641 Avenue of the Americas has achieved WELL Gold certification from The International WELL Building Institute and LEED Platinum Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

The New York property is Teknion's fourth to achieve WELL certification, and its second showroom this year. The New York showroom is also Teknion’s twelfth LEED certified showroom. (Source: Teknion, Woodworking Network, 16 Oct., 2019) Contact: Teknion,; International WELL Building Institute, 646.883.5001, 646.607.1058,,; US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500,

More Low-Carbon Energy News WELL Building,  Energy Efficiency,  USGBC,  LEED Certification,  

Energy Efficient Green Roofs Qualify for New NYC Tax Breaks (Ind. Report)
Green Roof
Date: 2019-08-14
In the Big Apple, a new green-roof tax abatement is giving some building owners an added incentive to create a green space on their roof. The new abatement triples the previous tax break from $5 to $15 per square foot in community districts where sewers overflow during rainstorms and that lack green spaces. The new abatement runs through July, 2024.

Although initially expensive to install, green roofs absorb stormwater, lower heating and cooling costs and increase a building's energy efficiency and thus reduce carbon emissions. (Source: Nature Conservancy, Public News Service, 14 Aug., 2019) Contact: Nature Conservancy, Emily Nobel Maxwell, NYC Program Director , 212-997-1880,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Nature Conservancy news,  Green Roof news,  Energy Efficiency news,  Green Building news,  

Wozniak Touts Malta Blockchain Energy-Efficiency Company (Int'l)
Date: 2019-07-22
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is reporting an investment in, and the launch of, EFFORCE, a Malta-headquartered company based on blockchain and work on bringing greater efficiency in the field of energy.

The company's business model is to save money on energy while helping improve the environment. Relating particularly to blockchain, the technology will reduce energy consumption to decrease energy wast.

EFFORCE "allows contributors to profit from the energy savings generated by energy efficiency projects worldwide", according to the company website. (Source: EFFORCE, AllStocks, 21 July, 2019) Contact: EFFORCE,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Blockchain,  

Bronx Passive House Project World's Largest (Ind. Report)
Passive House
Date: 2019-05-17
In the Big Apple, Park Avenue Green, a new $48.4 million 15-story, 154-unit mixed-income community development in the South Bronx is being lauded as the largest Passive House certified project in North America.

Developed by Omni New York LLC, Park Avenue Green completes a two-phase development that started with Morris Avenue Apartments, a neighboring LEED Gold-certified community. To ensure that the project met Passive House standards, the firm brought in Bright Power, a Manhattan-based energy consultant. Meeting Passive House standards increased construction cost approximately 5 pct, according to the developer. (Source: Omni New York LLC, Commercial Property Exec., 16 May, 2019) Contact: International Passive House Association,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Passive House Certification,  

"Your Polluting Buildings are Part of the Problem", de Blasio Tells Trump (Notable Quote)
Climate Change, Bill De Blasio
Date: 2019-05-15
"Our message is loud and clear. We're tackling climate change head-on with NYC's Green New Deal and are the first city in the world to require all big buildings to cut their emissions, with the goal of a carbon neutral city by 2050. President Trump -- you're on notice. Your polluting buildings are part of the problem. Cut your emissions or pay the price." -- New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio

Reducing emissions from buildings -- which are responsible for nearly 70 pct of all greenhouse gas emissions -- is a key strategy of New York City's Green New Deal and commit the city to carbon neutrality by 2050.

As we previously reported, Trump Tower uses more energy than 93 pct of New York City's large residential buildings. Across the Big Apple, Trump owns at least eight buildings that do not meet 2030 emissions levels under the law. These include the Trump International Hotel & Tower, the Trump Building, the Trump World Tower, the Trump Tower, Trump Park Avenue, Trump Parc, Trump Parc East and Trump Palace. If Trump fails to clean up these buildings, he will owe approximately $2.1 million in fines every year beginning in 2030. (Source: NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, 6sqft,Various Media, 14 May, 2019) Contact: NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Bill De Blasio,  Carbon Neutral,  Carbon Emissions,  

U.S. Gain's Sixth RNG Project Now Online (Ind. Report)
U.S. Gain
Date: 2019-05-08
Appleton, Wisconsin-based U.S. Gain, a leader in development, procurement and distribution of sustainable energy solutions, is reporting completion of its sixth renewable natural gas (RNG) landfill development project at the Carter Valley Landfill in Church Hill, Tennessee.

Methane gas from Carter Valley Landfill, which is owned by recycling and non-hazardous solid waste disposal specialist Republic Services, Inc., is captured, cleaned, and converted to RNG for the transportation sector. The project will generate enough RNG to fuel more than 80 class 8 trucks daily, displacing almost 1,500,000 gpy of diesel.

As a vertically-integrated renewable natural gas (RNG) supplier, U.S. Gain is investing in development projects at landfills, dairies and wastewater treatment plants, expanding availability of the cleanest fuel and energy solution for leading companies, fleets and fueling station owners. With an in-house proprietary risk management system, U.S. Gain is able to generate and monetize renewable credits, maximizing values associated with renewable natural gas. U.S. Gain has also built a network of GAIN Clean Fuel® natural gas fueling stations throughout the United States and Canada (Source: U.S .Gain, PR, 7 May, 2019) Contact: U.S. Gain, Stephanie Lowney, Marketing Manager, (920) 381-2190,

More Low-Carbon Energy News U.S. Gain,  Renewable Natural Gas,  RNG,  

NYC Mayor Touts OneNYC2050 Carbon Neutrality Goals (Ind. Report)
Bill de Blasio
Date: 2019-04-24
In the Empire State, NYC mayor Bill de Blasio is trumpeting the OneNYC 2050 plan aimed at slashing the Big Apple's greenhouse gas emissions 28 pct and putting the city on track to make a 40 pct cut in emissions by 2030 and to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.

The Mayor's announcement comes on the heels of the City Council legislative package called the Climate Mobilization Act, the centerpiece of which is an emissions cap on buildings 25,000 square feet and up -- houses of worship and rent controlled and affordable housing excepted -- compelling landlords to retrofit their buildings beginning in 2024 or face hefty fines. The legislation aims to slash buildings' GHG emissions -- which currently account for almost 70 pct of the citywide total -- by 40 pct in 2030 and 80 pct by 2050. OneNYC 2050 leverages and expands on that bill by banning construction of energy inefficient, glass-facade structures touches on pre-existing plans to shore up the city's defenses against climate change related natural disasters and storms. Mayor De Blasio projects these initiatives will cost the city roughly $14 billion. (Source: NYC, Various Media, Waste360, April, 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Neutral,  Carbon Emissions Bill de Blasio,  

REBNY Offers Energy-Efficiency, Sustainability Program (Ind Report)
Real Estate Board of New York
Date: 2019-04-22
In th Big Apple, the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) trade association reports it will launch an energy efficiency and sustainability education program designed specifically for licensed real estate agents and salespeople. Attendees will learn about market demand for sustainability, financial benefits of energy-efficient buildings for landlords and tenants, and how environmental policies impact commercial transactions.

The $40 continuing education program will be taught by trained instructors from the Institute for Market Transformation in collaboration with the Mayor's Office of Sustainability, the state Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the Environmental Defense Fund and other groups. Agents can learn (Source: REBNY, Crain's New York Business, 19 April, 2019) Contact: Real Estate Board of New York, John Banks, Pres., (212) 532-3100,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency ,  

Entsorga WV Leverages MBT to Produce Renewable Fuel (Ind. Report)
BioHiTech Global
Date: 2019-04-17
Following up on our March 6 coverage, Entsorga West Virginia, a partnership between Apple Valley Waste LLC., Entsorga USA, and Chestnut Ridge, NY-based waste management specialist BioHiTech Global, Inc., is reporting last month's launch of a plant in Martinsburg, West Virginia.

The facility processes mixed municipal solid waste (MSW) through a patented mechanical pre-screening and biological treatment process, composts it, then further refines it to produce an EPA approved renewable fuel.

The technology is patented by the Italian engineering firm, Entsorga Italia, and been deployed through Europe.

Berkley (W.Va.) County Solid Waste Authority provided the land for the Martinsburg project, which is being financed with $25 million in tax-exempt, private bonds issued by the West Virginia Economic Development Authority. The facility will produce about 55,000 tpy of SRF from about 110,000 tpy of MSW.

Entsorga West Virginia has another MBT facility undergoing the permitting process in Rensselaer, N.Y., and is talking to other potential partners, according to a company release. (Source: Entsorga, Waste360, 16 April, 2019) Contact: BioHiTech Global, Inc, Frank E. Celli, CEO, Rich Galterio, Exec. VP, (845) 367.0603,,; Entsorga West Virginia, (845) 262-1081,

More Low-Carbon Energy News BioHiTech Global,  Renewable Fuel,  

Big Apple Green Roof Opportunities Touted (Ind. Report)
Nature Conservancy
Date: 2019-03-15
In the Empire State, the Nature Conservancy, working with partners in the Green Roof Researchers Alliance, has released a comprehensive estimate of green roofs in New York City. The project merges publicly available data with remote sensing technologies to create data and maps that help better understand this asset and can be used to guide policymaking and city planning.

Green roofs absorb heavy rains, give buildings an extra layer of insulation, increase building energy efficiency, lower carbon footprints, combat urban heat island effect and improve air quality . About 730 buildings covering roughly 40 acres in the Big Apple presently have green roofs.

Download Green Roofs in NYC data HERE. (Source: Nature Conservancy, Mar., 2019) Contact: Nature Conservancy,; Green Roof Researchers Alliance,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Nature Conservancy ,  Green Roof,  Energy Efficiency,  Green Building,  

Indian State Plans Cashew Ethanol, CNG Pilot Projects (Int'l)
Date: 2018-12-12
The government of the west-central Indian state of Maharashtra is reporting a proposal to produce ethanol and compressed natural gas (CNG) from the fermentation of cashew apple and cashew apple cake and has, to that end, has identified several regional large-scale cashew nut producers to establish two pilot projects. The government also established a ten-member committee comprised of industry players, academics and others to make recommendations and to see the projects to completion.

Maharashtra state produces approximately 2.5 lakh tpy of cashew cake and 22 lakh tpy of cashew apple, as well as 60,000 tpy of cashew nuts. It has been estimated that the state can produce nearly 4.5 lakh lpy of ethanol. (Source: Gov. of Maharashtra, DNA, Dec., 2018) Contact: Gov. of Maharashtra,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  India Biofuel,  CNG,  Biofuel,  

NYC Building Carbon Emissions Regulations Set for City Council Consideration (Reg & Leg)

Date: 2018-11-23
The bill aims to curb emissions by buildings that are over 25,000 square feet. In the Big Apple, City Councilman Costa Constantinides reports that long-delayed legislation that would require buildings of over 25,000 square-feet to implement new measures to reduce their greenhouse gas output is slated for city council consideration next week.

. Under the legislation, an Office of Building Energy Performance would be created under the Department of Buildings to oversee compliance for the larger buildings. Constantinides said buildings that emit the most greenhouse gas will have to comply earlier than those that emit less. Buildings greater than 50,000 square feet will be required to meet the new regulations, and retrofit their properties with energy-efficient technology to meet the standard. (Source: AM New York, NYC Councilman Costa Constantinides,, 21 Nov., 2018) Contact: Office of City Councilman Costa Constantinides,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Building Carbon Emission,  NYC Emissions,  

Wynn Las Vegas Joins EPA Green Power Partnership (Ind. Report)
EPA Green Power Partnership
Date: 2018-10-31
In the Silver State, Wynn Las Vegas resort is reporting acceptance into the U.S. EPA Green Power Partnership, a collective of organizations that are voluntarily leading innovation and the production and use of efficient green energy in America.

The Wynn announcement follows on the heels of the Wynn Solar Facility, a new 160-acre solar complex dedicated to generating renewable energy to power the Las Vegas resort. Combined with 103,000 square feet of on-site rooftop solar panels, Wynn Las Vegas is creating and using more than 45 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually, which is enough green power to meet 25 percent of the resort's electric load.

Wynn Las Vegas becomes the largest Green Power Partner in the hotel industry in the nation and remains dedicated to increasing sustainable design practices, creating and sourcing renewable energy, energy efficiency and exceeding US Green Building Council LEED Gold Building Certification standards.

The Green Power Partnership aims to increase the use of green energy and advance the green power market. The 1,500-strog partnership -- which counts Microsoft, Intel, Bank of America, Apple, Johnson & Johnson and Starbucks among its members -- voluntarily uses nearly 53 billion kWh of green power annually. (Source: Wynn Las Vegas, PR, 29 Oct., 2018) Contact: Wynn Las Vegas,; EPA Green Power Partnership,

More Low-Carbon Energy News EPA Green Power Partnership,  

Wynn Las Vegas Joins EPA Green Power Partnership (Ind. Report)
EPA Green Power Partnership
Date: 2018-10-31
In Nevada, Wynn Las Vegas Resort is reporting acceptance into the U.S. EPA Green Power Partnership, a collective of organizations that are voluntarily leading the innovation, production and use of renewable energy in America.

The distinction comes less than five months after the debut of the Wynn Solar Facility, a new 160-acre solar complex solely dedicated to generating renewable energy to power the Las Vegas resort. Combined with 103,000 square feet of on-site rooftop solar panels, Wynn Las Vegas is creating and using more than 45 million kWh of green power annually, which is enough green power to meet 25 pct of the resort's electric load.

Other Green Power Partners, The Green Power Partnership is a voluntary program that helps increase green power use among U.S. organizations to advance the American market for green power and development of those sources as a way to reduce air pollution and other environmental impacts associated with electricity use. The Partnership has over 1,500 partners -- including Microsoft, Intel, Bank of America, Apple, Johnson & Johnson and Starbucks -- voluntarily using nearly 53 billion kWh of green power per year.. (Source: Wynn Las Vegas, PR, 29 Oct., 2018) Contact: Wynn Las Vegas, Erik Hansen, Chief Sustainability Officer,; EPA Green Power Partnership,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy news,  Green Energy news,  EPA Green Power Partnership news,  

NY/NJ PA Stresses Energy Efficiency to Meet Paris Climate Agreement Goals (Ind. Report)
Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Date: 2018-10-26
In the Big Apple, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey reports its Board of Commissioners voted yesterday to meet the goals of the Paris climate agreement, with a 35 percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2035 and an 80 percent reduction by 2050. The Port Authority plan builds on a 13 pct reduction in carbon emissions the agency had already achieved over the past 10 years.

To that end, the Port Authority will invest $100 million in airport energy efficiency with between 600 and 750 light duty vehicles being swapped out for electric powered vehicles. New lighting will be installed at the Port Authority Bus Terminal, World Trade Center, George Washington Bridge, and three airports, and 35 intra-airport shuttle buses to be converted to electric power. The plan would not immediately address emissions from truck and rail operators at the port, nor would it cover the major airlines serving the region. (Source: Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, PR,, 25 Oct., 2018) Contact: NY/NJ Port Authority, Rick Cotton, Exec. Dir., (973) 961-6007,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Paris Climate Agreement,  Carbon Emissions,  

Apple's Isreal R&D Center Scores with LEED Gold, Silver (Int'l)
Date: 2018-10-19
In Herzliya, Isreal, Apple's R&D centre, the company's second largest development facility, has been awarded US Green Building Council LEED Gold and Silver certification, according to the facility's designer Yashar Architects.

The facility is composed of two separate buildings joined by a five-floor suspended atrium. The energy efficiency features include: a building envelope consisting of four types of curtain walls, each one with a different type of glazing to maximize indoor comfort; glass panels printed with dots that filter the light for better and cost efficient temperature control; rooftop solar panels; a smart automatic on-off lighting system; and a climate control system designed to consume 40 pct less electricity than comparable systems. (Source: Yashar Architects, FloorNature, 18 Oct., 2018) Contact: Yashar Architects, +972 3-620-3220,; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Apple,  Energy Efficiency,  LEED Certification,  US Green Building Council,  

NYU Touts Sustainability, Energy Efficiency Efforts (Ind. Report)
New York University
Date: 2018-09-28
In the Big Apple, New York University (NYU) has announced the formation of a new working group to carry out new measures to make NYU more sustainable. The effort is expected to include the installation of the university'sfirst rooftop photovoltaic array, capital commitments to make NYU buildings more energy efficient, and others.

Over 90 pct of NYU's energy consumption is building-related. Accordingly, the University is committing $3 to $4 million per year to ensure that all significant NYU construction projects will be LEED certified, targeting Silver certification as a minimum. NYU currently has 11 buildings that are certified LEED Platinum, Gold, or Silver.

Since 2007, NYU has reduced its emissions by 30 pct. for annual reduction of 59,000 metric tons of carbon. The school has also pledged to achieve a 50 pct reduction by 2025 and carbon neutrality by 2040.

(Source: New York University, 26 Sept., 2018) Contact: NYU, John Beckman, (212) 998-6848, Cecil Scheib, NYU Sustainability Lead,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency.LEED Certification,  

Apple Supporting Carbon Sequestration through Mangrove Restoration (Ind. Report)
Mangrove, Apple
Date: 2018-09-17
Smart Phone juggernaut Apple reports it is investing an undisclosed sum in a project in Colombia to restore mangroves and sequester as much as 17,000 metric tons (18,739 tons) of carbon dioxide in two years. That’s equal to the emissions that the fleet of vehicles updating Apple Maps will produce over the coming decade, according to the Apple release.

Beyond cutting the amount of carbon dioxide we put into the atmosphere, scientists show that we will also need to pull carbon dioxide from the air to avoid catastrophic climate change. There are six so-called “negative-emissions technologies” that can help us get there: afforestation and reforestation; enhanced weathering (using minerals that capture carbon dioxide); soil carbon (tweaking the crops and forests we currently grow to absorb more carbon); biochar (using a special kind charcoal as to trap carbon dioxide); BECCS (bioenergy with carbon capture and storage, which requires capturing carbon dioxide produced by burning biomass like wood and then burying it underground); and DAC (direct air capture, which involves the use of machines that are essentially trees on steroids to suck carbon dioxide from the air and bury it underground).

Among those negative-emissions technologies, mangrove restoration would be classed as reforestation. The Conservation International project would cover an area of 17,000 hectares (42,000 acres) in the Sinu river delta. The NGO will use the money raised for the project to help the 12,000 people in the community who use the mangroves for food, firewood, and livelihoods. Conservation International believes the carbon offsets will provide financial security to the region and develop sustainable ways to support tourism and fisheries.

(Source: Apple, PR, Sept., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Sequestration news,  Apple news,  Mangrove news,  

Date: 2018-09-17
Apple’s newest smartphones may not have received all-round praise, but its latest environmental initiative surely should. On Friday (Sep. 14), the world’s most valuable company said it is investing an undisclosed sum in a project in Colombia to restore mangroves and sequester as much as 17,000 metric tons (18,739 tons) of carbon dioxide in two years. That’s equal to the emissions that the fleet of vehicles updating Apple Maps will produce over the coming decade.

“Mangroves live at the edge of the land and sea, providing local communities with coastal protection, habitat for their fisheries, and a wealth of biodiversity,” according to Conservation International, an NGO that’s leading the mangrove restoration project. “These and other ocean wetlands store up to 10 times the carbon per unit area as terrestrial forests, making them a vital ally in the fight against climate change.” A 2016 study of 3,000 deforested mangrove patches found that most of them were being cut down for the use of growing rice, palm trees, or expanding fisheries.

Beyond cutting the amount of carbon dioxide we put into the atmosphere, scientists show that we will also need to pull carbon dioxide from the air to avoid catastrophic climate change. There are six so-called “negative-emissions technologies” that can help us get there: afforestation and reforestation; enhanced weathering (using minerals that capture carbon dioxide); soil carbon (tweaking the crops and forests we currently grow to absorb more carbon); biochar (using a special kind charcoal as to trap carbon dioxide); BECCS (bioenergy with carbon capture and storage, which requires capturing carbon dioxide produced by burning biomass like wood and then burying it underground); and DAC (direct air capture, which involves the use of machines that are essentially trees on steroids to suck carbon dioxide from the air and bury it underground).

Among those negative-emissions technologies, mangrove restoration would be classed as reforestation. The Conservation International project would cover an area of 17,000 hectares (42,000 acres) in the Sinu river delta. The NGO will use the money raised for the project to help the 12,000 people in the community who use the mangroves for food, firewood, and livelihoods. Conservation International believes the carbon offsets will provide financial security to the region and develop sustainable ways to support tourism and fisheries.

Earlier this year, Apple also announced that all of its electricity use in 45 countries is powered by 100% renewable energy. Some of the success of such environmental shifts are down to the lower cost of renewable energy, but much credit also goes to environmental campaigns like Greenpeace’s Click Clean that hold tech companies to account on their sustainability promises. That said, there’s still a long way to go if Apple plans to cut emissions from all its energy use. (Source: Apple, PR, Sept., 2018)

NYC Landlords Committing to Energy Consumption Cuts (Ind. Report)
New York City
Date: 2018-08-17
In the Big Apple, SL Green Realty, Vornado Realty Trust and other major property developers are reporting having signed on to a plan to cut energy use in the city’s larger buildings by 20 pct by 2030. The plan would include buildings of 25,000 sq-ft or large, of which there are approximately 50,000. If implemented, the plan would advance city more than a third of the way to its goal of cutting greenhouse-gas emissions by 80 pct by 2050.

In 2005, about two-thirds of New York City's 61 million metric tpy of greenhouse gases came from its buildings. The city reduced that to 52 million metric tons by 2016. (Source: The Real Deal, Bloomberg, 15 Aug., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Carbon Emissions,  Energy Consumption,  

Baltimore Files Suit Against Big Oil for Spurring Climate Change (Ind. Report, Reg & Leg)
Date: 2018-07-23
The Baltimore Sun is reporting the City of Baltimore on Friday joined New York, California, Colorado, Rhode Island and a growing list of state and municipal governments taking legal action against dozens of oil and gas majors , seeking to hold them financially responsible for their contributions to global climate change.

The claimants argue that the companies violated state laws, including a consumer protection statute, by concealing and disputing links between fossil fuel emissions and climate change.

Unfortunately for the claimants, federal Judge John Keenan of New York's Southern District, last week dismissed a lawsuit the Big Apple's officials filed against oil companies, and a California federal court tossed a case filed by the cities of San Francisco and Oakland, saying it was a matter for Congress to handle. (Source: Baltimore City Solicitor Office, Baltimore Sun, 20 July, 2018) Contact: Baltimore City Solicitor, Andre M. Davis, (410) 396-3100,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  

Apple Launches $300Mn China Suppliers Clean Energy Fund (Int'l)
Date: 2018-07-16
IT giant Apple is reporting the launch of the China Clean Energy Fund intended to connect its Chinese suppliers with renewable energy sources. The Fund will see Apple partner with 10 initial suppliers to invest $300 million over the next four years to help develop more than 1 GW of clean energy projects in China.

As reported in our 13 April edition, Apple says its global operations across 43 countries are now powered by 100 pct renewable energy and/or renewable energy PPAs. (Source: Apple, CleanTechnica, 13 July, 2018) Contact: Apple, Lisa Jackson, VP Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Apple,  Renewable Energy,  

Siemens' Green Ammonia Project Set for Launch (Int'l Report)
Siemens,Siemens Corporate Technologies
Date: 2018-06-27
Siemens Corporate Technologies is reporting it will launch a £1.5 million ($2 million) demonstration project at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory at the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus in Oxfordshire in the UK to showcase the potential of using "green ammonia" for energy storage or fuel.

The project, which was developed in partnership with Oxford University and the University of Cardiff, aims to show that renewable power can be used to split water to produce hydrogen, which can then be combined with nitrogen extracted from the air to make ammonia. This can then be stored and transported for future use as a carbon-free fuel producing only water and nitrogen.

Other partners in the project include the Sciences and Technology Facilities Council and Innovate UK. (Source: Siemens Corporate Technologies, The Chemical Engineer, June, 2018) Contact: Siemens Corporate Technologies, Ian Wilkinson, Programme Manager, (609) 734-6500,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Amonia,  Siemens,  

C4COIN Raises $450,000 in Seed Funding (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-05-25
In the Big Apple, carbon negative blockchain technology developer C4Coin reports the closing of a $450,000 seed funding round led by Miles O'Brien. The funds will be used to grow the company's team and to advance foundational partnerships.

Founded in 2017, C4Coin will reward eco-conscious activities that generate verifiable carbon offsets. Users creating these offsets will receive carbon credit tokens called CO2KNs. These tokens can be retired through an innovative consensus protocol to earn a traditional crypto-asset called C4Coin.

The company plans to launch its blockchain in Q4 2018.

The name C4Coin stems from the biological process of carbon fixation. Plants take CO2 and inorganic Carbon 4 and break them down into organic, useable carbon and oxygen. (Source: C4Coin, PR, 24 May, 2018) Contact: C4Coin, Harrison Perl, CEO,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Offset,  Carbon Credits,  Carbon Trading,  

National Grid Issues $1Mn Energy Efficiency Rebate (Ind. Report)
National Grid,Rochdale Village
Date: 2018-05-16
National Grid reports it will provide more than $1 million in energy efficiency rebates to the owners of the world's largest housing cooperative, Rochdale Village in Jamaica Queens, New York.

The 120-acre housing co-op includes 20 apartment buildings, a daycare center, three schools, a public library, a business district, two shopping mall and a power plant, saves about 1.3 million therms annually as a result of energy efficiency measures. The co-op is on pace to meet the Big Apple's Carbon Challenge to reduce building emissions by 30 pct by 2025.

Rochdale Village recently completed several energy efficient improvements including, installation of low-flow shower heads in apartments, new roof installations on over 20 structures, and a campus-wide conversion to LED lighting. (Source: National Grid, Energy Insider, 15 May, 2018) Contact: National Grid, Louis Rizzo, Energy Programs Operations,; Rochdale Village,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency Rebate,  Energy Efficiency,  Rochdale Village,  

Partners Developing Carbon-Free Aluminium Smelting (Ind. Report)
Apple, RioTinto,Alcoa
Date: 2018-05-14
In Canada, IT giant Apple Inc. reports it is partnering with aluminium producers Alcoa Corp. and Rio Tinto Group to develop a new aluminum-making process that eliminates greenhouse gas emissions.

The partnership, which will receive initial funding of $188 million (Cdn) ($US147 million), will be based in Montreal and have a research facility in Quebec's Saguenay region. Apple will invest $10 million in the project while Alcoa and Rio-Tino will invest $43 million between them. The Governments of Canada and the Province of Quebec will add an additional $94 million.

The GHG emission reduction will be achieved by the replacement of a carbon anode -- which is normally burnt during the smelting process -- with an "advanced conductive material" that releases oxygen rather than carbon dioxide. The technology is still in development but expected to be available in 2024.

(Source: Apple, Financial Post, Others, 10 May, 2018) Contact: Rio Tinto Canada,; Alcoa,; Apple,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  GHG Emissions,  Apple,  Alcoa,  RioTinto ,  

Apple Claiming 100 pct Clean Energy Worldwide (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-04-13
California tech giant Apple reports it has achieved a goal of "100 pct clean energy" for its retail stores, offices, data centers and co-located facilities in 43 countries. Nine of Apple's manufacturing partners have committed to power all of their Apple production with clean energy, bringing the total number of supplier commitments to 23.

According to an Apple statement, the company and its partners are building renewable energy projects around the world, including solar arrays and wind farms, as well as emerging technologies like biogas fuel cells, micro-hydro generation systems and energy storage technologies. The company added it has 25 operational renewable energy projects around the world, totaling 626 megawatts of generation capacity. It also has 15 more projects in construction. Once built, over 1.4 gigawatts of renewable energy generation will be spread across 11 countries. (Source: Apple, AFP, 10 April, 2018)

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Glasgow Office Building Lauded for Green Credentials (Int'l)
Green Building
Date: 2018-04-11
In Scotland, the Green Organization is reporting an eight-story mixed-use building on the Queen Street site of the former Bank of Scotland Building in Glasgow has been recognized with a Scottish Green Apple Environment Silver award.

Constructed in 2015, the building features a concave facade of curtain wall glazing; a green roof consisting of a Sedum planting system which is designed as a wildlife habitat; a complete wet and dry waste recycling system; and other energy efficient features. The building is being recognized as one of Scotland's greenest and most sustainable office buildings. (Source: Project Scotland, April, 2018) Contact: The Green Organization, +44 01933 665591,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Building,  Energy Efficiency,  

Apple Opposes Repeal of Obama Clean Power Plan (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-04-09
In response to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's announced plan to cancel the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan (CPP) , communications giant Apple issued the following "public comment" in opposition to the Trump administration's proposed rule changes:

"Apple is committed to leaving the world better than we found it. Part of our commitment is to reduce our own impact on climate change by using renewable energy sources and driving energy efficiency in our products and facilities. However, we believe that governments, as well as industry leaders, must take a lead role in the global battle to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and fight climate change. For a number of reasons, EPA should not repeal the Clean Power Plan."

According to Apple, adopting the plan would help the US become a global leader in the effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Apple adds that its own efforts have shown that the CPP's targets are achievable without negatively impacting reliability or resiliency.

In 2016, Apple, Amazon, Google and Microsoft filed a joint brief to the Supreme Court supporting the CPP and its goals. (Source: Apple, April, 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Obama Clean Power Plan,  

NYC Touts Small Bldg Energy Efficiency, Emissions Program (Ind. Report)
Office of Mayor BIll de Blasio
Date: 2018-03-26
In the Big Apple, the Office of Mayor BIll de Blasio is touting the $6.6 million, three-year Community Retrofit NYC program. The 2016 program was created and funded by New York City to provide engineering, financial and construction management and energy-related advisory services to small- and mid-sized buildings -- from five to 50 units -- in 12 financially challenged districts to make older and often poorly maintained buildings more efficient and to help simplify the energy and water efficiency retrofit process. To date, Retrofit NYC has worked with 384 buildings

The program is one of several launched by Mayor Bill de Blasio's Office of Sustainability and the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development, as part of the mayor's commitment to reduce citywide greenhouse gas emissions by 80 pct by 2050.

As buildings account for 40 pct of national greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, the US could avoid 80,000 tons of GHG emissions by remodeling one out of every 100 homes, according to U.S. Green Council (USGBC). (Source: Community Retrofit NYC, NextCity, 22 Mar., 2018) Contact: Community Retrofiy NYC,; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500,; Office of Mayor Bill de Blasio,

More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC,  Energy Efficiency,  USGBC,  Office of Mayor BIll de Blasio,  

Newfoundland Set to Auction First Carbon Credits (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-03-21
Following up on our Nov. 1, 2017 coverage, the province of Newfoundland-Labrador's first 50,000 carbon credits will soon be on the auction block. Local environmental firm Sharp Management quantified, verified and acquired certification for the credits through partnerships with the towns of Stephenville and Appleton-Glenwood to design and implement engineered wetlands to treat sewage waste water.

"These carbon credits represent a significant step towards giving municipalities a green solution to their wastewater needs that is truly self-sustainable," Sharp Management said.(Source: Office of Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Dwight Ball, The Telegram, 19 Mar, 2018) Contact: Office of Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Dwight Ball, (709) 729-3570,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Newfoundland,  Carbon Tax,  Carbon Credit,  

ecobee Touts Alexa Voice-Activated SWITCH+ (New Prod. & Tech)
Date: 2018-03-16
In Toronto, ecobee, Inc., developer of the world's first smart Wi-Fi thermostat, is reporting the launch of its smart light switch, the ecobee Switch+ with built-in far-field voice technology and the Amazon Alexa Voice Service.

The ecobee Switch+ will sell for $99 in the U.S. and $119 (CAD) in Canada and is available for online pre-order and in stores March 26, 2018. Like all ecobee products, ecobee Switch+ will integrate with Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit, the Google Assistant, SmartThings and IFTTT.

The company says it expects the new ecobee Switch+ to propel the smart home industry into a whole home voice future. (Source: ecobee Inc., PR, Contact: ecobee Inc., Stuart Lombard, Pres., CEO, (647) 428-2220,

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ConEdison, Tesla Partner on Powerpack Installations (Ind. Report)
Tesla,ConEdison,Orange and Rockland
Date: 2018-02-19
In the Big Apple, New York's largest electric utility, Con Edison, reports it has partnered with Tesla to propose a series of Powerpack energy storage installations in collaboration with Orange and Rockland (O&R), a Con Edison subsidiary.

The Project will develop and test methods of mitigating barriers to energy storage implementation. The demonstration project batteries will consist of a 4MW/8MWh portfolio of aggregated batteries located at individual battery sites behind-the-meter of commercial and industrial customers and co-located with distribution-connected remote solar projects. The battery installations will be developed, designed, installed, operated and maintained by Tesla.

The $5.6 million project is expected to pay for itself quickly by creating over $700,000 in value per year in the New York ISO energy, capacity and ancillary services markets. (Source: Tesla, ConEdison, ElecTrek. 15 Feb., 2018)Contact: Orange and Rockland,; Tesla Power Pack,; ConEdison, Jorge J. Lopez, Pres., CEO, (914) 286-7094,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Tesla Powerpack,  Con Edison,  Energy Storage,  

JFK Terminal T4 Lands LEED Gold Certification (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-02-16
In the Big Apple, Terminal 4 at John F. Kennedy International Airport has been awarded US Green Building Council LEED Gold certification for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance. The LEED gold certification recognizes T4 as one of the top performers in the world in energy management, water efficiency, air quality, waste management and green cleaning.

Through operations and maintenance improvements, the terminal has seen a 30 pct increase in performance compared to other airport terminals and uses 34 pct less water than comparable buildings.

Since opening in 2001, T4 has grown from serving 6 million passengers per year to more than 21 million travelers. (Source: USGBC, Energy Manager, 14 Feb., 2018) Contact: USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO, (202) 552-1500,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  USGBC,  LEED Gold,  

VVWRA Scores $92,600 Energy Efficiency Design Rebate (Ind. Report)
Southern California Edison
Date: 2018-02-02
In the Golden State, the Victor Valley Wastewater Reclamation Authority (VVWRA) is reporting receipt of a $92,676 rebate from Southern California Edison for incorporating energy efficiency into the design of two sub-regional water recycling facilities in Apple Valley and Hesperia.

The rebate check was afforded by Southern California Edison Savings by Design Program, which provides incentives to SCE customers who engage early in the design process and incorporate energy efficiency recommendations into their projects. The subregional plants included high-efficiency blowers, pumps, variable frequency drives and dissolved oxygen controls to maximize energy savings of 460,667 kwh at the Apple Valley facility and 531,961 kwh savings at the Hesperia plant. The authority began working with SCE on energy efficient designs in 2010, equaling an annual energy savings of approximately $430,000, according to officials. (Source: VVWRA, Southern California Edison, Daily Press, 30 Jan., 2018) Contact: VVWRA, Logan Olds, GM, (442) 249-0258,; Southern California Edison,

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Big Apple vs Big Oil Over Climate Change Disasters (Ind. Report)
New York City,BP, Chevron, Royal Dutch Shell,Conoco-Phillips, ExxonMobil
Date: 2018-01-15
The New York City government is commencing legal action against "Big Oil" -- BP, Chevron, Conoco-Phillips, ExxonMobil and Royal Dutch Shell -- in an effort to hold them responsible for present and future damage to the city from climate change. The sBig Apple's suit claims the companies together produced 11 pct of all of global-warming gases and that companies and that the oil industry in general has long been aware of the consequences of their processes and products but sought to obscure them.

Although the City's legal strategy has been embraced by several California cities and counties, prior lawsuits seeking to blame companies for their role in causing climate change have generally been unsuccessful. For example, in 2017, California's Marin County, San Mateo County and the cities of Imperial Beach, San Francisco, Oakland and Santa Cruz took legal action related to climate change on the grounds that the oil companies were "public nuisances" and caused injury to the localities under common law. (Source: City of New York, Washington Post, 10 Jan., 2018) Contact: Office of New York Attorney General, Eric Schneiderman, Attorney General,

More Low-Carbon Energy News New York City,  Climate Change,  BP,  Royal Dutch Shell,  Chevron,  Conoco-Phillips,  ExxonMobil,  

NYC Ferries Studying Alternative Fuels Options (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-01-08
In the Big Apple, the NYC Department of Transportation reports it will soon begin a 2-year study to assess the use of alternative , low-carbon fuels as opposed to standard petroleum diesel fuels on the Staten Island Ferry and others in the city's fleet.

The study is in response a City Council bill Dec. 19 city council bill and is a step toward requiring city ferries to use more efficient, environmentally-friendly fuels. The study will consider the use of alternative fuels such as biodiesel, hybrid electric and fuel-cell electric as well as the availability, storage, ferry compatibility, potential limitations and regulations relative the the use of alternative fuels. The city would convert the ferries to these energy sources if the study determines that using renewable fuels is feasible and practical. (Source: NYC Council, LIC Post, Various Media, Jan., 2018)

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NYC 10 Hudson Yards Awarded LEED Platinum Status (Ind. Report)

Date: 2018-01-05
In the Big Apple, the largest private real estate development in U.S. history, Oxford Properties Group's 18 million-square-foot, 52-story, 10 Hudson Yards project in Manhattan, is reporting receipt of US Green Building Council's highest rating for sustainable buildings -- Platinum Certification.

The $20 billion mixed-use property sustainability and energy efficiency features include: 1.2 MW of gas-fired micro turbines that generate power and hot and chilled water twice as efficiently as traditional systems; storm water retention tank that harvests rainwater for irrigating the property’s terrace landscaping; 100 pct raised flooring for improved temperature control and cleaner air; an operation and energy control center that coordinates building performance, and other features. (Source: USGBC, Commercial Property Exec., 3 Jan., 2018) Contact: 10 Hudson Yards, Related Hudson Yards LLC, L. Jay Cross, Pres., 212-801-1000,; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO, (202) 552-1500,

More Low-Carbon Energy News US Green Building Council,  LEED Platinum,  

NYC Considers Grading Bldgs. on Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
New York Building Energy Efficiency
Date: 2017-12-22
In the Big Apple, city council is considering a measure requiring residential and commercial buildings of 50,000 square-feet or larger to post a federal energy efficiency rating and a simplified A-D letter grade in their lobbies starting in 2020. The requirement would eventually be extended to buildings of 25,000 square-feet or more. The proposal has been criticized Real Estate Board of New York "too simplistic", according to Wall Street Journal coverage. (Source: The Real Deal, WSJ, Various Media, Dec., 2017) Contact: New York City Council,

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BMCC Rooftop Hosts Manhattan's Largest Solar Project (Ind. Report)
New York Power Authority
Date: 2017-12-04
In the Biog Apple, the New York Power Authority (NYPA) reports it has completed the installation of 947 vertical solar energy panels on the main roof of Borough of Manhattan Community College's (BMCC/CUNY) four-block-long 199 Chambers Street building. The BMCC solar array is the largest public photovoltaic facility on Manhattan island, and the first vertical solar facility in New York City, according to NYPA.

BMCC is working collaboratively with regulators including the New York City Department of Buildings and The New York City Fire Department for permits to store solar power in two 100-kWh backup batteries for emergency and peak-load periods. The project, a collaborative effort between the New York Power Authority's Energy Services Program and BMCC/CUNY, is part of a greater effort to reduce CUNY's utility costs, improve energy efficiency and reduce its carbon footprint.

Project design and construction were led by The Fulcrum Group, which contracted with Solar Liberty and Maric Mechanical to complete the PV system installation. (Source: NYPA, BMCC, PR, 29 Nov., 2017) Contact: The Fulcrum Group,; NYPA, (914) 681-8186,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News New York Power Authority,  Solar,  Vertical Solar,  

Ambitious City Promises Launched in Philippines (Int'l)
International Climate Initiative
Date: 2017-11-29
In the Philippines, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI) are touting the launch of Ambitious City Promises (ACP), a 3-year south-east Asian regional project that supports cities in Indonesia, Philippines, and Vietnam develop and launch climate action initiatives through an active and inclusive stakeholder engagement strategy.

ACP helps member cities implement greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions strategies that take into account the cities' development pressures and local context while emphasizing the importance of citizen engagement and working with relevant national ministries.

ACP is funded by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) through the International Climate Initiative program. (Source: International Climate Initiative, ICLEI, PR, Rappler, 28 Nov., 2017)Contact: International Climate Initiative,; Ambitious City Promises,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  GHGs,  International Climate Initiative,  

NYC's Stuyvesant Town Plans Major Solar Installations (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-11-20
In the Big Apple, the massive 1947 vintage Peter Cooper Village and Stuyvesant Town housing developments owned by Blackstone Group, reportedly will install 3.8 megawatts of solar panels -- sufficient power for 1,000 apartments a year.

Installation of the more than 9,700 panels is slated to begin in December for completion in mid 2018. The project, which is expected to come in at approximately $10 million, will supply about 6 pct of Stuyvesant Town's and Peter Cooper Village's energy. (Source: FOX5NT, 17 Nov., 2017) Contact: Stuy Town Property Services, Rick Hayduk, CEO, GM,‎

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IWBI Releases WELL Building Guide (Ind. Report)
International WELL Building Institute
Date: 2017-11-15
In the Big Apple, the International WELL Building Institute™ (IWBI), a public benefit corporation, is reporting the release of its Manufacturer's Guide to WELL™ guide. The guide aims to help manufacturers who produce sustainable building products and materials navigate the WELL Building Standard (WELL) focused on setting design and policy protocols and performance thresholds that buildings and communities should strive to achieve to improve the health of the occupants of those spaces.

Since its 2014 launch, more than 125 million square feet in 31 countries are WELL Registered or Certified, across various building types, including both new construction and existing buildings. The work is being led by more than 2,000 independent WELL APs worldwide.

The WELL Building Standard and the WELL Community Standard are administered by the International WELL Building Institute and third-party certified by Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI). (Source: IWBI, PR, Nov., 2017) Contact: International WELL Building Institute, Rick Fedrizzi, Chairman and CEO, Callie Stanton, (646) 654-3438, (202) 650-0369,,

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NYC Greener, Greater Buildings Plan Cuts Emissions 14 pct (Ind. Report)
New York City
Date: 2017-10-20
In the Big Apple, the mayor's Greener, Greater Buildings Plan has found that the energy consumption of 4,200 of Manhattan's largest buildings fell by 10 pct reduced carbon emissions by 14 pct and energy use by 10 pct between 2010 and 2015 and carbon emissions dropped by 14 pct during the same period.

In addition to the Greener, Greater Buildings Plan, in 2014 De Blasio launched the 80X50 Initiative that would remove 10 million metric tons of carbon dioxide from the city by 2030. (Source: City of New York, Office of Mayor Bill de Blasio, Various Media, 19 Oct., 2017) Contact: NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Bill de Blasio,  80X50,  Carbon Emissions,  GHGs,  Energy Efficiency,  Green Building,  

Bloomberg Adding $64Mn to War on Coal Arsenal (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-10-16
According to, former Big Apple Mayor Michael Bloomberg contributing $64 million towards the fight against coal power plants. The , will benefit from the donation. The new funds are intended to support the Sierra Club and environmental groups working with mayors, governors, utility regulators and private sector leaders to "develop, implement and strengthen policies" that make it easier for solar and wind power to compete, according to a news release. The effort is aimed at closing 60 pct of the nation's coal-fired power plants by the end of 2020.

The Bloomberg initiative comes on the heels of the Trump administration's announcement that it will begin an appeal of the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan mandating 32 pct cuts in CO2 emissions by 2030. (Source:, 12 Oct., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Clean Power Plan,  Bloomberg,  Climate Change,  Coal,  

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