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USGBC Announces Top 10 States for Green Building (Ind. Report)
U.S. Green Building Council
Date: 2021-02-10
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has released its annual list of the Top 10 States for LEED green building with Massachusetts leading the country in 2020 with the most certified square feet per capita.

Across the top states, more than 60 pct of certifications were office, healthcare, higher education and K-12 projects.

This year, USGBC also released a ranking of states with the most LEED professionals with California taking the top spot. Collectively, the 2020 rankings represent 1,171 certified LEED buildings and spaces, and more than 100,000 green building workers.

"If we are to rebuild an economy that supports our health and our planet, we must lead with changing the way we design and build," said Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO of USGBC. "Last year was a stark reminder that the quality of our buildings impacts the quality of our life. Looking ahead, people want to trust that the spaces they occupy are good for them and their communities, and LEED has always been a tool to support those goals. Now is the time to ensure that every building is LEED certified as that is the only way we are accomplishing our goals of access to healthy, green buildings, homes and spaces."

While offices, education and healthcare projects accounted for a majority of certifications, warehouses, distribution centers, multifamily and retail projects represented almost 20 pct. Also, almost half of all projects were certified Gold, indicating a commitment to a high level of certification.

Top 10 States for LEED Green Building in 2020 are: Massachusetts, Washington, Illinois, Colorado, New York, Maryland, California, Virginia, Texas and Nevada in that order. (Source: US Green Building Council, PR, Feb., 2021) Contact: US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500,

More Low-Carbon Energy News LEED Certification,  U.S. Green Building Council ,  Green Building,  Energy Efficiency,  

SD Bill Would Kill Green-Building Standard (Reg & Leg)
South Dakota Bureau of Administration
Date: 2021-02-05
In Pierre, South Dakota Sen. Ryan Maher (R) has introduced Senate Bill 134 that id passed would scrap the state's "green building standard" building code for new construction on state lands -- including buildings on college campuses -- on the grounds that the codes ran up building project costs and stymie efforts to slim down the state college system's budget. The new Bill 134 would over ride 2008 state legislation requiring public buildings seek a LEED Silver certification for sustainability.

According to the Senator, "We aren't accomplishing anything other than spending a tremendous amount of money and government oversight and time wasted." By way of illustration, Maher noted the state spent over $480,000 to plant native grass that he said was eventually removed as the grass "looks like weeds."

Since 2008, the S.D. Bureau of Administration has sought silver or higher LEED certification for any new build or renovation project north of $500,000 that exceeds 5,000 square feet. Nearly 70 state construction projects have achieved LEED status over the last decade. (Source: S.D. Bureau of Administration, Mitchell Republic, 3 Feb., 2021) Contact: S.D, State Sen. Ryan Maher,; SD Bureau of Administration,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Building,  LEED Certification,  

Greater Victoria 2030 District Pushing Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
2030 District
Date: 2021-01-25
In British Columbia, a new sustainability organization Greater Victoria 2030 District, part of North American network of cities, working to reduce emissions by promoting the concept of green buildings to significantly reduce the region's carbon footprint.

Greater Victoria 2030 District is part of a North American movement that gives property managers resources and guidance to retrofit existing buildings with energy efficiency features, as an investment and marketability tool, one that also addresses climate change.

Members commit to reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions by 50 pct over 2007 levels by 2030. That means encouraging and helping property owners and managers create bench-marking reports, set efficiency targets, and create long-term plans to improve their building's performance in 10 to 15 years.

A partnership between the Building Owners and Managers Association of B.C., City of Victoria, District of Saanich and UVic, Greater Victoria 2030 District has a wide variety of properties on its list including municipal and provincial office buildings. (Source: Greater Victoria 2030 District, PR, Website, Saanich News, 23 Jan., 2020) Contact: Greater Victoria 2030 District, Cora Hallsworth, Manager,; 2030 Districts Network, Dave Low,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  

Tata Steel, CII Developing "Green Steel" (Int'l. Report)
Tata Steel
Date: 2021-01-06
India's Tata Steel is reporting a collaboration with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) Green Business Centre and relevant steel sector stakeholders to develop the GreenPro Label framework for steel rebars with the lowest environment impact. GreenPro Ecolabeled products are guaranteed to be made to the highest sustainability and quality standards and are recognized in Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) green building rating system.

To date, more than 125 building products and materials manufacturing companies have adopted GreenPro Ecolabel for more than 1,800 products for Green Building construction.

Buildings and construction together account for nearly 36 pct of global energy use and 39 pct of energy related CO2 emissions. Embodied carbon accounts for 11 pct of the building’s emissions and is primarily from materials like steel, cement, concrete, glass, according to CII. (Source: Tata Steel, CII Green Business Centre, Jan., 2021) Contact: CII Green Business Centre, +91 40 4418 5111,; Tata Steel,

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Ontario Ice Arena Scores Zero-Carbon Bldg. Certification (Ind. Report)
Canada Green Building Council
Date: 2021-01-06
In Ottawa, Ontario, the AMPED Sports Lab and Ice Complex reports it is the first Zero Carbon Building Performance Standard Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) Zero Carbon Building certified arena. Modern Niagara, a Canadian mechanical, electrical, building services, and integrated building technology company, partnered with AMPED on the initiative.

The arena is recognized for its energy efficiency and carbon reduction measures, reduced overall energy consumption, intelligent building automation, on-site renewable energy power generation, and replacing all fossil fuel consuming equipment on-site, such as gas-fired rooftop units, hot water heaters and the ice rink dehumidifier. (Source: AMPED Sports Lab and Ice Complex, Canada Green Building Council, 4 Jan., 2021 ) Contact: AMPED Sports Lab and Ice Complex, (613) 822-9000,; Canada Green Building Council, (866) 941-1184,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Canada Green Building Council,  Zero-Carbon,  Energy Efficiency,  

USGBC Incorporates RNG in LEED Rating System (Ind. Report)
Date: 2020-12-21
In the Golden State, SoCalGas has praised the US Green Building Council (USGBC) for including the use of RNG in the latest beta version of its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating system.

With the new system, a project may utilise RNG to earn LEED points by capturing and using biogas on-site, sourcing biogas from a third party, or purchasing biogas to store in the project's own storage system. The RNG can be used for heating, hot water, and cooking in commercial buildings, and for stoves, dryers, water heaters, fireplaces and heating in homes. (Source: SoCalGas, PR, Dec., 2021) Contact: US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500,; SoCalGas, Jeff Walker, VP Customer Solutions,

More Low-Carbon Energy News LEED,  Energy Efficiency,  SoCalGas,  USGBC,  RNG,  Energy Efficiency,  

CIBC Ranked Among Top Banks for Climate Change Action (Int'l.)
Date: 2020-12-16
In Toronto, the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) reports receipt of a score of A- from the CDP (fka the Carbon Disclosure Project). Improving from a B rating in 2019, this score demonstrates CIBC's progress in environmental performance and reporting. The score also places CIBC among the highest ranking Canadian financial institutions and the top-tier of global banks. As part of CIBC's commitment to support environmental sustainability initiatives, the bank's actions include:
  • In 2020, increased its GHG emissions intensity target for operations to 20 pct over eight years (using 2018 as a baseline).

  • In 2020, issued a USD $500 million, five-year green bond to help finance new and existing green projects, assets, and businesses that mitigate the risks and effects of climate change. These include renewable energy, green buildings, clean transportation, natural resource conservation, biodiversity conservation, energy efficiency, and pollution prevention and control.

  • In 2019, announced a target of mobilizing $150 billion in environmental and sustainable finance activities by 2027.

  • In 2019, issued the climate-related disclosure report Building a Sustainable Future aligned with the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures.

  • In 2019, set new targets to source 100 pct of its electricity from renewable sources and become carbon neutral by 2024.

    Toronto-headquartered CIBC is a leading North American financial institution with 10 million personal banking, business, public sector and institutional clients and $768.545 billion (Cdn) in total assets. (Source: CIBC, PR, 14 Dec., 2020) Contact: CIBC,; CDP, Lance Pierce, Pres. North America, (212) 378 2086,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Disclosure Project,  CIBC,  CDP,  Climate Change,  

  • Green Building Registry, RESNET Partner on HERS Data (Ind. Report)
    Earth Advantage
    Date: 2020-12-16
    Earth Advantage®, Inc. and RESNET are reporting a partnership to help deliver green and energy-efficient home data through the Green Building Registry® (GBR). Historically, important information on a home such as energy ratings, third-party building certifications or renewable power production estimates (solar panels) has not been included in For Sale listings. Thousands of dollars of value could be lost because trustworthy data was not available for a listing agent and potential buyers to react to at the time of sale. That lack of data has also prevented appraisers and lending institutions from accounting for those market reactions, according to the release.

    Since 2017, GBR has provided green home data to the public and real estate multiple listing services. The DaaS (Data as a Service) platform provides verified data directly from sources such as U.S. DOE, ENERGY STAR Home Energy Scores, US Green Building Council LEED for Homes, National Green Building Services (NGBS), solar data, and other third-party verification programs. Nationwide values for the HERS Index, a scoring system for home energy performance administered by RESNET will now be included in GBR for the entire U.S..

    The Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) is the independent, national nonprofit organization that homeowners trust to improve home energy efficiency and realize substantial savings on their utility bills, according to RESNET's website. (Source: Green Building Registry, PR, Website, 15 Dec., 2020) Contact: Green Building Registry, Meg Garabrant , 503.310.9138 x62,,; Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET, Steve Baden, Exec. Dr.,; Earth Advantage, David Heslam, Exec. Dir.,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Earth Advantage,  Green Building Registry,  Energy Efficiency,  

    NEST Increasing Green Bldg., Energy Efficiency Investments (Int'l.)
    NEST Pension
    Date: 2020-12-16
    In the UK, the £12 billion NEST workplace pension scheme reports plans to ramp up its investment in renewable energy, energy efficiency upgrades and green buildings in a bid to slash the carbon footprint of its portfolio, more than half of which will be within 'climate aware' strategies from February 2021.

    Working with Northern Trust Asset Management, the firm plans to tilt investment in companies based on a score calculated on energy efficiency, alternative energy, and green building, while reducing investment in companies with large oil or gas reserves, and those with high carbon intensity.

    As part of its 2050 net-zero strategy, NEST plans to roughly double its investment in emerging market equities from around £480 million to an estimated £930 million while reducing investments in fossil fuels and carbon-intensive firms. The move will take Nest's investments in dedicated "climate-aware" strategies to almost £8 billion from February 2021. (Source: NEST Pensions, PR, 15 Dec., 2020) Contact{ NEST, +44 0 300 0200 393,

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

    Edmonds College Science Bldg. Earns LEED Certification (Ind. Report)
    US Green Building Council
    Date: 2020-12-11
    Edmonds College in Lynnwood, Washington ,reports its recently completed Science, Engineering & Technology building has been awarded US Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED Gold certification in recognition of the building's energy efficiency and sustainability.

    The $41 million building met rigorous standards for sustainability metrics including sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy use and eddiciency, indoor environmental quality and more. Gold LEED is the second highest LEED rating level a building can achieve. (Source: Edmonds College, PR, 10 Dec., 2020) Contact: Edmonds College,

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

    Green Bonds Support Hungarian Bldg. Energy Efficiency (Int'l.)
    GTC Real Estate Development Hungary
    Date: 2020-12-07
    Globe Trade Centre's Hungarian subsidiary, GTC Real Estate Development Hungary is reporting issuance of 792 senior unsecured 10-year term Green Bonds with a nominal value of approximately €140,000 and a total value of roughly €110 million. The bonds are to be amortised at 10 pct per annum starting from the seventh year.

    Bond proceeds are to be used to finance and refinance acquisitions and the construction or refurbishment of buildings to meet BREEAM , LEED and other recognized efficiency standards.

    GTC manages a real estate portfolio of 45 commercial buildings in Poland, Budapest, Bucharest, Belgrade, Zagreb and Sofia and has a retail and office development pipeline of around 354,000 sqm, of which 66,000 sqm is currently under construction, according to the release. (Source: GTC Real Estate, PR, Dec., 2020) Contact: GTC Real Estate Development Hungary, +48 22 16 60 700,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Eddiciency,  Green Building,  Green Bond,  

    UK-IFC Supports Indian Energy Efficient Housing Finance (Int'l.)
    International Finance Corporation
    Date: 2020-12-07
    The Washington, DC-based International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, is reporting an agreement with Aavas Financiers Ltd, a retail, affordable housing mortgage lender, and Aavas Foundation to help boost green housing opportunities and scale green housing finance in India. The agreement is expected to encourage the demand for and construction of green buildings and is in line with Indian government's "Housing for All" program.

    The project, which aims to increase the scale of energy efficient green construction and mortgage finance, is also being supported by the UK-IFC market accelerator for green construction (MAGC) Program -- a partnership between IFC and the Government of the United Kingdom. (Source: International Finance Corporation, PR, Economic Times, 7 Dec., 2020) Contact: International Finance Corporation,; Aavas Financiers,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News International Finance Corporation news,  IFC news,  Green Housing news,  Energy Efficiency news,  

    NAIT Innovation Centre Earns CaGBC LEED Gold (Ind. Report)
    Canada Green Building Council
    Date: 2020-12-04
    In Edmonton, the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) is reporting its Productivity and Innovation Centre has achieved LEED Gold certification from the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC).

    The building's LEED qualifying features include: green cleaning supplies and housekeeping program; low emissions paint, surfaces and floor coverings; low-flow plumbing fixture that deliver 30 pct reduction in water consumption; 90 pct of construction waste recycled; solar panel arrays; 40 pct reduction in energy costs, and others. (Source: NAIT, PR, Dec., 2020) Contact: NAIT, 780.471.6248,,; Canada Green Building Council, (866) 941-1184,,

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

    SFU Sustainable Energy School Scores LEED Gold (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2020-12-04
    In Burnaby, British Columbia, Simon Fraser University (SFU) School of Sustainable Energy Engineering reports it recently completed 220,000 sq-ft Surrey Campus building has earned Canadian Green Building Council (CaGBC) LEED Gold certification for sustainable design and operations.

    The five-storey building incorporates 330 precast white cement panels with reflective surfaces organized around the light filled atrium and live trees at varying levels. The building incorporates various LEED qualifying energy efficiency features and underground parking, modern wet and dry teaching labs, classrooms, study spaces, faculty offices, meeting rooms and a 400-seat lecture hall. The project was partially funding through the federal government's Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund (SIF) and matched by the Province of British Columbia. (Source: Simon Fraser University, PR, Construction Business, 1 Dec., 2020) Contact: Simon Fraser University, Larry Waddell, Chief Facilities Officer,; Canada Green Building Council, (866) 941-1184,,

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

    Unlocking Delivery of Net-Zero Carbon Buildings (Guide Attached)
    UK Green Building Council
    Date: 2020-11-30
    The UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) has released the attached 21-page guide to help construction firms overcome barriers to creating net-zero carbon buildings.

    The guide identifies 17 barriers to decarbonisation that constrain projects at different stages of the development lifecycle as well as advice and case studies on overcoming hurdles from initial concept to the building's handover and usage.

    The guide covers: the need to integrate net-zero goals into the building design; financial tips including new financing mechanisms; ways to assess whole-life costs; advice on stakeholder engagement; plus ways to capitalise on innovation and new materials.

    Download the Unlocking the Delivery of Net Zero Carbon Buildings guide HERE. (Source: UKGBC, Website, Nov., 2020) Contact: UKGBC, Alastair Mant,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News UK Green Building Council ,  

    Smart City Finance Framework Launched in Singapore (Int'l)
    United Overseas Bank
    Date: 2020-11-25
    In Singapore, United Overseas Bank (UOB) reports the launch of its UOB Smart City Sustainable Finance Framework (UOBSCSFF) to make sustainable financing more accessible to companies contributing to the creation of smart cities. Aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the UOB framework is supported through the Monetary Authority of Singapore's Green and Sustainability-Linked Loan Grant Scheme.

    UOB's framework sets out the criteria the Bank's corporate and institutional clients must meet when accessing a range of products, from green or sustainability-linked loans and trade finance facilities to other sustainable banking products. These criteria include requiring the company to have a clear sustainability strategy and objectives, to achieve their sustainability performance targets and to use the proceeds to further their sustainability agenda.

    Under the framework, business must also be able to demonstrate how their commitment to renewable energy, green building construction, improved energy efficiency, green transportation, sustainable water and waste management and/or climate change adaptation. The new grant scheme will cover up to $100,000 of a borrower's expenses in validating the green and sustainability credentials of a loan over a three-year period. Such costs are incurred for example in obtaining external reviews and reporting on the sustainability impact of the loan. Additionally, the scheme will support banks when they develop frameworks that will provide standardised criteria and processes for green and sustainable financing.

    The grant scheme will defray up to 60 pct of the banks' expenses, capped at $120,000 for such green and sustainability-linked loan frameworks. This amount will cover expenses to engage service providers to develop frameworks, obtain external reviews and report on the loans originated under the framework. Furthermore, it will defray by 90 pct the expenses incurred by banks to develop frameworks specifically targeted at SMEs and individuals, capped at $180,000 per framework.(Source: United Overseas Bank, PR, 24 Nov., 2020) Contact: United Overseas Bank,; Monetary Authority of Singapore, +65 6225 5577, +65 6229-9229 -- fax, (212) 809 1900 -- US Office,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Monetary Authority of Singapore,  Smart Cities,  Energy Efficiency,  

    Partnership Accelerates Green Building Certifications (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2020-11-20
    Dublin-based Wattics Energy Management Ltd. and Washington, DC-headquartered US Green Building Council affiliate Arc Skoru, are touting the recent integration of the two software platforms that together will deliver the following features and benefits:
  • Automate building data collection and management to monitor, improve, and steer toward energy efficiency certification;

  • Leverage real-time data monitoring toward a project's performance score in ARC -- eg. electricity, water, gas, air quality data, GHG data, etc.;

  • Scale green building certification for large building portfolios;

  • Analyze and compare performance across building portfolios and/or individual buildings within a portfolio;

  • Compare the performance of certified buildings to non-certified buildings and determine US Green Building Council LEED, ENERGY Star, BREEAM and other third party certification "readiness" for buildings

    The software platform enables the collection, management, and analysis of utility/IoT/sub-meter data to conduct energy audits, forecast savings, benchmark building portfolios and analyse KPIs, measure and verify efficiency and renewable energy projects, analyse tariffs and create sustainability reports at scale.

    The ARC platform allows buildings, city and community projects to collect data, manage and benchmark progress, measure impact and improve sustainability and calculates a performance score based on global building data and action-oriented strategies across five categories, including energy, water, waste, transportation and human experience. (Source: Wattics Ltd, PR, 19 Nov., 2020) Contact: Wattics Energy management, Antonio Ruzzelli, CEO, Amy Ryan, +353 1 415 1241,,; Arc Skoru, Dave Witek, COO,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Building,  USGBC,  ENERGY Star,  BREEAM,  Energy Eddiciency,  

  • Univ, Illinois Venue Designed for LEED Gold Certification (Ind. Report)
    US Green Building Council
    Date: 2020-11-18
    The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) has released the architecture firm LMN Architects and Booth Hansen's USGBC LEED Gold certification qualifying design for a new 135,000 sq-ft Computer, Design, Research, and Learning Center.

    Construction is slated to get underway in Spring 2021 for completion in Spring, 2023. (Source: University of Illinois-Chicago, School Construction News, 17 Nov., 2020) Contact: University of Illinois-Chicago, 312-996-7000,; LEED, US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500,

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

    Property RiskFootprint Now Part of USGBC LEED Process (Ind. Report)
    USGBC, COastal Risk
    Date: 2020-11-13
    Geospatial modeling, data analytics, and risk assessment technology specialist Coastal Risk Consulting (CRC) reports it is partnering with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) to deliver a RiskFootprint™ for buildings, communities and cities that provides a climate risk analysis. The service will integrate with LEED's vulnerability to physical climate risks.

    Coastal Risk's automated assessments add to a project's due diligence and risk management. The RiskFootprint Dashboard and property-specific RiskFootprint Reports are an important part of a rigorous underwriting process and research-driven market analysis. The RiskFootprint Dashboard provides customers with a secure web portal, an interactive map of the US, and portfolio spreadsheet scoring for 14 columns of risk. This includes 6 current flood risks, 4 current, natural hazard risks (wind, tornado, earthquake and wildfire), and 4 future (2050) climate change impacts (tidal/sea level rise, extreme heat, extreme rainfall, and risk of drought). Contact: Coastal Risk Consulting, RiskFootprint, Albert Slap, Pres.,; US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500,

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

    Vanderbilt Scores USGBC Leadership Award (Ind. Report)
    USGBC, Vanderbilt University
    Date: 2020-11-13
    In Nashville, Tennessee, Vanderbilt University has been honored with a 2020 Leadership Award from the U.S. Green Building Council for achievements in green building and its commitment to creating a healthy, sustainable future. The university was among 10 companies, projects and individuals across the nation to be spotlighted during the Greenbuild Virtual conference on Nov. 12.

    The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design rating system, known as LEED, has become the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of energy efficient, high-performance sustainable buildings.

    The Vanderbilt campus has 21 LEED certified buildings, as well as WELL and PETAL projects. WELL is a performance-based system for measuring, certifying and monitoring features of the built environment that impact human health and well-being, while PETAL is a green business certification program for making organizations sustainable and healthy.

    Examples of Vanderbilt's sustainable architecture includes six "green roofs" that cut building energy consumption, urban heat island effects, improve storm water management, increase roof longevity and improve aesthetics, according to the release. (Source: Vanderbilt University News, 13 Nov., 2020) Contact: Vanderbilt University, Mike Perez, Chief Faccilities officer in the Division of Administration, 615-322-7311,; 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 USGBC,  LEED Certification,  Energy Efficiency,  WELL Building,  Green Building,  

    RiskFootprint Now Part of USGBC LEED Cert. Process (Ind. Report)
    USGBC, Coastal Risk
    Date: 2020-11-13
    Geospatial modeling, data analytics and risk assessment technology specialist Coastal Risk Consulting (CRC) reports it is partnering with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) to deliver a RiskFootprint™ climate risk analysis for buildings, communities and cities. The service will integrate with LEED, Arc and GBCI rating systems to help assess a project's vulnerability to physical climate risks.

    Coastal Risk's automated assessments add to a project's due diligence and risk management. The RiskFootprint Dashboard and property-specific RiskFootprint Reports are an important part of a rigorous underwriting process and research-driven market analysis.

    The RiskFootprint Dashboard provides customers with a secure web portal, an interactive map of the US, and portfolio spreadsheet scoring for 14 columns of risk. This includes 6 current flood risks, 4 current, natural hazard risks (wind, tornado, earthquake and wildfire), and 4 future (2050) climate change impacts (tidal/sea level rise, extreme heat, extreme rainfall, and risk of drought). (Source: COastal Risk Consulting, PR, 13 Nov., 2020) Contact: Coastal Risk Consulting, RiskFootprint, Albert Slap, Pres.,; LEED,US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500,;

    More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC,  LEED Certification,  

    CenterPoint Raises $250Mn for Energy Efficiency Projects (Ind. Report)
    CenterPoint Properties
    Date: 2020-11-04
    Oak Brook, Illinois-headquartered industrial real estate company CenterPoint Properties is reporting closure of its inaugural $250 million green bond issuance.

    The bond proceeds will be used to finance projects such as green building construction, the development and operational maintenance of green buildings and to acquire new, refurbished, or existing buildings that receive LEED, ENERGY STAR® and other industry-leading certifications. Bond proceeds will also be used to fund energy-efficient projects within the company's current portfolio, including operational enhancement and other sustainable maintenance. (Source: CenterPoint Properties, PR, Mercom, 3 Nov., 2020) Contact: CenterPoint Properties, (630) 586-8000, www.; LEED,US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500,; US DOE, ENERGY STAR,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CenterPoint Properties,  LEED,  ENERGY STAR,  Energy Efficiency ,  

    Aramark Global HQ Awarded USGBC LEED Certification (Ind. Report)
    Aramark,US Green Building Council
    Date: 2020-11-04
    Philadelphia-headquartered food services and facilities provider Aramark Corp. is reporting its global headquarters office space in Philadelphia has scored US Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED Silver certification for sustainable workspace design and construction.

    Specific LEED qualifying sustainability highlights include:

  • Water saving fixtures that reduce water consumption by 35 pct;
  • Efficient LED lighting that decreases lighting power density to 40 pct below code;
  • Over 90 pct of all appliances hold Energy Star certifications;
  • Locally sourced and manufactured materials and certified Forest Stewardship Council's (FSC) wood used throughout;
  • 75 pct of waste construction materials were diverted from landfills; and others. (Source: Aramark Corp., PR, Oct., 2020) Contact: Aramark Corp.,; LEED, US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500,

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

  • UAE Construction Industry Backs Energy-Efficiency Retrofits (Int'l.)
    Emirates Green Building Council
    Date: 2020-10-28
    Advancing Deep Retrofits in the UAE a just released study by the Emirates Green Building Council (EGBC) found 84 pct of respondents, covering consultants, suppliers, manufacturers and ESCO experts, backed the notion of green practice when carrying out major building retrofits and most believe deep retrofits can yield more than 50 pct energy savings in the UAE.

    Most respondents also called for mandatory building retrofits and 45 pct believe the retrofit market can be further accelerated by mandating energy and water performance certificates for existing buildings. If retrofits are mandated, 64 pct of the developers would prefer an annual reduction target (in kilowatt-hour) between 11 to 20 pct. Respondents also noted the need for benefits such as linking building performance to rental costs, dynamic tariffs rates to promote higher building efficiency, green loans or lower interest rates, tax-rebates and grants for energy efficiency-related projects, the report concludes.

    Download the Emirates Green Building Council Advancing Deep Retrofits in the UAE plan HERE . (Source: EGBC., Oct., 2020) Contact: EGBC, +971 4 346 8244,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Emirates Green Building Council news,  Energy Efficiency news,  

    Michelin Wins LEED Green Building Certification (Ind. Report)
    Michelin, US Green Building Council
    Date: 2020-10-07
    Greenville, South Carolina-based tire manufacturing giant Michelin North America, Inc. reports its southeast distribution center in Woodruff, S.C. has been awarded US Green Building Council LEED Gold certification for implementing practical and measurable strategies and solutions in areas including sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficient materials, zero-emission hydrogen fuel cells solution to power its material handling lift trucks, and other energy efficiency features.

    According to the U.S. Energy Information Association (EIA) buildings account for roughly 40 pct of national CO2 emissions. LEED-certified buildings have 34 pct lower CO2 emissions, consume 25 pct less energy and 11 pct less water, and have diverted more than 80 million tons of waste from landfills, according to the USGBC. (Source: Michelin North America, Inc., PR, Oct., 2020) Contact: Michelin North America,; US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500,

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

    £3Bn UK Green House Grant Scheme Underway (Int'l. Report)
    Energy UK
    Date: 2020-10-05
    In London, the UK government reports its £3billion plan to upgrade the nation's buildings and reaching net zero emissions by 2050, is now underway.

    Under the £2 billion Green Homes Grant scheme, with an additional £1billion announced to improve the energy efficiency of publicly owned buildings, the government will fund up to two-thirds of the cost of home improvements up to £5,000. Those homeowners with low-incomes, including those on certain benefits, are eligible for a grant covering up to 100 pct of the cost of work up to £ 10,000. The scheme will cover green home energy efficiency improvements ranging from insulation of walls, floors and roofs, to the installation of double or triple glazing when replacing single glazing, and low-carbon heating like heat pumps or solar thermal energy for over 600,000 homes. The Green Homes Grant is part of a wider plan that includes:

  • £1 billion to boost the energy efficiency of public buildings, including schools and hospitals through a Public Sector Decarbonisation Fund;

  • New measures to ensure nearly three-million privately rented homes are upgraded to modern energy efficiency standards by 2028;

  • £50 million to improve the energy efficiency of low-income "social housing."

    Upgraded properties are expected to save between £300 and £500 per year in energy costs. (Source: Energy UK, Infrastructure Intelligence, Oct., 2020) Contact: Energy UK, Emma Pinchbeck, CEO, +44 0 20 7930 9390,

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

  • Green Bond Sales on the Rise (Int'l. Ind. Report)
    Green Bond, FE Analytics
    Date: 2020-10-05
    According to recently published data from London-based FE Analytics, in the last 3 years socially responsible "green" investments have generated about 7 pct greater returns as compared to benchmark indices and about 11 pct more returns than non-socially responsible investments.

    Green bonds, which raise money for climate and environment projects, were slow to get off the ground when they were first launched in 2007. However, in the last few years, green bonds in various forms attracted about $258 billion of investments in 2019 for a 51 pct increase on a year on year basis.

    As per Morgan Stanley Capital Index, about 70 pct of the green bonds issuance are in alternative energy (38 pct), green buildings (17 pct) and sustainable transport (15 pct). (Source: FE Analytics, Policy Times, Oct., 2020)Contact: FE +44 20 7534 7600,

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    Auburn Arts Center Scores USGBC Gold Certification (Ind. Report)
    US Green Building Council,Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2020-10-05
    In Alabama, Auburn University reports its Jay and Susie Gogue Performing Arts Center has been awarded US Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED Gold certification. The Center's energy efficiency and sustainability features include:
  • Reduced construction waste and pollution;

  • Reinforced use of public transportation, bicycles and fuel-efficient vehicles;

  • Improved storm water management for Auburn University and the city of Auburn through reduced rainwater surface runoff;

  • Reduced water and energy usage achieved with the use of high-efficiency fixtures and equipment and innovative building design;

  • Use of local and/or recyclable materials, and others. (Source: Auburn University, PR, Oct., 2020) Contact: Auburn University, Office of Communications and Marketing,; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500,

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  • Built Green Canada launches Communities Program Pilot (Ind. Report)
    Built Green Canada
    Date: 2020-10-02
    Built Green Canada (BGC) is reporting the launch of its Communities Program pilot aimed expanding opportunities for developers focused on creating better, healthier homes and sustainable communities.

    The Communities' Program framework takes a holistic approach to development, consistent with Built Green's other third-party certified programs, and focuses on the optimization of health, resiliency, life-cycle sustainability, new urbanism, greenhouse emissions, green spaces and resource and energy consumption. From an environmental perspective, a sustainable community contributes to climate mitigation and contributes to Canada moving closer to meeting its reduced GHG emission targets in the Paris Agreement.

    Sustainable development results in reduced GHGs, water use, and waste; job creation as well as financial support for those already working in environmental services; and improved potential for development financing.

    Download Built Green Canada Communities Program details HERE.

    Since BGC's inception, builders have completed over 34,175 BUILT GREEN® certified homes in Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, and Ontario. (Source: Built Green Canada, PR, 30 Sept., 2020) Contact: Built Green Canada, Jenifer Christenson, CEO, 855-485-0920,,

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    Saudi Industrial City Awarded LEED Silver Certification (Int'l.)

    Date: 2020-09-28
    In Saudi Arabia, the King Salman Energy Park (SPARK) reports it is the world's first industrial city to receive US Green Building Council (USGBC) Silver level accreditation for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).

    SPARK aims to be the primary gateway to the regional energy sector. Its technologically-advanced ecosystem offers investors supply-chain efficiency and an ultramodern "plug and play" infrastructure. As well as targeting large corporations, SPARK also caters to small and medium-sized enterprises and provides support through its SPARK SME Hub, creating a tailored microcosm for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). (Source: SPARK, Design Middle-East, 28 Sept., 2020) Contact: King Salman Energy Park,,

    IFC Commits $2Tn to Indian Green Bldg. Effort (Int'l. Report)
    International Finance Corporation
    Date: 2020-09-21
    The Washington, DC-headquartered World Bank International Finance Corporation (IFC) reports it will provide $2 trillion to the government of India to improve public transport, expand renewable energy sources and develop green buildings.

    According to IFC Country Head Jun Zhang, IFC is committed to urban and smart city development projects in India. (Source: IFC, PR, The Dispatch, 19 Sept., 2020) Contact: IFC, (202) 473-3031,

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    Dubai Financial Centre Awarded LEED Gold Cert. (Int'l. Report)
    Date: 2020-09-11
    In Dubai, the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Gate Avenue has been awarded US Green Building Council LEED Gold accreditation and Green Building Certification Inc. for energy efficiency and building excellence from integrative design to human health to material use.

    DIFC LEED qualifying features included: water conservation fixtures; extensive recycled content -- including concrete, steel and glass; energy efficient lighting; occupancy sensors; CO2 sensors; and others. (Source: Design Middle East, 10 Sept., 2020)

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    GPT Advancing Net Zero Energy Ahead of Schedule (Int'l. Report)
    Date: 2020-09-09
    In the Land Down Under, Melbourne-based property manager and real estate trust GPT Group reports it plans to achieve net zero energy across its $25.3 billion property portfolio of 12 shopping centers, 24 office buildings, 35 logistics buildings and others by 2024, six years earlier than previously announced.

    To that end, the company is undertaking a number of energy efficiency projects including LED lighting upgrades, building management systems updates, on-site solar projects -- particularly in the company's retail assets, and others. The company is also procuring cost effective, low price volatility energy supply contracts and to date has cut energy costs 45 pct for a $210 million savings as well as reduced emissions by 60 pct -- 1.5 million tonnes of carbon , according to the release.

    GPT partners with its tenants and organisations like ARENA, CEFC, NABERS and the Green Building Council of Australia. (Source GPT, The Fifth Estate, 8 Sept., 2020)Contact: GPT,

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    Bank of Ireland Launches "Green" Bond Framework (Int'l. Report)
    Bank of Ireland
    Date: 2020-09-04
    In Dublin, the Bank of Ireland reports the launch of a framework that will enable the Bank to issue "Green" Bonds and finance additional renewable energy, green buildings, and clean transportation. This follows the 2019 launch of the Bank's Sustainable Finance Fund which has to date provided €600 million in green loans to home owners and businesses.

    Bank of Ireland's Responsible and Sustainable Business Initiatives include:

  • 50 pct carbon intensity reduction target for 2030 (on a 2011 baseline), within the Bank's operations and the 40 pct emissions reduction the Bank achieved since 2011.

  • €2 billion Sustainable Finance Fund encouraging and rewarding energy-efficient homes, investment in older properties to improve sustainability performance, and SME and agri investment in energy efficiency

  • The launch of Ireland's first Green Mortgage interest rate under which borrowers can receive a discount off fixed rate interest options -- from 1 to 10 years -- to finance the purchase, construction or renovation of residential buildings with an A-rated or to achieve an A-rated BER energy performance

  • Green Home Improvement Loan designed to fund energy efficient upgrades, borrowers offered loan a discounted rate for amounts from €2,000 to €65,000

  • Green Business Loan for businesses seeking to implement energy saving initiatives to reduce their energy costs and their carbon footprint

  • Providing finance to Renewable Energy projects which to date has provided the equivalent of 468,000 homes with renewable generated electricity

    In its effort to address climate change and climate change related risks, the Bank of Ireland became a signatory to the UN Principles for Responsible Banking in 2019 and a supporter of the Task Force on Climate-related Finance Disclosures (TCFD) in 2020. (Source: Bank of Ireland, PR, Finextra, 3 Sept., 2020) Contact: Bank of Ireland: Mark Spain, CSO,

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  • Israel Imposes Mandatory Green Building Standards (Int'l. Report)
    Green Building, Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2020-09-04
    In Jerusalem, the Israeli Ministry of Environmental Protection (MoEP) is reporting the passage of new mandatory sustainable construction legislation under which all new buildings will be constructed according to the national green standards, starting March 2022.The new legislation was originally passed in 2005 as a voluntary standard that was periodically updated.

    According to the Ministry, Israel has roughly 1.3 million buildings, 450 of which hold green certification. An additional 1,000 are currently being examined, and another 50 comply with the US Green Building Council's LEED rating systems or BREEAM, the internationally recognized comprehensive and holistic environmental assessment method with over 2,250,000 registered projects and 565,000+ certified buildings in more than 83 countries. (Source: Israeli Ministry of Environmental Protection, Xinhua, Sept., 2020) Contact: Israeli Ministry of Environmental Protection, Ran Avraham, Green Building Unit Head, BREEAM,; USGBC LEED, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500,

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    Green Building Certification Launched in Namibia (Int'l. Report)
    International Finance Corporation
    Date: 2020-09-02
    In Namibia, the World Bank's International Finance Corporation (IFC) reports it is partnering with Bank Windhoek to launch Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiencies (EDGE) software that will enable the certification of green buildings to facilitate their financing. The EDGE initiative also aims to compensate for the lack of a local certification body.

    EDGE software allows the evaluation of a building's energy consumption, energy efficiency and overall "green" features including: low-flow faucets to reduce water consumption; wastewater management systems; efficient HVAC systems; insulation; green building materials and others.

    With EDGE software, certified green real estate projects are projected to achieve a 20 pct reduction in energy and water consumption compared to conventional buildings. (Source: IFC, Afrik21, Sept., 2020) Contact: World Bank International Finance Corporation,

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    WGBC Launches Sustainable Building Strategy (Strategy Attached)
    World Green Building Council
    Date: 2020-09-02
    The World Green Building Council (WGBC) is reporting the launch of its Sustainable Buildings for Everyone, Everywhere strategy to tackle well-being and resource efficiency issues in the built environment. Based on climate science and the Global Goals of Sustainable Development (SDGs), the strategy tackles global warming, health and well-being and resource impacts to deliver quality infrastructure.

    Buildings are responsible for almost 40 pct of global carbon emissions and 50 pct of global material use while 91 pct of people and their families live where air pollution levels exceed World Health Organization limits. People spend 90 pct of their time indoors, so the quality of the indoor environment is of critical importance. By 2050, the global population will increase to 9.8 billion and the world's building stock will double, accelerating devastating environmental, social and economic impacts of the built environment, according to the WorldGBC.

    Download the WGBC Sustainable Buildings for Everyone, Everywhere strategy HERE. (Source: World Green Building Council, Sept., 2020) Contact: World Green Building Council, Cristina Gamboa, CEO ,

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    India's SRK Scores LEED Platinum Certification (Int'l. Report)
    Date: 2020-08-30
    In India, Shree Ramkrishna Exports Pvt reports its SRK House, the 2,25 million sq. ft. crafting unit of one of the largest diamond companies, has been awarded US Green Building Council LEED Platinum certification -- the US GBC’s highest rating for sustainable and environment-friendly building operations .

    SRK House scored 86 points out of 100 in LEED certification eligibility eith energy efficiency initiatives that included: addressing the increasing demand of energy due to growth with the ISO 50002 Energy Audit; improved waste management practices; increased use of renewable energy sources; increased recycling; energy benchmarking; regular CIO2 disinfection for the indoor areas ; Natural Cooling through out; low-flow plumbing fixtures for water conservation; rainwater harvesting and other energy conservation and efficiency initiatives and features. (Source: SRK House, PR, Instore Mag., 25 Aug., 2020)

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    Israel Legislates Mandatory Green Building Codes (Int'l. Report)
    Green Building
    Date: 2020-08-28
    In Jerusalem, the Israel Ministry of Environmental Protection (MoEP) is reporting the passage of mandatory "green" building codes and regulation to replace voluntary "green" building codes as introduced in 2005.

    The new standard offers a definition of green building in Israeli terms, and includes the areas of energy, land, water, waste, health, environmental management, transportation, innovation, construction materials, and heating and cooling systems.

    The standard applies to both new and existing buildings including residential, office, educational, commercial, public health and industrial buildings. The new regulation will also correct social inequality, with green construction currently carried out mainly in the socio-economically strong cities rather than weaker cities in northern and southern regions. (Source: Israel Ministry of Environmental Protection , Website News, Aug., 2020) Contact: Israel Ministry of Environmental Protection,,

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    India's SRK Scores LEED Platinum Certification (Int'l. Report)
    Date: 2020-08-26
    In India, Shree Ramkrishna Exports Pvt reports its 2,25 million sq. ft. SRK House diamond manufacturing unit has scored US Green Building Council LEED Platinum certification for energy efficient, sustainable and environment-friendly building operations.

    SRK House scored 86 points out of 100 in LEED certification eligibility with energy efficiency initiatives that included: addressing the increasing demand of energy due to growth with the ISO 50002 Energy Audit; improved waste management practices; increased use of renewable energy; increased recycling; energy benc-hmarking; regular CIO2 disinfection for the indoor areas; natural cooling and lighting; low-flow plumbing fixtures for water conservation; rainwater harvesting and other energy conservation and efficiency initiatives and features. (Source: SRK House, PR, Instore Mag., 25 Aug., 2020) Contact: USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500,; Shree Ramkrishna Exports, +91 261 404 0544,

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    ICD Brookfield Place Scores LEED Platinum Energy Efficiency (Int'l.)
    Brookfield Properties,USGBC
    Date: 2020-08-24
    In Dubai, real estate services firm Brookfield Properties reports its ICD Brookfield Place building has achieved US Green Building Council (UEGBC) LEED® Platinum certification for green building design, construction, operations and performance. ICD Brookfield Place is the tallest and largest office building in the EMEA region to achieve the rating, and is among the top 20 of the world's largest LEED® Platinum projects.

    The 53-story, 1.1 million square foot office and retail complex in the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) is designed to be energy efficient and minimize its ecological footprint, and has reduced its energy consumption by 28 pct above industry standards. (Source: ICD Brookfield, MENAFN , 22 Aug., 2020) Contact: Brrokfield Properties,; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500,

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    World GBC Claims Net Zero Carbon Bldg. Growth (Int'l Report)
    World Green Building Council
    Date: 2020-08-19
    The World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) has announced that the total number of signatories to the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment has reached 100, marking a doubling of participation in the programme in just over one year. The Commitment positions energy efficiency as a central component to achieving decarbonisation across global portfolios.

    Since inception, businesses and organizations signed up to the Commitment now cover nearly 6,000 assets, over 32 million sq-meter total floor area and $100 billion in annual turnover. By 2030, this means that the operational portfolio emissions of these Commitment signatories will be at net zero, affecting approximately 3.4 million tonnes of CO2 (tCO2e). (Source: World GBC, PR, Aug., 2020) Contact: World GBC, Cristina Gamboa, CEO, Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment,,

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    376 Projects Score Singapore BCA Green Mark Award (Int'l. Report)
    Singapore Building and Construction Authority
    Date: 2020-08-19
    In Singapore, the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) is reporting a total of 376 projects, including 16 overseas, have been awarded the BCA Green Mark Award since the BCA Green Mark certification scheme launched in 2005.

    The Building and Construction Authority is an agency under the Singapore Ministry of National Development, whose mission is to shape a safe, high quality, sustainable and friendly, energy efficient built environment. As the lead public agency, the BCA champions transforming Singapore into a future-ready and sustainable built environment, according to its website. (Source: Singapore BCA, PR, 18 Aug., 2020) Contact: Singapore BCA, Hugh Lim, CEO, (+65) 6534 0219,

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    India Meeting 2020 'Green Building Footprint' Target (Int'l.)
    Indian Green Building Council
    Date: 2020-08-07
    The Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) is reporting India has achieved 7.17 billion square feet of 'Green Building Footprint' to date in 2020. The IGBC has set the target of 10 billion square feet of green buildings by 2022.

    The IGBC was formed in 2001 with the support of the government, developers, corporations, institutes and other stakeholders. According to the IGBC, there are different categories and standards to be classified as a green building, but all of them must have at least one of the following features: conform to all environmental & building laws; share energy and water usage for 5 years from inception; minimize impact on the environment, and; use at least 30 pct less water and energy than others.

    The Indian Green Building Council has launched 26 holistic ratings catering to the design, construction, and operation of almost all project typologies. IGBC is also a founding member of the World Green Building Council and ranks third globally after China and Canada when it comes to green buildings. (Source: Indian Green Building Council, TimesNowNews, Aug., 2020) Contact: Indian Green Building Council, V Suresh, +91 040 44185111, +91 040 44185189 -- fax,

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    Greensboro N.C. Earns LEED Silver Certification (Ind. Report)
    US Green Building Council
    Date: 2020-08-05
    In North Carolina, the City of Greensboro is reporting receipt of US Green Building Council LEED Silver®certification for its sustainability efforts. The City began the process in May 2019 when it was one of 15 US cities to receive a grant to participate in the USGBC LEED for Cities and Communities Program, supported by Bank of America.

    Throughout the LEED certification process, the City worked to track and verify performance on a wide variety of sustainability indicators including energy, water, transportation, education, health and more. LEED for Cities provides a consistent rating system and independently verified data analysis, allowing comparison with local, regional and global peer cities.

    LEED-certification helps Greensboro advance City Council's goal of becoming a leading city in resilience, sustainability and energy independence, and to meet or exceed the state's commitment to address climate change and transition to clean, renewable energy. (Source: City of Greensboro, City News Release, 5 Aug., 2020) Contact: City of Greensboro , David Parrish, City Manager,

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    Citigroup Targets $250Bn for Low-Carbon Activities (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2020-07-31
    NYC-headquartered banking giant Citigroup Inc., the 4th largest US bank by assets, reports it aims to lend $250 billion for low-carbon renewable energy, clean technology, water quality and conservation, sustainable transportation, green buildings, energy efficiency, circular economy and sustainable agriculture and land use over the next five years.

    The bank noted it is working to measure, manage and reduce the climate risk and impact of its portfolio of clients and to that end is is participating in the development and rollout of the Partnership for Carbon Accounting Financials, a framework that will help it measure the carbon footprint of its lending portfolios. Additionally, Citi is testing the methodology for the 2016 Paris Agreement Capital Transition Assessment, a tool that will enable it to look at its most carbon-intensive sectors and clients and measure their progress toward reducing global warming.

    Citigroup is also aiming for a 45 pct CO2 emission reduction reduction in its operations by 2025 from a 2010 baseline and, to that end, aims to only use renewable electricity to power its facilities globally by the end of 2020.

    In 2019, Citigroup assets totaled $1.951 trillion, equity totaled $193 billion and net income came in at $19.471 billion. (Source: Citigroup, PR, MarketScreener, 29 July, 2020) Contact: Citigroup,

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    Landsec Touting Net Zero Carbon Commercial Development (Int'l.)
    Date: 2020-07-29
    In the UK, London-based property developer Landsec is reporting progress in its plans for what aims to be the UK's first net zero carbon commercial building --The Forge -- a 139,000 sq ft office development in Southwark, London. The project aimes to be the first UK commercial building to meet UK Green Building Council's (UKGBC) net zero carbon buildings framework and associated energy performance targets. Landsec notes all future developments will be built to, and operate in line with, UKGBC's net zero carbon buildings framework.

    In November, Landsec became the first UK REIT to align its carbon reduction target to a 1.5 degree C pathway of global warming. The externally approved science-based target will see Landsec reduce absolute carbon emissions by 70 pct from a 2014 baseline over the next ten years aimed at becoming a net zero carbon business by 2030. Landsec is one of the largest real estate companies in Europe with a £12.8 billion portfolio spanning 24 million sq ft of retail, leisure, workspace and residential hubs, with a growing focus on London. (Source: Landsec, Pr, July, 2020) Contact: Landsec, Mark Allen, CEO, +44 (0) 20 7413 9000,,; UKGBC, Julie Hirigoyen,,

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    SUNY New Paltz Innovation Hub Scores LEED Gold (Ind. Report)
    SUNY New Platz, USGBC
    Date: 2020-07-27
    In the Empire State, the State University of New York (SUNY) at New Paltz is reporting it's new, 2-story, 19,500 sq-ft Engineering Innovation Hub (EIH) building has been awarded US Green Building Council LEED Gold Certification.

    The project's $13.5 million energy efficiency features include: building envelope and mechanical systems that have cut energy costs 28 pct; landscape water conservation and reuse features; SUNY New Platz, white reflective TPO (thermoplastic polyolefin) membrane roof system with added insulation to improve the R-value; energy efficient LED lighting with motion sensors; proximity to public transportation; water saving plumbing fixtures; and low-VOC emission locally sourced building materials. (Source: School Construction News, July, 2020) Contact: SUNY New Platz,; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500,

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    Port Moody BC Details Climate Change Fight Plan (Ind. Report)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2020-07-22
    In British Columbia, the city of Port Moody (pop. 34,000+-) council is consider A proposed climate action plan that aims to achieve a 40 pct reduction in carbon emissions by 2030 and full carbon neutrality by 2050. Among the plan's 54 recommendations are:
  • Integrate consideration of climate change into all city processes like budget planning, stormwater management, etc.

  • Develop landscaping strategies for public lands that are resilient to climate change, as well as a green infrastructure program.

  • Implement strategies to protect, restore and connect environmentally sensitive areas, as well as manage invasive species.

  • Phased implementation of water metering on all properties.

  • Ensure the city is adequately staffed and equipped to respond to extreme weather events.

  • Create policy that encourages development of complete, compact communities that allow residents to easily access all their daily needs, target transportation hubs for development of dense, mixed-use neighbourhoods, and aim for the acquisition of park land on an ongoing basis.

  • Conduct climate audits on all civic buildings and develop a green buildings policy for the construction and renovation of city facilities.

  • Consider the creation of pedestrian priority zones.

  • Develop a zero-waste strategy for the community, as well as city facilities and events.

    City staff are in the process of prioritizing elements of the plan that can be implemented in its first two years, as well as determining requirements for funding, resources, and ways to track their progress. The strategy is expected be ready for council’s consideration in the fall. (Source: City of Port Moody, TriCity News, 20 July, 2020) Contact: City of Port Moody, Laura Sampliner, Sustainability Officer,

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  • Nova Scotia Energy Benchmarking Pilot Launched (Ind. Report)
    Canada Green Building Council
    Date: 2020-07-20
    In Halifax, the Nova Scotia Department of Energy and Mines (NSDEM), along with program partners Efficiency Nova Scotia and the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) are touting the recently launched Nova Scotia Energy Benchmarking Pilot Program aimed at helping building owners and operators reduce energy consumption and transition to the mandatory building energy labeling initiative announced by the federal government in the Pan Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change.

    The Nova Scotia pilot, which is funded by Natural Resources Canada and NSDEM, plans to enroll 25 buildings in year one, 150 in year two, and 200 in its third year.

    By using the free and secure web-based tool, ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager®, owners of mixed-use, residential, commercial, and institutional buildings can discover the operational efficiencies of their properties, and benchmark against others in the sector to find ways to optimize energy and save money. (Source: Canada Green Building Council, July, 2020) Contact: Canada Canada Green Building Council, (866) 941-1184,,

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