Posts tagged ‘going green’

December 30, 2014, 1:15 pm

The Division Is Going Green!

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Image 2We’re thrilled to announce that our headquarters, located in Suwanee, Georgia, recently received two Green Globes from the Green Building Initiative (GBI).

Green Globes is a green building rating and certification system that awards a building one to four Green Globes based on its sustainability features and practices. According to the system, our two Green Globes demonstrate “excellent progress in the reduction of environmental impacts and use of environmental efficiency practices.”

Our Suwanee offices opened in 2013 and were designed with the Green Globes rating system in mind. In fact, the offices feature our very own Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) zoning systems, which contributed a substantial number of points in the Energy and Indoor Environment assessment areas. To further support our sustainable efforts, we’ve also created an Environmental Committee, whose sole purpose is to promote a company-wide focus on energy reduction, reuse and recycling. To date, the committee has successfully introduced recycling in our coffee areas and lunchroom, as well as created a wood and plastic collection area in our local warehouse.

We’re proud of this prestigious accomplishment and look forward to finding new ways to continue our commitment to sustainability. Click here to learn more about Green Globes and how to make your building a symbol of sustainable practices.

September 24, 2014, 4:46 pm

Giving it the Old College Try: College Campuses Go Green

As green home building continues to climb, it comes as no surprise that college campuses are beginning to catch up. Universities are going far beyond recycling – starting their own organic gardens, installing green roofs and solar panels, and even joining in large-scale movements to measure sustainable dining on campus.

In an effort to name the greenest college in the nation, College Prowler ranked the greenest college in each state, using a scale of one to 10. While the company chose not to release its exact criteria, it reportedly looked at schools’ eco-friendly tendencies, sustainability initiatives and number of LEED®-certified facilities. Only one school received a perfect 10 at the end of the study – Pitzer College, Claremont, California, known for its LEED-certified residential halls and low-water landscaping.

Other schools making headlines in the green movement are:

  • University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio, is well on its way to becoming the first Catholic college in the nation to completely rid itself from coal and fossil fuels.
  • College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor, Maine, is the first college to become carbon neutral, complete with its own personal organic farm. In addition, the school uses only recycled paper and composts all of its food waste.
  • University of California, Los Angeles, California, has a plan set in place to generate 100 percent renewable energy as well as use 100 percent local water by 2050.
  • George Washington University and American University, located in the nation’s capitol, together made the largest non-utility solar energy purchase in the U.S. as part of their 20-year plan to reduce the carbon footprint of the two universities and George Washington University Hospital. The move to solar power is said to generate more than half the universities’ electricity needs and more than one-third of the hospital’s needs.

Click here to see if your alma mater made the cut.

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