Green Building CSR News

Climate Change Makes Addressing U.S. Septic Failures More Urgent

From runaway algae blooms to antibiotic-resistant bacteria, household septic systems may be making matters worse.

CONCEIVED AS A LOW-COST, low-tech means of disposing toilet waste in rural communities without sewers, septic systems have become a leading cause of the toxic algae blooms. Like a rainbow cloak, algae blooms drape across lakes, bays and coastal shorelines on Cape Cod, Long Island, and small waterbodies in other states. As the top source of contamination for disease outbreaks from residential drinking water wells, septic systems also contribute to illness across the country.

On the Path to Net Zero

High-performance housing developments bring energy efficiency and new technology to communities around the country.

HIGH-PERFORMANCE HOUSING is no longer limited to just a few homes here and there. Enter the high-performance housing development market, in which entire communities are built as efficiently as possible. These master-planned communities are engineered for efficiency and high-performance from the ground up. This shift from the solo to the communal is driven by a variety of factors: building code, environmental issues such as climate change, materials manufacturers and government policy.

CBRE Study Finds San Francisco The Nation’s Greenest City

Third Annual Green Building Adoption Index Shows Percentage of U.S. Office Space “Green” Certified Tops 40%
Press Release

Los Angeles, October 12, 2016 /3BL Media/ – Institutional owners of office buildings continued to pursue green building certifications in the 30 largest U.S. markets during 2015. Continuing an upward trend over the past decade, green certifications are now held by 11.8 percent of all surveyed buildings, representing 40.2 percent of all office space.

Housing Solutions for Rising Sea Levels

Climate change requires developers to get creative to protect buildings from flooding.

Climate change requires developers to get creative to protect buildings from flooding.

By 2050, the Union of Concerned Scientists expects sea levels to rise 6 to 16 inches above current averages. Many are already preparing for the rise. Following are four ways housing developers and communities can reduce the risk of flooding, despite rising levels.

Elevated Development

Leading Green Building Consortium Expands on First Anniversary

Press Release

October 12, 2016 /3BL Media/ - The green building industry’s first and leading consortium of program operators announced today at Greenbuild the addition of two new members and an enhanced technical advisory board. CSA Group is now a member, while thinkstep is the group’s first affiliate member. This marks the first anniversary of the Program Operator Consortium, which launched last year to provide simpler, standardized, and more useful environmental-product transparency solutions and to reduce complexity in the marketplace.

At Home With NBA Great Bill Walton - An EXCLUSIVE Solar Ebook

Bill Walton encourages us all: Power your house with solar for all the practical reasons—and for all the right reasons.
Press Release

October 11, 2016 /3BL Media/ - Read the riveting story about Bill Walton’s comeback from catastrophic spine collapse to become an unabashed solar evangelist.

“When I was lying on that floor with my spine problem, I asked myself: ‘If you ever get better and get off this floor, what are you going to do with rest of your life?’”

What he did was become one of the most authentic voices in the solar industry, encouraging consumers to join the growing trend of homeowners reaping the abundant advantages of powering their homes with solar panels.

Patriot Subaru of Saco Wins Cox Automotive Leader in Sustainability Award

Award Honors Dealership for Environmental and Community Commitment
Press Release

ATLANTA, Oct. 13, 2016 /3BL Media/ – Cox Automotive presented its Leader in Sustainability Award to Patriot Subaru of Saco, Maine at the 2016 Automotive News Best Dealerships to Work For celebration this week.

One-Hit Wonders


Full disclosure my good and faithful reader! This week’s blog is going to be even more disjointed and roundabout than normal. Just keeping you on your toes….

I think that discussing awesome one-hit wonder songs might be one of the best possible uses of your time. Seriously, who doesn’t enjoy this? In the right company, this topic of conversation can literally last for hours.

CBRE Video: Workplace Transformation | Come See Our New Canadian HQ

Multimedia with summary

Visit to explore the strategy and process behind the transformation of CBRE Canada’s workplace journey and its strategic occupier services. 

You can view this and other CBRE videos here.

Feathered Friend Helps Launch Green Career

Kohler's Resident Green Building Guru Started on a Very Different Career Path

It was 1983 when an engineer from Michigan met a Yellow-Naped parrot from Honduras. Little did Joe Azzarello know that “Otis” would be a part of the family for 33 years (and counting) and would affect not only his personal life but his career as well.

“I’ll admit I had very little environmental sensitivity before I adopted Otis,” said Joe, shaking his head.


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