Daniel McDonell

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8 years 4 months ago

In March, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a report on the U.S. Cities with the most Energy Star certified buildings that shows significant cost savings and emissions reductions from energy efficiency. Since the program’s inception in 1999, the energy efficient buildings certified as energy star in these top 25 cities have saved over $866 million in energy costs and prevented greenhouse gas emissions from the equivalent of over 543,000 average homes.

These statistics, however, represent only the 3,808 buildings in the top 25 cities. With...


8 years 4 months ago

FedEx, the world’s largest express transportation company, announced the launch of EarthSmart, a sustainability program for its Europe, Middle East, Indian subcontinent and African (EMEA) operations.

The program, which is an expansion of the EarthSmart program launched in 2009 in North America as part of its Global Citizenship Report, enhances stewardship initiatives already taking place and makes a concrete commitment to financial and environmental sustainability.

According to Beth Galetti, VP of Planning and Engineering at FedEx Express EMEA, the program denotes an...


8 years 5 months ago

LEED Platinum certification plaque at Saltwater Creek State Park, Ga.

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) recently released a list of the top 10 states for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified U.S. projects in 2010. The list, which includes calculations only from commercial and institutional buildings, shows a wide range of regional diversity and an important expansion trend for the green building industry. The LEED rating system,...


8 years 5 months ago

A 90,000 square foot server space in South Bend, Indiana.

Server farms, also known as data or processing centers, are the nuts and bolts that keep almost 2 billion people worldwide online, and as such they use resources intensively. A modest server farm might use 15 megawatts a day, 10 megawatts of which go to powering processers and five of which go to cooling them. Another 360,000 gallons of water each day would additionally be used...