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April 18, 2014

GE is behind the latest eco-forward move in San Francisco -- specifically, that of the iconic 16-ft. crab wheel at the gateway of Fisherman's Wharf.

Together with the Arrow Sign Company, GE helped restore the landmark with new LED sign lighting systems that will save an estimated 80% in lighting energy usage.

April 10, 2014

The Home Depot has launched a nationwide campaign to bring water conservation savvy to the masses, especially those in drought-affected areas.

On April 26, the retailer will hold free Water Conservation Workshops at all 1,977 of its U.S. locations, where attendees can learn ten different strategies for saving water.

These projects include converting to a dual-flush toilet, switching to EPA WaterSense labeled showerheads and faucets, installing drip irrigation and rotary nozzle or dual spray sprinklers and more.

April 8, 2014

The Home Depot has earned a 2014 Energy Star Partner of the Year -- Sustained Excellence award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which cited its efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through the promotion of energy-efficient products.

"Our customers are increasingly looking for products that have earned the Energy Star," said Ron Jarvis, VP Environmental. "Our partnership with Energy Star allows us to offer our customers high quality, energy-efficient products that will also save them money on their energy bills."

April 3, 2014

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized Panasonic Eco Solutions North America as a 2014 Energy Star Partner of the Year -- Sustained Excellence Award.

Panasonic's energy-efficient ventilation fans are the star of the day, which Panasonic assures will meet designed airflow requirements when installed, providing ventilation verification assurance. At up to 23.3 CFM/Watt, the fans have the highest efficacy of any Energy Star-rated ventilation fan.

March 11, 2014

LG is highlighting 14 of its duct-free air conditioners that have earned the Energy Star "Most Efficient" 2014 designation.

Five of those 14 hail from the LG "Art Cool" duct-free split series, which brings design-minded appeal together with energy-efficient features.

February 27, 2014

KB Home unveiled its first ZeroHouse 2.0 in Los Angeles Wednesday, part of a new, larger series of homes designed to achieve net-zero energy status and zero freshwater irrigation use (by a family of four or more).

February 7, 2014

It’s not fertilizer, but it’s close.

Riding the organic wave in home gardening, the makers of Soil Charge potting soil say the product is designed to boost plant growth the natural way. 

January 28, 2014

Stickers in the windows of kitchen cabinet retailers will soon indicate a high level of environmental stewardship, if a new program from the Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association catches on.

January 14, 2014

Miami-based CGI Windows & Doors introduced Targa by CGI, a new vinyl impact window line designed to maximize security, protection and energy efficiency.

“CGI products are known for their superior strength, quality and beauty, and the new Targa line will blend in perfectly,” said Tom Riscili, president and CEO, CGI Windows & Doors. 

October 22, 2013

Lowe's came away with some of the highest honors in environmental stewardship from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The retailer was recognized for its freight transportation practices and water-efficient products campaign with a 2013 SmartWay Excellence Award and a 2013 WaterSense Sustained Excellence Award.

October 15, 2013

Honeywell has announced that its full line of Wi-Fi thermostats will enable homeowners to connect with their utility and receive incentives for cutting down on electricity use. 

"The same technology people purchase today to lower their heating bills can pay extra dividends in the summer months," said Tony Uttley, general manager of Home Comfort and Energy Systems at Honeywell. "Honeywell can easily link homeowners to these additional savings."

October 10, 2013

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) named The Home Depot as its 2013 WaterSense Retail Partner of the Year award.

September 30, 2013

IKEA is taking a big step in pushing solar panels further toward the mainstream through the launch of a new test sale in Britain.

The retailer has begun selling residential solar panels in its Southampton store, with other locations in Britain due to start selling them in the coming months. IKEA has plans to eventually sell to other countries as well, though Britain was a strategic choice for a test program due to its moderate electricity costs and government incentives for promoting solar energy.

September 30, 2013

Stanley Black & Decker has been listed on CDP's S&P 500 Climate Performance Leadership Index (CPLI) for the first time, available in the CDP S&P 500 Climate Change Report 2013.

September 24, 2013

At a score of 120/89.5, the 2020 Alton home in Miami Beach, Fla., is reportedly the highest-scoring LEED home in the nation, according to CGI Windows & Doors.

The home, completed by developer Matthew Lahn of the Florida Green Home Design Group and architect Ari Sklar of Sklarchitecture, was recently awarded LEED Platinum status for its ambitious adherence to the LEED point checklist.

September 23, 2013

Harold Edwards, Limoneira's president and CEO, has received the Sustainability Award from the Captain Planet Foundation for his leadership in developing an eco-conscious agribusiness.

“The Captain Planet Foundation is internationally recognized for its outstanding work providing the next generation of stewards an active understanding and love for the natural world in which they live,” said Edwards. “I’m thrilled that they have acknowledged Limoneira’s extensive efforts on the stewardship and sustainability front.”

September 16, 2013

Owens Corning has been placed on the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI World) for the fourth consecutive year, named this year as the Industry Leader for the DJSI World Building Products component.

"This is a milestone year on many levels for Owens Corning, including the celebration of today's news and the year-long celebration of our company's 75th anniversary," said chairman and CEO Mike Thaman. "One of the keys to our success yesterday, today and especially tomorrow, is the energy our people put toward our sustainability strategy."

September 10, 2013

Solar manufacturer SolarWorld is rolling out its new Freedom Plan, designed to support the usage of American-made solar panels for homeowners in Hawaii.

In a nutshell, the program will allow homeowners to replace a portion of their electricity bills with a low monthly payment for solar power and guarantees the use of American-made panels. Users can receive the plan together with a complete solar-electric system from SolarWorld, which includes photovoltaic equipment, installation, monitoring services, system insurance and maintenance for up to 20 years.

August 29, 2013

The city of Boston has approved plans to build more energy-efficient homes after the relative success of a pilot program in Roxbury, the Boston Globe reports. 

The initial four homes, which recently went up in Dudley Square and reportedly generate almost twice as much power as they consume, will be followed up by a development of 40 similar units in Mission Hill.

August 13, 2013

With its recent Longview Timber acquisition under its belt, Weyerhaeuser Company has positioned itself as one of North America's leading private sustainable forestry operations.

The company, which recently added 645,000 acres of forestland to its portfolio in Washington and Oregon, now manages 20.5 million acres of forestland in the U.S. and Canada that's been certified to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative standard.

August 6, 2013

The Washington, D.C.-based Windows & Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) criticized the Energy Star Program for what the WDMA described as a lack of “balance,” among other things. 

The complaint was lodged at the final draft of Version 6.0 program requirements for residential windows, doors and skylights, released July 31.

July 26, 2013

Houston-area Braun's Roofing has recently started offering its customers the option to install CertainTeed cool roofs, designed with shingles that deflect the sun's rays and reduces energy costs in the summer.

While typical shingles absorb heat, CertainTeed products aim to do the opposite, which keeps buildings cooler and reduces the strain on overworked HVAC systems.

July 26, 2013

Solidia Technologies recently signed an exclusive licensing agreement with Rutgers University to complete its acquisition of a patented technology that eliminates roughly 70% of all carbon dioxide emissions in concrete and cement products.

July 9, 2013

After asking the Chamber of Commerce to reconsider its support for the American High-Performance Building Coalition lobby (AHPBC), Skanska USA has resigned from the board and removed its funding in protest of the Chamber's complicity in effectively curbing LEED sustainable building operations.

July 2, 2013

Beazer Homes USA has been recognized by the EPA as a leader in energy performance. The home builder announced Monday that it received 15 2013 Energy Star Leadership in Housing Awards.

"I am very proud of the quality, energy-efficient homes we build in our communities across the country," said Beazer Homes CEO Allan Merrill. "100% of the homes we construct are Energy Star Certified, which demonstrates our commitment to providing each of our home buyers with one of the most energy-efficient homes on the market."