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New Earth-Aware VersaWalk™ Underlayment and VersaStick™ Adhesive for Luxury Vinyl Flooring

VW-laminate-install(Norfolk, Nebraska – 12.18.2012) – MP Global Products, the manufacturer of earth-friendly acoustic fiber floor underlayments, recently introduced VersaWalk underlayment and VersaStick flooring adhesive for high-performing LVT floor installations that protect indoor air quality in single family homes and multi-family residences. VersaWalk is a VOC-free sound reduction impact isolation and insulation system engineered for  maximized performance under luxury vinyl tile flooring. VersaStick, a VOC-free and solvent free fast drying adhesive for use on subfloors and against the floor being laid.

Engineered to be odorless and non-allergenic, VersaWalk is composed of at least 94% post-industrial/pre-consumer textile fibers, scrap material otherwise destined for landfill.

The randomly air-laid filaments create a capillary effect to cushion the floor, dampen ambient sound, and absorb impact sound. VersaWalk both suppresses noise within the room and inhibits the transfer of noise into rooms below. A versatile underlayment that can be nailed, glued or floated, it is suitable for nail- or glue-down wood flooring, floating engineered wood flooring, and laminate flooring as well as for LVT. Continue reading

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Waste Management Wins Sustainable Florida Award

OKEECHOBEE, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Waste Management’s Okeechobee Organics Recycling Facility has been named the winner of the 2012 Sustainable Florida Best Practice Award in the large business division at the organization’s annual awards ceremony in Palm Beach Gardens.

The Sustainable Florida award is the premier state-level recognition for accomplishments and leadership in sustainable development. For more than 15 years, the award has become a respected measure of best performance standards in the integration of environmental, social and economic factors for the long-term sustainability of Florida.

The Okeechobee Organics Recycling Facility features the most advanced aerated composting technology to process food residuals in South Florida. The facility opened in November 2011 as a result of a forward-thinking partnership between Waste Management, Publix, Florida Power & Light and Garick. Continue reading

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Sprint joins EPA Electronics Challenge to Encourage Responsible End-of-Life Practices

OVERLAND PARK, Kan.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today Sprint [NYSE:S], named No. 3 on Newsweek’s 2011 Green Rankings, joined the EPA and other electronics leaders at a third-party certified recycling center in Romeoville, Ill., for the signing of the Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) Electronics Challenge.

This new national program is designed to advance the responsible management of used electronics by challenging manufacturers and retailers of electronics to voluntarily commit to sending 100 percent of used electronics collected for reuse and recycling to third-party certified recyclers, increase the total amount of used electronics collected for reuse and recycling, and publically post information and data regarding electronics recovery and disposal. Continue reading

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Smart Building Managed Services Spending to Surpass $1 Billion by 2020

As part of the effort to cut costs in the global recession, many commercial building owners and managers have installed building energy management systems (BEMS) to reduce energy use and operating expenses.  While these new systems can provide significant efficiency gains, their sophistication can be beyond the capabilities and resource levels of a building’s operating or maintenance staff.  Consequently, smart building managed services are growing in demand and popularity as a means of solving these and other building energy management market issues.

According to a new report from Pike Research, a part of Navigant’s Energy Practice, worldwide spending on these outsourced services – which include data acquisition and analytics, as well as building maintenance contracts – will grow from $291 million in 2012 to $1.1 billion by 2020. Continue reading

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Gen110 Combats Rising Electricity Rates With New Office in San Francisco’s North Bay

PETALUMA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Gen110, a leading distributed electricity company, today announced its new office headquartered in Petaluma to serve homeowners residing in Santa Rosa, Novato, San Rafael and other cities around the North Bay. To educate North Bay residents about how they can protect themselves from utility rate hikes by purchasing electricity from Gen110, the company will conduct an interactive “Energy Pop Quiz” tomorrow, August 31st, from 12pm to 2pm in Downtown Petaluma.

Tomorrow’s Energy Pop Quiz is primed to educate residents in the North Bay — a region well known for its fiercely independent stance that supports locally sourced electricity — about new, cost-saving distributed energy alternatives. Modeled on the Tonight Show’s popular “Jaywalking” feature, the Gen110 team is taking to the streets to ask residents if they know how much they pay for a gallon of gas and then ask how much they pay for a kilowatt hour of electricity, with a goal of informing residents that they now have a choice when it comes to buying electricity. The crew will be at the intersection of Petaluma Boulevard and D Street from 12pm-1pm, and at the Petaluma Premium Outlets from 1pm-2pm. Continue reading

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Office Depot Recognized as an EPA EnergyStar Leader

BOCA RATON, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Office Depot, Inc. (NYSE: ODP), a leading global provider of office supplies and services, today announced that it has been named to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) list of 2012 ENERGY STAR ® Leaders for Leadership in Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions. ENERGY STAR Leaders is an elite group of organizations that have improved energy efficiency across entire portfolios of commercial buildings. Office Depot’s significant energy reduction makes the Company the first ever retailer in the United States to be recognized for a 30 percent or greater improvement. Office Depot’s ENERGY STAR Leader story is available here.

In the baseline year of 2004, Office Depot facilities emitted 381,689 metric tons of carbon dioxide. By 2011, the carbon footprint of Office Depot’s facilities was 239,319 metric tons — a reduction of over 140,000 metric tons, or 37 percent over the seven year period. This is equivalent to the annual greenhouse gas emissions of nearly 28,000 passenger vehicles*.

“Office Depot is pleased to be recognized as an ENERGY STAR Leader for the second time,” said Edward Costa, Vice President of Construction for Office Depot. “Becoming the first retailer to achieve 30 percent or greater energy reduction further demonstrates our commitment to environmental leadership as we continue to implement a range of initiatives that uphold the Company’s global environmental strategy to Buy Greener, Be Greener and Sell Greener.” Continue reading

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The Market for Smart Glass to be Nearly $700 Million a Year by 2020

Smart glass is a class of products used in windows, glass screens, and partitions that provides glare, light, and heat control dynamically, based on ambient conditions or manual controls.  Also referred to as dimmable glass, switchable glass, or dynamic glass (or glazing), smart glass is used in a variety of applications, primarily architecture and transportation.  Although several barriers stand in the way of the broader adoption of smart glass, the market potential is significant.  Substantial new production capacity that is due to come online during 2013 will reduce production costs and help drive greater product adoption.  According to a new report from Pike Research, the market value for architectural and transportation smart glass, which stands at $84 million today, will grow to $693 million worldwide by 2020.

“High-performance buildings require a level of control over energy that many of today’s automation systems are only now starting to address,” says senior analyst Eric Bloom.  “Smart glass is an innovative technology that both provides building owners unprecedented control over solar heat gain and offers a visually impressive alternative to flat glass.” Continue reading

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Parisleaf Printing and Design Receives CurrentState™ Platinum Certification

(3BL Media / theCSRfeed) Tulsa, OK – March 19, 2012 – Parisleaf Printing and Design recently completed the CurrentState™ Sustainability Audit and received Platinum Certification – the highest certification level available.

The Client’s Challenge

Parisleaf is a Printing and Design company located in Gainesville, Florida.  Parisleaf provides a variety of services which include printing, branding packages, web and logo design.

Parisleaf’s largest challenge is that traditional print related goods and services can have a significant negative impact on the environment.  Negative impacts occur at all stages of the paper life cycle -  the harvesting of trees, the processing of wood fiber into pulp and  the disposal of paper products at the end of their useful life.

However, Parisleaf has overcome these challenges. They offer carbon negative printing and web solutions to its clients. Parisleaf is able to achieve this because of their innovative green practices and the steps they take to mitigate their effect on the environment.   Continue reading

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