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NuTek International is Greening Commercial Laundry with its ‘Ozone Laundry System’

The NuTek International Inc. produces and sells commercial Ozone Laundry System. An Ozone Laundry System is a stand-alone system similar to a traditional laundry system, however it uses ozone (O3) in place of heat and harmful chemicals to clean laundry. The system is ideal for any  type of establishments that process large volumes of laundry such as hotels, motels, amusement parks, spa, gyms, medical facilities and many more.

How does it work?

Ozone reverts back to Oxygen by forming bonds with carbon forms (bacteria, virus etc) present in the wash water and thus acts as a catalyst for the chemicals in cold water rather than using hot water at 140-160 degrees to act as that catalyst.  This method has 3,000 times greater killing efficacy of bateria and virus than standard laundry procedures.  Every single fill of the machine kills as opposed to solely the “bleach” step in traditional washing.

Ozone is oxygen (O2) with an extra atom of oxygen attached, thus forming O3. Ozone is formed naturally during a lightning storm. The creation of ozone is nature’s way of purifying the atmosphere, and is what gives clothesline dried linen that ‘‘fresh air’’ smell.  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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One Hundred Percent of Simon Malls Now Recycle

INDIANAPOLIS, June 7, 2012 / 3BL Media / PRNewswire/ – Simon Property Group, Inc. (NYSE: SPG), the world’s leading retail real estate company, announced today that 100 % of Simon’s enclosed regional malls and Mills properties now offer waste recycling to merchants.

Simon’s commitment to recycling is well established. In 2011 the company completed a ‘Recycling Enhancement Plan’ which resulted in the conversion of more than 70 compactors from trash to recycling and the diversion of an additional 6,000 tons of waste from landfills annually. Additionally, common area recycling containers were added to 40 centers, providing recycling access to shoppers. In all, Simon recycles over 58,000 tons of material annually and has increased its diversion rate by 25% over the past two years.

“The fact that every one of our enclosed properties is now recycling cardboard is an accomplishment that makes us proud,” said George Caraghiaur, senior vice president of energy and procurement at SPG, who coordinates the company’s sustainability efforts. Caraghiaur also noted that pilot programs are underway for plastic film recycling and composting of food waste.  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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Compare Ratings, Data and Reviews for Any Building in the U.S.: HonestBuildings.com™ Launches Free Service

 

 

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–HonestBuildings.com announced today the release of its beta platform, a free web service allowing users to find and compare information, ratings and reviews for any commercial or residential building in the U.S.

“We are bringing transparency and connectivity to the massive real estate industry, which has traditionally been fragmented, opaque and inefficient”
Simply by searching for an address or zip code, anyone can access reviews, Honesty Ratings™, energy data, projects and renovations, and view the people and organizations associated with that building, for free.

“We are bringing transparency and connectivity to the massive real estate industry, which has traditionally been fragmented, opaque and inefficient,” said Riggs Kubiak, CEO of Honest Buildings. “Our goal is to connect people, catalyze transactions, and accelerate the development of high performance buildings on a global scale.”

Anyone can use Honest Buildings to compare buildings based on size, location, type, ratings, associated organizations, and the types of projects that have been completed, helping them to make better-informed decisions about real estate. Continue reading

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Alcoa Foundation Helps Score a Win for Sustainability at 2012 Super Bowl

More than 144 tons of material recycled, including 25 tons of aluminum beverage containers

EVANSVILLE, Ind.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–A dedicated team has spent the weeks after last month’s Super Bowl tabulating the amount of materials recycled during the big game in Indianapolis – more than 144 tons, in fact.

“When recycled, a can of soda is back on the shelf in just 60 days. We’ve set a strategic goal to increase U.S. recycling rates of aluminum beverage cans to 75 percent by 2015.”

The Indiana Recycling Coalition (IRC), with financial support from the Alcoa Foundation, helped organize an effort to recycle materials at the Super Bowl and its numerous related events. The IRC worked closely with the 2012 Super Bowl Environmental Programs Committee to ensure that there were adequate recycling locations for fans to recycle their beverage containers and other materials.

Carey Hamilton, the executive director of the IRC, said a total of 144.03 tons of recyclable materials were collected from Super Bowl-related venues between Jan. 23 and Feb. 9, 2012, including Lucas Oil Stadium, the NFL Experience/Indiana Convention Center, the Super Bowl Village, the ESPN facility, Banker’s Life Fieldhouse, and NFL Compounds. Continue reading

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Columbia School District Wins 2011 Green Cleaning Award

WEST CHICAGO, Ill.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Columbia Public Schools (CPS) has been named the recipient of the 2011 Green Cleaning Award given by American School and University, a leading trade publication for the education sector.

“They are cleaning more effectively and more healthfully, all at the same time.”
This award recognizes school districts that have taken significant steps toward cleaning their facilities using environmentally preferable products and cleaning methods that help protect human health and the environment.

The jury that selected the winning school districts included Stephen Ashkin, President of The Ashkin Group, long known as “the father of Green cleaning” within the professional cleaning industry as well as Mark Bishop and Rochelle Davis, both with the Healthy School Campaign.

CPS reports that since switching to Green cleaning, student attendance throughout the district has improved. This is not surprising. Studies have shown that conventional cleaning products can cause allergic and respiratory reactions, especially in young children. Continue reading

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Revenue From Net Zero Energy Buildings to Reach $1.3 Trillion by 2035

As green building practices become more commonplace in the global construction industry, the goal of designing zero energy buildings, or buildings that consume as much energy as they produce through on-site and renewable energy systems, has emerged as the next major frontier.  A number of countries and regions have already established long-term targets and regulations requiring zero energy building construction that will come into effect over the coming years, some as soon as 2016.  These stringent regulations will accelerate adoption around the world, causing the industry to undergo a significant transformation in the coming years.  According to a new report from Pike Research, worldwide revenue from zero energy buildings will grow rapidly over the next two decades, reaching almost $690 billion by 2020 and nearly $1.3 trillion by 2035.  That represents a compound annual growth rate of 43%, with much of that growth occurring in the European Union.

“Following the surge in LEED and other green building certifications worldwide over the last few years, zero energy building has emerged as the ‘holy grail’ in green building design,” says research analyst Eric Bloom.  “Technically, zero energy building design is feasible for many building types in many regions, but concerns about the upfront cost continue to impede it in the market.” Continue reading

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