Monthly Archive: January 2017

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Landfill in Hawaii Approaches Capacity

The Hawaii Herald recently reported that the South Hilo Sanitary Landfill on the island of Hawaii is close to reaching its capacity. According to the director of environmental management for Hawaii County, Bill Kucharkski, the landfill has only one to three years of use remaining. County officials had intended to extend the...

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Environmentalists Concerned over new Trump Actions, Unsure of Green Building Effects

According to numerous trusted sources, such as Reuters news service and Scientific American,President Donald Trump’s new administration has been taking measures that appear to be undermining green initiatives by the United States. His administration reportedly ordered on Jan. 24 that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to remove the climate change page from...

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Wilsonart Adds Artfully Repurposed Woods Collection to Virtual Design Library

Wilsonart, a manufacturer of decorative engineered surfaces, traveled from coast to coast gathering inspiration for its newest collection. From the pine fields in Pennsylvania to whiskey barrels in Kentucky and the discovery of the modern marquetry movement in California, each design in the collection reflects today’s trends, while offering sustainable solutions. From...

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USGBC Announces Top 10 Countries for LEED

At the end of 2016, the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) announced its annual list of the Top 10 Countries for Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) outside the United States. These countries represent the expansion of and growing demand for LEED-certified buildings internationally. “By recognizing these leading countries, we...

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MGBCE Conference in Southern California Calls for Abstracts

The 16th Annual Municipal Green Building Conference and Expo (MGBCE), an event focused on making an environmentally-friendly impact on Southern California held on April 20 is calling for speaker abstracts for the event. Abstracts are due February 10. The 2017 MGBCE theme is Connected Cities: Economic, Environmental, and Equity Solutions. Across the...

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Hollywood Casino Project Includes TorZo Surfaces

Genesis Associates, a leading national design firm, has chosen to use three green materials manufactured by TorZo Sustainable Surfaces in the redesign of Hollywood Casinos in Jamul, Calif., just outside San Diego. The firm has partnered with Hollywood Casinos for several years now, designing remodels at multiple locations across the country. The...

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NRF Scholarship Applications Now Available

Every year, the National Remodeling Foundation (NRF) accepts scholarship applications from anyone pursuing a career in remodeling. Scholarship recipients can then use the awards at accredited colleges and universities for classes related to the industry. Alternately, the scholarships can be used for industry-accredited certifications, including those that are independently recognized and those...

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Trump Administration Could Set Back Green Building

A group of influential architects and green-building advocates have expressed concerns about the future of the sustainable building movement under the administration of President Donald Trump. These concerns were recently brought to light in an article published in the Architectural Record: What the New Administration Could Mean for Green Buildings. Can Trump...

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Eastern Tennessee Ends Curbside Glass Recycling

According to Recycling Today and numerous local newspapers and TV news outlets, Waste Connections of Tennessee has discontinued the curbside collection of glass for its recycling program as of January 1, 2017. This affects several major cities in the eastern region of Tennessee, including Maryville, Alcoa, Oak Ridge and Knoxville, one of...

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KCMA Offers Environmental Certification for Cabinet Manufacturers

The Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association (KCMA) believes that managing waste and saving the environment are necessary goals for both individuals and businesses, and the association promotes this value in several ways. The KCMA not only provides written materials on its website but also offers certification for cabinet manufacturers through its Environmental Stewardship...