Category: Eco-friendly Surfacing News

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Cafes and Bars Are Choosing Sustainable Modern Surfaces

Modern Surfaces, a partnership of manufacturers and trade partners who have aligned to create a new resource for designers looking for beautiful yet sustainable surfaces, recently debuted at KBIS 2017 in Orlando. Made up of sustainable surfacing brands Durat, IceStone and PaperStone, along with distributors CaraGreen and Cerami Inc., Modern Surfaces is...

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New Green Building Library Available on USGBC Website

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) recently added a Public Policy Library to its website. In the new USGBC Public Policy Library users can discover and access green building-related and LEED-specific policies across the United States. The library is an interactive platform that shares details on policies at the federal, state and...

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Women in Green to Hold Los Angeles Breakfast

Women in Green is holding its first event of 2017 in April. The Women in Green Breakfast will take place April 14 hosted by the USGBC-LA at the City Club Los Angeles. The event is slated as a discussion and networking opportunity. A panel of social justice leaders, moderated by Heather Rosenberg of...

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ISFA Releases 2017 Countertop Industry Outlook

Each year, the International Surface Fabricators Association (ISFA), conducts extensive research and analyzes a wide range of statistics to develop the Countertop Industry Outlook, and although the outlook does not specifically name sustainable surfaces, it provides some important indicators on this segment of the market. Economic Outlook The first set of data...

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New Report Reveals Venues Worldwide are Embracing LEED Green Building

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) recently released its LEED in Motion: Venues report, which highlights the efforts of convention centers, sports venues, performing arts centers, community centers and public assembly spaces to transform their environmental, social and economic footprint through LEED certification. The report showcases some of the most impressive green...

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Living Product Expo Calls for Proposals

The creation of the Living Product Challenge kicked off a groundbreaking event that brought together leading minds in the product industry to inspire a revolution in the way materials are designed, manufactured and delivered: the Living Product Expo. The Living Product Challenge re-imagines the design and construction of products to function as...

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MGBCE Announces Keynote Speakers

The 16th Annual Municipal Green Building Conference and Expo (MGBCE), an event focused on making an environmentally-friendly impact on Southern California will be held on April 20 at the SoCalGas Energy Resource Center in Downey, Calif. The 2017 MGBCE theme is Connected Cities: Economic, Environmental, and Equity Solutions. Across the Southern California...

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APA Calls for Nominations for Awards for Excellence in Sustainability

The American Planning Association Sustainable Communities Division (APA-SCD) announced the call for nominees for its Fourth Annual Awards for Excellence in Sustainability. APA-SCD continues to promote, lead and celebrate all efforts related to Sustainability Planning during this challenging time. The Awards for Excellence in Sustainability honor those projects, policies, plans, and people...

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LA World’s Fair Enlists Students to Design Pavilion

The LA World’s fair has begun its search for students for a new green building design competition. The competition would enlist students to design the headquarters of the fair. The headquarters also known as Pavilion Zero, is conceptualized as a visually compelling building that would serve as location for meetings, presentations and events....

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EPA Announces Inclusion of Green Squared Certification

The Tile Council of North America (TCNA) announced that Green Squared®, the American National Standard Specifications for Sustainable Ceramic Tiles, Glass Tiles, and Tile Installation Materials, has been added to the current U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Recommendations of Specifications, Standards, and Ecolabels for Federal Purchasing. These recommendations were made to all...

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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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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...