Green Data Centers in LEED v4

This week the Grainger Lake Forest Data Center in Illinois achieved Gold certification in LEED v4 BD+C (Building Design + Construction).  It’s the first ever facility to do so, particularly under the new Data Center sector of LEED v4 launched almost two years ago.

Apple prides itself on its green data centers.

Apple prides itself on its green data centers.

Sustainability of data centers is relevant now, especially in this age of Big Data.  We’re generating and consuming more data than ever before

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Streamlined Review Process for LEED Projects & Animal-Friendly Organs-on-a-Chip

In today’s post, we feature the LEED Proven Provider for a more streamlined review process of LEED projects, and also report on the organs-on-a-chip development for drug testing sans the cruelty to animals.

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A More Streamlined Review Process for LEED

The days of complicated review processes for LEED projects are over. 

Newly launched by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI), the LEED Proven Provider hopes to streamline the project review by removing unnecessary work in the process. GBCI is the third-party certification body for LEED.

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Says Doug Gatlin, VP of program delivery, U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and GBCI.

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August Green News Roundup: From New Use for Cigarette Butts to Melting Iceberg as a Temporary Home

We look back at our favorite green news the whole month of August—from new life for cigarette butts to one man’s attempt to make an iceberg his melting, fleeting home.

 

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In the Name of Climate Change, One Man Will Live Atop an Iceberg for a Full Year

Alex Bellini with his prospect temporary iceberg-home in the background.

Alex Bellini with his prospect temporary iceberg-home in the background.

The innocent polar bear, scrambling onto a slowly melting iceberg, has often been a favourite poster child for climate change. But now at least one person is out to demonstrate just what it’s like to be in a similar plight.

Come spring of 2015, Professional adventurer Alex Bellini will live on a melting, drifting iceberg off the coast of Greenland for a full year. He will be subsisting on 600 kilos of dried food while there, enduring extreme cold and loneliness, until the iceberg melts and forces him out, all in the hopes of raising consciousness regarding climate change.

Over the decades, climate change has dramatically caused rising …

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Of War and War-Torn Buildings

 

“Most of the cruelty in the world is just misplaced energy.”

-Zadie Smith, On Beauty

  

My grandma, aged 93, remarked the other day, while we were watching a news story on the Gaza conflict, about how all those buildings were being laid to waste. She didn’t say anything about the children and the women. Just the buildings.

Colorful belongings of refugees are in stark contrast with the ravages of war in Gaza (Image from ibtimes.co.uk)

Colorful belongings of refugees are in stark contrast with the ravages of war in Gaza (Image from ibtimes.co.uk)

No, my grandma isn’t senile, she is perfectly fine and healthy, thank you very much. Her comment wasn’t one of indifference. The human spirit is always …

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Shanghai Gets a Wake-Up Call via Environmental Art, Hopefully

This August, a decrepit ark sits on the floor of Shanghai’s Power Station of Art (PSA), bearing a menagerie of taxidermied animals, sickly, frozen on the spot, and absolutely going nowhere.

Noah's Ark redux.  Or more harshly, inspired by the thousands of pigs dumped in the Huangpu river last year

Noah’s Ark redux. Or more harshly, inspired by the thousands of pigs dumped in the Huangpu river last year.  (Image from SmartShanghai.com)

It’s an art installation called The Ninth Wave courtesy of Cai Guo-Quiang from his solo exhibit also entitled the same. The New-York based artist, known for his audacious fireworks displays, is tackling the theme of nature and humans’ disrespectful ways towards it. One would think the animal-laden ark is Biblically-inspired, but the inspiration is actually a more recent and personal source: the tens of thousands of dead pigs dumped into the Huangpu river last year, their pale floating carcasses a grim contrast against the muddy water.  (For dramatic impact, the ark was first floated on a barge before finally making …

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