Friday Roundup: University of Dayton makes a green promise, Volkswagen embraces LEED | U.S. Green Building Council
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VW's LEED Platinum plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee

Here’s our weekly collection of green building clips:

Why Are Some States Trying to Ban LEED Green Building Standards? The Atlantic Cities. USGBC’s Lane Burt interviewed in article that calls out the chemical and timber industries by name and addresses recent disputes over lumber standards that are leading some states to pass anti-LEED legislation.

Volkswagen Sets the Standard for Efficiency, EnergyBiz. With a new LEED Silver distribution center in Tennessee, a LEED platinum manufacturing facility and some of the most fuel-efficient cars on the market, Volkswagen is proving itself a leader in responsible transportation.

Sports Sustainability Gurus Share Their All-Star Plays, GreenBiz. The sporting industry’s green team shares advice about how to make environmental responsibility accessible and valuable for fans and teams alike.

The University of Dayton Pledges to Become Carbon Neutral, Eliminate Greenhouse Gas Emissions, The Chronicle of Higher Education. One of the schools that made our Guide to Green Colleges is making a further commitment to sustainability through reduction of energy use, alternative transportation, food composting and a minimum of LEED silver for all future buildings.

EPA Launches Online Green Sports Resource Directory, Environmental Leader. The Environmental Protection Agency’s new resource will help teams and venues improve waste management, reduce water and energy use and save money.

HBCUs Step Up Efforts to be More Eco-Friendly Through Partnerships and Grants, Diverse. Historically Black Colleges and Universities are ramping up sustainability efforts due to new partnerships and programs around the country.

For Some Students, a Fresh Start at New Schools, Baltimore Sun. A new LEED Gold elementary school in Howard County Maryland is just one of the state’s efforts to enhance students’ classroom experience.

Nike’s Newest Concept Store in Shanghai Built with 100% Trash, Environmental Leader. This may be one of the largest scale waste redistributions ever – USGBC member Nike has built a store out of old soda cans, water bottles, and DVDs in Shanghai.


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