- Small Wind Market Takes Off – Increasing Numbers of Homeowners, Small Businesses, and Farms are Installing Wind Turbines to Generate Electricity.
- BOMA Released its List of Top 10 Ways for Commercial Buildings to Save Energy.
- IBM is Hooking Up with The Nature Conservancy to Launch Software that will Help Businesses and Government Make Smart Environmental Decisions.
- The Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd., Announced the Launch of the Leading Green Initiative, a program to support Sustainable Travel International.
It looks like we can add Coca-Cola (NYSE: KO) to the list of companies that are trying to reduce the impact of business operations. Today, the company announced a collaboration with Georgia Tech Enterprise Innovation Institute to realize reductions in water and energy consumption at Coca-Cola’s 2M square-foot world headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. Under the collaboration, Coca-Cola will spend $3 million on energy-efficient lighting and air conditioning equipment, rainwater harvesting techniques, and advanced irrigation control systems. What’s the result?
- Savings of +$1 million in annual operating costs
- Elimination of 10,000 metric carbon dioxide emissions each year (equal to removing 2,000 cars from the road)
- 23% reduction in energy consumption
- 15% reduction in water consumption
Back-of-the-envelope style, that’s a three year payback. Coca-Cola realizes it can’t be frivolous with water, especially considering the fact that H20 is the main ingredient in the company’s beverages. Cola-Cola Energy and Climate Protection Manager Bryan Jacob talked about the green retrofits saying, "Since climate change will have a profound impact on freshwater resources, we are making water conservation – in our plants around the world and at our headquarters – a priority. The irrigation improvement projects at our Atlanta Office Complex will reduce the water used for landscaping by an estimated 75 percent."
I think Coca-Cola should be recognized for these efforts. This is another example of the business case for green buildings. Coca-Cola is going to save money on this deal. It’s the smart, business-savvy thing to do. Now, our next step is to figure out how to reduce the worldwide consumption of caffeine. Via Coca-Cola + Atlanta Business Chronicle.
Lately, Ray Kappe has been getting a lot of attention for his residences designed for LivingHomes, the Steve Glenn prefab company. Kappe’s first home has been featured all over the place for achieving the highest LEED certification possible, the Platinum rating. I think his work is incredible, so I was studying his stuff when I came across this list of his, "the ten most important principles that helped make me a successful architect, planner, and educator." In the interests of learning from those that are remarkable examples of continuing achievement, I thought I would be good to share his list with the JG readers. Any thoughts?
- Think positively, not negatively.
- Accept structure but know that it is to be questioned and broken when necessary.
- Always be willing to explore, experiment and invent. Do not accept the status quo.
- Know yourself and keep your work consistent with who you are and how you think.
- Maintain good moral and social values.
- Be humble, honest, compassionate, and egalitarian.
- Have conviction about your work.
- Be open and say yes to most ideas and requests. The good ones will be valuable, the bad ones will cease to exist.
- Allow employees and fellow workers freedom and the ability to work to their strengths. Avoid hierarchy.
- Money should be the residual of work, not the goal. But do not compromise your worth.
Green Building Gets Easy, Green Hotels, Construction Materials, Wind Capacity Growing, + Low Impact is Popular (WIR)
- Green Housing Gains Ground: Green Home Building Doesn’t Have to be Complicated, Experts Say; Simple Steps Can Make Houses More Environmentally Friendly
- U.S. Wind Energy Grew 20 % in 2006; Now Enough to Generate Power for 3M Average U.S. Homes
- Green Is the New Black: Becoming a Popular Approach to Lessen Environmental Impact
- Independent Hotels and Major Chains Are Building Green Properties and Renovating Existing Properties Green
- Construction Suppliers Go Green: New Products Promise to Cut Pollution, Costs
Quick post here, but I want to let you iTunes users know that there’s a free download of the new Sundance Channel TV show called "big ideas for a small planet." No direct links because you need to have iTunes downloaded to get it, but it’s on the front page right now. The season premiere is called "Fuel," and I just finished watching it. Download it, come back, and leave a comment on what you thought.