Green Building Alliance 2030 Challenge: What’s the impact so far?

Have you heard about the Green Building Alliance? Well if you haven’t, it appears that their 2030 challenge in Pittsburgh has resulted in numerous property owners and managers evaluating the energy and water consumption and establishing a proactive plan for”net benefit for the entire region” according to Sean Luther, Pittsburgh 2030 District Director for the Green Building Alliance.  The challenge also has seen a direct correlation between cutting operating expenses out of commercial buildings and the economic competitiveness of the region. Sean Luther explains, “If we can’t reduce the operating expenses for folks like PNC and Highmark and US Steel and BNY Mellon and all of these great corporate sponsors, they’re going to move somewhere else.”

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The Benefits of Laundry-to-Landscape Greywater Systems

“Laundry-to-landscape greywater systems are a great investment to reduce water consumption with little maintenance and relatively low installation costs. There are many tools available to homeowners looking to install a laundry-to-landscape greywater system. And it can provide as much as a 15% reduction in household water consumption. This practice could make a real difference in water availability if employed on a large scale in drought-prone areas.  “– From: Madeline Valinski, University of Delaware, Class of 2015, Environmental Studies

Veolia launches new tool to determine true cost of water

“The metric tool, called the ‘True Cost of Water’, will help businesses and municipalities to assess the financial implications of various risks and impacts concerning water, allowing them to make better decisions in managing water.”–Johann Clere, Veolia global director for business development, industrial markets


Smart Cities Readiness Guide advances smart city development with first-of-its-kind tool for city leaders around the world

Readiness Guide is the first vendor-neutral comprehensive roadmap for smart city development

“Critical to our future success as a smart city is a clear understanding of how to procure technology effectively,” said Hartford, Connecticut Mayor Pedro E. Segarra.  “In fact, our core values drive us to create a collaborative work environment that promotes sharing, creativity, and openness to new ideas. The Smart Cities Council Readiness Guide offers us new ideas and has helped set the foundation for our 2030 planning. It is the tool that will help Hartford move forward.”