GBCI Introduces TRUE Zero Waste Rating System

Read the article on the USGBC newsroom website.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – (September 7, 2017) – Today, Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), the premier organization independently recognizing excellence in green business industry performance and practice globally, unveiled TRUE (Total Resource Use and Efficiency), the new brand identity for its zero waste rating system. The TRUE Zero Waste rating system helps businesses and facilities define, pursue and achieve their zero waste goals through project certification and professional credentialing.

According to the EPA, the average American generates 4.4 pounds of trash each day. TRUE is a whole systems approach that helps organizations understand how materials flow through their facilities and identify redesign opportunities so that all products are reused. TRUE-certified projects meet a minimum of 90 percent waste diversion for 12 months from landfills, incinerators (waste-to-energy) or the environment. TRUE is administered by GBCI and serves as a complement to the LEED green building rating system created by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

"By driving the adoption of green practices at all levels of business, we significantly impact greenhouse gases, manage risk and improve the health and wellbeing of employees and the community,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO, USGBC and GBCI. "By closing the loop on waste, organizations can become more resource efficient, discover potential new revenue streams and save money. TRUE delivers the business case for addressing waste.”

Currently, there are 88 TRUE-certified facilities around the world. TRUE focuses on helping businesses, industrial sectors and schools quantify their performance and find additional ways to move toward zero waste. Microsoft, Tesla, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Nature’s Path, Earth Friendly Products, Raytheon, Cintas and Northrop Grumman, among others, have facilities certified under the program. The TRUE Zero Waste certification, previously administered by the U.S. Zero Waste Business Council, was acquired by GBCI in 2016.

“Our goal is to help develop a zero waste economy for all that delivers financial, environmental and social benefits,” said Stephanie Barger, director, TRUE Zero Waste program. “The TRUE team is working with organizations across industries to help set benchmarks, track performance, educate employees and deliver innovative solutions that move them closer to zero waste.”

GBCI rating systems, like TRUE and LEED, are committed to driving the adoption of green business practices that foster global competitiveness and enhance environmental performance and human health benefits. From waste to responsible land development to sustainable power systems, GBCI rating systems work across all sectors, applying rigorous standards that verify performance and encourage sustainable practices that are economically, environmentally and socially responsible.

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3rd Annual Change Makers Awards with Stamford 2030

Join local building owners and community leaders on September 13th at one of Stamford’s newest buildings for this year’s Change Makers Awards with The Stamford 2030 District of The Business Council of Fairfield County. This annual reception recognizes outstanding local projects and celebrates members of Stamford 2030, one of 17 districts across the nation advancing resource efficiency and strengthening the local economy.

Register for the event here.

Founded on the premise of creating more environmentally, socially and economically resilient cities, keynote speaker Jonathan R.F. Rose, launched Jonathan Rose Companies LLC in 1989 as a multi-disciplinary real estate development, planning, and investment firm, which creates real estate and planning models to address the challenges of the 21st century. Since 2009 JRCos has developed nearly 350,000sf in Stamford, comprised of 231 green mixed-income units, forwarding their mission to develop communities that enhance opportunity for all.

This past year Jonathan Rose published The Well-Tempered City: What Modern Science, Ancient Civilizations and Human Behavior Teach Us About the Future of Urban Life, which won the 2017 PROSE Award for Outstanding Scholarly Work by a Trade Publisher. This new book focuses on how cities can prepare for the future by aspiring to principles around resilience, equity and developing stronger connections between the natural and built environment.

The 2017 Change Makers Awards will be held at the never before seen Metro Green Terrace, the third stage and largest project (235,561sf) of the Jonathan Rose Companies award-winning Metro Green Residential development. Just completed this summer, Metro Green Terrace consists of 131 mixed-use apartment units and is built to LEED New Construction “Gold” standard.

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Connecticut to Issue Grants for Microgrid Energy Projects

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is making funds available for a new round of microgrid projects that generate power for facilities such as hospitals and wastewater treatment facilities.

DEEP will accept applications for the program, which provides matching funds and/or low-interest loans, beginning Sept. 1 until Jan. 1.

The microgrid initiative was developed in 2012. It stems from a recommendation from the Governor's Two Storm Panel, a group formed after two major storms that caused widespread electricity outages for long periods of time. DEEP has so far issued $20.5 million in grants for 10 projects. To date, six microgrids are operational and four are under construction.

DEEP Commissioner Robert Klee says microgrids are crucial to making the state's electrical supply more resilient and reliable.

Read the story from NBC Connecticut.

Click here for more information on CT DEEP's microgrid grants.

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DEEP Releases Updated Comprehensive Energy Strategy.

On July 26, 2017, the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) released an update to its Comprehensive Energy Strategy (CES) for the State. According to DEEP, the CES will "advance the State's goal to create a cheaper, cleaner, more reliable energy future for Connecticut's residents and businesses."

The full report and an executive summary can be access from DEEP's website. Chapter Two is dedicated to the building sector.

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