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Energy Efficiency  -  March 4, 2024

Lockheed Martin: Driving Company-wide Energy and Water Efficiency Through the Energy Playbook

Since the inception of its Go Green program in 2007, Lockheed Martin has implemented and refined its energy management program to meet the various iterations of company goals. In this column from Better Buildings, learn how challenges posed by energy and water efficiency accounting and renewable energy opportunities were overcome with the creation of the Lockheed Martin Energy Playbook (EPB).
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GHG Emissions  -  March 1, 2024 - By Kathleen McLaughlin, Walmart

Walmart Suppliers Lead the Charge, Help Deliver Project Gigaton Goal More Than Six Years Early

Walmart's Project Gigaton called for the retailer's suppliers to reduce, avoid or sequester 1 gigaton — that’s 1 billion metric tons — of GHG emissions in product value chains by 2030. In this column, Executive Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer Kathleen McLaughlin explains how this goal was reached six years early.
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GHG Emissions  -  February 28, 2024 - By Kara Hurst, Amazon

7 Ways Amazon is Using AI to Build a More Sustainable Future

From reducing packaging and food waste to powering fulfillment operations more efficiently, Amazon has been innovating with AI and ML for decades. Here are some of the latest ways the company is leveraging AI to reach its Climate Pledge commitment of net-zero carbon by 2040 and become a more sustainable business.
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Energy Efficiency  -  February 26, 2024 - By Cherylyn Kelley, IMT

Energy Codes Forecast 2024: Money, Politics, and a New Model Code

It’s gearing up to be another banner year for energy codes across the U.S. The Institute for Market Transformation's (IMT) Cherylyn Kelley covers recent developments and where energy codes may go next.
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GHG Emissions  -  January 24, 2024 - By Amy Boyce, Marla Thalheimer, and Marshall Duer-Balkind, IMT

A Federal Definition of Net Zero Emissions Buildings

Real estate actors, certifiers, advocates, and policymakers are increasingly using the term “net zero emissions building.” But, what precisely makes a building net zero emissions? As the U.S. Department of Energy looks for input, this column from IMT (Institute for Market Transformation) explores what you need to know about the proposed definition - and what is missing.
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January 19, 2024 - By Matt Howard and Stacy Vogel Davis, The Water Council

Net Zero for Water? It’s More Complicated Than That

As net zero emissions becomes the standard for sustainability-minded corporations worldwide, this carbon mindset is being misapplied to water as we hear more and more about “net zero water.” In this column from The Water Council, learn why organizations need to apply a true water stewardship approach.
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Energy Efficiency  -  January 5, 2024 - By Better Buildings Beat Team

Four Higher Education Partners Achieve Better Buildings Challenge Goal

Congratulations to 2023 Better Buildings Challenge Goal Achievers Allegheny College, Community College of Allegheny County, Morehouse College, and University of Virginia on achieving their portfolio-wide energy savings goals. These four partners manage a combined portfolio of more than 19 million square feet and serve over 42,000 students. Learn more about the measures that these institutions took to achieve their goals in this column.  
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GHG Emissions  -  December 8, 2023 - By Giulianna Di Lauro, IMT

Unintended Consequences & Potential Solutions of Building Decarbonization: Part 2

Part 1 of IMT's "Unintended Consequences & Potential Solutions of Building Decarbonization" uncovered the effects of these efforts on community-based organizations and local governments. In Part 2 of this series, Giulianna Di Lauro explores potential solutions to these unintended harms. Spoiler alert: community leadership is the key!
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GHG Emissions  -  December 6, 2023

Evaluating Carbon Offsets

Not all carbon offsets are created equal, and we need to evaluate them for credibility. Some ways to describe the value that high-quality offsets bring include additionality, permanence, and risk of leakage. In this blog, NRG dives further into how offset projects are evaluated as a credible tool in a company’s ongoing efforts to reduce, avoid, and offset greenhouse gas emissions.
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GHG Emissions  -  December 4, 2023

Understanding Carbon Offsets

Climate change has become increasingly front of mind, with many organizations looking for ways to reduce their carbon footprint and limit their impact on the environment. This blog from NRG explores one "tool in the toolkit" - the purchase and use of carbon offsets, which allow organizations to offset their greenhouse gas emissions by supporting a variety of sustainable projects.
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