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Diving Into Waters of the AIA 2013 Commitment

Guest Post by Amy Seif Hattan, Corporate Sustainability Officer and Wolfgang Werner, Vice President, Thornton Tomasetti In July 2010, our company became the first predominantly structural design firm to join the AIA 2030 Commitment, which supports the goal of carbon-neutral building by 2030. We joined the Commitment because we believe that buildings of the future […]

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Product Transparency: There’s No Turning Back Now

 by guest blogger Bill Walsh The year 2013 was a turning point in which product transparency emerged as a cornerstone of corporate sustainability efforts.  In the green building movement, this was driven by the Health Product Declaration (HPD), an open-standard format for reporting building product content and related health hazard information.  The HPD is triggering […]

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SPI Adopted by Feds in 2013

2013 was a great year at SPI. We worked with a wide variety of companies–from global manufacturing giants to universities and from large multi-national design firms to small, single office architecture studios–to help them develop or fine-tune their sustainability programs.  In addition, SPI’s Certification program was adopted by HUD and 24 affordable housing developers from […]

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SPI Certification Criteria v3.0 Open for Public Comment Until 10/11/13

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE SPI Green Firm Certification V3.0 Evaluation Criteria Now Open For Public Comment August 21, 2013 – The non-profit Sustainable Performance Institute (www.sustainable-performance.org) (SPI) has just released version 3.0 of its Green Firm Certification criteria for public comment. Building industry professionals are invited to provide feedback on the proposed new criteria until midnight […]

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Are Those Numbers For Real? The Role of Data Quality Management

by Jim Newman of Linnean Solutions Data quality may be the elephant in the room when we talk about widespread energy and water use reporting. Energy and water use reporting in the US has grown in importance because of a combination of corporate reporting needs and municipal regulation. This article looks at two key types […]

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Recap – SPI Roundtable: State of the State

Our March “State of the State” Roundtable highlighted new accomplishments from 2012 and new activities planned for 2013.  The group shared some inspiring achievements and we’d love to hear yours!.  See the highlights below and click the link to add your thoughts! Some trends emerged: Advocacy:  2030 adoption and advocacy increased in 2012 and continues […]

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Leadership Spotlight: Chris Leary on The Role of Disrupters

SPI facilitates a peer-only Leadership Circle through LinkedIn. This multi-disciplinary group of sustainability leaders come from all over the world and share the responsibility of leading sustainability efforts within their companies. Each month, we interview one of these leaders in our Spotlight. If you are responsible for implementing sustainability efforts within your company, please join […]

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SPI Leadership Spotlight: Roger Chang

Welcome to the SPI Leadership Spotlight! In this series, we interview professionals from across the industry—from architecture, engineering, construction, facility management—and find out what helps their companies achieve success. We believe sharing our stories is an important way we can learn from each other and, as a community, raise the bar on what we accomplish! […]

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