LOS ANGELES — AECOM, a fully integrated global infrastructure firm based in Los Angeles, announced on August 10 that it is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent by 2020. To achieve this goal, the company will focus on its largest sources of emissions, which includes fleet vehicle fuel, purchased electricity and heating and cooling for offices.Read more
AMHERST, Mass. — The University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass Amherst) has taken on a solar energy initiative designed to save over $6.2 million across a timespan of 20 years. The initiative will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and provide enough energy to power 900 Massachusetts homes.Read more
ORANGE COUNTY, N.C. — Orange County recently selected Moseley Architects of Charlotte, N.C., to design the new Orange County Detention Facility. The new jail aims to improve both energy efficiency and mental health care for inmates.
While design is still in its earliest phases, the new jail will likely include a number of sustainable features and cost approximately $20 million. It will replace the current Orange County Jail, which was originally constructed in 1925.Read more
SAN DIEGO — The Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) in August announced the 2014 winners of the Design-Build Project/Team Awards. The awards honor projects across the construction spectrum from health care to wastewater, and recognize exemplary collaboration and integration in design-build project delivery. Awards will be presented at the 2014 Design-Build Conference and Expo in Dallas this October.Read more
BOULDER, Colo. — Two World Cup host stadiums have partnered with Boulder-based green energy firm Renewable Choice Energy in an attempt to achieve LEED green building certification. The stadiums, Arena Pernambuco and Estiod Beire Rio will purchase a combined total of 10,145,850 kilowatt hours of renewable energy credits (RECs) in order to offset energy use associated with their operations, earning the stadiums EAc6 Green Power Credit.Read more
NEW YORK — Engineering News-Record’s (ENR) 2012 survey of the Top 100 Green Design Firms recognized firms from around the country, including San Francisco-based URS Corp, who ranked number one on this year’s list.Read more