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INTERVIEW: 8 Questions with Starbucks Global Responsibility VP Ben Packard

INTERVIEW: 8 Questions with Starbucks Global Responsibility VP Ben Packard

INHABITAT: Can you tell us a little about what drew you to work for Starbucks as Vice President of Global Responsibility? Ben: I came to Starbucks 14 years ago as Environmental Affairs Manager, after

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Tallest Green Wall in Los Angeles to Adorn Oldest LEED Platinum Building in Southern California

Tallest Green Wall in Los Angeles to Adorn Oldest LEED Platinum Building in Southern California

"Rising Realty Partners is committed to the greening of our city, whether it is a sustainable building or the introduction of a vertical park," said Christopher Rising, RRP President and Chief Operating

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Low-Income School in Hong Kong Named ‘Greenest School on Earth’

Low-Income School in Hong Kong Named ‘Greenest School on Earth’

A low-income school in Hong Kong was just named one of the "Greenest Schools on Earth" by the U.S. Green Building Council! Sing Yin Secondary School shows that eco-friendly principles aren’t just for

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Dallas Among First U.S. Cities to Mandate Green Building Standards

Dallas Among First U.S. Cities to Mandate Green Building Standards

Dallas has become one of the first cities in the United States to implement mandatory green building standards. As of October 1, 2013, all residential and commercial projects must meet the Dallas Green

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‘LEED in Motion’ Infographic Shows How LEED Certification Has Driven the Green Building Industry

‘LEED in Motion’ Infographic Shows How LEED Certification Has Driven the Green Building Industry

The US Green Building Council recently released a new infographic that shows how the LEED rating system has been a key driver of momentum across many facets of the building industry. The infographic

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Green Building Labels 101: An Inhabitat Guide to Third­ Party Environmental Certifications

Green Building Labels 101: An Inhabitat Guide to Third­ Party Environmental Certifications

If you’re reading Inhabitat, you’re probably interested in green building, and if you work in the building and construction industry, it’s likely that you strive to build in as environmentally

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More States Ban LEED Certification System Due to Timber Industry Opposition

More States Ban LEED Certification System Due to Timber Industry Opposition

Though the amendments and executive orders banning green certification do not actually cite LEED by name, they challenge any green building certification not recognized by the American National Standards

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Dubai’s LEED Platinum Change Initiative Building Declared the “World’s Most Sustainable Commercial Building”

Dubai’s LEED Platinum Change Initiative Building Declared the “World’s Most Sustainable Commercial Building”

The Change Initiative Building (TCI) in Dubai, UAE, has been awarded 107 out of 110 LEED points from the US Green Building Council, which technically makes it the most sustainable building in the world.

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Mississippi Senator Adds Anti-LEED Amendment Into Housing and Transportation Bill

Mississippi Senator Adds Anti-LEED Amendment Into Housing and Transportation Bill

LEED building standards have been used since March 2000 to improve the design and efficiency of structures across the world. Yet, Mississippi Senator Roger Wicker has taken issue with the framework, going

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Apple’s Largest Data Center is Powered by 100% Renewable Energy

Apple’s Largest Data Center is Powered by 100% Renewable Energy

Apple has announced that its newest—and largest—data center is powered entirely by renewable energy. Solar panels and fuel cells incorporated within the Maiden, North Carolina facility generate enough

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The Best Sustainable Building Products from Greenbuild 2012 in San Francisco

The Best Sustainable Building Products from Greenbuild 2012 in San Francisco

A surprisingly political lineup of speakers (including Jerry Brown, Cory Booker, George Pataki, Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski) bookended the 2012 Greenbuild conference in San Francisco. They spoke

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LEED-Certified Federal Building Projects Increase By More Than 50% in 2012

LEED-Certified Federal Building Projects Increase By More Than 50% in 2012

Photo via Shutterstock It looks to have been a good year for green buildings in the federal sector; according to a new report, the number of federal LEED-certified projects has skyrocketed by 51% this

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LEED-Certified Buildings Now Cover Two Billion Square Feet Worldwide

LEED-Certified Buildings Now Cover Two Billion Square Feet Worldwide

The US Green Building Council (USGBC) has announced that the total global footprint of commercial projects certified under its LEED Green Building program has now surpassed a staggering two billion square

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HOK Teams Up With USGBC to Unveil Sustainable Orphanage and Children’s Center for Haiti

HOK Teams Up With USGBC to Unveil Sustainable Orphanage and Children’s Center for Haiti

The U.S. Green Building Council recently announced that it has selected HOK as an official design partner for Project Haiti - a building designed to LEED Platinum principles that will replace a

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Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis Receives LEED Gold Rating

Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis Receives LEED Gold Rating

Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis, Maryland recently received a gold LEED rating from the U.S. Green Building Council. The first LEED-certified hospital in Maryland, it features a green roof

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Green-Roofed CA Academy of Sciences Crowned the World’s Largest Double LEED Platinum Building

Green-Roofed CA Academy of Sciences Crowned the World’s Largest Double LEED Platinum Building

Today the California Academy of Sciences achieved a groundbreaking feat of sustainable design as the U.S. Green Building Council presented it with its second LEED Platinum certification, making it

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Denver Botanic Gardens Hosts Green Roofs West Symposium

Denver Botanic Gardens Hosts Green Roofs West Symposium

Get ready green roof aficionados! The third annual Green Roofs for the West Symposium will take place at the Denver Botanic Gardens on June 16 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. This forward-thinking and informative

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The 10,000th LEED Home Receives Its Certification!

The 10,000th LEED Home Receives Its Certification!

The U.S. Green Building Council received an early Earth Day present last week, as the 10,000th green home was granted LEED certification in Tacoma, Washington. The home is part of the Tacoma Housing

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Design for Reuse Primer: Inspiration for Reclaimed Materials

Design for Reuse Primer: Inspiration for Reclaimed Materials

Turning architectural trash into treasure, Public Architecture’s new e-publication 'Design for Reuse Primer' provides excellent inspiration as well as plenty of eye candy for those looking to give a

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2005 GREENBUILD

2005 GREENBUILD

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) will be holding its 4th official GreenBuild International Conference & Expo in Atlanta this week. This annual conference brings together professionals from the

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