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  • January 05, 2015 11:41 AM | Anonymous
    The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine facility, currently under construction in Farmington, Conn., will meet the stringent environmental building standards known as LEED Gold. LEED – the acronym for Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, a program of the nonprofit U.S. Green Building Council – is a certification program for buildings, homes and communities that guides their “green” design, construction, operations and maintenance.

    JAX Genomic Medicine’s Gold certification level is one step above the Silver-level standard used for most public buildings in Connecticut, according to John Fitzpatrick, P.E., senior director of facilities services at JAX, but it’s the norm for the Laboratory. While JAX doesn’t always apply for the official designation, LEED guidelines figure prominently in new construction as well as renovations at JAX campuses in Maine and California.

    Even the site for the new facility was carefully chosen with the environment in mind. “We looked at a different location, an undeveloped area overlooking a small lake,” Fitzpatrick says. “It would have been a stunning setting for this facility, but we decided instead to make use of an existing building site that was already set up with road access and utilities.” Positioning the structure in a way that leaves undisturbed a small wetland and a stand of sugar maples not only garnered more LEED credit but also allows the natural vegetation and animal life on the site to flourish, he added.

    The design and infrastructure of the building itself is where the real Gold resides, though. These measures run the gamut from low-tech to hi-tech, including:

    a stormwater collection system that filters parking lot run-off through a bed of crushed coconut shells and a border of water-loving vegetation before draining it into the public sewers

    a 20,000-gallon cistern that collects rainwater off the roof for irrigating the natural landscaping surrounding the building

    low-emissions materials for flooring, paints and other surfaces

    Join the CTGBC Tour 1/15/15.

  • December 20, 2014 10:38 AM | Anonymous

    Among CT's ninety-eight LEED certified buildings are ESPN Building C and Child Care in Bristol,  CCSU New Academic Building in New Haven and CVS West Haven.(see Home page video).

    Sixty-one new LEED projects have been registered in 2014 and over 800 projects registered since 2002,

    Sixty-one new LEED projects have been registered in 2014 and over 800 projects registered since 2002,
  • December 08, 2014 7:58 PM | Anonymous
    CONNECTICUT ORGANICS RECYCLING CONFERENCE & TRADE SHOWwill take place at the Aqua Turf Club, Mulberry Street, Plantsville on 12/16/14 from 8:00am to 2:00pm..
    For more information :Coalition of Recyclers Conference
  • December 03, 2014 3:56 PM | Anonymous

     Every year, ACEEE ranks states on their energy efficiency policy and program efforts and provides recommendations for ways that states can improve their performance in a variety of policy areas. The State Scorecard serves as a benchmark for state efforts, encouraging states to continue strengthening their efficiency commitments as a pragmatic and effective strategy for promoting economic growth, securing environmental benefits, and increasing their communities’ resilience in the face of the uncertain costs and supplies of the energy resources on which they depend. The most recent State Energy Efficiency Scorecard rankings are presented below. - See more at:

  • November 24, 2014 5:28 PM | Anonymous
    The Winter edition of the Connecticut Green Guide delves deep into the sustainable business community's strengths and weakness, ranging from energy efficiency to public transit usage.

    This issue also examines how renewable technologies conflict with utilities' business model, the founding of a clean energy financing firm, and the eccentricities of a produce/fish farm.

    To check out the digital edition of the Winter issue, click CT Green Guide

  • November 13, 2014 2:49 PM | Anonymous
    Thank you to all CTGBC members in good standing who voted in this year's election to select 5 new Board Directors for 2015- 2018 term and Board Advisors.

    The following members were selected from an outstanding field of candidates to serve on the Board of Directors for a three year term.

    Marta Bouchard
    Patrick McDonnell
    Tom Nichols
    Katherine Roden
    Ross Spiegel

    For more information 2014_Election_Results.pdf

  • November 13, 2014 2:27 PM | Anonymous
    The state’s paint recycling program which was launched in July 2013, collected more than 240,000 gallons of leftover paint in its first year, the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection said Wednesday. The program is managed by PaintCare, a nonprofit organization that also administers similar recycling programs in four other states. Connecticut’s program was the third in the nation.

    Read more.....

  • October 31, 2014 10:48 PM | Anonymous
    The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced today that it will allow LEED users to register projects under the LEED 2009 rating system until Oct. 31, 2016. The original date for LEED 2009 registration to close was June 15, 2015. Extending to October 2016 gives LEED users and members of the green building industry additional time to prepare for LEED v4, the latest version of LEED, which features increased rigor and multiple updates.

  • October 29, 2014 1:50 PM | Anonymous

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     Voting ends Thursday, October 30, 2014

  • October 21, 2014 10:06 PM | Anonymous

    CVS West Haven, CTGBC Commercial Award of Honor recipient, celebrated being the first CVS store in the US to earn LEED Platinum   Certification.

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