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Edward J. Ray Hall on the Cascades Campus of Oregon State University

Edward J. Ray Hall, designed by SRG Partnership, will provide a new learning environment for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math on the Cascades Campus of the Oregon State University while creating a vibrant student hub with active interior and exterior spaces. Its design will elevate the University’s identity in Bend while exemplifying its commitment to sustainability with a Net Zero Energy target and a structure of regionally sourced mass timber.

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The Saxum Vineyard Equipment Barn, an off-the-grid agricultural building for the 21st century

Located in the Templeton Gap area of West Paso Robles, California, the Clayton & Little-designed Saxum Vineyard Equipment Barn rests at the toe of the 50-acre James Berry Vineyard and the adjacent winery sitting just over 800 feet away. This simple agricultural storage structure is completely self-sufficient and operates independently from the energy grid, maximizing the structure’s survivability and resilience.

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Half Moon Bay Library in California

The award-winning Half Moon Bay Library in Calif., designed by Noll & Tam, LEED Platinum certified and designed to achieve net-zero energy. Sustainable features include a photovoltaic array, bioswales, recycled materials, ample daylight, a highly efficient building envelope, high performance HVAC systems, and low water use fixtures and drought tolerant planting—weaving sustainable elements through all parts of the site, building, and design.

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Construction begins on HED-designed Lynda and Stewart Resnick Student Union at Fresno State

HED, with McCarthy Building Companies, joined Fresno State, a California State University, at the groundbreaking last week for construction of their new Lynda and Stewart Resnick Student Union. Pre-cast, insulated, concrete panels will dominate the building exterior, complementing the library and the current Student Union. These panels will be pre-manufactured off-site and installed on-site. The panels provide a finished interior and exterior surface, as well as building insulation.

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DSM Opens New Seven-Acre Solar Field in Kingstree, South Carolina

Royal DSM opened a new 7.61-acre solar field in Kingstree, South Carolina. The field uses DSM Anti-Reflective coating technology to increase solar output and will help power the neighboring DSM Nutritional Products facility. The 4,256 solar panels at the Kingstree field use DSM’s Anti-Reflective coating, the company’s flagship product for the solar market, which maximizes energy capture up to three percent. The coating is applied to the cover the glass of the solar modules and strongly reduces the reflection of sunlight.

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Carbon neutrality is now reality at American University

American University publicly pledged to become carbon neutral by 2020 in 2010. Due to the commitment, leadership, and innovative strategic planning of its staff, faculty, and students, AU has reached its goal two years early. AU is not only the first carbon neutral university in the nation, but also the first urban campus and the first research university to accomplish this important achievement. AU has met the guidelines set by Second Nature, a nonprofit dedicated to accelerating climate action in and through higher education, to become a carbon neutral university.

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University of Hawai’i Maui College aims to be first campus with 100-percent renewable energy generated on-site

“Hawai’i’s leaders set the national example of sustainability and renewable energy standards with the net-zero mandate by 2035 for UH, and we’re proud to partner with the university to help it reach that commitment and aim for UH Maui College to become the first campus in the U.S. to generate and store 100 percent renewable energy onsite, 16 years ahead of schedule,” said Rod Rushing, president, Building Solutions North America, Johnson Controls.

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Cargill takes steps to modernize renewable energy infrastructure in Ghana

Yesterday marked the inauguration of Cargill’s new solar power facility at its Cocoa & Chocolate site in Tema, Ghana. This energy project contributes to Cargill’s global strategy of investing in environmentally friendly, renewable ways of generating power for industrial production. By investing in renewable energy, Cargill is living up to its responsibility to find ways to continuously decrease the environmental impact of its businesses.

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The Cradle to Cradle program certifies products based on five quality categories—material health, material reutilization, renewable energy and carbon management, water stewardship, and social fairness. Click here to see a list of building supply & materials, as well as other products, that are Cradle to Cradle certified.