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Los Angeles, CA, adopts sustainable green building ordinance

by Rena Ragimova Feb 01, 2008

The Achievement

In February 2008, Los Angeles, CA adopted a new green building ordinance in which privately built projects over 50,000 square feet must meet a "standard of sustainability." The standard is a checklist that includes such items as low-flow toilets, paints with low emissions, use of recycled materials, efficient irrigation, and solar panels. The ordinance is endorsed by the Los Angeles Business Council, the American Institute of Architects, some of the area's biggest developers, along with the many building trade unions and groups such as Global Green and the Green LA Coalition. Read more »

Albuquerque, NM, building earns fourth Energy Star

by Rena Ragimova Jan 31, 2008

The Achievement

The Two Park Square office building in Albuquerque, NM, earned its fourth Energy Star in February 2008.

The Benefits

The energy efficiency measures save more than $136,000 annually and prevent more than 2.2 million pounds of greenhouse gases from being emitted, equal to taking more than 180 vehicles off the road.

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