GBCI acquires, relaunches SITES

June 10, 2015By

Green Business Certification (GBCI) relaunched its newly acquired SITES rating system, which the company calls a “comprehensive program and toolkit for developing sustainable landscapes.” The SITES rating system uses industry standards for landscape design and incorporates additional recommendations from technical experts in the fields of soil science, botany and horticulture, hydrology, materials, and human health and well-being. Some of the... read more

Web Extra: Strathmore’s zero-emission crews in motion

April 7, 2015By

Featured in “Leveling the playing field,” Montreal-based Strathmore Landscape added two zero-emission teams to its maintenance division in 2011 to satisfy more environmentally conscious customers looking to become LEED certified. The two-man crews drive electric trucks equipped with all nongas handheld products and electric mowers. “We’re in Canada, so the environmental push is a bit stronger than in the states,” Vice... read more

Sustainability standards faceoff

March 12, 2015By

We compare and contrast how the LEED and Green Globes rating systems for green buildings allocate points for irrigation and water efficiency. With the General Services Administration recognizing both the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) and Green Globes programs as credible standards for green buildings, we examine the similarities and differences between the rating systems in terms of... read more

Bayer opens doors to North American Bee Care Center

April 17, 2014By

The grand opening of Bayer CropScience’s North American Bee Care Center was all the buzz in Research Triangle Park, N.C., April 15. In celebration, Bayer held a ribbon-cutting ceremony and offered the media a tour of the $2.4 million center. The 6,000-square-foot facility, which is targeting a Leadership in Energy & Environment Design (LEED) silver certification, is Bayer’s second bee... read more

Davey acquires consulting firm Wetland Studies

April 2, 2014By

The Davey Tree Expert Co., located in Kent, Ohio, acquired Wetland Studies and Solutions, a natural and cultural resources consulting company that partners with private sector builders and public works agencies to gain local, state and federal approvals relating to wetlands, streams, forests and cultural resources.  Wetland Studies’ experts include scientists, regulatory specialists, engineers, permit compliance specialists, archeologists, ecosystem managers,... read more

Arborjet goes solar

February 21, 2014By

Arborjet made another advancement toward reducing its carbon footprint with the installation of a 60-kilowatt photovoltaic solar energy system to take care of 100 percent of the company’s electricity needs. Designed and installed by Astrum Solar, the more than $200,000 system is located on the roof of Arboret’s Worburn, Mass., headquarters in the form of more than 120 panels and... read more