AAFES seeks LEED Silver for exchange
Dallas The Army & Air Force Exchange Service has opened its first exchange designed to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. The exchange, at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas, is expected to receive LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council within the year.
“We take very seriously the impact our facilities have on the environment,” said Col. Virgil Williams, AAFES chief of staff. “Using excess energy and failing to recycle is not only wasteful and costly but also a burden on the Earth.”
Some of the key energy saving features of the location include:
- Light-emitting diodes (LED) in showcases that use less energy and generate brighter lighting;
- Food court restaurants with energy-efficient walk-in coolers that use 27% less energy;
- Energy-management system coordinates heating, ventilating, air conditioning and lighting systems in unison to improve energy efficiency and reduce overall costs;
- Low “gallons per flush” toilets and waterless urinals; and
- Roofing membranes reflect 78% of light/ultraviolet rays to keep buildings cooler and reduce energy costs.
In 2009, AAFES designed 30 construction projects to meet LEED standards. Projects range from BXs/Post Exchanges (PX), shoppettes (convenience stores), to mini-malls and restaurants. Not only does the environment benefit from the high “green” standards at which the facilities will operate, but thousands are saved in utility costs. LEED shopping centers, such as the Randolph AFB BX for example, save 25%-30% in annual energy costs.
H-E-B giving away reusable bags
SAN ANTONIO H-E-B announced that it will give away 250,000 reusable shopping bags at all stores across Texas to help eliminate 1.5 million plastic bags from circulation.
In order to receive the free bag, each consumer must bring at least five plastic shopping bags for recycling. Consumers who meet this standard will receive a coupon for a free reusable bag while supplies last.
“We want to reinforce our enthusiasm for going green and encourage our shoppers to do the same,” said Susan Ghertner, director of environmental affairs. “By giving away 250,000 reusable bags we are making it possible for people to make a positive difference when it comes to the environment.”
In addition, H-E-B is offering customers the option to purchase green bags not part of the giveaway and help contribute to the Keep Texas Beautiful program.
B&N.com to share content with Salon.com
NEW YORK Barnes & Noble announced that its Web site, BN.com, will expand its reach via a content partnership between its online books and arts magazine, the Barnes & Noble Review, and Salon.com, an award-winning news and entertainment Web site reaching more than 6 million unique users each month.
As part of the agreement, selected articles from the Barnes & Noble Review will be shared with Salon.com on a daily basis, providing Salon readers the critical appraisals, reviews, essays, and interviews that have won the Review wide acclaim. Salon.com will in turn share selected elements of its content on the Barnes & Noble Review site. All content will include links to corresponding information on both websites. Additionally, Salon.com will include affiliate links to BN.com, allowing its readers the opportunity to purchase books, eBooks and more from BN.com. As part of the creative alliance, Salon and the Review will create booklists of current and background reading to enhance Salon’s topic and news pages.
“Salon.com has long set a high standard for smart writing and editorial excellence on the web,” said James Mustich, editor-in-chief of the Barnes & Noble Review. “We’re thrilled to have this opportunity to bring the first-rate book reviews and other features of the Barnes & Noble Review to Salon readers, and to share the work of Salon’s critics with our growing audience. In an era in which compelling writing about books is fast disappearing in newspapers and magazines, it’s exciting for us both to have this opportunity to nurture it online.”