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TPG Architecture names design director, retail studio

BY Marianne Wilson

New York — TPG Architecture has promoted Nicole Varadi from senior designer to design director, retail studio.

Varadi, who joined TPG in 2011, will now take on a greater degree of leadership within the retail studio while continuing to work actively on projects. Recently, she helped lead the design of The Red Door, the award winning day spa and beauty boutique in Union Square. She is currently working with brands such as Sundance and Rent the Runway, and is playing an active role in acquiring new business for the firm.

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Stego embarks on carbon footprint project

BY Marianne Wilson

Chicago — Stego Industries, a provider of in below-slab moisture vapor protection, has launched an ambitious new company-level initiative to eliminate the carbon emissions of its business operations.

The initiative, Stego’s Carbon Footprint Project, took another step toward this goal at the American Association of Architects (AIA) National Convention in Chicago last week by purchasing carbon offsets for all of the company’s air travel in 2013 — some 115 metric tons — through the TerraPass Carbon Balanced Business Program.

“Stego has long taken bold steps to lead the construction industry onto a more sustainable path,” Stego Industries CEO Paul J. Blasdel said. “Encapsulating our sustainability efforts under the Carbon Footprint Project umbrella sends a message within our company and to our stakeholders that eliminating our carbon emissions is not a side project, it is a corporate priority.”

Stego’s commitment to a carbon-neutral future began early in the company’s history with the establishment of an executive level “green team” that convened quarterly to assess the company’s progress on sustainability issues within its company and its industry. The team’s first major step came with the installation of solar panels at the company headquarters in San Clemente, California, in 2010, which have returned more than 4.7 megawatt/hours of electricity back into the electricity grid since their installation.

A member of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), Stego has also sponsored the ABC Green Home since the project’s inception in Southern California in 2011.The company offers cash incentives to employees interested in replacing their work-use personal vehicles with more fuel-efficient models.

“We owe it to our stakeholders and employees – along with their children and future generations – to find every way forward to a more sustainable future,” Blasdel said. “We are determined to lead our industry in every way and to prove that sustainability is not just good for the environment, it is good for our bottom line.”

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Target’s 124 stores in Canada all receive LEED certification

BY Marianne Wilson

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario — Target announced that all 124 store locations it has opened across Canada in 2013 have been awarded Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) certification.

"This past year marked a major milestone for Target as we delivered on the unprecedented goal of opening 124 stores across ten provinces," said Mark Schindele, president, Target Canada. "LEED certification of these 124 stores reinforces Target’s commitment to the environment, making Target a leader among Canadian retailers when it comes to sustainable buildings."

Target stores were awarded LEED certification through the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) LEED Volume Program, which streamlines the certification process for buildings in both Canada and the U.S In order to obtain certification. Target stores had to undergo various rounds of audits throughout 2013, and meet stringent criteria across five LEED categories, including: sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, and indoor environmental quality.

"LEED is a rigorous leadership standard, and obtaining even a single certification is a significant achievement," said Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair, USGBC. "For Target, securing certification for 124 stores is truly extraordinary – we congratulate and commend them for their demonstrated commitment to creating healthier buildings and communities throughout Canada."

Target will pursue LEED certification for the nine additional stores opening throughout 2014, including the three stores that opened in March in Ontario, Alberta, and British Columbia. The remaining six Target locations will open in Ontario, with single store additions planned for Quebec and Manitoba.

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