Verizon Wireless stores are going green
Basking Ridge, N.J. — Eighty-five Verizon Wireless Communications Stores across the country have been awarded the Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star certification, placing Verizon Wireless among the top third of retailers with certified buildings nationwide and the leading wireless retailer.
Additionally, 41 Verizon Wireless stores have received LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC).
The Energy Star energy performance rating system provides a one-to-100 point scale that helps organizations assess how efficiently their buildings use energy relative to similar buildings nationwide. Verizon Wireless Energy Star-certified are 10% more energy efficient on average than non-certified stores. In total, Verizon Wireless Energy Star certified stores save more than 2,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually – the equivalent to the annual emissions from 432 passenger vehicles or the emissions from 267 homes in one year.
The LEED Green Building Rating System is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings. Of the 41 communications stores with LEED certification, 15 have Gold status, 25 have Silver status and one has Certified status, according the USGBC’s LEED – Commercial Interiors rating system.
The design of Verizon Wireless LEED-certified stores optimizes water and energy use, enhances indoor environmental quality and reduces waste through specifications and responsible procurement and construction practices.
In order to be energy efficient, the Verizon Wireless stores utilize Energy Star-certified equipment, including energy efficient lighting, light-emitting diode (LED) exit signs, and motion sensors to activate lighting in portions of the store that are not in constant use, such as the storage rooms and back offices.
Additional energy-saving initiatives include insulating water heaters and piping, and properly sealing the entire building structure and entry doors to prevent the loss of heated or cooled air.
Rose Paving turns in repeat performance in Best Places to Work in Illinois
Rose Paving Co., a leader in national parking lot management, has been selected once again as one of the "2011 Best Places to Work in Illinois."
This workplace analysis and competition began in 2006 and is promoted by The Daily Herald Business Ledger in partnership with the Human Resources Management Association of Chicago (HRMAC), the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) – Illinois State Council, the Workforce Boards of Metropolitan Chicago, and managed by Best Companies Group.
Rose Paving’s placement was based on its ranking against the scores of Illinois companies’ responses to a survey of employers and employees covering workplace policies, practices, demographics, employee engagement, and satisfaction. Areas examined include work-life balance, pay, benefits, training and advancement opportunities, perks, workplace culture, and community involvement. Twenty-four winners are selected from the medium-sized company category (15-249 employees) and 16 winners are selected from the large-sized category (250+ employees).
Rose Paving performs all services related to paving including asphalt patching and repair; asphalt resurfacing; advanced sealcoating; hot cracksealing; installation and repair of concrete curbs, walks and pads; storm sewer repair and installation; lot marking; and green paving solutions.
GE Lighting tour focuses on future technology
East Cleveland, Ohio — The future of lighting — with an emphasis on the powerful potential of LEDs, fluorescent, halogen and ceramic metal halide lighting systems — is on the move. Lighting professionals and designers, distributors, architects, contractors, facility maintenance and utility executives, as well as government officials are invited to register at gelightingrevolutiontour.com for a sneak peek of the brightest lighting technologies on the horizon this year and beyond.
Over the next nine months, the GE Lighting Revolution Tour will showcase the future of lighting in 47 different U.S. and Canadian cities. The tour wraps up in Charlotte, N.C., in November. Exhibits on board showcase GE’s most advanced thinking about how retail, office, outdoor, municipal and architectural lighting — including many products of ecomagination — are improving with simplified and less costly maintenance, greater creativity and enhanced energy efficiency. The tour’s hands-on displays address many of the salient topics that commercial and residential lighting professionals face today, including energy management programs, legislative mandates and environmental initiatives such as LEED certification. In addition to providing technology and application overviews, GE’s on-site experts will be available to analyze specific lighting application challenges and objectives.
“Put the GE Lighting Revolution Tour on your calendar if you specify, recommend or buy lighting systems,” said Jim Benson, general manager, of commercial marketing, GE Lighting. “We can help you navigate your way.”