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New USGBC study finds green construction is major economic driver

New USGBC study finds green construction is major economic driver

A new U.S. Green Building Council study finds that green construction’s growth rate is rapidly outpacing that of conventional construction and will continue to rise.

On our blog: Ace sustainability in a green school

On our blog: Ace sustainability in a green school

For some students, the first day of school this year has special significance: they will be learning in a green school, quite likely for the first time. To learn about key aspects of green schools, check out this graphic.

UN report spotlights Skanska’s strong ethics

UN report spotlights Skanska’s strong ethics

The United Nations Global Compact – of which Skanska is a member – just released a new report calling on construction and development firms to take a leading role in global efforts to drive responsible and sustainable business practices. Skanska and our Zero Ethical Breaches value are featured in a full-page article on p. 30 of the report, though we are not mentioned by name.

Skanska honored for reducing waste

Skanska honored for reducing waste

Waste Management recognized Skanska USA as one of 10 construction companies that diverted the highest tonnage of waste for recycling in 2014. Last year, USA Building nationally diverted 85 percent of its waste from landfills while USA Civil diverted 98.2 percent.

ENR spotlights Skanska’s use of Envision

ENR spotlights Skanska’s use of Envision

ENR’s latest issue explores how the Envision infrastructure rating system measures the long-term sustainability of infrastructure. It features quotes from Skanska USA Chief EHS Officer Paul Haining and our client on Orlando’s I-4 Ultimate, for which our team’s use of Envision helped us secure this public-private partnership project. Reflecting our commitment to sustainability, Skanska is part of the group leading Envision’s development.

Building a career as a sustainability leader

Building a career as a sustainability leader

In this post on our Constructive Thinking blog, Beth Heider, Skanska USA’s chief sustainability officer, describes some highlights and challenges from her career as a sustainability advocate. Heider’s accomplishments – made possible through her work with many Skanska team members – led to her this month being named a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.

In Virginia, spotlighting a great example of Civil building green

In Virginia, spotlighting a great example of Civil building green

In this post on our blog, Regional Environmental Manager Carissa Agnese shares some of the green approaches from our team’s Elizabeth River Tunnels PPP project that are not only helping the environment, but helping the local community – and saving money too. Also, she shares key lessons about building a culture of environmental excellence.

Two Virginia projects win major environmental award

Two Virginia projects win major environmental award

The Skanska-led joint venture that’s designing and building Virginia’s Elizabeth River Tunnels project has received a distinguished environmental award: a 2015 Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award Silver Medal. This award included a proclamation from Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, and a congratulatory letter from Senator Mark Warner. Additionally, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Brock Environmental Center – for which we served as program manager – won a Gold Medal in the same program.

A more holistic approach to building design

A more holistic approach to building design

A key trend with buildings is extending the green focus to also include tenant health and wellness, resulting in a more holistic approach. This article in HighRiseFacilities.com shares some components of this, including advanced building envelopes, such as water-cooled curtain walls; building-integrated photovoltaics; cloud-based indoor environment controls for tenants; and appealing staircases to draw people to use them.

McDonald’s among the latest owners exploring net-zero facilities

McDonald’s among the latest owners exploring net-zero facilities

McDonald’s is exploring creating net-zero energy fast-food restaurants, which would produce as much energy annually as they use. According to an ENR report, the fast-food giant is encouraged by the results of a Rocky Mountain Institute-led study exploring this concept. You might not think of McDonald’s as the type of company interested in a net-zero solution, so the question for us at Skanska is: Are we engaging with our clients as much as we could be to explore their green needs?