Its a busy week in New York City with both the lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree and Interior Design magazine’s 2012 Best of Year Award.
These events have historically coincided, but this year’s tree may spark special interest among the environmentally-minded design community because it may be the most sustainable yet. Back in 2007, Rockefeller Center transitioned to a sustainable holiday season when they installed a solar power station to power the lights of the tree. The solar panels, which power the 45,000 multi-colored LED Christmas lights, also help offset Rockefeller Center’s spiked power usage during the holiday season. Additionally, in the past, trees have been harvested from further away places like Colorado, but this year’s 80-foot-tall Spruce tree came from nearby New Jersey. This cut down on travel costs and energy – making the 2012 tree the greenest yet!
And while the tree will be lighting up Rockefeller Center, the architect and design community will be gathering in celebration tonight during the 2012 Best of Year Award. We hope to be raising a glass for Shaw Contract Group’s Dye Lab collection, a finalist in the carpet/modular category.
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Greenbuild International Conference and Expo kicks off tomorrow in San Francisco, CA. As the world’s largest conference and expo dedicated to green building, Greenbuild features three days of inspiring speakers, invaluable networking opportunities, industry showcases, LEED workshops and tours of San Francisco’s green buildings.
Visit Shaw Contract at our booth – 1601S – to learn more about our sustainable innovations and environmental leadership. Additionally, every visitor to our booth will have an opportunity to select an organization to which Shaw Contract Group will donate $1 on their behalf. The organizations benefiting are DIFFA, Public Architecture’s 1% program or MASS Design.
The theme of our booth is: Design is Good Energy. Every moment of every day we have a choice. We chose to be positive. To be mindful of people and the planet. To be design leaders and groundbreakers. And you know what that creates? Good energy. So let’s share share this message with the world. Create your own good energy board on Pinterest. If we repin your post, we’ll send you a token of good energy. Be sure to use #designisgoodenergy on ALL of your pins, so we know how to find you! Visit our Design is Good Energy board.
Visit our website to learn more about how our designs create good energy and stop by our booth, 1601S, on Wednesday and Thursday.
On September 29, 2012, the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council will host the first annual Green Apple Day of Service. For one day, advocates from around the world will come together in support of healthy, sustainable schools by taking action in their community. When you look at our educational spaces, you see outdated buildings in need of repairs, burdened with unsafe toxins, dwindling budgets and outdated resources – in place of opportunity and progress. The Center for Green Schools was established to drive the transformation of all learning environments into safe, engaging, and comfortable facilities that enhance kid’s ability to learn and teacher’s ability to teach.
To register your school or to find a participating school near you, got to MyGreenApple.org. Stay tuned to see how Shaw Contract Group will lend a hand in support of schools.
Inhabitat.com has shared the top six green skyscrapers in New York City. With sustainability becoming the standard for many building, it’s not hard to see why some of the tallest buildings have joined this movement.
The Bank of America Building (One Bryant Park), left, and the New York Times building both feature Shaw Contract Group flooring
The Bank of America Tower at One Bryant Park is the most sustainable building in New York City. As the first tower in the world to receive a LEED Platinum-certification, the building boasts a long list of sustainable feature including a system for rainwater catchment and reuse as well as an on-site 4.6 megawatt co-generation plant that provides clean energy for the building and reduces dependency on the NYC grid.
While it may not be LEED certified, the New York Times building still features many sustainable and energy-efficient technologies including a curtain wall glazed with low-e glass (to help maximize natural light, but minimize harsh [and hot] sunlight). In addition, more than 95 percent of the structural steel is recycled.
Other sustainable NYC skyscrapers include the LEED certified Empire State Building and Hearst Tower as well as the Condé Nast building and the not yet complete One World Trade Center.