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November 2010


November 16, 2010 | Posted by Cossin, Rebecca L. | Permalink

Many universities are choosing to green their buildings and campuses.  The Princeton Review partnered with the U.S. Green Building Council to produce the 2010-2011 "Guide to 286 Green Colleges," which focuses on the sustainable efforts of a number of colleges, many of which have adopted green building and development practices.  While it is not included in the Princeton’s Review’s 2010-2011 list of “Green Colleges,” The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art made headlines for its new building at 41 Cooper Square in Manhattan.

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November 15, 2010 | Posted by Daggan, Clinton | Permalink

On October 13, 2010, the New York City Council enacted a set of local laws that address the water efficiency of New York City buildings by amending the New York City Plumbing Code (the “Plumbing Code”).  These laws codify several recommendations that were made by the NYC Green Codes Task Force (the “Task Force”) in its February 2010 report to Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg.  The Task Force was convened by the Urban Green Council to recommend green changes to the laws and regulations affecting buildings in New York City.  These new laws are consistent with the goal of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (“LEED”) program to reduce the amount of potable water used by buildings while still meeting the needs of the building’s systems and occupants.

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