We don’t want to rain on the parade of plastic beads that comes flying off floats and lands on the necks of drunken Mardi Gras revelers every February. Thankfully the LA Times does that for us. In their article, the Times notes that while the Mardi Gras tradition is a great celebration for the city of New Orleans, it also leaves behind quite a mess once it’s all said and done.
An estimated 25 million pounds of beads make their way (from China) to New Orleans every year. A small, and some might argue, futile, movement is making strides to try and deflect some of the environmental impact the beads have on the city. Continue reading
According to the LA Times, Century City skyscraper Constellation Place, the first LEED® certified office building in LA, recently became the first Los Angeles high-rise to be served by electricity-generating fuel cells.
What exactly do these fuel cells do? The cells convert air and fuel into electricity which in turn will save the 35-story building about a third of its energy use as well as reduce emissions by 30%. That’s a pretty big deal for an 800,000 square foot building.
Landlords JMB Realty installed two Bloom Energy Servers, each around the size of a parking space, to generate the fuel cells. “These servers, combined with the existing photovoltaic system, enable JMB to offer its tenants a greener office environment while generating significant savings,” Sarah Shaw of JMB said. Continue reading