Monday, August 11, 2014

LEED Certification 2014 - Important Terms and Deadlines

What is LEED(R)?
LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is an internationally recognized green building certification system. Created by the United States Green Building Council, LEED provides a point system for green buildings and their construction, awarding points for 5 main areas: Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Materials and Resources, and Indoor Environmental Quality. Buildings can then be awarded levels of certification--Silver, Gold, or Platinum. The more points a building gets, the higher their level of certification. Learn more at GreenEDU's LEED FAQ page.

What is LEED v4?
LEED v4 is the newest version of LEED building expectations. It takes the next step forward in designing healthier, more sustainable buildings. LEED v4 encompasses all aspects of the building process into a more cohesive endeavor. It covers everything from the design process to the materials used. Interested in learning more about the latest version of LEED? Attend our free Intro to LEED webinar!

What is Greenbuild?
"Greenbuild is the world's largest conference and expo dedicated to green building." At Greenbuild, industry leaders, experts, and other professionals with the passions of green building come together to share their expertise and the methods they use in their everyday work to successfully further sustainability. Participants have the opportunity to learn from these experts and take the knowledge they have gained and apply it to their own work. Last year the conference took Philadelphia by storm, and this year the conference will be held in New Orleans beginning October 22, 2014.

Upcoming LEED Certification Deadlines:

Want to have your project certified in time to share your experience at Greenbuild 2014? Keep these certification deadlines in mind:


For expedited review*, keep these deadlines and surcharges in mind:



In order to achieve LEED Certification by the end of 2014, keep these deadlines in mind:


For expedited review*, keep these deadlines and surcharges in mind:


* If you plan on submitting an application for expedited review, contact GCBI 10 days prior to submitting the application.


For more information regarding LEED Certification deadlines, fees, and surcharges, visit usgbc.org.

If you are planning on taking the LEED Exam, make sure you are fully prepared by registering for a LEED Exam Prep course!

Friday, August 8, 2014

Hazardous Waste Suit Settles Between EPA and Yonkers Paint Company

Released by the Environmental Protection Agency on 08/07/2014
Contact Information: John Martin, (212) 637-3662, martin.johnj@epa.gov


EPA and Yonkers Paint Company Settle Hazardous Waste Suit; Agreement Addresses Storage of Unlabeled and Corroded Hazardous Waste Containers
(New York, N.Y.) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has reached a legal settlement with T.C. Dunham Paint Company of Yonkers, New York, resolving alleged violations of federal hazardous waste law. EPA inspections revealed the company had generated hazardous wastes that were improperly labeled and stored in Yonkers. As part of the agreement announced today, T.C. Dunham Paint Company will come into compliance with all federal hazardous waste laws and pay a $90,000 penalty.

“EPA inspectors found more than 100 drums of paints and solvents, many of which were leaking and corroded,” said EPA Regional Administrator Judith A. Enck. “Every business needs to comply with environmental laws to ensure that human health and the environment are not damaged.”

Under federal hazardous waste law, hazardous chemicals must be stored, handled and disposed of properly to safeguard public health and the environment. Facilities must also have properly trained staff, since improperly stored hazardous waste can spill and pose a risk to people and the environment.

In May 2012, the EPA inspected T.C. Dunham’s facility at 581 Saw Mill River Road in Yonkers. The inspection revealed hundreds of containers, including more than 100 drums of lacquers, oil based paints and solvents haphazardly stacked in an old truck and in outdoor locations at the facility. Many of the containers were unlabeled and corroded, and some were leaking.

Among the violations of federal hazardous waste law discovered during these inspections were:
· The failure to determine which substances should be considered hazardous waste to ensure that they are managed properly.

· The failure to maintain and operate its facilities in a manner that minimized the possibility of a fire, explosion or accidental release of chemicals.

· The failure to keep containers in good condition and the failure to transfer hazardous waste from a leaking container to a container that is in good condition.

· The failure to label and identify the contents of individual drums to ensure their proper management.

For more information about federal hazardous waste law, visit: http://epa.gov/osw/hazard.