News & Events

There’s always a lot happening at FGBC and in the world of green building. Here, we’ve assembled information that will keep you abreast of recent developments in our organization and throughout our industry. We hope you find the news links interesting and helpful, and the event calendar a timely resource to help keep you plugged into other opportunities where you can continue to enhance your knowledge on the subjects of green building and sustainability.

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Energy News

Environment Benefits of Solar Panels
[Nov 18, 2022] These devices can decrease emissions, improve air quality and limit global warming.

The Benefits of Renewables for Energy
[Nov 4, 2022] Renewables come with an array of benefits, but why might they be the better option for energy? Read on to find out.


Environmental Protection News

How to Celebrate Plastic Free July at Your Business
[Jul 15, 2020] Plastic Free July can be an effective way to start your sustainable journey. Follow these four steps.

5 Million Gallons of Wastewater Overflow into Maryland Creek
[Aug 12, 2019] 5.22 million gallons of sewer water overflows into Maryland's Broad Creek.

Massachusetts Real Estate Developer Will Pay $48,000 for Alleged Clean Water Act Violations
[Aug 6, 2019] EPA alleged that Farfard Real Estate and Development Corporation did not follow its Clean Water Act permit in Ledgemere Country Residential Development, Maplebrooke Commons Condominiums and Lakeview Estates.


Top Technology

New ice is like a snapshot of liquid water
[Feb 2, 2023] Scientists have discovered a new form of ice that more closely resembles liquid water than any other and may hold the key to understanding this most famous of liquids.

Study links adoption of electric vehicles with less air pollution and improved health
[Feb 2, 2023] A team of researchers have now begun to document the actual impact of electric vehicle adoption in the first study to use real-world data to link electric cars, air pollution and health. Leveraging publicly available datasets, the researchers analyzed a 'natural experiment' occurring in California as residents in the state rapidly transitioned to electric cars, or light-duty zero emissions vehicles (ZEVs). The team compared data on total ZEV registration, air pollution levels and asthma-related emergency room visits across the state between 2013 to 2019. As ZEV adoption increased within a given zip code, local air pollution levels and emergency room visits dropped.

Entangled atoms cross quantum network from one lab to another
[Feb 2, 2023] Trapped ions have previously only been entangled in one and the same laboratory. Now, teams have entangled two ions over a distance of 230 meters. The nodes of this network were housed in two labs at the Campus Technik to the west of Innsbruck, Austria. The experiment shows that trapped ions are a promising platform for future quantum networks that span cities and eventually continents.


Top Environment

Study links adoption of electric vehicles with less air pollution and improved health
[Feb 2, 2023] A team of researchers have now begun to document the actual impact of electric vehicle adoption in the first study to use real-world data to link electric cars, air pollution and health. Leveraging publicly available datasets, the researchers analyzed a 'natural experiment' occurring in California as residents in the state rapidly transitioned to electric cars, or light-duty zero emissions vehicles (ZEVs). The team compared data on total ZEV registration, air pollution levels and asthma-related emergency room visits across the state between 2013 to 2019. As ZEV adoption increased within a given zip code, local air pollution levels and emergency room visits dropped.

Evolution of wheat spikes since the Neolithic revolution
[Feb 2, 2023] Around 12,000 years ago, the Neolithic revolution radically changed the economy, diet and structure of the first human societies in the Fertile Crescent of the Near East. With the beginning of the cultivation of cereals -- such as wheat and barley -- and the domestication of animals, the first cities emerged in a new social context marked by a productive economy. Now, a study analyses the evolution of wheat spikes since its cultivation began by the inhabitants of ancient Mesopotamia -- the cradle of agriculture -- between the Tigris and the Euphrates.

Human brain organoids respond to visual stimuli when transplanted into adult rats
[Feb 2, 2023] Researchers show that brain organoids -- clumps of lab-grown neurons -- can integrate with rat brains and respond to visual stimulation like flashing lights.