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Network Member SCI Announces Series A Investments

posted Jun 28, 2010 3:11 PM by Sarah Gold   [ updated Jun 28, 2010 3:13 PM ]

The Westly Group joins Draper Fisher Jurvetson in Scientific Conservation Inc.'s $9M Series A Financing

BERKELEY, Calif., June 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Scientific Conservation Inc. (SCI), a leading provider of energy efficiency, system optimization and Automated Continuous Commissioning (ACC) solutions for the $5 billion commercial building market, today announced The Westly Group has joined Draper Fisher Jurvetson (DFJ) as part of a Series A investment totaling $9M. 
 
The Westly Group invests in clean technology companies with the potential for rapid growth. 
 
"Scientific Conservation fits our investment strategy of supporting companies with innovative technologies geared toward solving the world's most pressing problems.  SCI's solutions can help commercial buildings around the globe significantly reduce their carbon footprint and consume far less energy, by automatically detecting system faults before major costly problems occur. Their systems also prevent existing green, LEED certified buildings from turning 'grey,'" said Steve Westly, Managing Partner, The Westly Group.  
 
"It's an exciting time in our industry, and we are thrilled about receiving this support from The Westly Group.  They have a stellar track record with clean tech companies and this funding will help advance our new product development roadmap and environmental stewardship," said Russ McMeekin, CEO, Scientific Conservation Inc.

Additionally, Gary Dillabough of The Westly Group will be joining SCI's Board of Directors. "Gary's experience in LEED certified building development, practical deployments of alternative energy, and operational real estate background perfectly suits the opportunities SCI will be seeking out," added McMeekin.
 
"Having an investment team that includes The Westly Group is a great compliment. We believe SCI is now even better positioned to penetrate the global clean tech industry," said Joshua Raffaelli, Associate, DFJ and Board Member of SCI.

Network Member Carrier Announces Emission Reductions

posted Jun 28, 2010 3:02 PM by Sarah Gold   [ updated Jun 28, 2010 3:10 PM ]

How Cool is This? Carrier Corp. Greens Commercial Vehicle Fleet 

Reduces Emissions More than 30 Percent to Date

syracuse, N.Y., June 28, 2010 – Carrier Corp., the world’s leader in high technology heating, air-conditioning and refrigeration solutions, is reducing fuel usage and global green house gas (GHG) emissions following a systematic analysis of its fleet of trucks and cars. With over 3,000 vehicles in North America that are utilized for sales, service and repair of commercial  products, Carrier was able to reduce emissions to date by more than 30 percent since 2006 by deploying a variety of strategies, including  right-sizing vehicles and monitoring driving patterns using global positioning system (GPS) data to removing unnecessary weight from vehicles. Carrier Corp. is a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX).

Before right-sizing efforts began, Carrier service technicians used standard, one-size-fits-all vehicles. The business reality is that some need large trucks, while others carry less equipment and are better served by more compact vehicles that cost less and are more fuel efficient. Carrier changed its sales fleet as well, removing trucks and offering hybrids and smaller engine vehicles. 

Carrier incorporated GPS technology in its service fleet, which provided visibility into driving practices. The system provides data for fuel economy performance across the country and has led to an average mile per gallon increase of nearly 7 percent. The GPS system is also being used as a dispatch tool to increase customer service. With their exact location known, service technicians can be deployed quickly in emergencies.

Carrier’s GPS system generates data that has provided visibility to other savings opportunities, for instance, carrying unnecessary equipment in trucks increased both weight and gasoline usage; trucks now carry only the tools and parts that are required.

“Greening our fleet is another example of Carrier’s environmentally sound business practices,” stated Erv Lauterbach, president, Carrier Building Systems and Services. “We have generated more than $1 million in fuel savings since 2008, and our reduction in GHG emissions since 2006 is equivalent to removing more than 3,000 cars from the road. We are committed to sustainability across our products, services and operations.”

“Green products start at green companies,” said John Mandyck, vice president, Carrier Sustainability & Environmental Strategies. “Greening our fleet is one way Carrier has reduced its greenhouse gas footprint by 33 percent since 2006. In addition to our broad portfolio of sustainable products and services, we’ve been greening our own company for two decades.  That’s sustainability inside and out.”

Jetson Green covers the Network

posted Jun 15, 2010 8:47 AM by Sarah Gold   [ updated Jun 15, 2010 8:59 AM ]

Preston Koerner of Jetson Green published a great article about the U.S. Regenerative Network yesterday entitled: "Green Building Pioneer Launches Network for Regenerative Businesses." Koerner's final line: "If you're in the industry, this appears to be the kind of network that would be worth participation."

Read the article in its entirety here!

Sustainable Industries covers the Network

posted Jun 14, 2010 9:53 AM by Sarah Gold   [ updated Jun 15, 2010 8:58 AM ]

An article about the Network was published on Sustainable Industries today:

Cleantech meets green building
 
by Sara Stroud - 6.14.10

BERKELEY, CALIF.

The U.S. Regenerative Network, a new business consortium started by David Gottfried, the founder of U.S. Green Building Council, is looking to provide a link between the worlds of cleantech and green building.

Architects might not be seeing what cleantech firms are up to, says Gottfried, who incubated the Berkeley-based network through his green building consulting firm, Regenerative Ventures. “We’re looking for green building plays in cleantech and bringing them together.”

Launched in May, the network includes about 20 member companies and about 60 affiliates. Member companies include product manufacturers or service providers, such as Interface (Nasdaq: IFSIA), lighting startup Redwood Systems, Autodesk (Nasdaq: ADSK) and carbon capture and cement company Calera. Affiliates include architects, contractors and real estate portfolio owners,such as Webcor Builders, Pacific Gas and Electric (NYSE: PCG), Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) and Gerding Edlen.

The network plans to have biannual forums to connect members and affiliates, and to allow member companies to share best practices and strategy. Both membership and affiliate status is by invitation only, and while there is no cost to affiliates, the for-profit network charges members annual dues, Gottfried says.

While the network is seeking more members and affiliates, membership is limited to one company per product or service category, while affiliate status is reserved for larger or “cutting edge” firms, Gottfried says.

View the original article here!

USGBC Publishes Latest Data

posted Jun 1, 2010 11:00 AM by Dave Rhoads

In a further testament of green building growth, the U.S. Green Building Council has presented its latest data on the growth of LEED and membership.
  • USGBC is now up to 80 chapters and over 30,000 individual members
  • Membership has grown to 17,000 (if you aren't a member, we strongly recommend yobecome one)
  • 155,000 professionals have become LEED Credentialed (LEED Green Associate or LEED Accredited Professional)
  • 65,194 projects have been LEED Certified or Registered, equating to over 9 billion square feet
  • Nearly 1 billion square feet have been LEED Certified
  • Over 33,000 projects are certified or registered commercial LEED projects
  • Over 27,000 people attended Greenbuild in 2009
  • Nearly 5,000 LEED-EB Registered and Certified Projects
  • LEED for Schools registered projects has increased dramatically to over 3,000 projects
This data is an encouraging sign that green building is still growing despite the slow economy. Many of these numbers are significantly higher than the previous data from USGBC.

U.S. Regenerative Network's Launch in the News

posted May 17, 2010 4:13 PM by Sarah Gold   [ updated May 17, 2010 4:27 PM ]

Plumbing & Mechanical (5/14/10):
"U.S. Regenerative Network Unites Green Manufacturers with Designers, Construction Pros"

Contracting Business (5/14/10):

Green Architecture News (5/14/10):

Supply House Times (5/14/10):

On Twitter: @gotgreenkits (5/15/10):
"USGBC Founder Gottfried Launches US Regenerative Network ... http://ow.ly/17nNPx"

On Twitter: @h2sw (5/15/10):
"USGBC Founder Gottfried Launches US Regenerative Network ... http://ow.ly/17nNPy"

U.S. Regenerative Network Launches

posted May 12, 2010 10:51 AM by Dave Rhoads   [ updated May 17, 2010 4:13 PM by Sarah Gold ]

DAVID GOTTFRIED LAUNCHES U.S. REGENERATIVE NETWORK

The Private Network Unites Leading Green Building Product Manufactures and Service Providers and Brings Them to the Marketplace

Berkeley, CA – May 14, 2010 — The U.S. Regenerative Network, led by green building pioneer David Gottfried, held its inaugural forum in Berkeley on April 28th and 29th, with senior representatives from nineteen founding member companies, industry experts, and sixty real estate design, construction and ownership affiliates.

Gottfried—founder of the U.S. Green Building Council (owner of the LEED® green building rating system) and World Green Building Council—created the U.S. Regenerative Network to develop a highly dynamic collaborative business consortium of leading green building product manufactures and service providers, including both established global companies and venture-backed startups. 

The Network has two goals: (1) helping members measure, goal-set and improve in their organizational sustainability, and (2) bringing members to the green building marketplace of design professionals and buyers.

The Network’s inaugural biannual forum brought founding members together with leading real estate portfolio owners and architecture, engineering, and construction professionals to share best practices and discuss cutting-edge green products and services that can advance building performance.

“The collaborative model will be the key to success in the 21st century, and will enable us to be here in the 22nd,” says Gottfried, who serves as the Network’s Founder and CEO. The Network is his fifth organizational startup, following his success with the U.S. and World Green Building Councils.

“The Network’s launch was fantastic and we were honored to be invited as a founding member,” says Jim Allen, CEO of Sloan Valve Company. “The group and Gottfried’s ability to drive hard will really push us to expand our industry leadership.”

“The Forum was a total success,” says Erich Klawuhn, Vice President of Business Development for Soladigm, a founding member Cleantech firm producing electro-chromatic windows and funded by Vinod Khosla.  “I refer to it as the most efficient networking event I have participated in.”

John Bradford, Chief Innovations Officer for Interface, Inc.—the world’s largest carpet tile company—sees the U.S. Regenerative Network as an invaluable resource for corporate best practices: “In a world where industry movements tend to standardize the common practices of all participants, the Network is a group of companies that seeks the highest pinnacle of performance.”

About the U.S. Regenerative Network

The U.S. Regenerative Network is a private consortium of leading green building product manufactures and service providers with the mission of improving each member’s environmental and social sustainability, and economic profitability.  The company was incubated by David Gottfried’s Regenerative Ventures, one of his several “regenerative” startups. For more information, visit: www.regen-net.com.

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For additional information, contact:
Sarah Gold, Network Coordinator
sgold@regen-net.com
510-644-9300

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