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

How to Minimize Carbon Footprint on Moving Day
[Nov 8, 2023] Discover effective ways to minimize your carbon footprint on a moving day. Embrace greener moving practices for a sustainable, eco-friendly relocation.

Exploring the Pros and Cons of Underfloor Heating
[Oct 6, 2023] Depending on your specific needs, underfloor heating could be a worthwhile and far more sustainable option.

EPA Introduces $4.6 Billion Grant to Counter Climate Pollution
[Sep 21, 2023] This move is a crucial component of President Biden’s Investing in America strategy.


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

Researchers have taught an algorithm to 'taste'
[Dec 1, 2023] Incorporating human tastes into artificial intelligence makes it easier for wine buyers thirsting for the right wine. Researchers have shown that AI can accurately predict individual wine preferences. The researchers expect that nourishing machines with human sensory experiences will continue to grow.   

One of the largest magnetic storms in history quantified: Aurorae covered much of the night sky from the Tropics to the Polar Regions
[Dec 1, 2023] An international multidisciplinary team consisting of solar physicists, geophysicists, and historians from nine countries analysed observations of an extreme solar-terrestrial storm reported in historical records from February 1872. Their findings confirm that a moderate sunspot group triggered one of the largest magnetic storms ever recorded, almost covering the entire night sky with colourful aurorae in both hemispheres. If such an extreme storm occurred today, it would severely disrupt modern technological infrastructure. Their study emphasizes the importance of looking at historical records in light of modern scientific knowledge.

Meteorites likely source of nitrogen for early Earth
[Dec 1, 2023] Micrometeorites originating from icy celestial bodies in the outer Solar System may be responsible for transporting nitrogen to the near-Earth region in the early days of our solar system.


Top Environment

Researchers have taught an algorithm to 'taste'
[Dec 1, 2023] Incorporating human tastes into artificial intelligence makes it easier for wine buyers thirsting for the right wine. Researchers have shown that AI can accurately predict individual wine preferences. The researchers expect that nourishing machines with human sensory experiences will continue to grow.   

One of the largest magnetic storms in history quantified: Aurorae covered much of the night sky from the Tropics to the Polar Regions
[Dec 1, 2023] An international multidisciplinary team consisting of solar physicists, geophysicists, and historians from nine countries analysed observations of an extreme solar-terrestrial storm reported in historical records from February 1872. Their findings confirm that a moderate sunspot group triggered one of the largest magnetic storms ever recorded, almost covering the entire night sky with colourful aurorae in both hemispheres. If such an extreme storm occurred today, it would severely disrupt modern technological infrastructure. Their study emphasizes the importance of looking at historical records in light of modern scientific knowledge.

Harnessing the power of a parasite that can stop pain
[Nov 30, 2023] For the first time, scientists have begun to figure out why the disfiguring skin lesions caused by cutaneous leishmaniasis don't hurt.