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Temple Kol Ami Receives Prestigious Environmental Construction Honor

Mon, May 02, 2016 @ 01:19 / by Sara Kravitz posted in IAQ, Green, Green Schools, Green Design, USGBC, Green Building, LEED, LEED Cerified Buildings, Energy Savings, indoor air quality

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1st synagogue in Michigan and only the 7th nationwide to receive LEED certification

WEST BLOOMFIELD, Michigan, April 15, 2016 – Temple Kol Ami has been awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED©) certification for its Religious School Wing. The formal presentation honoring the Temple was Sunday, May 1st.

At the encouragemeIMG_1991_cropped.jpgnt of Senior Rabbi, Norman T. Roman, and then Assistant Rabbi, Ariana Silverman, the 2008 construction, which also renovated the synagogue’s administrative offices, added 2,300 square feet to both the basement and main level, and was constructed with great care and consideration to the environmental impact.

The Temple’s building committee worked closely with the architect, contractor and LEED consultant. They had to make many decisions about materials and design to ensure not only an environmentally responsible construction, but also a significantly healthier indoor environment than what is experienced by students in non-LEED certified classrooms.

The itemized list below shows just how exhaustive the process was to satisfy the very strict LEED criteria:

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Oakland County Beer Distributor Uses PACE For Groundbreaking Project

Wed, Jan 27, 2016 @ 01:59 / by Sara Kravitz posted in solar, Green, PACE, clean energy

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ORION TOWNSHIP, Mich. (Jan. 20, 2016) – Powers Distributing, a beer distributor in Orion Township, Michigan, teamed up with Newman Consulting Group, Lean & Green Michigan, and Michigan Solar Solutions to complete Michigan’s first refinanced PACE project (Property Assessed Clean Energy). The groundbreaking project opens the door for additional energy efficiency financing in Orion Township and elsewhere. Project Highlights:

---First PACE project in Oakland County

---First ‘Refinance’ PACE project in Michigan

---First Beer Distributor in USA to finance energy efficiency with PACE

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EcoWorks Names Jim Newman Sustainable Communities Champion

Wed, Oct 07, 2015 @ 09:57 / by Sara Kravitz posted in Green, Sustainability, energy efficiency

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At the EcoWorks 7th annual breakfast in September, Jim Newman of Farmington Hills, Managing Partner of Newman Consulting Group, LLC, was named a Sustainable Communities Champion for 2015.

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