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Extending Sustainability at Home

Posted on March 10, 2016

We think about sustainability every day at United Technologies, whether we’re designing innovative new products or reducing the environmental impact of our operations. Over the last 20 years, we’ve tripled our revenues while reducing our water usage by 57 percent and greenhouse gas emissions by 34 percent. We spend a…

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Top Takeaways on Sustainable Urbanization

Posted on February 26, 2016

UTC 2020 Sustainability Goals

Big goals lead to big results. Take a look at our newly announced 2020 sustainability goals. We’re proud to do our part to help the world urbanize in a sustainable manner.

It’s been about a week since the official launch of our 2020 Sustainability Goals. These goals are reflective of our continued support of sustainable urbanization – in the past and for the future. Growing Cities: An Atlantic Forum on Sustainable Urbanization was an outstanding event, featuring insightful comments from UTC’s President…

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Beyond the Jetsons’ Dreams: The Future of Urbanization

Posted on February 18, 2016

This post originally appeared on February 18 in The Atlantic. Did you ever wonder what powered George Jetson’s flying car? Or how Rosie the robot recharged her batteries? Or if the air was fresh up there above the clouds in The Jetsons’ home in Orbit City? That futuristic city, first imagined in 1962,…

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Celebrating Innovation on National Inventors’ Day

Posted on February 11, 2016

Did you know? Today is National Inventors’ Day, established in 1983 by the United States Congress. Throughout our history, we’ve seen numerous inventors who have developed products and technologies that have influenced the world we live in today. Much like this pioneering spirit, innovation and invention is a large part of…

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The Year Ahead: What’s Next in Sustainability at UTC

Posted on January 18, 2016

In many ways, 2015 featured many successes in sustainability. Both the United States and United Nations recognized the reduction of food waste as an important climate mitigation strategy. We received great news in a new report by Dodge Data & Analytics®, showing that green building continues to double every three…

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History in Paris – Now Technologies Will Lead the Way

Posted on December 15, 2015

This weekend, history was made in Paris. For the first time, more than 190 countries adopted a landmark agreement, under which they will commit to lowering greenhouse gas emissions to combat climate change. The significance of this agreement cannot be overstated. It represents a direct effort to mitigate the effects of…

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Ending On a High Note at Greenbuild

Posted on November 25, 2015

Greenbuild Closing Plenary

A crowd of more than 3,000 green building supporters attended Greenbuild’s closing plenary, where I had the pleasure of participating in a panel on sustainability.

It was a busy and informative week at Greenbuild. I had the opportunity to meet with numerous green building professionals – and left Washington, D.C. inspired by everyone’s enthusiasm and commitment to transforming the built environment. Last Friday was the final day of the conference, which featured two great events. The…

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At Greenbuild – Quantifying the Green Building Value of Increased Productivity

Posted on November 19, 2015

What’s the value of increased productivity from improved indoor environmental quality in green buildings? At Greenbuild, we got the answer. New research released yesterday, entitled “Economic, Environmental and Health Implications of Enhanced Ventilation in Office Buildings,” finds that doubling the ventilation rate in typical office buildings can be reached at an estimated…

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Recap: Greenbuild’s International Summit

Posted on November 18, 2015

Greenbuild International Summit

Greenbuild’s International Summit featured great conversation on important global issues.

The International Summit at Greenbuild was an important reminder of the work to come in December at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris. International leaders face critical decisions about how best to address issues including climate change and rapid urbanization. Tuesday’s summit discussed the latest solutions to these issues, featuring…

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Greenbuild 2015: The Week Ahead

Posted on November 16, 2015

Greenbuild sign

Welcome to Greenbuild!

As this blog posts, hundreds of green building professionals are convening in the U.S. capital to discuss the present – and future – of the green building movement. We’re two days away from the official start of the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo and there’s a lot of excitement here in…

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