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Green Business Law: PNC Registers “Green Branch” with Trademark Office

“Green Branch” is now a registered trademark of PNC Bank. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) recently granted the mark to PNC, which is actively participating in USGBC’s LEED Portfolio Pilot Program. PNC currently manages forty LEED-certified branch banks in six states, with more on the way. Fifteen of these branches have been certified […]

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Stop & Shop Selected as Sole Supermarket Participant in LEED Portfolio Pilot Program

Stop & Shop Supermarket Company (Quincy, MA) announced last week that it is the first and only supermarket chain in the country that’s been accepted into USGBC’s LEED Portfolio Pilot Program, which is now closed and should launch officially sometime in early 2008. Along with its sister company Giant Food (Landover, MD), Stop & Shop […]

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Green Retail Development a Hot Topic at ICSC Fall Conference

The International Council of Shopping Centers (“ICSC”) devoted attention to the intersection of sustainability and shopping center development at its 2007 Fall Conference in New Orleans, which wrapped up earlier this week. Specific green retail projects that were discussed included the Yorkdale Shopping Centre in Toronto, which has reduced its energy costs by C$400,000 since […]

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Green Retail, Building Now Weekly Staples in Crain’s

Over the past month or so, I’ve noticed that Crain’s New York Business has included an increasing number of articles on a variety of green building- and green business- issues. This week, Elisabeth Butler notes the proliferation of eco-friendly New York City retailers, from the Lower East Side’s MooShoes, which sells vegan shoes and accessories […]

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