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CraftMaster interior doors: Certified for recycled content

BY HBSDEALER Staff

CraftMaster molded door designs and full line of solid core CraftMaster Green Doors have been certified by Scientific Certification Services (SCS) to contain a minimum of 70% pre-consumer recycled wood content.

CMI uses sawmill chips generated as residual waste from sawmill operations and field chips to make CraftMaster door designs, which are used to make CraftMaster Green Doors. 

“CMI has a strong commitment to following sustainable manufacturing practices and providing our customers with products that help them meet their green building needs,” said Bob Merrill, CMI’s president and CEO.

SCS is a third-party provider of certification endorsed by the Forest Stewardship Council that conducts annual audits to confirm compliance.

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Deere Sells wind-energy business

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Moline, Ill.-based Deere & Co. announced it has completed the sale of its wind energy business, John Deere Renewables, to Chicago-based Exelon Generation Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Exelon Corporation.

The sale was completed Dec. 10 and consisted of 36 wind projects in eight states- generating 735 operating megawatts of clean, renewable energy- enough to power 160,000 to 220,000 households.
 
Exelon purchased the business for $860 million with a provision for up to an additional $40 million upon commencement of construction on the advanced development projects.

Deere said it sold its wind energy business in order to focus on growing the core equipment businesses around the world.

Deere Renewables will be renamed Exelon Wind, with the Deere employees being retained under Exelon.

“We welcome the employees of John Deere Renewables to the Exelon family,” said John Rowe, Exelon chairman and CEO. “The successful wind generation company they’ve built provides Exelon with a strong entry point into the wind business, adds diversity to our generation fleet, and offers more options for future growth.”

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Nominations open for LEED Fellows

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The Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) launched the LEED Fellow, a new program to recognize contributions to the green building community.

“LEED Fellows will constitute an elite class of the world’s most distinguished green building professionals,” said Beth Holst, VP credentialing, GBCI. “Candidates are nominated by their peers, and the selection will be based on their body of work and the way it has contributed to advancing the field of green building.”

In order to be eligible for the LEED Fellow designation, an individual must be nominated, either by oneself or by a peer. A nomination period is open now until Jan. 7, 2011. Nominees must have 10 years of green building experience and be LEED APs with specialty who have held the LEED AP credential for at least eight cumulative years.

The 2011 class of LEED Fellows will be announced at the U.S. Green Building Council’s Greenbuild International Conference & Expo to be held in Toronto in October 2011. More information is available at gbci.org/fellow.

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