Five new buildings are close to attaining LEED certification for energy efficiency and environmental responsibility.
There are five new buildings in the country that are close to achieving international certification for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) an evaluation of the use of friendly materials in its construction.
From June 1st, 2012, certified organic products in Europe or the U.S. may be sold as such in the other's territory. The agreement announced by the European Commission assumes that a there is a solid foundation for promoting organic agriculture, as the EU and the U.S. are the largest organic producers in the world, reports Euroalert.net.
The $2 million restaurant maximizes usage of natural light and does not need air conditioning.
Located in Lindora, Santa Ana, western San José, it has 400 square meters of construction. It employs 50 people, and is the chain's 34th store in the country.
According to Arcos Dorados, McDonald's operator in Costa Rica and Latin America, this is the first "ecological" restaurant in Central America. "McDonald's opened its first 'ecological' store in Latin America in São Paulo, and a third one is under construction in Argentina. The corporation has plans for an additional one, that could be located in Mexico, Guatemala or Panama", reported newspaper Nacion.com.
The company, which won the Regional Award for Cleaner Production, given by the Central American Commission on Environment and Development last month, designed the plant so that its entire value chain is developed according to green design parameters.
Starting with its name, Nature Air, the Costa Rican airline is an example of skill in the marketing of its strength as an ecological flagship.
Since 2004, the company has been offsetting its carbon emissions by contributing cash to the National Forestry Financing Fund of Costa Rica for the protection of over 200 hectares of native forest on the Osa Peninsula. The company also conducts all of its air and ground operations through processes that minimize the ecological impact of the activities.
On a quiet night in February, when winter temperatures plummeted below zero in North America, leatherback sea turtles the size of golf carts lumbered onto this tropical beach to lay their eggs.
Yet just a sandy stroll away, in the booming surf town of Tamarindo, runaway tourism development is turning the sea into an open sewer.
Water quality tests conducted by the country's Water and Sewer Institute (AyA) over the past year found fecal contamination far above levels considered safe by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
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