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    VINYL: ANY COLOR BUT GREEN

    In the debate over the "greenness" of building materials, vinyl has become a divisive topic. The U.S. Green Building Council conducted what it termed an exhaustive study of the environmental impact of vinyl and decided to drop recommendations to avoid the use of vinyl in its LEED certification program. As a result, the USGBC has found itself at odds with some environmental groups.

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    BEAUTY AND THE BEST

    More than just resource-efficient buildings, projects from Venezuela, Germany, Italy, and Canada recently chosen as recipients of the first global Holcim Awards demonstrate "sustainability" as integration with their larger urban, social, and technological context. They were recently selected from 15 finalists after a series of regional competitions with more than 3,000 submissions from 118 countries.

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    California Targets Formaldehyde in Panel Products — BuildingGreen.com, 2006.0705

    Buildings that Connect People with Nature — BuildingGreen.com, 2006.0705

    Straw Houses to Serve Seasonal Workers — Richmond Times-Dispatch, 2006.0705

    Green Building 101 Series by Inhabitat — Dexigner, 2006.0705

    Integrating Built and Natural Environments — Dexigner, 2006.0705

    A Little on the Top, for Environment's Sake — New York Times, 2006.0704

    Students Examine Benefits of Green Roofs — South Bend Telegraph, 2006.0704

    Green? It's a Bit of a Gray Area — San Francisco Chronicle, 2006.0702

    Sarasota County Is Eco-Serious — Herald Tribune, 2006.0702

    2006 Excellence in Design Awards — EDC, 2006.07 Edition

    Turning Brown into Green Chemistry — Revitalization Online, 2006.0628

    NREL Takes 'Green Powered' to Next Level — National Renewable Energy Laboratory press release, 2006.0628

    Terrazzo Goes Green — City Paper, 2006.0628

    Garden Group Looks at Environmentally Friendly Concrete — Northwest Arkansas Times, 2006.0628

    Ashland May See First 'Green Subdivision' — Mail Tribune, 2006.0627

    Sustainability Sparks Innovation — eOculus, 2006.0627

    USGBC Seeks to Make LEED More Wood Friendly — BuildingGreen.com, 2006.0627

    Why the USGBC Should Change LEED's Position on Wood — BuildingGreen.com, 2006.0627

    Westside Urban Forum Award Showcases 9900 Wilshire — Press Release, 2006.0627

    Stoller Vineyards Unveils Environmentally Friendly Winery — Portland Business Journal, 2006.0626

    The Architect and the Other — Open Democracy, 2006.0626

    Going Green — The Standard Times, 2006.0625

    Living Steel Announces Winners of Competition for Sustainable Housing — Canadian Architect, 2006.0623

    Sustainable Home Design Winner Named — Globe and Mail, 2006.0623

    NBBJ Seattle Lands LEED Gold Times Two — Interior Design, 2006.0623

    NIST Project Aims to Improve PV Data Modeling — FacilitiesNet, 2006.0623

    OCV Architects Design Affordable, 'Green' Housing — PR Web, 2006.0623

    Earth 'likely' hottest in 2,000 years — CNN, 2006.0622

    Direct-Current-Powering Technology Reduces Energy Use — Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory press release, 2006.0621

    Winners of International Competition for Sustainable Housing — Living Steel press release, 2006.0620

    SEF Financing Enables PA's First 'Affordable Green' Housing — SEF Press Release, 2006.0618

    Warming turns bears into cannibals — CNN, 2006.0612

    Newly Patented Dimmer Adjusts Interior Daylighting — Solatube International Inc. press release, 2006.0607

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