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    SWEETWATER CREEK

    Like many other buildings that receive the coveted Platinum-level LEED certification, the Sweetwater Creek State Park Visitors Center, near Lithia Springs, Georgia, features numerous energy conservation measures and has a roof full of photovoltaic cells to generate electricity.

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    BIG RIPPLES

    Magic in architecture often occurs when the client presents the architect with clear criteria and formidable challenges and when, rather than engineer around obstacles, the designer embraces the challenges as opportunities to enrich the project.

    Such was the case with the Heifer International Center, in Little Rock, Arkansas, designed by Polk Stanley Rowland Curzon Porter Architects. The result is a building that meets the client's needs with stellar design and an anticipated LEED-Gold rating.

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    GREEN SCHOOL ECONOMICS

    When architects are asked to articulate the economic benefits of "green" buildings, they may say something like: "they may cost more in construction than conventional buildings but will more than make up the difference in the long run." This claim seems reasonable, but how do we know it's accurate?

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    More Environment

    Second Homes + Golf = a Worldwide Phenomenon — New York Times, 2007.0418

    Biomass Heat System Scrapped — Vancouver Sun, 2007.0418

    Md. Students Harness Solar Power in House of the Future — Southern Maryland Online, 2007.0417

    Earth Day Voices: Traci Rose Rider — World Changing (blog), 2007.0417

    Locally Sourced Materials Can Reduce Emissions — New Builder, 2007.0417

    Global Warming May Put U.S. In Hot Water — New York Times, 2007.0417

    Earth Day Voices: Michael LaFond — World Changing (blog), 2007.0417

    A Renewed Push for Ethanol, without the Corn — New York Times, 2007.0417

    Group: China Buying Threatened Hardwood — Centre Daily, 2007.0417

    EPA Chief: Bush Climate Policy Working — CNews, 2007.0417

    Climate Shifts for Tackling Climate Change — Architectural Record, 2007.0417

    Plant My Roof, Stretch My Green — CNN, 2007.0416

    June Date for UK's First Top Level Sustainable House — Building Magazine, 2007.0416

    Buildings Fingered in NYC Carbon Inventory — Architectural Record, 2007.0416

    Can Seattle Recycle 72% of Its Waste? It Won't Be Easy — Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 2007.0416

    Lean Green Rehab Machine — Chicago Sun-Times, 2007.0415

    Eden Project Will Show the Perils of a Warmer World — Guardian Unlimited, 2007.0415

    £67M Eden Project Will Show Perils of Warmer World — Guardian Unlimited, 2007.0415

    Planning Panel Approves Pitt's 'Green' Project — The Times-Picayune, 2007.0415

    A New Green Bauhaus — Green Source, 2007.0415

    Carbon-Free by the Sea: The Ultimate Green House — The Independent, 2007.0415

    The Power of Green — New York Times, 2007.0415

    China's Yangtze River Extensively Polluted — Reuters, 2007.0415

    Gadgets to Make Your Home Energy Efficient — Telegraph, 2007.0414

    The New Wave of Energy Efficient Homes — Spiegel, 2007.0413

    Germany's New Energy Efficient Homes — BusinessWeek, 2007.0413

    COTE Top Ten Green Buildings — AIArchitect, 2007.0413

    Nissan, NEC to Make Hybrid Batteries — Houston Chronicle, 2007.0413

    S.F. Hopes to Set Example with New Green Tower — San Francisco Chronicle, 2007.0413

    Prefab Construction: Green or Greenwashing? — Inhabitat (blog), 2007.0413

    Solar-Powered House 'Follows the Sun' — 24Dash, 2007.0413

    New Report Says Buildings Are Key in Combating Climate Change — Revitalization Online, 2007.0412

    GreenDC Week: Ways to Help Save the World — Washington Post, 2007.0412

    India Set to Check Environmental Pulse — Nature, 2007.0412

    Dutch Prepare for Global Warming — World Architecture News, 2007.0412

    The Trouble with Turbines — Telegraph, 2007.0412

    Green Building & the Precautionary Principle — Healthy Building News, 2007.0412

    U.S. EPA Establishes Nation's First Renewable Fuel Standard — Renewable Energy Access, 2007.0411

    Replacement Roof Uses Soybeans to Save Energy — EDC, 2007.0410

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