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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

    China Eases Hostility over Climate Crisis — New Zealand Herald, 2007.0426

    Bees Vanish, and Scientists Race for Reasons — New York Times, 2007.0424

    Pop-Up Cities: China Builds a Bright Green Metropolis — Wired, 2007.0424

    Architects Name 10 Best 'Green' Buildings — MSNBC, 2007.0424

    First Mission to Explore Those Wisps in the Night Sky — New York Times, 2007.0424

    U.N. Panel to Lay Out Steps on Warming — New York Times, 2007.0424

    NASA Releases 3D Images of Sun — New York Times, 2007.0424

    Devil Is in Details of Carbon Cap System — MSNBC, 2007.0424

    Jason of Cascadia: Green Warrior — Healthy Building News, 2007.0424

    China to Top USA in Greenhouse Emissions — USA Today, 2007.0424

    Eco-Prize Winners Shared Vision: Protect Home — MSNBC, 2007.0423

    Home Builders Adopt 'Eco-Friendly' Tactics — HTR News, 2007.0423

    UO Holds Conference on Sustainability — Oregon Dail Emerald, 2007.0423

    Straw House Built to Stand — Buffalo News, 2007.0423

    Exelon Flexes Green Power — Chicago Sun-Times, 2007.0423

    Bloomberg Draws a Blueprint for a Greener City — New York Times, 2007.0423

    Sick Building Syndrome — Health24, 2007.0423

    The Most Earth-Like Planet Yet — Nature, 2007.0423

    Want to Get Rich? It's Obvious: Get Green — Minneapolis Star-Tribune, 2007.0422

    A "Green Home" Is More Than a Question of Money — Ashbury Park Press, 2007.0422

    Eco-Heaven: A &Pound;500,000 Mud House — U.K. Times, 2007.0422

    Power Lines in New Link to Childhood Leukaemia — Telegraph, 2007.0421

    The Birthplace of Earth Day Keeps the Faith — The Globe and Mail, 2007.0421

    Norway Aims for Zero-Carbon Status, All Emissions Offset by 2050 — Guardian Unlimited, 2007.0421

    Reliance on Coal Sullies 'Green the Capitol' Effort — Washington Post, 2007.0421

    Buildings Going Green, Bigger and Taller — Toronto Star, 2007.0421

    Working with an Energy Efficiency Specialist — Building Design, 2007.0420

    Living the Dream — Chicago Sun-Times, 2007.0420

    House of the Future Gets the Green Light — Hackney Gazette, 2007.0420

    Top 10 Ways for Commercial Buildings to Save Energy — BOMA press release, 2007.0420

    Housing Project Taps Wood-Waste Energy — Business Edge, 2007.0420

    Chicago Housing Complex Wins Green Design Award — AIArchitect, 2007.0420

    Biomass Heat System Scrapped — Vancouver Sun, 2007.0418

    Mister Rogers' Neighborhood — CoStar, 2007.0418

    Bill That Would Mandate Green Building Standards Advances — San Jose Mercury News, 2007.0418

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

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

    Buildings Fingered in NYC Carbon Inventory — Architectural Record, 2007.0416

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

    COTE Top Ten Green Buildings — AIArchitect, 2007.0413

    Feilden Clegg Bradley Architects Design Sustainable Homes — World Architecture News, 2007.0412

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

    City Buildings Contribute to Emissions Problem, Report Says — Columbia Journalist, 2007.0409

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