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    GREENER GREEN ROOFS

    The sedum roofs of today symbolize performance-oriented green roof design. Like fine-tuned engines, they run on leaner artificial substrates with almost no organic matter; volcanic rock or expanded shale, baked at 2000 degrees Fahrenheit (1093 degrees Celsius), make the substrates lighter and soil depths as thin as possible. They seem to be race cars in the fleet of green roofs — maximum performance paired with minimum weight. The simple soil mixtures and roof sections of the early days of green roofs developed into multilayered complex systems supporting the homogenous surface of succulents. The unkempt and rough gave way to the groomed and cultivated, reminiscent of the unrelenting beauty of agricultural fields.

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    PLATINUM B-SIDE

    Natural daylight, cooling and ventilating efficiencies, and low-impact material selections helped add up to a USGBC LEED Platinum certification for Building B of the new Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University (ASU). The first LEED Platinum building in Arizona joined the elite green ranks of fewer than 60 LEED Platinum-certified buildings worldwide.

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    More Environment

    China’S Green Energy Gap — New York Times, 2007.1024

    Recycling in Israel, Not Just Trash, but the Whole Dump — New York Times, 2007.1023

    Drilling for Energy: New York Buildings Tap into Geothermal Power — Resident Publications, 2007.1023

    House Is a Big User of Energy — Olympian, 2007.1022

    Solar Homes Draw Crowds on Mall — Associated Press, 2007.1022

    Affordable 'Green' Homes — Arizona Daily Star, 2007.1022

    Urban Green Housing Key for Environment: Agency — CTV, 2007.1022

    Coal Power Opponents Get New Weapon from Kansas — Reuters, 2007.1022

    Power Your Car with Algae — Inhabitat (blog), 2007.1022

    Carbon Dioxide in Atmosphere Increasing — New York Times, 2007.1022

    Greenhouse-Gas Levels Accelerating — Nature, 2007.1022

    Georgia Declares State of Emergency — Reuters, 2007.1021

    Should I Buy a Rooftop Turbine for My House? — Guardian Unlimited, 2007.1021

    Sustainability Meets Security at Pentagon — EDC, 2007.1021

    And the Winner of the Award for the Greenest City in Britain Is ... Bradford — Guardian Unlimited, 2007.1020

    State to Sue U.S. To Allow Tailpipe Rules — Los Angeles Times, 2007.1020

    US to Help Spain Stage European Solar Home Building Contest — Associated Foreign Press, 2007.1018

    Hidden Costs of Climate Change in US — ScienceDaily, 2007.1017

    A Carbon-Negative Fuel — World Changing (blog), 2007.1016

    Climate Change Will Impact U.S. Economy — Mongabay, 2007.1016

    Bahrain Builds a City in the Most International of Ways — International Herald Tribune, 2007.1016

    A Green Resort Is Planned to Preserve Ruins and Coastal Waters — New York Times, 2007.1016

    Colleges Strive for Long-Term Sustainability — Guardian Unlimited, 2007.1016

    Sustainability and Aesthetics in One Building? — San Francisco Chronicle, 2007.1016

    Canada Not Listening to Leading Environmentalist — Boston Globe, 2007.1015

    Dubai to Lead World in Green Urban Design — Arabian Business, 2007.1015

    The Race Is on for Platinum — Realty Times, 2007.1015

    A Long Time Coming — Guardian Unlimited, 2007.1015

    Lifecycle Building Challenge: Pavilion in the Park — Inhabitat (blog), 2007.1015

    200 Wind Turbines Plan for North Sea — Guardian Unlimited, 2007.1014

    Obesity Is as Seriousa Threat as Climate Change, Says Minister — Independent Digital, 2007.1014

    Garden Houses: Visitors? Let Them Sleep in the Garden — Telegraph, 2007.1013

    Saving Energy at Home Could Take 200 Years to Repay Its Cost — The Times (London), 2007.1013

    It's Getting Dangerously Dry — Richmond Times-Dispatch, 2007.1011

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