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    MILWAUKEE'S URBAN ECOLOGY CENTER

    The Urban Ecology Center in Milwaukee simply radiates with a special kind of beauty, from the inside out. It's a charming, efficient, respectful, and delightful structure, and more. It's a community building whose building has helped build a community.

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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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    More Environment

    Haworth Showroom Striving for LEED Gold — Interior Design, 2007.1127

    The Carbon Cost of Protecting Our Heritage — Guardian Unlimited, 2007.1127

    Earth-Friendly Developer: Not an Oxymoron — Minneapolis Star-Tribune, 2007.1127

    Nanotechnology: Small but Mighty — Canadian Architect, 2007.1127

    Greenpeace Slams Microsoft, Nintendo — Associated Press, 2007.1127

    China Says Three Gorges Mega-Dam Threats Controlled — Reuters, 2007.1127

    EU Says Must Do More to Meet Kyoto Targets — San Diego Union-Tribune, 2007.1127

    Environmental Education Center to Open Today — Opelika-Auburn News, 2007.1126

    In Miles of Alleys, Chicago Finds Its Next Environmental Frontier — New York Times, 2007.1126

    Building Codes Driven by Increased Awareness — Cincinnati Enquirer, 2007.1125

    If You've Got the Green to Afford It, Home Offers All the Green Features You Want — Maui News, 2007.1125

    Looking for "Green" Lights in the Suburbs — New York Times, 2007.1125

    The Eco-Home Evangelist Who Cut Her Electric Bill to Just £5 a Year — Scotsman Online, 2007.1125

    Cal U Dorms Conserve Energy, Money — Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 2007.1125

    Government Wants Lab to Be Poster Child for Energy Efficiency — Washington Post, 2007.1125

    Can a Bold New "Eco-City" Clear the Air in China? — Seattle Times, 2007.1125

    Carbon Trust Has Had Limited Impact on Emission Cuts, Says Watchdog — The Times (London), 2007.1124

    Council Looks to Define, Enforce Eco-Building Practices — Napa Valley Register, 2007.1124

    Arup to Design World's First 'Solar City' in Arizona — Building (UK), 2007.1123

    Evergreen Project Lives Up to Its Name with Advanced Technology — Daily Commcercial News and Construction Record, 2007.1123

    Boris Johnson Fronts UN Environment Conference — 24Dash, 2007.1122

    Can LEED Survive the Carbon-Neutral Era? — Metropolis, 2007.1121

    Mark Wigley on Greening Architecture Schools — Inhabitat (blog), 2007.1121

    Crude Oil Rallies Past $96 a Barrel — RTT News, 2007.1120

    Rockefeller Tree Is Green, but Is It Green? — New York Times, 2007.1120

    Green Good Design — Architecten Web, 2007.1120

    Call to Action — Houston Chronicle, 2007.1119

    IPCC Talks Tough — Nature, 2007.1119

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