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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

    Green Rating Problems — DDown to Earth, 2007.1204

    Climate Fund Falls Far Short — New York Times, 2007.1204

    First Net Zero Commercial Building in U.S. — Buildings, 2007.1203

    Canada's Greenest Building? — Inhabitat (blog), 2007.1203

    Second Home Communities Take the LEED — HHelium Report, 2007.1203

    Green Buildings Make Employees See Red — NetworkWorld, 2007.1203

    City Council Wants Builders to Account for Global Warming — Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 2007.1203

    Rebuild the Economy by Building Green Industries — Grist, 2007.1203

    The Six Sins of Greenwashing — ENN, 2007.1203

    U.S. Says Seeks New Climate Deal, Rejects Kyoto — Reuters, 2007.1203

    Praising Green Architecture — San Jose Mercury News, 2007.1202

    From Dust to Design... — Business Standard, 2007.1201

    A Greener Blueprint — Lexington Herald-Leader, 2007.1201

    Berkeley City College's Skylighted Quad Earns LEED Silver — AIArchitect, 2007.1130

    Thermal Mass: What It Is and When It Improves Comfort — BuildingGreen, 2007.1130

    The Making of an Eco-Deco Mansion — The Globe and Mail, 2007.1130

    Consumer Spending Flags, Construction Plummets — Yahoo Finance, 2007.1130

    Loq Kit Sustainable Housing System — Inhabitat (blog), 2007.1130

    An Architect of the Soul — Time, 2007.1128

    Nanotechnology: Small but Mighty — Canadian Architect, 2007.1127

    Haworth Showroom Striving for LEED Gold — Interior Design, 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

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

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

    Greenpeace Slams Microsoft, Nintendo — Associated Press, 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

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

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

    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

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

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