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    APPALACHIAN SUNCATCHER

    Nestled into a hillside near Asheville, North Carolina, the Blue Ridge Parkway Destination Center is projected to use 75 percent less energy than a comparable conventionally designed facility.

    Trombe walls, a planted roof, bioswales, daylighting, a high-efficiency mechanical energy-recovery system, and other "green" features add up to make this National Park Service facility a contender for LEED Gold certification.

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    CLIMATE ACTION NOW

    Last week in Tackling Climate Change we took a reality check on the level of challenge embodied in established targets for reducing emissions of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide.

    This week, we're announcing a new call to action for architecture firms across the United States and around the world.

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    TACKLING CLIMATE CHANGE

    Just about a year ago, Al Gore rocked the national AIA Convention in San Antonio with a climactic final keynote address, and received a prolonged standing ovation from thousands of architects who had lined up for hours to get in.

    Gore expressed the compelling case on global climate change, anchoring the powerful presentation with this silver spur to action for design professionals:

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    More Environment

    Off the Grid, but Plugged In — New York Times, 2008.0530

    San Francisco's Transbay Terminal Gets the Green Light — Inhabitat (blog), 2008.0528

    Ambitious Design to Rival Eiffel for Parisian Skyline — Scotsman Online, 2008.0528

    Climate Anomaly Is an Artefact — Nature, 2008.0528

    New Climate Report Foresees Big Changes — New York Times, 2008.0528

    Apple Files Solar Patent — Inhabitat (blog), 2008.0527

    Montana Dam Is Breached, Slowly, to Restore a Superfund Site — New York Times, 2008.0527

    Green Buyers Find Prefab Fabulous — Denver Post, 2008.0527

    Ronald McDonald House Awarded Platinum LEED Certification — Austin Business Journal, 2008.0527

    Calgary's New Green Skyscraper by Foster + Partners — Inhabitat (blog), 2008.0526

    Rammed Earth Homebuilding — Mother Earth News, 2008.0525

    Green Is Golden — San Francisco Chronicle, 2008.0524

    Land Use Plan on Solid Ground — Calgary Herald, 2008.0523

    Greenpeace Co-Founder Speaks Out Against LEED — Canada Free Press, 2008.0522

    Rogers: Eco Towns Not Sustainable — Building (UK), 2008.0522

    Hybrid Honda Fit Is Sound Marketing Play — BusinessWeek, 2008.0522

    Johnson & Johnson's Big Design Challenge — BusinessWeek, 2008.0521

    Bike Share Program Kicks into Gear — Inhabitat (blog), 2008.0520

    Carbon Nanotubes: The New Asbestos? — Nature, 2008.0520

    Time to Leave the Comfort Zone — BBC News, 2008.0520

    Container Housing One of Several Projects in Focus at MOCAD — Model D Media (blog), 2008.0520

    Green Builders Spell Out Zero Carbon — Greener Buildings (blog), 2008.0519

    Climate Change Having 'Worldwide, Widespread Effects' — SciDevNet, 2008.0519

    Quietly, Wind Farms Spread Footprint in U.S. — Reuters, 2008.0519

    What Does Green Building Mean for Minnesota? — Twin Cities Daily Planet, 2008.0519

    LEED Version 3 Is Coming — Green Building Elements, 2008.0519

    Building 'Green' Could Mean Big Abatement — Houston Chronicle, 2008.0519

    LEED 2009 Opening for Public Comment — USGBC Press Release, 2008.0519

    Climate Change 'to Make Atlantic Hurricanes Rarer' — Nature, 2008.0518

    Shrinking Carbon's Muddy Footprint — Portland Tribune, 2008.0515

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