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    PELLI'S PLATINUM VISIONAIRE

    At first glance, the glossy new 35-story condominium tower slicing into the lower Manhattan skyline doesn't stand out as a beacon of sustainable design. Its sleek form — an extruded curving wedge accented with red terra cotta bands — looks more Ferrari than Prius. And the structure's granite base and travertine lobby walls are elements not usually associated with green building.

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    GREEN STIMULUS MULTIPLICATION

    What if there were a way for states, cities, and counties to leverage each dollar of federal stimulus money they spend to generate $14 of private spending, create 14 times the number of jobs, reimburse the federal government $3, and get a dollar back to boot?

    And what if that economic solution could also help us tackle climate change by constructively attacking building-related carbon emissions?

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    GREEN OR GREENWASHED?

    What would you call a green building standard that, on balance, tends to interfere with environmental reform more than help?

    In March 2009, ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition television show featured the first house in the country to win certification under the new green building standard from the National Association of Home Builders.

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    More Environment

    Oceans Rising Faster Than UN Forecast, Scientists Say — Bloomberg, 2009.0618

    Twisting Ivory Observation Tower for Dubai — Inhabitat (blog), 2009.0617

    Architect Shooting for Green — The Advocate, 2009.0617

    Papago Gateway Center Achieves LEED Gold Certification — EV Living, 2009.0615

    Study Says U.S. Winds Are Slowing — New York Times, 2009.0615

    ZETA to Open Doors to 'Net Zero' Home — CNet News, 2009.0615

    New World Home Achieves Two Historic Green Milestones — PR Newswire, 2009.0615

    Harness the Sun — Arkansas Democrat Gazette, 2009.0613

    Australians Demand Climate Action — BBC News, 2009.0613

    This Home Is so Environmentally Friendly, the Building Itself Was Recycled — Kalamazoo Gazette, 2009.0613

    German Bogs, New Zealand Firs Offer a CO2 ‘Free Pass’ — Bloomberg, 2009.0612

    United Nations: Pursue Natural Carbon Absorption — New Jersey News Room, 2009.0612

    Dispute on CO2 Cuts Forms Roadblock to Copenhagen — Reuters, 2009.0612

    Back to the FutureGen: ‘Clean’ Coal Plant Gets New Backing — Wired, 2009.0612

    Climate Change Treaty, to Go Beyond the Kyoto Protocol, Is Expected by the Year’S End — New York Times, 2009.0612

    L.A.'S Best Architecture Is on the Ground — Fast Company, 2009.0611

    Sustainable Stockholm Suburb Showpiece of Good Urban Design — Irish Times, 2009.0611

    The Sunset Magazine Modern Cottage — Inhabitat (blog), 2009.0611

    Bloomberg Vs. Newsom: The Debate over Green Building — Triple Pundit, 2009.0611

    San Francisco to Toughen a Strict Recycling Law — New York Times, 2009.0611

    Wind Farming in Deep Waters — New York Times, 2009.0611

    Climate Change and Intellectual Property — New York Times, 2009.0611

    Report Disperses Migration Myth — Nature, 2009.0611

    Pelli's Platinum Visionaire — ArchitectureWeek, 2009.0610

    Green Labels Need More Precision — Journal of Commerce, 2009.0610

    Giving New Meaning to 'Electric Avenue' — New York Times, 2009.0610

    Not so Windy: Research Suggests Winds Dying Down — Associated Press, 2009.0610

    China Launches Green Power Revolution to Catch Up on West — Guardian Unlimited, 2009.0610

    Japan Sets 'Weak' Climate Target — BBC News, 2009.0610

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