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    ENVIRONMENT THIS WEEK

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    FSC VERSUS SFI

    When the Forest Stewardship Council rolled out the world's first "green" wood certification label in 1993, the organization quickly rallied big-box retailers like Home Depot to the cause. The largest do-it-yourself home improvement chain in the United States became a founding member of the FSC and publicly announced that it would soon ensure all of its products came from certified sources.

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    POSTCARD FROM MAPLE GROVE

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    Inside and outside, this building comes across initially as nice, but seemingly a bit buttoned down, handsome yet perhaps a bit conventional in affect.

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    MAKING BUILDINGS GOOD

    The days of making the business case for sustainable design, or even explaining what LEED means and why it is important, have passed. Today's green building challenges have moved to more complicated areas of policy — permitting and politics — and the motivating sense of competition to be "the greenest."

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    More Environment

    Building Group Unveils "Sustainable" Housing Prototype — Daily Texan, 2009.0828

    Green Rebuilding in New Orleans Still Faces Obstacles — Environmental Leader, 2009.0826

    Oasis of the Future Taking Shape in a Distant Desert — Sydney Morning Herald, 2009.0826

    Vancouver Olympic Venues Bask in Green Glow — Journal of Commerce, 2009.0826

    Study Warns of ‘Energy Sprawl’ — New York Times, 2009.0826

    Concerns Remain as Europe Changes Bulbs — New York Times, 2009.0826

    After 150 Years, Whither Oil? — New York Times, 2009.0826

    Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA), a Chamption of the Environment and Clean Energy, Dies at 77 — Climate Progress (blog), 2009.0826

    Economies of Scale — Memphis Daily News, 2009.0826

    NASA 'Sustainability Base' to Be Net Zero Energy — CNet News, 2009.0825

    AIA Requires Green Credits — Examiner, 2009.0825

    Saudi Blasts American Energy Policy — New York Times, 2009.0825

    Does Carbon Labeling Confuse Consumers? — New York Times, 2009.0825

    Africa Seeks Climate Change Cash — BBC News, 2009.0825

    Federal Carbon Storage Grants Awarded — New York Times, 2009.0824

    Omega Institute Turns on America's First Zero-Impact "Living Building" — Renewable Energy World, 2009.0824

    Germany's ECO CITY — Green Muze, 2009.0824

    Clean Energy Patents Set Quarterly Record — Sustainable Business, 2009.0824

    A Rare Peek at Green Energy Economics — New York Times, 2009.0824

    Climate Change Could Swamp Venice's Flood Defence — New Scientist, 2009.0824

    Tree Cover Far Bigger Than Expected on Farms — Reuters, 2009.0823

    Europe's Saharan Power Plan: Miracle or Mirage? — Reuters, 2009.0823

    Energy Dept. Fails to Use Thermostats to Cut Costs — New York Times, 2009.0823

    Architects Return to Class as Green Design Advances — New York Times, 2009.0820

    Mercury Found in Every Fish Tested, Scientists Say — New York Times, 2009.0820

    Contest Opens Floodgates on Sea Level Rise Ideas — SF Appeal, 2009.0819

    Homes Linked to 50 Percent More Water Pollution Than Previously Believed — E! Science News, 2009.0819

    Leaky Building Cost 'Likely to Top $11b' — Stuff, 2009.0818

    Zero Energy Home in San Francisco — Low Impact Living, 2009.0817

    Water Quality Improves after Lawn Fertilizer Ban, Study Shows — ScienceDaily, 2009.0817

    Climate Models Agree on Human ‘Fingerprints’ — Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, 2009.0814

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