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    SOLAR DECATHLON 2009

    In mid-October 2009, twenty teams of engineering and architecture students erected houses on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., for the biennial Solar Decathlon green building contest. After spending two years designing and building cutting-edge solar houses, the teams — mostly from North America — sought the designation of "most attractive, effective, and energy-efficient" for their structures.

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    WE CAN'T IGNORE CLIMATE CHANGE

    At a Clean Energy Economy Forum at the White House on October 7, 2009, J. Wayne Leonard, the chairman and CEO of Entergy Corporation, a Fortune 500 energy company based in New Orleans, spoke about the urgency of addressing climate change. —Editor

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    PORTOLA VALLEY TOWN CENTER

    When Portola Valley, California sought an updated, seismically safer civic complex, the existing mid-20th-century wood-and-concrete-block campus was deconstructed and its parts repurposed, along with other salvaged components, to create a sustainable new facility on another portion of the site.

    The resulting Portola Valley Town Center is targeted for LEED Platinum certification and was named one of the Top Ten Green Projects for 2009 by the AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE).

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    GREEN HOUSE IN GEORGIA

    In the American South, a region that tends to laud its heritage, modern can be a hard sell. A residential client often hears neighborhood fears that a new modern dwelling will look "chilly" and won't fit in.

    RainShine House by architect Robert M. Cain answers those concerns. Built near downtown Decatur, Georgia, part of metro Atlanta, the LEED Platinum-certified home is bright, welcoming, treads lightly on its site, and respects its neighbors.

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    More Environment

    Perkins+Will Unveils Its Precautionary List — Perkins+Will Press Release, 2009.1103

    Gore’S Dual Role: Advocate and Investor — New York Times, 2009.1103

    Deck the Halls with LED — ZDNet, 2009.1103

    Taipei 101, Siemens Team Against Climate — China Post, 2009.1103

    BPN Sustainability Award Winners Announced — Architecture & Design (Australia), 2009.1103

    Pearl District Wins Award for Brownfield Redevelopment — Oregonian, 2009.1102

    Gore’S Dual Role: Advocate and Investor — New York Times, 2009.1102

    High Entropy? Moi? — World Changing (blog), 2009.1102

    California's Green Building Super Heroes — Mother Nature Network, 2009.1102

    The Complex Interactions of Fire and Environmental Sustainability. — NFPA Journal, 2009.1102

    Green University: Saudi Arabia's KAUST with Eco-Friendly Environment — Clean Techies, 2009.1102

    E.P.A. Lawyers Challenge "Cap and Trade" for Climate — New York Times, 2009.1102

    Are Meetings in Barcelona and Copenhagen "Make or Break" for Climate? — New York Times, 2009.1102

    Old Ships Exempt from New Pollution Rules — New York Times, 2009.1102

    Portland Establishes Climate Action Plan — New York Sun, 2009.1102

    Brazil Mulls Major Climate Action — Nature, 2009.1102

    The Melting Snows of Kilimanjaro — Nature, 2009.1102

    Native American Culture Sowed Seeds of Its Own Collapse — Nature, 2009.1102

    Satellite Launches to Track the World's Water — Nature, 2009.1102

    Debate Flares on Limits of Nature and Commerce in Parks — New York Sun, 2009.1101

    Solar Power from Sahara a Step Closer — Guardian Unlimited, 2009.1101

    Architects' Headquarters Gets "Green" Seal of Approval — Richmond Times-Dispatch, 2009.1031

    Report Argues for a Decentralized System of Renewable Power Generation — New York Sun, 2009.1030

    Wrangle over How to Pay Greenhouse Gas Bill — Financial Times, 2009.1029

    Design Green Awards Elevate Sustainable Architecture in California — Inhabitat (blog), 2009.1029

    PSU Eager to Share Resource — DJC Oregon, 2009.1028

    Sealing Climate Treaty 'Impossible': UN — Associated Foreign Press, 2009.1028

    Climate Change Will Devastate Africa, Top UK Scientist Warns — Guardian Unlimited, 2009.1028

    Solar Decathlon 2009 — ArchitectureWeek, 2009.1028

    SeaShelter - Submersible Shelter Rides the Tides — Inhabitat (blog), 2009.1027

    Obama Plans Big Smart Grid Announcement — Reuters, 2009.1026

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