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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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    More Environment

    Autodesk's Massachusetts Division Headquarters Awarded LEED-CI Platinum Certification — AZoBuild, 2009.1113

    A World Awaits Us: The Copenhagen Conference Building Boom — Building (UK), 2009.1113

    Record-High U.S. Temps Outpace Record Lows: Study — ABC News, 2009.1112

    Renovated MU Strikes Gold with LEED Certification — ASU News, 2009.1110

    EPA Marks One Million Energy Star Homes Built in the United States — EPA Press Release, 2009.1110

    Autodesk Green Building Studio Adds More Than a Million Global Weather Locations — Autodesk Press Release, 2009.1110

    Environmental Agency Warns 2 Staff Lawyers over Video Criticizing Climate Policy — New York Times, 2009.1110

    Financing Challenges for Geothermal Power — New York Times, 2009.1110

    Afloat in the Ocean, Expanding Islands of Trash — New York Times, 2009.1109

    Brazilian Wind Power Gets a Boost — New York Times, 2009.1109

    Universities Look for Heat Underground — New York Times, 2009.1109

    Straw Might Be the Building Material of the Future — , 2009.1109

    Solar Power Goes Underground — msnbc, 2009.1109

    Passive Houses a Growing Trend in Marin — Marin Independent-Journal, 2009.1108

    Ecosystem in Peru Is Losing a Key Ally — New York Times, 2009.1108

    Britain's Nuclear Strategy Threatens Destruction of Kalahari — Guardian Unlimited, 2009.1108

    Building on a Green Foundation — Arizona Republic, 2009.1107

    Stanbrook Abbey, a Sustainable Monastery — Tainted Green, 2009.1107

    Empire State Building Goes Green the Retro Way — San Francisco Chronicle, 2009.1106

    Geoengineering Being Discussed in Washington — ENN, 2009.1106

    Defining 'Sustainable' Palm Oil Production — New York Times, 2009.1106

    Conversations for Change on Smart Cities — Chicago Tribune, 2009.1106

    Landscapes Now Get 'Green' Ratings — USA Today, 2009.1105

    The Green Building Market and Impact Report 2009 — Greener Buildings, 2009.1105

    The Greening of Willis Tower: Rooftop Gardens Part of Plan to Improve Efficiency — Chicago Tribune, 2009.1105

    New Orleans in the Forefront of a Green Building Revolution — Christian Science Monitor, 2009.1104

    Together Forever — Wasington City Paper, 2009.1104

    US Scales Down Hopes of Global Climate Change Treaty in Copenhagen — Guardian Unlimited, 2009.1104

    Senate Trio to Pursue Separate Climate Talks — Washington Post, 2009.1104

    Green Beliefs Win Legal Protection — Independent Digital, 2009.1104

    Gore's Dual Role: Advocate and Investor — New York Times, 2009.1103

    Gore's Dual Role: Advocate and Investor — New York Times, 2009.1102

    Cambridge City Hall — EDC, 2009.1101

    The Climate Change Game — Nature, 2009.1029

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