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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

    What They Really Believe — New York Times, 2009.1118

    Houston to Convert Priuses to Plug-Ins — New York Times, 2009.1118

    Climate Model Sets Tough Targets — Nature, 2009.1117

    Americans' Interest in Green Sags During Downturn — Green Biz, 2009.1117

    A Solar Technology Seeks Its Day in the Sun — New York Times, 2009.1117

    After Chinese Turbine Controversy, Companies Plan American Plant — New York Times, 2009.1117

    Blown Away: Wind Power Keeps Growing in Texas — Wall Street Journal, 2009.1117

    World Leaders Put Off a Climate Change Treaty — Time, 2009.1117

    Seeking Wind Energy, Some Consider the Sea — New York Times, 2009.1116

    New Report Finds Clear Evidence of US Jobs Boom from Green Building — Solve Climate, 2009.1116

    Solar Developer Abandons Water Plans — New York Times, 2009.1116

    Denise Bester: Too Much Waste in Building Industry — NZ Herald News, 2009.1116

    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

    Obama in 11th-Hour Climate Bid with China, India — Associated Foreign Press, 2009.1112

    Oil Rise 'Could Derail Recovery' — BBC News, 2009.1112

    Nuclear Power Industry May Benefit from Climate Change Levy Exemption — The Times (UK), 2009.1112

    Al Gore Calls for a Green Building Revolution — Los Angeles Times, 2009.1112

    Alejandro D'Acosta and Claudia Turrent's Experiments in Green Design — Chicago Tribune, 2009.1112

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

    Renovated ASU Memorial Union Receives LEED Gold 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

    Windmill to Power Home Making a Net-Zero Energy Structure — Hartford Courant, 2009.1109

    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

    Uniform Solar Energy Code Named an American National Standard — EDC, 2009.1106

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

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