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    SUSTAINABLE SITE SELECTION FOR SCHOOLS

    In the case of a new school, the first job for the working group is selecting a site. All the decisions that go into making a sustainable campus or building follow. Location defines the impacts of development both to the site itself and to surrounding neighborhoods, transportation, habitat, and hydrology.

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    WHAT GOES INTO GREEN?

    The American Institute of Architects has announced its top ten green projects for 2010. Sponsored by AIA's Committee on the Environment, and published in ArchitectureWeek No. 472, the award winners are each worthy of citation for excellence in internal design, in most cases reducing their environmental impacts significantly below those of similarly located but conventional buildings while also serving as teaching exemplars. So far, so good.

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    POSTCARD FROM FRANKFURT

    Dear ArchitectureWeek,

    The Passivhaus standard for energy efficiency isn't just for houses. This we learned in Germany recently, on a fascinating tour of green building and design there, organized by the Ecologic Institute environmental think tank with funding from the German government.

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    HEADING FOR NET-ZERO

    Some projects come along at pivotal moments. Such was the case for the Rose House in Portland, Oregon, a compact home that served as a laboratory for energy-efficient residential design in 2004, and ended up setting the bar as the first house in the state designed to achieve zero net energy use.

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    More Environment

    Dublin Gets Green Stadium — NRDC Switchboard, 2010.0603

    Sustainable Site Selection for Schools — ArchitectureWeek, 2010.0602

    A Bullish View of Wind Power Out West — New York Times, 2010.0601

    US Prepares for Climate Burden — Nature, 2010.0601

    Researchers Track Path of Oil from Rig Spill — Nature, 2010.0601

    A Spill Afar: Should It Matter? — New York Times, 2010.0531

    Our Fix-It Faith and the Oil Spill — New York Times, 2010.0530

    BP's Massive Spill Threatens Gulf's Vast Undersea Life — Kansas City Star, 2010.0530

    Oil Flow Is Stemmed, but Could Resume, Official Says — New York Times, 2010.0528

    U.S. To Halt 33 Exploration Rigs in Deepwater Review — Reuters, 2010.0527

    Rove Finally Admits Bush Really Blew It on Katrina — Climate Progress (blog), 2010.0527

    Eco-Friendly Designs — Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 2010.0527

    Two Waltham Buildings Certified Gold LEED — Daily News Tribune, 2010.0527

    Former Gym Gets Fit with Green Makeover — Deseret News, 2010.0527

    Western U.S. Grid Can Handle More Renewables — Technology Review, 2010.0527

    LEED-ND Released — Sprlaw, 2010.0526

    Scientists Track Plume of Polluted Groundwater to the Sea — Science Daily, 2010.0525

    What's the Right Size for a Home? Mine Tries to Hit Mark — USA Today, 2010.0525

    U.S. Environment Not the Best for EVs — Matter Network, 2010.0525

    Majority of Firms Will Spend More on Climate Change — Reuters, 2010.0525

    Shaky Rule in Madagascar Threatens Trees — New York Times, 2010.0525

    Panel Suggests Signs of Trouble before Rig Explosion — New York Times, 2010.0525

    Flood of Oil, Drought of Research — Nature, 2010.0525

    GAO: Most Courthouses Are Built Too Large, Wasting Millions — Financial Times, 2010.0524

    Passive House Is an Active Goal — YSNews, 2010.0520

    Scientists Fault Lack of Studies over Gulf Oil Spill — New York Times, 2010.0520

    National Research Council Calls for Climate Action — New York Times, 2010.0519

    Solar Cells Sliced and Diced — Nature, 2010.0519

    Greenland's Uplift: Evidence of Rapid Ice Loss — Scientific Blogging, 2010.0518

    Greensburg, Kan.: Leaner and Greener Than before Tornado — Beauregard Daily News, 2010.0518

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