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    CLIMATE LETTER TO CONGRESS

    We think this public letter, signed by 18 prominent climate scientists, coordinated by the Project on Climate Science, gives a succinct and accurate view of the current situation, addressed to our national legislators.

    Meanwhile, the "Better Buildings Initiative" announced by the White House on February 3, 2011, is an important climate- and architecture-related package moving forward administratively, even as Congress fiddles. —Editors

    To the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate:

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    POSTCARD FROM PASSIVE HOUSE PORTLAND

    Dear ArchitectureWeek,

    There were 345 attendees (including me) at the North American Passive House Conference in Portland, Oregon, held from November 4 to 7, 2010. Twenty-six sessions focused on all aspects of the Passive House building energy-efficiency certification system, ranging from detailed conceptual overviews led by Passivhaus cofounder Dr. Wolfgang Feist to technical sessions about specific aspects of certification in our region.

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    A Harder Rain's Gonna Fall (and Already Is) — New York Times, 2011.0217

    Can Homes Be Built Carbon Free? — Green Building Elements, 2011.0216

    Okanagan College Selected for Sustainable Study — Journal of Commerce, 2011.0216

    Employing Ecosystems as Infrastructure for Green Building — Green Building Pro, 2011.0216

    Net Zero Energy, Transmuted into Art — New York Times, 2011.0215

    Net Zero Energy, Transmuted into Art — New York Times, 2011.0215

    Budget Spares Energy Research, Despite Hits to Other Programs — New York Times, 2011.0215

    UK's Largest Level 6 Development Gets the Go-Ahead — Green Building Press, 2011.0214

    Energy, Enviro Spending at Heart of Looming Budget Fight — New York Times, 2011.0214

    Obama, Chu Try to Slash the Multi-Miracle Hydrogen Program Once Again — Climate Progress (blog), 2011.0214

    U.S. Republicans Propose Sweeping Cuts to Climate Change Programs — Nasdaq, 2011.0214

    British Businesses Told: Adapt or Face the Consequences — Guardian Unlimited, 2011.0214

    Arizona Haze and NOx — ENN, 2011.0214

    Gulf Suffered a Gas Surge, Study Finds — New York Times, 2011.0214

    Department of Interior Kicks Solar Decathalon Off the Mall — , 2011.0213

    Richmond Home Takes LEED Platinum — Richmond Times-Dispatch, 2011.0212

    Climate Change Keenly Felt in Alaska's National Parks — Reuters, 2011.0212

    Who’S Got the Greenest House on the Planet? — Grist, 2011.0211

    Spill Commissioners Call for Review of Energy Policy — New York Times, 2011.0211

    Southwestern Water: Going, Going, Gone? — New York Times, 2011.0211

    China: Rain, Snow and Artillery Said to Ease Drought — New York Times, 2011.0211

    Maintaining a Passive House — Connaught Telegraph, 2011.0211

    Prince Charles Criticises Climate Change Denial — BBC News, 2011.0210

    Yet Another Route to Cellulosic Ethanol — New York Times, 2011.0210

    Leaked Cables Reveal U.S. Concerns over Saudi ‘Peak Oil’ — New York Times, 2011.0210

    House Republicans Take E.P.A. Chief to Task — New York Times, 2011.0210

    USDA Forest Service Unveils Proposed Planning Rule — USDA Press Release, 2011.0210

    Watchdog Wants Big Trees Protected — Times Colonist, 2011.0210

    How Autodesk Tackles the Next Frontier of IT-for-Green — Greeener Computing, 2011.0209

    GSA Unveils Plans for the First Net-Zero-Energy Historic Building — NextGov, 2011.0209

    New Raleigh Bus Garage Brings Energy Savings — News Observer, 2011.0209

    From Devastation to LEED: A Small Town Story — EarthTechling (Blog), 2011.0209

    Earth Warming Unevenly — Science Daily, 2011.0209

    Does California Green Building Code Signal Future Code Adoption? — Green Building Law Update (blog), 2011.0208

    Amended Complaint Filed in Gifford V. USGBC — Clean Techies, 2011.0208

    Batteries That Breathe — Discovery News, 2011.0208

    I-Codes and Obama's Better Buildings Initiative — Facility Blog, 2011.0207

    Oregon State's New Energy Center Makes a Platinum Statement — Oregonian, 2011.0203

    IGCC a "Step in the Right Direction" — Green Building Law Update (blog), 2011.0203

    'Affordable Housing Is a Term That Has Been Misused by the Government' — Indian Express, 2011.0201

    LEED Roundup: Conagra, ezStorage, Marine Bio Lab, UCSB — Environmental Leader, 2011.0201

    Ithaca College's Peggy Ryan Williams Center Wins LEED-Platinum — WIDN, 2011.0201

    LEED Automation Means More Efficiency, Fewer Consultants — Green Building Law Update (Blog), 2011.0201

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