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  • Report predicts $46B gap in funding for school buildings

    03/23/2016 1:59:04 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 23, 2016 4:41 PM EDT | Carolyn Thompson
    The nation is spending about $46 billion less than what it needs to keep up its school buildings, according to a report Wednesday that pointed out disparities in state support for infrastructure. The report by a trio of school facilities groups said the country needs to keep better track of the state of its schools and find new funding sources for their upkeep so that local districts that now bear the heaviest funding burdens don’t have to divert money from instruction. “U.S. public school infrastructure is funded through a system that is inequitably affecting our nation’s students and this has...
  • In Portland, Going Green and Growing Vertical in a Bid for Energy Savings

    02/01/2010 8:09:20 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 15 replies · 444+ views
    New York Times ^ | January 31, 2010 | William Yardley
    PORTLAND, Ore. — Urban gardening used to seem subversive. People planted tomatoes in public parks, strung their hops to rooftops to make homebrew and reclaimed empty lots as community farms, never mind the property owner. Yet here in one of the more thoroughly tilled cities in America, subversive has come full circle: the federal government plans to plant its own bold garden directly above a downtown plaza. As part of a $133 million renovation, the General Services Administration is planning to cultivate “vegetated fins” that will grow more than 200 feet high on the western facade of the main federal...
  • First green buildings, now green leases?

    08/20/2009 1:37:44 PM PDT · by greatplains · 3 replies · 453+ views
    Greener ^ | 08/19/09 | Tom Guay
    Get ready for green lease negotiations, whether you’re the commercial tenant or building owner. The goal is to encourage energy and water use reductions to create a green office environment. But there are many obstacles to achieving the elusive “green office” goal in landlord/tenant arrangements because there are so many variables to controlling overhead costs like electric and water bills. To help businesses navigate these troubled waters, the California Sustainability Alliance has just published its Green Leases Toolkit, version 2.0. The toolkit helps commercial landlords and tenants: educate their organizations about green office and green building practices develop their own...
  • High Tech Buildings Use Sunlight, Sea Water to Save Energy

    11/02/2004 1:32:54 AM PST · by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit · 18 replies · 341+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Nov. 1, 2004 | Ellen Simon
    At Dallas/Fort Worth Airport, the lights are controlled by sensors that measure sunlight. They dim immediately when it's sunny and brighten when a passing cloud blocks the Sun. At a new middle school in Washington, D.C., the air conditioner shuts off when a window is open. A wall of windows at a University of Pennsylvania engineering building has built-in blinds adjusted by a computer program that tracks the Sun's path. Buildings are getting smarterm and the next generation of building materials is expected to do even more. Windows could trap the Sun's energy to heat hot water. Sensors that measure...

    08/15/2004 1:18:09 PM PDT · by take · 39 replies · 1,919+ views
    Green Wealth: Funding the Enemy Green and animal rights organizations do not subsist on the sale of calendars, books, and stuffed animals. They are wealthy beyond the comprehension of most Americans and others who support them in the belief they are "protecting the environment" and saving animals from "cruelty" and "extinction." You will be astonished to learn that there are more than 4,000 environmental groups in America today. "And the number is growing," warns Ron Arnold of the Center for the Defense of Free Enterprise, "and they are really out to get you." Worse, they have the clout and the...