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Religions Going Green

Since 2005, only 10 congregations have received the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) certification. However, there is hope! Currently, there are 54 congregational LEED® certification applications before the council.Applications have been accepted from many religions, including Roman Catholic, Judaism, Methodist, Mennonite, Presbyterian, Unitarian, Wesleyan and Lutheran. The most recent certification was for a $9 million synagogue project in Evanston, Illinois. The certification was issued in September, 2008, and the congregation opened the doors in February.

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Texas Tech Goes LEED®

Last week was a big week for Texas Tech and the Red raiders.  Star football receiver Michael Crabtree was a first round draft choice of the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers and in the same week, the university announced a commitment to green construction for its newest 145,000 square foot building. The construction of the addition to the Rawls College of Business has applied for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) certification with the U.S. Green Building Council.

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AMD Raises the Gold Bar

Austin’s Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) is a good corporate neighbor with high standards for business development, community relationships and environmental policy.  The company’s Lone Star Campus in Texas, designed by TBG Partners LEED Architects is a reflection of the chipmaker’s environmental commitment to excellence.  In January, the company announced that the campus has received a Gold Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Certification from the third-party rating system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council.

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The Future of Sustainable Solar Energy: Printable Solar Cells

Printable solar cells have long been a dream of the renewable energy crowd.  Just the thought of being able to slap some paper in your inkjet and run off a few hundred solar cells makes even the person with an average interest in “going green” take notice.While the specialty materials aren’t available to the public, it does seem that this dream has become a reality.  Nansolar, a company out of California with offices in Germany, have attempted and achieved just such a process.The “paper” for this process is actually a low cost, highly conductive metal foil substrate.  This means that the films are printed directly on the substrate, instead of glass or stainless steel.  As a result, the bottom electrode gets much simpler because the substrate can do an extra job and carry the current.As far as the “ink” goes, it’s a secret formula of four elements that have to be in a specific atomic […]

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Turning Your Dallas Business Green

There’s no way to have missed the news that Dallas has gone green if you live there; a Dallas mayor (Mayor Laura Miller) helped form the Texas Clean Air Cities Coalition in the summer of 2006.  April 9th, 2008, the Dallas City Council passed a comprehensive green building standard for all new construction.  What about previous construction?Tips For Dallas Business OwnersIf you want your business to be a part of turning Dallas green, these tips can help achieve that goal without putting a big hole in your bottom line:•    Offer incentives for employees to join the Try Parking It Program.  Incentives don’t have to be in money; for example, offering an extra fifteen-minute break to the employee with the highest number of miles saved per month can produce results as well as cash.•    Start the ball rolling – trade in your gas-guzzler for a hybrid vehicle.  Contrary to popular belief, not all hybrids are expensive, […]

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