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China to invest in energy saving industries to tackle pollution
The Guardian
China is to fast-track expansion and investment in energy saving technologies in an attempt to tackle its worsening pollution problems. China's cabinet, the State Council announced plans to make the energy saving sector a "pillar" of the economy by 2015. In a statement the council said that under the new plan the environmental protection sector will grow by 15 percent on average annually, reaching an output of 4.5 trillion yuan ($730 billion).
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The benefit of recertifying green buildings
By Kevin Stover
The use of programs to assess and certify the sustainability of commercial buildings continues to grow. Initially the most popular reasons for spending the time and effort to pursue certification included protecting the environment, enhancing the image/brand of an organization, qualifying for tax incentives, meeting federal mandates and increasing the marketability of buildings. Over the past several years, another prime motivator has risen to the top of the list — reducing building operating costs.
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Report: More than 4.3 million people live, work in LEED-certified buildings
EDC Magazine
The U.S. Green Building Council has released its inaugural "LEED in Motion" report, a holistic statistical snapshot of the green building movement aimed at equipping its members with the insight to make a strong case for sustainable building activity.
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Smart glass blocks heat or light at flick of a switch
Nature
An engineered window coating can be tweaked to respond to changing weather conditions. Small voltages applied to the material trigger it to block heat and, independently, light. Selective control over the amount of heat and light passing through windows could help to keep buildings cool during the summer and warm during the winter. Around 4 percent of all energy consumed in the United States is used to cool or warm buildings to compensate for heat transfer through windows, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
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With US-made panels, White House goes solar — again
The Christian Science Monitor
Jimmy Carter put up solar panels in 1979, then Ronald Reagan took them down in 1986. Now the Obama administration is fulfilling a long-delayed promise to put solar panels back on the White House.
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Higher education case study: Future proof
Today's Facility Manager
One of 72 districts that comprise the California Community Colleges system, Mount San Jacinto College has experienced significant growth over the past decade. Situated east of Los Angeles, MSJC operates on four campuses—San Jacinto (the original, founded in 1963), Menifee Valley, Temecula Education Complex, and San Gorgonio Pass.
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