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A Q & A with Steve Freeman: How sustainable is your furniture? (access required)

Several years ago, a group of furniture manufacturers created the Sustainable Furnishings Council to promote an environmental ethos in the industry and to encourage the use of green materials. Among the founders of the North Carolina-based organization was Golden Valley, ...

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Recycling of organic matter goes mainstream (access required)

After finishing meals in one of the four cafes of Boston Scientific’s sprawling campus in Arden Hills, employees face four bins where they dutifully separate the remains of their trays. Colorful signs depict which items should go into the two ...

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Builders and lenders, meet green building (access required)

Building science and technology have come a long way. Modern consumers are more sophisticated than they used to be. They have new expectations and demands for commercial and residential real estate, including increased personal comfort, multi-purpose design and environmental sustainability. ...

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Voluntary green building code points the way for Boise builders (access required)

Boise’s voluntary green building code is aimed at nudging local developers toward increasing the efficiency of buildings beyond mandatory standards. The Green Construction Code, which was approved by the Boise City Council in August, is mandatory for city-built projects, such ...

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Landscaping companies look to sustainable water use (access required)

A quick look around the Treasure Valley on any summer morning shows where much of Idaho’s water is going: onto the green lawns of area homes and businesses. Lawn sprinklers for landscaping are responsible for 58 percent of the area’s ...

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