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Friday Roundup: Cities turn tragedy to opportunity, preserve pivotal energy law

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Greensburg, Kan., after the May 2007 tornado that leveled the town.
Greensburg, Kan., after the May 2007 tornado that leveled the town. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

3 Cities That Used Natural Disasters to Revitalize Their Futures, Governing. Cities like Greensburg, Kan., hit with cataclysmic events, have seized the opportunity to rebuild smarter, greener and more resilient.

McCary: Plan before US Senate would create higher energy costs, The State. Sen. John Hoeven’s proposed amendment to the Shaheen-Portman energy efficiency bill would repeal a key section of the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act related to federal buildings — and it’s bad policy through and through.

Worker Bees on a Rooftop, Ignoring Urban Pleasures, The New York Times. High above Midtown Manhattan, honeybees’ natural pollination process is helping maintain the green roof on the LEED Platinum One Bryant Park.

Platinum-certified campus helps explore the deep blue sea, Gizmag. The nonprofit Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences in Maine is working to understand oceanic ecosystems from an impressive LEED Platinum facility.

Stunning and sustainable: The inside story of central Pennsylvania's first all-green dream home, The Patriot-News. The Harrisburg, Pa., newspaper is running a series of stories on the LEED Gold River Lodge, an incredible work of green residential design.

Why Investing in Energy Efficient Buildings Make Fiscal Sense, Triple Pundit. United Technologies Climate, Controls & Security Chief Sustainability Office John Mandyck explains the important connections among energy efficiency, productivity and economic growth.

Resource conservation – and a little back pain, Automotive News Europe. Find out what it's like to work on the eco-friendly assembly line at Volkswagen’s LEED Platinum Passat plant in Tennessee.

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Jacob Kriss

Media Specialist U.S. Green Building Council

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