Daily Green Wrap-up 28.August, 2012

According to a new study, beauty and sustainable building make for the most potent combination of high performance. The Pattern Mapping Institute had a hunch that buildings which were considered aesthetically superior also had a better range of environmental attributes. So through a study of correlated AIA Cote award winning and LEED Platinum projects, they found that integrated designs that aligned beauty and function had 4 times the impact of those with just LEED Platinum certification. Jump ahead to find out more on what their white paper said.
When a campus lawn became a permaculture garden, TreeHuggers everywhere cheered. Then the UMass Amherst permaculture project got recognition from the White House, and threw a conference to discuss how similar projects might happen across the world.
In short, we like these guys.
When a company builds loads of large, low-rise buildings they have an overabundance of unused rooftop space.
But a new 90,000 square-foot Walmart in North Portland will put its roof to good use. Construction started this week on the Walmart store which will be home to a new 40,600 square foot green roof. Not only will it be the largest green roof in Portland (by 10,000 square feet) but it will also be the largest in the state, DCJ Oregon reports.
Dips and sauces are dangerous territory. Sure, they seem harmless in that they are technically only condiments, but they often contain too many fats and calories to warrant another tablespoon. One of the biggest party-time offenders is cheese dip. You know what I’m talking about. It’s the kind you squeeze, pump, or ladle onto popcorn, burgers and nachos. It has a tacky light orange color that you know can’t be natural, but despite it all, you’re addicted.
Last week, Mitt Romney released a comprehensive energy plan. While taking a backseat to the economy and job creation, energy issues have been discussed regularly by presidential candidates Romney and Barack Obama, and their viewpoints diverge widely. In its online magazine, conservative think tank American Enterprise Institute broke out the core issues that separate the candidates:
The Obama administration is expected to implement an aggressive fuel standards policy that would cut in half greenhouse gas emissions from new cars and light trucks by 2025, also substantially reducing oil consumption.

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