Author: Laura B.

I'm the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center's Sustainability Information Curator, which is a fancy way of saying embedded librarian. I'm also Executive Director of the Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable. When not writing for Environmental News Bits, I'm an avid reader. Visit Laura's Reads to see what I'm currently reading.

Hip New LEED Lofts


“Restaurants, shops and galleries dominate the area, which is also just minutes from public transportation and downtown routes. Westside buyers have been mainly young professionals in their 20s and 30s.” “All lofts are pre-wired for high-speed cable Internet and are cable-ready for HDTV.” “Amenities include a fitness centre, yoga and pilates studio, roof garden, a counter-current pool and hot tub, media lounge with TV, and a kitchenette.” It just gets more hip and more green the more you read…

Green Week 2006: Commission presents environment awards for businesses, cities and schools

Read the full story at EUROPA.

German car maker Volkswagen and five companies from Finland, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and the UK last night won the European Business Awards for the Environment 2006. The 2006 European Mobility Week Award for local authorities went to the City of Copenhagen, while school children from Latvia and Greece took the top honours in this year’s Green Week School Competition.

Barratt starts thinking out of the box and turns the neighbours green

Read the full story at The Guardian.

Britain’s biggest homebuilder has created an eco-village.

Americans and Climate Change: Closing the Gap Between Science and Action.

Read the report from the Yale Project on Climate Change here. Note that it’s 221 pages.

A gathering of extraordinary Americans were asked why the robust and compelling body of climate change science has not had a greater impact on action. This report details their findings and recommendations.

Raise High the Green Beam, Carpenter

Why is green building still so hard? Auden Schendler tried to answer the question in this Grist Magazine article.

Gore's Warming-to-Disease Link Seen Too Strong

Read the full story at ENN.

Former Vice President Al Gore based his new documentary film mostly on sound science, but he may have linked climate change too strongly to the spread of disease, the president of the National Academy of Sciences said Thursday.

ENN Weekly: June 5th – June 9th

Read the full story at ENN.

Links to the week’s top environmental stories.

A 'Summer of Green,' the Ultimate Guide to U.S. National Forests, and Medicines in Our Waterways

Read the full story at ENN.

An innovative partnership between the Earth Day Network and Google Maps sheds some light on eco-friendly vacation spots in several big holiday destinations. This week on ENN Radio, Jerry Kay speaks with the Earth Day Network’s Laurie Howell, about this exciting marriage of technology and environment.

Oxygen starved fish more likely to be male

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Research in Hong Kong has shown that waterways choked with pollution and lacking in oxygen are potentially wiping out their aquatic populations over the generations by altering the sexual development of fish.

Rivers of unwanted wine to turn into biofuel

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European vehicles will be running on distilled French and Italian wine again this summer as the upcoming season’s surplus production from European vineyards is turned into biofuel.

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