Rescue your trash

Part of the Jacksonville Daily News’ Learners Online feature, this column leads you through a trail of trash, showing you what can be recycled, why you should recycle, and how it can be done. Provides a nice overview of the waste cycle and recycling. Includes many links to other resources, most from U.S. EPA.

Tons of mercury could hit market

Read the full story in the Chicago Tribune.

While the Bush administration promotes efforts to scrub mercury from the environment, one federal agency is considering selling a huge stockpile of the toxic metal on the world market.

The Department of Energy acknowledged last week that it is mulling whether to unload more than 1,300 tons of mercury it collected over the years for processing materials used to make hydrogen bombs.

Merry Lea’s green buildings offer lessons on sustainable building for all

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“Doesn’t that cost a mint?” a visitor asks as he eyes a ground source heat pump unit and the plumbing that brings recycled rainwater to the toilets in Rieth Village, a three-building academic complex at Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College which was completed in the spring of 2006.

Green Building: It Will Take a Lot of Green Villages

Read the full post at WorldChanging.

As someone who actually set foot inside the Colorado Convention Center during last week’s Green Build Conference and Expo, I can attest that Joel Makower’s post-in-absentia accurately captured the Denver zeitgeist: The green building community seemed absorbed in a collective version of Sally Field’s Oscar acceptance moment.

‘Green’ building gains toehold in region

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The new $5.7 million Whole Foods Cooperative, at 610 E. 4th St. in Duluth, is the first building in the region and just the third in the state to receive LEED certification, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.

Civano to add state's 1st 'green' hospital

Read the full story in the Arizona Star.

A planned East Side hospital will be the first “green” health-care facility in the state, with the UA’s architecture school teaming with Tucson Medical Center to create an energy- efficient, sustainable building.