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Alan Shepherd
Alan Shepherd, PE, LEED AP, the new vice president and director of the WSP Flack + Kurtz Built Ecology practice, is based at the firm’s San Francisco office.


Cynthia D. Walston
Cynthia D. Walston, FAIA, LEED AP was chosen to serve the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects due to her contributions to the advancement of the profession and specifically for her achievements in laboratory and educational environmental design.


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Efficient Toilet System
A new line of high-efficiency commercial toilet flushing systems from American Standard conserves nearly one-third the amount of water used by a standard toilet for a more earth-friendly solution.


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Fila, a natural surface care specialist, launches three new eco-friendly products: the stain proofing Fila MP90 Eco, FilaFob Eco and color enhancing Filastone Plus Eco.


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PODCAST: USGBC Raises Awareness About State of America’s Schools
WASHINGTON — On March 12, the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) released its first State of Our Schools report to raise awareness about the need to modernize PK-12 school facilities to meet current health, safety and educational standards.


DALLAS — A dedication ceremony was held April 25 for the LEED Platinum-certified George W. Bush Presidential Center — home of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum and the George W. Bush Institute.


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NEWS


PODCAST: Green Colleges Influence Student Applications
NEW YORK — On April 16, The Princeton Review published The Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges: 2013 Edition, the company’s fourth release of the free guidebook, which highlights 320 environmentally responsible campuses in the U.S. and two in Canada.

University Researchers Develop Wood-Based Recyclable Solar Cells
ATLANTA — By using natural substrates derived from plants, researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology and Purdue University developed recyclable solar cells that are partially made from trees. Plus, by fabricating them on cellulose nanocrystal (CNC) substrates, the solar cells can be recycled at the end of their lifecycle.

Temple University to Build High-Tech Library
PHILADELPHIA — Construction of a new $180 million research library building on Temple University’s Philadelphia campus is moving forward with the announcement earlier this month that Marlton, N.J.-headquartered Hill International will provide construction management services on the project.


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