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Santa Clara County

Counties seek green housing alliance

Submitted by News Desk on Mon, 03/03/2008 - 10:00pm

SAN JOSE, CA (KGO) -- The FBI suspects an eco-terrorism group called Earth Liberation Front set fires at several vacant mansions under construction near Seattle on Monday. They're apparent protests against the builder's claim that these are earth friendly homes. Extreme measures? Yes, but these fires do raise questions about just how construction projects are classified as green.

'Green' building policies crucial for reducing greenhouse gases

Submitted by News Desk on Sun, 01/13/2008 - 12:19am

Despite all the public attention focusing on the harmful emissions that come from the automotive sector, the dirty little secret is that buildings are actually the biggest emitters of carbon dioxide in the United States. In fact, the U.S. Department of Energy reports that two-thirds of all carbon dioxide emissions come from stationary sources. According to the U.S. Green Building Council, buildings account for 65 percent of electricity consumption, 36 percent of energy use and 30 percent of raw materials use.


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