FEATURE ARTICLE

Porous Pavement: A Win-Win Stormwater Strategy

Impervious surfaces and the resulting stormwater runoff are to blame for surface water pollution, flooding, erosion, and low urban tree survival rates. Allowing stormwater to infiltrate the ground through porous pavement can solve these and other environmental problems. This article addresses porous concrete, porous asphalt, various types of porous pavers, and turf-based systems; a table of products is included.

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Green Building News

Eight States Call Climate Change a Public Nuisance

The attorneys general of several states have sued five energy companies for their contribution to climate change.

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WHO Labels Formaldehyde a Carcinogen, EPA Allows Polluting Plywood Plants

Based on new studies, the World Health Organization now considers formaldehyde carcinogenic. Meanwhile, the Bush administration is exempting some formaldehyde-spewing plywood plants from compliance with the Clean Air Act.

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Cement Industry Launches Sustainability Initiative

As part of its new commitment to sustainability, the Portland Cement Association plans for cement plants to implement auditable and verifiable environmental management systems.

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UC Davis Opens Lighting Lab

The new California Lighting Technology Center will foster the development and demonstration of efficient lighting technologies in partnership with the industry, design, and utility communities.

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Organic Valley Opens New Headquarters

The Organic Valley® Family of Farms headquarters was designed to use 30% less energy than code and achieve LEED® Certification.

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Potential Water Shortages Halt Construction in Middletown, Maryland

Concerns over an inadequate water supply have led to a building moratorium in this town of 3,000 people.

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Portland Cement Shortages

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Climate Change Worsens Smog

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Greening Chicago's Bungalows

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Ecodesign Education Seminar

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JLC Warns of Arsenic in Plaster

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Boy-Girl Ratio Among the Aamjiwnaang People

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Seattle's Environmental Home Center Burns Down

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Product News & Reviews

U.S. Plastic Lumber Files for Reorganization

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Fusiotherm Polypropylene Piping from Aquatherm

Fusiotherm, approved by Greenpeace in Europe, is durable, recyclable, and free of PVC, heavy metals, and flame retardants. It's also far easier to install than copper at about the same price.

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From the Editors

Thoughts on the Oil Bubble

September 2004

Volume 13, Number 9

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