May 2008 Table of Contents

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Urban Ecology Editor's Book Shelf Urban Ecology

Urban Ecology is a Euro-American diary that captures the beauty of city life and celebrates the four seasons through 30 short stories and color photographs about New York life as seen through the eyes of a European environmental activist. Read more

Advanced Vegetative Roof System From Columbia Green Technologies Inc. Innovations Advanced Vegetative Roof System From Columbia Green Technologies Inc.

Columbia Green Technologies Inc.’s Advanced Vegetative Roof System is easy to install and maintain. Read more

ENJARRE From American Clay Enterprises LLC Innovations ENJARRE From American Clay Enterprises LLC

American Clay Enterprises LLC has created ENJARRE, a single-coat plaster for commercial and multi-unit residential markets. Read more

Zero-VOC Exterior Paint From YOLO Colorhouse Innovations Zero-VOC Exterior Paint From YOLO Colorhouse

YOLO Colorhouse has introduced its Outside line, a high-performance, zero-VOC exterior paint in a designer palette that considers changes in natural light during the course of a day. Read more

COOLWALL Coating Systems From TEX-COTE Innovations COOLWALL Coating Systems From TEX-COTE

TEX-COTE’s COOLWALL coating systems are formulated to reflect the sun’s heat and reduce heat build-up on exterior walls. This low-VOC formulation does not change the wall surface’s color. Read more

Compact Wind Turbine From SHINKO Innovations Compact Wind Turbine From SHINKO

SHINKO’s compact wind turbine, Gentle Breeze, uses the power of the wind to make electricity. Read more

Disinfectant And Deodorizer From Crypton Innovations Disinfectant And Deodorizer From Crypton

Crypton’s Disinfectant and Deodorizer is approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to disinfect Crypton Super Fabric—a fabric that resists spills, stains, odors, mold, mildew and bacteria—creating an engineered system of total disinfection. Read more

DUROCK Flooring Adhesive From USG Innovations DUROCK Flooring Adhesive From USG

Designed for bonding wood flooring, tile and stone to subfloor and vertical surfaces, DUROCK flooring adhesive from USG’s tile and flooring division offers superior bond strength and good troweling properties. Read more

Andalay Solar Panel Technology From Akeena Solar Inc. Innovations Andalay Solar Panel Technology From Akeena Solar Inc.

Akeena Solar Inc.’s Andalay solar panel technology combines reliability and aesthetics in all-black panels that look like skylights when installed. Read more

Fiber Optic Skylight From HUVCO Daylighting Solutions Innovations Fiber Optic Skylight From HUVCO Daylighting Solutions

The Fiber Optic Skylight by HUVCO Daylighting Solutions comprises an exterior mounted panel containing 64 computer-controlled lenses that focus sunlight into optical fibers. Read more

Environmentally Responsible Cleaning Products From PortionPac Innovations Environmentally Responsible Cleaning Products From PortionPac

PortionPac manufactures environmentally responsible cleaning products for the janitorial industry. Read more

DryCool ERV technology From Munters Innovations DryCool ERV technology From Munters

Munters DryCool ERV technology cools and dehumidifies by using a condenser reactivated desiccant dehumidification cycle. Read more

Square D Clipsal Area Lighting Panels From Schneider Electric Innovations Square D Clipsal Area Lighting Panels From Schneider Electric

Square D Clipsal Area Lighting Panels from Schneider Electric realize daylight harvesting in individual conference rooms or suites within commercial buildings by combining natural with artificial light. Read more

ACFoam CrossVent From Atlas Roofing Corp. Innovations ACFoam CrossVent From Atlas Roofing Corp.

ACFoam CrossVent from Atlas Roofing Corp. is an environmentally friendly polyisocyanurate-foam insulation board designed for use over sloped, unventilated roof decks. Read more

METENERGY From MeTecno USA Innovations METENERGY From MeTecno USA

MeTecno USA’s METENERGY system is a building-integrated photovoltaic installation option that combines UNI-SOLAR thin-film laminates with insulated roofing panels. Read more

Deep Green Canada Uses Six Principles for Healthy Building Envelope

Within the Ottawa, Ontario-based Canada Green Building Council’s LEED program, Materials and Resources credit 8 for Durable Buildings encourages these performance objectives. MRc8 contributes 1 point to the building’s LEED rating but more importantly provides a six-step process to prevent building-envelope problems. Read more

Wasteland Transformed Into Model for Sustainability Feature Wasteland Transformed Into Model for Sustainability

Nonprofit Heifer International's growth necessitated a larger headquarters that provides control over energy costs and demonstrates sustainability. Read more

Europe Tackles Sustainability at Local Level Greenscene Europe Tackles Sustainability at Local Level

Europe is tackling sustainability at a local level by developing an Integrated Management System model. Read more

Taking Note of Green Cleaning Special Taking Note of Green Cleaning

Green cleaning is an easy and cost-effective way to protect the environment. Read more

Retailer Embraces Sustainable Practices Ecocentric Retailer Embraces Sustainable Practices

When outdoor apparel company nau asked Skylab Architecture, Portland, Ore., to design its stores, principal architect Jeff Kovel, AIA, took on the challenge with utmost care for the environment. Read more

Alliance Reaches Out Perspectives Alliance Reaches Out

Jeffrey Harris, vice president for programs for the Washington, D.C.-based Alliance to Save Energy, discusses the organization's purpose and goals. Read more

Innovations: May 2008 Innovations Innovations: May 2008

These products will help achieve sustainability. Read more

Shelter Earns Green Certification ECommerical Shelter Earns Green Certification

Beyond the savvy environmental nature of the structure, the Katherine K. Hanley Family Shelter in Fairfax, Va., offers safety and hope. Read more

Government Will Take Active Role in Green Environmental Views Government Will Take Active Role in Green

I recently visited my maternal grandparents in Germany. Ever since I was young, I have been cognizant of wasting things, like water and electricity, at Oma and Opa’s (Grandma and Grandpa’s) house. I think their strict household is a result of the direct effect World War II had on them and the high taxes and energy costs they pay today. Even households not run by octogenarians are efficient; during my visit, my mother’s best friend in Germany, Irmgard, proudly presented her new bathroom, complete with a tankless water heater and waterless urinal. Read more

Commercial Facility Uses LEDs Eco-Tech Commercial Facility Uses LEDs

Sentry Equipment Corp., Oconomowoc, Wis., has drastically reduced its energy consumption by installing LEDs in its new headquarters. Read more

Mountain Home Provides Green Installation Greenhouse Mountain Home Provides Green Installation

Oregon’s Hood River Valley offers year-round recreational opportunities with skiing on Mt. Hood, hiking through forest lands and fishing in clear waters. Outside of Parkdale, Tom Kelly and his wife Barbara Woodford found a spot amidst this rugged setting to build a mountain home. Read more

Spa Practices Sustainability Eco-Tourist Spa Practices Sustainability

Uhma Spa & Shop, South Beach, Fla., practices sustainability in the products it uses and its building construction. Read more

Historic Museum Is Certified Green Flashback Historic Museum Is Certified Green

Franklin D. Roosevelt's Little White House Museum is commissioned two years after achieving LEED Silver certification. Read more

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