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On May 2 the presidents of the province of Tyrol (Austria), and the autonomous provinces of Alto Adige-Sudtirol and Trentino (Italy) signed a protocol in which they agreed that green buildings is an issue of primary importance for future cross-border collaboration between these three provinces. The goal of the accord is to create a virtual meta-cluster in support of green building that will make this Euregio of the "Europe of Regions" the European reference point for the sector.

Together with swisscleantech, the business association for sustainable and liberal market economy, FFGS is bringing the leading figures in the field of biomimicry to Switzerland.

The weak US building market coupled with rising demand for LEED-certified professionals has spawned a social enterprise called BOULD which partners with Habitat for Humanity and similar companies to build affordable eco-sustainable housing. Scarce availability for projects to train on means architects, designers, and contractors can’t get the experience required for certification.

According to a study published recently by the National Trust for Historic Buildings, retrofitting existing buildings is a winning proposition.

In an interview with the Seattle Times, Cascadia Green Building Council CEO Jason McLennan says that tearing down old buildings isn't necessarily the most sustainable option.

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:154:height=243,width=353]]Homes built for high efficiency are becoming more attractive to cosumers. Buyers in the USA think first these days about buying homes that are built to save energy, rather than purchasing a home that isn't efficient and then trying to upgrade its efficiency. See the article at

$100,000 in pilot test funds and recognition as a Top Utility Technology by utility executives across the US. Apply into the Utility Technology Challenge between now and January 31, 2012!

CTSI, in partnership with Fraunhofer TechBridge and the Department of Energy, seek companies and technologies from around the globe focused on cleaner and more environ


Do you know someone who completed their doctoral studies in the field of Innovation Management in 2011?

In order to stimulate the next generation of innovation researchers, ISPIM and John Wiley & Sons are offering prizes worth over EUR 4000 to the authors of the three best innovation dissertations from 2011. The deadline for submission to the ISPIM-Wiley Innovation Management Dissertation Award is 31st January - that is just three weeks from now.

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