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The Green Apple BlogThe Green Apple is your Science Connexion news resource. Learn about new equipment just received, sustainable living and energy efficiency ideas for schools.
Thursday, 08 September 2011

ribbon cuttingThe University of Illinois at Chicago has reopened Douglas Hall after a one-year, $11.7 million renovation that will seek LEED Gold certification. Now home to the College of Business Administration, the building features geothermal wells, solar panels, automated interior lights, water savers and automated cooling/heating. The project was funded by student fees and gifts from individual and corporate donors...

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