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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.
Friday, 23 March 2012

The economic downturn has slowed the pace of school construction and renovation in many communities, but for those institutions that have acquired the money needed to carry out facility projects, many have run the numbers and concluded that sustainable design and construction strategies are the best way to provide their constituents with an environmentally friendly, energy-efficient building that will last a long time...

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