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Friday Roundup: Florida chapter gauging green activity, Target lands 44 LEED locations

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Tampa, Fla. Cal Dellinger via Flickr

Here's our weekly collection of green building clips:

Green Building Council: New data will lead to healthier Bay area buildings, Tampa Bay Business Journal. The USGBC Florida Gulf Coast Chapter is surveying local property owners to identify energy efficiency and sustainability initiatives, helping to make a stronger business case for green building.

Forty-Four More Target Stores Get LEED Certification, Marketnews. Target is aiming for certification for all 124 stores it will open in Canada this year.

How Buildings That Imitate Earth's Creatures Could Save Us From Ourselves, Fast Company. Architects are bridging the gap between the built and natural environments through biomimicry.

GM's Warren Enterprise Data Center achieves Gold certification from US Green Building Council, MLive.com. The new center contains IT laboratories and is as a hub for monitoring GM's digital applications globally.

LEED standards are going mainstream, Crain's Cleveland Business. 'Businesses of all sizes now recognize not only the environmental justification but also the financial payoffs that going green can have for their company.'

Singapore Needs More Funds to Build Green Towers: Southeast Asia, Bloomberg BusinessWeek. Singapore is aiming to have 80 percent of its properties meet its green standards by 2030.

Studies Show Green Housing is a Solid Investment, TriplePundit. Certifying a residence as sustainable can add 9 percent to its value, studies show.

Carver-Hawkeye Arena earns LEED Gold Certification, University of Iowa. Congratulations Hawkeyes!