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Friday Roundup: Keep Las Vegas code, chemical industry attacks, Walgreens' green goals

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Las Vegas. Credit: Prayitno via Flickr

Las Vegas should stick with its energy code, Las Vegas Sun. The president of the USGBC Nevada Chapter and the executive director of the American Institute of Architects Nevada explain why rolling back the city's energy codes for buildings constructed before 2009 is a bad idea.

Chemical Companies Seek to Limit Federal Green Building, Bloomberg News. The chemical industry is intent on shutting down the federal government's use of LEED, despite its proven ability to save taxpayers money.

Behind Kaiser Permanente's $30 billion commitment to green building, GreenBiz. Kaiser Permanente's environmental stewardship officer discusses why the company is making the investment in building to LEED Gold for all new hospitals and major construction projects.

Close to Its Home, Walgreen Tests Energy-Saving Ideas, The New York Times. The Walgreen Co., already a LEED Volume Program participant, is pushing the envelope on efficiency with its experimental net-zero store under construction in Illinois.

Green Building Standards Become Culture, Multifamily Executive. Thanks to increasing awareness of the importance of sustainable living, green multifamily projects are seeing higher demand and faster leasing. 

Kingsbridge Armory ice rink project will be a green building, New York Daily News. The developer repurposing the massive 750,000-square-foot Kingsbridge Armory in the Bronx to create the world's largest indoor skating facility will also be pursuing LEED Silver.

Ben Franklin High first to sign up for inaugural Green Schools Challenge, The Times-Picayune. The USGBC Louisiana Chapter has launched a major effort to help schools in the state implement low- or no-cost projects to reduce their energy usage.