University of Wyoming’s Biodiversity Institute Achieves LEED Gold Status

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The University of Wyoming’s Berry Biodiversity Conservation Center has been awarded LEED Gold certification for a variety of sustainable building features.

The university is home to Laramie’s only living roof, and is known for sustainable features including locally sourced building materials, native or adapted landscape vegetation, natural air ventilation, and building exhaust energy recovery.

The Berry Center is a 44,000 square foot building located in the northwest corner of campus, housing multiple groups and individuals that study animals, plants, and other organisms. The space contains laboratories, archive facilities, four classrooms, and office space for faculty and grad students.

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“It’s fitting that a bunch of scientists interested in biodiversity conservation should work inside a green building, because sustainable building practices support our goal,” says Dorothy Tuthill, building administrator and associate director of the Biodiversity Institute. “We use the Berry Center as a teaching tool. We can show that green building features not only reduce human impacts on the natural world, but that the outdoor space, including our native-prairie green roof, can actually enhance biodiversity in an urban environment.”

A few notable sustainability features include racks to hold 140 bicycles, low-flow showers in changing facilities, low-emitting wood, paints, carpets, adhesives, and sealants, vast use of natural daylight, low-flow faucets and toilets, and the 3,600 square foot green roof.

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Sustainable and Portable Living in The Tricycle House

Imagine that you live in a country where you can’t own land or property and all of your housing options are temporary, if you have a home at all. You just might think this Tricycle House is your perfect solution to a dwelling conundrum.

Part of the 2012 Get it Louder Exhibition and designed by the People’s Architecture Office (PAO) and the People’s Industrial Design Office (PIDO) in China, the Tricycle House is portable and can be configured with numerous options.

Constructed of translucent polypropylene plastic using a CNC router, it retains its strength during folding such that it can open up and expand for increased space and connection to other units.

Optional interior facilities include a kitchen with sink and stove, bathroom with washing tub, living areas with storage and transformable furniture, a water tank, and an outdoor garden.

Imagine affordable, sustainable living, off the grid in an urban environment or in the country, where your home goes where you go. Do you think that you could adapt to this kind of living environment?

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The Clean Plus Product Group Expands Research Facilities in Europe (OTC : FLKI)

Staten Island, NY (PRWEB) August 15, 2009

The Clean Plus Product Group, an international player in the industry, marked the completion of the expansion of its largest international research center with an opening ceremony in its scientific research center in Europe.

The $ 1.5 million expansion provides 6,000 square feet of additional new laboratory, an equal amount of additional office and meeting space for scientists and engineers involved in cutting-edge research into cleansing and disinfecting materials, chemicals, wipes, wet wipes and abrasives, as well as the development of state-of-the-art technology to promote bio-degradability, ecological and greater efficiencies in the cleaning and maintenance personal and vehicular industries.

“The opening of this new facility is symbolically very important to Falken Europe,” said Adolfo Faure, Ast VP of Communications for corporate strategies. “First and foremost, this investment underscores our commitment to research and development. We are determined to carry on investing in this area. That’s because innovation is central to our long-term business strategy.”

The European site is the largest of The Product Group’s worldwide research centers.

The new facility was designed to attain notoriety for its eco-friendly environment, placing it among the very few to qualify for an award for energy efficiency and sustainability. The facility has also been designed to adhere to the Product Group’s rigorous international energy efficiency standards for new company facilities.

Special features include acoustical ceilings, wallboard, insulation, solar reflective roofing and foundation products.

The European operation has been a major center for materials research since 1997. It joined The Product Group in 2008 as part of a strategic alliance agreement, the site has become the Product Group’s main research location for high-performance chemical, wipe, wet wipes and abrasives, and since then has grown and expanded its activities to include research and reinforcement businesses throughout the world.

About Falken Industries Ltd OTC:

FLKI is a diversified industrial conglomerate that operates in Chemicals, Wet Wipe and Biodegradable Technology. Falken Industries Ltd is the concept behind more than 160 products distributed through a network of global platforms and the recipient of trade awards for innovations, biodegradability and environmental and health quality standards.

This press release includes statements that may constitute “forward-looking” statements, usually containing the words “believe”, “estimate”, “project”, “expect” or similar expressions. These statements are made, to the extent relevant, pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements inherently involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements. Factors that would cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to, acceptance of the Company’s current and future products and services in the marketplace, the ability of the Company to develop effective new products and receive regulatory approvals of such products, competitive factors, dependence upon third-party vendors, and other risks. By making these forward-looking statements, the Company undertakes no obligation to update these statements for revisions or changes after the date of this release.

Contact:

Manuel Garcia-Faure

609 357 0316

http://www.cleanplus.com

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