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Holcim Awards 2008 North America
Gold: Solar 2 Green Energy, Arts and Education Center, New York, USA
Watch an introductory video abut the Solar 2 building which features solar panels, geothermal wells, and will be New York's first CO2-neutral building.
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Christopher J. Collins, Executive Director, Solar One Green Energy, Arts and Education Center, New York, USA
Showing that sustainable energy use is possible in lower Manhattan is the objective of the Solar 2 Green Energy, Arts & Education Center. The center’s plethora of outreach programs for all ages demonstrates the potential that comes from harnessing the sun’s energy. As the first carbon-neutral building in the city, it is an important symbol for going green in an urban setting.
Chris Collins (center) receiving the global Holcim Awards 2009 finalist certificate from Paul O'Connor (left) and David Loomes (right) of Holcim US on the banks of the East River in New York at the Solar One building.
read update - finalist certificate hand-over in New York, June 23, 2009
Solar 2 Green Energy, Arts and Education Center, New York, USA
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view photos of Global Holcim Awards finalist certificate hand-over, New York, USA - June 23, 2009
view photos of Regional Holcim Awards Gold prize hand-over, Montreal, Canada - October 16, 2008
view Global Holcim Awards 2009 finalist submission
"2nd Holcim Awards - Sustainable Construction 2008/2009"
Excerpt from the publication "2nd Holcim Awards - Sustainable Construction 2008/2009" featuring an essay on the project.
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Alternative Channel, a web-based hub for independent news and opinions about sustainable development interviewed the Awards winners in the context of the Holcim Awards 2008 North America in Montreal.
Overview including project images, self-appraisal, and jury report
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Holcim Awards 2008
Gold - Solar 2 Green Energy, Arts and Education Center, USA
Silver - Self-contained day labor station, USA
Bronze - Living with Lakes Center for freshwater restoration and research, Canada
Evergreen Brick Works heritage site revitalization, Canada
Minimal-impact North Vancouver Outdoor School, Canada
Strategy for environmentally-friendly integration of beehives, USA
Microstructure research for building skins, Cambridge, USA
Residential density for urban spaces, Toronto, Canada
Responsive urban downtown activity center, USA
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