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McGraw-Hill Construction, Architectural Record and GreenSource have released video highlights from Innovation 2010, a conference on big and super-green buildings and cityscapes.

It was held in New York City during this month, Oct. The video features sustainable projects from Dubai, Chicago, New York, Hamburg, Manitoba and South Korea.

In the video, James von Klemperer of Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates reviews plans for New Songdo City in South Korea and underscores the importance of integrated, overlapping functions and mixed-use buildings in a sustainable city.

Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture’s Robert Forest presents the Decarbonization of Chicago Plan, developed to reduce carbon emissions in dense urban cores.

David Owen of The New Yorker highlights New York City’s sustainable merits: “NYC residents use less energy than any other Americans.”

You can also view the video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_dHy0mObs8

Green buildings are supposed to be inevitable for environment protection and to ensure healthy living for humankind. That’s why big companies as well as governments are taking major steps toward greener environment.

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Recently, a rebuilt McDonald’s restaurant in Riverside, Calif., became the first McDonald’s west of the Mississippi, and the fourth in the U.S., to seek LEED Gold certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). (Read: What McDonald’s is Doing to Taste Green)

Among the other corporate initiatives to embrace green practices, Whirlpool Corporation has announced plans to build an approximately 1 million square foot manufacturing facility for built-in, premium cooking products in Cleveland, Tennessee.

The energy-efficient, LEED-certified facility will replace the existing, 100-year old manufacturing plant located at 740 King Edward Avenue, South East. (Read: Whirlpool Manufacturing Facility to Add Jobs)

Designed to achieve LEED Gold certification, TD Bank’s Auburn Call Center will provide customer service from Maine to Florida. (Read: TD Bank Opens New Green Call Center)

Likewise, the Courtyard Charleston/ Summerville in South Carolina will be the first hotel built using Marriott International’s green hotel prototype, says Marriott. It is being made in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

The initiative is expected to accelerate the company’s goal to have 300 LEED hotels by 2015. (Read: Would You Prefer to Stay in a Green Hotel?)

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Rakesh Raman