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Palm Coast Community Center Scores LEED Silver Cert. (Ind. Report)
Date: 2021-03-17
In the Sunshine State, the city of Palm Coast -- pop. 81,000 -- reports its recently expanded 21,000 square feet Community Center has received US Green Building Council LEED Silver certification for environmental sustainability and resource efficiency. The project earned LEED qualifying points for:
  • Location and Transportation -- surrounding density and diverse uses, bicycle facilities, reduced parking footprint, green vehicles;

  • Sustainable Sites -- construction activity pollution prevention, site assessment, open space, rainwater management, heat island reduction (reduce effects on human and wildlife habitats by reducing the impact of heat retaining components);

  • Water Efficiency -- outdoor water use reduction, indoor water use reduction, building-level water metering;

  • Energy and Atmosphere -- fundamental commissioning and verification, minimum energy performance, building-level energy metering, fundamental refrigerant management, optimize energy performance, enhanced commissioning (verifying the training of the staff and testing to operate the energy and water systems), enhanced refrigerant management (reduce ozone depletion by minimizing the emission of harmful compounds), green power and carbon offsets (100 pct of the total building energy consumption is offset by the use of renewable energy sources);

  • Materials and Resources -- storage and collection of recyclables, construction and demolition waste management planning, building life-cycle impact reduction (reuse or salvage at least 25 pct of the materials for the building), product disclosure and optimization -- environmental product declarations (utilize products and materials that have environmental, economical, and socially preferred life-cycle impacts), product disclosure and optimization -- material ingredients (Install materials that have a minimum level of recycled content), construction and demolition waste management (reduce construction waste that is disposed of in landfills);

  • Indoor Environmental Quality -- minimum IAQ performance, environmental tobacco smoke control, enhanced IAQ strategies (utilize mechanically and naturally ventilated ideals to promote occupant comfort), low-emitting materials (reduce concentrations for chemical contaminants), construction IAQ management plan (promote the well-being of the construction workers during construction), thermal comfort (provide multiple controls of the mechanical system to the building occupants), interior lighting (provide multiple controls of the lighting to the building occupants);

  • Innovation -- achieved a higher level of low-emitting materials and use of environmentally sensitive cleaning products to maintain the building;

  • Regional Priority Credits -- surrounding density and diverse uses (extra credit granted on the location of the project), thermal comfort (extra credit granted on the location of the project). (Source: City of Palm Coast, Palm Coast Observer, Mar., 2021) Contact: City of Palm Coast,; USGBC,

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  • SD Bill Would Kill Green-Building Standard (Reg & Leg)
    South Dakota Bureau of Administration
    Date: 2021-02-05
    In Pierre, South Dakota Sen. Ryan Maher (R) has introduced Senate Bill 134 that id passed would scrap the state's "green building standard" building code for new construction on state lands -- including buildings on college campuses -- on the grounds that the codes ran up building project costs and stymie efforts to slim down the state college system's budget. The new Bill 134 would over ride 2008 state legislation requiring public buildings seek a LEED Silver certification for sustainability.

    According to the Senator, "We aren't accomplishing anything other than spending a tremendous amount of money and government oversight and time wasted." By way of illustration, Maher noted the state spent over $480,000 to plant native grass that he said was eventually removed as the grass "looks like weeds."

    Since 2008, the S.D. Bureau of Administration has sought silver or higher LEED certification for any new build or renovation project north of $500,000 that exceeds 5,000 square feet. Nearly 70 state construction projects have achieved LEED status over the last decade. (Source: S.D. Bureau of Administration, Mitchell Republic, 3 Feb., 2021) Contact: S.D, State Sen. Ryan Maher,; SD Bureau of Administration,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Building,  LEED Certification,  

    Aramark Global HQ Awarded USGBC LEED Certification (Ind. Report)
    Aramark,US Green Building Council
    Date: 2020-11-04
    Philadelphia-headquartered food services and facilities provider Aramark Corp. is reporting its global headquarters office space in Philadelphia has scored US Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED Silver certification for sustainable workspace design and construction.

    Specific LEED qualifying sustainability highlights include:

  • Water saving fixtures that reduce water consumption by 35 pct;
  • Efficient LED lighting that decreases lighting power density to 40 pct below code;
  • Over 90 pct of all appliances hold Energy Star certifications;
  • Locally sourced and manufactured materials and certified Forest Stewardship Council's (FSC) wood used throughout;
  • 75 pct of waste construction materials were diverted from landfills; and others. (Source: Aramark Corp., PR, Oct., 2020) Contact: Aramark Corp.,; LEED, US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US Green Building Council,  LEED Certification,  Energy Efficiency,  

  • Saudi Industrial City Awarded LEED Silver Certification (Int'l.)

    Date: 2020-09-28
    In Saudi Arabia, the King Salman Energy Park (SPARK) reports it is the world's first industrial city to receive US Green Building Council (USGBC) Silver level accreditation for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).

    SPARK aims to be the primary gateway to the regional energy sector. Its technologically-advanced ecosystem offers investors supply-chain efficiency and an ultramodern "plug and play" infrastructure. As well as targeting large corporations, SPARK also caters to small and medium-sized enterprises and provides support through its SPARK SME Hub, creating a tailored microcosm for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). (Source: SPARK, Design Middle-East, 28 Sept., 2020) Contact: King Salman Energy Park,,

    Greensboro N.C. Earns LEED Silver Certification (Ind. Report)
    US Green Building Council
    Date: 2020-08-05
    In North Carolina, the City of Greensboro is reporting receipt of US Green Building Council LEED Silver®certification for its sustainability efforts. The City began the process in May 2019 when it was one of 15 US cities to receive a grant to participate in the USGBC LEED for Cities and Communities Program, supported by Bank of America.

    Throughout the LEED certification process, the City worked to track and verify performance on a wide variety of sustainability indicators including energy, water, transportation, education, health and more. LEED for Cities provides a consistent rating system and independently verified data analysis, allowing comparison with local, regional and global peer cities.

    LEED-certification helps Greensboro advance City Council's goal of becoming a leading city in resilience, sustainability and energy independence, and to meet or exceed the state's commitment to address climate change and transition to clean, renewable energy. (Source: City of Greensboro, City News Release, 5 Aug., 2020) Contact: City of Greensboro , David Parrish, City Manager,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC news,  LEED Certification news,  Energy Efficiency news,  

    Henrico County Lauded for Energy Efficiency Effort (Ind. Report)
    US Green Building Council,Virginia Energy Efficiency Council
    Date: 2020-06-01
    In the Old Dominion State, Henrico County and the University of Virginia are being lauded by the Virginia Energy Efficiency Council and the US Green Building Council for innovation in their efforts to improve energy efficiency in schools, libraries, university construction and government buildings. The two green-building programs received the council's fifth Virginia Energy Efficiency Leadership Awards last month.

    The county program included building or renovating 16 government buildings and schools to LEED certification standards since 2011, and the county is pursuing certification of LEED Silver or higher on six current projects. The efforts are credited with reducing energy consumption by approximately 30 pct, according to a release. (Source: Virginia Energy Efficiency Council, Richmond BizSense, June, 2020) Contact: Virginia Energy Efficiency Council, 804-464-8233,; US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US Green Building Council,  LEED Certification,  ,  

    Virginia Energy Efficiency Awards Announced (Ind. Report)
    Virginia Energy Efficiency Council
    Date: 2020-05-19
    In the Old Dominion State, the Richmond-based Virginia Energy Efficiency Council (VAEEC) reports it has recognized Henrico County and the University of Virginia with its fifth annual Virginia Energy Efficiency Leadership Awards.

    Henrico County was recognized the construction or renovation of 16 government buildings and schools to LEED certification standards since 2011. The county is also pursuing certification of LEED Silver or higher on six current projects that will cut energy consumption by approximately 30 percent.

    The University of Virginia's Delta Force Program was recognized for achieving energy efficiency and for its $17.4 million in energy efficiency projects for a savings of $28.7 million in energy costs and 180,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions since 2009. (Source: VAEEC, NBC12, 17 May, 2020) Contact: VAEEC, Cheslea Mamish, Exec. Dir., 804-464-8233,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Virginia Energy Efficiency Council,  Energy Efficiency,  USGBC,  LEED Certification,  

    Pittsburgh U Dorm Earns USGBC LEED Silver Cert. (Ind. Report)
    University of Pittsburgh
    Date: 2020-03-25
    In the Keystone State, the University of Pittsburgh is reporting its $17-million, 170-bed Livingston Alexander House residence hall in Bradford has earned US Green Building Council LEED Silver certification for green construction practices, water and energy efficiency, high-efficiency HVAC and thermal glass and insulation to reduce the building's energy consumption by 30 pct over standard construction.

    The 3-story dormitory also utilizes renewable energy, organic compounds and furnishings made from recycled materials. (Source: University of Pittsburgh, PR, 23 Mar., 2020) Contact: University of Pittsburgh, Rhett Kennedy, Dir. Auxiliary Services, 412-624-4141,; US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US Green Building Council,  LEED Certification,  Energy Efficiency,  

    RenewAire Plant Scores LEED Gold Certification (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2019-12-04
    Waunakee, Wisconsin-based RenewAire reports its 111,000-square-foot, 35 year-old HVAC manufacturing plant has achieved LEED Gold certification in the “Optimize Energy Performance” category in. received 60 out of a possible 110 points for its efforts. Of the 60 points awarded, RenewAire received 14 in the. The ERVs and DOAS processes, which reduce cooling/heating loads and result in smaller chillers and boilers and less refrigerants, earned two points in the refrigerant management category. Other energy performance credits came from LED lighting, which cut lighting costs by 50 pct compared to industrial/office space lighting.

    RenewAire has previously received two Green Globes and a LEED Silver certification for its former headquarters, a 32,000-square-foot Madison-based indoor soccer stadium it retrofitted in 2005 for its manufacturing headquarters. (Source: RenewAire, PR, HVAC, Dec., 2019) Contact: RenewAire, Chuck Gates, CEO, (800) 627-4499,; US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC,  Energy Efficiency,  LEED Certification,  

    RCN Housing Constructed to U.S. Unified Facility Criteria (Ind. Report)
    Royal Canadian Navy
    Date: 2019-11-18
    Montreal-based international engineering and construction firm reports The Royal Canadian Navy's new 12-story Tribute Tower housing facility at CFB Stadacona in Halifax has been awarded Canadian Green Building Council LEED Silver certification.

    The $65 million construction contract was awarded to a Design Build Joint Venture partnership of SNC-Lavalin Construction and Aecon Atlantic in 2013 but was constructed by Pomerleau. Architecture and LEED consulting services were provided by A49 of Halifax.

    Additionally, SNC-Lavalin collaborated with Texas-based Protection Engineering Consultants to design Tribute Tower in accordance with the United States Unified Facility Criteria (UFC) 4-023-03 standard, making it the first Canadian structure built to this standard. (Source: SNC Lavalin, Daily Commercial News, Contact: SNC Lavalin,; United States Unified Facility Criteria,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SNC-Lavalin ,  LEED Certification,  Canadian Green Building Coucil,  

    Twins Win USGBC LEED Silver Sustainability Certification (Ind. Report)
    Minnesota Twins , USGBC
    Date: 2019-11-01
    In the baseball world, the Minnesota Twins are reporting receipt of US Green Building Council LEED Silver certification for sustainability. The certification was in recognition of the team organization's contributions to green building and sustainability in the sports industry.

    The Twins were the first professional sports franchise to earn LEED Silver for both new construction and operations and maintenance, receiving those distinctions in 2010 and 2011, respectively, following the opening of Target Field and the team's first two seasons in their home ballpark. The Twins earned LEED Gold for facility operations and maintenance in 2017 and was recertified in 2019. (Source: Minnesota Twins, Ballpark Digest, Oct., 2019) Contact: US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC,  LEED Certification,  Energy Efficiency,  

    Frederick, MD, Awarded LEED for Cities Certification (Ind. Report)
    US Green Building Council
    Date: 2019-08-12
    In Maryland, both the city of Frederick and Frederick County are reporting receipt of LEED Silver certification under the US Green Building Council's LEED for Cities catagory for their commitment to sustainable growth and progress.

    The City of Frederick's sustainability plan includes; targeting sustainability, carbon reduction, disaster preparedness, electrical vehicles, stream restoration, historic preservation, composting and recycling initiatives, as well as the watershed master plan and Frederick Community Action Agency services. The city of 65,000 +- residents is also purchasing renewable energy credits and continues to upgrade its lights to LEDs. (Source: City of Frederick, Md., Pr, Com. Property Exec., 10 Aug., 2019) Contact: City of Frederick,; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US Green Building Council,  Energy Efficiency,  Sustainability,  

    Alexandria Tightens Green Bldg, Efficiency Standard (Ind. Report)
    Alexandria, Green Building
    Date: 2019-06-28
    In the Old Dominion State, the Alexandria city council reports approval of an update to the city's 2009 Green Building Policy requiring new developments to have a 20 pct reduction in energy consumption, 29 pct reduction in water use and 3 pct cut in green gas emissions, compared to developments abiding by the 2009 standards.

    The policy update features:: increased minimum certification for projects requiring a development site plan or development special use permit; priority performance points for certification; and enhanced public development standards. The first refers to the certification levels outlined in different third-party rating systems for green building standards. The city sets specific benchmark requirements for three systems -- US Green Building Council LEED, Green Globes and EarthCraft.

    The new policy sets higher standards for public development than private development, although requirements for both types increased from those outlined in the 2009 policy. Public developments must now meet LEED Gold standards while private developments must meet LEED Silver stands. Projects not using the LEED system will need to meet the equivalent in Green Globes, EarthCraft or another third-party rating system. The new standards come into force in March, 2020. (Source: Alexandria City Council. Alexandria Times, 27 June, 2019) Contact: Alexandria City Council, (703) 746-4500, /

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Building,  Energy Efficiency,  US Green Building Council,  LEED Certification,  

    Virginia School Board Questions LEED Standards ROI (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2019-06-14
    In the Old Dominion State, the Richmond Free Press reports the Richmond Public Schools' COO Darin Simmons has advised the Richmond School Board that Huguenot High and three other schools that are under construction to the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED Gold standard has not resulted in "significant" savings.

    The schools are now projected to cost a collective $148 million, or $38 million more than originally estimated. The board was told that adhering to the lesser LEED Silver standard would add 8 pct to the cost, or about $12 million. Eliminating LEED standards in the construction would save possibly $3 million of that because money would still need to be spent energy efficient doors, windows and lighting. All three schools are to be equipped with solar energy panels, now seen as more effective in cutting energy costs than building to LEED standards. The buildings are slated to open in 2020. (Source: Richmond Free Press, Jeremy Lazarus, 14 June, 2019) Contact: USGBC, (202) 552-1500,

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    Uruguayan Winery Wins USGBC LEED Silver for Efficiency (Int'l)
    USGBC, Bodega Garzon
    Date: 2019-05-15
    Bodega Garzon, a 500-acre boutique winery in Uruguay claims to the first sustainable winery outside North America to be awarded US Green Building Council LEED Silver certification.

    Throughout the LEED-certification process, the winery reportedly received the highest possible scores in water efficiency and design innovation. The facility uses 100 percent non-potable water for irrigation and implemented original wastewater technologies. The winery also features a green roof with native species, a rainwater harvesting and reuse system; and high-efficiency HVAC with heat recovery for energy efficiency. (Source: Bodega Garzon, Commercial Property Exec, May, 2019)Contact: USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC,  LEED Certification,  Energy Efficiency,  

    Minnesota Twins Ballpark LEED Gold Re-certified (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2019-04-24
    Thanks to continued upgrades to Target Field, the Minnesota Twins have achieved US Green Building Council LEED Gold re-certification for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance. In 2010 Target Field earned LEED Silver for New Construction. Target Field is also the nation’s first sports venue to earn three levels of LEED certification through Arc, the state-of-the art digital platform that uses real-time data to help benchmark, measure and improve sustainability performance.

    The ballpark's environmental stewardship efforts include: a custom-designed Rain Water Recycle System; aggressive recycling and waste-to-energy programs that have kept more than 10,870 tons of waste out of local landfills since 2011; a shared initiative with Delaware North Sportservice to partner with Rock and Wrap It UP!, Inc. to donate more than 10 tons of food to local charities each season; LED light fixtures for field and canopy lighting; and the introduction of compostible beverage cups, plates, trays, utensils and straws. The ballparks has also installed the largest "living wall" in the continental U.S. (Source: BallPark Digest, April, 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC,  LEED Certification,  Energy Efficiency,  

    Atlanta Hospital Wins USGBC LEED Certification (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2019-04-17
    In Atlanta, the $400 million, 450,000 square-foot Emory University Hospital Tower reports it has been awarded US Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED Silver certification for energy efficiency. Qualifying elements in the design and construction of the Emory University Hospital Tower include:
  • Project site located in close proximity to basic services such as restaurants, stores and public transit to encourage building occupants to walk instead of drive;
  • Low-flow indoor water fixtures reduce water consumption by an estimated 20 PCT;
  • Energy efficient exterior glazing systems allow for daylight to reach core areas throughout the building;
  • Energy efficient features that allow for more than 20 percent energy savings;
  • Over 95 pct of construction waste recycled;
  • Special focus on indoor environmental quality for improving occupant health and well-being of employees;
  • Lead- and mercury-free facility -- Recycling program implemented.

    Emory University now has 34 LEED certified buildings that equal more than 4 million square feet. (Source: Emory University Hospital, PR, AJC, April, 2019) Contact: Emory University Hospital Tower, (404) 712-2000,; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500,

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  • Annapolis Water Treatment Plant Nominated for USGBC Wintergreen Award (Ind. Report)
    United States Green Building Council
    Date: 2019-03-04
    The city of Annapolis, Maryland reports its new water treatment plant is one of nine buildings in Maryland to be nominated as a finalist for a 2019 United States Green Building Council (USGBC), Maryland Chapter Wintergreen Award. The water treatment facility is the largest construction project ever undertaken by the City and its first capital project to receive US Green Building Council LEED Silver Certification.

    The water treatment plant green energy infrastructure work includes: three bio-retention facilities;, a permeable paver parking lot; re-circulators for water efficiency and separation for waste water streams; variable frequency drive pumps for maximum energy effic iency; and a data-driven efficiency system to reduce chemical usage. The facility also includes environmental innovations like a low-impact design, a nationally registered Monarch Butterfly Way Station, bike racks and parking for energy efficient cars. (Source: Eye on Annapolis, 3 Mar., 2019) Contact: USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News United States Green Building Council,  Energy Efficiency,  LEED Certification,  

    UMass Boston Facility Attains LEED Gold Certification (Ind. Report)
    US Green Building Council
    Date: 2019-03-01
    Birmingham, Alabama-based university housing and facilities developer Capstone Development Partners LLC reports University of Massachusetts in Boston residence and dining hall have been awarded US Green Building Council LEED Gold Certification after exceeding their initial LEED Silver target.

    The sustainable strategies and project attributes that helped the project achieve LEED Gold certification include:

  • The location of the project site on land that is considered a brownfield redevelopment;
  • A 34 pct water savings was achieved by using low-flow showers, faucets, toilets and urinals;
  • An energy cost savings of 26.8 pct was achieved through the implementation of a high performance building envelope, energy recovery units, hot water efficiency and 100 pct LED lighting; and
  • The selection of cool roofing and hardscape materials to reduce the heat island effect.

    Capstone Development Partners has partnered with over 60 public and private colleges and universities and delivered more than 44,000 beds of student housing nationwide. (Source: Capstone Dev. Partners, PRWEB, 28 Feb., 2019) Contact: Capstone Dev. Partners, Jeff Jones, Principal, USGBC,USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC,  Leed Gold,  

  • C-PACE Financing for $10Mn Calif. Multi-Unit Project (Funding)
    Date: 2019-01-16
    Campbell, California -headquartered C-PACE project financing developer K2 Clean Energy Capital, LLC,is reporting the closing of a $10 million PACE transaction for a 102-unit multi-family housing development in Oakland -- the largest C-PACE funding for a new construction project in the multi-family sector reported to date by the national PACE organization .

    The C-PACE financing will fund multiple measures including roofing & insulation, HVAC systems, energy-efficient LED lighting, water efficiency, seismic measures and will contribute to the project goal of obtaining LEED Silver or Gold certification. (Source: K2 Clean Energy Capital, PR, 14 Jan., 2019) Contact: C -PACE,; K2 Clean Energy Capital LLC, Stephen Tsu, co-founder and Managing Director , Jonathan Pickering, Managing Director,,

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    Wyndham HQ Wins LEED Gold Recertification (Ind. Report)
    Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, US GReen Building Council
    Date: 2018-10-26
    New Jersey-based Wyndham Hotels & Resorts is reporting receipt of US Green Building Council LEED Gold recertification for the company's headquarters in Parsippany, N.J. The Wyndham headquarters building won its first LEED Silver Certification for Corporate Interiors in 2010, a second Silver certification for Existing Buildings Operations and Maintenance (EBOM) in 2013, and this recent Gold EBOM recertification, which was earned through water reduction, green cleaning and indoor air quality management.

    Wyndham achieved Gold LEED recertification through site related credits that included: open habitat and biodiversity protection; storm water management; water efficient landscaping and related improvements. Over the past five years, the Wyndham headquarters building also improved its score for energy efficiency through the U.S. DOE ENERGY STAR program.

    Wyndham Hotels & Resorts is the world's largest hotel franchising company, with nearly 9,000 hotels across more than 80 countries on six continents. (Source: Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, PR, 25 Oct., 2018) Contact: Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, Mary Falvey, CEO,; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500,; ENERGY STAR,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LEED Certification,  US Green Building Council,  ENERGY STAR,  

    EQUATE HQ Awarded Kuwait's 1st LEED Silver Certification (Int'l)
    Date: 2018-05-21
    In Kuwait, the EQUATE Group, a global producer of petrochemicals and the world's second largest producer of Ethylene Glycol, reports it new headquarters has been awarded Kuwait's first LEED-Silver Building Design & Construction (BD+C) certification for its compliance with the US Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED program.

    EQUATE's 16,500 square-meter headquarters building conserves energy consumption by reducing water usage by 36 pct, utilizing solar energy to generate around 8 pct of the total building consumption, and achieving energy cost savings of 26 pct. (Source: Equate, PR, albawaba, 20 May, 2018) Contact: Equate,; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LEED Certification,  Energy Efficiency,  USGBC,  

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