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Silicon Valley's tech giants are embracing sustainable design in a big way—with a technology battle they can all win.

Companies like Google, Apple, and Facebook are known for technological innovation, but their offices' architecture has until recently been unremarkable, and more oriented toward promoting a state of extended adolescence (pool tables, slides, bars, etc.) than responsibility. That has changed in the past few years. Executives, employees, and localities (California's CalGreen building standards already get new buildings close to LEED certification) are all much savvier. Only a handful of buildings in Silicon Valley were LEED certified in 2006; that number has jumped to over 100 today. ----- Advertising ----- Broadly speaking, high-tech companies seem genuinely interested in minimizing their environmental impact, but sustainable design also makes good marketing and business sense. Green strategies save money in the long run, improve employee health and productivity, and even h...

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