GREEN GENES - Maine's first environmentally-friendly lab scheduled to open in 2007

The state may soon have its first 'green' laboratory. According to a report today in the Bangor Daily News, the new research building for the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory in Bar Harbor will be built according to the standards of the US Green Building Council. That means it will be well-insulated, operate on a relatively small amount of energy, and will be constructed using renewable materials like granite. Local building materials will be used as much as possible.

The lab will also, according to BDN, "be kept as free as possible of volatile organic compounds, which are found in varnishes and glue." Glue is bad for your health, especially if you sniff it. But you knew that.

The building will cost $6.5 million, including the projected cost of the lab equipment it will hold. It should be finished by fall 2007.

The lab reportedly will "have an old-fashioned look" and will probably not resemble this California building which looks like an enormous hedge. But it sure would be sweet if it did.

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