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Posted at 10:36 AM ET, 12/16/2010

Md. unveils eco-friendly rest stops

By Associated Press

Maryland highway officials have announced exhibits at new eco-friendly rest stops along Interstate 70.

The exhibits unveiled Wednesday offer visitors information on travel, as well as the region's heritage, recreational and cultural resources.

The stops are designed to cut energy consumption and operating costs through efficient lighting, geothermal radiant floor heating, sensors to monitor water usage and a new wastewater treatment plant. The South Mountain rest stops, near Boonsboro, have been given a silver rating under the LEED system for new construction.

By Associated Press  | December 16, 2010; 10:36 AM ET
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Nice of y'all to spell out LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). But that's typical of The Post since the old hands took retirement.

But in the interest of efficient rest stop operations, I recommend a display that reminds people that human waste is biodegradable. So if the governor closes the stops to save money, like Virginia did under Gov. Kaine, visitors can "go" on the grass behind the out buildings.

Posted by: kinkysr | December 16, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

The geothermal radiant floor heating will be the crown jewel of this project. I am impressed that they resisted the urge to do solar, which always looks so impressive with the pretty collectors on the roof. But the fact remains that geothermal is the longest lasting (30 plus years), best energy reducing (40% to 70% reduction), renewable technology that can be installed this end of the electical grid. I just devoured McGraw-Hill's new book, "Geothermal HVAC, Green Heating and cooling", and I have to say, we've been missing the boat on this whole renewable 'green' thing. Geothermal heating and cooling is going to be dot-com huge! Google "Geothermal Book" can't believe how amazing this is.

Posted by: Davita1 | December 16, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

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