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The growing interest in green and sustainable development signals that it is getting closer to the point at which "it is no longer the exception but an accepted community building practice," according to Urban Land Institute Chairman Harry H. Frampton III. Frampton, managing partner of East West Partners in Beaver Creek, Colo., discussed the need to build on the momentum of the green and sustainable building movement during a keynote address in Atlanta at "Greenprints 2004: Sustainable Communities by Design," a green design and construction conference co-hosted by the Southface Energy Institute and the Georgia Environmental Facilities Authority. ULI Atlanta was a partner in planning the program. "ULI must devote more resources to research and education on green building–what works and what doesn't. We have a responsibility to raise awareness of the benefits, debunk some of the myths and provide the proof of success to make it more widely accepted," he said. Frampton compared ...