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Earlier this month, the Research Triangle Foundation, developer for North Carolina's Research Triangle Park (RTP), released a new master plan setting out the foundation's vision for the future of one of North America's oldest and largest research and science parks. Started in 1959, the 7,000-acre RTP is now home to 170 companies with more than 39,000 employees. One of the key challenges confronting the foundation has been the dwindling portion of the park still unoccupied: Only 16 percent of the park's land is not taken up by current owners and leaseholders or by roadways. The new master plan calls for a more intensive development strategy that will make room for many more companies and as many as 150,000 workers in total. How can RTP meet that development challenge while doing so sustainably? I spoke with Liz Rooks, executive vice president and COO of the foundation to find out how the new RTP master plan can help the park to expand, while respecting environmental principles.

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