Australian scientists have announced the world’s first successful large-scale restoration of a coastal wetland being devastated by acid runoff.
The acid crisis at East Trinity began in the 1970s, when developers drained and cleared 800 hectares of tidal wetland to grow sugarcane. This dried out underlying acid sulfate soils causing them to release slugs of acid whenever they were soaked by rain, leading to fish kills and loss of wetlands which alarmed local residents.
A dramatic improvement in environmental conditions has been achieved by researchers working on the trial Hills Creek catchment at the East Trinity site near Cairns in Queensland, using a combination of natural tidal action and strategic treatment with lime.
Mangrove and wetlands are returning, birdlife is flocking to the area and fish abound in creeks that once ran so acid that nothing could survive in them. Having first demonstrated success in the trial catchment, remediation is underway on the remainder of the site.
[SOURCE: CRCCARE -World-first clean-up of acid wetlands]
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Autodesk has launched a online guide and game to educate the public about buildings, carbon footprint through a online game called Retrofits. Autodesk uses gameplay to educate people about buildings and how retrofitting with double glazing, solar panels and other features can reduce the carbon fooprint of a building.
The guide – Guide to Sustainable Design for Architecture, Engineering & Construction for its Autodesk products is interesting as it creates an easier way to determine what products are best for retrofits, new buildings and determining goals. The list is also useful as BIM becomes more and more apart of a designers toolbox.
[SOURCE: Archdaily – Autodesk Launches Online Game on Green Building]
Recently at the Copenhagen climate summit the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson revealed plans for a comprehensive network of electric charge points in the capital, supporting the mainstream use of zero carbon-emission electric vehicles by 2015. The plan shows that Londoners will have access to 22,500 charge points at work, 500 on the street and 2,000 in public car parks.
The Mayor also announced that after detailed investigations to establish operational requirements, early next year the Greater London Authority will publish a detailed procurement framework to buy 1000 electric vehicles for the GLA group fleet by 2015
The estimated cost of the 25,000 charging points, conversion of the Greater London Authority fleet and other initiatives to kick-start London’s electric vehicle revolution is £60million.
[SOURCE: Mayor of London]
The Sustainable Sites Initiative launched the Guidelines and Performance Benchmarks 2009 in November 2009 has received more recent press coverage from the December issue of Biocycle magazine. The article looks at the history of the Initiative and explores the Ecosystem as a Baseline. The article also looks at the pilot program and the industry acceptability of the Performance benchmarks. for a good read go to the article at the Biocycle – Performance Guidelines for Sustainable Sites – Vol.50 No.12 Pg. 32
Remember that pilot program applications need to be submitted by February 15.
Recently we reported recently via (Building.co.uk) that AECOM was one of the firms to be rumoured to be on the look out for firms ripe for Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) in the UK. However, it seems they are also looking in their own backyard as they announced yesterday by press release that the professionals from Glatting Jackson Kercher Anglin, a multi-disciplinary firm with offices in Atlanta, Denver, Orlando & West Palm Beach would be joining AECOM. For more information read the press release below
AECOM: Investor Relations: Press Release
AECOM Technology Corporation (NYSE: ACM), a leading provider of professional technical and management support services for government and commercial clients around the world, announced today that approximately 90 professionals from Glatting Jackson Kercher Anglin have joined the firm’s U.S. operations.
The employees’ expertise enhances AECOM’s offerings in the areas of environmental services, landscape architecture, planning, transportation and urban design.
“We are delighted to have these outstanding professionals join AECOM,” said John M. Dionisio, AECOM president and chief executive officer. “These new members of the AECOM family will enable us to better meet our clients’ evolving planning, design and development needs as they enjoy increased professional-development opportunities as part of our company.”
“These outstanding professionals complement our integrated design and planning practice,” added Joe Brown, FASLA, chief executive of Planning, Design + Development for AECOM. “The expertise of Glatting Jackson employees strengthens our capabilities to deliver innovative, integrated responses to public realm and infrastructure challenges in a world where resource scarcity, urbanization, environmental change and economic uncertainty factor into projects of every scale.”
New York Times feature with Walter Hood about Crown Memorial State Beach
Mr. Hood, whose landscape architecture firm designed the grounds of the de Young Museum in San Francisco, lives in Oakland, and he spends a lot of time traveling. In August, he accepted a Cooper Hewitt National Design Award at the White House. (His words have been edited and condensed.)
read more at the SOURCE: New York Times – A beach with a different view