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Students interested in pursuing a job in sustainability now can choose from a variety of “green” degree programs.
With an increased interest in the environment and growth in the “green collar” job sector, colleges and universities are beginning to incorporate sustainability into their programs………
Read the full article at the SOURCE: USATODAY.com – College students are flocking to sustainability degrees, careers
Just read Chris Grygiel of Seattlepi.com blog post about the new tree measure in Seattle that could grant developers exemption for retaining trees if the trees preclude or prohibit the development of the site. This new tree protection measure seems a ham-fisted attempt at protecting trees which are in current developments (houses, offices, etc) not future developments. I can understand the need for exemption, as cities like Seattle try to encourage development in the city to create denser (in-fill) developments on existing sites instead of allowing urban sprawl to continue unabated. However, exemptions should be given only where the tree is inspected and assessed by a qualified arborist that the tree is at the end of its life or of very poor form for it species. Developers should be encouraged wherever possible to retain all existing mature trees (including tree offsets/buffers) to maintain the green canopy of the city. The benefits of trees within a city are indisputable and the length of time it takes for new trees to mature on a development is decades.
Developers may find this stance very anti-development – however new development should occur within cities to provide denser housing, offices, and retail. This is where more flexibility in tree protection measures are needed. Flexibility would come in the form of clauses that grant exemptions if the developer can show that they are going to plant new trees or install a green roof that contributes the equivalent benefit as the tree to be removed. For a developer to provide the information for this type of exemption may increase the cost of developments as the developer will have to engage consultants to assess the green value of the new trees and green roof. However, the increased environmental cost of trees being removed may be far greater in the long term.
By Damian Holmes 3 August 2009
One of the landscape architecture firms involved in designing Homebush Bay – the host site of the 2000 Olympics has come out in outrage that 147 trees have been felled for a motor car race to be held once a year.
Sydney Morning Herald reports
Tony McCormick, from Hassell Pty Ltd, said government and the community had made a huge investment to transform the Homebush Bay(Sydney Olympics) site into a world-leading environmentally sustainable project that had received international prominence…..
Mr McCormick, who led the design team, was concerned over the removal last week of 147 mature trees planted mainly on the median strips at the site in the years leading up to the 2000 Games.
SOURCE: Sydney Morning Herald – Homebush Bay tree felling for V8 Supercars gets black flag