In the News 3 September

Green green grass of Arbat [The Moscow News]
A new 2,700m2 (29,000 sq ft) green roof was recently completed at Novy Arbat building in Moscow at a cost of 20 million rubels ($USD625,000).

Horspath wind turbine ‘will harm landscape’ [Oxford Times]
CAMPAIGNERS fighting to protect the Oxfordshire countryside have claimed plans for a 130m tall wind turbine on the edge of the city would damage the landscape and dwarf nearby homes.

Kanner Architects’ Transformation of Venice Boulevard [Curbed LA]
Kanner Architects-designed new apartment complex on Venice and Superior is nearly finished…..but the architecture firm and landscape architect Dan Weeden deserve a lot of praise for helping transform this stretch of Venice Boulevard.

Finance ministry ‘green roof’ saves 5,630 euros in costs [ANA-MPG.gr]
The “green roof” created on the roof the economy and finance ministry building in Syntagma Square,  has resulted in savings of 5,630 euros a year, the ministry announced on Tuesday. The savings arise from a reduction in power used for cooling, amounting to 3,600 euros a year, and a reduction in fuel used for heating by 2,030 euros a year.

The green roof was created in July 2008 and covers about 650 square metres, or roughly half the surface at the top of the building.

Proposed fertilizer ordinance lauded [TBNWeekly.com]
Pinellas county Florida is proposing an ordinance to reduce fertiliser use by homeowners and landscape companies. Recently high levels of nitrogen where found in the local waterways. The county is not going to enforce the ordinance but are counting on an education program of homeowners and landscape companies

Design competitions to be held by the City

The City of Swainsboro, GA in conjunction with County officials,  is interested in creating a more user-friendly environment on the Square by integrating new shade structures that compliment the overall aesthetic and design of the space. New shade structures were first recommended by the Quality Growth Resource Team that visited Swainsboro earlier this year. The City of Swainsboro is only seeking designs, entrants are not expected or intended to build and implement their design into the Downtown Square. A total of $500 may be awarded to the winning design. For more information on this competition, entrants can visit the City of Swainsboro’s website at www.cityofswainsboro.org


NY State Governor signs Green Building Act

Governor David A. Paterson recently signed the State Green Building Construction Act. The new law gives OGS the authority to develop and implement new green building standards for New York State.

“The State of New York is committed to integrating sustainable design principles and energy efficiency into its building design and construction projects. The goal is an optimal balance of environmental, public and human benefits for meeting the state’s construction needs,” said Governor David A. Paterson. “Over the years OGS has demonstrated its ability to put policy into practice through its sustainable policies and LEED-certified green buildings program. I am confident that OGS will chart a sustainable path for environmentally sound, healthy and productive environments.”

SOURCE: OGS (NY)

Planting the landscape from 400 years ago

A stylised native woodland is being planted at Schwartz Plaza at New York University by George Reis, N.Y.U.’s supervisor of sustainable landscapes. The Manhatta project inspired Reis to propose the landscape using plants from before settlement of Manhattan. The design was completed by Darrell Morrison after Reis won the funds from the class of 2008 legacy fund. Recently  Reis and Morrison, along with the help of some students, began planting 2,000 plants that were all thriving on Manhattan from the 1600′s.

SOURCE: New York Times

England to recover 2000 hectares of wetland

Natural England(independent public body) has committed £4million of funding to recover close to 2000 hectares of wetland. The funds will be distributed to organisatons such as the Wildlife Trusts and RSPB who will work with the Environment Agency and English Heritage to manage re-wetting the land.

Dr Helen Phillips, Chief Executive for Natural England: said: “It may be hard to imagine, but England was once a much wetter place than it is today. Around 90 percent of the soft and squelchy bogs and marshes have been lost over the last 1000 years. Healthy wetlands are a unique and vital habitat for wildlife and provide fantastic places for people to visit.

Wetland projects to receive funding over the next two years include the East Anglian fens, Humberhead Levels, Midlands Meres and Mosses, Morecambe Bay Wetlands, the Somerset Levels and the River Till in Northumberland*

SOURCE: Natural England

Drought blamed for dead trees in Texas

Currently the drought is continuing in Texas and as a result hundreds of Austin’s 300,000 trees have died this summer due to drought. Native species such as live oak and hackberry have perished due to drought and an intense summer. Currently Austin is cutting down the dead city trees and making them into mulch for use on other trees.  Residents are being advised to soak trees with 5 gallons of water per week for every inch of tree trunk caliper.

SOURCE: Dallas News.com – Drought blamed for dead trees in Texas

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