Wetlands restored after long term acid runoff

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 launches online Green Building Game

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]

Landscape Architect & Urban Planner in Top 50 careers for 2010

U.S. News and World Report have listed Landscape Architect and Urban Planner in the Top 50 Careers for 2010.

Numbers of Landscape Architects according U.S. News and World Report are expected to jump 20 percent between 2008 and 2018 and Urban Planners are expected to also to grow 19 percent from 38,400 jobs in 2008 to 45,700 jobs by 2018.

I couldn’t find in the articles where these figures came from or when the survey was undertaken. However I am guessing they came from the USA Government Bureau of Labor Statistics – Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition. The BLS – Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition has greater detail about the landscape architecture profession.

SOURCE:
U.S. News & World Report – Landscape Architect
U.S. News & World Report – Urban Planner

RELATED RESOURCES

USA Government Bureau of Labor Statistics - Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition – Landscape Architect

USA Government Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition -Urban & Regional Planners

Jobs Bank USA – Outlook for Landscape Architects

Kermit Bakers ASLA 2009 Annual Meeting Presentation[pdf] on the profession and the economic outlook


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Londoners to get 22,500 car charging points by 2015

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]

Sustainable Sites gets coverage in Biocycle

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.

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