NBBJ :: Sustainable Design Project Making Strides Against Global Warming

Responsible for nearly half the world’s greenhouse gas emissions – the building industry is the primary contributor to global warming. To address this issue, the national design community has called for an immediate 50 percent energy reduction in all new buildings — and the call-to-action is working. A recent success story is Alley24, a new mixed-use building in Seattle that in little more than one year of occupancy reduced the office building’s CO2 emissions within a few percentage points of the 50 percent target

NBBJ :: Sustainable Design Project Making Strides Against Global Warming.

Broken Homes Damage the Environment – US National Science Foundation (NSF)

The data are in. Divorce is bad for the environment.

A novel study that links divorce with the environment shows that a global trend of soaring divorce rates has created more households with fewer people, that, in turn, take up more space and gobble up more energy and water. The research was completed atMichigan State University

nsf.gov – News – Broken Homes Damage the Environment – US National Science Foundation (NSF).

Tehran’s City Theater Complex wins battle to move metro station site

Tehran Urban and Suburban Railway Company has been persuaded to relocate the site of a metro station which they had planned to build directly in front of the City Theater Complex.

The construction of the station began last Wednesday night and experts said that the outlook of the complex, which is Tehran’s most important theater venue, would be threatened if the project were to be completed.

Tehran’s City Theater Complex wins battle to move metro station site.

National Parks Conservation Association Reveals New Vision to Rebuild Flamingo in Everglades National Park

This week, Everglades National Park is hosting public meetings to gather input from stakeholders on their Flamingo Commercial Services Plan. The National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) today announced its support to develop a “New Flamingo,” consistent with the park’s Alternative C in the Flamingo Commercial Services Plan. The national parks group has also identified six basic principles that should further guide the redevelopment of Flamingo.

“The redevelopment of Flamingo will depend on many factors, including limited funding and high insurance costs,” said National Parks Conservation Association Regional Director John Adornato. “The new Flamingo should leave a reduced footprint, incorporate “green” architecture, and restore the park’s natural habitats.”

National Parks Conservation Association Reveals New Vision to Rebuild Flamingo in Everglades National Park.

The Changing Meaning of Urban Space in Yerevan

Recently, I had the opportunity to be present at a debate about education reform among workers at the Yerevan State University. The occasion was the introduction of the credit system, the latest stage in the reforms. The main argument was that “the Soviet education system was the best in the world and there was no reason to change it.”

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