Chen Zhili, head of the Beijing Olympic Village, received a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold award here on Wednesday presented by the U.S. Green Building Council.
On behalf of the council, U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson honored the award to Chen, who is also vice president of the Beijing Organizing Committee of the 29th Olympic Games (BOCOG).
Chen noted that the concept of “Green Olympics, High-Tech Olympics and People’s Olympics” has been fully implemented at the Beijing Olympic Games. The award affirmed the cooperation between China and the United States in clean energy technology for Olympic Games.
SOURCE: XINHUA – Environment-friendly Olympic Village granted LEED gold award_
Shanghai is well on the way to turning most of its rooftops green.
The Shanghai landscaping administration bureau said Monday that so far more than 95,000 sq m of rooftops have been covered in grass and shrubs, very close to the annual target of 100,000 sq m. The city will spend 5 million yuan ($710,000) this year on the campaign.
SOURCE: China Daily – Shanghai closes in on green roof target.
The MASDAR initiative, in Abu Dhabi, signed an agreement with a Bahraini petrochemical fertilizer producer, GPIC, this week under CDM regulations. Dr Sultan Al Jaber said, “Masdar is introducing the CDM mechanism to the hydro-carbon based fertilizer industry in the Gulf region” with the initial project capturing over 100,000 tonnes of CO2 for selling to the UN.”
Read more @ the SOURCE: WAM.
Otago Daily has reported that a $400m NZD ($295m USD) Mahinerangi windfarm proposed by Trustpower has been approved by the Environment Court.
Read more @ the SOURCE: Otago Daily
THIRTEEN million trees have been planted halfway through an ambitious 20-year plan to transform an area of Scotland the size of Greater London by covering a fifth of it with woodland.
The charity behind the scheme says the Central Scotland Forest is taking the form and significance envisaged.
Read more @ the SOURCE: Scotsman.com – You won’t see the dereliction for the trees –
The Associated Press and other news outlets have reported over the last few weeks on the growing trend for young people and empty nesters moving downtown in major cities across the USA to save on fuel costs and to reduce their travel time.
The other growing trend is more people opting to use public transport to get to work whether it be driving to a station and riding to work.
Both of these shifts in commuter patterns is due to fuel however it is not solely in the USA, across Europe and Asis are changing their habits however many governments have been left lagging on public transport as they never anticipated a huge spike in oil.
Let’s hope this shift to downtown living and use of public transport stays for the long term and creates more livable walkable cities.
The reference SOURCE: Associated Press – Renters go downtown to save on gas, commuting