Eco-towns should be near urban sprawl, say planning chief – Birmingham Post

The Government should drop proposals for eco-towns in rural locations and concentrate instead on developing sustainable communities in urban areas, according to the chairman of Birmingham’s planning committee.

Councillor Peter Douglas Osborn said the council would be pushing ahead with its own plans to build five eco-towns within the Birmingham city boundary.

He said locations favoured by the Government for eco-towns including Long Marston, near Stratford-upon-Avon, and Curborough, near Lichfield, Staffordshire, made “no sense” because they were isolated from transport links and nowhere near urban centres.

Birmingham PostEco-towns should be near urban sprawl, say planning chief

Mexico plants 8 million trees in latest green project – Reuters

Mexicans went out and planted more than 8 million trees across the country on Saturday as part of a government push to shed its reputation for environmental mismanagement and rampant illegal logging.

Packs of volunteers, including oil workers and schoolchildren, trekked into fields and forests up and down Mexico wielding shovels and wheelbarrows full of government-supplied saplings. They planted a 8.3 million trees, the environment ministry said.

Read more @ the SOURCE: Reuters Mexico plants 8 million trees in latest green project | Environment |

Golf ‘ruining our green and pleasant land’

The sport’s growing popularity has led to dozens of important parks being turned into 18-hole courses, leading to what English Heritage claims is “irreversible damage to the historic environment”.

The warning comes as the organisation prepares to launch the first comprehensive register of the country’s neglected historic treasures this week.


Going up – Vertical gardens catch on – Vancouver Sun

Vancouver is in the middle of a green wall revolution. A record number of these environmentally friendly sustainable “living” walls – also called vertical gardens – are being built here at the moment.

One of the first ones went up a couple of years ago at the aquarium’s Aquawest Learning Centre. Measuring 3 metre by 15.2 metre (10 by 50 feet), it was filled with 7,000 plants, mostly native species of fern, bleedingheart, huckleberry and wintergreen.

read more @ Vancouver Sun – Going up – Vertical gardens catch on.

New York City’s Green Real Estate Blog – greenbuildingsNYC

Times Square is about to receive New York City’s first green-powered electronic billboard. Tokyo-based Ricoh Company, Ltd. will install a 47 by 126 foot sign on the Reuters Building (3 Times Square, at the northwestern corner of 42nd Street and 7th Avenue) that will draw power from 45 solar panels and 4 wind turbines. In what should be an interesting twist, if the photovoltaics do not receive sufficient sunlight or winds are not strong enough to drive the turbines, the sign will simply not illuminate. According to Ricoh, the installation should account for a reduction of 18 tons in carbon dioxide per year.

SOURCE: greenbuildingsNYC: New York City’s Green Real Estate Blog.

LandDesign and Audubon Lifestyles Join Forces for Sustainable Development

LandDesign Inc. and Audubon Lifestyles, LLC, today announce a new strategic partnership aimed at helping businesses and municipalities to implement green design and development and build more sustainable communities.

The partnership will offer comprehensive, practical and timely assistance for clients that are committed to environmentally responsible green design and sustainable development, and creating long-term quality of life within their communities.

LandDesign has incorporated environmental sensibilities and stewardship into its projects for many years
Staff members of the two organizations have worked together on high-profile sustainable design projects such as The Sanctuary, a nature reserve lakeside community in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Hasentree Golf Community in Raleigh, North Carolina.

SOURCE: PRWeb – LandDesign and Audubon Lifestyles Join Forces for Sustainable Development.

Singapore official: Asian cities can harmonize economic growth and environment

With good management, Asian cities can sustain economic growth and provide a even higher standard of living for their population, said Singapore’s Senior Minister of State for National Development Grace Fu here Wednesday.

Speaking at an event of the World Cities Summit which is held here from Tuesday, she said a key common challenge facing cities in Asia is to pursue economic growth while ensuring environmental and social sustainability.

While economic growth can bring more wealth and resource to cities, she pointed out that the distribution of wealth may be uneven, “economic growth can also widen the income disparity among the population and stress the social fabric that underpins economic and social stability.”

SOURCE: Xinhua – Singapore official: Asian cities can harmonize economic growth and environment_

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