White vs Green roofs at McGill

Henry Gass of McGill Daily reports

The fight for Montreal’s environmental future has recently reached new heights, as various environmental groups in the city promote the installation of energy-efficient green and white roofs.

Green rooftops, or rooftop gardens, are becoming more and more popular in Montreal, while white rooftops, flat surfaces with a white polymeric membrane stretched across, are just starting to be introduced.

Read the full article at the [SOURCE: McGill Daily – Green, white roofs come to campus]

West 8+MRIO Planting 8000 trees & participating in Xian IHE 2011

West 8+MRIO plant 8000 pine trees in Madrid
West 8+MRIO recently started with the planting of 8,000 pine trees for the Salon the Pinos in Madrid, Spain. As part of the master plan West 8+MRIO designed for the reclaimed riverbanks and the new urban area above the M30 motorway, the Salon de Pinos will act as a spiral cord, connecting the various park areas included in the design.

read the full post at the [SOURCE: West 8 – News]

Xian International Horticultural Exhibition

West 8 have also announced that they will be participating in the Xian International Horticultural Exhibition from April 9 to October 9, 2011.

The theme of Xi’an International Horticultural Exhibition 2011 is “Harmonious Coexistence Of City And Nature “. The Exhibition will create a plant-dominated natural landscape, highlighting the history, culture and local characteristics of Xi’an, displaying the harmonious coexistence of city and nature, andexploring the future development of harmonious coexistence among human, city, landscape and nature.

Read the full news post at the [SOURCE: West8 – News]

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Hamilton cuts waterfront budget

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The Royal Gazette reports

The Corporation of Hamilton (Bermuda) has revised its plans for a waterfront development — slashing the budget from a quarter of billion dollars to less than $200 million.

Mayor Charles Gosling announced that “It is more in keeping with Hamilton, more affordable and will be quite an enormous resource for the city and Island as a whole,”

Read more at the [SOURCE: The Royal Gazette]

New carbon-negative cement wins Competition

London Development Agency reports

The London Development Agency (LDA) has congratulated a London company that has been recognised for its innovative and environmentally-friendly approach to construction.

The company was recognised for its potential contribution to the engineering and construction industries at the London Technology Fund (LTF) Competition awards ceremony held on Wednesday night at the Royal Bank of Scotland’s head office. Sarah Ebanja, Deputy Chief Executive at the LDA presented the Environment Award to Novacem, a start-up company developing carbon-negative cement.

Novacem, a spin-out from Imperial College London, has developed a groundbreaking type of cement, which has the potential to transform the cement industry from being a significant emitter of CO2 to being an absorber of CO2. Novacem estimates that for every tonne of ordinary Portland cement replaced by Novacem cement, around 0.75 tonne of CO2 could be captured and stored indefinitely in construction products.

[SOURCE: London Development Agency – New carbon-negative cement wins LDA-supported London Technology Fund Competition]

Burning issue of Spain’s wetlands

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Aljazeera.net reports

The European Union is asking Spain why one of its precious wetland reserves has been allowed to dry up so much that the peat which lies beneath the surface is on fire.

Ecologists blame the mismanagement of water resources and over-irrigation for the environmental tragedy in the Tablas de Daimiel National Park, which is part of a UNESCO biosphere and has EU protection.

Read more at the [SOURCE: Aljazeera.net – Burning issue of Spain’s wetlands]

Related article Spanish wetland facing destruction – [guardian.co.uk]

Toronto awarded 2015 Pan Am Games

InsideToronto reports

Toronto has won its bid to host the 2015 Pan Am Games – meaning that Scarborough will have a new LRT line servicing Malvern, and the Scarborough Campus of the University of Toronto will be home to a new-state-of-the-art aquatics centre and athletic facility.

read more at the [SOURCE: InsideToronto Article: Toronto awarded 2015 Pan Am Games]

AECOM wins US$60-million Kai Tak redevelopment project

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AECOM Technology Corporation (NYSE: ACM), a leading provider of
professional technical and management support services for government
and commercial clients around the world, announced today that it has won
key contracts worth US$60 million from the Hong Kong Special
Region to provide infrastructure design and construction
supervision consulting services for the landmark Kai Tak redevelopment

The aim of the effort is to transform the old Kai Tak Airport site into
a vibrant community supported by a variety of commercial, social and
recreational facilities. AECOM’s work will encompass urban design;
landscape, road, drainage and sewerage works; sewage pumping stations;
water supply systems; and dredging and treatment of contaminated

“We are proud to contribute our expertise to this landmark project,”
said John M. Dionisio, AECOM president and chief executive officer.
“This exciting project provides an excellent example of how AECOM is
able to leverage our global expertise and presence to serve our clients.”

Construction is scheduled to be implemented in phases during 2011. The
project’s public park is expected to be completed during 2012, while the
overall effort is scheduled to be completed during 2018.


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