City Will Explore Broad Bike-Sharing Plan – NYTimes.com

July 11, 2008,AEDT

The city took a tentative step this week toward fulfilling the dream of a certain kind of urban idealist, saying that it will explore the possibility of creating a bike-sharing program that could make hundreds or even thousands of bicycles available for public use. “This is a really big deal,” | Read More

Landscaping that can stop wildfires – CNN.com

July 9, 2008,AEDT

CNN.com gives the basic prinicples of landscaping around your home in defence of wild fires. This article is a reaction to the California wildfires and comments that fire season is all year round in California.  Landscaping that can stop wildfires – CNN.com.

State-of-the-art sustainable neighborhood- Columbian.com

July 9, 2008,AEDT

A former industrial site on prime waterfront real estate in the city’s core sheds its working-class roots for a future as an urban neighborhood reconnecting people to the water. Sound familiar? Except this isn’t Vancouver’s Columbia River waterfront, where developers envision a dense cluster of apartments, condos, offices, retail, restaurants | Read More

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

July 7, 2008,AEDT

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 | Read More

Climate Change top of the Agenda @ G8

July 6, 2008,AEDT

Numerous news sources have reported on the G8 summit with Climate Change seen as the one of the top issues that needs to be addressed. The other critical issues are being referred to as the 3F Crisis – Food, Fuel, Finance. With many countries heading into slow down and some | Read More

Mexico plants 8 million trees in latest green project – Reuters

July 6, 2008,AEDT

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 | Read More

Auckland a city in need of ambition – NZ Herald

July 6, 2008,AEDT

Auckland is failing to fulfil its potential and needs to be bidding for ambitious projects such as the 2016 Commonwealth Games, says Ludo Campbell-Reid, the city council’s urban design champion. Campbell-Reid, who was brought to Auckland two years ago by then mayor Dick Hubbard to give the city a cohesive | Read More

Golf ‘ruining our green and pleasant land’

July 6, 2008,AEDT

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. | Read More

Lower Don Lands project receives sustainable development award

July 6, 2008,AEDT

Waterfront Toronto, alongside Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, has been honoured for the sustainable design of its Lower Don Lands project. The new development, one aspect of Waterfront Toronto’s 8000-hectare central waterfront transformation, recently received the 2008 Royal Architecture Institute of Canada’s (RAIC) Sustainable Development Award. The award is designed to | Read More

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