LEED Call for ideas due August 7

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)invites the public to participate in a LEED Call for Ideas. This call is meant to provide a way for new ideas to be brought forward to help inform improvement to the LEED rating system. USGBC is looking for input on improving existing technical criteria, proposals for new credits and feedback on LEED’s overall effectiveness and rigor. Comments regarding LEED’s delivery model, certification process, pricing, etc., will not be considered as USGBC is looking for feedback specific to the technical requirements of the LEED rating system.
The Call for Ideas will end Friday, August 7, 2009.
Go to here to submit your ideas

SOURCE: U.S. Green Building Council via Sustainable Sites

Urban beekeeping the new buzz?

IMAGE SOURCE: Flickr – Jordan

BBC NEWS reports

Disease, mites and fungal infections may be destroying our native colonies, but a plot has been hatched to restock their numbers on Britain’s urban rooftops and gardens.

Omlet, the firm which fuelled interest in urban chicken-rearing with its modern plastic Eglu coop, has launched the beehaus – a plastic hive aimed at urban dwellers.

SOURCE: BBC NEWS | UK | Is urban beekeeping the new buzz?

Uganda: Vanishing Wetlands Put Country at Risk of Ecological Disasters

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allAfrica.com reports

Once a town that had numerous wetlands to show for it, Kampala’s wetlands now count for only 16 per cent of the total cover. Al-mahdi Ssenkabirwa writes about the dangers that await us as a consequence.

Wetlands are a vital resource because they serve as sponges and water filters. They also prevent destructive flooding along lakes or rivers. But this resource is considerably disappearing by the day. Reason – excessive pollution and encroachment.

SOURCE allAfrica.com – Uganda: Vanishing Wetlands Put Country at Risk of Ecological Disasters

Urban gardens are changing the landscape of food

Rocky Mount Telegram reports

The most idealistic of advocates envision cities and towns that burst with food, be it from skyscraper roofs, apartment balconies, back alleys or repurposed plastic tubs. In this world, people plan their meals around what’s in season, relegating supermarket trips to coffee, wheat and other staples they can’t get within the region.

read more about the people converting grassy yards into thriving urban food gardens at the SOURCE: Rocky Mount Telegram – Urban gardens are changing the landscape of food

Local Stone banned by Council for being reflective

Reported today by 3 News New Zealand that the Otago District Council is banning Oamaru Stone as a building material as it is too bright and reflective. One has to wonder if the local council has heard of sustainable design? To ban a locally sourced product that has reflective and thermal qualities seems absurd, shall architects and builders start using Australian yellow sandstone or Chinese Shanxi Black granite to placate the local council?

read more about the saga at the SOURCE: 3 News > National > Story > Otago bans new homes from using Oamaru stone

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