Urban Trees Enhance Water Infiltration-newswire.com

Newswire reports

“Global land use patterns and increasing pressures on water resources demand creative urban stormwater management.

A group of researchers from Virginia Tech, Cornell, and University of California at Davis have been investigating innovative ways to maximize the potential of trees to address stormwater.

Virginia Tech scientists used two container experiments to establish that urban tree roots have the potential to penetrate compacted subsoils and increase infiltration rates in reservoirs being used to store stormwater.”

SOURCE:Newswise Science News | Urban Trees Enhance Water Infiltration.

UNEP, Qatar to introduce environment-friendly, paperless conferences

Afrique en ligne reports

Paper-free or paperless conferences may soon be in vogue if a pioneering initiative by the Nairobi-based United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Government of Qatar passes the test of time.

The initiative is being tried by delegates attending an international conference on the protection of the ozone layer.

SOURCE: Afrique en ligne – UNEP, Qatar to introduce environment-friendly, paperless conferences.

Subway station architects intend to cheer you up

The Start reports

“In anticipation of the extension of the Spadina subway north from Downsview, the TTC has hired a gaggle of globe-trotting architects to design six new stations.

Among them are two leading U.K. practitioners, Will Alsop and Norman Foster, both of whom have worked in Toronto. Alsop, of course, is the author of the celebrated “flying tabletop” at the Ontario College of Art and Design. Foster’s only local project is the University of Toronto’s Leslie Dan Pharmacy Building.

“If you can cheer someone up for a few minutes,” Alsop declares, “it’s worth it.” “

SOURCE: TheStar.com | Columnist | Subway station architects intend to cheer you up.

Stormwater retention should be consideration for green roofs – Daily Commercial News

Daily Commercial News reports that “A recent study done at the University of Texas at Austin, shows that while green roofs are capable of significant thermal moderation, not all are equally capable of retaining stormwater.”

read more @ the SOURCE: Daily Commercial NewsStormwater retention should be consideration for green roofs 

Victoria leads Canada in green transport – Canada.com

canada.com reports that “Victoria has once again beat out cities many times its size and been ranked the greenest city to get around in Canada.

The B.C. city of 330,000 is followed by Vancouver, Ottawa-Gatineau, Montreal and Toronto on the second annual national ranking of environmentally friendly transportation.”

SOURCE: Victoria leads Canada in green transport.

Green roofs initiative being applied to Municipal Buildings

Dubai Municipality has embarked on an initiative called “Green Roofs” during the Green Dubai Forum, which was held recently. The concept will be applied on the roofs of the Municipality buildings to gauge its positive impacts on them. Eng. Hussain Nasser Lootah, Acting Director General of Dubai Municipality said the Municipality has launched the initiative in line with the law on the application of green building specifications in Dubai, which will be officially issued in mid-December under the directives of the UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

SOURCE: Dubai Municipality Portal.

Green roof innovations flourish on Colorado campus building – SmartBrief

“Grand Junction, Colo., has an innovative green roof installed on the new business building at Mesa State College. Landscape architect Rob Breeden said he designed the 6,000-square-foot roof to be unique in various ways — all of the plants are either drought-tolerant or cold-hardy, and custom planters have a unique soil mix that will keep them light even after watered to ease pressure on the roof structure”

SOURCE: OPEI SmartBriefGreen roof innovations flourish on Colorado campus building

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