Calif. cities consider green alternatives to lawns

Calif. cities consider green alternatives to lawns as they balance a maintaining a green lawn with dwindling water supplies.

Read more @ the SOURCE: The Associated Press: Calif. cities consider green alternatives to lawns.

AILA 2009 Conference – Shifting Perspective + Practice

The 2009 AILA (Australia Institute of Landscape Architects) National Conference seeks responses to these needs through showcasing various examples of professional engagement in developing contemporary community perspectives of real and imagined landscapes. The Conference sessions and speakers will explore the proposition that the built environment design professions should lead positive change in designed landscapes.

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Monitoring Green Roof Performance with Weather Stations – Renewable Energy World

Renewable Energy World.com reports

In the world of environmentally sensitive and sustainable building, green roofs are becoming more popular in new commercial building and renovation projects. The investment in covering a roof with soil and plants can pay off through mitigating stormwater runoff, lessening the heat island effect and offsetting interior heating and cooling costs.

In order to verify that a green roof is indeed providing the benefits to justify the investment, it’s important to monitor performance.

Read more about Green Roof Monitoring @ the SOURCE: Renewable Energy WorldMonitoring Green Roof Performance with Weather Stations –

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.

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