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

Architects look to raise the roof with green docks plans – Scotsman.com News

VEGETABLE patches in the hallway and gardens on the rooftops are among the proposals being lined up for the redevelopment of Leith Docks.
The architects behind the framework for the massive development of the area want to introduce environmental aspects that will provide a “new way of living”.

SOURCE: Scotsman.com NewsArchitects look to raise the roof with green docks plans

Wind Turbine Goes Urban – Press-Telegram

But two Cal State Long Beach engineering

professors aim to fix that problem with their design for a high-efficiencyefficient turbine that can generate electricity from the much-slower wind speeds in urban areas.

The device, which professors Hamid Rahai and Hamid Hefazi recently patented, could use the wind energy along beaches, near freeways or on top of buildings, street lights or billboards to generate power for urban use.

SOURCE: Wind Turbine Goes Urban – Press-Telegram.

NY cracks down on urban truck and bus pollution – Newsday.com

Newsday reports that “New York is launching a statewide program to crack down on truckers and bus drivers who violate laws intended to reduce health problems from diesel fumes.”

SOURCE: Newsday.com – NY cracks down on urban truck and bus pollution

Growing cities ‘facing water crisis’

“Exploding urban populations are threatening to spark a water and sanitation crisis in many cities – particularly in the developing world – experts have warned.

The Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) predicts an additional two billion people will live in urban areas by 2030, many of which will be in developing countries.”

SOURCE: www.edie.net – Growing cities ‘facing water crisis’.

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