Don’t let green roofs be victims of the crunch – Building Design

Phil Clark of Building Design asks Why bother specifying a green roof when it adds extra costs, consultants, hassle and work? This attitude seems common when it comes to deciding whether to add vegetation to your scheme’s structure. And in the credit crunch, any part of a project that could be considered an added expense is likely to be first for the chop. So does this spell a decline for the green roof, which has emerged as a significant sustainable design addition in the past few years?

Read more @ the SOURCE: Building Design(bdonline.co.uk) – Don’t let green roofs be victims of the crunch –

Solar-powered cars begin race to Calgary

CBC.ca reports that 15 solar-powered cars, including four managed by teams from Canadian schools, rolled out of a suburb of Dallas, Texas, on Sunday en route to Calgary in the 2008 North American Solar Challenge.

The race should end on July 22 at the University of Calgary

CBC.ca – Solar-powered cars begin race to Calgary.

230ft wind turbine for Opera House

Jon Land of 24dash.com reports that Glynedebourne Opera House of East Sussex, UK will install a 230ft (70m) to reduce the venue’s carbon emissions by 70% and will reduce its impact on the environment.

SOURCE: 24dash – Glyndebourne Opera House given go-ahead for 230ft wind turbine>

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

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,” said Wiley Norvell, a spokesman for Transportation Alternatives, an advocacy group for cyclists, pedestrians and transit riders. “In the realm of things you can do to boost bicycling in a city, bike-share is at the top of the list.”

The city asked companies and organizations interested in running a bike-sharing program to provide assessments of how it could work.

SOURCE:  NYTimes.comCity Will Explore Broad Bike-Sharing Plan –

Landscaping that can stop wildfires – CNN.com

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

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 and parks.

It’s in Victoria, B.C., and it’s a glimpse of what might be possible here. Called Dockside Green, this self-contained neighborhood is being built on 15 acres on the city’s Inner Harbor, and is hailed as one of the most environmentally advanced projects of its kind.

They intend to incorporate green principles in the build-out of the 32-acre site along the Columbia River that they call Columbia Waterfront. Gramor and the city of Vancouver have hired PWL Partnership, a landscape architect firm involved in Dockside Green, to work on the 10 acres of parks planned for the Boise site.

SOURCE: Columbian.com – State-of-the-art sustainable neighborhood

Plant guide breaks new ground in conservation – Eastern Courier news on Stuff.co.nz

An award-winning guide to preserving the region’s native plants was launched last week.

Restoring Our Native Plants contains lists of plants suitable for use in each of Manukau city’s different ecosystem areas. Readers can find out which plants are best suited to their area by looking up the eco-address in the book.

The initiative is a joint effort between the Manukau City Council and Auckland Regional Council, community and conservation groups and local iwi.

SOURCE: Stuff.co.nzPlant guide breaks new ground in conservation – Eastern Courier news on

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