Expansion of bike paths keeps city moving forward

In a case of “build it and they will come,” cyclists have been crowding onto Montreal’s first year-round bicycle path, along de Maisonneuve Blvd., since it was opened last November.

Last month alone, more than 25,000 cyclists a week used the $3.5 million path, which crosses downtown on an east-west axis. That’s an average of 3,600 cyclists a day.

read more @ the SOURCE: the Gazette: Expansion of bike paths keeps city moving forward.

New California Academy of Sciences green building to open 27th September

The Renzo Piano designed Calfornia Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco is set to open on Spetember 27th.

The new Platinium LEED certified musuem will house the Kimball Natural History Museum, Steinhart Aquarium and the Morrison Planetarium. The new energy saving building with its 2.5 acre roof was design by Renzo Piano in collaboration with STANTEC architecture.

You can buy tickets @ CALIFORNIA ACADEMY OF SCIENCES

SOURCE: San Francisco Sentinel.

Nests destroyed to curb seagulls – Scotsman.com News

Seagull nests will be destroyed under plans to tackle aggressive birds in towns and cities, it was revealed.

Environment minister Michael Russell outlined plans to destroy nests and discourage breeding on a visit to Dumfries, a town he said had a long-standing gull problem.

SOURCE: Nests destroyed to curb seagulls – Scotsman.com News.

Wastewater fears for urban farms

Urgent action is needed to remove pollutants from urban wastewater, which is often used in cities to grow food, an international study has warned.

Data collected by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) found that 85% of cities discharged the water without any appropriate treatment.

read more @ the SOURCE: BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Wastewater fears for urban farms.

Second biggest Green roof in North America nearing completion

With the completion next spring of the new convention centre in Vancouver’s Coal Harbour, there will be a few blocks of new parkland added to the city — but they’re strictly for the birds and the bees.

The expansion project, west of the current convention centre, is being topped off with a 2.4-hectare green — or “living” — roof that covers the flat, sloping segmented roof, and will be the second-largest in North America, next to a Michigan Ford plant covered with grass patches.

SOURCE: The Province – Green roof boasts host of eco pros.

‘Superblocks add to green space’ – The Jakarta Post

Public parks within superblocks run by private developers can alleviate the lack of green public space and help urban revitalization, an expert said Friday.

“The city administration needs to revitalize the city but doesn’t have the cash. So permitting private superblocks is a part of urban revitalization,” University of Indonesia economist Faisal Basri said at the launch of Podomoro City, a superblock in Tanjung Duren, West Jakarta.

SOURCE: The Jakarta Post – ‘Superblocks add to green space’.

Environment-friendly Olympic Village granted LEED gold award-Xinhua

Chen Zhili, head of the Beijing Olympic Village, received a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold award here on Wednesday presented by the U.S. Green Building Council.

On behalf of the council, U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson honored the award to Chen, who is also vice president of the Beijing Organizing Committee of the 29th Olympic Games (BOCOG).

Chen noted that the concept of “Green Olympics, High-Tech Olympics and People’s Olympics” has been fully implemented at the Beijing Olympic Games. The award affirmed the cooperation between China and the United States in clean energy technology for Olympic Games.

SOURCE: XINHUA – Environment-friendly Olympic Village granted LEED gold award_

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