Wheels are turning for cycle hire

Ambitious plans to provide a cycle hire scheme in London by May 2010 are achievable according to a feasibility study released on the 18 November. Transport for London has now invited companies interested in running the scheme to get in touch with them.

SOURCE: Greater London Authority – Press Release.

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.

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