Seattle Treescape: A bigger canopy

In a city that says it wants to restore its green, two Seattle City Council members have a good idea: Protect remaining groves of trees.

Council President Richard Conlin and Councilwoman Sally Clark say the city needs to update Department of Planning and Development rules on protection of tree groves into greater account. They also want the department to offer legislation to protect tree groves with ecological value.

Read more @ the SOURCE: Seattlepi.com – Seattle Treescape: A bigger canopy.

ADPC and Masdar to collect emissions – The National Newspaper

Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC) said it would partner with Masdar, the Government’s alternative energy company, to develop ways to collect emissions from its planned Khalifa Port and Industrial Zone.

The pollutants would be pumped into ageing oil wells, both to store them but also to increase well pressure and enhance crude production. As an added bonus, the project could qualify for carbon emissions trading as set out by the Kyoto protocol.

“Our aim is to become the world’s first green industrial zone,” said Ali al Badi, the new chief executive of ADPC.

Carbon capturing is an emerging technology that collects harmful carbon dioxide emissions from the smokestacks of power plants and industrial factories to prevent them from entering the atmosphere.

SOURCE: The National Newspaper – ADPC and Masdar to collect emissions .

Centre for Cities – New Centre for Cities Report: Big UK lessons for US cities

A new report from the Centre for Cities and Washington’s Brookings Institution has found that the USA has a lot to learn from Britain’s urban renaissance. But while British politicians and officials have always been keen to go on the hunt for policy ideas from the States, US politicians don’t always follow suit. US mayors – and the next US administration – should look more closely at British policy ideas, to help American cities compete in the future.

Smarter, Stronger Cities points to the following examples of UK innovations which could be exported Stateside:

Read more @ the SOURCE: Centre for Cities – New Centre for Cities Report: Big UK lessons for US cities.

Green design for buildings to become mandatory – The Jakarta Post

The Jakarta administration is taking a step toward creating more energy-efficient buildings by drafting green regulations for future and existing structures.

The regulations are being drafted by the Jakarta Property Management and Control Agency and will form the legal grounding for the green designs, agency head Hari Sasongko said Wednesday.

“Many cities in the world have applied the green building concept. We’re late in doing so and it’s time for us to follow suit as we face limited energy resources and fuel price increases,” he told The Jakarta Post at City Hall during a seminar on green buildings.

SOURCE: The Jakarta Post – Green design for buildings to become mandatory.

Creating a walkable environment is one solution – The Tennessean

Lack of transportation choices, long commutes and cheap electricity from coal-fired power plants have contributed to Tennessee’s four major cities being ranked in the Top 25 worst emitters of carbon dioxide.

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, one-third of U.S. CO2 emissions come from transportation uses. Because most people live far away from their work in a city where adequate transportation alternatives are not entirely in place, auto dependency is naturally contributing to Nashville’s CO2 issue.
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What can be done about this? It is a complex issue, but the solution may be surprisingly simple.

The answer lies in better usage of land to create walkable, self-contained, sustainable environments.

Read more @ the SOURCE: The Tennessean – Creating a walkable environment is one solution .

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