Brad Pitt launched his own regeneration project for Katrina-ravaged New Orleans yesterday, unveiling designs for a range of eco-friendly and flood-proof homes.
Pitt, who had ambitions to be an architect if he had not taken up acting, commissioned 13 architectural firms to produce houses that would incorporate solar power and other environmentally-sound designs.
Brad Pitt unveils plans for New Orleans homes | Special reports | Guardian Unlimited.
Architecture Firms Involved
BALI, Indonesia (Reuters) – Indonesia has planted millions of trees to soak up an estimated 50,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases to be emitted during U.N.-led climate talks in Bali, Environment Minister Rachmat Witoelar said on Monday.
More than 10,000 politicians, officials, activists and journalists are expected to attend the December 3-14 talks on the tropical resort island. Delegates will discuss ways to widen a U.N.-led fight against global warming to all nations.
Indonesia plants trees to offset Bali emissions | Environment | Reuters.
Cherry Hill – NJ, RecycleBank, a rewards program that motivates people to recycle, has become the 27th municipality in the US to deploy the RecycleBank program. After just one week of collection, the town has already seen homes in the pilot program more than double the amount of waste being recycled.
RecycleBank motivates households and communities to recycle by rewarding each household for the amount they’ve recycled.
ENN: New Jersey Town Doubles Recycling Rates in One Week with the RecycleBank Program.
A new initiative will help make Chicago’s 1,900 miles (3,000 kilometers) of alleyways more sustainable. The miniature streets behind homes and buildings, used mainly for garbage collection and parking access, keep main roads cleaner and less congested but are prone to flooding. The city’s innovative Green Alley Program promotes improved construction techniques and materials that can improve drainage, reduce runoff, and relieve strain on the city.
Environmental News Network: Chicago’s Alleys Turning Green.
Continental Airlines (NYSE:
CAL), the world’s fifth largest airline, today announced that it has
launched a carbon offsetting program, developed in partnership with
non-profit Sustainable Travel International.
Continental Announces Carbon Offsetting Program With Sustainable Travel International.
GRANTON Harbour has received the dubious honour of being shortlisted for the notorious ‘Plook on the Plinth’ award.
Judges compared the waterfront development to a “dreary market-driven estate” in Beijing, rather than the iconic project that developers envisaged.
It also features on the shortlist for the Worst Planning Decision in the 2008 Carbuncle Awards, which aim to find Scotland’s ugliest developments.
Scotsman.com – Granton Harbour ‘like a dreary Beijing estate’.