Call for water savings proposals for Australian towns and small cities

The Australian Government is seeking proposals to develop and implement practical projects to help secure urban water supplies in Australian towns and cities with fewer than 50,000 people.

“Funding under this program will support cities and towns with fewer than 50,000 people to improve the reliability, efficiency and sustainability of their urban water resources while reducing demand on potable supplies.

“Projects that could be supported include recycling and reuse, stormwater capture and reuse schemes, desalination and water sensitive urban design initiatives.”

Funding is capped at 50 per cent of total project costs, with the minimum Australian Government contribution of $250,000. While there is no maximum project size, the Australian Government contribution is capped at $10 million per project.

Projects must be completed by 30 June 2012.

Under an earlier stage of the Government’s National Water Security Plan for Cities and Towns, more than $100 million is earmarked for projects identified in 2007 election commitments.

Guidelines are available from www.environment.gov.au/water/programs/index.html or by calling 1800 218 478.

SOURCE: Minister for Climate Change and Water – Call for water savings proposals for Australian towns and small cities – 1 October 2009.

Mayor announces 10 low carbon neighbourhoods in the capital


Energy ‘doctors’ and loans for solar panels are among the green projects which will be pioneered in 10 ‘low carbon zones’ in the capital, the Mayor of London announced today.

Speaking at the London Congress, a meeting of the Mayor of London and the capital’s 33 boroughs at the Guildhall, Boris Johnson announced the 10 successful boroughs which have won funding to become ‘low carbon zones’.

They are: Barking Town Centre (Barking and Dagenham), Muswell Hill (Haringey), Archway (Islington), Brixton (Lambeth), Lewisham Town Centre (Lewisham), Wandle Valley (Merton), Ham and Petersham (Richmond upon Thames), Peckham (Southwark), Hackbridge ( Sutton) Queen’s Park (Westminster).

Each of the winning boroughs will be awarded at least £200,000 to pioneer energy –busting measures in their low carbon zones.

SOURCE: Mayor of London

Low2No Competition winners announced

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Images from the submission by ARUP (London, UK) – Sauerbruch Hutton – Experientia – Galley Eco Capital

The Low2No Competition for an energy and innovation block in Jatkasaari, Helsinki, is shifting from ideas to implementation. The five international teams, selected out of 74 applicants to take part in the competition last May, have delivered their competition
proposals during the summer. The competition results were published on Tuesday, September 1st in Helsinki, Finland.
The jury selected the proposal of team ARUP – Sauerbruch Hutton – Experientia – Galley Eco Capital called c_life – City as living factory of ecology the winner. In their proposal, the multinational team leveraged a particularly promising consumer/behavioural framework to empower citizens in meeting the goal of sustainability. In addition, the team presented an innovative funding model for developing Jatkasaari into the first carbon neutral district in Finland.

Low2No Competition Teams (in alphabetical order)

WINNERS – ARUP (London, UK) – Sauerbruch Hutton – Experientia – Galley Eco
Capital

- Bjarke Ingels Group, BIG (Copenhagen, Denmark) – Vahanen – ARUP
Foresight Innovation – Transsolar Energietechnik – Anttinen Oiva
Arkkitehdit AoA – Masu Planning – Passiivitalo.fi – Pasi Maenpaa -
Mikko Jalas

- Peter Rose & Partners (Boston, USA) – Michael Van Valkenburgh
Associates – Guy Nordenson and Associates – Matthias Schuler,
Transsolar Climate Engineering – Mobility in Chain – ARO
Architectural Research Office

- REX/Croxton Collaborative/NOW (New York, USA) – Transsolar
Energietechnik – Magnusson Klemencic Associates – Bureau Bas Smets -
2×4 – Arup New York – Front – Jonathan Rose Companies

- WSP Group (London, UK) – Heatherwick Studios – B&M Architects – JK MM
Architects – Space Syntax – Helsinki University – AA Palmberg Ltd -
Pekka Himanen – Pauli Aalto-Setala

SOURCE: Sitra
IMAGES COURTESY: ARUP

5,000 shared bikes for High-Tech Park in Shanghai

ZHANGJIANG High-Tech Park in Shanghai plans to make 5,000 rental bikes available by early-2010 to help workers in the park travel between the Metro Station and offices. The 150 bike rental stations will be positioned every 300 meters in the 25 square kilometer area. The project is to stated in October 2008 with 2 rental stations and 20 bikes now the park has 600 bikes with 50 stations. The bikes are free for the first half hour and then 1 to 3 yuan (15 to 45 US cents) per hour for more time.

SOURCE: Shanghai Daily  – High-tech park embraces low-tech transport

Planting the landscape from 400 years ago

A stylised native woodland is being planted at Schwartz Plaza at New York University by George Reis, N.Y.U.’s supervisor of sustainable landscapes. The Manhatta project inspired Reis to propose the landscape using plants from before settlement of Manhattan. The design was completed by Darrell Morrison after Reis won the funds from the class of 2008 legacy fund. Recently  Reis and Morrison, along with the help of some students, began planting 2,000 plants that were all thriving on Manhattan from the 1600′s.

SOURCE: New York Times

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