As landscape architects and design professionals we try our hardest to be green in our designs with water sensitive design, plants from the local ecology and materials from close to the project. And we also try to bring that green environment to our offices and work places with recycling bins, energy efficient lighting and providing bike racks for staff. But we often forget about the things that we have over the years become more and more reliant on – our computers and printers.
Over the last few years we have swapped our energy sucking CRT monitors for LCD panels and changed to digital format of pdf and dwf. However we always use the printers day in and day out and now Xerox has created the Sustainability Calculator to help us truly find out how green our office is by calculating all our office printers – Energy, Greenhouse Gas and Solid Waste use.
Xerox have also provided a few tips on how your office could be greener.
Source: Xerox North America
Saturday 22 March 2008, World Water Day and an opportunity to reflect on water as our main resource for life. It not only a source of energy for drinking but this year it is also become a focus as the worlds source of Sanitation.
Many countries and people around the world fall victim to disease and illnesses due to the unavailability of water to cleanse themselves. 2008 is the International Year of Sanitation and the UN and many other organisations have focused their efforts on get water not only for drinking but for cleansing around the world.
Although you may feel powerless in your own country to help the billions around the world who need clean water, you too can help in your own country by having shorter showers, watering the garden less, planting water tolerant plants, installing a water efficient toilet and/or a water recycling system in your home. You can also help by donating to those organisations who are helping communities build facilities to provide water and also educate millions on the use water efficiently for drinking and washing.
More about activities on Water Day
More about World Water Resources (source UN Waterday)
A new project to help the South Bank reduce its carbon footprint has been unveiled by the London Development Agency (LDA), the South Bank Employers’ Group (SBEG) and London South Bank University (LSBU).
The project is the first of its kind to focus on a whole area in central London. It will build an understanding of current and projected energy consumption patterns in the area and explore opportunities for decentralised energy systems including district heating, combined heat and power (CHP) and biomass. The project will encourage proactive energy efficiency throughout the South Bank neighbourhood through co-operative business partnerships….. read more at LDA
Source: London Development Agency – South Bank to reduce carbon footprint
After the athletes have gone and the flame has moved on, the biggest public park in more than a century will emerge from the site of the 2012 Olympics in London.
Its designers hope the 270-acre park (pdf), which will open in 2014, will capture the spirit of the great Victorian parks whose creators hoped to counteract the urban squalor of the industrial revolution.
Source: The Guardian – Olympics will leave east London an open space to rival Hyde Park
The Sustainable Development Commission (SDC) and the Design Commission for Wales are holding a meeting on 10 March.
Key stakeholders, including the Landscape Institute Wales, have been convened in a process that will create momentum in efforts to tackle climate change through changes to the built environment and to develop the agenda for action including policy and practical measures.
Read more @ L.I. – An opportunity to create a truly sustainable future for Wales.
Imagine picking blueberries on your roof, collecting rain and runoff water from your property and using it to flush toilets, heating and cooling your building using heat trapped beneath the Earth’s surface and having an electricity bill less than a quarter of the amount you usually pay. These are all features of a LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, building.
The proposed new Living with Lakes Centre on the shores of Ramsey Lake will be the first LEED building in Greater Sudbury and one of only five LEED buildings in the world to have a platinum certification, the highest rating attainable. The recently announced $4.5 million donation by Vale Inco will help to make this dream a reality.
Read more @ The Sudbury Star – Ontario, CA.