Making San Francisco into a people-oriented city

Tim Holt of San Francisco Chronicle interviews urban planning guru, Jan Gehl about San Francisco and create urban spaces and a more pedestrain city(Ed– Maybe hard with those hills) and open air shopping.

Read more @ the SOURCE: SFGate.com – Making S.F. into a people-oriented city

Nine Global Winners Chosen for 2008 Urban Land Institute Financial Times Sustainable Cities Awards

Nine outstanding programs from organizations around the world representing both the public and private sectors have been selected as winners in the first annual Sustainable Cities Awards program, sponsored jointly by the Financial Times and the Urban Land Institute (ULI). The award winners were announced today in conjunction with a Financial Times ULI Sustainable Cities conference being held in London.

The Sustainable Cities Awards honor global examples of ongoing programs that exhibit new ideas and perspectives for best practices in sustainable land use. Each of the winners is incorporating initiatives that are making a significant contribution in highlighting the concept of sustainability in real estate. The nine were selected from 18 finalists chosen from a field of 86 entries submitted from 15 countries.

The 2008 Sustainable Cities Award winners are:

– The Cascade Land Conservancy for “The Cascade Agenda” — The Cascade
Agenda is a 100-year visioning exercise to preserve more than 1.3 million
acres (526,000 hectares) of forest and farmland

– The City of Chicago — The city of Chicago leads all cities in
incorporating preservation and sustainability practices into its own
operations.

– The City of Greensburg, Kansas — Ninety percent of the building stock
of Greensburg, Kansas, a farming town with a population 1,389, was
destroyed by a tornado in 2007. Instead of rebuilding the past, the
citizens of Greenburg voted to rebuild for a sustainable future.

– Enterprise Community Partners for “Green Communities” — Since 2004,
the Enterprise Green Communities program has invested more than $570
million to create more than 11,000 green affordable units across one-
hundred U.S. cities.

– Jones Lang LaSalle for “Portfolio Sustainability Management Program” –
Jones Lang LaSalle, with more than 1.2 billion square feet (111 square
kilometers) under management is setting influential standards for its
own portfolio and those of its clients.

– Kennedy Associates for “Responsible Property Investing” — Kennedy
Associates believes that buildings developed and managed according to
sustainability principles possess a competitive advantage over traditional
structures.

– New Songdo City Master Plan, master planned by Kohn Pedersen Fox and
developed by Gale International with POSCO E&C — The master plan for this
new city in South Korea is complete, and construction is underway. This
private-enterprise plan is a pilot project in LEED’s Neighborhood
Development program.

– PNC for “Greening PNC” — PNC has led all U.S. companies in LEED
certifications since 2000, when its corporate headquarters was the first
financial building to be LEED certified.

– Vulcan for “Creating a New Model for Sustainable, Mixed-Use Urban
Communities” — Vulcan’s strategic approach to the redevelopment of 60
acres (24 hectares) it owns in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood.

 More information about the awards program is at www.uli.org/sustainablecitiesaward.

Source: Marketwire.com – Nine Global Winners Chosen for 2008 Urban Land Institute Financial Times Sustainable Cities Awards.

Tackling the Energy Monster – landscape architects in the news

Other companies are trying to save on gas by buying hybrids. Rana Creek Habitat Restoration, a Carmel Valley, Calif., landscape-architecture and ecological-design firm with 32 employees, traded in four of its 10-auto fleet for various hybrids. They altogether cost about $130,000, but each uses only about $25 a week in fuel, compared with $100 for the traditional autos — an annual savings of about $3,900 per hybrid.

SOURCE: Read more @ the Wall Street Journal – Tackling the Energy Monster

Going Green From The Ground Up – Texas Contractor

The green build wave is rising, and right now general contractors have the opportunity to ride its crest. It is fast becoming expected that professionals in the building trades are ready, willing and able to work green — and that means understanding the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED standards (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design).
Contractor’s LEEDing Role

In the chain of events that leads up to LEED certification, general contractors have a special “watchdog” role. It is the general contractor’s responsibility to keep accurate records on all materials used that are required to meet LEED standards. Consequently, it is imperative that not only the general contractor but also sub-contractors understand LEED certification, its requirements and its growing importance in winning bids.

Once the SSI guidelines are published in spring 2009, general contractors, landscape architects, developers, builders, and maintenance crews who are prepared to take advantage of them stand to see interest in obtaining their services rising.

Read more @ the SOURCE: Texas Contractor – Going Green From The Ground Up – 6/16/2008  Author of the SOURCE article is   Jo Ann Jarreau call  (713) 682–5299 

Ecotowns: for and against – Times Online

The Times has published an insightful article about the ‘eco-towns’ proposed by the UK Government

Ten new clean, green ‘eco-towns’ will be built by 2020. And pigs might fly, say critics. They argue that the government is bulldozing through a programme that will create the slum estates of the future

This is how it will be. Across the fair face of Albion, to the ringing of bells and the soft murmur of doves, appears a leafy flush of eco-towns. They are sun-dappled utopias, urban dreamworlds in which no human need is unfulfilled. Wildlife romps through bird-loud glades. People work at home or in business parks to which they can stroll or cycle. Public transport is swift, efficient and free, so cars are not needed. Community sports hubs, leisure and cultural facilities are so abundant that nobody wants to leave the town anyway. Children walk safely to schools in which the most popular subject is environmentalism. There are superstores for convenience, and farmers’ markets for friends of the planet. Allotments, too, for those who want to grow their own. Energy is renewable, insulation total and the carbon footprint zero.

Read more @ the SOURCE: Times Online – Ecotowns: for and against – .

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