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
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.
BROOKLIN, Canada, Dec 3 (IPS) – Expanding European forests absorbed 126 million tonnes of carbon dioxide from 1990 to 2005 — equivalent to 11 percent of European Union emissions from human activities — while a U.N. target to plant one billion trees mainly in Africa has been surpassed.
CLIMATE CHANGE: Forests, the Great Green Hope?.
By 2012 it is estimated that 65 per cent of Kenya’s population will be living in urban areas. This is also in line with global trends where actually the majority of the world’s population will be living in urban centres in the next 10 or so years.
Nationmedia.com Poor urban planning making the country become one big slum.
BALI, Indonesia (AP) — Faced with melting polar ice caps and worsening droughts, climate experts at a massive U.N. conference Monday urged quick action toward a new international pact stemming an increasingly destructive rise in world temperatures.
U.N. global warming conference kicks off – Dec. 3, 2007.
Integrating Habitats. A design competition.
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Integrating Habitats calls for innovative, visionary design proposals that combine design excellence, ecological stewardship and economic enterprise.
Metro: Integrating Habitats. A design competition..