“The National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges (NASULGC) and the Outreach Scholarship Partnership has awarded Lakshman Yapa, a professor of geography in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences at Penn State, the 2008 C. Peter Magrath Engagement Award for his work with Rethinking Urban Poverty: the Philadelphia Field Project.”
SOURCE: MarketWatch – Penn State Outreach Program Wins National Award for ‘Rethinking Urban Poverty’
Ottawa Citizen reports that “Hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of Ottawa road projects will be postponed until at least the middle of the next decade or even cancelled to pay for the city’s new mass-transit plan, if city council follows its own staff’s advice.”
SOURCE: Ottawa Citizen – More transit, fewer roads in city’s new master plan.
In the first study to look at the effect of neighborhood greenness on inner city children’s weight over time, researchers from the Indiana University School of Medicine, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and the University of Washington report that higher neighborhood greenness is associated with slower increases in children’s body mass over a two year period, regardless of residential density.
SOURCE: Indiana University – Neighborhood greenness has long term positive impact on kids’ health.
The new central library will serve users of all ages and will feature expansive new reading rooms with open shelf circulating collections overlooking Bryant Park. After nearly 40 years in which it has served exclusively as a research library, the historic building will feature extensive circulating collections, including those moved from the nearby Mid-Manhattan Branch.
SOURCE: Foster + Partners.
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Read more @ Dow Hyperlast – VERDISEAL.
Washington, D.C., October 22, 2008 — Following three consecutive months of signs of greater stability in design activity, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) fell precipitously, dropping more than six points. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI shows an approximate nine to twelve month lag time between architecture billings and construction spending. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the September ABI rating was 41.4, down sharply from the 47.6 mark in August (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The inquiries for new projects score was 51.0. This is also the first time in 2008 that the institutional sector has fallen below the 50 mark.
read more @ the SOURCE: AIA.org – Architecture Billings Index Falls More than Six Points.
Projects in Georgia highlight the use of compost in the engineered soil matrix for bioretention cells, which sustainably manage storm water runoff.
read more @ the SOURCE: Biocycle(jgpress.com) – Compost In The Mix For Storm Water Management :: BioCycle, Advancing Composting, Organics Recycling & Renewable Energy.