Purdue students go global with service projects

“From Kenya to South Africa to Ecuador, Purdue University students are using the skills they learn in the classroom to help others around the world.

Kim Wilson, a professor of horticulture and landscape architecture, will travel with 12 students to Ecuador on May 19. She says they hope to complete some of the design projects previous classes worked on during the past four years.

“A new government was elected this year, and there is money to implement a few of the sustainable designs in the rainforest village of San Miguel, including a boat ramp and central open space,” Wilson said. “Also, Bahia de Caraquez would like us to continue with their waterfront design along the Pacific Coast.”

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2,000 trees to create the roots of London 2012 Olympic Park – London 2012

Suppliers are being sought for approximately 2,000 mature and semi-mature trees to form the ‘roots’ of the 100 hectare park that will provide a colorful setting and festival atmosphere for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and a new green space for people and wildlife in legacy.

The four to seven metre high trees will be planted over the following three winters as the park is created on cleaned up former industrial land and will include a range of traditional species such as oak, ash, alder, willow, birch, hazel, cherry, poplar, London plane and lime. Companies interested in supplying the trees can register for the opportunity at www.competefor.com – the online ‘dating’ agency matching businesses to London 2012 supply chain work.

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Construction investment down 12.5pc from last year – The Phnom Penh Post

The Phnom Penh Post reports “THE global property crisis is taking its toll on Cambodia’s construction sector, with the latest government figures showing new investment down 12.5 percent in the first 11 months of 2008, compared with the same period last year.”

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Professor Robert Gottlieb Interview by Streetsblog

Streetblog posted an interview with “Robert Gottlieb is the Henry R. Luce Professor of Urban Environmental Studies and Director of the Urban Environmental Policy Institute at Occidental College. The Institute seeks to marry education with action and thus Gottlieb and his students have become a major force for transportation reform in Los Angeles”.

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Construction of NCKU Green Building Kicked Off – MarketWatch

The blueprint of the most pioneering green building in National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) and also probably the first of its kind in the world, namely the Education Center for Subtropical Green Buildings (ECSGB) with an alias as “Green Magic School”, was recently approved by the City Urban Planning Committee of Tainan City in November, 2008, and simultaneously awarded by the Architecture and Building Research Institute of the Ministry of the Interior as a “Diamond Level Candidate for Green Building Labeling”. The detailed construction and design layout of this Green Magic School has been also completed on December 17th. Public tender on the construction work of the NCKU ECSGB is expected to be called around January of 2009 with an aim for completion of all construction work by 2010.

[SOURCE: MarketWatch – Construction of NCKU Green Building Kicked Off]

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