Lantau North Country Park opens (hong kong)

Two-thousand hikers helped Secretary for the Environment Edward Yau open Hong Kong’s 24th country park on Lantau Island today.

The Lantau North (Extension) Country Park adds another 2,360 hectares to Hong Kong’s country park area. It brings Lantau Island’s total country park area to 10,000 hectares, or 70% of the island.

SOURCE: news.gov.hk – Lantau North Country Park opens.

Abu Dhabi’s UPC launches Estidama sustainable programme

To enable Plan Abu Dhabi 2030, the Urban Structure Framework Plan for Abu Dhabi, to establish a distinctive framework for measuring sustainability performance beyond the usual planning and construction phases, The Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC), the agency responsible for the future of Abu Dhabi’s urban environments, is addressing sustainability concerns of the community at large through 4 key angles; environmental, economic, social and cultural.

By setting up new standards, the UPC, through its Estidama sustainable program, has developed its “Community Sustainable Responsibility” initiative, Estidama CSR 2030 (ECSR 2030).

SOURCE: WAM.

Blue Is the New Green – - NYTimes.com

Allison Arieff in her Blog at the NYTimes.com looks at how water is becoming the new green now that oil has dropped to $60 a barrel.

Here is an excert from her blog “Although 70 percent of the earth is covered with water, just 3 percent of that water is fit for human consumption. This isn’t going to improve anytime soon. Failures in water-related infrastructure result in lost biodiversity, higher temperatures, increased flooding, massive impact on energy and unsafe, unsanitary water.”

Read more of Allison Arieff Blog @ the SOURCE: NYTimes.comBlue Is the New Green – Allison Arieff Blog

Wheels are turning for cycle hire

Ambitious plans to provide a cycle hire scheme in London by May 2010 are achievable according to a feasibility study released on the 18 November. Transport for London has now invited companies interested in running the scheme to get in touch with them.

SOURCE: Greater London Authority – Press Release.

DEVELOPMENT: Urban renewal’s upside – News Articles – Rochester City Newspaper

Despite a much-prized location in the center of downtown, Manhattan Square Park is still unknown to many people.

The five-acre site, which was designed by modernist architect Lawrence Halprin and opened to the public in 1974, has recently been recognized by the Cultural Landscape Foundation. Halprin’s design has received the organization’s Marvels of Modernism Award. The award highlights modernist landscapes, parks, plazas, and playgrounds – some in need of public attention and major restoration.

SOURCE: rochestercitynewspaper.com – DEVELOPMENT: Urban renewal’s upside – News Articles – Rochester City Newspaper.

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