Maps chart noise in urban areas – BBC NEWS – UK

Residents in 23 towns and cities in England are to be given the chance to monitor noise levels in their area using interactive maps.

A Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) website shows the level of environmental noise from road and rail networks in the areas.

Users can search by postcode to monitor noise levels. The 23 areas include London, Manchester and Sheffield.

SOURCE: BBC NEWS - UK - Maps chart noise in urban areas.

Transit will determine if we’re a city or suburbs

Ottawa city councillors’ big decision next week on the future of transit is really more about planning than it is about transit. Or at least, it should be. The transit plan councillors recommend will determine what our city will be like in the future. Will it be a dense, urban city where people can live without cars, or is the goal to use commuter trains to enable even more suburban expansion?

Read more @ the SOURCE: Ottawacitizen.com – Transit will determine if we’re a city or suburbs.

Premier leads delegation of green firms to Asia

Premier Gordon Campbell will board a plane bound for South Korea this morning, leading an Asian trade mission comprising British Columbia’s largest-ever delegation of green businesses.

The group of about 30 clean technology and green design companies will be in Seoul and Suwon in South Korea until Wednesday, and then in Beijing until next Saturday.

“Virtually every Asian economy is looking for opportunities to find clean technology and green design,” Campbell said in an interview Friday.

“We have literally dozens and dozens of companies coming to say, ‘Here’s what we have to offer.’”

Campbell said while in Korea he plans to open B.C.’s first trade and investment office in Seoul and to meet Korean Prime Minister Han Seung-Soo.

“One of the things we’re trying to do is diversify our markets so we don’t have the kind of dependency we’ve had on American trade,” said Campbell.

SOURCE: Vancouver Sun – Premier leads delegation of green firms to Asia.

Meeting the demand for sustainable materials – icWales

The soaring number of eco-communities and eco-homes have resulted in a growing demand for sustainable materials.

One company that has benefited enormously from the boom is T Mawr, a traditional and ecological building company based in Brecon, which began growing rapidly in 2005 and has doubled in size every year since. Its workforce of four in 2000 has increased to 22 this year.

After concerns about the amount of sand extracted and dredged in the UK – 70 million tonnes and 12 million tonnes a year respectively – it pioneered the development of glaster and limecrete, natural alternatives to plaster and concrete, made from glass and lime respectively.

In November, the company launched Welsh sheep’s wool as a means of insulation and now sells 10 million tons of it every month.

Read more @ the SOURCE: icWales Meeting the demand for sustainable materials– Author Steffan Rhys

Architecture Enthusiasts Crowd Gehry Buiding for MAS Awards – The New York Observer

Livable-city activists celebrated the latest, coolest additions to the city’s urban landscape on Thursday inside the stark white interior of Frank Gehry’s first building in New York City, the IAC headquarters on 11th Avenue.

The occasion was the Municipal Art Society’s 2008 MASterwork Awards, which, according to the program, “honor the year’s top projects for their excellence in architecture and urban design, and their contribution to New York’s built environment.”

Read more @ the Source The New York Observer Architecture Enthusiasts Crowd Gehry Buiding for MAS Awards – Author: Dana Rubinstein 

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