How “green” (eco-friendly) is your lawn? A truly healthy landscape is not measured by a weed-free, well-manicured lawn but by what lies beneath the surface (the condition of the soil) and the environment above the ground.
Many people use chemicals and pesticides to maintain a green, weed-free lawn, not considering that, although most lawn fertilizers will make your grass green, they ultimately may harm the soil and the environment. The chemicals found in lawn fertilizers can kill healthy insects, fungi and organisms, such as earthworms. Earthworms aid in aeration of the soil.
Pesticides not only kill the bad bugs, but also beneficial insects and other creatures, such as ladybugs, spiders and honeybees. All of these “healthy” bugs attract songbirds and other wildlife, which then promote a healthy ecosystem and environment.
Another serious result of using chemicals and pesticides on lawns is runoff. Runoff occurs when there is overwatering or excessive rain. This causes the chemicals, as well as phosphorus, to flow into storm drains and directly into our fresh water source.
Source: IndyStar.com - The Indianapolis Star – Going ‘green’ in landscaping
Mohsen Mostafavi, the new dean at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, is much more than a man who understands lines, brick, and mortar. He is a philosopher of sorts. Since arriving from Cornell, where he served as dean of the College of Architecture, Art and Planning, Mostafavi has been thinking about how his students can be futurists, meaning how they can use their tools today to plan for the cities we will inhabit in the years ahead. Mostafavi, who was born in Iran, recently chatted about his research, and his plans for the future of the school.
Read more @ the Source: The Boston Globe – New Harvard dean has designs on our future
When Jan Cervelli takes over as dean of the College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture this summer, she plans to enhance the school’s reputation as a leader in sustainable design.
She will also reunite with an old sweetheart.
“I’ve known the reputation of the school for a long time, but I’ve also wanted to live in the Southwest – it’s a place that’s captured my imagination for a long time,” Cervelli said. “All landscape architects, at some point in their life, want to live in the Southwest.”
Cervelli, once approved by the Arizona Board of Regents, will succeed Charles Albanese, whose UA career spans parts of five decades.
Source: The Wildcat Online – New dean eager to improve, lead architecture college