Students present urban vision – The Boston Globe

The Boston Globe reports

“Teams of Boston middle school students presented their urban design plans and architectural ideas to Mayor Thomas M. Menino yesterday, Jones Lang LaSalle said.

“The presentation was the culmination of the seventh annual urban planning ideas competition that engages over 100 middle-schoolers each year,” Jones Lang LaSalle said in a press release.”

SOURCE: The Boston Globe – Students present urban vision – Daily Business Update

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Midwest Ecological Landscaping Association – Annual Conference

Glencoe, Ill. — The Midwest Ecological Landscaping Association, in cooperation with the United States Green Building Council, will hold its annual conference at the Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe, Ill., 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 26, 2009.

Keynote speaker will be Lois Vitt Sale, LEED Accredited Professional architect and Director of Sustainability for Nelson Design Consortium. She will address issues related to the value and challenges of developing industry standards for sustainability.

The featured speaker will be Garth Conrad, MELA President-elect, and Environmental Chair of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers, speaking on “What is a Sustainable Landscape?”

There will be a panel discussion on Developing and Promoting Standards of Sustainability featuring speakers from the U.S. Green Building Council, the Sustainable Sites Initiative, and MELA.

A special feature will be two round table discussions on elements of the conference theme — Nature at Work: Creating Professional Standards for a Sustainable Green Industry — both on issues of sustainable landscaping such as irrigation, soil, construction materials, plants and energy, as well as on elements of the industry such as design/build, maintenance, growers, plant-health professionals and retail.

MELA is an organization of professionals in the landscaping industry who are dedicated to developing and promoting standards for sustainable landscaping. For info: www.melaweb.org

LABASH Expo & Conference – Penn State

The theme for LABASH 2009 is “Make Your Mark;” we’ll present outstanding guest speakers, workshops, and other activities to provide you with the tools you’ll need to make your own mark on the field of landscape architecture. This is an exciting time to be a landscape architect. As students, we are the next generation of leaders in the profession. LABASH 2009 will bring you the most cutting-edge information to help you become a better landscape architect. We look forward to seeing you in February, and we hope Penn State will leave its mark on you with an enjoyable and memorable LABASH experience.

LABASH – Penn State

University Hires Sustainability Director | BU Today

BU Today reports

In an ongoing effort to make Boston University more eco-friendly, University leaders have hired the school’s first director of sustainability.

SOURCE: BU Today – University Hires Sustainability Director

VAN ALEN INSTITUTE – Forum – Flight Patterns: Challenges of Urban Ecology & Diversity

Flight Patterns:
A Forum on the Design Challenges of Urban Ecology and Biodiversity
Moderated by Natalie Jeremijenko, New York Prize Fellow

Tuesday, February 10, 2009, 6:30pm
at Van Alen Institute

In response to the crash of US Airways Flight 1549 into the Hudson River on January 15th, and to the growing number of “bird strikes” to aircraft in metropolitan areas, please join Natalie Jeremijenko for a lively discussion and debate about the perceived threats of birds to public safety, and about the real risks and challenges we face in planning and designing for urban biodiversity.

Jeremijenko brings together a cross-disciplinary group from architecture, art, ecology, biology, and environmental planning and policy to better understand the plight of bird populations in the context of our struggles to balance urban infrastructural and ecological agendas and demands. How might we rethink transportation infrastructures in relationship to wildlife restoration and conversation strategies in metropolitan areas and vice versa? What are the consequences of wildlife species adaptation to urban phenomena, systems, people? How do we design for cohabitation?

Participants include Jeremy Edmiston, Architect and principal of SYSTEMarchitects; Paul Mankiewicz, Biologist, Plant Scientist, and Director of the Bronx-based Gaia Institute; Eric Sanderson, Landscape Ecologist with the Wildlife Conservation Society and Founder of the Mannahatta Project; and Kim Tripp, Director of the Jamaica Bay Institute at Gateway National Recreation Area.

Natalie Jeremijenko is one of Van Alen Institute’s 2008-2009 New York Prize Fellows in Sustainable Cities and the Social Sciences, supported by a partnership between Van Alen Institute and the Social Science Research Council.

This program is free and open to the public.

Van Alen Institute
30 W. 22nd Street, 6th Floor | New York, NY 10010

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