Master plan unveiled for NC State Fairgrounds :: WRAL.com

WRAL.com reports

“North Carolina’s State Fairgrounds is getting a $121 million makeover.

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler unveiled a master plan on Wednesday for 48 projects scheduled to be completed over the next 20 to 30 years. Proposed projects include new exposition space, new entrance gates and additional parking.”

[SOURCE: Master plan unveiled for NC State Fairgrounds :: WRAL.com]

New police facility will have ‘green’ design but won’t be LEED certified – The Windsor Beacon

The Windsor Beacon reports

“The new police facility will be a green building, using Best Practices building standards to design an energy-efficient, cost-savings home for the Windsor Police Department.

But the Windsor Town Board opted Monday night to not take the next step and make the building Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified……..cost an extra $107,450 in design fees…….”

SOURCE: New police facility will have ‘green’ design but won’t be LEED certified | WindsorBeacon.com | The Windsor Beacon

Sharjah Municipality to complete execution of AED1.5 billion projects – WAM

WAM reports

“Sharjah Municipality (SM), UAE remains committed to completing all ongoing development and infrastructure projects, which it is executing at a total cost of more than AED1.5 billion, it was disclosed by SM Director General, Salah Tahir Al-Hajj.”

SOURCE: WAM

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

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