Victoria leads Canada in green transport – Canada.com

canada.com reports that “Victoria has once again beat out cities many times its size and been ranked the greenest city to get around in Canada.

The B.C. city of 330,000 is followed by Vancouver, Ottawa-Gatineau, Montreal and Toronto on the second annual national ranking of environmentally friendly transportation.”

SOURCE: Victoria leads Canada in green transport.

Helsinki City Council approves plan for 900-metre bridge across Kruunuvuorenselkä to Laajasalo

Helsingin Sanomat  reports that “Helsinki’s City Council approved plans to build a bridge for tram and light traffic that would span the area of water known as Kruunuvuorenselkä, dividing the eastern central part of the capital from suburbs such as Laajasalo.
The envisioned 900-metre bridge would be Helsinki’s longest and largest. By comparison, the Lapinlahti Bridge carrying the Länsiväylä urban motorway west is just 600 metres in length.”

Read more @ the SOURCE: Helsingin Sanomat – International Edition – Metro.

Green roofs initiative being applied to Municipal Buildings

Dubai Municipality has embarked on an initiative called “Green Roofs” during the Green Dubai Forum, which was held recently. The concept will be applied on the roofs of the Municipality buildings to gauge its positive impacts on them. Eng. Hussain Nasser Lootah, Acting Director General of Dubai Municipality said the Municipality has launched the initiative in line with the law on the application of green building specifications in Dubai, which will be officially issued in mid-December under the directives of the UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

SOURCE: Dubai Municipality Portal.

Sands Macau – finance needed and possible job losses

Various news agencies (AFP, Reuters) are reporting that the Sands Macau may be forced to layoff 9000–11000 workers as work is suspended on the its several projects in Macau as they look for financing of 1.2–2.0 billion USD to restart the work on the sites.

For more information read the SOURCE: International Herald TribuneLas Vegas Sands to fire up to 11,000 Macau workers

Enhancing HK’s cityscape

Landscape architecture – a profession that focuses on the shaping of outdoor space and improves the interaction between people and the environment – has become indispensable to public works in recent years as there is a growing demand for a green cityscape.

About 50 landscape architects are now serving various Government departments to provide landscape designs, which are aesthetically satisfying, ecologically sound and functional.

Read more @ the SOURCE: news.com.hk – Enhancing HK’s cityscape.

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