Seattle Treescape: A bigger canopy

In a city that says it wants to restore its green, two Seattle City Council members have a good idea: Protect remaining groves of trees.

Council President Richard Conlin and Councilwoman Sally Clark say the city needs to update Department of Planning and Development rules on protection of tree groves into greater account. They also want the department to offer legislation to protect tree groves with ecological value.

Read more @ the SOURCE: Seattlepi.com – Seattle Treescape: A bigger canopy.

Burt Hill wins award for innovation

Burt Hill was honored this week with a Digie Award at a June 10th ceremony held at the Realcomm Conference in San Diego. The firm received a 2008 Digie Award for their innovative use of automation in architecture.   

The Digie Awards take place annually at the Realcomm Conference, a conference that provides a place for real estate industry leaders to discuss, analyze and debate the latest technologies and innovation that impact the commercial and corporate real estate industry. The awards recognize the individuals, companies and solutions that demonstrate the most innovative use of technology and automation in the industry. Burt Hill often utilizes building information modeling (BIM) software programs such as Autodesk’s REVIT platform and IES<Virtual Environment> to ensure the highest quality and most efficient designs.  

SOURCE: Burt Hill – Press Release

ADPC and Masdar to collect emissions – The National Newspaper

Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC) said it would partner with Masdar, the Government’s alternative energy company, to develop ways to collect emissions from its planned Khalifa Port and Industrial Zone.

The pollutants would be pumped into ageing oil wells, both to store them but also to increase well pressure and enhance crude production. As an added bonus, the project could qualify for carbon emissions trading as set out by the Kyoto protocol.

“Our aim is to become the world’s first green industrial zone,” said Ali al Badi, the new chief executive of ADPC.

Carbon capturing is an emerging technology that collects harmful carbon dioxide emissions from the smokestacks of power plants and industrial factories to prevent them from entering the atmosphere.

SOURCE: The National Newspaper – ADPC and Masdar to collect emissions .

Centre for Cities – New Centre for Cities Report: Big UK lessons for US cities

A new report from the Centre for Cities and Washington’s Brookings Institution has found that the USA has a lot to learn from Britain’s urban renaissance. But while British politicians and officials have always been keen to go on the hunt for policy ideas from the States, US politicians don’t always follow suit. US mayors – and the next US administration – should look more closely at British policy ideas, to help American cities compete in the future.

Smarter, Stronger Cities points to the following examples of UK innovations which could be exported Stateside:

Read more @ the SOURCE: Centre for Cities - New Centre for Cities Report: Big UK lessons for US cities.

Green design for buildings to become mandatory – The Jakarta Post

The Jakarta administration is taking a step toward creating more energy-efficient buildings by drafting green regulations for future and existing structures.

The regulations are being drafted by the Jakarta Property Management and Control Agency and will form the legal grounding for the green designs, agency head Hari Sasongko said Wednesday.

“Many cities in the world have applied the green building concept. We’re late in doing so and it’s time for us to follow suit as we face limited energy resources and fuel price increases,” he told The Jakarta Post at City Hall during a seminar on green buildings.

SOURCE: The Jakarta Post – Green design for buildings to become mandatory.

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