Land8Lounge – Social Networking Site

A new social networking site
Providing an open forum for landscape architects to share their work and ideas, Land8Lounge is the premier social network for landscape architects on the web.

Land8Lounge was created to provide a central gathering place for landscape architects all over the world. It was observed that there was not one place that landscape architects could go online that would provide a simple platform for sharing work and ideas about landscape architecture. Land8Lounge set out to remedy that.

Have a look @ Land8Lounge.com a place to meet other Landscape Architects

Housing societies have no environment plans: EPD official – Daily Times

LAHORE: Housing societies of the city do not have an environment plan approved by the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) and the agency has not made a law to induce these housing societies to quantify trees on their land to protect the city’s environment, an Environment Protection Department (EPD) official told Daily Times on Sunday.

He said the Defence Housing Authority (DHA), Model Town Society and many other societies did not have any scientific “Land Use Planning” (LUP) under an approved environment plan to ensure a specific number of trees on their land.

Read more @ the SOURCE: Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan – Housing societies have no environment plans: EPD official.

Martha Schwartz – I Hate Nature – new installation

Martha Schwartz is one of the world’s best-known living landscape architects. Her installation in the courtyard at Kjarvalsstadir alludes both to the artist’s experience of nature as explored in the exhibition “Dreams of the Sublime and Nowhere” and to the debate over environmental protection versus exploitation.

On display until July 20 @ Reykjavík Art Museum – Kjarvalsstadir Exhibition

SOURCE: What’s on in Iceland 

Tackling the Energy Monster – landscape architects in the news

Other companies are trying to save on gas by buying hybrids. Rana Creek Habitat Restoration, a Carmel Valley, Calif., landscape-architecture and ecological-design firm with 32 employees, traded in four of its 10-auto fleet for various hybrids. They altogether cost about $130,000, but each uses only about $25 a week in fuel, compared with $100 for the traditional autos — an annual savings of about $3,900 per hybrid.

SOURCE: Read more @ the Wall Street Journal – Tackling the Energy Monster

Going Green From The Ground Up – Texas Contractor

The green build wave is rising, and right now general contractors have the opportunity to ride its crest. It is fast becoming expected that professionals in the building trades are ready, willing and able to work green — and that means understanding the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED standards (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design).
Contractor’s LEEDing Role

In the chain of events that leads up to LEED certification, general contractors have a special “watchdog” role. It is the general contractor’s responsibility to keep accurate records on all materials used that are required to meet LEED standards. Consequently, it is imperative that not only the general contractor but also sub-contractors understand LEED certification, its requirements and its growing importance in winning bids.

Once the SSI guidelines are published in spring 2009, general contractors, landscape architects, developers, builders, and maintenance crews who are prepared to take advantage of them stand to see interest in obtaining their services rising.

Read more @ the SOURCE: Texas Contractor – Going Green From The Ground Up – 6/16/2008  Author of the SOURCE article is   Jo Ann Jarreau call  (713) 682–5299 

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