As WLA reported recently – today is the launch of Guidelines & Performance Benchmarks of the Sustainable Sites Initiative. You can download the 233 page report from the Sustainable Sites website.
Today is also the opening of the Call for Pilot Projects to test various aspects of the Sustainable Sites Initiative Rating System using a cross-section of project types, sizes and geographic locations throughout the design, construction and maintenance stages. Feedback from the pilot projects will be used to revise the final rating system and inform the technical reference manual.
Projects outside the USA will be considered but additional documentation will be required in relation to regulations and systems. The Pilot Program does not have an application fee, however fees during the pilot project will range between$500 to $5000.
For more information go to Sustainable Sites Pilot Program.
SOURCE: Sustainable Sites
World Landscape Architect is not involved with Sustainable Sites all information requests and enquiries should go to the Sustainable Sites website
Natural England has published a report titled “Agri-environment schemes in England 2009: A review of results and effectiveness”, the report draws on research from the entire 22-year history of the schemes and analyses the impact they have made on England’s farmed environment.
Poul Christensen, Acting Chairman of Natural England, said: “This report provides conclusive proof that agri-environment schemes have again and again demonstrated their value as a fundamental part of the farmed landscape. They have successfully combined the twin goals of caring for the environment and maintaining food production. As well as sustaining our wildlife and heritage, they help combat climate change, educate our children, and deliver local investment and jobs.
To view the full report and summary please visit www.naturalengland.org.uk/ourwork/farming/funding/aesiereport.aspx
SOURCE: Natural England
Horticultural specialists are developing a school garden in Wirral using recycled materials from the Tatton Park Royal Horticultural Show…….
They are using reclaimed timber, to create a pergola and planters, as well as recycled plants, stones and galvanised steel for seating, worth around £1,200…….
Read more at the [SOURCE: 24dash.com – Royal Horticultural Show recycled for Rock Ferry]
The area that bounded the Berlin Wall stretches for 155km(96miles) known as No-Mans Land and the death strip is a vast green oasis running through Berlin, some watchtowers remain.
The AFP article tells us that
Dutch landscape architect Joyce van den Berg has set herself such a task, saying secret gardens, art installations and recreational spaces could flourish in what she calls a “trauma landscape”.
She sees her work as a race against time, and her ideas range from the fanciful to the highly promising.
Read more at the [SOURCE: AFP: Landscapes, ideas blossom on Berlin Wall death strip]
A recent article by William L. Hamilton at the New York Times about landscaping enhancing property values interviewed some landscape architects and clients and many drew the conclusion that people are heading towards more low maintenance gardens with few features. Out with the outdoor kitchen and in with the kitchen garden. More native plants and natural aesthetic.
The landscape architects in the article were:
Mike Mushak (CT, NY) said his clients were more interested in growing vegetables and getting their hands dirty than owning and operating the elaborate outdoor appliances…..
Anne Howerton(SF) said “how much work you want to put into maintaining a property, at any price point.”…….
Andrea Cochrane(SF) said about clients with green intentions – “They’re definitely aware, but when people look at the amortization — the payback — they tend to cut it out. I’ve become a little jaded about that.”…..
Perry Guillot(NY) stated that “High, high maintenance, that’s moved on,”……..“It’s like having five bad kids in the house, constantly needing things.”
Read the full article at the the [SOURCE: New York Times – Landscaping With a Lighter Touch]