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Conservation & Recreation

Unpaving Paradise: “Residual Spaces” and “Hellstrips”

November 15, 2016 by Leda Marritz

The will of plants to live in tough urban spaces – and of people to tend them – defies all odds. The space between the curb and the sidewalk is one of the toughest.[read more]

Cities for Families: Local Government

November 14, 2016 by Jillian Glover

The City of North Vancouver Creates Strategy that puts Children and Families First[read more]

Building Community Resilience from the Ground Up

November 10, 2016 by The Dirt ASLA

Larimer vision / Larimer ConsenusTo boost resilience in vulnerable, under-served communities, we need to “build their adaptive capacity, their ability to work together. We need to focus on the ‘software’ of those communities,” argued architect Christine Mondor in a session at the 2016 GreenBuild in Los Angeles. Communities hard hit by...[read more]

Environmental Justice a Growing Concern Among Landscape Architects

November 3, 2016 by The Dirt ASLA

Shanghai / FlickrEnvironmental justice, which is about ensuring everyone benefits equally from nature, is a “growing concern” among landscape architects across the globe, said Kurt Culbertson, FASLA, Design Workshop. For example, in the ASLA 2016 Student Awards, 68 percent of the award-winning designs focused on issues of environmental...[read more]

Whatever the Weather: A Guide to Resilient Design

October 28, 2016 by City Parks Blog

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) recently released a guide on resilient design, aimed at helping communities better weather these events, and rebuild quicker when destruction does happen.[read more]

National Park Service Looks Ahead to the Next 100 Years

October 27, 2016 by The Dirt ASLA

The National Park Service (NPS) celebrates its centennial this year and is ready to move into its next 100 years by restoring its crown jewels and also embracing new parks and a diverse range of visitors.[read more]

Inching closer to climate goals, New York contracts for 300 EV charging stations

October 27, 2016 by Utility Dive

A New York Power Authority (NYPA) contract for 300 electric vehicle charging stations will move the state towards its goals of having 3,000 stations online by 2018 and reducing greenhouse gas emissions 40% by 2030.[read more]

Safe Passages for Wildlife (and People)

October 25, 2016 by The Dirt ASLA

In a session at the ASLA 2016 Annual Meeting in New Orleans, he, along with Thomas Woltz, FASLA, Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects, and Robert Rock, ASLA, Living Habitats, explored ways to improve connectivity for wildlife (and humans).[read more]

For a green warehouse, start small

October 21, 2016 by Supply Chain Dive

Dive Brief:Executives looking to green their warehouses but discouraged by the high costs of the most proven tactics can make five cost-efficient changes to achieve a more green distribution center, Industrial Distribution reports.Rethinking the usage paths of every day machines, providing a driver comfort station to reduce...[read more]

How impervious cover impacts stream ecosystems – and what we can do about it

October 18, 2016 by Leda Marritz

Impervious cover associated with roadways, parking lots, sidewalks, and rooftops feels necessary for the needs of people in the built environment but can destroy the ecological integrity of the receiving streams that must accommodate all the associated runoff. Stream or river health is closely linked to land-use activities and pollutant...[read more]

Applying SITES v2 to the Landscape

October 12, 2016 by Leda Marritz

SITES is an ecosystem services framework for built landscapes. A decision-making hierarchy of conservation, restoration and generation underlies much of the SITES credits, emphasizing the need to conserve resources and protect healthy functioning systems, restore what has been degraded, and create a functioning ecosystem in order to generate new ecosystem services where none exist.[read more]

Malibu, California Bans Harmful Pesticides After City Council Finds Catastrophic Impact on Wildlife

October 6, 2016 by The Global Grid

While pesticides are known for effectively and quickly removing unwanted pests, they can also contain substances that are harmful to both wildlife and the environment. Sparked by the death of a young mountain lion in Los Angeles due to ingesting rat poison, people began to advocate against the use of pesticides. After great debate and...[read more]