For those interested in environmental investments Philippe Cousteau Jr. has developed a charitable foundation, The Global Echo Foundation, for environmental conservation and social issues. It will be funded through a NYSE traded stock GlobalEcho. Learn more here.
Swedish planners are using Mine Craft and their My Blocks concept to engage youth in planning process for redevelopment of their communities. Check it out. http://m.theatlanticcities.com/arts-and-lifestyle/2012/09/how-get-kids-excited-about-building-better-neighborhoods-try-minecraft/3312/
Here is a software for easy field access to plans, rfi, photos etc during construction for use on your iPhone/iPad.
If you were not aware I am at the Greenbuild Conference, checking out new innovations in sustainable green design. I will post some of the interesting products, and thoughts on educational sessions as the conference gets going. Right now I am at the EXPO hall looking at new products.
A self-healing living concrete is being developed at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands.
Check it out.
There will be a grand opening ribbon cutting celebration for the New Hillside Residence Hall at the University of Rhode Island this Saturday October 27th at 9:30 a.m. The event is open to the public.
The University of Rhode Island describes the new residence hall as: “The new 429-bed Hillside Hall is the most energy efficient housing complex on campus. A Living and Learning Community (LLC), Hillside Hall houses freshmen and sophomores who share similar academic interests. It’s the first time that pharmacy and nursing majors, and international students will be able to live together, making study, support, and relationship building easier for all.”
Pare Corporation provided the civil site design and geotechnical services for the facility designed by the Rhode Island architectural firm Lerner Ladds + Bartels. The project is in the process of applying for LEED certification through the U.S. Green Building Council. The project combines two stormwater rain gardens and bio-retention areas with the use of pervious pavers within the student courtyards for a complex stormwater management solution. Below is a view of the building looking South with one of the rain gardens in the foreground.
The following was exerped from an announcement made on the Greenroads website. I found it an interesting use of old building/plumbing material in road/sidewalk construction. Check out the full article and read more about the Greenroads program by following the link above:
The Greenroads Foundation has announced that the the Meador Kansas Ellis Trail Project in Bellingham, Washington has become the first-ever project to achieve Greenroads certification.
Some of the sustainable elements incorporated into the project’s design included:
- Recycled porcelain aggregates made from over 400 crushed toilets that were diverted from the landfill
- Asphalt with recycled content of 30 percent and recycled concrete aggregates
- Porous pavements that naturally treat runoff and provide effective stormwater management
- Low-energy LED street lighting
- New amenities and improvements for pedestrians and bicycles using the Whatcom Creek Trail.