Environment + Sustainability

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New survey shows movement toward more sustainable infrastructure solutions

KANSAS CITY, MO. — The green revolution has evolved since the first Earth Day 40 years ago. According to a new America THINKS survey from HNTB Corp., 64 percent of Americans are willing to pay more today for national infrastructure that is energy-efficient and less wasteful in order to save money and resources in the future, up from 58 percent last November. And 96 percent of Americans agree all new construction should take sustainability into consideration.

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New models for sustainable cities and landscapes

FAYETTEVILLE, ARK. — Emphasizing the city as ecology, or ecosystem, Steve Luoni and his colleagues in the University of Arkansas Community Design Center are leading a movement toward intelligent design of urban landscapes that will reduce energy consumption and limit man’s impact on the environment. Luoni, professor of architecture and director of the center, presented the main principles of this movement at the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual meeting in San Diego.

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EPA announces support for sustainable communities

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced three steps to support communities’ efforts to provide their citizens with economic opportunity while reducing impact on the environment. The actions will encourage state and local government to make their communities more sustainable by strategically aligning their environmental, transportation and housing investments.

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New sustainable landscape rating system released

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Sustainable Sites Initiative released the nation’s first rating system for the design, construction, and maintenance of sustainable landscapes, with or without buildings. A partnership of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, and the U.S. Botanic Garden, the initiative’s rating system represents four years of work by sustainability experts, scientists, and design professionals, as well as public input from individuals and dozens of organizations.

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New sustainable landscape rating system released

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Sustainable Sites Initiative released the nation’s first rating system for the design, construction, and maintenance of sustainable landscapes, with or without buildings. A partnership of the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, and the U.S. Botanic Garden, the Initiative’s rating system represents four years of work by dozens of the country’s leading sustainability experts, scientists, and design professionals, as well as public input from hundreds of individuals and dozens of organizations to create this essential missing link in green design.

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DOT-HUD-EPA officials conduct sustainable communities tour

DENVER – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa P. Jackson, U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Ray LaHood, Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan, and White House Director of Urban Affairs Adolfo Carrion, representing the Obama Administration’s DOT-HUD-EPA Interagency Partnership for Sustainable Communities, wrapped up their three-city Sustainable Communities Tour in Denver.

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