Tag Archives: Environmental sustainability

Mild panic. About the stadium grass…

### http://www.architectmagazine.com January 20, 2010 at 4:41 PM
Architect: Op-Eco
The Grass Isn’t Always Greener
By Lance Hosey
As I reported in my December 21st post, many universities, communities, and organisations are adopting “no mow” policies to avoid the cost and consequences of conventional grass lawns. Now new research reveals the magnitude of these consequences.

In a study about to be published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, scientists at University of California, Irvine, show that the emissions from fertiliser production, mowing, leaf blowing and other conventional maintenance practices are four times greater than the amount of carbon stored by grass in parks and lawns. Four times! And this doesn’t even take into account the amount of water needed for the grass, by area the most common irrigated crop in the US.

Carbon absorption is a standard argument for cultivating more vegetation in developed landscapes, but unless it’s the right vegetation, kept up in the right way, it can do more harm than good.

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-Contributing editor and author of ARCHITECT’s monthly Eco column, Lance Hosey, AIA, LEED AP, Hon. FIGP, is an architect and former director with William McDonough + Partners. With Kira Gould, he is the co-author of Women in Green: Voices of Sustainable Design (2007); his forthcoming book, The Shape of Green: Aesthetics, Ecology, and Design, studies how form and image can enhance conservation, comfort, and community at every scale of design, from products to cities.

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e-Waste Day

eDay 2009 is to be held on Saturday, 12 September 2009

Find out where your nearest drop off point is go to http://www.eday.org.nz/

Clean up New Zealand’s e-waste
Recycling electronic waste (e-waste) enables the recovery and reuse of valuable materials and ensures toxic materials are not buried in our landfills – so it’s better for our environment.

eDay is a cars-only drive-through recycling event which gives you the opportunity to recycle old computers or mobile phones in an environmentally sustainable way.

Over 16,550 cars dropped off 87,056 items during eDay 2008. A total of 946 tonnes of e-waste was diverted from our landfills. This year it is hoped to divert over 1,000 tonnes of e-waste from New Zealand landfills.

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Tahuna Upgrade or Stadium, or both

### ODT Online Mon, 20 Apr 2009
Opinion: Tahuna vital, stadium not
By Neville Peat

Former Otago regional councillor Neville Peat says that, new stadium or not, the City Council must complete the Tahuna wastewater treatment project on time.
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ODT credits Neville Peat as having chaired the panel of commissioners at the Otago Regional Council’s Tahuna wastewater outfall resource consent hearing.

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### ODT Online Mon, 20 Apr 2009
Report on $74m sewage plan due today
By Chris Morris

A $74.3 million plan for the scheduled stage two upgrade of Dunedin’s secondary sewage treatment facilities is to be considered by city councillors today.
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