Every year the Buckminster Fuller Institute hosts a challenge where groundbreaking, problem solving and visionary ideas can be celebrated. This year the Fuller Challenge announced that GreenWave, a nonprofit organization, is the recipient of the award for its magnificent ability to integrate innovation with restoration and for “transforming fishers into restorative ocean farmers and stewards of their local waters”. Continue reading
Biophilic design is an urban design principle that identifies how cities can be planned for and/or retrofitted to incorporate a greater degree of the natural environment (i.e. green roofs, living walls, urban streams). When biophilic design and green infrastructure plans are coupled, the resulting urban form can promote water security through greater ability to capture runoff, energy security through decentralized embedded generation, and food security through the introduction of urban agriculture. The Sustainable Built Environment National Research Centre (SBEnrc) is a key research broker between industry, government and research organizations for the built environment industry. Established on 1 January 2010, the SBEnrc’s goal is to build an enduring value-adding national research and development center in sustainable infrastructure and building with significant funding from Commonwealth, state and industry members around Australia and internationally. Visit the SBEnrc website HERE.
Recently Blythe Copeland published the article “7 Cities with Great Green Projects Others Should Imitate” in the Science & Technology section of treehugger. In it she explains that NY has become exemplary because of programs like the Flushing and Gowanus Green Infrastructure Grant Initiative awarded by the New York City Department of Environmental Protection. This program has effectively conferred more than $2.6 million in grants to organizations with plans designed to capture stormwater runoff. According to Copeland: “The idea behind the grant is to fund plans that would reduce combined sewer overflows, which occur when stormwater and wastewater is diverted into New York City’s surrounding waterways during heavy storms and to improve the overall quality of the city’s harbor.” For more information visit the article HERE.
The Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) Program of the Sydney Metropolitan CMA, seeks to identify and address capacity needs within the Sydney Metropolitan region, assisting their transition to a Water Sensitive City. The Sydney Metropolitan Catchment Management Authority’s (CMA) Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) Program is funded by the Australian Government’s Caring for up to $100,000 per year until 30 June 2011.
For more information visit: www.wsud.org