Posted in BROWNFIELDS, ECOLOGY, ENERGY, ENVIRONMENT, HABITAT, LAM MAGAZINE, LAND MATTERS, POLLUTION, REGION, REGULATIONS, tagged Alpha Natural Resources, Appalachian Mountains, biodiversity, coal, Donald Trump, Hydrologic Balance, Massey Energy, mining, Mountaintop Removal, Obama, regulations, Stream Protection Rule, Streams on February 17, 2017|
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BY BRADFORD MCKEE
Image courtesy of iLoveMountains.org [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons.
FROM THE UPCOMING MARCH 2017 ISSUE OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE MAGAZINE
Among the very early priorities of the new Republican-controlled Congress was to give the greenest of lights to any corporation—corporations being people—that wants to blow off the top of a gorgeous Appalachian mountain for coal, throw the spoils into the nearest headwaters, ruin the stream, ruin much downstream, and destroy a spectrum of wildlife, not to mention human life, in the process.
The instrument was a joint resolution of the House and Senate that pulled back the Stream Protection Rule, a long-sought goal of the Obama administration to prevent mountaintop removal for mining, which took effect on January 19, Obama’s last day as president. Its reversal by Congress was presented to President Trump on February 6. The resolution kills the Obama rule, which (more…)
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Posted in ASLA, CITIES, ENVIRONMENT, GARDENS, GREEN ROOFS, LAM ONLINE, PLANTS, POLLUTION, tagged Anacostia Watershed Society, DDOE, green, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, healthy cities, heat island, insulation, rainwater, regulations, retention, RiverSmart Rooftops, sedum, stormwater, subsidies, Watershed Protection Division on June 11, 2015|
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After 10 years of evolution, the green roof of the American Society of Landscape Architects is producing a new and varied crop.
We recently came across this piece by Brittany Patterson at E&E Publishing on green roofs in the nation’s capital and their enormous (and necessary) benefits, which was originally published behind E&E’s paywall. E&E, which does excellent daily reporting on climate change and energy issues, has kindly allowed us to repost the article in full.
NATION’S CAPITAL BECOMES GREEN ROOF CAPITAL TO FIGHT EXTREME HEAT, HEAVY STORMS
BRITTANY PATTERSON, E&E PUBLISHING, LLC, JUNE 9, 2015
Nestled on Eye Street in downtown Washington, D.C., near the heart of the bustling city lies the headquarters of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA).
From the front, the brick building looks like any other in the neighborhood, but take the elevator and a flight of stairs to the roof and you’ll find yourself surrounded by rows of green Sedum, blooming prickly pear cactus, and patches of lush butterfly milkweed and hare’s-foot clover. It’s almost possible to imagine you are sitting in the tranquil countryside, not just on the roof of a building covered in foliage.
As relaxing as they can be, green roofs are more than just easy on the eyes.
“Green roofs deliver multiple benefits for both combating heat and in the retention of stormwater,” said Kate Johnson, a program analyst with the District Department of the Environment (DDOE). “Both are issues we think are going to continue to be important in light of climate change. It’s projected to get hotter, and it’s projected we’ll have more extreme rain events.”
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