Central Park to undergo $150M LEED Gold-targeted redesign

September 25, 2019 by  
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To cap the Central Park Conservancy’s 40-year renewal of Central Park, the nonprofit has unveiled designs to update the park’s north end with a LEED Gold -targeted recreational facility, a new pool, skating rink and other amenities. The $150 million project also aims to repair the site’s damaged ecology and hydrology using environmentally responsible practices. The groundbreaking for the transformative project will take place in spring 2021 and construction is expected to reach completion in 2024. Designed with input from more than a year of extensive community engagement, the redesign for Central Park’s north end will replace the Lasker Rink and Pool that were built in 1966. The position of the rink and pool will also be changed; the facilities currently obstruct access between the Harlem Meer and the scenic Ravine to the south. In repositioning the pool and the rink building, the waterway will be reestablished and will once again flow overland through the Ravine into the Meer. To reconnect visitors to the water, a curvilinear boardwalk will be installed across a series of small islands and the new freshwater marsh. Related: Sustainable Central Park with energy-producing trees unveiled for Ho Chi Minh City In addition to improved biodiversity and landscape integration, the project will feature a new facility built into the topography of the site. The LEED Gold-seeking building will be built with locally sourced, natural materials of stone, wood and glass. Demolition debris will be recycled and reused on site wherever possible. Walls of floor-to-ceiling glass punctuated by slender wood columns will let in natural daylight to reduce reliance on artificial lighting and will create a seamless visual connection to the outdoor recreation areas. The roof will be landscaped to offer additional public gathering space and mitigate the urban heat island effect. “The fundamental premise of the design derives from the restoration’s leading objective: repairing the damaged ecology and hydrology of the site, a goal that filters through every aspect of the project’s commitment to sustainability and the highest standards of environmentally responsible construction practices,” reads the Central Park Conservancy press release. “By building into the slope to insulate the interior of the pool house, orienting the structure and its overhangs to shade the interior in summer and admit sunlight in winter and providing ‘ stack ventilation ‘ through the operable glass facade, the design’s passive climate control minimizes the use of energy for heating and cooling.” + Central Park Conservancy Images via Central Park Conservancy

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Vineyard Schmidt’s striking tasting room is wrapped in a vertical wooden lattice

April 27, 2015 by  
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Power-Storing Wires Could Replace Batteries in Electric Cars

June 11, 2014 by  
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Electric vehicle batteries are heavy and bulky, which limits EV range and cargo capacity. However that could change thanks to groundbreaking new research from the University of Central Florida . Nanotechnology professor Jayan Thomas and Ph.D. student Zenan Yu were able to transform electricity-conducting copper wires into energy-storage devices that could make EVs significantly lighter and more efficient. Read the rest of Power-Storing Wires Could Replace Batteries in Electric Cars Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: batteries , copper wires , electrical cables , Jayan Thomas , power-storing wires , University of Central Florida , Zenan Yu

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Gustafson Porter’s Central Park Project to Transform 60 Hectares of Former Rail Yards in Valencia

October 18, 2013 by  
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As Spain gradually emerges from recession, the many municipal projects that have been put on hold during the country’s economic crisis are now champing at the bit to get underway once again. One such project is the city of Valencia ‘s ambitious plans for a new central park, El Parque Central de Valencia . Designed by Gustafson Porter in collaboration with the Borgos Pieper , the park will transform 60 hectares of former rail yards into a lush urban green space for Valencia. Read the rest of Gustafson Porter’s Central Park Project to Transform 60 Hectares of Former Rail Yards in Valencia Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Borgos Pieper , Gustafson Porter , high speed railway , Kathryn Gustafson , Spain , Urban design , Valencia’s Central Park Project        

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10 steps for making sustainable investments

August 15, 2013 by  
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In “The 21st Century Investor,” Ceres outlines how investors can help transform the global economy into one in which sustainability is the central concern. 

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California to Break Ground on the Nation’s First High-Speed Rail Line This Summer

July 29, 2013 by  
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The Golden State is making history this summer with the start of construction on the United States’ first high-speed rail (HSR) line. The new line, which is slated for completion in 2029, will zip passengers from San Francisco to Los Angeles in under three hours on clean electrified trains traveling at speeds up to 220 miles per hour. The  California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA)  got the greenlight in June to begin building the first 65-mile stretch between the Central Valley cities of Fresno and Merced. Read the rest of California to Break Ground on the Nation’s First High-Speed Rail Line This Summer Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: ca train , california high speed rail authority , california train , california transportation , CHSRA , HSR , United States first high-speed rail line , usa hsr        

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Green Building Labels 101: An Inhabitat Guide to Third­ Party Environmental Certifications

July 29, 2013 by  
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If you’re reading Inhabitat , you’re probably interested in green building , and if you work in the building and construction industry, it’s likely that you strive to build in as environmentally conscious a manner as you can. But how do you measure, compare and make choices about the environmental footprint of different products, materials and building practices ? Over the past few years, you’ve probably encountered a veritable cacophony of eco labels competing for your attention, stamped on everything from carpeting, appliances and furniture, to building materials , windows and roofing, to entire buildings . If you’re feeling overwhelmed by this onslaught of competing eco labels, fear not. Inhabitat is here to break them down for you and help you decipher what green building labels really mean, and which are the most important ones to pay attention to when it comes to building green . Read the rest of Green Building Labels 101: An Inhabitat Guide to Third­ Party Environmental Certifications Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “energy star” , “leed” , American National Standard , ansi , ASHRAE , ASTM , BIFMA , BREEAM , building green , Building Research Establishment’s Environmental Assessment Method , c2c , cradle-to-cradle , eco building , eco labels , ecologo , environmental footprint , environmental product and building certifications , epa watersense , first party eco label , Forest Stewardship Council , FSC , fsc certification , green architecture , Green Building , green building labels , Green Building Labels 101 , green building practices , green products , green seal , greenguard label , inhabitat , International Standards Organization (ISO) , iso , Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design , lee logo , leed certification , leed CI , leed for homes , leed for schools , LEED gold , LEED platinum , leed silver , LEED-AP , LEED-NC , living building , living building 2.0 , Living Building Challenge , NAHB , National Green Building Standard , net zero waste , net zero-water , net-zero energy , ngbs , SCS certified calCOMPLIANT , scs scientific certifications system , second party eco label , Sustainable Building , third party eco label , U.S. Green Building Council , UL , ul environment , usgbc , USGBC LEED , usgbc leed logo , voc free , watersense        

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Koa Produces World’s First “Organic Water”

July 29, 2013 by  
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If the idea of bottled water strikes you as not particularly environmentally minded or possibly even a scam, you may want to hold onto your reusable canteen for the subject of this new Kickstarter campaign. Behold Koa , the “world’s first organic water.” Yes, you read that correctly. A team of entrepreneurs is banking on the fact that consumers will pay a premium for a product that tastes just like water, but is made from a proprietary process that presses nine fruits and vegetables in order to retain nutrients without any sugar. No external liquid is added during the process of squeezing the produce to create Koa. For a pledge of only $25, you too can enjoy that fresh, “spa water” taste! So, what makes Koa H2O different—other than an overzealous marketing team with a fragile grasp on the idea of sustainability? Read the rest of Koa Produces World’s First “Organic Water” Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: america , blackbox , Bottled Water , California , Dallas , h2o , kickstarter , koa organic water , Produce , San Joaquin Valley , spa water , texas        

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Drought In California and Texas Threatens US Food Security

May 31, 2012 by  
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For the past several months,  California and Texas — two of the most productive agricultural states in the US – have experienced severe  drought leading to difficult conditions for farmers in both regions. A  new report from The University of Texas at Austin now believes that things have gotten so bad, that the nation’s food supply may be at threat. Read the rest of Drought In California and Texas Threatens US Food Security Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags:

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London’s Tower Bridge Gets LED Upgrade for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

May 31, 2012 by  
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