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Friday Green Cities Roundup

| Friday August 18th, 2006 | 0 Comments

eastgate.jpgWarren Kalenzig from SustainLane has a nice little piece on his personal site about various “green city” planning techniques which is well worth reading. It’s mostly focused on heat and energy issues. His post got me thinking – part of the problem with cities today is that people are not aware of the zillions of ways their communities could be greener – and at the same time be more asthetically appealing, cooler, less costly, and just about every other positive adjective you could think of. Giving people interesting examples of cool, green ways to do things seems to almost always help. So here are a few to pass around this weekend…
The EastGate center in Harare Zimbabwe. This building is modeled after a termite mound and is entirely cooled by passive circulation of air. Folks in Phoenix could learn a thing or two from it.
Recycling Coal into Pavement. If we must burn coal, it’s nice to be able to do something with the fly ash. Here’s a sweet example of taking what was once sent to a landfill and using it to build an airport runway.
On second thought, make that pavement permeable and green. Hardscaping our cities with impermeable ashpalt causes no end of problems with storm water, polluted runoff and heat island effects. Letting water, and in some cases grass, soak through the surface keeps pollution in check, stops stormwater problems and replenishes groundwater. It also cuts air conditioning bills. Check out Grasspave2 and Gravelpave.


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