Cougar Creek Streamkeepers - Rain gardens - Nature Trust of BC A drab entrance to an exciting place The Nature Trust of British Columbia (TNT) is hugely important in the protection and management of natural habitats throughout the province. Yet the entrance to TNT’s headquarters, located on the 2nd floor of a North Vancouver strata office building, was rather drab and lifeless. Two drain chains brought water down from the entrance portico into what appeared at first glance to be gravel-filled infiltration chambers. But no, they were in fact just decorative patches of white gravel, disguising standard old drains that connected to the storm sewer system.
1% For The Planet In 2007, we joined 1% for the Planet, an alliance of businesses who believe in providing financial support to environmental initiatives. Since 1987, we've invested over $26 million in Canada's environmental and outdoor communities through our community involvement program. We're committed to donating a full 1% of our annual gross sales to Canadian causes. Generosity Goldhagen: “Democracies Need Physical Spaces” Sarah Williams Goldhagen, architecture critic for The New Republic, argues that America’s public realm is best served by physical urban spaces that can enable “non-structured and non-goal-orientated” interactions among many kinds of people. The best places for these types of interactions? Great urban parks. She covers the role parks have played in enabling democracy, traces the impact of Frederick Law Olmsted’s pioneering urban parks, explores a few contemporary parks that fit the “great urban park” name, and outlines the rise of landscape urbanism, a theory that may be encouraging designers to better serve the public realm.
Managing rain and stormwater runoff The City of Vancouver designs streets, country lanes, and rain gardens with absorbent materials to reduce surface flooding and divert stormwater runoff from the sewer system. The absorbed water is filtered by the ground and released slowly into local streams, similar to nature's own processes. These designs help create more attractive, enjoyable neighbourhoods. Arc'teryx Corporate and Social Responsibility / Arc'teryx Arc'teryx's long term thinking on environmental stewardship, responsible manufacturing, and community engagement. The single biggest area of our company's environmental impact is the products we design and make. As a result, our environmental initiatives are primarily structured to address the footprint and composition of our product and materials. › Read More AboutEnvironmental Stewardship Our dedication to craftsmanship is expressed through our manufacturing processes.
City Concealed: Staten Island I previously featured a video from the online video series "The City Concealed" produced by Thirteen, a project of New York station WNET. The series offers glimpses into some of the terrain vague of the metropolis by: "...exploring the unseen corners of New York. Visit the places you don’t know exist, locations you can’t get into, or maybe don’t even want to. Each installment unearths New York’s rich history in the city’s hidden remains and overlooked spaces." The alerted me to a recent video on the Staten Island Greenbelt, which is 2,800 acres of passive natural area and more traditional parkland, a short distance from Manhattan. Chris Jordan - Midway On Midway Atoll, a remote cluster of islands more than 2000 miles from the nearest continent, the detritus of our mass consumption surfaces in an astonishing place: inside the stomachs of thousands of dead baby albatrosses. The nesting chicks are fed lethal quantities of plastic by their parents, who mistake the floating trash for food as they forage over the vast polluted Pacific Ocean. For me, kneeling over their carcasses is like looking into a macabre mirror. These birds reflect back an appallingly emblematic result of the collective trance of our consumerism and runaway industrial growth.
Help Protect Grizzly Bears Ask federal and provincial governments to increase protections for Canada’s shrinking grizzly bear population. For 20 years, governments in Canada and the U.S. have recognized that the grizzly bear is a sensitive species in need of additional protection. While the U.S. has brought threatened grizzly populations back from the brink, efforts to protect populations in Canada have been an abysmal failure. The Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) has just released its second assessment of the status of Canada’s iconic grizzly bear. The report found that while many parts of Canada support healthy grizzly populations, 16 subpopulations in western Alberta and southern B.C. are at risk of continued decline and eventual extinction. COSEWIC concluded that the grizzly bear is a species of “Special Concern” that should be listed under Canada’s Species at Risk Act.
Floyd Bennett Field: Recreation in the Wasteland 1940 aerial view of Floyd Bennett Field, part of the Jamaica Bay Gateway National Recreation Area Most parks in New York City bear the mark of those two great progenitors of public space: Frederick Law Olmsted and Robert Moses. Thanks largely to their influence, City parks tend to be either a “pleasure ground” or a “recreational facility,” according to theorist Galen Cranz [ ] .