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Soil Interfaces: Intuition Versus Reality | DeepRoot Blog

Soil Interfaces: Intuition Versus Reality | DeepRoot Blog | Sustainable Landscapes | Scoop.it
This post, by Linda Chalker-Scott, addresses a misperception that we encounter frequently about the efficacy of using gravel or sand beneath soil to aid drainage. Linda mythbusts this incorrect belief handily.
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2013 USBI North American Biochar Symposium | AllBlackEarth

2013 USBI North American Biochar Symposium | AllBlackEarth | Sustainable Landscapes | Scoop.it
I've been a little slow in finding the output from this conference… I'm sure the most comprehensive biochar event to date. This link leads to all the conference content including video coverage. This entry was posted in Science ...
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#3 All About Urban Soils » Online Seminars for Municipal Arborists -

#3 All About Urban Soils » Online Seminars for Municipal Arborists - | Sustainable Landscapes | Scoop.it
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Bioreactors: Protecting water quality is goal - AberdeenNews.com

Bioreactors: Protecting water quality is goal - AberdeenNews.com | Sustainable Landscapes | Scoop.it
Bioreactors: Protecting water quality is goal
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A bioreactor includes a subsurface trench located along the edge of a field and filled with a carbon source, typically wood chips, through which the drainage water is passed.
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Webinar: Using Trees and Soils to Manage Urban Stormwater ...

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Webinar - Using trees and soils to manage stormwater A recording of last month's webinar, with guest speaker James Urban, FASLA, is now up on our YouTube channel. The topic is “Using Trees and Soils in Urban ...
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Easy way to make vegetable garden bigger - The Oshkosh Northwestern

Easy way to make vegetable garden bigger
The Oshkosh Northwestern
Zinnias, carrots, kohlrabi and tomatoes did wonderfully, while radishes, potatoes and turnips didn't do so well.
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Field upgrading works put off till end of 2014 - The Star Online

Field upgrading works put off till end of 2014 - The Star Online | Sustainable Landscapes | Scoop.it
Field upgrading works put off till end of 2014 The Star Online The soil profile was found to be inconsistent throughout the field, generally showing signs of too much compaction of soil and no sign of the existing subsoil drainage system or a...
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Interest growing in green rooftops - Calgary Herald

Interest growing in green rooftops - Calgary Herald | Sustainable Landscapes | Scoop.it
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Interest growing in green rooftops
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Those considering embarking on a green roof installation would be wise to do some research on which plants will have the most success on a roof compared to a ground garden.
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Lean, green, eating machines: Bio-digesters for prisons and jails - CorrectionsOne

Lean, green, eating machines: Bio-digesters for prisons and jails - CorrectionsOne | Sustainable Landscapes | Scoop.it
Lean, green, eating machines: Bio-digesters for prisons and jails
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Composting also works well, but when it is not possible, such as in urban facilities with no open land, digesters provide an important alternative to composting.
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New drainage for Parksville ball fields - Parksville Qualicum Beach News

New drainage for Parksville ball fields - Parksville Qualicum Beach News | Sustainable Landscapes | Scoop.it
New drainage for Parksville ball fields Parksville Qualicum Beach News Work is underway on the $388,325 reconstruction of the Community Park sports field with the replacement of the irrigation and drainage system and the top 30 cm of sand, soil and...
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Green Infrastructure Project Will Prevent Almost 2 Million Gallons of ...

Green Infrastructure Project Will Prevent Almost 2 Million Gallons of ... | Sustainable Landscapes | Scoop.it
The New York City Department of Environmental Protection invested $300,000 in building 22 bioswale curbside gardens designed to collect and absorb rainwater. By managing runoff from roadways, sidewalks and rooftops, ...
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Twitter / GreenfireCampus: Storm water set to test the ...

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Storm water set to test the rain garden bioswale again today. http://t.co/jyCxaIoU0v
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New South Bronx Green Roof Will Provide Environmental Education and Stormwater Runoff | Inhabitat New York City

New South Bronx Green Roof Will Provide Environmental Education and Stormwater Runoff | Inhabitat New York City | Sustainable Landscapes | Scoop.it
The Point recently installed a new 7,350-square-foot green roof atop its main South Bronx facility that will assist in stormwater run-off.
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How a Writing Mind Map Can Make You a Better Writer

How a Writing Mind Map Can Make You a Better Writer | Sustainable Landscapes | Scoop.it
Have you heard of a writing mind map? Neither had I until I started using one to become a better writer. Find out how I use a mindmap to get ideas and write faster.

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Biochar Use in Soils | International Biochar Initiative

Biochar Use in Soils | International Biochar Initiative | Sustainable Landscapes | Scoop.it
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#groundchat I found this article this morning more on biochar http://t.co/XliaYKYCSf”;
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Elmhurst plan to use athletic fields for stormwater sparks concerns - Chicago Tribune

Elmhurst plan to use athletic fields for stormwater sparks concerns - Chicago Tribune | Sustainable Landscapes | Scoop.it
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Elmhurst plan to use athletic fields for stormwater sparks concerns
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The soil below the surfaces would be replaced with a sand/soil mix and perforated plastic drainage pipes to speed drying.
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Shatter Soil Shank-to-Shank with this Tillage System - AgWeb

Shatter Soil Shank-to-Shank with this Tillage System - AgWeb | Sustainable Landscapes | Scoop.it
Shatter Soil Shank-to-Shank with this Tillage System AgWeb "With a well-managed uniform soil profile, farmers achieve better water infiltration and drainage, quicker soil warm-up for spring planting, efficient use of nutrients, more drought...
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Kailash Energia - A green city is an alive city Green Roof of the...

Kailash Energia - A green city is an alive city Green Roof of the... | Sustainable Landscapes | Scoop.it
A green city is an alive city
Green Roof of the Art School of Singapore (A green city is an alive city Green Roof of the Art School of Singapore - See more at:...
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Is a 'green' roof good for you?

Is a 'green' roof good for you? | Sustainable Landscapes | Scoop.it
How proximity to a 'green' roof or wall affects city residents is the subject of a research project being carried out in Sydney by Charles S...
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Drainage leads to improved land, water

Drainage leads to improved land, water | Sustainable Landscapes | Scoop.it

Subsurface drainage has become a hot topic across the Prairie Pothole region, especially throughout eastern South Dakota, as farmers and property owners attempt to manage our most precious resource — water. This subject is being talked about among lawmakers in Pierre, at county commission meetings and in coffee shops everywhere. I understand as much as the next person that this can be an emotional topic. But as a fellow farmer who has installed a fair amount of tile on my family’s land, I felt compelled to share agriculture’s side of the story after reading the recent article, “Routine drainage request sparks land policy debate,” citing only factual data from public university research. Besides the fact that water runs downhill, water management is a highly complex issue and it seems that far too often those who don’t understand it are quick to criminalize a practice that is improving our soils, our yields and our environment. Studies from Ohio State University have shown that a properly installed drainage system reduces soil erosion, sediment loss, phosphorus loss, pesticide loss and water runoff. Subsurface drainage enhances soil health by increasing oxygen levels, improving root growth and allowing microbes to break down organic matter in areas where they couldn’t before. Water management also allows farmers to grow more, on the same amount of land. Studies from the University of Minnesota have shown corn yield increases of between 30 percent to 50 percent through the installation of drain tile. Good water management opens the door for reduced-tillage practices, which are on the rise in South Dakota. The growth of these practices has turned South Dakota’s soils into carbon sinks according to a recent study from South Dakota State University. The organic carbon levels in eastern South Dakota soils have risen 24 percent, naturally boosting yields and reducing agriculture’s influence on the environment. During the past 25 years alone, the state’s soils have absorbed enough carbon to equal the amount released from 17.8 billion gallons of gasoline.


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Beautiful, Innovative, and Sustainable: The Future of Green Architecture

Beautiful, Innovative, and Sustainable: The Future of Green Architecture | Sustainable Landscapes | Scoop.it

Today, architecture finds itself at a crossroads.

Building materials and new construction, along with the operation and maintenance of buildings, account for a significant sum of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions.

 

Faced with this fact, how are architects to responsibly pursue the act (and art) of architecture without further deteriorating the planet’s environmental make-up or depleting its resources?

What forms of high and low technology can be developed to curtail the injurious side of building?

Can good—or even great—architecture be sustainable?

 

The answer, of course, is yes. The best buildings have always shown a concern for their immediate environs and how they fit in them, whether they were conscious of “sustainability” or not. Now, all architects and buildings are expected to be engaged with sustainable standards, such as LEED titles, photovoltaic cells, or green roofs—all things that these 10 projects have in common. Check out our favorite projects in architecture + sustainability...


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Lauren Moss's curator insight, January 17, 2013 6:32 PM

A curated collection of (relatively) recent sustainable building projects that highlight innovative approaches to environmental design and green building, with links provided for additional information and details.

Paige's curator insight, August 6, 2014 2:47 PM

Green architecture! I've dreamt and have considered going into a field of real estate specializing in the building and selling of eco-friendly homes!

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Combining the art with the science - Golf Course Industry Magazine

Combining the art with the science - Golf Course Industry Magazine | Sustainable Landscapes | Scoop.it
Combining the art with the science Golf Course Industry Magazine The combination of internal and surface drainage, the many years of sand topdressing, and the unorthodox use of the fairway rollers as a squeegee allowed the native soil golf course...
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Letchworth Golf Club to use inert soil - Golf Club Management

Letchworth Golf Club to use inert soil - Golf Club Management | Sustainable Landscapes | Scoop.it
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Letchworth Golf Club to use inert soil
Golf Club Management
“The soils will be shaped by a specialist golf course contractor to achieve the desired appearance.
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Back-alley sustainability and the role of environmental education ...

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Environmental education can be a catalyst for sustainable development in local communities as long as it is recognised that communities have different challenges and needs. From a perspective of social change and ...
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Top scientists say children should have a muddy good time - Ottawa Citizen

Top scientists say children should have a muddy good time - Ottawa Citizen | Sustainable Landscapes | Scoop.it
Top scientists say children should have a muddy good time
Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa recently did an Urban Natural Areas study, listing at least 188 woodlands, wetlands and valleylands in the urban area.
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