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Aug 2007 contains 12 News Articles.

From Goods Trains to Green Grass: The New York High Line
CNN - 31 Aug 2007
A vision of a 22-block-long, 30-feet-high green space on top of the former High Line train track has united politicians, celebrities and native New Yorkers in a campaign to save the elevated railroad and turn it into a public park.

Allied Waste Industries Grants 400 Acres to Los Angeles Community for Permanent Parkland
CNN - 31 Aug 2007
Allied Waste Industries, Inc, dedicated a 400 acre parcel of undeveloped land, which is located in Elsmere Canyon near Santa Clarita, CA, to the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority (MRCA) for permanent open space to be designated as permanent open space and wildlife habitat. The parcel contains wildlife corridors, riparian habitats, coastal sage, and oak woodlands. Combined with recently preserved Whitney Canyon, the property donated by Allied Waste creates contiguous dedicated open space and an important wildlife corridor that will be maintained by the MRCA.

Students built it, and the animals have come
Journal News - 31 Aug 2007
Students from Hamilton High School worked to create wildlife habitat by planting native vegetation in a courtyard behind their classroom. The students worked with Project WILD, a national conservation and environmental education program.

Agreement reached on greenhouse gas curb
Yahoo News; Vienna, Austria - 31 Aug 2007
Negotiators from 158 countries reached basic agreement Friday on rough targets aimed at getting some of the world's biggest polluters to reduce emissions of the greenhouse gases blamed for global warming. A weeklong U.N. climate conference concluded that industrialized countries should strive to cut emissions by 25 percent to 40 percent of their 1990 levels by 2020.

Editorial: Green transportation pays a big dividend
The Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune - 11 Aug 2007
A fallen bridge and the realization that Minnesota must spend more on transportation in the coming decades prompts this question: How can the state get the most for its money while keeping in mind the global realities of unstable oil supplies and a warming climate? One answer is to consider the Portland model. We know, we know. People are weary of hearing about the green, fuzzy and sanctimonious Oregon city that claims to have found urban nirvana. But, as it turns out, Portland's environmentally conscious transportation and land-use policies have saved residents a bundle of money while also nurturing a prosperous economy.

Pollution is a danger a jogger can't run from
The Houston Chronicle - 7 Aug 2007
Runners who flock to Houston's jogging hotspots regularly encounter unwanted company: vehicles on roadways parallel to the trail, churning out exhaust and kicking up dust. It's an unfortunate irony for those who go out of their way to exercise at the city's green spots, including running loops at Memorial Park and Rice University, both of which are next to busy roads. While working to improve their health, they inevitably suck in pollutants. "In a perfect world, yeah, you'd run out in the countryside away from the city smog and pollution," said Dr. Grant Fowler, a professor at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston, who practices family and sports medicine. "But in the real world, to exercise even under those conditions, benefits far outweigh the risks." Runners can check online to see the ozone level ratings, part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Air Quality Index. The best way for runners to cut the amount of ozone and particulates they inhale is to find a greener space or exercise before the morning rush hour.

Homes left behind leave messes for neighbors
The Arizona Republic - 6 Aug 2007
City code enforcers and county mosquito patrols across the Valley say they're seeing a spate of weeds and green pools in places they never used to: newer neighborhoods with higher-priced homes. Increasing numbers of these properties are being abandoned by cash-strapped owners, leaving messes and headaches for neighbors and municipal officials. Most cities have "clean and lien" laws that allow them to cut weeds and bill the property owner. But the legal process can take months, and collection is unlikely when a house is in foreclosure, officials said.

Environmental justice doesn't serve the poor
The Muskogee Phoenix - 6 Aug 2007
Hillary Rodham Clinton just held the U.S. Senate's first hearing on environmental justice and pronounced the federal government is failing miserably on the subject. Statistics prove her right. Environmental justice policies are aimed at ensuring minority and low-income communities aren't voiceless dumping grounds for polluting industries. In many cases, these policies aren't working.

Green roofs keep cities cooler
The Philippine Star - 5 Aug 2007
Cities and other densely populated areas in the country can now be kept cooler and the air over them fresher through the construction of "green roofs." Green roofs are thin layers of living vegetation installed on top of conventional flats or sloping roofs.

On the road to clean and green
The Columbian - 5 Aug 2007
Led by California, West Coast states are trying both the carrot (tax incentives, guaranteed markets) and the stick (mandates that fuels contain a certain percentage of ethanol or biodiesel) to help jump-start the alternative-fuel market. The Columbia-Willamette Clean Cities Coalition, founded in 1994, helps managers of government and private fleets make the switch to low-carbon fuels and works to make biofuels more available to individual motorists. Today, with a $600,000 federal energy grant, the coalition is working to get more E-85 ethanol and biodiesel outlets along the Interstate 5 corridor between Vancouver and Salem. The coalition's Web site allows users to find the biodiesel or ethanol outlet closest to them.

How green is that water?
Business Week - 3 Aug 2007
Bottled water is under fire. Environmental groups recently have pointed out that a flourishing industry that sells its product with "green" images of snowcapped mountains and pristine spring lakes in fact contributes substantially to global warming. Making, filling, and shipping billions of plastic bottles generates huge amounts of carbon dioxide emissions: 8.4 million tons last year in the U.S. alone, equivalent to 2.2 million cars on the road, according to the Pacific Institute, a research group in Oakland, Calif. Separately, some major brands have come in for criticism because the water they sell is equivalent to what comes out of most taps.

What's green and is both new and old?
Forbes - 1 Aug 2007
District energy is rapidly becoming a crucial option for urban development. The district energy concept is actually an old idea that is an increasingly responsible solution to today's environmental concerns. District energy systems connect multiple buildings to central plants that generate environmentally responsible heating and cooling fluids. These plants produce steam, hot or chilled water and distribute the steam and water through a network of underground pipes to heat or cool buildings that are part of the network.