Tuesday, August 31, 2010

US Climate Prediction Center -- projected weather conditions thru Nov

Here is the national picture of the projected weather in the coming months.  The version I saw in April for our area showed us slipping into a drought condition.  I didn’t believe it – we were in the middle of a very wet spring.  And, when May came, it was like the spigot was turned off.  The temperatures went into the 90’s and things dried out.  So I’m a pretty firm believer that there is good science behind their predictions.  Hopefully, this will be helpful to you and your plans.

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Monday, August 30, 2010

Sustainable Sites Initiative pilot project locations

The Sustainable Sites Initiative is a credit/rating system similar to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) only Sustainable Sites are all about landscapes.  Currently the system is conducting a pilot program to evaluate the credits and how it works on real projects.  The projects vary from parks to gardens or arboretums to streetscape projects.  More on the Sustainable Sites Initiative can be found at: http://www.sustainablesites.org  

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Thursday, August 05, 2010

Reading: The Little House

I just read The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton to my daughter.  Though the author doesn’t claim that the story is about urban sprawl, it does tell the story of a little house in the country that eventually finds itself surrounded by the buildings of the city.  And it is based on a true story of a house lived in by the author.  What stories will we tell of our changing world, but still hold a sense of place?

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