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Environmental Law Institute

Florence LaRiviere is the recipient of one of the most prestigious environmental prizes in the nation. She was awarded the 2012 National Wetlands Award, and named the Wetland Community Leader of the Year by the Environmental Law Institute headquartered in Washington, D.C.

In 1972, LaRiviere helped organize a band of concerned citizens and establish America’s first urban national wildlife refuge. The Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge in Palo Alto, Calif. protects and preserves more than 30,000 acres of wetlands.

EnvironmentalLights.com Launches New Website

EnvironmentalLights.com, a source of sustainable, energy-efficient LED lighting products, has released a new streamlined e-commerce website that will make it easier for consumers and professionals to shop online for LED lighting solutions. Additions include a resource library, newsroom and project spotlights. For more information, www.EnvironmentalLights.com .

Sentry Upgrades Website

Sentry Electric, a manufacturer of outdoor lighting, has launches a new website. Designed with the user in mind, the new web site offers improved navigation, a section devoted entirely to LED luminaires and retrofit solutions, and a host of other new features. For more information, visit www.sentrylighting.com .

Smith Turf International Pairs Up With Underhill

Smith Turf and Irrigation (STI), a golf, landscape and irrigation distributor on the East Coast, was recently named an Underhill master stocking distributor for golf products. STI is headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., and has 20 branches in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. Underhill manufactures a broad line of irrigation products for golf, residential and commercial installations.

Plan Attempts To Reduce Pollution In Maryland

Baltimore, Md.--As part of the TMDL (Total Maximum Daily Load) Program, the Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) is planting over 81,420 trees at more than 280 sites designed by Mahan Rykiel Associates.

The Baltimore-based landscape architecture, urban design and planning firm, working with SHA’s Office of Environmental Design, assessed sites statewide and created reforestation concept plans within SHA right of way.

TMDL is a “pollution diet” for the Chesapeake Bay watershed, which includes six states plus the District of Columbia. The initiative is designed to reduce the amount of sediment, nitrogen, phosphorus and other micro-scale pollutants entering the waterways that flow to the Bay.

Learn About New Pyrethroid Label Language

Philadelphia--Two new videos from FMC Corporation take lawn care professionals step-by-step through the new label language adopted by the EPA for non-crop outdoor use of all pyrethroid insecticide products. The videos each focus on a different type of product:  liquid pyrethroids or granular pyrethroids.

By adopting the new label language, the EPA hopes to lessen the potential for insecticide drift and run-off, and call attention to environmental stewardship of pyrethroid products.

For more information, visit www.FMC.com .

STMA Partners With Plant Management Network International

The Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) has become a partner of Plant Management Network International (PMN), a nonprofit online publisher of science-based resources.

This partnership allows STMA to offer PMN’s resources as a benefit at no additional charge to the association’s more than 2,800 members. STMA, the professional association for sports field managers, provides education, information, and practical knowledge in the art and science of sports field management.

Cambridge Architectural Launches New Website

Cambridge Architectural, maker of interior and exterior metal mesh systems, unveiled a new website-- www.cambridgearchitectural.com --showcasing project form, function, and design. Users can read testimonials and learn more about design assistance, installation, and sustainability.

DINOFLEX Achieves ClimateSmart Seal

DINOFLEX Recycled Rubber Surfaces successfully completed the ClimateSmart program, requiring a greenhouse gas emissions inventory and a submitted list of reduction strategies.

ClimateSmart has long been recognized for its work in the energy arena, helping businesses calculate emissions, then measure and reduce their carbon footprint while cutting costs.

For more information on the recycled rubber surfaces manufacturer, visit www.dinoflex.com .

CULTEC Systems Gain Approval In Delaware

The CULTEC, Inc. Separator water quality system has gained approval from the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC). The CULTEC Separator Row system will be included on the list of endorsed products after meeting reduction requirement under the Delaware Sediment & Stormwater Regulations.

The CULTEC Recharger/Separator system will act as a gross pollutant removal practice and as a pretreatment practice for petroleum hydrocarbons.

An In-Depth Look At Pepperweed Threat To Wetlands

A study in Invasive Plant Science and Management, published by the Weed Science Society of America, examines characteristics of encroaching pepperweed.

The plant’s roots, which run meters deep, help this invader gain territory in higher elevation rangelands, vegetated areas along freshwater, coastal marshlands, and seasonal wetlands.

To control the invasive species and reestablish native vegetation, the study finds that controlling new populations, while also working from the outer perimeters of pepperweed patches, is most cost-effective. Full text is available at http://www.wssajournals.org/ .

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Recruits And Ladders

Baltimore-based landscape architecture firm Floura Teeter Landscape Architects (FTLA) continues to expand with the addition of two new team members: Director of Sustainability Zolna Russell, PLA, ASLA, LEED AP + and Landscape Designer Alex Michael Smith.

Registered in Maryland and Pennsylvania, Russell brings 27 years of experience in sustainable landscape design with a focus on educational and therapeutic landscapes to the FTLA team.

Prior to joining FTLA, Alex Michael Smith worked for LandConcepts Group in Blue Bell, Penn., where he served as a landscape design and stormwater management consultant for educational and recreational facility planning projects.

Forum Studio , a subsidiary of Clayco, Inc., has ambitious plans for its full-service office in Chicago. Occupying a new 30,000-square-foot space at 35 E. Wacker, with another 22,000 square feet cited for expansion, the plans are to significantly grow its presence in Chicago.

Forum Studio is the architecture, interior design, engineering, landscape and planning arm of Clayco. Along with the expansion announcement, Alli Chapman, Associate AIA, was named principal and vice president. Several other associates were added to the office as well.

Coxreels is moving to a new location! Not far from its current facility, the company will remain in Tempe, Ariz. and gain much-needed manufacturing space to continue its growth in the reel industry. The new facility will provide production with nearly 50 percent more operational space.

For more information, call (800) 269-7335 or visit www.coxreels.com .

The American Public Works Association (APWA) Center for Sustainability is the nation's center of expertise for sustainability in public works management. Jennifer Winter is now a member of the Center Leadership Group. Winter is a registered Professional Engineer (civil) and Project Director for HR Green, Inc. in Cedar Rapids. She will serve a one-year term, replacing a departing committee member, and is eligible for two additional two-year terms thereafter.

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Word On The Web

On The June 22 Week-Ender, “Following Nature’s Tug”

My favorite spot is less than a mile from the house. One can sit, listen to some Mozart on the iPod, watch the sun rise over the lake, and have the day get started on the right foot; all without the immediate hectic pace of the day influencing our creative and constructive processes … hopefully.

I am convinced that the passionate landscape architects in today’s (and yesterday’s) world have a similar experience to yours. Their desire to steward the land and impact the lives of humans started at an early age. Mine began with camping, backpacking, scouting, and grounds keeping … and the passion continues today in some degree and fashion, even 30 years after achieving graduating college. Believe you me, on a day-to-day basis, having those morning sunrise rituals can certainly help keep the cynical, frustrating, tainted business experiences, learnings, and dealings at bay when truly practicing this profession.

Tim May

Director of Landscape Architecture and Planning

Teague Nall and Perkins

On The July 20 Week-Ender, “When The Fountain Runs Dry”

Renee says:

There needs to be a kit that goes with every fountain with a cistern that can be buried nearby to capture rain water, filter it and refill the fountain reservoir automatically. And, maybe a sprinkler system to water the landscape surrounding the fountain. That would be a responsible water feature.

Reply

Tim says:

Most recently, I was involved in a similar project – a roundabout with a water feature – that saw the client reconsider and look for an alternative design (before it ever was constructed). When discussed in more detail, we expressed our opinion that the long term and on-going maintenance of such a feature would become a nagging liability.

Rarely do we specify water features in projects geared more towards addressing non-pedestrian needs. Water features may be appropriate for more intimate pedestrian areas – plazas, patios, courtyards, restaurants, residential – and locations where vandalism and mischief are expected to be less opportune (thus lessening the “suds in the bucket” temptation). It is these applications where we start “playing in the water.”

Depending on the effect, fountains can be wasteful with water. That waste may be insignificant in volume, but indeed wasteful nonetheless. As we’ve experienced a movement towards water-conservation in irrigation design, I think too we will see fewer and fewer clients asking for water features. Not only because of the cost of construction and maintenance of a fountain, clients may also elected not to build and instead wish to communicate a stewardship responsibility with a natural resource, one that rationing is becoming more commonplace regardless of the political climate-change arguments in today’s society.

Bio-Nova NSP Seminar

No More Soggy Paper!

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