Porous Pavement: A Win-Win Stormwater Strategy
Impervious surfaces and the resulting stormwater runoff are to blame for surface water pollution, flooding, erosion, and low urban tree survival rates. Allowing stormwater to infiltrate the ground through porous pavement can solve these and other environmental problems. This article addresses porous concrete, porous asphalt, various types of porous pavers, and turf-based systems; a table of products is included.
From the Editors
Thoughts on the Oil Bubble
Are we running out of oil? What will our energy future look like? And how will this affect the design of buildings? EBN’s executive editor Alex Wilson weighs in.
Eight States Call Climate Change a Public Nuisance
The attorneys general of several states have sued five energy companies for their contribution to climate change.
WHO Labels Formaldehyde a Carcinogen, EPA Allows Polluting Plywood Plants
Based on new studies, the World Health Organization now considers formaldehyde carcinogenic. Meanwhile, the Bush administration is exempting some formaldehyde-spewing plywood plants from compliance with the Clean Air Act.
Cement Industry Launches Sustainability Initiative
As part of its new commitment to sustainability, the Portland Cement Association plans for cement plants to implement auditable and verifiable environmental management systems.
UC Davis Opens Lighting Lab
The new California Lighting Technology Center will foster the development and demonstration of efficient lighting technologies in partnership with the industry, design, and utility communities.
Organic Valley Opens New Headquarters
The Organic Valley® Family of Farms headquarters was designed to use 30% less energy than code and achieve LEED® Certification.
What's Happening (cont.)
Potential Water Shortages Halt Construction in Middletown, Maryland
Concerns over an inadequate water supply have led to a building moratorium in this town of 3,000 people.
Awards & Competitions
Fusiotherm Polypropylene Piping from Aquatherm
Fusiotherm, approved by Greenpeace in Europe, is durable, recyclable, and free of PVC, heavy metals, and flame retardants. It’s also far easier to install than copper at about the same price.
From the Library
Two Perspectives on Our Oil Future
"The Party’s Over: Oil, War, and the Fate of Industrial Societies" and "Power to the People: How the Coming Energy Revolution Will Transform an Industry, Change Our Lives, and Maybe Even Save the Planet" offer divergent opinions on how quickly and smoothly we can transition from oil-based to renewable energy.