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Maryland Looks to the Sea for Cheaper Power

''Offshore wind farms have the potential to provide Maryland with upwards of 50 percent of its energy,'' says the Maryland chapter of the Sierra Club.

NJ Gets Help to Rebuild Infrastructure

The New Jersey Department of Transportation will get $128 million in federal grants to help repair state roads and bridges damaged by Sandy. The grant is part of the $60.2 billion Sandy Supplemental Appropriations bill signed into law in January 2013. The full funding package will assist homeowners, businesses and communities recover from the storm, including rebuilding coastal transportation and clean-water infrastructure.

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Parks for the Parkway?
This is a view from the Philadelphia Museum of Art looking north to the George Washington statue (foreground) in the Eakins Oval. From here the Benjamin Franklin Parkway extends a mile to the Philadelphia City Hall.

''Operation Shield'' Extends to Parks and Rec
Atlanta will spend $1,050,000 over the next three years to install security cameras at park facilities. The city already has some 750 video surveillance cameras, but projects there'll be 10,000.

''Bad Dog'' Marks Its Territory at Orange County Museum of Art
Richard Jackson's "Bad Dog" sculpture in front of the Orange County Museum of Art in Newport Beach, Calif. is sort of the artist's calling card for his retrospective exhibit at the museum through May 5, 2013.

Imprelis Class Action Lawsuit

According to, the federal judge overseeing an Imprelis class action lawsuits (Wright & Schulte LLC.) in Pennsylvania federal court has granted tentative approval to an Imprelis class action lawsuit settlement. Also, according to, the terms of the Imprelis class action lawsuit settlement require DuPont to compensate tens of thousands of property owners for their dead and damaged trees.

2013 Outdoor Living Trends

According to the 2013 Residential Landscape Architecture Trends survey conducted by the American Society of Landscape Architects, outdoor living continues its rise in popularity for homeowners. The results also show demand for both sustainable and low-maintenance landscapes.

Saving Water Wisely in San Antonio

New rules govern the hours San Antonio residents can water lawns and when they can run fountains. Severe water shortage in Texas and other areas have lead to draconian rules for the use of water, but there are ways to lessen the impact of these rules on citizens, while still saving water.

New John Deere Mowers

The new John Deere X700 Signature Series promises easier and more efficient use for landscape maintenance professionals. The X700 offers operators exclusive technology that promises to increase performance.

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South Carolina Mower Exchange

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control says an annual exchange program gives contractors the chance to get a discount on an electric lawnmower when they turn in their gas-powered devices. DHEC's Myra Reece says a riding, gas-powered mower emits as much hourly air pollution as 34 cars. Lawnmowers collected at the event are recycled. Since 2007, Reece says more than 1,300 gas-powered mowers have been recycled, cutting emissions equal to removing more than 230 cars from state highways.

Illinois Spending $50 Million on Transportation Enhancements

One of dozens of localities receiving state money for transportation improvements, Park Ridge, Ill., received $841,000 for streetscape improvements in the city's uptown district (pictured). The city plans to focus the grant money on several blocks of sidewalk replacement, new trees and tree grates, benches, trash cans, brick pavers and lighting.

Mid America Brick Files for Bankruptcy

Mid America Brick used funding from several venture capital firms and other investors to buy, revamp and operate the former A.P. Green brick factory. Mid America Brick was founded in 2010 and began producing brick in summer 2011.

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NAHB, EPA Settle Stormwater Lawsuit

NAHB and UWAG have been involved in EPA's efforts to develop controls for construction and development-industry stormwater discharge for more than 15 years. For the homebuilders, the focus was on the impracticality of meeting a federally mandated numeric limit across all construction sites nationwide.

January Home Builds Falter After December Surge

Construction starts on new homes in January fell 8.5 percent from the previous month, driven downward by a dip in multifamily home builds, though the 23 percent gain in that category in December deflected doubts in the market's durability. Permits rose 1.8 percent to mid-2008 levels.

Berens Park West Playground Renovation

A new play area in Elmhurst, Illinois' Berens Park was created to meet updated regulations. The primary play structure (Landscape Structures) features a spiral slide, roller slide and a double slide, and a fire pole, a boulder with outrigging, and a rock wall for climbing. Thirty-five hundred square feet of poured-in-place safety surfacing were installed for the project, most of it beneath the main play structure.

$12.5 Million to Improve Access to National Parks
The U.S. DOT oversees federal highway, air, railroad, and maritime and other transportation administration functions.

Death Valley Gives Life to Stars
Founded in 1988, the International Dark Sky (IDS) is a non-profit member organization, dedicated to teaching others how to preserve the night sky, with environmentally responsible outdoor lighting, factsheets, law references, pictures, and web resources.

TCIA Announces New Chair
Founded in 1938, TCIA is a public and professional resource on trees and arboriculture, which also offers an accreditation program that helps consumers find tree care companies that have been inspected and accredited based on: adherence to industry standards for quality and safety; maintenance of trained, professional staff; and dedication to ethics and quality in business practices.

Smooth Operators

Among the National Asphalt Pavement Association's 2012 Quality in Construction Awards was the 2012 Sheldon G. Hayes Award to the Shelly Company's southern division (Dover, Ohio), part of the materials division of Oldcastle Inc., for the "smoothest asphalt pavement in the country," something all drivers can appreciate. The smooth strip runs for 11 miles on I-70 in Licking and Franklin counties in Ohio. The NAPA awards singled out 96 asphalt pavement projects for their use of green construction practices, i.e., incorporating reclaimed or recycled materials and using warm-mix asphalt.

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Protech Purchases Thermoclad

Protech uses products such as Innotek to power coat site amenities. Thermoclad, which has a 50 year history in protective coatings, has also formed valuable relationships in the industry.

Ironsmith LEEDs with Green Products

Ironsmith tree grates offer a large collection of pedestrian-safe grates. Castings in iron, aluminum or bronze are made from recycled materials with custom sizes available.

Irritrol Elite Contractor Program Helps Expand Your Business
As an Elite Contractor member, you will have the opportunity to earn a four percent rebate for your purchases of Irritrol products. Technologies like our new Climate Logic Smart Controller System can solve the irrigation needs of both your residential and commercial customers.

Timberwood Products Reduces the Carbon Footprint
TimberWood light poles are laminated for strength and beauty, then pressure treated for durability. A wiring channel is strategically placed toward the center of the pole. While generally referred to as square poles, the lamination process does not facilitate exact square dimensions.

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New Home Sales Post Double-Digit January Gains

Sales of new homes increased by more than 15 percent between December and January, returning the rate to levels not seen since mid-2008, when the market was sliding into recession. Despite ongoing improvements, the sales pace remains about 40 percent below healthy market levels.

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