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Lighting Up Our Lives with Plants

Scientists Antony Evans, Omri Amirav-Drory and Kyle Taylor say they are close to making glowing plants a reality through synthetic biology. The team has garnered significant attention on the prospect that it can deliver on its promise.

Recycled "Green" Asphalt in the Mix for Ill. Projects
Recycled components of Hot Mix Asphalt include reclaimed asphalt pavement from pavement millings, crushed concrete from public works projects, steel slag - a by-product from production of steel - and reclaimed asphalt shingles from re-roofing houses (pictured).

New Lawnmower Filter Cuts Emissions
Inspired by two of their fathers, who work cutting lawns and driving a truck, a team of engineering students from Bourns College at the University of California, Riverside, have created a device that reduces harmful emissions drastically when attached to the muffler port of a lawnmower.

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Housing Roundup: Starts Fall, Permits Surge in April

The pace of permits for new construction approached a five-year high in April, according to the latest government numbers; in contrast, new housing starts fell to a five-month low. Builder confidence, on the wane for the last two months, is showing improvement, based on a new urgency to develop land and housing to meet rising demand.

Construction Unemployment Hits Five-Year Low

The unemployment rate for construction workers fell to the lowest level in five years in April despite a dip in employment last month, according to the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC). Contractors added more than 150,000 employees in the past year, and despite the monthly drop, the industry is likely to continue adding jobs for much of 2013.

Miami-Dade Has a Vision

Miami-Dade Park & Rec is developing a park vision plan to accommodate the outdoor activity needs of a population anticipated to increase 80 percent by 2060.

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Illinois Investing More in Local Parks
On May 13, 2013, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn announced a $15.3 million investment in local parks across the state, including $6.4 million for projects in Cook and DuPage counties. The projects are funded through the state's Open Space Lands Acquisition and Development program (OSLAD).

Selux Turns 30 in the U.S.

The 7 World Trade Center, constructed between 2002 and 2006, was the first major building completed in the redevelopment of New York City's World Trade Center site, and the first commercial office building in New York City to receive LEED certification (gold). MTR Columns (Selux) illuminate the building's central plaza. The lighting design incorporates "light-bending properties of prisms so that more light is distributed into optimal angles, resulting in 'glare free' illumination." Sweetgum trees and boxwood shrubs are the landscape. At the center of the fountain is Jeff Koon's Balloon Flower sculpture of polished stainless steel.

Rep. Matsui Introduces National TREES Act
Doris Matsui (D-CA) has represented Sacramento and its environs in Congress since 2005. She is a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and three subcommittees: Communications and Technology, Energy and Power, and Environment and the Economy.

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Chicago Is Set for Phase-One Redevelopment of Navy Pier

On Friday May 17, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced that the city is ready to move forward on the $163 million first phase of redevelopment of its most popular venue, Navy Pier. The Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority owns Navy Pier. Officials report $60 million on hand from old bond issues for the first phase, an expectation to sell $55 million more in bonds, and $50 million more in combined revenues garnered from restaurants and the Children's Museum.

Water Conservation Fulfilled at Nationally Recognized Botanical Garden
Southwest native plants, such as this stand of foxtail barley, continue to flourish at a botanical garden that has embraced practices to significantly reduce water consumption.

Green Bug Killer

One of the most common, least toxic substances on the planet can assist in keeping bugs at bay. But that substance, water, has to be used wisely in areas suffering from below average precipitation.

Geofoam Shores Up Hillside Project on College Campus

Facing a slope stability problem while planning the multimillion-dollar construction of a new student center at Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill., the project's designers and contractors decided against using soil, sand or rock as fill material for concrete perimeter walls, opting instead for geofoam.

Historical Site in the South Looks Forward to Green Renovation

The Duke Mansion in Charlotte, N.C., is embarking on a two-year project to enhance its current 4.5 acres of gardens and grounds in honor of the mansion's 100th anniversary.

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CA Rebate Offers Vouchers For Toro Spray Nozzles

In a push to curb local water waste and protect water resources, California water agencies have created, which provides residents with free vouchers to exchange their high-flow spray nozzles for 25 of Toro's Precision(TM) Series Spray nozzles.

GCSAA & EIFG Invest in New Study

The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) has announced that it will fund two new research projects for 2013, one on drought and traffic stress, and the other on anthracnose disease control.

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Input Needed from Asphalt Mix Producers
The National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) are asking asphalt mix producers for their participation in a survey on warm-mix asphalt and reclaimed/recycled materials. The survey deadline is July 31st.

ANSI Report Available for Public Review
The American National Standards Institute and Tree Care Industry Association have made the current ANSI A300 (Part 4)-2008, the standard for lighting protection systems in trees, available for public review. This is the final public review draft intended for this revision, which will be open for comments through June 24th.

CA Receives $300 Million in Transit Projects
The Department of Transportation (DOT), established by an act of Congress in October 1966, will invest more than $300 million in 72 transit projects within the state of California, which are expected to improve air quality for residents.

Call for Speakers

This is a formal invitation to share your knowledge and expertise by presenting a seminar or workshop at the 2014 Landscape Architects' Expo (LA Expo) to be held February 13th - 14th, 2014 at the Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach, California. To view the submittal guidelines, please click here. The deadline to submit is Monday, July 8th, but sooner is better. Thank you for your time and consideration. We look forward to working with you in the years ahead!

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AdrenaLIM Blaster Debuts at Guatemala's Xocomil Waterpark

Xocomil is the largest and most visited water park in Guatemala. Designed around a Mayan pyramid, the award-winning, 77,300-square-meter water park features WhiteWater attractions, including a Multi-Lane Mat-Racer, Boomerango, SuperBowl, dual Wave Pools, and two newly installed AquaLoops.

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Playful City USA Communities Make Commitment to Play

A primary goal of Playful City USA is to encourage cities and towns to share ideas, concepts and programs in an effort to increase play opportunities for children. The 217 Playful City USA communities are now eligible for $20,000 playground construction grants, and $15,000 and $30,000 dedicated towards creating joint use agreements via Let's Play, a community partnership.

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