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Ohio Senate Votes to Nix LEED in the Buckeye State

The Ohio Senate has passed SCR 25, a bill to ban the use of the U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) LEED v4 by state agencies. The bill has been sent to the state General Assembly. If this passes the House, no state project will be eligible for LEED registration/certification after summer 2015, when LEED v3 sunsets. The bill's author (pictured) is Senator Joe Uecker (R-14th District), but a letter published at contends former Ohio Senate President Tom Niehaus, now a lobbyist for the chemical industry, drafted the resolution. USGBC says chemical lobbyists are behind this bill, and pushed it through the Ohio State Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Senators Uecker is a member of that committee, as is cosponsor Tim Schaffer. Twenty-one Ohio-based businesses, professionals and constituents submitted testimony in opposition to SCR 25.

March 2014 Economic News

The NAHB homebuilder confidence index plunged 10 points to 46 in February, driven downward by poor winter weather and an increasing shortage in skilled construction labor and available, ready-to-build lots. The index score of 46 is the first reading below 50 since May 2013; scores below 50 indicate more builders perceive conditions as poor than good.

Slight Gains Abound in January Construction Spending

Construction spending increased 0.1 percent from December to January, reaching a $943.1 billion seasonally adjusted annual rate that was 9.3 percent higher than the spending pace in January 2013. Single-family and multi-family construction posted slight increases, and public construction spending declined 0.8 percent from the December rate.

Shelburne Museum Presents "Creation of Colonial Revival Landscapes" Symposium

The Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education is a Shelburne Museum facility with two galleries, auditorium and classrooms. The center, located near Lake Champlain in Shelburne, Maine, is a regional resource for art, music, film, lectures and symposia.

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Arborjet Harnesses the Sun's Energy to Power Its Electricity

Arborjet, a leader in tree injection technology, goes green with a photovoltaic solar energy system.

Case Snow Becomes First to Be SN9001 Certified

Massachusetts-based Case Snow Management Inc. wanted standard safety and efficiency processes in place, so they chose to become certified on the SN9001 Quality Management System.

LASN March 2014 Movers & Shakers
Dewberry, a privately held professional services firm, hired Meredith Byer as the director of planning in the firm's Gaithersburg, Md., office. In her new role, Byer will be leading Dewberry's entitlement team and expanding the landscape architecture presence in the D.C.-metro area. She has nearly 20 years of landscape architecture and land development experience.

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Online Marketing for Landscapers

Needless to say, landscape companies deal with a multitude of challenges in the process of managing their business. One common challenge is the ability to implement a successful online marketing strategy.

ARCOM Enhances Lighting Specification Manual

Changes to MasterSpec(R) are designed to allow more flexibility when specifying lighting. They will also facilitate the removal or addition of lighting sections as older technology is phased out, or as newer technology matures and is adopted by the building industry.

LokkLatch(R) Magnetic Gate Hardware From CertainTeed Combines Security and Aesthetics

LokkLatch's magnetic gate hardware kit is engineered with strong, molded polymer and stainless steel components, and includes TruClose(R) multi-adjust hinges that can be used with any Bufftech vinyl gate.

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ASCA Online Tree Appraisal Course
ASCA, the national association for consulting arborists, has announced a four-part online course for tree appraisal.

EIFG Receives Donation

The EIFG, the philanthropic organization of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, has announced a donation from Aquatrols.

IA Calls for Technical Abstracts

The IA, an organization for irrigation companies and professionals, has announced that they are accepting technical abstracts for the 2014 Irrigation Show.

Santa Barbara Designs Introduces Two New Looks
This spring/summer season, Santa Barbara Umbrella pays homage to the mid-century modern movement by re-inventing the oh-so-chic double decker umbrella, which includes sun-kissed 'retro-chic' styles and tailored 'black-tie' statements.

Profile Products Introduces Tornado Tack(TM) ST-1000
Tornado Tack(TM) ST-1000 gives contractors twice the coverage of a traditional blended mulch and tackifier while providing a strong environmentally-safe bond.

Elizabethtown Sports Park

City planners in Elizabethtown, Ky., cultivated a vision for a regional sports facility that grew into a 158-acre complex with 12 baseball/softball fields, 12 soccer fields, extensive lighting and underground infrastructure, parking, pedestrian trails, and more than 20,000 square feet of bioswales that feed more than four acres of detention/filtration basins. The baseball pavilion entrance includes baseball-themed plaza pavers (foreground). Tables, chairs, signage and shade structures surround the site's three baseball quads and concessions buildings (background).

Gardens by the Bay, Singapore

Gardens by the Bay is divided into three main parks: Bay South, Bay East and Bay Central, covering 101 hectares of reclaimed land in downtown Singapore's Marina Bay. From the Marina Bay Hotel, visitors can take the elevated boardwalk to cross Dragonfly Lake via the Dragonfly Bridge into the Gardens by the Bay.

Moment of Silence for Helen Quackenbush, FASLA
Important to Helen Quackenbush, FASLA, was ASLA President Ray Freeman (1972) asking her to head a committee to advance Women in Landscape Architecture (WOLA). Helen was at her best as a mentor, subtly exerting her influence to introduce and guide women in the profession. She was recognized by WOLA in the early '90s as a key contributor to the formation of the group.

Summer's Construction

Over three summers, Mark Sosnowitz, the owner of Mark Eliot Design, LLC, in Millbrook, N.Y., designed and supervised a hardscape upgrade at this residence in Fairfield County, Conn., that included granite steps, planters made of New England blend fieldstone, two pads of quarried cobblestone, and a driveway of three-eighths-inch, maroon-colored crushed gravel. The planters are lined with copper to prevent water from damaging the stones. In the planters are Japanese maples supplied by Shemin's Nursery in Greenwich, Conn.

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High-Performance Green Concrete Cures With CO2, Cuts Carbon Footprint

Solidia Technologies, a New Jersey-based company that produces sustainable construction products, has announced test results from a new concrete mixture that consumes carbon dioxide during the curing process. The carbon footprint created by the manufacturing process is reduced by the new mixture, and the concrete can be made with the same raw materials and equipment as traditional concretes.

Cookin' Up A New Asphalt
Washington State University civil engineering assistant professor Haifang Wen (pictured) has created a "bioasphalt" mixture from waste cooking oil that binds aggregate at a lower temperature and a lower cost than the common petroleum-based method, without sacrificing strength or reliability. Trials of the material could begin as early as this summer.

Housing Market Index Unchanged in March Despite Quiet Improvements

Though the National Association of Home Builders' Leading Markets Index score was unchanged at .87 in March, 32 percent of metro areas measured showed improvement in metrics like housing permits, prices and employment data from the month prior. The index score indicates that the nation remains 13 percent below the previous normal period of housing and economic activity.

Succeeding During Drought
The Euphorbia tirucalli 'Firestick' has striking colorings of pink, red, purple, yellow and green. It is drought tolerant and easy to grow. A general warning about the Firestick is the sap within its stems can irritate the skin, and you certainly wouldn't want to get it in your eyes. The succulent is native to Madagascar, tropical and subtropical Africa, the Arabian Peninsula and India.

New Releases From Princeton Architectural Press
Journals coming in the spring of 2014 from a publisher of books on visual culture include a hardcover notebook filled with eight different types of graph paper inspired by vintage laboratory notebooks. Interspersed throughout are scientific charts, tables and infographics.

New PLANET AEF Ambassadors

PLANET, the national trade association that represents more than 100,000 landscape industry professionals, has announced four new AEF Platinum Ambassador companies.

Six Scholarships Have Been Granted by PGMS
PGMS, an organization for grounds professionals, has announced that six students have received scholarships.

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