Playing catch up: Dryer homes and gardens
It's high time to give that sprinkler a rest ... the dominating topic in this week's edition of 'Playing catch up' is water-sensitive gardening.
Fri, Aug 20 2010 at 10:39 AM
The Wall Street Journal hides the garden hose
for a piece on the xeriscaping (waterless gardening) trend. Interesting tidbit: employees of Denver's water department are believed to have coined the term back in the early 1980s. Who knew?
TreeHugger talks trash
while discussing a "pay-as-you-throw" trash metering system instituted by the town of Sanford, Maine. The program has dramatically cut the amount of trash being sent to landfills (and upped the town's recycling rate by more than 150 percent). Here's hoping that folks in Sanford aren't hoarding garbage in their homes ...
The Contemporist tours
the Venice House in Venice, California. This stunning Lewin Wertheimer-designed home features radiant floor heating, a solar heated pool, and drought-tolerant landscaping. I'm pretty much sold.
The Los Angeles Times relays news
that a new lawn-watering ordinance will allow Los Angelenos to water their lawns three days a week instead of two, as long as it's done before 9 am or after 4 pm.
a ramshackle carriage house converted into a cozy living space that incorporates numerous salvaged/repurposed elements. Says architect Christi Azevedo: "With the added help of my electrician brother, Craig—and many beers and Saturdays—we tricked this former pigeon roost into a modern loft."
EcoHome Magazine reports
that "although the market for certified green homes is growing, a new national poll has found that consumer interest in owning a sustainable or energy-efficient home has declined." Hmph.
USA TODAY declares
lush green lawns that require massive amounts of water and chemical pesticides to be "out of fashion." Can I hear an amen?
Jetson Green takes a gander
at The Belmont, the first apartment complex in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area to receive LEED Silver certification. This is cool: new tenants are given a green cleaning product kit upon moving into the 464 unit community.
The New York Times announces
that Nightwood, an eco-friendly home furnishings store, has opened in Brooklyn. Says co-owner Nadia Yaron: "We’re making furniture for people like us, who want something original, local and made of environmentally friendly materials."
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