Miss. Says No to Condos on Natchez Bluff

Posted on: September 19th, 2007 by Margaret Foster

 

Natchez, Miss.The town of Natchez, Miss., is on shaky ground. Its historic district was built on a water-soluble bluff, and over the years, sinkholes have devoured entire streets.

For the last two years, the town has been debating a five-building condominium complex on the site of a 1946 pecan factory, which town officials tore down last year to clear for a private developer.

Last week, however, a state body put its foot down and denied developer Worley-Brown a construction permit. Citing safety reasons, on Sept. 6 the board of trustees of the state's department of archives and history voted unanimously against the permit.

"In the final analysis, I think it came down to the uncertainty of the site and whether the load of the new construction would endanger that landmark [Natchez Bluff] property," says former Mississippi Gov. William Winter, chairman of the board.... Read More →

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Notes from the Field: New Orleans

Posted on: September 19th, 2007 by Walter Gallas

 

It announced this past week that a house in Holy Cross, which is receiving one of the Lieutenant Governor’s Historic Building Recovery Grants, will be renovated in the 2007-08 season of the PBS series “This Old House." The National Trust for Historic Preservation has been instrumental in lobbying with Lieutenant Governor Mitch Landrieu for these grant funds, which for Louisiana total over $20 million.

The ten New Orleans “This Old House” episodes will air in early 2008. Since the series will also include segments about the context of the house renovation, viewers can expect to see other work going on in Holy Cross, like that of the PRC’s Operation Comeback and Rebuilding Together and the Trust’s Home Again! New Orleans program.

Walter Gallas is director of the New Orleans Field Office.

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Beyond Green Building: Morning Round-Up

Posted on: September 19th, 2007 by Patrice Frey

 

News to Keep you in the Know.

EasyJet boss calls for polluter tax on planes - Reuters. British low-cost airline easyJet called on Tuesday for the government to scrap airport taxes on passengers and replace them with taxes on aircraft that penalize the heaviest polluters.

China Faltering On Support For Solar Power: Report - ENN. Solar panels could generate over 10 percent of China's power by the middle of the century, but only if Beijing steps up support for pioneering generating plants and sets more ambitious targets, a report said on Wednesday

Agrofuels Favor Business over Farmers - ENN. Agrofuel development has arrived on the global stage. Just this year, the number of declarations, dollars, and development plans devoted to agrofuels is unparalleled. An idea that languished for decades has become the darling of politicians, business, financiers, and the media.

EPA Targets $2 Million to Fight Climate Change with Projects in China, Russia, Seven Other Countries - ENN. Washington, D.C. - China, Russia, Argentina, Brazil, India, Korea, Mexico, Nigeria and Ukraine will have projects funded under the auspices of the Methane to Markets Partnership, an international effort promoting near-term, cost-effective projects that capture and use methane as a clean-energy source

Stuck in Traffic? You're Not Alone - ENN. Drivers waste nearly an entire work week each year sitting in traffic on the way to and from their jobs, according to a national study released Tuesday. The nation's drivers languished in traffic delays for a total of 4.2 billion hours in 2005, up from 4 billion the year before, according to the Texas Traffic Institute's urban mobility report. That's about 38 hours per driver.

Ban Urges Strong Message From Climate Summit - ENN. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on Tuesday for a climate change summit he has convened next week to send a "strong political message" to enable a "bold" new global environment pact to be negotiated

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S.C. Foundation Donates Marshland to Drayton Hall

Posted on: September 18th, 2007 by Margaret Foster

 

Drayton Hall At a time when development is encroaching on the former plantations of South Carolina's Ashley River corridor, just outside Charleston, a donation of marshland is a silver lining.

At a ceremony tomorrow, the Historic Ricefields Association will present the deed to marshland to Drayton Hall, a National Trust Historic Site built in 1738.

"For more than a decade, we have been fighting inappropriate development that would ruin the vistas from Middleton Place, Drayton Hall, and other historic sites along the river," George McDaniel, executive director of Drayton Hall, said in a statement.

The S.C.-based association bought the 43.8 acres from Plum Creek, a timber-management company, for $21,900.

Because of development pressure, in 1994 the National Trust named the Ashley River Corridor one of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places.

Read more about preserving Middleton Place on Preservation Online >>

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Beyond Green Building: Morning Round-Up

Posted on: September 18th, 2007 by Patrice Frey

 

News to Keep you in the Know...

Could Kyoto Protocol learn from Montreal? ENN. Could the solution to global warming be as simple as a switch of cities

A Little Frightening, a little good news on climate and energy - ENN. Sometimes the news makes you want to crawl under your bed and hide. Other times there’s great hope and I'm ready to dance and cheer. These related stories for the week beginning September 9, 2007:

BMW, Norsk Hydro Among the World's Most Sustainable Companies - GreenBiz.com. In the ninth annual survey of the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes, Norwegian aluminum company Norsk Hydro took the overall top score, while BMW topped the automotive index for the third year running.

Wegmans Reverses Supermarket Supply Chain, Starts Organic Farm - GreenBiz.com. Wegmans, a 71-store supermarket chain based in Rochester, has begun selling produce grown on its own 50-acre organic farm to nearby grocery stores. The farm is in its first year of production, so the land is not yet certified organic, but the company's CEO, Danny Wegman, said the goal is to use the land not just to grow fresh produce for sale, but to help grow the local food market in the area

Carbon Reduction Wins Mega Brand Attention at Conference - GreenBiz.com. At this week's Carbon Footprint Consumer Products Conference and Expo in Chicago, the companies behind the world's biggest brands made it abundantly clear that they are both dedicated to reducing their carbon footprints and to spreading the word about their efforts.

Communicating Climate Change: Getting Beyond the Usual Suspects -- GreenBiz.com. On September 9, the Oregonian headlined its Sunday edition with a story about the Greenland ice sheet melting much faster than scientists had predicted. The well-crafted story found the news "...particularly unsettling because elaborate climate models that scientists use to estimate the effects of global warming did not foresee it."

Finding the Green in Cleaning Products -- GreenBiz.com. It has become clear that the green movement is here to stay. From global warming to sustainability to green buildings, these issues have become a part of our daily lives. It was once the lexicon of environmental groups; today all segments are involved, including mainstream companies such as Wal-Mart and General Electric, who have each committed hundreds of millions of dollars to green their operations.

STATES ARE CLOSER TO TRIMMING AUTOS' CO2 EMISSIONS -- GreenBiz.com. The move by 12 states could coax Congress to pass efficiency limits.

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