Multcolib Research Picks: Green streets/green city
Annotation:Roads and parking lots in the United States cover more ground than the entire state of Georgia. The authors offer a practical strategy for designing, planning, and maintaining roads by incorporating cultural, natural, and visual resources.
Annotation:An accessible and clearly written guide to alternate water collection, with a focus on rainwater harvesting in the urban environment.
Annotation:A thorough overview of environmentally sound building and planning practices begins with a survey of evolving strategies to step more lightly on the earth -- such as graywater recovery and green roofs -- and includes essays by experts in architecture, urban planning and sustainability.
Annotation:A practical introduction on the challenge of controlling and managing the water resources used by and affected by cities and urbanized communities.
Annotation:Installed in 2008, the eco-roof at Central Library reduces stormwater run-off as well as the building's air conditioning load on hot summer days.
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Have you ever walked by one of those extended-curb planting areas in your neighborhood and wondered what they were doing there? According to the City of Portland's Bureau of Environmental Services, these are green streets, capturing stormwater runoff and using it to filter pollutants and replenish groundwater rather than sending it straight back to the Willamette. Here are a few books to tell you a little more about them.