Landscape Architect & Specifier News

NOV 2018

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76 Landscape Architect and Specifier News I n f o r m a t i o n R e q u e s t # 5 7 2 Great Urban Parks Campaign's Grant Funding Through the National Recreation and Park Association's Great Urban Parks Campaign, a total of $2 million in grant funding has been given to 10 communities around the United States in order to support green infrastructure projects. The communities will collaborate with major cities such as Atlanta, Pittsburgh, Baltimore and Denver to focus on "heat island effect, food insecurity and improved access to waterways, trails and play." The 2018 recipients of the Great Urban Parks Campaign include: • Bernalillo County, New Mexico • City of El Paso, Texas • City of Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation Department, Michigan • City of Lake Charles, Louisiana • City of Memphis Parks and Neighborhoods Division, Tennessee • Heartland Conservation Alliance, Missouri • Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department, Florida • Local Government Commission, Calif. • Louisville Parks and Recreation, Kentucky • New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, New York For more details on the grant funding, visit https://tinyurl.com/ybctpssm . Michigan Rep Proposes Going 100% Renewable In the week of October 18, 2018, Michigan state representative Yousef Rabhi introduced house bill 6466. This proposed legislation would mandate that all utilities, such as water and electricity plants, in Michigan have to use energy from a renewable source by 2050. The goal would be met in incremental steps, with the aim of raising the state's renewable requirement for utilities to 25% by 2025, 50% by 2032, 75% by 2040 and then to 100% by 2050. In a statement found on mlive.com, Rabhi is quoted as having said, "Strengthening Michigan's commitment to renewable energy is vital to the health of our citizens and our economy." Reportedly, one of the ways in reaching this goal is by closing antiquated coal plants and replacing them with a mix of natural gas plants and renewable sources, such as wind and solar farms. USDA Invests to Improve Rural Water Infrastructure Announced at the Water Pro Conference in Fort Worth, Texas, the United States Department of Agriculture is going to invest $392 million in order to improve water infrastructure for communities with 10,000 or fewer residents. With the "Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant" program, money is going towards funding 120 projects that aim to improve aspects of drinking water, stormwater management and wastewater disposal. One terrific part of this information is that small, rural communities and water districts can actually apply online to receive funding to "maintain, modernize or build water and wastewater systems." This creates local jobs in those areas for construction professionals, designers and contractors. www.rd.usda.gov

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