In Southern California, there is ample open space where parks and other recreational areas are located. The urban space is reasonably horizontal and spread out with open areas for parking lots, big box retailers, parks, and other recreational areas such as soccer and baseball fields. There is a distinctive lack of tall buildings and dense development where I live, compared to other areas in the United States. When I visited New York for the first time, I was in awe of the height of buildings and the vertical density of development, which I was not accustomed to. This article takes a brief look at some open spaces located in New York— The High Line Park, Central Park, and Gotham Greens (a rooftop greenhouse)—that highlight the creative ways in which open space and nature are incorporated into an urban environment.
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As a Certified Planner of the American Planning Association (APA) with 7 years of progressively responsible experience in community and project planning, Margaret Partridge has made an effort to ensure that her work will have an impact in today's world.
She has worked for both the public and the private sectors as a city planner and as an environmental planner at private consulting firms in Orange County. She has also authored multiple complex environmental documents, including Notices of Exemption, Initial Studies and Environmental Impact Report sections, per the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).
An alumna from the University of California, Irvine, Margaret has a bachelor's degree in Environmental Analysis (Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa) and a master's degree in Urban and Regional Planning. She is an active member in the American Institute of Certified Planners, American Planning Association, Association of Environmental Professionals, Orange County Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council, and is a LEED Green Associate.
As a child, I used to watch movies on VHS and listen to music tapes on my walkman. At that time, I had no idea how the innovations and advancements in technology would change the landscape of how and where music is listened to. My first car had a tape deck in it. Now, vehicles come standard with iPod docks. This technological advancement has made it possible to reduce the size of music players as well as lessen the pollution and carbon footprint associated with music. Even though I still listen to CDs, a vast majority of my music collection is now stored in my iPod.
Green Vehicles: Sustainability-On-Wheels
Posted by Margaret Partridge on Apr 13, 2014 10:03:00 AMMORE
In this day and age of green technology, there is a wide range of selection for those of us who are considering the purchase or lease of a new eco-friendly vehicle. Compared to the last decade, a recent look at the new 2014 vehicle lineup reveals a larger selection of fuel-efficient, hybrid and electric vehicles. Electric cars have engines that run on electricity and do not require gasoline, while Hybrids use electricity for shorter distances but also have gasoline for long drives and high speeds. These eco-friendly cars come with many advantages to the consumers, such as: Fuel costs, energy security, tax benefits, less greenhouse gas emissions, faster commuting times and power efficiency.
The Bullitt Center - A Green Step Towards Energy Management
Posted by Margaret Partridge on Jun 20, 2013 7:45:00 AMMORE
What makes a building green?There are several factors that can contribute to making a building “green”, or environmentally friendly. This can range from how the building is positioned in relation to the sun, to the efficiency of the faucets and toilets within the building. This article takes a look at the Bullitt Center, a commercial office building located in the Central District neighborhood in Seattle, Washington, and deemed to be the "greenest" of them all.
Two Examples of Building Energy Management
Posted by Margaret Partridge on Apr 16, 2013 5:00:00 AMMORE
Throughout the United States, green or sustainable buildings are being built for a variety of uses. For example, green buildings are being built to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards. These standards provide a basis for identifying and implementing a practical, measurable, and, most importantly, sustainable building design. LEED rated structures include schools, homes, mixed use and commercial buildings.
Case Study: Environmental Planning of Dockside Green, Victoria, BC
Posted by Margaret Partridge on Feb 12, 2013 9:47:00 AMMORE
Dockside Green is a 15-acre sustainable harborside community located in Victoria, British Columbia. This development is a master-planned waterfront community that is designed to reflect a more responsible approach to planning with the environment in mind. It includes a total of 1.3 million square feet of residential, office, retail and commercial space. Dockside Green is the first community ever to target LEED Platinum certification for buildings developed in a master-planned community.
Using Solar Panels to Improve Energy Resource Management
Posted by Margaret Partridge on Jan 8, 2013 2:12:00 PMMORE
As detailed in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) reference guide for Green Building Design and Construction (click here for the free 2009 version), use of renewable energy in lieu of fossil fuel-based energy can dramatically improve outdoor environmental quality. Generating renewable energy on-site is an excellent way to reduce the negative environmental impacts associated with a building’s energy use.
Energy Management Consulting and LEED Techniques for Home & Business
Posted by Margaret Partridge on Nov 12, 2012 10:45:00 PMMORE
Sustainability Consultants & How Solar Reduces Carbon Footprints
Posted by Margaret Partridge on Oct 11, 2012 8:01:00 AMMORE