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4 Reasons You Need to Invest in Low Impact Development

During the construction of large buildings and development, the environment is damaged and disrupted. The flow of water is affected, vegetation is ripped out and communities of animals are forced out. In an effort to cut down on the environmental devastation, low impact development techniques are used as a solution. Low impact development, LID, can […]

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NYC Ferry Completed One Month Ahead of Schedule

Two new routes at the NYC Ferry have been opened one month ahead of schedule. The mayor, other city officials and fellow New Yorkers rejoiced with a celebratory opening ceremony as the Mayor Bill de Blasio announced “a new era begins in New York City.” The new ferry system, which includes the Rockaway and East River […]

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Create a Sustainable Home Design for the Eco-Friendly Client

Some clients need different requirements for the kind of projects they are visualizing but it is your job as a professional to make that visualization a realization. When hired to build a residential building, you are hired for your experience, your knowledge, and your professional recommendations. You are expected to know the time needed to […]

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The Dirt On Soil: Soil Properties and How They Affect Your Project

Dirt has a bad reputation. The word “dirt” finds its way into our phrases that often describe terrible things such as “dirt bag”, “getting all the dirt”, “dirt cheap” “dirt old” or “dirt poor”. We despise it when it invades our homes, cars and belongings and leaves tracks or layers of dust. Dirt and soil […]

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What are permeable driveways?

Despite lasting a good amount of time – homeowner needs such as walkways, driveways, patios and roads – a large amount of energy is used to produce concrete. Apart from that, there are more cons to concrete. Rain and water runoff is incapable of soaking back into the ground whenever there is concrete. The disruption of waters natural cycle and its journey across concrete’s impervious surface causes problems. Fortunately, pervious pavers are an alternative material for a solid foundation that allows water to soak back into the ground.

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Planning and Budgeting for the Best Do It Yourself Driveway

  Some of us are homeowners and despite having the luxury of owning a house, we have a whole other realm of chores around the house that helps maintain and preserve our homes. Maintaining and renovating our homes is an investment into not only a piece of property but to our ideal “home sweet home”. […]

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5 Ways to Reduce Parking Lot Design Costs With Permeable Pavers

Providing accessible and convenient parking for customers is a necessity for any business—from small, family-owned restaurants and stores to the largest commercial retailers. Building a new parking lot can be an expensive proposition, especially when factors like proper drainage systems and long-term maintenance are considered.   Traditional paving materials, like concrete and asphalt, can be […]

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India Must Reduce Air Pollution Immediately

Advocating and gearing for a sustainable, environmentally-friendly future isn’t just good for the environment. Plants, animals, humans and even single celled organisms must work to preserve the balance of nature that allows us to co-exist with one another on this planet. Yes, being sustainable allows us to peacefully ease Mother Earth’s temperament, which can be kind […]

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Golden Toilets, Visual Poetry and a Clear Message on Polluted Waterways

If you were handed a toilet seat painted in gold or a plunger painted in silver, wouldn’t you think that was strange and off-putting? Depending on the person, someone may be a passionate plumber but what if you were awarded for having the most polluted waterway in and around New York City?

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Poor Stormwater Management Systems and Infrastructure Set Ground for an Environmental Crisis

Stormwater management systems are intended to help control the flow of runoff water in populated areas from impermeable surfaces such as asphalt and concrete, and to combat the negative effects of runoff, flooding and erosion. Stormwater runoff is caused by precipitation from either rainfall or snowmelt that runs off the surface of the land instead […]

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