CNU April 2010 E-Update Newsletter
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Treading Lightly: Minimizing CNU 18's Carbon Footprint
Last year's Congress theme
emphasized urbanism's potential as an environmental remedy. This year, CNU 18
carries on in that spirit through numerous efforts to green the Congress.
Conferences generate a large environmental footprint, measured in carbon dioxide emissions (CO2e). CNU
18 partner VERUS Carbon Neutral anticipates the total amount of energy use for
travel, lodging, meals, lighting, air conditioning, presentations and waste
generated to be 39 metric tons. CNU Atlanta and VERUS have partnered with the
Hilton and local organics expert Farmer D to provide comprehensive recycling
and on-site composting. These efforts should reduce that carbon footprint by
four metric tons. Also, organizers have made a concerted effort to ensure that
local produce will be integrated into the meals served at the congress.
There are several ways you
can personally participate in greening the congress, including:
* Recycle, reduce or reuse bottles, cans, and paper
PARTY GREEN on SATURDAY NIGHT
CNU 18's closing reception will be held at The Shed at Glenwood, popular farm-to-table restaurant located in the Charter
Award-winning brownfield redevelopment Glenwood Park.
Not only does The Shed rely on ingredients from local farmers and businesses,
but it also turns out high quality compost - all at a low energy footprint, by
restaurant standards. Owner Cindy Shera and chef Lance Gummere make sure that
the food isn't the only thing sustainable at The Shed. Shera says, "being
sustainable really isn't hard; you just have to think about it." The restaurant
has undergone frequent energy and power audits, implemented solar tinting and
weaving to deflect atmospheric heat, and uses recyclable/reusable takeout
containers. (Soon things may get even greener at the Shed; solar panels, rain
harvesting, and an on-site garden are being studied.) The Saturday night reception, with food by The Shed at Glenwood and an
interactive performance by the locally infamous Seed and Feed Marching
Abominables, is a ticketed event. Find out more here.
Tour highlight: Atlantic
redevelopments. Built on a former steel mill site, the award-winning project
forms a bridge between Atlanta's
vibrant Midtown and Westside neighborhoods. Check out its examples of urban
retail formats, innovative parking solutions, and mix of housing types, and see
why its transit-oriented design has significantly reduced residents' car use.
Sign up for CNU 18 tours here.
Vignette: Impromptu Internationalism
development during the 1960's and 70's becoming a ribbon of fast food outlets,
strip centers and apartment complexes. In subsequent decades it became a
primary immigrant destination. With populations from both Asia and Latin America, it's an intense collage of ethnic
restaurants, grocery stores, markets and spontaneous interventions that are
altering the suburban landscape. A look at this video will whet the appetite of anyone interested in
great cheap food and unique cultural imprints.