2012 SLow Impact & Sustainable Development News

December 18, 2012

Is smaller mixed-use viable? Developers say size doesn’t matter when you take a local approach

Steve Miller didn’t set out to build the first mixed-use development in York County. In 2009 Miller, a managing partner with York-based developer Pritchard & Miller Real Estate Development, was looking to build town homes in York County but was having a hard time finding parcels of land where a town home development was feasible. Read more from the Daily Press.

December 4, 2012

Dell Joins Pecan Street Inc. to Expand Research in Smart Grid Technologies

Dell today announced it has joined the industry advisory council of Pecan Street Inc., a nonprofit energy and smart grid research and development organization headquartered at the University of Texas at Austin. As a member company, Dell will provide technology and IT expertise to Pecan Street to advance its work in energy big data. Read more from Dell.

November 20, 2012

Two downtown parking spots become Austin’s first street patio

New outdoor seating for up to 25 people on Congress Avenue opened Friday. It’s the first of its kind in Austin. The area used to be two parking spots. Now the space boasts wood floods and silver chairs, and is separated from traffic by 15,000 pounds of steel. Read more from KVUE News.

October 18, 2012

Design team selected for Waller Creek makeover

Michael Van Valkenburg Associates and Thomas Phifer & Partners has been selected as the design team to reimagine 15 blocks along downtown’s Waller Creek from Waterloo Park to Lady Bird Lake. Read more from the Statesman.

June 23, 2012

Rain Garden Build at Barbara Jordan Elementary

Rain gardens filter urban water runoff before they are able to enter our waterways and aquifers through a process that is both beautiful and environmentally friendly. The project is an excellent opportunity for children and community members alike to learn more about our waterways and how to reduce pollution as well as to contribute to the sense of ownership of our neighborhood schools. Details