Monday, May 10, 2010

Linkage: How Green Will Pauley Pavilion Be?


There is a celebration planned this Tuesday on the UCLA campus in Westwood to kick off the renovation of Pauley Pavilion. The good news is that the long overdue update of this legendary arena is going to cost almost $50 million less than initial estimates (LA Times).

But how environmentally friendly will the renovated facility be? One clue comes from a story last summer in the faculty and staff online newsletter UCLA Today:

"The arena will also be built with environmentally friendly features, such as a white roof, low-flow plumbing and low-water-use landscaping, which should make it eligible for a LEED-Silver rating from the U.S. Green Building Council, (Vice chancellor of finance, budget and capital programs Steve) Olsen said."

That sounds encouraging. But the greenest development that can happen has nothing to do with the renovations at Pauley Pavilion, but the mode of transportation people use to attend the events there.

Pauley Pavilion could be the greenest arena on the planet, but if the majority of Bruins basketball fans drive to the game in carbon-emitting cars, then it doesn't matter. It is another reason why extending the subway to Westwood through the Measure R 30-10 plan is so vital.

Pauley overhaul about to begin (Curbed LA)

More linkage:

Help keep San Diego clean and green (SD Union-Tribune)

Wayward whale in Dana Point harbor (OC Register)

Two Wind Farms get Investment from Google (Alternative Energy)

Remarkable Insight Into the Climate Denial Machine (Huffington Post)

Photo gallery: Visions of the Arctic (EarthJustice)

Gulf of Mexico: from magnificent resource to industrial sacrifice zone (Grist)

BP, other companies point fingers in oil rig blast (Associated Press)

Gulf oil spill: a BP shareholder revolt? (LA Times)

The current state of the Gulf Oil spill (Infrastructurist)


Events:

Pauley Pavilion Renovation Event
Tuesday, May 11 at 1 p.m.
East exterior concourse of Pauley Pavilion on UCLA campus

Metro Hosts Pedestrian Forum: Walking into the Future City
Wednesday, May 12 at 8:30 a.m.
Metro headquarters

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