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Hero MotoCorp factory in Neemrana, India

Hero MotoCorp built a new kind of factory; one which goes beyond its central mission, the making of two-wheeled vehicles. The Garden Factory TM, consisting of the Manufacturing Plant and Global Parts Center, demonstrates how an industrial workplace can be beneficial, healthful, and even life-affirming.

This new factory for the world’s largest motorcycle manufacturer is located in the arid climate of northeast Rajasthan; a place where heat and humidity are pervasive and water is a valued resource. In response, WM+P has designed a facility which brings nature and technology together. Vegetation surrounds the workplace, penetrates inside to the assembly line, and makes its way onto the roof; at every scale enhancing ambient temperatures, air quality, and the visual environment.

Key features of the design:

Efficient Building Envelope

 The support structure is located above the roof, freeing the interior for manufacturing and providing flexibility for future changes. Because the roof trusses are outside the building envelope, there is less interior volume to be cooled.

Long span trusses cross the manufacturing space at a 45-degree angle, providing optimal southern exposure for a rooftop solar panel array.

Renewable Energy

The photovoltaic panels will provide approximately 5.5 Megawatts of direct current electricity to the air conditioning system.

Healthy Indoor Environment & Energy Effectiveness

Air for space conditioning is provided ductlessly by two “Big Foot” air handlers and distributed via displacement ventilation. Positive pressurization ensures a nearly dust free environment.

Waste heat recovery offsets the need for boilers or hot water heaters.

Rooftop greenhouses and interior biowalls will be irrigated by condensate from the air conditioning system.

Continuous linear skylights are shaded by the photovoltaic panels. Additional shade film, provides glare-free daylight to the factory floor.

Through skylights and eye-level windows, workers will be aware of the rhythms of sun and weather; a significant factor in increased productivity. Sunlight replaces electrical lighting during many work hours.

Break rooms for factory workers provide access to daylight and purified air. A biowall uses vegetation to filter contaminants and supplement oxygen.

A company canteen full of daylight will provide workers with a respite from the factory floor. Outdoor terraces and indoor/outdoor vegetation will enhance the dining atmosphere.

Food Production

Rows of greenhouses on the roof will support experimentation in different forms of food production, including hydroponics. Fresh food will supply the canteen and eventually the community.

Water and Energy Optimization

The landscape vegetation includes native, drought tolerant plants.

Hero will return water to the aquifer at 1.8x the amount extracted for use in the factory.

Vegetated roof surfaces, between the greenhouses, will capture rainwater and shade the roof from the sun. This provides a 20% reduction in air conditioning requirements.

LED lighting and digital controls contribute to an advanced state-of-the art energy effective facility.

Public Amenities

A visitor center, viewing mezzanine, and tower will allow Hero MotoCorp to share the manufacturing experience and history of the company with the public.

Healthy Building Materials

Building materials have been considered for their impact on human and ecological health. The metal cladding on the front facade meets the criteria of the Cradle to Cradle Certified TM Products Program.

The Garden Factory TM

Through the integration of on-site energy generation in combination with the Big Foot, biowall, and greenhouses, the facility will be a demonstration of eight-fold generation. This means that the factory will generate or harvest eight things:

–  Electricity from solar energy

–  Oxygen and clean filtered air for people inside the facility

–  Irrigation water for the vegetation

–  Hot water

–  Cooling

–  Carbon dioxide to feed the vegetation

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Migratory Bird Conservation

migratory birds Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced recently that the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission approved spending more than $3 million from the Migratory Bird Conservation Fund to protect an estimated 1,600 acres of waterfowl habitat on 3 units of the National Wildlife Refuge System. The Commission also approved $23.5 million in federal funding for grants to conserve more than 139,000 acres of wetlands and associated habitats in Canada through the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA).
  
“Protecting North America’s wetlands ¬ – which provide so many ecological, economic, and social benefits – is crucial,” said Salazar, who chairs the Commission. “Besides providing habitat for fish, wildlife, and a variety of plants, wetlands are nurseries for many saltwater and freshwater fish and shellfish of commercial and recreational importance, and they provide hunting, fishing and other wildlife viewing opportunities for millions of Americans.”
  
The NAWCA Standard Grants awarded today will support six Canadian projects to benefit ducks, geese, and other migratory birds on more than 139,000 acres in 12 provinces and territories. Partners will contribute more than $23.5 million in matching non-federal dollars toward these projects.
 
A presentation summarizing 45 projects that were previously approved for funding by the North American Wetlands Conservation Council under the NAWCA U.S. Small Grants Program was given to the Commission. These grant awards total more than $3 million in federal funds. Partners will contribute more than $12 million in matching funds toward these projects, which will protect and enhance 26,050 acres of wetlands and associated habitats in 24 states from Maine to California.
 
Each year, the Commission pre-approves the total amount of funding to be distributed to Small Grants projects in the next fiscal year. Final project selection authority is delegated to the Council, which then reports its selections back to the Commission. For fiscal year 2011, the Commission authorized up to $5 million to fund projects under the Small Grants program.
 
Examples of projects funded with NAWCA Small Grants in fiscal year 2011 include:
 
Arkansas: Arkansas River Valley Wetlands Restoration Phase I
Grantee: Arkansas Game and Fish Commission
This project will restore two highly degraded bottomland hardwood forests totaling 1,412 acres within the Arkansas River Valley. Partners will restore a 411-acre bottomland hardwood forest block in the Galla Creek Wildlife Management Area in Pope County, and 1,001 acres of bottomland hardwood forest in the Nimrod Lloyd Millwood WMA in Yell County. This project will benefit species such as mallard, wood duck, prothonotary and Kentucky warblers, and American woodcock.

California: Grasslands Wetland Enhancement
Grantee: Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
This grant project will enhance 397 previously restored acres and an additional 123 acres of seasonal wetlands by installing a water delivery pipeline that will allow habitat managers to independently flood certain wetlands while conserving water. Species that use this habitat include mallard, northern pintail, green-winged teal, great blue heron, great egret, black-crowned night heron, and marbled godwit.
 
Minnesota: Madrena WMA Addition
Grantee: Pheasants Forever, Inc.
The purpose of this project is to protect key wetland-grassland complexes and provide waterfowl and grassland birds with high-quality nesting cover. Pheasants Forever will acquire 160 acres and subsequently donate the property to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources for enrollment in the DNR’s Wildlife Management Area System. This area provides critical staging and migratory habitats for lesser scaup, canvasbacks, ring-necked ducks, and other waterfowl.
 
New Hampshire: Pawtuckaway River Greenway, Phase II
Grantee: Southeast Land Trust of New Hampshire
This project will expand a block of conservation land along the Pawtuckaway River by acquiring and protecting a large, unfragmented parcel of land. Protecting this parcel will preserve important wetland resources; protect diverse habitat for waterfowl, wetland birds, and other migratory birds; and provide public access for outdoor recreation, including hiking, skiing, fishing, and hunting. These shallow marsh wetlands and associated uplands provide nesting, foraging, and migratory habitat for mallard and wood duck and migrating American woodcock, among other species.

Examples of projects funded with NAWCA Standard Grants in Canada in fiscal year 2011 include:
   
Canadian Prairie/Parkland and Western Boreal Habitat Program
Grantee: Ducks Unlimited Canada
This proposal is the next step in a multi-year commitment by Ducks Unlimited Canada to contribute to achieving the goals and objectives of the Prairie Habitat Joint Venture. This proposal will secure 122,951 acres, enhance 7,411 acres of wetland and associated upland habitat, and influence another 4,637,887 acres through extension activities.
  
NCC Quebec & Atlantic: Protecting Wetland and Upland Habitat, Eastern Habitat Joint Venture
Grantee: Nature Conservancy Canada
Project activities will focus on preserving important breeding and migratory habitat, staging and molting habitat, and wintering habitat for waterfowl, shorebirds, grassland, and colonial bird species. Priority waterfowl species directly benefiting from these activities include American black duck, green-winged teal and Canada goose.
 
The Commission approved the purchase of wetland habitat that will be added to 6 units of the National Wildlife Refuge System to secure breeding, resting, and feeding habitat. These acquisitions are funded with proceeds from sales of the Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp, otherwise known as the Federal Duck Stamp.

These acquisitions include:

NEW REFUGE BOUNDARY AND PRICE APPROVAL
Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Oregon - This is the first time that Nestucca Bay NWR is coming to the Commission. Proposal is for boundary approval of 3,435 acres containing a mix of fee and easement acquisitions with 54 owners. Price approval request is for 21 acres in fee from one owner.

BOUNDARY ADDITION AND PRICE APPROVAL
San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge, Texas - Proposal is for boundary addition and price approval of 1,544 acres in fee from two owners.

PRICE APPROVAL
Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge, West Virginia - Proposal is for price approval of 73 acres in fee from one owner.

For every dollar spent on Federal Duck Stamps, ninety-eight cents goes directly to purchase vital habitat for protection in the National Wildlife Refuge System. The Migratory Bird Conservation Commission oversees the use of Federal Duck Stamp funds for the purchase and lease of these wetland habitats for national wildlife refuges. To date, more than 5.3 million acres of wetlands have been purchased using more than $750 million in Duck Stamp revenue.

More information about the approved NAWCA grant programs and projects is available on the Web at: http://www.fws.gov/birdhabitat/Grants/NAWCA/index.shtm

The Commission includes Senators Thad Cochran of Mississippi and Mark Pryor of Arkansas, Representatives John Dingell of Michigan and Robert Wittman of Virginia, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson, as well as state representatives serving as ex-officio members who vote on projects located within their respective states.

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals, and commitment to public service. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit www.fws.gov .


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References and Sources used in this issue of SustainAbility Newsletter Include:

Audubon Lifestyles
www.audubonlifestyles.org 

The International Sustainability Council

www.thesustainabilitycouncil.org 

Sustainability Campaign
sustainabilitycampaign.blogspot.com

eNature.com
www.enature.com

Golfs Drive Toward Sustainability
www.eifg.org/sustainability

World Migratory Bird Day
www.worldmigratorybirdday.org

The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America
www.gcsaa.org

The United States Golf Association (USGA)
www.usga.org

Sustainable Golf & Development
www.sustainablegolfdevelopment.com

Sustainable Forest Initiative
www.sfiprogram.org

National Geographic
www.nationalgeographic.org

International Migratory Bird Day 2011
www.birdday.org

 

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