SustainAbility Newsletter

LandDesign Becomes ISC Charter Member

LandDesignLandDesign, with offices in Charlotte, NC, Washington, DC, Pinehurst, NC, Asheville, NC, Tampa, FL, Nashville, TN and Beijing, China is a multidisciplinary firm that offers services including Urban Design, Planning, Civil Engineering, Landscape Architecture, Branding and Architecture.

LandDesign joined the ISC about a year ago and spent the past several months creating their Sustainability Charter, which was submitted too and approved by the ISC Council.  This approved Sustainability Charter is the basis for LandDesign becoming an ISC Charter Member.

Over the next year, LandDesign will create a team approach to implementing their Charter within each of their seven offices.  Watch for updates on their efforts in future updates posted on the Sustainability Campaign Blog and in future issues of this newsletter.

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

Audubon Lifestyles

The International Sustainability Council


Green Cities

The Daily Green


Sustainability Campaign

Energy Star

Green Hotels List


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  • They tunnel deeply in the soil and bring subsoil closer to the surface mixing it with the topsoil. Slime, a secretion, contains nitrogen. Nitrogen is an important nutrient for plants. The sticky slime helps to hold clusters of soil particles together in formations called aggregates.
  • Charles Darwin spent 39 years studying them more than 100 years ago.
  • There are approximately 2,700 different kinds in the world.
  • The live where there is food, moisture, oxygen and a favorable temperature. If they don’t have these things, they will simply go somewhere else.
  • In one acre of land, there can be more than a million of them.
  • The largest one ever found was in South Africa and measured 22 feet from its nose to the tip of its tail.
  • They have no arms, legs or eyes.
  • They are cold-blooded animals.
  • They have the ability to replace or replicate lost parts. This ability varies greatly depending on the species, the amount of damage and where it is cut. It may be easy for them to replace a lost tail, but may be very difficult or impossible to replace a lost head if things are not just right.
  • Babies are not born. They hatch from cocoons smaller than a grain of rice.
  • An Australian species grows to 12 feet long and can weigh 1-1/2 pounds.
  • Even though they don’t have eyes, they can sense light, especially at their front end. They move away from light and will become paralyzed if exposed to light for too long which is approximately one hour.
  • If its skin dries out, it will die.
  • Each of them has both male and female organs.
  • They can eat their weight each day.

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All correct entries will have their name placed into a drawing held on August 31, 2011. The winner will be announced in the Fall Issue of the SustainAbility Newsletter.


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

Audubon Lifestyles 

The International Sustainability Council 

Sustainability Campaign

Golfs Drive Toward Sustainability

World Migratory Bird Day

The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America

The United States Golf Association (USGA)

Sustainable Golf & Development

Sustainable Forest Initiative

National Geographic

International Migratory Bird Day 2011


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