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PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2007 9:23 pm    Post subject: MISPLACED PRIORITIES AT GROUND ZERO
From Wed Jun 20, 2007 2:00 am to Sun Jun 24, 2007 1:59 am (included)
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Below please find a letter from the WTC Memorial Foundation asking for donations while professing eco-friendly design.

Interesting that they are quick to tout the eco friendly design but they have steadfastly refused to address the safety issues as the entire site continues to be built exempt from NYC Building and Fire codes.

Once again their priorities continue to be misplaced.

Put It Above Ground

Protecting our environment is a concern that we all share, which is why the World Trade Center Memorial Foundation is committed to building a lasting memorial which helps to safeguard the sustainability of New York City’s future.
I’m proud to report to you that our project will be at the forefront of eco-friendly design, construction, and operations, satisfying New York State and World Trade Center Sustainable Design Guidelines. We are also well on the way to achieving Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for the Memorial, Museum, and Museum Pavilion.
Innovative methods are being used to ensure the sustainability of the World Trade Center site. State-of-the-art irrigation, storm water harvesting and integrated management systems will conserve energy, water and material resources. The storm water recycling itself will increase the life expectancy of the Memorial’s oak trees -- a symbol of life and longevity on the Plaza -- from the average of seven to ten years for most urban trees to 50 to 70 years.
Recently, New York City Mayor and WTC Memorial Foundation Chairman Michael R. Bloomberg announced a visionary plan to enhance New York City’s environment, including increasing access to open space and adding hundreds of thousands of trees to the City. The Memorial Plaza, filled with more than 330 towering oak trees, will help contribute to that plan for a “greener” New York. The Plaza will add six acres of vibrant and sustainable open space for visitors to the Memorial, office workers enjoying their lunchtime breaks, and residents who will benefit from the addition of a large urban forest to their neighborhood.
This site is dedicated to preserving memory, but in doing so we are also committed to preserving the environment and enhancing the quality of life for future generations. Thank you for your ongoing support which is making our vision for a “green” memorial a reality.

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