Seagate Community Streetscapes Enhancements Seeks RFQs


The Sea Gate Association (Association) is eligible to apply for U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Community Development Block Grant–Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funding for disaster recovery projects.

Funding will be delivered through the NY Rising Community Reconstruction (NYRCR) Program, within the New York State Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery (GOSR).

The proposed project includes the:

  • The approximate planting of 250-300 new sea salt durable trees with tree pits along the public streets. Plantings must be insured for up to one year and consultation with an arborist in the completion of the plantings is required.
  • Landscaping along Surf Avenue on Parking Lot side (Beach 38th Street to Sea Gate Avenue). Inclusive of handicap accessible sidewalk/ramps.
  • Construction of a sidewalk along Mermaid Avenue on Parking Lot side.
  • Landscaping and construction of handicap accessible ramps and walkways at Lindy Park.
  • Construction of safety matting at Surf Ave (Dave Sevush) Playground.

For the complete RFQ Response Packet please contact Ms. JoAnna Crowe, The Sea Gate Association, 3700 Surf Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11224, (718) 449-4700, Extension 201, or by email at [email protected].

Requests for Qualifications are due at 5:00 p.m., on Monday, December 7, 2015.

2015 Hudson River Estuary Grants Available

2015 Estuary Grants and Hudson River Summit April 16

2015 Hudson River Estuary Grants

Hunts Point Rowers in the BronxThe 2015 Request for Applications (RFA) for Hudson River Estuary Grants is expected to be announced soon. Descriptions of the grants will appear in a forthcoming issue of Hudson RiverNet and on our website.

All prospective applicants must register in advance in the New York State Grants Gateway  to be eligible to apply for any New York State grant. The Grants Gateway allows applicants to browse  anticipated and available grant opportunities, providing a one-stop location that streamlines the way grants are administered by the State of New York.

Eligible applicants include 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporations and municipalities (villages, towns, cities, counties, or New York Indian tribes or nations). Registration cannot be completed online. Register now to allow sufficient time for your application to be processed.

Not-for-profit corporations are also required to complete the Vendor Prequalification Application in the Grants Gateway. Not-for-profits must be prequalified by the grant proposal due date in order for the proposal to be eligible for evaluation and scoring.

If you have not yet registered (both municipalities and not-for-profits) or prequalified (not-for-profits), please take the time to do so as soon as possible. Please visit the NYS Grants Reform website for more information and instructions on registration and prequalification.

Register Now for the 2015 Hudson River Summit

Poughkeepsie from Mid Hudson BridgeThe Hudson River Summit, co-sponsored by the Estuary Program and Historic Hudson River Towns, will take place Thursday, April 16, 9 am to 3:30 pm at the Poughkeepsie Grandview, overlooking the Hudson. We hope you’ll join us!

We’ll be discussing the importance of partnerships throughout the conference. Presentations and panel discussions will focus on river access for everyone; resilient communities; and a restoration plan to improve water-quality and habitat in the Hudson River estuary. We’ll also present the State of the Hudson 2015 and showcase success stories of habitat restoration, rebounding fish populations, land conservation, and students studying and using the river. You’ll also get a chance to see glass eels, the bold and beautiful pumpkinseed (a sunfish), and an unwelcome, new arrival, the weatherfish.

We’re happy to announce that we’ll be joined by DEC Commissioner Joe Martens and many of our partners, including Scenic Hudson, The Nature Conservancy, Hudson River Watershed Alliance, Cary Institute for Ecosystem Studies, Hudson River Foundation, New York-New Jersey Harbor & Estuary Program, and many others. More program details will be available soon.

Registration for the conference is $35 and we are now offering a student discount fee of $20. To register, please visit  Historic Hudson River Towns. The registration deadline is April 2, 2015– more than 130 people have already signed up. We encourage you to register early—our events often sell-out. See you on the river!

Presentation and Awards Opportunities

Several opportunities for awards and presentations have recently been announced that are of interest to landscape architects and designers. Please see the listing below and we encourage you to participate as it will further expose your work and expertise on the local, national and international levels.


2015 ASLA Annual Meeting Call for Presentations – Due January 29

The American Society of Landscape Architects is currently accepting presentation submissions for the ASLA 2015 Annual Meeting and EXPO, which will be held November 6-9, 2015 in Chicago.

In planning our annual meeting, ASLA focuses on the number one reason that attracts participants—the education program. Meeting attendees can earn up to 21 PDH from a well-balanced education program that focuses on the topics that ASLA members value and require in their day-to-day practices.

Individuals who are interested in presenting and sharing their knowledge with the landscape architecture profession may submit an online proposal by January 29, 2015 (11:59 pm PDST).

CLICK HERE for more info and to submit


GRHC Gray to Green Conference Call for Presentations – Due February 2

Understanding the economics of living green infrastructure, and its ability to help communities become more resilient in the face of severe climate change, is critically important to our future. The Green Roofs for Healthy Cities Grey to Green Conference will discuss some of the most pressing issues and developments. This conference will be June 1-2, 2015 in Ontario Canada.

The Call for Proposals is open until February 2, 2015. Please click here for more detailed information on submitting a proposal. If you have any questions please contact Vincent Javet, Senior Researcher at [email protected].

Three types of proposals are encouraged:

  • Focused Sessions
  • Field Workshops and Tours
  • Special Skills/Training Workshops

CLICK HERE for more info and to submit


Center for Active Design Call for Entries – Due March 6

The Center for Active Design: Excellence awards recognizes outstanding effort and success in the advancement of Active Design. In its second year, the Center is seeking submissions for Active Design excellence in two categories:

  1. Research and Evaluation
  2. Built Projects

The deadline for submission is March 6, 2014. Submissions will be reviewed by a jury of industry leaders, and winners will be recognized at the Center’s awards reception in New York City on May 11, 2015. Submission is free

For more info and to submit CLICK HERE

ASLA 2015 Professional & Student Awards – Due March 22 and 27

Each year, the ASLA Professional Awards honor the best in landscape architecture from around the globe, while the ASLA Student Awards give us a glimpse into the future of the profession.

Award recipients receive featured coverage in Landscape Architecture Magazine, the magazine of ASLA, and in many other design and construction industry and general interest media. Award recipients, their clients, and advisors will be honored at the awards presentation ceremony during the ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO in Chicago, November 6–9, 2015.

Entry payments and submissions must be received by:

  • Friday, March 27, 2015, for Professional Awards
  • Friday, May 22, 2015, for Student Awards

CLICK HERE for more info and to submit online

Enter the HGTV Fresh Faces Design Awards by Sept. 30

HGTV is celebrating young professionals, age 35 or below, who are doing awesome things in the world of residential design. We’d love to invite those who qualify to submit their work for consideration.

All 10 categories are listed below and can be found at , as well as more information on how to enter the design competition.

We are particularly interested in seeing landscape architecture featured in more than just our “Best Outdoor Room” category.  From “Most Family Friendly Space” to “Most Unusual Space, ” there are multiple opportunities to highlight exterior residential design.

The entry period ends September 30th, with our panel of judges selecting six finalists for each category. The category finalists will be posted on for public voting this fall! Click here to register now.


Best Outdoor Room: The best of the great outdoors is celebrated in this category: dreamy decks, outdoor kitchens, views of paradise and luxe rooftop hangouts.
Most Serene Retreat: Spa-like master retreats. Reading nooks. Yoga lofts. The spaces of this category are perfect for escaping to get some rest and relaxation.
Most Family-Friendly Space: Having kids doesn’t mean your house can’t look fabulous. Whether it’s a game room or a kitchen with a giant chalkboard, this category captures rooms that are fun for the whole family.
Best Use of Pattern/Texture: Pink paisley wallpaper? Animal print area rug? Rooms with pattern or texture that create an impact are showcased in this category.
Best Space for a Party: From impromptu gatherings to planned events, these spaces use thoughtful layouts and amenities that encourage socializing. In this category, the rooms are the real stars of the celebration.
Most Unusual Space: Home office underneath the stairs? Living wall garden in the kitchen? Reading loft in the bedroom? This category highlights creative and unexpected design solutions for any room in the house.
Most Dramatic Transformation: Total gut job. Kitchen remodel. From drab to fab. The stunning makeovers in this category leave you wondering if it’s really the same space.
Best Kitchen: Beautiful kitchens designed for cooking and entertaining like a pro. We’re talking killer backsplashes, breakfast bars, bold fixtures and stylish solutions for the hub of the home that reflect the lifestyle of the owner.
Best Small Space: Who says small rooms can’t be big on style? The closets, powder rooms, studio apartments and other small living spaces in this category highlight how to pack a lot of style into a little space.
Best Use of Color: From unexpected color palettes to traditional color combos, this category puts the spotlight on rooms that use colors that make a statement.


Future Ground Design Competition Now Open


Future Ground is a design competition inviting multidisciplinary teams to generate flexible design and policy strategies to reuse vacant land in New Orleans, transforming abandoned landscapes into resources for the current and future city.

Designs and plans for cities can create visions that will take decades to be fully realized. While no one can predict the future, we can outline multiple futures: rigorous scenarios for a changing population, market, and climate for the next 1 year, 10 years, and 50 years. These alternatives can help elected officials, businesses, philanthropic organizations, and residents understand what is possible, and make realistic, informed decisions about investments.

This approach is particularly important when addressing vacant land. In countless neighborhoods, cities, and regions across the country and the world, abandoned parcels—as small as a house lot or hundreds of acres large—may not be developed for decades to come.

Too often, vacant land has been seen only as a remnant of or absence within the 20th century city. Today, with a critical mass of designers, policymakers, scholars, artists, activists, and residents creating pilot projects, thoughtful studies, and new kinds of urbanism on abandoned properties, it is possible to imagine this land as an integral part of the future city.

In October 2014, three teams will be awarded $15,000 to participate in a six-month research and design process. Working closely with local stakeholders and national experts, teams will forecast changes in density, demand, and climate over the next half-century in New Orleans, and will tackle the social, economic, and ecological challenges underlying reuse of the most prevalent types of vacant land in the city. The project will produce implementable, replicable solutions that NORA can apply to specific sites citywide, and can help catalyze change in cities around the world.

Future Ground will develop strategies to bring small, piecemeal projects to scale at the neighborhood and citywide level; craft policy to support promising design strategies; make these strategies flexible and participatory enough to be sustained into the next generation; and share resources with a growing network of innovators who are reusing vacant land in cities around the country.

How To Submit

Future Ground is open to multidisciplinary teams of individuals and firms with expertise in architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, urban planning, graphic design, policy, engineering, finance, real estate, community development, and other fields relevant to the topic. Entrants are encouraged to partner with at least one individual or organization in New Orleans.

The deadline for registration and electronic submission of the RFQ is 11:59 p.m. EDT on September 29, 2014.

Submit your proposal electronically as a single PDF document via the competition website. The PDF should be formatted 8.5-by-11 inches in landscape orientation, and no more than 10MB. See the RFQ for more information on submittal requirements, rules, and evaluation criteria. A link to submit will be available on this page shortly.

Download the Request for Qualifications→


RFQ Phase

August 6: RFQ released
September 12: Deadline for questions and optional preregistration
September 15: FAQ’s posted online
September 29: RFQ submission deadline

Research and Design Phase

October 6: Winning teams selected
October 20: Kick-off meeting in New Orleans
December 2014: Interim presentation in New Orleans: Design research
February 2015: Interim presentation in New Orleans: Strategies and scenarios
April 2015: Final presentations in New Orleans
June 2015: Van Alen Institute and NORA release final report

For more info go to:

ARCHITECT’S NEWSPAPER: Call for Projects and Ideas

Be included in A/N’s annual Landscape Architecture Issue!

On September 3, The Architect’s Newspaper, in partnership with the ASLA New York Chapter, will publish their third annual landscape architecture issue. AN is looking for news and new projects, which have not appeared elsewhere. If your firm is working on an innovative or news-worthy project, AN wants to hear about it. Of particular interest are high performance plazas that help manage storm water, and single family and multifamily residential garden projects. Non-academic position and opinion pieces are also welcome.

Please email story ideas with images to [email protected] by August 11.



For Release: IMMEDIATE Contact: Lisa King
Monday, April 7, 2014 (518) 402-8000


The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is accepting applications for the 2014 Environmental Excellence Awards program, DEC Commissioner Joe Martens announced today. The Environmental Excellence Awards program recognizes and gives visibility to outstanding, innovative and sustainable projects or programs.

Year after year, we see phenomenal, environmentally-beneficial innovations coming from entities and individuals from around the state, Commissioner Martens said. I encourage others to submit applications this year to showcase advances in a green technology and other ways to improve and protect the environment.

Eligible applicants include businesses of all sizes (i.e. manufacturing, power generation, retail, agri-business, hospitality etc.); not-for-profit organizations and education, health care and recreational facilities. Individuals and local, state, federal or Indian Nation government agencies implementing innovative, sustainable actions or working in creative partnership to improve and protect New York’s environmental resources and contribute to a viable economy are also eligible.

DEC is especially interested in showcasing projects that achieve significant environmental benefits through: green infrastructure projects; initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions; cutting-edge pollution prevention technologies; initiatives to “green” businesses, farms, schools, recreational, health care and hospitality facilities; innovative wind, solar and biomass projects; creative natural resource/habitat protection or restoration efforts; energy efficiency improvements; innovative education and training programs; waste reduction and recycling efforts; manufacturing process improvements; creative approaches to urban forestry or farming and programs advancing “grown locally.”

Completed applications for the 2014 awards must be postmarked no later than Friday, May 9, 2014. Award winners will be honored at an awards ceremony held in early winter 2014. Winners will have an opportunity to present and display information about their award-winning project or program.

Over the past decade, previous award winners have helped improve New York’s environment through initiatives that have reduced more than 25,000 tons of CO2 and other greenhouse gas emissions; eliminated more than two million pounds of hazardous waste; reduced the use of heating oil or other petroleum products by at least one million gallons; saved at least 37 million kilowatt hours of electricity; reduced water consumption by more than 35 million gallons; captured at least six million gallons of stormwater; diverted 7,300 tons of waste from landfills; eliminated the use of at least 110,000 single-use plastic shopping bags; preserved more than 150,000 acres of open space and have involved thousands of students in environmental education activities.

Information about the award program and the 2014 application materials are available on the DEC website at ; by writing to the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, Pollution Prevention Unit, 625 Broadway, Albany, New York 12233-1750; by calling DEC’s Pollution Prevention Unit at (518) 402-9469 or by e-mail [email protected].