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2010 Recipient of the Olmsted Medal


The Hon. Ken Salazar, U.S. Secretary of the Interior, will receive the Olmsted Medal. The medal recognizes individuals, organizations, agencies or programs outside the profession of landscape architecture for environmental leadership, vision and stewardship. Through his work as Colorado Attorney General, United States Senator and now with the Department of the Interior, Salazar repeatedly fought to protect America's public lands. From fending off water diversion projects in Colorado to helping protect salmon in the Pacific Northwest, he demonstrates the rare ability to balance and resolve complex environmental policy issues that protect the country's natural resources.

The Olmsted Medal was instituted in 1990 to recognize individuals, organizations, agencies, or programs outside the profession of landscape architecture for environmental leadership, vision, and stewardship. The Medal honors Frederick Law Olmsted, considered the founder of the American landscape architecture profession and steward of the environment. http://www.asla.org/AwardRecipient.aspx?id=23204

Housing Starts Up in January 2011


Privately-owned housing starts in January were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 596,000. This is 14.6 percent (±15.7%) above the revised December estimate of 520,000, but is 2.6 percent (±9.8%) below the January 2010 rate of 612,000. Single-family housing starts in January were at a rate of 413,000; this is 1.0 percent (±8.6%) below the revised December figure of 417,000. The January rate for units in buildings with five units or more was 171,000.