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Tool Looks to Address Future Water Needs of Urban Agriculture Operations

November 19, 2015 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Cities around the world are transforming blight into gardens, turning bleak rooftops into greenspace, and using empty buildings for vertical farming. But will this upsurge in urban agriculture create even more demand for water?[read more]

National Main Street Center and Project for Public Spaces Co-sponsor Summit with White House to Boost Placemaking in Rural Communities

November 17, 2015 by Project for Public Spaces

The White House Rural Council, in partnership with Project for Public Spaces and the National Main Street Center, has announced it will host The White House Convening on Rural Placemaking on November 17. The Convening will bring together federal, state and local public sector officials, national non-profit organizations, foundations, and individuals to discuss how federal, state, and philanthropic entities can support and leverage the power of placemaking–a citizen-led process that helps activate downtowns and community gathering places.[read more]

Chapel Hill Students Transform Metered Parking Into a Community Park For a Day

November 16, 2015 by The Global Grid

On a sunny afternoon in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, a group of students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill gathered to transform a metered parking space into a temporary pop-up park.[read more]

Indiana Urban Farm Takes Whole Lifestyle Approach to Local Food

November 9, 2015 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

For the past seven years, the work of Growing Places Indy has evolved to include a winter farmers’ market, yoga classes, a summer apprenticeship program, educational offerings, and several urban farm sites.[read more]

Innovative Funding Programs for Placemaking

November 6, 2015 by Project for Public Spaces

On a recent morning in mid-October, a group of 32 representatives from diverse organizations across the United States and Canada gathered in Brooklyn, New York, for a day-long discussion on the intersections between placemaking and philanthropy. Now in its second year, the Funders Forum is a program of the Placemaking Leadership Council (PLC), and this year’s exciting conversations spanned a range of topics essential to the placemaking movement, from messaging and metrics to capacity building and community empowerment.[read more]

In the Era of Drought, It’s Humans vs. Wildlife

October 30, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

The Endangered Species Act (ESA) is further complicating water management problems in the many states struck by drought. State water management bodies are increasingly coming into conflict with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), as these organizations add more species to the endangered species list.[read more]

Amazon's Solar Farm Approved For Construction

October 28, 2015 by Glenn Meyers

Amazon recently received final approval to begin construction of a 80 MegaWatt solar farm in Virginia’s Accomack County. The farm, called “Amazon Solar Farm US East,” will be owned and developed by EPC Community Energy, and Amazon will buy the power generated through a power purchase agreement.[read more]

Cities Can Save Money by Investing in Natural Infrastructure for Water

By 2030, the world is projected to spend an estimated $10 trillion on repairing and expanding water infrastructure. Dams and treatment plants are aging, water demand is surging, and more frequent extreme weather events threaten our water security—each driving up water management costs.[read more]

Los Angeles County Approves ‘Tomato Tax Incentive’

October 26, 2015 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

If implemented, the policy has the potential to transform vacant and privately owned land in the county into urban farms, and help reduce blight and illegal dumping throughout Los Angeles city and county.[read more]

Food Day is Transforming the Sustainable Food Movement in the United States

October 20, 2015 by Barnraiser. Us

Food Day on October 24, 2015 is the annual campaign to create a more sustainable food system in the United States based on the philosophy that “Food should be healthy, affordable, and produced with care for the animals, environment, and people who serve, produce and harvest it.”[read more]

The Enduring Appeal of Oehme, van Sweden’s “New American Garden”

October 16, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

The default American landscape before game-changing landscape architecture firm Oehme van Sweden & Associates (OvS) came along was a great expanse of lawn, really an ecological wasteland, with perhaps a fringe of flowers. But all of that changed with James van Sweden and Wolgang Oehme’s New American Garden style, which burst onto the scene in the early 1960s.[read more]

Plum Creek CEO Honored for Leadership and Advocacy by SFI

The Sustainability Forestry Initiative (SFI) recognized Rick Holley, the CEO of Seattle-based Plum Creek Timber Company, this month for his longstanding work in illustrating how wood that’s produced from responsibly managed forests ultimately benefits our communities.[read more]