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Conservation & Recreation

Regulatory Drivers of Green Infrastructure

November 18, 2016 by Leda Marritz

Why do we have green infrastructure? Is it simply a better way to manage stormwater in our cities – or are do regulatory drivers relating to stormwater discharges encourage its use? What are the impacts of our federal regulatory structure on market demands?All of these questions are related.If you live in a medium-sized city or town, you...[read more]

The Neighborhood Park: An Underused Oasis

November 16, 2016 by City Parks Blog

In theory, a neighborhood park serves everyone, but the mere presence of a park does not guarantee people will use it. There’s a gender gap and an age gap when it comes to park use, according to a national survey conducted of more than 170 neighborhood parks in 25 U.S. cities, stretching from coast to coast.The RAND Corporation study...[read more]

Unpaving Paradise: “Residual Spaces” and “Hellstrips”

November 15, 2016 by Leda Marritz

The will of plants to live in tough urban spaces – and of people to tend them – defies all odds. The space between the curb and the sidewalk is one of the toughest.[read more]

Cities for Families: Local Government

November 14, 2016 by Jillian Glover

The City of North Vancouver Creates Strategy that puts Children and Families First[read more]

Building Community Resilience from the Ground Up

November 10, 2016 by The Dirt ASLA

Larimer vision / Larimer ConsenusTo boost resilience in vulnerable, under-served communities, we need to “build their adaptive capacity, their ability to work together. We need to focus on the ‘software’ of those communities,” argued architect Christine Mondor in a session at the 2016 GreenBuild in Los Angeles. Communities hard hit by...[read more]

Environmental Justice a Growing Concern Among Landscape Architects

November 3, 2016 by The Dirt ASLA

Shanghai / FlickrEnvironmental justice, which is about ensuring everyone benefits equally from nature, is a “growing concern” among landscape architects across the globe, said Kurt Culbertson, FASLA, Design Workshop. For example, in the ASLA 2016 Student Awards, 68 percent of the award-winning designs focused on issues of environmental...[read more]

Whatever the Weather: A Guide to Resilient Design

October 28, 2016 by City Parks Blog

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) recently released a guide on resilient design, aimed at helping communities better weather these events, and rebuild quicker when destruction does happen.[read more]

National Park Service Looks Ahead to the Next 100 Years

October 27, 2016 by The Dirt ASLA

The National Park Service (NPS) celebrates its centennial this year and is ready to move into its next 100 years by restoring its crown jewels and also embracing new parks and a diverse range of visitors.[read more]

Inching closer to climate goals, New York contracts for 300 EV charging stations

October 27, 2016 by Utility Dive

A New York Power Authority (NYPA) contract for 300 electric vehicle charging stations will move the state towards its goals of having 3,000 stations online by 2018 and reducing greenhouse gas emissions 40% by 2030.[read more]

Safe Passages for Wildlife (and People)

October 25, 2016 by The Dirt ASLA

In a session at the ASLA 2016 Annual Meeting in New Orleans, he, along with Thomas Woltz, FASLA, Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects, and Robert Rock, ASLA, Living Habitats, explored ways to improve connectivity for wildlife (and humans).[read more]

For a green warehouse, start small

October 21, 2016 by Supply Chain Dive

Dive Brief:Executives looking to green their warehouses but discouraged by the high costs of the most proven tactics can make five cost-efficient changes to achieve a more green distribution center, Industrial Distribution reports.Rethinking the usage paths of every day machines, providing a driver comfort station to reduce...[read more]

How impervious cover impacts stream ecosystems – and what we can do about it

October 18, 2016 by Leda Marritz

Impervious cover associated with roadways, parking lots, sidewalks, and rooftops feels necessary for the needs of people in the built environment but can destroy the ecological integrity of the receiving streams that must accommodate all the associated runoff. Stream or river health is closely linked to land-use activities and pollutant...[read more]