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Why Privatize Water?

November 20, 2015 by Charles Arthur

Humans can survive weeks without food, but only days without water — in some conditions, only hours. It may sound clichéd, but it’s no hyperbole: water is life. So what happens when private companies control the spigot? Evidence from water privatization projects around the world paints a pretty clear picture — public health is at stake.[read more]

Street Light Orchestra Creates an Urban Commons of Music and Light

November 13, 2015 by Shareable .

The outdoor music and light installation allows passersby to stroll among virtual orchestra sections represented by various lights, pulsating to the rhythm and beat of classical works of music.[read more]

In Vino Veritas: The Truth About Water And Wine

November 5, 2015 by Mark LeChevallier

Like many other industries, winemaking is evolving toward more eco-responsible solutions, and winemakers are taking action to gain more knowledge, share their findings and innovate viable tactics to reduce their water footprint.[read more]

#WalkingMatters: Cities Should Be a Good Place for Everyone to Walk

October 29, 2015 by Shareable .

Girl Trek aims to improve black women’s health by organizing communities to walk, even in places where sidewalks are absent and crime rates are high. More than 35,000 African-American women have taken Girl Trek’s pledge to re-establish walking as a healing tradition in their neighborhoods. More than 500 Girl Trek members traveled to Alabama last Spring to walk in celebration of the Selma-to-Birmingham Civil Rights March.[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]

Suburb Reaps Benefits by Combining High School with Senior Center

October 23, 2015 by Shareable .

In most suburban communities across the United States, much of the urban landscape is stratified. Not only are Americans separated by race and income; increasingly, they are separated by age.[read more]

Acting Now and Acting Together on Air Quality Management

October 23, 2015 by Celina Plaza

ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, USA (ICLEI USA) hosted a delegation of environmental protection and municipal government officials from China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection, Jiangsu Provincial Environmental Protection Department, and environmental protection officials from Nanjing, Wuxi, Changzhou, and Suzhou as part of its ongoing activities under the California-China Urban Climate Collaborative (CCUCC).[read more]

Portland Aquaponics Business Sells Live Microgreens via CSA

October 21, 2015 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

You get your basil, arugula and/or a mix of spicy salad greens, but in a unique twist subscribers to the CSA also receive trays of live microgreens, which they can snip off to eat when it suits them. Möbius sells its microgreens live to avoid nutrient loss, spoilage, and waste.[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]

Toronto’s Park People: Making Sense of Community Engagement in the Parks Business

October 13, 2015 by City Parks Blog

Involving citizens and communities in the process of managing city parks may represent a new way of doing business for public park agencies, but it is an increasing necessity to have a constituency that supports and advocates for what the agency does. How a parks department is organized to accept and use different kinds of resources – including funding and volunteer support – will require unprecedented collaboration between the networks of public, private, and philanthropic actors, with a strong community base. Cities across the U.S. are coming to understand this, and so are some of our neighbors to the north.[read more]

Cities Around the World Celebrate International Walk to School Day

This past Wednesday (October 7) marked the celebration of the fifteenth annual International Walk to School Day. Schools in more than 40 countries across the globe participated in the event—including the U.S., Turkey, Brazil and China—encouraging students to walk with friends or parents to school instead of taking private vehicles.[read more]