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Life as a Lunatic: Polyface Farms' Joel Salatin

October 22, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Farming and Lunacy

Joel Salatin is a holistic farmer in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, and an iconic figure in the sustainable food movement. Salatin practices a healing-the-land approach to farming in the face of much criticism from both traditional and sustainable agriculture advocates.[read more]

Compact and Connected Communities Improve Public Health, says New Research

October 21, 2014 by Kaid Benfield

Compact Communities and Health

We know from exhaustive past research that walkable neighborhoods and cities reduce driving, associated emissions, and living costs. Three important academic studies published earlier this year demonstrate that they are good for our health, too.[read more]

X Marks the Spot for the 11th Street Bridge Park

October 21, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

DC and Bridge Design

Landscape architecture firm OLIN and architecture firm OMA were announced as the winners of a national design competition to create a 900-foot-long bridge park spanning the Anacostia River in D.C. According to 11th Street Bridge Park executive director Scott Kratz, the jury unanimously selected this team.[read more]

Five Colleges Leading the Way in Online Sustainable Agriculture Education

October 19, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Online Agriculture Education

As the demand for local, sustainable food grows, so does the need for farmers who are well-versed in the ways of sustainable agriculture. Fortunately, many educational institutions are ready to train the next generation of sustainable farmers through sustainable agriculture curricula.[read more]

Bees and Belonging in Ottawa's Resilient Community Gardens

October 18, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Ottawa Community Gardens

 

A new grassroots city-building movement is redefining the urban landscape in Ottawa. In neighbourhoods, residents are coming together to create stronger, more resilient communities by growing their own food in urban community gardens.[read more]

Women in Food: From Theatre to Tech, Erika Block Helps Build a New Food Economy

October 18, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

New Food Economics

Erika Block is something of a web weaver for the local foods economy. As CEO of Local Orbit, a company dedicated to providing sales and business management services to entrepreneurs, farmers, food hubs and others, she’s intricately familiar with the logistics that make the movement possible.[read more]

But How Much Waste Does GM Keep Out of Landfills?

October 17, 2014 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Landfills and Waste

Last month, we joined sister site Gas 2.0 in congratulating Ford Canada on reaching landfill-free status for all of its operations. That’s a pretty impressive achievement, right – all of the factories in one country sending nothing to landfills?[read more]

Sustainable Food Toolkit Targets Next Generation of Community Food Advocates

October 17, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

Food Toolkit

The sustainable food movement has gained a lot of momentum in recent years, but there are still more than six million children in the U.S. living in communities that lack access to healthy, sustainable food. Often, these children know very little about where food comes from, and which foods are healthy.[read more]

DC Urban Agriculture Bill Could Encourage Farming With Tax Breaks

October 16, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

DC Legislation and Urban Agriculture

The urban farming movement finally appears to be coming of age in the nation’s capital. No longer just a novel idea, it’s now on the cusp of receiving institutional support from DC’s city leaders–that is if its backers can get votes to line up in their favor.[read more]

Pontevedra, Spain Increases Downtown Livability by Reducing Vehicle Access

October 16, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Reducing Urban Vehicle Access

It’s a city where the car is unobtrusive, a city with neither noise nor fumes, where children can play in the street and people with reduced mobility can access businesses and services easily. Is it a utopia? No, it is the urban model developed by Pontevedra, Spain.[read more]

A Common Vision: NYC People's Climate March and City Parks

October 15, 2014 by City Parks Blog

Activism and Public Vision

While goals of climate change campaigns such as the recent People's Climate March commonly include calls for reducing carbon dioxide emissions and transitioning to renewable sources of energy, the role of parks in the overall environmental health of cities is often overlooked.[read more]

Urban Protected Areas: Important for Urban People, Important for Nature Conservation Globally

October 15, 2014 by The Nature of Cities
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Urban Protected Areas

The international conservation movement traditionally has concentrated on protecting things like large, remote areas that have relatively intact natural ecosystems. It has given a lot less attention to urban places and urban people, however.[read more]