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The City Dwellers Who Are Growing Food in India, China and Brazil

Urban Gardens are a Global Movement

According to the US Department of Agriculture, around 15 percent of the world’s food is now grown in urban areas. Urban agriculture enhances sustainability, secures public space, and provides much needed food security and health benefits for communities. We look at examples from three continents.[read more]

A Sustainable Food One-Stop Shop: New Orleans Business Combines Urban Farm, Grocery Store

Food Innovation in New Orleans

For many area residents in New Orleans’ 17th Ward, Hollygrove Market & Farm is their only source of affordable, local fresh food. HM&F goes out of its way to provide healthy food choices by letting customers choose from purchasing single items or CSA-style food boxes.[read more]

How Arborists can Work with Developers to Preserve Green Infrastructure Under Pressure

March 24, 2015 by Leda Marritz

Green Urbanism Trends and Meaning

David Dockter, from the Planning and Community Environment and Public Works in Palo Alto, explains how to work with developers to overcome the urban pressures on the needs of – and for – trees. He describes how he helps them understand the benefits, and shows how he uses building permits and planning tools as levers.[read more]

Colorado May Pass Bill to Create Farm-to-School Food Supplies

Colorado kids could be getting much more local fresh food.

Colorado may pass a bill that would create state-wide farm-to-school supply chains to improve children's diets. House Bill 15-1088 seeks to build the capacity of farmers by helping them overcome economic hurdles and connect with school districts interested in serving fresh, local products to their students.[read more]

New Book Tells of Small, Rural Farmers Beating the Odds in Tobacco Country

Small Farms and Innovation

In a time and place where unprecedented numbers of small farmers are going under every year, a new book profiles eight small farmers who are using a blend of creativity and market research to craft a niche for themselves in difficult economic conditions.[read more]

Greening the Street for Better Public Spaces

Green Streets

Streets perform a necessary function in the life of cities, like the arteries of a complex, urban organism. As the Project for Public Spaces notes, city streets “animate the social and economic life of communities” by serving as primary sites for community interaction and exchange.[read more]

New Alliance Aims to Set Accreditation Standards for Garden Cities

March 20, 2015 by David Thorpe

Letchworth, where it all began

A process has begun to create a set of standards to define a garden city following concern that the idea has been appropriated by certain developers who would not necessarily develop the most sustainable plans, and to champion the idea to the public.[read more]

New Mexico Black Chamber of Commerce Chairman Leads Way on Aquaponics for Food Security

Food Security

After Michael McNair investigated why some black farmers in the state experienced water shortages, he learned about aquaponics from watching videos on YouTube. In a moment of epiphany, he realized that aquaponics would work not only for these farmers, but for the entire state of New Mexico.[read more]

Ten Extra Water Days: What Are You Doing March 41st?

March 19, 2015 by Mark LeChevallier

March 16-22 marks the annual Fix a Leak Week, a wonderful awareness initiative presented by the U.S. EPA and their WaterSense partners. But before exploring the actions we're called to take in honoring Fix A Leak Week, I'd like to consider for a second the fictional week you could be gaining March 32-41.[read more]

Creating Jobs Through Resource Conservation: The Circular Economy

March 17, 2015 by Glenn Vowles
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Conservation and Job Creation

Perhaps half-a-million jobs would be created by something as useful as transforming our economy from a take, make, and throwaway one to a genuinely green one which optimizes efficiency, renewability and working with environmental respect.[read more]

The 3 Pillars of Watertight Cities

March 17, 2015 by Cape Town Partnership
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Water and Cities

“Water has no substitute” is the tagline for National Water Week, running from 16 to 22 March 2015. Given the looming urban water crisis, Cape Town Partnership programme coordinator Sibusiso Tshabalala investigated what would be needed to seal our cities.[read more]

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How Embracing the Opportunities of the Green Economy Can Bring Sustainable Growth to Africa

March 16, 2015 by David Thorpe
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Achim Steiner, Executive Director of UNEP launching the Green Economy report

A new UNEP report makes the strong case for the importance of the green economy in creating sustainable wealth and growth in Africa. It finds that Africa is already seizing the opportunity to make a transition to the green economy, providing jobs and social benefits as well as protecting vital natural resources.[read more]