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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]

8 Highlights from Medellin's World Bike Forum 2015

March 21, 2015 by This Big City

World Bike Forum

The World Bike Forum 2015 (WBF4) took place in the city of Medellín, Colombia, between 26th February and 1st March. The Forum is one of the region’s major citizen-led events, being designed, organized and maintained by citizens on a voluntary basis to promote the use of bicycles in cities.[read more]

Missouri Council Finds Strengths and Weaknesses in Ozarks Local Food System

Local Food in the Ozarks

What makes a local food system? That’s what the Ozarks Regional Food Policy Council set out to discover through their food system assessment for the 20 counties surrounding Springfield, Missouri. Their findings show the strengths and weaknesses of the local food economy.[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]

Watch the Film They Don't Want You to See: Under The Dome

March 20, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Under the Dome, a Chinese documentary film that exposes the truth about pollution in China, has been watched by more than 200 million viewers there. While it was first supported by the new Chinese environmental minister, it has since been removed from public view by the Chinese government censors.[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]


Gaps Identified in European Law to Ensure Healthy Indoor Air Quality

March 19, 2015 by David Thorpe

A good internal environment is essential for health.

Between 30-50% of excess winter deaths can be attributed to cold indoor temperatures, but the requirements for indoor air quality and thermal comfort are not comprehensive and clear enough in eight surveyed European countries, according to a new study from Buildings Performance Institute Europe (BPIE).[read more]

Florida Benedictine Sister Keeps the Faith with Aquaponics

Florida and Aquaponics

When a Benedictine sister at a St. Leo, Florida monastery wanted to do more in helping feed the hungry and heal the world, she did something a bit unexpected: she started an onsite aquaponics system. Prior to this endeavor, Sister Miriam Cosgrove’s knowledge of aquaponics did not extend far.[read more]

Free Livability Technical Assistance Coming to Nine Communities

March 17, 2015 by Project for Public Spaces

Livability Help in Communities

Project for Public Spaces and their partners at Livability Solutions are pleased to announce the nine communities selected to receive free technical assistance in 2015, thanks to a grant from the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Sustainable Communities.[read more]

The 3 Pillars of Watertight Cities

March 17, 2015 by Cape Town Partnership

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]

University of Iowa's Toolkit Helps Communities 'Start the Conversation' on Local Food Systems

Local Food Support

A new Agricultural Urbanism Toolkit produced by the Iowa State University’s Community Design Lab offers communities the planning tools necessary to prioritize and ignite urban farming projects.The Toolkit includes process, practice and case studies to help jump-start local urban agriculture programs.[read more]

F. Kaid Benfield: How to Create Healthy Environments for People

March 14, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Health and the Environment

“Just as all parts of an ecosystem must be healthy if the system is going to work,” an environment for people — a “people habitat” — must have “homes, shops, businesses, and the environment that fit in a harmonious way,” said urban thinker and author F. Kaid Benfield.[read more]