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Agriculture & Food

Tempe Community Market is Becoming a New Community Hub while Providing Fresh, Local Food

April 14, 2014 by Tazmine Loomans

Tempe Community Market

The Tempe Community Market is a brand new farmer’s market in the Valley that opened on March 2. It is the brain child of the Tempe Community Action Agency (TCAA), a local social services agency that provides emergency short term assistance with things like food, rent and utilities.[read more]

Balance is Overrated: An Interview with World Forestry Center’s Rick Zenn

April 13, 2014 by Leda Marritz

World Forestry Center

The World Forestry Center is a nonprofit educational institution that was founded in Portland, Oregon in 1964. Their mission is to educate and inform people about the world’s forests, trees, and environmental sustainability and to increase public awareness of the benefits of sustainable forestry management.[read more]

Chicago Startup Offers Healthy, Organic Foods in Vending Machines

Healthy Vending Choices

As a traveling salesman, Luke Saunders knew first hand just how hard it can be to find fresh food on the go. “I was the person who would pick up prepared food for the road because I knew that when I got there, there wouldn’t be good options,” he says.[read more]

Getting to Higher Ground with Rooftop Farming

Rooftop Farming

Higher Ground Farm founder John Stoddard is all about moving on up when it comes to urban agriculture. He and his business partner, Courtney Hennessey, farm on the roof of the Boston Design Center, a 55,000 square foot space in South Boston, and completed their first farming season in 2013.[read more]

Urban Gardeners May Be Unaware of How Best to Manage Soil Contaminants

April 10, 2014 by Glenn Meyers

Soil and Contaminants

With spring here and many urban homeowners and community gardeners itching to get out in the garden for planting, this information from Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future concerns possible soil contaminants. Understanding how to manage potential contaminants is valuable information.[read more]

City of Denver Advances Local Food Policy With Public-Private Partnerships

Denver and Food Security

Where does your food come from? Residents of Denver may have scratched their heads over it, because most of the city’s food was sourced from elsewhere. Recently, however, stakeholders in the private and public sectors collaborated to help food growers prosper within the Denver metropolitan area.[read more]

Forests for the Future

March 24, 2014 by Glenn Vowles

Future Forests

With UN International Day of Forests (March 21st) trying to raise awareness of the importance of forests, here are my reasons for wanting to see forests protected and for more forests of the right sort in the right places to be established (or re-established).[read more]

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Thirsty Cities: World Warned about Wasteful Water Use

March 21, 2014 by David Thorpe

Water and Energy - both must be conserved

Saturday, March 22 is World Water Day 2014. The United Nations and World Bank are using it to convey the urgent message that water and energy are interrelated - both must be provided sustainably. Water used for energy generation must be minimized, recycled and not polluted.[read more]

Watching Global Deforestation (and Reforestation) Happen

March 20, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Deforest Reforest

Global Forest Watch, a new $25 million dollar, web-based tool — which was created through a partnership of the World Resources Institute, ESRI, United Nations Environment Program, Google, and others — aims to provide a view of deforestation (and reforestation) around the world.[read more]

Ecology Rights and City Development Plans: The Case of Mumbai

March 14, 2014 by The Nature of Cities

Mumbai and Open Cities

Mumbai’s development plan is revised every twenty years. The revision process of the current plan is underway for 2014-2034, to be launched some time later this year. Amongst many issues that active citizens and environmental groups have flagged is that of ecology and environment.[read more]

The Great Local vs. Chain Store Debate, as Seen from Somerville, MA

March 7, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Chain vs Local Choices

It’s Sunday morning in Union Square, Somerville, located some twenty minutes by bus from downtown Boston. Should I get breakfast at Dunkin’ Donuts, or at Union Square Donuts, which has hazelnut donuts? Should I get groceries at Target, or at Capone, a local deli?[read more]

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What Local Governments Can Learn From Leading Corporations About Sustainability

March 6, 2014 by David Thorpe

Inspire.

Leading companies are winning awards for their innovative work in making their operations more sustainable and fair. There are many things that administrators and municipalities can learn from their approach to apply in the public sector.[read more]