When we are kids taught about the circle of life. We have an admiration and fascination for the beauty of the world around us. There is a tangible love and respect. Somewhere along the way that is lost. We all have forgotten how imperative each living thing is to the next.
Most importantly bees pollinate anywhere from ⅓-⅔ of the food we eat, most of them our fruits and vegetables ... this creates an alarming decline in the foods available to us if or when the honey bee goes instinct. Whole foods depiction of their store without the help of pollinators is a good example of the impact.
"Perhaps there is still time to take a stand for the Kingdom of Life; it needs defenders. Perhaps, mighty as its enemies may be, allies will come who are even
Beston points to the power of community as our greatest saving grace in the face of meaninglessness and destruction — a sentiment all the timelier today, in a divisive culture intent on finding more and more ways of making us cleave rather than converge.
Two Baltimore churches were recently awarded grant funds to implement stormwater restoration practices to reduce polluted stormwater runoff from their sacred grounds. St. John Lutheran Church in Brooklyn and Christian Temple Church in Catonsville will receive $52,933 and $25,000, respectively.
The churches will be removing impervious pavement, installing rainwater harvesting systems and rain gardens, and planting trees all with the aim of not only reducing polluted stormwater from running into our streams, but to also model this behavior within their communities to educate members, residents and visitors about the problem of polluted stormwater and the different solutions that we can adopt.
John McGrain, 84, of Towson has been using his camera to document the life and infrastructure of his hometown, Baltimore County and Maryland for 70 years.
"He traces what he calls the "great assault on Towson" to 1950, when developers razed the early 19th-century Epsom Chapel, the town's first house of worship, to make way for a Hutzler's department store."
Towson residents and elected officials are scrambling to protect an 1850s mansion that houses a nursing home that's closing by the end of the year. The Presbyterian Home of Maryland, located in what was once known as the Bosley Mansion, is on the market.
Residents of Towson's Southland Hills neighborhood lament the loss of a neighbor that has been in operation for nearly 90 years .... But they also worry about the potential loss of green space considered a shared oasis in their residential enclave.
“Suburbs isn’t a dirty word,” declared Adam F. Ducker, RCLCO managing director and moderator of the “Next Stop Suburbs” session at the ULI Spring Meeting in Philadelphia.
"So what makes a good suburb? “Desirable communities make it easy to get where you want to without a car,” said Niess. Biking and walking infrastructure “is the first amenity we put in new communities.”
The health care industry’s impact on cities and regions—through job creation, purchasing, and real estate development—has gained increasing attention in recent years, and for good reason. Yet largely absent from the discussion is consideration of how the physical character of urban health centers, and the relationship they in turn have with their surrounding neighborhoods, could be more supportive of expanded and evolving ideas for what it takes to build a healthier society.
A bill currently before the City Council would provide property tax exemption for community maintained green spaces. How would that affect the bottom line in our cash-strapped city? Just fine. A study of community gardens in New York showed a substantial increase in property taxes near community gardens.
A large body of research has established that people with access to a little bit of nature — or even a view — are healthier than people who have no access.
Grantmakers should provide enough money for nonprofits to pay for all their operations, not just programs and services.
“Pay-What-It-Takes Philanthropy” is a great contribution to the heated debate over “overhead costs.” To determine what it actually costs for high-performing nonprofits to get the job done, Bridgespan analysts Jeri Eckhart-Queenan, Michael Etzel, and Sridhar Prasad studied the financial records of 20 effective nonprofits and tallied up their indirect costs—that is, the costs not attributed to a specific program. “The median indirect cost rate for all 20 nonprofits was 40 percent, nearly three times the 15 percent overhead rate that most foundations provide,” the authors found.
"In many communities, political challenges, NIMBY opposition, and infrastructure-related issues hinder change. “The most difficult and most important obstacle is members of the public who have all kinds of negative connotations to that word ‘urban’ or cities,”
Suburban governments across the U.S. may be making it difficult for young families who want something different to find it.
"If we believe that urban life confers value by its form, we believe that people and institutions grow stronger in closeness to people of many ages, styles, and incomes. Any zoning that assigns families, the poor, and seniors to sprawl makes the urban experience a perk for only the childless or the wealthy."
"We don't distinguish between a park and a vacant lot."
“People think access to nature might add opportunity for physical activity, might lower exposure to air pollution or increase opportunities for social interaction,” James says. And while all those things are contributing factors, their study found the strongest link in hownature decreases stress and improves mental health.
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