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Support the Stormwater Fee in Three Minutes or Less | Blue Water Baltimore

Support the Stormwater Fee in Three Minutes or Less | Blue Water Baltimore | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Your legislators need to know that YOU want to protect the stormwater fee and they need to know this week. Here's how you can do it.
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Conserving land in older, "inner" suburbs for small parks, gardens, natural areas & stormwater management
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Project for Public Spaces | A New Vision to Fix the Tragedy No One Ever Thinks About

Project for Public Spaces | A New Vision to Fix the Tragedy No One Ever Thinks About | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
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The pedestrian safety crisis: “It’s like an airplane falling out of the sky every other day. If that actually happened, the whole system would be ground to a halt until the problem was fixed,” notes Scott Bricker, Executive Director of America Walks, a coalition of walking advocacy groups. “We need to address this terrible problem with the same urgency.”

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Maryland Adds 52 Acres to Rural Legacy Area in Baltimore County | DNR News

Maryland Adds 52 Acres to Rural Legacy Area in Baltimore County | DNR News | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
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The newly preserved 52-acre Stark Easement protects the beautiful views along 1,700 feet of Hicks Road and along 750 feet of the Torrey C. Brown Rail Trail, which transects the property. The easement will also work to protect water quality via a 100-foot thick wooded buffer along 2,300 linear feet of Little Gunpowder Falls and its tributaries.

With the addition of this easement, 42 percent of the 13,819-acre Gunpowder Rural Legacy Area is currently protected. 

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Interior Secretary Jewell pushes for Congress to take action on stalled conservation bills

Interior Secretary Jewell pushes for Congress to take action on stalled conservation bills | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
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"There are dozens of bills in Congress, and they need to be passed — dozens of bipartisan bills, bills with wide support, broad support — but no one has the courage to pass them," she said. "We need to encourage this Congress to get on with it and to move forward."

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For smart growth, not all urban density is created equal | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

For smart growth, not all urban density is created equal | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
  Have you ever noticed how those of us who promote walkable, “smart growth” city neighborhoods often choose historic districts to illustrate what we advocate?  Take the photo at the top of this article, for example:  I’m not sure what...
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"in their passion for the highest possible densities as an antidote to low-density sprawl, too many urbanist advocates overlook the considerable benefits of still-relatively-high city density at a human scale."

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Five Ways to Incorporate Nature in the Workplace

Five Ways to Incorporate Nature in the Workplace | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Research proves it again and again: access to outdoor views, fresh air and plants improves employee well-being. Integrating natural elements into the workplace isn’t simply an aesthetic move – it has monetary payoffs too. In one call center in California, for example, employees with views of the outdoors handled 6-7% more calls than those without those views. Contact with nature also reduces absenteeism and improves employee productivity and retention.
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Strong Citizens Challenge: Walk to the Grocery Store

Strong Citizens Challenge: Walk to the Grocery Store | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Take a walk to get your groceries. Take some pictures if you like. Share the story of your experience and whatever observations you took away from it, on the Strong Towns Forum.
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Environmental Justice For All

Race must be talked about in discussions of environmental justice. The new Green economy should help immigrants, blacks, minorites, and those less fortunate. The new civil rights movement is green.
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Historically, mainstream environmental organizations have been made up mostly of white staffers and have focused more on the ephemeral concept of the environment rather than on the people who are affected (see “Global Warming Is Color-Blind,” p. 47). Today, though, as climate change and gas prices dominate public discourse, the concepts driving the new environmental justice movement are starting to catch on. Just recently, for instance, New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman dubbed the promise of public investment in the green economy the “Green New Deal.”

Read more: http://www.utne.com/environment/environmental-justice-for-all.aspx#ixzz3Eo3PpbTA

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Here's What's Becoming Of America's Dead Shopping Malls

Here's What's Becoming Of America's Dead Shopping Malls | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
What happens when shopping malls die? Often they're turning into medical centers, churches, schools and universities and new suburban downtowns.
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"There are roughly 1,200 enclosed malls in the U.S. and only about a third of them are doing well.

Online shopping, the recession and demographic shifts are some of the factors killing shopping malls. And as these changes leave behind huge concrete carcasses, they're being "reimagined" into everything from medical centers to hockey rinks."

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More Evidence That Goats Are a Good Municipal Investment

More Evidence That Goats Are a Good Municipal Investment | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Goats are better than herbicides when it comes to clearing weeds, say scientists.
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"Now, there's even more evidence of their landscaping efficacy thanks to researchers at Duke and six other universities, including one in the Netherlands. (The world's most methodical minds are clamoring to be near goats, it seems.) Their focus, explained in the journal PeerJ, is how the creatures can be leveraged against a troublesome invasive grass from Europe, Phragmites australis."

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Cyclists—and Motorists--Be Safe Out There

Cyclists—and Motorists--Be Safe Out There | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
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"Cycling is an earth-friendly and healthy way to get around, as long as we do it safely.  And it’s not just cyclists that may need a safety refresher.  Many drivers who are not used to encountering bikes on the road could benefit from a few traffic safety reminders too.

So, let’s review a few of the rules of the road to help keep everyone safe and happy."

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'I Pretend for a Living, but You Do Not': Leonardo DiCaprio Speaks Bluntly at the U.N.

'I Pretend for a Living, but You Do Not': Leonardo DiCaprio Speaks Bluntly at the U.N. | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it

Famed movie actor and recently anointed anti-Tar Sands activist Leonardo DiCaprio laid it on the line at the United Nations Climate Summit this week, just 48 hours after striding side-by-side with Indigenous Peoples from Canada for the full route of the People’s Clim

Read more athttp://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2014/09/24/i-pretend-living-you-do-not-leonardo-dicaprio-speaks-bluntly-un-157040


Via Wes Thomas
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""As an actor, I pretend for a living. I play fictitious characters often solving fictitious problems,” DiCaprio told the attendees of the one-day summit convened by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday September 23. “I believe that mankind has looked at climate change in that same way—as if it were a fiction. As if pretending that climate change wasn’t real would somehow make it go away.”

Read more athttp://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2014/09/24/i-pretend-living-you-do-not-leonardo-dicaprio-speaks-bluntly-un-157040
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Lufa Farms Inc.

Lufa Farms Inc. | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
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"In Montreal, Lufa Farms has built two commercial-scale rooftop greenhouses. The greenhouses total 74,000 square feet of growing area and produce some 200 metric tons of food annually, feeding thousands of city residents. Our concept is to grow food using no new land; capturing rainwater and recirculating irrigation water; using less energy to heat; using no pesticides, herbicides, or fungicides; composting green waste on site; and doing all of this close enough to where Montrealers live and work that tomatoes, lettuce, peppers, greens, cucumbers, herbs and more can be harvested the same day as delivery and in their kitchens by dinnertime."

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Is Bike Sharing Just for Gentrifiers?

Is Bike Sharing Just for Gentrifiers? | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
In Washington, D.C.—a city that is half African American–just 3 percent of Capital Bikeshare's users are black. Can advocates and city planners change that?
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"A recent article in Forbes contrasting the costs of biking and driving found that the average operating cost of a bicycle is $308 per year, compared with $8,220 for the average car. At $75 per year—or $7 in monthly payments—D.C.'s Capital Bikeshare is an even better deal. So how did this most egalitarian mode of transportation come to symbolize the gentrifying class? And what's being done to change that?"

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Three-year construction project begins on I-695 in Balto. Co.

Three-year construction project begins on I-695 in Balto. Co. | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Construction to widen and resurface lanes and redesign exit patterns along a 1-mile stretch of Interstate 695 in Baltimore County began this week and is expected to continue through the summer of 2017, according to the State Highway Administration.
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The work will get rid of the cloverleaf exit pattern from eastbound I-695 onto southbound Harford Road; replace the existing Old Harford Road bridge over I-695; improve medians and traffic signals on Harford Road; introduce new water management systems and lighting; and provide for reforestation in the area.

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There's still no plan for the Owings Mills Mall, but Kimco isn't selling - Baltimore Business Journal

There's still no plan for the Owings Mills Mall, but Kimco isn't selling - Baltimore Business Journal | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Redevelopment has been stalled by Foundry Row.
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"Kimco Realty Corp. sees the half-vacant Owings Mills Mall as a long-term investment that will eventually get redeveloped and it has no plans to put the mall on the market."

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How Much Space Do Cars Take? Cyclists Demonstrate How Bicycles Fight Congestion

How Much Space Do Cars Take? Cyclists Demonstrate How Bicycles Fight Congestion | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it

People that commute by car spend an inordinate amount of time staring at taillights. There’s no way they’re getting around that traffic in front of them. But what about bike commuters? This group of Latvian cyclists recently created a powerful demonstration of the large footprint created by cars that carry just one occupant.

 

The four cyclists strapped on fragile frameworks shaped like cars, then hopped into the local traffic in Riga to show how much room they would occupy on their daily commute. The difference communicates loud and clear: if these cyclists were actually in cars, they would seriously add to congestion.


Via Lauren Moss, Wes Thomas
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This group of Latvian cyclists recently created a powerful demonstration of the large footprint created by cars that carry just one occupant.
Read more at http://www.visualnews.com/2014/10/11/much-space-cars-take-cyclists-demonstrate-bicycles-fight-congestion/#jV0A55HTvzPI4Lic.99

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Interesting study from Latvia.  Something to think about when fossil fuels  run out or become too expensive to buy. Protection from bad weather is a definite plus for cars.  Or, you could have commuters park their cars in a municipal lot and use bikes to reach their workplaces once they enter the city.  Aloha, Russ.

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Big Data Can Peer Into Your Soul Based on Your Zip Code

Big Data Can Peer Into Your Soul Based on Your Zip Code | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Software company Esri's database files Americans into 67 different consumer groups—with eerie accuracy.
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"What does all this say about the extent to which consumer behaviors inform perceptions of a place and the people who live there? From a marketer's perspective, it seems, you are what you pay for."

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Md. Voters to Decide Transportation Fund ‘Lockbox’ - CBS DC

Md. Voters to Decide Transportation Fund ‘Lockbox’ - CBS DC | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it

The transportation fund is used to pay for operating and capital expenses for highway, transit, aviation, port and motor vehicle services and projects. Maryland voters will decide in November whether to approve a constitutional amendment to make it harder for state officials to spend money in the state's Transportation Trust Fund on anything unrelated to transportation.

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"The transportation fund is used to pay for operating and capital expenses for highway, transit, aviation, port and motor vehicle services and projects."

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Experience Your America – The National Park Service in Baltimore County

Experience Your America – The National Park Service in Baltimore County | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it

"Also part of the Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails Network, the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail is a 560-mile land and water route that tells the story of the War of 1812 in the Chesapeake Bay region."

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We hope soon to have preserved land for a leg of this trail

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Nature Is But Another Name for Health

Nature Is But Another Name for Health | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
"We are trying to figure out precisely what types of nature provide the most health benefits," said William Sullivan, ASLA, a landscape architecture professor at the University of Illinois at Urban...
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"there is a positive, linear relationship between tree cover and self-reported stress recovery, and a curvilinear association between objective stress recovery and tree cover.” This means physiologically, there’s a peak tree canopy level and then it declines. According to Jiang, the optimal tree cover rate is 30-40 percent."

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Walking is the superfood of fitness, experts say | Reuters

Walking is the superfood of fitness, experts say | Reuters | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
“Actively sedentary is a new category of people who are fit for one hour but sitting around the rest of the day," Bowman said. “You can’t offset 10 hours of stillness with one hour of exercise.”
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Stories: 7 Practical Ideas for Compassionate Communities, From Free College to Debt Relief (09-27-2014) - Abundant Community

Stories: 7 Practical Ideas for Compassionate Communities, From Free College to Debt Relief (09-27-2014) - Abundant Community | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
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"One year after it began, the Buy Nothing Project has grown into a social media movement with more than 225 local groups across the country and the world. Rebecca Rockefeller cofounded the first Buy Nothing group on Bainbridge Island, Wash., and says the project is helping communities discover their abundance. “There’s enough stuff to go around,” she says, “and the way we learn that is by getting to know our neighbors, asking for what we need, and giving what we have."

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The National Champion of Local Business

The National Champion of Local Business | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
For nearly two decades, Stacy Mitchell has tried to level a playing field she sees as tilted toward big retail.
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" ...she says, the war between chains and independents won't be won by conscious consumers willing to drop an extra buck on a bacon egg & cheese at the local diner.

"The research I've done indicates that the problem for independent businesses is that the market is rigged, and it's rigged because people tilt the playing field," she says. "Essentially, large companies have been able to use their political clout to pass laws and regulations that expand their own market share and make it hard for independent businesses to survive."

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LA Express Park™

LA Express Park™ | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Save Time, Park Smarter
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"Right-priced curb parking can solve the problems created by charging either too much or too little. If the price of curb parking is too high, nearby stores lose customers, employees lose jobs, and governments lose tax revenue. If the price is too low, drivers are forced to circle the block to find an open space, wasting time and fuel, congesting traffic, and polluting the air. If the price is right, drivers will always find one or two open curb parking spaces at their destinations."

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Neighborhood Postcard Project |

Neighborhood Postcard Project | | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
The Neighborhood Postcard Project is a global participatory art project that fosters community connection through storytelling exchange.
Residents share personal positive stories about their neighborhood on a postcard and those postcards are delivered to random people in different neighborhoods within that same city to break down stereotypes and build community.
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Very cool idea

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