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Climate Signals, Growing Louder - NYTimes.com

Climate Signals, Growing Louder - NYTimes.com | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
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"without swift and decisive action to limit greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels and other sources, the world will almost surely face centuries of climbing temperatures, rising seas, species loss and dwindling agricultural yields. The damage will be particularly acute in coastal communities and in low-lying poor countries — like Bangladesh — that are least able to protect themselves."
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Conserving land in older, "inner" suburbs for small parks, gardens, natural areas & stormwater management
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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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Transportation For America – Transit still more popular with millennials, despite their upbringing

Transportation For America – Transit still more popular with millennials, despite their upbringing | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
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"there just aren’t enough neighborhoods being built that have great transit options."

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$13 Million White Marsh Run Infrastructure Project Breaks Ground

$13 Million White Marsh Run Infrastructure Project Breaks Ground | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
“When it rains—especially in a place like White Marsh with a lot of buildings and paved areas—the rain rushes down storm drains into our streams,” County Executive Kevin Kamenetz said, creating a “torrent of pollution” that impacts waterways.
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“When it rains—especially in a place like White Marsh with a lot of buildings and paved areas—the rain rushes down storm drains into our streams,” County Executive Kevin Kamenetz said, creating a “torrent of pollution” that impacts waterways.

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Towson named as one of best suburbs by real estate brokers

Towson named as one of best suburbs by real estate brokers | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Online real estate brokerage Movoto named Towson the ninth best suburb for education in America.
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"Towson's been selected as the best place for retirement or seniors several years ago, best place for young professional singles, so it seems like you can kind of invent any kind of criteria you want and put it on the list," Hartman said. "But I guess its good to be recognized."

Read more: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/baltimore-county/towson/ph-tt-news-digest-0917-20140925,0,1147051.story#ixzz3EOAwdcny

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Ray LaHood brings his pitch for a higher gas tax to Baltimore - Baltimore Business Journal

Ray LaHood brings his pitch for a higher gas tax to Baltimore - Baltimore Business Journal | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
The former U.S. transportation secretary still thinks America is "one big pothole" and needs more money for infrastructure.
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"Good infrastructure encourages economic development," LaHood said. "You build a road, people will come, people will use it. You build a light rail system, people will use it."

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Obama seeks $900M for conservation program

Obama seeks $900M for conservation program | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Obama’s push for a funding increase is meeting resistance in the House.
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“It’s a good approach: preserving land, rewarding the private sector when they do it.”

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Baltimore County to restore White Marsh Run, replace sewer line

Gardina said the large amount of paved surfaces in White Marsh result in a torrent of water after storms, eroding the stream over time and increasing sediment and pollutants — nitrogen and phosphorus — that eventually flow to the bay.
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"Gardina said the large amount of paved surfaces in White Marsh result in a torrent of water after storms, eroding the stream over time and increasing sediment and pollutants — nitrogen and phosphorus — that eventually flow to the bay."

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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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New owner, new cleanup agreement for mill site

New owner, new cleanup agreement for mill site | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Dundalkeagle.com serves the Greater Dundalk, MD community with interactive news and features as your hometown online.
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Once cleanup is completed, the land will be deemed suitable for industrial use. Residential, recreation or agricultural use of the land will not be permitted.

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Input sought on Loch Raven Reservoir North watershed goals

Input sought on Loch Raven Reservoir North watershed goals | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Charlie Conklin isn't talking about multi-million chicken farms, a problem on the Eastern Shore. He isn't referring to residential developments being built in once-rural areas, another problem. Instead, Conklin, president of the Gunpowder Valley Conservancy, is concerned about small farms, horse operations and privately owned land that impact the Loch Raven Reservoir watershed.
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While the Loch Raven North SWAP appears to focus on land preservation and agricultural practices, it doesn't apply only to farmers. In an area known for large estates on vast acreage, private homeowners cannot be left out of the equation.

Read more: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/baltimore-county/towson/ph-tt-loch-raven-watershed-0924-20140922,0,6297560.story#ixzz3EOBWzIzU

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Leaves Change Color Each Fall Because of Dieting Trees

Leaves Change Color Each Fall Because of Dieting Trees | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Those brilliant reds, oranges, and yellows? They're preparations for a hungry winter.
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"The world reddens in the fall because trees, like so many other creatures, are watching their weight."

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Eastern Shore Land Conservancy Receives $1.3M Tax Credit

Eastern Shore Land Conservancy Receives $1.3M Tax Credit | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
The Eastern Shore Land Conservancy says it received a New Markets Tax Credit, netting about $1.3 million for the Eastern Shore Conservation Center renovations.
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"This credit is a huge step toward completing the Eastern Shore Conservation Center," said ESLC Executive Director Rob Etgen. "And it reminds us of the heart of this project - not only is it a conservation center, a place for collaboration among organizations; it is a community center, a place where people can gather for educational programming, or to relax with a cup of coffee. It's an exciting time for our organization and for conservation on Maryland's Eastern Shore."

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'Fracking' wastewater that is treated for drinking downstream produces potentially harmful compounds

'Fracking' wastewater that is treated for drinking downstream produces potentially harmful compounds | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Concerns that fluids from hydraulic fracturing, or 'fracking,' are contaminating drinking water abound. Now, scientists are bringing to light another angle that adds to the controversy. A new study has found that discharge of fracking wastewaters to rivers, even after passage through wastewater treatment plants, could be putting the drinking water supplies of downstream cities at risk.
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The problem is these plants don't do a good job at removing halides. Researchers have raised concern that halide-contaminated surface water subsequently treated for drinking purposes with conventional methods, such as chlorination or ozonation, could lead to the formation of toxic byproducts.

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