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Conserving land in older, "inner" suburbs for small parks, gardens, natural areas & stormwater management
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Kid-Safe Waters: A New Aquatic Resource Protection Goal?

Kid-Safe Waters: A New Aquatic Resource Protection Goal? | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Four out of five Americans live in urban areas which means most of our neighborhood waters are probably unsafe for our children.  The threat to safety comes from the disease-causing organisms washe...
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The waters nearest 80% of all American homes are probably unfit for wading, swimming and other forms of direct contact.  On the East Coast, many of these degraded waters are no more than a 15-minute walk from most homes.  While adults may be aware that these waters are unsafe, our children are not.  And keeping our kids from playing in these waters is challenging.  So our only alternative is to restore these waters to a condition suited to an aquatic playground.  Adopting Kid-Safe Waters aquatic resource protection goal may be an essential next step.

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Baltimore County Md. News - State Designates Three Sustainable Communities in Baltimore County

Baltimore County Md. News - State Designates Three Sustainable Communities in Baltimore County | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development and Maryland Department of Planning have designated three Baltimore County areas as sustainable community areas.
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Winners of NRDC's 2013 Growing Green Awards

A short film celebrating the winners of NRDC's 2013 Growing Green Awards -- four remarkable leaders who are creating healthier and more sustainable food syst...
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Health groups tell Michelle Obama: Conserve land to prevent obesity - The Hill's RegWatch

Health groups tell Michelle Obama: Conserve land to prevent obesity - The Hill's RegWatch | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Health and fitness groups want Michelle Obama to push for land conservation as part of her anti-obesity initiative.
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From Farm to Fork: Our Toxic Food System - infographic

From Farm to Fork: Our Toxic Food System - infographic | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it

Food is the fuel we use to get our bodies into motion. 

However, with the way our current food system works, processed foods such as chips, soda, french fries, hamburgers and candy are making up a significant portion of our daily food intake. They’re readily available at every food store, and an ice cold Coca-Cola is very difficult to pass up in favor of sparkling water. The problem, though, is that it’s not even about choosing healthy options. Today, 80% of food in the U.S. is supplied by massive factory farms associated with a myriad of environmental and health risks.


Do you know where your food comes from? Or what’s in it? How is a hotdog made? Today’s conventional food system depends heavily on the use of toxic chemicals and synthetic inputs that pose threats to our health — especially children’s.


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FarmRoof®'s curator insight, June 28, 2013 2:51 PM

What a great infographic!

sTreet's comment, July 5, 2013 4:03 AM
fantastic
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Permeable pavement - A rising star in stormwater runoff, removing contaminates ... - New England Real Estate Journal Online

Permeable pavement - A rising star in stormwater runoff, removing contaminates ... - New England Real Estate Journal Online | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Permeable pavement - A rising star in stormwater runoff, removing contaminates ...
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Hungry? Here's a Map of Every Urban Plant You Can Snack On

Hungry? Here's a Map of Every Urban Plant You Can Snack On | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Cataloging the fruits, nuts, and herbs hidden in the sidewalk foliage.
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Green Town USA: The Handbook for America’s Sustainable Future | Health, Medical, and Science Updates

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Bringing Gardens to the Food Desert | BillMoyers.com

Bringing Gardens to the Food Desert | BillMoyers.com | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
A group of urban farmers in a lower-income Brooklyn neighborhood has taken on their community's lack of access to healthy food.
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Urbanism and Open Data | Sustainable Cities Collective

Urbanism and Open Data | Sustainable Cities Collective | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Data visualizations are wide ranging, from maps of traffic fatalities or wind patterns to diagrams of the atmosphere or infographics showing how urban sprawl affects our health.
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Insects

Insects | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
This photo of a large dragonfly was taken in June 2013 in Pomfret Connecticut (Wyndham Land Trust). (This photo of a large dragonfly was taken in June 2013 in Pomfret Connecticut (Wyndham Land Trust).
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Urbanism without effort: sometimes the best places are created instinctively | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

Urbanism without effort: sometimes the best places are created instinctively | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
  In Urbanism Without Effort: Reconnecting with First Principles of the City my friend Chuck Wolfe posits that today’s city planners “underemphasize important cues from the rich backstory of urban history, including naturally occurring aspects of...
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A new bill in Congress would make streets safer and more accessible nationwide | Smart Growth America

A new bill in Congress would make streets safer and more accessible nationwide | Smart Growth America | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
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School Greening in Baltimore City - Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers

School Greening in Baltimore City - Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
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Urban Wander: Curating a City's Hidden Public Spaces | Technology on GOOD

Urban Wander: Curating a City's Hidden Public Spaces | Technology on GOOD | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
As a San Francisco native and resident, I’ve accumulated a long list of local spots to share with visiting friends and family.

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Filio Kondylis's curator insight, June 25, 2013 2:29 PM

I'm always up for a good jaunt through the streets. I'll have to come back to this blog to discover San Francisco. 

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Collaboration 'Unnatural' for Communities, Yet It Is Gaining Ground

Collaboration 'Unnatural' for Communities, Yet It Is Gaining Ground | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
The new Brookings Institution book Confronting Suburban Poverty in America surprised many audiences with its revelation that more people live in poverty in our nation's suburbs than in inner cities.
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Brazil Bus Stop Libraries and Urban Design | Sustainable Cities Collective

Brazil Bus Stop Libraries and Urban Design | Sustainable Cities Collective | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
What if bus shelters were also mini libraries? What if, while you waited for the bus, you could pick out a book, and take it with you on your way to work? This is the proposal of two university students from Sao Paulo, Brazil.
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Better Late than Never: Obama, Climate Change and the Renewable Economy

Better Late than Never: Obama, Climate Change and the Renewable Economy | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Five years into his presidency, his reelection secured, President Obama has finally given up on Congress and decided to use the powers of the presidency to promote renewable energy and mitigate climate change.
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Tonawanda News : Meet me in the garden: Community gardens grow so much more than flowers and veggies

Tonawanda News : Meet me in the garden: Community gardens grow so much more than flowers and veggies | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
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County objects to state stormwater proposals - Delmarva Now

County objects to state stormwater proposals - Delmarva Now | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
County objects to state stormwater proposals Delmarva Now ACCOMAC — The Accomack County Board of Supervisors is sending a letter to the state objecting to proposed changes to stormwater regulations, which officials say will place an undue burden on...
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Top 10 Best Small Towns, 2013 - Brookings, SD | Livability

Top 10 Best Small Towns, 2013 - Brookings, SD | Livability | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Experiencing rapid growth, the town of Brookings, S.D., made efforts to enhance its downtown while preserving its historic look. (Perhaps I've not given Brookings a fair chance. In my final year I shall visit some places I've overlooked.
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What's wrong with Wall Street?

What's wrong with Wall Street? | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
One would think that Wall Street would be all over the "walkable urban" trend; that the Ivy League-educated investment bankers would have figured out a hundred ways to get rich from walkable places, but that mostly hasn't happened.
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Good news for those who live in suburbs like Landsdowne, Dundalk and Parkville with relatively high walk scores.  We analyzed the walk scores of suburbs within the URDL in a Feb 2012 Blog Post:  http://burbtrustbanter.blogspot.com/

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A new bill in Congress would make streets safer and more accessible nationwide | Smart Growth America

A new bill in Congress would make streets safer and more accessible nationwide | Smart Growth America | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
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