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Conserving land in older, "inner" suburbs for small parks, gardens, natural areas & stormwater management
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New rules require Louisville developers to clean stormwater runoff starting in August

New rules require Louisville developers to clean stormwater runoff starting in August | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
They call it 'first flush,' that initial half-inch or so of rain that washes dirt, oil and chemicals off roads, parking lots and yards — straight into area creeks and the Ohio River.
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School Gardens on Wheels

School Gardens on Wheels | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
If you know a school with limited green space that’s looking for a flexible way to grow food or other types of plants, building this garden on wheels could be the practical solution.
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Dog owners should keep safety in mind at dog parks - FOX19

Dog owners should keep safety in mind at dog parks - FOX19 | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Dog owners should keep safety in mind at dog parks
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BETHESDA, MD (CNN) - When bringing a pet out for a day at the park, there are certain things that owners and parents should keep in mind.
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Postwar neighborhoods are key to suburban revitalization

Postwar neighborhoods are key to suburban revitalization | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
The nation has a huge quantity of “Leave it to Beaver” neighborhoods from the postwar housing boom that are ripe for changes that will make them more walkable and appealing to new generations of residents.
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Good news for the vast numbers of County residents who live within the County's inner suburbs.  Even better knows for those in that group recently dubbed "sustainable communities." (See earlier post).

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» Appraisal Institute: How Landscaping Can Impact Home Values

» Appraisal Institute: How Landscaping Can Impact Home Values | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
» Appraisal Institute: How Landscaping Can Impact Home Values
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Fernando Hortelano Vázquez de Prada's curator insight, June 5, 2013 8:44 AM

Artículo donde se analiza el peso del jardín en el valor y  las posibilidades de venta de una casa. Afirma que una serie de factores tales como el estado de mantenimiento del jardín, la modernidad de su diseño, su adaptación a las condiciones climáticas locales o la economía en su conservación influirán positiva o negativamente en la decisión de compra de esa propiedad. Interesante para todos aquellas personas que esten pensando en cambiar de casa.

George Smith's curator insight, October 29, 2013 9:06 AM

In addition to home values, commercial properties also benefit from professional landscaping. Proper care is also essential.

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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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Is Your Community Walkable?

Is Your Community Walkable? | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Great Places | Your LifeWhen we see the yellow school bus making its rounds and picking up kids, we know it’s time to turn around and head home. So go the early morning walks with one of my friend... (Know your town's @walkscore?
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High walk score in DC - much higher than anything we currently enjoy - see our post last year on blogspot, Burb Trust Banter.

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For the Love of Gardens

For the Love of Gardens | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
A good place to start is the beginning, which in this case is to define a garden. This is what Chantel Colleu-Dumond does in her book, Talk About Contemporary Gardens, when she recalls the words of...
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The solace of the garden

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Towson Police Warn of Bicycle Thefts

Towson Police Warn of Bicycle Thefts | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
The following is a message from Lt. Stephen Fink of the Towson Police Precinct. I am sending this information out to all community members so that th
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Effect of Global Warming: Plants Flower Nearly a Month Earlier Than They Did A Century Ago

Effect of Global Warming: Plants Flower Nearly a Month Earlier Than They Did A Century Ago | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it

Compared to extreme drought, blistering heat, massive wildfires and tropical cyclones, the latest indicator of climate change is unexpectedly attractive: early spring flowers. Unusually warm spring weather in 2010 and 2012 at a pair of notable sites in the eastern U.S. led to the earliest spring flowering times on record—earlier than any other time in the last 161 years.

 

The researchers involved, from Boston University, the University of Wisconsin and Harvard, examined the flowers at two sites well-known for their roles in the early environmental movement: Walden Pond, where Henry David Thoreau started keeping flowering records back in 1852, and Dane County, Wisc., where Aldo Leopold first recorded flowering data in 1935.

 

“We were amazed that wildflowers in Concord flowered almost a month earlier in 2012 than they did in Thoreau’s time or any other recent year, and it turns out the same phenomenon was happening in Wisconsin where Aldo Leopold was recording flowering times,” lead author Elizabeth Ellwood of Boston University said in a statement. “Our data shows that plants keep shifting their flowering times ever earlier as the climate continues to warm.”

 

In Massachusetts, the team studied 32 native spring flowering plant species—such as wild columbine, marsh marigold and pink lady slipper—for which average flowering dates had been fairly well-documented between Thoreau’s time and our own. They found that the plants’ flowering dates had steadily moved earlier as temperatures increased—Thoreau saw them flower on May 15, while they flowered on April 25 and 24 in 2010 and 2012, respectively. In the two years studied, 27 of the 32 species had their earliest flowering date ever.


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Ingenious Architecture: A Skatepark That Prevents Flooding | Wired Design | Wired.com

Ingenious Architecture: A Skatepark That Prevents Flooding | Wired Design | Wired.com | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
This new development is an innovative way to approach the increase in precipitation brought on by climate change.

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Donovan Gillman's curator insight, July 1, 2013 4:02 AM

Do the skaters care if its a raincollectionbasin or what? Ice cold rendering - no tags?

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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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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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