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Conserving land in older, "inner" suburbs for small parks, gardens, natural areas & stormwater management
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Environmental Concern Inc. - wetland outreach and education, native species horticulture, and the restoration.

Environmental Concern Inc. - wetland outreach and education, native species horticulture, and the restoration. | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Promoting wetland outreach and education, native species horticulture, and the restoration, construction and enhancement of wetlands.
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Visited this organization yesterday as part of the annual meeting of the Md. Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects.  A great resources for all things wetland.

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Baltimore County Md. Environmental Protection and Sustainability - Big Trees Sale

Baltimore County Md. Environmental Protection and Sustainability - Big Trees Sale | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Baltimore County has a Big Trees sale to encourage residents to plant native trees in their yards.
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Baltimore County Big Trees - On-line ordering will close next Wednesday, October 9.

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15 Groups Call for Improving Baltimore County Environmental Site Design

15 Groups Call for Improving Baltimore County Environmental Site Design | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Environmental Site Design (ESD) offers the possibility of gaining the benefits of growth with little or no aquatic resource impact.  However, since ESD was adopted in Maryland in 2007 there appears...
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The aquatic resource benefits of ESD are far superior to past stormwater management approaches. However, it appears that only a fourth of Baltimore County development proposals are achieving the full benefits of ESD, which is far lower when compared to other counties.

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James van Sweden Dies at 78; His Designs Urged Lawns to Grow

James van Sweden Dies at 78; His Designs Urged Lawns to Grow | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Mr. van Sweden helped lead a revolt against the well-manicured lawn, creating naturalistic, colorful gardens inspired by master painters.
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If you appreciate a more natural landscape (such as the one at the Towson Courthouse) you have a sense of Oehme, van Sweden Associates' work. Wolfgang Oehme passed a few years ago.

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State Awards Baltimore County $355K for Bike Routes

State Awards Baltimore County $355K for Bike Routes | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
The state awarded $90,000 for the Towson Bike Beltway.
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Great news for cycling around Towson!

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The Legend of Giants: A New Mural by Natalia Rak | Colossal

The Legend of Giants: A New Mural by Natalia Rak | Colossal | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
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Would this make you proud to live here?

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A Pause, Not an End, to Warming

A Pause, Not an End, to Warming | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
The lull is consistent with historic temperature variability.
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A reaction to those who say there is no solid proof of global warming

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Urban Stormwater Management

Urban Stormwater Management | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
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Attending the urban stormwater summit in Baltimore. Delegate MacIntosh says: 

 * Something is going on in this country that is attracting young people to urban areas - we haven't caught up with that here, D.C. has.* Greening of urban areas, stormwater projects are the way to begin to turn things around.
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The Global Population in 2100

The Global Population in 2100 | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Solving many of the world’s biggest environmental challenges may have just gotten more difficult.

The Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the UN recently released population data indicating the midline estimate - more than 10.8 billion by 2100 - is 800 million higher than the 2010 prediction.

Today’s rural-to-urban migration will continue in full force, with upwards of 84% of the planet living in cities at the close of the century (compared to 52 % today).

Of course population isn’t the only factor contributing to humans’ planetary impact. Consumption may be equally important when looking at the drivers of environmental change across the Earth. Nevertheless, population will continue to be a major consideration as we work to address issues ranging from energy and food security to water availability, species loss, pollution, urban planning and more in the decades ahead...


Via Lauren Moss
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population will continue to be a major consideration as we work to address issues ranging from energy and food security to water availability, species loss, pollution, urban planning and more in the decades ahead...

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Aleasha Reed's curator insight, September 27, 2013 9:14 AM

By the year 2100 our global population is calculated to reach 10.8 billion. The United States is expected to grow another 150 million by this time. Our population right now is 313.9 million right now. Our big cities will continue to grow, and new ones will arise as the years pass.

M-Christine Lanne's curator insight, November 11, 2013 2:44 AM

La démographie, une donnée déterminante  pour l'évolution du climat et la pression sur les ressources naturelles. Nous finissons hélas par être trop nombreux sur terre pour ce qu'elle peut supporter au rythme actuel...

MissPatel's curator insight, December 17, 2014 2:09 AM

A future to look forward to? Your potential future? Good, bad or ugly? 

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Public Artworks Shown at Seattle Sewage Treatment Plant | Urban Gardens

Public Artworks Shown at Seattle Sewage Treatment Plant | Urban Gardens | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Linking you to the freshest innovative and eco-friendly designs, trends, and ideas for the stylish urban garden.
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The city of Seattle incorporates artists into the planning phases of every public works project, including the (seemingly) unsavory issue of waste disposal. This admirable philosophy often results in surprising collaborations between architects, engineers, and creatives.

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Living Near Good Transit May Make You Happier

Living Near Good Transit May Make You Happier | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
A great subway or light rail line can actually lift your mood.
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The mood-lifting power of living near light rail.

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The Many Small Ways Americans Are Adapting to Climate Change

The Many Small Ways Americans Are Adapting to Climate Change | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
People are planting more trees, thinking carefully about coastal development, and anticipating the future of California's wineries.
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Can Urban Forests Save the Planet?

Can Urban Forests Save the Planet? | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
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What it takes to give an urban forest a fighting chance.

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40 percent of Americans believe their neighborhoods are not walkable | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

40 percent of Americans believe their neighborhoods are not walkable | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
79 percent of Americans believe they should walk more, but forty percent say they do not do so because their neighborhoods do not have nearby services, shops, schools and work, according to a national survey released this week. The...
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Philly land bank will target vacant properties

Philly land bank will target vacant properties | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Philadelphia is setting up a citywide land bank that could become a model for other big cities, The New York Times reports.
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To connect or not to connect?

To connect or not to connect? | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
In a society that is so obsessed with connectedness of the digital variety, why are some of us shunning connectedness in our cities? I have encountered three primary reasons, all of which are rooted in fear.
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On gated communities and cul de sacs in suburbia ... what a bunch of nonsense.

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The Epic Story of Yellowstone - Literature - Utne Reader

The Epic Story of Yellowstone - Literature - Utne Reader | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Discover the epic story of the conquest of Yellowstone, a landscape uninhabited and inaccessible, as it was seen by the explorers carrying out the Washburn Expedition.
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First sites of the first park

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A Ridiculous Number of Us Have No Clue How Much We Walk Every Day

A Ridiculous Number of Us Have No Clue How Much We Walk Every Day | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Americans are also the worst at this.
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Time for America to get a pedometer (or a good smart phone app)

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City sustainability is about the environment, even when it isn't | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

City sustainability is about the environment, even when it isn't | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
  I teach a law school seminar in regional and community sustainability and, in each of the last two weeks, a student has wondered why I was including in our curriculum subjects such as home affordability and cultural preservation.  “What...
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Berkshire to North Point Road cleanup of Bread and Cheese Creek

Hats off to John Long and friends of Bread and Cheese Creek for a successful cleanup last weekend.
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The Dramatically Uneven Spread of American Poverty

The Dramatically Uneven Spread of American Poverty | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
From one metropolitan area to the next.
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Baltimore-Towson fairs well on national comparison of metro areas on measures of poverty and median income following the recession

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Trails in Maryland - DNR Trail News - Land Acquisition and Planning - Maryland Department of Natural Resources

The latest on DNR trails - looks like many new maps for Patapsco State Park.
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Study: Kids Who Live in Walkable Neighborhoods Get More Exercise | Streetsblog Capitol Hill

Study: Kids Who Live in Walkable Neighborhoods Get More Exercise | Streetsblog Capitol Hill | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
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Retrofitting existing neighborhoods for greater walkability could be key to helping kids get the recommended level of physical activity.

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Why Now Is the Right Time to Protect and Nurture Our Urban Commons

Why Now Is the Right Time to Protect and Nurture Our Urban Commons | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
In urban areas, where over four-fifths of Americans reside, how do we define the commons? Streets, parks and plazas, libraries, waterways, courthouses?
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The importance of protecting the urban commons ... Where's yours?

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Scientists defend storm-water controls

Scientists defend storm-water controls | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Scientists and others engaged in protecting Maryland's rivers and streams are rising to the defense of the state's storm-water management laws in the wake of Harford County Executive David Craig 's call for their repeal.
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A response to David Craig's call for repeal of the stormwater management law.

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