Green Infrastructure in Parks: A Guide to Collaboration, Funding, and Community Engagement

​Green infrastructure can help to maximize the environmental, economic, and social benefits of parks. This report includes recommendations on the types of projects that are most likely to attract positive attention and funding, and which provide a wide range of benefits. Read report... Read more

Chicago Programs Aim to Lead Minority Youth to City Planning

​Throughout Chicago, there are a growing number of programs aimed at bringing more youth from poverty or minority backgrounds into the civic mindset. Educators and organizers behind the efforts are betting on the fact that if more minority youth in the region get involved in city planning or architecture — fields that are dominated throughout the U.S. by white men — they can start reversing the dramatic lack of racial equity. Read more... Read more

2017 Collaborative Action Grants

​Collaborative Action Grants from Enterprise Community Partners provide organizations with $5,000 to build community agency; engage local voices; and connect to long-term community goals. Collaborative Actions, as their name indicates, include community collaboration at their core. Examples include creative placemaking, mapping and community events. Applications due June 9. Learn more and apply... Read more

EPA Seeks National Environmental Justice Advisory Council Members

​The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) invites nominations from a diverse range of qualified candidates to be considered for appointment to its National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC). The NEJAC was chartered to provide advice regarding broad, cross-cutting issues related to environmental justice. EPA is seeking nominations to fill approximately three new vacancies for terms through September 2019. Applications due by April 28. Learn more... Read more

Memphis Bike Share Will Be Private, Nonprofit, and Community-Led

​When local companies, organizations, and community-members in Memphis found out that getting a publicly-driven bike share system would be a no-go, they didn’t give up. In fact, they decided to take matters into their own hands. The result of the collaboration is Explore Bike Share, which is setting up for its big launch later this year with 60 stations and 600 bikes. Read more... Read more

Denver and Philly Ask Residents: How Do Our Streets Work for You?

N​obody knows the ins and outs of a neighborhood better than the people who live there. Vision Zero planning in Denver and Philadelphia is taking that into account. They’re two of the latest U.S. cities to embrace Vision Zero, by aiming to prevent (or, bring to zero) traffic-related fatalities. Now, as the cities work to sift through the data necessary to shape their targeted infrastructure, enforcement and outreach plans, they’ve both turned to crowdsourcing to capture community concerns about dangerous... Read more

Erie Urban Farming Plan Must Engage Community

​ Creating an urban agriculture framework complements the Erie Refocused plan, which addresses the city’s future needs in terms of transportation, housing, land use, economic development and other areas, to combat decades of systematic decline. There should be clearly defined goals, such as creating green space, reducing blight, providing education and growing healthy foods for inner-city residents. And city officials, community groups and citizens must collectively discuss the issue, including how best to develop urban farming management plans and what... Read more
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