Turning Detroit’s Abandoned Homes Into Greenhouses

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Two years after Detroit emerged from bankruptcy, its urban-farming scene is flourishing, with some 1,400 farms and community gardens spread across the city’s 139 square miles. Many local growers worry that they will be uprooted as the city woos development projects, and with them, much-needed taxes and jobs. But green spaces don’t have to be at odds with revitalization, says Maurice Cox, the city’s director of planning and development, who notes that farms and gardens are a key element of... Read more

Survey of 50 U.S. Cities Sees Benefits of Historic Preservation

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Created by the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Preservation Green Lab, the Atlas of ReUrbanism examines more than 10 million buildings of all ages, scoring urban areas by the median age of buildings, the diversity of ages in an area, and the size of buildings and parcels. According to the report, areas with only new buildings are less likely to promote entrepreneurial activity, density, and diversity than areas with a mixture of new and old. Places with older, smaller buildings... Read more

Sherwood Forest Conservation Effort Protects Endangered Wildlife Habitat And Local Jobs in Tennessee

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The Conservation Fund and The Land Trust for Tennessee, in partnership with the State of Tennessee, announced the protection of 4,061 acres of forestland in the South Cumberland region of Tennessee. With funding from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF)—through both the U.S. Forest Service’s Forest Legacy Program and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Fund—more than eight miles of streams in the Crow Creek Valley and vital habitat for more than one-third of all... Read more

Rebuilding with Resilience: Lessons from the Rebuild by Design Competition After Hurricane Sandy

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This Georgetown Climate Center report aims to capture and share lessons learned from the innovative process for developing the Rebuild by Design (RBD) proposals and the novel projects that were generated through this competition. This report describes how the Hurricane Sandy Rebuild by Design Competition projects are demonstrating innovative approaches for rebuilding in ways that will make our communities more resilient to future climate impacts and other environmental changes, as well as to social and economic stressors. Read report... Read more

Climate Adaptation: The State of Practice in U.S. Communities

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Climate Adaption: The State of Practice in U.S. Communities, is the first study to examine in depth actions that multiple municipalities are taking to address climate-change fueled events like flooding, heat waves, wildfires and intense storms. It found that more municipalities are preparing for climate risks than is conventionally believed, that many of those actions support multiple community goals and values, and that despite the progress much more work is necessary to comprehensively address climate risks. Learn more... Read more

Drought Contingency Planning Grants

A dried-up ditch between rice farms in Richvale, California (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
The objective of this FOA is to invite states, Indian tribes, irrigation districts, water districts, and other organizations with water or power delivery authority to leverage their money and resources by cost sharing Drought Contingency Planning with Reclamation to build resilience to drought in advance of a crisis. Applicants under this FOA may request funding to develop a new drought plan or to update an existing drought plan (collectively, Drought Contingency Plans). Applications due Feburary 14, 2017. Learn more and... Read more

Drought Resiliency Projects

A dried-up ditch between rice farms in Richvale, California (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) invites states, tribes, irrigation districts, water districts, and other organizations with water or power delivery authority to leverage their money and resources by cost sharing with Reclamation on Drought Resiliency Projects that will increase the reliability of water supply; improve exchange of water; and provide benefits for fish, wildlife, and the environment to mitigate impacts caused by drought. Projects can increase water management flexibility, making our water supply more resilient. This helps to prepare for... Read more

National Conservation Innovation Grants

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Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) are competitive grants that stimulate the development and adoption of innovative approaches and technologies for conservation on agricultural lands. Through CIG, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) partners with public and private entities to accelerate technology transfer and adopt promising technologies. Applications due January 9, 2017. Learn more and apply... Read more
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