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2017 National Walking Summit

The 2017 National Walking Summit is a premier event for professionals, advocates and organizers from the transit, health, and planning professions to share best practices, discover innovations, discuss ways to turn research into action, and form new partnerships. America Walks will work with partners of the Every Body Walk! Collaborative and other leading organizations to put together the strongest Summit yet. Learn more and register... Read more

Brownfield and Health Tool Gives Blighted Sites Across the State a Healthy Second Chance

The City of Duluth is using the new Brownfield Health Indicator Tool to address the common challenges of transforming brownfields into productive community assets, including the complicated process of identifying and prioritizing redevelopment strategies that will best meet the long-term needs of the environment and community. The tool, developed in partnership with Minnesota Brownfields and the Minnesota Department of Health, aims to streamline project decision-making by focusing on health. Read more... Read more

Brownfield Health Indicator Tool

​Brownfield redevelopment is complicated, often with many roadblocks to remediation, but communities who avoid brownfield sites can inadvertently limit economic development opportunities in areas of higher poverty or urban neighborhoods. Minnesota Brownfields and the Minnesota Department of Health have developed a new Brownfield and Health Assessment tool to assist planners, public health professionals, and other brownfield redevelopment influencers engage the community in redevelopment planning. Learn more... Read more

Bike, Walk and Roll: Minneapolis Expands Bike Lane Network with Eye on Disability Access

Many popular commercial corridors will eventually cede part of the roadway to designated lanes for bicycles. The shift is already fanning the debate about safety, traffic congestion and lost parking in front of shops and homes. But there’s another concern: How can people with disabilities navigate these new streets safely? Read more... Read more

The Greening of Minnesota’s Urban Rooftops

​ Vegetative roofs have become more common as developers and building owners go green to save money and reduce their environmental footprints. For communities, green roofs can reduce stormwater runoff into sewer systems. For building owners, they can cut energy consumption by acting as a buffer against the sun, slicing air conditioning costs and roof maintenance. Read more... Read more

The Train Line That Brought the Twin Cities Back Together

Less than three years since the Green Line opened, it has smashed ridership forecasts by almost 50 percent and helped to revitalize stretches of University Avenue, an aging, formerly car-dominated thoroughfare, as new businesses open near the stations and longtime businesses attract new customers. Transit-dependent low-income and working-class people are commuting to jobs across the metro area, while new housing for professionals is springing up in an old industrial area. And the Twin Cities aren’t done. Read more... Read more

Rain as a Resource: St. Paul Innovates Shared, Sustainable Stormwater Management

New infrastructure systems in St. Paul use rain as a resource instead of letting stormwater enter area lakes and the Mississippi River, along with all of the pollutants that water collects. This new method of managing stormwater is called “shared, stacked green infrastructure.” That means the system does more than one thing on a site (say, irrigating plants and/or trees), to provide additional community services or amenities beyond just managing rain runoff. Read more... Read more
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