Tag Archives: Sustainability

Partners for Places Round 11 Grant Cycle

Partners for Places is a matching grant program that improves communities by building partnerships between local government sustainability leaders and place-based foundations. National funders invest in local projects developed through these partnerships to promote a healthy environment, a strong economy, and well-being for all residents. Through these investments, Partners for Places fosters longterm relationships that make our urban areas more prosperous, livable and vibrant. Applications due July 31. Learn more and apply... Read more

Guide to Equitable, Community-Driven Climate Preparedness Planning

Delivering more equitable outcomes requires a different approach to planning. Many climate preparedness and adaptation guides exist and most acknowledge the importance of equity and public participation; however, few address equity issues by addressing specific adaptation solutions, tactics for inclusive community engagement, or the root causes of inequities in climate risk. This guide from the Urban Sustainability Directors Network addresses these gaps. The purpose of the Guide to Equitable, Community-Driven Climate Preparedness Planning is to provide guidance to local governments... Read more

Bringing the Benefits of Solar Energy to Low-Income Consumers

This guide from the Clean Energy States Alliance discusses the obstacles that low-income households face in accessing solar power and provides strategies that can be used to encourage low-income solar adoption, including many financing ideas: on-bill repayment, property-assessed clean energy (PACE), and pay as you save (PAYS) programs. It covers direct incentives such as renewable energy certificates (RECs) and solar RECs, compensation mechanisms (such as net metering and virtual net metering), and new business models such as crowdfunding. Read more... Read more

Planning for Profitable Agriculture and Sustainable Food Systems

How can local and state governments take stock of their rural resource-based industries, assess where these industries are headed, and determine how to support local farm-to-table commerce? Two recent studies in Maryland examine these questions and explain why planners throughout the country should care about these issues. In this webinar, Joe Tassone (of the Maryland Department of Planning) and Greg Bowen (of Land Stewardship Solutions) will discuss “The Future of Sustainable Farming and Forestry in Maryland” (also the name of... Read more

International Conference on Ecology and Transportation

​Join the ninth biennial ICOET conference, co-hosted by the Utah and Wyoming Departments of Transportation, with support from the US DOT Federal Highway Administration. ICOET is the foremost interdisciplinary, interagency supported conference addressing the broad range of ecological issues related to transportation systems in all modes. Experts in transportation development, related scientific study, policy issues and administrative processes gather at ICOET to share current research, quality applications and best practices that can enhance both the project development process and the... 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

Environmental Sustainability Grants

The goal of the Environmental Sustainability program is to promote sustainable engineered systems that support human well-being and that are also compatible with sustaining natural (environmental) systems. Research efforts supported by the program typically consider long time horizons and may incorporate contributions from the social sciences and ethics. The program supports engineering research that seeks to balance society’s need to provide ecological protection and maintain stable economic conditions. Proposals due October 20. Learn more... Read more
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