Tag Archives: Sustainability

D.C. Wants Employers to Pay Workers Not to Drive to Work

​D.C. officials and transit advocates are pursuing a shift in the way employers offer commuting benefits to encourage more biking, walking and transit over solo driving. A D.C. Council proposal would require employers who provide their employees with free or subsidized parking to give them the choice to cash out. With that option, workers would be more likely to ditch the car for a more sustainable mode of travel to work, officials say. Read more... Read more

Balancing Nature & Commerce in Rural Communities and Landscapes

During this 3-day course, community-based teams will focus on the economics, community character, natural resources, and partnership-building skills necessary for creating sustainable communities. Teams will identify opportunities to differentiate their communities based upon their unique assets, have the opportunity to hear the latest trends in bringing alternative energy or transportation or sustainable agriculture practices to their rural communities, and develop specific action plans for implementation when they return home! Team applications due December 12. Learn more and apply... Read more

Sustainability with Trees: Community Canopy Project

In this webinar, learn how a community canopy project focused on distributing trees can fit with your sustainability efforts, help maximize energy efficiency, and engage homeowners within your community. Kristen Bousquet from the Arbor Day Foundation and program partner Ian Jurgensen, with the city of Orlando, will discuss how tree distribution to homeowners creates an opportunity to interact positively with your community. Register now... Read more

Regional Collaboration for Resilience: How to Build Effective, Sustainable, Cross-Jurisdictional Climate Collaboratives

Participants in this webinar will learn how communities can collaborate at the regional scale to successfully advance climate mitigation and adaptation strategies. Cross-jurisdictional collaboration among municipal, county, and regional administrators; emergency managers; planners; public works personnel; leaders of business, community-based, health, education, and philanthropic institutions; and other stakeholders can successfully strengthen resilience and avoid maladaptive responses. Register now... Read more

Interdisciplinary ASU Project Creates Model to Predict Land Use, Climate Effects and Even Potential Profit of Urban Farming

As Phoenix sprawls toward Tucson, urban planners are working to prevent the entire 100-mile corridor between Arizona’s largest metro areas from becoming nothing but concrete and asphalt. Seeking sustainable solutions, a team of Arizona State University researchers has been working to create an innovative, physics-based model that can predict how gardens and farms can most efficiently be integrated into cities to produce food in the face of a changing climate, cool the urban heat island and make people happier. Read... Read more
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