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What Have We Done

The Guardian of UK published a series of pictures highlighting the toxic waste and sewage we are dumping into our waterways and oceans. These pictures are worth a thousand words, showing our disregard for our environment. Syed Ahmed https://www.theguardian.com/global-development-professionals-network/gallery/2015/nov/13/polluting-the-worlds-water-in-pictures

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Feeding the Sun Corridor: Exploring Arizona’s Zero Sum Game

Perceptions of Sustainability Sustainability is the paradigm of our age.i Architects, urban planners, real estate developers, technology companies, college campuses, food distributors, nearly everyone is doing it. Regrettably, conversation surrounding sustainability is commonly directed at one, shallow resolve: proclaiming whether something is or is not sustainable.  Use these biodegradable sponges, they’re sustainable! Don’t buy a […]

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Counting the Carbon Foot Prints and Changing Our Behavior!

In a recent discussion with a planner the question of over-consumption came up and how it impacts the health of our planet.  It is understood that we consume more raw materials than a sustainable eco-system can provide for.  In 2007 our (global) Ecological Foot Print was  1.5 planet earth, i.e. we consumed earth’s resources 1.5 times faster than the earth […]

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Moose are Dying Off

Mankind is often self-involved and indulgent. It becomes apparent when we talk about the perils of climate change, too; we are primarily concerned about how these changes will impact our economies, our cities, and our way of living. However there are thousands of other species of plants, insects, and animals who are at far greater […]

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Climate Change – The Verdict Is In

United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) just published their fifth assessment report and the conclusion is that the global warming is caused by human activity and the scientific evidence is overwhelming and incontrovertible. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is a scientific body set up in 1988 by the United Nations. It is charged to gather comprehensive scientific assessments of […]

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EVENT: 7/20/2013 City of Water Day

What: The City of Water Day When: Saturday, July 20th, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Where: Governors Island (NYC), Liberty State Park in NJ, and in local neighborhoods For Whom: Boat lovers, children and other water-loving humans. Price: FREE From the website:  MWA’s City of Water Day Festival is a free day-long celebration […]

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CHASING ICE: A Photographic Evidence of Changing Climate

  Chasing Ice is a film documenting the rapidly melting glaciers due to global warming.   In 2005 James Balog a renowned photographer, was sent to Arctic to take pictures, which would show the effects of climate change. National Geographic called it The Big Thaw in its June 2007 cover story.  While shooting this cover story in the Arctic regions Balog was astounded by the rapid change in glaciers […]

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CSO Resources

So far this June has been pretty rainy, so it seems timely to provide some resources on a problem that New York City and many other municipalities are struggling to deal with: Combined Sewer Overflows or CSOs. Why should this be of interest to you? Well, you don’t swim in your toilet, but do you […]

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EVENT: 5/17/2013 Civic Horticulture Conference in Philly

What: The Cultural Landscape Foundation and the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society are hosting Civic Horticulture When: Friday, May 17th, 2013 at 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Where: University of the Arts, Gershman Hall, Levitt Auditorium: 401 South Broad Street (corner of Broad & Pine St) in Philadelphia, PA For Whom: This should be of interest to […]

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Paolo Soleri Dreamt of Green Architecture Before its Time

Urban innovator Paolo Soleri died at the age of 93 in Scottsdale Arizona, 70 miles south of Arcosanti, a city he started to build  overlooking the River Agua Fria.  His career was unorthodox,  resting somewhere between Lebbeus Wood and Oscar Niemeyer, both of whom also passed away recently.   Soleri preached community and conservation. Arcosanti was his experiment in that regard. He called the vision “arcology,” […]

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