Green Communities

It takes a village. Or a city. Some PF Member ideas for turning whole communities green.

Minnesota 2020
Ecology tells us that the health and abundance of native plants and animals are important indicators of an ecosystem's water quality. This simple lesson is putting teenagers from North Minneapolis to work this summer gathering data, clearing... Read More
IFFC LLC
Water is pumped out of a pond or swimming pool, or from a fire truck tanker. It is pumped into a grid of hoses that are deployed, in a neighborhood, from reels on trucks. The hoses have two chambers. One chamber is used for moving the water and the... Read More
American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA)
Here's a simple idea to create more parks: retrofit a parking lot. Check out this latest animation from the American Society of Landscape Architects sustainable landscapes series that shows how small parks can revitalize cities.
REVITALIZATION
The dramatic loss of trust and confidence in public and private institutions has recently led to a rapid growth in citizen-led renewal projects. The global trend has been accelerated by the arrival of crowd technologies, such as crowdmapping,... Read More
UNSW Australia
Much of the energy needed to provide people with food is spent during transportation. Research from the University of New South Wales in Australia demonstrates the positive impacts of local farming--it not only uses less energy because the food... Read More
National Science Foundation
Climate CoLab--a new online forum developed by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology--brings large numbers of citizens together to develop creative solutions to complex problems such as climate change. The Climate CoLab allows... Read More
Minnesota 2020
New technology is making it possible and practical for photovoltaic installations to work on residential rooftops. Innovative reflective arrays, developed in Minnesota by TenKSolar and 3M, make PV panels space efficient and ramp up the energy... Read More
Planet Forward
Happy Birthday, Minnesota! Today in 1858, Minnesota was admitted to the Union as the thirty-second state.  To celebrate, we're going to take a look at what's going on in the land of 10,000 lakes to make the state turn from blue...to green! We've... Read More
Minnesota 2020
Across the country, community farms are becoming more and more popular, and for good reason! Check out this video to learn more about a neighborhood garden in Minnesota. Do you think any of their crops will be on their Thanksgiving tables this... Read More
When designing a house, most people consider how many bedrooms to build or how big the kitchen should be. In this house in Mississippi, designers created a sunspace, a room designed specifically to reduce energy use and costs! Check it out!

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