Green Communities

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

The Zero Ghetto Initiative Ghetto (noun): a section of a city, especially a thickly populated slum area, inhabited predominantly by members of an ethnic or other minority group, often as a result of social or economic restrictions, pressures, or... Read More
College campuses are energy guzzlers. I know because I just graduated from Indiana University. As an environmental enthusiast that is worried about the future of our planet, I don't know of a quicker, cheaper or more convenient way to avoid wasted... Read More
Sustainability in the City! This week we’re headed to the city, a place of great opportunity but also environmental dilemmas.  Cities are often criticized for high volumes of traffic and pollution, making them a difficult place to navigate and live... Read More
Background: We have work force management apps like Google coordinate which allows businesses to dispatch and track their mobile employees, be they truck, taxi drivers or pizza delivery guys, which enables the deployment of resources in a... Read More
Urbanization is bad for the planet, right? Wrong. At least it doesn't have to be. Dr. Guanghua Wan of the Asian Development Bank presented research at George Washington University that shows positive effects of a growing urban population. With the... Read More
Minnesota 2020
Many people think there’s not much you can do with an old mattress. In Minnesota, local governments are collecting old mattresses and recycling and reusing some of the materials in an effort to keep the mattresses from clogging up landfills!
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
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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.
The torch has arrived, the athletes have settled into the village, and the opening ceremony has commenced. We're just as excited for the Summer Olympics as you are, but there's a lot more taking place besides the on-field events.

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