NewTerrain December 15, 2016
At EPA: Trump’s nominee and 15,000 or so counterweights by Zach Colman on Christian Science Monitor.com.
From Obama’s Top Scientist, Words of Caution on Climate by Elizabeth Kolbert on Yale Environment 360.
The physics of pollinator attraction by Edwige Moyroud and Beverley Glover in the New Phytologist.
The Health Benefits of Green Spaces by the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) in the UK.
UNH Research: Microbial Traits, not Plants, Determine Abundance of Soil Organic Matter by Lori Wright, NH Agricultural Experiment Station, University of New Hampshire press release.
Louisville Urban Forestry Story follow-up: Council Members Hollander and Hamilton introduce tree ordinance for consideration in Louisville, Kentucky, and Louisville Metro Council: Tree ordinance may reduce urban heat island by Tawana Andrew on Wave3News.com and A Plea for Trees by Allen Bush on Garden Rant.
The Obama Administration Announces New Steps to Advance Soil Sustainability from a White House press release.
Can bird feeders do more harm than good? on Phys.org.
Environmentalism of the Rich by Jared Green on ASLA’s The Dirt.
Will Florida have enough water by 2070? by AquaSPE on The Water Network.
Extreme downpours could increase fivefold across parts of the U.S. by the National Center for Atmospheric Research on Phys.org.
Insights into Philadelphia’s Green Infrastructure Transformation by Steven Peck in Living Architecture Monitor.
Apple moving into London’s $17 billion Battersea Power Station neighborhood by Leanna Garfield on Business Insider.
Microbes: Our tiny, crucial allies by David Montgomery on The Conversation.
Water and Cities by Jason King on Landscape + Urbanism.
The Race to Turn Stormwater from Gray to Green by Robin Meadows on Water Deeply.
The Case for Healthy Places produced by the Project for Pubic Spaces.
Vertical gardens cleanse Mexico City’s polluted air by Franc Contreras for CCTV America.
Moving Beyond Water Conservation as a Way of Life by Joane Lopez on Water Deeply.
Survey shows homeowners want incentives to conserve more water on Phys.org and the study Household Water Usage and Irrigation Practices by Hayk Khachatryan, Alicia Rihn and Michael Dukes, University of Florida IFAS Extension.
This Tower of Biodiversity is designed to spread seeds throughout Paris on The Green City.
A Progress Report from the Rebuild by Design Winners by Jared Green on ASLA’s The Dirt.
Green Street Stewards: Keeping the keepers of clean storm runoff shipshape by Stuart Tomlinson, KATU News.
‘Florida Friendly’ yards reduce water use by Greg McGann for The Sun, Gainesville.
Rain as a Resource: St. Paul Innovates Shared, Sustainable Stormwater Management by Camille LeFevre on The Line.
Bees focus of Delaware protection effort by Molly Murray on DelawareOnline.
In landscape design, consider function as well as beauty by Tom Atwell in the Portland Press Herald.
The drought doesn’t mean your HOA has to look like a wasteland by Donie Vanitzian in the Los Angeles Times.
Canada’s first urban biodiversity hub launches today in Montreal from PR Newswire.
Santa Barbara City Council Approves Lawn Watering Ban from the City of Santa Barbara Public News on Santa Barbara Edhat.
Worth watching: Cat Wars Author Pete Marra Discusses the Effects of Outdoor Cats on Birds at the Cornell Lab or Ornithology.
The U.S. environmental movement needs a new message by Nives Dolsak and Aseem Prakash on The Conversation.
Cultivating Development–Trends and Opportunities at the Intersection of Food and Real Estate by the Urban Land Institute.
Coyote Nation by Clara MacCarald for the National Wildlife Federation.
Just the Thicket by Karen Bussolini on Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center Wildflower News.
Why we need horticulturists by Adrian Higgins in The Washington Post.
NewTerrain December 1, 2016
More on Trump: Climate, energy, and Trump: Progress is still possible by the Brookings Institution; Greening Trump’s Infrastructure Plan by Hazel Henderson on Justmeans; What the 2016 Election Means for Conservation and Green Infrastructure in the 115th Congress by the National Park & Recreation Policy Team on Open Space; What a Trump win means for horticulture by Matt McClellan in Nursery Management; 3 crucial questions about Trump’s $1T infrastructure proposal by Kim Slowey on Construction Dive; President-elect Trump Seeks to Reverse Climate Gains by Jared Green on ASLA’s The Dirt; What a Trump Presidency Means For Water Management Infrastructure by Sara Jerome on Water Online; Even Under Trump, Cities Will Fight Climate Change by Laura Bliss and John Metcalfe onCityLab; and Trump Will Scrap NASA Climate Research, Senior Adviser Says on Yale Environment 360.
Carbon is not the enemy by William McDonough on Nature News & Comment.
“Restoration Economy” Strives to Protect Pollinators, Create Jobs by Alexis Marie Adams in Scientific American.
Worth Listening: The Environmental Outlook: Celebrating and Understanding Our Urban Forests on NPR’s Diane Rehm Show.
Drain the Square: New project reduces runoff into city sewer system by Mark Robarge in the Troy Record News.
Adaptively Managing Green Roofs and Walls by Shelley Meagher on Sourceable.
Feds Give $864K for 2 Miles of ‘Roadside Green’ by Eric Scheiner on CNS News.com.
Landscape architects face crossroads to address shrinking resources by Alpa Nawren on Archpaper.com.
New law recognizes meadows, streams as green infrastructure by Kelli Barrett on GreenBiz.
The myth of revealed preference for suburbs by Joe Cortright on City Observatory.
Worth Listening: EP 10: The Science of Trees in Cities by Municipal Equation, a podcast by Ben Brown for the NC League of Municipalities.
Inspiring and Innovative Response to Urban Rooftop by Elisa García in Landscape Architects Network.
More than Just a Pollinator Garden by Tara Mitchell in the Ecological Landscape Alliance newsletter.
My Tiny Oak Forest by Allen Bush on Garden Rant.
Designing Green Roofs to Optimize Stormwater Performance by Dave Yocca on Landscape & Irrigation.
Clemson scientists unveil software that revolutionizes wildlife habitat connectivity modeling a Clemson University press release.
Road salt can change sex ratios in frog populations, study says by Kevin Dennehy on Phys.org.
Why Park Designers Need to Think More About Mental Health by Kieren Delamont on CityLab.
Managing the storm: Efforts encourage property owners to go green, not drain by Jay Greene in Crain’s Detroit Business.
How to control mosquitoes and protect the environment in the age of Zika by Liza Gross on Ensia.
Living Architecture Cools Cities and Spreads Seeds by Patrick Kiger on Seeker.
Why Should an Urbanist Care About Biodiversity? by Olivier Scheffer on The Nature of Cities.
Worth watching: Designing for Diversity: Transportation and Pollinators, a presentation by Danielle Bilot for the University of Virginia School of Architecture’s Biophilic Cities Webinar Series on YouTube.
Bees use a variety of senses and memory of previous experiences when deciding where to forage for pollen, research suggests. by Elizabeth Nicholls in Bee Culture.
NewTerrain November 15, 2016
Urban Forests: What city trees do for us, and what we should do for them by David Maxwell Braun on the National Geographic Society blog.
Free-roaming cat interactions with wildlife admitted to a wildlife hospital by McRuer, D. L., Gray, L. C., Horne, L.-A. and Clark Jr, E. E. in the Journal of Wildlife Management. doi:10.1002/jwmg.21181 and A wildlife rehab center confirms that cats are killers by Joshua Learn in the Washington Post.
Green Roofs Take Root Around the World–The eco-friendly design just got a big lift in San Francisco, and it is spreading globally by Jackie Snow on National Geographic.
The Danish Food Park That Wants to Nourish the World–An agricultural park outside the city of Aarhus is a proving ground for the future of food innovation and urban farming by Mimi Kirk on The Atlantic’s CityLab.
Using Native Plants in Urban Landscaping — NYC High Line Plants by Paul Spencer on Audubon.
MSD Continues Funding for 2016-2017 Rainscaping Large Scale Grants press release by the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District.
Road mortality potentially responsible for billions of pollinating insect deaths annually by James H. Baxter-Gilbert, Julia L. Riley, Christopher J. H. Neufeld, Jacqueline D. Litzgus and David Lesbarrères in Bee Culture.
Put Down Those Pruners: Pollinators Need Your ‘Garden Garbage!’ by Justin Wheeler on the Xerces Society blog.
As Composting Gains Popularity, Cities Struggle to Meet Demand–Americans want to live more sustainable lives. Can governments keep up? by Elizabeth Daigneau on Governing.
Sponge-Worthy Design for the Gowanus Canal by Alan Brake on Architectural Record.
A bit about hydrozoning by Doug Pushard in The New Mexican.
What is the Big Deal about Natives? By Caitlin Dunham on The Tree People blog.
The Hidden Dangers of Botany by Aurora Toennisson on Digging into the Science of your Yard.
How to Keep Buildings from Killing Hundreds of Millions of Birds a Year by Sam Lubell in Wired.
Bees use multiple cues in hunt for pollen on Phys.org.
RHS science lecture hears of value of urban horticulture by Matthew Appleby in Horticulture Week.
Algal blooms prompt Lake Erie ‘impaired’ designation by John Flesher in the Detroit News.
Study: climate change already dramatically disrupting all elements of nature by the Wildlife Conservation Society on EurekAlert! Science News.
How Water Use Has Declined With Population Growth by Padma Nagappan on Water Deeply.
Improving Irrigation–What you see is what you get—and that’s a good thing—with Vectorworks’ new irrigation toolset that uses scientific data to take accurate design from on-screen to real life by Laura Rote in gb&d.
Wouldn’t it be Better if Ecologists and Planners Talked to Each Other More? by an interdisciplinary trio from Salt Lake City, Diane Pataki, Sarah Hinners, and Robin Rothfeder on The Nature of Cities.
Building Community Resilience from the Ground Up by Jared Green on The Dirt.
Colorado Native Pollinators, website by the Colorado Department of Agriculture.
NewTerrain November 1, 2016
Pay for Performance Meets Green Infrastructure by Alisa Valderrama on the NRDC Blog.
Will our urban forest survive post-Matthew decisions? by Dr. Melissa McHale in the Raleigh News & Observer.
Out of the countryside, wildlife returning to Amsterdam by Sophie Mignon on Phys.org.
Plant Blindness by Alex Taylor on Good Tilth.
According To Dunnett… Horticulture needed to ‘colour in’ green infrastructure by Nigel Dunnet in Horticulture Week.
Denver joins national movement to save monarch butterfly population by Kieran Nicholson in the Denver Post.
Turning Detroit’s Abandoned Homes into Greenhouses by Jessica Leigh Hester on CityLab.
How to Measure the Benefits of a Landscape by Jared Green on ASLA’s The Dirt.
In New Ozone Alert, a Warning of Harm to Plants and to People by Jim Robbins on Yale Environment 360.
New York’s Biggest Ever Green Wall Flies the Flag for Eco-Friendly Cities by Toby Nwazor on HuffPost.
Water Conservation Rebates Shouldn’t Be Taxed by Bob Baker and Art Levine on Water Deeply.
Invasive Species: Invited But Unwanted–A new decision-making process could help curb the devastating effects of invasive plants on natural environments in the U.S. by Dr. Sarah Reichard and Dr. Faith Campbell reprinted on its 20th anniversary again in American Nurseryman magazine to honor Sarah Reichard after her death.
Light detector system finds light pollution makes skies 20 times brighter in some areas by Bob Yirka on Phys.org.
Why do science issues seem to divide us along party lines? by Lauren Griffin on The Conversation.
Tiny western U.S. hummingbird flies 8,000 miles, returns to same Lancaster County feeder by Ad Crable on lancasteronline.com.
Atlanta Project Aims To Prevent Bird, Building Collisions by Molly Samuel on WABE 90.1 FM.
Understand the World Better With This Illustrated User’s Guide To The Anthropocene by Adele Peters on Fast Co.Exist.
Report Offers Road Map and Recommendations to Help U.S. Cities Become More Sustainable, Learn from Other Cities’ Experiences press release from the National Academies on Sciences Engineering and Medicine.
Urban Agriculture Magazine September issue by the RUAF Foundation, Amersfoort, the Netherlands.
Urban Ecology into Policy: West Berlin as a Case Study a review written by Katharine Burgess of Greening Berlin: The Co-Production of Science, Politics and Urban Nature by Jens Lachmund (ISBN: 9780262018593). Her message: Buy the book.
Cities with ‘Living Green’ Essential for Next Generation about the AIPH International Green City Conference Antalya, Turkey.
Greenacre Park Pocket Park Case Study by Terrapin Bright Green.
Habitat Network Focal City: Washington D.C. by Megan Whattan on YardMap.org.
Scientists at UNH receive $1.5 million to investigate human impact on soil microbes in Nursery Management.
Invasive Honey Plants [Lonicera japonica] Dye Woodpeckers Red in Bee Culture.
The City of Portland Is Trying to Map All the Trees in the City by Bennett Campbell Ferguson in Willamette Week.
Heal the Landscape and Ourselves by Heidi Peterson on ASLA’s The Dirt.
New method of estimating biodiversity based on tree cover by Ula Chrobak on Phys.org.
Building Urban Science to Achieve the New Urban Agenda by Timon McPhearson, David Simon, Owen Gaffney, Thomas Elmqvist, Xuemei Bai, Aromar Revi and Debra Roberts on The Nature of Cities.
Food safety plays part in urban agriculture bill by Cookson Beecher on Food Safety News.
Concrete jungle: cities adapt to growing ranks of coyotes, cougars and other urban wildlife by Peter Alagona on The Conversation.
Time to reconsider our green infrastructure, says academic by Gavin McEwan in Horticulture Week.
Green buildings deliver better thinking and better health, study finds on The Green City and Associations of Cognitive Function Scores with Carbon Dioxide, Ventilation, and Volatile Organic Compound Exposures in Office Workers: A Controlled Exposure Study of Green and Conventional Office Environments by Joseph G. Allen, Piers MacNaughton, Usha Satish, Suresh Santanam, Jose Vallarino and John D. Spengler in Environmental Health Perspectives.
Paris allows anyone to plant an urban garden by Lacy Cooke on Inhabitat.
Rain gardens to the rescue: How Detroiters are working together to protect water infrastructure by Brian Allnutt on Model D.
New California Law Recognizes Meadows, Streams As “Green Infrastructure”, Eligible For Public Works Funding by Kelli Barrett on Ecosystem Marketplace.
Greenspace in Megaregions: Collective Action for Green Infrastructure by Will Allen for The Conservation Fund blog.
Creating Resilient Cities with Living Infrastructure by Jock Gammon on Sourceable.
“Green City, Clean Waters”: An Interview with Philadelphia’s Howard Neukrug by Pascal Mittermaier on The Huffington Post.
Green Roofs Take Root Around the World by Jackie Snow in National Geographic.
Op-Ed: State Legislation Would Preserve Nature on NJ’s Highways by Kelly Mooij on NJ Spotlight.
Plants Good for Flooding and Wet Areas (By Zone) on the Davey Tree Service Blog.
NewTerrain October 17, 2016
IRS should stop taxing water conservation rebates by Bob Baker, mayor of San Clemente and Art Levine, president of the Board of Water Commissioners of the Long Beach Water Department in the San Francisco Chronicle.
E.O. Wilson explains why parks and nature are really good for your brain by Chris Mooney in the Washington Post.
Horticulture needed to ‘colour in’ green infrastructure by Nigel Dunnett in Horticulture Week.
Worth listening: Quantifying the Landscape (Barbara Deutsch, Landscape Architecture Foundation) on Remarkable Objects and a recap by Stephanie Marino on Land8.
How to calculate the environmental and economic benefits of your bioswales and rain gardens by Hadley Stein on OpenTreeMap blog.
Bees take longer to learn floral odors polluted by vehicle fumes: Roadside pollution interferes with basics of foraging for nectar by Susan Milius in Science News.
Goldman Sachs invests in cleaner DC water by Jeff Clabaugh on WTOP and $25 million bond sale to fund initial DC Water green infrastructure project from a DC Water Press Release.
For Wild Bees, these Native Plants are Superstars by Jane Kirchner on the National Wildlife Federation blog.
New analysis: Making the case for green infrastructure by Simon Wicks in The Planner.
Why flowering meadows are better than lawns by Russell McClendon on Mother Nature Network.
This Is Exactly Why Cities Need To Cover All Of Their Buildings In Plants by Adele Peters on FastCo.Exist.
The hanging gardens of Heathrow! London airport installs wall of 1,680 plants to help tackle travel rage by Sadie Whitelocks for MailOnline.
Plants can override their body clocks when stressed by Aisling Irwin in Horizon Magazine by the European Commission.
Can’t get outside? Here’s how to track the Monarch butterfly migration from your desk by Monika Maeckle on the Texas Butterfly Ranch blog.
Effects of management intensity, function and vegetation on the biodiversity in urban ponds by Malgorzata Blicharska, Johan Andersson, Johannes Bergstend, Ulf Bjelke, Tuija Hilding-Rydevika, and Frank Johansson in Urban Forestry & Urban Greening. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ufug.2016.08.012
Bjarke Ingels Wants Cities to Embrace Resilience by Jared Green on ASLA’s The Dirt.
San Fran to require green roofs on new builds on Real Estate Management Industry News and San Francisco Poised to Be the First Major U.S. City to Pass Requirements for Green Roofs on New Buildings by MarketWired on YahooFinance.
Trees are much better at creating clouds and cooling the climate than we thought by Hamish Gordon and Cat Scott from the University of Leeds on The Conversation.
USGBC Readies Major Push on SITES and First SITES v2 Certified Landscapes Create Real Impact by Jared Green on ASLA’s The Dirt.
The First Signs Of A Political Climate Change Consensus Are Appearing In Florida by Jessica Leber on Fast Co.Exist | ideas + impact.
What to look for when you’re buying land for permaculture by Sami Grover on TreeHugger.com.
San Francisco The Nation’s Greenest City on Corporate Social Responsibility Newswire.
NewTerrain October 3, 2016
The Chesapeake Conservation Landscape Association’s latest e-newsletter focusses exclusively on the new Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional credentialing program.
Designing Ecologically Sensitive Green Infrastructure that Serves People and Nature by Christine Thuring on The Nature of Cities.
Changing how we talk about trees by Paul Johnson in the Madisonville Meteor.
Worth watching: The New Landscape Declaration [Documentary] about The New Landscape Declaration: A Summit on Landscape Architecture and the Future convened by the Landscape Architecture Foundation on Vimeo (20:28 minutes).
Green Infrastructure resources compilation The Green Infrastructure Resource Library is a 23-page pdf is linked to more than 500 European English language publications, videos and tools on the subject of green infrastructure, natural capital, ecosystem services and related topics. The list was compiled by ecologist and green infrastructure consultant, Dr. Ingo Schüder, Director of Brillianto.
Green Infrastructure Toolkit by Georgetown University Climate Center.
Los Angeles Tops List for Most Tree Diversity by Sean Nealon in UCR Today.
How Many Principles of Urban Ecology Are There? by Steward T.A. Pickett (Cary Institute) & Mary L. Cadenasso (University of California Davis) on the Baltimore Ecosystem Study Director’s Web Log.
Increasing the likelihood of success: Delivering green infrastructure in high density urban environments by Richard Brown, Arup, on Susdrain.
Promoting Green Streets – A Recipe for Integrating Water and Transportation Infrastructure Investment by River Network and Hawkins Partners Inc.
Arup backs spread of living walls for polluted cities by Aaron Morby for Construction Enquirer.
Dry, Dry, Dry… Resources for Landscapers by the Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment UMass Amherst.
5 Ways Parks Provide a Return on Investment by Paul Konz on CitiesSpeak, the blog of the National League of Municipalities.
Tracking Tree Canopy (Overall, We’re Losing) by Janice Kasperson on Forester Network.
State of the Monarch Butterfly Overwintering Sites in California to the US Fish and Wildlife Service by the Xerces Society.
Moving toward green in Omaha by Margaret Buranen in Stormwater.
Use of porous pavement catching on despite high price, maintenance by Jeff Day in the Bay Journal.
Cleveland Can Beat the Heat by Planting Trees—But Don’t Forget Environmental Justice by Juan Declet-Barreto on the Union of Concerned Scientists’ blog Equation and Effects of urban vegetation on mitigating exposure of vulnerable populations to excessive heat in Cleveland, Ohio in the American Meteorological Society Online Journal. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1175/WCAS-D-15-0026.1
How much is a tree worth? and Groups partner to ensure a healthy ‘regional forest’ by Jean Murphy in Chicagoland’s Daily Herald.
Microbes help plants survive in severe drought from the University of Washington on Phys.org.
ASLA Launches Guide to Resilient Design by Jared Green on ASLA’s The Dirt, ASLA report: Landscape design can help communities recover from natural disasters by Kim Slowey on Construction Dive, One Surprising Secret Weapon against Natural Disasters? Landscape Architecture by Meg Miller on FastCoDesign and the Guide to Resilient Design.
University of Texas at El Paso Earns First SITES v2 Certification a press release by Rachel Gilbert for GBCI.
Urban trees need rigorous criteria by Gavin McEwan in Horticulture Week.
Do Ecotypes Matter? by Mathew Chappell in Landscape and Nursery Insider.
Streaming audio: How 3 U.S. Cities Are Adapting To Climate Change by Jeremy Hobson on WBUR featuring New Orleans, Los Angeles and Boulder.
Landscaping for Life by Gay Browne on Huffington Post.
This Baltimore Alley Makeover Should Be On HGTV by Laurel Peltier on Baltimore Fishbowl.
Worth watching: How to Build Your Own Wildlife Habitat Garden about Macy’s Corporate Headquarters’ rooftop habitat in downtown Cincinnati.
Global Warming and the Future of Humanity: An Interview with Noam Chomsky and Graciela Chichilnisky by C.J. Polychroniou on TruthOut.
Philadelphia: Improving Rain Gardens through Simulated Tests by Daniel Kelly on Environmental Monitor.
As Our Cities Grow Hotter, How Will We Adapt? by Madeline Ostrander in the New Yorker.
An Ode to Urban Forests–A new book unpacks the indelible relationship between city dwellers and trees by Jessica Leigh Hester on The Atlantic’s CityLab.
Outsmarting the drought: Yards benefit from rainwater, greywater and sustainable landscaping by Tanya Kucak in the Los Altos Town Crier.
4 things to know about Detroit and green infrastructure by Aaron Mondry on ModelD.
NewTerrain September 15, 2016
Transition from conventional to light-emitting diode street lighting changes activity of urban bats, Daniel Lewanzik et al., Journal of Applied Ecology (2016) and LED-lighting influences the activity of bats on Phys.org.
Rain Garden-Ready Perennials in American Nurseryman.
The Fate and Transport of Chloride in a Constructed Stormwater Wetland and Down-Stream Waters by Erica Forgione on the Villanova Stormwater Partnership.
SITES: An ecosystem services framework for built landscapes by Danielle Pieranunzi on Deep Root.
What’s Killing Off the Sparrows of Paris? by Feargus O’Sullivan on CityLab.
The Last Gardener In Aleppo Is Not, In Fact, The Last. by fisknp on the Daily Kos.
Thousands of Homes Keep Flooding, Yet They Keep Being Rebuilt Again by Katherine Bagley on Yale Environment 360.
How are pollinators faring with Anthropogenic change? by Kelsey Graham on Phys.Org.
Rainwater Harvesting — A growing industry with some challenges ahead by Steve Goldberg on the Forester Daily News.
Three great pieces on Detroit’s urban farming community in City Lab, all written by Jessica Leigh Hester: Detroit’s Urban Farmers Are Building Communities, Picking up Where They Feel the City Has Let Them Down, Growing Pains for Detroit’s Urban Farms–Agriculture flourishes in the city’s vacant lots—but can it survive the push toward revitalization? and The Fight to Feed Detroit.
Pretreatment Effects on Seed Germination of Two Nyssa Species by Frank Balestri and William R. Graves in HortScience and Propagation protocols determined for two Nyssa species on Phys.org.
New Orleans green spaces experiencing unanticipated post-Katrina comeback by Della Hasselle in the New Orleans Advocate.
Plant of the Month: Leucophyllum or Texas Sage by the Arizona Nursery Association and the Arizona Municipal Water Users Association (AMWUA) on Water Use It Wisely.
Plants found to regulate leaf temperature to boost carbon uptaken, work by Michaletz, McDowell and the Los Alamos National Laboratory featured on Phys.org.
There’s nothing phony about false indigo by Adrian Higgins in The Washington Post.
URBAN DESIGN: It’s time to put trees on the city’s priority list by Tom Gallagher in the Indianapolis Business Journal.
D.C. stormwater credit could be a role model for other cities by Kat Friedrich on Green Biz.
Vines: Making the Shade by Pam Penick on Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center Wildflower News.
Green vs. Gray: How Can Trees Help Outdated Sewer Systems? by Elizabeth Miller on Northeast Ohio’s IdeaStream.
Arid Green Infrastructure for Water Control and Conservation State of the Science and Research Needs for Arid/Semi-Arid Regions, literature review by Lee, J., C. Fisher, and B. Schumacher for US EPA, Washington, D.C.
How Grand Rapids is prepping for the next big storm by Nancy Derringer on The Bridge.
D.C.’s Social Impact Bond Deal Will Fund Infrastructure by Kyle Glazier on the Bond Buyer Podcast.
Green infrastructure: City climate action planning by Hannah Jane Brown on the USGBC LEED blog.
Going Organic in Wellesley, MA–John Hancock Charles River Walk by Trevor Smith on NOFA Organic Landcare.
Podcast Cultivating Place: Thomas Rainer and ‘Planting In A Post-Wild World‘ by Jennifer Jewell on Cultivating Place: Conversations on Natural History and the Human Impulse to Garden.
If you plant milkweed … they will come by Candy Sarikonda for Wild Ones Journal (see page 4-7).
Quantifying the Value of Trees by Janice Kaspersen for Forester Daily News.
Balancing beekeeping and mosquito abatement in North Carolina by Michael Waldvogel on the NCSU and NCA&T Cooperative Extension website.
Study: 80% of world population lives under skyglow; LEDs need to be shielded by Brianna Crandall on FM Link.
Plant of the Week: The Big Four by Rachel Hokanson on The High Line Blog.
How does your garden grow? by Julie Cohen on Phys.org.
Podcast: Piet Oudolf talks plants and inspiration with the NPP Crew at Lurie garden by The Native Plant Podcast.
Highway, wildlife officials team to help monarch butterflies by the Associated Press in The Boston Globe.
Why moths are attracted to light − increased barrier effects through street lighting on Phys.org and Street lighting: sex-independent impacts on moth movement by Tobias Degen et al. in the Journal of Animal Ecology (2016).
D.C Residential Front Yards Seen Not Only as Green Gems but Also Essential for Alleviating Pollution by Larry Ray in the D.C. InTowner.
Using Green Infrastructure to Tackle New Orleans’ Water Management Woes by Josh Lewis on The Nature of Cities.
Why birds matter: New book shows the many ways birds keep ecosystems healthy: “Why Birds Matter” highlights the many essential services birds provide to ecosystems and the consequences to soil, plants and animals if bird species continue to disappear. Co-edited by Çagan H. Sekercioglu, Daniel G. Wenny and Christopher J. Whelan. Book review HERE. Purchase from University of Chicago Press HERE.
NewTerrain August 29, 2016
Using Plants to Manage Stormwater by Debbie Hamrick in GrowerTalks.
Researchers image roots in the ground on Phys.org and Multi-frequency electrical impedance tomography as a non-invasive tool to characterize and monitor crop root systems by Maximilian Weigand et al in Biogeosciences Discussions (2016). DOI: 10.5194/bg-2016-154.
Flowering meadows benefit humankind on Phys.Org and Biodiversity at multiple trophic levels is needed for ecosystem multifunctionality by Santiago Soliveres, Fons van der Plas, Peter Manning, Daniel Prati, Martin M. Gossner, Swen C. Renner, Fabian Alt, Hartmut Arndt, Vanessa Baumgartner, Julia Binkenstein, Klaus Birkhofer, Stefan Blaser, Nico Blüthgen, Steffen Boch, Stefan Böhm, Carmen Börschig, Francois Buscot, Tim Diekötter, Johannes Heinze, Norbert Hölzel, Kirsten Jung, Valentin H. Klaus, Till leinebecker, Sandra Klemmer, and Jochen Krauss in Nature. doi:10.1038/nature19092
The Ecological Landscape Association’s most recent newsletter had a number of great items: Landscape as Infrastructure: The Importance of Simplicity and Lovability by Jonathan Ford; Woodies and Water: A Case for the Use of Shrubs in Reducing Urban Stormwater by Ethan Dropkin and Dr. Nina Bassuk; A New Approach to Landscaping in Long Island: Changing the Process to Protect Our Waterways by Tia Novak; and 2,000 Gallon Project by Nick Shannon.
It’s Time to Start Collecting Rainwater by Amy Thomson in 5280 Denver’s Mile High Magazine.
Food Policy Amnesia by Mark Winnie on Mark’s Food Policy Blog.
Research Shows Trees in Bioswales Provide Significant Stormwater Benefits by Nathalie Shanstrom on Deep Root.
Humble moss helped create our oxygen-rich atmosphere on Phys.org and Earliest land plants created modern levels of atmospheric oxygen in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
What’s the Buzz about Business and Bees, an excerpt from The Business of Bees: An Integrated Approach to Bee Decline and Corporate Responsibility by Andrea Romi and Scott Longing on GreenBiz.
Benefits of Drought by Thomas Christopher on Garden Rant.
Tree officers examine London air quality by Matthew Appleby in Horticulture Week.
Five tools for better planning for trees in urban design by Eva Adler on Urban Design and Mental Health.
UTSA recognized as Certified Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation by Jana Carver on UTSA Today.
Video short: Retrofitted green infrastructure – where many thought it not possible by Green Infrastructure Consultancy (London).
Invasive commercially grown plants in EU danger zone on New Flowers and Plants.
50 Reasons Why Everyone Should Want More Walkable Streets by Adele Peters on FastCoExist.
Human population footprint may be growing more slowly by Kevin Krajick, Earth Institute, Columbia University on Phys.org.
Going green is for girls—but branding can make men eco-friendly by Shannon Roddel on Phys.org.
Homeowners prefer property value boost brought about by city trees by Brad Buck University of Florida IFAS News.
How a flower can help cities to reduce their air pollution on The Green City and Green Junkie, Exploring added value of a new green innovation for an economical vital city by the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions.
As heat waves worsen, cities are trying hard to stay cool by Patrick Sisson on Curbed.
Combining Density with Open Green Spaces Is The Key To The Urban Future by Alexander Starritt onCo.Exist | ideas + impact.
The Role of Green Infrastructure in Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience submitted to the federal/provincial/territorial working group on adaptation and climate resilience for the pan-Canadian framework on clean growth and climate change by the Ontario Green Infrastructure Coalition.
NewTerrain August 15, 2016
Researchers study effects of artificial light on firefliesby Fariss Samarrai on Phys.Org.
Penn State International Pollinator Conference abstractsvia the Pollinator Stewardship Council.
This may be the deadliest creature on earth by Cynthia Gorney in National Geographic.
Wild Designer Makes “Beautiful Places for People to Love” by Susan Harris on Garden Rant.
L.A. wants Caltech and Google to count the city’s trees by Doug Smith in the Los Angeles Times.
Podcast: Concrete Jungles (move over to 22.40) includes very interesting segments including Biodiversity in Cities and Gardens interviewing Mark Goddard from Newcastle University and Biodiversity in Brownfields interviewing Nick Bertram Creekside Wildlife Centre and Ecosystems Services in Cities interviewing Mark Goddard again. The podcast continues with additional very interesting interviews of wildlife biologists discussing the wildlife of cities.
Homeowner Associations as a Vehicle for Promoting Native Urban Biodiversity by Susannah B. Lerman, Victoria Kelly Turner and Christofer Bang in Ecology and Society. http://dx.doi.org/10.5751/ES-05175-170445
Cornell on Lawn Care: Do Less! by Susan Harris on GardenRant.
Guide to Amsonia tabernaemontana (Blue Star) by Sally Benson in American Nurseryman.
New hope for butterflies and bees by Mary Elizabeth DeAngelis on illumination by Duke Energy.
Bird-friendly yards have a major downside—for birds by Sarah Zielinski on Science News and the full article Use of citizen science to identify factors affecting bird–window collision risk at houses by Justine A. Kummer, Erin M. Bayne, and Craig S. Machtans in The Condor.
Saltwater Intrusion: As the world’s ocean levels rise, coastal fresh water sources are at risk by Carol Brzozowski on The Forester Network.
Parakeets are the new pigeons – and they’re on course for global domination by Hazel Jackson on The Conversation.
Research points to mechanisms on why ‘green’ helps in urban life on Phys.Org and Urban greenness influences airborne bacterial community composition by Gwynne Mhuireach et al, in Science of The Total Environment (2016). DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2016.07.037
Winged Sumac…Full of Wings by Lorett Setters on Tales of a Central Florida Wildlife Garden.
Cooling Chicago by Chris Fitch in Geographical.
DEP and NRDC partner to expand NYC’s Green Infrastructure Program by Wil Barlow in the Architect’s Newspaper.
Green infrastructure turning up the heat by Angie Tomlinson on Domain.
Overall Americans are becoming less skeptical about global warming, but there are still partisan divisions by Christopher Borick from the Brookings Institute.
Many drought-resistant plants also draw pollinators by Dean Fosdick on Phys.Org.
How to Incentivize Green Infrastructure by Peter Chawaga on Water Online.
Aren’t You Swale! by Sarah Fister Gale on WaterWorld.
McKinley Park will get greener, with more gathering space by Maya Henry on NextPittsburgh.
Tucson encouraged to harvest monsoon rainwater by Bud Foster on Tucson News Now.
Podcast. Some Birds Love Cities—Can Cities Love them Back? TNOC Podcast Episode 9 by Philip Silva on the The Nature of Cities.
Op-Ed It’s 90 degrees in the shade — have you watered that tree? by Carol Bornstein in the Los Angeles Times.
Turning Run-Down City Land into Examples of Equitable Green Infrastructure by Tate Williams on Inside Philanthropy.
NewTerrain August 1, 2016
Bees’ ability to forage decreases as air pollution increases by Penn State on Science Daily and Air pollutants degrade floral scents and increase insect foraging times in Atmospheric Environment, 2016; DOI: 10.1016/j.atmosenv.2016.07.002
“Beyond the War on Invasive Species” Offers Whole-Systems Guidance for Ecological Restoration by Adrian Ayres Fisher, a review of Beyond the War on Invasive Species: A Permaculture Approach to Ecosystem Restoration (Chelsea Green Publishing, 2015), on Ecological Gardening.
Where’s the money in biodiversity? An interview with Dr. Mark Goddard, Newcastle University on the Naked Scientists.
Inside the Organic Land Care Industry: An Interview with PJC Organic on NOFA’s OrganicLandCare.net Notes from the Field.
When Will We Start to Green the Roofs of Cities on a Massive Scale? by Andrew Clements on The Nature of Cities.
Unpaving Paradise in a Parking Lot on Blue Water Baltimore’s Water Blog.
Green Streets’ Program Offers Lessons in Stormwater Management by Peter Chawaga on Water Online.
A thirsty Pasadena lawn morphs into a stunning, drought-tolerant habitat for hummingbirds by Lisa Boone in the Los Angeles Times.
Can Urban Highways Solve Problems Instead Of Causing Them? by Adele Peters on FastCo Exist.
Children learn better when the outdoors comes into the classroom – and the benefits extend beyond academic achievement by Matthew Jenkin in The Guardian.
How to Restore an Urban River? Los Angeles Looks to Find Out by Jim Robbins on Yale Environment 360.
The General Services Administration Introduces Pollinator Policy by Lance Davis in Living Architecture Magazine.
Big Ahas from Planting in a Post-Wild World by Evelyn Hadden on GardenRant.
LiveRoof Curved Green Roof Tops Seattle Maritime Academy’s New Building Protects Water Quality from PR Web on Pollution Online.
The High Line. Foreseen. Unforeseen. by Adrian Benepe on The Nature of Cities.
Low-carbon movement requires $7trn in green infrastructure, warns Bank of England on Edie.net and BoE’s Carney warns of $7 trillion green infrastructure need by Matt Scuffham and Fergal Smith for Reuters.
Sustainable Saturday on Green Infrastructure by Susan Hellauer on Nyack News & Views.
The Plan Collection Shares 4 Trends in Tennessee Real Estate in 2016 by PR Newswire on Yahoo Finance.
Tucson wants to use stormwater to create more shade by Barbara Grijalva on Tucson News Now.
Group working to map Charlottesville’s green infrastructure by Sean Tubbs on Charlottesville Tomorrow.
Should Bee-Bee Tree be Avoided? Bee-Bee Tree, Tetradium daniellii Invasive of the Month by the Maryland Invasive Species Council.
City must cut use of salt if trees are to thrive, says expert by Catherine Thompson on TheRecord.com.
What are the major challenges to implementing green streets for stormwater management? by Jonathan Page on Deep Root.
Tara Donadio: How Audubon International greens golf by Lew Blaustein on GreenBiz
Parks can do Double Duty as Green Infrastructure by Aaron King on ASLA’s The Dirt.
S.F. may reclaim responsibility for urban forest by Dan Flanagan inThe San Francisco Examiner.
MWRD Works to Restore Cook County Canopy, Eliminate Flooding on Stormwater Solutions.
Film Review: Hometown Habitat, Stories of Bringing Nature Home by Penny Lewis for theEcological Landscape Alliance.
Can ‘sponge cities’ solve China’s urban flooding problem? by Wade Shepard on Citiscope.
Garden Revolution, an Interview with Larry Weaner, author of Garden Revolution: How Our Landscapes Can Be a Source of Environmental Change by Sheilah Kast & Andrea Appleton on NPR.
NewTerrain July 15, 2016
Field Notes: Amsonia tabernaemontana by Sally Benson in American Nurseryman.
How Plant-Filled Dumpsters Can Help Keep Pollution Out Of The Gowanus Canal by Adele Peters on FastCo.Exist | ideas + impact
Teens who grow up surrounded by nature are less likely to be aggressive by Katherine Martinko on TreeHugger and Environmental Determinants of Aggression in Adolescents: Role of Urban Neighborhood Greenspace Preliminary results presented at the Society for Epidemiologic Research Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado, June 16-19, 2015.
Why Pokémon Are Good for Urban Trees (and People too)! by Jason Galliger for Casey TreesTree Speak.
Five urgent green infrastructure policies 202020 Vision by Hugh Arnold in AFR Weekend and Lack of federal policy among Top 10 challenges impacting urban greening: 202020 report in Architecture & Design.
Vanishing Act: Where Have All The Insects Gone? by Christian Schwägerl on Yale 360.
Like a Boss: Overcoming the Challenge of Selling Sustainability by Lindsey Getz in Turf.
It’s come to this, yards are the next frontier of conservation by Renee Lewis on Fusion.
Video: Green City Clean Waters, Five Down, Twenty to Go by Philadelphia Water.
Great video animation of the UNFAO Benefits of Urban Trees infographic we publicized a few issues ago.
New drought certification required for some California landscapers by David Rountree in Total Landscape Care and Coachella Valley Water District and State Water Board announce new conservation program.
Rain Garden Plants: (Eutrochium spp.)—Joe-Pye Weed by Cooperative Extension Clemson University.
Why Lawns Are Shrinking in the U.S. as Homes Get Bigger by Andrew McGill on CityLab.
The Three Amigos talk climate, defence—and monarch butterflies? by Nikki Wiart on MacLean’s.
Do more with less water by Heila Ershadi in the Moab Sun News.
Palo Alto eyes new ways to manage storm water—As city moves ahead with election to raise storm-water fees, focus shifts to green infrastructure by Gennady Sheyner in the Palo Alto Weekly.
When The Financial Sector Catches On, We Create A Tipping Point For Change by Dina Medland on Forbes.com.
Yuxi begins experiment as one of China’s “Sponge Cities”by Patrick Scally on GoKunming.
City to test innovative tree-planting system in Bay View Trees, flowers and gateway highlight BID’s streetscape plans by Sheila Julson on the Bay View Compass.
The Necessity of Advocacy: Discussing the Politics of Landscape Architecture by Jonathan Geels on Land8.
How one man repopulated a rare butterfly species in his backyard by Zachary Crockett on Vox.
Merced Mysteries & Minutiae: City will replant native trees after drought killed redwoods by Brianna Calix in the Merced Sun-Star.
City looks to go green by Steve Clark in the Brownsville’s The Herald.
Fancy life in an eco-village? Welcome to the hi-tech off-grid communities by Senay Boztas on The Guardian.
Home grown: Moving next to the farm by CBS News Sunday Morning.
Detroit Aims for Food Sovereignty by Jared Green on ASLA’s The Dirt.
The Push to Revitalize Urban Alleys Across the United States Is Fostering Community and Sustainability by Eillie Anzilotti on CityLab and Los Angeles Looks for Extra Water Down Its Alleys by Tatiana Schlossberg for the Los Angeles Times.
Maryland bans sale of 3 ornamental invasive plants, more to come by Jeff Day in the Bay Journal.
10 Drought-Tolerant Plants to Have a Bountiful Garden—with Less Water by Brian Barth in Modern Farmer.
Highways Can Help Pollinators Return to Health by Aaron King on ASLA’s The Dirt.
The sky’s no limit: unusual uses for urban roof space—in pictures on The Guardian.com.
How trees combat the urban heat island effect by Cory Rosenberg on MNN – Mother Nature Network.
NewTerrain July 1, 2016
New Orleans Learns to Love Water–A city that’s long struggled to stay dry embraces its inner swamp by Laura Bliss in The Atlantic.
3 container suggestions feature Mt. Cuba native plant combinations by Betsy Price on Delawareonline.
Gardener Brie Arthur shows how to create an edible, beautiful garden by Corbie Hill in the Raleigh News&Observer.
Biophilic Cities Lead the Way to Urban Sustainability by Jared Green on ASLA’s The Dirt.
Use wood mulch … save the planet? By Melissa Breyer on Treehugger.
Trees are very, very good for our health. But in many cities, they’re struggling by Chris Mooney in the Washington Post.
The Challenges (and Potential Solutions) with Finding Quality Nursery Stock by Ellyn Shea on Deep Root.
Well-Lit Urban Centers Are Driving Up the Arrival of Spring by John Metcalfe on CityLab; Doctors Say It’s Time To Get Serious About Light Pollution by Ben Schiller on FastCo.Exist; and New atlas shows extent of light pollution — what does it mean for our health? by Richard Stevens on The Conversation.
Thirty-One Top Scientific Societies Speak with One Voice on Global Climate Change by Ginger Pinholster for the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Into the woods, quiet moments in nature leads to a nursery specializing in trees for wildlife habitat by Kelli Rodda in Nursery Management.
Green and cool roofs provide relief for hot cities, but should be sited carefully by Ashish Sharma on The Conversation.
The Economic Benefits of Walkable Neighborhoods: George Washington University Report by Richard Florida on CityLab.
Green Infrastructure Fuels Green Jobs in Urban Neighborhoods: Community Colleges Key to Emerging New Career Opportunities on the Sustainable City Network.
A look at Apple’s insanely ambitious tree-planting plans for its new spaceship campus by Chris O’Brien on VentureBeat | OffBeat.
Detroit Is Turning Vacant Lots Into Sponges for Stormwater by Jessica Leigh Hester on CityLab.
Picky eaters: Bumble bees prefer plants with nutrient-rich pollen from Penn State.
State of North America’s Birds 2016 by the North American Bird Conservation Initiative.
Toronto urban planning expert praises Edmonton’s green strategy by Madeline Cummings in the Edmonton Examiner.
What’s up with stormwater? by Melissa Fetter in the Sandusky Register.
Financing solutions for storm water run-off by Craig Holland on Environmental Finance.com.
Better Guidelines Needed to Ensure Green Canopies by Daniel Bennett on Sourcable.
Colorado governor signs law allowing residents to use rain barrels by Jill Odom on Total Landscape Care.
Why cities are forming a global alliance to curb climate change by Nicole Orttung and staff in the Christian Science Monitor.
Grasses & Sedges Host Butterflies, Too. on the Hoffman Nursery blog.
How D.C. Grew a Data-Driven Tree Strategy by Stephen Goldsmith on Data-Smart City Solutions.
Why are Cities Using Green Streets for Stormwater Management? by Jonathan Page on Deep Root.
Habitat Milestone in the Mile High City: Denver Zoo becomes 200,000th certified wildlife habitat by National Wildlife Federation.
Urban Ecology Reformation is Spreading Across the Globe by Mark McDonnell, Ian MacGregor-Fors, and Amy Hahs on The Nature of Cities.
One Simple, Cheap Trick To Make Cities Better: Plant More Trees by Ben Schilleron Co.Exist | ideas + impact.
June 15, 2016
Native, or Not So Much? by Janet Marinelli in National Wildlife for the National Wildlife Federation.
Hard-Pressed Rust Belt Cities Go Green to Aid Urban Revival by Winifred Bird on Yale 360.
Cooling down Chicago: How green and cool roofs could impact urban climate by Brandi Klingerman for the University of Notre Dame News.
To save the bees, mind the household bug spray, study says by Christina Beck in the Christian Science Monitor and Purdue University Newsroom Release. The journal article in Nature: Non-cultivated plants present a season-long route of pesticide exposure for honey bees.
Stormwater Credits in D.C. Could Provide a Blueprint for Other Cities by Kat Friedrich for the Conservation Finance Network.
Our Microbes, Ourselves: Soil Bacteria Treat Stress Disorders by Susan Moran for How on Earth, the KGNU Science Show and Common, abundant bacteria may hold key to treating stress disorders by the University of Colorado News Center.
Philadelphia keeps stormwater out of sewers to protect rivers by Tom Avril for the Philadelphia Inquirer Daily News.
How Scots fight ‘concrete fatigue’ by reaping the benefits of horticulture on FloraCulture International
Spring comes sooner to urban heat islands, with potential consequences for wildlife by University of Wisconsin-Madison on Pys.org and Samuel C Zipper et al. Urban heat island impacts on plant phenology: intra-urban variability and response to land cover, Environmental Research Letters (2016). DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/11/5/054023.
Bumblebees’ Little Hairs Can Sense Flowers’ Electric Fields by Nell Greenfieldboyce on All Things Considered.
This U.S. City Is a Sustainable Utopia—Here’s What They Have Accomplished & Where They Are Headed, an excerpt from the new book Can a City Be Sustainable? by Brian Holland & Juan Wei in the State of the World series from Worldwatch (Island Press, 2016).
Green infra’s impact on flooding underrated: Expert says cities need hybrid of grey and green infrastructure to reduce urban flooding by Rebecca Melnyk on Building Strategies + Sustainability.
Tropical Plant Could Help End Water Pollution by Peak Johnson on Pollution Online.
Ontario setting new rules to end era of suburban sprawl across Greater Toronto Area by Stan Grewal on TheStar.com.
Burden or Futureproof? a review of Designed for the Future: 80 Practical Ideas for a Sustainable World, Edited by Jared Green. 2015. ISBN: 161689300. Princeton Architectural Press. 176 pages, by Sam Hollaran on The Nature of Cities.
In The Mood for Drama? Go to an Urban Tree Hearing by Cara Giaimo on Atlas Obscura.
Nature Keeps Cities from Making Us Dead Inside by Michael Byrne on Motherboard.
Biophilic Cities Forge New Paths by Jared Green on ASLA’s The Dirt.
North side neighborhood lauded for ‘green’ projects by Don Behm in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
June 1, 2016
New Guide to the Garden Revolution, a book review by Susan Harris on Garden Rant of Garden Revolution, How our Landscapes can be a Source of Environmental Change by Larry Weaner and Thomas Christopher.
State (CA) Water Board Adopts ‘Stress Test’ Approach to Water Conservation Regulation by the California The State Water Resources Control Board.
The best landscape designs don’t require hours of watering and maintenance by Brenda Richardson in the Real Estate section of The Washington Post.
Biophilic Urban Acupuncture: The Importance of Biophilia in Urban Places by Jonce Walker on the The Nature of Cities.
City Bees (honeybees) stick to a Flower Diet rather Than Slurp up Soda by Nicholas St. Fleur in the New York Times and No junk-food diet [for city honey bees] by the North Carolina State University College of Agriculture & Life Sciences News Center. The contribution of human foods to honey bee diets in a mid-sized metropolis by Clint A. Penick, Catherine A. Crofton, R. Holden Appler, Steven D. Frank, Robert R. Dunn, and David R. Tarpy; in the Journal of Urban Ecology.
Can Permaculture Go (More) Native? by Dan Jaffe for the Ecological Landscape Alliance newsletter.
In the Shade: Gardening with Native Plants from the Woodland Understory by Heather McCargo for the Ecological Landscape Alliance newsletter.
Invasive Tree Pests Cost U.S. Communities $2 Billion per Year by The Cary Institute on the Sustainable City Network.
Agrihoods take root: A housing trend rooted in agriculture by Michelle Locke in the Washington Times.
Doctors should prescribe gardening for patients more often by Sarah Johnson in The Guardian.
National Seed Strategy for Rehabilitation and Restoration 2015-2020 by the Plant Conservation Alliance.
The Unlikely, Charming Designer Who Is Changing the Face of Gardening by Jennie Rothenberg Gritz in the Smithsonian.
Under your feet is an information superhighway made of fungi on Impact Lab, originally on BBC.com.
Some Random Facts about Water Harvesting by Janice Kasperson on Forester Network.
How and why should food be considered within the climate policies of cities? (video) By United Nations Environment Programme.
What are ‘green bonds’ and why are cities so excited about them? by Christopher Swope on Citiscope.
The afterglow: Bradenton landscape transformation on the Florida Association of Native Nurseries (FANN) website.
There Are No Mulch Circles in the Forest, a book review of Planting in a Post Wild World by Thomas Rainer and Claudia West, by Jared Green on ASLA’s The Dirt.
Trees Sleep, With Branches and Leaves Drooping at Night, New Study Says on Yale Environment 360.
The Science behind our Commitment to Native Plants by Beatriz Moisset on Beautiful Native Plants.
Minnesota Sets Standard [pollinator habitat] for Land Use on Solar Sites posted by Rob Davis on Fresh Energy.
Fly Away! Six States and FHWA Will Collaborate to Enhance Pollinator Habitat along New Monarch Highway by Tony Dorsey in a press release for the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials.
Will California’s Rich Opt Out of Conserving Water? by J. Weston Phippen on CityLab.
Q&A: Patrick Hoffman, president, Rooftop Green LLC by Rachel Abbey McCafferty in Crain’s Cleveland Business.
Coliseum Square eyed for ‘bioswale’ stormwater-management project by Della Haselle in the New Orleans Uptown Messenger.
Bringing Baltimore Orioles back to the Ballpark by Jen Mihills for the National Wildlife Federation blog.
These Vacant Lots in Detroit Are Turning into an Eco-Village by Adele Peters on Fast Co. Exist | ideas + impact.
New Study Shows Urban Parks Build Healthy, Happy Cities by Lincoln Larson, Viniece Jennings and Scott Cloutier on the Gallup Organization blog.
Summer Living Architecture Monitor Policy Issue by Green Roofs for Healthy Cities.
Tips for using rainwater and graywater in your homes, yards by Joe Reisigl in the Atlanda Journal Constituttion.
May 16, 2016
How Satellite And Imaging Technologies Are Changing The World As We Know It (Part 2) by TruBridge Capital in Forbes.
Soil security just as critical as aircraft safety about comments by Dr. Jess Davies, lecturer in sustainability at the Pentland Centre for Sustainability in Business at Lancaster University on Phys.org.
Rainwater Harvesting State Regulations and Technical Resources by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory operated by Batelle for the U.S. Department of Energy.
Landscape designers join effort to ensure U.S. communities’ ‘resilience’ by David Rountree on Total Landscape Care.
Don’t punish taxpayers for smart, water-efficient choices by Jared Huffman and Dana Rohrabacher on The Hill.
Infrastructure skills: Knowledge, tools, and training to increase opportunity by Joseph Kane and Adie Tomer for the Brookings Institute.
How Rising CO2 Levels May Contribute to Die-Off of Bees by Lisa Palmeron Yale 360.
Why cities have to care about native plants by Jessica Leigh Hester on CityLab.
Madison is ‘Growing Green’ on Main Street by Dave DeLuca in the Madison Star Beacon.
Cities Hold Key to Saving the Bees Advocate Calls for Bee-Friendly Parking Lot Designs by F. Alan Shirk on Sustainable City Network.
City of Vancouver Urban Farm Guidelines to assist in the development of safe, neighborly and productive urban farms and to create a more sustainable food system for Vancouver.
A 21st-century cleanup for Pittsburgh–The next best-of-list for our region should be for cleanest rivers by Jennifer Rafanan Kennedy in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Gary’s ‘green’ projects to slow water runoff by Carole Carlson in the Post-Tribune.
Monarch butterflies threatened, but we can help by Kerrie Kruichuk, a graduate student studying in Project Dragonfly at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, in conjunction with Cleveland Metroparks Zoo on Cleveland.com.
Hamilton’s arborist may hold key to reducing power outages in city by Mike Rutledge in Journal-News.
Suburbia Gets No Respect, But It Could Become a Very Different Place–For starters, driverless cars would mean a lot less pavement by Randy Rieland on Smithsonian.com
Hoboken Green Infrastructure Strategic Plan by Perkins Eastman on their website.
DOEE Announces $12,750,000 for Innovative program to Incentivize Cost-Effective Green Infrastructure by Tommy Wells on DC.gov.
Prioritizing Pollinators in Corporate America by the Wildlife Habitat Council.
How does water move through soil? by James Hartsig, Soil Scientist, Duraroot Environmental Consulting, LLC on Soils Matter by the Soil Science Society of America.
Dallas lacks enough trees to battle urban heat island effect by Janette K. Monear, Texas Trees Foundation in the Dallas Morning News.
Phipps’ Center for Sustainable Landscapes is one of Top Ten Green Projects of 2016 on the American Public Gardens Association website.
May 2, 2016
Making Green Count by Steven Peck on ReNew Canada.
As Climate Warms, How Do We Decide If a Plant is Native? by Janet Marinelli on Yale 360
Drought is the new normal. We need less shaming and more incentivizing by the LA Times Editorial Board.
Curbside Gardens in Hellstrips by lindenland on The L.A.N.D. Line
Beyond milkweed: Monarchs face habitat, nectar threats (Cornell University) American Association for the Advancement of Science, EurekAlert! Science News.
Want Pollinators? Plant Trees by Nathalie Shanstrom on DeepRoot.
Cities need more ‘living green,’ concludes International conference in FloraCulture International
Studying Urban Trees with Smartphones and Satellites by Chris Clarke on KCET.
In a drought, which trees risk death? Press Release by the National Science Foundation
Being There for Bees: Native bees face many threats, but gardeners can help these indispensable pollinators by Laura Tangley with photography by Clay Bolt, a natural-history photographer who, through his Beautiful Bees project, is documenting North America’s native-bee species in National Wildlife.
Cold Climate Green Infrastructure by the Cold Climate Research Center for the City of Fairbanks, Alaska.
How do Soil Microbes Affect Soil Health and Nutrient Availability? by Will Brinton, University of Maine, and Director, Woods End Soils Lab on Soils Matter, Get the Scoop!.
Resilient Midwestern Cities Improving Equity in a Changing Climate by Cathleen Kelly, Miranda Peterson, Erin Auel, Gwynne Taraska and Philine Qianthe for Center for American Progress.
Parched California Tries to Grab Storm Water before It Escapes by Tom Yulsman in Scientific American.
Are earthworms good or bad for urban trees? by Len Philips on GibneyCE.com.
April Flowers Help May Showers by Samantha Butwill on the Villanova Urban Stormwater Partnership blog.
Here’s how green infrastructure can easily be added to the urban planning toolkit by Tony Matthews, Lecturer in Urban & Environmental Planning, Griffith University; Christopher Ambrey, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Griffith University; Douglas Baker, Chair professor, Queensland University of Technology; and Jason Byrne, Associate Professor of Environmental Planning, Griffith University on The Conversation.
Cities are Landscapes, Too by Brent Skyring on Sourceable.
Six acres of land on the University of Texas – San Antonio Main Campus will be dedicated to monarch research and preservation by Joanna Carver for UTSA Today.
Up Close and Personal With Urban Wildlife a book review by Jessica Leigh Hester of Unseen City: The Majesty of Pigeons, the Discreet Charm of Snails, & Other Wonders of the Urban Wilderness on City Lab.
The Pop-up Forest Project: The forest amidst the lights and billboards of Times Square in the City Kickstart Serieson the Daily Dot
Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s i-Tree Design Project a Project Profile on i-Tree.
Lifting the Green City to a European level on The Green City.
After emerald ash borer scourge, campaign under way to replant lost trees by Ted Gregory in the Chicago Tribune. and City of Evanston Partners with iKeedo to Raise Funds for Fallen Trees by on Sustainable City Network and Local Governments Are Paying the Price for Global Trade’s Effects on Trees by Julian Spector on City Lab.
Meadow Magic by Larry Weaner–Native Connecticut Meadow Garden by the editors of Garden Design Magazine.
Pollinators Benefit from Mixing Native and Non-Native Plants by Scott Stewart on the Lurie Garden blog.
City Parks, Clean Water: Making Great Places Using Green Infrastructure published by The Trust for Public Land.
April 15, 2016
Vancouver struggling to keep trees in the face of development by Wendy Stueck in The Globe and Mail.
Carex pensylvanica by Shannon Currey in American Nurseryman.
Habitat highways: Roadsides can provide vital sanctuaries for pollinators and other wildlife by Doreen Cubie in National Wildlife magazine for National Wildlife Federation.
Words of Wisdom from BMP Inspectors and Spring Maintenance Tips in the Stormwater BMP Newsletter by Montgomery County Maryland Department of Environmental Protection.
Loving Lupine by Kathie Settevendemie on Native Plants and Wildlife Gardens.
Three cities taking urban forestry to the next level by Sarah Weber for World Resources Institute.
Hope for green infrastructure from devolution by Elizabeth Henry in Horticulture Week.
Inspired by New York’s High Line, if not always copying it by Grace Chua on Citiscope.
The 5% Rule by Dr. John Ball in American Nurseryman.
Confronting the Dark Side of Urban Agriculture by Francois Mancebo on The Nature of Cities.
Green infrastructure should be at the heart of urban planning by Robert Spencer on businessGreen.
Atlanta Develops Citywide Green Infrastructure Action Plan by Tim Darnell on East Atlanta Patch.
Dallas needs more parks to combat effects of climate change by Will Rogers and Trammell Crow in the Dallas Morning News.
Field Leader, Students Present on Ecological Design by Elissa B Schuett for University of Vermont Communications.
Major research study reveals how to enhance urban livability through blue-green infrastructure by Ramboll Environ. Making Cities Livable, the publication summarizing research.
Downtown infrastructure project to include green initiative, performance stage in the Kokomo Tribune.
Green infrastructure can cool our cities. So what are planners waiting for? by Tony Matthews and Jason Byrne on City Metric.
The nation’s best water parks are not what you think by the Trust for Public Land.
Are backyard feeders actually harmful to songbirds? by Ryan Sabalow in the Sacramento Bee.
Green development of old Edmonton airport site struggling to take off by Omar Mouallem in the Globe and Mail.
April 1, 2016
‘Drought Shaming’ Appears To Be An Effective Policy by Sara Jerome on Water Online.
GBCI to develop a new professional credential for SITES by Stacey McLaughlin for the Sustainable Sites Initiative.
A Viable Market for Green Infrastructure? by Janice Kaspersen on Forester Daily News.
Washington D.C. Stormwater Retention Fund by NatureVest.
The Value of Green Infrastructure on Vacant and Residential Land in Roanoke, by Virginia Gunwoo Kim, Arizona State Univeristy, Patrick Miller, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and David Nowak, USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station an Open Access article in Sustainability 2016, 8(4), 296; doi:10.3390/su8040296.
The George W. Bush Presidential Center Case Study by the Landscape Architecture Foundation.
The Green Area Ratio and D.C.’s tree canopy by Kristin Taddei, Casey Trees on the U.S. Green Building Council blog site.
Why landscapers are planting crops on the Arch grounds by David Hunn, St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Small Rain Gardens for Stormwater and Biodiversity in the City: Learning from Traditional Ways by Keitaro Ito, Landscape Designer, Kyushu, Japan on the Nature of Cities.
Op-Ed: Are we greening our cities, or just greenwashing them? by Wade Graham in the LA Times.
Creating a Rain Garden by Dale Burrier in American Nurseryman.
Adelaide Will Plant 100,000 Square Meters of Greenery by 2020 by Suzanna Parisi, Adelaide City Council on ASLA’s The Dirt.
Milkweed, a weed that can benefit one’s garden by Fran Skalicky, Missouri Department of Conservation, in the Springfield News-Leader.
A Nearly Extinct Butterfly Makes a Comeback in South Florida by Richard Levine on Entolmology Today.
Thomas Rainer, Co-Author of “Planting in a Post-Wild World,” talks about the book and the ideas inside, a Podcast by Native Plant.
March 15, 2016
Aster divaricatus, Field Notes by Sally Benson in American Nurseryman.
Saving Water Is So Hot Right Now in Landscape Design by Margaret Rhodes in Wired.
A city of trees, but for how long? Canopy is loved but threatened by Mae Israel on the UNC-Charlotte Plan Charlotte blog.
Place Value: Empowering Landscape Architects to Measure the Economic Benefits of Designed Landscapes by Allison Mendenhall on Land8.
The Stormwater issue Spring 2016 Living Architecture Monitor, A Green Roofs for Healthy Cities publication.
Dayton (OH) has lost 40% of its tree cover since 1982 by Cornelius Frolik in the Dayton News.
From Nursery to Nature: Are native cultivars as valuable to pollinators as native species? by Annie White on Pollinator Gardens.org
Green Streets: The Road to Clean Water by U.S. EPA on YouTube.
Integrating Natives into a Non-Native Traditional Landscape by Alan Branhagen In the Missouri Prairie Journal (page 24).
Eliminating Tax Hurdles for Homeowners to Invest In Water Efficiency And Green Infrastructure by Alisa Valderrama on Water Online.
Supreme Court sides with EPA on cleaning Chesapeake Bay – and perhaps other waterways by Patrick Parenteau, Vermont Law School on The Conversation.
Why Conserve Small Forest Fragments and Individual Trees in Urban Areas? by Mark Hostetler on The Nature of Cities.
Cities Incentivizing Greener Infrastructure to Better Manage Water by Ryan Briggs in Urban Land the Magazine of the Urban Land Institute.
Urban consolidation and the heat island effect by Unconventional Economist Leith van Onselen in Macro Business.
Health bodies endorse green space for well-being by Elizabeth Henry in Horticulture Week.
New Investment Model for Green Infrastructure to Help Protect Chesapeake Bay Press release by the Nature Conservancy.
The Cave Man, Bird Brainiacs about Suburdia author John Marzluff and his bird research by Kat McGowan in Audubon.
March 1, 2016
Below ground matters: Urban soil rehabilitation increases tree canopy and speeds establishment by Rachel M. Laymana, Susan D. Day , David K. Mitchell , Yujuan Chenc, J. Roger Harrisa, and W.L. Daniels in Urban Forestry & Urban Greening Volume 16, 2016, Pages 25–35.
We Should Love Bees, Especially the Wild Ones by David Suzuki on HuffPost What’s Working Canada.
How California residents are changing the water landscape by Pete Spotts in the Christian Science Monitor.
Native plants are becoming “The New Normal” by Scot Vogt on Dyck Arboretum of the Plains blog.
Future viable plant palettes for metropolitan areas Part 4 by ASLA staff.
Decline of Species That Pollinate Poses a Threat to Global Food Supply, Report Warns by John Schwartz in The New York Times. (Press release by IPBES, mentioned in the article. The report, Thematic Assessment of Pollinators, Pollination and Food Production, has not yet been posted.)
6 Trends to Watch by Nicole Wisniewski in Landscape Insider e-newsletter.
Stormwater Pollution & Green Infrastructure Solutions YouTube video by the Nassau County Soil & Water Districts.
ELA Webinar beyond LID Green Infrastructure conducted January 20 2016.
City government using more native plants in landscaping, street trees by Kevin Kilbane, Fort Wayne News Sentinel.
Here’s What The High Line’s Upcoming “Spur” Expansion Will Look Like by Scott Heins on Gothamist.
For the love of native plants on the University of Georgia blog about Mimsie Lanier Center for Native Plant Studies.
Monitoring and Evaluation: What’s Working, What Isn’t a recorded webinar by Colleen Beaty, Conservation Content Writer, Wildlife Habitat Council; Rebecca Culler, Manager, Conservation Content and Partnerships, Wildlife Habitat Council; and Thelma Redick, Sr. Director, Conservation Content and Partnerships, Wildlife Habitat Council.
Green Infrastructure Maintenance Video by the City of Tucson and the Arizona State Forestry Division (watershedmg.org/green-streets).
February 15, 2016
The New Vocabulary of Urban Landscaping for Southern California by Stephanie Pincetl and Kitty Connolly for The Nature of Cities
SITES “Greenfield” Bias: Old paradigm for a new reality by L. Peter MacDonagh on Deep Root
Natives for container gardening by Julie Borneman of Watermark Woods
Impact of views to school landscapes on recovery from stress and mental fatigue by Dongying Li and William C. Sullivan, University of Illinois in Landscape and Urban Planning 148 (2016) 149–158
Infographic: Green plants for green buildings by Green Plants for Green Buildings on their website; Code included for embedding infographic on your website
Madrid Is Covering Itself in Plants To Help Fight Rising Temperatures by Adele Peters on FastCompany Co.EXIST
Researchers measure trees’ ability to lower urban temperature in Horticulture Week (UK)
We Must Better Communicate the Health Benefits of Nature by Jared Green on Huffpost Green
The Politics of Killing Bees by Katherine Kiefer in Bee Culture magazine
The Surprising Way Birds Are Trying To Dodge Climate Change by Purbita Saha in Audubon
How to beat extreme heat: Strategies for combating the urban heat island effect by Jeff Biles on Broken Sidewalk
Ecodesign is for Citizens and Nature, not for Consumers, a review of the book Ecodesign for Cities and Suburbs by Paul Downton for The Nature of Cities
What the New Composting Council Chief Has in Mind by Allan Gerlat on Waste 360
Dry is the new normal: Southwest U.S. has gotten drier and more prone to droughts by Andreas Franz Prein for The Conversation
The White House Wants To Spend $300 Million on A Water Revolution by Charles Fishman in Co.Exist | ideas + impact
Is dry the new normal? Facing the silent threat of water scarcity by Laura Sanchez on Forester Daily News
Severe drought no longer caused just by nature by the University of Birmingham on EurekAlert by the American Association for the Advancement of Science
Green infrastructure a key to town planning (AU) by James Dunn in the Financial Review
Mimic Mother Nature to conserve by Doug Pushard for The New Mexican
News: Aster ‘Raydon’s Favorite’ Named Plant of the Year by the Garden Club of America
Green streets drive runoff in the right direction blog post on My Green Montgomery County
Floods are natural, they don’t have to lead to disasters by Linda Freiner for Huffpost Impact
Mainstreaming green infrastructure (in New Jersey) by NewJersey Future
$165,000 grant funds Bates study of tree structure and drought response by Doug Hubley on the Bates blog
February 1, 2016
How to Profit from the Green Revolution by Jennifer Duffield White in the January issue of GrowerTalks
Stormwater management: Growth and establishment of managed grasslands and ornamental grasses in the WSU Puyallup Research Rain Gardens by Rita Hummel, Nathan Stacey and Gwen Stahnke in B&B by the Washington State Nursery and Landscape Association
Valuing London’s Urban Forest, results of the London i-Tree ECO Project by Treeconomics London
How Ice Storms May Shape the Future of Forests by Cary Institute of Ecosystem Services for the Sustainable City Network
What happens to soils in winter? Does everything die? by Mary Tiedeman on the Soil Science Society of America blog Soils Matter, Get the Scoop
Can cities save bees? How can urban habitats be made to serve pollinator conservation? How can that story be better told? On the Nature of Cities, Intro. By Dave Maddux. Written by: Katherine Baldock, Alison Benjamin, Sarah Bergmann, Mark Goddard, Damon Hall, Tina Harrison, Scott MacIvor, Denise Mouga, Matt Shardlow and Caragh Threlfall
More trees in cities: Australian government to set national goals by Linda Cheng on ArchitectureAU
This is your brain on nature by Florence Williams in National Geographic
Houston’s big green transformation by Charles Birnbaum on Huffpost
A new “agrihood” in California’s Central Valley reworks a former tomato-canning plant into an aspirational suburb by Lydia Lee on The Atlantics City Lab
Warblers shift breeding time to maximize food resources on Nature’s Notebook by the National Phenology Network
Why Copenhagen is building parks that can turn into ponds by Athlyn Cathcart-Keays on CitiScope
The problem with nature therapy by JB MacKinnen in Nautilis
Trees: Helping Cities Solve Climate Change by Jad Daley on Huffpost Green
California State Water Board Adopts Storm Water Strategy on Stormwater Solutions; Draft Initiative
The Value of our Green Spaces (UK) by The Urban Land Trust
Map Your Community! Expert YardMapper Shares Her Story by Becca Rodomsky-Bish for the Cornell Ornithology Lab
New genetically engineered American chestnut will help restore the decimated, iconic tree by Dr. William Powell, State University of New York on The Conversation
Building climate resilience in cities: lessons from New York by Cynthia Rosenzweig, NASA and William Solecki, Hunter College on The Conversation
January 15, 2016
Is LEED the leader? LEED and SITES: The Changing Landscape by Peter MacDonagh, Kestrel Design Group, on Deep Root
Goodbye Nandina, Hello Spicebush by Audubon North Carolina on their blog
An introduction to the 4,000 kinds of bees in the U.S. and Canada by Adrian Higgins in the Washington Post
Lawsuit Launched for Endangered Species Act Protection of Monarch Butterflies press release by the Center for Biological Diversity
Exposure To Nature May Reduce Crime, Strengthen Communities by Carolyn Gregoire on Huffpost
Pinpointing the most powerful design elements in city parks by Henry Grabar on Next City
Managed Aquifer Recharge Growing as Tool to Cope with Water Shortages in Stormwater Solutions
Why Do 56,000 People Want to Move Next to the Gowanus Cesspool? Affordability, for one. by Tanvi Misra for CityLab
Designing Our Future: Sustainable Landscapes Mobile-friendly version of the American Society of Landscape Architect’s online exhibition highlighting real-world examples of sustainable landscape design
Why we should learn to love all insects, not just the ones that work for us by Paul Manning, University of Oxford (student) on The Conversation
January 1, 2016
Native grasses as an alternative to turfgrasses in out-of-play areas on golf courses by Danesha Seth Carley on the NCSU Department of Horticultural Science blog site
London is a forest—who knew? By Patrick Barkham for the Guardian
Sprawling 1.5-acre green roof tops new NYC Department of Sanitation complex by Michael Kimmelman in the New York Times
Native grasses for native lawns by Jacob Johnston forthe Cornell Ornithology Lab
What does “Warm December” mean for native plants? by Vincent Vizachero for Blue Water Baltimore
How plants get out of the shade by Bradley Fikes in the San Diego Union Tribune
Interview with Christine Ten Eyck on the beauty of drought in Texas by Jared Green on ASLA’s The Dirt
A park to sop up pollutants before they flow Into the Gowanus Canal by Lisa Foderero in the New York Times
Going organic at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens by JE for the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association
Monarch Champion status NOT “just talk,” will change how San Antonio manages land by Monika Maeckle for the Texas Butterfly Ranch
Study: NYC’s urban gardens have a serious lead problem by Erica Berry Food & Environment Reporting Network
Newsmaker of the Year: Residents answer drought alert by Chad Garland, the Burbank Leader