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Biocultural stewardship: Transforming our urban and community forestry practices

Diverse perspectives and approaches to learning and knowing can strengthen our work in urban and community forestry. Indigenous and local knowledge is embedded in the concept of biocultural stewardship - an approach to working with communities...

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12/28/20
The Science and Practice of Managing Forests in Cities

The past few months have highlighted the importance of parks and nature in cities. Urban natural areas are critical as refugia, protecting biodiversity and mitigating the impacts of climate change all while contributing to the health and wellbeing of...

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6/30/20
CommuniTree: A Model for Engaging Communities in Tree Planting and Maintenance Projects

Tree planting can help communities achieve many resiliency goals such as cooling heat islands, reducing stormwater floods, and building neighborhood cohesion. But trees can only do these things if they survive and thrive to maturity. CommuniTree is a...

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4/13/20
Outreach Tools to Speak Out for Plants and Science

Contact your elected representatives and let them know how you feel about plants, our web of life, and the ecosystem services we all depend upon:

  • Ask them to cosponsor H.R. 1572 The Botanical Sciences and Native Plant Materials Research,
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5/13/19
IMPLEMENTING CLIMATE AMBITION: Global Covenant of Mayors 2018 Global Aggregation Report

Building upon an initial 6000+ cities committed to GCoM at the time of the signing of the Paris Agreement, cities continue to make significant and ambitious commitments to meet the climate challenge. An additional 1,600+ cities have committed to the...

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4/17/19
Leaving No One Behind: The United Nations World Water Development Report 2019

The 2019 edition of the World Water Development Report focuses on the theme of “Leaving No One Behind”. It argues that fulfilling the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation for all can also significantly contribute to the achievement of the...

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4/5/19
Million Pollinator Garden Challenge

This presentation reveals how gardens efforts have helped surpass the goals of the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge! 

Highlights:

  • Top Pollinator Planting Towns and Cities
  • Garden Impact on Pollinator Diversity and
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3/13/19
Climate Change in the American Mind

The report Climate Change in the American Mind documents a continued upward trend in Americans’ concern about global warming, as reflected in several key indicators tracked since 2008, including substantial increases in Americans’ certainty...

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2/26/19
A Pathway to Sustainable American Cities: A Guide to Implementing the SDGs

With this guide, cities can take advantage of the SDG framework and other cities’ experiences, saving valuable time and resources in setting goals and strategies while not reinventing the wheel. This guide also provides case studies and examples from U...

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2/7/19
Fourth National Climate Assessment

The impacts of climate change are already being felt in communities across the country.
More frequent and intense extreme weather and climate-related events, as well as changes
in average climate conditions, are expected to continue to...

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11/29/18
Urban Cemeteries as Public Gardens

Mount Auburn, Laurel Hill, and Green-Wood, all established in the 1830s in Boston, Philadelphia, and Brooklyn respectively, were the first three “rural cemeteries” in the nation. As we look to the future where climate change portends massive...

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7/9/17
Public Gardens as Sensible Beacons of Plant Invasion

Invasive plant species can grow in natural areas even as they are commercially available throughout that region. When this happens, private, commercial, and government sectors may have different perspectives...

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9/24/16