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Climate Adaptation Actions for Urban Forests and Human Health

Urban areas can be particularly vulnerable to climate change due to extensive impervious cover, increased pollution, greater human population densities, and a concentration of built structures that intensify impacts from urban heat, drought, and...

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9/27/21
LGBTQ Inclusion in Public Gardens: A Toolkit

Public gardens increasingly recognize the importance of diversity and inclusion in their work. This toolkit provides concrete ways to address LGBTQ inclusion in gardens. It explains the importance of LGBTQ inclusion, including the challenges LGBTQ...

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9/20/21
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6/18/21
Plastic Pots and The Green Industry: Production, Use, Disposal and Environmental Impacts

The green industry is the driver of plastic plant pot production and use. This report describes the
development of this industry, its phenomenal growth and successes, and the resulting significant
negative ecological effects from the...

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3/19/21
Wild Plants and You in the Times of COVID19 and the Essential Journey to Sustainability

With the current global spotlight on wild animal markets as a possible source of the COVID-19 epidemic, it is easy to forget that the biggest flows of “wildlife” in trade involve plants, not animals. This report summarises what is known about the trade...

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6/19/20
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
Community Strategic Energy Management Guide

Many communities have or are considering policies and programs to address climate change. They understand that buildings represent a critical element of these policies, since buildings comprise more than 40 percent of energy use and account for more...

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3/14/19
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
Mapping the Renewable Energy Sector to the Sustainable Development Goals: An Atlas

This Atlas intends to serve as a guide for renewable energy developers and operators to maximize their contributions to the SDGs. The Atlas recommends specific actions that companies can take to advance each SDG by incorporating responsible practices...

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2/7/19
Natural Areas Management Plan for Matthaei Botanical Gardens: Nichols Arboretum, Horner- McLaughlin Woods, and Mud Lake Bog Cody

The purpose of a Natural Areas Land Management Plan for the Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum is to create a forward-focused systematic document that covers the most essential topics for land management. The ecological history of...

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12/28/18
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

 

 
Mainstreaming Potable Water Reuse in the United States: Strategies for Leveling the Playing Field

As interest in potable water reuse intensifies among municipal utilities, state and federal governments, researchers, and supporting organizations, significant effort has been focused on technical objectives related to ensuring system performance and...

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4/27/18
Outside Our Doors

The Nature Conservancy have worked carefully to present a comprehensive analysis of current evidence on how our human communities need nature in and around them to thrive. This report presents a panoramic view of how our cities and towns benefit from...

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2/14/18
Holistically Analyzing the Benefits of Green Infrastructure

This document outlines an approach to holistically evaluate the benefits of implementing green infrastructure. The guidance places emphasis on first understanding the goal and scope for assessing benefits. It uses the goal and scope to step the user...

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1/30/18
Urban Water Blueprint

This report addresses a critical issue facing mayors in cities around the world: access to clean and adequate water supplies. The growth of urban populations, coupled with incidences of sudden climate stress and long-term land degradation of drinking...

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11/15/17
Accelerating Building Efficiency

Accelerating Building Efficiency: Eight Actions for Urban Leaders provides a path forward to deliver better buildings before cities “lock in” decades of inefficiency—taking this path will be key to meeting our global sustainable development...

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11/7/17