Archive | Urban Landscaping

“Every parcel has promise”- Restoration in the Urban Habitat

Conference Session Review by Miho Connolly Dr. Steven Handel (Rutgers University, Harvard University) is not your typical plant scientist. As he said himself at the 25th Annual ELA Conference, “Most plant ecologists study the beautiful places of the earth…and I have been driven to study cities.” Dr. Handel’s lecture, titled The Challenges of Restoring Urban […]

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The Birds and the Trees: Managing the Urban Forest for Wildlife

by Dr. Susannah B. Lerman Trees and other vegetation deliver numerous essential ecosystem services in urban and suburban communities. In particular, the trees store and sequester carbon, help mitigate the urban heat island effect through evapotranspiration and by providing shade, and have the capacity to infiltrate stormwater runoff, thus alleviating flood risk (Nowak et al. […]

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Greening Greenfield

by Julie Snell and Michele Adams Albert Greenfield Elementary School in Philadelphia was the first school in the district to implement a “green schoolyard.” School stakeholders, including alumni, parents, and teachers, partnered with Philadelphia Water Department, The Community Design Collaborative, and The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society to form the Greening Greenfield Committee, and together they created a […]

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Urban Trees

A Pathway to Meeting Forest Sustainability Goals and a Vehicle To Get You There by Laurence Wiseman A few weeks ago, government officials from nearly 100 nations met to discuss progress on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. It’s fair to assume that most who attended the meeting were both committed, and professionally competent. Ordinarily, you’d […]

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Exploring Rogue Territories

by David Seiter The following excerpt from Spontaneous Urban Plants: Weeds in NYC is reprinted with permission of the author. Whenever travelling to a new city, I always want to understand its layout, its sequence of spaces, its edges and boundaries and the relations between urban landscapes and landmarks. While reading a map helps to […]

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Discovering Garden Gems

by Maureen Sundberg Public and private gardens are a source of beauty and inspiration any time of year, but especially in the full bloom of summer. That’s also the time many of us travel to unfamiliar locales for graduation parties, weddings, and family reunions. During your travels, consider scheduling an excursion to a local garden. […]

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2,000 Gallon Project

by Nick Shannon The 2,000 Gallon Project envisions a healthier Gowanus community through a conventional dumpster planted with native trees and perennials. Each dumpster provides a visual representation of the amount of stormwater a bio-swale can handle during a storm event and brings attention to the issue of Combined Sewage Overflows (CSO) emptying into the […]

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