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Preparing For Climate Change in Eastern Long Island, NY

Tuesday, November 17th, 2015
Preparing For Climate Change in Eastern Long Island, NY

The Peconic Estuary Program is using EPA’s publication, “Being Prepared for Climate Change: A Workbook for Developing Risk-Based Adaptation Plans” to create a risk-based climate change vulnerability assessment. This video describes some climate change impacts that are already affecting eastern Long Island. Local people explain why they are conducting the assessment and describe some of the ways they are starting to respond to climate change risks.

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Streetfilms: NACTO “Designing Cities” 2015

Friday, November 13th, 2015
Streetfilms: NACTO “Designing Cities” 2015

In October, NACTO held their 4th annual “Designing Cities” conference with a record 650+ attendees from all over the world. This year’s event was in Austin, Texas which showcased many of the recent transportation improvements the city has done, including the new 3rd Street protected cycle track…As usual the event focussed on what people can learn from best practices in cities all over the United States & the world featuring plenary speakers such as Janette Sadik-Khan and Philadelphia Mayor Micheal Nutter as well as panels, city tours and the NACTO Camp which is an unconference which allows attendees to propose their own topics for discussion.

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EarthCam Timelapse: University of Kentucky Commonwealth Stadium

Wednesday, November 4th, 2015
EarthCam Timelapse: University of Kentucky Commonwealth Stadium

Cheer on the Kentucky Wildcats at Commonwealth Stadium with EarthCam! After a $126 million renovation, the New CWS reopened during the University’s sesquicentennial. Watch interior and exterior construction from June 2014 – June 2015 in less than two minutes with this time-lapse.

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Where We Ride: Analysis of Bicycle Commuting in American Cities

Friday, October 16th, 2015
bicycle commuting growth by state A

Every year, the U.S. Census Bureau studies Americans’ commuting habits, including how many people commute by bike. While commuting is only part of the bicycling story, the American Community Survey provides valuable insight into changing commuting patterns and transportation choices.

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El Dorado Hills, CA: A Disappearing Reservoir (Timelapse)

Friday, October 9th, 2015
El Dorado Hills, CA: A Disappearing Reservoir (Timelapse)

A timelapse of ‎Folsom Lake Marina. I’ve been collecting and assembling these since March of 2015 through August 2015 showing the effects of the drought in California is having on our reservoirs. This is from Brown’s Ravine where the marina is. Every time I’ve watched it I’ve seen something new (did you see the Sea Plane?).

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Step It Up! The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities

Thursday, September 10th, 2015
Figure 1. Percentage of U.S. Adults Aged 18 Years or Older Who Were Inactive During Their Leisure Time, 2013

To promote walking, community strategies can be implemented where people live, learn, work, and play. Places for walking can be designed and enhanced to improve their walkability. Improving walkability means that communities are created or enhanced to make it safe and easy to walk and that pedestrian activity is encouraged for all people.11 Improving the walkability of communities can benefit people of all abilities, including those who run, bike, skate, or use wheelchairs.

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From Lot to Spot: A Lot to Imagine

Tuesday, September 8th, 2015
From Lot to Spot: A Lot to Imagine

We’re a non-profit organization dedicated to improving blighted, urban neighborhoods in the greater Los Angeles area. Featuring music from Moby, Crystal Castles, Foxes in Fiction and Canyon Records. Produced and Directed by SLAQR.

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Place Value: How Communities Attract, Grow and Keep Jobs and Talent in the Rocky Mountain West

Monday, September 7th, 2015
Job Growth in Idaho and Montana

Place Value comes at a time when many communities are seeking new approaches to economic development that respond to changing market and fiscal realities. What people are seeking from their jobs and communities is also changing. A growing number of people prioritize quality of life over other factors, including employment opportunities, in decisions about where to live, work, or start a business. At the same time, today’s technology and the growth of knowledge-based industries allow people and businesses far greater flexibility in where they locate. Yet for many communities, particularly those with resort economies, high cost of living, long commutes and limited employment opportunities are barriers to attracting and retaining a talented workforce.

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Impact of the Indianapolis Cultural Trail: A Legacy of Gene and Marilyn Glick

Thursday, September 3rd, 2015
Map 1. Indianapolis Cultural Trail Usage Counter Locations, 2014

With construction of the Indianapolis Cultural Trail: A Legacy of Gene and Marilyn Glick (Trail) complete, it is time to begin to assess the Trail’s impact on the properties and businesses near the Trail and on the people using it. This report focuses on estimates of usage, surveys of users and businesses along the Trail, change in property values along and near the Trail, and the estimated fiscal impact of the Trail.

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An Evaluation Study of Plants for Use on Green Roofs

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015
Green Roof plants

The environmental benefits include conserving water, reducing interior noise pollution, mitigating stormwater runoff, reducing the urban heat-island effect, improving urban air quality through carbon dioxide-oxygen exchange, and creating habitats for a diversity of birds, insects, and animals. Along with extending the life of the roof by two to three times over a conventional roof, economic benefits include reducing energy costs—both heating and cooling—increasing property values, and meeting requirements for stormwater management.

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