Grounds for Change: Activating Vacant Land

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Pennsylvania Land Trust Association

Eighty of Pennsylvania’s most active conservation organizations count themselves as dues-paying members of the Pennsylvania Land Trust Association. These organizations elect the Board and set PALTA’s purposes. The organizations in turn count more than 100,000 Pennsylvanians as members and contributors.

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Urban Permaculture Guild

The Urban Permaculture Guild is a project of Architects / Designers / Planners for Social Responsibility (ADPSR), an educational non-profit organization founded in 1982. ADPSR works for peace, environmental protection, social justice, and the development of healthy communities. The Guild operates under the direction of Katherine Steele.

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Friends of the High Line

Friends of the High Line works to build and maintain an extraordinary public park on the High Line, We provide over 70 percent of the High Line’s annual operating budget and are responsible for maintenance of the park, pursuant to a license agreement with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation.

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Metro Parks

Established in 1945, Columbus and Franklin County Metropolitan Park District "Metro Parks" features 16 outstanding natural area parks with more than 200 miles of trails, and protects more than 25,000 acres of land and water in seven Central Ohio counties.

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City of Cleveland Deparment of Parks, Recreation & Properties

The Department of Public Works directs and controls eight divisions: Motor Vehicle Maintenance, Parking, Park Maintenance, Property Management, Recreation, Streets, Traffic Engineering, and Waste collection and oversees the West Side Market, Cleveland Browns stadium, on-street parking ,and all City owned off-street parking facilities.

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East Cleveland Parks Association

The East Cleveland Park Association is a community organization that believes Forest Hill Park deserves to be the urban oasis it once was and was meant to always be. Contact: Julie Criscione, President / Treasurer

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Metroparks of Toledo

Metroparks of the Toledo Area is a public agency serving the citizens of Lucas County by providing a regional system of clean, safe, natural parks. Contact: Don Rettig, Director

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City of Lansing Parks & Recreation Department

The mission of the Parks and Recreation Department is to enhance the quality of life through the preservation and maintenance of park lands, the provision of quality leisure time activities, and the provision of special facilities which would otherwise not be available to the Lansing residents. Contact: Murdock Jemerson, Director

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Philadelphia Parks Alliance

The Philadelphia Parks Alliance's (PPA) mission is to champion the public's interest in outstanding parks, recreation and open spaces which are key to making Philadelphia a healthy, vibrant and sustainable city for all.

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Eastern Schuylkill Recreation Commission

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Dauphin County Parks & Sites

Department of parks & recreation for Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.

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Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy

The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy was founded in December 1996 by a group of citizens concerned with the deteriorating conditions of Pittsburgh's parks. In 1998, the Parks Conservancy signed an official public-private partnership agreement with the City of Pittsburgh to work together for the restoration of the city's four regional parks - Frick, Highland, Riverview, and Schenley. Since then, the Parks Conservancy has raised nearly $50 million toward park improvements, and has recently expanded into other city parks as time and resources permit. Contact: http://www.pittsburghparks.org/contactus

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City Parks Alliance

City Parks Alliance is a national organization comprised of city parks leaders from across the country who work together to strengthen America's city parks. The organization has been in formation over the past several years in response to a broad-based movement of city park advocates who recognize the critical role parks play in the revitalization of our cities. The mission of City Parks Alliance is to create vibrant and healthy parks and green spaces that contribute to sustainable cities by organizing, facilitating and nurturing a broad-based movement.

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National Complete Streets Coalition

The National Complete Streets Coalition advocates for road networks that are safer, more livable, and welcoming to everyone. Instituting a complete streets policy ensures that transportation planners and engineers consistently design and operate the entire roadway with all users in mind - including bicyclists, public transportation vehicles and riders, and pedestrians of all ages and abilities.

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National Brownfield Association

The National Brownfield Association, headquartered in Chicago, is a non-profit, member-based organization dedicated to promoting the sustainable development of brownfields. The NBA encourages the use of green design and construction practices, clean energy and green transportation in brownfield redevelopment projects. The NBA represents the wide range of public and private sector professionals involved with brownfield redevelopment, including, property owners, developers, investors, service professionals, government representatives and elected officials. Its mission is carried out through three primary conduits: information, education and events.

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Green For All Partnership

Green For All is dedicated to improving the lives of all Americans through a clean energy economy. We work in collaboration with the business, government, labor, and grassroots communities to create and implement programs that increase quality jobs and opportunities in green industry – all while holding the most vulnerable people at the center of our agenda. Offices in Oakland, Los Angeles, and the District of Columbia. Contact: Vivian Chang, Director of State and Local Initiatives

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Allentown Economic Development Corporation

Allentown Economic Development Corporation (AEDC) helps site selection consultants, Lehigh Valley entrepreneurs, and existing Allentown businesses to find opportunities in Allentown, PA. This site provides information about Pennsylvania's third-largest city, including demographics and quality of life, as well as information on small business loans, economic development incentives, business start up assistance, brownfield remediation, downtown revitalization, and smart growth.

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Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission

The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission is dedicated to uniting the region's elected officials, planning professionals and the public with a common vision of making a great region even greater. Shaping the way we live, work and play, DVRPC builds consensus on improving transportation, promoting smart growth, protecting the environment and enhancing the economy. We serve a diverse region of nine counties: Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia in Pennsylvania; and Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Mercer in New Jersey. DVRPC is the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization for the Greater Philadelphia Region - leading the way to a better future. Contact: Barry Seymour, Executive Director

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The Asset-Based Community Development Institute at Northwestern University

The Asset-Based Community Development Institute (ABCD) is at the center of a large and growing movement that considers local assets as the primary building blocks of sustainable community development. Building on the skills of local residents, the power of local associations, and the supportive functions of local institutions, asset-based community development draws upon existing community strengths to build stronger, more sustainable communities for the future.

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GreenCityBlueLake

GreenCityBlueLake started as a magical phrase—a phrase that excited people's imaginations with the possibilities of creating green cities on a blue lake in Northeast Ohio. With the launch of this website, it's become a new kind of community workspace—an online presence where the people and organizations advancing sustainability in the region can tell their stories, learn from each other, and develop strategies to accelerate the progress. You are invited to participate! This website is maintained as a community service by the GreenCityBlueLake Institute, the sustainability center of The Cleveland Museum of Natural History. The Institute was formed out of the 2007 merger of the Museum and EcoCity Cleveland. Contact: David Beach, Director

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Defend Youngstown

Group dedicated to those who support the City of Youngstown and its efforts to advance; a source for daily news, event and volunteer information. Contact form: https://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?formkey=dEw5aEJaV2tvMkV3aUFRS2QzdGVLYkE6MQ

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Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation

The Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation (YNDC) is a multifaceted neighborhood development organization launched in 2009 in partnership with the City of Youngstown and The Raymond John Wean Foundation to catalyze strategic neighborhood reinvestment in neighborhoods throughout the city. The YNDC works to transform neighborhoods into meaningful places where people invest time, money and energy into their homes and neighborhoods; where neighbors have the capacity to manage day-to-day issues; and where neighbors feel confident about the future of their neighborhood.

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The Trust for Public Land

The Trust for Public Land (TPL) is a national, nonprofit, land conservation organization that conserves land for people to enjoy as parks, community gardens, historic sites, rural lands, and other natural places, ensuring livable communities for generations to come. TPL's conservation initiatives include advocacy for conservation-related policy, climate mitigation projects, and programs for improved access to parks and open space in urban and suburban communities. Local offices may be found here: http://www.tpl.org/tier2_kad.cfm?folder_id=181

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The Urban Design Project

The Urban Design Project is a university center devoted to service, teaching and research in the pursuit of a critical practice of urban design. It was founded in 1990 by Professor Robert G. Shibley, and is located in the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of Buffalo, State University of New York. The Urban Design Project seeks to serve the communities of the Niagara-Buffalo city-region by bringing faculty and urban design students together with local governments, community based organizations and citizens in general, to engage the work of making better places and stronger communities. Part of the mission of the Urban Design Project is to provide challenging situations in which students can learn their craft. Urban design is a practice which is best learned when students are able to confront specific and concrete problems and work to create real and practical solutions. The Urban Design Project also works to enrich the body of knowledge about the practice of urban design. Research conducted through the center is aimed at expanding our understanding, not only of the practice of urban design in general, but also about specific places, sites, neighborhoods, and districts in our city-region. Email contact form: http://128.205.118.147/contact.htm

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Remaking Cities Institute, Carnegie Mellon University

The Remaking Cities Institute (RCI) is an urban design research center in the Carnegie Mellon University School of Architecture that was created to promote an improved quality of life through place-making and carefully planned economic and community redevelopment. The ability to capture and evaluate the conditions of neighborhoods and regions as well as their ability to deliver the basic tenets of a shared quality of life, and to envision futures that regenerate neighborhoods and regions, is a primary goal of the RCI. Contact: Donald K. Carter, David Lewis Director of Urban Design and Regional Engagement

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HabitatMap

HabitatMap is a non-profit environmental health justice organization whose goal is to raise awareness about the impact the environment has on human health. Our online mapping and social networking platform is designed to maximize the impact of community voices on city planning and strengthen ties between organizations and activists working to build greener, greater cities.

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