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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Mid-Michigan Environmental Action Council

The Mid-Michigan Environmental Action Council (Mid-MEAC) is a non-profit environmental organization dedicated to improving the environment and quality of life by raising environmental consciousness and activism. Contact: Julie Powers

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Green Light New Orleans

Using volunteers, Green Light New Orleans enables low and fixed income households to switch from incandescent light bulbs to energy efficient compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) that reduce carbon emissions and utility costs. Alternate Mailing Address: Green Light New Orleans P.O.Box 13564 New Orleans, LA 70185

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Alliance for Affordable Energy

The Alliance is a non-profit, public interest, membership organization that advocates for fair, affordable, environmentally responsible, community-based energy policies for Louisiana and the nation. Contact: Forest Bradley-Wright, Senior Program Director

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Syracuse Metropolitan Transportation Council

The Syracuse Metropolitan Transportation Council (SMTC) is the State-designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), responsible for administering the continuous and comprehensive transportation planning process in Onondaga County, and small portions of Madison and Oswego Counties.

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Syracuse-Onondaga County Planning Agency

The ultimate goal of the agency is a sustainable, attractive, and well maintained metropolitan area that can attract and support economic growth. Contact: Don Jordan, Jr., Director

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Syracuse Center of Excellence

The Syracuse Center of Excellence is a federation of firms, organizations, and institutions in and around the city of Syracuse. The purpose of SyracuseCoE is to create jobs and wealth in New York State through collaborations in research, development, and education.

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The Alliance for a Sustainable Future

ASF has attracted and convened hundreds of sustainability-minded advocates in the Greater Philadelphia region over our twelve years of leadership in bringing awareness and action to the community. Our efforts have focused on air, water, and food quality, energy resources and climate instability, transportation, sprawl, intermunicipal cooperation, pollution, population, over-consumption, open space, and responsible lifestyles as global citizens. Contact: http://www.asustainablefuture.org/joinus.html

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Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley

The Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley offers many programs that assist individuals and families in a variety of ways.

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Green Center of Central Pennsylvania

The Center focuses on information, workforce development, education, and collaboration as routes to improved sustainability practices in Central Pennsylvania.

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Green Building Alliance

Green Building Alliance is a non-profit organization devoted to helping western Pennsylvania find smart solutions for the built environment. We believe that green building just makes sense, and strive to integrate environmentally responsible, high performance green building practices into the design, construction and operation of buildings in western Pennsylvania.

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The U.S. Conference of Mayors: Brownfields

The U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) is the official nonpartisan organization of cities with populations of 30,000 or more. There are 1,209 such cities in the country today. Each city is represented in the Conference by its chief elected official, the mayor. President: Mayor Elizabeth B. Kautz (Brownsville, MN)

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The Brownfields and Land Revitalization Technology Support Center

Since beginning operations in 1998, the BTSC has provided brownfields stakeholders with a variety of services including: - Reviewing and providing comments on project documents; - Evaluating field-based technologies, dynamic work strategies, and decision support tools for site assessment and cleanup; - Providing access to resources, tools, recent news, and lessons learned.

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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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JOIN (Job Opportunity Investment Network)

JOIN seeks to increase the number of Greater Philadelphia workers earning family-sustaining wages. To realize this vision, we support industry-led partnerships that train low-wage workers for high-demand, mid-skilled positions. Through our efforts, JOIN enhances the workforce system in the region to better meet the needs of 21st Century workers and employers. JOIN's strategy has three parts: - Investment in industry-led partnerships that prepare low-wage workers with the skills to advance into high-demand, mid-level positions. - Evaluating the impact of partnerships, identifying best practices and illuminating opportunities for improvement. - Advocacy for the incorporation of these best practices into the public workforce system. Contact: Seth Green, Director

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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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Pennsylvania Office of Community Revitalization and Local Government Support

This deputate facilitates the revitalization of communities by promoting policies and initiatives that foster a climate of environmentally sound, sustained economic growth - supporting the vision that environmental challenges can and should produce economic opportunities for all of Pennsylvania. This purpose is achieved through programs in brownfield redevelopment, economic development assistance, local government support, and land use.

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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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Openlands Community Greening

Openlands Community Greening specializes in community-based planning, public and school-based education, and on-the-ground projects with volunteers to promote, establish, and care for green open space in Chicago and throughout the region. We advance our goal of greener communities through projects in urban forestry, neighborhood open space planning, greens school programs, and native habitats.

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National Community Land Trust Network

The National Community Land Trust Network is the umbrella organization supporting the work of community land trusts across the United States -- promoting sustainable development through the development of permanently affordable housing and the protection of working lands. Contact: Roger Lewis, Executive Director

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The Center for Greater Philadelphia

The Center for Greater Philadelphia (CGP) is a unique, applied public policy unit of the University of Pennsylvania. CGP's mission is to promote regional cooperation among the public and private sectors in the Greater Philadelphia region, playing the roles of neutral, third-party convener, grassroots organizer, and objective public policy analyst. Our pursuit of regional cooperation embraces both city-to-suburb as well as suburb-to-suburb strategies.

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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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