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 Alum Creek and Tributaries

Friends of Alum Creek and Tributaries (FACT) is a local not-for-profit community based volunteer organization within the Columbus, Ohio metro area. It is part of the Franklin County Greenways initiative. FACT provides educational opportunities for learning about Alum Creek river and watershed protection, and volunteer opportunities for stewardship of the Alum Creek lower watershed.

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The Hillside Trust

The Hillside Trust actively works to help achieve a balance between the competing interests of development and conservation of Greater Cincinnati's remaining hillside land.

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Oxbow, Inc.

Function: to preserve, protect, and improve the flood plain wetland at the mouth of the Great Miami River, an active process that requires land acquisition, land management, and dedication to constant diligence in this stewardship. Contact: Kani Meyer

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Hudson River Watershed Alliance

The mission of the Hudson River Watershed Alliance is to protect, conserve and restore the water resources of the Hudson River Basin through collaborative outreach, education, networking, science, information sharing and technical assistance by and for the stakeholders of the region.

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Delaware River Basin Commission

A breakthrough in water resources management occurred in 1961 when President Kennedy and the governors of Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and New York for the first time signed concurrent compact legislation into law creating a regional body with the force of law to oversee a unified approach to managing a river system without regard to political boundaries.

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Green Valleys Association

Founded in 1964, GVA oversees 155 square miles of all five of Chester County’s northern and eastern Schuylkill River watersheds. These five watersheds and their tributaries serve as the drinking water for more than 150,000 residents and run through some of the most important and productive fish, bird, amphibian, and other wildlife habitat in northern Chester County.

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Eastern Schuylkill Recreation Commission

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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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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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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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Temple University Center for Sustainable Communities

The Center for Sustainable Communities at Temple University Ambler was established in July 2000 to develop and promote new approaches to protect and preserve quality of life through sustainable development. A working resource for government agencies, community organizations, and developers, the Center provides objective information and services to improve decision-making relative to land use and water resources planning and development. The Center conducts interdisciplinary research and offers educational and community outreach programs. Contact: Jeffrey P. Featherstone, Ph.D. Director, Center for Sustainable Communities Research Professor, Department of Community and Regional Planning

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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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Natural Lands Trust

Natural Lands Trust is the Philadelphia region’s largest conservation organization, saving thousands of acres of forests, fields, wetlands, and streams each year.

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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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Penn State University Center for Green Roof Research

The Center's mission is to demonstrate and promote green roof research, education, and technology transfer in the Northeastern US. Objectives include measuring, evaluating, and analyzing the effectiveness of green roof building methods in a custom-built research test facility. Contact: Dr. David Beattie, Director / Associate Professor of Ornamental Horticulture

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Stormwater Infrastructure Matters

Stormwater Infrastructure Matters (S.W.I.M.) is a coalition dedicated to ensuring swimmable waters around New York City through natural, sustainable stormwater management practices in our neighborhoods. This approach is environmentally and fiscally responsible because it utilizes stormwater, currently viewed as waste, as a resource. S.W.I.M. members gather for a public meeting six times a year, every other month. We have a steering committee that also meets six times a year, on the alternating months. In this way, the activities of the steering committee are informed by and communicated with the larger coalition. The January 2011 public meeting addressed the following issues, among others: Green Roof Tax Credit; Workforce Development; Public Notification.

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