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.
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.
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
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
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.
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://18.104.22.168/contact.htm
The Center for Planning Excellence (CPEX) helps create highly functional, equitable communities throughout Louisiana that capitalize on their unique qualities through community-driven planning and implementation. We provide best-practice planning models, innovative policy ideas, and technical assistance to individual communities that wish to create and enact master plans dealing with transportation and infrastructure needs, equitable housing opportunities, environmental issues, and quality design for the built environment. CPEX brings community members and leaders together and provides guidance as they work toward a shared vision for future growth and development. Contact Form: http://cpex.org/contact
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
Natural Lands Trust is the Philadelphia region’s largest conservation organization, saving thousands of acres of forests, fields, wetlands, and streams each year.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
The Center for Economic and Environmental Development (CEED) engages Allegheny College students, faculty, and the community in creating innovative approaches to environmental stewardship, environmental education, and regional revitalization.
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
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.
Given the advantage of Carnegie Mellon's well-established interdisciplinary culture and ongoing studies in energy and the environment, the Steinbrenner Institute for Environmental Education and Research promotes the university's core academic strengths and advances emerging interests to identify and create research and education opportunities for our faculty and students; across all schools and majors. Contact: Deborah Lange, Executive Director
Since 1997, the Western Pennsylvania Brownfields Center has focused its attention on sites with complex hurdles hindering development and considers sites in terms of greater community economic development.
The Center focuses on information, workforce development, education, and collaboration as routes to improved sustainability practices in Central Pennsylvania.
Slow Food is a non-profit, eco-gastronomic member-supported organization that was founded in 1989 to counteract fast food and fast life, the disappearance of local food traditions and people’s dwindling interest in the food they eat, where it comes from, how it tastes and how our food choices affect the rest of the world. Slow Food Harrisburg's main event is a series of Meet the Producer Slow Suppers in collaboration with producer/growers and the Harrisburg Area Community College Benjamin Olewine III School of Culinary Arts who prepare the meal.
Department of parks & recreation for Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.
The Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley offers many programs that assist individuals and families in a variety of ways.
The Neighborhood Gardens Association / A Philadelphia Land Trust (NGA) is a nonprofit corporation whose mission is the continuity and long-term preservation of community-managed gardens and green spaces in Philadelphia neighborhoods.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Meet Me in Marlborough is a group of Milton and Marlboro farmers and businesspeople united to promote local agriculture and tourism to a regional market.
A community food resource for residents of New York's Hudson Valley. Contact: Meghan Murphy, Founder
Urban Farmers League is a youth led organization designed to combat environmental and social injustice, by creating a platform for the youth to have equal participation in the future of our community. With the creation of urban farms we not only provide a space for youth to express but we are also able to provide the community with high quality of life, mitigate environmental degradation and provide a space for organic food to flourish.
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.
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
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.
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
The New Orleans Food & Farm Network works with individuals, communities and growers to support sustainable growing practices and to ensure equal access to safe, nutritious, enjoyable food.
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
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
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
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
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
The Black Swamp Conservancy is a land trust dedicated to protecting agricultural land and natural areas, now and for future generations, through land conservation agreements. We do this to preserve the rural heritage, unique natural habitats, and lakes and streams of northwest Ohio.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
The Center, established in 2006, resides at Ohio State University, and is associated with the OSU Extension Services. Its mission is to enable communities to achieve farmland protection policy priorities by partnering on innovative projects and providing needed programming.
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.
P-Patch is the name given to community gardens that are managed by the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods P-Patch Community Gardening Program. The name, P-Patch, originated from its first community garden, Picardo Farm. Gardens come in many shapes, sizes, and ownerships
The mission of the RUAF Foundation is “to contribute to urban poverty reduction, employment generation and food security and to stimulate participatory city governance and improved urban environmental management, by creating enabling conditions for empowerment of male and female urban and peri-urban farmers, capacity development of local authorities and other stakeholders and by facilitating the integration of urban agriculture in gender-sensitive policies and action programmes of local governments, civic society organisations and private enterprises with active involvement of the urban farmers, livestock keepers and other relevant stakeholders”
The Community Food Security Coalition (CFSC) is a North American coalition of diverse people and organizations working from the local to international levels to build community food security. We have a diverse membership with almost 300 organizations from social and economic justice, anti-hunger, environmental, community development, sustainable agriculture, community gardening and other fields. We are dedicated to building strong, sustainable, local and regional food systems that ensure access to affordable, nutritious, and culturally appropriate food to all people at all times. We seek to develop self-reliance among all communities in obtaining their food and to create a system of growing, manufacturing, processing, making available, and selling food that is regionally based and grounded in the principles of justice, democracy, and sustainability.
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.
Founded in 1992, PASA's consistent and driving vision has been to transform agriculture and food systems in Pennsylvania and beyond in a way that makes our farmers more viable, improves the land and restores the health and wellbeing of all our citizens.
Penn State Extension offers practical how-to education and problem-solving assistance based on university research. We strive to help people make informed decisions to better their lives, businesses, and communities.
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.
The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) is a not-for-profit membership organization founded in 1827. Under the leadership of Drew Becher, PHS provides great events, activities and publications for novice gardeners, experienced horticulturists, and flower lovers of all ages.
NAREA is a professional association of agricultural and resource economists affiliated with the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association. While many members live and work in the Northeast U.S. and Maritime Provinces of Canada, the Association membership now includes agricultural and resource economists from all over the world. The Association publishes the Agricultural and Resource Economics Review. The purpose of NAREA is to stimulate and promote education and research on economic and social problems related to the production, marketing and consumption of agricultural products; natural resource use; the environment, and rural economic development; and the interrelation of the agricultural and rural sectors with the rest of the economy.
Making local sustainable agriculture an important part of our community through farming, education, and community events.
The experiment station provides a diverse range of research, extension, and education programs that serve the people of New Jersey.
Fair Food is dedicated to bringing locally grown food into the Philadelphia marketplace and promoting a humane, sustainable agriculture for the Greater Philadelphia region.
Pennsylvania Farm Bureau is a general farm organization made up of members providing legislative support, information, and services to Pennsylvania's farmers and rural families since 1950.
Farm to City is a Philadelphia- based program whose goal is to unite communities, families, and farmers year-round through good locally grown food.
The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture encourages, protects and promotes agriculture and related industries throughout the commonwealth while providing consumer protection through inspection services that impact the health and financial security of Pennsylvania's citizens.
The Agatston Urban Nutrition Initiative (AUNI) is a university-community partnership based at the University of Pennsylvania that engages K-16+ learners in an active, real-world problem-solving curriculum that strives to improve community nutrition and wellness.
The Food Trust strives to make healthy food available to all. Working with neighborhoods, schools, grocers, farmers and policymakers, we've developed a comprehensive approach that combines nutrition education and greater availability of affordable, healthy food.