On March 21st we celebrate International Day of Forest! The first International Day of Forest was established in 2012 and celebrated by the United Nations General Assembly in 2013. This day helps raise awareness of the importance of trees.2018’s Theme: Forest and Sustainable CitiesEach year, a theme is selected by the Collaborative Partnership on Forest (CPF). The theme for 2018 is “Forest and Sustainable Cities.”Some of the key points in this year’s message are to spread the importance of trees in an urban setting. Just because you live in an urban setting does not mean your accessibility to green life needs to decrease! Trees and plants store carbon, which means they reduce the pollution in highly populated areas and filter out harmful particles, producing cleaner air.Have you ever wandered off into the shade on a hot day? That is because the temperature is likely two to eight degrees cooler ...
Consider city life that feels more like the country, and
neighborhoods designed to give their inhabitants access to everything — without
a car! ‘New Urbanism’ is an
architectural movement springing up throughout the world that centers on an eco-friendly
approach to urban living. The nostalgia of beautiful architecture is enough for some
to embrace this neotraditional
but for others, it is all about the innovations designed to save energy. What are the benefits of New Urbanism that
have increased people opting for this change? A Touch of TraditionTraditionalist or not, New Urbanism holds a sweet spot in
the hearts of a growing number of city dwellers. Designed to mirror the early 20th
century town, these neighborhoods are built or renovated for increased
walkability, so that residences, schools, restaurants etc., are all in close
proximity.With the p...
are a natural attraction to anyone interested in sustainability and minimalism.
They extend the growing season of plants and vegetables, giving any gardener more
mastery over their produce. But not everyone can afford a greenhouse’s hefty
price tag and time-consuming upkeep. HomeAdvisor estimates that a traditionally-sized greenhouse can cost upwards of $13,000 to
construct. Enter the mini greenhouse: an affordable, minimalist, DIY-friendly structure
that is rapidly gaining popularity.
“Mini greenhouses can be tall or short, but
generally take up less than about 10 square feet of ground or floor space,”
Many gardeners utilize mini greenhouses “when they need to create a specific
microclimate or lack the space required for a larger, more permanent greenhouse
structure.” Mini greenhouses are less high-maintenance than full-sized
greenhouses, and th...
about living in a neighborhood where everyone is excited about fresh, healthy
food! All over the United States people are embracing local food production in
an exciting new way. Called 'agrihoods,' this new type of neighborhood serves up farm-to-table
living in a cooperative environment. Instead of being built around a pool,
tennis court or golf course, these housing developments are centered around a
farm, often using the sweat-equity of residents to create a sustainable food
system for the entire community.Of course, community
agriculture, and cohousing communities are nothing new. But as the rapidly growing
crop of agrihoods demonstrates, families are eager to create these collaborative
efforts in a new setting, often at the same, or lower, prices than a
traditional suburban neighborhood.Although the term is new, agrihoods are
already popping up all over the United States. Here ...
moving into condos and apartments know that giving up a backyard or a garden plot is part of the deal. Yet as urban gardening catches on, condo-dwellers are finding
new ways to continue using their green thumbs.As long as you have a balcony or a patio, some
direct sunlight, and a way to provide your plants with water, everything else
is quite easy! Successful apartment container gardeners know how to take
advantage of every available inch of space.Container gardens offer unparalleled versatility
when it comes to size, color, shape and materials. They offer portability and
the opportunity to grow new and unique plants. They are relatively lightweight
and easy to plant. Many planters also come with a liner that can be removed
quickly and easily to swap in a new container arrangement or to move the liner
to an area that is easier to plant. These types of gardens also allow the opportunit...