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Urban Sustainability

This cross-disciplinary group is a place to share resources, communicate with colleagues, develop projects, and explore the roles of Extension in Urban Sustainability - including what this term means! This group grew out of a NUEL Leading Edge Dialog, expanded at the ANREP 2021 virtual meeting, and welcomes anyone who would like to discuss, learn more, and share their expertise.


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Innovate4Cities 2021 Conference Oct. 11-15 2021 Online

UN-Habitat and the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy (GCoM) invite you to be part of Innovate4Cities 2021 this October. Also known as I4C, Innovate4Cities 2021 is a virtual global and regional event that promises to bring together science and innovation, policy and practice united by a common objective: enabling cities to take accelerated and more ambitious climate action. Across the globe, as societies tackle COVID-19 recovery in earnest, there is a real opportunity to...

From Anthropocene Mag: Study quantifies how tree shade can cancel urban heat island effect First of its kind study quantifies how tree shade can cancel urban heat island effect The presence of 20 additional mature trees in one neighborhood could lower the temperature by 1.39 degrees By Sarah DeWeerdt July 6, 2021 On a 93.33 °F day in a certain part of Columbus, Ohio, trees currently planted in the neighborhood could lower the temperature by 3.48 °F if they were all fully grown, according...

POSTPONED: Urban Sustainability and MORE at the National Extension Energy Summit + National Sustainability Summit: October 4-6, 2021 at Penn State

Important update (9/15/2021): Given safety concerns, risk, and uncertainty from prevailing COVID-19 conditions, the planning committee for the National Extension Energy Summit/National Sustainability Summit has made a decision to postpone the event from its scheduled October dates until spring of 2022. We intend to retain the same speaker lineup and agenda for the postponed program. Further details will be forthcoming related to carry-over registration, new dates, and other rescheduling...

Fall Webinar Series on Urban Flooding from the Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science

Fall 2021 Series: Perspectives on urban flood resilience: How different fields tackle one of the world’s most prevalent disasters Flooding is a “wicked problem” that is complex and difficult to solve. Incomplete knowledge coupled with the large number of people and systems that are impacted add additional complexity to this challenge. Urban flooding is of particular concern as human populations concentrate in urban areas, which are often located in coastal or flood prone areas. This...

Interested in exploring urban sustainability in the international context? 

One good thing that came from the COVID pandemic is the expansion of opportunities to engage with the international community of practice through virtual conferences! Here is an opportunity to share Extension's work in this arena with US and global scholars. Innovate4Cities 2021 Conference OCTOBER 11 – 15, 2021 (ONLINE) Call for submissions: Deadline 04 August The Innovate4Cities Conference will be an international gathering at the nexus of cities, climate change science and innovation. This...

What is "Green Infrastructure"?

Just published, a paper in Landscape and Urban Planning by Marissa Matsler, Sara Meerow, Ian C. Mell, Mitchell and A. Pavao-Zuckerman explores the various definitions, forms, and goals of green infrastructure. This common term can mean very different things when utilized by different academic and practitioner communities focusing on land use and other forms of planning, stormwater management, and urban ecology and nature conservation. These have real world differences for the outcomes that...

ICLEI Race to Zero

ICLEI is an international group supporting Local Governments for Sustainability - in fact the latter is their English language name (I believe the acronym is from the German name). The provide cities around the globe with an information network and technical tools - and would be a great collaborator for Extension. One of their current programs is The Race to Zero , "a movement of local governments across the ICLEI U.S. network stepping up to join the Cities Race to Zero to cut global...

Urban Sustainability at the NUEL Virtual Summit

We had an exciting and productive session at the NUEL Virtual Summit Leading Edge Dialog, brainstorming new opportunities, partners, and funding ideas. In my breakout, I learned about collages working with partners like the National Kidney Foundation and the DEA to promote health and protect out waterways from disposed pharmaceuticals. Another partner who came up in several groups was the Urban Sustainability Directors Network , who have a vision to be "leading the way to a sustainable,...


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