How To Spot Income Inequality From Space? Count The Trees

This post was written by Theresa Riley and originally appeared on BillMoyers.com. It is reprinted with permission from the author. The poet Joyce Kilmer once wrote: “I think that I shall never see. A poem lovely as a tree.” Trees in urban settings are more than just lovely, they actually clean the air, reduce noise pollution,… More

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The Prince and the Silva Cell

We’re excited. It’s not every day that Prince Charles visits a Silva Cell demonstration! As part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebration, the Prince and Camilla recently visited Canada. And while in Toronto on May 21st, they stopped at the Pan Am Village site, where Silva Cells will be installed as part of a revitalization… More

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Some Handy Analogies for Urban Trees

I’ve been reading Chip & Dan Heath’s Made to Stick, a book about why some ideas succeed and others fail. It’s fascinating. It’s also very, very funny. And it’s made me think a lot about how we communicate about green infrastructure and the importance of trees, soil and stormwater in our cities and towns. Fundamentally, everyone’s… More

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Five Recent Silva Cell Installations

It’s spring, and lots of Silva Cells are going in the ground! Here are teaser photos from five recent installations. To see more photos, click on the title of the project and it will take you to the full album on our Facebook page. 

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Why Cities are Better for Watersheds than Suburbs

Development necessarily creates giant swaths of constructed areas that have no unifying ecosystem. It also disturbs existing natural areas that are part of the natural cycling of water, minerals, chemicals, plants and animals. Yet despite these complications, density is valuable in terms of impact mitigation on a per-person basis, as least as far as pollutant… More

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