Fighting for the Future

Photo courtesy Sasaki Associates Aerial view of Wilmington Waterfront Park reconnecting the community and the waterfront. Residents of Wilmington, Calif., were outraged to learn that the Port of Los Angeles planned to build a 16-foot high barrier along a 1-mile stretch between the riverfront and their neighborhood. The wall was proposed as a noise buffer to […]

An Inspired Read

Photo courtesy of Breaking Through Concrete shows the diversity of urban agriculture throughout the U.S. When David Hanson and Edwin Marty realized that most of their recent conversations revolved around the popularity of urban farms, the pair decided the trend was worth writing about. “We decided to put together a book proposal to take […]

L.A. Gets Growing

Photo courtesy Getty Images/Comstock/Thinkstock Images Community gardens such as El Sereno teach families to grow their own fruits and vegetables while providing a setting that fosters community spirit. When plans to construct a road through the heart of a Los Angeles neighborhood were put on hold, residents lobbied to start a community garden in a vacant […]

Cities Offer Rain-garden Incentives

Cities Offer Rain-garden Incentives – Urban Farm OnlineCities Offer Rain-garden Incentives Across the U.S., governments are encouraging residents to install rain gardens in their yards by offering financial incentives.rain garden incentive programs, install rain gardens, reduce stormwater runoff, rain gardeningAcross the U.S., governments are encouraging residents to install rain gardens in their yards by offering […]

Landmark Green Upgrade

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock The Empire State Building is leading the way toward eco-friendly retrofitting among large buildings. The Empire State Building is the tallest building in New York, and is on its way to becoming one of the most eco-friendly.A $20 million sustainability retrofit was launched in 2009 to help the iconic landmark reduce its energy consumption. […]

Eat Local Challenges

Eat Local Challenges – Urban Farm Onlinefarmers market, eat local, national cooperative grocer association, co-opThe National Cooperative Grocer’s Association wants America to eat localEat Local, America! gives people a chance to introduce newbies to the local food movement in a fun, engaging way, and also to challenge local food lovers to get creative.newsEat Local ChallengesThe […]

Businesses Commit to Going Green

Courtesy Clif Bar As part of its sustainability initiative, Clif Bar gives employees $500 to put toward their commuter-bike purchases. At a time when green-washing is rampant, it can be difficult to know which companies are working to minimize their eco impact and which ones are only pretending to do their part. Skepticism is on […]

From Seed to Soda Bottle

Courtesy The Coca-Cola Company Many companies are using plant-based packaging for their products, including The Coca-Cola Company, which created the PlantBottle. Cruise the grocery aisle and many products you’re familiar with might appear to be the same tried-and-true products you’ve always known. Chances are good, though, that their packaging has gotten a makeover. Manufacturers of […]

Urban Farmers Fight Legal Hurdles

Courtesy Hemera/Thinkstock In attempts to grow foods locally, some urban farmers have violated local laws. While aphids are raiding gardens for a taste of the tomatoes, city officials are conducting raids of their own, handing out fines to urban farmers for breaking the law. Yep, growing tomatoes—or any food crops—is illegal in some municipalities. Certain […]

Where’s Your Water Source?

The majority of Americans don’t think about how water reaches their faucet. Water comes from the tap, right? A surprising number of Americans seem to think so, according to the results of a new poll conducted by The Nature Conservancy. In March, independent researchers polled 961 Americans over the age of 18 and reported that […]