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Greater Good Sustainable Enterprise For All Oct 1 - Nov 19, 2012 - Milford's located between (Two Emerging Green Citiy Hubs - New Haven and Bridgeport CT) Perfect location for a type of event like this!

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The Greater Good Showcase
"Mi Casa Resource Center is impressed with the high quality of instruction, strong business plans, and financial support that program graduates achieve as a result of participating in the Greater Good Academy."
Christine Marquez-Hudson, Executive Director/CEO
In the past decade, there has been a growing recognition that businesses that care for the environment and quality of life in the communities in which they operate, are more likely to become more successful and profitable. Known as the triple bottom line – people, planet and profit – this idea is revolutionizing the business world. Companies, large and small, that have adopted a triple bottom line (TBL) way of thinking are securing new clients, distinguishing themselves from the competition and strengthening their market positions.
Yet many entrepreneurs – especially those from low- and moderate-income backgrounds, minorities, veterans, youth, elderly, and the disabled - often lack information about triple bottom line practices (TBL), And as often, they are not easily able to access the capital or technical resources to implement them
The Greater Good Academy (GGA) is an 8-week business development program for Denver area entrepreneurs from underserved communities in how to use sustainable and triple bottom line business thinking and practices to become more profitable. The Academy meets for eight consecutive Monday nights.
Throughout the course and for several months afterwards, the entrepreneurs are connected with key players in the economic development, angel capital and socially responsible business communities. By the 8th week, each entrepreneur has completed a triple bottom line (TBL) business plan that lays out their company’s mission, operations, marketing, pricing and related growth strategies and describes how they will integrate environmental and social elements into their overall business strategy.
The goal of the GGA is to provide civic-minded entrepreneurs with the training and financial support necessary to succeed and scale their ventures. The GGA helps to incubate green businesses, strengthen local communities, create jobs and increase economic self-sufficiency.
The Greater Good was launched in November 2009 in partnership with many of Denver’s leading nonprofit economic development groups, including the Office of Economic Development. There have been five academies held since 2010. The Fall 2012 Academy begins on October 1st.
The Greater Good Academy is comprised of three interlocking components - Identify, Train, and Fund - designed to accelerate dozens of entrepreneurs towards the triple bottom line model:
Participants are often recruited into the Academy through our Pipeline Partners; a coalition of nonprofit business development, government agencies and educational institutions. Besides hosting our informational sessions and promoting Greater Good courses and events, these partners provide valuable input into the overall structure and implementation of our program.


The heart of our program is the Greater Good Academy, a comprehensive 8-week business development course that guides entrepreneurs, step by step, in how to incorporate TBL strategies into their overall business operations.  The curriculum focuses on real-life challenges and opportunities facing small businesspeople and uses measurable assignments that apply TBL thinking to a company’s existing financial, administrative, operations and marketing strategies. The Academy culminates in a public showcase and celebration of the Academy’s TBL entrepreneurs. During and after the Academy, participants are supported by mentors; a network of successful entrepreneurs and business leaders


While a triple bottom line plan typically results in greater revenue and profit, it often necessitates an upfront investment of capital from ‘patient’ or nontraditional lenders to get going. This is especially true for low- and moderate-income entrepreneurs who may not have established credit histories. We help connect Academy graduates and other TBL companies from underserved communities with the appropriate resources to finance the sustainable growth of their business.
The time for the Greater Good is now. Our mission is bold, yet focused and results-oriented. Successful small and micro-businesses are essential to a vibrant economy, and nowhere is this truer than in Colorado. We agree with visionary entrepreneur Paul Hawken in his assessment that "Business is the only mechanism on the planet today powerful enough to produce the changes necessary to reverse global environmental and social degradation.”http://www.proggroup.com/greater-good-academy.html

Paul Hawken "Business is the only mechanism on the planet today powerful enough to produce the changes necessary to reverse global environmental and social degradation.”

GoGreen New York: A Conference to Green Your Business

GoGreen New York: A Conference to Green Your Business


GoGreen NYC is September 19, 2012

The GoGreen Conference empowers business decision-makers with sustainability strategies, tools and connections to create positive change in their organizations by improving environmental, economic and social performance, and thus enriching regional economies. GoGreen serves as a conduit for innovative idea sharing and cross-pollination within a regional urban system — facilitating collaborative approaches to sustainable solutions, building viable partnerships and working across industry silos. We aim to produce an inspiring event rooted in sustainable improvement with profitability in mind!
Click here to view the exciting 2012 NYC Conference Program.
Learn from statewide sustainable business leaders who are cutting edge visionaries, sustainability experts and forward thinking individuals who will provide you with the knowledge and tools needed to make your business more sustainable.

2012 Featured Sustainable Business Leaders:


    Climate Week NYC     GoGreen New York is officially a part of Climate Week NYC! Now in its fourth year, Climate Week NYC is an annual summit boasting high-level meetings and an exciting array of public-facing events, focused on tackling climate change and driving a 'clean industrial revolution'.

Is the GoGreen Conference for you?

If you are committed to or interested in making your business as sustainable as possible and ensuring the green line is as relevant as the bottom line - the GoGreen Conference is an opportunity you cannot afford to miss.
Whether you represent an established business looking to shake things up by redirecting your focus to a sustainable outlook or you are an aspiring business owner ready to build green from the ground up, this event will give you the insight + tools needed to build a successful, sustainable business and foster sustainable local + global economies. We hope you will join us!

Speaker Interviews on the GoGreen Blog

Scoop: A preview of Romney’s energy plan | Grist

Scoop: A preview of Romney’s energy plan | Grist



The Reality Of Factory Farming

(58) The Reality of Factory Farming  

What's the trade off?  Convenience/cheap food is our humanity and health.
I did an internet search for cellulitus. Chicken diseases popped up. I scrolled through the hundreds of pictures of chicken carcasses and common diseases. The horror, I recognized so many of them. I always wonder when I clean chicken what  causes this and that. Chickens taste pretty awful sometimes and now I understand why they are so diseased. Some American companies chicken was refused by Russia, I read it in some farming info news digest. If people knew the quality and condition of the food they ate they would puke for hours.

I want to do something about Factory farming it's an abomination. Our inhumanity is coming back to haunt us. The price for convenience. The Chinese have mobile slaughter houses for humans, believe it it's true. They call them Death Vans. They are convict organs that feed the worlds insatiable demand to replace our organs when they malfunction or grow old.

10 Most Walkable Cities of 2011

10 Most Walkable Cities of 2011 - TheStreet

Managing Your Money

10 Most Walkable Cities of 2011

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Living within a quick drive of work, the store, school or public transportation is nice, but only having all of those items a few blocks away makes your neighborhood "walkableTop Spot
The people behind Walk Score, a Seattle-based service that rates the convenience and transit access of 10,000 neighborhoods in 2,500 cities, have spent the past four years judging the distance between residents and amenities and ranking places based on the results. That "walkability" led to the first set of rankings in 2008 and the use of those rankings by more than 10,000 cities, civic organizations and real estate groups in the years that followed.
It also helped increase emphasis on the elements that make a city walkable. Walk Score's ideal neighborhoods have either a main street or public space at the center, enough people to keep public transit running frequently and a good mix of housing and businesses. Parks and other public spaces make up a large part of the equation, as do amenities designed around pedestrians, nearby schools and workplaces and "complete streets" designed for pedestrians, cyclists and transit. Children don't shoot hoops in cul de sacs in walkable cities.
"Very often, you'll see a good pedestrian design with sidewalks and crosswalks that make a city more accessible and walkable," says Josh Herst, chief executive of Walk Score. "Even in cities that on the whole aren't that walkable, there are neighborhoods that are great places to walk."
It's an idea that's already caught on in U.S. cities, where public transportation systems have grown from little more than 1,000 in 1980 to 7,700 in 2009, when the American Public Transportation Association public transit advocacy group last took stock. From 1995 to 2008, the APTA says public transportation ridership increased by 38% as the highways system grew 21% and the U.S. population 14% during the same period. Even Walk Score had to catch up and didn't start tracking the proximity and value of transit service in more than 120 cities with its Transit Score system until August.
"In quite a few cities for quite a few reasons, including a desire to promote sustainability and public health and a number of economic benefits, we've seen interest in walkability continue to grow," Herst says. "We know that some communities are looking at Transit Score and doing some what-if analysis like 'If you added light rail service down this corridor, how much would that change the transit score for how many people?'"
The convenience is lovely, but U.S. homebuyers are going to need the pot sweetened a bit more if they're going to be convinced to give up cars and yard space for noise and density. A CEOs For Cities study based on Walk Score data insists that a walkable neighborhood adds an average $3,000 to a home's selling price. The APTA raises the stakes by noting that households more likely to use public transportation save more than $8,400, while households that use public transportation and live with one less car save an average of $9,000 annually.
If bribery doesn't work, threats just might. University of British Columbia professor Lawrence Frank found that residents of walkable neighborhoods tend to be at least seven pounds lighter than their counterparts in more sprawling areas.
For a glimpse of what life is like in walkable America, TheStreet offers a look at Walk Score's Top 10 most walkable cities of 2011 and the amenity-packed neighborhoods that made the difference:
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Which is a better way to manage our pressing water issues? Desalination/Re-use or conservation? #Solutionism

Which is a better way to manage our pressing water issues? Desalination/Re-use or conservation? #Solutionism

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Progress in Every Drop

Water is the most abundant natural resource on the planet, but putting it to use requires tremendous amounts of chemistry and engineering. Learn how Dow�s range of water treatment solutions are helping turn all water into water that drives human progress.

Molto's proves: livable, walkable streets improve business, create jobs and reduce crime. Eyes on the streets a time tested urban strategy to reduce crime! Of They absolutely should have won a reprieve and zoning should apologize for harming our local economies in favor of cars instead of people. Read the article follow link this is not the title it's my opinion and I will not apologize for realizing that poor zoning practices have and are responsible for destroying CT's economy and the environment! - Connecticut Post Link

Molto's proves livable, walkable streets improve business, create jobs and reduce crime. Magnify those employment and financial benefits and they add up to a big improvement! Eyes on the streets, a time tested urban strategy that reduces crime, it works like a community block watch! Zoning should apologize for harming our local economies in favor of cars and parking lots, instead of people. It's a big part of why CT has had zero job growth for over 20yrs. Examine the aerial history of New Haven, Hartford and Bridgeport and see how zoning has slowly eroded the economic vitality of these cities and towns. A pictures worth a thousand words, decide for yourself! Fortunately some very big picture people connected the dots and happily the solutions will make us love where we live, while invigorating our economy. CT's businesses are desperate and tired of starving and struggling. CT's business climate is exceptionally hard to survive in during the best of times. Once oil prices rise, the need for Livable Cities  will cause a CT Zoning Revival of Common sense! Low impact development, it's not suburbia. It's green low impact cities surrounded by beautiful Tuscan like farmland and open space! Imagine streets as lovely as parks. Well maintained brimming over with positive social capital. When people own the streets, they invest their social capital and their money there! Livable sustainable streets are where you live, work, play, socialize and shop. Urban community gardens and parks are inviting peaceful oasis-es. I'd sell my home and live their in a heartbeat! 

I'm always surprised when a business can start or expand a business in CT without being tempted to resort to bribery and palm greasing. It's tragic how bureaucracy, zoning and NIMBYism combine to put CT out of business. Taxes will never go down in CT because our economies unhealthy and anemic. Our tax base is shrinking along with our jobs and wages. In order to turn a problem around you must understand the problem.  (Zoning Rules and DOT - Transportation Rules)
I'm an environmentalist and I see the negative affect poor zoning has had on our environment. Many people made fun of Scinto's sitting atop his big building like the Dr. Seuss's character the Onceler, in reality Suburbia and all those homes spread out using resources and harming large swaths of the environment have a much larger Carbon Foot Print than Mr. Scinto's building.  


Humble pie? Molto, caught violating seating rules, wins reprieve after apology - Connecticut Post 

Humble pie? Molto, caught violating seating rules, wins reprieve after apology 


He later changed the date to Aug. 30.
The TPZ's vote to reinstate outdoor dining at Molto effective Aug. 30 passed on a 6-1 vote, with Alessi opposed.
In April, the Zoning Board of Appeals had denied Molto's request to expand its outdoor dining area because it would encroach too much onto the sidewalk that runs along the Post Road.

Read more: http://www.ctpost.com/local/article/Humble-pie-Molto-caught-violating-seating-3799596.php#ixzz247QOUmed

Science and Technology | Science & Technology | US EPA

Science and Technology | Science & Technology | US EPA


Science and Technology

EPA's research mission is to conduct leading-edge research and foster the sound use of science and technology to fulfill EPA's mission to protect human health and safeguard the natural environment.
Science Topics
Air Climate Change Ecosystems Health Land, Waste and Cleanup Pesticides Substances and Toxics Sustainable Practices Water
Tools and Technology
Innovative technologies hold the key to cost-effective timely solutions that minimize adverse environmental effects. Many EPA programs and activities foster the development and use of innovative technologies.
Did You Know?

EPA participates in a range of outreach events promoting science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) such as the USA Science and Engineering Festival and the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. Learn about upcoming and recent STEM events and how young scientists and engineers are supporting the Agency's mission to protect human health and the environment.

The Venus Project - Future By Design - Full documentary - YouTube

The Venus Project - Future By Design - Full documentary - YouTube

The Venus Project - Future By Design - Full documentary

Who Is The Smallest Government Spender Since Eisenhower? Would You Believe It's Barack Obama? - Forbes

Who Is The Smallest Government Spender Since Eisenhower? Would You Believe It's Barack Obama? - Forbes

Who Is The Smallest Government Spender Since Eisenhower? Would You Believe It's Barack Obama?

5/24/2012 @ 6:33PM |1,086,391 views



It’s enough to make even the most ardent Obama cynic scratch his head in confusion.
Amidst all the cries of Barack Obama being the most prolific big government spender the nation has ever suffered, Marketwatch is reporting that our president has actually been tighter with a buck than any United States president since Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Who knew?
Check out the chart –








So, how have the Republicans managed to persuade Americans to buy into the whole “Obama as big spender” narrative?
It might have something to do with the first year of the Obama presidency where the federal budget increased a whopping 17.9% —going from $2.98 trillion to $3.52 trillion. I’ll bet you think that this is the result of the Obama sponsored stimulus plan that is so frequently vilified by the conservatives…but you would be wrong.
The first year of any incoming president term is saddled—for better or for worse—with the budget set by the president whom immediately precedes the new occupant of the White House. Indeed, not only was the 2009 budget the property of George W. Bush—and passed by the 2008 Congress—it was in effect four months before Barack Obama took the oath of office.
Accordingly, the first budget that can be blamed on our current president began in 2010 with the budgets running through and including including fiscal year 2013 standing as charges on the Obama account, even if a President Willard M. Romney takes over the office on January 20, 2013.
So, how do the actual Obama annual budgets look?
Courtesy of Marketwatch-
  • In fiscal 2010 (the first Obama budget) spending fell 1.8% to $3.46 trillion.
  •  In fiscal 2011, spending rose 4.3% to $3.60 trillion.
  • In fiscal 2012, spending is set to rise 0.7% to $3.63 trillion, according to the Congressional Budget Office’s estimate of the budget that was agreed to last August.
  • Finally in fiscal 2013 — the final budget of Obama’s term — spending is scheduled to fall 1.3% to $3.58 trillion. Read the CBO’s latest budget outlook.
No doubt, many will wish to give the credit to the efforts of the GOP controlled House of Representatives. That’s fine if that’s what works for you.
However, you don’t get to have it both ways. Credit whom you will, but if you are truly interested in a fair analysis of the Obama years to date—at least when it comes to spending—you’re going to have to acknowledge that under the Obama watch, even President Reagan would have to give our current president a thumbs up when it comes to his record for stretching a dollar.

(62) Let's Green it up! Vert l'avenir! Love this guy!

(62) Let's Green it up! Vert l'avenir!  Good Reasons to buy local and reduce consumption. Less is more! Poverty is another story, and it cost everyone in society because it truly has a ripple down effect. Wealth does not ripple down.

Global Warming - How It Feeds It's Own Acceleration | Thom Hartmann - News & info from the #1 progressive radio show

Global Warming - How It Feeds It's Own Acceleration | Thom Hartmann - News & info from the #1 progressive radio show

Global Warming - How It Feeds It's Own Acceleration
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This short excerpt explains much if it pretty well:
QUOTE: The consequences of climate change on rising sea levels, acidification in the ocean, increasing desertification, and the loss of fresh water have been amply discussed.  Much of the time, these effects are discussed as if climate change moves in a steady, linear fashion.  Most of nature, however, reacts in a non-linear fashion, largely because of positive feedback.  For example, higher global temperatures mean that more tundra permafrost melts, which releases more CO2 and methane.
In turn, those higher greenhouse gas levels further increase temperatures, and that melts even more permafrost.  Or, rising temperatures melt ice.  Because ice reflects heat whereas darker surfaces, like blue water, hold heat, melting ice raises temperatures and that melts more ice.  The key is that not only do temperatures rise, they do so at an accelerating, or non-linear rate.  This has been quantified in measuring loss of glaciers, with the glacial decline accelerating over the last few decades.
Furthermore, there is about a 30-year lag between greenhouse-gas emissions and the effects that we see today.  Although we presently have CO2 levels of 395.7 ppm, the physical evidence we currently see comes from greenhouse gases around 1980, when levels were about 330 ppm.  That makes the belief that we can easily reverse climate change through technology change a fallacy.
http://www.counterpunch.org/2012/08/03/the-politics-of-climate-change/
If all emissions were stopped tomorrow, we'd still be living with increasing effects begun decades ago. The tipping point to at least stabilize it and prevent further acceleration is about 3 years away. At that point, it will become an unstoppable run-a-way train.
In the meantime, nothing, absolutely nothing is being addresses in a serious way to stop it.

They did an amazing job writing this. I'm following this authors work!

Google 2000 versus Google today - Posted On 2-17-2012

Google 2000 versus Google today - Posted On 2-17-2012

Build a Clean Website & Blog Or Submit Your Existing Website!

$199.00 BLACK & DECKER 12-Amp 18-in Electric Push Lawn Mower 10 Stars! (Ladies Choice!) (Gardeners-Choice) Light weight, thin easy to maneuver along and between garden paths. A light weight that packs a serious punch! DD Vasseur gives it 10 Stars!


BLACK & DECKER 12-Amp 18-in Electric Push Lawn Mower    A Bargain! $199.00 I give it 10 Stars -
It's light, narrow and easy to maneuver along my garden paths. It mows very close to edges. I can pick it up and carry it if need be. It cuts through anything. I was sick for two months and my yard became really over grown. My electric lawnmower breezed through it, like it was butter. It cut through 2ft tall raspberry bushes, tough weeds like a gentle summer breeze.
It's so light and easy to use that I barely broke a sweat and I wasn't tired. I pulled along a 150ft with ease. I'm sick of cordless batteries growing weaker and weaker. My mower's quiet and orderless. I will never miss filling another gas-can or adding oil. It's pure joy to work with. It handles like a dream. It's a feather weight that packs a serious punch! Goodbye Gasoline!
I had so much energy left over, that I mowed my neighbors lawn. Let me repeat, the cord is not an issue!

BLACK & DECKER 12-Amp 18-in Electric Push Lawn Mower

    Item #: 317719
    Model #: MM1800

    18" Lifetime 3-in-1 polymer deck mulches, rear bag (included), discharge chute, optional #242867-00
    12-amp motor for adequate power in all cutting modes
    No gas, oil or tune-ups make it effortless to start and maintain    $199.00

I can't remember if I bought it at Home Depot or Lowes. What a great investment!

Pesticides found in LI Sound lobsters for the first time! The Connecticut Mirror

"Pesticides found in LI Sound lobsters for the first time: more study planned | The Connecticut Mirror

Pesticides found in LI Sound lobsters for the first time: more study planned

July 10, 2012

By Jan Ellen Spiegel

The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has confirmed the presence of pesticides in Long Island Sound lobsters -- albeit a very small sample -- for the first time since the crustaceans began their precipitous decline in 1999.
The findings are a surprise to the scientific and environmental communities, which have generally thought that warming water in the Sound was causing the die-off. The commercial fishing industry, however, has long pointed its finger at pesticide runoff because the lobster decline coincided with the West Nile Virus outbreak and the use of mosquito sprays to combat it.
"I'm sure there are a couple of fishermen who'll say, 'I told you so,'" said David Simpson, the director of Marine Fisheries at DEEP. "I was pretty surprised; I was expecting no pesticide residue at all."
Simpson said even with the pesticide findings, Long Island Sound lobster posed no health risk. The pesticides were found in lobster organ tissue, not meat, and in any case the levels were below what is considered harmful. And with lobster hauls at historic lows, the likelihood of actually buying a Connecticut lobster -- while higher in this state -- is still low.
Lobster landings in Long Island Sound dropped from 3.7 million pounds in 1998 to 142,000 pounds last year. That period was also marked by warming water trends and a clear shift from colder water species to warmer water ones in the Sound.
Warm-water fish such as striped bass, summer flounder, scup and butterfish increased while cold-water species such as winter flounder, Atlantic herring, winter skate and lobster seemed to move north.
Testing consistently showed no presence of pesticides. Until now.
Advances in testing technology that could detect concentrations of substances one-tenth the size of that tested previously prompted DEEP's Marine Fisheries Division to partner with the University of Connecticut's Veterinary Medical Diagnostics Laboratory to try testing again last September.
Ten lobsters, nine weak ones and one healthy one, were tested for Malathion, methoprene and resmethrin. All three chemicals had been used to combat mosquitoes, though less so recently. The state's anti-mosquito efforts now center on nonchemical bacterial products that target mosquito larvae.
The results showed no Malathion in the lobsters. One tested positive for methoprene -- which is used to inhibit growth of insects, and there were three positive tests for resmethrin, including in the seemingly healthy lobster." Mirror

Broken American Dream? Immigrants' Adult Children Leave U.S. For Jobs - Careers Articles

Broken American Dream? Immigrants' Adult Children Leave U.S. For Jobs - Careers Articles

Main Page - Cultivate.Coop

Main Page - Cultivate.Coop

 Cultivate.Coop is an online hub for pooling knowledge and resources on cooperatives. It is a space to collect free information for those interested in cooperatives and where people can build useful educational tools for the co-op community.

Now Coveted - A Walkable, Convenient Place - NYTimes.com another name is Job Oriented Development

Now Coveted - A Walkable, Convenient Place - NYTimes.com

The Largest Rattle Snake Caught on Record Found On A Florida Beach

Second Largest Rattle Snake was found on Sanibel Island or Captiva.
The rattlesnake plays a vital role in the balance of any given ecosystem. It keeps rodent populations in check. Did you know that possums, are immune to their venom. I have never seen a snake in Milford.

I think I'm done playing golf...........

St. Johns County Sheriff, St. Augustine , Florida Unbelievable! This is why you shouldn't go looking for the golf balls hit 'Out of Bounds' in Florida !!!
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THIS IS NOT A PYTHON!
This is a 15 foot Eastern Diamondback rattlesnake - in fact, the largest ever caught on record.
This snake was found Near the St. Augustine outlet, in a new KB homes subdivision just south of Jacksonville FL.
A little research revealed the following:
One bite from a snake of this size would contain enough venom to kill over 40 full grown men.
The head of this snake alone is larger than the hand of a normal sized man.
A bite from those fangs would be comparable to being stabbed by two curved, 1/4 inch diameter screwdrivers.
The knife being used to draw out the fangs for the bottom picture has a blade around 6 inches long.
This snake is estimated to have weighed over 170 pounds. (How much do you weigh?)
Notice the girth of this snake as compared to the cop's leg in the first picture (and he is not a small man).
A snake of this size could easily swallow a 2 year-old child (and dogs, pigs, etc).
A snake this size has an approximately 5 1/2 foot accurate striking distance. (The distance for an average size rattlesnake is about 2 feet.)
This snake has probably been alive since George Bush Sr. was President.

Fan-taz-mic | The Cosmopolitan Urbanist - In the book Eat Pray Love, the author says that every city has a word that describes it. For her, Rome’s word was sex (because of the sexy people, sexy clothes, sexy art, Venice, passion, etc, etc.). I agree that places and people can be summed up in one word. How would you sum up Milford in a word?

Fan-taz-mic | The Cosmopolitan Urbanist

 Fan-taz-mic
Posted by monicarolevans on September 4, 2010 at 6:48 pm.
In the book Eat Pray Love, the author says that every city has a word that describes it.  For her, Rome’s word was sex (because of the sexy people, sexy clothes, sexy art, Venice, passion, etc, etc.). I agree that places and people can be summed up in one word.

My word for Milford (Stalled)

The Insider Documentary - Packaging is Rubbish (01/03) - YouTube

The Insider Documentary - Packaging is Rubbish (01/03) - YouTube


Part (01/03)
Lush co founder Mark Constantine leads the public on a revolutionary insight into the consumer power over packaging; and what effect, and cost packaging has.

http://www.channel4.co.uk
http://www.lush.co.uk

What are the possibilities when building a community from scratch? | The Cosmopolitan Urbanist

What are the possibilities when building a community from scratch? | The Cosmopolitan Urbanist


What are the possibilities when building a community from scratch?

Posted by monicarolevans on May 31, 2010 at 9:00 am.
Last week I got the opportunity to participate in the Naked Development Forum hosted by Serenbe and Kalu Yala.  The entire day was focused on exploring the different ways to answer the question: How does one build community?
I attended a session led by Ed Everett (who is the city manager responsible for the awesomeness that is downtown Redwood City). In groups of 4-5, Ed asked us to think of all the ways that community is built, from the ground up. My small group had a really great brainstorm.  We talked about ways to force people to see each other; the importance of sidewalks and public meetings spaces, we discussed how one could implement a social gateway, we debated how one convinces community members to have a commitment to the community, we liked the idea of having food and culture centered celebrations. Interestingly enough, as we went around the room to the different groups, we found that everyone had a lot of the same type of ideas.
What can one do to build a community where none currently exists? We all seemed to realize that the best way to build community is to connect early and often, and to make connection easy.
How can you do this in your community?
*Create spaces where people can connect- Are there public meeting rooms, quads, town squares, gazebos, picnic tables, park benches, fountains, shade trees, church fellowship halls, rotary halls, sidewalks, front porches.
*Create events where people can connect- Festivals, block parties, cook-outs, community gardens, public movie showings, concerts, book readings, small dinner parties, sleepovers for children, vacation bible school, open houses, neighborhood meetings.
*Create community buy-in- Make sure everyone is invested in the success of the community, and wants to be a part of an active connected community. This creates a snowball where the community expects a level of interaction from the members.

In Milford you can't even meet at the library without insurance - public space seems to be discouraging public use. I'm not blaming the library. I think public meetings should be supported by cities provided they follow some guidelines.

The Dirty Dozen Plus: 14 Foods You Should Buy Organic | Eating Well

The Dirty Dozen Plus: 14 Foods You Should Buy Organic | Eating Well


The Dirty Dozen Plus: 14 Foods You Should Buy Organic

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Find out which organic produce is worth paying more for.

Of the fruits and vegetables you buy every week, which should you buy organic? The Environmental Working Group's Shopper's Guide to Pesticides identifies fruits and vegetables that have the highest and lowest pesticide residues. New to the 2012 version of the Dirty Dozen are two extra foods, which they added as a “Plus” category. The EWG included the Plus category to highlight foods that fell outside the normal criteria for the Dirty Dozen, but which are often found to have traces of highly toxic organophosphate pesticides. If you're worried about pesticides in your food, consider buying these 14 fruits and vegetables organic, starting with the most contaminated food.
Updated June 2012
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15 Foods You Don't Need to Buy Organic | Eating Well

15 Foods You Don't Need to Buy Organic | Eating Well


15 Foods You Don't Need to Buy Organic

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15 foods you don't need to buy organic

These foods are least likely to be contaminated with pesticide residues.

The Environmental Working Group's Shopper's Guide to Pesticides identifies fruits and vegetables that have the highest and lowest pesticide residues. These 15 fruits and vegetables, which make up their "Clean 15" list, are least likely to be contaminated with pesticide residues.
Updated June 2012

Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Detection in CT Bruce Lindsay Jul 20, 2012

Hello Everyone: I was recently alerted of a confirmed finding of Emerald Ash Borer here in CT. Found in Prospect and Naugatuck State Forest, according to the CT Agricultural Station. Please see link below for further information. It is important that quarantine efforts remain strong so as reminder, do not move firewood if you can help it and get the word out for early detection on Ash Trees. Please pass the word around and help to mitigate the situation as best as possible. There are over 20 million ash trees in CT and compose 4-15% of our forests and urban streets and parks. The impact of this finding will be profound so be aware of the potential devastation that is to come to one of our great native hardwoods. Thanks for your attention to this matter. http://www.connecticutplus.com/cplus/information/news/News_1/Emerald-Ash-Borer-found-in-prospect-and-Naugatuck1741017410.shtml Bruce F. Lindsay - Horticulturist CT Licensed Arborist S-5937 President-Milford Trees, Inc. Member - CT Urban Forest Council Member - Orange Tree Commission Owner-Nutmeg Design & Landscape, LLC Owner-Digtrees.com ,LLC 23 Green Hill Road Orange, CT 06477 bruceflindsay@msn.com 203.627.3150