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Nature's Riches: The Health and Financial Benefits of Nearby Nature

Nearly 40 years of scientific research demonstrates that the experience of nature in cities contributes to our health and wellness. Having nearby nature in the vicinity of one’s everyday life – whether during your commute, taking a walk through the neighborhood, or at your child’s school –is now recognized to have important, yet often overlooked, positive effects on health.

A Citizen’s Guide to Creating Pollinator Habitat in Connecticut

This guide is applicable to other states and is a good framework for those interested in creating pollinator habitat. 

Pollination – the transfer of pollen from a male anther to a female stigma – is basic to the sexual reproduction of flowering plants. Some plants, particularly grasses, are pollinated by wind, and some by water, but the vast majority of plant species – the most recent estimate is 87% - are pollinated by some kind of animal.

Adapting the botanical landscape of Melbourne Gardens (Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria) in response to climate change

Botanic gardens around the world maintain collections of living plants for science, conservation, education, beauty and more. These collections change over time e in scope and content e but the predicted impacts of climate change will require a more strategic approach to the succession of plant species and their landscapes. Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria has recently published a ‘Landscape Succession Strategy’ for its Melbourne Gardens, a spectacular botanical landscape established in 1846.

6th Global Botanic Gardens Congress Abstracts

The 6th Global Botanic Gardens Congress, in connection with the commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the foundation of the Botanical Garden of Geneva, was held in Geneva from the 25th to 30th June, 2017, at the International Conference Center of Geneva (CICG) and the CJBG. Around 500 participants from more than 60 countries participated in the 10 plenary sessions, with 200 lectures and 15 excursions. This document includes published abstracts of conferences, symposiums, round-tables, workshops and posters that were presented at the congress electronically.

The Triple Bottom Line and Sustainable Economic Development Theory and Practice

The triple bottom line refers to economic, environmental, and social value of an investment and is related to the concept of sustainable development. The triple bottom line is increasingly salient to economic development related disciplines, yet the topic has received little attention within the field of economic development. This study offers three substantive responses to that gap. First, triple bottom line economic development is introduced and defined.

Policy Options for Climate-Resilient Infrastructure

A new federal infrastructure package presents a critical opportunity to strengthen America’s infrastructure against the growing risks posed by extreme weather and other impacts of climate change. Enhancing the climate resilience of the nation’s infrastructure can substantially reduce future losses, benefiting public health, safety, quality of life, and prosperity. This policy brief outlines the benefits of climate-resilient infrastructure and criteria that should inform infrastructure planning and investment to enhance climate resilience.

Guide to Public-Private Collaboration On City Climate Resilience Planning

When city leaders and business leaders collaborate, it can lead to a virtuous circle through which initial resilience actions by cities lead to actions by businesses that lead to further action by cities. Since 2013, the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) and Bank of America have partnered to better understand how companies are preparing for climate change.

Active Shooter Preparedness

Organizations of all kinds are preparing for a frightening new reality: the risk of a targeted violence attack occurring in or around their facility. A venue is often chosen based on the impact it will have on our behaviors or the ease in finding multiple targets in a generally confined area. Public gardens are not immune to the risk of these attacks and should ensure they take all prudent and available precautions to not only prevent an incident, but be able to respond appropriately should an event occur.

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