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Cities Can Learn from Philadelphia
October 3, 2013 — John Peters, Punita Koustubhan

The Green City, Clean Waters program aims to restore the City of Philadelphia’s watersheds, riparian habitats, and improve water quality by minimizing rainwater runoff.  As with many older cities, Philadelphia’s hydrologic patterns have been altered and many areas are barren. Inadequate vegetation and older infrastructure has contributed to polluted waterways resulting in an unhealthy landscape. (more…) Read More
Leopard-Human Conflict in Mumbai
September 27, 2013 — Megan Draheim

In December 2013, CLiGS will be assembling a project team to explore this complex urban socio-ecological management challenge in Mumbai, and to engage with some of the actors involved in addressing this situation. (more…) Read More
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Why is Collective Impact Important for the Chesapeake Bay?
September 27, 2013 — Bruce Hull, David Robertson

Sustainability professionals target some of the most complex and contentious challenges facing humanity, such as securing the health of the Chesapeake Bay’s ecology, economy, and culture.   Many solutions appear just within reach, if only we had the leadership to implement them.  In response to this opportunity, the Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability (CLiGS) is highlighting work from the Executive Master of Natural Resources (XMNR) program, including projects reporting on the utility of a promising strategy called Collective Impact. (more…) Read More
Climate Mitigation or Adaptation? Picking the chicken or the egg
September 24, 2013 — Lise Blackburn

Crossing the road from being a civil engineer to being a sustainability professional has me thinking about climate mitigation and adaption, and what role I should play in either.   If I focus on the egg (climate mitigation), then the chicken (climate adaptation) may not hatch or at least may stay a chick for a longer time.  But the egg will eventually hatch and the chicken coop can’t be built overnight.  It takes time to plan and adapt to the myriad… Read More
Why Should Philanthropists Care About the Environment?
September 24, 2013 — Emily Talley

Philanthropists care deeply about helping the world’s most vulnerable populations, particularly with the fundamental building blocks of food, shelter, healthcare and other human services. The link between these basic needs and our environment is usually brought to light by natural disasters – droughts, floods, severe storms – and sudden or cumulative air and water pollution. Despite the link between environmental quality and human health and welfare, individual, corporate and foundation giving for education, health and human services generally trumps support… Read More