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13 Stunning National Parks You Won't Be Able To See During The Shutdown

Posted 10.04.2013 | Green

America is a beautiful place, and we're fortunate to have an expansive network of national parks that showcase the stunning country we live in. Wel...

Green Infrastructure: The Design Element (Part II)

Adrian Benepe | Posted 11.25.2013 | Green
Adrian Benepe

These hyper-performing landscapes are tiny by park standards, but they bring beauty to formerly barren corners, serve as mini habitats for insects and birds, and most of all, soak up storm water.

An Icon in Our Midst: A Tribute to Greg Moore

Francesca Vietor | Posted 11.06.2013 | San Francisco
Francesca Vietor

The San Francisco Bay may very well be the jewel in this crowded crown. But rarely do we acknowledge the visionaries behind these beauties.

Markets Bring Greens to Consumers, Greenbelts to Cities, Green to Farmers

Adrian Benepe | Posted 10.29.2013 | Green
Adrian Benepe

In cities across the country, the end of summer brings throngs to the revived urban famers markets that have become part of the quality of life of many neighborhoods.

Prospect Park: Olmsted & Vaux's Brooklyn Masterpiece: Book Excerpt

Adrian Benepe | Posted 10.23.2013 | New York
Adrian Benepe

I didn't grow up in Prospect Park. My neighborhood park was Riverside, and Central Park was where I sometimes went on weekends as a child. Prospect Park was, to me, a mythical land in distant Brooklyn, across the East River and reachable only by a long trip on the subway.

All Aboard! Abandoned Railroad Tracks Gain New Life as Green Trails

Adrian Benepe | Posted 08.21.2013 | Green
Adrian Benepe

In cities large and small across the nation, there are efforts to transform abandoned rail lines, including some that are elevated or even below street level, into parks and trails.

Pushing Privatized "Partnership" Agenda at New York City's Public Parks -- Part 3

Cathryn Swan | Posted 10.19.2013 | New York
Cathryn Swan

People are against parks being privatized, the commercialization and sanitizing of our parks, the overarching corporate influence on these public spaces, the public increasingly being denied access to their commons, the resulting lack of transparency and accountability, and so much more.

Rebirth of America's Urban Parks Is Spurred by Citizen Involvement, So Why Is It Under Attack?

Adrian Benepe | Posted 10.14.2013 | Green
Adrian Benepe

The renaissance of urban parks -- and the attendant strengthening of cities -- is at a crossroads. The public sector, from Washington to the state houses to the mayors' offices, must provide adequate public funding for parks.

Keeping it Calenta in Catalonia: Parks, Plazas, and Partying

Party Earth | Posted 10.05.2013 | Travel
Party Earth

As the second biggest city in Spain, Barcelona is a highly worthwhile destination spot for summer travelers. A culturally vibrant city, Barcelona prov...

The Power of Washington's Open Park Spaces

Monique Dailey | Posted 09.29.2013 | DC
Monique Dailey

The development of more green space in urban areas is important -- not just to address immediate needs but also to ensure an ongoing commitment to environmental sustainability. How are inner-city children meant to share in that crucial commitment if they have no experience with it?

Connecting Everyone to Our National Parks

Neil Mulholland | Posted 09.01.2013 | Impact
Neil Mulholland

Although our national parks are increasingly accessible -- more than 70 are in urban areas and most are within 100 miles of a city -- the parks have struggled to engage growing urban and multicultural populations.

75 Summer Adventures Near San Francisco

offMetro.com | Posted 08.27.2013 | San Francisco
offMetro.com

Summer is now official, and we couldn't be more stoked. It's a time for lounging in parks, frolicking on beaches, and making the most of the grill. ...

Great Outdoors America Week: Replacing Screen Time With Green Time

Christopher Mulligan | Posted 08.27.2013 | Green
Christopher Mulligan

Over the past 25 years I have worked with children, teens, and families as an educator and a mental health professional. Sadly, during this period I have seen a steady decline in outdoor activity and an increasing disconnect from nature.

In Istanbul, a Tiny Green Space Is Worth Fighting for

OnEarth | Posted 08.20.2013 | Green
OnEarth

The heart of modern Istanbul, the Beyoglu district, with its steeply sloping streets and commercial avenues, is a virtual desert of concrete and stone.

Public Park, Public Oasis, Public Unrest

Jane S. Smith | Posted 08.05.2013 | Green
Jane S. Smith

The fact that I share the space with thousands of strangers is a source of pleasure, not regret. No single person can give a garden the attention it demands or the appreciation it deserves.

Create National Park Memories This Summer and Beyond

Theresa Pierno | Posted 07.24.2013 | Green
Theresa Pierno

National parks are the soul of America, telling our diverse stories and teaching valuable lessons about our shared heritage. As we look to the future, we must ask ourselves what is the legacy we will leave behind for our children and grandchildren?

World's Most Beautiful City Parks

Travel + Leisure | Posted 07.15.2013 | Travel
Travel + Leisure

A well-designed park is more than green space in the midst of a concrete jungle--it makes a city lovable and livable. The most beautiful city parks...

Let Kids Have Their Sticks!

Andrea Bonior | Posted 07.10.2013 | Parents
Andrea Bonior

The more we teach our kids that nature is dangerous, creativity is out of bounds and physicality is not to be tolerated, the more I worry for our society.

Your Start-Up Life: How the High Line Came to Be (Photos)

Rana Florida | Posted 07.08.2013 | Business
Rana Florida

San Antonio-born, Princeton-educated business consultant, entrepreneur, and artist Robert Hammond has lived in Manhattan's West Village for several years. Near his apartment was a stretch of the old elevated New York Central Railroad tracks, which had been abandoned since the early 1980's.

Rhode Island Equality, Breakthrough NY and 20th Street Park on Yetta Kurland LIVE!

Yetta Kurland | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Yetta Kurland

This week, we started out with an update from Cathy Marino-Thomas, President of Marriage Equality USA, about the recent win in Rhode Island and debates in Nevada and elsewhere.

Privatization of the Commons in Mayor Bloomberg's New York -- Part II: Who Has Control?

Cathryn Swan | Posted 06.26.2013 | New York
Cathryn Swan

These three New York City parks -- Bryant Park, Madison Square Park, and Union Square Park - all have slightly different structures running them. What they have in common is their corporate makeup.

Celebrate National Park Week 2013

Neil Mulholland | Posted 06.25.2013 | Impact
Neil Mulholland

In times like these, with shrinking budgets and diminishing resources, we need to stop and think -- what would this country be like without our national parks?

10 Free Things to Do in Cagliari, Sardinia (That Won't Suck)

Off Track Planet | Posted 06.23.2013 | Travel
Off Track Planet

From incredible beaches to flamingo-filled parks, Cagliari, the capital of Italy's feisty little island of Sardinia, is all about its history and shares its love for food, culture and music for free.

Get Out Of The City And Get Into Nature

The Purple Passport | Posted 06.19.2013 | Travel
The Purple Passport

If Earth Day finds you deep within the concrete jungle, don't despair: you can still pay tribute to nature and commune with the trees in lush city parks and green spaces tucked into some of the world's most dense and developed cities.

Issa Claims Official Feeds Fears Of Big Cuts

AP | RICHARD LARDNER | Posted 06.16.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Facing withering criticism from House Republicans, the director of the National Park Service Tuesday rejected suggestions the agenc...