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Australian Building Codes Mandate Rainwater Harvesting

September 7th, 2013 | by Rhonda Winter

Access to clean water is becoming increasingly scarce, but in an arid nation like Australia, water is most especially precious. Now many homes across the vast country are beginning to learn just how simple and important it can be to collect their own rainwater. Several areas in the country have even begun requiring rainwater catchment systems for all newly constructed buildings


Growing Our Local Food Infrastructure: Urban Farm School Opens in Asheville NC

February 11th, 2013 | by Brett Gustafson

Though it sometimes seems like our evil frankenfood corporate overlords, such as Monsanto and Dow, have completely hi-jacked our food system, many people around the nation are actually creating more sustainable and viable alternatives. A few good folks in Asheville, NC are bringing agriculture back to the people, empowering urbanites to gain more food independence, while learning to grow healthier fresh local food for their own communities


Single Moms Take On Local Food Deserts in Asheville North Carolina

January 31st, 2013 | by Brett Gustafson

Asheville has recently been in the news for the adoption of its progressive regional Food Action Plan, which addresses food insecurity/security and access issues. It is no surprise that our town is making food security headlines again, this time with the story of two of Asheville's local residents and inspiring sustainable food leaders, Tema Ayanfe Jamison and Olufemi Lewis


Asheville City Council Tackles Food Insecurity and Approves Food Action Plan

January 27th, 2013 | by Brett Gustafson

North Carolina's city of Asheville is the most recent town in our nation to create a Food Action Plan. These sensible strategies address difficult issues, such as food deserts, community health, food insecurity, nutrition knowledge deficits, barriers to local food production and distribution, as well as food sovereignty. The plan was approved 6-0 on January 21, 2013 by the city council; this legislation will play an active role in improving healthy food access, and will also help to build a more sustainable local food infrastructure


Mayor Cory Booker Describes His Journey Learning to Embrace LGBT Equality

January 15th, 2013 | by Brett Gustafson

Newark's Mayor Cory Booker is well known for his forward thinking activism, his devotion to public service and social compassion. This week we learn a bit more about Booker the man in an editorial that appeared in The Stanford Daily. Booker writes about his personal evolution from bigotry to compassionate understanding, as well as his ongoing fight for LGBT civil rights and equality


Mexico City’s Green Revolution

November 30th, 2012 | by Brett Gustafson

At Ecolocalizer we are always looking for the ways that the spirit of humanity is continually find its way back to nature. I ran across this article today, and was very inspired to read about how the people in Mexico City are bringing green back to a city that has been notoriously dangerous and polluted for decades.


Promoting a Culture of Sharing: Free Mini Public Libraries

July 10th, 2012 | by Rhonda Winter

There are few things more beautiful than a public library — a shared community space that encourages study, reading books and borrowing information — such fountains of free knowledge greatly improve our society and our world. Recently many small libraries have been springing up in somewhat unexpected places, from local public parks and urban sidewalks to city phone booths


Bicycling Increases 71% in San Francisco

June 12th, 2012 | by Rhonda Winter

Part of what makes San Francisco such an attractive (and unfortunately very expensive) place to reside is that it is a beautiful livable city — biking and pedestrian infrastructure improvements over the last decades have helped to positively transform our town into a much more pleasant urban environment. The SF Bicycle Coalition announced recently that, according to the official citywide bicycle count, over the last five years bike ridership has increased a whopping 71%


Sunday Streets Shines in San Francisco’s Mission District

June 4th, 2012 | by Rhonda Winter

Yesterday the sunny streets of San Francisco were swarming with thousands of happy residents during another regular Sunday Streets event. Rivers of happy families filled the car-free avenues, listening to live music, biking, dancing, playing football, skateboarding, walking dogs, socializing with their neighbors, and just soaking up the beautiful spring day



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