Chicago Wilderness: Regional Alliance Working to Connect People and Nature
Chicago Wilderness developed a green infrastructure vision to guide local communities making land use decisions. The organization provides a broad platform for collaborative conservation action with a wide range of public, private, non-profit and business partners. The vision serves as model for other regional efforts, including Australia.
This is a great video introduction to the concept of urban forestry and the types of benefits it can provide. Despite coming from California’s Urban Forests Council, the video is useful to all audiences around the country.
This guide provides a detailed explanation of how urban forests can be used in the climate adaptation process and how effective management can help them survive under future climatic conditions.
This tool estimates the volume of water required for toilet flushing in a building and compares it to the amount of water that a rainwater harvesting system could capture from roofs and parking lots. Inputs include: information on building occupancy, average rainfall, and roof and parking lot catchment areas. Results are estimates of toilet flushing […]
The USGS developed the National Land Cover Database to provide spatial reference and land cover data for the entire United States. It illustrates land use type (urban, forest, agriculture etc.), percent tree canopy cover, and percent impervious surface.