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Demystifying Social Equity

This article explores how various communities attempt to integrate equity and diversity into their overall sustainability plans. More than half the cities responding to the survey had adopted none or only one practice to promote equity.

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EPA studies and tracks the various impacts of urban heat island effects. This site describes the nature of the problem and offers strategies to municipalities seeking to abate it.

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This commercial software uses heat maps to aid in the identification of priority planting areas for tree projects.

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