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Climate change is upon us, impacting our health and well-being. Earlier this year, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued an assessment warning that the ravages of climate change were outpacing the ability of both nature and nations to adapt. The assessment represented a...

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When Abby Sloan, principal of Jennie Reed Elementary School in Tacoma, Washington, talks about the problems with the existing schoolyard, she almost doesn’t know where to begin.  

First, there is the noise that emanates from the eight-line interstate that runs right past the school...

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Imagine going to school or living in a neighborhood where you almost never glimpse a tree or garden. Then imagine living in a community where there isn’t a welcoming outdoor place to exercise, socialize, or relax within a 10-minute walk of your home. 

These scenarios, sadly, are the...

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It’s hard to convey just how unwelcoming—OK, grim—the schoolyard at Southwark School was before the new Community Schoolyards™ space was created earlier this year. The principal, Andrew Lukov, is not one for mincing words, however.

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It’s 2 o’clock on a hot summer afternoon. You’re getting ready to meet some friends at the park for a game of basketball. Which T-shirt would you grab from the closet?

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With the release of our groundbreaking new report, “Parks and an equitable recovery,” researchers at The Trust for Public Land have brought America’s park equity problem into sharper focus than ever before.

When we analyzed...

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Even during the winter and colder spring months, the Trust for Public Land Heat Response artists have been busy. From meeting virtually with community members to organizing neighborhood clean-ups to leading an Open Studio session and more, the team has remained focused on creating space to hear directly from residents about their lived experiences with urban heat.

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The Deepwater Horizon environmental and economic disaster of April 2010, is considered the largest environmental disasters in the United States. For its role in the disaster, BP quickly agreed to pay $1B into the Early Restoration Natural Resource Damage Assessment, later agreeing with the U.S. Department of Justice and the five impacted Gulf states to an overarching $20.8 billion settlement in 2015. The Trust for Public Land partnered with Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) to invest over $15 million of these Early Restoration funds to create Lynn Haven Bayou Park and Preserve. Additionally, FDEP and the City have entered into a 10-year operations and maintenance agreement for another $3.5M. 

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A year ago, Jeremy Kabinoff was already looking for reasons for his students to spend more time outside. “There are afternoons when you check the pulse of the room and the kids are a little jittery and loud,” said Kabinoff, principal of P.S. 184 in Manhattan’s Chinatown. “Sometimes, just going...

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The Heat Response team has spent the last few months meeting with community members in Fairhill, Grays Ferry and Southeast Philadelphia, and deepening relationships with Philadelphia leaders who understand that we must address the impact of extreme heat on the city’s underserved communities.

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