Friday, April 8, 2011

Lovely info graphic

for growing companion plants. Can't show it here so go here and check it out.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Orange and Do Some Good

Orange in the UK have partnered with a whole host of organizations so that you can do good through your mobile. Play England/Love Outdoor Play are there and state:

"Help us map great places to play on our new app, part of the Do Some Good app from Orange. On the app you can tag places to play and tell us where's good (or not so good) to play. We will use the data collected to add to an Outdoor Play Map, launched later in the year."

Love it.


I'm surrounded by boys and football, or at least some days it feels like it.

Here's a great story from GOOD, about FIFA providing 20 football pitches to disadvantaged communities across Africa, but the China's Yingli Green Energy Holding Company gave them solar lights so they could use it in the evening as well.

The Urban Revitalization and Livable Communities Act

"H.R.709, the Urban Revitalization and Livable Communities Act, introduced by Congressman Albio Sires on Febrary 15, 2011, would assist communities in developing and maintaining community parks in many of our nation’s urban and suburban centers. Specifically, the measure would provide federal grants for communities to rehabilitate existing and develop new urban parks and recreational infrastructure. Grants could also be used to maintain parks to keep them vibrant for many years to come. States and localities would be required to provide matching funds.

Under the legislation, the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) would give priority to projects that connect children and other community members to the outdoors for physical activity; connect to public transportation; and contain safe biking and walking trails or routes. Notably, eligible projects should also use environmentally beneficial features such as “sustainable landscape features,” tree canopy coverage, improved stormwater management practices, and increased green infrastructure, which are all techniques that landscape architects excel at employing. The measure also encourages and provides grants for community involvement and planning opportunities."

Great news, please lend your support. Here.