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Trees make communities healthier

Trees make communities healthier

Healthy Trees Support Healthy Communities

The Treasure Valley in Idaho is working to create sustainable forest cover. Our urban forest directly impacts clean air, clean water and our region’s green economy. The Network informs sustainable planning, development and management of this valuable resource.

They work to connect our built and natural environments, innovate through resource-sharing and developing new ideas, and are building sustained efforts to bring the benefits of urban forestry combined with the benefits of good infrastructure investment. They use an open-forum approach pulling in professionals from a variety of sectors to co-create solutions and integrated urban planning.

City of Trees Challenge

It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the global climate crisis and impacts of the global pandemic. As an individual citizen it’s difficult to understand how you can make and impact and where to start. The City of Boise is taking a positive step for a greener future – literally – with this urban forestry project. They have pledged to plant one tree for every household in the city; One seedling for every person in the city.

The City of Boise is leading a new movement for community recovery and climate resiliency with this audacious goal. Together, over the next decade we will plant one tree for every household in the city, that’s 100,000 trees! We also challenge our community to sponsor one seedling for every person in the city in our forests across the state of Idaho.

Sustainability Spotlight: Tony’s Coffee

Sustainability Spotlight: Tony’s Coffee

How did sustainability start for Tony’s? Our sustainability journey can be traced back to 2002, when we began sourcing Organic, Fair Trade, Shade Grown coffee. Since then, we moved to 100% green power, doubled our roasting efficiency, offset our roastery’s carbon footprint, and continue to support causes that we care about. Our commitment to sourcing…

Sustainability Spotlight: Aslan Brewing Company

Sustainability Spotlight: Aslan Brewing Company

Aslan Brewing Company, a member of Sustainable Connections, is based in Bellingham, WA and was founded in 2012. From the beginning, every decision the Aslan founders made was through the lens of sustainability. When Aslan opened its brewpub doors in May of 2014, team members focused on crafting world-class beer with local ingredients and low-impact…

Sustainability Spotlight: Brio Laundry and Cleaners

Sustainability Spotlight: Brio Laundry and Cleaners

Buckminster Fuller once said, “In order to change an existing paradigm you do not struggle to try and change the problematic model. You create a new model and make the old one obsolete. That, in essence, is the higher service to which we are all being called.” Colleen Unema combined her educator mindset with a…

California testing solar-paneled canals

California testing solar-paneled canals

The Turlock Irrigation District approved a pilot project testing the construction of solar panels over canals in the San Joaquin Valley. Key takeaways: The decision was based on research demonstrating that covering the 4,000 miles of California’s water canals with solar panels could reduce evaporation by as much as 82%, saving up to 63 billion…

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