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Growing Community Places

Environmental Issue Brief
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Charlotte Proctor

on 27 September 2013

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Transcript of Growing Community Places

Ground
Matter?
Benefits
Globally
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Environmental Issue Brief
In the November 2002 election, voters in 93 communities and 22 states approved ballot measures that committed $2.9 billion to acquire and restore land for parks and open space.

"The people have spoken!"
Access to Parks increases frequency of exercise making healthier people
Exposure to Nature and Greenery improves mental health
Increases property values in commercial and residential areas
Attracts and retains more businesses and residents
Increases tourism
Absorbs pollution
Provides natural air conditioning
Controls storm water runoff
Reduces crime
Creates stable neighborhoods with strong communities
Growing Communities with
Urban Green Spaces

What is
Our mission is to promote the
creation
and
preservation
of green space throughout the City of Newport News through
advocacy
,
acquisition
, and
assistance
to others in order to make Newport News a more visually attractive place to live, work, and play.
Open, sometimes landscaped, spaces in strategic locations throughout developed areas
Back-
Environment
Why does it
The surroundings or conditions in which a person, animal, or plant lives or operates
Urban Green Space
playgrounds,
gardens,
hiking trails,
running and fitness trails, sports fields and courts, picnic areas,
and other facilities.
Municipal Parks
Public green spaces that are incorporated within a community that often include:
The Newport News Green Foundation
15 Years Old
11 Board Members
1 Paid Staff Member
1 Bonner
Countless Volunteers
19 Properties
26.03 Acres
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By the Numbers
How much green space do you seen in the outlined area?
During the 19th century, Fredrick Law Olmsted and other park visionaries brought the United States New York's Central Park, San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, and many more grand parks.
According to the Trust for Public land, at the beginning of the 21st century, 85 percent of U.S. citizens were living in cities and metropolitan areas.
Yet, after WWII, the vision of parks faded as cities lost the resources to create and maintain parks.
Our cities need to return to the tending the roots of the earth so we may once again be able to grow and flourish.
Newport News, Virginia
Our city is 92% developed.

During the early 1980's a semi-industrial boom lead to the destruction of much of our green space.

Luckily, private investors had already purchased and set aside land, Newport News City Park and the Mariner's Museum, which make up the majority of the 8% undeveloped land.
But there are also countless benefits...
Newport News Sustainability Committee
Our International Environment
Sources
Newport News Green Foundation
Newport News Sustainability Team
The Trust for Public Land
American Planning Association
The Urban Institute: Wallace Foundation
GOOGLE!
Urban Green Space
coming to a city near you!
So
this is only the beginning...
Other types of Environments
Oceans- 71% of Earth's surface

29% of Earth's land surface includes:
Deserts- 30% of Earth's land surface
Grasslands- 40% of Earth's land surface
Forests- 25% of Earth's land surface
Wetlands- 5% of Earth's land surface
Each environment has its own characteristics such as climate, soil or water make-up, and plant and animal life.
Biodiversity
Climate Change
Biosafety
We're struggling with:
Earth System Governance Project
Global Environment Facility (GEF)
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
International Energy Agency
Center for International Environmental Law
Polar Bears International
Earth Embassy
GreenPeace
Just a few of the groups working for international change:
Christopher Newport University
Every building on campus is controlled by a computerized energy management system.
CNU has several recycle locations across campus.
CNU implemented a comprehensive storm-water management program in full compliance with accordance with the Chesapeake Act.
90% of shower heads in on campus residences are low flow
Replacing the few remaining incandescent lights with florescent lights
Reupholstering lounge furniture
Reusing parts from broken furniture, appliances, etc, to make repairs
Replacing broken appliances with Energy Star appliances
Use certified “Green” cleaning products and controlling mixture amounts
Return old mattresses with each order of new ones – most of the materials are reused and CNU receives a discount on price.
On line housing contracts and forms
Strategic Priorities
Economic Development and Redevelopment
Environmental Sustainable Local Government Policies
Community Renewal and Maintenance
Fiscal Management and Efficient Operations
Maximum Emphasis on Public Safety
Newport News Green Foundation
In 1996, the City Council established
landscaping and green area requirements
to ensure that future development would include landscaping and green area.

The Council noticed there were parcels of land that had the
potential to be conserved
in perpetuity for the enhancement of the City.

In November 1998, the Newport News Green Foundation, Inc. was separately incorporated as an independent, 501(c)(3) nonprofit, charitable organization dedicated to the
preservation of green space
in Newport News.
Other Community Partners
Chesapeake Bay Foundation
The Elizabeth River Project
Virginia Living Museum
Bluebird Gap Farm
The Cat Corner, Inc.
Dream Catchers
Peninsula Humane Foundation
Peninsula SPCA
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