Americans Are Very Confused About What They Want Out of a Community

Read the full story in Atlantic Cities.

The latest national community preference survey, conducted periodically by the National Association of Realtors, was released earlier this month. The results are all over the place. Looking for evidence to support reported trends toward smart growth living in walkable, mixed use neighborhoods? You’ll find it in the poll. But, if you’re a smart growth skeptic who believes Americans still prefer conventional suburban development with large lots, you’ll find plenty of evidence for that, too.

Mars CSO: Industry must collaborate to keep chocolate on the shelves

Read the full story in The Guardian.

Chief sustainability officer of Mars, says aligning the interests of chocolate confectioners with those of growers is key to getting the world’s cocoa farmers back on their feet.

Even if emissions stop, carbon dioxide could warm Earth for centuries

Read the full story in R&D Magazine.

Even if carbon dioxide emissions came to a sudden halt, the carbon dioxide already in Earth’s atmosphere could continue to warm our planet for hundreds of years, according to Princeton Univ.-led research published in the journal Nature Climate Change. The study suggests that it might take a lot less carbon than previously thought to reach the global temperature scientists deem unsafe.

L.A. Unified’s local food push is healthy for area economy too

Read the full story in the Los Angeles Times.

In a groundbreaking effort, the nation’s second-largest school district is using its enormous purchasing clout to support local farmers and businesses. In just two years, the district has boosted its local purchases of fruit and vegetables from 9% of its $20-million annual produce budget to 75% today. L.A. Unified now buys locally for at least 50% of its overall $125-million food budget, about double the proportion of two years ago, according to David Binkle, the district’s food services director.

Webinar: Reducing, Reusing & Recycling Waste Paint – Lessons Learned from 5 Rural Areas in the Northeast

December 17, 2013 — noon-2 pm
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Jennifer Griffith & Rachel Smith from Northeast Waste Management Officials’ Association (NEWMOA) will present the findings & recommendations from their work with stakeholders in five rural areas in Maine, New York, & Vermont on waste paint reduction, reuse, & recycling.¬†They will demonstrate the outreach & training materials that were developed through the project.