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Sustainable Living

The lifestyle of a locavore – having a dietary preference for local food – can be difficult, particularly in areas where sustainability isn’t yet prevalent. However, as a person with an environmental conscience, I do strive to live this kind of lifestyle as often as it permits. Living in Long Island, New York, a region where sustainability...

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Is it rational to spend your own free time practicing your hobbies in your favorite location? Of course it is! At the same time, it’s also rational to want to see that place always in its best condition. However, sometimes we encounter a paradox situation when our hobby inflicts harm on the environment that we love. This kind of...

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A Blue Zone is a term used to identify a demographic or geographic area in the world where people live considerably  longer lives. In each of these areas, the rate of centenarians (residents over the age of 100) is ten times greater than in the US. By studying the correlation between local lifestyles and longevity, researchers found that all residents share the same...

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Humans have always desired to find a magical solution for living healthier for longer while maintaining a youthful lifestyle. Ample references about this desire can be found in literature such as in the tales about The Philosopher’s Stone or The Fountain of the Eternal Youth. These solutions may be only a fantasy, but there are actually civilizations around the world...

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Imagine if there were a place in your city where you could meet all of your daily needs; where you could walk or bike to work, cross the street safely, shop and play. This the core concept of Complete Streets. Complete Streets are designed to accommodate all community members, regardless of age, ability or modality,...

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When it comes to eating fat, less is better. Except when that fat is Omega 3 fatty acids like the stuff found in salmon. Research shows eating salmon two times per week offers health benefits, like reducing triglycerides, helps slow dementia and lowers levels of depression. Aside from all that, salmon simply tastes great! First, you have...

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Urban design trends are changing – and not just among specialized planners, but among the public.  The traditional urban design of the suburbs, the type of design that has a big emphasis on exacerbating various factors that have known to contribute to unsustainable cities, is losing its luster. Sprawl has put an emphasis on the...

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Since sustainability is intertwined between numerous entities. There’s no way that a sustainable solution can be optimized without understanding how the solution will affect a city’s inhabitants.  Public participation, in response to this assertion, is a field within urban planning that aims to incorporate public input into private and government decisions. With the incorporation of...

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Ecology, as most people understand, is described as the interactions of species in environmental systems. Aside from its textbook definition, it could also be looked at as the “Economy of Nature.” The types of ecology that are most focused on are physiological ecology, organismal ecology, population ecology, community ecology, and ecosystem ecology. On this planet, ecology encompasses organisms,...

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There are many reasons to integrate parks into cities. Used as part of a green infrastructure plan, parks help shape urban form and buffer our build environment. They’re safe, naturally beautiful, and serve as green engines to  address several critical urban needs from health to housing, education and environmental justice, even countering urban sprawl to combat crime. Social benefits and bringing...

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