98-year-old man donates $2 million in stock for 395-acre wildlife refuge

June 8, 2017 by  
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98-year-old Russ Gremel purchased $1,000 of stock in a pharmacy chain around 70 years ago. That chain was Walgreens, and Gremel’s small investment made him rich. But instead of using that money for himself, he decided to donate all of his stock to the Illinois Audubon Society , and they’re putting it to good use in the 395-acre Gremel Wildlife Sanctuary to protect wetlands in Amboy, Illinois . Decades ago Gremel bought $1,007 of stock in Walgreens on his brother’s advice to invest in drugstores, as people would always need medicine and women would always buy makeup. Then Walgreens exploded, and Gremel could have cashed out for millions of dollars. But he didn’t want to keep the money, telling the Chicago Tribune he’s a simple man who likes to eat stew and oatmeal and last drove a 25-year-old Dodge. Related: Colorful Hawai’i Wildlife Center Protects and Rehabilitates Endangered Species on the Big Island The Gremel Wildlife Sanctuary is home to around 200 bird species, rare turtles , and over 400 plant species. The Illinois Audubon Society was able to purchase the land with money from Gremel and a grant from the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation, as well as their own funds. Gremel had planned to leave his stock to the Illinois Audubon Society, but then decided to give it away while he was still living so he could see the property they’d buy with it. That property doubles the area of wetlands protected in Amboy. Gremel said in a video he wanted to use the money to do good in the world. “That’s what money is for,” he said. “If you can’t do good with it, don’t have it.” He considers nature to be incredibly important; he grew up hiking and camping and then was a scoutmaster with the Boy Scouts of America for over 60 years. Illinois Audubon Society Executive Director Jim Herkert told the Chicago Tribune of Gremel’s donation, “It’s allowing us to protect a really valuable and important piece of property and fulfill one of Russ’ wishes that we could find a place where people could come out and experience and enjoy nature the way he did as a kid.” Via the Chicago Tribune , SaukValley.com , and EcoWatch Images via screenshot

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10 landscape design projects that turned neglected spaces into incredible parks

January 16, 2017 by  
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Landscape architects frequently work to transform areas that contain industrial and toxic waste, infrastructure no longer in use, or land affected by war , natural disaster or disuse. These neglected places, while often having a negative impact on the environment and surrounding community, are simultaneously part of our cultural heritage. To highlight the significance of these spaces, and the potential that they hold to become something more than a blight, we’ve gathered up a series of projects that illuminate how designers use unlikely opportunities to transform landscapes into spectacular spaces—all while preserving their historic and cultural meaning. These 10 case studies showcase the creative approaches global city governments, preservationists, developers and the design community have taken to transform marginalized places into healthy and meaningful environments for everyone to enjoy.

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Seattle embraces urban farming at ten acre Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands

June 17, 2016 by  
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What was once a tree nursery is now home to Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands (RBUFW) , Seattle’s largest urban farm and home to a host of community programs run by Seattle Tilth . Through a community design process, the ten-acre former tree nursery was reshaped into the largest urban agriculture project in the Northwest. The farm is a successful effort in bringing community members of all ages together to volunteer, learn to grow food organically, and supply fresh food via Good Food Bags: Community Supported Agriculture and weekly market. Related: Nation’s first K-8 urban farm school teaches kids how to grow their own food The farm’s education center houses a multi-purpose assembly space, commercial kitchen for community meals and cooking demonstrations, restrooms, and storage. A translucent canopy covers the primary assembly space and creates a 500 square foot outdoor gathering area out of the persistent Seattle rain. The design, by CAST Architecture and The Berger Partnership landscape architects, also includes substantial wetland restoration , aquaponics , permaculture , 11,295 square feet of greenhouse, 30,000 square feet of in-ground farming, a market stand, solar power, composting, administration, produce wash/pack areas, and farm storage. Currently the Farm produces 20,000 pounds of fresh food per year, makes 5000 meals, and provide training to 3,600 Rainier Valley residents. + Rainier Beach Urban Farm & Wetlands + CAST Architecture + The Berger Partnership Images via Seattle Tilth Facebook page The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing!

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Water-purifying park could save the heart of Helsinki from turning into a swamp

November 19, 2015 by  
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The Dutch Windwheel is not only a silent wind turbine – it’s also an incredible circular apartment building

May 30, 2015 by  
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New EPA water rule will protect streams and add to Obama’s environmental legacy

May 26, 2015 by  
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A new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) water ruling will protect streams and wetlands that are currently vulnerable to pollution and destruction. The rule, expected to be released this week, is a clarification of the Clean Water Act, specifying which streams and wetlands are under protection by the EPA. The move will add to President Barack Obama ‘s record of taking executive action on environmental protection. Read the rest of New EPA water rule will protect streams and add to Obama’s environmental legacy Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: American Farm Bureau , barack obama , clean water act , drinking water , environmental destruction , environmental protection agency , epa , EPA clean water rule , executive action , obama , president barack obama , river pollution , stream pollution , water pollution , Waters Advocacy Coalition , wetlands

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7 beautiful drought-friendly lawn alternatives

May 26, 2015 by  
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Turenscape’s regenerative wetland park cleans up a post-industrial landscape in China

January 12, 2015 by  
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Are Mangroves The Solution to Urban Sustainability in Asia?

October 30, 2014 by  
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Mangrove forests are some of the most carbon-rich habitats on earth, but unintentional urban shifts continue to threaten these sensitive and essential environments . Policies to conserve and restore these ecosystems can provide high carbon benefits, especially in areas where mangrove loss has been most dramatic. Urban designers have noticed the threats to mangrove populations and are developing solutions that not only restore lost mangrove cover, but honor and create amenities around them. Cities like Hong Kong and Shenzhen are making dramatic improvements in their mangrove forest health. Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Read the rest of Are Mangroves The Solution to Urban Sustainability in Asia? Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: china , city health , ecosystem health , green city , Hong Kong , Hong Kong development , Hong Kong waterfront park , Landlink , landlink design prototype , mangrove , mangrove forest , mangrove swamp , mangrove trees , mangroves , monsoon protection , Mumbai , neville mars , palm , palm trees , river , riverbanks , Sean O’Malley , shenzhen , shrubs , slum , slums , soil erosion , sustainable cities , SWA , SWA group , swamps , Trees , urban sustainability , water garden , water issues , waterfront , waterfront development , wetland , wetlands

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Why is this Inhabited Louisiana Island Sinking into the Gulf?

October 29, 2014 by  
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Much has been written lately of the devastating coastal land loss that is dragging southern Louisiana into the Gulf of Mexico.  Erosion of the wetlands—in large part a result of activities by oil and gas companies—is causing the state to lose a football field of land every hour . This makes the region the fastest-disappearing landmass on earth. Isle de Jean Charles, a narrow strip of land in Terrebone Parish that is home to 25 families, is one of the communities in this region that is sinking into the sea. Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Read the rest of Why is this Inhabited Louisiana Island Sinking into the Gulf? Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: coastal erosion , coastal land loss , gulf of mexico , isle de jean charles , louisiana , marsh , oil pipeline , swamp , wetlands , wetlands destruction

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