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"Gardens, scholars say, are the first sign of commitment to a community. When people plant corn they are saying, let's stay here. And by their connection to the land, they are connected to one another." - Anne Raver

The Environmental Program at Franklin Pierce - Now on Local Look Peterborough

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Thanks to Doug Challenger and Lisa Murray at Franklin Pierce for the link:
The Environmental Program at Franklin Pierce

Be Resourceful Interactive Map

In the category of inspired (and inspiring) ideas: 

Check out Portland, Oregon's Be Resourceful Interactive Map. This is a clickable, scalable map of resources that empower people to live resourcefully. Places on the map include ones you will find in many cities, like The Salvation Army and Habitat for Humanity, and some uniquely Portland ones, like Green Furniture Hospital and Waterfront Bicycle Rentals. There are even places you might not immediately think of as "resource centers", like Artist Repertory Theater and Happy Hamster Computer Repair.

I've seen resource maps before, and think it's interesting that instead of material categories like "food", "housing", "energy," and "schools", this map lists action categories like "buy smart", "reuse", "borrow & share", and "fix & maintain". It's a different way to think about our role in sustainability and the impact of our deci…