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PostPosted: Wed May 25, 2016 4:26 pm 
When you hear the word "infrastructure" most of us think of roads, sidewalks, bridges, pipes, buildings. Those are all examples of the infrastructure, the "bones" of a community. Over the past 10-20 years, researchers and experimenters have been working to use materials like rocks, earth, and plants to develop infrastructure features to deal with municipal issues like flooding, storm-water, drought, and fire. Using natural materials to develop living system structures to deal with environmental issues is the field of Green Infrastructure.

The National Science Foundation has been awarding some serious money to university researchers, especially in the areas of civil engineering and urban design and planning, to run many-year-long projects on Green Infrastructure effectiveness. Their findings by and large -- Green infrastructure systems are highly effective, and are often much more economical than the traditional "gray infrastructure" (so named because it is usually made of concrete).

One of the biggest proponents of Green Infrastructure is the Environmental Protection Agency, where a great deal of information and research can be accessed.
https://www.epa.gov/water-research/epa-science-matters-newsletter-green-infrastructure-research

As a previous university faculty member, I was really pleased to read about the competitions funded and run by the EPA for student engagement. Really intriguing outcomes:
https://www.epa.gov/green-infrastructure/2015-campus-rainworks-challenge

In the Town of Silver City we have a number of plans we use for our project actions. Many of them are explicit about more sustainable and resilient approaches to issues we know we will be facing over the next decades (e.g. the Water Conservation plan, the Urban Forestry plan, the Sustainability plan). So begin to listen for the term Green Infrastructure -- it is important on a number of levels.


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Arte Chicano de San Vicente @ SC Museum
Silver City Rotary Club Meeting
Hapkido Class
Tai Chi at Lotus Center
Wine & The Word @The Toad Brewery
Four Shillings Short
Our Paws' Cause Thrift Store
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Arte Chicano de San Vicente @ SC Museum
Hapkido Class
Insight Buddhist Meditation
Tai Chi Chuan
Gin Rummy
Wednesday Evening Al-Anon Family Group Meeting
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Arte Chicano de San Vicente @ SC Museum
Our Paws' Cause Thrift Store
Volunteer at The Bike Works 3-7pm
Tai Chi at Lotus Center
Blooming Lotus Meditation
Pet Central Thrift Store
Our Paws' Cause Thrift Store
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Arte Chicano de San Vicente @ SC Museum
Qi Gung for Health at the Lotus Center
Fiber Arts Collective's Holiday Fiber Art Sale
Holiday Fiber Art Sale
Women's Al-Anon Meeting: Women Embracing Recovery
Pet Central Thrift Store
Hapkido Class
Community Bike Ride @ The Bike Works
Our PAws' Cause Thrift Store
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Arte Chicano de San Vicente @ SC Museum
Tai Chi Chuan
Fiber Arts Collective's Holiday Fiber Art Sale
Shop Small Saturday
Lighted Christmas Parade
Ecstatic Dance
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Arte Chicano de San Vicente @ SC Museum
New Hope Al-Anon Family Group
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Hapkido Class
Tai Chi Chuan
Laughter Yoga at 1 p.m. at the Lotus Center










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