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Are ‘green roofs’ the next eco-friendly initiative for Baltimore?

Sourced from WBALTV- https://www.wbaltv.com/article/are-green-roofs-the-next-eco-friendly-initiative-for-baltimore/25049688 News Anchor- Mindy Basara BALTIMORE —Like many regions of the country, the Baltimore area struggles with its share of environmental concerns, such as flooding and pollution in the watershed and air. Some say a solution is right above our heads. “A green roof is a way to put natural growing systems up on roofs, and it’s about taking advantage of benefits that nature provides and using that …Read More

The Benefits of Biophilia: Health and Business

Large urban centers not only impact our environment but they also have significant impact on  the health of the people who live in and around them. Research shows that when urbanites have regular contact with nature it improves their health, leading to substantial reductions in financial costs for businesses. In Baltimore City, we are fortunate to have an abundance of nature close by. Within the city limits, there are approximately 200,000 …Read More

World Water Day 2018: Nature for Water

Today is World Water Day, a day when we all take time to appreciate water, consider our own water practices, and make a concerted effort to improve quality and access to this vital resource. We find ourselves amid a global water crisis which demands a global response. It is easy to fall into the belief that individual efforts will not make a difference in the grander scheme of things; a …Read More

Inspired by the Obama portrait’s ‘living wall’? Not so fast.

Inspired by the Obama portrait’s ‘living wall’? Not so fast. Adrian Higgins- The Washington Post When you view a life-size portrait of some notable person, your gaze tends to go first to the subject’s face and then to the pose of the body and finally to the background. The newly unveiled oil painting of former president Barack Obama messes with this visual sequence. The visitors who have been lining up …Read More

Project Completion: Hammerman Area Beach

We are excited to announce another SmartSlope installation: the Hammerman Area Beach Project. This project is a perfect example of a living system providing both form and function. Where there would otherwise be hardscape walls interspersed in the landscaping, SmartSlope allows the landscaping to flow uninterrupted from surrounding areas, up and over the walls. Shared interests in sustainability and a collaborative team effort were the hallmarks of this project. Hammerman …Read More