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Worldwide waste generation is increasing faster than any other environmental pollutant, and action in this sector can have a much faster and greater impact in combating climate change. For instance, the 1.3 billion tonnes (metric) of annual worldwide food scraps sent to landfills each year decomposes into methane, which is a much more potent greenhouse gas than CO2 and already accounts for 25% of current global warming. This is why, 23 pioneering cities and regions committed to significantly cut the amount of waste they generate, accelerating them on the path toward zero waste. Read the full declaration here Sourced from C40 Cities newsletter
Proposals are now being accepted for Ohio State’s second annual Community Engagement Conference, January 23-24, 2019 at the Ohio Union. The conference will bring together faculty, staff, students, and community partners to focus on professional development and making connections, while exploring new potential engagement partnerships. The theme of this year’s conference is Partnering for a Resilient and Sustainable Future. Proposals are due by October 3, 2018. All accepted presentations and posters will receive a citable URL in Engaged Scholars (the conference proceedings). Submit a proposal and learn more at http://go.osu.edu/2019call Contact: lewis.485@osu.edu or morrison.332@osu.edu
The National League of Cities’ (NLC) Community and Economic Development Committee is consistently one of the largest of NLC’s seven advocacy committees. That makes sense, given that survey after survey has shown that economic development is consistently among the top priorities identified by local elected officials. Follow this link to read the complete article. Sourced from CitiesSpeak
As U.S. metropolitan areas increasingly look to leverage digital technology in their urban planning, Adie Tomer and Lara Fishbane outline specific solutions for turning these “smart city” ambitions into reality. Follow this link to read the complete article. Sourced from Brookings
In Wisconsin, rural and urban go together like ham and cheddar, Harleys and leather, and bicycle rides on winding country roads. Follow this link to read the complete article. Sourced from Cities Speak
Since 2015 the Cooperative Extension Section/ECOP http://bit.ly/UrbanExtension has aligned with the National Urban Extension Leaders (NUEL) and affirmed the organization's good work. NUEL has fostered regional and national collaborations to share resources and grow Extension’s reach into urban communities. As the need for Extension Programming increases, the Section encourages membership in NUEL. NUEL continues to recruit new members into its Regional Caucuses across the five ECOP regions and has made strides in their Action Team work including professional development as they seek to build partnerships with the Joint Council of Extension Professional (JCEP) and eXtension Foundation. NUEL is developing an Urban Extension Implementation Plan to be presented to Extension Directors and Administrators during the October NEDA meeting in Portland, Oregon on October 3, Why Urban Matters to our Future Success. Directors and Administrators are invited to NUEL’s Biannual Network meeting in Raleigh, North Carolina, December 3-5, 2018 with an agenda to assess intersections of collaboration with other colleagues from your region and across the country as NUEL advances urban Extension efforts. For more information contact NUEL Chair Patrick Proden patrick.proden@ces.uwex.edu. Also, keep in mind the 2019 Semi-Annual National Urban Extension Conference (NUEC), May 20-23, 2019 in Seattle. Sourced from ECOP Monday Minute
As the American Midwest, home to many of the nation’s top companies and the world’s best universities, begins to rival Silicon Valley as a hub for research and technology, John Austin calls on local leaders to double down on attracting venture capital investment in order to turn the region’s assets into opportunities for residents feeling left behind. Follow this link to read the complete article. Sourced from Brookings
The facts are stark. Economic change and recovery in our nation have resulted in vastly different opportunities and outcomes for individuals and families based on where they live. An urban-rural divide narrative is solidifying around these trends. Follow this link to read the complete article. Sourced from Cities Speak
This year, the National League of Cities (NLC) is focused on telling the story of city infrastructure through our Rebuild With Us campaign. However, workforce development is also a key component of any infrastructure project, though it is often overlooked during policy debates. Follow this link to read the complete story. Sourced from Cities Speak

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