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The National Urban Extension Leaders are proud to present the 2019 National Urban Extension conference, hosted by Washington State University Extension - located in the heart of Downtown Seattle, Washington. Prior to registering, you can review your conference options on the website - here you can find up to date information on all 10 different Wednesday afternoon mobile learning workshops, and two featured Friday Field Experiences. Sourced from: NUEC
There's no doubt urban green spaces are more pleasing to the eye than trash-strewn vacant lots that have been sitting in various stages of neglect for who knows how long. But can transforming scattered patches of urban blight into green spaces also help to alleviate the blues? A new study conducted in Philadelphia — a city with no shortage of abandoned buildings and vacant lots, particularly in lower-income neighborhoods — finds that green space is just what the doctor ordered. Follow this link to learn more. Sourced from: Mother Nature Network
In large cities, the urban heat island effect results in annual average temperatures that can range from 1.8 to 5.4 degrees higher than the surrounding areas; at night, cities can be up to 22 degrees hotter. This happens because cities are landscapes of asphalt and have buildings of concrete and steel that stretch into the skies. These materials absorb heat, hold it during the day and release it when the sun goes down. Urban traffic congestion aggravates this problem as carbon dioxide emissions from vehicles trap heat. Follow this link to read more. Sourced from: Governing
Mary Burke Rivers is the executive director of Over-the-Rhine Community Housing (OTRCH), a nonprofit organization that develops and manages resident-centered affordable housing and aims to build inclusive community and benefit low-income residents. For three decades, Rivers has been at the center of the discussions about housing in Cincinnati, constantly advocating for making clean, safe housing available to everyone. Follow this link to read more. Sourced from: Community Commons
In a news release, Berkeley, California-based UrbanFootprint announced that its suite of analytics now includes the "Conservation Module," which they designed in collaboration with the Nature Conservancy, a global organization dedicated to preserving natural resources. The Conservation Module is built to help planners, analysts, and advocates quickly understand the impacts of proposed plans and policies across four key themes: water resources, habitat impacts, agriculture, and carbon sequestration and storage. Follow this link to learn more about the Conservation Module. Sourced from: Government Technology
The past several months have provided new opportunities for Cooperative Extension professionals to come together to help understand racial equity issues within their own organization as well as include racial equity into programs they conduct within communities. This webinar will highlight several tools, strategies, and takeaways from a panel that participated in the “Coming Together for Racial Understanding” week-long workshop in August 2018; this national workshop had Cooperative Extension participant teams from 20 states. There will also be an opportunity to learn about the work of eXtension Foundation’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion fellow and a new fieldbook resource. The webinar will take place on December 13, 2018, 2-3:30 p.m. EST Follow this link to register. Sourced from: eXtension    
The newly formed Association of Public Land-Grant Universities (APLU) Commission on Economic and Community Engagement (CECE) provides opportunities for collaboration between Cooperative Extension and CECE member institutions, both land-grant and public. On December 7, 2018, Sheila Martin, Vice President for Economic Development and Community Engagement, met online with over 20 Extension Directors and Administrators. ECOP Executive Committee member Scott Reed of Oregon State University moderated a discussion of Extension leaders discussing their engagement experiences, unique to each institution. Follow this link to view the PowerPoint presentation. Follow this link to view the YouTube version of the recording. Sourced from: ECOP
The United States Census Bureau announced the release of the 2013-17 American Community Survey (ACS) five-year estimates, which features more than 40 social, economic, housing, and demographic topics. These topics include: home-ownership rates and costs, health insurance, and educational attainment. The ACS five-year data release produces statistics for all of the nation’s 3,142 counties. Follow this link to read more. Sourced from: The United States Census Bureau 
MetroLab Network and Smart Cities Lab are designing a research and action competition in the smart and connected communities domain with support from the National Science Foundation. The first phase of the Civic Innovation Challenge is the Ideas Competition, which asks you — researchers, government employees, nonprofits, residents — to identify challenges and priorities in your cities and communities that can benefit from technical exploration, scientific discovery, and new approaches. Informational webinars will be held on December 7, December 20, January 8, and January 15. Submissions for Idea Competition are due January 31, 2019 Follow this link to learn more, sign up for a webinar, and to see submission guidelines.  
Ohio State and multiple community partners have come together to build a garden and community space on previously vacant land in Lima, Ohio. The South Jackson Community Garden Project grew out of an OSU Connect and Collaborate Grant to reuse vacant land within the city to design and build a model urban garden and community space for food and health-related entrepreneurial activities. Follow this link to read more. Sourced from The Ohio State University Lima and OnCampus.