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Do you ever wonder if the impact statements submitted to the national database get used? They do. With the support of the Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Sections, a team of nationally recognized writers, editors and designers gathers each year to create materials highlighted on Under "Areas of Impact" you will find and can download 28 stories and 15 fact sheets the group developed for each topic area that showcase the success of land-grant universities across the country. The stories are there for you to use in your communications efforts. Sourced from ECOP Monday Minute
Dany Bahar explains how the free flow of migrants drives knowledge across borders and improves productivity levels – creating a vehicle for closing development gaps between poor and rich countries. Follow this link to read the complete article. Sourced from Brookings
In a city whose cacophony can reach 95 decibels in midtown Manhattan — way above the federal government’s recommended average of no more than 70 decibels — the commotion over all that racket involves irate residents, anti-noise advocates, bars, helicopter sightseeing companies, landscapers and construction companies, as well as City Hall. The city’s 311 non-emergency call service gets 50,000 calls a day, and the No. 1 complaint is noise. Follow this link to read the complete story. Sourced from Governing
Cooperative Extension is currently building a culture of health in communities across the country with the support of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the nation's largest philanthropy dedicated solely to health. The initiative has recently been re-titled as Well-Connected Communities, and there are two near-term ways for Extension professionals to learn more about this work and/or to get involved in the future. See the information below for two upcoming webinars. Read more: Building a Culture of Health: Well-Connected Communities
  • Readiness for Well-Connected Communities - Cooperative Extension has launched a 10 year initiative to harness, align and focus our assets and grow cross-sector partnerships to create a culture of health across America. Join us on this webinar to learn more about the Well-Connected Communities initiative and how you can get ready to join the next wave of change makers. Date/Time: June 6, 2018, 1-2 pm EST Audience: States interested in Wave 2 Initiative Join here:
  • Well-Connected Communities Master Health Volunteers - The Well-Connected Communities Master Health Volunteer Program Training is a collaboration addressing state and community health priorities (60%) underpinned by core content from the national master health volunteer model (40%). This webinar will focus on the content for top national priority core concepts that states are expected to include in their training with a roll-out of webinars and other resources provided. This will be followed by Zoom Office Hours on June 28 at 10 am and 3 pm EST. Date/Time: June 12, 2018, 3-4 pm EST Audience: Principal Investigators and Extension staff responsible for the Well-Connected Communities Master Health Volunteer program training and implementation. Register here:
Less than eight months after Hurricane Harvey pelted the Texas Gulf Coast with torrential rainfall, drought has returned to Texas and other parts of the West, Southwest, and Southeast, rekindling old worries for residents who dealt with earlier waves of dry spells and once again forcing state governments to reckon with how to keep the water flowing. Follow this link to read the complete story. Sourced from Governing
MetroLab's Innovation of the Month series highlights how a team at The Ohio State University, along with the city of Columbus and private companies, is using smart, connected tech to help the blind and visually impaired. Follow this link to read the complete story. Sourced from GovTech
The Center for Urban and Regional Analysis, in cooperation with the OSU Office of Energy and Environment and the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission, offers the third event in their Spring 2018 series on Water and Cities: Green Infrastructure in an Era of Climate Change. On April 17, they will host Prof. William Hunt, William Neal Reynolds Distinguished University Professor and Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering at North Carolina State University. Prof. Hunt is one of the nation’s leading experts on green infrastructure and stormwater management, a crucial issue for the future of cities like Columbus. Join CURA and William Hunt for lunch and a roundtable discussion on April 17 at 12-1:30 p.m., in 1116 Derby Hall. This discussion is primarily targeted towards (but not limited to) graduate students and faculty with interests in urban hydrology, green infrastructure, ecosystem services and sustainability/resilience. The discussion and lunch are free but space is limited! Please RSVP:
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A USDA Forest Service study projects that urban land in Lower 48 states will more than double between 2010 and 2060, which will affect forest and agricultural lands that are being converted to urban uses as well as expand the importance of urban forests in relation to environmental quality and human well-being. Follow this link to read the complete article. Sourced from USDA Forest Service

More lower-income households have access to cars now than they did before the Great Recession. That’s good news for their access to jobs, but it may cause cities to rethink their assumptions about transportation. Follow this link for the complete story.

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